From critical thinking to critical theory: an irreversible process

I concluded my 2018 economic prediction article with a hope and a prayer:

I just hope I don’t have to revise this prediction to say that instead of repeating the Gilded era, we will instead repeat China’s Cultural Revolution.  It’d be just too ironic that my parents fled from a murderous communist regime only to arrive at a country, supposedly a place of refuge, approaching the same fate.

It wouldn’t sound so laughably hyperbolic if it wasn’t so plausible.

What’s been going on at the university level (and recently making its way in elementary and secondary levels of public education) is reminiscent of the rise of the Red Guard:

Chairman Mao has defined our future as an armed revolutionary youth organization…So if Chairman Mao is our Red-Commander-in-Chief and we are his Red Guards, who can stop us? First we will make China Maoist from inside out and then we will help the working people of other countries make the world red…And then the whole universe.

Make no mistake, under the guise of social justice, Canada and much of western culture is threatened by this ideology that now infiltrates government, media and many businesses.

The transition from critical thinking to critical theory and the growth of the unthinking mob threatens the free flow of ideas and intelligent debate in favour of the postmodern line of thought of which Marxism fills its gaps.  We are living in the early stages of a historical pattern that eventually results in violence against those that refuse to join the mob.  Those part of the mob aren’t any more fortunate; the “useful idiots” that helped bring about unlimited state power are eventually squelched when their role to spread the ideology is no longer needed.

The worst part about the propagation of postmodern critical theory is that it is almost an irreversible process.  Bret Weinstein, a target of the Red Guard version 2.0, describes it succinctly:

We have to grapple with the fact that the academe is producing people who not only know nothing, but who believe things that make them unable to learn. And they are teaching others.

A Wilfrid Laurier professor, David Millard Haskell, chimes in with his observations on the “teachings” that short circuit the critical thinking section of the brain, never to be turned on again:

 

The larger the unthinking postmodern mob grows, the harder it gets to reverse course and avoid the point of no return.  As ludicrous as it sounds, it is a looming zombie apocalypse.

Since reasoning can’t reverse the process of a brain infected by belief in critical theory, the emotional side must be bargained with.  Limiting the dopamine effects of mob mentality, mostly powered by social media feedback loops, would help.  Separating the mob from social media may slow down the apocalypse more than it would prevent it, but to ultimately contain the disease, keeping the lines of dialogue open is of utmost importance.  As long as the ideologues do not reach critical mass and free speech survives, then reason alone can hopefully keep damage under control as more reasonable people stand up against the ideological takeover of public institutions.

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