Friday, August 21, 2009

Ripped from Today's Headlines

In the iWorld, not only can laws and constitutions become increasingly malleable, but the underlying absence of legal dogmatism will also seep into public political discourse. In the iWorld politics gives every appearance of becoming less about the free discussion and debate of ideas and more about protest and activism. As Alasdair MacIntyre argues in After Virtue, in a world that ceases to believe in truth, it is no longer possible to debate ideas because there is no commonly accepted standard to resolve debate. Consequently, politics becomes what Nietzsche envisioned: an exercise in will and power rather than dialogue and debate. If reason or discussion cannot resolve political disagreements, then the most effective political tools that remain are protest, manipulation, demagoguery, and coercion.

Dale S. Kuehne, Sex and the iWorld: Rethinking Relationship beyond an age of individualism (p. 84)

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