I believe in something called objectivity – you may have heard of it. Propagandists typically do not believe in objectivity. They believe that they should manipulate reality, including of course their own language, in order to serve their political, economic, and social purposes. I utterly oppose this – I oppose propaganda regardless of the ideological purpose it claims to serve because propaganda breaks down rationality and effective human action.

It is a sad state of affairs when people like me are treated as some rare bizarre creature because I don’t buy into the relativism and subjective reality that propagandists suppose to be true.

Looked at in another way, I’m a non-cynic in a world of cynics. I believe in the truth.

It’s a massive problem, because when I debate I want to get at truth, facts, etc. I have ideologies like anyone else but I separate them from objective reality. What subjectivists do is to merge fact with ideology, which is how creatures like O’Reilly and Limbaugh are born.

This in turn confuses the issue further, because most propagandists are on the right, so when they are attacked it’s taken for a political argument. But this is a historical accident – propagandists are just as easily on the left and on Quarter to Three I stated that Al Franken was a propagandist (I used different words with a similar meaning).

Part of the reason I like the Left so much is that they by-and-large are objectivists, with some exceptions like Franken. There are objectivists on the right as well, but they are overwhelmed by the O’Reillys and Limbaughs and just don’t show up on the radar nowadays. The best thing the right can do is denounce subjectivist garbage regardless of it’s ideology, but so few people understand this in general that noone who’s visible on the right has made such a denouncement, apparently because they believe O’Reilly and Limbaugh serve “the cause” so their means can be excused. Well, Franken is not excused and neither are they.

What humans will discover, apparently the hard way given the current state of affairs, is that there are more important things than ideology. Facts and truth are more important. O’Reilly and Limbaugh doom themselves to ignorance because they’ve lost touch with this understanding. If the world becomes like O’Reilly and Limbaugh, truth will no longer be functional in human life, and all human communication becomes impossible except at the end of propagandistic guns. Therein fascism lies.


5 Responses to “Objectivity”

  1. mad dog Says:

    What’s worse is that if truth and reason are abandoned, then people will turn to REAL guns to solve problems.

  2. mad dog Says:

    By the way, I have seen a number of people on the left reject objectivity. It is not left=objective and right=subjective, or the reverse for that matter. That is a false dichotomy.

  3. briankoontz Says:

    You’re using a strawman, since I pointed out Franken as an example of a subjectivist on the left. However, Franken has not coopted the left like O’Reilly and Limbaugh and their methodology has coopted the right.

    I completely agree that there are rational rightists out there – but their voices are being drowned out by the irrationalists, and they have been very bad if not totally useless at shutting the irrationalists up.

    The left on the other hand has never embraced Franken and he’s always been a marginal figure, unlike the prominent O’Reilly and Limbaugh.

    The mainstream left embraces Stewart and Olbermann, and while I have plenty to criticize in terms of that approach at least those guys are rational.

  4. mad dog Says:

    Sorry for creating the strawman. I think Franken’s problem is that he is trying to be a comedian, but just ends up being some unfunny smear merchant. His ideas are also old. He thinks the government can solve all problems. I don’t even side with him when he goes against O’Reilly.

    Stewart is pretty good. No complaints there. He is actually the envy of many ‘actual’ journalists. Olbermann can be good, but he can also be a pretentious, pompous dick. Some have said that he is a shill for the Democratic Party.

  5. briankoontz Says:

    Olbermann is what the Democratic Party used to be, that is to say mainstream but with the will and desire to oppose the Republicans. He’s absolutely part of elite culture though.

    Stewart is really strange. It’s like he tries to be a decent person but he has to be nice enough to the monsters to keep them coming on his show. He must have a lot of cognitive dissonance. That kind of battle is ultimately going to be lost I suspect, so the fans of him are misguided. Like most of the elite, Stewart is ultimately uneducated. Or that is to say, he’s indoctrinated in mainstream values, what people call being educated. But since he’s a comedian, he also pays attention to the people, so he has this dual nature. Instead of this causing nobody to like him it seems to just cause everybody to like him. I guess it appeals to those who appreciate the divided nature of American society.

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