I just hate it when NeoCons like Rick Santorum fling around the word postmodernism to discredit all that is good and right with America. Better yet is the phrase "elitist pablum," which is a rather elitist bit of condescension of you ask me.
See Will Bunch's piece on Santorum's Holy Crusade to Save Corporate America's Pocketbook.
Bunch begins with Santorum's critique of Thomas Frank's book, What's the Matter with Kansas?
This is just a good time, isn't it? So, rather than deny from the outset that Conservative policies are putting people in the poor house, Santorum throws out the red herring: "hey, not everyone wants to be rich or cares about earthly riches." This makes me wonder: Does this mean Conservative politicians can exploit those who do not put their treasure in this world? Is this like a younger brother asking her just-returned-from-liberal-college sister for her room and car, since she is now pledging to send the summer helping the handicapped youth and won't need either?
I love how Santorum equates the "postmodern view of reality" with extreme egoism. I have spent quite a bit of time studying postmodernism, and I have my own reservations with some of its assumptions. What I have never found to lie in any of the core texts of postmodernism, however, is anything like egoism. We are talking about a view that actually calls into question the continuity of the self as an entity as well as undercuts the possibility that we can ever know what we really want.
The philosophical view that comes closest to the attitude "It’s all about me; it’s all about how much I can get now for me" is the egoism that underlies libertarian views, which are the very axioms that Neocons adopt in their policy circles. Could this be a case of projection? Or, is that just more "elitist pablum" on my part. The rhetorical tricks of Ricky are quite good. Whatever position you adopt, you will either be called out for spewing "elitist pablum" or "postmodernism."
The truly fantastic part of Bunch's story comes next:
Put's a whole new spin on "Thank God for Kansas," eh?