(In)Famous Neoconservative Postermodernism Quote
August 14, 2014 10:35 AM Subscribe
I'm having trouble remembering this (apparently) well-known quote by a prominent American conservative expressing a 'post-modernist' worldview and approach to political life.
posted by eagle-bear to Society & Culture (6 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
If I recall correctly, it was kind of dismissive about historical efforts to study and understand politics based on what has happened, instead emphasizing the ways in which the powerful were changing the rules and making history. The idea was that the former was passè, descriptive, and post-hoc, and not useful in the actual exercise of power. Anyone remember the quote, who said it, etc.?
I guess more broadly, I'm curious about the purported prevalence of a philosophically relativistic worldview among right wing "conservative" political leaders. I'd always associated the sensibility with left-leaning intellectuals, so its embrace by those on the other side intrigues me a lot.