When having a conversation about specifics it is very important to first define your terms.
It’s just semantics
That phrase is a pet peeve of mine. Just what do people think semantics is? Semantics is the meaning of words or the branch of linguistics and logic concerned with meaning. When you are discussing anything semantics is of the utmost importance.
“We must think things not words, or at least we must constantly translate our words into the facts for which they stand, if we are to keep to the real and the true.” ― Oliver Wendell Holmes
What good is human sentience without the means to comprehend it? Words are what allows us to parse the universe, to contemplate, to share our very thoughts. Imagine if you will seeing something new. It’s your first time viewing this object. Now try to contemplate that object without words. Try it with an object you know. A planet. Contemplate a planet without words. You can’t even tell yourself it’s a planet. You can’t describe its shape, size, color, or guess if there are others like yourself on it. It simply hangs there in space, an object that “is” but that cannot be defined by you.
“The classic example is the word “liberal,” which the far-left co-opted. It was adopted because of its positive connotation, and used as a cover for imposing greater leftist control under the guise of liberty. In reality, there is nothing liberal about failing to protect life, burdening individuals with regulations and taxes, or forcing individuals to provide services to others. This is no accidental misnomer, but strategic messaging to influence people. Who doesn’t want to support a policy that is “progressive,” “pro-choice,” or “affordable”?” (Dierker, 2018)
“It would not be impossible to prove with sufficient repetition and a psychological understanding of the people concerned that a square is in fact a circle. They are mere words, and words can be molded until they clothe ideas and disguise.” – Joseph Goebbels
I bet you’ve heard a lot about Postmodernism lately. I have shared some items myself on the subject of Postmodernism. And of course Jordan Peterson is simply obsessed with the power and influence postmodernism has had on modern society and thought. Ironically, to define Postmodernism for someone violates the premise of the philosophy that things cannot be defined. For the postmodernist there are no definite terms or absolute truths so a postmodernist cannot tell you what it is or isn’t since to do so would violate it. Of course, as you can see right from the start the entire concept is a contradiction. The only truth, it claims, that can be applied to all people all the time is that no truth can be applied to all people all the time. Which is to say that no truth can be known while at the same time is stating a truth. If that makes your head hurt, it should. It is nonsense.
“But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.” ― George Orwell, 1984
It is largely against this that Ayn Rand created her philosophy of Objectivism.
The very basic way to describe what she believed is that truth can be known and that there is an objective reality that sentient man can detect with his reason and senses. That the senses can sometimes fool a man or that his reason fail him is not enough to say that nothing can be known.
We will get back to that in a moment. But first let’s talk about postmodernism and its relationship to socialism and communism. Those two systems (kindred in evil) defy logic. When one reasons them out it is clear they do not and cannot work. It is clear that capitalism does work. It works very well when left alone. Much of what people who rail against capitalism about isn’t actually capitalism at all. The left is in love with socialism and fully engulfed in hatred for capitalism but they can’t beat it using logic. Postmodernism creates a system in which socialists can insist their philosophy is sound because they aren’t bothered with facts.
“If relativism signifies contempt for fixed categories and those who claim to be the bearers of objective immortal truth, then there is nothing more relativistic than Fascist attitudes and activity. From the fact that all ideologies are of equal value, we Fascists conclude that we have the right to create our own ideology and to enforce it with all the energy of which we are capable.” ― Benito Mussolini
Ayn Rand aptly said, “You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality.”
That is the very thing that the left attempts to do. The reality is, their systems don’t function properly. They continue to go after them. They will do so no matter what.
One more quote from Ayn Rand, “To arrive at a contradiction is to confess an error in one’s thinking; to maintain a contradiction is to abdicate one’s mind and to evict oneself from the realm of reality. ” And that is the world that the left, the postmodernists, live in, a world focused on the maintenance of contradictions. I’ve written before on the subject of cognitive dissonance. Basically defined it is holding two contradictory things to be true at the same time or to be inconsistent in your beliefs. We know from experience that this is painful for the human mind. A person cannot do this without breaking their mind. It is to be insane. Orwell called it “doublethink” in his book 1984 which was said to be “…holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them.” As you can imagine that’s not reasonable. To say, it is day, and to say it is night, and to believe both of those things are true when only one can be is – insane.
Words – mean – THINGS.