Monday, September 04, 2017

The Plague of Intrinsicism

A Muslim hand possessing
an infidel captive (Sura 4:24) Rape is an
intrinsic right of Muslims. Mohammad said so.

Intrinsicism is a philosophical position that holds that an idea or concept by its very nature has a specific value, and can be identified as not only true or false but also inherently good or evil. However, Intrinsicism can be associated with dogmatism i.e. An “Arrogant, stubborn assertion of opinion or belief.”

An intrinsicist does not require any rational proof of why an idea or action should be categorized as true or false or particularly judged as good or evil.

An intrinsicist need not offer any proof for why he states that an object or a person is good or evil, either.

Ayn Rand wrote in Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal:

There are, in essence, three schools of thought on the nature of the good: the intrinsic, the subjective, and the objective. The intrinsic theory holds that the good is inherent in certain things or actions as such, regardless of their context and consequences, regardless of any benefit or injury they may cause to the actors and subjects involved. It is a theory that divorces the concept of “good” from beneficiaries, and the concept of “value” from valuer and purpose—claiming that the good is good in, by, and of itself.

The intrinsic theory holds that the good resides in some sort of reality, independent of man’s consciousness.

If a man believes that the good is intrinsic in certain actions, he will not hesitate to force others to perform them. If he believes that the human benefit or injury caused by such actions is of no significance, he will regard a sea of blood as of no significance. If he believes that the beneficiaries of such actions are irrelevant (or interchangeable), he will regard wholesale slaughter as his moral duty in the service of a “higher” good. It is the intrinsic theory of values that produces a Robespierre, a Lenin, a Stalin, or a Hitler. It is not an accident that Eichmann was a Kantian.

An intrinsicist can make any assertion he wishes: “That statue of Robert E. Lee or Columbus is evil and must be removed or destroyed” – "And all married women (are forbidden) unto you save those (captives) whom your right hands possess" The Koranic verse: (Sura 4:24)  – “White people are evil. Whiteness is evil”. And the assertion, today, will be accepted as a written-in-stone verity, no questions asked. Literally. To question an arbitrary assertion is to flirt with violence against oneself.

The Left is governed by intrinsicism when it points to whites and bellows that they are evil and oppressive. Islam is governed by intrinsicism when it points to all infidels and proclaims they are evil by virtue that they are ipso facto evil, exclusive of everything else, as well. Period. End of argument. For the Left and Islam, there is no argument.

This is why civil arguments and calm deliberation between pro-freedom of speech advocates and the likes of Antifa and Islam are worse than fruitless.  Discussion is impossible.

They are beyond reclamation, especially when they confess to being mentally unable to argue their positions. When questioned about why they are against Trump or any pro-freedom policy or idea, their minds become blank and all they can do is stammer the received and unexamined Newspeak line without the least sense of obligation to justify their positions or statements.

RedState  on September 3rd reported on one significant instance of intrinsicism:

…that of Brad Sherman, a Democrat from California … the guy who’s leading the impeachment charges in the House against President Trump. He filed the articles of impeachment back in July, claiming that Trump’s firing of former FBI Director James Comey constituted “high crimes and misdemeanors,” as defined by the Constitution….

Anyway, when the topic of President Trump came up, Sherman admitted to suffering from a full blown case of ‘Trump derangement syndrome’:

“Then we have a Trump derangement syndrome where — thank God he didn’t put out a message on Mother’s Day because there would have been pressure on me to come out against Mother’s Day.”

 “If Trump takes a position, then you must take an equally extreme and opposite position. He’s for Mother’s Day, you must be against Mother’s Day. He’s for a wall, you have to be for unlimited immigration from all places.”

So there, laid out in black and white, is the legislative priority of Democrats in the House (and, some might argue, of Republicans like Paul Ryan). If Trump is for it, Democrats have to be against it. Which means that Democrats are against a host of issues important to most Americans, like religious freedom and limits on late term abortions.

Anne Marie Waters, director of Sharia Watch UK, in October in 2016 during a talk in Sweden, explained why Western politicians adopt and advocate suicidal policies that guarantee the extinction of their countries or their virtual surrender, to especially Islam. It is because they project their self-hatred (beginning at minute 18:15) and hatred of their own countries onto their ideological enemies. This is a form of TDS (Trump Derangement Syndrome) and intrinsicism.

It is also, as Waters describes it, a form of narcissism and a mental illness. They claim that they’re responsible for all the alleged crimes committed against indigenous peoples in the colonialist period, even though they might have been born decades and a perhaps a few centuries after the period. Self-hatred is a way of “atoning” for the crimes, and it is a kind of virtue-signaling penance they project on an entire population (especially if it is white) or on an entire culture, especially if it is accomplished as Western culture is.

Virtue signaling: Doing penance for being white
Waters wrote in July 2016, in her article “Leftism is a Mental Illness”:

Anti-white sentiment is common among Left-wingers, including among white activists; something I witnessed many times during my years around politics. This is perfectly illustrated in the UK in an English anti-Englishness that won’t, for example, celebrate the country’s national day because a city is too “multicultural” and it wouldn’t be feasible for them to celebrate all cultures. The idea that English culture should have a special place in England doesn’t appear to have been entertained. The city of Bristol is an English city (with a council dominated by Labour) that refused to celebrate England.

The hatred has even extended to the realm of mathematics. Mathematics is racist. In May of 2017 Reason magazine published an astonishing story, “New ‘Social Justice’ Math Class Teaches Kids That Math Is Evil, Dehumanizing.”

The course was designed by Teach for America and is offered through EdX, according to Campus Reform. It presupposes that math could be made more interesting for students if it was infused with socially relevant themes. That's not a terrible assumption—maybe young people would like math better if it was being taught in a language they understood. (If Olivia eats 10 pieces of avocado toast every day, how long will it be until she can afford to move out of her parent's house? That sort of thing.)

But Teach for America thinks that language is "social justice," and has designed a course that makes some startling claims about math.

"In western mathematics, our ways of knowing include formalized reasoning or proof, decontextualization, and algorithmic thinking, leaving little room for those having non-western mathematical skills and thinking processes," the training course claims.

The Islamic way of virtue signaling: Ashura
Those having no thinking skills, mathematical or otherwise, had best fend for themselves, and acquire some. But to expect the intrinsicist lame and the halt to think – those with self-inflicted mental wounds – is to be “racist” and “oppressive.”

The plague of intrinsicism is all around us today. It leaves most people helpless to counter the systematic and blatant lunacy that is encouraged and spread by the MSM.

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