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The Attack on the Western Tradition

• arclein

We are faced today with a concentrated attack on the great thinkers of the Western tradition, who are dismissed as "dead white European males." Robert Nozick used to say that what offended him most in this phrase was the word "dead." It's not nice to beat up on people who can't fight back because they are no longer here! But the attack I'm talking about is no joke. A free society depends on certain principles, and Western thinkers played a major role in their development, though they have counterparts in other civilizations as well. And there is something even more essential. In order to find out about the principles of a free society, we need to think. We must use our reason. But reason is under attack by the "woke" crowd, who dismiss rational thought as just the expression of class prejudice. The ideas of those who shaped the Western tradition are dismissed because they come from a "privileged" class or sex. There is no attempt to examine these ideas analyticall

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