If you’ve already had enough of my posts this week on double standards, then spare a moment to consider this one. It’s a doozy.
And guess what? While postmodernist “thinkers” are overwhelmingly of the “left” (indeed, says Hicks, “it was the failure of socialism that made postmodernism necessary”), old Martie gets a free pass from postmodernists for being a hard-core, out-there, “sack-those-damn-Jews” Nazi – an “ostensibly magisterial thinker who informed Freiburg students in his infamous 1933 rectoral address of Nazism's ‘inner truth and greatness,’ declaring that ‘the Führer, and he alone, is the present and future of German reality, and its law’."
Nice chap, so why do postmodernists keep him around the house?
Asks Carlin Romano in The Chronicle of Higher Education, from whence I drew those quotes above [hat tip Mr Hicks],
“How many scholarly stakes in the heart will we need before Martin Heidegger (1889-1976), still regarded by some as Germany's greatest 20th-century philosopher, reaches his final resting place as a prolific, provincial Nazi hack? Overrated in his prime, bizarrely venerated by acolytes even now, the pretentious old Black Forest babbler makes one wonder whether there's a university-press equivalent of wolfsbane, guaranteed to keep philosophical frauds at a distance.”
Sure does. And it makes one wonder too why postmodernist so-called thinkers disparage young boys who are too young to know what’s wrong about saluting Nazi symbols, but are prepared to give a free pass to a fully-fledged Nazi like Martin when “scholarly evidence fingers the scowling proprietor of Heidegger's hut as a buffoon produced by German philosophy's mystical tradition. He should be the butt of jokes, not the subject of dissertations.”
Why? Perhaps because they’re so desperate to shore up their failed politics, that any old Hitler-loving philosophical fraud will do as a buttress? Or, perhaps, it’s because as bedfellows the “left” and the “right”, the Nazis and the socialists, are really just one and the same.