It looks to me like American society has turned out the lights of reason and turned on the black lights of subjectivism. We're all kind of stumbling around, learning as we go just what this means.
For example, genders are social constructs. Also, a woman can declare that she's a man because she feels that way. Both of those statements are accepted as true by our social science academics, or at least as true as anything can be in a subjective world. However, if gender is socially constructed and can be reconstructed, then declaring yourself a man or a woman has no meaning at all. There is no such thing as a man or a woman, save as an individual defines it for themselves at a particular moment in time.
Gender fluid is the fluid that dissolves gender.
This has clearly not been completely worked out. It's part of the stumbling around we're doing as our eyes adjust to the new lights of unreason.
The general problem really hit me today when I read about Modern Monetary Theory, MMT. MMT holds that any government that can print its own money and whose debt is denominated in that same currency, need not worry about debt. Print all you want until inflation hits. Inflation, not debt, is the critical measure of whether or not you can keep printing.
This is obvious nonsense. If you have mountains of debt, inflation, which leads to higher interest rates, immediately starts a chain reaction of printing and inflation that quickly spirals out of control and wipes out the economy. MMT can't possibly work. See also: Republic, Weimar.
But nonsense is OK, right? Sense is patriarchal or racist or mathematical, which itself is patriarchal and racist.
None of this has been pondered. We have no idea where the end points are or if there are endpoints at all. It doesn't matter whether things make logical sense or if plans work. All that matters is how we feel about ourselves. We haven't quite figured out where that leads, either.
|Our currency isn't money, it's emotions.|