by David Norris 10/6/16
by Lawrence Dawson (2015 edition) • This is an important book. If one wants to delve into the roots of political correctness, the perversion of language, and the poisoning of perceptions of reality, then read what the author reveals about a little known Austrian ‘philosopher’ and academic named Ludwig Wittgenstein.
Ludwig Wittgenstein was a Jewish intellectual, born in Vienna (1889) to one of Europe’s richest families. From his maternal grandmother’s influence he was raised a Catholic. He was a stutterer and was long confused about his sexuality. There was a deep vein of depression that ran through his family which saw three of his brothers commit suicide at a young age. Ending his life prematurely was an issue that he dealt with for the rest of his life. He died of unknown causes in the spring of 1951 in England.
Ironically, this man who suffered from so much uncertainty about who he was, along with his difficulty in communicating, would wind up writing a treatise on language that was supposed to guide others to a better understanding of each other and the world through communicating with a new language. He really had the best intentions after all.[pullquote]The political progressive left has made a successful assault on reality-founded knowledge, and has substituted ideologically generated beliefs in its place.[/pullquote]
Similar to the infamous Frankfurt School that we now recognize as a source of the leftist/progressive ideology that permeates American academics today, Wittengenstein was a peripheral member in a group known as the ‘Vienna Circle’ which, like the Frankfurt School in Germany, ran away from Europe to seek asylum from the Nazis, only to bring their delightful philosophies (contagions) with them.
Some say that Wittgenstein was a misunderstood genius and that his works have been misinterpreted and misapplied. This may be true. However, it is essential to understand how these ideologies are created and then spread, often with the best of intentions.
Dawson gives example after example of how “Wittgensteinianism” has played a role in the corruption of language, and the obscuring of fact and reality, regarding the ‘clients of oppression’, such as women, blacks, homosexuals, etc. He also examines how scientific thought and research (bogus global warming theories) has been polluted as well.
The Death of Reality documents that a politically-inspired unreality has been imposed on the American culture. The political progressive left has made a successful assault on reality-founded knowledge, and has substituted ideologically generated beliefs in its place. These beliefs are increasingly immunized from correction. Wittgenstein’s theories ‘prove’ reality is a mere opinion, and not factually based.
The book argues that the left has taken on a totalitarian character following its complete domination of the national mainstream media and the American university system. Control over information and knowledge has given them the power to enforce political unrealities in the areas of the environment, race, gender, sexual proclivities, and even science. This book aides the reader in recognizing the absurdities of modern ‘group think’ and to center on facts in this age of confusion.