The Parable of the Toothbrush: Ideology, Irony, and the End of History
In Canada, presently, there is a debate (at least, to the extent the current untransparent Conservative government will allow a public debate) about an impending free trade deal with China and the government’s controversial Foreign Investment Protection Act (FIPA).
The CBC’s Don Pittis has weighed in with his own views in an article entitled “Canada’s best future export to China could be our democratic example“, which elicited some (well-deserved) hoots and hollers from the gallery, as you might determine from many of the comments below the line.
Still, the article is interesting for what it reveals about the “deficient rationality” that guides — or really, misguides — the direction of Late Modern thinking. And I won’t so much point out the defect as invite you to read the article yourself and come to your own conclusions.
See if you can recognise the salient issue at hand, for it’s rather important to gain some insight into the growing fateful dysfunctionality of the mental-rational structure of consciousness of Late Modernity and its implications. In fact, we live in “Late Modernity” precisely because of the growing dysfunctionality of the mental-rational.