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Reason is already in power in kapital. Rather, it is to suggest that the framework of Left and Right provided a com- mon vocabulary with which to discuss and dispute how society could be taken forward. Yet the intrusion of a catastrophic event did not have the effect of jolting us out of our virtual stasis.

The concept of the active and autonomous individual is seen by postmodernist thinkers as an illusion, a product of discourse. Bush in was widely understood as a further resurgence of neo-conservatism. About a global catastrophe that would shatter their lives. This is not to imply, of course, that the past was a golden age of social harmony and unity which has now ended. In a sense, the entire system, by its internal fragility, lent the initial action a helping hand.

If this state of affairs may be characterised as the postmodern condition, how- ever, it does not prove that the postmodernists were right all along. At the time, he was widely dismissed as irrelevant. Of course, the declaration of the end of the age of irony was premature. This was the subject who postmodernists pronounced dead.

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Sceptics of globalisation argue that in fact not much has changed and that this much-vaunted development is really just the capitalist world market discussed by Marx. This is partly a problem of explanation, and partly a result of the prescriptive uses to which these concepts are put. There is, though, a twist in the tale. In a bizarre inversion of what is supposed to be the norm, simulacra of reality, at least in some respects, became the major referent for the real in this case.

Having won by default, the Western elite found themselves wondering what to do next. As an outlook of disillusionment, postmod- ernism accurately describes the uncertainty, relativism and lack of self-belief which characterises society today, but is unable to transcend it. In this sense, the ideas of globalisation and risk society are attempts to explain the crisis of political agency. What they theorised as the impossibility of historical agency was the political weakness of the Left. Today the crisis of political agency is not just a theoretical proposition but a fact of everyday life.

At the same time, this attempt is undercut by the fact that the absence of meaning makes the conduct of war risk-averse and its media presentation self-conscious. Why Peacekeeping Fails by Dennis C.

This is not to say, of course, that everybody is familiar with the intricacies of academic theorising about postmodernism. The apparent distinction here between subjec- tive perceptions and objective changes out there in the world is deceptive, however. But it is to suggest that today the ironic and sceptical postmodern attitude is widespread. Yet even at that low point the Left was not entirely defeated, though it was weak enough for the Right to go on the offensive successfully throughout the s. Some such scenario is the traditional left-wing response, but it is an inadequate critique.

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