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Truth and the Foundations of a Free Republic

by Paul E. Scates


The philosophy of relativism claims that all truth is relative, and that there is no such thing as absolute truth.  (Of course, if relativism is true, then based on its own principle it can be dismissed as merely “relative truth,” and is therefore meaningless.  If, however, it’s posited as an absolute truth that applies to all things, people, time and places… then it’s an absolute truth, and gives the lie to the idea that truth is relative!  Yes, parents, such is the “education” you’re paying for your children to receive in the hallowed halls of academia.)

Adherents to the philosophy of pluralism (which posits that all humans are of equal value) have extrapolated that idea of tolerance into the absurd idea that, like people, all truths are equally valid.  Given the very definition of truth, that is clearly impossible.  For example, if I’m Caucasian — which is a fact clearly visible, since various attributes like my skin color, hair and eye color, DNA, etc., correspond to Caucasian ancestry — but I claim to be Native American, it’s immediately clear that both those “truths” cannot be true.  Yet the relativist/pluralist camp would direct you to disbelieve your lying eyes and accept my claim to being a member of a Native American tribe.

Before political correctness infected all modes of communication, we’d have said that people who hold to such a view are simply crazy.  However, in the “more tolerant” society that has developed today, we cannot simply state the obvious for fear of hurting someone’s tender psyche or bruising their feelings.  In other words, we have to accept the lie…


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