The New Lines of Politics

Shahidi Islam - Theologian and Author

Peace to the Gods and Goddesses of the foundation;

Much love goes to New York City;

And mad respect to London;

Many academics are suggesting that society has moved from a modern into a postmodern society.

They base this idea on the understanding that both ideologies and metanarratives (grand narratives) have become substantially ineffective.

But from a true postmodern context we see that postmodernity will not be the death of ideology or metanarratives but the death of objectivism and existentialism.

Such a task seems insurmountable but is achievable through the rise of intersubjectivity and chaos theory.

Intersubjectivity will work for all conscious bodies and chaos theory for all unconscious bodies.

Within the ideological structure something new will occur: basically there is currently the right and left wings and the battle grounds are set to that pace.

However, the new battle lines shall be between high conviction leading to fundamentalism and low conviction leading to nihilism.

In mid-modernity the right represented conservatism and the left liberalism with regard to progress.

The new battle lines of postmodernity shall be the high conviction representing fundamentalism and low conviction representing nihilism.

In the late modern ideological structuralisation of the globe the battle is moving towards that between neoconservatism and neoliberalism, though both are right wing; and between socialism and anarchism, though both are left wing.

Thus the battle is between the fundamentalists and the non-fundamentalists, or between the nihilists and the non-nihilists.

Interestingly enough, the even less political godbody movement represents a trend in late modernity that can tip the scales even further towards postmodernity if successful.

Again, godbodyism is also right wing but is medium level conviction, thereby we are righteous but not necessarily fundamentalist.

To the left of godbodyism is anarchism, just as to the left of neoliberalism is socialism, and to the left of neoconservatism is fundamentalism.

In late modernity we have already begun to see the rise of these ideologies, the final triumph of the newer ideologies will be the rise of postmodernity even if not with the ending ideologies or metanarratives.

The postmodern is the signalling of the degradation of conviction through the nihilism of existentialism.

Far from Sartre’s ideal of absolute freedom bringing an end of oppression absolute freedom has only created nihilism.

The rise of fundamentalism in response to these trends is bringing about a battle between high conviction and low conviction which will be a great change in direction.

Although both neoconservatives and fundamentalists are hugely political and use traditional arguments to support their theories, the truth of their high conviction is in these claims.

However, these two discourses are dying away, far more popular nowadays are anarchist and existentialist discourses.

These two are clearly metanarratives but they are far less moralising than the systemic structures in operation within the democratic system.

All these ideologies existed in embryo form earlier on: in the twentieth century godbodyism and fundamentalism were both movements that sought to affect the present world system.

During the nineteenth century socialism and anarchism had existed close together to bring about the liberation of the masses.

It could be said that anarchism is itself a socialist movement that is counter to Marxism and has no contradictions with genuine socialism but traces its own history back to socialism.

Or it could also be said that anarchism is in fact the oldest ideology of the four tracing its roots further back than socialism and going all the way to the Leveller movement of the seventeenth century.

Such estimations, however, are unnecessary as regardless of their beginnings we are moving into a new time and will only get there when right and left unify to fight on the grounds of conviction.