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Back in the 1980s as a student I was introduced to the philosophies of Michel Foucault.

My lecturer contrasted him with to Enlightenment philosopher, Charles Fourier, a utopian Socialist thinker who argued that in a... 1/
... perfect utopian world of the future seas would loose their salinity & become Lemonade because everything would be so perfect.

A bit crazy you might think but wait until you meet Michel Foucault! 2/
Foucault, often viewed as the 'father' of the "Queer Theory" that underpins the issues around gender we now see, didn't believe in anything as mundane as actual lemonade seas, he didn't believe in any sort of objective reality. 3/
... No, if you think the sea is made of Lemonade it is, for you & that's all that matters. Anyone telling you that's nonsense is oppressing you by forcing their own reality on you... 4/
... Foucault you see didn't believe in science - objective fact is oppressive & represents the assertion of control by other individuals. Michel wasn't only an anti-science denier he was anti- Enlightenment... 5/
... When he applied his ideas to sexuality he concluded that all classifications - gay, straight etc. - were recent constructs & like anything else articulations of power relations.... 6/
... In short you could be anything if you liberated yourself from the narrow definitions imposed by society & literally, as Foucault's extracurricular activities showed, anything was okay if you thought it was, even young boys in Tunisia... 7/
... Any attempt by others to impose their morals on you was by definition oppressive... 8/
Now wind forward to 2021 & the logical end result of all this is if I decide I'm a woman, I am a woman, anyone questioning that, including a "biological female", remember science doesn't matter its just another oppressive system to be rejected, is by definition oppressing me. 9/
I can do or be anything I like.

Welcome to Foucault world folks, amoral narcissism welcome but leave your oppressive inhibitions at the door & don't impose your reality on anyone else or you're oppressing them you 'bigot'! 10/
Final thought:

In 1971 Noam Chomsky debated with Foucault, Chomsky commented after:

"He struck me as completely amoral, I'd never met anyone who was so totally amoral...I mean...I couldn't make sense of him. It's as if he was from a different species, or something."

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