Debate: The Soho Forum — Postmodernism: Marxist or Libertarian?

  • July 15, 2019
    5:45 pm - 9:00 pm
45 Bleecker St., New York, New York, 10012, United States


In May 2017, students of Evergreen College proposed a change to their traditional Day of Absence. Instead of students of color consensually leaving campus, they requested that white students should be made to leave the campus for the day.

Biology Professor Bret Weinstein attracted a mob when he wrote an email to the student body describing the event as “a show of force, an act of oppression in and of itself.” Following the reaction on campus, Weinstein went on several podcasts defending himself in which he further clarified that he believed the “the thought process that led to [the students’ actions] was postmodernism.”

Weinstein was referring to the postmodernist theory that views the world through the lens of power: oppressor vs. oppressed. Jordan Peterson has famously railed against this ideology, and breaks down why he thinks this is where our current culture war is taking place in this 12 minute lecture for the Manning Centre. In the lecture, he also cites Stephen Hick’s book, Explaining Postmodernism.

But Thaddeus Russell thinks Jordan Peterson and Stephen Hicks have it wrong, and that postmodernism is about deconstructing power, something that libertarians should support.

On Monday, July 15, we’re bringing this debate to the Soho Forum. Thaddeus Russel will defend the resolution, Postmodernism is necessary for a politics of individual liberty. Stephen Hicks will take the negative.

We hope to see you there!

Subculture Theater
45 Bleecker St
NY, 10012

Doors open: 5:45pm
Meeting convenes: 6:30pm
Reception: 8:15pm

You don’t want to miss out! Tickets must be reserved in advance.