Judge Kav is being revved up at Trump rallies as a Pro Constitution judge. What does that mean, being pro-constitution. Well, right up it means that judges who don’t come from the Heritage Foundation, are not pro-constitution. This is code for No New Values. This is code for rolling back existing new values. This code for going back to the 50s before the liberal assault on the mythos of the 50s when blacks, women in the work places, gay, and criminals had no value or right. A right is a value fore the person who wants to have value. And they want that value because they are denied that value in society. This is modernity, the evolution of democracy and equality…the constitution guarantees!
The irony is that the “Conservative Judge” is both for and against the Constitution. There is one thing that the rational scientific way abhors, and that ambiguity. You can’t be both for and against the Constitution. But in the logic of Mythos, you can. Mythos is not logical.
How can the irrational rise in a rational society? How can a modern secular scientific rational society like America give birth to irrational movements that overtly deny the very means of ascertaining truth itself as defined and made to work wonders for the last 400 years?
We asked the same questions about modern Germany, the most rationally advanced society in Europe that gave birth to the Mythos of Hitler. But even before that, while Europeans were making great discoveries through rational science, there was the Witch Hysteria in Europe and the colones were thousands of women were killed.
Does rational control over the collective mind, as well as the individual, create the conditions for an irrational break out of the unconscious, which takes the form of mythos? Is Trump a volcanic eruption of unconscious forces that have been bottled up by rational control?
The Age of Reason was a way against the Unconscious, until Freud came along and mapped its existence. Mythos, the rituals and mysteries of the Church were erased from European society by science and Protestantism. Reason, scientific method and verification of the senses was the only access to truth. Even truth itself became relative in Einstein. Nothing is fixed, including values.
But values are fixed, says the Conservative Spirit, fixed by God. And God, of course, is Absolute, and God’s values are God’s manifestation on earth, so the Conservative hangs onto its values as if they were God. But in the scientific rational universe, God is only an after thought. Nothing is fixed said Einstein…..so there you go.
But the Conservative Spirit takes many forms, and in America politics today it is not against science—although you can see different strains of it as anti-science—but it is anti-liberal values of equality of man. Conservatives want a Supreme Court that looks aback to the literal constitution where these new values have no mention. I have many conversations with intelligent conservatives, and that seems to be where the two tides meets. Scientific rationalism strips the power of mythos (religion) from the state, and today’s Conservatives, no matter how they define it, resist the separation of state and religion.
The new values of the now conflict with the old values of the past. Each feels the victim of the other. There is no unified value system that unites America now. Each political party stands for a different value system. We are regressing backward to where reason is pitted against faith in the 16th century. Is the world a fixed value system, or do values evolve as the world changes. This is the one step forward and one step backward of history. There are no new tides under the moon.