The reason I'm asking these seemingly bizarre questions is that my current reading matter is the Killing of History by Australian academic Keith Windschuttle.The author is angry that history departments down under have been taken over by practitioners of "cultural relativism", "semiotics", "structuralism", "post-structuralism", "discourse theory", "postmodernism", "hermeneutics" and much more of the same. For them, we can't possibly "know" anything. Any opinion is as good as any other. "Reality" is merely an assumption, probably of exploitative white males. Perhaps because Mr Windschuttle is an academic he refrains from what most Ozzies and other decent folk would say: these characters are raving nutcases. And they inhabit most of the humanities departments in the whole of the Anglosphere, not just in history and not just in Australia. None of these charlatans would survive for a moment if they didn't have the taxpayer financing their nefarious activities. I doubt if they'd make it as sellers of the Big Issue. And this ladies and gentlemen is why any attempt by our government to promote "Britishness" is doomed to fail. Our educational establishment is under the control of the same lunatics. For them, all cultures are equal. Except ours; it is uniquely evil.
Don't we live in interesting times?