Individualism, Liberalism, The Enlightment
Rod Dreher posts a letter from an anonymous (and not entirely grammatical) conservative college professor.
[W]hen people my parentsâ€™ age scoff at the whole trans thing and dismiss it as just the cause du jour (remember Darfur? neither do any of the SJWs), I shake my head and tell them they have no idea whatâ€™s coming. The project of the Willed Self is a natural outgrowth of Enlightenment thinking. (I share your opinion that Submission is not a great book, but a very important one in terms of exposing the internal contradictions of the Enlightenment.) The whole intellectual movement of the last three centuries has at its core the principle of freeing the willed self from all constraints. The trans movement represents this ideaâ€™s apex: if we can free ourselves from basic biology and anatomy, then truly we have become gods. â€œI am that I amâ€ is no longer confined to Exodus 3; it is the mantra of the willed self freed from all external barriers. There is nothing beyond the subjective, the personal, the therapeutic, because all that matters is how I define my own self, my own existence, and my own gratification. There can be no society or community within this worldview. Patrick Deneen was right in that â€œAfter Liberalismâ€ lecture he gave: Enlightenment liberalism has been scary for we [sic] traditional conservatives, but whatâ€™s coming next â€” whatâ€™s coming now â€” is terrifying.