In the light of this skepticism and criticism, postmodernism seeks to deconstruct the language of Cartesian rationality by abandoning the idea of rationality as a neutral arbiter of the rules of clear thinking; a disimpassioned
means for reaching indubitable, final conclusions; and a universal guide to human thought and conduct.
Petzold's films make clear that Eigensinne abound as the other side of Europe's official meaning, against its blue-grey world of finance and commerce, its disimpassioned
bureaucratic consolidation, its budgetary conflicts that can trigger a reassertion of older ethnoi, and the demarcation of its own ethnicity vis-a-vis those people who are, as citizens, already part of its demos or those who reside there as non-citizens.
The writer, Roberts-Miller asserts, is restricted to speaking in a neutral, disimpassioned
voice (28-29), the audience is generalized as sharing the same beliefs and values (81-82), and the reasoning process is ontologized, that is, fact is conflated with truth (76-77).