This is why I'm wary of the "treat all opinions as equally valid" stance. Reminds me of an argument I read online where someone was losing their shit because their attempts to debate the merits of genocide were being shut down.in which case one would not debate with a fascist because that inter alia signals that you see their exclusionary politics as being compassionate.
But the book (J R) is more profoundly a portrait of a world that has given up on transcendent values. Gaddis himself described it as “a secular version of its predecessor.” (The Clementine Recognitions are sometimes called the “first Christian novel,” and Gaddis remarked that his own might be the last.) The great consolation of the earlier book—“Thank God there was the gold to forge”—is gone; we have left the gold standard for the world of fiat currency. That there is no “reality” in back of the mask—that the mask cannot be dropped, or that behind it will be found simply another one—is the key contention of the postmodern tradition of which Gaddis is commonly treated as a precursor.