Moreover, these three conceptual tools illuminate the ND’s central concerns surrounding modernity and postmodernity. It is my principal argument that modernity and postmodernity form the central backdrop to the ND worldview. The ND’s vehement rejection of right and left as political categories (a distinction dating back to the French Revolution), quest for a body politic grounded in an alternative modernity, and conversion to a religion of politics that emerged only in the late eighteenth century all highlight the ND’s seminal preoccupation with modernity.