From fat studies to academics, the world appears to have been taken over by identity politics. The result is the creation of a seemingly enormous congregation of members in the church of social justice.
The 1960s ended, in fact, some half a century ago. Nonetheless, they all share a concern that their employer, university, or children’s school seems to think otherwise and is therefore requiring an affirmation to a very specific understanding of “racism” and “anti-racism”.
Helen Pluckrose develops the definition of "Social Justice" as it is used in the academic literature in this tradition, explains its connections to identity politics and the political correctness movement, and then shows the relevance of the original postmodernists to this Theory in some detail.
Last year, Helen Pluckrose and I dedicated most of our time to writing a book about how “activist scholarship” has risen to prominence and created societal conditions that threaten to rip our societies apart.
As social unrest spreads throughout America after the death of George Floyd, Robin DiAngelo’s White Fragility has recently made its way back on the bestseller lists. What is the theory of white fragility?
James Lindsay joins High Society Radio to discuss what has transpired in all the time since he and Peter Boghossian published their first (mostly unsuccessful) attempt at a hoax paper on gender studies: “The Conceptual Penis as a Social Construct,” in early summer 2017.
Woke culture continues to become ever-more relevant to people in all walks of life, and this led to a recent BBC audio-documentary featuring feminist authort Helen Lewis and produced by Craig Templeton Smith, “The Roots of ‘Woke’ Culture.”
I find it very odd when people keep telling me that “the left” is doing something bad with regard to wokeness and applied postmodernism when so many of the people opposing identity politics, cancel culture, collective blame, language policing, deplatforming, and censorship by the Critical Social Justice faction are, in fact, on the left.
We are currently caught up in a battle of discourses. Mostly, this battle rages between Critical Social Justice activists and right-wing populists, with the rest of us stuck somewhere in the middle and having to pick sides.
Something has gone wrong in the university—especially in certain fields within the humanities. Scholarship based less upon finding truth and more upon attending to social grievances has become firmly established.