Quillette's Best on Critical Social Justice
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Quillette's Best on Critical Social Justice

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Wilfrid Laurier and the Creep of Critical Theory | Uri Harris

“We’re moving away from the multidimensional, bottom-up approach to discourse that has characterised and helped shape Western societies, and towards a singular, top-down approach that more resembles how Western societies looked before the Enlightenment.”

The Stifling Uniformity of Literary Theory | Neema Parvini

“Either you are with the oppressed, and therefore on the side of the angels, or you are implicitly supporting the side of the oppressors, and a damnable and unrepentant sinner.”

The Frankfurt School and Postmodern Philosophy | Matt McManus

“While they were often reticent to simply accept full irrationalism in all its nihilistic connotations, postmodern philosophers were often willing to flirt with deep skepticism and even mysticism as a default philosophical outlook.”

Postmodernism’s Dead End | Maximilian Werner

“According to this culturally relative view of the world, then, truth is arbitrary and exclusive, rather than evidentiary and shared. The consequence is divisiveness.”

A Closer Look at ‘White Fragility’ Theory | Valerie Tarico

“White fragility theory simultaneously rejects racial essentialism and embraces it. Perhaps this paradox reflects where many Americans are in the long arc of struggle toward equity and justice.”

The Problem with ‘White Fragility’ Theory | Jonathan Church

“It appears that DiAngelo and her disciples have become so focused on white ‘illiteracy’ in the conversation about race that they are prepared to sacrifice the scientific method on the altar of fighting ‘institutional racism.’”

White Privilege Is Real, but Well-Meaning White Liberals Are Helping to Perpetuate It | Eric Kaufmann

“Rather than imagining a world of conflicting groups in which whites oppress non-whites, we should think of white privilege as a complex structure which all people of all races and ethnicities bear some responsibility for.”

Unpacking Peggy McIntosh’s Knapsack | William Ray

“Every time identity politics has been used by any faction in human history for any reason violence eventually follows.”

Why White Privilege Is Wrong—Part 1 | Vincent Harinam and Rob Henderson

“Clearly, differences exist between ethnic groups in the U.S. But, as we’ve shown, white privilege does not explain them. In fact, white privilege condenses the complexities of group outcomes into a simple narrative that does not help anyone.”

Why White Privilege is Wrong—Part 2 | Vincent Harinam and Rob Henderson

“‘White privilege’ gives you a simple answer and a clear enemy. But if we truly want to understand and mitigate group differences, then taking a closer look at the data is a far better approach.”

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