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Identity Politics

September 30, 2020

A Broken Vessel: Identity Theory and the Fragmentation of Poetry

Jane Clark Scharl

Identity theory insists that human beings experience the world as members of the identity group to which they belong. This idea is a “revolt against the concept of poetry,” which seeks to...

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September 30, 2020

Identity Politics and the New Culture Wars: Causes and Effects

Matthew Stewart

Two recent books using different methods attempt to address the question most asked by those flummoxed at the illiberal takeover of intellectual life: how did this happen?

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March 23, 2020

The Language of Prejudice in the New York Times: a Chronological Analysis

David Rozado

A study of word usage in the New York Times indicates that public preoccupation with sexism, racism, homophobia, Islamophobia, and related phenomena has reached new heights just as instances of bigotr...

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October 4, 2018

Can We Talk? Life under Frankfurt Rules

Robert L. Paquette

J. Scott Kenney finds himself marginalized by the current brand of social justice intolerance. Robert Paquette and Elizabeth Corey provide a different take on Marcuse and the origins of the...

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October 4, 2018

Shedding Humanity, Shredding the Humanities

Anthony Esolen

An incident with a student provides the occasion for Anthony Esolen’s exposition of how identity politics has made humanities education nearly impossible and the “very notion of a common g...

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