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    Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly best seller!

    Have you heard that language is violence and that science is sexist? Have you read that certain people shouldn't practice yoga or cook Chinese food? Or been told that being obese is healthy, that there is no such thing as biological sex, or that only White people can be racist? Are you confused by these ideas, and do you wonder how they have managed so quickly to challenge the very logic of Western society?

    In this probing and intrepid volume, Helen Pluckrose and James Lindsay document the evolution of the dogma that informs these ideas, from its coarse origins in French postmodernism to its refinement within activist academic fields. Today this dogma is recognizable as much by its effects, such as cancel culture and social-media dogpiles, as by its tenets, which are all too often embraced as axiomatic in mainstream media: knowledge is a social construct; science and reason are tools of oppression; all human interactions are sites of oppressive power play; and language is dangerous. As Pluckrose and Lindsay warn, the unchecked proliferation of these anti-Enlightenment beliefs present a threat not only to liberal democracy but also to modernity itself.

    While acknowledging the need to challenge the complacency of those who think a just society has been fully achieved, Pluckrose and Lindsay break down how this often radical activist scholarship does far more harm than good, not least to those marginalized communities it claims to champion. They also detail its alarmingly inconsistent and illiberal ethics. Only through a proper understanding of the evolution of these ideas, they conclude, can those who value science, reason, and consistently liberal ethics successfully challenge this harmful and authoritarian orthodoxy - in the academy, in culture, and beyond.

    ©2020 Helen Pluckrose and James Lindsay (P)2020 Pitchstone Publishing

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    Changed my mind

    I read this book out of curiosity. Before that, I was very critical of people opposing Social Justice ideology, which I perceived as simply fighting for a better world. And I was convinced that only a biggot would oppose such noble goal.

    This book made me reconsider. Yes, problems exist and they have deep roots. People are still being unfairly judged and mistreated for their identity. And this is deeply immoral.

    But the cure for this is not an ideology trying to restore social significance to identity, explicitly stating that people should be treated differently based on that identity.

    We will not solve implicit tribalism with explicit tribalism.

    This book tracked down the ideas of modern social justice movent and investigated their basic tennets and consequences. It convicted me that best tools we have in the fight against the biggotry our societies face are individualism, liberalism and universalism.

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    Carefully crafted and deeply needed rebuttal

    The authors craft a logical, serious, and strong rebuttal to the pseudoscience of current Social Justice "Theory". They speak in a careful combination of normal and academic speech. It's both insightful and interesting.

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    Keep on listening.

    Interesting book. The authors' opinion becomes clear in the last five minutes. So stay tuned