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NYU professor Michael Rectenwald – who has just been suspended for thinking intelligently and critically, as opposed to what most of the professoriat does these days – discusses his recent article “Trigger Warnings, Safe Spaces, Bias Reporting: The New Micro-techniques of Surveillance and Control.”
Has free speech and free thought been expelled from the American academy? Have universities today reached the point that “any perspective that deviates from this ‘academic’ orthodoxy – or any opposition expressed by faculty members in reasoned commentary or debate about the premises of the creed and/or its techniques – is virtually proscribed in advance” ? Does the official dogma of “diversity” serve to flatten out, if not actually crush, real diversity of perspectives?
We also discuss the rise of the Straussian neocons and other postmodernists, who believe that truth is whatever the powerful say it is. Are they right? Or is postmodernism just a symptom of civilizational decadence?
Michael Rectenwald is a professor in Global Liberal Studies at New York University. He is the author of Nineteenth-Century British Secularism: Science, Religion and Literature (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016), primary editor of Global Secularisms in a Post-Secular Age (De Gruyter, 2015), and primary author of Academic Writing, Real World Topics(Broadview Press, 2015). His essays have appeared in numerous periodicals and anthologies, including the British Journal for the History of Science, Endevour, and George Eliot in Context (Cambridge University Press, 2013). He works with the important alternative media website Citizens for Legitimate Government.
Dr. Kevin Barrett, a Ph.D. Arabist-Islamologist is one of America’s best-known critics of the War on Terror.
He also has appeared many times on Fox, CNN, PBS, and other broadcast outlets, and has inspired feature stories and op-eds in the New York Times, the Christian Science Monitor, the Chicago Tribune, and other leading publications.
Dr. Barrett has taught at colleges and universities in San Francisco, Paris, and Wisconsin; where he ran for Congress in 2008. He currently works as a nonprofit organizer, author, and talk radio host.