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They Have Those High Status Positions Theyre

entrenched in their economic fortunes. They have economic security through the bureaucracy through the tenure system, etc. So they’re cynically pushing this narrative as a way to redistribute status and prestige, which is really what they crave that’s the real currency that’s the real redistribution well. Everyone craves that Christopher I would say because there isn’t anything that you have that’s more valuable than your reputation. You trade on your reputation.

People Who Have Stored Up Genuine

value in their reputation and who have been honest players and who know how to work and know how to share are much more likely to be rewarded with a deserved prestige. But the narcissists and the psychopaths and the intellectual Machiavellians can parasitize that by making unwarranted moral claims and then saying about themselves that they are as good or better than the people they’re. criticizing and because they have intellectual prowess they’re often able to out argue the people who have accrued genuine moral virtue that might be like the self–made working-class types who know what’s right and who act out what’s right? But who aren’t as able to articulate it, which is a challenge on the conservative side Hello everyone I’m very pleased today to be talking with Mr. Christopher Ruffo, who’s emerged as a national and international class troublemaker. I would say and policy advisor on the culture war front, especially in relationship to issues of public education and critical race theory whatever that means and both philosophically and politically that’s what we’re going to delve into today.

Christopher Is A Senior Fellow And Director Of

the Initiative on Critical race theory at the Manhattan Institute. He’s also a contributing editor at City Journal where his writing explores a range of issues. theory, homelessness, addiction crime and the decline of cities on America’s West coast, Mr. Rufo also as I said became a focal point of attention on the culture warfront. For reasons we will discuss in this podcast.

He Recently Launched A Youtube Channel Called Christopher

Ruffo theory concentrating on all these philosophical political and practical issues thank you very much. Mr. Ruffo Christopher for agreeing to talk to me today. It’s a pleasure to be with you so let’s start with a broad question. three.

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I Suppose Who Are You What In The

world are you up to and why have people so suddenly in some real sense become interested why have you become a focal point of attention on these issues sure I I think it’s because I was really the first person to do the reporting to actually substantiate the feeling that many people had that our. institutions had been captured by left-wing ideologies and this has obviously been a kind of concern for many people for a long time, but for many years it felt like it was relegated to the university setting and so conservatives could say well, you know there’s something crazy going on at Vassar College. It doesn’t affect me then after the death of George Floyd in 2020. It seemed like all of our institutions suddenly shifted overnight. So I did a series of reports on diversity training programs in the federal government that got the attention of then president Trump.

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Then I Shifted To Looking At Critical

race theory implemented as a pedagogical approach in K-12 schools, which set off this massive response or really revolt amongst parents nationwide and now I’m focusing on on gender ideology as well looking at K-12 schools, government agencies and even the fortune 100 companies. I think I’ve been able to do that’s been able to galvanize attention is take these issues establish a factual basis saying this is what’s happening. These are the documents and then describing the origins whether it’s critical race theory or queer theory in a way that the average person a parent in a public school district, for example, can start to then push back and that’s really been my goal. I’m kind of an accidental activist never set out to be an activist, but as it turns out I’m kind of leading this fight in many ways and here in the United States right so you think you were able to make these issues to take them out of the purely academic realm. While they were moving out of the purely academic realm to articulate what they are to articulate people’s concerns about that parental concerns in in specifically.

And Also To Act As An Advisor.

Let’s say and an educator on the political front does that seem about right yeah that’s exactly right and I think what I’ve been able to do and it’s actually been just really fascinating and rewarding process is to kind of take my very small team and we run the whole gamut. So we start at the very beginning, which is always creating new information in the sense that we’re fielding reports we’re talking to whistleblowers. We’re authenticating documents. We’re putting them on television we’re putting them on social media so people are aware of what’s happening and then all of a sudden people said well, how do we talk about this you know whether it’s people in co you know, Congressmen or state legislators or governors.

Hey Whats Going On With Critical Race Theory

what’s the language I should be using. What can we do about it? And then I started putting together those kind of memos and an advisory capacity saying Hey, This is what’s actually happening. This is what’s going on beneath the surface and this is what you can do about it right okay so you’re also detailing the way that this system of ideas let’s say you’re also detailing the way that this system of ideas is manifesting itself concretely in the educational establishment and in actual institutions. So it’s not merely a theoretical discussion yeah that’s exactly right and there’s a really important point on on that distinction that I that I think is really critical um a lot of the debates that we’ve had in in recent years kind of restrict themselves to that theoretical basis. It’s almost like people who are playing politics.

Intellectuals, Journalists Are Having An Oxford

style debate and there’s this. Really I think an illusion that if you win the debate in the kind of marketplace of ideas, then your ideas will win what I’ve done is. I’ve exposed that that’s actually not true. It’s not how it works. It’s really actually a harmful illusion because when you have bureaucrats who have a very specific ideology that control public resources.

They Control The Curriculum, They Control Human Resources

departments or diversity equity and inclusion departments. Even if you have the better ideas they have the political power and so my big takeaway and my big call really to conservatives is to say sure having a stimulating intellectual discussion is important. I enjoy it many people enjoy it, but we actually have to get down to that structural level of bureaucratic and political power and I was able to show through the reporting. Hey This is what they’re implementing in schools. These are the people who are doing it um and these are people who have captured you know hundreds of millions of dollars in public resources and we should really focus the debate there.

If We Want To Have A Chance

to changing this cultural pattern okay well. I want to return to that because one of the I’m going to play Devil‘s advocate on the Kimberley Crenshaw in section intersectionality Crt front and I also want to have a discussion with you about the the place of this war. Let’s say the proper place of the war because one of the concerns I have about attempts to fight critical race theory at the practical and pragmatic level is that attempts to regulate or ban it and i’m not saying this is happening. I’m, saying it’s a potential danger attempts to regulate or ban it run into the potential problem. of expanding the sensorial capacity of governments in relationship to educational institutions and the free flow of ideas and that when especially when you’re dealing with something that’s as difficult to pin down and define let’s say as critical race theory because where’s its boundaries that poses a potential danger for the future.

We Dont Want To Establish Government Institutions That

are heavy-handed in their sensorial capacity. So we’ll go back to that we’ll go back to that let’s start though maybe we could start for the audience and I’d like you to talk about definitions. So let’s talk about four domains okay perhaps we can try to intertangle all of them. What specifically is critical race theory that’s a very difficult thing to to define um how is that related to queer theory, which is something that people know even less about and why should we care and then. Do you think these are related to these broader issues of say post-modern philosophy and the Marxism that comes tagging along in its wake, So let’s start with CRt What is CRt? How did you become aware of it? How should people understand it? So I first became aware of critical race theory really working backwards as I mentioned I was doing this series of reports on these diversity training programs in the federal government and once you look at enough of these documents, they’re all the same They recycle the same 10 set of concepts or so and so I said where does this come from? What is the origin of the of this theory And so I started working backwards looking at the footnotes looking at the suggested readings and then really discovered over time.

The Common Intellectual Framework Is Critical Race Theory.

The definition is pretty simple. race theory maintains that the United States is a fundamentally racist country and that all of its institutions from the constitution to the law to the nuclear family to the social institutions manners and Maurice preach the values of liberty and equality, But these are really just smoke screens for naked racial domination and so they look at the entirety of American history from the declaration to the constitution even to Abraham Lincoln and then to the Civil Rights Act and they say it appears that there’s racial progress. It appears that there’s reconciliation, but that’s an illusion actually it’s just that power has become more sophisticated, more subtle and more insidious and so you’re starting from that point and then you’re analyzing any social phenomenon and you’re you know surprise surprise discovering not only that it’s a manifestation of racism, but they try to say we’re going to give.

You Tools To To Show Exactly How Thats

true okay so who would you identify as let’s do this in two tiers. Who are the main thinkers on the critical race theory front per se and then who would you identify as the more fundamental sources of the ideas that are driving these 10 common concepts Let’s say that are running through such phenomena as diversity training. So who are the main critical race theorists sure so the critical race theory. The godfather of critical race theory was a a black Harvard law professor named Derrick Bell, who was hired as the first full-time Black law professor at Harvard in the late 1960s and Bella‘s a really fascinating person.

He Set The Tone Of Critical Race Theory.

It’s an ideology of extreme cynicism, a kind of negative philosophy, a kind of negation based philosophy, and he cultivated a network of. Students, he was a very charismatic figure wrote a series of books, kind of allegorical books talking about.


Christopher Ruffo is a senior fellow and director of the Initiative on Critical race theory at the Manhattan Institute . Ruffo also is a contributing editor at City Journal where he explores a range of issues including homelessness, addiction crime and the decline of cities on America‘s West coast . Rufo also as I said became a policy advisor on the culture war front, especially in relationship to issues of public education and critical race theory whatever that means and both philosophically and politically that’s what we’re going to delve into today’s political and philosophically . We’ll talk with Mr. Ruffo, who’s emerged as a national and international class troublemaker, on the Culture War front, and on the issues of education, race theory and public education . We’re looking at the culture wars in a new book, The New Century Century Institute, The Manhattan Institute, at 8 p.m. ET. on Monday, October 8.05/09/01/ ….. Click here to read more and watch the full video