"An elegant and thoughtful dismantling of perhaps the most dangerous ideology at work today." — BEN SHAPIRO, bestselling author and host of "The Ben Shapiro Show"
"Reading Noah Rothman is like a workout for your brain." — DANA PERINO, bestselling author and former press secretary to President George W. Bush
There are just two problems with “social justice”: it’s not social and it’s not just. Rather, it is a toxic ideology that encourages division, anger, and vengeance. In this penetrating work, Commentary editor and MSNBC contributor Noah Rothman uncovers the real motives behind the social justice movement and explains why, despite its occasionally ludicrous public face, it is a threat to be taken seriously.
American political parties were once defined by their ideals. That idealism, however, is now imperiled by an obsession with the demographic categories of race, sex, ethnicity, and sexual orientation, which supposedly constitute a person’s “identity.” As interest groups defined by identity alone command the comprehensive allegiance of their members, ordinary politics gives way to “Identitarian” warfare, each group looking for payback and convinced that if it is to rise, another group must fall.
In a society governed by “social justice,” the most coveted status is victimhood, which people will go to absurd lengths to attain. But the real victims in such a regime are blind justice—the standard of impartiality that we once took for granted—and free speech. These hallmarks of American liberty, already gravely compromised in universities, corporations, and the media, are under attack in our legal and political systems.
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About the Author
Noah Rothman is an Associate Editor of Commentary Magazine. He lives in New York City.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Identitarianism 1
Chapter 2 A Nation or a People? 33
Chapter 3 Truths and Transgressions 63
Chapter 4 Lifting the Veil 91
Chapter 5 Entry-Level Politics 109
Chapter 6 Victimocracy 147
Chapter 7 Violent Delights 181
Chapter 8 "Throw It the Hell Out" 211
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A must read for sure.
As I came to understand the contribution of Ayn Rand's philosophy to the history of ideas, I've concluded that any general overview of philosophy, or any cultural commentary on a topic she has written on, that fails to mention her philosophy, is out of date. Like a history of physics that doesn't mention Einstein. Noah Rothman does a reasonably good job at writing on this topic. But as he discussed theories of justice, I'm wondering where Ayn Rand's refutation of John Rawls is. Rand was not listed in the index, so I had low expectations. Then, Rothman mentions Rand in one throw-away sentence, mis-identifying her as a "libertarian" and a "dogmatist." What a shame! This book will ultimately have little effect in the fight against the injustice of "social justice."