Trigger Warnings, Safe Spaces, Bias Reporting: New Micro-techniques of Surveillance and Control

Suspended NYU prof Michael Rectenwald on "Trigger Warnings, Safe Spaces, Bias Reporting: The New Micro-techniques of Surveillance and Control"

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This show was recorded on September 17th, 2016

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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 ScienceEndevour, and George Eliot in Context (Cambridge University Press, 2013). He works with the important alternative media website Citizens for Legitimate Government.

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