Academic journal article The Journal of Social, Political, and Economic Studies

The Diversity Delusion: How Race and Gender Pandering Corrupt the University and Undermine Our Culture

Academic journal article The Journal of Social, Political, and Economic Studies

The Diversity Delusion: How Race and Gender Pandering Corrupt the University and Undermine Our Culture

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The Diversity Delusion: How Race and Gender Pandering Corrupt the University and Undermine Our Culture

Heather MacDonald St. Martin's Press, 2018

This will be an excellent source-book for future scholars who may otherwise be unable to immerse themselves sufficiently in the ideological insanities of early 21st century America to get a full grasp of the surreal atmosphere they create. There is no better example of those insanities than for Heather MacDonald to be called "a notorious white supremacist fascist." A fellow and contributing editor at the City Journal, she is level-headed and committed to objective reporting. All five of her books, including her best-selling The War on Cops, deserve to go into a time capsule for perusal in an age when honest journalism is again in vogue. (Readers who are not imprisoned within the constricting walls of today's "political correctness" need not wait until then.)

The Diversity Delusion is made up of four parts. The first two chronicle the many nuances of today's prevailing "identity politics/ideology" relating to race and gender, respectively. The third tells of the vast bureaucracies that have built up to insist on the ideology's omnipresence and implementation. The final section is far less data-driven and reportorial, and consists of splendid essays on the humanities and "the true purpose of the university." Although she has managed to separate the two areas of race and gender victimology, we will review them together because they raise very much the same issues.

There has never been a time, at least since the French Revolution, when virtually all aspects of the West's society have not been under intellectual attack. This is relevant to how the Left came to possess the hold it now has over the thinking that lies like a smothering blanket over all "respectable" opinion among Western peoples. Although this history is important, MacDonald takes a useful foreshortened view. She says "in the 1970s, the literary theory of deconstruction took over humanities departments," and refers to Jacques Derrida, whose "deconstruction" sought to "expose alleged subtexts and suppressed meanings" within the Western intellectual canon (and more broadly within much everyday language) on the premise that all language is an artful manipulation of "power structures." We recognize in this, of course, the Cultural Marxism of Gramsci and the Frankfort School, which replaced the traditional Marxist class struggle between the "proletariat" and the "bourgeoisie" with a new form of Marxism seeking a stripping-down and remaking of Western culture. This has had enormous appeal within the hyper-intellectualized academic world, and has involved a "march through the institutions." So thorough has been the capture of academia, the media, the major corporate firms, government, and entertainment that it has to mark one of history's most rapid ideological victories.

The cultural Marxism is joined by feminist ideology in providing much of the intellectualization of today's identity politics, but an understanding of the stress on minority ethnicity also requires knowing the transition in point of view that occurred after World War II. It was then that the Left largely gave up its historic championing of the "proletariat" and became the sponsor, instead, of all non-Caucasian minorities, both internally (within the United States and elsewhere throughout the West) and externally. This was a continuation, in a different form, of the "alienated intelligentsia's" two-centuries-old seeking-out of allies against the predominant "bourgeois" culture. Indeed, that search for allies is the defining characteristic of the Left.

The alliance with minorities has led to a 180-degree reversal in "point of view" (arguably the most fateful change a civilization can endure). When this reviewer was a child, American movie audiences cheered when the cavalry came to save the wagon-train of settlers from the Indians. …

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