In his new book The Madness of Crowds, British journalist Douglas Murray takes on the three most divisive issues of our time — sexuality, gender, and race — and their prevalence in workplaces, universities, schools, and homes across the western world. Each of these hot buttons, Murray writes, are increasingly attended by a crusading desire on the part of many to right perceived wrongs, along with a weaponization of identity. The world is viewed through the lens of power and oppression, as if this were the only dynamic at play.
If this sounds theoretical, a recent article in The Atlantic by George Packer called “When the Culture War Comes for the Kids” describes what it looks like on the ground. Motivated by progressive values, Packer moved his children into New York public schools and was initially heartened by the increased diversity. Eventually, however, his middle-school daughter expressed a wish "not to be white so that she wouldn’t have slavery on her conscience”, while other kids started arriving home desperate for the bathroom after holding it all day to avoid using gender neutral bathrooms. Somehow, within the course of a few years, education had became dominated by meta-concepts like white supremacy, heterosexism, and patriarchy.
Listen to Douglas Murray explain how this came to be, or jump in toward the end for a striking explanation of the need for forgiveness in our culture. For more, check out The Madness of Crowds: Gender, Race, and Identity. William Davies provides a dissenting perspective in The Guardian.