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Federalist Radio: Political Correctness, Critical Theory and Donald Trump

Michael Walsh and Denise McAllister discuss how critical theory has led to political correctness and an aversion to the truth.


Today on Federalist Radio Hour, Michael Walsh and Denise McAllister discuss the philosophy of “critical theory” and how the rise of political correctness endangers culture. Walsh is the author of The Devil’s Pleasure Palace: The Cult of Critical Theory and the Subversion of the West, and McAllister is a senior contributor at The Federalist.

Walsh explains the birth of critical theory, how it made it’s way from Germany to America, and how it’s applied today. “Diversity, equality, tolerance; these are all critical theory values that sound good and there’s nothing wrong with them, except that the way they’re applied is almost always as a battering against the culture that is under attack,” he said. “The sexual revolution was definitely critical theory.”

Few politicians, except for the obvious Donald Trump, are willing to engage in battle against political correctness. McAllister said people fear being labeled as intolerant. “There’s all these regulations and rules that are increasing at the school level, she said. “It’s exhausting to people. These People are silenced. The children are silenced.”

Later in the hour, McAllister explained her perspective on Donald Trump as someone who has been a Washington outsider and active in the Tea Party movement. She said there are conservatives who have really core beliefs, but they don’t see anyone representing them in the establishment.

“To a lot of people who hear out Donald Trump, they don’t hear someone who’s not conservative or someone who’s not to be trusted. They hear someone who is saying ‘I’m not going to put up with political correctness,’ and ‘I’m going to put up these borders.’”

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