• Race Marxism

  • The Truth About Critical Race Theory and Praxis
  • By: James Lindsay
  • Narrated by: James Lindsay
  • Length: 12 hrs and 43 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (61 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Critical race theory is one of the hottest and most controversial topics in the world today, but what is it, really? Rightly understood, critical race theory is a reinvention of an older, terrible idea, Marxism, using race "as the central construct for understanding inequality" in place of economic class. That is, critical race theory is race Marxism. The evidence of this claim is so overwhelming upon even casual examination that it is a shock that it isn't immediately plain to everyone who encounters it. Therefore, this audiobook by James Lindsay, the leading investigator of critical race theory, serves less to make the case that critical race theory is race Marxism and more to serve as a long permission slip to the public to call critical race theory what it plainly is.

Race Marxism exists to tell the truth about critical race theory in unprecedented clarity and depth. Across its six weighty chapters, Lindsay explains what critical race theory is, what it believes, where it comes from, how it operates, and what we can do about it now that we know what we're dealing with. It exposes critical race theory for what it is by ranging widely across its own literature and a survey of some of the darkest philosophical currents of the last 300 in Western thought. Listeners will come away understanding critical race theory and be able to speak the truth about it with authority: Critical race theory is race Marxism, and, like all Marxist theories before it, it will not work this time.

About the Author

James Lindsay is an author, internationally recognized speaker, and the founder and president of New Discourses. He is best known for his relentless criticism of "woke" ideology, the now-famous grievance studies affair, and the best-selling book Cynical Theories, which has been translated into over a dozen languages. In addition to writing and speaking, Lindsay is the voice of the New Discourses podcast and has been a guest on prominent media outlets including The Joe Rogan Experience, Glenn Beck, Fox News, and NPR.

©2022 James Lindsay (P)2022 James Lindsay

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Lindsay has done the work

CRT's roots in Critical Marxism are clearly explained here. But Lindsay takes this back not only to the Frankfurt School but W.E.B. Du Bois and Hegel and Rousseau in a way that makes the connections comprehensible: no easy task for these idealist and anti-rationalist foundations of CRT.

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A Decent Resource

Lindsey does a great job eviscerating much of the nonsense of CRT in this volume. His linking of ideas is crucial to understand the long arc (he uses the image of a spear) of critical theories and it's most recent powerful offspring, CRT. I learned a great deal by reading his analysis.

Although Lindsay himself admits as much in the book, he doesn't take much time to unpack the ideology of liberalism. To me the future of many institutions and even nation-states ride on the question of liberalism's sufficiency to sustain culture. Wish there had been more discussion about how Critical Theories of all types flourish when the mythology of liberalism seems unable to explain the dissolving of cultures and societies in the modern West.

Nevertheless, I am grateful Lindsay wrote this volume, and am thankful CRT is being shown for what it is. I'd recommend it to all who wonder why they are subject to the stupefying drivel of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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Fascinating Analysis

I was a bit skeptical about reading this critique because I knew so little about the subject matter and I was concerned that this book might be a simplistic polemic.

My concerns were quickly diminished as this study is a serious, though accessible, nuanced critique of Critical Race Theory. James Lindsey is a good writer and he carefully dissects the foundations of the theory and explicates its deficiencies as well as its intended results. The book should be an important part of the ongoing debate as to whether Critical Race Theory, with its strong Marxist bent, has any place in a free society.

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  • 08-11-22

Boom... Nailed it!

I was thoroughly impressed with this book. Lindsay does a fantastic job of laying out definitions, identifying Marxist language and procedure, and bringing to light the underlying philosophies of CRT. I wish I had read this before suffering through Di'Angelo and Kendi. I could have more easily understood their motivations and tactics. Some may criticize his profuse referencing of Marcuse, but I felt it was critical in highlighting the obvious influence on modern pseudo-scholars who are pushing toxic ideas on whole generations of unsuspecting students.

This is THE BEST book I have read on the threat CRT and its converts pose to Western Liberalism.