Bad theory, critical violence, and the threat to freedom of thought
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This review article provides a close reading of Professor David Benatar's The Fall of the University of Cape Town: Africa's leading university in decline (Politicisweb Publishing, 2021). As Dr Harvey reads it, the book is an anatomical breakdown of what happens to a university when Critical Race Theory (CRT) manifests and gains ascendancy. The book, he argues, is the first that provides "a detailed description and explanation of the repercussions of terrible ideas like CRT on a single institution".
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