Disinformation, anti-intellectualism and intimidation are tactics employed by authoritarians throughout history to obtain and maintain power.
In the U.S., we’re seeing these tendencies manifested in book banning and in legislative efforts to prevent certain ideas and concepts from being discussed or taught in public schools and universities.
The Manhattan Institute – an influential far-right think tank – has outlined legislation for conservative-leaning states to adopt, designed to reinstate white supremacist ideologies in public universities. One of the authors, Christopher F. Ruso, is responsible for the public campaign which has successfully demonized critical race theory.
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