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The Ayaan Hirsi Ali Podcast: 22. Christopher Rufo on Critical Race Theory

19/07/2021

Ayaan is a Somali-born classical liberal. A free speech advocate. An activist for the rights of women and girls. A public intellectual with a powerful voice. A woman that does not back down when she sees a problem.

Previously a Member of the Dutch Parliament (2003-2006), she regularly called for furthering the integration of non-Western immigrants into Dutch society, and defending the rights of Muslim women.

The Ayaan Hirsi Ali Podcast is a home for critical thinking and common sense. Critical thinking, objective truth and free speech have always been under assault.

Some of her guests will surprise you. Some of the topics we’ll be covering are ones she’s never approached before. What all Ayaan’s guests will have in common is a passion for free inquiry and speech. They are not afraid to explore different perspectives, even if it means challenging their own assumptions, or violating cultural taboos. You, the audience, can make up your minds which arguments make most sense to you. We would love to hear your thoughts after each show.

This episode was recorded on June 28th, 2021.

Ayaan speaks with Christopher Rufo about his first encounter with critical race theory (CRT), why it is so dangerous, and what is really going on in American schools. They also discuss Christopher’s experience as a documentary film maker, homelessness in San Francisco, and the decline of cities in America.

Christopher Rufo is a senior fellow and director of the initiative on critical race theory at the Manhattan Institute. He is also a contributing editor at City Journal where his writing explores a range of issues including critical race theory, homelessness, addiction, crime, and the decline of cities on America’s west coast

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