In the Name of Wokeness: Institutionalized Racism | Heather Mac Donald | EP 350

Dr. Jordan B. Peterson and Heather Mac Donald break down her new book, “When Race Trumps Merit,” detailing how the West has bizarrely adopted discriminatory practices in our institutions all in the name of wokeness.

Heather Mac Donald is the Thomas W. Smith Fellow at the Manhattan Institute, a contributing editor at City Journal, and the 2005 recipient of the Bradley Prize. Mac Donald received a BA from Yale University, an MA from Cambridge University, and a JD from Stanford University. Her work has covered a range of topics, from higher education and immigration to policing and race relations. Mac Donald’s writing has appeared in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and New York Times. She is the author of several critically acclaimed books, including “The Diversity Delusion” and the New York Times bestseller “The War on Cops.”

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– Chapters –

(0:00) Coming up
(1:36) Intro
(2:20) Ethics and hiring criteria
(5:21) The technical definition of merit
(6:51) A book written out of rage
(8:40) Nepotism and dynasty
(10:01) Presumed racism, faulty alternatives
(17:27) Cognitive ability and the merit index
(20:53) The bell curve, meeting the distribution
(25:13) The US military, sub-83
(26:10) Founders rhetoric
(27:21) This discourse is predominantly driven by race
(31:05) Relevant factors
(35:20) The Perry preschool experiment, verbal environments
(36:47) The best predictor for your child’s IQ
(39:38) Destructive underclass cultures
(45:16) A screeching halt in civil rights
(48:04) Becoming a plausible mate, future orientation
(49:11) Why we grow up
(56:06) Functional values
(59:26) How the left defines poverty
(1:02:40) Conscientiousness
(1:03:51) Bad solutions, the lapse of no-excuses charter schools
(1:07:36) Post George Floyd guilt
(1:10:50) The alternative explanation for disparity
(1:15:10) Research priorities
(1:16:34) Proportionality is impossible
(1:18:13) Why we developed the SAT’s
(1:19:11) Excellence is a fundamental human ambition
(1:19:40) China is ruthlessly meritocratic
(1:22:59) The only requirement of a scientist
(1:27:07) The awe of human expression
(1:30:32) The racism format and the double standard
(1:31:53) The failure of fine art curators, re-emergence of Cane
(1:38:07) An excuse for ignorance
(1:39:14) Haidt, science behind proclivity and depression
(1:43:28) The feminization of the university


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