Apr 16, 2020 • 1HR 26M

The Same Drugs Interview: Mike Nayna on grievance studies & the trouble with social justice activism

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Mike Nayna is a filmmaker living in Melbourne. His 2015 short, Digilante  (recently picked up by The Atlantic), took a critical look at viral cancel culture and how the moral intentions of social justice warriors can go terribly wrong. He is currently working on a film about the "grievance studies" affair — a project of James A. Lindsay, Peter Boghossian, and Helen Pluckrose, who wanted to shine a light on poor scholarship in certain "social justice"-centered academic fields, such as gender and critical race studies. The three scholars submitted fake papers to academic journals to expose how easy it is to get “absurdities and morally fashionable political ideas published as legitimate academic research.” A number of the papers were published, including a 3000 word excerpt of Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf, rewritten in the language of intersectionality theory.

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