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9 February 2016

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Michael Brendan Dougherty (The Slurve, The Week) and Adam Serwer (Mother Jones)

On Washington Squares, Michael and Adam discuss John Derbyshire’s firing from National Review. Adam contends that much “race realism” is just a set of assertions to confirm already existing prejudices, and Michael searches for where to draw the line between intellectual inquiry about racial differences and racism. Michael worries that intellectual racism is likely to grow in the future, but Adam is more optimistic. The conversation then turns to the flap about Hilary Rosen and Ann Romney, where Michael defends political nonsense as a way for non-political junkies to engage in a debate and probe candidates. Finally, Michael launches an epic rant against the Catholic League for their attack on Rosen and their strategy of playing a victim.

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Recorded:Apr 12    Posted:Apr 13, 2012
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Washington Squares | Apr 13, 2012 | Brenda Talbot

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