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Kevin Glass (Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity) and Sonny Bunch (The Washington Free Beacon)

On Rational Actors, Kevin and Sonny discuss the phenomenon of “the politicized life,” in which cultural preferences come to reflect political leanings. Sonny argues that the tactic of politicized boycotts has shifted from right to left over time. Kevin asks whether some positions, like 9/11 trutherism, are deserving of ostracism. Why are undergraduates rebelling against controversial commencement speakers? Is the rise of trigger warnings on campus an authoritarian omen? And where is this culture of heightened political correctness headed?

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Recorded:May 19    Posted:May 22, 2014
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Rational Actors | May 22, 2014 | Kevin Glass & Sonny Bunch

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