Cynical Theories

Cynical Theories explains a half-century arc of intellectual history culminating in our current state of histrionic overreach in the name of social justice. Cynical Theories exposes a history of ideas which, in challenging unifying narratives and universal values, have come to threaten free speech, honest debate, and the valuing of reason itself.... [Pluckrose and Lindsay] argue instead that the crusade marching in the name of critical social justice is often not about social justice at all. It is about a nakedly illiberal set of cynical theories that find their origin in the ideas of postmodern intellectuals dating back to the late 1960s. -- Jonathan Church in Quillette