Dictatorship of Virtue by Richard Bernstein
How the Battle over Multiculturalism Is Reshaping Our Schools, Our Country, and Our Lives

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A study of the battle over multiculturalism explores the noble origins of the movement and the abuses perpetrated in its name, discussing battles over school curricula, censorship, political correctness, and other key issues. 25,000 first printing. Tour.
 

About Richard Bernstein

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Richard Bernstein, a book critic for the "New York Times," served as "Time" magazine's first Beijing bureau chief. At the "Times," he has been UN bureau cheif, Paris bureau chief, and national cultural correspondent. He has written five books, including two other books on Asia: "From the Center of the Earth" and, with Ross H. Munro, "The Coming Conflict with China," He lives with his wife in New York City.
 
Published August 23, 1994 by Alfred A. Knopf. 367 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Bernstein offers chilling examples of how ``diversity'' has been used as a bludgeon by leftists in battle over high school curricula, sexual harassment hearings that deny due process, the commemoration of the 500th anniversary of Columbus's initial voyage to the New World, and school courses that...

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Multiculturalism, Bernstein says, began as a humane idea-to eliminate Eurocentric bias and enlarge American pluralism.

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New York Times correspondent Bernstein contends that the original liberal agenda behind multiculturalism has been replaced by an orthodoxy that is dangerous to free speech and obsessed with victimization.

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When Bernstein defines multiculturalism as "a code word for political ambition, a yearning for more power .

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London Review of Books

Moreover, when he estimates that a mere 10 per cent of university teachers of the humanities and social sciences belong to such a Left, the implicit suggestion is that these are opposed by the other 90 per cent, when in fact the percentage of those actively opposing, rather than just quietly acce...

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