Political correctness and Multiculturalism are volatile and controversial issues in the United States today. We would be led to believe by the likes of Allan Bloom and Dinesh D’Souza and by Newsweek and The New Republic that western civilization, as represented by the U.S., is under attack. Its basic institutions, the colleges and universities have been penetrated and subverted by tenured radicals who seek to undermine our values and traditions. The media in numerous articles and cover stories suggest that an alliance of feminists, Marxists, black, Latinos, Native Americans, gays and lesbians are fomenting anarchy and revolt. What’s going on here?
Barbara Ehrenreich is a social critic, journalist, and activist. She received a PhD in cell biology from Rockefeller University. In the 1970’s, she was involved with the nascent women’s health movement. After publishing an article in Ms magazine, she became a regular columnist there and with Mother Jones. She is the author of numerous books including such bestsellers as Nickel and Dimed, Bait and Switch, This Land is Their Land and Bright-Sided. In 2012 she founded the Economic Hardship Reporting Project, a website designed to place the crisis of poverty and economic insecurity at the center of the national political conversation.