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Tony McAleer

Episode 72: Tony McAleer, The Cure for Hate

Tony McAleer is my guest on this episode. He’s the author of the new book “The Cure for Hate: A Former White Supremacist’s Journey from Violent Extremism to Radical Compassion. He is the co-founder of Life After Hate, a non-profit organization whose mission to help people leave hate groups and to counter hate on social media without censorship. A former organizer for the White Aryan Resistance (WAR), he served as a recruiter for WAR and proprietor of a white-supremacist voice messaging center.

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Publishing, On Diversity

I have previously published eight books, including with Cambridge University Press and Columbia University Press. However, the publishing history of my latest book — which explores the topic of diversity — was very different and, to my mind, telling about the current state of intellectual diversity on American campuses.  No university press seemed willing to..

free speech

There’s Been a Lot of Talk About Campus Free Speech Problems. It’s Time to Focus on Solutions

Two months into the new school year and it’s clear that free speech challenges on campus are not going away. Amid ongoing tensions over censorious protests, controversial speakers, and resignations, there have been new lawsuits over student organizations and bias response systems that continue to make waves. The federal government has issued a new warning..


Range: How Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World

University faculty and administrators make considerable noise about “interdisciplinary” work. I have never met anyone who said that she opposes interdisciplinary scholarship in principle, and plaudits generally await those who cross-pollinate their research with research in other fields. In practice, however, crossing disciplinary boundaries too often amounts to invasion rather than collaboration: we use or..

active listening

Want Free Speech and Meaningful Classes on Campus? Encourage Listening.

Well-publicized incidents of speakers being disinvited or shouted down on college campuses, “watch lists” that single out professors at ideological variance from the lists’ creators, and general education classes that many students cannot imagine have real world utility are among the many things that have led some to declare a “crisis” in higher education.  The..

knowledge production

Seizing the Means of Knowledge Production

“The appeal to ‘social justice’ has by now become the most widely used and most effective argument in political discussion. Almost every claim for government action on behalf of particular groups is made in its name, and if it can be made to appear that a certain measure is demanded by ‘social justice,’ opposition to..