The Fifth Principle Project is sponsoring a Meet the Author forum on the new book Against Illiberalism A critique of illiberal trends in liberal institutions with a focus on Unitarian Universalism by David Cycleback. The forum is scheduled for Friday, September 16 at 8:00 pm Eastern. To receive a link to this Zoom forum, please register below.
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About Against Illiberalism
This book examines recent illiberal trends in traditionally liberal American institutions. It focuses on Unitarian Universalism, a historically liberal church whose national leadership has adopted an extreme authoritarian version of anti-racism as a “theological mandate,” causing strife and division.
Inequalities, unfairness, and prejudices are problems in all societies throughout human history. Stereotyping, unconscious bias, and tribalism are innate in human psychology and society. There is no single or objectively correct answer to addressing disparities. There is also no single or objectively correct way to organize societies, communities, and organizations.
While the various racial injustice models offer important insights into race and society, the author believes in classical liberalism, freedom of speech, and the free exchange of ideas, things that many extreme social justice movements and activists groups oppose. Freedom of speech and expression and the respectful exchange of ideas inherently support diversity and multiculturalism. Illiberalism, dogmatism, censorship, and authoritarianism are oppressive of all groups, minority and majority, and should be rejected wherever they appear.
As there are no simple or objective answers, this book encourages discussion. The most intolerable aspect of recent illiberal trends, and a key reason for the author writing this book, are the attempts to suppress the open exchange of ideas.
About the Author
David Cycleback, PH.D. is Director of the Center for Artifact Studies and a member of the British Royal Institute of Philosophy. He is the author of ten university textbooks in cognitive science and philosophy, including Cognitive Science of Religion and Belief Systems, Nature Limits of Human Knowledge, and Philosophy of Artificial Intelligence.
Review of Against Illiberalism
The Nefarious Doctrine and Praxis of ‘Woke Culture’ a review from Dick Burkhart of Against Illiberalism: A critique of illiberal trends in liberal institutions with a focus on Unitarian Universalism By David Cycleback (2022)
Cycleback is a no-nonsense kind of guy, a scholar who digs in wearing a skeptics hat, alert for injustice masked by beguiling mantras. Thus, this concise and well-documented book begins with an expose´ of Critical Race Theory (CRT). This is because CRT has played a key role in the cultural wars, radicalizing formerly liberal institutions to mirror their antagonists on the far right. Cycleback examines the case of Unitarian Universalism (UU) in detail since the damage has been recent, dramatic, and not widely known, even among UUs (stealth and deceit are key CRT, or woke, strategies).
Later in the book he cites authors, such as John McWhorter, who’ve been impressed by the religious nature of CRT – it operates like a fundamentalist religion. In the UU case there has been a coup, with new leadership determined to replace UU liberal principles (especially rights of conscience, expression, and democratic governance) by domineering practices based on the beliefs of CRT, but in a surreptitious manner. Read More. . .
David’s book is the fifth in a series of books written by UUs crtically critiquing UU leadership use of authoritarianism to reshape the liberal values of Unitarian Universalism.
- The Gadfly Papers: Three Inconvenient Essays by One Pesky Minister, Rev. Dr. Todd Eklof
- The Gadfly Affair: A 21st Century Heretic’s Excommunication from America’s Most Liberal Religion, by Rev. Dr. Todd Eklof
- The Self-Confessed “White Supremacy Culture”: The Emergence of an Illiberal Left in Unitarian Universalism, by Dr. Anne Schneider
- Used to Be UU, The Systematic Attack on UU Liberalism, What You Need to Know, What You Need to Do, by Frank Casper and Jay Kiskel, Founders of the Fifth Principle Project
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Join the Fifth Principle Project. It’s free. The Fifth Principle Project is an organic grassroots initiative to gather into community Unitarian Universalists who want to reinvigorate the right of conscience and renew the democratic process in the governing of our denomination.
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