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Humanities 2018, 7(3), 75; https://doi.org/10.3390/h7030075

Powerful Adversaries

Department of Philosophy, University of Richmond, Virginia, VA 20173, USA
Received: 19 June 2018 / Revised: 20 July 2018 / Accepted: 22 July 2018 / Published: 25 July 2018
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The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 contains yet another assault on higher education in its unprecedented tax on private university endowment income. This paper argues, first, that this and other attacks should not be seen as anti-intellectual efforts to dismantle higher education but rather as intellectually elitist efforts to rid universities of certain programs and personnel and, second, that viewing these efforts as motivated primarily by racism and (hetero)sexism is an analytical and political mistake. Women’s, gender, and sexualities studies programs undermine basic assumptions that ground contemporary right-wing political and economic policy—namely, individualism and economism—by presenting empirical evidence and developing theoretical frameworks focused on historical formations of power networks that produce subjects, preferences, and systems of oppression. The main goal of the radical right is not to purge women and people of color from academia, but to prevent analysis and discussion that reveals the inadequacy of right-wing ontological commitments and neoliberal social theory. View Full-Text
Keywords: endowment income tax; feminist theory; individualism; neoliberalism; oppression endowment income tax; feminist theory; individualism; neoliberalism; oppression
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