Critical Race Theory, like most ideologies before it, promises an earthly paradise premised on ceaseless revolution, but instead of delivering on this promise, it produces a terrestrial hell echoing the inner nihilism of modern life. Contemporary social justice movements, just like progressivism, the New Deal, and post-Civil War Southern Democrats, place Westerners in bondage rather than delivering on the promise of unlimited freedom.

Requiem for Reality responds to the widening pendulum shifts of our age. These developments consume and incense the nation. These shifts offer a bewildering set of claims grounded in the presumption that race and other forms of human identity explain all forms of disparity and inequality. Against such claims, it is crucial to distinguish between a development narrative and a bias narrative for the purpose of explaining ethnic disparity. The development narrative is grounded in data that often deliver unwelcome facts. The facts show that Asian Americans, as well as West Indian blacks, often do better than white Americans in schooling, per capita income, and crime rates. Indeed, Syrian Americans, Korean Americans, Indonesian Americans, Taiwanese Americans, and Filipino Americans experience significantly higher median household incomes than whites and higher test scores, lower incarceration rates, and longer life expectancies. Oblivious to such facts, the bias narrative, on the other hand, grounds itself in the “white privilege” thesis suggesting that only race matters. Surfacing from the toxic pit of ideology, the bias narrative emphasizes the racist claim that African Americans are the only ethnic group in the world who cannot succeed under less-than-ideal conditions. Separated from important facts, this narrative often substitutes absolute Neo-pagan certainties originating in a make-believe world for commonplace notions of truth and reality. As such, the “white privilege” thesis, rather than improving the conditions of African Americans and others, offers a utopian dream that threatens to become a national nightmare. The urgent pursuit of utopia reflects trends that are largely anthropological, sociological, and more spiritual than political. Responding to these developments, which have given rise to victimhood claims within gender and transgender categories will require more than argumentation, rational analysis, superior logic, or even the inauguration of a Hanging Judge. It will require courage because otherwise, Chairman Mao’s forecast, stating that there is a great disorder under heaven and the situation is excellent, may come true here just like it has already come true for China.

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Harry G. Hutchison is Senior Counsel and Director of Policy for the ACLJ. He also serves as a frequent commentator on the Sekulow radio broadcast. He has also appeared on the Sean Hannity Show. He has served as a Professor of Law at the Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University for more than a decade. He has also served as a Visiting Fellow at Harris Manchester College, Oxford University, and as a Founding Fellow at the M.G. Robertson Global Centre for Law & Public Policy. Currently, he serves as a Distinguished Professor of Law at Regent University Law School and as a Co-editor of Religious Organizations and the Law, Chapters 24 & 25 (with William W. Bassett, W. Cole Durham, Mark A. Goldfeder & Robert T. Smith) (West Pub., 2021). He has published more than sixty law review articles. He has published articles in the New York Times, the Detroit News, and the Detroit Free Press. He has also written more than 100 blog posts on matters of public policy including failing public schools, religious liberty, and constitutional law.

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