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Identity Politics: Friend Or Foe?

Sep 4, 2018

Former Trump official Steve Bannon was disinvited from the 19th annual "New Yorker Festival" Monday, after David Remnick, editor of The New Yorker, first invited him for a "serious" and "combative" conversation in which Remnick promised to pose "difficult" questions to Bannon. 

The invitation led to mass Twitter protest from readers, staff members and other invitees to the event who said they would not attend if Bannon remained on the schedule. 

Following this thread: Two books were reviewed in this weekend's New York Times that warn against the identity politics that is being cultivated and encouraged on college campuses today. They argue it's feeding our tribal urges at the expense of teaching students to confront the people with whom they disagree. 

In that spirit: Jordan Peterson, a controversial and sudden YouTube star and Canadian psychologist, who is causing alarm to many on the left, joins Colin for a sometimes testy conversation about identity. 

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  • Jordan Peterson - Clinical psychologist and professor of psychology at the University of Toronto. He’s the author of  Maps of Meaning, and most recently, 12 Rules for Life.

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Colin McEnroe and Chion Wolf contributed to this show.