What the 1619 Project Gets Wrong About History | Guest: Phil Magness | Ep 166

Matt Kibbe is joined by Phil Magness, senior research faculty at the American Institute for Economic Research, to discuss critical race theory, with specific reference to the New York Times’ 1619 Project. The 1619 Project is an effort to frame all of American history as a story of oppression and slavery, yet it’s a mess of sloppy research, poor scholarship, and intellectual dishonesty more concerned with pushing a political agenda than with uncovering the true facts about our nation’s history. The Times has even sunk so low as to alter articles without issuing retraction notices to cover up factual inaccuracies or to remove citations of “problematic” scholars, including Magness’ own work on Abraham Lincoln.

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Matt Kibbe

Matt Kibbe is President at Free the People, an educational foundation using video storytelling to turn on the next generation to the values of personal liberty and peaceful cooperation. He is also co-founder and partner at Fight the Power Productions, a video and strategic communications company. Kibbe is the host of BlazeTV’s Kibbe on Liberty, a popular podcast that insists that you think for yourself.

Dubbed “the scribe” by the New York Daily News, Kibbe is the author three books, most recently the #2 New York Times bestseller Don’t Hurt People and Don’t Take Their Stuff: A Libertarian Manifesto.

He was senior advisor for a Rand Paul Presidential Super PAC in 2016, and later co-founded AlternativePAC to promote libertarian values.

In 2004 Kibbe founded FreedomWorks, a national grassroots advocacy organization, and served as President until his departure in 2015. Steve Forbes said: “Kibbe has been to FreedomWorks what Steve Jobs was to Apple.”

An economist by training, Kibbe did graduate work at George Mason University and received his B.A. from Grove City College. He serves at the whim of his awesome wife Terry, and their three objectivist cats, Roark, Ragnar and Rearden. Kibbe is a fanatical DeadHead, drinker of craft beer and whisky, and collector of obscure books on Austrian economics.

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  • I would attack CRT by focusing on its unspoken moral superiority. It is immoral to assume the means is justified by the end. The means determines the end. For example, it is immoral to use psychological tricks, e.g., emotional appeals to love of family, in place of facts, to convince, even if the end is to instill a true belief. The belief would not be rooted by facts that could be used to argue, leaving the believer ignorant, weak, when the facts, if known, would have made the believer strong. The believer would be correct, but unable to defend the belief. Therefore, it’s not enough to know, it’s necessary to know why you know.

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