Episode 1: 2020 is so crazy, Critical Race Theory is actually going mainstream

Michael Schaus, Robert Fellner

Free to Offend: Episode 1

Nevada Policy Communications Director Michael Schaus talks with Nevada Policy Vice President Robert Fellner about the concept of “critical race theory”—the academic theory behind the progressive movement’s war against “institutional” and “systemic” racism.

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In short, the theory redefines racism to mean any events or actions that have disparate outcomes between races, or any outcomes in which participation by race does not perfectly match that race’s proportion to the general population. This redefinition fuels actual racism in many ways—one of which is the requirement that people be defined as members of a racial group rather than as unique individuals. The so-called “anti-racists” also believe this redefined notion of racism permeates virtually every institution and system in modern society, and that it is their job to root out and identify these invisible acts of racism.

Fellner argues this belief system is doing far more damage to our society than most people realize. It’s not just the rioting and protesting that has been spurred on by this school of thought, governments and businesses are also adopting the radical (and ironically racist) principles behind this cultish academic theory.

Schaus and Fellner dig deep to find out what, exactly, this theory proposes. And, more importantly, how it is being weaponized against well-intended Americans to restrict their rights, their freedom of thought and drive political intolerance.



  1. Christopher F. Rufo @realchrisrufo
  2. James Lindsay @ConceptualJames
  3. New Discourses website
  4. The Dehumanizing Condescension of White Fragility, John McWhorter
  5. John McWhorter: America Has Never Been Less Racist



Free to Offend:
A podcast that radically defends free speech by regularly practicing it.

Produced by Nevada Policy Research Institute,
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Michael Schaus

Michael Schaus

Communications Director

Michael Schaus is communications director at the Nevada Policy Research Institute and is responsible for managing the organization’s messaging with the public, the media and NPRI’s membership. He is also currently a policy advisor for the Heartland Institute.

Prior to joining NPRI, Michael worked in media as a national columnist, a political humorist and a radio talk show host in Denver, Colorado. Active in both print and radio, he shared his insights and free-market economics perspective with large local and national audiences.

Michael became interested in economic theory earlier in life while employed in the financial sector. As the liaison between a local community bank and the Federal Reserve, he acquired an in-depth understanding of just how manipulative big government can be toward industry and enterprise. It was that experience with big-government intervention that initially led him into public-affairs commentary.

Robert Fellner

Robert Fellner

Vice President & Director of Policy

Robert Fellner joined the Nevada Policy Research Institute in December 2013 and currently serves as the Institute’s Vice President and Director of Policy. Robert has written extensively on the issue of transparency in government. He has also conducted legal research and assisted in crafting legal arguments for numerous public records-related lawsuits, including one which prevailed at the Nevada Supreme Court, resulting in a landmark decision that protected and expanded Nevadans’ rights to access and inspect government records.

An expert on government compensation and its impact on taxes, Robert has authored multiple studies on public pay and pensions. He has been published in Business Insider, Forbes.com, the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the Los Angeles Times, the Orange County Register, RealClearPolicy.com, the San Diego Union-Tribune, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Examiner, ZeroHedge.com and elsewhere.

Robert has lived in Las Vegas since 2005 when he moved to Nevada to become a professional poker player. Robert has had a remarkably successfully poker career including two top 10 World Series of Poker finishes and being ranked #1 in the world at 10/20 Pot-Limit Omaha cash games.

Additionally, his economic analysis on the minimum wage won first place in a 2011 George Mason University essay contest. He also independently organized a successful grassroots media and fundraising effort for a 2012 presidential candidate, before joining the campaign in an official capacity.