“The Coddling of the American Mind” — Documentary Review

Before dying your hair blue & fighting the patriarchy, watch this documentary.

Joe Garza
The Reckless Muse
Published in
6 min readFeb 25, 2024


I’ve ripped on the Woke quite a bit.

And this documentary has given me reason #3,498 to continue doing so.

My friend Jake Mackey — Associate Professor of Comparative Studies in Literature and Culture at Occidental College, as well as a co-founder of Free Black Thought — invited me to the world premiere of the film at the Fine Arts Theatre in Beverly Hills, and was attended by such intellectual luminaries as Peter Boghossian, Amy Alkon, and others.

There was also a killer spread; I helped myself to not one but TWO free bottles of wine leftover after the event, which I drank during the Q&A. How I managed to refrain from yelling out “IDEAS!” during this part of the evening is beyond me.

Ah, right. The documentary.

It’s based on the bestselling book, The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure, which is based on a 2015 Atlantic article, both of which were written by social psychologist Jonathan Haidt and lawyer Greg Lukianoff, who’s also the President and CEO of the Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression (FIRE).