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PODCAST 78: Award-winning journalist Christie Blatchford (1951-2020) on the importance of due process

Posted by on Feb 18, 2020 on quillette.com

The late Canadian journalist Christie Blatchford gave a speech last year about the importance of due process and the dangers of the #MeToo...

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Canada’s Epic Rail Crisis Offers the World a Cautionary Tale on Indigenous Mantras

Posted by on Feb 18, 2020 on quillette.com

Speaking at the Oscars earlier this month, Māori director and writer Taika Waititi told his audience they were “gathered on the ancestral...

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Sorry, New York Times, But America Began in 1776

Posted by on Feb 16, 2020 on quillette.com

The United States of America began in 1776, not 1619. That one sentence is the thesis statement of “1776”—a non-partisan black-led...

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The Decadent Society—A Review

Posted by on Feb 16, 2020 on quillette.com

A review of The Decadent Society: How We Became the Victims of Our Own Success, by Ross Douthat. Simon & Schuster (February 25 2020)...

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Putin at the World Holocaust Forum

Posted by on Feb 15, 2020 on quillette.com

Earlier this month, some ten days after the World Holocaust Forum held at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial museum in Jerusalem to...

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Cosmic Justice and the Expectation Gap

Posted by on Feb 14, 2020 on quillette.com

The quest for “cosmic justice”—a term coined by the economist Thomas Sowell in his book of the same name—describes the efforts to...

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PODCAST 77: Political theorist Yoram Hazony on national conservatism and why it causes controversy

Posted by on Feb 14, 2020 on quillette.com

Israeli political theorist Yoram Hazony talks to Toby Young about the national conservatism conference in Rome, where the speakers...

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Yale against Western Art

Posted by on Feb 13, 2020 on quillette.com

For decades, Yale offered a two-semester introductory sequence on the history of Western art. The fall semester spanned the ancient Middle...

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How Damaging Will the Coronavirus be to Xi Jinping’s Authority?

Posted by on Feb 13, 2020 on quillette.com

President Xi has become, since his inauguration in 2012, China’s most powerful leader since Mao. His likely longevity in the post is...

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My Former Life as a Radical

Posted by on Feb 11, 2020 on quillette.com

To understand what it’s like to be a radical, it helps to speak to those once held under the sway of a radical ideology. Broadly defined,...

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Holbrooke and the 68ers

Posted by on Feb 11, 2020 on quillette.com

Our Man—Richard Holbrooke and the End of the American Century by George Packer, Knopf, 608 pages, (May 2019) Power and the Idealists by...

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The Battle to Feed All of Humanity Is Over. Humanity Has Won

Posted by on Feb 10, 2020 on quillette.com

As the editor of a website documenting human progress, I am sometimes asked to name the one statistic that best exemplifies the improving...

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Convictions and Doubts: The Case of Cardinal Pell

Posted by on Feb 9, 2020 on quillette.com

On 9 January 2020, officials at the Melbourne Assessment Prison intercepted a drone flying over the prison grounds. Remotely piloted...

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PODCAST 76: Venture capitalist Michael Solana on the coming corporatization of Mars

Posted by on Feb 9, 2020 on quillette.com

Venture capitalist Michael Solana talks to Jonathan Kay about interstellar corporatocracy—and why we should welcome it. He wrote about...

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The Misguided Moral Panic About Racism in British Universities

Posted by on Feb 9, 2020 on quillette.com

According to one of the most extensive surveys ever conducted by the European Union, the U.K. is one of the least racist societies in the...

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Is Democracy Compatible with Extreme Inequality?

Posted by on Feb 8, 2020 on quillette.com

In 1831, Alexis de Tocqueville took a 10-month trip to the United States to study the American penal system. In the resulting...

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Thatcher Warned Us to Go Slow on European Integration. Too Bad We Didn’t Listen

Posted by on Feb 7, 2020 on quillette.com

This November will mark thirty years since former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher left office. After she had narrowly failed to...

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Progressive Education Works—But Only for Those Who Need The System Least

Posted by on Feb 7, 2020 on quillette.com

In the latest OECD student-evaluation rankings, Australia performed dismally. Average benchmark PISA test results for the country’s...

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By Seeking ‘Safer Spaces’ for Actors, We’re Creating a Hostile Environment for Art

Posted by on Feb 6, 2020 on quillette.com

It was a difficult time with a difficult actor. I was directing one of my own plays, and the lead actor wasn’t acting. Yet I knew he was...

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Bravery and Betrayal: The Peculiar Case of Ágnes Heller

Posted by on Feb 6, 2020 on quillette.com

Balatonalmádi is small lakeside village in Hungary still brimming with socialist influence: Stalinist architecture, standardized...

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