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For Students Who Grew Up Poor, An Elite Campus Can Seem Like a Sea of Wealth and Snobbery

Posted by on Aug 24, 2019 on quillette.com

“Where are the other poor black kids?” This is the first question I remember asking myself, a chubby freshman with my hair in cornrows,...

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NARRATED: What They Don’t Teach You at the University of Washington’s Ed School

Posted by on Aug 23, 2019 on quillette.com

Greg Ellis reads What They Don’t Teach You at the University of Washington’s Ed School, Nick Wilson’s account of spending a year at what...

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PODCAST 50: Nadim Kobeissi Discusses Facebook’s Coming Cryptocurrency

Posted by on Aug 23, 2019 on quillette.com

Nadim Kobeissi, a professor at NYU and director of a cryptography consulting firm, tells Jonathan Kay about the risks posed by Libra,...

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Why White Privilege Is Wrong—Part 1

Posted by on Aug 22, 2019 on quillette.com

“White privilege” is a term often invoked as a causal explanation for the success of whites relative to other groups. But the problem with...

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Facebook Already Controls Our Information. Don’t Let It Control Our Commerce

Posted by on Aug 20, 2019 on quillette.com

Not a month has gone by in recent years without yet another unsettling exposé of Facebook’s content-moderation policies and corporate...

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I’m a Feminist Mother. But I Don’t Need a ‘Feminist Birth’

Posted by on Aug 20, 2019 on quillette.com

When my first was born—a bit early, just shy of 36 weeks—he couldn’t breathe. He let out a brief, warbled cry, then fell silent. He was...

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Are Political Disagreements Real Disagreements?

Posted by on Aug 20, 2019 on quillette.com

If people disagree about anything, it’s politics. In the United States, nearly half of all Republicans and Democrats say they “almost...

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Gamers are the Easy—But Wrong—Target After Mass Violence

Posted by on Aug 20, 2019 on quillette.com

The recent shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, have resurrected old panic over violence in video games. President Trump, among...

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How the Hong Kong Protestors’ Tactical Brilliance Backed Beijing into a Corner

Posted by on Aug 18, 2019 on quillette.com

Since Hong Kong’s momentous anti-extradition bill protest on June 9th, tensions between the protesters and the authorities have continued...

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Free Speech Matters, Even When it’s Not Protected by the First Amendment

Posted by on Aug 18, 2019 on quillette.com

“The government isn’t involved, so it’s not a free speech issue.” Follow any debate over censorship these days, and one is likely to hear...

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Once Upon a Time…Film Critics Became Joyless—A Review

Posted by on Aug 17, 2019 on quillette.com

*This article contains spoilers. Once upon a time, somewhere far from Hollywood, critics decided that movies for grownups should not be...

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The Campaign to Destroy Equal Voice

Posted by on Aug 16, 2019 on quillette.com

Even during Question Period, it’s unusual for every seat in the Canadian House of Commons to be occupied. But, over four days in April, a...

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The Bigotry of Environmental Pessimism

Posted by on Aug 15, 2019 on quillette.com

Democratic Presidential candidates and the New York Times rightly condemned the use of inflammatory words like “invasion” by President...

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NARRATED: Milan Kundera Warned Us About Historical Amnesia. Now It’s Happening Again

Posted by on Aug 15, 2019 on quillette.com

Greg Ellis reads Milan Kundera Warned Us About Historical Amnesia. Now It’s Happening Again, Ewan Morrison’s essay celebrating the 90th...

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The Argument for Equality and Fairness

Posted by on Aug 14, 2019 on quillette.com

A recurrent criticism of the political Left is that it is elitist and remote from those it professes to care about. Conservative outlets...

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Theoterrorism versus Freedom of Speech—A Review

Posted by on Aug 14, 2019 on quillette.com

A review of Theoterrorism versus Freedom of Speech: From Incident to Precedent by Paul Cliteur, Amsterdam University Press, 250 pages...

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PODCAST 49: Quillette’s Jonathan Kay talks to Peter Boghossian

Posted by on Aug 14, 2019 on quillette.com

Jonathan Kay talks to Portland State philosophy professor Peter Boghossian about his forthcoming book—How to Have Impossible...

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Straw Men and Viewpoint Manicheanism

Posted by on Aug 14, 2019 on quillette.com

The fallacy of special pleading—also known as the double standard—occurs when one offers a special excuse for one’s own violation of a...

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Trudeau’s Shameful Gambit: Smearing Conservative Opponents as Neo-Nazis

Posted by on Aug 13, 2019 on quillette.com

The term “neo-Nazi” is now thrown around by some progressives as a casual epithet to describe anyone whose views are seen as even...

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Rationalizing Modern Drug Prejudices

Posted by on Aug 12, 2019 on quillette.com

Congressman Jared Polis: Is crack worse for a person than marijuana?DEA Agent Michele Leonhart: I believe all illegal drugs are bad for...

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