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Why UBI Ought to Appeal to Conservatives

Posted by on Nov 20, 2019 on quillette.com

Republicans are traditionally hostile to what they call government “hand-outs.” This is not because they believe people shouldn’t get what...

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Religious Progressivism

Posted by on Nov 20, 2019 on quillette.com

Almost 40 years ago I read Nikolai Berdyaev’s The Russian Revolution, in which he makes the case that Soviet Communism was essentially a...

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Bereft of Impartial Arbiters

Posted by on Nov 19, 2019 on quillette.com

The proximate cause of the US House of Representatives’ decision to invoke articles of impeachment is the president’s decision to make...

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Please Stop Calling Yourself a ‘Feminist Badass’

Posted by on Nov 18, 2019 on quillette.com

I am the feminist who gets accused of “pearl clutching” in response to flagrant and reflexive uses of the word “fuck” and endless repeats...

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The Art of Mind Control

Posted by on Nov 17, 2019 on quillette.com

Everyone by a supreme law of nature is master of his own thoughts.1~Baruch Spinoza It’s the one thing they can’t do. They can make you say...

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Thorstein Veblen’s Theory of the Leisure Class—A Status Update

Posted by on Nov 16, 2019 on quillette.com

I was bewildered when I encountered a new social class at Yale four years ago: the luxury belief class. My confusion wasn’t surprising...

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PODCAST 63: Meghan Daum on Zillennials, #MeToo, and the Culture Wars

Posted by on Nov 15, 2019 on quillette.com

Journalist and Essayist Meghan Daum talks to Jonathan Kay about her new book, The Problem With Everything: My Journey Through the New...

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Abandoning Malmö to Its Criminals

Posted by on Nov 15, 2019 on quillette.com

“I think they just shot someone right across from my balcony,” my friend told me.  The gunshot rang out even as we were texting about...

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Gates Derangement Syndrome

Posted by on Nov 15, 2019 on quillette.com

Is it immoral to be a billionaire? That was the motion before the Oxford Union in a debate held last September, emphatically proposed by...

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The Price of Sex

Posted by on Nov 14, 2019 on quillette.com

Working as a photographer for a charity a few years back, I was travelling through Malawi and stopped overnight in a mining town. It was a...

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The Only Thing Necessary for the Triumph of Evil is for Good Women to Do Nothing

Posted by on Nov 13, 2019 on quillette.com

In my pre-feminist days, sexual harassment and rape were so common, so pervasive, so accepted, that they were virtually invisible. The...

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Join Us in 2020

Posted by on Nov 12, 2019 on quillette.com

What do you do when you want to speak about an issue in the workplace but find that ill-informed policies penalise you for doing so? What...

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Chile’s Been Falling Apart for Years. Can It Repair Itself and Remain a Democracy?

Posted by on Nov 12, 2019 on quillette.com

“In Chile, a billionaire president pushes austerity while the military represses protesters,” Tweeted U.S. Senator and Democratic...

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Are Elite Colleges Really That Bad?

Posted by on Nov 12, 2019 on quillette.com

The last year has been a difficult time for the US’s top universities. In March, a number of top schools including Stanford, Yale, and...

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Why Taiping 2.0 Isn’t in the Cards: A Reply to ‘China’s Looming Class Struggle’

Posted by on Nov 11, 2019 on quillette.com

In the immediate aftermath of the Tiananmen Massacre in 1989, some Western pundits suggested that army factions might rebel against...

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Reflections on My Decision to Change Gender

Posted by on Nov 10, 2019 on quillette.com

It’s been a long time now since, at age 53, I became a woman. Actually, I’m an old woman more than twenty years on, who walks sometimes...

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The Free-Speech Problem on Australian Campuses Is More CCP than SJW

Posted by on Nov 8, 2019 on quillette.com

For years now, Australia’s conservative media have been awash with dark forebodings about the threat that leftist radicals pose to free...

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Sheep and Mirrors: On Being Social

Posted by on Nov 8, 2019 on quillette.com

I’m pregnant with our third child when I read Marlen Haushofer’s 1963 novel ​The Wall​. It’s a terrifying thought experiment where the...

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NARRATED: Feast and Drink For Our Community’s Health

Posted by on Nov 7, 2019 on quillette.com

Greg Ellis reads Feast and Drink For Our Community’s Health, Claire Lehmann’s essay about the meaning of Christmas. It was published in...

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The Culture War in Communication Studies

Posted by on Nov 7, 2019 on quillette.com

There have been more infamous civil wars within higher education, but perhaps none more ironic: In September, the National Communication...

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