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The Search to Explain Our Anxiety and Depression: Will ‘Long COVID’ Become the Next Gender Ideology?

Posted by on Apr 15, 2021 on quillette.com

In December, I wrote a detailed report for Quillette about the race-based social panic that had recently erupted at Haverford College in...

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Splendid Triviality: Philosophy, Art, and Sport in a Time of Crisis

Posted by on Apr 14, 2021 on quillette.com

One of my philosophy professors in college remarked that philosophy flourishes in a time of decline or crisis. No, that doesn’t mean that...

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Can You Teach Children to be Anti-Racist?

Posted by on Apr 13, 2021 on quillette.com

In 1935, Richard Clarke Cabot, a professor of clinical medicine and social ethics at Harvard University, began one of the first randomized...

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Anti-Colonialism’s Bad History

Posted by on Apr 12, 2021 on quillette.com

Prevailing academic theories of race relations hold that wealth and power differences between groups of people arose from social,...

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When Sons Become Daughters, Part III: Parents of Transitioning Boys Speak Out on Their Own Suffering

Posted by on Apr 12, 2021 on quillette.com

What follows is the third instalment of When Sons Become Daughters, a multi-part Quillette series that explores how parents react when a...

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Black Lives Matter, So Refund the Police

Posted by on Apr 11, 2021 on quillette.com

During the summer of 2020, following the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, it was easier to count how many cities didn’t have...

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How Will Decolonizing the Curriculum Help the Poor and Dispossessed?

Posted by on Apr 10, 2021 on quillette.com

On February 8th, 2021, the Students of Color Liberation Front at the University of Michigan made a series of anti-racist demands,...

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The Fear and Fantasy of COVID-19 Vaccination

Posted by on Apr 9, 2021 on quillette.com

This article has been expanded and adapted from prepared remarks delivered at the Researchers.One panel “The Science and Social Impact of...

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Georgetown’s Cultural Revolution

Posted by on Apr 9, 2021 on quillette.com

Sandra Sellers, an adjunct professor at Georgetown University’s Law Center, was forced to resign because she was caught on video saying to...

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Podcast 144: James Kirchick on ‘The Disintegration of the ACLU’

Posted by on Apr 9, 2021 on quillette.com

Quillette‘s Jonathan Kay talks to author James Kirchick about his recent Tablet article documenting how the American Civil Liberties Union...

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The Transhumanist Case for Liberty

Posted by on Apr 8, 2021 on quillette.com

Circa 441 BCE, Sophocles set down on papyrus (most likely) his famous “Ode To Man,” a countdown of human masteries: He navigates. He...

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What Happened to Social Democracy?

Posted by on Apr 7, 2021 on quillette.com

In a world that seems to be divided between neoliberal orthodoxy and identitarian dogmas, it is possible to miss the waning presence of...

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When Sons Become Daughters, Part II: Parents of Transitioning Boys Speak Out on Their Own Suffering

Posted by on Apr 6, 2021 on quillette.com

What follows is the second instalment of When Sons Become Daughters, a five-part Quillette series that explores how parents react when a...

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Diversity, Inclusion, and Academic Freedom: The Case of Gender Biology

Posted by on Apr 5, 2021 on quillette.com

Our university recently circulated an email message, the contents of which I found somewhat strange. Or rather, I might have found it...

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Facts Don’t Care About Your Diversity Training Certificate—A Critique of Credentialism

Posted by on Apr 4, 2021 on quillette.com

One of the most commonly heard debater’s challenges, online and in real life, is: “Are YOU an expert in (X)?” The obvious if generally...

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Podcast 143: Daphne Merkin on the Baseless Abuse Claims Against Woody Allen—And Why The Media Refuses to Let Them Die

Posted by on Apr 3, 2021 on quillette.com

Quillette podcast host Jonathan Kay speaks to journalist Daphne Merkin, author of a widely discussed 2018 New York Magazine article on...

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Beyond Order: 12 More Rules For Life—A Review

Posted by on Apr 3, 2021 on quillette.com

A review of Beyond Order: 12 More Rule for Life by Jordan B. Peterson. Penguin Books, 402 pages. (March 2021) “Any sensible person would...

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Persuasion and the Prestige Paradox: Are High Status People More Likely to Lie?

Posted by on Apr 3, 2021 on quillette.com

Many have discovered an argument hack. They don’t need to argue that something is false. They just need to show that it’s associated with...

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When Sons Become Daughters: Parents of Transitioning Boys Speak Out on Their Own Suffering

Posted by on Apr 2, 2021 on quillette.com

What follows is the introductory instalment of When Sons Become Daughters, a four-part Quillette series that explores how parents react...

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Between Hartlepool and Hampstead—Paul Embery on the British Labour Party and the Working Class

Posted by on Apr 1, 2021 on quillette.com

In December of 2020, Paul Embery published his first book, Despised: Why the Modern Left Loathes the Working Class, in which he argues...

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