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Analyst of Totalitarianism—Reading Simon Leys Today

Posted by on Sep 28, 2020 on quillette.com

Simon Leys was perhaps the pre-eminent Western chronicler of Mao’s Cultural Revolution, and it is worth returning to his work for its...

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Keeping Male Bodies Out of Women’s Rugby

Posted by on Sep 27, 2020 on quillette.com

From November 2015 until February 2020, World Rugby, rugby’s global governing body, incorporated guidelines established by the...

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The Bias that Divides Us

Posted by on Sep 26, 2020 on quillette.com

As we sit here over six months after the initial lockdown provoked by COVID-19, the United States has moved out of a brief period of...

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Will Workers’ Wages Ever Go Up Again?

Posted by on Sep 25, 2020 on quillette.com

Self-employment, temporary employment, on-call work, home-based work, and telecommuting are becoming more common. In some countries, such...

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PODCAST 113: Jeff Rubin on the Plight of Today’s Middle-Class ‘Expendables’

Posted by on Sep 25, 2020 on quillette.com

Quillette Editor Jonathan Kay talks to economist-turned-author Jeff Rubin about his new book, The Expendables: How the Middle Class Got...

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Deception and Complicity—the Strange Case of Jessica Krug

Posted by on Sep 25, 2020 on quillette.com

On September 3rd, Jessica Krug, 38, abruptly resigned from her job as associate professor of African history at George Washington...

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Why Is Funny? How America Lost Its Sense of Humor

Posted by on Sep 24, 2020 on quillette.com

If you grew up in Detroit in the ’70s, jokes were everywhere. Most of them were Polack jokes, which were so common that it wasn’t until...

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Inside Story—A Review

Posted by on Sep 24, 2020 on quillette.com

A review of Inside Story by Martin Amis. Knopf, 560 pages. (October 2020) As literature’s cultural relevance washes out on the high tide...

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Rallying to Protect Admissions Standards at America’s Best Public High School

Posted by on Sep 23, 2020 on quillette.com

This week, a group of about 200 students, parents, alumni, and concerned local residents flooded the sidewalk in front of America’s...

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One Billion Americans—A Review

Posted by on Sep 23, 2020 on quillette.com

A review of One Billion Americans: The Case for Thinking Bigger by Matthew Yglesias, Portfolio, 288 pages (September 2020) Matthew...

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Microbes on Venus May Herald Human Extinction (Though Not in the Way You Think)

Posted by on Sep 22, 2020 on quillette.com

This week’s report that astronomers have discovered possible evidence of life on Venus is good news for science journalists. But it may be...

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L.A.’s Failed Homeless Policies Turned My Home Into a Prison

Posted by on Sep 22, 2020 on quillette.com

I never wanted a gun. In fact, I wanted to never own one—until around noon on Thursday, August 20th. Since the late 1990s, I’ve lived in...

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Saudi Arabia: The Pragmatic Case for Constructive Engagement

Posted by on Sep 22, 2020 on quillette.com

There’s a compelling case that the US and UK should completely cut ties with one of the world’s most repressive regimes that...

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Dr. Norman C. Wang and Selective Outrage

Posted by on Sep 21, 2020 on quillette.com

Back in March 2020, a University of Pittsburgh physician by the name of Norman C. Wang published an article in the Journal of the American...

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As City Budgets Shrink, It’s Time to Rethink Recycling Programs

Posted by on Sep 21, 2020 on quillette.com

The COVID recession has caused tax revenues to plummet, forcing cities and states to make painful budget cuts. But as they struggle to...

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Down the 1619 Project’s Memory Hole

Posted by on Sep 19, 2020 on quillette.com

The history of the American Revolution isn’t the only thing the New York Times is revising through its 1619 Project. The “paper of record”...

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Then They Came for Beethoven

Posted by on Sep 19, 2020 on quillette.com

This week, Vox published an article titled “How Beethoven’s 5th Symphony put the classism in classical music.” “Since its 1808 premiere,...

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How the Nonbinary Trend Hurts Those with Real Gender Dysphoria

Posted by on Sep 19, 2020 on quillette.com

Within the conversation about transgender rights has emerged a debate about whether nonbinary people should be considered transgender....

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PODCAST 112: Sex Neuroscientist Debra Soh on Her New Book, The End of Gender

Posted by on Sep 18, 2020 on quillette.com

Quillette Editor Jonathan Kay talks to scientist and author Dr Debra Soh about the misinformation being peddled to young people about...

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Postmodernism: Some Corrections and Clarifications

Posted by on Sep 18, 2020 on quillette.com

Before I proceed with a brief discussion of postmodernism and its contribution to the 20th century thought, a clarification: contrary to...

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