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COVID-19’s Death Toll: A Historical Perspective

Posted by on Jan 23, 2021 on quillette.com

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, public discussion of the virus’s lethality has focussed on two metrics: the infection fatality rate...

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Trump’s Exit: An Optimist’s Take on What Happens Next

Posted by on Jan 23, 2021 on quillette.com

When staunch Trump ally and FOX News host Laura Ingraham admitted to her viewers that Trump had not won the election in late November, she...

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The Battle for Moral Authority

Posted by on Jan 23, 2021 on quillette.com

When Amazon rejected my documentary What Killed Michael Brown? from its platform last October, I was stunned by the rejection letter’s...

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Why ‘Just Follow the Science’ Won’t Solve All Our Problems

Posted by on Jan 22, 2021 on quillette.com

Science can be truly wondrous—as we’ve all come to appreciate now that scientists have developed a COVID-19 vaccine (several, in fact)...

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The Value of Knowledge

Posted by on Jan 22, 2021 on quillette.com

To no one’s surprise, Nikole Hannah-Jones, the mind behind the New York Times‘s 1619 Project, has spread a new falsehood. On Twitter, she...

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Politics vs. Mental Health: How the Culture War Blocked My Healing Process

Posted by on Jan 21, 2021 on quillette.com

Donald Trump may be one of the most intensely psychoanalyzed figures in American history, with many critics casually labelling him...

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Beating Up Boomer

Posted by on Jan 20, 2021 on quillette.com

Reviews of A Generation of Sociopaths: How the Baby Boomers Betrayed America by Bruce Cannon Gibney, Hachette, 465 pages (March 2018) OK...

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BirthStrike: The Movement to End All Movements

Posted by on Jan 20, 2021 on quillette.com

“I love my nine-year-old son very much but knowing what I know about the future of this planet and the environment he is going to inherit…...

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Big Tech and Regulation—A Response to the Quillette Editors

Posted by on Jan 19, 2021 on quillette.com

Donald Trump has been permanently suspended from Twitter. And Facebook, Reddit, Twitch, Shopify, Snap, Stripe, Discord, and—most...

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Why We Should Read Martin Amis

Posted by on Jan 19, 2021 on quillette.com

Written after his father’s passing, Martin Amis’s memoir Experience highlighted my project in the first chapter in the second footnote:...

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PODCAST 134: John McWhorter on the Ideological Excesses of the Social-Justice Movement

Posted by on Jan 18, 2021 on quillette.com

Columbia University professor John McWhorter speaks with political satirist and TV presenter Josh Szeps about the transformation of...

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COVID Has Forced Teachers to Confront Longstanding Problems—And Education Will Never Be the Same

Posted by on Jan 18, 2021 on quillette.com

The halls are eerily silent. No slamming lockers, talkative teens, or stairwell make-out sessions. Right about now, I’d gladly take a...

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Three Plane Rides and the Quest for a Just Society

Posted by on Jan 17, 2021 on quillette.com

In the paper that started the concept of “microaggressions” on its path to prominence, lead-author Derald Wing Sue recounts an incident...

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Degree Requirements for Police Officers Will Not Make Us Safer

Posted by on Jan 16, 2021 on quillette.com

On December 7th, 2020, California State assemblyman Reggie Jones-Sawyer (D-Los Angeles), introduced a bill that sought to codify a...

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Rise of the Coronavirus Cranks

Posted by on Jan 16, 2021 on quillette.com

I am no lockdown junkie. I’d like to get that straight before I explain why the most extreme variant of lockdown scepticism is rebarbative...

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Republicans’ Lyceum Moment—and America’s

Posted by on Jan 15, 2021 on quillette.com

The assault on the US Capitol, not by foreign invaders but a domestic mob, left the American public (outside the most hardened and...

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Britain Needs a New Approach to Homelessness

Posted by on Jan 14, 2021 on quillette.com

Author note: Some of the names in this essay have been changed in accordance with the wishes of those interviewed. “Out here, everyone’s...

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Philosophers Smear One of Their Own for Gender Heresy

Posted by on Jan 13, 2021 on quillette.com

The appointing of Kathleen Stock—who advocates some pre-2015 views on gender identity—as an Officer of the Order British Empire last month...

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The Wisdom of a Slave: A Defence of Stoicism

Posted by on Jan 13, 2021 on quillette.com

We all have desires. We feel frustrated when we don’t get what we want and pleased when we do. Is this the secret to a happy life during...

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PODCAST 133: Cheri Jacobus on How Donald Trump Used Twitter to Destroy People’s Lives (Including Hers)

Posted by on Jan 13, 2021 on quillette.com

Jonathan Kay speaks with Cheri Jacobus, a veteran Republican Party worker and conservative media figure who was mobbed and deplatformed...

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