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The Philologist, the Iraqi Girl, and Me

Posted by on Jul 23, 2021 on quillette.com

I hadn’t bargained on the climate, especially not in the summer and especially not on the coast. That didn’t stop me from going ahead and...

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The Ear Whisperers

Posted by on Jul 23, 2021 on quillette.com

Advisors to rulers, wrote Machiavelli in his Discourses, would achieve their best results by “putting their case with moderation instead...

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Podcast #159: Jonathan Kay on Life at Quillette, The New York Times, FOX News, Seth Rogen, His New Book, and Del Boca Vista

Posted by on Jul 23, 2021 on quillette.com

Quillette editor and podcast host Jonathan Kay tells David Bernstein, founder of the Jewish Institute for Liberal Values, about his life...

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The Rise of Post-Liberal Man

Posted by on Jul 22, 2021 on quillette.com

Ancient philosophers did not analyse political systems in terms of individual rights, distribution of powers, and legitimacy. Instead,...

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The Faith of Systemic Racism

Posted by on Jul 21, 2021 on quillette.com

We hear constantly about the systemic racism coursing through America. Everything, we’re told, is shot through with hate. It does not...

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Silicon Valley’s Cynical Treatment of Asian Engineers

Posted by on Jul 21, 2021 on quillette.com

Silicon Valley runs on Asians. This is a well-known aspect of the tech world in general, but it’s especially apparent in elite...

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Interview with Slavenka Drakulić—the East-West Doyenne of the 1990s

Posted by on Jul 20, 2021 on quillette.com

For anyone interested in Eastern Europe in the 1990s—that surreal time when the Berlin Wall had just fallen but the gulf between East and...

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Should Critical Race Theory Be Banned in Public Schools?—a Conversation with Christopher F. Rufo

Posted by on Jul 20, 2021 on quillette.com

The creators and defenders of Critical Race Theory, or CRT is it’s often known, describe it as a legal and academic movement aimed at...

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The Accomplishments of Black Conservative Thought

Posted by on Jul 19, 2021 on quillette.com

The line between moral and empirical claims is a tricky one for debaters. In his thoughtful Quillette essay, “The Limitations of Black...

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A Toast to Randolph Bourne

Posted by on Jul 19, 2021 on quillette.com

The pandemic has taken from us a bold and gifted writer, just 32 years old—only not this pandemic but the one that swept the world in...

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Historical Racism Is Not the Singular Cause of Racial Disparity

Posted by on Jul 17, 2021 on quillette.com

Even before the crescendo of Black Lives Matter last summer, the operative view among progressives was that historical racism is the...

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Why Violence and Looting Has Exploded Across South Africa

Posted by on Jul 15, 2021 on quillette.com

The explosion of looting and destruction which has overtaken South Africa has left the government of President Cyril Ramaphosa shaken and...

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Surplus to Society

Posted by on Jul 14, 2021 on quillette.com

Workers are scarce and wages are rising. “The relationship between American businesses and their employees,” reports the New York Times,...

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The Language of Totalitarian Dehumanization

Posted by on Jul 14, 2021 on quillette.com

A week before the massive protests erupted in Cuba, I was celebrating Fourth of July at a friend’s house in Oakland, California, and...

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Podcast #158: Glenn Loury on the America’s Political Polarization and the 2020 Election

Posted by on Jul 13, 2021 on quillette.com

Veteran professor and public intellectual Glenn Loury is interviewed by Australia’s Josh Szeps for Quillette’s Free Thought Live series....

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The Strange Rehabilitation of the Black Panther Party

Posted by on Jul 13, 2021 on quillette.com

Isn’t it a little late for the rehabilitation of the Black Panther Party (BPP)? After all, the organization that first caught the public’s...

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Podcast #157: Christopher Rufo’s Whirlwind Campaign Against Critical Race Theory

Posted by on Jul 13, 2021 on quillette.com

  Quillette’s Jonathan Kay talks to activist Christopher Rufo about his new status as conservative intellectual celebrity—and asks whether...

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Almost Four Decades After Its Birth, The Diversity Industry Thrives on Its Own Failures

Posted by on Jul 12, 2021 on quillette.com

Campus diversity advocates have pulled off their greatest coup to date: They have declared “diversity” to be a freestanding academic...

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Truth, Polarization, and the Nature of Our Beliefs

Posted by on Jul 10, 2021 on quillette.com

Like other Americans, I’m depressed by the growing level of political partisanship. There seem to be a lot more people with extreme...

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As a Gay Child in a Christian Cult, I Was Taught to Hate Myself. Then I Joined the Church of Social Justice—and Nothing Changed

Posted by on Jul 8, 2021 on quillette.com

I grew up in the suburbs of Baltimore, Maryland, in a fundamentalist Christian community called The Lamb of God. What began in the...

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