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A Loss of Direction and the Rise of Populisms

Posted by on Nov 24, 2020 on quillette.com

Since the end of World War II, we have mostly been living in the Age of Moderation—an epoch characterized by middle-of-the-road politics,...

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Shoulders of Giants

Posted by on Nov 24, 2020 on quillette.com

Editor’s note: This is an excerpt from Chapter One of The Power of Explicit Teaching and Direct Instruction by Greg Ashman. In a letter to...

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Freak Power: The Ballot or the Bomb—A Review

Posted by on Nov 23, 2020 on quillette.com

Fifty years ago, in a small mountain town in Colorado, a young writer led a band of misfits against the establishment in a grassroots...

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PODCAST 124: Shelby Steele, Senior Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, on ‘What Killed Michael Brown?’

Posted by on Nov 23, 2020 on quillette.com

Author Shelby Steele speaks to Quillette’s Jonathan Kay about white guilt, the ‘poetic truth’ of Ferguson, the dead end of racial...

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Retracting a Controversial Paper Won’t Help Female Scientists

Posted by on Nov 23, 2020 on quillette.com

Imagine yourself as a newly hired female assistant professor and the delight you feel when you learn that your article, examining over 222...

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Why Is Scientific Illiteracy So Acceptable?

Posted by on Nov 23, 2020 on quillette.com

In the mid-1980s, when I taught a Physics for Poets class at Yale University, I was dumbstruck when I gave the students a quiz problem to...

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The Life and Death of Unus Annus

Posted by on Nov 22, 2020 on quillette.com

We live our lives taking each second for granted. But what would you do if you knew how much time you had left? Unus Annus. One year. This...

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The Fragility of Modern Education in the Time of Covid

Posted by on Nov 21, 2020 on quillette.com

Modern education is arguably the most massive feat of social engineering ever attempted by humanity and one of the most important, when...

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On the Trail of Delusion—A Review

Posted by on Nov 21, 2020 on quillette.com

A review of On the Trail of Delusion—Jim Garrison: The Great Accuser by Fred Litwin. NorthernBlues Books, 466 pages (September 30th, 2020)...

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Kin, Tribes, and the Dark Side of Identity

Posted by on Nov 21, 2020 on quillette.com

“We should poison their water holes!” This was the first thing my father said when I called him after planes hit the World Trade Center...

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Making the World Safe for Autocracy

Posted by on Nov 20, 2020 on quillette.com

Hong Kong has long ceased to fit the description given it by an envoy of Queen Victoria as a “barren rock.” Since British gunboats secured...

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PODCAST 123: Washington-Based Journalist Brad Polumbo on LGBT Politics in the Pre- and Post-Trump Eras

Posted by on Nov 20, 2020 on quillette.com

Brad Polumbo speaks to Quillette’s Jonathan Kay about life as a gay conservative journalist in Washington, D.C., the politics of outing...

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OnlyFans and the Changing Face of Pornography

Posted by on Nov 19, 2020 on quillette.com

Late last week, I warily opened the latest article to be written about OnlyFans, a platform that allows creators to monetise social media...

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Victimhood or Development?

Posted by on Nov 18, 2020 on quillette.com

On October 20th, Brown University professor of economics Glenn Loury and Columbia University professor of linguistics John McWhorter were...

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On the Cusp of a Vaccine—and a Historic Scientific Triumph

Posted by on Nov 18, 2020 on quillette.com

More than a century separated the first wave of Spanish flu in 1918 from the emergence of COVID-19 in early 2020. Yet as Nicholas...

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Commemorating Mary

Posted by on Nov 17, 2020 on quillette.com

I’ve seen several interesting discussions about the controversial new Mary Wollstonecraft sculpture recently unveiled at Newington Green,...

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Totally Under Control—A Review

Posted by on Nov 17, 2020 on quillette.com

Alex Gibney’s Totally Under Control revisits a time, the legacy of which still haunts us. Spanning the period between January of 2020 and...

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Liberalism—Decline or Survival

Posted by on Nov 16, 2020 on quillette.com

The world is still coming to terms with Charles Darwin. Denial of evolution is usually associated with the evangelical Right—a world...

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Workers vs. Wokeness: Recognizing Campus Social Justice as a Luxury Good

Posted by on Nov 16, 2020 on quillette.com

“While art has long maintained a symbiotic relationship with bourgeois state power, there’s still something deeply unsettling about our...

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Intellectual Freedom and the Culture Wars—A Review

Posted by on Nov 15, 2020 on quillette.com

A review of Intellectual Freedom and the Culture Wars by Piers Benn. Palgrave MacMillan, 168 pages (October 2020) I attended a notably...

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