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Podcast 138: Literary Critic Leon Wieseltier on His New Magazine, the Meaning of Forgiveness, and His Favorite Car-Chase Movies

Posted by on Feb 28, 2021 on quillette.com

Quillette‘s Jonathan Kay talks to long-time New Republic literary editor Leon Wieseltier about Liberties, the ambitious literary journal...

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The Podcaster Who (Single-handledly) Made Me Love History

Posted by on Feb 28, 2021 on quillette.com

This is an instalment of Simple Pleasures, an occasional Quillette series about some of the new joys that our writers have discovered as a...

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My Generation Isn’t Suffering Enough

Posted by on Feb 27, 2021 on quillette.com

An age of happiness is quite impossible, because men want only to desire it but not to have it, and every individual who experiences good...

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The Evolutionary Advantages of Playing Victim

Posted by on Feb 26, 2021 on quillette.com

Victimhood is defined in negative terms: “the condition of having been hurt, damaged, or made to suffer.” Yet humans have evolved to...

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To Skate—Perchance to Soar

Posted by on Feb 25, 2021 on quillette.com

Nairobi, January 2021. Saturday morning. I whizz joyfully around the multi-coloured skatepark. Beneath my feet, the board responds with...

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The Rise, Fall, and Rise Again of Conor McGregor

Posted by on Feb 24, 2021 on quillette.com

Thou knowest this man’s fall, but thou knowest not his wrassling. ~James Baldwin One of the truest tests of a person’s character is how...

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The Problem With ‘Indigenizing the University’

Posted by on Feb 23, 2021 on quillette.com

The idea that academics need to “Indigenize” the Canadian education system has become popular in recent years. The Congress of the...

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Remembering Karl Popper

Posted by on Feb 22, 2021 on quillette.com

It’s the end of the wartime workday at 14a Westenra Terrace in the Port Hills of Christchurch, New Zealand, high above the southern...

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Podcast 137: Sociologist Nathalie Heinich on French Academics’ Opposition to America’s Race-Based Ideologies

Posted by on Feb 22, 2021 on quillette.com

Jonathan Kay speaks to eminent French sociologist Nathalie Heinich, founder of a new organization that opposes the spread of America’s...

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Can Governments Stop Bitcoin?

Posted by on Feb 20, 2021 on quillette.com

Since its creation more than 12 years ago, Bitcoin is undefeated. Its price has leaped from $5 to $50 to $500 to $5,000 to now past...

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Thinking Critically About Critical Thinking

Posted by on Feb 20, 2021 on quillette.com

Michael J. Fox, the third president of the United States, was responsible for establishing Presbyterianism as the state religion of the...

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Environmentalism, Trumpism, and the Working Class

Posted by on Feb 19, 2021 on quillette.com

The inauguration of President Biden as the 46th US President hasn’t produced quite the catharsis that Democrats (and others) had hoped...

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Towards Practical Empowerment

Posted by on Feb 18, 2021 on quillette.com

The following critique of anti-racism is intended to empower people of color and stave off the modes of disempowerment I see in my field...

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Accommodating Trans Athletes Without Rejecting the Reality of Human Biology

Posted by on Feb 17, 2021 on quillette.com

“As a social psychologist, I understand why using women’s sports to argue against transgender rights works,” tweeted behavioral scientist...

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The Narrative and Its Discontents

Posted by on Feb 16, 2021 on quillette.com

Human history in two sentences: in pre-modern times, material goods were hard to come by, but small communities offered kinship and their...

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Do Lockdowns Work? Only If You Lock the Borders Down, Too

Posted by on Feb 15, 2021 on quillette.com

For almost a year, the central policy debate in most Western countries has been whether—and for how long—to impose lockdowns. Advocates of...

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PODCAST 136: Social Media Network Creator Brian Amerige: If You Could Create a New Network from Scratch, What Would It Look Like?

Posted by on Feb 15, 2021 on quillette.com

 Quillette’s Jonathan Kay talks to Brian Amerige—a former team leader at Facebook, and now the CEO of Thoughtful—about the...

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Scott Alexander, Philosopher King of the Weird People

Posted by on Feb 14, 2021 on quillette.com

If you (like me) spend an unhealthy amount of time reading about morality and politics online, there’s a good chance you’ve heard of Scott...

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COVID-19 and the Ongoing Global Workplace Revolution

Posted by on Feb 13, 2021 on quillette.com

For most of the recent past, economic geography has shifted to ever-larger cities across the globe. By the end of the last decade, many...

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Struggling with Pixar’s ‘Soul’

Posted by on Feb 12, 2021 on quillette.com

In the COVID era, my wife and I are homeschooling our small children. Their endless questions often send me to Google. Why do clouds...

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