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Dumbing Fascism Down, Then And Now

Posted by on May 22, 2020 on quillette.com

Some historical movements fade into oblivion. (Meet any physiocrats lately?) But not fascism. Despite the fiery demise of the Nazi regime...

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Death of an Old-Fashioned Clown

Posted by on May 20, 2020 on quillette.com

When I recently discovered that Fred Willard had appeared as the ghost of Trump’s father in a skit on Jimmy Kimmel’s TV show, I must admit...

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As Common Sense Returns to the Gender Debate, Radicals Set Upon Their Own Allies

Posted by on May 20, 2020 on quillette.com

In 2014, Ottawa-based writer Amanda Jetté Knox reported that her child Alexis had “come out to the family as a transgender girl.” This...

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PODCAST 91: Oxford’s Thomas Hale on Measuring the Variation in Government Response to COVID-19

Posted by on May 19, 2020 on quillette.com

Thomas Hale, Associate Professor at Oxford University’s Blavatnik School of Government, talks to Jonathan Kay about a new research project...

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Drop Anchor: How COVID-19 Will Kill the Cruise Industry

Posted by on May 19, 2020 on quillette.com

Last week, Air Canada announced it was cutting its workforce by at least half, effective next month. This is not surprising, since flight...

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Capitalism or the Climate?

Posted by on May 17, 2020 on quillette.com

Can environmentalism and capitalism sustainably coexist? An influential movement of climate activists view capitalism and environmentalism...

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Cold War Now or Hot War Later

Posted by on May 17, 2020 on quillette.com

One might have expected the COVID-19 crisis to produce an inflection point at which agreement was finally reached about the menace...

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Return to ‘The Unheavenly City’

Posted by on May 16, 2020 on quillette.com

The late senator, statesman, sociologist, and New Yorker Daniel Patrick Moynihan once famously observed that, “The central conservative...

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Towards a Better Urbanism

Posted by on May 14, 2020 on quillette.com

The pandemic has brought panic to the once-confident ranks of urbanists promoting city density. At a time when even the New York Times is...

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Tara Reade’s Dubious Claims and Shifting Stories Show the Limits of #BelieveWomen

Posted by on May 14, 2020 on quillette.com

In March, a then-56-year-old California woman named Tara Reade publicly accused Joe Biden of sexual assaulting her in 1993. The issue...

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PODCAST 90: John Lloyd on the Geopolitical Fall-Out From the Coronavirus Crisis

Posted by on May 13, 2020 on quillette.com

John Lloyd, co-founder of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford, talks to Toby Young about the geopolitical fall-out...

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Life With the Muslim Brotherhood: One Woman’s Story

Posted by on May 13, 2020 on quillette.com

Though the Muslim Brotherhood often has taken center stage in foreign-policy debates over the last two decades, the transnational Sunni...

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Sweden Has Resisted a Lockdown. But That Doesn’t Make it a Bastion of Liberty

Posted by on May 12, 2020 on quillette.com

“Be like Sweden,” has become an unlikely rallying cry among libertarians, free-market liberals and other proponents of individual liberty...

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New Title IX Regulations Protect the Innocent

Posted by on May 11, 2020 on quillette.com

Last week, the United States Department of Education issued new regulations under Title IX concerning how schools must respond to...

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COVID-19 and the Normalization of Mass Surveillance

Posted by on May 10, 2020 on quillette.com

In the past few months, governments ranging from Australia to the United Kingdom and corporations as influential as Google and Apple have...

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After the Virus: The Way We Live Next

Posted by on May 10, 2020 on quillette.com

How will we live, or be forced to live, after the pandemic? “I don’t know” is—according to Paul Collier, the famed development...

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Enough With the Phoney ‘Lockdown’ Debate

Posted by on May 8, 2020 on quillette.com

On March 15th, Washington state Governor Jay Inslee ordered all bars, restaurants and recreational facilities closed. The next day, New...

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COVID-19 Conspiracists and Their Discontents

Posted by on May 7, 2020 on quillette.com

One reason why it’s surprisingly difficult to disprove many conspiracy theories is that they typically contain a real germ of truth,...

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The Case for a Mandatory COVID-19 App

Posted by on May 7, 2020 on quillette.com

COVID-19 offers governments no attractive policy options. Those in power are in a no-win situation. The choice is not between good and...

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The Age of the Homebody Has Only Begun

Posted by on May 6, 2020 on quillette.com

The day we’ll all finally be able to safely leave our houses and apartments will also be the day we’ll no longer need to. That’s because...

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