In 2019, we are living in the age of the nation, or so it seems. We can see a very particular breed of populist nationalism almost everywhere we look—think of Erdoğan in Turkey, Bolsonaro in Brazil…
Areo"The national identities that dominate our political discourse are collective fantasies: wind and smoke—or, in a memorable phrase coined by historian Benedict Anderson, “the shrunken imaginings of recent history.”" - @aaron_sarin
Austin, Texas prides itself on being a very progressive, liberal city. One of the mayor’s crowning achievements has been putting together a taskforce on Institutional Racism and Systemic Inequities…
Areo"Real change is not accomplished through diversity training and the pedantic social identity theorizing that has little practical application to raising educational standards in low-income schools" argues Jennifer Richmond (@truth_inbetween)
The Left proposes political solutions to essentially personal problems, while the Right proposes personal solutions to fundamentally political problems.
Areo"The Left proposes political solutions to what are essentially personal problems, while the Right proposes personal solutions to fundamentally political problems" @Galen_Watts on the two sides' main failings.
If you were a high school student in the mid-1990s, as I was, your school may have been visited by representatives of DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education), the educational program that sought to …
Areo"Drug abuse is a real problem, and something must be done about it. But DARE’s alarmist approach backfired. Excessive talk of the problem actually made the problem worse" argues Gabriel Andrade (@gandrade80 )
Colleges and universities across the English-speaking world are caught up in the enthusiasm of a Great Awokening. Its dogmas are structural violence, systemic racism, racial stress, white privilege…
Areo"Listening to these views from multiple campuses helped me realize that what seems to be a local discourse responding to local issues is actually a local manifestation of an international social, political and ideological phenomenon" explains @darelmass
“Writing journal articles is one of the least intellectually gratifying activities in academia. It’s better to write books,” a hotshot international relations professor recently told me after a res…
Areo"We need to start writing less, in order to give each other time to write better and to actually read each other’s work. We need to publish less and stem the tide of articles no one will read" by @TadekMarkiewicz
I was recently surprised to read in Quillette an essay which argues that secular humanism is a religion. Although a number of thoughtful arguments for and against the similarity of secular ideologi…
Areo"One of the primary objectives of atheist, secularist and humanist organizations for decades now has been convincing believers that we are not amoral nihilists & that meaning, purpose & morality are human, rather than religious, concepts" by @HPluckrose
Male sex (and manliness in particular) should be important criteria for admissions and hiring committees. Here’s why. Strange things have happened in academia. In the late 1960s, Derrida and Lévi-S…
Areo"Masculinity has earned a reputation as a top villain in the two-column grievance package. One increasingly popular version of the masculinity is bad for everyone story is that it is bad for itself" by Samuel Veissiére.
The shockwave of horror emanating from the Christchurch massacre by Australian Brenton Tarrant has become a widening circle of anger directed toward those on the right of the aisle. The alleged dis…
Areo"Digging through @DouglasKMurray's writings with a fine tooth comb in search of gotcha opinions shared by extremist killers is clearly less than helpful when any similarities are outweighed by such glaring differences" argues Wael Taji (@coevolutionist)
A variety of recent high-profile media stories have demonstrated the extent to which news reporting has been altered by the power of social media. Traditional journalism is scarcely recognizable—so…
Areo"Once any media organization turns a private individual into a public figure by catalyzing a harassment campaign against him, every other outlet can join in. This isn’t reckless disregard, it’s professionalism."