I began to stack my books in a row on the floor against the far wall of my cell. Quietly, they began to take on the familiar quality of a bookshelf—the various sizes, colors, subjects. I started looking forward to the next book I had yet to read....
The country is burning, literally and figuratively, torn apart first by a deadly virus and then by protests and violence in the wake of the death of George Floyd at the knee of a police officer in Minneapolis. It may not seem like the ideal moment...
In Congress, on July 4th, 1776, came the “unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America.” Signed by 56 men, many of whom were considered national heroes just a few minutes ago, it opens with a long and elegant sentence whose first...
Nicholas A. ChristakisTammy Duckworth sensibly suggests good rules for instructive conversations: "all Americans should be heard, even those whose opinions differ from our own" and do not "use words I never actually said and ascribe a position that I do not actually hold"
A healthy deliberative process needs to make room for dissent.
Nicholas A. ChristakisMagnificent thoughtful essay by @conor64 @TheAtlantic: The Perils of 'With Us or Against Us'.
“as if a failure to quickly publish something that conforms absolutely to highly contested interpretations of anti-racism deserves opprobrium”
For criticizing cancel culture, the Vox writer might very well end up being canceled.
Nicholas A. ChristakisNow this is an unexpected development.
It’s Come to This — We Must Defend Matt Yglesias nationalreview.com/2020/07/its-co…
Wherein @NRO makes the best literary allusion I've seen in a while: “'I don’t want Matt to be reprimanded or fired' — Mr. Chekhov gently lays down his revolver"
I am perpetually annoyed that we continue to have culture war battles out of habit long after they have ceased to mean anything. For example, the liberal insistence that the media or the academy do…
Nicholas A. ChristakisThe left surrenders free expression at its own risk.
Another concerned leftist, Freddie DeBoer:
"For God’s sake, let go of the pretense... Social justice politics are plainly opposed to free speech. That is the most obvious political fact imaginable."