Literary superstar Lionel Shriver talks to Toby Young about the pandemic, the rush to embrace Covid orthodoxy by politicians and scientists, and the suppression of dissenting voices by big tech and…
QuilletteOn the podcast: Literary superstar Lionel Shriver talks to @toadmeister about the pandemic, the rush to embrace an orthodoxy by politicians and scientists, and the suppression of dissenting voices by big tech and the legacy media, including hers
On October 17th, the New York Times published an op-ed celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Million Man March that neglected to mention the anti-Semitic history of its organizer, Louis Farrakhan…
Quillette"Natalie Hopkinson may declare Jews to be white so she can dismiss our experience of oppression, but we remain non-white to the perpetrators of the massacres at the Tree of Life synagogue, in Jersey City, and in Monsey"
Quillette"People lie about their views in order to avoid the fate of dissenters: cancelation and ostracization. Preference falsification makes a society stupider and in the long run leads to the society’s failure."
For most Americans, the majority of whom will never leave North America, the issue of the US’s image abroad is an issue of tenuous concern at best. The notion that the US’s image abroad has a palpa…
Quillette"Getting to that level of unpopularity without having launched a war that killed tens of thousands of Iraqis under what amounted to false pretenses is quite the feat of foreign policy bungling."
In his 1978 Harvard commencement address, A World Split Apart, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, a fierce enemy of the Soviet system, delivered a forceful and insightful critique of the West, a society which…
QuilletteReflections on Solzhenitsyn’s Harvard Address | Sergiu Klainerman
Quillette"The West has been gradually losing the will and intellectual ability to defend itself, not against foreign armies as it may have appeared in 1978, but against an army of internal critics determined to demolish everything the West used to stand for."
Quillette"The imbalance between rights and obligations in Western societies is constantly growing as the common understanding of rights is expanding, thus strongly undermining any remaining notions of individual obligations."
Quillette"Some 2,000 plutocrats now own more wealth than the four billion poorest people on the planet. It’s arguably the most skewed distribution of wealth we have witnessed since the latter days of the Roman Empire. And we all know how that ended."
Philosophers tend to be highly influenced by their environment, and can often be found rationalizing instead of critically examining the conventional views of the people around them. But if anythin…
Quillette"Heterodoxy about politically sensitive issues is not always well received in academia... But the fact that social media mobs can dictate the range of views allowed to be defended in philosophy journals is no small matter."
On October 25, Chile will hold its most important vote since 1988, when General Augusto Pinochet lost a national plebiscite on the question of whether he’d be permitted to extend his rule for anoth…
Quillette"While a full Venezuelan-style meltdown seems unlikely, Chile could easily go the way of Argentina—a nation with abundant resources that, thanks to dysfunction, has become plagued by corruption, inflation, insolvency, and poverty."
What’s the best way to tackle climate change? Does economic development always conflict with conservation efforts? How do we secure a safe and prosperous future for our civilisation as well as our planet?
Michael Shellenberger’s new book Apocalypse...
Scholarly debate over the magnitude and origin of human sex differences is seemingly interminable. As one might imagine, the arguments are often quite acrimonious, and the associated positions diff…
Quillette"Sex-typed stereotypical behaviors are found across cultures... Gender role theories can be contorted to account for these universal human sex differences, but no amount of contortion can wrap itself around these same sex differences in other species."
Between 2008 and 2019, total newsroom employment in the United States declined by 23 percent. At newspapers, the drop has been more than 50 percent. Journalists are hardly to blame for the underlyi…
Quillette"Who else but society’s most pampered specimens can seriously entertain the delusion that the biggest threat to a worker’s psychological health is a book by JK Rowling or a podcast host who expresses belief in the idea of biological sex?"
Quillette"The most culturally influential and prominent sectors of the economy now operate in an ideological universe that their own customers increasingly find unrecognizable."