Since the beginning of the age of the Enlightenment and over the course of modernization, the mortality of children below 5 years of age has declined rapidly. Child mortality in rich countries today is much lower than 1%. This is a very recent...
Reopening universities will accomplish little and endanger many.
Yascha MounkI love campuses. And I know how much is lost when education goes online only.
But reopening colleges as the pandemic is resurging across America will endanger students, staff and the surrounding communities.
My latest @TheAtlantic.
Wargaming shows that, short of a landslide victory for Joe Biden in the upcoming elections, we may be headed for a severe constitutional crisis. Here are six strategies for averting the worst outcomes.
Some polls show that about half of all Americans plan to get a vaccine as soon as one is available.
Yascha MounkI joined @kcrw to talk about my uncharacteristically optimistic article on vaccines and COVID in @TheAtlantic.
A lot of Americans will refuse to take the vaccine. But once a safe and effective vaccines is available, we *will* likely get to herd immunity.
Last month, the leaders of the European Union managed to craft a muscular economic rescue package to deal with the economic toll from COVID-19. By making disbursements of aid contingent on adherence to fundamental democratic principles, the...
Six signs that show you're not just being criticized; you're being canceled.
Yascha MounkCancel culture is real.
But what distinguishes legitimate criticism from an illegitimate attempt to cancel someone?
@Jon_Rauch offers what is, to my mind, the best explanation anyone has come up with so far.
It should become the standard.
Yascha MounkPlease do share this important article by @jon_rauch!
Please do tell send it to people when they pretend that there is no difference between criticizing and canceling someone!
And please @JoinPersuasion.
Yascha MounkPerhaps this article by @jon_rauch will help to clear up the confusion.
A culture of robust criticism is great! And the difference between that and cancelation is not that hard to see.
(It appeared @JoinPersuasion. You should try reading us sometime!)
The last time I saw my father was in Grand Central Station. I was going from my grandmother's In the Adirondacks to a cottage on the Cape that my mother had rented, and I wrote my
Yascha MounkIf you've never read Cheever and have five minutes to spare just read one of his shortest and most haunting stories.
(You can read Reunion in the New Yorker, where it was published. But for those who don't have a subscription, here's an odd free link.)
A professor at Arizona State University does not exist.
Yascha MounkThere have always, and will always, be scammers like BethAnn McLaughlin.
The question is why some of the most prestigious institutions in the country are quite so ready to honor and elevate them right now.
The company has received a $1.6 billion grant from the government’s Operation Warp Speed to have 100 million doses ready by early 2021.
Yascha MounkAny one of these studies has to be taken with a large pinch of salt.
But if you want to understand why scientists are increasingly optimistic it's because many different teams researching many different vaccines have now reported very encouraging results.
But plenty of them are. And there's nothing shameful about defending democracy against budding autocrats.
Yascha MounkLiberals can be too quick to call governments anti-democratic because they dislike their social policies.
But that's no excuse for conservatives to cheer on the many governments that really are destroying democracy.
@sahilhandapanda for @JoinPersuasion.
By walking away, he can save the lives of supporters who have listened to his lethal quackery.
Yascha MounkCan't believe that it's 93 days until the election and people are still engaging in the fantasy of Trump resigning or being impeached.
We don't want Trump to walk away or become a martyr. We want him to be crushingly defeated at the polls.