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.
The percentage of Americans afraid to share their political views has tripled.
Yascha MounkAre Americans more afraid to express their political views than in the past?
A lot of people debated that question in the past weeks. A new article @JoinPersuasion has the answer: Americans are three times as likely to self-censor now than in the 1950s.
Even if some Americans opt out, the country will still reach herd immunity against COVID-19.
Yascha MounkScientists are optimistic that we will soon have a vaccine against COVID-19.
But anti-vaxxers are already mobilizing. Their support is growing. Will they stop us from getting to herd immunity?
In @TheAtlantic, I explain why that's unlikely.
And it's up to American institutions to ensure that their children don't sour on the country.
Yascha MounkParts of the right fear that immigrants hate America. Parts of the left hope that they will have little attachment to its founding institutions.
Both are wrong: Immigrants love this country. And that's a very good thing.
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On the incredibly powerful pull of tribe over truth.
Yascha Mounk"When the crowd says yes, consider the option of no. When the crowd says go, discern whether we should stop. And through it all, pray we’re not too foolish to know the truth or too weak to do what’s right."
One of my all-time favorite @DavidFrench pieces.
Conservatism used to mean a resistance to change. Not anymore.
Yascha Mounk"It is now increasingly common to find conservatives [writing about] civil war, the need for revolutionary action, and hopes for a refounding of America using 'regime-level power.'"
@DamonLinker chronicles the irresponsibility of far-right intellectuals.
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Yascha MounkLots of people telling me I shouldn't care about Pathology A because Pathologies B and C are bigger.
But it is perfectly possible to write about Pathologies A, B *and* C.
(And if they cared to look at my writing over the past year, they'd know I do.)