Culture | Media

A Cartoon to Ease Your Existential Dread

— Some spoilers for Rick and Morty — I first realized how good we are at pushing away the insignificance of our existence while creating a PowerPoint at 2:30 a.m. in a second-floor office in New York City with my colleague. I paused and mentioned to her then: “Is this what you want to be doing?” hinting, vaguely, at […]

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Features

The Philosophy of Group Differences

Two controversies about the extent and cause of group differences have erupted in the past six months. The first emerged from a Vox article about Charles Murray, race, and IQ. The second, of course, concerns the content of James Damore’s “anti-diversity memo” about gender differences in tech and his subsequent firing from Google. Both led […]

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Religion | Politics

The Rise of a Moral Panic

The classic example of a moral panic involves a society losing its mind over witchcraft, as when more than twenty innocent people, mostly women, were hanged or otherwise killed following the Salem witch trials of 1692. In general, a moral panic concerns something that would be bad, perhaps horrific, if real, but whose reality is imagined […]

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Review

The Anatomy of Fascism

“It would be so much easier for us,” wrote Umberto Eco in his 1995 essay Eternal Fascism “if there appeared on the world scene somebody saying, ‘I want to reopen Auschwitz, I want the Blackshirts to parade again in the Italian squares.’ Life is not that simple. Ur-Fascism can come back under the most innocent of disguises. […]

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Science | Tech

The Evolutionary Roots of Identity Politics

“We have constructed pyramids in honor of our escaping…” — James Douglas Morrison It seems these days whether you are an Islamist in Dhaka, an Antifa extremist in Boston, a white nationalist in Charlottesville, a Buddhist extremist in Sri Lanka, or just about anything else, you likely think that your views, culture, clan, nation, or […]

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Features

A Manifesto Against the Enemies of Modernity

This document is very long and detailed so a brief bulleted summary is provided below for those who don’t have the hour it takes for a careful read. Modernity, in terms of the views and values that have brought us out of the feudalism of the Medieval period and led us to the relative richness […]

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Culture | Media

Why You Should Read (More) Poetry

“Poetry,” wrote a jaded WH Auden, “Makes nothing happen.” The creative energy that had bloomed amid the ashes of the First World War had been snuffed out by the horrors of totalitarianism. Right-wing poets had seen their hopes for modernized tradition appropriated and discredited by Nazi Germany, while left-wing poets had dabbled in fashionable communism […]

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Religion | Politics

A Lifelong Leftist’s Cri De Coeur

“Iona is no leftist,” a Twitter acquaintance recently asserted. It’s left me pensive as to what it means to be on the left (or not) and why so many of us lifelong left-leaning voters find ourselves described by our fellow lefties as, bafflingly, “right-wing.” I think of myself as left-leaning primarily because of my belief […]

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