Science | Tech

Are There Any Limits to What Schools Can Achieve?

Toby Young first published this piece with Teach First, which is an organization that works to end education inequality. After publishing the piece, Teach First took it down. Jonathan Dando, the Associate Director of Press, Public Affairs & Policy at Teach First said of the piece: “The aim was to drive debate. But we shouldn’t have […]

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Features

How Not to De-Radicalize a Twitter Neo-Nazi

I’d logged onto Twitter for my daily briefing, and was now having to justify my existence to a girl called Chelsea who was tweeting angrily at me for being born in her country. “India is a backwards shit-heap,” she said, “and wherever Indians go, they make a mess.” It’s tense debating someone who regards you as […]

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Religion | Politics

From the Satanic Verses to Charlie Hebdo

This is the transcript of a talk that Kenan Malik gave at the Integrity 20 conference in Brisbane, Australia on October 19th, 2017. First published on Pandaemonium, Malik’s personal website, we are republishing it on Areo. *** On 14 February 1989, Valentine’s Day, the Ayotollah Khomeini issued his infamous fatwa against Salman Rushdie. It was […]

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Features

The State of the Campus and Women’s Self-Censorship

The academy is under attack. Or so it seems. News stories seem to come in almost daily reporting academic witch hunts, disinvitations, demands for no-platforming, words that must not be used, ideas that must not be expressed, obstructive and violent protests, calls for firings and forced resignations at universities across the Anglophone world. The recent […]

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Religion | Politics

The Problem With Men and Sexual Assault

Every time there is a major act of terrorism there is a predictable response from liberal commentators. Most terrorists are not Muslims, we are told, which is true but obscures the fact that too many are. Terrorism has nothing to do with Islam, we are led to believe, which is false as Graeme Wood and Tom Holland have […]

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Review

The Nightmare From Which Ta-Nehisi Coates Is Trying Not to Awake

Ta-Nehisi Coates’s new essay collection We Were Eight Years in Power is challenging and troubling, but the trouble does not derive mostly from the challenge. In the introduction Coates sets forth the following thesis: Donald Trump was elected as a backlash to the “Good Negro Government” of Barack Obama. The “symbolic power” of the latter […]

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Religion | Politics

Androphobia — and How to Address It

“Beware of an anti-male moral panic“ wrote Cathy Young shortly after the announcement that the Hollywood Mogul Harvey Weinstein had settled at least eight sexual harassment cases. As so often, Young was absolutely right. Although some ideologically-motivated attempts have been made to blame Weinstein’s politics or, inexplicably, his Jewishness for these revelations, as more and more accounts […]

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Culture | Media

For You, Postmodern Sympathizer

This is a continuation of Lawrence Belluci’s reflections on postmodernism, which he first wrote about here. In this article he addresses a criticism that defenders of postmodernist and post-structuralist thought often employ.  *** As the interest in the debate surrounding postmodernism grows outside of academic confounds, more and more examples of postmodern “scholarship” are being […]

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Review

So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed

I know a man who deleted his Twitter account out of fear after he read So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed. Curious about the book’s contents and what could have prompted such a move, I decided to check it out. A fair few people know the case of Jonah Lehrer, a once popular up and coming author who […]

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