Features

When Intersectionality Silences Women

This is a continuation of Helen Pluckrose’s exploration of censorship on campus. Read the first piece, which details the campus environment and provides personal testimony from women academics, here. *** I sent a survey out on Twitter and on Academic Reddit forums seeking “female academics or students who find they need to self-censor on campus […]

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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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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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The Moral Contamination of Free Speech

We find ourselves living in an age where free speech is considered by many as a concept that only right-wingers care about. “You think free speech is important?” I’m asked. When I respond, “Yes,” eyebrows are raised, shoulders tilt away, and through the forehead of my interlocutors I envision some panicked calculations in their minds: Is […]

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Features, Review

What Happened? Hillary Clinton Still Doesn’t Know

Fittingly, Hillary Clinton tells us two contradictory things about the purpose of her confusing, tedious new tome What Happened?. First page: it’s “the story of what [she] saw, felt, and thought” during the 2016 presidential campaign. Second page: “We can’t understand what happened in 2016 without confronting… the Kremlin,… the FBI, [the] political press… and deep […]

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Thomas Jefferson & His Enemies

“Enlighten the people generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day.”  — Thomas Jefferson, letter to Pierre De Nemours, April 24th, 1816 *** I am not an expert on human nature by any stretch of the imagination, but I’m willing to wager that in […]

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The Fundamentals of Fundamentalism

This is Part 2 of Gurwinder Bhogal’s report. Gurwinder is a writer embedded in Luton, England and has spent the last year and more researching the causes of extremism. Read Part 1, which is essential to understanding his conclusions, here.  *** From my research thus far I had concluded that jihadism was not strictly social, political, […]

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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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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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