Weekly Roundup

Claire Lehmann
Claire Lehmann
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Dear Reader,

I hope you've had an intellectually stimulating week. If not, we have the cure in the form of seven thought-provoking essays.

A must-read this week is John Lloyd on how Russia's kleptocracy has spread corruption to all corners of the globe. And Spencer Case's review of Dissident Philosophers: Voices Against the Political Current of the Academy, is a fascinating entrée into the ideas of contemporary conservative and libertarian intellectuals. Also don't miss Australian journalist, Bernard Lane, on the troubling consequences of gender ideology in schools.

Until next week.

Claire

Russia

Corrupter of the World
The depth and breadth of corruption in countries, leaders, and peoples has gained more and more public attention in recent years, another torment to add to those already disturbing the peace of the socially aware. It is tormenting because—like the warming of the globe, the advance of authoritarianis…

Philosophy

Problems with Mill’s Masterpiece
The condition of human life is such that we must of necessity be restrained and compelled by circumstances in nearly every action of our lives. Why, then, is liberty, defined as Mr. Mill defines it, to be regarded as so precious? ~James Fitzjames Stephen Of all the works written in
‘Dissident Philosophers’—A Review
A review of Dissident Philosophers: Voices Against the Political Current of the Academy, edited by T. Allan Hillman and Tully Borland. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 320 pages (November, 2021) Dissident Philosophers, edited by T. Allan Hillman of the University of South Alabama and independent…
Moral Relativism and the Bottom Line
A surgeon, an engineer, and an economist all die around the same time and are met at the Pearly Gates by St. Peter. “Welcome good souls! Welcome! You’re in the right place,” he informs them. “But, unfortunately, we have a shortage of mansions so two of you will need

Culture

What Is Black America?
Each year as America toggles from Black History Month to March Madness, I find myself thinking of the Nigerian student who walked into my college office some years ago at around this time. This brilliant young man and aspiring academic told me of his discomfort with Black History Month, and
Gender Ideologues’ Alarming Campaign to Get Kids While They’re Young
In the debate about the wisdom of medicalised gender change for the young, there is a common refrain meant to expose the moral panic and ignorance of sceptics. No young person, we are told, gets any medical intervention before puberty. This may be true, but it obscures the more telling
How Florida’s Newly Enacted ‘Parental Rights in Education’ Law Actually Protects Gay Students
The White House has denounced a new Florida law as “cruel” and “harmful.” In an interview with CNN, Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg, the first openly gay cabinet member in American history, agreed that the law is “dangerous.” His husband Chasten, a best-selling author, was even more empha…
Gender Ideologues’ Alarming Campaign to Get Kids While They’re Young
In the debate about the wisdom of medicalised gender change for the young, there is a common refrain meant to expose the moral panic and ignorance of sceptics. No young person, we are told, gets any medical intervention before puberty. This may be true, but it obscures the more telling
‎27 Rouge: A Quillette Podcast: II: Sex, Drugs, and Bitcoin with Dr. Jonathan Karlsen on Apple Podcasts
‎Show 27 Rouge: A Quillette Podcast, Ep II: Sex, Drugs, and Bitcoin with Dr. Jonathan Karlsen - Mar 31, 2022


From Around the Web

There Is No Liberal World Order
Unless democracies defend themselves, the forces of autocracy will destroy them.
Ginni Thomas reveals the right’s class warrior shtick
She’s the very elite she claims to be defending the downtrodden from
“Russia cannot afford to lose, so we need a kind of a victory”: Sergey Karaganov on what Putin wants
A former adviser to the Kremlin explains how Russia views the war in Ukraine, fears over Nato and China, and the fate of liberalism.

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Claire Lehmann is the founding editor of Quillette.