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Weekly Roundup and an Interview with Michael Shellenberger

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Weekly Roundup and an Interview with Michael Shellenberger
Weekly Roundup, 15 May 2022

Dear Quilletters,

I hope you've had a great week and aren't too affected by the wild behaviour of the stock market.

As always, we've prepared a bevy of interesting reads for you this week, including an interview with gubernatorial candidate Michael Shellenberger about what needs to change in California.

When you've got a spare twenty minutes, fill it reading a roundtable discussion with Bo Winegard, Oliver Traldi, Geoffrey Miller and Spencer Case on whether or not moral expertise is possible.

Also, don't miss Stephan Jensen's blazing critique of how the hard Left and populist Right have more in common than they'd like to think.

Have a great weekend.

Zoe Booth
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North American Politics

The Hard Left and Populist Right Agree on All the Wrong Things
The ideas that unite the hard Left and the populist Right against the West itself are the same ones that make them both so excited about culture war.
Can California Change?—An Interview with Michael Shellenberger
In October 2021, environmentalist activist and author Michael Shellenberger published his bestselling book San Fransicko: Why Progressives Ruin Cities. He is now campaigning to be the next governor of California on an independent ticket and a platform that promises to address the crises he identifie…
Canada’s Racial Balkanization
With their newfound fixation on race and bloodline, Canada’s WASP elites are channelling a mindset that I thought I’d left behind in the former Yugoslavia.
We Need to Talk About Abortion
It’s not only conservatives who are changing the subject.
The White House’s Specious Gender Manifesto
The White House is claiming that the debate about childhood gender medicine is settled—even as numerous international experts are coming forward to say it‘s not.


Is Moral Expertise Possible?—A Roundtable
Is moral expertise really a thing—normatively, theoretically, or metaphysically? All three major Western schools of moral philosophy seem to think so, including virtue ethics, deontology, and consequentialism.
The Limits of Narrative
Societal crises of self-confidence can result from distorted and oversimplified narratives.

Art and Culture

What Explains Women’s Fascination With BDSM Fiction?
Every generation or so (i.e., roughly every 25 years) a woman (it’s always a woman) writes a book about kinky sex—and a very specific type of kinky sex.
Art Is Not Therapy
Something is flattened when our understanding of art is asked to serve the logic of a medical diagnosis, which sees the messiness of the human condition as a malady to be cured.


When Disagreement Becomes Trauma
How does one deal with those who claim that debate itself represents an agony beyond human endurance?


Quillette Podcast #188: How Elon Musk Can Promote Free Speech—Without Turning Twitter Into One Big ‘Dumpster Fire’
Veteran technology expert Jim Rutt tells Quillette podcast host Jonathan Kay about the hard lessons he’s learned over four decades of creating and implementing content-moderation standards on numerous social-media platforms. Image below: The GameB Home Rules and Norms on Jim Rutt’s GameB site, as ci…
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