Weekly Roundup and a Letter from the Editor

Weekly Roundup and a Letter from the Editor

Dear Reader, Thank you for supporting Quillette with your subscription. By now you have probably noticed our new look—we have a cleaner and simpler website that is faster and easier to navigate (note the search function at the top of the home page). You may have also noticed that

Claire Lehmann
Claire Lehmann
George Floyd and the Rise of the Rival Constitution

George Floyd and the Rise of the Rival Constitution

On May 25th, 2020, a Minneapolis police officer subdued a suspected forger by placing his knee on the suspect’s neck for nine minutes and 29 seconds. The encounter was filmed and wildly disseminated. The suspect died as a result of several factors, including the officer’s use of excessive

Craig Trainor
Craig Trainor
American Politics
How Social-Justice Extremists Spawned a Generation of ‘Progressive’ Antisemites

How Social-Justice Extremists Spawned a Generation of ‘Progressive’ Antisemites

In 2019, the Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) division of Stanford University’s Student Affairs department launched a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) training program with a mandate to instruct students about institutional racism. Instead, the program provided a case study of how radicalized forms of social-justice indoctrination can fuel

David Bernstein, Nicole Levitt, and Daniel Newman
David Bernstein, Nicole Levitt, and Daniel Newman
Lessons for Big Tech from Ralph Nader’s ‘Sack of Detroit’

Lessons for Big Tech from Ralph Nader’s ‘Sack of Detroit’

Until recently, Silicon Valley enjoyed a relatively high degree of freedom from US government regulation. That was a deliberate policy choice. Responding to public enthusiasm for the possibilities of global interconnectedness and an endless stream of easily accessible information, Congress decreed early that online platforms would have no liability for

Kenneth Whyte
Kenneth Whyte
Tech
Understanding the Motivated Reasoning of Anti-Vax Refuseniks

Understanding the Motivated Reasoning of Anti-Vax Refuseniks

COVID has hospitalized 6.2 million Americans, killed at least 640,000 (the true count may be 800,000), and caused permanent cardiovascular, neurological, and other health problems in many others. Thankfully, the available vaccines are highly effective in preventing hospitalization and death. And yet, about 20 percent of Americans

Richard Redding
Richard Redding
COVID-19
The Moral Panic about Eugenics Poses a Threat to Abortion Rights

The Moral Panic about Eugenics Poses a Threat to Abortion Rights

American partisan politics has just been inflamed by implementation of a Texas ban on abortions once an embryo’s heartbeat is detected, usually after the sixth week of pregnancy. The new law gets around Roe v Wade by making it possible for anyone to charge a person who helps a

Diana Fleischman
Diana Fleischman
Bioethics
The Status Game: Male, Grandiose, Humiliated

The Status Game: Male, Grandiose, Humiliated

Elliot was 11 years old and playing happily at summer camp when he accidentally bumped into a pretty and popular girl. “She got very angry,” he recounted later. “She cursed at me and pushed me.” He froze, shocked, completely lost as to how to respond. Everybody was watching. “Are you

Will Storr
Will Storr
Podcast #165: Peter Boghossian on Why He Quit Portland State University

Podcast #165: Peter Boghossian on Why He Quit Portland State University

“Grievance Studies” hoaxster and philosophy professor Peter Boghossian tells Quillette podcast host Jonathan Kay why he could no longer continue waging his struggle for intellectual pluralism without first shaking off the ideological constraints of campus life.

Quillette
Quillette
Podcast