Work or Welfare?

Work or Welfare?

If a man doesn’t have a job or an income, he has neither life nor liberty nor the possibility for the pursuit of happiness. He merely exists. ~Martin Luther King, Jr. (1968) Throughout history, work has been the common lot of humanity—at least, outside of the idle rich

Joel Kotkin
Joel Kotkin
9 min read
American Politics
The Decline of American Empire: A Kübler-Ross Cycle Analysis

The Decline of American Empire: A Kübler-Ross Cycle Analysis

How will the United States react domestically should she be dislodged from her role of global top-dog power by China? As well as the obvious economic and strategic ramifications of an end to American imperium, there will be profound emotional and psychological effects on a society that has taken its

Andrew Roberts
Andrew Roberts
6 min read
Standards-Based Grading Will Ruin Education

Standards-Based Grading Will Ruin Education

This school year, a number of districts across the US decided to eliminate penalties for late assignments and allow multiple retakes for assessments. A recent editorial in the Los Angeles Times argues that these reforms will help teachers to evaluate “the skills and knowledge students gained and how well they

Auguste Meyrat
Auguste Meyrat
5 min read
Weekly Roundup and Martina Navratilova on Protecting Women's Sports

Weekly Roundup and Martina Navratilova on Protecting Women's Sports

Dear Quilletters, This week we’re pleased to bring you some unique pieces on fascinating topics. Along with law professor Doriane Coleman, 18-time Grand Slam winner Martina Navratilova offers us a critique of the International Olympic Committee's new rules for female competition in elite sport. Psychiatrist Sally Satel laments the

Claire Lehmann
Claire Lehmann
7 min read
What is Happening to My Profession?

What is Happening to My Profession?

Twenty-one years ago, I wrote a book called PC, M.D. How Political Correctness is Corrupting Medicine. One chapter explored “multicultural counseling,” a form of therapy that encouraged white clinicians to ask themselves, “what responsibility do you hold for the racist oppressive and discriminating manner by which you personally and

Sally Satel
Sally Satel
8 min read
Peter Jackson’s ‘Get Back’—A Review

Peter Jackson’s ‘Get Back’—A Review

Somewhere, I have a copy of the Beatles’ final film, Let It Be, furtively acquired during the 1990s. It’s a third- or fourth-generation VHS recording from Christmas 1980, shortly after the murder of John Lennon, when it was broadcast late at night on the BBC. As far as I

Christopher J. Snowdon
Christopher J. Snowdon
11 min read
The Universal Structure of Storytelling

The Universal Structure of Storytelling

Editor's note: what follows is a lightly edited excerpt of The Story Paradox: How Our Love of Storytelling Builds Societies and Tears them Down, by Jonathan Gotschall, published by Basic Books (November 2021). In the mid-2000s I set out, along with my colleagues Joseph Carroll, John Johnson, and Dan Kruger,

Jonathan Gottschall
Jonathan Gottschall
10 min read
On the Issue of Female Athletics, the IOC Has Shirked Its Duty to Lead

On the Issue of Female Athletics, the IOC Has Shirked Its Duty to Lead

Last week, the Swiss-based International Olympic Committee (IOC) issued updated, non-binding guidance in regard to the inclusion of transgender women and intersex athletes in the female category in elite competitive sports. This IOC Framework on Fairness, Inclusion, and Non-Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity and Sex Variations is presented

Doriane Coleman and Martina Navratilova
Doriane Coleman and Martina Navratilova
5 min read
Sport