Jonathan Kay

Jonathan Kay

Jonathan Kay is a Quillette editor and podcast host, a National Post op-ed contributor, and a member of the FAIR advisory board. His books include Among the Truthers, Legacy, and Magic in the Dark.

When Disagreement Becomes Trauma

When Disagreement Becomes Trauma

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

Jonathan Kay
Jonathan Kay
7 min read
Academia
The ‘MoonSwatch’ Made Me Rethink My Relationship with Wristwatches

The ‘MoonSwatch’ Made Me Rethink My Relationship with Wristwatches

I spent a lot of time discussing the Oscars online last week. But my friends and I didn’t waste time on Will Smith and Chris Rock, or even on the awards themselves. Instead, we focused on what the celebrities were wearing on their wrists. DJ Khaled sported a magnificently

Jonathan Kay
Jonathan Kay
8 min read
I Didn’t Care About Crypto—Until a Fake Canadian ‘Emergency’ Showed Me Why We Need It

I Didn’t Care About Crypto—Until a Fake Canadian ‘Emergency’ Showed Me Why We Need It

A few weeks ago, I visited my new favourite financial institution. It’s a Toronto corner store with a big rusted out air conditioner over the front door, and windows plastered with ads for drumstick ice-cream cones and lottery tickets. Near the back door, nestled under old cardboard boxes full

Jonathan Kay
Jonathan Kay
14 min read
Quillette Podcast #182: Jacob Mchangama on His New Book, ’Free Speech: A History from Socrates to Social Media’

Quillette Podcast #182: Jacob Mchangama on His New Book, ’Free Speech: A History from Socrates to Social Media’

Quillette podcast host Jonathan Kay speaks with Copenhagen-based think-tank scholar and podcaster Jacob Mchangama about why so many human societies have such a difficult time tolerating dissent and heresy.

Jonathan Kay
Jonathan Kay
1 min read
Podcast
Vladimir Putin’s Medieval Mindset

Vladimir Putin’s Medieval Mindset

In 1338, the story has it, a notorious French exile named Robert of Artois strutted into the London palace of King Edward III, bearing a stuffed heron on a silver platter. “Clear the way, you miserable failures,” he said to the assembled lords. “I have a heron … the most cowardly

Jonathan Kay
Jonathan Kay
4 min read
History
The Ottawa Trucker Protest Was Disruptive. The Hysterical Reaction to It Was Worse

The Ottawa Trucker Protest Was Disruptive. The Hysterical Reaction to It Was Worse

In some cases, drawing the line between permissible and impermissible forms of public protest can be difficult. But the Canadian “Freedom Convoy” that occupied downtown Ottawa until Sunday wasn’t one of those cases. Thousands of anti-vaccine-mandate protesters, many of them driving trucks, took over a large portion of Canada’

Jonathan Kay
Jonathan Kay
11 min read
Canada
We’re All Going to Get Omicron

We’re All Going to Get Omicron

My friend Fred (not his real name) is one of the most conscientiously COVID-avoidant people I know. In the pandemic’s early days, he was the guy at my health club who investigated mechanisms we could use to sterilize tennis balls in real time, during play, lest virus particles make

Jonathan Kay
Jonathan Kay
8 min read
Confession and Conspiracism in the Church of Social Justice

Confession and Conspiracism in the Church of Social Justice

“Indigenous peoples have been stewards of this planet since time immemorial,” tweeted Canadian Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault from the Glasgow Climate Change Conference earlier this month. “The fight against climate change is not possible without their knowledge and leadership.” It was an odd thing to post. In recent years, many

Jonathan Kay
Jonathan Kay
15 min read
Activism