Matt Johnson

Matt Johnson

George Orwell, Henry Miller, and the 'Dirty-Handkerchief Side of Life'

George Orwell, Henry Miller, and the 'Dirty-Handkerchief Side of Life'

I. In December 1936, George Orwell was on his way to Spain to join the Republican side in the fight against fascism. On the way, he stopped in Paris where he met with Henry Miller in his Montparnasse studio. As D. J. Taylor notes in Orwell: The Life, Miller’s

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Matt Johnson
Books
Poultry Farming, COVID-19, and the Next Pandemic

Poultry Farming, COVID-19, and the Next Pandemic

I Upton Sinclair published The Jungle in 1906 to expose the horrific conditions in American factories at the turn of the century. While he intended to highlight the misery and abuse of the workers, his graphic descriptions of disgusting and unsanitary conditions at slaughterhouses were what most outraged the public.

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Matt Johnson
COVID-19
COVID-19 Is Not the End of 'The End of History'

COVID-19 Is Not the End of 'The End of History'

I. If there were an annual award for the world’s most misunderstood essay, Francis Fukuyama would have won it every year for the past three decades. “The End of History?” was published in the National Interest in the summer of 1989, and it argued that the

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Matt Johnson
COVID-19
Candace Owens Is Dangerously Misinformed about Vaccines

Candace Owens Is Dangerously Misinformed about Vaccines

After Bill Gates criticized the Trump administration’s decision to withhold funding to the World Health Organization, right-wing social media personality and America Firster Candace Owens accused Gates of being a “vaccine-criminal.” In a Facebook post on April 15th that has since generated 38,000 reactions and over 6,000

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Matt Johnson
Bioethics
Will There Be a New Cold War with China? A Reply to Niall Ferguson

Will There Be a New Cold War with China? A Reply to Niall Ferguson

The end of the Cold War was a heady time in the West. Francis Fukuyama’s essay “The End of History?”—which argued that the world was witnessing the “unabashed victory of economic and political liberalism”—was published in the National Interest a few months before the fall of the

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Matt Johnson
Security
Christopher Hitchens, Anti-Identitarian

Christopher Hitchens, Anti-Identitarian

The Hitchens Prize is an annual award sponsored by the Dennis & Victoria Ross Foundation, named for the late polemicist and essayist Christopher Hitchens and presented to “an author or journalist whose work reflects a commitment to free expression and inquiry.” George Packer was this year’s

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Matt Johnson
Identity
Holbrooke and the 68ers

Holbrooke and the 68ers

Our Man—Richard Holbrooke and the End of the American Century by George Packer, Knopf, 608 pages, (May 2019) Power and the Idealists by Paul Berman, W. W. Norton and Company, 348 pages, (April 2007 Reissue) I. George Packer is a shrewd chronicler of American decay. In his 2013 book

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Matt Johnson
History
The Apologist's Apologist—A Reply to Robert Wright

The Apologist's Apologist—A Reply to Robert Wright

In his most recent Nonzero Newsletter, Bloggingheads co-founder Robert Wright celebrates the “death” of the Intellectual Dark Web. Observing with some satisfaction that Google searches for “Intellectual Dark Web” have declined over the past couple of years, he points to what he describes as the IDW’s main “public relations

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