Jonathan Kay talks to journalist and YouTuber Nancy Rommelmann about how Portland became the most woke city in America, a phenomenon she wrote about recently for Tablet. She provides an update on the targeting of her husband’s coffee shop by an outrage mob after she expressed some reservations about certain aspects of the #MeToo movement, something she wrote about for Quillette in February.
Toby Young talks to Wilfred Reilly, an assistant professor of political science at Kentucky State University, about his new book documenting the prevalence of hate crime hoaxes and what that tells us about contemporary American society. Professor Reilly recently wrote an article about hate crime hoaxes for Quillette entitled The Hate-Crime Epidemic That Never Was: Seattle Case Study.
Jonathan Kay talks to Jamie Kilstein, comedian and podcaster, about his departure from LA, Andy Ngo’s Antifa beating and what it’s like to hang out with Moby.
Greg Ellis reads A MeToo Mob Tried to Destroy My Life as a Poet, Joseph Massey’s harrowing account of being targeted by a Social Justice outrage mob. It was published in Quillette on 28th June 2019.
Jonathan Kay talks to Nicholas Christakis, Professor of Social and Natural Science at Yale, about his new book Blueprint and what evolution can teach us about overcoming conflict.
Jonathan Kay talks to Mike Wacker, the ex-Google software engineer who was fired for exposing the company’s liberal bias. You can read Mike’s piece about working at Google here.
Greg Ellis reads Divorce and the ‘Silver Bullet,‘ James C. Coren’s essay about the lies that couples tell when their marriages end in order to obtain custody of their children. It was published in Quillette on 16th April 2019.
All revolutionary movements seek to sanctify their lawless behaviour as a spontaneous eruption of righteous fury. In some cases, such as the Euromaidan movement in Ukraine, this conceit is justified. But usually their violence is a pre-meditated tactic to intimidate adversaries. Or as Bolshevik theorist Nikolai Bukharin put it, “In revolution, he will be victorious who cracks the other’s skull.” The Antifa thugs who attacked Quillette editor and photojournalist Andy Ngo in Portland yesterday did not quite manage to crack his skull. But they did manage to induce a brain hemorrhage that required Ngo’s overnight hospitalization. (For those seeking to support Ngo financially as he recovers, there is a third-party fundraising campaign.) The scene was captured by local reporter Jim Ryan, whose video can be accessed at the link below. We caution readers that it is an unsettling spectacle—by which we mean not only the violence itself, but the unconstrained glee this pack of mostly young men exhibit as they brutalize a journalist whom they’d spent months demonizing on social media, and whom they’d explicitly …
Greg Ellis reads Reparations and Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Pyrrhic Victory, Coleman Hughes’s essay about how the cause of reparations got taken up by the front-runners for the Democratic Presidential nomination, thereby proving America isn’t as racist as Coates claims. It was published in Quillette on 17th March 2019.
Toby Young talks to Quillette contributor and nuclear energy expert Michael Shellenberger about what Chernobyl, the critically-acclaimed HBO mini-series, got wrong and why that matters. Michael wrote about this recently for Forbes. They also discuss the religious impulses driving the Extinction Rebellion protests.