Zaid Jilani

Zaid Jilani

Zaid Jilani co-produces INQUIRE, a reader-supported newsletter and podcast.

George Makari's ‘Of Fear and Strangers’—A Review

George Makari's ‘Of Fear and Strangers’—A Review

French conservative radio host Éric Zemmour is mounting a presidential run, seeking to steal the mantle of right-wing populism from Marine Le Pen. Not only does the 63-year-old firebrand want to limit the number of immigrants who can come to France—a standard campaign promise for politicians of this type—

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Zaid Jilani
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book review
Stop Sensationalizing the Threat of Right-Wing Political Violence

Stop Sensationalizing the Threat of Right-Wing Political Violence

On Friday, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki announced that President Joe Biden had ordered intelligence agencies to conduct a “comprehensive threat assessment” regarding domestic terrorism. “The [January 6th] assault on the Capitol and the tragic deaths and destruction that occurred underscored what we have long known,” Psaki said. “The rise

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Zaid Jilani
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Alt-Right
How The Intercept Abandoned Its Truth-Seeking Mission—And Lost Its Best Journalist

How The Intercept Abandoned Its Truth-Seeking Mission—And Lost Its Best Journalist

Journalist Glenn Greenwald shocked his global readership on Thursday, when he abruptly announced his resignation from the Intercept, the six-year-old site that became famous after publishing documents released by Edward Snowden. The incident that sparked Greenwald’s departure was the Intercept’s refusal to publish in whole an article he’

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Zaid Jilani
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Activism
The Woke Left v. the Alt-Right: A New Study Shows They’re More Alike Than Either Side Realizes

The Woke Left v. the Alt-Right: A New Study Shows They’re More Alike Than Either Side Realizes

A common criticism of the ultra-progressive Left is that its culture warriors now resemble the right-wing ideological enforcers of yore, excommunicating those deemed to have sinned or performed heresies. Indeed, anyone older than 30 or so should have at least a dim memory of the social conservatives who wanted every

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Culture Wars
America Has Problems. Tearing Down Statues Won't Solve Them

America Has Problems. Tearing Down Statues Won't Solve Them

Earlier this week, a group of protesters involved in Black Lives Matter demonstrations spray-painted a statue of Winston Churchill in historic Parliament Square, adding the words “was a racist” under Churchill’s name. As critics of Churchill are quick to remind us, the former British prime minister supported the use

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Zaid Jilani
8 min read
BLM
America's Black Communities Are Suffering. Violent Protests Will Make the Suffering Worse

America's Black Communities Are Suffering. Violent Protests Will Make the Suffering Worse

Protests sparked by the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin—an act that prosecutors describe as murder—have devolved into violence. Numerous small businesses have been destroyed, and at least one elderly shopper at a Target store was assaulted. A man has been

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Zaid Jilani
8 min read
Activism
Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness: COVID-19 Shows We Can’t Have It All

Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness: COVID-19 Shows We Can’t Have It All

In late March, as many US jurisdictions finally began to enact social distancing and stay-at-home directives in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Texas’s Republican Lieutenant Governor, Dan Patrick, appeared on the popular Fox News program Tucker Carlson Tonight to offer a dissenting voice. “I turn 70 next week,” Patrick

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Zaid Jilani
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COVID-19
Corporate Subservience to China Exposes the Hypocrisy of Woke Capitalism

Corporate Subservience to China Exposes the Hypocrisy of Woke Capitalism

China’s suppression of political dissent within its borders is old news. But more recently, the Chinese government has managed to project its power across the world—and even into the heart of an iconic American business sector: professional basketball. Daryl Morey Tweet The saga began when Houston Rockets General

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