Quillette founder Claire Lehmann speaks with Cynical Theories co-author (and Grievance Studies Hoax collaborator) Helen Pluckrose about the influence of postmodern ideas in the formulation of the latest iterations of Critical Race Theory, Queer Theory, and other “intersectional” doctrines. Transcript: Jonathan Kay: Welcome to the Quillette podcast. I’m Jonathan Kay, here with a few brief words before stepping aside so you can listen to Quillette founder and editor-in-chief Claire Lehmann interview England-based author Helen Pluckrose. Many of you will know Helen as the former editor of Areo magazine, and one of the three brains behind the so-called “grievance studies hoax” in 2018, in which Helen and two collaborators submitted hilariously bogus Social Justice papers to super progressive academic journals and got many of them published. Since then, Helen has coauthored a best-selling 2020 book called Cynical Theories: How Activist Scholarship Made Everything about Race, Gender, and Identity—and Why This Harms Everybody. She also started an organization called Counterweight, which helps console and train individuals who are targeted by Social Justice mobs. In this interview adapted …
Quillette’s Jonathan Kay speaks with Hong Kong-based professor Peter Baehr about the many ways in which free speech and democratic politics are being suppressed by China’s mainland communist government.
Quillette Editor-in-Chief Claire Lehmann talks to The Australian writer Bernard Lane about the severe risks associated with rushing gender dysphoric children into puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, and surgery—and the rising tide of concerned parents who are pushing back against the campaign to reflexively “affirm” children’s beliefs about their inner identity.
Quillette podcast host Jonathan Kay talks to Richard Hanania, President of the Center for the Study of Partisanship and Ideology, about his much-discussed essay, Why is Everything Liberal? Cardinal Preferences Explain Why All Institutions are Woke (and its sequel). Note to listeners: The following images, taken from the guest’s Substack site, figure prominently in the discussion:
Quillette founder Claire Lehmann talks to author and activist Michael Shellenberger about how environmental alarmism and ideological blind spots often prevent us from having a rational discussion about the best way to address climate change while growing national economies.
Quillette’s Jonathan Kay speaks with Bard University history professor Sean McMeekin about his new book, which describes how the fears and ambitions of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin shaped the course of the Second World War.
Quillette‘s Jonathan Kay talks to author James Kirchick about his recent Tablet article documenting how the American Civil Liberties Union abandoned its core mission in favor of doctrinaire progressive politics.
Quillette podcast host Jonathan Kay speaks to Daphne Merkin about HBO’s highly torqued documentary, Allen v. Farrow, and the dubious claims it contains. Merkin, who wrote a widely discussed New York Magazine article about Woody Allen and Soon-Yi Previn in 2018, is a prominent literary critic, essayist, and novelist. Her latest novel, 22 Minutes of Unconditional Love, was published in 2020. In 2017, she released a memoir, This Close to Happy: A Reckoning With Depression.
Quillette‘s Jonathan Kay talks to two ex-Portlanders—Nancy Rommelmann and Michael Totten—about how the COVID-19 pandemic and a year of violent protests turned their once beloved city into a fractured, downwardly mobile arena for America’s culture war. Sources discussed in this podcast include: Leaving Portland, by Michael Totten The Internet Locusts Descend on Ristretto Roasters, by Nancy Rommelmann ‘You’re Not Allowed To Film’: The Fight To Control Who Reports From Portland, by Nancy Rommelmann American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America, by Colin Woodward
Quillette’s Jonathan Kay speaks to Canadian researcher Andrew Lustig about his research on the web-based communities of individuals who believe they are surrounded by evidence of an enormous “gangstalking” conspiracy, involving dozens or even hundreds of individuals, aimed at causing them to become insane or commit suicide.