Lessons for Big Tech from Ralph Nader’s ‘Sack of Detroit’

Lessons for Big Tech from Ralph Nader’s ‘Sack of Detroit’

Until recently, Silicon Valley enjoyed a relatively high degree of freedom from US government regulation. That was a deliberate policy choice. Responding to public enthusiasm for the possibilities of global interconnectedness and an endless stream of easily accessible information, Congress decreed early that online platforms would have no liability for

Kenneth Whyte
Kenneth Whyte
Tech
Understanding the Motivated Reasoning of Anti-Vax Refuseniks

Understanding the Motivated Reasoning of Anti-Vax Refuseniks

COVID has hospitalized 6.2 million Americans, killed at least 640,000 (the true count may be 800,000), and caused permanent cardiovascular, neurological, and other health problems in many others. Thankfully, the available vaccines are highly effective in preventing hospitalization and death. And yet, about 20 percent of Americans

Richard Redding
Richard Redding
COVID-19
The Moral Panic about Eugenics Poses a Threat to Abortion Rights

The Moral Panic about Eugenics Poses a Threat to Abortion Rights

American partisan politics has just been inflamed by implementation of a Texas ban on abortions once an embryo’s heartbeat is detected, usually after the sixth week of pregnancy. The new law gets around Roe v Wade by making it possible for anyone to charge a person who helps a

Diana Fleischman
Diana Fleischman
Bioethics
The Status Game: Male, Grandiose, Humiliated

The Status Game: Male, Grandiose, Humiliated

Elliot was 11 years old and playing happily at summer camp when he accidentally bumped into a pretty and popular girl. “She got very angry,” he recounted later. “She cursed at me and pushed me.” He froze, shocked, completely lost as to how to respond. Everybody was watching. “Are you

Will Storr
Will Storr
Podcast #165: Peter Boghossian on Why He Quit Portland State University

Podcast #165: Peter Boghossian on Why He Quit Portland State University

“Grievance Studies” hoaxster and philosophy professor Peter Boghossian tells Quillette podcast host Jonathan Kay why he could no longer continue waging his struggle for intellectual pluralism without first shaking off the ideological constraints of campus life.

Quillette
Quillette
Podcast
Male Underachievement and the Gender Turf Wars

Male Underachievement and the Gender Turf Wars

The National Student Clearinghouse (NSC), a non-profit education organization, published a report earlier this year that ought to have alarmed many Americans. Compared to the prior semester, the decline in male university enrollment was double that of women: Enrollment declines are steeper for men than for women across all sectors

Ari David Blaff
Ari David Blaff
Education
Judith Butler: Enough Already!

Judith Butler: Enough Already!

If I were Judith Butler, I would desist from giving interviews to journalists. She has done a few lately (with Owen Jones on YouTube, with Slate magazine last year, with the Guardian a few days ago, etc.) and in each and every one of those interviews, she repeats the same

Lama Abu-Odeh
Lama Abu-Odeh
Twenty Years Later, Engineering Experts Explain How The Twin Towers Collapsed

Twenty Years Later, Engineering Experts Explain How The Twin Towers Collapsed

The collapse of the World Trade Center has been subject to intense public scrutiny over the 20 years since the centre’s twin towers were struck by aircraft hijacked by terrorists. Both collapsed within two hours of impact, prompting several investigations and spawning a variety of conspiracy theories. Construction on

Quillette
Quillette