Crime

Madness for Decivilization

Madness for Decivilization

For much of human history, people with mental illness were thought to be possessed by gods or devils. Madness, as it was called, was believed to be supernatural, not natural. Some Greeks, including Plato, viewed mental illness as a kind of spiritual gift, a portal into new ways of seeing.

Michael Shellenberger
Michael Shellenberger
13 min read
Homelessness
Louise Penny’s Armand Gamache: Quebec’s Too-Perfect Police Officer

Louise Penny’s Armand Gamache: Quebec’s Too-Perfect Police Officer

My introduction to Canadian mystery writer Louise Penny came through a friend who’d urged me to hate-read Bury Your Dead—a 2010 novel that was so bad, he told me, it had ended up as kindling in his wood stove. Yet not only did my own copy escape the

John Allore
John Allore
8 min read
Crime
Charles Murray's 'Facing Reality'—A Review

Charles Murray's 'Facing Reality'—A Review

A review of Facing Reality: Two Truths about Race in America by Charles Murray. Encounter Books, 168 pages. (June, 2021) I’ve known about Charles Murray since 1994, when I was a voracious and unsupervised teen reader in rural Oregon grabbing the library’s latest issue of the New Republic

Razib Khan
Razib Khan
11 min read
Crime
Are Activists Protecting Asians from Hate—or Protecting Their Narrative of White Supremacy from Criticism?

Are Activists Protecting Asians from Hate—or Protecting Their Narrative of White Supremacy from Criticism?

Asia Society, the global NGO dedicated to “forging closer ties between Asia and the West through arts, education, policy and business,” recently shared a video in which activist Manjusha P. Kulkarni spoke about anti-Asian attacks in the United States. Kulkarni, whose own group self-describes as a “national coalition addressing anti-Asian

Hai Di Nguyen
Hai Di Nguyen
10 min read
Activism
When Will Activists (and the Media) Get Honest About Police Shootings?

When Will Activists (and the Media) Get Honest About Police Shootings?

Minutes before Derek Chauvin was convicted on all three counts of murder and manslaughter, Ma’Khia Bryant, a black teenage girl in Columbus, Ohio, was shot dead by police. Almost immediately, enraged protestors gathered outside police headquarters. “Say Her Name!” they chanted. The New York Times reported that the girl’

Arthur Jeon
Arthur Jeon
13 min read
Activism
The Ugly History of Rape Panics

The Ugly History of Rape Panics

The abduction and murder of Sarah Everard in London on March 3rd created a wave of outrage and protest. It is easy to understand why a crime like this would generate reflexive disgust, but less straightforward to explain why society chooses to focus so intently on a small minority of

Jerry Barnett
Jerry Barnett
10 min read
Activism
Rinaldo Walcott’s On Property—A Review

Rinaldo Walcott’s On Property—A Review

A review of On Property by Rinaldo Walcott. Biblioasis, 96 pages (May 25th, 2021) The true founder of civil society was the first man who, having enclosed a piece of land, thought of saying, “This is mine,” and came across people simple enough to believe him. How many crimes, wars,

Jonathan Salem-Wiseman
Jonathan Salem-Wiseman
7 min read
BLM
Black Lives Matter, So Refund the Police

Black Lives Matter, So Refund the Police

During the summer of 2020, following the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, it was easier to count how many cities didn’t have Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests than to count the ones that did. Metropolitan areas across the United States, and the world, saw massive turnouts protesting

Andrew Sansone
Andrew Sansone
7 min read
Activism