Culture Wars

The Good Death—Cancel Culture and the Logic of Torture

The Good Death—Cancel Culture and the Logic of Torture

Cancellation is a public execution, during which a person is pilloried and destroyed. But while we have become used to the cycle of manufactured outrage that preludes every cancellation, the desperate public apologies, and the devastating consequences for the people whose lives are ruined, we are often at a loss

Christophe Van Eecke
Christophe Van Eecke
Politics
Luxury Belief Systems and Economic Stagnation: The Recipe for Our Discontent

Luxury Belief Systems and Economic Stagnation: The Recipe for Our Discontent

In his 1950 book Unpopular Essays, Bertrand Russell divides the misfortunes that can befall humanity into two general categories—those inflicted by nature, and those inflicted by other humans. As he points out, for most of human existence a good chunk of our suffering was caused by nature—things like

Andrew Potter
Andrew Potter
Conflict
Watching America’s Crack-Up

Watching America’s Crack-Up

When you have lived long enough in a foreign country, you eventually begin to realize that the one you left behind, once accepted as utterly unique since it was all you knew, is not particularly different from anywhere else. One can call this perspective, but it is more a recognition

Benjamin Kerstein
Benjamin Kerstein
BLM
The Society of Cultural Anthropology’s Campaign to Present American Populism as Fascism

The Society of Cultural Anthropology’s Campaign to Present American Populism as Fascism

Earlier this year, the Society of Cultural Anthropology (SCA)—a subdivision of the American Anthropological Association (AAA)—published a series of essays exploring the topic of American Fascism. The project was run under the SCA’s “Hot Spots” category, which editors at the SCA’s journal, Cultural Anthropology, dedicate to

Matthew Porter
Matthew Porter
Anthropology
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
Crime
Vaccines and the Coronavirus Crank Crisis

Vaccines and the Coronavirus Crank Crisis

When I last wrote about the rise of the coronavirus cranks for Quillette on January 16th, there were 37,000 people in British hospitals with COVID-19, and 1,411 COVID-related deaths on that day alone. The story that self-described sceptics had been telling themselves since the summer was a smoking

Christopher J. Snowdon
Christopher J. Snowdon
COVID-19
The Faith of Systemic Racism

The Faith of Systemic Racism

We hear constantly about the systemic racism coursing through America. Everything, we’re told, is shot through with hate. It does not matter if no white person ever has actually thought a hateful thought. The structure, or system, these innocents inhabit and profit from was designed by those who hated

Peter Savodnik
Peter Savodnik
Activism
Should Critical Race Theory Be Banned in Public Schools?—a Conversation with Christopher F. Rufo

Should Critical Race Theory Be Banned in Public Schools?—a Conversation with Christopher F. Rufo

The creators and defenders of Critical Race Theory, or CRT is it’s often known, describe it as a legal and academic movement aimed at critically examining the many ways in which racism manifests, with a view toward pushing beyond traditionally liberal color-blind laws and solutions. It has been

Jonathan Kay and Christopher F. Rufo
Jonathan Kay and Christopher F. Rufo
Activism