Culture Wars

Woke Capitalism’s Tragedy of the Commons

Woke Capitalism’s Tragedy of the Commons

Woke capitalism is rational, but it is also unsustainable.

Ilya Levine
Ilya Levine
6 min read
Politics
The Hard Left and Populist Right Agree on All the Wrong Things

The Hard Left and Populist Right Agree on All the Wrong Things

The ideas that unite the hard Left and the populist Right against the West itself are the same ones that make them both so excited about the culture wars.

Stephan Jensen
Stephan Jensen
8 min read
Culture Wars
The Culture War is Coming for Your Genes

The Culture War is Coming for Your Genes

In the opening pages of The Genetic Lottery, Dr Kathryn Paige Harden sets out her mission: “What I am aiming to do in this book is re-envision the relationship between genetic science and equality. … I will argue that the science of individual differences is compatible with full-throated egalitarianism.” In this

Damien Morris
Damien Morris
11 min read
Genetics
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
19 min read
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
8 min read
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
19 min read
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
8 min read
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
11 min read
Crime