Politics

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
Why Culture Matters for Racial Disparities

Why Culture Matters for Racial Disparities

In the 1980s, the National Basketball Association (NBA) experienced a revival in fan interest sparked by a hyped team rivalry between the Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers, and by the personal rivalry between their two respective superstars, Larry Bird and Magic Johnson. Bird is white, Johnson is black,

Jonathan Church
Jonathan Church
Politics
Making the (Conservative) Case for Vaccine Passports

Making the (Conservative) Case for Vaccine Passports

According to the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data, at least 171 millon people in the United States have been fully vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Of these individuals, 2,063 (0.0012 percent, or about one in 83,000) are known to have later

The Quillette Editorial Board
The Quillette Editorial Board
Editorial
Welcome to Cold War II

Welcome to Cold War II

In early June, with little fanfare or press coverage, the US Senate passed a 2,400-page bill called “The United States Innovation and Competition Act (USICA).” Heralded as “the most significant government intervention in industrial policy in decades,” the bill will pump over $200 billion into a diverse spectrum of

Ari David Blaff
Ari David Blaff
Politics
Six Principles for the Policymaker

Six Principles for the Policymaker

Having left a senior US Government position as a diplomat some months ago, I had the occasion the other day to discuss the advice that I would give to future policymakers, or to those who advise them. It was a fair question, but oddly not one that I could recall

Christopher Ashley Ford
Christopher Ashley Ford
Politics
Revisiting Kirkpatrick

Revisiting Kirkpatrick

The concept of freedom has been deeply embedded in the American tradition since the country’s founding. Not only did classical liberal values profoundly shape governance at home, but they also manifested themselves in foreign policy as the United States emerged as the world’s predominant power. In 1917, President

Niranjan Shankar
Niranjan Shankar
Middle East
20 Hungarian Lessons the West Is Still Missing

20 Hungarian Lessons the West Is Still Missing

I lived in Budapest from 1999 to 2014, and for 10 of those years I ran a nonpartisan daily news service focused on Hungarian politics. For me, and for the small number of foreign journalists and analysts based in Hungary in the years before Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s 2010

Erik D'Amato
Erik D'Amato
Top Stories
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