Social Studies

Leighton Akira Woodhouse
Politics, media and social theory
Created 18 May 2021
  • Thread: What's up with the Covid Dead Enders?
    09 Jan 2022 • 2 min read • 18 40
    Omicron’s hospitalization rate is a third to a half that of Delta. Of those who are hospitalized, the new strain sends patients to the ICU at half the rate and keeps them in hospital for half the dura...
  • Me on Razib Khan's Unsupervised Learning
    06 Jan 2022 • < 1 min read • 3 3
    Happy New Year! Last month, my friend Razib Khan had me on his podcast, Unsupervised Learning. I highly recommend subscribing to it. It was a great conversation as it always is with Razib, so I though...
  • Black Culture Matters
    01 Jan 2022 • 11 min read • 19 23
    Antoine Towers, an Oakland violence interruptor Last summer, I wrote a story for Bari Weiss’ Substack on the crime wave in Oakland, the city I live in. I interviewed a violence interruptor named Antoi...
  • Thread: What does Omicron augur?
    19 Dec 2021 • 1 min read • 24 76
    We’re now in the Age of Omicron, which sounds like a Transformers sequel. At this point I have no idea what to make of it. The other day I listened to an episode of The Daily, in which the upshot was ...
  • The Authoritarian Turn
    15 Dec 2021 • 2 min read • 15 34
    Remember the avalanche of stories following Trump’s election prophesying the coming of authoritarianism? There was Masha Gessen parlaying their1 career covering Vladmir Putin into becoming the nation’...
  • Thread: What are your politics?
    11 Dec 2021 • < 1 min read • 40 182
    I used to be a hardcore leftist, even a radical leftist. There’s no question my politics have become more moderate over the years. But it’s not just me who has shifted: “The Left” today, with its puri...
  • Defund the Police Meets the Crime Wave
    07 Dec 2021 • 6 min read • 29 10
    My wife and I are scrambling to find a daycare for our 16-month-old son. We’ve had a “nanny share” up until now, which means we and another couple employ a nanny for both couples’ kids and split the c...
  • Vaccine Centrism
    03 Dec 2021 • 2 min read • 9 17
    I’m probably not the only one who has this odd experience every time I argue with someone about vaccine mandates: As soon as I voice my opposition to them, the person on the other side of the issue st...
  • Thread: Did you learn about slavery and genocide in school?
    01 Dec 2021 • < 1 min read • 23 106
    I sparked a little conversation on Twitter about the media’s yearly Thanksgiving ritual of claiming that nobody in America is taught about the slaughter of the Native Americans in school. Leighton Woo...
  • Do the Vaccines Prevent Transmission?
    29 Nov 2021 • 5 min read • 12 19
    It’s crazy to me that it’s almost Year 3 of the pandemic, and almost Year 2 of having the vaccines, and we still don’t have a clear answer to this most basic of questions: do the vaccines prevent tran...
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