Year Zero

Wesley Yang
An ongoing inquiry into the ideological fever that overtook the governing and chattering classes of America during the Trump years
Created 24 Jun 2020
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  • The Campaign to De-Christianize American Public Spaces, Part Deux
    26 Dec 2021 • 4 min read • 40 69
    A few years ago in Tablet, I wrote a piece favorably comparing the campaign to de-Christianize American public spaces to the then emerging campaign to police micro-aggressions. I pointed out that the ...
  • Not Quite Daily Post
    22 Dec 2021 • 5 min read • 89 39
    I grew up during the period of the de-Christianization of American public spaces and the rapid decline of Mainline Protestantism. In early elementary school we still sang carols with theistic content ...
  • Daily Poasting
    14 Dec 2021 • < 1 min read • 49 11
    I have been meaning to subject myself to the discipline of daily posting in pursuit of a condition of continuous publication for a while now. I am going to start tomorrow. These will consist of amusin...
  • Correction: Link to Callin podcast here
    14 Dec 2021 • < 1 min read • 14 2
    I put the wrong link in the prior post. Click here to listen to the podcast on the Web and/or to download and join the Callin app, from which you can join the next live podcast. https://www.callin.com...
  • The Title IX Regime and the March Through and Beyond the Institutions
    14 Dec 2021 • 2 min read • 17 11
    A recording of the first episode of my new live podcast hosted on the Callin app is available for streaming on the Internet here. It’s a 2.5 hour conversation with K.C. Johnson, a Brooklyn College his...
  • This week
    26 Nov 2021 • < 1 min read • 26 0
    Sorry I got a case of the flu this week. But I’ll be ramping up my rate of posting next week and in all subsequent weeks.
  • Open Thread
    20 Nov 2021 • 2 min read • 72 104
    Many things to talk about today, among them this piece about the latest iteration of the 1619 Project, which at last proffers the ask we all knew was implicit in a rewriting of America’s founding — a ...
  • The Midwit Meme and the Rittenhouse Affair
    18 Nov 2021 • 1 min read • 66 63
    The midwit meme template depicts a graph of a Bell Curve IQ distribution. At the center of the distribution is a caricature of the midwit, typically one of several variations of “Crying Wojak”, a crud...
  • Open Thread
    12 Nov 2021 • < 1 min read • 43 32
    Yesterday’s subscriber-only post looked at two pieces of journalism on either side of the ideological succession. Year Zero Preface to a Twenty-Volume Dave Chappelle Review, Part the Third Times of ra...
  • Preface to a Twenty-Volume Dave Chappelle Review, Part the Third
    11 Nov 2021 • 4 min read • 66 48
    Times of rapid cultural change alter the connotations and meanings of words in ways that can be illuminating to trace. Back in 2014, Michelle Goldberg, writing in the New Yorker, described the sectari...
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