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
  • Reaching Out From the Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance
    13 Oct 2021 • 7 min read • 72 42
    Back in 2019, a friend of mine gave a commencement address at an English department of a college in the Western United States. A heckler interrupted his speech and went on a rant expressing his outrag...
  • A Model Disciplinary Society
    08 Oct 2021 • 7 min read • 81 28
    Back in 2019, I profiled a group of Harvard Law School professors who organized a petition in 2014 to push back on new rules being imposed onto American universities by the federal government. The rul...
  • The Unity of Oppression and the Turn to Successor Ideology
    06 Oct 2021 • 8 min read • 60 58
    I have only discussed gender ideology in passing, listing the binary structure of sexual difference as one of the myriad Great Moral Emergencies (along with the existence of police and prisons, differ...
  • Personal Note
    01 Oct 2021 • 8 min read • 116 55
    To the fairly marginal extent to which I have a reputation as a writer, I am perhaps best known as the author of the following passage: "Let me summarize my feelings toward Asian values: Fuck filial p...
  • Abolish This
    29 Sep 2021 • 7 min read • 66 33
    During the height of the summer of protest in 2020, when the prestige media and liberal institutions moved as one to embrace the rhetoric of defunding or abolishing the police, the policy analyst Darr...
  • The New Abolitionism
    24 Sep 2021 • 7 min read • 67 33
    Today we hear a growing number of activists declare themselves to be "Abolitionists." The term refers to the adjacent and often overlapping movements of police and prison abolitionism. While the new A...
  • "Undocumented Citizens" and the new Newspeak
    17 Sep 2021 • 7 min read • 96 94
    Back in 2016, San Francisco voters approved a measure allowing non-citizens, including undocumented immigrants, to vote in local school board elections. It was a practical step undertaken at a local l...
  • The Arc of History Bends Toward Emotional Support Peacocks
    12 Aug 2021 • 6 min read • 147 49
    Angelica Spanos @AngelicaSpanos Hobie the pig home for #Thanksgiving in #CT. He won't be the star of the table...leaving that for the turkeys November 26th 201413 Retweets14 Likes Share Year Zero Back...
  • Welcome to Year Zero
    14 Jul 2021 • 9 min read • 287 116
    The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences of America announced last year that it would set diversity quotas for any film eligible to win a best picture award. In order to enforce these targets, ...
  • New Patreon post
    23 Oct 2020 • < 1 min read • 10 0
    I don’t know enough about Israel to have a strong opinion about it, but I asked an old friend who made aliya in August to write me a letter from Tel Aviv, and he responded with the thoughtful dispatch...
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