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Beyond the echo chambers
Created 30 Mar 2021
  • Did "Cancel Culture" Just Jump the Shark?
    29 Sep 2021 • 6 min read • 19 3
    A walk with a dog in a New York park results in a viral video clip, allegations of racist behavior by a white woman, and the woman getting publicly pilloried and sacked from her job. Again. This time,...
  • The U.K.'s Shortages Are Vindicating Brexiteers—Not Remainers
    24 Sep 2021 • 4 min read • 3 0
    In the U.K.’s run-up to the E.U. referendum back in 2016, a prominent Remainer warning was post-Brexit labour shortages. Musings as to who would serve the coffee or pick the fruit reflected a palpable...
  • I Am So Tired
    24 Sep 2021 • 4 min read • 24 0
    I have started to feel a new kind of tired. I am tired in a way that happens when you have been angry for too long. When you have been sad for too long. When you have been frustrated too long. I have ...
  • Want to Reduce Polarization? Pass These Climate Policies.
    20 Sep 2021 • 4 min read • 8 1
    U.S. political polarization is the worst it’s been since the Civil War—it damages our democracy, our key institutions, and even our public health. Studies suggest that collaborating on equal footing t...
  • After the Tall Man
    20 Sep 2021 • 5 min read • 9 0
    On February 4, 2002, near Khost in southeastern Afghanistan, U.S. forces killed a “tall man” in a case of mistaken identity that revealed core illusions of United States intervention in Afghanistan: a...
  • Medical Ethicist Sues the University of California, Irvine over Vaccine Mandate
    26 Aug 2021 • 4 min read
    The University of California, Irvine, where I teach, mandates that all students, faculty, or staff members are “required, subject to limited deferrals, exceptions, and associated non-pharmaceutical in...
  • Every Option in Afghanistan Was Bad
    18 Aug 2021 • 8 min read
    The United States withdrew from Afghanistan and the government collapsed. It happened very fast — faster, apparently, than American leaders expected — with Afghan military units and provinces surrende...
  • The Cannibal Club: The Intellectual Dark Web of the 19th Century
    05 Aug 2021 • < 1 min read • 4 5
    Fearless skeptics. Bold truth-tellers. Unrestrained by social taboos or sentimentality. Willing to question everything. This is how the Intellectual Dark Web—an “alliance of heretics” critical of poli...
  • What's a Demisexual, and Why Should We Care?
    04 Aug 2021 • < 1 min read • 6 2
    New York governor Andrew Cuomo’s daughter Michaela Kennedy-Cuomo recently caused a stir by announcing via Instagram that she identifies as “demisexual,” after earlier coming out as “queer.” If you’re ...
  • The Science of Snowflakery
    29 Jul 2021 • 8 min read • 7 0
    Every few days, the public square is roiled by another round of offense taken and apologies given. Sometimes the stakes are incredibly low, as when Bon Appétit issued an apology for publishing an irre...
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