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Have kids or do not have kids, but let’s not blame climate change

by Liam Heneghan A writer’s path is paved with the flagstones of their unread essays. Years ago I wrote an essay entitled “Soil and Myself” for the collection Irish Spirit (Wolfhound, 2001).

Men and Intimacy, Physical and Conversational

by Samir Chopra A couple of years ago, I participated in a radio discussion on ‘Male Intimacy,’ hosted by Natasha Mitchell on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s show Life Matters.

When the Pentagon Looked to Chomsky’s Linguistics for their Weapons Systems

by Chris Knight Students protesting against military research at MIT in 1969. Noam Chomsky is the world's most prominent anti-militarist campaigner and, wearing a different hat, the acknowledged founder of modern scientific linguistics.

Can moral virtues become outdated?

by Emrys Westacott A virtue is a quality that people consider valuable, admirable, or desirable. Human beings exhibit various kinds of virtues, many of which are specific to particular roles or activities.

Almost no one actually believes Fake News. So what's the problem?

by Thomas R. Wells The statistics are shocking. A Russian troll farm created false anti-Clinton stories and distributed them on platforms like Facebook and Twitter.


by Brooks Riley

The Speed of Cavalry Camels

by Holly A. Case Wilhelm Kotarbiński, Camel Cavalry (1848-1921) "People who were not born then will find it difficult to believe, but the fact is that even then time was moving faster than a cavalry camel....But in those days, no one knew what it was moving towards.


by Richard King There's disagreement about who first described politics as "show business for ugly people": some commentators attribute the zinger to Jay Leno, others to political consultant Paul Begala.


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How ‘the Kingfish’ Turned Corporations into People

Adam Winkler in the New York Review of Books: When the Supreme Court first began to breathe life into the First Amendment in the early twentieth century, the speakers who inspired the newfound protections were politically persecuted minorities: socialists, anarchists, radicals, and labor agitators.

Tending the Digital Commons: A Small Ethics toward the Future

Alan Jacobs in The Hedgehog Review: Facebook is unlikely to shut down tomorrow; nor is Twitter, or Instagram, or any other major social network.

Adam Ruins Everything: Dr Azra Raza on Mouse Model Misconceptions & Other Ways We Can Improve Cancer Research

Azra Raza is, of course, my sister and also a 3QD editor.

Monday Poem

I and I One says to the other, no man sees my face and lives ...............................................

The Grim Conclusions of the Largest-Ever Study of Fake News

Robinson Meyer in The Atlantic: “Falsehood flies, and the Truth comes limping after it,” Jonathan Swift once wrote.

Jordan B. Peterson on 12 Rules for Life

Art and Activism

Adam Kirsch in Harvard Magazine: In the autumn of 1924, Alain Locke was enjoying the beauties of San Remo, Italy.

Sunday Poem

"Optimism is difficult to keep, yet, after all this, it persists." .............................................................

Fully Automated Luxury Socialism: The Case for a New Public Sector

Andrew Elrod in Dissent: There is a little-remembered scene in Joan Didion’s “Slouching Towards Bethlehem,” published fifty years ago last August, where the writer, sleuthing through the menagerie of San Francisco’s counterculture, finds herself in the fleeting company of semi-professional political organizers.

We Can Learn Things When We’re Out There: A Conversation with William T. Vollmann

Hannah Jakobsen in the Los Angeles Review of Books: HANNAH JAKOBSEN: You’ve had a lot of unusual experiences — taken up arms with the mujahedeen in Afghanistan, been a war correspondent, and hopped freight trains, to name a few.

When Twenty-Six Thousand Stinkbugs Invade Your Home

Kathryn Schulz in The New Yorker: One October night a few years back, Pam Stone was downstairs watching television with her partner, Paul Zimmerman, when it struck her that their house was unusually cold.