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Jon Baskin


Off the Wave

Justin E. H. Smith is a professor of history and philosophy of science at the University of Paris. In addition to his recent book, Irrationality: […]

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On Left Straussianism

Nobody shares all their private complaints with an audience, but how do we know how much to share and with whom? Certainly, in the name […]

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On the End

What ought we to be optimistic for? For the survival of the earth? For the continuation of the human species?

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Letter on Denialism

In November, Politico published a profile of Claire Lehmann, the founder of the web magazine Quillette, which it hailed as the “unofficial digest” of the intellectual dark web.

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Restoring Justice

Jobi Cates is the director of Restore Justice, a Chicago-based nonprofit devoted to promoting “fairness, humanity and compassion” in the Illinois criminal justice system.

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Tired of Winning

My first full-time job after college was with the Center for American Progress, a policy institute in Washington, D.C.

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Letter on The Point

Every issue of The Point contains a “symposium” section organized around a question that takes the form: What is x for?

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Out of Good Reasons

Elena Ferrante, a pseudonymous Italian author about whom little is known personally, has in the past two years become a household name in American literary […]

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Adult Conversation

God, listen to me! Or don’t. –A. O. Scott As you may have heard by now, A. O. Scott wrote an article earlier this month […]

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