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Quillette makes tired alt-right talking points sound erudite.
—Gaby Del Valle[1]

Quillette is a right-wing online magazine that tries to present itself as centrist and libertarian when in reality it serves to legitimise many views shared by the alt-right. For example, it regularly publishes articles from a strong conservative viewpoint that are anti-feminist, anti-immigration, Islamophobic and anti-transgender, with some articles more controversially supporting racialism and HBD ("human-biodiversity") pseudoscience, popular among white nationalists. It has published an article defending Noah Carl, a pseudoscientist who writes Islamophobic papers in the OpenPsych pseudojournals.[2]

In the media, Quillette is often described as "intellectual dark web".[3].

Predictably, Quillette has jumped on the Jordan Peterson bandwagon and has published several articles supporting him.[4][5][6]


HBD ("human-biodiversity")[edit]

Having now spent time arguing with various Quillette writers and learning more about their intellectual circles, it's become more and more clear to me the extent to which Quillette and Claire Lehmann are fronts for race realists and eugenicist psuedo[sic]-science. They all circle around the more hardcore, Nazi-adjascent[sic] outlets and people like The Unz Review, Steve Sailer, and the Ulster Institute/Richard Lynn circles (see: bringing in Toby Young as an editor).
Claire Lehmann used to write on the 'human biodiversity movement', which is the new term for 'race realism'. Most of the info was scrubbed off the internet once she started Quillette, but there's a blog or two that still references her work, e.g. Hbdchick.

Some authors and editors of Quillette are proponents of HBD, i.e. hereditarianism and racialism:

Articles published by Quillette supporting HBD include "On the Reality of Race"[19] and "No Voice at VOX: Sense and Nonsense about Discussing IQ and Race" by Richard Haier[20] who has controversially defended the The Bell Curve. Quillette has published an article defending Charles Murray by Brian Boutwel[21] who has associated with the alt-right, for example appearing on Stefan Molyneux's YouTube channel in 2017 for an hour long discussion about "human-biodiversity and criminality".[22] In 2018, Quillette published an article by HBD pseudoscientist Adam Perkins.[23][24]

Lehmann, in a 2017 interview, has said Quillette was founded to offer an "alternative to the blank slate view of human nature that appears to be dominant within the media ecosystem".[25] In other words, Quillette identifies with hereditarianism, and sees itself as standing against social justice warriors and postmodernists who think that all differences between genders and races that they view as detrimental to non-white-males are at root caused by hate, oppression and "privilege".

Banning Neo-Nazis is oppressing conservatives™[edit]

In February 2019 Quillette Published so-called "research" which was supposed to "prove" that "Twitter Treats Conservatives More Harshly Than Liberals"[26]; the data includes many shining examples of modern conservatism:

There are some other conservatives with views that might raise an eyebrow or two (though to be fair, one can argue this for conservative thought in general); this list is just the literal neo-Nazis (over half the list!) with whom no reasonable person, regardless of political affinity, should ever side with. And conservatives wonder why they're called Nazis when they cite THE AMERICAN NAZI PARTY as an example of Conservative Censorship™…

The list also excludes several prominent banned liberal accounts even though the author had been alerted to them.[30]

Quillette contributors of interest to RationalWiki[edit]

External links[edit]


  3. The Intellectual Dark Web an Alternative to Partisan Gridlock
  11. Toby Young spoke alongside Nazi who argues raping unconscious children is fine.
  12. Shamed Toby Young attended secret eugenics conference with neo-nazis and pedophiles. RT.
  13. How Toby Young Got Where He Isn't Today. The Guardian.
  14. All the sexist tweets deleted by Toby Young, the guy chosen by the government to advise on universities. Business Insider UK. 3 Jan 2018.
  15. Nine Of The Worst Things Toby Young Has Said. Huffington Post. 9 Jan 2018.
  16. Toby Young’s views on eugenics at least raise a much-needed debate. The National. 13 Jan 2018.
  17. My 2017 Constance Holden Memorial Address on Liberal Creationism.
  26. It Isn’t Your Imagination: Twitter Treats Conservatives More Harshly Than Liberals