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“”Quillette makes tired alt-right talking points sound erudite.
|—Gaby Del Valle|
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.
In the media, Quillette is often described as "intellectual dark web"..
“”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 Editor-in-Chief who founded Quillette in 2015 — an anti-feminist crank, who blames feminists for obesity and has made videos for the alt-right The Rebel Media. Lehmann is a proponent of HBD and was quoted by Hbdchick in 2014 for posting a definition of "human-biodiversity". Lehmann follows more than 16 alt-right accounts on Twitter including Richard Spencer and Steve Sailer.
- Toby Young (1963–) Associate Editor — controversially attended the London Conference on Intelligence alongside white nationalists, neo-Nazis and child-rape apologist Emil Kirkegaard. Young is a hard-right conservative and made UK news headlines at beginning of January 2018 for sending sexist, homophobic and other offensive tweets. He describes himself as a "progressive eugenicist", and delivered a speech at the International Society for Intelligence Research's 2017 conference, defending HBD.
- Adam Perkins, author for Quillette. Proponent of hereditarianism and an Islamophobe who lectures in the Neurobiology of Personality at King's College London. Attended the London Conference on Intelligence.
Articles published by Quillette supporting HBD include "On the Reality of Race" and "No Voice at VOX: Sense and Nonsense about Discussing IQ and Race" by Richard Haier who has controversially defended the The Bell Curve. Quillette has published an article defending Charles Murray by Brian Boutwel 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". In 2018, Quillette published an article by HBD pseudoscientist Adam Perkins.
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". 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™
In February 2019 Quillette published so-called "research" which was supposed to "prove" that "Twitter Treats Conservatives More Harshly Than Liberals"; the data includes many shining examples of modern conservatism:
- George Zimmerman; for posting nude pictures of his ex-girlfriend without her consent. Conservative Family Values™!
- Richard Spencer; neo-Nazi and founder of the alt-right.
- American Nazi Party; yes, really. Are you fucking kidding?
- David Duke; former KKK grand wizard.
- Jared Taylor; "race realist" with a decades-long career in "proving" that there are genetic IQ differences between blacks and whites.
- American Renaissance; publication of Jared Taylor.
- Gavin McInnes; white nationalist; founder of Proud Boys.
- Proud Boys; basically a terrorist organisation because "boo hoo feminism".
- Radix Journal; white nationalist publication.
- Alex Jones, InfoWars; 'nuff said.
- Traditionalist Worker Party; more neo-Nazis.
- Tila Tequila; "Social media personality" – whatever that may mean – who writes articles with titles such as "Why I Sympathize with Hitler" and poses in tasteful outfits.
- National Policy Institute; white nationalist "think tank"; current president is the aforementioned Richard Spencer.
- Craig Brittain; revenge pornographer, banned for accusing Parkland survivors of faking the attack.
- Baked Alaska; alt-right troll; has since criticized the alt-right for radicalising people, including the Christchurch mosque shooter.
- League of the South; neo-Confederate, white supremacist.
- James Allsup; member of neo-Nazi group Identity Evropa.
- Jayda Fransen; one of the top minds of Britain First.
- Paul Golding; leader of Britain First; former BNP.
- Paul Nehlen; neo-Nazi. Proposed to decorate Trump's wall with automatic turrets and that every Mexican should "be treated as an enemy combatant. Man, woman or child".
- Mike Enoch; neo-Nazi, founder of the hate site The Right Stuff. Inventor of (((echo))).
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™…
Bullshitting with craniometry and physiognomy
Accusations about Quillette's publishing phrenology started near the plausible-deniability territory when they published racialist and dubious craniometry-related statements that "researchers can classify human variation by continent quite accurately using only data from the human skull." It didn't help when one of their "progressive" eugenicists Toby Young published a puffpiece of Boris Johnson and mentioned his "Germanic forehead". They have quoted a 19th century racialist Cesare Lombroso to support the claim that criminality has some "biological origin". They also appear to agree with critics that deemed Lombroso's practices as racist sociopolitical agenda, but they also argue that he is revolutionary in investigating the biological factors of criminality. They additionally lamented about the orthodoxy and hysteria of the mainstream science for not accepting "new" ideas, which usually is an indicator of bullshitting.
Quillette has published a number of articles by Michael Shellenberger, a critic of mainstream environmentalism who argues that environmentalism is conceptually and institutionally incapable of dealing with climate change and should "die". Schellenberger has spearheaded campaigns to keep nuclear power plants open and to attempt to counter opposition to them. His organisation Environmental Progress has published misinformation about the Fukushima I nuclear power plant disaster, specifically that no-one will die due to the increased cancer risk caused by the radiation exposure, and describes its UK director as a "radiation expert" despite the fact that he has no scientific qualifications and pushes discredited ideas on the subject of radiation exposure.
Quillette contributors of interest to RationalWiki
- The Intellectual Dark Web an Alternative to Partisan Gridlock
- Toby Young spoke alongside Nazi who argues raping unconscious children is fine.
- Shamed Toby Young attended secret eugenics conference with neo-nazis and pedophiles. RT.
- How Toby Young Got Where He Isn't Today. The Guardian.
- All the sexist tweets deleted by Toby Young, the guy chosen by the government to advise on universities. Business Insider UK. 3 Jan 2018.
- Nine Of The Worst Things Toby Young Has Said. Huffington Post. 9 Jan 2018.
- Toby Young’s views on eugenics at least raise a much-needed debate. The National. 13 Jan 2018.
- My 2017 Constance Holden Memorial Address on Liberal Creationism.
- It Isn’t Your Imagination: Twitter Treats Conservatives More Harshly Than Liberals
- Jeet Heer. (June 14, 2019). "Quillette is terrible. Let's go over how and why. There's the stuff discussed in this article, but also more....". Twitter. Retrieved August 10, 2019.
- Wineguard, B., Carl, N. (June 5, 2019). Superior: The Return of Race Science—A Review. Quillette. Retrieved July 24, 2019.
- Young, T. (July 13, 2019). Cometh the Hour, Cometh the Man: A Profile of Boris Johnson. Quillette. Retrieved July 24, 2019.
- Forster, S. (May 12, 2018). Biosocial Criminology and the Lombrosian Paradox. Quillette. Retrieved August 10, 2019.
- Michael Shellenberger. (October 2004) The Death of Environmentalism. Grist. Retrieved August 23, 2019
- Exposing the misinformation of Michael Shellenberger and 'Environmental Progress'