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I don't like this article[edit]

Ha ha, when I read this I seriously thought I had accidentally loaded the Unencyclopedia page for Quillette - it's so over the top. I like rational wiki (usually) so can we have a sensible page for Quillette please, written by someone who isn't obviously a jilted former lover of Clare "uber-Nazi" Lehman... — Unsigned, by: / talk

It is sensible... feel free to read her crazy articles and videos for the alt-right The Rebel Media here: Octo (talk) 19:10, 4 September 2018 (UTC)


This article is... really awful. I hadn't heard of RationalWiki until now, but it sounds like a misnomer. (talk) 00:12, 28 March 2019 (UTC)

"But I thought this was supposed to be RATIONALWiki!" Drink! --It's-a me, Lgm sigpic.png LeftyGreenMario!(Mod) 00:37, 28 March 2019 (UTC)

Holy Hell[edit]

This has got to be the worst think I've seen on rational wiki. Could we have some attention on this? (I'm, erm, too busy) — Unsigned, by: / talk / contribs

Eh, well the original author is gone, but if you have something specific you want to add then perhaps someone could do something. β€” NekoDysk 22:36, 9 April 2019 (UTC)
"This is the worst" is not very actionable. At the very least you'll have to describe why it's "the worst". Martin (talk) 23:38, 10 April 2019 (UTC)
I agree with the anonymous commenter, in that this is the worst article I have seen on Rationalwiki. Too much ad hominem, too little actual engagement with the ideas Quillette publishes. Also, although the critique of the conservatives getting banned from Twitter article is good, listing all of the so-called "conservatives" is IMO over the top, and gives undue weight to just one Quillette article. I think that, like when the Guardian publishes controversial opinion pieces, we should not always take publication as endorsement. Like the Guardian, Quillette has been known to publish two opposing articles on the same subject - a publication that does that, obviously does not endorse both articles!--Greenrd (talk) 18:14, 13 April 2019 (UTC)
This is not the worst article I have seen, but it is due an honorable mention. Quillette has been called a "magazine obsessed with the evils of 'critical theory' and postmodernism"--two of my favorites.Ariel31459 (talk) 18:04, 31 May 2019 (UTC)
After some review, none of these complaints seem to bear any merit after comparing each one against the actual article text. ikanreed 🐐Bleat at me 18:16, 31 May 2019 (UTC)
"Quillette is a right-wing online magazine that tries to present itself as alt-center when in reality it serves to legitimise (sic) many views shared by the alt-right." True, true, but maybe correct the spelling, and use fewer vague terms.Ariel31459 (talk) 18:38, 31 May 2019 (UTC)
Spelling is fine. Unless you hate the British. --It's-a me, Lgm sigpic.png LeftyGreenMario!(Mod) 19:05, 31 May 2019 (UTC)
Nah, in this case, the British English uses z. That's a trivial correction. But I do want to be cantankerous about the first sentence of the summary being too high level and lacking detail. What the hell, Ariel. ikanreed 🐐Bleat at me 19:11, 31 May 2019 (UTC)
And isn't it taken out of context? Right after the sentence, examples are provided, presumably to define the terms. --It's-a me, Lgm sigpic.png LeftyGreenMario!(Mod) 19:13, 31 May 2019 (UTC)
The terms are vague rhetorical terms of art. Quillette obviously publishes articles some find objectionable. That does not make it "right-wing." The link goes to "rightism" leaving us to ponder its usefulness. From our article on Alt-center ..."or alt-centre is a misleading term sometimes used by HBD/race realist individuals in the alt-right community who try to present themselves as political centrists and moderates because they realise if they openly admitted having a right-wing to far-right bias, this doesn't work too well with their bullshit claims of being "objective" scientists." I emphasize that it is a misleading term, that requires political antennae not accessible to the common reader. Ariel31459 (talk) 19:42, 31 May 2019 (UTC)
they call themselves alt center, that's among their own branding, their far right and alt-right bias are really fucking plain as day. Their latest half-dozen articles include complaining a radical TERF astroturf party has received widespread disdain from actual feminists, inventing a narrative far-right Muslim anti-gay protests are "colliding protected groups"(while massively overinflating the scale of the movement), raising a shitstorm about "thoughtcrime" for a racial pseudoscience peddler, who according to the people who fired with him collaborated with nazi propogandists in writing his work in order to actively promote bigotry. That's literally from their goddamn front page. Stop covering your eyes then saying that you don't see anything wrong. There's nothing there that's not papering over alt-right bullshit. If you don't know what the term "alt right" means, that's you being willfully ignorant, not the term being vague or unclear. ikanreed 🐐Bleat at me 20:19, 31 May 2019 (UTC)
I'm just gonna leave a Revise template on main until we can get this sorted out--Yay for me, RightyBlueLuigi!(Not a Mod) 20:26, 31 May 2019 (UTC)

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Noted, I will revert the edit then --Yay for me, RightyBlueLuigi!(Not a Mod) 21:42, 31 May 2019 (UTC)
The first article, about British politics, does a lot more explication than complaining: "This [party] failure might partly be down to mistakes made by the party’s leaders. Early on, they were criticised for failing to work effectively with other political parties and they have ruffled the feathers of longstanding feminist advocacy groups. The WEP has struggled to negotiate areas of controversy within feminism, particularly the trans issue, which has been a source of significant tension."
The second article talks about conflicts between British LGBT people and religious Muslims. Hard to tell if there is exaggeration or invention. I guess one just has to know.
Noah Carl is someone I don't know about, but I see what the problem is.
"Alt-right" is supposed to mean: a loosely connected far-right, white nationalist movement." The term would appear to be an extravagance in this context. Ariel31459 (talk) 22:14, 31 May 2019 (UTC)
Loosely connected doesn't mean unconnected. The nature of their connections is exactly through publications like quillette covering them, and sharing links to each other, and stages with each other. Not traditional explicit organizational structures(and backchannel direct communication with each other to coordinate). It's asinine to claim it as a snarl word rather than a semi-coherent ideological movement, with notable members and ideas. When it became publicly clear who and what the alt-right was, almost everyone who was a major self-identified member rebranded, but the movement didn't go away. ikanreed 🐐Bleat at me 22:45, 31 May 2019 (UTC)
Loosely connected means incoherent when the connection is severed; that is, when one departs from white nationalist connections. So far, there are no such connections. Moral support of an academic who deviates from the safest path around demographic sociology can get one close to the precipice, but again, as I have said, the usage appears to be extravagant. Also, they are not so much snarl words as political buzz-words, as if this wiki were some kind of manual for right thinking. The main problem with using them is the reader is asked at the outset to accept derogatory conclusions on a subject they have yet to consider. The consequence is likely to be an annoyed reader. I think it is safe to say we disagree.Ariel31459 (talk) 23:46, 31 May 2019 (UTC)
The connection isn't severed at all, and you're sandbagging. ikanreed 🐐Bleat at me 03:25, 1 June 2019 (UTC)


I have a very different perspective on what happened with the term "alt-right". (An outsider perspective, I want to emphasise - I'm not on the right at all.) The alt-right subreddit, and their offshoot DebateTheAltRight, revealed themselves to be full-on neo-Nazis, complete with Holocaust denialism and all, and after that almost no-one wanted to be seen as alt-right. So, whereas originally it might have been used by some journalists and bloggers as a loose category for people like Trump who didn't subscribe to mainstream conservative lines on everything, by 2019, it had been "reclaimed" by the far right to just mean neo-Nazi or white nationalist, which to me seem almost identical. So that is why IMO it is inappropriate to use the label alt-right to describe Quillette, or for that matter, anyone to the left of the BNP.--Greenrd (talk) 13:08, 1 June 2019 (UTC)
Quillette regularly publishes defences of racialism/hereditarianism, in fact most its editors are hereditarians. It's undoubtedly an alt-right publication because of its fixation with race. The Trump "MAGA" crowd are in a different category, i.e. alt-lite, although both alt-lite and alt-right share some similarities and the alt-lite is widely considered an entry point for radicalisation. Most alt-righters started out as alt-lite, but then were radicalised into "race realism".Footsteps (talk) 14:37, 1 June 2019 (UTC)
Race-obsessed weirdos who have published in Quillette: Nathan Cofnas, Adam Perkins, Richard Haier, Toby Young (editor), Jonathan Anomaly. Young and Anomaly are also eugenicists. If these race-fixated loons aren't "alt-right" what are they? Just view Perkins, Cofnas' Twitter accounts to see their unhealthy obsession with only race and IQ, and/or "human biodiversity", its virtually all they talk about.Footsteps (talk) 14:45, 1 June 2019 (UTC)
Please note just because someone is banned doesn't mean they are wrong. β€” NekoDysk 15:14, 1 June 2019 (UTC)

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I also agree with Dysk and Ikanreed. Quillette promotes "race realism", and that is a central characteristic of the alt right. The alt right isn't just overt neo-Nazis; some of them are more subtle with their racism. Pizza SLICE.gifDuceMoosoliniYour friendly RW dictator moderator 16:16, 1 June 2019 (UTC)

If you guys still doubt that Quillette is a bunch of sciencey racists[edit]

Quillette resurrects 19th century racist pseudoscience skull measurements.

The primary reason that natural philosophers began to classify humans into different races is that human populations look different from one another. Their skin colors, hair textures, facial structures, and stature all differ, often in predictable ways. Furthermore, these differences reflect their divergent geographical origins. In fact, researchers can classify human variation by continent quite accurately using only data from the human skull. (They are able to correctly classify human skulls into black and white Americans with about 80% accuracy, using only two variables.)

--It's-a me, Lgm sigpic.png LeftyGreenMario!(Mod) 20:05, 20 June 2019 (UTC)

Also, on Quillette and harassment[edit]

Quillette author Eoin Lenihan "Progdad" tries to link journalists to antifa based on accounts journalists follow on Twitter. Link also has a link to a New Republic article on the subject. Quillette articles identifying journalists as "antifa" was also shared on Stormfront. --It's-a me, Lgm sigpic.png LeftyGreenMario!(Mod) 20:25, 20 June 2019 (UTC)