Here’s a set of links to subscriber writing for the month of September 2023, which I called for a couple weeks ago. They are presented, as always, in the order in which I received them. I still got more than 20% of submissions that were not formatted correctly, so try to keep an eye on that for next time. Let me also reiterate that I can’t take late submissions, but we do this every month so just email me the following month. If I accidentally left your piece off, please email me and I will move it to the top of the list next time. We have finally exceeded the limits of a single email with this feature (blew right past them in fact), so please click through.
I really enjoyed Hadar Aviram's piece on prison food. A lot of the discussion in your work is how to make actual activism smarter, and the details of the struggles between those who care about the real outcomes, and those who are there to be seen and look busy.
I will not hear a FUCKING WORD against Shogun.
I'm all for being exposed to different viewpoints, but I don't think anti-vax conspiracy posts have any information content. Might need to do at least some cursory screening in the future.
Freddie - this is an excellent feature of your Substack. 50 more Substacks for the price of one.
Jessica, this was great. https://jessicanordell.substack.com/p/the-4-things-you-must-say-before
It's very cool that you do this.
I Just want to signal boost Stephen Delacroix's work at https://truegoodbeautiful.net/. I found it randomly through this post and spent 3+ hours barely scratching the surface.
Check it out if you're interested in a challenging but comprehensible opus on moral philosophy, especially pertaining to the tectonic shifts of premodernism, modernism and postmodernism that led us to our current unsettling reality, where liberal pluralism seems like it's on the cusp of coming apart at the seams. (spoiler: those seams were poorly stitched together from the beginning)
No yet convinced on his prescriptive solution of Virtue Ethics, but thoroughly enjoying the evisceration of both neo-reactionary nostalgia and postmodern identitarianism that underlie the competing illiberal impulses vying for political and cultural currency today.
Really appreciate the shout out to my little blog. Thank you.