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Conor Friedersdorf

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Recent articles by Conor:

15 Readers on How They’re Cutting Costs

This is an edition of Up for Debate, a newsletter by Conor Friedersdorf. On Wednesdays, he rounds up timely conversations and solicits reader responses to one thought-provoking question. Later, he publishes some thoughtful replies. Sign up for the newsletter here. Last week I asked readers for their best tips on cutting costs in times of economic strain—and, looking back on their lives, what… → Read More

Is Florida Still a Swing State?

A temperature reading on the state of U.S. politics → Read More

Book-Industry Activists Should Be Careful What They Wish For

The abortion debate will not be resolved by either side declaring the other illegitimate. → Read More

The Importance of Dissent in Wartime

This is an edition of Up for Debate, a newsletter by Conor Friedersdorf. On Wednesdays, he rounds up timely conversations and solicits reader responses to one thought-provoking question. Later, he publishes some thoughtful replies. Sign up for the newsletter here. Question of the Week While covering Donald Trump, multiple journalistic outlets published articles questioning his mental fitness. In… → Read More

The Trouble With Boys and Men

Plus: Was post-Soviet optimism for Russia misguided? → Read More

Is It Worse to Ban a Book, or Never Publish It?

Plus: Reality is now just a game, one writer argues. → Read More

13 Reader Views on Directing Tax Money to Private Schools

Do public schools need a “free-market correction”? → Read More

The Domino Effects of New Anti-Abortion Laws

Plus: Thomas Chatterton Williams on abolishing the fiction of racial difference, and reader views on humor in the workplace → Read More

Inflation vs. Recession: Eight Readers Choose

Including a Millennial, who offers a lament for her generation → Read More

Professors Need the Power to Fire Diversity Bureaucrats

Scholars should drive out overzealous administrators, not vice versa. → Read More

Tucker Carlson Deserves Blame—But Not for Buffalo

Plus: What Elon Musk and Barack Obama have in common → Read More

Readers Offer Their Moral Dilemmas

Would you press a button to eradicate cancer if 20 percent more marriages would end in divorce? → Read More

The Right and Wrong Ways to Fight Disinformation

Lies can threaten democracy. So can flawed efforts to combat them. → Read More

That’s Not What Grooming Means

What should kids be taught about gender identity and sexual orientation? → Read More

The Educators Who Decided That Context Doesn’t Matter

Students lose out when the language police ignore the distinction between using offensive words and discussing them. → Read More

What’s the Purpose of Boycotting Joe Rogan?

Late last month, the Supreme Court agreed to hear two cases about the constitutionality of race-conscious admissions policies, often called affirmative action, in institutions of higher education. What are your thoughts, positions, insights, questions, or legal opinions on the subject? Email your answers to conor@theatlantic.com. I’ll publish a selection of answers in Friday’s newsletter.… → Read More

Your Presidential Picks: Adam Silver, Tyler Cowen, Stacey Abrams

“You can appoint any American citizen to one term as president,” I wrote earlier this week, “so long as your choice has never run for president before. Who do you appoint to the White House and why?” Among politicians, Jared Polis, the governor of Colorado, was mentioned most. Former Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels and former Georgia State Representative Stacey Abrams were tapped, too. But we… → Read More

Can Criminal-Justice Reformers Adjust to Rising Crime?

As a long decline in murder rates reverses, proponents of draconian law enforcement shouldn’t be allowed to monopolize the discussion. → Read More

Your Most Controversial Food Opinions

Readers weigh in on eating habits, politics, and morality. → Read More

Universities Try to Force a Consensus About the Kyle Rittenhouse Verdict

Instead of using his acquittal to promote vigorous discussion, many administrators sent out statements decrying the verdict. → Read More