Meet the renegades of the Intellectual Dark Web: An alliance of heretics is making an end run around the mainstream conversation — should we be listening? Pretty loud for being so silenced: Critics of the Left aren’t oppressed and they don’t believe in “rational debate”. Thread: “We need a redistribution of intellectual respect. Idea Communism”. The whole thing is obviously contrarian cover for bigots who have heretofore been shy about asserting their obnoxious beliefs. Bo Winegard on “equalitarianism” and progressive bias. How and why conservatives embraced the dark side: Andrew O’Hehir interviews Amanda Marcotte, author of Troll Nation: How the Right Became Trump-Worshipping Monsters Set on Rat-Fucking Liberals, America, and Truth Itself.

When did far-right ideology seep into our public discourse? Mari Uyehara on how the most ardent defenders of free speech allowed fringe beliefs to go unchallenged “Debate me!”: Oliver Willis on one of the dumbest conservative tricks. Conservatives will never get the respect they crave — they don’t deserve it.