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Scott Alexander, the Hitpiece, and the Limits of Inquiry

February 13th, 2021 | 4 min read

By Susannah Black Roberts

In certain moods I think that one of the greatest current social fights is the fight against the Grey Tribe ascendency, against the let’s-regard-humans-and-society-as-an-amoral-optimization-experiment approach to life. There are certain versions of this that are at the center of the NICE, the technocratic attempt to rule humans as things, rooting out all custom and beauty and history.

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Susannah Black Roberts

Susannah Black Roberts is senior editor at Plough. She is a native Manhattanite. She and her husband, the theologian Alastair Roberts, split their time between Manhattan and the West Midlands of the UK.