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‘The Mob Has the Final Edit’

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George Packer of The Atlantic has been awarded the Hitchens prize, which is given to reward “willingness to pursue the truth without regard to personal or professional consequence.” This essay in The Atlantic adapted from his acceptance speech is very much worth reading. I cannot recommend it highly enough.

[A] kind of fear pervades the literary and journalistic worlds I’m familiar with. I don’t mean that editors and writers live in terror of being sent to prison . . . . Nor are Islamist jihadists or white nationalists........

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