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The Logic of Woke

    When law is not enough

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“Society is a game with rules, people are players in this game, and politics is the arena in which we affirm and change these rules.  Unlike the rules in standard game theory, however, social rules are continually contested by players allying to scrap old rules and create new rules to serve their purposes.” That framing, by Herbert Gintis, in the first paragraph of Individuality and Entanglement (2017), struck me as particularly apt when I read it. It’s been useful to me ever since in understanding matters large and small. Take the case of Blake Bailey’s biography of the novelist Philip