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Monday, June 10, 2019

A Visual Demonstration of How Fast the NYT Got Woke

Many trends develop over decades, but few have been as rapid as concerns over social justice.

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Many trends develop over decades but I’ve never seen change so rapid as the breathtaking success of what one might call social justice concerns. Beginning around 2010-2014 there appears to have been an inflection point. Here from Zach Goldberg on Twitter are various words drawn from Lexis-Nexis.

And here from David Rozado is a longer list all drawn from the NYTimes. Rizardo has a page where you can graph the trends for words of your own choosing.

RELATED: Hayek: Social Justice Demands the Unequal Treatment of Individuals

*Correction: This article originally spelled David Rozado’s name David Rizado.

This article is republished with permission from Marginal Revolution. 


  • Alex Tabarrok is a professor of economics at George Mason University. He blogs at Marginal Revolution with Tyler Cowen.