The Arab Counterrevolution
Hussein Agha & Robert Malley | NYRB | 7 September 2011
Outstanding analysis of Arab uprisings, looking ahead to what may follow.
"Revolutions devour their children. The spoils go to the resolute, the
patient, who know what they are pursuing and how to achieve it" Comments
Are Jobs Obsolete?
Douglas Rushkoff | CNN | 7 September 2011
Jobs are a relatively recent invention. And to judge from the rate at which
they're disappearing now, they may not be with us much longer. Why do we
crave employment? How can we organise economy, society, around something
What Is Naturalism?
Timothy Williamson | NYT | 4 September 2011
Fine article on limits of naturalism. Believing in scientific method as only
viable way to describe world raises questions. What, for instance, to do
with mathematics, a field that does not use hypothetico-deductive reasoning?
Noel Gallagher After Oasis
Chuck Klosterman | Grantland | 6 September 2011
Bland headline, possibly unattractive subject, ripsnorter of an interview.
If you can tolerate liberal use of the f-word. About as far from the usual
corporate, new-album-promoting puff as you're likely to find Comments
How An Omniscient Internet 'Sextortionist' Ruined The Lives Of Teen Girls
Nate Anderson | Ars Technica | 7 September 2011
Bizarre story of sextortionist Luis "Guicho" Mijangos. What's "sextortion"?
Mijangos obtained nude images of people, many after hacking into their
webcams. Demanded they send him sex videos as price for not publishing the
The King And I
Ray Connolly | Intelligent Life | 7 September 2011
Writer remembers interviewing Presley. "We’d never heard of anyone called
Elvis before. His detractors, which is to say just about everyone out of
their teens, declared immediately that he was a flash in the pan who
couldn’t sing" Comments
Peter Beinart on Post-9/11 America
The neoconservative view that the US has a special mission in the world was
supercharged by 9/11. There was also a sense that 9/11 could make America
better. Sadly it didn’t work out that way, says Peter Beinart Read on
9/11: Ten Years On
It's now a decade since the shocking and tragic events of 9/11. How did we
get to here and what have we learnt? We've collected some of the best
writing reflecting on the legacy of the attacks for America and the world
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NS Rubashov, on deviation
"Each wrong idea we follow is a crime committed against future
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