Steven Hayward | Breakthrough Journal | 10 November 2011
Super essay calls for shift in conservative ideology. "Both conservatism and
liberalism are failing because neither movement has properly adapted to the
changing fabric of modern society." Here's what conservatives need to
Why Doesn't Britain Make Things Any More?
Aditya Chakrabortty | Guardian | 16 November 2011
Britain is undergoing a "de-industrial revolution, in which previously
productive regions and classes are cast adrift". It happened in the name of
economic modernisation. But where has it left us and what has it done to us?
The State Wants To Know What You're Up To. But Why Do We Let It?
Philip Hensher | Independent | 17 November 2011
Biting commentary on Britain's surveillance society. Now so bad that
councils want to film and record all conversations in taxis. This isn't
about diminishing evil, it's about a desire to control. And we must resist
Belarus, The Land Of No Applause
James Kirchik | World Affairs | 14 November 2011
Economy a wreck, president-for-life a wild-eyed thug. Belarus slews from
authoritarianism into totalitarianism. Law prohibits "action or inaction
that has been planned beforehand and is a form of public expression"
The Educational Lottery
Steven Brint | LA Review of Books | 15 November 2011
Superb, highly readable essay on state of higher education. Focuses on
America, but debate and tensions over access, standards, goals and
aspirations will be familiar to readers in Britain and elsewhere
The Inefficiency Of Local Food
Steve Sexton | Freakonomics | 14 November 2011
The argument "that local farming is better for the environment than
industrial agriculture is an assumption that a 'relocalized' food system can
be just as efficient as today’s modern farming. That assumption is simply
Carne Ross on the Leaderless Revolution
Our political and economic systems are inadequate and failing. But what can
we do? The author of a new book on the subject tells us what inspired his
involvement in the Occupy movement and how a leaderless revolution could
work Read on
Months of anti-government protests; a brutal response by the authorities.
But what's really going on in Syria? Read on to find out Read on
@ATYPlCAL RT @TheBrowser: V gd RT @henrylf: Visualisation of US
debt - genius infographic t.co/0r90zXM#browsings More like this
Book of the Day
Book of the Day
Stuffed and Starved by Raj Patel
Barry Estabrook says: “We have this scandalous situation where there are
a billion people who get too many calories a day and a billion people who do
not get enough” FiveBooks Archive
Video of the Day
Emperors of Rome: Diocletian
Potted history of Diocletian, who brought stability to an empire in crisis
in the third century AD
Quote of the Day
Jean-Claude Juncker, on the euro crisis
"We all know what to do, but we don’t know how to get re-elected once we
have done it"
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