Newsletter 557


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[1]All of our Best of the Moment article recommendations, plus
  FiveBooks interviews and other selected content from thebrower.com
    Links:
      1. http://thebrowser.com

[5]Afghanistan: The Best Way To Peace
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/xR50ow

Anatol Lieven | NYRB | 20 January 2012

Wide-ranging review-essay. In brief: Western occupation of Afghanistan
  has been even more incompetent and self-destructive than the Soviet
  one. We've reached deadlock with Taliban. So talk to them. Make it a
  peaceful deadlock [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/afghanistan-best-way-peace

[7]Blowing Up The Book
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/yqLyny

Alexandra Alter | WSJ | 20 January 2012

Intriguing look at a new generation of "enhanced e-books". Digital
  titles that include videos, songs, animated graphics, all woven into
  the text. Do they represent the future of publishing? Or will they
  struggle to go mainstream? [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/blowing-book

[9]Should A Captain Go Down With His Ship?
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/yyIw2l

Theodore Dalrymple | Telegraph | 18 January 2012

On courage and duty in the workplace. What does an employer have the
  right to expect? How do any of us know how we'll react when tested? And
  what happens afterwards? Costa Concordia captain's story is all too
  human [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/should-captain-go-down-his-ship

[11]The Splintered Skeptic
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/w6La2N

Richard Marshall | 3AM Magazine | 20 January 2012

Fascinating interview with philosopher Eric Schwitzgebel. "There’s no
  way to develop an ambitious, broad-ranging, self-consistent
  metaphysical system without doing serious violence to common sense
  somewhere. It's just impossible" [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/splintered-skeptic

[13]Will Emerging Markets Fall In 2012?
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/yU8Zcf

Jeffrey Frankel | Project Syndicate | 20 January 2012

"Will China experience a hard landing? Will a decline in commodity
  prices hit Latin America? Will the European Union’s sovereign-debt woes
  spread to neighbours such as Turkey?" Here's a theory suggesting the
  answer "yes" [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/will-emerging-markets-fall-2012

[15]The First Sexual Revolution
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/xIhJsD

Faramerz Dabhoiwala | Guardian | 20 January 2012

Fine essay on the origins of sexual liberation. In mid-seventeenth
  century adulterers, if caught, were simply executed. But within a
  hundred years, everything had changed. Even pregnant brides were
  commonplace. Why the turnaround? [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/first-sexual-revolution

FiveBooks Interview

[17]Will Hutton on Fairness and Inequality
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/will-hutton-on-fairness-and-inequality

In contemporary capitalist societies, some inequality is inevitable and
  desirable. But the rewards for the few at the top have soared while the
  rest have been squeezed. We need a new social contract, says the author
  and columnist [18]Read on
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/will-hutton-on-fairness-and-inequality

Featured Special Report

[19]Sport's Violence Problem
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/reports/sports-violence-problem

Nobody wants to take away the thrill and drama of the NFL or NHL, but
  is middle age dementia an acceptable price for ex-players to pay?
  [20]Read on
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/reports/sports-violence-problem

Reader Recommendations

@polit2k MT @AchimMuellers: Behavioral Pricing: A consumer’s worst
  nightmare, a merchant’s dream t.co/nOOpq6Qh #gfc2 #browsings #marketing
  [21]More like this
    Links:
      21. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

Book of the Day

[22]Book of the Day
    Links:
      22. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/sincerity-and-authenticity-by-lionel-trilling

[23]Sincerity and Authenticity by Lionel Trilling
    Links:
      23. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/sincerity-and-authenticity-by-lionel-trilling

[24]Charles Foster says: “This is a must read for anybody to break free
  of the chains with which we live in our obsession with sincerity and
  authenticity” [25]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      24. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/charles-foster-on-living-prudently
      25. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[26]Lifecycle
    Links:
      26. http://thebrowser.com/videos/lifecycle

365 days in the life of a bicycle chained to a post in a New York
  street [27]More videos
    Links:
      27. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[28]Douglas Allen, on accountability
    Links:
      28. http://www.farnamstreetblog.com/2011/12/the-institutional-revolution

"Men, when they know they can blame nature, will behave badly"

[29]More quotes
    Links:
      29. http://thebrowser.com/quotations

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