Newsletter 604


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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]The Promise Of Russia's Urban Middle Class
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/w5BFtw

Condoleezza Rice | Washington Post | 9 March 2012

"Putin has staked his legitimacy on prosperity and order, but he seemed
  not to understand that a prosperous population would demand respect,
  too. In declaring that he would be president again, he insulted the
  Russian people" [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/promise-russias-urban-middle-class

[7]Who Would God Vote For?
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/zKuWv1

Adam Curtis | BBC | 6 March 2012

"In the 1970s everything changed. For that was the moment when religion
  was deliberately brought into politics in both America and Iran with
  the aim of using it as a revolutionary force." Curtis tells the story
  of how it happened [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/who-would-god-vote

[9]Finance And Corruption
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/y8yHe7

Robert Shiller | Bloomberg | 8 March 2012

Fourth and best extract from Shiller's new book. Financial elite is
  like an Indian caste. "They realise an immense economic advantage.
  Fearful of compromising that advantage, they adhere to the caste’s
  social norms" [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/finance-and-corruption

[11]Our Corrupt Politics: It’s Not All Money
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/zZta94

Ezra Klein | NYRB | 1 March 2012

Review of books on lobbying, by Laurence Lessig and Jack Abramoff. The
  threat to democracy comes not from bribery, which is rare. It comes
  from "legislative subsidy", a nice way of saying that the lobbyists get
  to write the laws [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/our-corrupt-politics-it’s-not-all-money

[13]What Happened To The Girls In Le Roy
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/zDz0yQ

Susan Dominus | NYT | 7 March 2012

"A lot of these kids were having a happy, normal life." And then they
  started twitching. Quite a lot. What happened when mass psychogenic
  illness, or mass hysteria, descended on the town of Le Roy, in upstate
  New York [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/what-happened-girls-le-roy

[15]Ghosts In The Newsroom
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/w9dCIm

Sarah Ellison | Vanity Fair | 7 March 2012

"Sad story, isn't it?" On money, management battles and missed
  opportunities at the Washington Post. Under the successors of Katherine
  Graham and Ben Bradlee, is the paper still punching its weight?
  [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/ghosts-newsroom

FiveBooks Interview

[17]Alexandra Harris on Modernism
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/alexandra-harris-on-modernism

Modernism is about form more than content, says the scholar of English
  literature. She tells us about the history of the movement, and picks
  five works that exemplify or explain it [18]Read on
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/alexandra-harris-on-modernism

Featured Special Report

[19]Consciousness
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/reports/consciousness

What is it? Where did it come from? How can we learn more about it?
  Here's a quick look at what we do and don't know about consciousness
  [20]Read on
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/reports/consciousness

Reader Recommendations

@whitebluewhite Bravo! Steven Pinker talks about cultural differences
  in the context of innate human similarities #TED [21]t.co/xlBXcJ9p
  [22]#browsings [23]More like this
    Links:
      21. http://t.co/xlBXcJ9p
      22. https://twitter.com/search?q=#browsings
      23. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

Book of the Day

[24]Book of the Day
    Links:
      24. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/estates-by-lynsey-hanley

[25]Estates by Lynsey Hanley
    Links:
      25. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/estates-by-lynsey-hanley

[26]David Kynaston says: “She grew up on a huge estate that was built
  in the sixties. Her descriptions have terrific historical value as a
  piece of testimony” [27]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      26. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/david-kynaston-on-social-history-post-war-britain
      27. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[28]Richard Branson
    Links:
      28. http://thebrowser.com/videos/richard-branson

Let's not argue over whether this is the best advert ever. It's
  certainly one of them [29]More videos
    Links:
      29. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[30]Robert Shiller, on virtue
    Links:
      30. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-03-08/finance-logic-can-banish-corruption-part-4-commentary-by-robert-shiller.html

"Our desire for praise can be truly satisfied only if we deserve it.
    No one is satisfied merely to look praiseworthy"

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

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