Newsletter 656


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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 True Lessons Of The Recession
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/IEoaUS

Raghuram Rajan | Booth School of Business/Foreign Affairs | 30 April
  2012

Excellent, authoritative and measured overview of today's economic
  ills. Much papering-over of cracks in past few decades. Status quo ante
  not a good place to return to. So here are some suggestions for ways
  forward (PDF) [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/true-lessons-recession

[7]What To Do About The Rich?
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/IqcbP2

Anonymous | Philosopher's Beard | 27 April 2012

"For the rich the spirit of cooperation on which democracy depends is
  only an option, not a necessity. When the rich engage in politics they
  are not under the same constraints as the rest of us to find a mutually
  agreeable solution" [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/what-do-about-rich

[9]Greatest Films Of All Time
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/ISdG8G

Roger Ebert | Roger Ebert's Journal | 26 April 2012

Film critic prepares his nominations for the poll organised each decade
  by "Sight and Sound". Out goes Kieslowski's "Dekalog", on a
  technicality. In comes Malick's "Tree of Life", just ahead of Kaufman's
  "Synecdoche, New York" [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/greatest-films-all-time

[11]South Africa: The New Threat to Freedom
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/Kn22ig

Nadine Gordimer | NYRB | 30 April 2012

"In the new South Africa that was reborn in the early 1990s, with its
  freedom hard-won from apartheid, we now have the imminent threat of
  updated versions of the suppression of freedom of expression that
  gagged us under apartheid" [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/south-africa-new-threat-freedom

[13]The Perfect City Is Under Construction
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/IAhKLW

Will Doig | Salon | 28 April 2012

Portugal's PlanIT Valley aims to be first "sentient" city. But if faces
  challenges. "Humans will act in ways that even the smartest computer
  model can fail to anticipate — which is fine, until you put your entire
  city in its hands" [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/perfect-city-under-construction

[15]Against Law, For Order
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/IAq2og

Mike Konczal | Jacobin | 23 April 2012

"A government that creates mass incarceration is the obvious result of
  the ideologies of neo-conservatism and neo-liberalism that have come to
  dominate in the wake of the New Deal liberal order’s collapse." Here's
  why [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/against-law-order

FiveBooks Interview

[17]Jules Evans on Ancient Philosophy for Modern Life
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/jules-evans-on-ancient-philosophy-modern-life

The author explores philosophy lessons of the ancients relevant to our
  globalised, information age – by way of cognitive behavioural therapy,
  and government measures of happiness [18]Read on
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/jules-evans-on-ancient-philosophy-modern-life

Featured Special Report

[19]Democracy
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/reports/democracy

Are Western states true democracies? Has democracy become a casualty of
  the financial crisis? Can you have too much democracy? Read on to find
  out [20]Read on
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/reports/democracy

Reader Recommendations

[21]iainmanley South Africa's "hinterland became an equivalent of
  Shenzhen": How history haunts us, by Jeremy Cronin - [22]t.co/PfrJdVJl,
  [23]#browsings [24]More like this
    Links:
      21. http://twitter.com/iainmanley
      22. http://www.timeslive.co.za/local/2012/04/29/how-history-haunts-us
      23. https://twitter.com/search?q=#browsings
      24. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

Book of the Day

[25]The English Common Reader by Richard Altick
    Links:
      25. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/english-common-reader-by-richard-altick

[26]William St Clair says: This is so sparkling and so full of
  information. Altick challenged conventional wisdom of what literary
  studies could be [27]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      26. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/william-st-clair-on-reading-romantics
      27. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[28]Venice in a Day
    Links:
      28. http://thebrowser.com/videos/venice-day

Not quite the city of "Don't Look Now"
  [29]More videos
    Links:
      29. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[30]John Girdwood, on rhetoric
    Links:
      30. http://politicalpipeline.wordpress.com/2012/04/21/a-new-model-to-determine-whether-or-not-a-country-is-a-democracy

"There are three major political languages in America: liberalism,
    republicanism, and biblical thought"

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

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