Newsletter 759


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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

[6]The Veil Of Opulence
    Links:
      6. http://b.rw/NkzqhU

Benjamin Hale | NYT | 12 August 2012

On Rawls, fairness, Romney and Obama. "Where the veil of ignorance
  offers a test for fairness from an impersonal, universal point of view,
  the veil of opulence offers a test for fairness from the first-person,
  partial point of view" [7]Comments
    Links:
      7. http://thebrowser.com/articles/veil-opulence

[8]Five Years On, The Great Recession Is Turning Into A Life Sentence
    Links:
      8. http://b.rw/NtopXI

Ambrose Evans-Pritchard | Telegraph | 12 August 2012

Reflections on economic crisis. "Much of the debt will have to be
  written off. Whether this is done by inflation (1945-1952) or default
  (1930-1934) will be the great political battle of the decade. Pick your
  side. Pick your history" [9]Comments
    Links:
      9. http://thebrowser.com/articles/five-years-great-recession-turning-life-sentence

[10]The Point Guard
    Links:
      10. http://b.rw/NkBeaF

James Traub | Foreign Policy | 13 August 2012

"Washington is full of people who are very self-confident and very
  impatient, people who seem to be clad in sandpaper. Almost all,
  however, are white men; Susan Rice is one of the few black women who
  belong to this particular club" [11]Comments
    Links:
      11. http://thebrowser.com/articles/point-guard

[12]You'll Never Be Chinese: Why I’m Leaving The Country I Loved
    Links:
      12. http://b.rw/NYVEA0

Mark Kitto | Prospect | 8 August 2012

"Deng promised the Chinese people material wealth they hadn’t known for
  centuries on condition that they never again asked for political
  change. The Party said: 'Trust us and everything will be alright.'" But
  20 years on, it isn't [13]Comments
    Links:
      13. http://thebrowser.com/articles/yourll-never-be-chinese-why-i’m-leaving-country-i-loved

[14]The Inescapable Power Of Architecture
    Links:
      14. http://b.rw/POw3dg

Rowan Moore | Observer | 12 August 2012

Book excerpt. "It is easy to see the absurdity of a belief in the
  healing power of masonry – it is a superstition, animism – but people
  fall for it again and again and they are not entirely wrong to do so."
  Here's why [15]Comments
    Links:
      15. http://thebrowser.com/articles/inescapable-power-architecture

[16]What Will The Fashion World Do With Kim Kardashian?
    Links:
      16. http://b.rw/NtlONt

Benjamin Wallace | New York | 12 August 2012

"In the Kardashian world, everything is cross-branded and
  co-promoted—tweets may be sponsored, products placed. There’s a sense
  that everything is for sale, and nothing should go un-monetized." She's
  the "world's first human avatar" [17]Comments
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/articles/what-will-fashion-world-do-kim-kardashian

FiveBooks Interview

[18]Woody Allen on Inspiration
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/woody-allen-on-memory

The film legend discusses books that have resonated with him, from JD
  Salinger to Elia Kazan and beyond [19]Read on
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/woody-allen-on-memory

Featured Special Report

[20]Democracy
    Links:
      20. 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 [21]Read on
    Links:
      21. http://thebrowser.com/reports/democracy

Reader Recommendations

@rszbt RT @polit2k: "No tangles!" NIMH · Brain Wiring a No-Brainer?
  [22]t.co/vWw9N5R0 #browsings (video) h/t @sysparatem @rszbt [23]More
  like this
    Links:
      22. http://t.co/vWw9N5R0
      23. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

Book of the Day

[24]Book of the Day
    Links:
      24. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/life-you-can-save-by-peter-singer

[25]The Life You Can Save by Peter Singer
    Links:
      25. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/life-you-can-save-by-peter-singer

[26]Nigel Warburton says: “The book focuses on poverty, and how we in
  the West are living in a luxury that we could adjust to alleviate that
  misery. He challenges your preconceptions and asks you to respond”
  [27]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      26. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/nigel-warburton-on-introductions-philosophy
      27. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[28]Ball
    Links:
      28. http://thebrowser.com/videos/ball

Something subliminal is going on here [29]More videos
    Links:
      29. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[30]Clay Christensen, on learning
    Links:
      30. http://www.farnamstreetblog.com/2012/08/why-cant-someone-be-taught-until-theyre-ready-to-learn

“Questions are places in your mind where answers fit. If you haven’t
    asked the question, the answer has nowhere to go"

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

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