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Unrest Drags Spain Towards Buried Unpleasant Truths

Paul Mason | BBC | 2 October 2012

Spain dealt with the aftermath of civil war and Franco's rule with a "pact of silence". But now that pact is falling apart. Signifiers of crisis are mounting: Acute class divisions, street violence, outright civil disobedience Comments (

Why We Can’t Stop Watching The Stupid Presidential Debates

Jack Shafer | Reuters | 28 September 2012

"Although the networks, newspapers and Web obsess about what the candidates say in the debates, the battle is largely visual. The best, and in many ways the intended, way to watch the presidential debates is with the sound off" Comments (’t-stop-watching-stupid-presidential-debates)

King Ludd Is Still Dead

Kenneth Rogoff | Project Syndicate | 1 October 2012

Philosophers and economists have long predicted that technological progress will bring mass unemployment. Instead it generates new jobs, new markets. For example: Computer chess has led to booming demand for chess professionals Comments (

The Energy-Water Nexus

Tom Murphy | Do The Math | 2 October 2012

Water. Do you know how much you use? You might be horrified if you did. Physicist Tom Murphy takes a measuring stick to personal and public usage. Don't worry, your survival's not at stake. But the way you live might have to change Comments (

Out There: Digging Up The Early Universe

Sean Carroll | Discover | 1 October 2012

Cosmologists have reconstructed the history of the universe back to a few seconds after the Big Bang 13.7 billion years ago. Now the push is on to go back further still, to within a fraction of a second of the beginning of time Comments (

At Home In The World

Lawrence Osborne | WSJ | 27 September 2012

Portrait of the late Patrick Leigh Fermor, "war hero, self-made scholar, greatest travel writer of his generation". Max Hastings called him "the most brilliant conversationalist of his time, wearing his literacy light as wings" Comments (

FiveBooks Interview


Edward Skidelsky on Virtue

The British philosopher tells us about virtue from Plato to the modern day, and says Jane Austen got it right when she wrote about passion
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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 Read on (

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Becoming Justice Blackmun  by Linda Greenhouse

Dahlia Lithwick says ( : “This book tells us a lot about the court today. Blackmun most famously was the author of Roe v Wade” FiveBooks Archive (

Video of the Day

32 Metronomes


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Quote of the Day

W.H. Auden, on weddings (

"Marriages should be celebrated quietly and humbly, because they are the beginning of something. Loud celebrations should be saved for successful conclusions"

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