Weekly newsletter 41


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[1]A selection of our best article links of the week, plus featured
  FiveBooks interviews, videos, quotations and more.
    Links:
      1. http://thebrowser.com

Weekly Newsletter

Best of the Week

[5]Not Fade Away
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/wT98dO

Robert Kagan | New Republic | 11 January 2012

"Is the United States in decline, as so many seem to believe these days? Or
  are Americans in danger of committing pre-emptive superpower suicide out of
  a misplaced fear of their own declining power?" The second, says Kagan
  [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/not-fade-away

[7]The Rise And Consequences Of Inequality In The United States
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/yGTXKW

Alan Krueger | Center For American Progress | 12 January 2012

Share of income going to top 1% has reached "mindboggling" levels. Middle
  class has shrunk, economic mobility has fallen. Here's why it happened, what
  it means, and what to do about it (10-page PDF with additional PowerPoint
  slides) [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/rise-and-consequences-inequality-united-states

[9]The Secrets Apple Keeps
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/wDVIyX

Adam Lashinsky | Fortune | 18 January 2012

Fascinating look at life inside Apple. "Outside, Apple is revered. Inside,
  it is cultish." So obsessed with secrecy that many employees are hired
  without even knowing what their roles will be. And that's just the start of
  it [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/secrets-apple-keeps

[11]National Subjects
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/xsRMl1

Aleksandar Hemon | Guernica | 16 January 2012

Bosnia is a society shattered by war, its broken parts redivided and
  bargained over by Bosniak, Croat and Serb alike. Segregation and teaching of
  ethnic identity begins early, as this superb essay describes [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/national-subjects

[13]Internet Regulation & The Economics Of Piracy
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/zpFvNE

Julian Sanchez | Cato Institute | 18 January 2012

"No matter how bad last season's crops were, witch burnings are a poor
  policy response." Outstanding essay questions effect of digital piracy, need
  for government regulation. Conclusion? There is no dire, pressing threat to
  industry [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/internet-regulation-economics-piracy

[15]The Years Of Stagnation And The Poodles Of Power
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/yqZlNg

Adam Curtis | BBC | 18 January 2012

Typically provocative blog post compares West of today with Soviet Union of
  1980s. Clearly many differences but similarities Curtis finds are striking
  – disillusion with politics, economics, corrupt technocrats, vacuous society
  [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/years-stagnation-and-poodles-power

[17]The New Philosophy Of Cosmology
    Links:
      17. http://b.rw/zer8dD

Ross Anderson | The Atlantic | 19 January 2012

Fascinating. Interview with Tim Maudlin, a philosopher at forefront of a
  whole new field – the philosophy of cosmology. Where science runs out of
  answers – what is time, what happened before the Big Bang – is where his
  work starts [18]Comments
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/articles/new-philosophy-cosmology

[19]'Lawdy, Lawdy, He's Great'
    Links:
      19. http://b.rw/AgrXqR

Mark Kram | Sports Illustrated | 17 January 2012

In honour of Muhammad Ali's 70th birthday, SI republishes this memorable
  piece from 1975, written after the Thrilla in Manila. "Man, I hit him with
  punches that'd bring down the walls of a city," said a defeated Joe Frazier
  [20]Comments
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/articles/lawdy-lawdy-hes-great

FiveBooks Interview

[21]Will Hutton on Fairness and Inequality
    Links:
      21. 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 [22]Read on
    Links:
      22. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/will-hutton-on-fairness-and-inequality

Featured Topic

[23]Sport's Violence Problem
    Links:
      23. 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?  [24]Read on
    Links:
      24. http://thebrowser.com/reports/sports-violence-problem

Reader Recommendations

_@polit2k_  RT  _@TimHarford_:  Does  Austerity Promote Economic Growth? -
  Robert J. Shiller [25]t.co/9gdkvXKk #gfc2 [26]#browsings [27]More like this
    Links:
      25. http://t.co/9gdkvXKk
      26. https://twitter.com/search?q=#browsings
      27. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

Book of the Week

[28]Book of the Day
    Links:
      28. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/“you’re-okay-it’s-just-bruise”-by-rob-huizenga

[29]“You’re Okay, It’s Just a Bruise” by Rob Huizenga
    Links:
      29. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/“you’re-okay-it’s-just-bruise”-by-rob-huizenga

[30]Rick Telander says: “He divulges the incredibly damaging things that
  football team doctors did. They did not care about the players’ wellbeing:
  They were there to help the team win” [31]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      30. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/rick-telander-on-american-football-and-its-dark-side
      31. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks

Video of the Week

[32]Protect IP / SOPA Breaks The Internet
    Links:
      32. http://thebrowser.com/videos/sopa-breaks-internet

Introduction to Protect IP / SOPA (Stop Online Privacy Act) - what it is,
  why it matters. And why we should all be against it
  [33]More videos
    Links:
      33. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Week

[34]Dominic Lawson, on government
    Links:
      34. http://www.editorialintelligence.com/ebulletin/viewonline.php

"If your policy is one of retrenchment and austerity, it is advisable to
    come up with something other than economic growth as a measure of your
    success"

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

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