Joaquin Phoenix 2020 Oscar Acceptance Speech
This Is How Scandinavia Got Great
The power of educating the whole person.
By David Brooks
“…the complete moral, emotional, intellectual and civic transformation of the person…. ever bigger personal responsibility towards family, friends, fellow citizens, society, humanity, our globe, and the global heritage of our species, …”
The Future of Democracy, a New Yorker series
The Assistant (2020)
Led by a powerhouse performance from Julia Garner, The Assistant offers a withering critique of workplace harassment and systemic oppression.
The Daily — New York Times podcast
The End of Privacy As We Know It?
Soon consumers from the general public may have access to this software. A stranger could photograph you on the street and then get your name, address, and contact info.
Ezra Klein on “the Machine”: An Interview
“…all of these institutions are in a relationship with their audience…. I’m trying to build an idea of a machine with different pieces all working together.”
On September 19, 1983, during Lebanon’s long civil war, the Reagan Administration ordered Marine PEACEKEEPERS in Beirut to open fire on Muslim militias in the mountains overlooking the city. The marines had been deployed for more than a year, after the Israeli invasion of Lebanon, to help hold together one of the world’s most fractured states. Colonel Tim Geraghty, their commander, warned that an attack would cost the United States its NEUTRALITY and its mission; nevertheless, U.S. ships fired more than three hundred rounds of seventy-pound shells. Geraghty later wrote, “As the sun set at the end of a tumultuous day, I remarked to members of my staff that my gut instinct tells me the Corps is going to pay in blood for this decision.”…(emphases added)
DONALD TRUMP’S IRAN PROBLEM
By Robin Wright
January 12, 2020
The New Yorker
Gil Scott-Heron’s Legacy Is a Work in Progress
By Giovanni Russonello
If Bernie Wins, Where Will He Take the Democratic Party?
By Thomas B. Edsall
Jan. 23 Adam Schiff’s Closing Argument
Why Trump Persists
Voters are less tolerant, less empathetic and less interested in integrity than many political analysts thought.
By Thomas B. Edsall
Ten Political Podcasts For The Savvy Citizen
By iHeart Radio
NOTE: Feminista Jones, from the excellent Pod Save the People podcast, is now a regular on MSNBC.
The Myth of Middle-Class Liberalism
The bourgeois are supposed to ensure open, democratic societies. In fact, they rarely have.
By David Motadel
The war on Muslims (with Mehdi Hasan)
Ezra Klein Show
Research suggests they would gain moderate and conservative support — without losing ground among their base.
I make a similar argument in “Left-Right, Top-Down, or Multiple Identities?“