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George Packer On Charlie Hebdo Murders

The Blame for the Charlie Hebdo Murders They are only the latest blows delivered by an ideology that has sought to achieve power through terror for decades. It’s the same ideology that sent Salman Rushdie into hiding for a decade under a death sentence for writing a novel, then killed his Japanese translator and tried … Continue reading


How to Tell a True War Story

It’s not pretty, exactly. It’s astonishing. It fills the eye. It commands you. You hate it, yes, but your eyes do not. Like a killer forest fire, like cancer under a microscope, any battle or bombing raid or artillery barrage has the aesthetic purity of absolute moral indifference – a powerful, implacable beauty – and … Continue reading

Populism and Progressivism as Constitutional Categories

Populism and Progressivism as Constitutional Categories I think the 21st century needs to move beyond the populist/progressivist split and forge a new middle ground. One that harnesses the two-way nature of the Internet to both diffuse education outward and take inward the suggestions of curious amateurs.

The Outmoded Idea of the Selfish Gene

We have a more complicated understanding of football than we do genetics and evolution. Nobody thinks just the quarterback wins the game. http://aeon.co/magazine/nature-and-cosmos/why-its-time-to-lay-the-selfish-gene-to-rest/

Undercover Journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas

A man doing amazing work in Sub-Saharan Africa. He uses undercover journalism to ‘name, shame and jail’ corrupt officials and those who violate human rights. http://anasaremeyawanas.org/bio/ http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/africainvestigates/

Philanthropists of the World: You’re Doing It Wrong!

Very interesting….

Two Years After bin Laden Raid, the Future of Special Operations

If the future is small wars and smaller armies in terms of personnel, then what is the future? How do we get there?

Defense Contractor Develops New Water Desalinization Method

Lockheed Martin has developed a new type of filter that has the potential to drastically reduce the cost and complexity of removing salt from water. The process, officials and engineers at Lockheed Martin Corp say, would enable filter manufacturers to produce thin carbon membranes with regular holes about a nanometer in size that are large … Continue reading

Big Data in a new of era of progressivism

Thomas P.M. Barnett on a NYT piece about a new policing strategy being enacted by the NYPD. He sees it as part of a new era of progressivism and “Big Data” applied to chronic social problems. Writing off vulnerable populations isn’t noble.  It’s merely shirking your civic/global duty.

Citizen Zhu: Chinese Citizen Journalist

Tom Barnett on Zhu Ruifeng, an unlikely man in a precarious position. The Chinese Communist Party is tolerating him for now it seems, but uncovering the dirt of the single party erodes that party’s legitimacy. How long will he be allowed to continue?

"The essence of the independent mind lies not in what it thinks, but in how it thinks." - Christopher Hitchens

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