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