WHO WANTS TO PUT DEMOCRACY IN CHAINS? Everyone
An idea has taken root “that you’re entitled to certain things, that you don’t necessarily have to earn them,” he says. “There’s a belief that something’s wrong if you don’t have what other people have—that it’s because you’re ‘disadvantaged.’ A teenage dropout mother is told she has a disadvantage. But if you’re going to call the negative consequences of chosen behavior ‘disadvantage,’ the word is corrupt beyond repair and useful only for propaganda purposes.”
Donald Trump junior delivers smoking gun on Russia butt -sic- who will it shoot
Hemingway in his day exemplified American macho. Now scholars are giving him a gender-fluid remake: A little less Papa, a little more Mama Tato a Mamka
POLAND ACQUIRES PATRIOTS: Poland will deploy Patriot PAC-3 anti-ballistic missiles. Poland’s defense ministry made the announcement yesterday
The “Iron Stache” Curtain: Randy Bryce, Russophobia and the Gain-Nothing Left Paste
Putin looked Trump in the eye and lied. Negotiate with Russia at our peril
Diane Coyle’s life in books
The Mandarin A changing of the guard at BETA.
“The United States is not going to allow the capacity for a despotic dictator from North Korea to fulfill his rhetoric and develop a nuclear warhead that could hit the US or its allies — for which, we are one.”
WEF. In a paper published by Roberto Stefan Foa of the University of Melbourne and Yascha Mounk of Harvard shows that the proportion of people who support “having a strong leader who does not have to bother with parliament or elections” has risen across the world over the past 25 years, in many cases considerably. Millennials have become less attached to the importance of voting.
The rise of the “private government” Bill Mitchell
Private Equity Sees No End to the Drug and Mental-Health Gold Rush Bloomberg
Hackers Paradise: Cloud infrastructure, biometric ID could be used by NSW’s iVote system
Hated by the Right. Mocked by the Left. Who Wants to Be ‘Liberal’ Anymore? NYT. The idea that today, liberals and conservatives are two flavors of neoliberal seems to elude The Grey Lady
Now involving Reddit and neo-Nazis, the spiraling Trump-CNN feud is 2017 in a nutshell LA Times
Just a contemplative philosopher?Montaigne’s life was full of misadventure: He fled mobs, was kidnapped by bandits, was exiled from the city where he was mayor Another Bloody Imrich
Why Some Men Don’t Work: Video Games Have Gotten Really Good New York Times (UserFriendly). Another “underserving poor” framing courtesy the Grey Lady.Bill Kristol: US reliving decline and fall of Rome under Trump The Hill (furzy). Ahem, we’ve been on this trajectory for a while now…for instance:Podesta: ‘It’s on the FBI’ That DNC Servers Weren’t Turned Over Fox (furzy). Wowsers. A really Big Lie.
In advance of Trump and Putin’s first meeting, on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Hamburg, I decided to ask Russia’s sharpest and most experienced political journalists and investigative reporters what they thought of this coverage…On the whole, said Mikhail Zygar, a political journalist and the author of “All the Kremlin’s Men,” a well-sourced insider look at the cloistered world of Russian politics, the way the U.S. media has covered the Russia scandal has made “Putin seem to look much smarter than he is, as if he operates from some master plan.” The truth, Zygar told me, “is that there is no plan—it’s chaos.”
The most important thing that U.S. reporters should remember, Shleinov told me, is that “money is fleeing Russia in all directions, people are trying to invest anywhere they can, to get their assets out before the secret services or their competitors show up and try and take them all.” On the whole, Shleinov said, a wealthy Russian—even a politically connected one—is likely buying real estate abroad “as a place to run to,” not on Putin’s orders.
Baby-food subscriptions take culture of convenience too far Treehugger
Cleaning Toilets for Jesus JacobinFremont, You Have A Problem, And It Starts With An M Daily Kanban (Hugh Briss)Fannie Mae making it easier to spend half your income on debt San Francisco ChronicleWhat’ll It Be for the New York Diner? Grub Street
What can newsrooms learn from churches? More than a month in, the Membership Puzzle Project is asking big questions
Following up on my recent post, Wonder Woman And Female Law Professors: Nick Allard (Dean, Brooklyn) reviews Wonder Woman: At this time of year I am frequently asked by our eager and bright eyed, newly admitted students, what to do over the summer to prepare for beginning the rigors of law school. This summer I am telling them to go see the hit movie Wonder Woman. After all, we already know they have what it takes to be fine lawyers and they are already well prepared. So they might as well have a little fun and watch a terrific flick about the triumph of good over evil
What do Chris Christie and Rahm Emanuel have in common? The press ruined their holidays