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Getting Down to Big Business: A Conservative American Romance (Part 2)

Yesterday, for the first of three posts on the romance between business and the political right, I wrote about what some historians call “the golden …

Getting Down to Big Business: A Conservative American Romance (Part 1)

Allow me a further deepening of my <i>Nation</i> article, reposing now on newsstands, on the continuities between conservatives of decades past and today. It …

Albert Camus' Birthday Was Always Miserable

Albert Camus would have celebrated his 100th birthday this week. Judging from how he documented his birthdays, it probably would not have been a …

What Jane Austen Knew About Class

This piece originally appeared on newstatesman.com.<p>“Knightley!” exclaims Mrs Elton in <i>Emma</i>, damning herself immediately. “Knightley himself! . . . …

Toronto’s Rob Ford Problem

“Toronto is on uncharted waters.”<p>Such has been the refrain here these past few days. You can hear it from the journalists who cover City Hall, the bureaucrats who work there, and even the city councillors themselves. Nobody has a whole lot of experience with mayors getting caught on video smoking …

Big Mayors, Large and Small

From the halcyon days of Fiorello H. LaGuardia on down to the present, the ten men who have served as mayor of New York have come in three sizes.<p>LaGuardia, elected in 1933, was, and probably always will be, the biggest of the Big mayors—the inimitable icon, the gold standard, the city’s immortal …

How Badly Has the U.S. Economy Been Damaged?

Friday’s employment report, which shows that payrolls rose by two hundred and four thousand jobs in October, indicates that the economy was a bit stronger in the past three months than most people thought. But we won’t know the full impact of the government shutdown and the debt-ceiling crisis for …

Rahul Sagars Secret Leaks Reviewed by Eric Posner

The government classifies too much information. It comes down too hard on leakers and whistle-blowers such as Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden. It …

Shamsi Ali: The rise and fall of a New York imam

<b>An imam once regarded as one of New York's leading religious figures had a sudden fall from grace. So what does the story of one man's attempt to adapt Islam to modern America tell us, asks Sune Engel Rasmussen.</b><p>Before the controversy that cut him down, Shamsi Ali was the leading figure of moderate …

Everything That's Happened Since Supreme Court Ruled on Voting Rights Act — ProPublica

<i>This post has been updated. It was originally published Nov. 1, 2013.</i><p>As voters head to the polls this November, citizens in more than a dozen states …

Government

Dirty Wars, Continued: How Does the ‘Global War on Terror’ Ever End?

<i>This article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To stay on top of important articles like these, sign up to receive the latest updates from</i> …

The Redemption of Clintonism

Remember when Slick Willie was controversial? Today, he's America's most powerful political brand, and he's not at all shy about it.<p>DALE CITY, Virginia — It’s no secret that the post-presidential years have been exceedingly kind to Bill Clinton. The man who left the White House in a cloud of …

Top 10 war movies

10. Where Eagles Dare<p>As the second world war thriller became bogged down during the mid-60s in plodding epics like Operation Crossbow and The Heroes of Telemark, someone was needed to reintroduce a little sang-froid, some post-Le Carré espionage, and for heaven's sake, some proper macho thrills …

Why Albert Camus Remains Controversial

Camus’s legacy is haunted by his hesitation to support Algerian independence, but Adam Kirsch says that he gets to the heart of questions over when …

French thinker Alexis de Tocqueville would have been 208 today. In his honor, we present Mark Lilla's 2007 essay on Tocqueville's life and legacy. http://on.tnr.com/13gZQXO

How Redditgifts is making money on altruism

People are sending millions of dollars worth of presents to strangers from the internet. Just yesterday, I came home to find a painting of a goat waiting for me. The week before, it was a hand-blown glass octopus. My favorite snacks. Star Trek earrings. Fifty vintage stamps with mushrooms on them. …

TED Talks

Yes, You Should Be Totally Outraged By the Farm Bill

It's not just a microcosm of congressional insensitivity and bad economics. It's a small moral play about the role of money in politics.<p>Reuters<p>The farm bill passed by the House of Representatives yesterday is pretty much a disgrace. Republicans took legislation that had historically been 80 percent …

US-EU trade deal: Six reasons to care

<b>Talks to thrash out the largest free trade agreement in history have been officially launched at the G8 meeting in Northern Ireland. So what might a US-European Union deal achieve?</b><p>About £100bn ($157bn) to the EU, £80bn to the US, and £85bn to the rest of the world.<p>As UK Prime Minister David Cameron …

Brazil protests spread in Sao Paulo, Brasilia and Rio

<b>As many as 200,000 people have marched through the streets of Brazil's biggest cities, as protests over rising public transport costs and the expense of staging the 2014 World Cup have spread.</b><p>The biggest demonstration was in Rio de Janeiro, where 100,000 people joined a mainly peaceful march.<p>In the …

Yemen's Houthi rebels defy years of war and repression

<b>Holding up "Death to America" signs and pictures of their fallen leader, an eager throng of Houthi rebels and their supporters gathered in the war-torn northern Yemeni city of Saada earlier this month for a funeral nine years in the making.</b><p>Just hours before the ceremony was set to begin, no-one had …

Will the Robots Steal Your Paycheck? BREAKING: They Already Have ...

A new study finds that labor's share of the world's income is plunging, and suggests the technology boom is to blame.<p>For three decades, wages have evaporated as a share of the economy. Meanwhile, the proportion of national income consumed by profits, dividends, and capital gains has steadily grown. …