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Of Flying Cars and the Declining Rate of Profit [ David Graeber / The Baffler ]

Here’s an article I read about halfway through, and then let it sit in a browser tab for about a week, preoccupied with other stuff. I’m glad I kept it there. Just finished it. A fascinating piece about the United States, capitalism, innovation, bureaucracy, and the shift from development of “futuristic technologies” to those commercially significant in the short term.

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“The myth of religious violence” [ Karen Armstrong / The Guardian ]

Long but excellent read for anyone wondering if there is a way out of the thought-traps that created ISIS / IS / Daesh.


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The Russia They Lost


A quick peek under the lid of the pot now on the back burner…

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Original article by Dmitry Sokolov-Mitrich:
September 8, 2014
Translated by: Daniil Mihailovich
Edited by: S. Naylor

We loved America. I remember, we did. When we were teens, growing up in the early 90s; most of my friends the same age did not even question their attitude toward Western civilization. It was great, how could it be otherwise?

Unlike our grandfathers and even fathers, we did not think of the USSR falling apart – the “greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the XX century” – as a disaster. For us it was the beginning of a long journey. Finally, we would break out beyond the Soviet shell into the big world – limitless and cool. Finally, we would quench our sensory deprivation. We are born, maybe not in the right place, but certainly at the right time – or so we thought. It’s hard to believe now, but even the Orthodox Church…

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link: Back to the Future in Iraq (Peter van Buren via Tomgram)

“If there is a summary lesson here, perhaps it’s that there is evidently no hole that can’t be dug deeper.”

Another chronicle of the sorry state of US foreign policy.


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Obama’s Failed Foreign Policy Change [The American Conservative]

The author makes some tough criticisms of the Obama administration’s foreign policy, and how it took the things George W. Bush did wrong in the middle east, and despite the rhetoric, continued to do the same things, sometimes even worse.




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