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Friday’s Reading List

By Taylor Marvin

Antônio Parreiras, “Fim de romance”, 1912. Via Wikimedia.

What I read this week:

Rebels say West’s inaction is pushing Syrians to extremism.

Bran Phillips of Grantland makes an intersting observation about Star Trek: The Next Generation: “The Enterprise crew is conservative as a matter of method and liberal as a matter of goal. They sail through the universe with colonialist confidence sticking up for postcolonial ideals” (via liberal japonicus).

Jeffrey Sachs reviews Why Nations Fail – it’s not just institutions.

A Marine’s perspective on Rajiv Chandrasekaran’s “Little America”.

Afghanistan’s lost decade.

Tod Kelly on Columbus and the dangers of modern American myth-making: “The Columbus my generation was taught was a whitewash, deliberately crafted to fit more seamlessly with the myth of America’s founding we wished were true.  It magically erases both slavery and imperialism, and it replaces them with the iconic American entrepreneur: poor, wretched and outcast by the rest of the world before making something of himself with little more than cleverness, moxie and elbow grease.”

Steve Saideman has a good look at Turkey and invoking Article V.

Oddisee – Birds & Bees Ft. Diamond District.

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