Weekend 368.0 (Independence Weekend)

(1) Liberal Cosmopolitans Lash Out at the Shattering of Their Worldview (National Review) “Liberal cosmopolitanism, regnant since the end of the Cold War, has bought completely into its own rightness. It is entirely devoted to an increasingly borderless political future carefully managed by technocrats and tempered by “compassion” and “tolerance” — all of which aims […]

Swope Redux

(1) Checkmate: The Economic Chess Masters Play a Losing Game (National Review) “The nature of our technologically enabled present global connectedness means that for the first time in human history all economic activity happens in immediate relation to everything else. You cannot isolate the variables, which is a real problem if you believe in political […]

Weekend 234.1 (the Hive Mind)

(1) The Joys of Urban Tech: Goodbye, office parks. Drawn by amenities and talent, tech firms are opting for cities (WSJ) (2) Orwell’s Guide to Making Jam: George Orwell’s show a man famous for his political journalism more concerned with raising chickens. (WSJ) Orwell is still (maybe more) relevant today… The familiar tirades against “escapism,” […]

Weekend 192.1

(1) Trouble on the China Express (WSJ) In a blistering essay titled “The Derailed Country,” posted online this past week and then quickly removed by censors, Han Han, one of China’s most popular bloggers, mocked the leadership for what he characterized as a heartless approach to development. “They think: ‘We built this. We built that. […]

Socialism: Lather, rinse, repeat

Death of the Postmodernist Dream by Victor Davis Hanson “The Greek meltdown — with Ireland, Italy, Portugal, and Spain on the brink — has shown that European socialism does not work. Bankruptcy, not politics, is the final arbiter: Individuals, firms, and nations either buy particular bonds or they don’t. And a nation like Greece, in […]