Week of October 28, 2013

Roundup Top 10!





#1 This Is What Happens When Historians Overuse the Idea of the Network
by David A. Bell

Historians have been applying the network -- the controlling metaphor of the digital age -- to everything, even the distant past. Maybe that's not such a great idea.

THE NEW REPUBLIC


#2 My Lai, Sexual Assault and the Black Blouse Girl
by Valerie Wieskamp

Forty-five years later, one of America’s most iconic photos hides truth in plain sight.

BAG NOTE NEWS


#3 How Adults Stole Halloween from American Children
by Jonathan Zimmerman

The sexy-costume trend reveals how far we have strayed from the truly naughty roots of Halloween.

CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR


#4 A Kind Word for Ted Cruz: America Was Built on Extremism
by Michael Kazin

How unpopular opinions move history forward.

THE NEW REPUBLIC


#5 Mexico's Theology of Oil
by Enrique Krauze

Nationalization of oil in Mexico is an existential question.

NEW YORK TIMES


#6 Greek Democracy and Its Discontents
by Elizabeth H. Prodromou and Alexandros K. Kyrou

Crackdown or breakdown on the streets of Athens?

HUFFINGTON POST


#7 Dignity’s Due
by Samuel Moyn

Why are philosophers invoking the notion of human dignity to revitalize theories of political ethics?

THE NATION


#8 How Con Artists Spammed in a Time Before Email
by Benjamin Breen

Think the Nigerian prince email scam is new? Think again.

THE ATLANTIC


#9 You Don’t Need a Weatherman
by Jon Wiener

Jon Wiener on Bill Ayers' new autobiography, "Public Enemy: Confessions of an American Dissident."

LOS ANGELES REVIEW OF BOOKS


#10 Chinese Communism and the 70-Year Itch
by Larry Diamond

Authoritarian regimes tend not to last past the seventy-year mark.

THE ATLANTIC



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