The Nightstand (Nov. 25th)

Its not an article, but I cannot recommend Steven Spielberg and Daniel Day Lewis’ Lincoln highly enough.  Everything– the cinematography, the staging, the acting, the screenplay, are just about perfect.

Israel/Palestine Conflict

The Tunnels of Gaza (James Verini, National Geographic)

Wrong side of the fence (Rachel Shabi, Aeon)

I Didn’t Come Back to Jerusalem to be in a War (Dahlia Lithwick, Slate)

The ‘both sides are awful’ dismissal of Gaza ignores the key role of the US government (Glenn Greenwald, The Guardian)

Economics

How Costco Became the Anti-Walmart (Steven Greenhouse, NYT)– This is a seven-year old article, but several friends were posting it around Black Friday when the Walmart strikes were getting fired up.  We are Costco shoppers for life (or at least as long as their customer- and employee-friendly policies remain in place).  See also Ezra Klein’s Has Walmart been good or bad? at Wonkblog.

Inequality is Killing Capitalism (Robert Skidelsky, Project Syndicate)

A Free Market in the Sky (Clifford Winston, NYT)– Anything that could make air travel cheaper and/or more pleasant– bring it on.

Policy

Why Not Socialism? (Maria Svart, In These Times)

Time to end the war on drugs (Katrina vanden Heuvel, WaPo)

Other

The Evolutionary Mystery of Homosexuality (David Barash, The Chronicle of Higher Education)

How to Survive Societal Collapse in Suburbia (Keith O’brien, NYT)– Surprise, surprise– he’s Mormon.

When Do We ‘Get It’? (A.O. Scott, Manohla Dargis, NYT)– Great back-and-forth on emerging trend of non-straightforwardly narrative films.

Mormonism

The ‘Truth’ About Mormonism and Women (miri, Through the Looking-Glass)

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