Today’s selection of articles:
- “How autonomous cars will reshape our world“, by Samuel I. Schwartz (Wall Street Journal, 2018-10-27).
- “Beware the big tech backlash“, by Greg Ip (Wall Street Journal, 2018-12-19).
- “The West at an impasse“, by Ross Douthat (NY Times, 2018-12-19). Citing Michael Young’s satire “The rise of the meritocracy“, Douthat implies and illustrates that real-life proponents of meritocracy develop excessive confidence in the system, believing it naturally absorbs the “best” minds, leaving rival movements not only intellectually inferior but practically incapable of achieving real change. Douthat concludes by referencing statesmanship as a way to port populist grievances into relevant politics within the existing political system, but seems to doubt that any real-life politician is able to resist the siren song of political power.
- “Why can’t we read anymore?“, by Hugh McGuire (Medium, 2015-04-22). A book-lover (and book professional) explains how our attention is attenuated by dopamine-reinforced feedback cycle of micro-distractions, and offers concrete ideas for how to fight back.
OZY’s podcast, for future consideration:
- “The Thread” (OZY). Season 3 traces ideas of nonviolent resistance through historical figures William Lloyd Garrison, Leo Tolstoy, Mohandas Gandhi, Bayard Rustin, and Martin Luther King, Jr.