1. Our cities, our selves Jason Jewell, Modern Age
  2. Waiting for the wave to break Chris Bertram, Crooked Timber
  3. Midcentury life in the Soviet Union Alex Halberstadt, Literary Hub
  4. Britain’s colonial crimes and trade Jamil Anderlini, Financial Times


  1. When America was a jihadist recruiting ground Thomas Hegghammer, Atlantic
  2. Dirty deeds gun girl cheap Irfan Khawaja, Policy of Truth
  3. A rich essay on the French Revolution James Penrose, New Criterion
  4. Their struggle against the State Angelbeck & Grier, Current Anthropology


  1. How millennial socialists make the case for a kinder politics George Scialabba, New Republic
  2. Affirmative Action: the uniquely American experiment Orlando Patterson, New York Times
  3. Imagining Africa (clash of civilizations?) Clive Gabay, Disorder of Things
  4. Anáhuac and Rome: indigeneity and religion in Mexico Arturo Chang, Age of Revolutions

Be Our Guest: “Elizabeth Warren’s Degrading Diversity Plans”

The significance of an individual from a disadvantaged group earning a respected occupation and excelling displays the potential of people from that group to overcome prejudice and contribute to the betterment of the world, thus providing distinction for the individual and garnering pride and acclaim for the group. Shoehorning disadvantaged groups into positions as a political statement renders their presence as purely symbolic.

This is from John Lancaster, and it’s excellent. John likes to Be Our Guest here at NOL. Please, read the rest. And if you’ve got something to say, why not say it?

Be Our Guest: “Propaganda & Prejudice: Black Lives Matter”

Ben Sharvy’s second guest essay here at NOL is as rigorous and as thoughtful as his first. But don’t take my word for it, see for yourself. An excerpt:

But then, again…. many of the names used in the study as typically African-American are Muslim or Arabic in origin: Aisha, Keisha, Hakim, Kareem. The study was conducted in 2001- 02, immediately after the 9/11/2001 attacks on the World Trade Center. It was the most Islamophobic period in recent US history. Yet, the study didn’t consider ethnic or religious bias as factors.

These examples of bias differ fundamentally. The cases of policing and employment entail prejudiced people in positions of power. The example of healthcare research doesn’t, making it “true” systemic bias. It demonstrates the possibility of prejudiced design without a prejudiced designer.

Read the rest, and if you’ve got an essay you want to publish, but don’t have a home, Be Our Guest.


  1. How Japan invented Los Angeles — and reinvented American style Colin Marshall, LARB
  2. China’s new attempt at creating a civil religion Ian Johnson, NYT
  3. Liberty gained and (Protestant) power lost David French, Dispatch
  4. How Delhi’s Muslim rulers presided over a fusion of cultures and religions Ramachandra Guha, TLS


  1. The Russian enigma (bitter) Lisa Gaufman, Duck of Minerva
  2. How women dominated the 2010s Tyler Cowen, Bloomberg
  3. Kleptocracy and kakistocracy in the 1990s Russia Branko Milanovic, globalinequality
  4. Governance by jury Robin Hanson, Overcoming Bias