1. Liberals, race, and empire Pankaj Mishra, Huffington Post
  2. The false promise of liberal order Ben Scott, Interpreter
  3. The Ottoman Empire and their Aztec alliance Ian Morris, NY Times
  4. Interview with a recently purged CCP boss Lily Kuo, Guardian

BC’s weekend reads

  1. Sectarianism and the New Shiism
  2. Why Islamic State Militants Care So Much About Sykes-Picot
  3. The Bullshistory of “Sykes-Picot”
  4. Never Alone: Let’s Retire the Word “Isolationism”
  5. Morals and the Free Society: On Cultural Group Selection
  6. The Creeping Militarization of American Culture