"While we can’t roll back economic history, we can seek ways to balance the benefits of new working arrangements with the interests of millions of workers who create enormous value each day for major businesses, their investors, and their customers. Otherwise, a growing part of the labor force will be left further behind."

How to Make Employment Fair in an Age of Contracting and Temp Work

The editor of the 'New York Review of Books' championed the life of the mind.

More than Magic: the Legacy of Robert Silvers

Mr. Silvers brought to The Review’s pages a self-effacing sense of devotion that made him indistinguishable from the publication, and it from him.

Robert Silvers, a Founding Editor of New York Review of Books, Dies at 87

"If, then, by the time of Hendrix’s death, rock and roll music had in fact 'become white,' how did this happen, and why? And perhaps most importantly, if rock and roll music did 'become white,' what does it even mean to say such a thing?"

Chuck Berry and the Racial Imagination of Rock

"Numbers are this really simple invention. These words that reify concepts are a cognitive tool. But it’s so amazing to think about what they enable as a species. Without them we seem to struggle differentiating seven from eight consistently; with them we can send someone to the moon."

How Humans Invented Numbers—And How Numbers Reshaped Our World

"The road to a basic income for all may well be paved with unholy political alliances, but eventually it will lead to a fairer, more sustainable society."

Basic Income: A Radical Proposal for a Free Society and a Sane Economy, by Philippe van Parijs and Yannick Vanderborght

"When police go to war against their citizens, they provoke hostility and distrust that undermine their mission. When they exercise greater care in dealing with those they encounter, they may find that their job gets easier and safer."

In Chicago, bad policing doesn't stop crime

"In recent decades, narcissism has ballooned into a sweeping and increasingly meaningless indictment of an entire culture."

Make narcissism great again - The Boston Globe

A British Library blog post offers some evidence that suggests Jane Austen died of arsenic poisoning.

Did Jane Austen die of arsenic poisoning? Maybe. Maybe not.

Why is the alt-right claiming Jane Austen?

Alt-Right Jane Austen

In "Apollo in the Age of Aquarius," historian Neil Maher tells the story of the shared history of the space race and the social and political movements of the 1960s era: [ Typepad.com Link ]

Gil Scott-Heron's "White on the Moon" is part of that history:

Gil Scott-Heron - Whitey On the Moon (Official Audio)

Official audio for Whitey On the Moon by Gil Scott-Heron, released on Ace Records. Subscribe to the official Ace channel for more classics, lost gems, playli...

Boston/Cambridge! Come hear stories of Chinese reformers, Western economists, and the making of global China -- today at 3pm at Harvard Book Store.

Author Event: Julian Gewirtz

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"To live together, we must be able to talk to one another; the fate our own tolerant society hangs in the balance."

Perspective | You don’t have to be nice to political opponents. But you do have to talk to them.

Activism, gentrification, class conflict, development, and Bill Clinton in Harlem. It's complicated.

V Books: New Book Tackles Gentrification & Harlem Struggle

"A must-read for anyone interested in the world’s great languages and literatures."

Story of a language and its evolution

“Obviously there are many challenges and anxieties right now, but it’s precisely by acting on those anxieties in a constructive way that our democracy will be safeguarded and strengthened.”

Why American Democracy Thrives On Conflict

"What had begun as an apparently quixotic effort in the 1960s to influence the ideas of political and cultural leaders on the subject of Europe is now, a half-century later, an increasingly widespread and toxic worldview."

European Union Was Once a Racist, Far-Right Project

A Women’s Strike Syllabus By TNI The Night of the Hunted, 1980 Out of the textbooks and into the streetsA list assembled by socialist feminist thinkers, organizers, and writers The 2017 Women’s Strike “Striking on International Women’s Day Is Not a Privilege” by Magally A. Miranda Alcazar and Kate...

A Women’s Strike Syllabus

From Catharine MacKinnon to Queen Njinga of Angola to the first Buddhist women, a handful of books for International Women's Day:

International Women’s Day: A Reading List

Humans simply don’t have the time or capacity for constantly rational thought. And that's not a bad thing.

Humans are born irrational, and that has made us better decision-makers