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The Harper’s That Keeps On Giving and More Medium Reads

October 20, 2009

The October Harper’s from which I recommended a few article earlier has even more interesting stuff in it, to the extent that I now would recommend going out and buying the whole thing.

Slavoj Ziûek’s commentary – excerpted from a soon-to-be-published-book and titled ‘To each according to his own greed’ – on the inherent inequities of our economic system is complex and chastening but incredibly compelling nonetheless.

In the Notebook of this issue, The Economics of Occupation, Bernard Avishai takes a look at the false promises of the Netanyahu administration in Israel, who say they desire an economic peace while instituting policies that make it impossible, and the burgeoning class of Palestinian entrepreneurs who are trying to overcome those policies.

A memoir-ish piece by Rivka Galchen titled Distaster Aversion: The Quest to Control Hurricanes explores the legacy of the author’s meteorologist father and the current (some would say far-fetched) possibilities for mitigating hurricanes and preventing disasters like Katrina. The author’s combination of personal reflection and insight gained from experts is at first jarring but ultimately adds another moving layer to the article.

Finally, not from Harper’s but from Wired comes an article titled Inside the Apocalyptic Soviet Doomsday Machine. Just read it.

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