Every Monday evening, five links to what I’m reading this week.
1. Mandela’s Social Failure (via The New York Times): “In South Africa, the miserable life of the poor majority broadly remains the same as under apartheid, and the rise of political and civil rights is counterbalanced by the growing insecurity, violence, and crime.”
2. Silicon Chasm (via The Weekly Standard): “Master and servant. Cornucopian wealth for a few tech oligarchs plus relatively steady but relatively low-paying work for their lucky retainers. No middle class, unless the top 5 percent U.S. income bracket counts as middle class.”
3. Why Are Upworthy Headlines Suddenly Everywhere? (via TheAtlantic.com): “The short answer is: People click on them.”
4. Invisible Child: Dasani’s Homeless Life (via The New York Times): “It is no place for children. Yet Dasani is among 280 children at the shelter. Beyond its walls, she belongs to a vast and invisible tribe of more than 22,000 homeless children in New York, the highest number since the Great Depression, in the most unequal metropolis in America.”
5. Whose Sarin? (via The London Review of Books): “Barack Obama did not tell the whole story this autumn when he tried to make the case that Bashar al-Assad was responsible for the chemical weapons attack near Damascus on 21 August.”