• 2019: the year when revolt went global Martin Gurri’s answer to the question implied by Tyler Cowen’s observation that “As 2019 enters its final quarter, there have been large and often violent demonstrations in Lebanon, Chile, Spain, Haiti, Iraq, Sudan, Russia, Egypt, Uganda, Indonesia, Ukraine, Peru, Hong Kong, Zimbabwe, Colombia, France, Turkey, Venezuela, the Netherlands, Ethiopia, Brazil, Malawi, Algeria and Ecuador, among other places.” Why the frenzy of protests – and why now? Is this just a random series of coincidences? Or is there something more systemic at work?
  • How the Iranian regime shut off the Internet Balkanisation proceeds apace. The New York Times also has a good report
  • Why private equity should not exist Terrific essay by Matt Stoller on one of the most pernicious types of capitalist exploitation.
  • The American Room Paul Ford’s great essay on the rooms in which YouTube videos are made.