Historical memorials are not enough to stop anti-Semitism in Europe

“Only when the generation that survived the war is no longer with us,” said Angela Merkel last year, “will we discover if we have learned from history.”

—The Economist, in ‘Historical memorials are not enough to stop anti-Semitism in Europe

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Social safety valves & experienced dictators

The dispirited remnants of Egypt’s civil society miss the relative openness. Mr Mubarak allowed a bit of space for opposition, as a safety valve and a sop to the West. Mr Sisi has ramped up executions and persecutes even supporters who step out of line. “They were professionals. Now they’re amateurs,” says one activist of those in charge.

—The Economist, in ‘Many Egyptians miss their deposed president, Hosni Mubarak

What makes the City succeed

Today the magic formula has many parts: openness to people and capital, the time zone, proximity to subsea data cables, and posh schools. But, above all, it relies on stable politics and regulation, close ties to America and seamless ones to Europe.

—The Economist, in ‘Can the City survive Brexit?

The hobbit spirit

…he was reminded of the brave little group of Bilbo, Frodo, Sam and the rest, who left the quiet Shire “to shake the towers and counsels of the Great”. They were small, shaggy-haired and barefoot, usually unarmed and often frightened. But they lived, and eventually triumphed, by their wits. Every problem had a solution, and every battle could be won, if you thought hard and fast enough.

—The Economist, in ‘Obituary: Steve Sawyer died on July 31st

Race traitor: Oxford dictionary word of the year?

Instead the protesters are at best dupes, and at worst foreigner-loving race traitors, ashamed of being Chinese.

—The Economist, in Why Chinese officials imagine America is behind unrest in Hong Kong

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Sex vs warmth

No amount of money or sex could take the place of friendship, loyalty and a girlie heart-to-heart. “Sex [you] could, and did, get everywhere,” she once wrote. “Warmth was rare.”

—The Economist, in ‘Obituary: Judith Krantz died on June 22nd


(Also: why I believe that sexual infidelity is immaterial. Emotional infidelity is what really matters. Yet, the society considers them the reverse.)