I quite liked this post by Rafael Behr. I quite strongly recommend reading it for the beauty of the words, even if you don’t agree with their intent.
On liberalism’s fighting power:
Fascism, its deadliest enemy, wasn’t debated into submission or outrun in an economic race: it was beaten by military force in a fight to the death, started by the fascists.
On winning the cold war:
Western intellectuals and eastern dissidents pleaded for democracy on principle for years before brute economics settled the matter.
On the state of the world today:
The Freedom party[^1] was then beyond the pale. The pale has moved.
And how quickly we got here:
It took a generation to get from the idealism of tearing down the wall to the backlash and pulling up the Brexit drawbridge.
Face facts. The west that won the cold war no longer exists | Rafael Behr
When I get home we’ll probably eat quiche and salad, and I – almost – worry about walking-averse students pigging out on 1,000-calorie burgers washed down with 500-calorie milkshakes. But that’s capitalism for you.
Confessions of a Deliveroo rider: get fit by delivering fast food
I found this quite an interesting article. Thinking that I must give this a shot as well – earn a few extra bucks, while also getting to become fitter.
Many Britons have grown up believing their homeland saved and civilised the world, while atrocities, genocide and human rights abuses often go unmentioned. Successive governments have failed to narrow this knowledge gap, whether by setting up truth commissions, establishing a museum of colonialism or teaching schoolchildren about colonialism as part of the standard curriculum.
Why do archive files on Britain’s colonial past keep going missing? | Siobhan Fenton
I can’t predict it. I’ve given up predicting politics. I used to be really good at it, and then I was not so good at it, and now I think it’s probably inherently unpredictable. So where do you camp in those circumstances? You camp on the ground you believe in.
Tony Blair: ‘The whole country has been pulled into this Tory psychodrama over Europe’
“Dockless bike shares have found a niche where they don’t have powerful enemies,”
Uber for bikes: how ‘dockless’ cycles flooded China – and are heading overseas, April 24, 2017 at 10:13AM
The only people who seem to be upset by the new share bikes, however, are illegal motorbike taxi drivers – who are missing out on business from metro stations late at night – and security guards, who don’t like mess on the pavement outside their buildings. There is friction, but the groups that are upset aren’t powerful enough. So the government doesn’t care.
Paying a coach won’t make you faster; listening to one will.
– The Running Blog, Guardian, January 27, 2017 at 10:56AM
Just as true for life, and career, as for running.