Recent Reading (Online)

  • Daniel Drezner on how effective opposition to Trump will be a very tricky balancing act. It’s all about timing:

Warn Americans about Trump too early, and most Americans will believe that you are overreacting. Warn Americans about Trump too late, and it’s too late. The challenge to those worried about Trump’s threat to liberal democracy is to figure out the best moment to sound the alarm.

  • The laws-of-physics defying EmDrive actually works. It might have something to do with pilot wave theory.
  • Rereading John Lanchesters Brexit Blues after Trump’s election. It hits themes that are by now familiar but which back in July were just hitting the US media’s radar
  • Extreme surveillance in the UK. This is worth reflecting on

The security agencies and police began the year braced for at least some opposition, rehearsing arguments for the debate. In the end, faced with public apathy and an opposition in disarray, the government did not have to make a single substantial concession to the privacy lobby.

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