6. Weekend Reads

Here's a few longer reads for the weekend about political, economic and social issues.

I always read Mary Meeker's annual slide deck on trends in the Internet and media. This year's was put out overnight. I'm saving it for the weekend. It's not often I look forward to a powerpoint presentation.

The New York Times' Peter Goodman has written an astonishing piece about the scale and nature of Britain's austerity cult. I found it shocking and revelatory that so many public services had been cut, and yet the public has not revolted much...yet. This helped explain to me why Jeremy Corbyn is so popular.

People trying to understand the changing business models of media need only read this Ken Auletta piece in the New Yorker: 'How the math men overthrew the mad men.'

This is quite a piece in The New York Times' Magazine about a cult called 'Nxivm' (pronounced Nexium) that was run by a guru named Keith Raniere.

I'm a fan of Nassim Taleb, who thinks deeply about risk and was the first to talk about Black Swan moments. This Arnold Kling piece on Taleb's latest book, 'Skin in the game', is well worth a read.

This week meth testers said landlords knew more about science than Peter Gluckman. This story of anti-science approach is sadly common these days. This New Yorker report on the Flat Earth movement is a startling example of just how far this has gone.