Noah Smith has been churning out great essays lately. I was tempted to give the first one four stars. 3 stars China has a fateful choice to make | Noahpinion What was the last time countries were “brimming with ambition, like tigers eyeing their prey, keen to find every opportunity among the ruins of the old order”? The 1930s. The “old order” of the time was the global power of the U.S., Britain, and France. And the tigers in question were Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan — nations brimming with a mix of pride in their supposed superiority and resentment over past humiliations, eager to claim their place in the sun.
Each week Albert's links are a welcome addition to my weekend reading. With so much to read and never enough time, I appreciate recommendations from sources I trust (hello Longreads et al). This is another great week for links with numerous superb ones relating to Russia and Ukraine. I read the NYT, the New Yorker etc, but with Albert's efforts, I would have missed the Noahpinion pieces of the one from The Atlantic. And even the excellent Remnick Q&A in The New Yorker could have slipped past in the ocean of content swirling past me. So as always, thanks!