The group blog of The New Republic
December 15, 2012
What we can learn from Twitter and Facebook's year-in-review lists.
Unionists have never enjoyed true security in America. During the early nineteenth century, they got hauled into court for “conspiring to restrain trade.” In the heyday of Andrew Carnegie and John D. Rockefeller, they got accused of fomenting violence and revolution. During the first decade of the Cold War, they had to purge their ranks of radical activists or be slammed as “soft on Communism.” Since the 1970s, they have been condemned as a greedy and privileged “special interest”—even as their numbers and political clout keep dropping.
Do America's tech giants have anything to fear?
December 14, 2012
Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon, and Twitter are in a trade war. For our sake, they need a treaty.
After weeks of political intrigue and street violence, Egyptians will vote this weekend on a controversial new constitution. TNR asked two analysts with differing perspectives on events in the region, Nathan Brown and Eric Trager, to weigh in on the immediate and long-term future of the world's most influential Arab country.
TNR: What exactly is in the newly drafted Constitution? Does it really privilege Islamists?