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TLP Week in Review, 10/8-10/14
Your weekly summary of what we've been up to here at The Liberal Patriot.
What We’re Reading (and Watching and Listening To…)
“The Missing Link: How U.S. Policy Can Integrate Palestinians in a Possible Israel-Saudi Normalization Accord”: TLP editor-at-large Brian Katulis writes on how the United States could have integrated the Palestinians into a potential Israel-Saudi normalization deal, noting that “efforts to expand regional integration and normalization are undercut by the lack of a sustainable resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”
“With the World in Crisis, House Republicans Bicker Among Themselves”: New York Times reporter Carl Hulse details how the House GOP remains “consumed with an extended struggle of personal grievance, petty beefs, political payback and rampant attention-seeking” even amidst the wars in Ukraine and Israel as well as the looming prospect of another government shutdown at home.
Ours Was the Shining Future: The Story of the American Dream: How on earth did we get to where we are today? Somehow, the American Dream seems to be receding into the rearview mirror. David Leonhardt's new book traces the ways American capitalism has recently evolved and generally not for the better. Essential history.
Pax: War and Peace in Rome’s Golden Age: Never stop thinking about the Roman Empire. With characteristic storytelling verve, historian and The Rest Is History podcast co-host Tom Holland takes readers on a journey through the trials and tribulations of the Roman Empire at its height, from the chaos that followed the fall of Nero through the conquests of Trajan in modern Romania and the Middle East.
The Music of Heatmiser: Before Elliott Smith broke it big as a solo artist with songs like “Angeles” (featured in the film Good Will Hunting), he was in a killer quasi-hardcore band called Heatmiser with his college buddy Neil Gust. Third Man Records has just released old demos and cuts from these early days. Highly recommended for your next run or walk—nineties gold. Also checkout the Heatmiser albums Dead Air and Mic City Sons.
What We’ve Posted
“Lighter Than Air—and Common Sense: A review of ‘His Majesty’s Airship: The Life and Tragic Death of the World’s Largest Flying Machine,’” by TLP senior managing editor Peter Juul.
“The Democrats’ Immigration Problem,” by TLP politics editor Ruy Teixeira.
“The Biden Administration Rises to New Challenges in the Middle East,” by TLP editor-at-large Brian Katulis.
“How the Liberal Order Strikes a Balance,” by TLP contributor David Nassar.
“Democrats’ Political Advantage on Abortion is About to be Tested,” by TLP contributor Michael Baharaeen.
“Middle America Will Determine the 2024 Election,” by TLP contributor Jeff Bloodworth.
Ruy’s Science-Fiction Pulp Cover of the Week
Just one more thing…
NASA’s Psyche mission to the metal-rich asteroid of the same name blasted off from Kennedy Space Center on Friday morning, starting on a six-year journey to the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.