An Ode to David Pell’s NextDraft.
Read it. Daily.
It's nothing but a curated news anthology collected by the wise, compassionate, tireless scourer of news David Pell.
He filters out the noise, derides any and all propaganda and presents what I've come to trust are the best and most interesting articles on the most relevant and important topics of the day. He does it (mostly) daily, introduces the articles with a wit tinged sumultaneously by grace and rightgeous bitterness.
Just reading what Pell presents would make one pretty well informed.
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Here's a the lead from the curation from today (the intros are really never this long):
AUTOCRAT’S IN THE CRADLE AND THE SILVER SPOON
About a year and a half ago, I led NextDraft with this: “One of the mainstays of the show Cheers was when everyone in the bar would respond to the entrance of Norm Peterson by shouting, “Norm!” I have a theory that the whole country will chant the same refrain when norms return to the executive branch. But if the past few days are any indication, that theory may not be put to the test anytime soon.” What were the norms that were broken that week? Revealed intelligence sources, politically motivated prosecutions, mixing private and government business, foreign interference in U.S. elections, and the undermining the First Amendment. It sounds familiar because it is. We rant, we rave, and the song plays on. Remember when we thought Trump was gonna pivot? Meanwhile, on the other end of the political spectrum, I’m hearing calls for a revolution. At this point, just getting America back towards being a democratic republic would be more than enough revolution for me. Who saw this coming before it even started? Masha Gessen can certainly lay such a claim. This was published two days after the 2016 election. Autocracy: Rules for Survival. This is a long quote, but worth noting: “Institutions will not save you. It took Putin a year to take over the Russian media and four years to dismantle its electoral system; the judiciary collapsed unnoticed. The capture of institutions in Turkey has been carried out even faster, by a man once celebrated as the democrat to lead Turkey into the EU. Poland has in less than a year undone half of a quarter century’s accomplishments in building a constitutional democracy. Of course, the United States has much stronger institutions than Germany did in the 1930s, or Russia does today … The problem, however, is that many of these institutions are enshrined in political culture rather than in law, and all of them—including the ones enshrined in law—depend on the good faith of all actors to fulfill their purpose and uphold the Constitution.”