Quote of the day

"Luck is statistics taken personally"
— Penn Jillette

Navalny On Nemtsov Pick of the day

Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny writes about the murder of Boris Nemtsov: “I believe that Nemtsov was killed by members of a government (intelligence) or pro-government organization on orders from the political leadership of the country. Enough repeating the nonsense about how ‘Boris was killed by an atmosphere of hatred’. We’ve had the atmosphere of hatred since 2007″ (1,900 words)

The East India Company

A short history of the original corporate raiders. “We still talk about the British conquering India, but that phrase disguises a more sinister reality. It was not the British government that seized India at the end of the 18th century, but a dangerously unregulated private company headquartered in one small office, five windows wide, in London, and managed in India by an unstable sociopath – Robert Clive” (5,850 words)

Rebels Without A Cause

Syria’s civil war has collapsed into mayhem; the fight of rebel militias against the Assad government has been supplanted by a regional proxy war fought among the rebels themselves. The four-year conflict has killed 200,000 people and split Syria into four parts. The prospects for peace retreat still further as the West shifts its priorities away from conflict resolution towards a new fight against Islamic State (2,300 words)

The Spy Who Came In From Al-Qaeda Pick of the day

Early member of Al-Qaeda talks about the group’s methods and beliefs. Interesting throughout. “They all want martyrdom and redemption and to various degrees. Some people will come to you and say you know I’m really tired, I want to be martyred as soon as possible. And some people will come to you and say I want to be martyred but not before I give the enemies of god hell on this earth” (3,070 words)

Vladimir Putin’s Rise

How Vladimir Putin throttled Russia’s struggling democracy and restored autocracy. “He seized an opportunity provided by historical contingencies, and proved up to the task. He made himself indispensable to all factions. He monetized his political position, but he also turned out to be dedicated to the cause of Russian statehood. Certain leaders do seem to fit certain moments in a country’s history. Putin only looks like an accident” (6,860 words)

What Scares The New Atheists

“Religion is implicated in many human evils. Of course this is true. But the fault is not with religion, any more than science is to blame for the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. The fault is in the intractable human animal. Like religion at its worst, contemporary atheism feeds the fantasy that human life can be remade by a conversion experience – in this case, conversion to unbelief” (4,100 words)

Always be interesting.
Never be bored.

Authors, academics and Nobel prize winners rely on The Browser to hand-pick the best writing on the internet every day. Why not join them?

A year's subscription is just $20. You get recommendations by email, easy sending of articles to Kindle, Pocket and Instapaper, and unlimited access to our archive.

Knowledge is pleasure.

Yes! I want pleasure

Already a subscriber? Log in here

Support the Browser

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur. Excepteur sint occaecat cupidatat non proident, sunt in culpa qui officia deserunt mollit anim id est laborum.

Support the Browser

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur. Excepteur sint occaecat cupidatat non proident, sunt in culpa qui officia deserunt mollit anim id est laborum.

Support the Browser

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur. Excepteur sint occaecat cupidatat non proident, sunt in culpa qui officia deserunt mollit anim id est laborum.

Support the Browser

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur. Excepteur sint occaecat cupidatat non proident, sunt in culpa qui officia deserunt mollit anim id est laborum.

Log in to The Browser

Subscribe to The Browser

Welcome to The Browser!

The Browser

Sections

Share via email

Search The Browser

Email Sent

About paid content