Glenn Greenwald Interview On BBC HARDtalk

Glenn Greenwald Interview on BBC HARDtalk

On November 28, 2013, journalist Glenn Greenwald, known for reporting on the NSA leaks by Edward Snowden, gave an interview to BBC HARDtalk, a format known for tough questioning that does not accept standard talking points.

The interview takes place at a time when the UK government, partly under pressure from the U.S., tries to attack the Guardian newspaper, i.e. shoot the messenger, for exposing the NSA’s and GCHQ’s blanket mass surveillance of the world’s citizens.

Read more:

Britain targets Guardian newspaper over intelligence leaks related to Edward Snowden.” (Washington Post, 2013/11/29)

Wealth Inequality In The United States (Video)

A Video Visualizes Wealth Inequality In The United States

If you have been following domestic politics in the US in recent years, the issue of growing wealth inequality will not have escaped your attention.

Here is an interesting video visualization of how Americans estimate wealth distribution, how they think it should be, and what the reality is really like. As far as I can see, the data is from 2010, but the general picture has remained the same, despite claims to the contrary.

Spoiler Alert: The distribution of wealth is way more skewed than the respondents to a recent large-scale survey thought it to be. Below the video, I linked its sources and further reading material.

Here are the video’s sources for the numbers:

Wealth Inequality.” (Dan Ariely, behavioral economist, co-author of the study together with Mike Norton, which is linked in his blog post, 2010/09/30)

CEO pay is 380 times average worker’s – AFL-CIO.” (Jennifer Liberto, CNNMoney, 2012/04/19)

How Unequal We Are: The Top 5 Facts You Should Know About The Wealthiest One Percent Of Americans.” (Zaid Jilani, Think Progress, 2011/10/03)

It’s the Inequality, Stupid: Eleven charts that explain what’s wrong with America.” ( and , Mother Jones, 2011/02)

Further Reading:

Noah, Timothy. The Great Divergence. Bloomsbury, 2012. (Here is a review from the New York Times Sunday Book Review, and here is an interview with NPR.)

The American Revolution Animated

Over at Crash Course World History (Episode #28), the hyperactive John Green presents a humorous look at the American Revolution, including a Monty Phython-esque cut-out Ben Franklin arguing with King George over taxation and representation, all in colorful animation. The most interesting serious point, in my opinion: the Founding fathers made sure that their revolution would not develop like the French Revolution, i.e. become radically democratic.