05.25.13 8:45 AM ET
The Week’s Best Longreads for May 25, 2013
‘How the Case for Austerity Crumbled’
Paul Krugman, The New York Review of Books
Why did the austerians get such a powerful grip on elite opinion in the first place?
‘Officer Serrano’s Hidden Camera’
Jennifer Gonnerman, New York
NYPD officer Pedro Serrano found himself pressured to punish people who didn’t deserve it, so he began recording his superiors, making himself a flash point in the seething controversy over stop and frisk. Does that make him a rat—or a hero?
‘Facebook, One Year Later’
Khadeeja Safdar, The Atlantic
After Facebook's disastrous debut, the preferred clients of big banks walked away with huge profits. How?
‘Has Liberalism Failed?’
Bhaskar Sunkara, The Nation
Why America’s tradition of progressive reformism isn’t enough to fix our problems.
‘A Letter to My Grandfather’
Charles Barzun, The Chronicle of Higher Education
A lifelong correspondence with a celebrated historian.
‘Al Jazeera Is the Best Thing to Happen to Journalism—Unless it Isn’t’
Christopher Dickey, Newsweek
Can a tiny, oil-rich nation save American news?
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