2. Steven Pinker responds to some critics on violence (pdf). Are liberals more biased in their judgments of science? (yes, maybe so) After Portland, D.C. is gentrifying more quickly than anywhere else in the nation.
6. Syriza and the French indemnity of 1871-73; I disagree with much of this essay but still it has something new and interesting to say about the Greek debt crisis. The piece is discussed by Matt Klein at the FT here.
7. Lee Smolin and Roberto Unger have a book together, sort of.