Issue #58: Jan 13–19, 2019

In this week’s MRN, we (1) ponder the question: to impeach or not to impeach? (2) put Trump and Trumpism in cosmic perspective; (3) shower love and gratitude on our inaugural Patreon supporters; (4) provide links to background reading on subjects ranging from presidential hopefuls Bernie, Kirsten, and Julian to Trump’s new plan to put weapons in space; (5) pithily summarize a medium-level-weirdness week.

–Robert Wright

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Issue #57: Jan 6–12, 2019

In this week’s MRN, we: (1) finally end the long drumroll and launch our Patreon crowdfunding campaign; (2) find some modestly encouraging and surprisingly global takeaways in the documentary Searching for Sugar Man; (3) laud MRN readers who passed our astronomy crypto-test; (4) summarize the week’s turbulence, confusion, and belligerence in a remarkably even tone; (5) offer links to background reading on subjects ranging from mindfulness to Marxism to, more prosaically, the government shutdown.  

–Robert Wright

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Issue #56: Dec 23–Jan 5, 2019

In this week’s MRN, we: (1) Do some more humblebragging to pave the way for next week’s launch of our Patreon crowdfunding campaign; (2) compare and contrast Trump and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez; (3) try to heighten your signal-to-noise ratio with our terse summary of the week’s news; (4) offer background links to pieces on subjects ranging from intellectual humility to “social justice warriors” to CIA-supported atrocities to Elizabeth Warren’s foreign policy vision to mindfulness research to technologies of the future. Plus: an op-ed by…Anthony Scaramucci!

–Robert Wright

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Issue #55: Dec 16–Dec 22, 2018

In this holiday double-issue of MRN we: (1) explain why so many people disapprove of Trump’s decision to withdraw ground troops from Syria; (2) continue the meticulously orchestrated public relations campaign surrounding our impending Patreon launch; (3) explain how mindfulness can help you cope with annoying relatives during the holidays; (4) succinctly summarize a week that was action-packed even by Trump-era standards; (5) steer you to background readings on things ranging from criminal justice reform to the oldest known record of a border dispute; (6) offer the holiday edition of News You Can Use. [Note: No newsletter next week, as the MRN team will be working 24/7 formulating New Year’s resolutions.]

–Robert Wright

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Issue #54: Dec 9–Dec 15, 2018

In this week’s MRN we bring you: (1) some good news about anger; (2) some bad news about anger; (3) more drum roll about our coming Patreon launch (Do you feel the momentum?); (4) a guide to books about political violence and how to avoid or resolve it; (5) the usual crisp summary of the week’s important events; (6) background reading on things ranging from dubious meditation studies to young Unabomber groupies. Plus: News You Can Use, especially if you’re American.

–Robert Wright

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Issue #53: Dec 2–Dec 8, 2018

In this week’s issue of MRN, we: (1) explain why loving your enemies is the best revenge; (2) unveil our new non-business model; (3) laud a journalist who made an online citizen’s arrest; (4) summarize a pretty eventful week in pretty few words; and (5) provide background links on things ranging from AI to PETA to #MeToo to the difference between “philosophical pessimism” and Buddhism.

–Robert Wright

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Issue #52: Nov 25–Dec 1, 2018

In this week’s MRN we offer: the world’s most concise summary of the week’s Mueller news; the tragic story of a senator who got lots of mind-altering retweets; a prediction about the next few days of reflections on the late George H.W. Bush; thoughts on mindful genetic engineering; background links on, oh, everything; and, finally, the guidance some of you have been awaiting with admirable patience: how to unsubscribe from this newsletter.

–Robert Wright

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Issue #51: Nov 11-Nov 17, 2018

In this week’s MRN: Some good news about Yemen, reflections on the meaning of “tribalism,” Trump’s ongoing attempt to protect a royal murderer, and background links on everything from Eastern European nationalism to reward-the-loudmouth technology. Plus, of course, News You Can Use. [Note: No newsletter next week. The hardworking MRN staff will be busy giving thanks for Thanksgiving.]

–Robert Wright

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Issue #50: Nov 4-Nov 10, 2018

In this week’s MRN—our 50th issue!—we (1) claim that the midterm elections vindicated mindful resistance; (2) ponder their other implications; (3) ask whether America could have another civil war; (4) do some civility policing (lest there be another civil war); (5) provide lots of background reading about the midterms, the Jeff Sessions firing, the revived gun control movement, and tons of other stuff.

–Robert Wright

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Issue #49: Oct 28-Nov 3, 2018

In this week’s newsletter, we ponder the coming midterm elections, celebrate a victory for anti-war activism, unveil a plan for civilizing Twitter, and offer the usual summary of the week’s news, as well as the usual exotic menu of background readings. Plus, of course, some News You Can Use.

–Robert Wright

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