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William Jelani Cobb is an American writer, author and educator. The Ira A. Lipman Professor of Journalism at Columbia University, Cobb was previously an associate professor of history and director of the Institute for African American Studies at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, Connecticut, from 2012 to 2016.
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The Return of History and the End of Dreams
Robert Kagan - May 05, 2009 (first published in 2008)
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Hopes for a new peaceful international order after the end of the Cold War have been dashed by sobering realities: Great powers are once again competing for honor and influence. The world remains “unipolar,” but international competition among the United States, Russia, China, Europe, Japan, India, and Iran raise new threats of regional conflict, a...
Jelani Cobb
Mar 12, 2021
@MaesterRAM @seanwilentz @BillKristol @KristolConvos Return of History is an interesting little book. Much more information than you’d expect of such a small volume, which also could be said for Irony of American History. I’d add Howard Thurman’s Jesus and the Disinherited to that list too.      source
The Irony of American History
Reinhold Niebuhr - May 01, 2008 (first published in 1952)
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“[Niebuhr] is one of my favorite philosophers. I take away [from his works] the compelling idea that there’s serious evil in the world, and hardship and pain. And we should be humble and modest in our belief we can eliminate those things. But we shouldn’t use that as an excuse for cynicism and inaction. I take away . . . the sense we have to make t...
Jelani Cobb
Mar 12, 2021
@MaesterRAM @seanwilentz @BillKristol @KristolConvos Return of History is an interesting little book. Much more information than you’d expect of such a small volume, which also could be said for Irony of American History. I’d add Howard Thurman’s Jesus and the Disinherited to that list too.      source
Jesus and the Disinherited
Howard Thurman - Nov 30, 1996 (first published in 1949)
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In this classic theological treatise, the acclaimed theologian and religious leader Howard Thurman (1900–81) demonstrates how the gospel may be read as a manual of resistance for the poor and disenfranchised. Jesus is a partner in the pain of the oppressed and the example of His life offers a solution to ending the descent into moral nihilism. Hatr...
Jelani Cobb
Mar 12, 2021
@MaesterRAM @seanwilentz @BillKristol @KristolConvos Return of History is an interesting little book. Much more information than you’d expect of such a small volume, which also could be said for Irony of American History. I’d add Howard Thurman’s Jesus and the Disinherited to that list too.      source
The Fifth Risk
Undoing Democracy
Michael Lewis - Dec 03, 2019
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The morning after Trump was elected president, the people who ran the US Department of Energy waited to brief the administration’s transition team on the agency it would soon be running. Nobody appeared. Across all departments the stories were the same: Trump appointees were few and far between; those who did show up were shockingly uninformed abou...
Jelani Cobb
Dec 17, 2020
@brianstorms @NatashaBertrand That’s one of the most important books I’ve read in the past couple of years. Notably, it came out right around the time the government shut down further establishing Lewis’s point.      source
Algorithms of Oppression
How Search Engines Reinforce Racism
Safiya Noble - Feb 19, 2018
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Run a Google search for "black girls" - what will you find? "Big Booty" and other sexually explicit terms are likely to come up as top search terms. But, if you type in "white girls," the results are radically different. The suggested porn sites and un-moderated discussions about "why black women are so sassy" or "why black women are so angry" pres...
Jelani Cobb
May 16, 2018
Also, everyone should read @safiyanoble’s book Algorithms of Oppression.      source