Eric Royal Lybeck (Cambridge): Universities, Law, Jurisprudence, and Sociology: A History. The snake that eats itself: Daron Acemoglu and James A. Robinson on why coups beget coups beget coups. Cory Doctorow on why it matters that you can't own an electronic copy of the Oxford English Dictionary. Dexter Filkins on chemical weapons and the Syrian question. Isolated Peruvian tribe attempts to make contact, asks for food. From Foreign Policy, Daveed Gartenstein-Ross and Kelsey D. Atherton on how we killed privacy, in 4 easy steps: Stop blaming the NSA — we did this to ourselves; and David Rieff on why nobody cares about the surveillance state: When you've been groped by the TSA, what's a little NSA spying? NSA officers on several occasions have channeled their agency’s enormous eavesdropping power to spy on love interests. The debate over “libertarian populism” may seem, at first blush, like nothing more than a meaningless, dull blogger circle-jerk — and bad and/or nonexistent budget math is the whole secret to making it work. From Mediaite, an interview of Chris Hayes. With his “I have a dream” speech, Martin Luther King threw out a challenge to America — how has it been met, 50 years on? David Warsh on Larry Summers: A (mildly) exculpatory note. Benjamin Wright on a brief history of The New Republic, from Lippmann to Peretz to Hughes. Is individuality the savior of eugenics? Nathaniel Comfort wonders.