What happens when countries confront the “disappointments and disillusionment of once giddy revolutions”? Following the movements in Egypt, Libya, Syria, and, in the past few days, Ukraine and Venezuela, Jon Lee Anderson looks at where protests end: http://nyr.kr/1cngyWK
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Whether as victim, demon, or hero, the industrial worker of the past century filled the public imagination in books, movies, news stories, and even popular songs, putting a grimy human face on capitalism while dramatizing the social changes and conflicts it brought. … With work increasingly invisible, it’s much harder to grasp the human effects, the social contours, of the Internet economy.
Just a third of Venezuelans say their standard of living is improving, a record low.