This week in interesting reading

While we always try to share our favorite articles over Twitter and Facebook, this week we will begin including a weekly best-of list here on our blog.

There are now two Americas. My country is a horror show.
The Wire creator David Simon on the divide between rich and poor in America, and how capitalism has lost sight of its social compact. Extract of a speech given at the Festival of Dangerous Ideas in Sydney.
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/dec/08/david-simon-capitalism-marx-two-americas-wire

State of deception.
The New Yorker‘s Washington Correspondent Ryan Lizza on why President Obama won’t rein in the intelligence community.
http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2013/12/16/131216fa_fact_lizza

Income inequality’s ripple effect.
Incoming Obama counselor John Podesta’s POLITICO Magazine opinion piece on how the yawning gap between rich and poor is hurting the economy.
http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2013/12/income-equality-ripple-effect-john-podesta-100891.html