If it's not in this newsletter, it just wasn't that important.
Voilà—it’s time for our long-awaited, occasionally dreaded, often imitated, but never equalled total-world-news survey, GLOBAL EYES—a premium feature for subscribers. Congratulations to all of our new subscribers: You now get to read this for the very first time (unless you managed to read it on one of the days I took the paywall off to show you why you should be reading it).
Since we have so many new subscribers, I thought it was important that we do this before publishing any new essays. We should all be in rough agreement about the facts before we discuss the theory.
New readers: Usually, we note stories of exceptional significance, or stories that are especially well-written, with an asterisk. And usually, if you’re in a hurry, you can skim through Global Eyes (which is usually longer than all six volumes of Gibbon’s Decline and Fall) and read only the stories we’ve flagged. You’ll still learn enough to keep up your end of the conversation if, by chance, you get stuck in an elevator with all 200-odd members of the National Security Council.
But not this time. Since you’re a new reader, you need to read this one through. Very carefully.
There will be a test.