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1946Einstein: The Negro Question (onbeing.org)
610 points across 2 posts | 7 years ago with 123 comments
1940The Final Speech from The Great Dictator (charliechaplin.com)
533 points across 2 posts | 3 months ago with 371 comments
1944Simple Sabotage Field Manual (cia.gov)
502 points across 3 posts | 4 years ago with 89 comments
1946Hiroshima (newyorker.com)
486 points across 3 posts | 3 years ago with 158 comments
1941Who Goes Nazi? (harpers.org)
469 points across 5 posts | 1 year ago with 7 comments
1943Albert Hofmann discovers the effects of LSD (laphamsquarterly.org)
408 points across 2 posts | 6 years ago with 96 comments
1944Excerpt from CIA's Simple Sabotage Field Manual (svn.cacert.org)
387 points | 2 years ago with 208 comments
1949Why Socialism? (monthlyreview.org)
315 points across 3 posts | 7 months ago with 630 comments
1940George Orwell's review of Mein Kampf (docs.google.com)
305 points | 9 years ago with 240 comments
1945Transcript of taped conversations among German nuclear physicists (ghdi.ghi-dc.org)
305 points | 8 months ago with 282 comments
1946George Orwell, “Politics and the English Language” (mtholyoke.edu)
301 points | 7 years ago with 150 comments
1943A Short Guide to Iraq (history.navy.mil)
300 points | 2 years ago with 113 comments
1945As We May Think (theatlantic.com)
294 points across 3 posts | 6 months ago with 55 comments
1943Why Socialists Don't Believe in Fun (orwell.ru)
278 points | 5 years ago with 263 comments
1945Conversations among German Nuclear Physicists at Farm Hall (germanhistorydocs.ghi-dc.org)
258 points across 2 posts | 5 years ago with 114 comments
1944Simple Sabotage Field Manual (gist.github.com)
228 points | 1 year ago with 129 comments
1946George Orwell: Politics and the English Language (alexgolec.github.io)
206 points | 10 years ago with 62 comments
1945How to Solve It (math.utah.edu)
203 points | 7 months ago with 101 comments
1948A Mathematical Theory of Communication (people.math.harvard.edu)
197 points | 3 years ago with 39 comments
1944The Inner Ring (lewissociety.org)
184 points | 3 months ago with 82 comments
1947The Mathematician (www-history.mcs.st-and.ac.uk)
184 points across 3 posts | 5 years ago with 15 comments
1949The Principles of Newspeak (berfrois.com)
175 points | 2 years ago with 134 comments
1948A Mathematical Theory of Communication (worrydream.com)
169 points | 7 years ago with 53 comments
1945My observations during the explosion at Trinity (fermatslibrary.com)
153 points | 7 years ago with 46 comments
1942Looking Back on the Spanish War (orwellfoundation.com)
147 points | 3 years ago with 128 comments
1947Von Neumann’s critique of automata theory and logic in computer science (yodaiken.com)
141 points | 4 years ago with 31 comments
1949How to Study Physics (lhup.edu)
135 points | 6 years ago with 34 comments
1948Death of a Pig (theatlantic.com)
129 points | 6 years ago with 44 comments
1944The Inner Ring (lewissociety.org)
127 points across 2 posts | 7 years ago with 13 comments
1945Orwell's Proposed Preface to ‘Animal Farm’ (orwell.ru)
122 points | 2 years ago with 60 comments
1944What is Life? by Erwin Schrödinger (whatislife.ie)
121 points | 5 years ago with 38 comments
1940Ladle Rat Rotten Hut (exploratorium.edu)
116 points | 1 year ago with 48 comments
1944Simple Sabotage Field Manual (cia.gov)
110 points | 8 years ago with 68 comments
1944What Is Life? (dlab.clemson.edu)
109 points | 6 years ago with 24 comments
1940Don't Worry – It Can't Happen (dropbox.com)
108 points | 7 years ago with 28 comments
1945As We May Think (theatlantic.com)
106 points | 11 years ago with 34 comments
1945Notes on Nationalism (orwell.ru)
105 points | 5 years ago with 89 comments
1944Stick and Rudder: An Explanation of the Art of Flying (archive.org)
103 points | 5 years ago with 50 comments
1945The Scientists Take Over: George Orwell Reviews “That Hideous Strength” (lewisiana.nl)
96 points | 3 years ago with 57 comments
1943Dietrich Bonhoeffer on stupidity (platoscave.org)
94 points | 9 months ago with 69 comments
1945Freedom of the Press: Orwell's Proposed Preface to Animal Farm (home.iprimus.com.au)
93 points | 9 years ago with 8 comments
1946George Orwell – Politics and the English Language (orwell.ru)
85 points across 2 posts | 7 years ago with 21 comments
1946ENIAC Operating Manual (archive.org)
83 points | 4 years ago with 20 comments
1946How to Pick a Mate (gutenberg.org)
81 points | 9 months ago with 146 comments
1946Ideas that Have Harmed Mankind (panarchy.org)
80 points | 7 years ago with 40 comments
1945As We May Think (theatlantic.com)
77 points | 13 years ago with 20 comments
1944On Disbelieving Atrocities (pastebin.com)
73 points | 5 years ago with 45 comments
1946Tanks Are Mighty Fine Things (imperialclub.com)
73 points | 5 years ago with 39 comments
1944The Design of the US Interstate Highway System (enotrans.org)
72 points | 4 years ago with 18 comments
1948Intelligent Machinery (weightagnostic.github.io)
72 points | 4 years ago with 16 comments
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