I. Bennett Capers (Brooklyn): Real Women, Real Rape. The U.S. Air Force just released today a jaw-droppingly impressive, fast-paced video on accelerating change, “Welcome to 2035: The Age of Surprise”. Harvey E. Whitney, Jr. translates a few overused and misleading sociopolitical phrases. From The New Yorker, super-rich irony: Why do billionaires feel victimized by Obama? Chrystia Freeland wants to know. American politics has gone gaga for poll numbers — while polling pros feel less and less certain about the methodology behind the madness; some days even Nate Silver is left scratching his head. From Standpoint, Karen Horn on free markets, anarchy, ideology and utopia: The backlash against neoliberalism has revived anti-capitalist conspiracy theories — those under attack must not behave like a sect. Tolkien and law: Jonathan A. Watson on the relationship between themes found in Aquinas's "Summa Theologica" and Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings". It started with a conversation that became a manifesto that became a book that became a festival that became a movement; three years on the Dark Mountain Project is still hard to define.

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