Gaia Bernstein (Seton Hall): Ordinary People and the Promotion of Progress. From Popular Mechanics, what happens when a super storm strikes New York? A lesson from ecological marxism: The specifics are up for debate, but it appears that governments are the best lever at our disposal to bypass the market imperatives that prevent us all from acting in the interests of humans and nature. Matthew M. Mesley reviews Sex Before Sexuality: A Premodern History by Kim M. Phillips and Barry Reay. John Petkovic on how Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged is radical tip of wide range of political thought. Let’s jump off the fiscal cliff: Bank CEOs want you to think reducing the deficit requires avoiding the fiscal cliff — don’t believe them. Ron Rosenbaum on Lewis Lapham’s antidote to the age of BuzzFeed: With his erudite Quarterly, the legendary Harper’s editor aims for an antidote to digital-age ignorance. The preface from Two Cheers for Anarchism: Six Easy Pieces on Autonomy, Dignity, and Meaningful Work and Play by James C. Scott. Fade to light: One of the most terrifying aspects of Alzheimer's disease is that those afflicted can seldom tell us what it is like.