Dana Badulescu (UAIC): Frontiers and Contemporary Thinking: Zygmunt Bauman and Salman Rushdie. Scott R. Peppet (Colorado): Prostitution 3.0? Gary Wills on the thing that makes the South the distillation point for all the fugitive extremisms of our time, the heart of Say-No Republicanism, the home of lost causes and nostalgic lunacy. Ayn Rand is for children: George Saunders understands what Rand fans won't — Objectivism is more young adult fantasy than political philosophy. After “the end of big government liberalism”: The complexity of the problems government faces, and of the solutions it devises, is a growing problem — so while the debate over the size of the welfare state is mostly concluded, the debate over its increasing sprawl is more necessary than ever (and a response). Jennifer Senior on why you truly never leave high school: New science on its corrosive, traumatizing effects. Is it even worth exploring the possibility that the next four years could see the beginnings of a genuinely progressive New Deal for America? Oh noes!!: Phil Mickelson (R-Golf) might retire, citing (incorrectly) tax hikes on top 1% — boo-hoo.