Benjamin E. Hermalin (UC-Berkeley): At the Helm, Kirk or Spock? Why Even Wholly Rational Actors May Favor and Respond to Charismatic Leaders. Theodore P. Seto (Loyola): A Coasean Theory of Marriage. From Ritual, Secrecy, and Civil Society, a special issue of freemasonry. From Asian Jewish Life, Navras Jaat Aafreedi on the paradox of the popularity of Hitler in India. From AbeBooks’ Reading Copy blog, Lily King on 18 booksellers who blog. Danny Postel on alternative Left perspectives on Syria. Michelle Goldberg on the outrageous trial of Cecily McMillan. Kristoffer Smemo on the myth of the moderate Republican. Matt Ford on the irony of Cliven Bundy's unconstitutional stand (and more). U.S. right wing extremists more deadly than jihadists. Read my lips, more new taxes: That check you wrote today buys you a lot — feel proud of it. Turbo Tax maker Intuit linked to “grassroots” campaign against free, simple tax filing. If the IRS was targeting Karl Rove's shadowy group, it was doing its job. Brian Beutler on the Right's new scam: Feigning anger on behalf of people they encouraged to skip Obamacare; the hypocrisy knows no bounds. A combination of sex and drugs (and possibly rock 'n roll) is forcing two governments to change the border that divides them. In deep water: Humans are damaging the high seas — now the oceans are doing harm back. Keith Robinson and Angel L. Harris on how parental involvement is overrated. In the finals of the overrated philosophers bracket, Noam Chomsky beat out Adam Smith for the title of most overrated philosopher by 112 votes.

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