From National Journal, the Marine Corps is facing big bills to pay for the future force the Corps says it needs; and casino magnate Sheldon Adelson is using his vast fortune to help finance conservative, pro-Israel, and pro-business causes. Does charisma originate in the individual, in the followers, or in the situation? Joseph Nye investigates. An excerpt from Outright Barbarous: How the Violent Language of the Right Poisons American Democracy by Jeffrey Feldmann. An interview with Mary Lefkowitz, author of History Lesson: A Race Odyssey. True pacifists believe all violence is counterproductive — what to do, then, about World War II? A review of The Woman Racket: The New Science Explaining How the Sexes Relate at Work, at Play and in Society by Steve Moxon. Western experts promised Africans that free-market ideology would save them from poverty and famine — now, one African country is showing that sometimes, a little protectionism can work wonders. Ayn Rand 101: A glance at the free market coursework sponsored by BB&T. Big box panic: Why retail giants like Wal-Mart won’t take over the world. Age of consent: It seems we're in a state of cultural cognitive dissonance when it comes to Lolita issues. Everyone in favor, say yargh! Some of the world's earliest democracies flourished aboard pirate ships. More on Jonah Goldberg's Liberal Fascism.

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