From Logos, Stephen Eric Bronner (Rutgers): Capitalism, Identity, and Social Rights; Matthew Abraham (DePaul): Chomsky’s Audience Problem: Is Anyone Listening?; and Ian Williams on Orwell and the British Left. From Edge, David Gelernter on why it's time to start taking the Internet seriously. A look at the five kinds of appeal to authority you meet on the Internet. From The Cato Journal, a special issue: Are unions good for America? From The Wall Street Journal, what were they thinking? Christopher Buckley on why politicians always seem to believe they can get away with it; pushing the envelope: The Postal Service may stop delivering mail on Saturdays, but written words are thriving in the age of email; and the Bible of Bibliomania: A review of The Oxford Companion to the Book, ed. Michael F. Suarez and H.R. Woudhuysen. Why do expensive hobbies inspire silly names? New research shows how our social ties can influence us for better and worse: making us fatter, more likely to smoke, marry, divorce and even vote — governments should take heed. A review of The Genius in All of Us: Why Everything You've Been Told About Genetics, Talent, and IQ Is Wrong by David Shenk. From National Geographic, spirits in the sand: The ancient Nasca lines of Peru shed their secrets. A review of The Untold War: Inside the Hearts, Minds, and Souls of Our Soldiers by Nancy Sherman. A review of books on all aspects of maps and mapping, from navigation to contemplation. An excerpt from The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine by Michael Lewis. How can the United States forge a better partnership with Pakistan, the epicenter of global terrorism? Set to vibrate: We’ve moved from the etiquette of the individual to the etiquette of the flow. More on The Hidden Brain by Shankar Vedantam.

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