From the Mises Institute, an essay on a libertarian approach to the ethics and economics of adoption in Haiti — and a defense of orphanages. The Puppet Master and the Apprentice: Ronnie Burkett, one of the world’s great puppeteers finds renewal — for himself and his art form — in mentorship. Behind the consumer agency idea is fiery advocate Elizabeth Warren. The world that Tiger Woods created — golf as a lucrative sport, golf as pop culture — is deep in the rough; can he get it back out? From New Statesman, a special issue on David Cameron and the conservatives. A review of Red Tory: How Left and Right Have Broken Britain and How We Can Fix it by Phillip Blond. Is civility dead, and and if not, are social media trying to kill it? An interview with Tony Judt: "I am not pessimistic in the very long run". Retrieving the idea of progress: Brian O’Connor explains why Adorno is not the enemy of the Enlightenment. Experiments suggest rats are able to cooperate and adjust tactics depending on the strategy of their opponent, when put in a Prisoner’s Dilemma scenario. Capitalists beware: No less a journal than Nature has just published a paper proving conclusively that the human brain is a Communist. What's fascinating in the steady onslaught of new incidences of previous cover-ups of child rape and molestation in the Catholic hierarchy is the notion that the hierarchs tended to see child rape as a sin rather than a crime. Matt Taibbi on how the Catholic Church is a criminal enterprise. A review of How Many Friends Does One Person Need? Dunbar's Number and Other Evolutionary Quirks by Robin Dunbar. You’ve come a long way, maybe?: Nicole Rudick reviews Mom by Rebecca Jo Plant. From Writ, Steve Sheppard on how the torture lawyers broke the law, and why they must be punished.

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