A new issue of Consilience: The Journal of Sustainable Development is out, including a photo essay on a mysterious bloom in Central America’s deepest lake. Japa Pallikkathayil (NYU): The Possibility of Choice: Three Accounts of the Problem with Coercion. From The The New York Times Magazine, a special issue on innovation. A long, strange road trip: A review of The Philosophy of the Beats. Are the politics of the national debt just a cynical sham, or are there times when debt matters, and times when it doesn't? From Radical Philosophy, freedom and power: An interview with Noam Chomsky. Bad signals: Steven Horwitz on the parable of the broken traffic lights. How did Wisconsin become the most politically divisive place in America? A review of How to Write Parodies and Become Immortal by Robert Chambers. Frank Jacobs on the story of Sealand. "I often hear people say 'I hate politics.' Well, I do too. I think most of it is hypocrisy and manipulative games being played by the powerful. But should we let the greedy and the morally calloused make all our decisions for us about how to organize society?"