From TNR, a review of Rule and Ruin: The Downfall of Moderation and the Destruction of the Republican Party, From Eisenhower to the Tea Party by Geoffrey Kabaservice (and more). Sam Tanenhaus reviews books on the Tea Party. A wave of books anatomizes the Tea Party Movement. An interview with "recovering liberal" Elizabeth Price Foley, author of The Tea Party: Three Principles. Gus Garcia-Roberts on Victoria Jackson's excellent Tea Party adventure. Re-branding the Right: The Tea Party and its sympathizers are virtually one and the same as another highly visible political movement with low approval ratings — the Christian Right. Michael Kazin on the end of the Christian Right (and a response). Right-wingers have no compassion: A former Republican Senate Congressional staffer on why right-wingers think people without insurance deserve to die. For the last 40 years, the right's sexual paranoia has warped our politics; an expert explains how to change that. 2012 or Never: Republicans are worried this election could be their last chance to stop history — this is fear talking, but not paranoia.
From Philament, a special issue on Monstrosity. From Qualitative Studies, Rachel Demerling (McMaster): Resisting Stigma, Embracing Solidarity: An Ethnographic Study of Shopaholics Anonymous; and Sune Qvotrup Jensen (Aalborg): Othering, Identity Formation and Agency. Man as machine: A peculiar experiment inspired by the Enlightenment sheds light on the age-old question of what makes us human. An open letter to Bruce Springsteen REM, Wilco and Arcade Fire on President Obama. North Korea to suspend uranium enrichment and let in IAEA inspectors — but at what cost? The social conservative subterranean fantasy world is exposed, and it's frightening. Darpa Warns: Your iPhone is a military threat. Can you identify The Onion headlines on this list? Pamela Haag on the collapse of parody, and what it means. Give me some space: A study looks at responses to table spacing in restaurants. The spice theory: There is something primitive and inexplicable about liking or not liking, and that’s what puts it in the dumb domain of causation, not the higher realm of reasons.
Now that the SOPA and PIPA fights have died down, and Hollywood prepares their next salvo against internet freedom with ACTA and PCIP, it’s worth pausing to consider how the war on piracy could actually be won. Our weirdness is free: Gabriella Coleman on the logic of Anonymous — online army, agent of chaos, and seeker of justice. The most prolific hacker on the Internet is a one-handed shadow. Rex Hammock on how just because you can make money from something doesn’t mean you should, and other rules of the web. Meet the Yahoo Boys: Researchers in Nigeria have managed to conduct detailed interviews with 40 of the country's infamous "419 scam" email spammers. Evgeny Morozov on the Information Welfare State: The "right to be forgotten" doesn't go far enough — we need mandatory insurance to protect online reputations. Once, we stored our photos and other mementos in shoeboxes in the attic; now we keep them online — that puts our stuff at the mercy of companies that could decide to throw it away, unless Jason Scott and the Archive Team can get there first. A look at the 7 most annoying hidden agendas on the Internet.