A new issue of Psychological Thought is out. Paul Babbitt (Southern Arkansas): Bullshit, Politics, and the Democratic Power of Satire. Margo Kaplan (Rutgers): Sex-Positive Law. From The Baffler, they pretend to think, we pretend to listen: Ken Silverstein on liberalism in the tank. Bryan Bender on how many D.C. think tanks are now players in partisan wars. A newly released secret opinion shows surveillance courts are even worse than you knew. Mark Thoma on the real reason for the fight over the debt limit. Counterintuitively, the best way for Congress to prevent Obama from bombing Syria may be to unanimously authorize him to do just that; similarly, Putin's best way to prevent a bombing of Syria may be by promising not to veto a UN resolution authorizing the bombing of Syria. Henry Blodget on how the selfish Ayn Rand business philosophy is ruining the US economy. Obama: The law's harshest critics will eventually embrace Obamacare, call it something else. Paul Berman on wny Bill de Blasio should embrace democratic socialism in New York City. David Mikics reviews Isaac and Isaiah: The Covert Punishment of a Cold War Heretic by David Caute. It's a neo-conservative nightmare: In Iran and China, Western sexual values are bringing about real change. From Roar, what would real democracy look like? Camilla Hansen wonders. Joshua Mostafa reviews Against World Literature: On the Politics of Untranslatability by Emily Apter.