From Capitalism, an article on economic freedom in America: What is economic freedom? Here's an open letter to European leaders on Europe’s banking crisis. From Vanity Fair, Joseph Stiglitz puts forth a clear, commonsense plan to reverse the Bush-era follies and regain America’s economic sanity. From Writ, an article on the rationality of spite: Why the bailouts do, and should, make people angry. The GOP blames the victim: Capitalism sure is fragile if subprime borrowers can ruin it. This is a crisis, but it's also an extraordinary opportunity. Let's admit it, the financial crisis is kind of cool. From Mute, a look at the new and improved Wall Street Journal. A Billion Little Pieces: Get out the Ritalin! It’s the attention deficit democracy — it’s Wall Street to McCain to Letterman to Palin to Couric to Biden to Obama. A review of Obama's Challenge by Robert Kuttner. From Culture11, is Obama intelligent enough to be president? From Salon, who is the real John McCain? From David Foster Wallace to Paul Begala, four authors trace the politician's journey from the liberal's conservative to flip-flopping hack. Emily Bazelon on the un-Hillary: Why watching Sarah Palin is agony for women; and can Palin's sentences stand up to a grammarian? GOP, RIP? Nearly three decades of Republican dominance may be coming to an end. More on Slavoj Zizek's In Defense of Lost Causes.