From Swans, Harvey E. Whitney, Jr. on how the current crises in politics are manifestations of greater epistemological disagreements; and the collapse of Jared Diamond: Louis Proyect reviews of Questioning Collapse: Human Resilience, Ecological Vulnerability, and the Aftermath of Empire. Data-Driven Life: What happens when technology can calculate and analyze every quotidian thing that happened to you today. Noah Millman on a new political taxonomy: liberal vs. conservative, left vs. right, and progressive vs. reactionary. In the interest of spreading the gospel of indiemapper, here is a basic tour of its cartographic features. Can Greece "make it"? Huge fiscal adjustments have been possible in the past, but take at least 5 years and the debt to GDP ratio keeps on increasing during the process. From TLS, a review of books on British politics. The annual Roger Shattuck Prize for Criticism are awarded to Marcela Valdes and Adam Kirsch. If the Tea Party were black: Imagine that hundreds of black protesters descended on DC armed with AK-47s — would they be defended as patriotic Americans? At war with The New York Times, Robert Thomson, editor of The Wall Street Journal, wants to shock the bourgeoisie (and more). Quinn Latimer reviews You Are Here by Donald Breckenridge. From The American Conservative, extremism in the defense of liberty: The Oath Keepers have more in common with Henry David Thoreau than Timothy McVeigh; W. James Antle III on the dirty dealings of the Southern Poverty Law Center; and a review of The Roger Scruton Reader. Is it possible to be elitist in a good way? The organizers of TED would like you to think so. Flying the flag for social democracy: A review of Ill Fares the Land by Tony Judt (and more and more and more and more and an excerpt).