From Vanity Fair, Michael Wolff on how Britain seems ready to elect David Cameron, a man who has re-invented his party, as well as himself, by airbrushing out all divisions. What if: Cameron is worse than we imagined — much worse. A group of evangelical Christians has formed a power base within the Conservatives — will a victory at the general election give them influence over social policy? Fat cats and evangelicals: Johann Hari on what a Tory win would really mean and on how Cameronomics has already been tried — in Ireland. Will Britain's Conservatives blow it? From Lawrence & Wishart Books, you can download Is the Future Conservative? for free. Anthony Barnett on Red Blondism. A review of The Conservative Party: From Thatcher to Cameron by Tim Bale (and more and more). An excerpt from Andrew Rawnsley's The End of the Party: The Rise and Fall of New Labour (and more and more and more). Could Gordon Brown become the Harry Truman of British politics? Camila Bassi (Sheffield Hallam): The Anti-Imperialism of Fools: A Cautionary Story on the Revolutionary Socialist Vanguard of England’s Post-9/11 Anti-War Movement. The white far-right BNP and the Islamist fringe Hizb ut-Tahrir fight for their survival. An interview with Peter Kellner on books on British democracy. An Age of Anger: An article on the London Review of Books and the British crisis of democracy. Jonathan Jones on the strange death of liberal England. The baby boomers had everything — free education, free health care and remarkable personal liberties — but they squandered it all, and now their children are paying for it. A review of The Pinch: How the Baby Boomers Stole Their Children's Future — And How They Can Give it Back by David Willetts (and more and more and more and more and more).

The latest issue on Harp & Altar is out. From Genders, Jennifer Reed (CSU-Long Beach): Lily: Sold Out! The Queer Feminism of Lily Tomlin; and Purnima Bose (Indiana): From Humanitarian Intervention to the Beautifying Mission: Afghan Women and Beauty without Borders. The mutual inspiration of art and mathematics: Economics, origami and other fields trigger new and original creations. Starbucks’ midlife crisis: The coffee giant can’t quite accept its own customers’ tastes. More and more and more and more and more and more and more and more on The Big Short by Michael Lewis. From h+, here's the geek’s guide to getting girls. The perils of pay less, get more: Demand for government services grows, but taxes don’t — this is the main reason for our budget problems. Clive Crook on why taxes will go up — get used to it. What can lists tells us about the personality of the list-maker? This is officially Not Good: Jamais Cascio on pushing back against the Methane Tipping Point. Post Romantic: A love letter to mail carriers everywhere. A world without signs: Does the advent of GPS mean we'll no longer need them? A review of Ernst Cassirer: The Last Philosopher of Culture by Edward Sidelsky. Macmillan is introducing software that will allow college instructors to edit digital editions of textbooks without consulting the original authors or publisher. A review of Courting Disaster: How the CIA Kept America Safe and How Barack Obama Is Inviting the Next Attack by Marc A. Thiessen (and more). The writing advice industry: Fiction is near death, but advice about writing fiction? It’s thriving. Did you know that no two farts are exactly alike? An interview with proctologist Lester Gottesman. Omega males and the women who hate them: They're unemployed, romantically challenged, and they're everywhere.

Cass Sunstein and Adrian Vermeule (Harvard): Conspiracy Theories. A look at 6 elements every conspiracy theory needs. Making sense of the paranoid mind: Robert A. Goldberg reviews Voodoo Histories: The Role of the Conspiracy Theory in Shaping Modern History by David Aaronovitch and Strange Days Indeed: The 1970s: The Golden Age of Paranoia by Francis Wheen (and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more). A nation of conspiracies: Coup plots and growing extremism — why the West can't ignore Turkey's paranoia. Conspiracy Theory With Jesse Ventura presents a world divided into elites and Joe Sixpacks, where the hidden masters of the universe plot against you and me. A review of American Conspiracies: Lies, Lies, and More Dirty Lies that the Government Tells Us by Jesse Ventura (and more). A review of Occult America: The Secret History of How Mysticism Shaped Our Nation by Mitch Horowitz. The Illuminati X-Factor: Richard Leon on the mind-controlled showbiz celebs. Why the Templars have always attracted obsessives: A Vatican filing error helped to fuel centuries of conspiracy theories. Lodges, aprons, and funny handshakes: The first chapter from Freemasons for Dummies by Christopher Hodapp (and more); and everything you know is wrong: The first chapter from Conspiracy Theories and Secret Societies for Dummies by Christopher Hodapp and Alice Von Kannon. From Reviews in History, a review of The Hell-Fire Clubs: Sex, Satanism and Secret Societies by Evelyn Lord; and a review of Invented Knowledge: False History, Fake Science and Pseudo-religions by Ronald H. Fritze.

A carefully crafted f@&% you: An interview with Judith Butler, the gender-theorist-turned-philosopher-of-nonviolence, on the choices that make people expendable, and the role grief can play in setting a new course. No jacket required: A review of The Oxford Companion to the Book, ed. Michael F Suarez SJ and Henry Woudhuysen; The Case for Books: Past, Present and Future by Robert Darnton; Reading Matters: Five Centuries of Discovering Books by Margaret Willes; and The Book in the Renaissance by Andrew Pettegree. The way things are and how they might be: An interview with Tony Judt. A manifesto for a new politics  As a culmination of his political thinking, Tony Judt, paralysed by motor neurone disease, makes an impassioned plea for a new arrangement of society. A review of The Culture of Flushing: A Social and Legal History of Sewage by Jamie Benidickson. On December 30, in one of the deadliest attacks in CIA history, an Al Qaeda double agent schemed his way onto a U.S. base in Afghanistan and blew himself into the next life, taking seven Americans with him — how could this have happened? Richard Hayman traces the changing significance of the Green Man, a term coined in the 1930s for a medieval image of a face sprouting foliage, the meaning of which has transformed itself across the centuries. Born to Blush: Dacher Keltner reveals why embarrassment is good for all of us. Elif Batuman on dangerous friends in literature. More and more and more and more and more and more and more on The Possessed: Adventures With Russian Books and the People Who Read Them by Elif Batuman (and more at Bookforum). Fast Changes: An interview with David Paterson from a month ago shows how quickly politics can shift.

From National Affairs, Tevi Troy on Bush, Obama, and the Intellectuals. From Tikkun, Bob Anschuetz on why Obama is disappointing us, and what we can do about it. Help for the too-conscious liberal: An excerpt from Fran Hawthorne's The Overloaded Liberal: Shopping, Investing, Parenting, and Other Daily Dilemmas in an Age of Political Activism. What would happen if people just refused to buy health insurance even if a law ordered them to? The feminist case for flawed reform: The anti-abortion provisions of both the House and the Senate versions of health care are a serious setback for reproductive rights — we need to support it nonetheless. Sink or Swim: Jonathan Chait on the GOP’s Dickensian fix for health care (and more). The bogus Republican claim that Obamacare is a government takeover of one-sixth of the economy. Today, loose, dangerous talk about "government tyranny" is back in vogue and on a political amptitude far beyond where it was during the Age of McVeigh a generation ago. Oath Keepers and the Age of Treason: Meet the fast-growing "patriot" group that's recruiting soldiers to resist the Obama administration. An interview with Michael Wolraich, author of How Bill O’Reilly Saved Christmas: A Fair and Balanced Account of Right-Wing Persecution. Inside the White House Press Corps: Tommy Christopher interviews WorldNetDaily correspondent and radio host Lester Kinsolving (and part 2). The making of the president, then and now: The great campaign books of the past are about more than the back-room drama that dominates recent releases. What is the least-accurate political memoirs ever written? More and more and more and more and more and more and more on Courage and Consequence by Karl Rove.