From The National Interest, Robert D. Kaplan on the tragedy of U.S. foreign policy; and Robert W. Merry on America's default foreign policy. Jeremi Suri reviews Rethinking Anti-Americanism: The History of an Exceptional Concept in American Foreign Relations by Max Paul Friedman. America not an empire, really? Thomas Bender reviews American Umpire by Elizabeth Cobbs Hoffman. Does framing world capitalism in terms of “American empire” help us think about how the rise of finance has changed class relationships? Dick Bryan and Mike Rafferty investigate. Syria is a very minor blip in the course of US foreign policy. Restor­ing “Amer­ica the Brave”: Rob Ivory on a roadmap to a new kind of American leadership. How should the United States wield power in a changing world? Jim Glassman interviews Joseph Nye, author of The Future of Power, and Robert Kagan, author of The Return of History and the End of Dreams. America, Limited: David Rothkopf on how the U.S. went from the world's CEO to just another shareholder. Rosa Brooks on the case for American propaganda: Complain all you want — but Uncle Sam produces better journalism than most of you yahoos. Michael Vlahos on why Americans love bombardment: Has justice through retribution become the new American virtue? The first chapter from The Empire Trap: The Rise and Fall of U.S. Intervention to Protect American Property Overseas, 1893-2013 by Noel Maurer. Micah Zenko on a translation guide to foreign policy gibberish.

From Arion, James Tatum (Dartmouth): Mrs. Vergil’s Horrid Wars; and Paul Barolsky (Virginia): The Strange Case of the Young Michelangelo. A Bull in Pyongyang: How real is Dennis Rodman’s “basketball diplomacy”? It isn't the military's place to weigh in on the Syria debate: Far too many servicemembers have made their opinions public — a violation of both ethics and the fundamental principle that in the U.S., civilians make policy. Meet Marc Short, the man who runs the Koch brothers’ secret bank. Virginia K. Smith on 30 essential literary Twitter feeds. “If the Egyptians can do this with regard to another radical Muslim, former president Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood, then can't we Americans do it with Obama?” Finally, a Munich analogy that makes sense. The Weekly Wonk is a digital magazine and podcast from New America focused on the ideas and policy challenges that will shape our future. Dylan Matthews on everything you need to know about why the government might shut down. This man moved to a desert island to disappear — here's what happened. David M. Levinson on understanding the irrational commuter: The increasing sophistication of data collection and analysis gives us deeper insights into human behavior — and how we make decisions about everyday travel. Caught in the hipster trap: My new glasses are making me look like a slavish adopter of trends. Astronomer Seth Shostak: We'll find ET by 2037.

From Essays in Philosophy, a special issue on Cartesian virtue and freedom. Josh May (Monash): Does Disgust Influence Moral Judgment? Ryan Conree Preston-Roedder (UNC): A Better World. Alexander Peysakhovich (Harvard) and David G. Rand (Yale): Habits of Virtue: Creating Norms of Cooperation and Defection in the Laboratory. Patricia Marino (Waterloo): Moral Coherence and Principle Pluralism. Leon R. Calleja (Brooklyn): Reconciling the Self and Universalism. Benjamin M. Eidelson (Yale): Treating People as Individuals. David O. Brink (UCSD): Situationism, Responsibility, and Fair Opportunity. Cristian Constantinescu (Birkbeck): Moral Vagueness: A Dilemma for Non-Naturalism. Zachary Horne (Illinois): Belief Updating in Moral Dilemmas. Michael Lynch (UConn): Truth in Ethics. Graham Hubbs (Idaho): Answerability without Answers. Thomas Scanlon on what is morality. Are intelligent people better at morality? Katja Keuchenius on whether good brains reach high moral stages. Bernard Yack reviews Aristotle's Politics: Living Well and Living Together by Eugene Garver. Crowding out virtues: JP O’Malley interviews Michael J. Sandel. From Bleeding Heart Libertarians, a symposium on Michael Huemer’s The Problem of Political Authority: An Examination of the Right to Coerce and the Duty to Obey. You're joking, right, you haven't really made a musical based on John Rawls’s A Theory of Justice, have you?