From Salon, Ronald Reagan and the occultist: Mitch Horowitz on how the Gipper's warm "morning in America" worldview was directly shaped by his reading of occult thinker Manly P. Hall. The Congressman who went off the grid: Roscoe Bartlett spent 20 years on Capitol Hill — now he lives in a remote cabin in the woods, prepping for doomsday. Inside the Right-wing love affair with conspiracy theories: CJ Werleman on explaining how the right-wing echo chamber feeds off of paranoid stories that have no basis in reality. Voucher-mania: Why the right is diseased (and out of ideas). How propaganda can slowly repair the image of an utterly disgraced public figure like George W. Bush. Matthew Brandon Wolfson reviews Days of Fire: Bush and Cheney in the White House by Peter Baker. Jim Newell on how New Hampshire Republicans are, in fact, pseudo-libertarian gun nuts. George J. Marlin reviews Tea Party Catholic: The Catholic Case for Limited Government, a Free Economy, and Human Flourishing by Samuel Gregg (and more on why Max Weber was wrong). From The American Conservative, Daniel McCarthy on why the Tea Party can’t govern: A populist spin can’t save purely negative principles. GOP reformers stop being polite to Tea Party, start getting real. Beth Reinhard on the Return of the Welfare Queen: Republicans are launching a class war with racial undertones — and hurting the poor whites they'll need to win in 2014. The Republican Party is not a suicide pact: Just because the numbers currently look bad for a party doesn't mean that they're fixed in stone — parties can react, which, in the long run, is what makes them competitive. Roy Edroso on the 10 dumbest Rightblogger ideas of 2013, part 2.

A new issue of Almatourism is out. Anya Bernstein (Harvard): An Inadvertent Sacrifice: Body Politics and Sovereign Power in the Pussy Riot Affair (and more). From The New York Times Magazine, a special issue on The Lives They Lived: A celebration of public and private lives, and of the moments — intimate, historic, unexpected — that shaped them. From Rolling Stone, Jesse Myerson on five economic reforms millennials should be fighting for (and Dylan Matthews on five conservative reforms millennials should be fighting, and Brian Beutler on the right’s latest freakout and why they’re crying “communism”). Here is the Mr. Magazine 2014 Manifesto: Print is the future of digital in 14 points. As Obamacare sign-ups surge, so does conservative rage. Alexis Madrigal on how Netflix reverse engineered Hollywood (and more by Felix Salmon) Medicaid expansion is a stealth success, and that's just fine. October marked the 70th anniversary of the mass breakout from Sobibor death camp; Althea Williams recalls an extraordinary event that is today largely forgotten. Jonathan Chait on how Obamacare will neither collapse, nor will Republicans accept its legitimacy, but the nature of their opposition will instead slowly morph; and on how Democrats can force Republicans to help the unemployed. Guarani Indian leader and film-star Ambrosio Vilhalva murdered. Intercontinental Cry magazine (“in support of the Indigenous Peoples movement”) temporarily suspends publication due to a lack of funds.

Dariusz Jemielniak (Kozminski) and Davydd J. Greenwood (Cornell): Wake Up or Perish: Neo-Liberalism, the Social Sciences, and Salvaging the Public University. Nathan Goetting (Adrian): Racism by Degrees: Fisher v. University of Texas and the Fate of Diversity in American Education. How “race neutrality” can save affirmative action: James M. Glaser and Timothy J. Ryan on Americans’ surprising commitment to fairness. Benjamin Winterhalter on the real reason law schools are raking in cash: The profession's in crisis, but the schools don't care — they're steeped in a toxic, hyper-capitalist worldview. The Great Stratification: Jeffrey J. Williams on how the changing role of the professor has created a huge new subclass of academic worker. Andrea Peterson on how one publisher is stopping academics from sharing their research. Could digital college textbooks become free in the USA? This North Carolina campus was meant to show off the future of online education — it hasn't gone according to plan. Academics who defend Wall Street reap reward (and Felix Salmon on the non-scandal of Scott Irwin and Craig Pirrong). Cura te ipsum: Alex Rosenberg on how the problems of the humanities are self-inflicted wounds well recognized by their colleagues in other faculties. Who takes MOOCs? Surprising new data on what's supposed to be the future of higher ed. Hillel is cracking down on open debate, and it's scary: John Judis on what the campus organization's big rupture means for American Jews.