This week on theamericanconservative.comNoah Millman and Daniel Larison analyzed the third presidential debate, Philip Giraldi questioned Israel’s capacity to launch a successful attack on Iran’s nuclear sites and criticized the GOP’s lack of understanding of intelligence collection and analysis.

Florence King punctured Joan Walsh’s new book, Freddy Gray explained the quirky appeal of London mayor Boris Johnson, and Leon Hadar reaffirmed the decline of Western hegemony.

Samuel Goldman explored the sources of major donations for the presidential campaignsquestioned the mass appeal of libertarianism, and lamented the dominance of the cult of individualism over the contemporary American right. Alan Jacobs put forth a meaningful defense of the liberal arts and explored the psychology of traitors. Millman reflected on the challenge posed by rape and incest to pro-life absolutists, and Scott McConnell reviewed Ben Affleck’s “Argo” – a movie about the 1979 Iran hostage crisis.

Scott Galupo explored David Brooks’ conception of “moderation”, analyzed the third-party debate, and discussed conservative charity.

Michael Brendan Dougherty contemplated the repressive potential of the Internet and reflected on Richard Mourdock’s theodicy, Kelley Vlahos investigated the failed drug war in Honduras, and Jordan Bloom considered the likelihood of significant entitlement cuts in a second Obama administration.

Rod Dreher tasted the fruits of cross-generational friendship,  fell in love with Paris all over again, lamented the decline of Christianity in France, and thought about illustrating the conservative worldview with compelling personal narratives. He also offered some final thoughts on The Odyssey.