Leo Linbeck III explained why Congress doesn’t work, and Lewis H. Lapham noted our sovereignty in the land of make-believe. Rod Dreher revisited the follies of 1931, wanted God to help the Copts, asked if China is lying, and chewed over left-wing epistemological closure. Daniel Larison decided that Romney’s meaningless campaign does not matter, and Samuel Goldman dissected the death of Jewish Liberalism. Scott Galupo followed hyperventilating liberals, and mildly appreciated the welfare in the welfare-warfare state.

Larison argued that staying out of Syria will not invite “adventurism,” estimated that a democratic China might be more dangerous, appraised the hawkish tendency to conflate interests and values, bashed Romney’s awful foreign policy judgment and experience, and doubted a Turkish jet incident would lead to a NATO war in Syria. Scott McConnell shook the summer sleepwalk to war, and cheered the Times editorial on Sheldon Adelson, while Philip Giraldi interpreted internet freedom.

Dreher angrily defended stay-at-home-moms, praised the guilty verdict against Msgr Lynn, glorified figs, wondered if you want your child to join the clergy, and deplored the cross-dressing agenda. Eve Tushnet analyzed the social novel in the mobile society, and Scott Galupo celebrated meat.