This week on, Daniel McCarthy considered the decline of the GOP as a national party, Matthew Walther cheered the return of Kingsley Amis, and Robert Murphy deemed QE3 insane. Robert Dean Lurie explored Scientology connections in Paul Thomas Anderson’s “The Master,” and McCarthy rescusitated modernism’s conservative legacy on the occasion of T.S. Eliot’s birthday.

Scott McConnell and Philip Giraldi discussed the role of an AIPAC spin-off in fomenting war with Iran. McConnell further added some personal reflections on Israel and shared his impressions of Mohammed Morsi. Giraldi analyzed Turkey’s failed intervention in Syria and highlighted the NYPD’s rogue foreign operations.

Scott Galupo considered Obama’s war on coal, and looked ahead to the ramifications of a GOP defeat, and both he and Michael Brendan Dougherty analyzed the role reversal of elites and movement conservatives afoot in the GOP. Kelley Vlahos had questions about Romney’s position on campaign finance reform.

Daniel Larison dismissed claims that the GOP would lurch rightwards in the aftermath of a Romney defeat, rubbished claims of a “libertarian” swing vote, and counted Romney out of the race. Rod Dreher criticized the unprofessional activism of journalist Mona Eltahawy, lamented the breakdown of America’s social fabric, and continued to reflect on Homer’s Odyssey.

Alan Jacobs and Samuel Goldman reflected on what it means to read and write well. Furthermore, Jacobs contemplated modernism, offered his thoughts on membership and family, and lamented a tasteless profile of J.K. Rowling in The New Yorker. Noah Millman engaged with Jacobs’ thoughts on modernism, contemplated a GOP Civil War, and reviewed the film, “Robot and Frank.”