Today on, Charles Hugh Smith questioned the Fed’s motives, and Kelley Vlahos considered the impact of blasphemy laws on the Egyptian revolution. Paul Gottfried found Romney to be an impediment to Burkean conservatism, and Daniel Larison argued that there is no realist case to made for a Romney presidency. Larison also discussed the utility of a third-party voting and Scottish separatism with Noah Millman.

Millman considered what it takes to make good art, and Alan Jacobs reflected on the lessons of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings.