This week on, TAC contributors weighed in on how they’re thinking about the 2012 election, Daniel McCarthy considered whether a Romney victory would benefit conservatism, and I found a post-colonial prophet less than prophetic. Robert Murphy pre-empted the Keynesian case for hurricanes, and Jack Hunter opposed drones on pro-life grounds.

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. Phil Giraldi warned of the growing CIA presence in Africa, and Larison noted that Romney failing to foreswear a diplomatic solution to a nuclear Iran is no evidence of realism.

Scott Galupo rated Chris Christie’s political ambitions, and Michael Brendan Dougherty reflected on the anti-abortion vote. Alan Jacobs meditated on greatness and how to achieve it and the lessons of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. He also pondered long defeats and final victories. Rod Dreher reflected on the French Revolution and the life and work of Thomas Paine and Jordan Bloom reviewed Paul Cantor’s The Invisible Hand in Popular Culture: Liberty and Authority in American Film and TVSamuel Goldman contemplated the apocalyptic beauty of post-Hurricane New York and Ron Unz lamented how L.A. public schools’ insistence on racial quotas derailed plans for an elite high school.