July 2012


Internet Tapping Gets Harder

Militarism Drives Inflation

Code of Bushido

Stay Out of Syria

Rocky’s Drug War

The continuing toll of Nelson Rockefeller’s prison-industrial complex


Rule of Happiness

Front Lines

The Tragedy of Stoner Comedy

For Hollywood, marijuana prohibition is a joke.

Unfriendly Fire

How the Taliban mastered the operational art of modern war

How I Made Mitt

Romney owes his only win to English for the Children.

Cover Story

Why Congress Doesn’t Work

Lawmakers’ avoidance of accountability undermines self-government.


No War for Manila

America risks conflict with China for a feeble ally.

Saint Sydney

The Anglican Whig who fought for England’s Catholics

Austerity’s Prophets

How Ludwig von Mises and Friedrich Hayek eclipsed J.M. Keynes and Milton Friedman

Neighborhood Watch

If we don’t police the Islamic world, who can?

Died on the 4th of July

Fisher Ames, Founding Father and arch-foe of democracy

Kentucky Massiecre

The Bluegrass State extends Ron Paul’s revolution—again.

Arts & Letters

Recycling Cities

Small, Gritty, and Green: The Promise of America’s Smaller Industrial Cities in a Low-Carbon World, Catherine Tumber, MIT Press, 192 pages

To Save JFK

11/22/63: A Novel, Stephen King, Scribner, 849 pages

The Psychology of Partisanship

Clichés of Tyranny

Gentleman Bruiser

Religious Middle

Red State Religion: Faith and Politics in America’s Heartland, Robert Wuthnow, Princeton University Press, 488 pages