John Protevi (LSU): Evolution, Neuroscience, and Prosocial Behavior in Disasters. From Insurgent Notes, Matthew Quest on C.L.R. James’s conflicted intellectual legacies on Mao Tse Tung’s China. Charlie Smith on why a nascent Vancouver Island separatist movement matters. You can download Sociocultural Systems: Principles of Structure and Change by Frank W. Elwell. Amanda Hess on how marriage is the new middle-class luxury item. Trevor Timm on how the NSA misleads the public without technically lying. Ian Leslie on why Malcolm Gladwell is underrated: “There, I said it”. From TNR, Gordon Silverstein on how Obama just increased executive power again; and Julia Ioffe on Rand Paul's Syria Bible thumping: Why does he only seem to care about the country's Christians? The introduction to Mass Flourishing: How Grassroots Innovation Created Jobs, Challenge, and Change by Edmund Phelps. Bruce Schneier on how the US government has betrayed the Internet — we need to take it back. Jester and Priest: John Connelly on how the great Polish philosopher Leszek Kolakowski went from being an anticlerical scourge to an apostle of John Paul II. From Mute, is black a colour, the absence of colour or a suspension of vision produced by a deprivation of light? Eugene Thacker considers the philosophical implications of blackness. Jonathan Chait on how Republicans and business are getting along just fine: “In American politics you go to war with the coalition you have” (and more).