A new issue of e-flux is out. Rammy M. Haija (Pacific): The Real Syriana: Interlocking Directorates Shaping a Defense-Petroleum-Policy Complex. Louis Michael Seidman (Georgetown): Why Jeremy Waldron Really Agrees with Me. Is Christmas efficient? Tyler Cowen investigates. Edward Snowden, after months of NSA revelations, says his mission’s accomplished. Kevin Drum on 10 reasons that long-term unemployment is a national catastrophe. “One person's perversion is another’s normality”: Frances Wilson on how sexual perversion became the new norm. Ad absurdum and the conquest of cool: Thomas Frank on how we're suckers for Mad Men and slick '60s odes to authenticity, and in the end we're just that — suckers. Dhruva Jaishankar on the case for India's nuclear weapons. From MagCulture, it’s been a typically big year for magazines. A very adult Social Security tantrum: Centrist Dems are horrified by Elizabeth Warren’s plan to raise benefits — but populists aren’t backing down. News sites could protect your privacy with encryption — here’s why they probably won’t. Here is the introduction to a special issue of Sexualities on the Fifty Shades “phenomenon”. What's this thing called love, and what does it have to do with ethics? Wanderley Dias da Silva investigates. Bee Somphet on indigenous people and the Arctic: The Cold War in the cold Arctic land. The Dictionary of American Regional English (DARE) is full of words you've never heard before.