From Newsweek, we are all socialists now: In many ways our economy already resembles a European one; as boomers age and spending grows, we will become even more French (and a look at why Americans don't hate the rich). The old Plan B was a fantasy of dropping everything for a better life; now it’s the backup plan for when the worst comes to pass. What Would Smith Say? The financial meltdown, through the eyes of the father of capitalism. Obama has announced plans to shut down Guantanamo, but what will happen to the men inside? Joshua Kurlantzick on the plight of 22 Uighur detainees trapped in a legal limbo. A review of The Inheritance: The World Obama Confronts and the Challenges to American Power by David E. Sanger. From Nerve, an interview with Daniel Bergner, author of The Other Side of Desire. The superior civilization: Tim Flannery reviews The Superorganism: The Beauty, Elegance, and Strangeness of Insect Societies by Bert Holldobler and Edward O. Wilson. William Safire reviews books on Lincoln. Merchant of death: Three vultures hunched on the roof when Greg Cristiano arrived two years ago at a vacant store on West Mechanic Street in New Hope, Pa. Why do smart people live longer? Ian Deary wants to know. Ever wonder what would happen if the world’s top minds came together to establish a university? (and more and more

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