From New Matilda, why do we hate paying tax? Paying tax is no different to paying for a gym membership — it enables collective, cross-subsidised ownership. The free thinker: Isaiah Berlin was born 100 years ago — Nick Fraser explains why his ideas of liberty are more relevant than ever. More and more and more and more and more on Flannery: A Life of Flannery O’Connor by Brad Gooch (and more at Bookforum). From NPQ, Gary Becker, Roger Myerson, Myron Scholes discuss the economic crisis: "This is not going to be a depression". Teabags vs. Douchebags: Why this may not be the second coming of the New Deal after all. From The Center for Science Writings, is the Singularity a cult? A nonviolent debate. A review of Global Catastrophic Risks, edited by Nick Bostrom and Milan M. Cirkovic. An excerpt form Among Liberals: How to Become a Conservative by Accident by Spiegel editor Jan Fleischhauer. A look at new develpments on the case of the spy who fired the shot that changed West Germany (and a review of Baader-Meinhof: The Inside Story of the R.A.F. by Stefan Aust). From TNR's The Plank, a look at the worst case yet against gay marriage (and more). Gay marriage is a threat to our culture — why? Because, if you haven't noticed, gays make most of our culture.

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