From ARPA, in search of intellectual history: A review essay on law, empire, pirates, and revolutions. From e-flux, could it be that contemporary art is neoliberalism in its most purified form? Neoliberalism and the Spirit of the 60s: Perhaps the Tea Party is a rejection of the neoliberal politics of anti-politics, the politics of tolerance? From First of the Month, Benj DeMott on Sean Wilentz, Lawrence Goodwyn and the burden of Southern history (and the future of an idea); and more on What Was the Hipster?: A Sociological Investigation (and more). The redistribution of hope: Optimism is on the move — with important consequences for both the hopeful and the hopeless. From World War II, Laurence Rees on Stalin the Puppetmaster. Dan Ariely tells Matthew Taylor why it's only by understanding our weaknesses that we can learn to anticipate and avoid mistakes. What does it means to be a libertarian in the digital age? Tim Lee is just the man to ask. While Christian novelists or poets are real enough, it is somewhat more problematic to speak of Christian, as opposed to pagan, literature (and a response). Overall people looking for romance online actually behave very much as they do in face to face dating and relationships. New Zealand proposes to turn its tiny Polynesian neighbour Niue into a retirement village for Australasian pensioners. Is the choice between lots of consumer comforts and lots of liberal democracy a false dichotomy?