From The American Interest, Walter Russell Mead on Faith and Progress: The history of the world has been shaped decisively by the exploits of English-speaking people. Anglo-American freedoms, which are the very sources of worldly success, are rooted in religious faith. The Word according to Dubya: George W. Bush talks to God but he also talks about God. Here are his top 50 quotes about religion, the Almighty, and putting words into God's mouth. The concept of treason, which only a few years ago might have seemed archaic and even ridiculous, is back with us. From SleptOn, an article on the threat of U.S. fascism: A historical precedent. A video surfaces of Dick Cheney, in 1994, warning that an invasion of Iraq would lead to a "quagmire". Henry Farrell on conservative debates over the Iraq war and before.

From Financial Times, a review of The End of Government ... As We Know It: Making Public Policy Work by Elaine C. Kamarck and Instruction to Deliver: Tony Blair, Public Services and the Challenge of Achieving Targets by Michael Barber; and improving infrastructure is hard without raising taxes. But how does one rebuild America’s public spaces without violating people’s reluctance to spend money? The first chapter from Digital Government: Technology and Public Sector Performance by Darrell M. West. Cog or Co-worker? The organization man isn't extinct or even endangered—but the role has been refined over the past 100 years. From Time, a look at the Worst Jobs in America.

From American Scientist, a review of Aldo Leopold's Odyssey: Rediscovering the Author of A Sand County Almanac by Julianne Lutz Newton; and a review of The Gentle Subversive: Rachel Carson, Silent Spring, and the Rise of the Environmental Movement by Mark Hamilton Lytle, and Courage for the Earth: Writers, Scientists, and Activists Celebrate the Life and Writing of Rachel Carson. From the Indian Journal of Political Science, an essay on Ecopolitics and Ideology: Relocating Green Themes in Modern Ideological Thinking. Plastic bags are killing us: The most ubiquitous consumer item on Earth, the lowly plastic bag is an environmental scourge like none other, sapping the life out of our oceans and thwarting our attempts to recycle it.