Thomas Ryba (Purdue): Eugenics, the Girardian Theory of Sacrifice, and the New Darwinian Ethics. From Spectrum, a special issue on the beginning of the end of cash, including James Surowiecki on a brief history of money, or, how we learned to stop worrying and embrace the abstraction; and Morgen E. Peck on Bitcoin, the cryptoanarchists’ answer to cash. From New York, a cover story on why Obama’s senior strategists think he’ll beat Mitt Romney; and Jonathan Chait on how Republicans are planning to spend more money than God. Music legend Mick Jagger has been drawn into a bitter row over an “illegal gas grab” in the Peruvian Amazon. While one of the most famous people in the world, T. E. Lawrence enlisted under a pseudonym in the RAF — twice. From Quarterly Review, Peter B. Gemma reviews Pat Buchanan’s Suicide of a Superpower. Do you really want to live forever? Ronald Bailey reviews Immortality: The Quest to Live Forever and How It Drives Civilization by Stephen Cave. Hey voters, the kill list is what matters, but reporters — and political partisans — focus on Romney's wealth and Obama's youthful pot smoking.

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