A watershed moment

Jeremy Patrick (Southern Queensland): The Curious Persistence of Blasphemy: Canada and Beyond (Dissertation, April 2013). Jon Lovett on life lessons in fighting the culture of bullshit: What politics taught me that current graduates need to know. Hugo Schwyzer on how masturbation is at the root of the culture wars. David Sessions on the fascist history behind Dominique Venner’s suicide at Notre Dame. Unwittingly participating in the Panopticon: Anyone want to place a wager on how many months it will be after the XBox One is released before there's a "XBox Spying" scandal? It doesn’t matter whether it’s actually illegal — in fact, it’s actually worse because it’s probably legal. Politically, if not substantively, Obama’s speech represents a watershed moment: For the first time in the post-9/11 world, the domestic political threat in the war on terror comes from the left rather than the right.