The politics of perception

From Conversations with History, an interview with Jane Mayer, author of The Dark Side: How the War on Terror Turned into A War on American Values; an interview with Philippe Sands, author of Torture Team: The Rumsfeld Memo and the Betrayal of American Values. From Reason, Nick Gillespie and Matt Welch on The Libertarian Moment: Despite all leading indicators to the contrary, America is poised to enter a new age of freedom; and are you better off than you were 40 years ago? Government has grown, but freedom has grown faster. The GOP's McCarthy gene: Think Goldwater is the father of conservatism? Think again. Conservatism's hope, the tubes: Republicans need to embrace the same netroots base-building that the left has mastered. An interview with Travis Johnson, the founder of Progressive Republicans. A review of Theodore Roosevelt: Preacher of Righteousness by Joshua David Hawley. Step aside: What does the Obama generation mean for the old heads? Who are the better managers, political appointees or career bureaucrats? The Next FEMA: Barack Obama must begin rebuilding federal agencies fast or risk seeing his entire agenda undermined. Thomas Frank on why government by contractor is a disgrace: Many jobs are best left to federal workers. Danielle Allen on Citizenship 2.0 in the Internet. An article on James Zogby and the politics of perception.