The highs of everything

Christopher M. Bruner (Washington and Lee): The Changing Face of Money. Bernard E. Harcourt (Chicago): Radical Thought from Marx, Nietzsche, and Freud, Through Foucault, to the Present: Comments on Steven Lukes’ "In Defense of False Consciousness". Putting a value on human and animal life: Australian philosopher Peter Singer and Oxford theologian Nigel Biggar discuss genocide, infanticide, euthanasia, animal rights and God. The Prince Who Blew Through Billions: The Sultan of Brunei’s brother Prince Jefri Bolkiah redefines conspicuous consumption ($8 million on erotic wristwatches?), but the money may not have been his to spend. From Taki's Mag, Christie Davies on Europe’s culture war against America. Keith Ellison, co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, on what progressives stand for and how they differ from liberals. 20,000 Leagues Under the State: Beneath the surface of American government lurks a system of social programs for the wealthy that is consuming the federal budget — it’s time for progressives to do battle with tax expenditures. Dan Froomkin on Cass Sunstein, the Obama administration's ambivalent regulator. David Carr on Keith Olbermann, America’s favorite talking hothead. Marvin Olasky is supposed to be a respected voice of the Christian Right — he coined the term compassionate conservatism. Synthetic drugs that use legal compounds but mimic the highs of everything from marijuana to cocaine are proliferating among do-it-yourself pharma labs across the country — bad trips and fatal side effects are increasing, too. Jeremy Stangroom on the most bad tempered preface ever written. America’s Nastiest Lender: These two men helped create the payday loan business that preys on the poorest Americans — Gary Rivlin on the outrageous lives and businesses of Jared Davis and Allan Jones.