From Dissent, an essay on private equity and public good; and who’s afraid of Friedrich Hayek? A look at the obvious truths and mystical fallacies of a hero of the Right; and an article on the “Duke” and democracy: On John Wayne. From The New Yorker, who says big ideas are rare? Malcolm Gladwell on Nathan Myhrvold’s breakthrough factory; James Surowiecki on Toyota’s self-improvement system; and does technology drive history? A review of The Power Makers: Steam, Electricity, and the Men Who Invented Modern America by Maury Klein; and A Culture of Improvement: Technology and the Western Millennium by Robert Friedel. A review of Maps and Legends Reading and Writing Along the Borderlands by Michael Chabon. The National Book Critics Circle announces the Spring 2008 NBCC Good Reads List. Lenora Todaro reviews Gary Amdahl’s I Love Death: Two Novellas. From World Net Daily, David Kupelian on how Hillary will lead America into hell. Here are the juiciest bits from Carol Felsenthal's Clinton in Exile. Will John McCain undo a half-century of US-led internationalism? Why McCain’s big idea, a summit of the world’s democracies, is a bad idea. Damon Linker on how the Christian Right has damaged America. What Paul Pierce's hand gesture — and his $25,000 fine — say about the fast-evolving world of gang signs.