From e-flux, Franco Berardi Bifo on exhaustion and senile utopia of the coming European insurrection. From Vanity Fair, long used to tragedy, Ireland suddenly found itself one of the world’s richest nations in the early 2000s, at which point the Irish people, banks, and government did their best to screw things up. "The Nordic Way"? When it comes to things like state versus private ownership or merit versus equality based pay, the Swedes are not especially leftist. Tyler Cowen had a reader ask him a question: why isn't France an economic backwater? Here's why. The most feminist place in the world: After a testosterone-fueled boom and bust, the women of Iceland took charge. The German left’s defence of Europe: While Angela Merkel opts for a narrow definition of the German interest, the opposition champions a return to European collectivism based on leftist values. Slavoj Zizek on how Europe must move beyond mere tolerance. The decimation of indigenous industry in central and eastern Europe has created a low-wage hinterland on the fringes of the highly developed core. Airport security in Europe tends to be more discreet than in the U.S., but an industry group wants to change that. Cross-border marriages are increasing in the EU — but what happens when couples discover that European union does not extend to the divorce courts? Geocurrents takes a look at the Eastern Finnic peoples in world history (and more).

A new issue of Catalyst is out. From Behemoth: A Journal on Civilisation, Tobias Nanz (JLU): Communication in Crisis: The “Red Phone” and the “Hotline”; and Sven Reichardt (Konstanz): Is “Warmth” a Mode of Social Behaviour? Considerations on a Cultural History of the Left-Alternative Milieu from the Late Sixties to the Mid Eighties. How "X-Rated" became synonymous with porn: "Adult films" weren't always smut; some were even Oscar nominees — what changed? More and more and more and more and more and more and more and more on Donald Rumsfeld's Known and Unknown. If you know The Hitchhiker's Guide to The Galaxy, then you also know the answer to Life, the Universe and Everything — but how did Douglas Adams come up with that number? (and more) Video of an uncontacted tribe spotted in the Brazilian jungle has been released, bringing them to life in ways that photographs alone cannot. What is the best way to protect U.S. critical infrastructure from a cyber attack? Neoliberalism and hegemony in the new millennium: Omer Moussaly on the rise of a new "Postmodern prince" based on the writings of neo-Gramscians such as Robert Cox and Stephen Gill. King David's War: Petraeus has a new plan to finish the war — double down on a failed strategy. A review of Inside WikiLeaks: My Time with Julian Assange at the World's Most Dangerous Website by Daniel Domscheit-Berg (and more and more and more). Blended images show the "average" female face by country. As these examples show, one cannot claim that Nostradamus successfully predicted the future. The rise and fall of great powers is stochastic: Razib Khan is rather excited by the debut of Cliodynamics: The Journal of Theoretical and Mathematical History (and more). The Morgentaler Effect: What the champion of reproductive rights has to teach the right-to-die movement.

The new magazine Tea Party Review is out (and more). Glenn Greenwald on the Tea Party and civil liberties. Republicans vs the 14th Amendment: The Tea Party love the constitution, except the bit that grants citizenship to all those born in the US. From Commentary, Wilfred M. McClay on how to understand Rush Limbaugh. The Koch Brothers' Vast Right-Wing Media Conspiracy: Watched any conservative programs lately? Chances are, you've seen an oil-funded pundit. A review of Plunder!: How Public Employee Unions are Raiding Treasuries, Controlling Our Lives, and Bankrupting the Nation by Steven Greenhut. When Roberta Ahmanson suggests theocracy wouldn't "be so bad," we want to know what she's talking about. From TPM, a book club on Michael Wolraich's Blowing Smoke: Why the Right Keeps Serving Up Whack-Job Fantasies about the Plot to Euthanize Grandma, Outlaw Christmas, and Turn Junior into a Raging Homosexual. CPAC: Groups from the NRA to the Safari Club offer a glimpse into the conservative universe. From Alternet, a look at 10 historical "facts" only a right-winger could believe, and 11 of the Tea Party GOP's most ridiculous policy ideas (so far). Blame it on blue: Everything, apparently, is Democrats' fault. From TNR, Noah Sachs on the GOP’s terrible plan to wield congressional veto power over federal agencies; and from Mississippi to The Corner: How one wildly inaccurate chart epitomizes conservative intellectual dishonesty.