How Germanic is Great Britain really? Archeologists and geneticists have unveiled surprising revelations about the historical origins of people in the modern United Kingdom (and more). All the King’s Fools: The fools of the early Tudor court were likely to have been people with learning disabilities as a new project demonstrates. Pretty dishes, fit for supper: How British social history is written through our cookbooks. The plot against the NHS: Britain’s most famous post-war social achievement was unravelled through a series of step-by-step "reforms", always presented as mere improvements to the NHS as a public service. From New Left Project, rethinking the welfare state: An interview with Tim Hitchcock; and the geography of injustice: An interview with Danny Dorling, author of Injustice: Why Social Inequality Persists and So You Think You Know About Britain? (and part 2). Socialism in one county: David Runciman reviews The Labour Tradition and the Politics of Paradox. A review of British Conservatism: The Politics and Philosophy of Inequality by Peter Dorey. The small society: Is the idyll of the English village dead? Oh, Britannia, how you have changed: When Andrew Sullivan left Britain for America it was a dreary, divided land; on his return he finds political turmoil — yet a nation at peace with itself. More and more and more and more and more and more on Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class by Owen Jones. While France celebrates its intelligentsia, you have to go back to Orwell and Huxley to find British intellectuals at the heart of national public debate — why did we stop caring about ideas? Julian Baggini on the real threat to universities. That ugly Americanism? It may well be British. A crisis of ideology and political leadership: You've probably heard it said a dozen times today — "It's like 28 Days Later out there" (and more).

Michel Rosenfeld (Cardozo): Constitutional Versus Administrative Ordering in an Era of Globalization and Privatization: Reflections on Sources of Legitimation in the Post-Westphalian Polity. A review of James Geary's I Is an Other: The Secret Life of Metaphor and How It Shapes the Way We See the World. Man of a Hundred Thousand Books: Don Stewart is the neat, smooth proprietor of a rather unkempt and chaotic bookstore, where leisurely browsing is addictive and almost mandatory. A light for the future: Costica Bradatan on the political uses of a dying body. From Cracked, a look at at some awesome flag redesigns. Is analyzing culture with Google Books social science? Discovering fun facts by graphing terms found among the 5 million volumes of the Google Books project sure is amusing — but this pursuit dubbed "culturomics" is not the same as being an historian. A review of Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It by Gary Taubes. Niobe Way on her book Deep Secrets: Boys' Friendships and the Crisis of Connection. Michael R. Lemov on his book People’s Warrior: John Moss and the Fight for Freedom of Information and Consumer Rights. Slavoj Zizek on a vile logic to Anders Breivik's choice of target: Like Pim Fortuyn before him, Breivik embodies the intersection between rightist populism and liberal political correctness. What if you wrote a book and only one person read it? From The Exiled, Mark Ames on why the American Right never liked V.S. Naipaul; and radicals, imbeciles and FBI stooges: From Jerry Rubin to Rich Fink, we’ve reached rock-bottom, baby! A review of Everything is Obvious: How Common Sense Fails by Duncan J Watts. From HBR, a look at why American management rules the world; and Bill Taylor on why great people are overrated (and more).

Nate Silver on why S&P's ratings are substandard and porous: S&P's bond ratings from five years ago would have told you almost nothing about the risk of a default today. How should Obama answer the stock market's wake-up call? Brad DeLong wonders. When Ken Rogoff sees the markets panic because it just realized we’re not returning to normal anytime soon, he wishes they would have read him more closely. How bad is it? John Cassidy on the economy after the debt-ceiling agreement. The psychology of political stubbornness: A framework for what motivates rigidity among politicians helps explain the debt ceiling debate. Articles of faith: Did austerity politics kill compassionate conservatism? James Surowiecki on the business of austerity: Why Wall Street should fear the Tea Party. Leap of faith: Ryan Lizza on the making of Michele Bachmann. Tea Party Queen: Why Michele Bachmann is riding high going into Iowa. The Tea Party, the debt ceiling, and white Southern extremism: The goal, methods and passions of the Tea Party in the House are all characteristic of the radical Southern right. From Daily Caller, James Poulos on the end of optimism and the pursuit of happiness, on how only libertarianism can save the GOP and on how the Tea Party can win the left. Obama is too good for us: The debt deal fiasco proved that any decent, honest politician like the president simply doesn’t stand a chance against the likes of Michele Bachmann; Charles Fried on how the Tea Party ruined America. The next election: Andrew Hacker reviews Pendulum Swing, ed. Larry Sabato; The Audacity to Win: How Obama Won and How We Can Beat the Party of Limbaugh, Beck, and Palin by David Plouffe; and Boiling Mad: Inside Tea Party America by Kate Zernike. Do political experts know what they’re talking about? Jonah Lehrer interviews Philip Tetlock, author of Expert Political Judgment.