From Der Spiegel, was having no copyright law the real reason for Germany's industrial expansion? Over time, blackletter — and Fraktur in particular — came to be associated so closely with German culture, language and literature, that it was considered by many to be “unpatriotic” to use any other type. Since Germany’s elimination from the European football championships, an absurd debate about the national anthem has sprung up in Germany — with dangerously exclusive undertones. Jeff Jurgens on right-wingers and salafists as linked opponents. Together, Germany and France have long been viewed as the motor of European integration; in the midst of the economic crisis, however, old suspicions and rivalries between Europe's two key nations are being reawakened. With skepticism over the euro growing in Germany, several of the country's past foreign ministers are planning an appearance to express their clear support for the common currency. Give up sovereignty: Germany debates whether democracy is compatible with the European project. Right-wing terror case offers authorities a chance at redemption.

Kim Shayo Buchanan (USC): Engendering Rape. Gabriel Markoff (Texas): Arthur Andersen and the Myth of the Corporate Death Penalty: Corporate Criminal Convictions in the Twenty-First Century. Does it matter why women have abortions? Emily Douglas wants to know. From Coast Guard Compass, a special series on a week in the life of the Coast Guard. A review of All About Poop by Kate Hayes. From Intelligent Life, the latest on the series of Big Questions is a simple one, often used rhetorically: what’s the worst that could happen? The end of Gore Vidal: The iconoclastic leftist and novelist discusses the rage that fueled him, and how he felt about his coming end alongside the ruin of America in this interview previously unpublished in English. A review of The Fortunes of Permanence: Culture and Anarchy in an Age of Amnesia by Roger Kimball (and more). So, you want to do a PhD in international law?

Adi Gordon (Cincinnati) and Udi Greenberg (Dartmouth): The City of Man, European Emigres, and the Genesis of Postwar Conservative Thought. Impassioned orator, eloquent statesman, esteemed writer — but who was Edmund Burke the man? From the John Birch Society's New American, Jack Kerwick on William Graham Sumner and the conservative critique of egalitarianism. What does conservatism stand for? Social inequalities and hierarchies can be defended and secured in different ways. Prime time for Paul Ryan’s guru (the one that’s not Ayn Rand): Will Friedrich von Hayek be the Tea Party’s Karl Marx? AmeriCons: A review of Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness: Ten Years of the Claremont Review of Books. A manifesto for right-leaning wonks: Yuval Levin's ambitious statement of purpose ought to be read by every movement conservative in America. Mattson on why conservatism needs the Religious Right. The tears of the sexual left: Whoever thought that “Eat Mor Chikin” would become a secret password and a rallying cry for Western Civilization? Porky Populism: Class war comes to dinner, and conservatives are on the wrong side.

Lucinda Vandervort (Saskatchewan): Sexual Consent as Voluntary Agreement: Tales of “Seduction” or Questions of Law? The newsmagazine world has been turned on its head; yet one weekly publication, The Economist, is arguably more prestigious than at any time in its 169-year history. Monica Potts on five things government does better than you do: Economics assumes people are rational actors in the market, but we know a lot less about how to manage money than we think. Americans tune out Afghan war: It was once President Barack Obama's "war of necessity" — now, it's America's forgotten war. Alan Wolfe on the ridiculous rise of Ayn Rand. How WikiLeaks blew it: Johua Keating on the sad downfall of Julian Assange and his empire of secrets. How to succeed in business without adding value: Private equity firms claim they help create jobs and improve businesses, but that is not the whole truth. I'd never boast about it, but I'm a master of the new art of underbragging — which is why you should envy me.

From Earth, a look at five outstanding questions in earth science. If scientists expect to cure cancer they need to take bigger risks, says biochemist Brent Stockwell. A review of Roald Hoffmann on the Philosophy, Art, and Science of Chemistry. A look at the single theory that could explain emergence, organisation and the origin of life. Lindsay Abrams on science's stilted calibration of human sexuality. The survival of the fittists: Understanding the role of replication in research is crucial for the interpretation of scientific advances. The humanities aren’t a science — stop treating them like one. F=ma: Prosperity isn’t how much you move — it’s how you move it. An excerpt from A Cultural History of Physics by Karoly Simonyi. Dusting off God: A new science of religionsays God has gotten a bad rap. Confessions of a fake scientist: Phil Edwards on what he learned about real science by making fun of it. Areview of The Rocks Don't Lie: A Geologist Investigates Noah's Flood by David Montgomery (and more). Science, such a sweet mystery: It's notwhat science knows, but what it doesn't, that really matters. Laura Kiniry on 8 labs and science relics worth a visit.