Already at the end of another month, my how time flies in the blogsphere! There continue to be a number of interesting and worthy links, but I have pared it down to the following. In our ongoing discussions about the extent to which economic policy is being slanted evermore in the favor of the wealthy, this piece by Robert Reich explores some odd ideological divergences in the administration's embrace of social darwinianism on the one hand, but rejection of evolution on the other. My apologies in advance for some aspects of this article. Nevertheless, can I focus your attention on the reference back to Plato? Plato is well-known for his claims regarding the weaknesses of democracy--you let the less informed have the same say so as those more informed, to put it softly. Here, the writer notes how the idea of a "useful lie" can be seen at the center of some aspects of current foreign policy. As we reflect today on the wisdom of the war, this seems appropriate--the administration is forecasting a long period of unrest in Iraq. This one gets into the use of UK airports for cases of "extraordinary rendition," a euphemism, created under Clinton, for hauling folks off to be tortured. Many have commented on the extent to which the president seems to surround himself with folks who agree with him, and we have probably all heard him comment about how he never sees people who disagree with his policies when he is out traveling. This article talks about the shrinking nature of that bubble of security. The writer of this article is generally a bit on the caustic side, but he also gets after the president's unwillingness to hear bad news. I don't usually link to things by O'Reilly, but this one is so.... well, you be the judge. Finally, for all those suffering from outrage overload, check this out.