Things that weren’t very nice:

— Jonathan Strong tries to take down Jane Mayer, fails.

— Given widespread hostility to almost all specific proposals for change, it’s strange how few people will explicitly embrace the status quo.

— Bernard Finel wants more links.

— Airpower, COIN, and interservice rivalry.

— More detailed version of the argument about robots and taxing natural resources.

For the House GOP’s return to power with a social democratic twist, it’s the Raveonettes’ cover of “My Boyfriend’s Back”.