Let's clear out the "hey this was good, I should link to it on my blog" folder before the year's out....
• I think this Mark Schmitt piece about the "theory of change" primary is the most interesting analysis of the Democratic field I've read.
• Commentary from some of the best political bloggers out there on the telecoms and illegal wiretapping: Scott Horton on illegal wiretapping; Glenn Greenwald on the same; and Greenwald again on the crucial by temporary victory that was won.
• Also from Scott Horton, an essay on the squandering of our posterity's possibilities.
• Darius Rejali writes about the role that democracies have played in developing & spreading torture in the last century. Important historical context for our times.
• Michael Pollan in the NY Times on our unsustainable food industry. Chilling.
• Mitt Romney wrestles the facts, & looses. Not all that significant, but funny.
• You're a Good Man, John Stewart Mill. This one is awesome. (Source.)
• Harvey Pekar & Nick Bertozzi on politics.
• Caleb Crain writes in the New Yorker about what life would (will?) be like in the post-literate age.
• Your BoingBoing-Did-You-Click-Through?™ link of the week: Kim Stanley Robinson is one of my very favorite authors; this interview with him about the climate (in both the environmental & political) was quite good.
• John Scalzi wants your head to explode.
(Update) Christmas Links:
• Ezra Klein posts a classic Christmas wish from Steve Martin. Hilarious.
• On a more serious note, Glenn Greenwald has some thoughts on the use and abuse of Christmas wishes.