There are so many distractions on this wondrous internet I sometimes forget to check out blogs I know have reliably good content. I blame The Money Illusion for changing its url to be more similar. Jason Lyall argues that democracies aren’t actually that bad at counter-insurgency. Joshua Keating doesn’t merely jump on the complaining-about-contrarian-punditry bandwagon but actually defends the conventional wisdom. You may complain that both of those aren’t original content, but just links, in which case you’re a square who just doesn’t “get” blogging. To appease your outdated norms, an original at the site is Silja Haeusermann explaining what is politically necessary to retrench existing social policy programs.