The politics of dissolution deals with the alienation and disillusionment with politics at all ends of the spectrum.
What’s the matter with Sci-Fi? Very interesting post by Charles Stross about the state of sci-fi what it says about the world. The fact that every day that things in our world resemble many tropes in sci-fi (intergovernmental computer espionage, unmanned aerial drones, automatic gunshot detection systems, and ubiquitous mobile computers, etc.) that only 20 years ago seemed impossible may have something to do with it.
With all the talk about a possible intervention in Syria, a re-read of Conditions of Successful Third-Party Intervention in Intrastate Conflicts seems appropriate.