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Feds to Border Patrol agents: Don’t like Obama amnesty? Then find a new job…

Last month, the top dog at the union representing Border Patrol officers told lawmakers that many of the agents he represents are angry the Obama administration is telling them not to do their jobs. Now, the Customs and Border Protection commissioner has weighed in, saying agents who are upset should “look for another job.”

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Post-Apocalyptic Politics

The 100 is not sophisticated television. A post-apocalyptic sci-fi series in its third season on The CW, it rarely misses a chance to make a mountain out of minor plot twists. But it’s a lot of fun, especially for fans of dystopian futures.

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Unintended Consequences

The Adult Swim animated series Rick & Morty follows mad scientist Rick Sanchez and his grandson Morty as they travel through the multiverse to smuggle precious seeds, create love potions, sell weapons, and go to the arcade. The show’s comedic high points come when Rick deals with the unintended consequences of Morty’s, and the rest of his family’s, actions.

The alcoholic, antisocial Rick offers lessons not just on stubborn individualism and the problems that arise from underestimating complexity, but on family and friends as a steering force in life. The Back to the Future knockoff, originally titled “Doc and Marty,” takes on some of the oldest, truest, and, yes, most tired sci-fi cliches in refreshingly new and funny ways, with stories that reveal a lot about human nature and the world around us despite their outlandish premises—a hallmark of good science-fiction storytelling. 

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Spectres Haunting Europe

Conservatives often claim that the total state was born in the ashes of 1789. That’s truer than they may imagine: While the Jacobins were certainly pioneers of political policing, the same was true of the Old Order regimes that responded to the threat of revolution by building up police states of their own. Adam Zamovski’s magnificent Phantom Terror (Basic Books) tells this tale, showing how governments across Europe reacted to revolutionary activity—and, much more often, to entirely imaginary revolutionary conspiracies—by erecting systems of surveillance, censorship, and control.

Figures like Prince Metternich come across as reactionary fantasists jumping at shadows: They see the hand of the Illuminati or some other subversive secret society behind anything that might erode their power, yet are caught unprepared when real revolts finally break out. In the meantime, networks of informants keep finding creative ways to feed their rulers’ fantasies by telling officials what they want to hear.

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