What's past is prologue.
-- William Shakespeare, The Tempest
In this week's sift:
- Sifting the Sifts of 2011: Escape From Bizarro World. This year I got tired of playing whack-a-mole with bogus news stories, and instead focused more on the question of how the Right creates and maintains its bizarre worldview.
- Politics in 2011: The Tragedy of the Tea Party. The main story of 2011 was the assumption of power by the Tea Party candidates elected in 2011, which exposed all the Party's tragic flaws.
- The Sifted Books of 2011: Rethinking Economics. I didn't set out to have a theme in the books I reviewed, but there was one: looking for a new way to think about economics.
- The State of the Sift. The Sift got lot more page-views after it moved to weeklysift.com in July -- half of them from one post.