Before saying farewell to 2014, be sure to bookmark our top-five essays and reviews from the print magazine, as selected by editor Adam Garfinkle. If the hedonistic holiday season has left you feeling the need to reinvigorate your brain, these are a great place to start.Best Essays Nils Gilman, “The Twin Insurgency“The postmodern state is under siege from plutocrats and criminals who unknowingly compound each other’s insidiousness.Abram N. Shulsky, “Liberalism’s Beleagured Victory“Could it be that liberalism spawns counter-ideologies because of its very own nature?Francis Fukuyama, “The Decay of American Political Institutions“We have a problem, but we can’t see it clearly because our focus too often discounts history.Philip D. Zelikow, “Defense Entropy“Spending even very large sums of money for defense in the absence of a strategic concept cannot ensure security.Martha Bayles, “America’s Misguided Gender Missionaries“America’s eternal secular messianic temptation has now alighted on gender equality.Best ReviewsJakub Grygiel, “Two Princes“Unlike Machiavelli’s The Prince, Antoine Saint-Exupéry’s Le Petit Prince isn’t usually on reading lists for policymakers and international relations scholars. But it should be.Laurence Maslon, “The Melody Man“A reflection on Jerome Kern, the man who created the American standard.Michael McDonald, “Mussolini’s Jewess“Margherita Grassini Sarfatti claimed she was to blame for fascism. It’s not so; not that she didn’t try.Sven Birkerts, “Present and Unaccounted For“An untenable assertion at the core of cyber-theorist Douglas Rushkoff’s new book, Present Shock, sets the stage for a trend-spotter’s insights.Lawrence Rosen, “Gendered Orientalism“Lila Abu-Lughod claims that the supposedly oppressed women of the Muslim world don’t need the help of the enlightened West. Turns out, she’s right.Enjoy, and Happy New Year!