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Barack Obama has so far won the debates and is surging ahead in the polls—which is why he has more to fear from his opponents than than ever before, writes Susan Jacoby. For the past eight years, anti-rationalism of every sort been the defining strategy of right-wing American politics, so we can expect to hear a lot about how there’s something sinister and “un-American” about Obama’s education, reason, and logic in the weeks to come.

Meanwhile, Paul Collier looks at the impact that Jacob Zuma, South Africa’s president-assumed, might have on the future of African democracy and prosperity. With the…

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