The Daily Beast’s Best Longreads, June 21, 2014

From the myth of innovative ‘disruption’ to a revolution in arson science, The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the web this week.

06.21.14 9:45 AM ET

The Gonzo Option
Marin Cogan, National Journal

Brian Schweitzer is a one-man challenge to the scripted nature of modern politics. But just how much can you run your mouth while running for president?

The Disruption Machine
Jill Lepore, The New Yorker

What the gospel of innovation gets wrong.

Leading Fire Investigation Into the 21st Century
Brantley Hargrove, Texas Monthly

After a series of high-profile debacles, Texas is changing what we know about arson science.

The Unelectable Whiteness of Scott Walker
Alec McGillis, The New Republic

The controversial Wisconsin governor is being singled out as a leading Republican contender for president in 2016. But he’s been shape—and sheltered—by the toxic racism of his state’s political environment.

The Left-Right Political Spectrum is Bogus
Crispin Sartwell, The Atlantic

It might be a division between social identities based on class or region or race or gender, but it is certainly not a clash between different ideas.