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[Aug 15] From Turkey, philosophers criticize the US. From Hong Kong, on the role of private military companies in Asia. From Russia, anarchists go on a pilgrimage. On promoting affirmative action for Congressional artwork. On the painful horrors of political autism. Iraqi textbooks get a facelift. Saving the woman who saved Britain. The California recall teaches an important lesson in politics. How Aristotle's rules can help your email. On the disabled and ideological utopias. Blogs reach high schools. And this just in: Power outage traced to dim bulb in White House

[Aug 14] From Bangladesh, Joseph Stiglitz on the nation's economy. From Pakistan, an encounter with (Jung's) shadow and a purple patch about M. A. Jinnah. Questions on the future of political liberalism after the war on Iraq. On bringing C-SPAN to Iraq. "Grandma... if things don't start blowing up soon, I'm outta here." Obesity can be won by asking 'What would Jesus eat'. On Che's murderous children. And is the entire concept of “oppressed” and “oppression” merely idiotic Marxist claptrap?

[Aug 13] From the Ukraine, scandal after suspect dies in police custody. More on the Berkeley study on conservatives, from George Will, David Keene, and some guy. Learn how to be stupid in the culture of cash. On the Austrian school's political punch. US lawyers are a threat to the law. Eight fun ways to learn a new language. On epistemology: Sometimes questions seem esoteric until a Jayson Blair comes along, or maybe you are not just looking hard enough.  On the wonders of art and beauty. From Salon, what do women want? And on the differences between women and men

[Aug 12] From Egypt, on the fairytale of capitalism's triumph. From Russia, lightning strikes sociologist twice. "I left my bleeding heart in San Francisco." Bush turns to the Left (Coast). If love is the disease, marriage is the cure. The Yellow Times on Bush's moral message. Polish college offers new degree on Pope. On the seven mortal sins of American blindness. Whatever happened to “The truth will set you free?” Walter Williams on Africa, a tragic continent. A profile of a judge who always made a difference. "I'm no wild playboy... [but] I fear that I am often a charter member of the Cult of the Self." On the errors of Kagan and the neo - cons. What is a neo - conservative anyway? And who are the 'anticons'?

[Aug 11] International news: Turkey: 21st World Philosophy Congress meets. South Africa: Economic democracy and racism. Russia: Imperial rules compared. Sri Lanka: On the Tamil question. Israel: A conversation in Berlin. USA: Interest groups gain clout. Ethiopia: On modernization. Brazil: Is Lula following Cardoso's policies? India: Celebrating 100 years of the Bolshevik party. France: Making September difficult for the government. Kenya: Religion and sexuality, a time bomb for mankind. Philippines: On absentee - voting for US-based citizens. Pakistan: On cultural relativism and human rights. Australia: Meet George Molnar, the other one. Mexico: Chihuahua's disappearing women. And Canada: Sometimes it really can get worse

[Aug 8] From Australia, some ideas to save democracy. From Nigeria, celebrating Wole Soyinka at 69. From South Africa, why the Third Way is racked by closet anti - capitalism. Why sanctions on Myanmar won't work, and a profile of Tariq Ramadan, a new voice in Europe. On patriotism's complicated heritage. Annalee Newitz is all over the sense of smell. Kaushik Basu is the professor of cool. Should democracy be promoted first in Africa? Virus - tracking experiment is a study in ethics. There's a secret place where politicians go to have their sweat glands removed. William Rusher looks back at 30 years of writing columns. And Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee on the naming of hurricanes (and a response)

[Aug 7] From Russia, what do parties stand for, and who is a skinhead? From Pakistan, on reconstruction taboos and Musharraf's worldview. From Malaysia, why freedom is a good thing. On rationality in managerial decision - making. Alain de Botton on the way Brits travel now. Op-eds on freedom from religion, the struggle between the two Americas, and the paganization of marriage. White males need not apply to the NYT. Rousseau on the price of oil per barrel. Can you name 10 famous Belgians? "Hey, there’s a lot of good stuff in [Kierkegaard]." And will philosophy scholars become popular on the radio?

[Aug 6] From Brazil, on the paradox of agricultural reform. From Kenya, a potential crisis in the National Rainbow Coalition. Why racism is what makes us really sick. Can there be such a thing as a 'compassionate libertarian'? A new, big idea: knowledge workers are people too. On science and mixed moral messages, solving one of Zeno's paradoxes by making it moot, and can there be such a thing as 'Platonic physics'? Purple patches on science out of control and intellectual rubbish. Thinking together: Does Communism believe in religion? And on varieties of anti - Americanism

[Aug 5] From Nigeria, an interview on law, the judiciary and human rights. From Singapore, on segregation in schools. The leading theory about Iraq's missing WMD. On finding a fount of extreme joy at a Lutheran convention. The Nation of Islam raises its profile. The technological nightmare of living inside The Matrix. On the PR implications of showing Uday's and Qusay's pictures. Reclaiming the seriousness of design is what Mark Kingwell is about. "I’m not a restaurant. If you don’t want it, don’t eat it.” And forget the metrosexual: women have been starved of one of the greatest values

[Aug 4] From Ghana, on public funding of political parties. From Iran, on power and democracy. There's a plot to kill Castro in Paraguay. A scheme to lure the brightest and best into teaching. On old America and new Europe. From the Guardian, why America is a religion and a speech on immigration. Two quotes: "I hope to die in Canada and atone for my stupidity" and "When will we ever learn/Oh when will we ever learn?" What would Foucault have thought of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy? Emmanuel Todd says Iraq is the beginning of the end of American hegemony. How loud leftists perpetuate Ugly American myth. On the psychological stress of whistleblowers. Why Bush raised gay marriage issue. And what does it take to be a punk anarchist these days?

[Aug 1] From Macao, on the legacy of Portuguese colonialism. From Moldova, the land of champagne socialism. A look at the recent mutiny in the Philippines. Will India and China rival Australia in the South Pacific? Peter Singer on why Bush was trivially honest, morally false. On the dangers of liberal interventionism and the age of 'total war'. If you want diversity, include conservatives. If God is on good's side, why does evil happen? On Keynes, Schumpeter and economic change. Why Christian should "breathe" intellectual charity. A purple patch from Franz Fanon. Are Americans stupid and is the media to blame? And are you a good-looking professor? Then read this

[Aug 15] Why the Founding Fathers weren't all that great. Science reveals a way to rise above our natures. Why Schopenhauer was right after all. Frontpage magazine takes on The Nation. On the battle between intellectuals and the religious in the US. Is democracy green grass or cool marble? On critiques of neo-liberal economics. An interview with Tibor Machan. On the myth of a classless society in the US. More on George Monbiot. Who is the Real Internet Candidate? And "A journal of Rand scholarship? Did I hear you correctly? Are you crazy?"

[Aug 14] From Counterpunch, more on Ted Honderich.  More on the Berkeley study. What the heck is the 'Creative Economy' anyway? You cannot sell a Cadillac with the engine of a Ford Pinto and claim it is a Cadillac, and on a better idea: celebrate the West. From Wired, on being invisible, and the science behind 8 super powers. Joseph Epstein on the meaning of freedom. On the moral messages and political overtones of war films. From Salon, why marriage makes us stray. And is Google a global brain

[Aug 13] Dowd on blogs. A comment on Habermas, Derrida and the European identity. How the war on Iraq broke the Kosovo liberal intervention consensus. On the reemergence of balance - of - power politics. Medieval Spain as a Golden Age of religious toleration. Camille Paglia as a lonely voice in education. On George Bush as a historian, and generalizations about the causes of terrorism. Libertarian commentary: On taxation as theft; comparing the US and EU constitutions; on rational selfishness and wealth; an economics lesson in a kit; on the myth of exporting jobs; on making yourself useful; and why study economics? Because it's cool

[Aug 12] New Politics on Betty Friedan and liberal feminism, and a special section on Cuba. On capitalism, Friedman and neo-liberal fundamental. Is the United Nations irrelevant? Madeleine Albright says, "Think again!" How international law favors market values. On George Monbiot's global democratic revolution. Why did Stalin rise to power? On the discovery of childhood. Two articles on corruption and the taint of the greased palm. Science News: Why has no science type been given the Literature Nobel? Is physical matter all there is? We've never watched an asteroid impact on TV, so we don't really believe it could happen. Desire and DNA: Is promiscuity innate? And on naming Element 111 as "canadiansummerium"

[Aug 11] On what Habermas means to modern Germany. How LBJ killed liberalism. Maybe universal health insurance ain't that bad. Legal theory yields to whoever gores ox. Military history is to history as... From Opinion Journal, Fukuyama on WMD, and if economists are so smart, why is Africa so poor? Is Freud more of a scientist or a story-teller? Why nasty guys rule and nice guys let them. A look at the Club for Growth's Stephen Moore. Why libertarians are hindering the war on terrorism, and and why the US is having a homosexual moment. 2003 is the year of the queer. Study arts, die young, or grow old, become gay. From Z Magazine, a look at the 'movement of movements' of the global Left. Can bloggers match Rush Limbaugh? And the next step in reality TV? Extreme Psychiatry!

[Aug 8] A book by Ted Honderich is causing a stir. A review of Jonathan Clark's Our Shadowed Present: Modernism, Postmodernism and History. An essay on what being a futurist is all about. Postmodernism succumbs to a friendly takeover. From Granma Internacional, on the political consequences of the war in Iraq (and part 2), and how the CIA infiltrates civil society to overthrow governments. On AmeriCorps and public choice theory.  A Fraser Institute news release on the democracy gap in Canada. From The Globalist, on Europe vs.US, and is Syed Qutb the Muslim John Locke? Stuart Hall comments on New Labor and Thatcherism (and responses). And can the Mid East conflict be resolved with a little known economics theory?

[Aug 7] From Dissent, democracy confronts the new superpower, David Bromwich on the war and the republic, and an argument about torture (with two replies and a response). Mark Steyn on the white man's burden. Daniel Drezner on illiberal imagination (check out his blog, too). Junk Economics: On the theory of the nice state. A lecture on Mises and his school, and a brief history of commercial war. Anatol Lieven says American freedom is a divisive concept. Why the Czech-Slovak split wasn't easy. A review of books on the brain. Dick Morris on Howard Dean's internet revolution. And do you throw your vote away by voting for Nader?

[Aug 6] The Pursuit of Happiness: An interview with Carl Elliot. More on Strauss. On New York's new approach towards education. How the Frankfurt School might be the key to unlock postmodern culture. Terrorism and Political Trials: The View from Bolivia. On concerns about the security of voting machines. From Green Left Weekly, that dreadful Terry Eagleton, a review of John Bellamy Foster's Marx's Ecology, and loose cannon quotes. Go Janet! Go, Janet!: The former Attorney General dances to 'Dancing Queen'. What ImClone's Sam Waskal will read in jail, and on marriage, monogamy and other menaces. And Bush praises African Communists!

[Aug 5] On the bonds and divergent paths of Latino studies and Black studies. From Infoshop, why critical theorists should understand artistic outfits like Constellation Records, an interview with organizer Marshall Rosenberg, and an article on federations and direct democracy. From Frontpage, a symposium on the guerrilla war in Iraq, on the International "Kangaroo" Court, and Roger Ebert is a shrill shill (and the interview). On creating common cultural identity in a diverse Israel. An article on the statistical riddles of modern life. With the US split down the middle, extreme power plays are on the rise. And more on anti-Trotskyist slanders

[Aug 4] The University of Chicago is a moral cesspool. Can liberalism meet the challenge of cultural pluralism? On women who read too much, and the profs who love them. On feminist theory and pop fantasy. A review of Victor Serge: the Course is Set on Hope. More commentary from Anthony Giddens. How will Washington respond to the new populist wave in Latin America? The Nation is present at the dissolution. Hayek on industrial fluctuations. Gore Vidal delivers chilling predictions. On the role of emotions in market behavior, and why rules don't prevent bad behavior. Two reviews of Henri-Lévy's Sartre. Brazil has her geniuses too, damn it! Edward Said on 'humanist understanding'. When does a fetus become a person? And a message "to you sick people poisoned by the toxins of envy and guilt"

[Aug 1] From Common Review, reviews of books on Bertrand Russell, a history of narcotics, and the state and terrorism, and how to abuse a classic. On the power and politics of social memory. There's a new movement for cyborg rights. On romanticizing the de-evolution of the state. Glenn Brigaldino on the first worldwide index of press freedom (check out his ebook, too). When will Bush fall? And has Saddam Hussein lost? On the politics of world communication. Gary Becker on leveling the playing field for young black men. RAND Corporation on nine national security issues that need attention. And from the John Birch Society's New American, a look at Congressional votes on key issues pdf

[Aug 15] From World Affairs, on Europe, transitions and comparative politics; on the politics of European enlargement; on defining the borders; and where does Europe end? Also, visions of globalization, some prescriptions and antidotes; on the means - ends dilemma of multilateral intervention policy; on the limits of diplomacy regarding missile proliferation; and on the efficacy of international criminal justice. From Reading Today, how do beginning readers graduate to real books?" And from USA Today, why college isn't for everyone

[Aug 14] A review essay on books about school choice pdf. On two centuries of "Columbian" constitutionalism and a review of A Jacques Barzun Reader. A review of Anthony Keeny's Action, Emotion and Will. A review of Heidegger’s Interpretation of Kant, and a review of Feminist Interpretations of Hans-Georg Gadamer. A comment on academic freedom and political pressure. From Salon, a look at John Stuart Mill's On Liberty. And a roundtable on the paradox of American power

[Aug 13] Thomas Heller (Stanford): Modernity, Membership, and Multiculturalism. Peter McLaren & Ramin Farahmandpur (UCLA): Reconsidering Marx in Post-Marxist Times: A Requiem for Postmodernism? pdf Keith Webb (Kent): Science, Biology, and Conflict. Was Weber right about religion and economic growth? pdf Standing Fast: Remembering Julius Jacobson, founder of New Politics. Who are the 'mean greenies' in the environmental movement? Charles Murray measures the achievements of the West and the rest. And The Fraser Institute releases its annual report Economic Freedom of the World

[Aug 12] Neil Fligstein (UC - Berkeley): Myths of the Market. From World Policy Journal, Tomas Valasek (CDI): New Threats, New Rules: Revising the Law of War, and David C. Hendrickson (Colorado College): The Lion and the Lamb: Realism and Liberalism Reconsidered. A new issue of Logos is out, including articles on the distortion of democracy by Stephen Eric Bronner, C. Wright Mills by Stanley Aronowitz, and a review of Dick Howard's Specter of Democracy. And a review of Natural-Born Cyborgs, a review of Martti Koskenniemi's The Gentle Civilizer of Nations: The Rise and Fall of International Law 1870-1960, and a review of The German Tradition in Aesthetics

[Aug 11] Bernard Enjolras (ISR): Collective action, self-interest and norms pdf. Emrys Westacott (Alfred): On the Motivations for Relativism doc and The Ethics of Gossiping pdf. Arts & Letters Daily's Denis Dutton on Darwin and political theory. A review of books by Russell Hardin and Elinor Ostrom on trust. On winning greater influence for science. A review of Law as Communication, and can legal commentary be part of civic education? A review of On the Meaning of Life. ESL teaches immigrants how to stand up for themselves. Is the CIA World Factbook a marriage of archive and empire? And purple patches from Albert Camus, Thomas Carlyle, Donald Kagan, Ralph E. Lapp, John Locke, John Stuart Mill, and Friedrich Nietzsche

[Aug 8] More News & Commentary: A new issue of Policy Review is out, including articles on child welfare policy, the liberal spirit in the US by Peter Berkowitz, and a review of books on Sidney Hook. A review of John Doris' Lack of Character, and a review of The First Darwinian Left. Why federalism has become toothless. Al Gore addresses MoveOn.org.  On John Searle's Rationality in Action, Badiou as the subject to truth, and what would Aristotle do?  A symposium on the return of Manhood. A democracy think - tank reopens. More on the bias of conservative media. On the truth about polygraph tests. Can Islam replace a fading US? What are the holiest cities in the US? And politicians can run, but can they blog?

[Aug 7] On Left politics: A truth repeated often becomes a cliché. Yet it can still be true. (Is this a cliché? You decide.) Can the gay-rights movement endure? Hit 'em where it hurts: Why Bush is a phony and has left a trail of broken promises (and a 'read meat' issue of Blueprint). On the 'skewed distribution' of income in the US. On two exceptions to free speech, and Richard Sennett tries to define patriotism (and even if the poor need respect, they also need money). Proof in the pudding: conservative papers are more biased. Anti-war activists have been targeted by airport security. And gays are coming to a slum near you!

[Aug 6] A look at Imprints: A Journal of Analytical Socialism: Why a new journal? Interviews with G. A. Cohen on self-ownership, history and socialism, Norman Geras on Marxism, September 11th and the Holocaust, and Michael Walzer on the United States, just wars and unjust. Also, a symposium on the war in Afghanistan, with Darrell Moellendorf, Christopher Bertram (check out his group blog), and Saladin Meckled - García. And Prof. Geras (who also has a blog) writes in OpinionJournal on the moral failure of the Left, a response, and a corresponding article by Walzer in Dissent

[Aug 5] John S. Dryzek and Christian List (ANU): Social Choice Theory and Deliberative Democracy: A Reconciliation pdf. Jennifer Jackson Preece (EI): Human Rights and Cultural Pluralism: The 'Problem' of Minorities" pdf. Melanie White (York): Liberal Dispositions: Character and Good Citizenship pdf. Essays by Carl Brock Sides on Bernard William's theory of personal identity and Locke's theory of identity and its critics. Purple patches from Pieter Geyl, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, and Oscar Wilde. And Viva Smelly, Messy Humans: The Pro's of Queer Theory

[Aug 4] From Open Democracy, on the search for a meaningful Latin American political project, reframing the very idea of Europe in terms of empathy with the stranger, a series on Roma identity in Europe, and three views on American power: Tom Nairn on authoritarian man and the axis of good, James Galbraith on the real American economic model, and Khoren Arisian on religious zealotry and the crisis of American democracy. From Christianity Today, a review of Matthew Scully's Dominion, looking for fissures in establishment atheist philosophy, and Jean Bethke Elshtain writes about The Groves of Academe: The Dissenters Club. And The Weekly Standard has two articles on gay marriage and its consequences, from Maggie Gallagher and Stanley Kurtz

[Aug 1] More News & Commentary: On the sure way to bring about equality to all. Buckley on ideology and the courts. An interview with George Akerlof. A look at Lula at the Third Way Conference, and how to avoid Plato's Republic in the US. Why homosexual unions are a problem of political ethics. A purple patch from E. H. Carr. On the red roots of feminism. From the Radical Middle Newsletter, here are nine ways of looking at the next great social movement and the best political books of the '00s, so far. Why false rape charges hurt real victims. A review of Rémi Brague's The Wisdom of the World. And who made George W. Bush our king?