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[Dec 17] From Ehtiopia, on the war crimes trial of former dictator Mengistu Haile Mariam and 69 aides. From Great Britain, how the US trained death squads in secret. From Egypt, after Mubarak, what? From Ghana, citizens urged to guard against the distortion of country's history. From Europe, why the EU Constitution is short of one line. A school in Arizona introduces a face-scanning system to identify adults who might pose a threat to children. What do consumers really think about the media? Why there are legitimate grounds for the godless among us to demand equal TV time, and more on Bush's religious beliefs. An Insight symposium: Would gay marriage result in a net benefit to heterosexuals? Yes and No. From ColdType, here's an excerpt from Polly Toynbee's Hard Work: Life in Low-pay Britain pdf, and an excerpt from Greg Palast's The Best Democracy Money Can Buy pdf. And go on and take the ethical philosophy selector

[Dec 16] From Cyprus, Turkish elections end in a draw. From Mexico, was NAFTA worth it? From Norway, drilling fight erupts over alluring islands. Brent Staples on Robert Bartley. How US-style capitalism impresses newcomers. An editorial on fighting world corruption. Writ on the corrosive effect of the politicization of tort reform. An article about the complications of computer voting, and Richard Dawkins on why the voting age should not be lowered to 16: "Dodgy frontal lobes, y'dig?" From Lewrockwell.com, on Western culture, opera, and cultural Marxism. An interview with comedian David Cross on politics. Here are 10 reasons to go back to the moon. Film director David Lynch goes off his bonkers.Astérix's creator sees off all rivals at Christmas. The Los Angeles Times publishes a series on the architectural heritage of Baghdad. And what's so great about art without beauty?

[Dec 15] From the United Nations, 175 countries endorse an internet constitution. From Europe, constitutional summit ends in failure, and Will Hutton despairs--but is it a killer blow for the EU, or just a serious setback? Maybe it's just the language that is the problem... From Brazil, on Lula, land reform and democracy. From Singapore, why can't we all just get along? From Australia, how despots come in all kinds of colors, and why women are having fewer kids. A woman claims she is the daughter of Strom Thurmond. Former US Rep. Lee Hamilton reviews No More Killing Fields by David Hamburg (and an interview). From NOW with Bill Moyers, the transcript of a story on government secrecy. Howard Dean faces problems: He sounds too "eggheady". From The Guardian, a Q&A on spam. Pray for the soul of a nation wandering lost in the malls, and what is the connection between wealth and happiness? And, oh yeah, Saddam Hussein is found six feet underground

[Weekend Special] From Puerto Rico, New Age guru, Nobel Peace Laureate, and 'bon-bon' shaker unite to save the world. From the Ukraine, constitutional court permits the election of president by the parliament, but is a revolution brewing? From Israel, Checkpoint Syndrome, a book on soldiers' brutality, causes rage. From Peru, prime minister puts her perseverance to the test. From Nepal, a primer on recent politics, a terrain filled with uncertainties. A plan for an Iraqi tribunal worries human - rights campaigners. On the Bush doctrine: lose friends and alienate people, then ask them for help, and on his latest headache. Daniel Levitas on US domestic terrorism. The Guardian reviews books on automobile history. The Economist publishes its Technology Quarterly. On kids and porn: Maybe Bob Bennett shouldn't be so worried after all? And who could that be knockin' on my door?

[Dec 12] From Uruguay, voters approve the re-imposition of state control over oil company. From France, panel recommends the banning of religious attire in schools. From Venezuela, Utne interviews Hugo Chavez.  From Taiwan, what is the legal basis for human rights? From Spain, quest for statehood deepens divisions in Basque society. From Chile, Patagonia's newest nature park is courtesy of a US tycoon. From the center of the British Commonwealth, has the country finally accepted homosexuality? The Pentagon starts its own news outlet, C-SPAN Baghdad, but will it regret barring countries from Iraqi contracts (as Bush asks them for Iraqi debt forgiveness)? Research has proven that beautiful women make men stupid, but jealousy, sexual or emotional, makes everyone stupid. Forbes reports on the most expensive zip codes. And eat, drink and be merry, but be virtuous too if you want to be happy

[Dec 11] From Spain, on regional autonomy and the constitution. From Nepal, on the experience of democracy. From France, still in love with 1968 and all that. From Nigeria, why women businesses are key to economic growth. From Great Britain, a survey shows strong support for welfare spending. From Denmark, police to move to solve decades-old theft of rare documents. The Supreme Court upholds most of campaign finance law. Obituary: WSJ's Robert Bartley. UPI's Martin Hutchinson asks "What are the chances of the mistakes of the 1930s being repeated?" (and part 2). Is a new Iraqi civil war just around the corner? On seeking a balance between growth and culture in the Amazon, and an appeal to help a threatened forest people. And a new battle cry: "Potty Equality for All!"

[Dec 10] Globalization and All That: From Europe, battles over the draft constitution: While there are calls for referenda across the continent and conservative leaders cannot find common ground, Valéry Giscard d'Estaing says he would rather have no Constitution than a bad one, Joschka Fischer fears for its prospects, and Romano Prodi says countries that reject it may have to leave the EU. What will happen if Britain tries to say no? And why is Switzerland so, so... so stubborn? Nations chafe at American influence over internet regulation. Pentagon bars France, Germany and Russia from Iraq bids. What happens if the Kyoto Protocol fails to come into force? It may be less important than the processes it has set in motion. Foreign Policy looks at the truths and untruths of international trade. The latest postmodern irony? Jet-setting professionals who come home to pseudo-hotels. Why are all important persons of the world so old? And is there is a homogenous, global ideal of female beauty?

[Dec 9] From Australia, on philosophy as a matter of life and death. From China, researchers are drawing up a green GDP index. From India, has the public finally awakened to the importance of development and reforms? From Russia, more on business executives and politics. From Ghana, on democracy and the survival of the nation. From Brazil, on blacks and whites, on Lula as Mr. Chauncey Gardiner, and are Brazilians corrupt? Prove it. On Edith Stein as a teacher of empathy and spirituality. From Business Week, an inside look at how the mutual fund industry manipulated Washington. On discovering a fortune in the face of male vanity. Social networking sites are attracting users, but will anybody make money? Hindu-Muslim clashes reach Houston. Obituary: Margaret Singer, brainwashing expert. And political scientists write theses explaining why issues get on the radar screen: Why not child care?

[Dec 8] From Egypt, Ali Salem on the struggle of Arab intellectuals for freedom (and the 'mistaken Arab experience). From Pakistan, an open letter to Gen. Jerry Boykin by Brig. M. Shafi Khan (and why the country is frightening). From Argentina, a look at El Colegio's Class of '73 and the 'dirty war'. From India, stories about the victims of development. From Russia, has Khodorkovsky's incarceration chilled executives' interest in parliamentary politics? (not that there's any corruption, right?) From Chad, on trying to make oil help the poor (and can it last?). From Malaysia, living with cultural quirks (also found in the US-Europe gap). From Singapore, on women and the workplace, and on how we have difficulty remembering even ordinary time, never mind deep time. A look at the changing face of power. Here's a website with an online game: Understanding Redistricting. Some news from The Washington Times' Embassy Row. And survey says: Duh!

[Weekend Special] From Georgia, was the revolution really a putsch? From Greece, how Epictetus can help Greeks deal with upcoming Olympics. From the United Arab Emirates, "I think, therefore I am a traitor". From Russia, how it can be fascinating to watch the Duma from the sidelines. From Great Britain, medical journal calls for total smoking ban, and "Ecstasy? That's sooo 1998..." From India, a look at the ethnic people of Sikkim. From Mexico, Wal-Mart invades, citizens shrug. Federal investigators uncover poison gas plot of white supremacists. How reversal of steel tariffs strengthens the WTO. Could a philosopher - king rescue the US? How ethics can be polluted by confusion. The Evangelical Theological Society won't oust two 'open theists'. Suspected sniper Lee Malvo read Locke, Hobbes and Jefferson: A martyr for political theory? And "why can't you be a black West Indian who does not have to be labeled 'African American'?"

[Dec 5] From the United Nations, on sixteen wise people. From Tanzania, Rwandan media executives are found guilty of genocide. From Nigeria, on political parties and democratic culture, and why women make better peace envoys. From Bangladesh, why is Taslima Nasrin so controversial? From Pakistan, is history repeating itself too soon? From India, on Uma Bharati, a firebrand Hindu nun. From Iraq, how truth was buried in the sand. From Malaysia, a look at the legacy of Mahathir Mohamed (and a defense). From Egypt, can the Muslim Brotherhood be trusted? From Israel, on Yossi Beilin, "Peres' poodle". An interview with Palestinian Speaker Rafiq al-Natsheh. Are the Saudis funding radical Islamic schools? Joseph Nye on the need for multilateralism. If geology (or the environment) is destiny, then Russia is in deep doggie-do. The Wall Street Journal's Robert Bartley is awarded a Presidential Medal of Freedom. Here's some evidence why cartoons should be made illegal. And on the search for intellectual life in Los Angeles: "You have to expend effort"

[Dec 4] From Saudi Arabia, in praise of morbid introspection. From Canada, on the future of sell-out intellectualism. From Pakistan, on achievement as disposition and training. From Great Britain, if only politicians in the Labour Party resembled the mayor in Jaws. Do Spaniards like having Britons as tourists? A new law creates a federal nanotechnology office. An interview on astrobiology. Scientists unearth urban center more ancient than Plato. Microsoft quietly launches a blogging service. From Technology Review, on the myth of doomed data. If homosexuality is partly genetic, why are there so many gays? Could an agnostic be a bishop? Make sure to get your Catholic courtship guide for an oversexed world. Can a face be a handicap? The meek inherit the earth. And if they're really cute they can inherit NYC too. And if pretty is as pretty does, then beautiful people have a lot to answer for

[Dec 3] From Taiwan, president tests China's nerves. From Iraq, Baghdad has become a city of graffiti. From France, attacks by Arabs on Jews revive old fears. From Hong Kong, why it's no use to preach to the converted. From Egypt, stickers produce unique battle. From Canada, national views on social issues opens rift with US. Here's the interview (and part 2) in Cigar Aficionado where Gen Franks doubts the constitution will survive a nuclear attack (and a comment). And some conspiracy news: A tape surfaces of Bush at a military base in Baghdad; think we've got a liberal media problem?; from Lyndon LaRouche's EIR, Cheney faction lashes out; was the Wellstone crash no accident?; here's an online copy of George Bush: The Unauthorized Biography; and CUNY's Herbert Parmet, Professor Emeritus of History investigates the charge linking the Bush family fortune to Nazism

[Dec 2] From Moldova, president rejects Russian proposal for a peace settlement with Transdniester. From Venezuela, many flock to sign petitions for Chávez's ouster. From Central Asia, some lessons in how to steal elections. From Libya, on Muammar Gadaffi as the rogue friend of desperate governments. From The New York Times, on the slow demographic collapse through the Great Plains, the plows of depopulation and decay, and on a kind of extraction through the highest levels of government. While leftist groups figure out how to create sustainable businesses, the lobbying law is more charitable than non-profits think, and a lot of bad ideas become good ones if you work on them. On a quiet revolution in the concept of fatherhood. Hard to get by in middle school? Take a chill pill... And no matter what your politics, there's a book for you

[Dec 1] Some science and technology news spread around: From Malta, on a social pact to create a new climate in society. From Brazil, on the 'partisanization' of the state bureaucratic structure. From Korea, on the deathbed theory of power. From China, internet sex column thrills and inflames. Is Bush getting anything in return from Putin's soul? A Catholic view of the rejection of suffering and the search for personal well-being. Hedgehogs make money--most stock analysts don't. Some internet news: On a new movement to fuel the engines of our ingenuity; cruising the web as daily routine; on Google as the new Microsoft; the ultimate on-the-fly network; on building computers that care; Danah Boyd is a sociologist among geeks, Sun's Bill Joy on markets, science, and technology, and a look at Samba inventor Andrew Tridgell. And if you like 'magic mushrooms' get yourself to the UK

 
Note: The Political Theory Daily Review was not published from December 18 to December 31, 2003.

[Dec 17] From Foreign Policy in Focus, what's new in the US power complex. Paul Krugman on patriots and profits, while Bush faces a financial nightmare of his own making. Two views on the electability of Howard Dean. From In These Times, the story of Saddam Hussein and his relationship with the U.S. government. An interview with Chris Hedges, author of War is a Force That Gives Us Meaning. After a war that never should have been fought, will the capture of Saddam be a Pyrrhic victory, a moment of joy that will soon pass? While just some pumped-up Tikriti, Saddam may become the next Che Guevara... but does Al-Qaeda care? How utilitarians can justify the punishment of Saddam, even though he was supposed to kill himself. There are calls for the ICC to try him, but it will probably take place in Iraq, not without its own challenges, though evidence - digging has already been done. And where may we look for leadership that has changed the course of history for the better?

[Dec 16] A review of America Unbound: The Bush Revolution in Foreign Policy, by Ivo Daalder and James Lindsay. From The New Yorker, can Saddam still win the Gulf War? With Saddam surrendering meekly, an opportunity in Iraq. Some of the reaction in the Arab press. Indications that he was not hiding but held captive. He tells interrogators he didn't direct insurgency (and a brief history of resistance). How useful will he be? Why he is a problem prisoner, and look at the upcoming trial. From OpinionJournal, on falling dictators, unpatriotic Democrats, and avoiding a Dukakis-like debacle. A look at Dean's foreign policy speech. Why Bush's political gain must pass the test of time (and a look at the Bushes' 12 year pursuit). Mortimer Zuckerman on terrorism and the 2004 election (and part 2). How was the DNA test done so quickly? And Jesus and Saddam battle it out for a magazine cover

[Dec 15] The New York Times Magazine publishes its annual issue on Ideas, with an introduction, and articles on hatin' and debatin', on giving felons the vote, and on the End of Theory. David Gergen reviews Grand Old Party, and Elaine Karmarck reviews Party of the People: A History of the Democrats. On the rise of political books for children. Le Monde on a guide to nation-building, and on international law and economic crimes. On the global fear and loathing of the American empire. On Red-Green anti - Semitism. Rationally Speaking about Israel and world peace. A review of Unsettled: An Anthropology of the Jews. More on Noam Chomsky's Hegemony or Survival. How society has become so obsessed with avoiding any stereotypes that it ignores reality. From Counterpunch, an interview with Wharton's Ed Herman, and an open letter to Mitt Romney on marriage in recorded history. And from the annals of homosexuality, from Greek to grim to gay, and a review of Queer Street

[Weekend Special] Wired on how the American voter is for sale. Fred Kaplan on why Jim Baker's trip isn't about debt, and reconsidering Robert Bartley. No one is noticing the rise of piracy on the high seas. IMF's Horst Kohler and the World Bank's James Wolfensohn on the benefits of trade. Ernesto Zedillo on reviving the Doha Round, and Andrew Kohut on the causes and characteristics of anti - Americanism. Is Bush a good candidate for 'theologian - in - chief'? On the contrasts between the Ibero-American Summit and the Alternative Social Forum. New Internationalist publishes an issue on Big Pharma. How writing an article is not the same as using an Uzi. If there were an ERA, we would have (1) unisex toilets, (2) women in combat, and (3) gay marriage. Whatever you do, don't talk like a twit, will ya? And "Gee, maybe we could teach a little creationism in biology..."

[Dec 12] On the UN's World Summit on the Information Society in Geneva: articles from Open Democracy, UtneWired, and an interview (and part 2). From The Globalist, why Americans should study overseas, and what is the global reaction to the candidates for the U.S. presidency? Michael Kinsley on how the Democratic candidates can escape the trap they set for themselves. Why failure in Iraq is an option, but still too soon to count the UN in. On George Soros, an anti-communist Holocaust survivor demonized as a socialist, self-hating Jew. Making ‘global’ and ‘ethical’ rhyme: An interview with Mary Robinson. A review of books on the real Marxist tradition. On Real World Economics: Why constitutions matter to growth. From the 25th anniversary edition of LA Weekly, on gangsta rap, Compton, and was the uprising of ’92 the end of black power? And "it's official: I am now deathly afraid of 60% of Americans"

[Dec 11] A US News cover story on how billions in oil money spawned a global terror network. From The Nation, Jean-Paul Sartre on Americans and their myths. How an American war hero is taking his battle to Washington. From FrontPage, an interview with Christopher Hitchens (and part 2), and on tactics of the religious war in the US. From Foreign Policy, an article on madrasas as Islam's medieval outposts.  From the Twin Cities IMC, what is the civil society rhetoric all about? From the World Bank, behind the scenes at the 2003 Development Marketplace. From Slate, why low interest rates aren't good news. How some of the boldest environmental decisions are coming from the US. How memories can be distorted, and even easily implanted. And whatever happened to the teenage rebel?

[Dec 10] As Gore endorses Dean (a strategic move? a sort of redefinition?), a national network of volunteers makes itself heard, especially through the internet, and more specifically, through meetup.com (not to be confused with moveon.org), even in Republican-stronghold Staten Island, though David Brooks is not sure what Dean is all about (maybe raising taxes?). From Christianity Today, articles on Jonathan Edwards, Anglican Freemasonry, and sexual orientation. Plus, is 'sensual orthodoxy' a contradiction? What to make of Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani's call for democratic elections in Iraq. CUNY's John Patrick Higgins on a history lesson. Michael Novak gets into the debate on Bush Hatin'. On how we allow marketeers to dictate our social norms. George Monbiot on how a cultish political network became the public face of the scientific establishment. Stephen Bayley is opinionated--and proud to admit it. And if one imagined a single location for what makes us human, where would it be?

[Dec 9] On the fog of war history: From Gettysburg to Baghdad, even the experts can't get it right. Our civilization is in grave danger, but the threat is not terrorism. Why are Americans so eager to put people to death? Judith Miller on how arms control efforts race against time and technology. James Taranto on how liberals imitate the retro-right (while they mimic conservatives' tactics) Amir Theri on the perils of soft power. Dr. Laura on what to do to save America. A look at Michael Ignatieff, apostle of he - manitarianism. An essay on why government must be abolished, and an essay on pluralism in Western thought. The WSWS commemorates the founding of the Fourth International. Here's an open letter to George Soros and other rich guys angry at Bush. What is it about Leon Kass that upsets so many bioethicists? And Barbara Bush gets tough: "Don't criticize my children... or you're dead"

[Dec 8] From The New York Times, how Justice Brandeis' views on states' rights have a new relevance, a review of Over the Edge of the World: Magellan's Terrifying Circumnavigation of the Globe, and on the psychology of shopping: How much is that death denial in the window? More on the politics of polarization (and would John Stuart Mill think of 'societal mental regression'?). Immanuel Wallerstein on the future of Iraq. A review of Hitler's Second Book: The unpublished sequel to Mein Kampf. A review of books by John Gray. From Counterpunch, on the implications of the coup in Georgia, and on Salvador Dali, Spanish fascist. A review of books on the founding fathers and slavery. From Demos, the case against disenfranchising citizens with felony convictions. A review of Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers. And questions for Noam Chomsky: Is human survival really under serious threat?

[Weekend Special] From the IMF, a new issue of Finance & Development is out, with an introduction, an interview with Hernando De Soto, and an article on 'measuring' the global war on poverty pdf. A review of Brown v. Board of Education: Caste, Culture, and the Constitution. From Washington Monthly, on the intellectual decline of the American Enterprise Institute. From The Weekly Standard, a review of books by Bush Haters. From Open Democracy, on the Dutch and racism, the battle of the bones, and some facts and figures about globalization. Is progress in Iraq feasible? The Economist wants to know. The story of Reverend Billy and Buy Nothing Day. From The Corner House, essays on consumption and democracy, the population debate, and the Malthus factor. A primer on the pledge of allegiance. From The Christian Broadcasting Network, a look at the controversial faith of George W. Bush. And why doubting is a powerful tool, but it can definitely be taken too far

[Dec 5] The Coming Clash of Civilizations - Revisited: Will evangelical Christianity win the 21st century's culture wars? And will it, as in Bush's bully-pulpit language, be 'compassionate', even after 2004? Maybe they'll have to wait until Jesus returns, since we live in a post-Christian America. American Daily's Sam Weaver has a thought or two (or maybe 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, or 10). Since the US is perhaps crypto-socialist, what should Reaganites do now? Responses from Don Devine, Howard Phillips, L. Brent Bozell, and David Keene. Meanwhile, oil is thrown on the flames of the civilizational war, though Syed Munawar Hasan refuses to "play on Western wickets". The birth of a baby in Bethlehem might be a sign, since the demise of Saddam, one tough son-of-a-bitch, has provoked confusion in a lawless Islamic world. The Patriots for the Defense of America explain the failing war effort (in 12 parts!), but UCLA's Gary Leupp doesn't buy all that democracy talk. And can the Israeli - Palestinian conflict end someday? Maybe the JLA superheroes can do the trick

[Dec 4] Who is Laurie Mylroie? And why is she the neocons' favorite conspiracy theorist? You think the US is a polarized society? Think again. An interview with Howard Zinn on political dissent, and an interview with Mike Davis on the history of anarchism. How "old" terrorist groups distance themselves from bin Ladenism. Why the US must stop aiding Central Asia's dictators. On the most famous female spy in the US (and more). And some business and economics: How mechanical are the laws of economics? How do you define "suitable employment"? And how productive are you? From Knowledge@Wharton, on ads that entertain, but don't sell, employee stock options and share value, and does China pose an economic threat to the US? David Gergen on the risks of the short view. And the FRB of Dallas celebrates a conference on The Legacy of Milton and Rose Friedman’s Free to Choose (with papers online)

[Dec 3] On sex, religion, gays, and conservatives; Or, America as a "frothy mix": A US News & World Report cover story on the rise of the new evangelicals. A review of books on homosexuality. From the conservative Illinois Leader, an exchange of letters on intolerance and the separation of church and state (and parts 2, 3, 4, and 5). A review of Same Sex Marriage and the Constitution. Activists say the FMA will be the defining issue in election.  James Pinkerton asks, "Is America conservative? A review of Conditions of Love: The Philosophy of Intimacy. Can you find God at Columbia? An essay concerning sotoligarchy. A quiz: "Are you Anti-American?"  A review of Homocons: The Rise of the Gay Right. Some conservatives are unhappy with Bush. National Review reviews The Pornography of Meat. On the amazing life of Ron Jeremy. It's time to kick some British butt. And "Mommy, what's a santorum?"

[Dec 2] From The New York Review of Books, a review of books on the welfare state, a look at Gore Vidal's nonfiction work, and Kwame Anthony Appiah reviews Nelson Mandela's Favorite African Folktales. Op-eds on what has become known as the Geneva Accord, and on why Americans must keep spending. Why we shouldn't expect presidential candidates to have a plan for everything. David Boaz on "The Bush Betrayal" and a Misean view of what's wrong with juries. Dhalia Lithwick: "Is the presence of a 'swing voter' a good thing for the court or the law?" Reason on the politics of a rising generation, and a celebration of the people who have made the world groovier and groovier since 1968. A look at Christof Koch and the science of consciousness. On what war does to IDF soldiers (and part 2). And Annalee Newitz on the analog urge

[Dec 1] Some science and technology news spread around: From The New Atlantis, a conversation with nature, from biology to biography, and does digital politics still matter? How ethicists have become the voice of science in the media. Letters on science and falsifiability. "Best German" vote reawakens the Cold War, on revisiting coups and finding them costly, and remembering Red victims. On the high costs of rising incivility on Capitol Hill. A review of Never Again? The Threat of the New Anti - Semitism by ADL's Abraham Foxman. On Suicide as Weapon of Mass Destruction: Emile Durkheim Revisited. A talk with Noam Chomsky on genocide and genitalia. On the productivity paradox, on the offshoring of financial services, and what is middle class? And from The Boston Globe's "Ideas", on the return of astrology (and a chronology), on green architecture, and a look at Tariq Ramadan, liberal or theocrat?

[Dec 17] Ingmar Persson (Lund): Two Claims about Potential Human Beings. Colin Farrelly (Birmingham): Genes and Social Justice: A Rawlsian Reply to Moore. Putting Genes in Perspective: A review of Developmental Plasticity and Evolution. John Rensenbrink of Bowdoin and the Green Party, on War and Peace in the Twilight of the Nation-State System: Two Directions for the American People, Two Different Histories. Barbara Crossette reviews Stephen Schlesinger's Act of Creation. Immanuel Wallerstein on the ambiguities of world trade. Why studying philosophy is not such a waste of time, especially at Karl Popper's old crib. A look at Mushroom: The Story of the A-Bomb Kid, the end of the world just a term paper away. How a controversy over 14th century climate shows the peril of letting politics shape the scientific debate. And a Zimbabwean law student makes the Guinness Book of Records by giving the longest ever lecture: 60 hours and 45 minutes

[Dec 16] From the Review of International Social Questions, an interview with Philippe Kirsch, president of the International Criminal Court, and a look at the initiative theworldvotes.org. An interview with Alain de Botton. Julian Baggini on a Bad Move: immunization against error. From the Santa Fe institute, how mathematics could stabilize peace treaties. A profile of mathematician Robyn Arianrhod, author of Einstein's Heroes. A review of Einstein's Luck: The Truth Behind Some of the Greatest Scientific Discoveries. An interview with Arthur C. Clarke on the information deluge. Rent-a-Researcher: IBM sends staffers out to work solving customers' problems. From the Wuppertal Institute, a report on the environment and human rights. And a review of Environmentalism: A Global History, and a review of Marx and the Postmodernism Debates: An Agenda for Critical Theory

[Dec 15] An essay by James M. Buchanan on The Soul of Classical Liberalism pdf. Arena's Per Wirten on freeing the nation and embracing cosmopolitanism. Here's the website of Ronald Inglehart's World Values Survey. On the legacy of Reinhold Niebuhr (and a website with some of hiss writings). Israelis Amos Oz, David Grossman, and A. B. Yehoshua divide their lives between literature and life. More on the new Bibliotheca Alexandrina. From The Discovery Institute, on Richard Dawkins and the Problem of Evil. Why are academics allowed to get away with being unintelligible? And must we take it on faith that money spent on research is well spent? From Bard, on a plan to teach teachers what they're teaching. How evangelical colleges are gaining broader acceptance in the US. A review of Mary Lefkowitz's Greek Gods, Human Lives: What We Can Learn From Myths. A letter to the editor on student plagiarism. And IgNoble Laureate John W. Trinkaus strikes again!

[Weekend Special] A new issue of Boston Review is out, including articles on the new humanitarianism, the nature - nurture debate, and Leo Marx on intellectuals and politics. Kees van der Pijl (Sussex): The Aesthetics of Empire and the Defeat of the Left. From Infoshop, Larry Gambone: Toward Post-Modern Anarchism, and Tom Wetzel: Syndicalism and Revolution. How Christian scholars are using their heads to change people's hearts at universities worldwide. Duke selects a Yale dean as president. Francis Fukuyama addresses a Hindustan Times conference, and Tariq Ali speaks in Seattle. Revisiting a classic: A review of Amartya Sen's Development as Freedom. On the global perspective: A Mises interview with economist Sudha Shenoy, and the introduction to Hans-Hermann Hoppe's The Myth of National Defense. And on applying to grad school: "Jane, you might want to reconsider"

[Dec 12] James Cronin (BC): Memoir, social history and commitment: Eric Hobsbawm's interesting times. Indiana's Elinor Ostrom publishes a report, "The Struggle to Govern the Commons". When it comes to Big Pictures, you can't get as expansive as Professor Francis Fukuyama. From Princeton, Kwame Anthony Appiah discusses Mill's identity theory. From Chicago, how inheritability of social behavior traits in monkeys has human implications. In These Times looks at the Title VI reauthorization bill. From the Czech Republic, protests erupt as the government slashes the budget for public universities. A review of Speech, Conduct, and the First Amendment, a review of The Supreme Court Review: 2002, and a review of Bearing Right: How Conservatives Won the Abortion War by Slate's William Saletan. And a look at a new book, City of Gold: An Apology for Global Capitalism in a Time of Discontent

[Dec 11] A sample issue of Contemporary Political Theory is online, including articles by John Horton (Keele): Rawls, Public Reason and the Limits of Liberal Justification; Roland Bleiker (Queensland): Discourse and Human Agency; and Kennan Ferguson (USF): Silence: A Politics. Charles Tilly (Columbia): Political Identities in Changing Polities. A review of Rising Up and Rising Down: Some Thoughts on Violence, Freedom and Urgent Means, by William T. Vollmann. Here's a report on Federal Executive Reorganization. From Australia, the new university battleground explained (part 2 and part 3). From Yale, how academia is unfair to women with kids (and more), and how everywhere we look, politics tends to dictate principle. And from Stanford, amazing life lessons learned from picking up hitchhikers

[Dec 10] Paul Taylor (LSE): The United Nations and the Millennium: Order and Sovereignty pdf. Christopher Hill (LSE): Superstate or Superpower? The future of the European Union in world politics pdf. From the European Journal of International Law, a review of books on the International Criminal Court pdf. Barbara Fried (Stanford): Begging the Question with Style: Anarchy State and Utopia at Thirty Years pdf. Cyril Gosh (Syracuse): The American Dream: A Rhetorical Hegemony pdf. Here's a CRS Report for Congress: Global Climate Change: Selected Legal Questions about the Kyoto Protocol pdf. The New School's Bob Kerrey is named to the 9/11 commission. What makes a teacher great? Annalee Newitz on Louis Althusser's "Ideology and Ideological State Apparatuses". A look at a new edition of Ambrose Bierce's The Devil's Dictionary. And "Dear Martin Heidegger: What came first, the chicken or the egg?"

[Dec 9] Simon Blackburn on The Ethics of Belief: A review of Richard Dawkins' A Devil's Chaplain (and part 2). A chapter on "Constructivism about Reasons," from a dissertation, Evolution and the nature of Reasons pdf. An essay on Genetic Virtue. Here are the Joshua Cohen's reading notes to the section "The Terrain of a Global Normative Order" of his Spring 2003 course Global Justice pdf. A news report: Women earned more doctorates than men at American universities in 2002. From Kenya, how university issues have been little understood by the government. Nobel Laureate George Akerlof addresses Berkeley graduates. Is political correctness like the Cultural Revolution? On toleration: It is hardly a Barbadian virtue these days. Capitalism Magazine takes a look at pc on campus (and part 2). And an exhibit at UMBC puts the microscope on white folks

[Dec 8] Iris Marion Young: Responsibility and Structural Injustice pdf. Agnieszka Jaworska (Stanford): Moral Psychology in Practice: Lessons from Alzheimer's Disease and the "Terrible Twos" pdf. A new issue of Policy Review is out, including articles on the European Union, and on sovereignty and democracy by Marc Plattner. From the IAS, two articles: Anarchists in Wonderland: The Topsy - Turvy World of Post - Left Anarchy; and In This Struggle, Only the Workers and Peasants will Go all the Way to the End: Towards a History of Anarchist Anti - Imperialism. Papers from the University of Houston's World Democratization Conference 2000. How to watch a public university disappear from the state budget. From BU, a faculty group seeks probe of trustees (while MIT celebrates its own president). And from Wake Forest, an attempt to understand the sexual history of men (since they don't know what women want)

[Weekend Special] Thomas Baker (FIU): Constitutional Theory in a Nutshell. Andrew Beh (LSE): 'Generations' and Political Science: The Importance of Taking Time Seriously. Liam O'Sullivan (Southampton): Different Selves, Different Politics. Richard Rorty answers questions on Left politics (from 1999). From Other Voices, essays on Heidegger, Foucault, and Derrida, and on Lukacs. Chinese universities experience a Renaissance - like intellectual vitality. UK's Gordon Brown urged to set up a fund to make universities more entrepreneurial. The NIH launches a new social and behavioral research branch. The editor of the NEJM defends federally funded sexual behavior research. A Stone Age research center opens in Indiana. Michael Eric Dyson and Cornel West "pass the mic". From Penn State, blackface furor happens. From San Diego State, mascot war happens. And from Bowdoin, Republicans don't happen


[Dec 5] A new issue of Logos is out, including a letter by Theodor Adorno to Erich Fromm, an article by Jurgen Habermas on Adorno, and an article on why capitalism needs the Left. A new issue of The Philosophers' Magazine is out, including articles on Plato's pleasures, the ethics of pain, and the difference between animals and humans. A new issue of the Claremont Review of Books is out, including articles on Marbury vs. Madison, a review of David Mayhew's Electoral Realignments: A Critique of an American Genre, and have you ever been taught what it means to be a man? From Butterflies & Wheels, how logical positivism justifies gender and cultural studies. Stanley Kurtz on making schools safe for U. S. foreign policy (and a statement by the AAUP). From Maryland, on college conservatives: "They're just so damned adorable". From Emory, National Review's Jonah Goldberg speaks. How a life in science can sometimes become a death. Which dictionary is the best? And the Association of Political Theory announces a call for papers for its 2004 conference

[Dec 4] Daniele Archibugi (INRC): The schizophrenia of American democracy. A review of Sanford Levinson's Wrestling with Diversity. Peter Singer on a horror story, and an excerpt from The Beast in the Garden. From Salon, a look at the friendship between J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis (and another look). On timeless philosophy and The Lord of the Rings. From the University of Illinois, the story of poli sci professor Bob Byars. From Kenya, why professor Ali Alamin Mazrui was an oracle in the realm of socio-political discourse. A profile of Princeton president Shirley Tilghman. From Maryland, a dorm for entrepreneurs spins out start-ups. From the University of Buffalo, research finds some animals know their cognitive limits. From Yale, why protests have value, but they have to be disruptive. From Harvard, Fernando Henrique Cardoso speaks at JFK School. And from Columbia, if you don't like other people, fear not

[Dec 3] From The Guardian, how helpful is abstract political theory in solving real-life policy problems? And how are PhDs supposed to prepare graduates for careers beyond academia? From The Chronicle of Higher Education, how Marxist theory can respond to corporate pressures on public education; on saving open access in community colleges; Michael Berube on standards of reason in the classroom; and on the scholarly lecture: How to stand and deliver. On the problem of rising costs of textbooks. A Web JCLI issue on the EU Citizen between the Market and the State. A review of States, Markets and Power. Two sample chapters: Eight Preposterous Propositions, and Nine Crazy Ideas in Science. Obituary: Clark Kerr. The BBC presents the annual Golden Bull Award for the worst examples of gobbledegook. (Dennis Dutton, are you listening?) And a quiz: How do your grammar skills measure up?

[Dec 2] David Gray Carlson (Cardozo): Essence and Reflection According to Hegel. As Richard Dawkins lectures on religion at Harvard, liberal college campuses have become fertile ground for the evangelical movement. On radical Mormonism: A review of Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith. A look at the fledgling field of Darwinian literary studies. Here's a crash course on color cognition, and a lesson on 16th century sexual transgressions. Charles Murray looks at candidates for monumental achievement combined with unhappy outcomes. PBS develops a website on The Commanding Heights: The Battle for the World Economy, and the BBC does the same with lectures on Challenging the World Order. Sri Lanka celebrates International Philosophy Day. And on taking Philosophy 101: "Even Archie Bunker did it"

[Dec 1] Some science and technology news spread around: Lawrence Lessig (Stanford): Free Culture: How Big Media uses Technology and the Law to Lock Down Culture and Control Creativity pdf. Why modern scientific terminology needs reappraisal. An article on Text Analysis: Aristotle, Metaphors and Decision Support Systems. On the Great Library of Amazonia. An article on the death of futurism, and a response (with support from an article on terrorism and top 10 forecasts) Campus notes: Stanley Fish writes about the war on higher education, on its runaway athletic culture, why students don't have intellectual heroes any more, on an idea for a ROTC-style program to train federal intelligence agents, and a former AU researcher pleads guilty to selling sensitive technology to China. And more on After Theory, more on A Brief History of the Human Race, and more on Human Accomplishment

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