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[Jul 31] From Ghana, on state
funding of political parties. More on the Berkeley
study of conservativism and liberals' use
of language. Julian Baggini on grassing
up a dictator. What would Democrats
have done? Maybe fight back, since "we're
all in this together"? Or does
anything matter anymore? Lula on not
ditching our dreams. If we cared to, we could
poverty. A comment on Iraq's
first opinion poll. The Anglican
Church faces a schism. B&W on science
and religion, and is there something
wrong with humanism? Why Diana is as
good a god as any. Are economists dull? No,
just listen to this
[Jul 30] From Mongolia, concern over civil liberties. From Romania, the return of private property is taking a long time. From Armenia, a land of medieval vendettas. Needed: a sociologist who understands economics. From the NYT, on foreign aid and public policy, on structuring fair elections, and why your drive for knowledge is really all about sex. You are benevolent only because it makes you live longer. Some advice for Republicans and for Democrats. Are we afraid of the wrong things? Bush is a radical with a plan. On liberal code words. George Soros: "We deserve the truth" (and an ad). And Martha Stewart sold "yellow cake" to Iraq!
[Jul 29] From Finland, a new prime minister. From Russia, on an anti - social contract. On the contributions of economist Charles Kindleberger and journalist Lou Rotterman. A review of books on Emerson. Researchers at Berkeley help define what makes a political conservative (and two responses). On sexuality on TV, and remembering trauma. An NBER report on how social security causes early retirement. "All leaders are warriors. Mankind survives by its warriors." TCS on education and mandatory libertarianism. And did you hear the one about the politically correct American?
[Jul 28] From Japan, on parties and political choices. From Nigeria, is President Obasanjo taking the country for granted? On distributive justice and shariat. Republicans don't know what to do with Pat Robertson. A report on religious freedom in América. Why fiends die the way the do. You say Latino, I say Chicano... Latino, Chicano, Hispanoooo! On the Middle East's little secret. Is democracy going awry in California? And do too many candidates spoil a ballot? Why self - government and journalism will rise or fall together. If Blair is potty, Berlusconi is pottier. Why American culture is like a glass of beer. And how to get your name in a newspaper column
[Jul 25] From South Asia, on the status of Sikkim. From Bosnia, an intellectual Raj. Stanley Fish on the road map to the White House. Building a market democracy in Iraq. Michael Novak has a recipe for a civilization of love. On poaching star-status professors from other universities. Can we think our way out of any difficulty? On human value and euthanasia. President Bush honors Presidential Medal of Freedom recipients. On the difference between "values" and "lifestyle". Edward Said on imperial perspectives. And can you be a political theorist and still be a "bar babe"?
[Jul 24] From Belgium, only sport and royalty unite the Flemish and the Walloon. A report on a very Italian affair. "There just aren’t too many oxen running around goring people these days." On Idi Amin as a muse and tragicomic hero. Is it mad to want Blair to go? More on liberal bias--this time in college textbooks. On being pigeonholed: Just check the box, ma'am. A letter to the News Gleaner on Marx. And remember, St. Paul was a philosopher in his own right
[Jul 23] From Iraq, Saddam Hussein's sons are killed in a firefight with US troops. Does it mean an end to attacks? From Ghana, public disaffection with Jerry Rawlings. On what political scientists call 'stake-holding'. The deficit is big, but is it bad? Relax! More on Brother Robertson's prayer offensive: It is unwise to provoke God. On Voltaire and sex... lots of sex. Why Andy Rooney was right about college graduates. Nickled and dimed at Chapel Hill. The rise of existentialism in a primitive society. Be a yokel, buy local. On the fine print in corporate America. And not sounding pedantic, but oozing goo
[Jul 22] From Russia, are Russians no longer needed in the Middle East? From the Czech Republic, finding freedom and losing religion. On being hapless slaves to the dollar. Bush Launches Magazine To Teach Young Arabs To Love America. How Ruth Benedict helped rebuild Japan after WWII. Philosophy is fine, but fight over tree may need a lawyer. On new-yet-old ideas about the soul. On one man's mission to save farmland wildlife. And why Bush should have clicked on stratfor.com
[Jul 21] From Nepal, on political complexity in South Asia. From India, PM Vajpayee on dogmatism and development. From Switzerland, youth drawn to extremist politics. On an austrian-objectivist paradigm. What is the optimum number of economists a country should have? Marcuse goes back to Berlin. Never again?: A 9/11 toll, every day for 666 days. A lesson in rent-seeking. Are you, or have you ever been, an activist? A purple patch from Eric Hobsbawm. Surely Santa Monica never had a worse day. And on the Phenomenology of Harry, or the Critique of Pure Potter
[Jul 18] The Politics of Sex and Gender: From Nigeria, on sexual education and AIDS. Womb - transplant baby may be possible within three years. Pat Robertson on a 'prayer offensive' against the Supreme Court. On the workings of a university rape club. Here are ten myths about boys. On the perils of multiple choice in dating. Metrosexuals reach India. Mark Morford calls all annoying virgins. The bimbette is always in search of a rich husband. "When a man opens a door for me, I make sure he gets a big smile and a hearty thank you..." And meet Sexual - Harassment Panda
[Jul 17] From Sao Tome, a military coup topples the government. From Malaysia, are Muslims just not using their intellect? A group of CIA veterans call for Cheney's resignation. Norway takes aim at the glass ceiling (some call it fascism). On Mandela's favorite folktales. "The Third Way? No way!" Mona Charen on education. Why hate is a useless emotion. On charges of me-tooism. How do the US and Europe complement each other? Or is their religious divide too wide? On identity politics in the Middle East. And suggestions for summer reading (and part 2)
[Jul 16] From Colombia, the government starts peace talks with rebels. From Pakistan, on equality and democracy. On interventionism, Kant, and uniform principles. Can you find meaning in genes? Why Spain is still the Muslims' friend. On fundamentalism, Christian and Islamic. Obituary: A sociologist of intellectuals. Can you be progressive without progress? On the power of the presidency and language. And purple patches from Ernest Gellner, and E. P. Thompson
[Jul 31] The American Lawyer checks
our balances. From The Cato Institute, on 'scripting'
Iraq's future, and on Justice Kennedy's libertarian
revolution. A book to shame the West: On the exploitation
of female workers. Robert Schiller on democratizing
capitalism. What Democrats can learn from Tony
Blair. From New Internationalist, a report on corporate
crimes. 3am magazine interviews cyber-punk economist Diane
Coyle and radical utopian Joel
Schalit. A review
of How Scientific Practices Matter and a review
of The Phenomenology Reader. Which way to the Revolution: Anarchism
or Socialism? And science is civilization's
ally (that's a problem)
[Jul 31] Larry Diamond (Stanford): How
People View Democracy: Findings from Public Opinion
Surveys in Four Regions. Robert Cooter (UC -
Good Laws Make Good Citizens? An Economic Analysis
of Internalizing Legal Values pdf.
Carol Mukhopadhyay and Rosemary C. Henze (SJSU): Using
Anthropology to Make Sense of Human Diversity.
Dick Stanley: It
Takes Two to Bowl: Untangling concepts of social
cohesion and social capital pdf.
A. C. Grayling on The
Place of Drugs in the Good Society. And from The
Ethical Spectacle, an essay on electoral
arithmetic and third parties
[Jul 30] Two Political Methodology Working Papers: Nathaniel Beck and Kristian Gleditsch (UCSD): Space is More than Geography pdf and Charles Himmelberg and Gregory Wawro (Columbia): Is All Politics and Economics Local? National Elections and Local Economic Conditions pdf. The introduction to Robert Hazell's The State and the Nations, a book on devolution in the UK pdf. Read Matthew Yglesias' undergrad thesis, Truth, Justice, and the Political Way pdf (check out his blog, too). On Men Without Chests: A purple patch from Francis Fukuyama's The End of History and the Last Man. And an excerpt from The Hipster Handbook
[Jul 29] On Catholic politics: National Review on a necessary amendment regarding gay marriage, and Michael Novak on the US and Europe (and part 2 and part 3). From First Things, reviews of Waldron's Locke and a book on Western Civilization, the rise and fall of secularism, and Justice Stevens' religion problem. On the GOP's New Deal. Which political ideology joins Trotsky, Stain and Hitler all together in one package? On conservatism and Catholicism, and the moral coherence of the Catholic politician. And Christians call Barbara Ehrenreich the Antichrist of North Carolina
[Jul 28] On Education, Publishing and Politics: From the AAC&U's Peer Review, Educating for Citizenship, and Learning Civic Engagement without Diversity? From the ALA's Choice, The Long, Slow Death of the Scholarly Monograph, and A Renewal of Purpose: The University Press in Context. Would you like to know how the book review system works? And from the Guardian, articles on students paying their own way, education and the welfare state, contested judgments about the past, learning from Britain's history of radicalism, homophobia in higher education, a profile of David Sloan Wilson, and a seal drags a scientist to her death
[Jul 25] From the Discourse Theory and Social Analysis conference in Brussels (December 2001), discussion papers on discourse and feminism, and discourse and post-Marxism pdf. A review of Joan Landes' Feminism, the Public and the Private. A review of John Wilson's The Myth of Political Correctness: The Conservative Attack on Higher Education. The reluctant manifesto of James Comas (Missouri). And the Joint Inquiry into Intelligence Community Activities before and after the Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001 report is out
[Jul 24] From the XIVth World Congress of Sociology (Montreal, 1998), Immanuel Wallerstein's Presidential Address, The Heritage of Sociology, The Promise of Social Science: The Heritage, the Challenges, and Perspectives. From the Gulbenkian Commission on the Restructuring of the Social Sciences (Lisbon, 1994), Richard Lee, Social Science Knowledge: A Report on Institutionalization. And why progress is possible, but certainly not inevitable
[Jul 23] On Academia: From Salon, on the Free Research Movement as a scientific revolution. Why original ideas are messy in textbook writing. A case for engaged intellectual work. On simplifying academic hierarchy. On fashionable nonsense and elitism. "All you need do is tell me what I want to hear..." On jargon and illiteracy and utilitarian education in the UK. Students challenge the economic orthodoxy. From the APA, an issue of Questions: Philosophy for Young People on human rights pdf. And Re HNN: On the perversion of history, feeling out of place, or are things worse than you think?
[Jul 22] Milan Zafirovski (North Texas): Human Rational Behavior and Economic Rationality. Markus Haller (Geneve): Edmund Burke's Moral Traditionalism pdf. Two Issues of Forum: Qualitative Social Research on the theme Subjectivity and Reflexivity in Qualitative Research (and part 2). From New Left Review, Susan Willis on Empire's Shadow. An excerpt from Chapter 11 of Francis Schaeffer's How Should We Then Live? And an essay by H. L. Mencken on Thorstein Veblen
[Jul 21] Glyn Morgan (Harvard): Hayek, Habermas, and European Integration pdf. Nadejda Stahovski: On Structural and Functional Status of Culture in the Social System. From Democracy & Nature, Takis Fotopoulos on (mis)education and Paideia. From Harbinger, on the evolution of first and second nature, economics in a social-ecological society, and Murray Bookchin on the communalist project. From American Diplomacy, a series of articles assessing the presidency of George W. Bush at midpoint. And on history as a postcolonial dilemma
[Jul 18] The Politics of Sex and Gender: Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick (Duke): Gender Criticism: What isn't Gender. The introduction to Jane Freedman's Feminism pdf. From Sex Roles, an essay on Graduate students' relationships with their male and female major professors. An student essay on the sex-gender distinction pdf. From On The Issues, How Orgasm Politics Has Hijacked the Women's Movement (and gay and lesbian views). From Harper's, who needs men? Opposing views on decline of men in US society. And "Dear Freud, how can I tell when I'm on a date? -Only retroactively..."
[Jul 17] David Brian Robertson (Missouri - St. Louis): The Politics of History's Return to Political Science pdf. Kenneth Bruffee (CUNY-Brooklyn): The Common Ground: Beyond Cultural Identity pdf. A Critique of Hardt and Negri's Empire: Barbarians: the disordered insurgence. Linda Racioppi and Colleen Tremonte (MSU): Literature and International Relations: The Challenges of Interdisciplinarity. The Dartmouth Contemporary interviews Richard Rorty. And ZNet presents a debate about Marxism between Michael Albert (Parecon) and Alan Maass (ISO)
[Jul 16] Lisa Wedeen (Chicago): Beyond the Crusades: Why Samuel Huntington (and Bin Ladin) are Wrong. From Open Democracy, twenty theses for a democratic theory of the state, and what should the WSF be when it grows up? A student on Kosovo and the Evolution of State Sovereignty. An interview with archeologist Timothy Taylor, on how humans invented death. Philosophy for All: On the work of C. E. M. Joad. And on "customers" and "markets" as the cuss words of academe