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[May 30] From the Netherlands, saying goodbye to boring politics. From France, debating the hijad. From Rome, there is no mention of Christianity in Europe's new draft constitution. Islam is hardly the only religion with extremists. When is a conservative not a conservative? Frank Furedi on knowledge and prejudice. And does size matter... in wages?

[May 29] Freegans: The new hipsters. The Free State Project eyes Wyoming. Can a politician be a good Christian? From UPI, economics is a hit on TV, and the conservative case against tax cuts. Some insight on the news. People believe in a new literary magazine. And are liberals just as fearful as reactionaries?

[May 28] Varieties of Conservatism: From Saudi Arabia, a series on neo- conservatism in the USA. (+ parts one, two, three, four, five and six) Buckley on missionary work in Iraq. The Wall Street Journal publishes a series on American Conservatism. What is a MetroCon? Some unflattering truths of neocons. How 'bout them paleos? David Horowitz renders unto Caesar. Is Colin Powell a conservative? A review of a book by the Godfather of the American Right. And Lyndon LaRouche chimes in

[May 27] From Bahrain, on violence and the rise of great nations. From Malta, on the gift of Christian love. Defending the ivory tower. A conference on the 'hidden' Pierre Trudeau. British agents with a license to skill. On the influence of conservative activists. On 'weird' political science. Why are the British obsessed with bums? And Rep. David Obey introduces archy the cockroach, philosopher

[May 26] From Gambia, on ethnic conflicts and the United Nations. From Brazil, on the right to get high. From The University of Chicago, students are Right. From Oregon State, is PETA trying to fool people? Some news about Derrida, Sontag, and more. Conversations with French philosopher Bernard-Henri Levy and Malaysia's PM Mahathir Mohammad. And Tupac makes it to Harvard

[May 23] From Moldova, Buridan's Ass is spotted in Trans- Dniester. From France, Chirac's pet philosopher is in trouble. Face it: You are just an ape. More on the rise of conservative newspapers on campus. Is belief in God rational? Why Buddhists are calmer than you. And "the US is not a white man's nation, but..."

[May 22] From Canada, Kant on ice. Does the 'third way' speak to Europe's young Muslims? If you haven't lived through a revolution ... On the problems for the Greens in Scotland. Funerals aren't what they used to be. Church chat: Faith works! Big Brother gets a makeover. And from Alaska, on two great philosophers, Voltaire and Pogo

[May 21] From India, only radical journalism can fight fascism. Why China offers the worst of both worlds. On the classroom as a bully pulpit and a space for class wars. Identity at risk in academia. On the axis of idiocy and living in a siege culture. Michael Hall is always the perfect gentleman. And Cornel West adds 'actor' to his resume

[May 20] From Nigeria, on the political economy of revenue allocation. From India, mixing Hindutva and nationalism. On DNA evidence and race, and your diet. Why it's hard to provide universal health care. UVM hosts first trans conference. In a former life, she was a gay man. On faith and the God of the philosophers. If God is dead, then the Americans have taken His place. And on the curse of the quarter

[May 19] From Oman, what others say about the Prophet. From Venezuela, mixing politics and anthropology, and a look at Empire. From Strathclyde, research uncovers shocking news. Does anti- Americanism really mean being against liberal democracy? Does moral philosophy matter? On the problem of philosophy in our contemporary age. And Superman is redrawn as a Soviet Man of Steel

[May 16] Montenegro gets its president. From Saudi Arabia, Iraq as the Arab's Prussia. On India's startling change of axis. While William Rusher writes on the legitimacy of McCarthyism, an editorial pleads the Right to write with reason. Sociology and socialism: French ancestry is no sin in and of itself. The ABA on Rehnquist's legacy. Tennessee discovers theodicy. And Rush on dialing 211 in New York

[May 15] Habermas wins Prince of Asturias Prize. Carnegie Corporation names polisci professor a "scholar of vision." Wittgenstein's older brother, one-armed pianist. On anarchism and Bertrand Russell's problem. Ethicists bid to unscramble egg argument. UPI on immigration rights and wrongs, and on market-based environmental regulations. And do you, should you trust Bush?

[May 14] From Slovakia, the Romany language gets some respect. Gordon Brown urged not to delay over the euro. The Matrix as philosophy, spirituality and the postmodern. Can a fetus sue? On the conservative- libertarian clash. Can people determine their own luck? And some news: television causes political apathy, and men are the new victims

[May 13] From Italy, IVFs are leaving ethics in the dust, and Samuel Huntington speaks about the Middle East. From Romania, "let's get serious" about NATO. A press round-up on war and international law. Zoroastrians are on the rise. Bill Bennett is the highest paid professional philosopher in history. On economic rationalism and Medicare.  And from Yale, this student is on the 'decent' side of the Left

[May 12] From Oregon State, "I don't know what [globalization] is, but it sounds bad." An interview with Mihajlo Mihajlov, Tito-era dissident. Henry Kissinger on Habermas and other things. Bill Moyer's Now: A weekly work in progress. From Pakistan, on multiculturalism and South Asia, and a case of McCarthyism in India. Does chicken taste like chicken? A profile of Paul Johnson. And why liberals are bores

[May 9 ] Will Gates follow Appiah and West to Princeton? Wither the study of medieval history? On museums as political statements. Can a court rule out its own existence? For Jews, "not everything is so bad" in Trans Dniester. The revolution will start from the playing fields. Aristotle for journalists and storytellers. And after Seinfeld, The Simpsons and The Matrix, Buffy meets philosophy

[May 8] From Stanford, an African king challenges Greek myths. From UPI, democracy derailed, and St. Benedict's virtual scribes. On the "flawless vision" of the Founding Fathers. Can a tumor in the brain cause pedophilia? Can pills fix what's wrong with Americans? And from The New American: Beware Jurgen Habermas, Marxist radical

[May 7] Six ways to help Iraq's civil society. From Saudi Arabia, does history offer us any lessons? From Pakistan, when in trouble, go medieval. The first Anti-American protests are held in Afghanistan. Will Bush now liberate "tha hood"? And reinventing journalism is like reinventing the potato chip

[May 6] Bill Bennett gambles on virtue. A bad bet on his part? Or a case of "gotcha" hypocrisy from his critics? Politicians fail the One Minute Moralist's Test. Messiness is no laughing matter. Philosophy as self-help. Tolerance meets intolerance in Granville, Ohio. And the 7 deadly sins in Gilligan's Island

[May 5] The New York Times on the legacy of Leo Strauss. Time Europe profiles Bernard-Henri Levi, while the Financial Times looks at Richard Sennett. Two "nut bins" in Buckely's latest: The John Birch Society and Ayn Rand. And are human beings too clever too fast, too happy? Enough! (+ part 2)

[May 2] Realpolitik: A lesson in political theory. Is socialism at the root of the current French-US rift? On doing laps in a pool with Saddam. Here something you don't see every day: 40 stereotypes of the Left. On Jean Baudrillard, yet again. And did you know there are no rules against flying naked above 10,000 feet?

[May 1] Martha Nussbaum on a moral vision for the world. Jeremy Rifkin on Bush and Europe's new identity. How can you derive a Rawlsian tax and benefit system? How is USA's first MBA president doing? Or maybe he's just a general. Did the liberation of Iraq begin in 1776? Dershowitz on the Declaration of Independence.  And sign this petition, please!

[May 30] Stanley Fish looks at the politics in academia, and on the pay gaps among college professors. A review of Posner's Law, Pragmatism, and Democracy, and what if the Shiites win the elections in Iraq? On three meanings of 'secular,' and the tensions in American Catholicism. And George Soros on the open society in the US

[May 29] On why the world hates the US, the perils of Lite Anti- Americanism, and is it all just Anti- Bushism? Can radicals be liberals, too? Containing the US as the Left's new agenda. Thinking philosophically about technology and Enron. A review of Hobbes, Locke and Confusion's Masterpiece. And what is 'punctuated epistemology'?

[May 28] Varieties of Conservatism: Peter Berkowitz on misreading Strauss. Robert George on Rick Santorum. From The Claremont Institute, on Leo Strauss' American Gang, and the false prophets. On distinguishing Paleos and Straussians. A review of books on judicial activism from the Right. On the swing of the pendulum. The Nevada Journal on how liberals can understand conservatives. And the Basic Platform of the American Nationalist Union

[May 27] From Open Democracy, on the troubles of Spain's PM Aznar, the prospects of endless war, and cultivating optimism. A review of books critical of marriage. Newsweek interviews Amitai Etzioni. The Weekly Standard on monetary policy and foreign affairs, and on the Church of Liberalism. The British are officially unhappy. More on Emerson. And books prove all men are nerds

[May 26] Fron the NYRB, on the Bush Administration, neocons, and Clifford Geertz on Islam. From Logos, a conversation on the Left, Drucilla Cornell and Philip Green on American foreign policy, and the value of the environment. On the philosophy of social practices. A profile of Victor Davis Hanson, and on the future efforts in the Middle East. And are you a loner? You are not alone

[May 23] Jonah Goldberg on neo- conservatism (and part 2, part 3). On the big gorilla theory of capitalism. Is Lula fooling the world? Michael Walzer is splitting hairs on war. The Bush administration embraces socialism. Is the presumption of innocence eroding? And a reply to a slanderous attack on Trotsky

[May 22] From Foreign Policy, the paradoxes of American nationalism. How much democracy is too much? From Infoshop, on sex workers' rights, the Rainbow Tribe phenomenon, and Proletariat or Multitude: A Critique of Empire (and part 2). Ethnic cleansing in the Middle Ages. Should nationalism die? And on the narrowing of the American mind

[May 21] Jeffrey Sachs on global sustainable development. An economic plan to start from scratch. On stamping out hegemonic heterosexuality in schools. Wallerstein on empire and the capitalists. The pros and cons of the continuous campaign. On the threats of Donahuism and Oprahism. And is the United Nations a criminal organization

[May 20] Jeffrey Toobin on judicial nominations. Business Week on Bush's political  lessons from Texas, and a greener corporate America. Are business magazines turning left-wing? Madison v. Bush: America has reached its Rubicon. On literary theory and historical understanding. A look at the history of América, and the decline of the revolutionary impulse. And a look at one of the great defense intellectuals

[May 19] Richard Posner on an army of the willing. A review of Derek Bok's Universities in the Marketplace.  The ISI on Russell Kirk and his critics, the conservative heart, and the conservatism of the East pdf. Roger Scruton on the philosophy of food and Julian Baggini on the philosophy of journalism. A visit with historian David McCullough, and an appreciation. And from Frontpage, what happened to the Left?

[May 16] From The American Prospect, Kant and Mill are spotted in Baghdad, and Ackerman on Bush and FDR. From The New Republic, what counts as trauma, and will the real paranoids please stand up? Zizek on biotechnology's prospects. Which is better, ideological or methodological consistency in making judicial decisions? And will Bush's rhetoric of freedom work?

[May 15] Michael Walzer asks, "How Jewish can the State be?" Is the kibbutz an endangered species? On why the church should consult business' burgeoning literature. From The Atlantic, the greatest development of modern religion, and a doomsday scenario. A review of The Categorical Principles of Law.  On the Second Amendment and a standing army. And on the Frankfurt School and the neo-coms

[May 14] From the Weekly Standard, David Brooks introduces Joey Tabula-Rasa to the world, and more on the media and religion. On neo-classical economics and its discontents, the failures of development financing, and the new science of neuro-economics. And a review of a new book by John Gray, and a lecture on three mistakes of modernity

[May 13] Yet more on celebrity philosopher Leo Strauss: Washington is abuzz about his ideas, which remain mysterious, are spread across the globe, and may form a conspiracy in the making. Or not. A review of John Rauston Saul's On Equilibrium. On why Spinoza is the Jesus Christ of Reason. George Lakoff of Berkeley on the politics of communication (and part 2). And has the Council of Economic Advisers been banished from the White House?

[May 12] Jeremy Waldron on the foundations of Locke's political thought. More talk of empire: from LMD, the LRB and the NYT. Mind and matter: A user's guide to consciousness and an excerpt from Antonio Damasio's new book. Locke, Rousseau, and raising kids.  From Le Quebecois Libre, theorists for a free society. And on the 'state of nature' somewhere in the Phillippines, c. 1971

[May 9] Pierre Bourdieu as Gary Becker's Critic. On the new Ricoeur scholarship. Compassionate conservatism confronts global poverty pdf. Is reinstituting the draft antiwar activism in disguise? An interview with Howard Zinn. From Reason, Daniel Dennett and human choice machines, and a review of Thomas Nagel's The Myth of Ownership. And on the dilemma of too many choices

[May 8] From Open Democracy, a proposal for immigration reform in Europe. And what about a World Migration Organisation? On the Soviet intensity of multi-culties. From Politics to Life: Ridding Anarchy of the Leftist Millstone. Did Nietzsche die of cancer?  The Mises Institute on free speech and private property. And Howard Zinn on patriotism

[May 7] What makes a martyr, rationally speaking? A. C. Grayling reviews books on Islam. From Cato, Squaring the Democratic Circle: Constitutional Options for Post-War Iraq. On books by Onora O'Neill and Michael Pusey. Norbert Elias as the guru of the history of crime. And a book reconsiders Wilsonian idealism

[May 6] On Noam Chomsky: from the Left and the Right. Presidential Courage and Wisdom: Alan Wolfe on judging Bush. A review of Academic Labor and Tenure: Ethical Issues. Did Ralph Waldo Emerson foresee evolution and relativity? Maybe he is the new Tocqueville. And an essay on cultural globalization

[May 5] Sheldon Wolin on 'creeping' Fascism. From Yale, the roots of anti-Americanism in Germany grow. A review of John Kay's The Truth About Markets. Tariq Ali on re-colonizing Iraq. On why Sen. Santorum's comments are healthy for democracy. And does the Western world still exist?

[May 2] On Foucault's Critical Project. John Ferejohn on the politics of judicial appointments, and First Things on the ICC. A survey of wartime presidents. Can egalitarian politics be found in the market? The problem behind the 2000 election. Is the media too secular? And guess who is the highest-cost producer?

[May 1] From Cyprus, a case for eugenics. The car as an environmental disaster. What is the "second generation" of environmental strategies? Martin Rees: 50-50 chance civilization will make it. A review of Economics as an evolutionary science. On economic evolution from TCS. On Schumpeterian globalization from CATO pdf. And what country is the most generous?

[May 30] Tony McGrew (Southampton): Transnational Democracy: Theories and Prospects pdf. Simon Tormey (Nottingham): The Problem with "Problems": Popper, Negative Utility, and the Open Society pdf. From Fair Vote Canada, a look at voting system reforms. And some philosophical essays and musings by a Dr. Sam Vaknin

[May 29] Stella Gaon (Alberta): "Politicizing Deconstruction": On Not Treating Spectres of Marx pdf. James Spickard (Redlands): Rethinking religious social action: what is "rational" about rational-choice theory? Germany's Wildcat on Reforming the Welfare State for Saving Capitalism. And a Bluepete essay on the practice of law

[May 28] Varieties of Conservatism: James V. Schall, SJ (Georgetown): Transcendence and Political Philosophy doc. Russell Kirk on The Essence of Conservatism. From the NHI, on The Value- Centered Historicism of Edmund Burke. For a while there, people asked "Is US Neo- Conservatism dead?" The Public Eye maps the Right. A report on Left Conservatism. And The Conservative Debate Handbook: Get your copy today!

[May 27] Sally Haslanger (MIT): Feminism and Metaphysics: Unmasking Hidden Ontologies. Wolfgang Zank (Aarblog): Multicultural Communities: When Does It Work and When Not. Historical Experiences and Theoretical  Considerations pdf. And from Social Research, The Prophet and the Dandy: Philosophy as a Way of Life in Nietzsche and Foucault

[May 26] Chantal Mouffe (Westminster): Deliberative Democracy or Agonistic Pluralism pdf. Maria Pilar Garcia-Guadilla (Simon Bolivar): Environmental Participatory Democracy: Conflicts and Challenges Post- Institutionalization pdf. And from the Review of Higher Education, Eric Dey and Sylvia Hurtado (Michigan): Faculty Attitudes Toward Regulating Speech on College Campuses

[May 23] From Theory & Science, Timothy McGettigan (CSU): The Big Fib: Democratic Ideals in an Unprincipled World; and Jason Powell (Salford) & Harry Moody (Hunter): The Challenge of Modernity: Habermas and Critical Theory. And Dollars & Sense on the ABCs of Free Trade Agreements

[May 22] Free online books (Warning: Quality not guaranteed!): Gareth Gordon, Horizons of Change: Deconstruction and the Evanescence of Authority; David Peckinpaugh, Framing the Postmodern: Language, Culture, Commerce and Consciousness; and James Arraj, Mysticism, Metaphysics, and Maritain: On the Road to the Spiritual Unconscious

[May 21] Thomas Moore (Edinburgh): On Political Politics and the Future of the Citizen pdf. Dennis Arrow (OCU): Spaceball (Or Not Everything That's Left is Postmodern) pdf. Jodi Dean on theorizing conspiracy theories. From The Red Critique, Designing Class: Ikea and Democracy as Furniture. And an essay on equality, basic needs and democratic constitutions

[May 20] Paul Bowman (Bath): Laclau, Mouffe and Post-Marxism pdf. Gearóid Ó Tuathail (Virginia Tech): The Postmodern Geopolitical Condition: States, Statecraft, and Security at the Millennium. A review of The Economics of World War II. And from the journal Sociology of Religion, Uneasy Alliance: Conservative Catholics and the Christian Right and Public Islam and the Problem of Democratization

[May 19] Michael Kennedy (Michigan): The Contradictions and Contentions of Internationalism. Vicki L. Lee (Monash): "Behavior" Does Not Mean "Behavior of the Organism": Why Conceptual Revision is Needed in Behavior Analysis pdf. 1000 Years of War: c-theory interviews Manuel de Landa. And an excerpt of Robert Schiller's The New Financial Order: Risk in the 21st Century

[May 16] Joan Cocks (Mount Holyoke): Fetishizing Ethnicity, Locality Nationality: the Curious Case of Tom Nairn. Jack Balkin (Yale): Deconstructive Practice and Legal Theory pdf. (Check out his blog, too) A dissertation from Penn State: Fictions of Sovereignty: Legal Interpretations and the Limits of Narrative pdf And an open letter to anti-authoritarian anti-capitalists

[May 15] John Ishiyama (Truman State): Communists after Communism: Adaptation, Electoral Performance, and the Successor Parties in Comparative Perspective. Angela Ledford (St. Rose): Feminist Theory and Group Representation: The Politics of Law, Equality, and Difference pdf. Anne Fausto- Sterling (Brown): The Five Sexes, Revisited. And is bisexuality a paradox for women?

[May 14] Franz Breuer (Munster) and Jo Reichertz (Essen): Standards of Social Research. Tibor R. Machan (Auburn): The Right to Private Property. Thomas Davis (Cameron): The Irish and their Nation: A Survey of Recent Attitudes pdf. Chun-yen Jo Chen (Cornell): 'Are We There Yet?': 'History' as a Postcolonial Dilemma. And is Clinton culpable for 9/11?

[May 13] James Boyle (Duke): Universalism, Justice and Identity Politics: From Political Correctness to Constitutional Law. Christine McKee (Hull): The Concept of the Nation in Latin America pdf. John Clark (Loyola, New Orleans): Municipal Dreams: A Social Ecological Critique of Bookchin's Politics. An article on the move towards democratic totalitarianism in the "peculiar conditions" of Canada. And an essay on the Heidegger case

[May 12] Mathieu Albert (Toronto): The Relevance of Pierre Bourdieu's Social Theory for the Study of Scientific Knowledge Production. Bill Deval (Humboldt State): The Deep, Long-Range Ecology Movement 1960-2000. Alexa Hepburn (Nottingham Trent): Postmodernity and the Politics of Feminist Psychology. And from 'Cosmic' Ray Lehman, a primer on anarcho-capitalism

[May 9] Frederic Megret (EUI): The Politics of International Criminal Justice pdf. Ricardo Blaug (Leeds): Citizenship and Political Judgment: Between Discourse Ethics and Phronesis pdf. Anthony Bradney (Leicester): Accountability, the University Law School and the Death of Socrates. And from Jared Diamond, Darwin and Freud: A Tale of Two Reputations

[May 8] Jennifer Smookler (Leeds): Feminism, liberal democracy and the politics of inclusion and exclusion pdf. Richard Joines (Florida): Contretemps: Derrida's Ante and the Call of Marxist Political Philosophy. A review of William Scheuerman's Between the Norm and the Exception: The Frankfurt School and the Rule of Law. And an essay on economics as a political science

[May 7] Mario Diani (Trento): Social movements, contentious actions, and social networks: 'from metaphor to substance'? pdf David Paulsen (BYU): The God of Abraham, Isaac, and (William) James. Claes G. Ryn on How Conservatives Failed the Culture. And Jim Kunstler on The Clusterfuck Nation Manifesto

[May 6] Richard Rorty on Unger, Castoriadis and the Romance of a National Future pdf. From the Journal of Democracy, Francis Fukuyama's The Illusion of Exceptionalism, and a review of Giovanni Sartori's Comparative Constitutional Engineering. And an essay on social theory as a field of study

[May 5] Barbara Foley (Northwestern): The Politics of Deconstruction. Graham Law (Tokyo): The Romance of Empire: John Buchan's Early Writings pdf. Peter Hall (Yale): Aligning Ontology and Methodology in Comparative Politics doc. And Judith Newton (UC-Davis): White Guys

[May 2] Carolyn Dever (NYU): Either/And: Lesbian Theories, Queer Theories. Yoko Arisaka (USF): Beyond "East and West": Nishida's Universalism and Postcolonial Critique pdf. A communitarian dialogue on legislating morality. From the US Navy, the Pentagon's New Map

[May 1] Wolfgang Palaver (Innsbruck): Mimesis and Scapegoating in the works of Hobbes, Rousseau and Kant doc. Dennis Loo: Libertarianism and Poverty. c-theory on whether the Web will win the Culture Wars for the Left, and a response. And Felicia Marronez (UC-Irvine): Resistance is Useless, Honey (with a little help from Frederick Crews)

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