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Venezuela, on the unappetizing
choice in the upcoming referendum. From Zimbabwe, how civil
society condemns economic liberalization. From Great Britain, on
saying no to moral
imperialism and moral defeatism. From South Korea, the president
pledges to move
the capital from Seoul. Bob Kerrey on why John
Kerry is fit to be president. From Grist, Paul
Ehrlich answers readers' questions. A bombshell is buried deep
within a biography of Justice
Clarence Thomas, Judging Thomas. More
on America Alone: The Neo-Conservatives and the Global Order. And
Max Boot on why the Olympics
are not interesting anymore: No Cold War enemies
[Aug 13] From Germany, slogans that helped topple communism are now used to defend the welfare system. From Israel, some citizens think Sharon is a sissy. From the United States, the Mexicans are coming! How significant was the recent flurry of terrorist revelations? Troubled regions of the world are a draw for volunteers. Christians bitch about lack of invites to GOP Convention. A conservative group complains to papers about Ted Rall. From the Worldwatch Institute, on environmental milestones: A timeline. From Reason, an interview with John Perry Barlow, and "The Transhumans are coming!" And they're promoting mito flushes, sousveillance, cyberglogging, and genetic virtue. C-SPAN cancels Booknotes. True Tales from the Pews: On the worst homily ever. Ready for a mental decathlon? Solve these 10 numbered puzzles. And Instapundit on newspapers still requiring online registration
[Aug 1 2] From Singapore, Lee Hsien Loong becomes prime minister (and more). From India, on the rationale behind reservations. From Israel, on Tali Fahima, poster girl of the Israeli Left. From the Netherlands, on Czech Jan Amos Comenius, a Bohemian in Amsterdam. From The Globalist, on democracy as a long term project. On Harry Potter politics: Both left and right should have confidence in Britain. Niall Ferguson on how the work ethic in the EU wanes as time on the job expands in US. Philip Bobbitt on being clear about present dangers. From The New Republic, on why Kerry should sue Swift Boat Veterans for Truth for libel. The Weekly Standard says Kerry is being too extreme in its support for science. A review of The Meat You Eat: How Corporate Farming Has Endangered America’s Food Supply. For many young people, caring about the world's problems can be both too painful and seemingly futile. Here's how we cope. A review of The Compleat Gentleman. And from spiked, on the strange death of social aspiration
[Aug 11] From Mexico, an op-ed on past wrongs, future rights. From Slovakia, on the absence of a truly liberal party. From Great Britain, on Michael Howard's attack on 'politically correct nonsense'. From Chile, why a gender perspective is essential in fighting poverty. From Italy, Rome loses some traditional flavor. From Greece, on the Olympics: playing on a world stage, national pride and distinctiveness come to the fore. From Asia Times, China ups ante in its ancient-kingdom feud with Korea. The frozen conflicts in Moldova and the southern Caucasus are becoming top-level issues. Christopher Columbus's body, experts say, almost certainly lies in the back in the "New World". From Reason, on the return of protest music. Michael Kinsley on the Democrats vs. the GOP: Do the math. Bush-backers-only policy riles voters at RNC rallies. Jim Rassman defends Kerry against the Swift Boat Veterans for Bush. And is John Kerry the most liberal senator?
[Aug 10] From Bolivia, the Movement Towards Socialism faces divisions. From Pakistan, on diaries, democracy and Derrida. From India, why words and definitions tends to mislead. From Russia, beer comes of age. From France, more on the nation's soul-destroying bout of self-doubt. Does Europe need to get a life? Victor Davis Hanson on why the American election is seen as a referendum on Europe's future. From New York, an interview with Norman Mailer, and should New York City secede? The workplace has become America's melting pot. Flying the hysterical skies: What happened on Northwest Airlines flight 327? (and more) How the president's tax cuts have revived Democratic fund-raising. From The Progressive, an interview with Helen Thomas. Kirsten Anderberg on the inner workings of alternative media. On Poli-tainment: Pop culture takes a political turn. The focus on internships as a tool for professional success has never been greater. And "Hey, it's a dirty job..."
[Aug 9] From Sudan, Darfur genocide reveals the world's quiet savagery. From Israel, what would Ibn Khaldun say? From France, citizens wrestle fitfully with sense of ennui. From Italy, fertility treatments frustrate citizens. From Great Britain, is nakedness still a laughing matter? A look at the criminalization of social movements in the Andes. The OSCE will monitor the US election. An article on the problems with electronic voting. On campaign ads: Who listens? After giving away his $45 million fortune and one of his kidneys, Zell Kravinsky has sparked a debate as to where charity ends and lunacy begins. And is it really so wrong for an athlete to use performance - enhancing substances?
[Weekend 2e] From Iraq, the government shuts down Al-Jazeera station. From Mexico, election officials confirm two PRI wins. From Chile, lingering sex scandal still roils the political heirs of Pinochet. From Switzerland, cultural stereotypes seem to reflect reality. On the Scottish Parliament: Was it worth it? China in Africa: All trade, with no political baggage, and China v. Japan: it's not just a soccer game. A review of The End of Diversity? Prospects for German and Japanese Capitalism. A paper on The International Monetary Fund and the Global Spread of Privatization. From The Atlantic Monthly, PJ O'Rourke interviews Colin Powell, and a look at some primary sources. Are most of us destined to join life's losers? An article on the science of mate selection. And on the new regiment of pundits who make a living out of talking dirty
[Weekend] From Russia, on a new law to scrap the highly inefficient, Communist-era welfare system. From the Philippines, uncovering Hernando De Soto. From Nigeria, on the IMF and Nietzsche. From India, on the existential dilemma: what is life, and is beauty really jinxed? From Australia, on life as an alpha female. From the United States, on the beta male between the tool-belt set and the jet set, and a look at the Angry Americans. On Alan Wolfe and his book, One Nation, After All: What Middle-Class Americans Really Think About. On Gallup's Frank Newport and his new book Polling Matters: Why Leaders Must Listen to the Wisdom of the People. Didactic Dirt: The case for vicious campaigning. Here’s a guide to discern what journalists really mean when they write certain things. On how the Web makes the 'zine. On a comic book response to 9/11 and its aftermath. And the CIA asks Bush to discontinue blog
[Aug 6] From Europe, will the generalized use of English accelerate the political integration of the EU? From Israel, women are still battling the Aristotle syndrome. From The Globalist, why the experience in Cote d’Ivoire should give policymakers pause, and are women the globalization's big winners? From the LRB, why reconstituting Darfur will be slow, complicated and expensive. Why is it so hard for Arabs to act together to solve the region’s manifold problems? Living in interesting times: The Canadian election and its meaning. From Government Executive, contract figures show Halliburton's startling growth. Why the business of business is business. From Salon, on pregnancy porn: Why do we salivate over spawning celebrities? Sharon Mitchell, an ex-junkie and hardcore performer, is single-handedly forcing LA's adult film trade to clean up its act (and part 2). And a new book identifies Ireland as Atlantis
[Aug 5] From Canada, on why young people don't vote, and on building the good life in cities. From Thailand, a human rights report warns of a drift towards authoritarianism. From Indonesia, on globalization and postgenocide democracy. From Argentina, police corruption plagues the president and the country. From Brazil, the entire month of August inspires dread. From Morocco, a new family code has differing effects in Western Sahara. From Spain, the government considers financing major religions. From Catholic Answers, here's a Voter's Guide for Serious Catholics. And The Boss wants you to vote!
[Aug 4] From the Bahamas, on emancipation: why did it take so long? From The Globalist, on how Russia met the world. An article on French republicanism and anti-Semitism. Pratap Bhanu Mehta on India's kinder and gentler globalization. On Qaddafi, chess, and the game of dictators. Robert Kagan on the Kerry Doctrine. Gary Hart on why the War on Terrorism can't fill the strategic vacuum. Robert Samuelson on the marketing revolution in politics. Here's the new, updated, 2004 edition of the DLC State and Local Playbook. Charlie Cook analyzes the competitive Senate races. Why John Kerry's accomplishments may show the limits of positive thinking. Dean and liberals have a plan to recapture the party. Their model: the Christian Right. A review of The Twilight of Atheism: The Rise and Fall of Disbelief in the Modern World (and more from Salon). The point at which premature life can be saved is overlapping the time it can be legally terminated. And standup for the Lord: How funny can a Christian comedian be?
[Aug 3] From Afghanistan, how al-Qaeda is tapping into the opium trade to finance its operations. From the Czech Republic, on the formation of the most recent governing coalition. From Brazil, a nation without heroes. From Singapore, now is the finest time for women to be alive. From Europe, why the EU must take itself seriously. In Mideast politics, flip-flopping is a strength, not a weakness. From The Economist, more on the recent WTO deal. On how Japan embraces China. CFR's James Lindsay on how a Kerry victory would change the style and substance of US foreign policy. From Business Week, a look at John Kerry for Dummies, as the candidate who found his soul releases a campaign book and gets the endorsement from the UK's The Observer. But will Kerry use the message coming out of the convention? An article on a new documentary, Orwell Rolls in his Grave. A review of books on Stalin's deportations. A review of Public Enemies: America's Greatest Crime Wave and the Birth of the FBI, 1933-34. A review of The Untold Story: My 20 Years Running The National Enquirer. And "Please tell me my son is not going to grow up to be a Democrat... we’re talking about my son here"
[Aug 2] From Canada, how Islamism and multiculturalism are a united camp against universal human rights, but to speak of a young girl freely exercising her own choice in being veiled is a sick joke. From Russia, inspired by al-Qaeda, neo-Nazis organize themselves into terror cells. From Venezuela, on the Bolivarian Revolution and emancipatory politics. Brazil is leading a largely South American mission to Haiti. A review of books on refugee policies in Australia. Paul Ehrlich calls for the creation of an international panel to assess human behavior. An article on complying with the new corporate governance rules of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. On taking stock of the implications for global and Asian security if the situation in Iraq deteriorates further. Is Iran more democratic and liberal than Pakistan? More on Free World. More on Francis Fukuyama's State-Building. Is Osama a closet Hegelian? Or maybe it's not about ideas: OBL wants O-I-L. On the perils of groupthink and the slide into fascism. And from Swans, Wilsonian or Straussian post-Cold War idealism?
[Weekend] From Pakistan, PM-designate Shaukat Aziz survives an attempt on his life. From Canada, premiers push for a national drug plan. From Sudan, on how to stop the killing in Darfur. From Russia, why Eurasia and Europe should cooperate against America. From South Africa, on the dark underbelly of Satanic activity in the Christian world. From the Vatican, the pope publishes a document designed to address "distortions" generated by radical feminism (more and more). On the new breed of younger priests ordained by Pope John Paul II. The ICTR trial of Father Athanase Seromba, a Rwandan Catholic priest, will begin September. The WTO reaches an agreement on agriculture that puts global trade talks back on track. The IMF says its policies crippled Argentina. From Financial Times, a conversation with Carlos Fuentes. A look at the work of Paul Fussell. Capitol Hill Blue reports Bush is taking anti - depressant drugs to control his erratic behavior (or perhaps his fabulous tendencies). And from The Hill, fake news builds a following, and Ali G strikes again!
New Perspectives Quarterly, Zbigniew Brzezinski on how hostility
to America has never been so great, Boutros Boutros-Ghali on how US
torture sets back cause of human rights in Arab world, Shrin Ebadi
on how America
is no longer the global standard for human rights, Joseph Nye on when
hard power undermines soft power, Paul Kennedy on the
degeneration of war, Madeleine Albright on the
United Nations: the indispensable institution, Anthony Zinni on making
Vietnam’s mistakes all over again, and Francis Fukuyama on how the
must balance hard power with soft power. An article on the economic
basis of imperial power. And from ZNet, an article on globalization
[Aug 13] From Forward, Michael Walzer on to war or not to war. A review of John Judis' The Folly of Empire: What George W. Bush Could Learn from Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson. In the War on Terror, the most important theater will be Pakistan. Stockholm's Ishtiaq Ahmed on Revolution: Western and Islamic. From Open Democracy, a debate: Should religious hatred be illegal? From Christianity Today, a review of books on forgiveness. Peter Singer on why Canada should clone UK's policy on cloning. Governments and industries are bracing themselves for the possibility that radio interference will become a thing of the past. A review of From Chivalry to Terrorism: War and the Changing Nature of Masculinity. Dahlia Lithwick on tyranny in the name of freedom. And from The Boston Phoenix, how the Bl(A)ck Tea Society breathed new life into anarchism, and on the math needed to beat Bush
[Aug 1 2] From Conservative Battleline, who is afraid of the Voltaire Wolf?: A review of Thomas Fleming's The Morality of Everyday Life: Rediscovering an Ancient Alternative to the Liberal Tradition. More on WFB's Miles Gone By. From TCS, is meritocracy an appalling ideal? Virginia Postrel on economics and Islam. From Salon, a defense of the surveillance society; an article on rating of the pollsters; why the neocons were dead wrong about Iraq in at least 21 (count 'em) ways; on what Kerry has achieved in the Senate; and whose is bigger, Bush's or Kerry's? From Slate, on the problems with the Electoral College (and more from Robert Bennett); shop the vote: Wal-Mart = Bush. Costco = Kerry; and is Debra Dickerson the only honest bigot? From The Gadflyer, on how the West wins, despite being more transparent and self-critical. Why Iraqi rebels are not freedom fighters. Having trouble remembering all those other orange alerts? Here's a cheat sheet. And are we getting to the point where terror is just something we complain about but live with, like bad weather?
[Aug 11] From The Brookings Institution, on the State of Iraq: An update. From The Globalist, a look at the history of Western domination in the Middle East. Here are ten surprises the Bush administration proved remarkably unprepared for. No shortcuts to the End of History: So can we comfortably assume that the war is still won, that our way of life will inevitably become everyone’s? From New Statesman, why an unequal society is an unhealthy society. Northwestern's John McGinnis on how judicial review has its limits. An interview with Berkeley's George Lakoff. A new issue of Socialist Viewpoint is out. And views from the Right: From The Lawrence Dennis Institute's The Idyllic, articles on the problems of paleoconservatism, on secession movements, on letting go of America, and what is populism?; from the Birchers' The New American, on the many examples of real conspiracies; and from Lyndon LaRouche's EIR, on the Leibniz Revolution in America, 1727-1752
[Aug 10] From The New Criterion, on the death of religion & the fall of respectable Britain, and an article on a democratic & republican religion. From Time, more on the decline of Protestantism in the US. Ronald Brownstein on why the US needs an antidote to the election's partisan venom. An interview with John Powers, author of Sore Winners. Mark Schmitt on the reform that failed. A review of JK Galbraith's The Economics of Innocent Fraud: Truth for Our Time. On how Paul Krugman has become an accidental theorist. Marek Halter is an archetypal wandering Jew and an all-purpose prophet. From Newsweek, a look at Al-Qaeda's pre-election plot (in four parts). Christopher Hitchens on the silliness of security alerts. Paul Kennedy on the withdrawal of Médecins sans Frontičres from Afghanistan. A review of The Pentagon's New Map. And Bush and the pope are firing their moral missiles at the ultimate source of the world's distemper: uppity females
[Aug 9] From Asia Times, on Kant, Islam and political ideology. From Green Left Weekly, more on The History Wars. From The Cato Institute, on order out of anarchy: The International Law of War. Douglas Feith defends the war plans in Iraq. Walter Russell Mead on the decline of Fordism and the challenge to American power. Do Americans fulfill the common perception that they are more tuned to Paris Hilton than Colin Powell? Trading places: A class identity flip-flop for GOP and Democrats. Kenneth Starr says Watergate was a triumph for the rule of law. An article on the work of economist Robert Frank. An excerpt from How to be Idle. And Robyn Blumner is an atheist. So what?
[Weekend 2e] After decades of dispute, the resting place Federico García Lorca may soon be confirmed, but barely buried grudges are also being exhumed. Dahlia Lithwick on rape shield laws. A look at the gerrymandering scandal in American politics. Joe Klein hates the Anger-Industrial Complex. Buzzflash interviews Jim Hightower. An interview with Georgetown's Walter Berns. The 1986 UN Declaration on the Right to Development is so mouldy from neglect that one can hardly read it at all. A speech on why Islamic law should be opposed. Francis Fukuyama long advocated getting rid of Saddam, but says his man botched it. From AEI, you can download a book, Operation Iraqi Freedom: A Strategic Assessment (and here's a summary). McMaster's Henry Giroux on neoliberalism and the demise of democracy. And what is a neo-conservative anyway?
[Weekend] From Open Democracy, Yale's Paul Gilroy on melancholia and multiculture, and a letter exchange between Will Hutton and Grover Norquist. From Christianity Today, a review of books on John Locke and Thomas Reid, and a review of The Rise of Evangelicalism. Why campaigners for global justice must take a leaf out of Greenpeace's book and consider direct action. More on Hardt and Negri's Multitude. More on The Wisdom of Crowds. From American Daily, on how leftism has reached a tipping point. The work of publicity-shy Stanley Kurtz is at the center of the debate over same-sex marriage. On how John Kenneth Galbraith has become a model exponent of the contemporary orthodoxy, and Brendan O'Neill on terrorism and cynicism. Paul Krugman on the "Afghanizing" of the media coverage of Iraq. And if desperation is ugly, then Washington, D.C. today is downright hideous
[Aug 6] As Pakistan produces the goods again, is an "August Surprise" brewing in Arizona? For now, the consolidation of media companies has been stalled--but only for now. But who's afraid of this? Not Jack Shafer. The problem for adland is that reading and viewing habits are changing. From Writ, how the recent DNC convention altered the party's message about the constitution and what it means. Bill Clinton denounces Bush's forest policy changes. From The Nation, on the return of White-ist David Duke. Attacking Neo-Cons from the Right: A review of America Alone: The Neo - Conservatives and the Global Order. From The Mises Institute, on morality and economic law: toward a reconciliation. Hugh Hewitt interviews James Dobson on the Silent (Christian) Majority. A decisive turn to paganism: Has the nation finally abandoned its Judeo - Christian heritage? And John Kerry admits left of center people of faith to the party. Imagine that!
[Aug 5] From Writ, is there a constitutional right to sexual privacy? Dahlia Lithwick on the bickering over vibrators on the 11th Circuit. From Reason, more on Taking Sex Differences Seriously. An article on aging societies, lost women, and lost consumers. From Sojourners, a review of Saving America? Faith-Based Services and the Future of Civil Society. From Opinion Journal, a review of What's Right With Islam, by Feisal Abdul Rauf. After years of neglect, the Democratic Party is finally reaching out to young voters. Harold Meyerson on a neocon job if ever there was one. And on the wicked genius that is liberalism
[Aug 4] From the World Policy Journal, Karl Meyer on America Unlimited: The Radical Sources of the Bush Doctrine, and an article on Redrawing the Map of the Future. From The American Enterprise, Samuel Huntington on One Nation, Out of Many, an article on how to make an American, and an interview with Thomas Sowell. From The Atlantic Monthly, an interview with Christopher Buckley. An article on the imprisoned American mind. From TCS, more on the myth of libertarian neutrality. Here's a conservative defense of neoconservatives. How big government conservatism alienates libertarians. Walter Williams on why socialism is eeeevil, and Thomas Fleming on why he won't vote in November. It’s time to ask ourselves whether we’re to be librarians or liberators. Forget the old saw that cash is king: When companies hoard, the economy suffers. A bold lawsuit may have utilities reconsidering their fight against regulations. And from American ethic to global imperative, the world of work turns
[Aug 3] From The Wilson Quarterly, why getting and spending by everyone else continues to make the intellectual life possible, and you can’t help but wonder what will happen if the ravenous appetite of ordinary Americans disappears; on the hidden agony of Woodrow Wilson; and on how Darwin thought of worms as historians. From The Atlantic Monthly, Eric Alterman on the Hollywood Campaign, and Ryan Lizza on Barack Obama, the Natural. From Time, a review of Hardt and Negri's Multitude. A review of Graham Allison's Nuclear Terrorism: The Ultimate Preventable Catastrophe. David Ignatius takes a look at the 9/11 Commission report. From Slate, why you're safer than you think. Robert Wright on What Would Machiavelli Do? On the hidden glory of the Greatest Generation: Only about 15 percent of US soldiers actually tried to kill anyone. Immanuel Wallerstein on a primer on US presidential elections. Most Americans pay little attention to Tom Daschle, but Republicans are out to get him. Jonathan Yardley reviews Sore Winners (And the Rest of Us): In George Bush's America. Just what are celebrities good for in politics? And a review of The Status Syndrome: How Social Standing Affects Our Health and Longevity
[Aug 2] From Anarchist Studies, Saul Newman (UWA): Anarchism, Marxism and the Bonapartist State, and an essay on Reinventing Hierarchy: The Political Theory of Social Ecology. An interview with Hakim Bey, an anarchist in Hudson Valley. If we concede rights to animals, must we also allow them for vegetables? From Opinion Journal, Hillary Clinton on why foreign labor isn't as cheap as it seams, and Michael Lerner on why Democrats need a whole new discourse on caring. From The Nation, how they could steal the election this time. From In These Times, more on What’s the Matter with Kansas? From Mother Jones, Kerry has some pretty good policy ideas. Harvard should look to get along with Kerry better. Michael Albert on the election hyperbole. On the role of externalities in elections. Samuel Francis stands up for Michael Peroutka, presidential candidate of the Constitution Party. Why Barack Obama is not black in the usual way. From The Boston Globe, are voters irrational? And on how to define democracy: Culture, or just a method?
[Weekend] From Business Week, on the unbearable costs of empire. Barbara Crossette on the lessons the UN and the US have learned in Iraq. A review of The American Empire and the Fourth World. Why Americans believe only American deaths count in Iraq. Does Abu Ghraib reflect a routine mistreatment of inmates in American prisons? John Dean takes a look at the 9/11 Commission report. From Counterpunch, on Bertrand Russell, Dierdre McCloskey, and Thomas Szaz's Challenge to Libertarians. Henry Louis Gates on Barack Obama breaking the silence. Eric Alterman on the word "liberal" (and more from Michael Kinsley), and Paul Krugman on the triumph of the trivial. A review of Leftism Revisited (From de Sade and Marx to Hitler and Pol Pot). On postmodern slogans and the difference between Christian practice and a Starbucks purchase. From Opinion Journal, a look at Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping, on Bush vs. Kerry: The Next Generation, and if Bush is such a dictator, why can't he even stifle dissent in his own bookstore? And on the logic of Journalism, editorial writers gone wild!
[Weekend] A new issue
of The Journal of World-Systems Research is out, including a
symposium: New Left Review's Peter Gowan on Contemporary Intra-Core Relations and World Systems Theory,
and responses by John
Boswell, and Giovanni
Arrighi. From FT, more
on Michael Walzer's Arguing About War. From The Guardian,
a conversation with John
Kenneth Galbraith. A study suggests humans
may have sped up the evolutionary clock for one species of fish.
Researchers have turned procrastinating
monkeys into workaholics. In our brave new world, your
responsibility for your children begins before they do. And how
Francis Crick must be enjoying
himself in the Underworld!
[Aug 13] Jill Frank (South Carolina): A Democracy of Distinction: Aristotle’s Polity of Friendship pdf. A review of John Stuart Mill: A Biography, and more on Simon Blackburn's Lust. More on Forrest McDonald's Recovering the Past. From TLS, more on Philip Ball's Critical Mass, and on the phenomenon of paraskevidekatriaphobia. Leon Wieseltier remembers Sidney Morgenbesser. Obituary: Economist Robert Browne. Are some 'contemporary popular knowledges' powerful enough to change the course of history? More on The Wisdom of Crowds. Co-operation has brought the human race a long way in a staggeringly short time: A review of The Company of Strangers. An investigation of a slanging match between scientists and philosophers. On how twin research has never been so popular. And it's more than coffee: On the work of Florida sociologist Ray Oldenburg, The Great Good Place
[Aug 1 2] Gilbert Harman (Princeton): Moral Particularism and Transduction pdf. Sean Stryker (UC-Berkeley): The Rationalization of the Political Field: Beyond the State- and Society-Centered Theories of Policy Change pdf. A review of Forrest McDonald's Recovering the Past: A Historian's Memoir. Florida's Norman Holland on psychoanalysis as a science (and a response). From American Scientist, an article on science as play; a review of books on Alfred Russel Wallace; a review of Mathematics in Nature: Modeling Patterns in the Natural World; a review of Red Sky at Morning: America and the Crisis of the Global Environment; more on Descartes' Baby: How the Science of Child Development Explains What Makes Us Human; and more on Evolution's Rainbow (and an excerpt on "Female Choice"). Research shows SAT, ACT & GRE test prep analysis reveals poor study habits. Why there is no substitute to knowing your stuff. Why are people lining up to rubbish The Da Vinci Code? And China wants to send philosophers into space!
[Aug 11] From the Annual Review of Sociology (2000), Sean O'Riain (UC-Berkeley): States and Markets in an Era of Globalization pdf. From Syracuse, a series of Commentaries on the American Presidency: Jeffrey Stonecash on The Polarized Presidential Electorate, Charlotte Grimes on The Press and Presidential Politics, and David Bennett on The 2004 Election: A Watershed Moment pdf. A review of An End to Poverty? A review of The Bomb: A History. A review of Weakness of Will and Practical Irrationality. A review of Descartes' Baby. A scientist says governments are ignoring the threat of a piece of rock as big as the Isle of Man in the Canary Islands crashing into the Atlantic. From The Chronicle of Higher Education, on style as a pleasure for the reader or the writer, and "Come on now, don't be that guy..." From Great Britain, society's regard for intelligence and learning has never been lower. And two reviews of Terry Eagleton's The English Novel: An Introduction
[Aug 10] Jeremy Schulz (UC-Berkeley): Discourses about Market Capitalism in the Age of Subjective Values: An Inquiry Into Ideologies, Moralities, and Grammars of Evaluation pdf. Philip Pettit on Democracy and Common Valuations. An essay on libertarian Marxism's relation to anarchism. Julian Baggini on aggregation aggravation, a bad move. More on How Textbooks from Around the World Portray U.S. History (and excerpts). Herbert Gintis reviews Why Men Won't Ask for Directions: The Seductions of Sociobiology. Dmitry Mendeleyev believed in science's potential to govern society. New technology is helping brain scientists unravel the mysteries of the night. Psychologists try to learn how to spot a liar. There are good scientific reasons to believe that extraterrestrial life forms might resemble human beings. From Wisconsin, research finds media giants don’t always lead to less diverse content. And from Northeastern, research finds it's you major, not your alma mater, that matters
[Aug 9] From New Left Review, Susan Watkins on Vichy on the Tigris, Caglar Keyder on The Turkish Bell Jar, and the Alliance for Ethnic Equality on the Tensions in Taiwan pdf. A review of Martha Nussbaum's Hiding From Humanity: Shame, Disgust and the Law (and an article in The Chronicle). An interview with Rupert Sheldrake on the extended mind. Part of the brain responsible for processing emotions is overactive in depressed people, supporting genetic theories, while the theory that solving social problems spurred the human brain to surpass those of other species has received a boost. And on the fall-out from genetic engineering
[Weekend 2e] From Political Science Quarterly, Jack Ravoke (Stanford): Presidential Selection: Electoral Fallacies; and Judith Best (SUNY-Cortland): Presidential Selection: Complex Problems and Simple Solutions pdf . A review of Charles Taylor, and a review of Intellectual Virtue: Perspectives from Ethics and Epistemology. A review of Meaning, Basic Self-Knowledge, and Mind: Essays on Tyler Burge, and a review of Re-Inventing the Symptom: Essays on the Final Lacan. More on Provincialising Europe: Postcolonial Thought and Historical Difference. A review of The Social Organization of Law: Introductory Readings. A look at the new publication, The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: College. Students take part in a dig at Megiddo, where King Solomon might have lived. And "What if Jacques Derrida sees this?"
[Weekend] From Eurozine, an interview with Carleton's Rob Shields on knowing the city, and an article on the timeliness of Thorstein Veblen's The Theory of the Leisure Class, and on artistic freedom as a safety valve. A review of Punishment, Politics and Culture, a review of Use of Punishment, and a review of Capital Punishment: Strategies for Abolition. From TLS, a review of books on Islam. A review of Vermeer in Bosnia: A Reader. Would less academically able pupils be better off with a Sixties-style vocational education? Cathy Young on how political correctness never died in college campuses. Congress is moving to force a shift to open access, a form of free-to-consumer publishing, for scientific papers. A review of Martin Gardner's Are Universes Thicker Than Blackberries? The science secret of grand masters is revealed. And here's a look at the science of James Bond's gadgets
[Aug 6] Richard Falk (Princeton): (1) Reviving Global Justice, Addressing Legitimate Grievances; (2) What is a Nation? What is a State? Exploring Minority Rights and their Limits; (3) A New Gandhian Moment; and (4) Will the Empire be Fascist? A review of a new edition of Carl Schmitt's Legality and Legitimacy. A review of Enrique Dussel's Beyond Philosophy: Ethics, History, Marxism, and Liberation Theology. A review of Liberalism beyond Justice: Citizens, Society, and the Boundaries of Political Theory. A review of On Being Born and Other Difficulties. More on Evolution's Rainbow: Diversity, Gender and Sexuality in Nature and People. Scientists have found that less sunlight has been reaching the earth's surface in recent decades. Can you use Kant to attack anti-science liberals? Or Adam Smith to attack liberal professors? And on why Darwinian natural selection is liberating and humbling
[Aug 5] Martin Shaw (Sussex): Risk - transfer militarism and the legitimacy of war after Iraq. From The Village Voice, a new issue of its Education Supplement is out, including an article on the changing notions of what students need to know (perhaps some porn and other fringe fare?) From The New England Journal of Medicine, an article on doctors and torture. A review of Thomas Szasz's Law, Liberty, and Psychiatry: An Inquiry into the Social Uses of Mental Health Practices. On the case for critics: There must be more than simple judgments of good and bad. And on how to please a critic: Use statistics
[Aug 4] A new issue of Policy Review is out, including a translation of Alexandre Kojčve's Outline of a Doctrine of French Policy, and an analysis of Kojčve’s Latin Empire, a review of Lubavitchers as Citizens: A Paradox of Liberal Democracy, and a review of The Fate of Zionism: A Secular Future for Israel & Palestine. A review of 50 Years of Dissent. And a review of Pendulum: Leon Foucault and the Triumph of Science. A review of Alexander the Great: The Hunt for a New Past. A new issue of Econ Journal Watch is out. A new issue of Post-Autistic Economics Review is out. From Spiked, why education and skills do not make a vital contribution to economic performance. The days when professors had a license to be lazy are gone--now they need more time to think. NYU's Andrew Light, an enviro - academic, answers questions. Students at the University of Colorado at Boulder can take a popular course on Fridays--as long as they're not white. And Weezer's Rivers Cuomo posts his college application essay online
[Aug 3] From The University of Chicago Press, two chapters from The Vote: Bush, Gore, and the Supreme Court, edited by Cass Sunstein and Richard Epstein, an interview with Frank Bryan, author of Real Democracy: The New England Town Meeting and How It Works, an excerpt from Walter Berns' Making Patriots, an excerpt from Cultural Dilemmas of Progressive Politics: Styles of Engagement among Grassroots Activists, an excerpt from Bushmanders and Bullwinkles: How Politicians Manipulate Electronic Maps and Census Data to Win Elections, an excerpt from The Power of Productivity: Wealth, Poverty, and the Threat to Global Stability, and an excerpt from Dancing at Armageddon: Survivalism and Chaos in Modern Times (and an interview). Michael Shermer on the law of large numbers. From Israel, on the shaky future of higher education. Here is Edward Said's last article, on the rage of the old. Can't wash politics out of art, but you can avoid a hard sell. On the creation of a new Progressive Book Club (and the website). Why reading's promise is tied up with some danger, too. And three French philosophers, a German filmmaker and a duck walk into a bar...
[Aug 2] From the forthcoming The Future for Philosophy, ed. by Brian Leiter, David Chalmers (Arizona): The Representational Character of Experience, and Nancy Cartwright (LSE): From Causation and Explanation and Back pdf. A review of Logical Empiricism in North America: Minnesota Studies in the Philosophy of Science, XVIII. From TLS, a review of books on insects and ants, and more on Evolution's Rainbow: Diversity, gender, and sexuality in nature and people. A review of O: the Intimate History if the Orgasm. More on Francis Crick, from New Scientist. On the quest for improving the ability to retain and retrieve memories. On the importance of logic and philosophy in higher education. Despite efforts to hire more women professors, a gender gap persists. USC law professor Erwin Chemerinsky leaves a lasting legacy in LA. More on Terry Eagleton's After Theory. A writer retraces philosopher Walter Benjamin's failed walk to freedom. And a review of Hendrik Hertzberg's Politics: Observations & Arguments, 1966-2004
[Weekend] Daniel Drezner (Chicago) and Henry Farrell (GWU): The Power and Politics of Blogs pdf. A review of Welfare and the Constitution. A review of Liars and Heaps: New Essays On Paradox. A review of Moral Development and Reality: Beyond the Theories of Kohlberg and Hoffman, and a review of Why We Lie: The Evolutionary Roots of Deception and the Unconscious Mind. Obituary: Francis Crick, and Matt Ridley pays tribute. A new DNA profiling technique shows humans are more varied than previously thought. A NAS panel sees no unique risk from genetic engineering. A team of brain scientists make a groundbreaking discovery into the biological basis for autism. Peter Singer reminds animal liberation activists that humans are sentient too. Steven Rose on why he experiments on animals. On what it would really take to stop robots from hurting humans, and why we are still a long way from realizing the power of Gattaca's science. On the growth of transhumanism as both a philosophical and cultural phenomenon. And on the story of a legendary hero of the Olympic Games