political theory: archives
 some links might not work anymore--sorry


return to homepage


news room town square ivory tower
[Dec 15] From Macedonia, the new government will have to deal with a local insurrection as soon as it enters office. From Brazil, the government has slowly consolidated around the pragmatic position of Finance Minister Antonio Palocci. From Great Britain, we're all teenagers now. From Australia, a review of books on Mark Latham. Tariq Ramadan writes on Turkey and the EU. An energized Argentine democracy is holding its own against the IMF, but for how long? South America seeks to fill the world's table. From CFR, a report on Giving Meaning to 'Never Again'. From TNR, more reactions to Peter Beniart's "a fighting liberalism" essay. A new issue of the New Democrats' Blueprint is out. David Brooks on the wonks' Loya Jirga. An op-ed on the declining number and quality of patents awarded to Americans. From OJR, "newsworthy" is slowly being redefined online by an increasingly participatory audience. If know-nothing politicians can weigh in on sports, can't athletes legitimately voice their political opinions? Here are some simple rules for riding the subway, and a guide to black-tie nights. Is the UK's reputation as a haven for heritage starting to crumble into ruins? Some people seem to want a lump of bile in their stockings. Leon Trotsky speaks to Russia today. And now for something completely different...

[Dec 14] From Romania, Traian Basescu beats the odds to become president, avoiding the dreaded “Ukrainian scenario". From Kyrgyzstan, the events in Ukraine are making the authorities nervous. From Hungary, on the referendum on dual citizenship and a small victory for Europeanism. From Chile, Pinochet arrested on murder charge and will face trial, and on the story of a tortured inheritance. On the geopolitics of oil: It's now India and China vs. the US. An article on starving for capital in Sub-Saharan Africa. How dust is whipped up from Africa and carried across the north Atlantic to the Caribbean. From The New York Times Magazine, here's the 4th Annual Year in Ideas. Jonathan Chait on the new tax-cut and spend conservatives. Jesse L. Jackson, Jr. on the need for a federal right to vote with standards. There are left-wing attacks on the United States, and then there are attacks from the right on those who attack it. Forget Security Moms, NASCAR Dads, Metrosexuals. Now it's all about "Idio Types". An article on the limits of "Man Bites Dog" stories. A review of The Whole Equation: A History of Hollywood. And on how Hollywood sold kids' entertainment down the toilet: The poop hits the fans

[Dec 13] From Trinidad and Tobago, a column on democratic consolidation. From Pakistan, what is meant by the term ‘single people’ in the context of democracy? From China, civil disobedience is taking root. From Niger, seven per cent of the population still live and die in slavery. From Great Britain, Mary Warnock's comments on euthanasia spark anger. From Mexico, the solution to a stalled revolution: Write a mystery novel. Latin American leaders have founded a “Community of Nations” that could one day become the region’s equivalent of the European Union. We have the U.N. and keep trying to make it work because we would be even worse off without it. An op-ed on trees and democracy by Wangari Maathai, the 2004 winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. From Opinion Journal, how the "Reagan earthquake" still reverberates through the world economy. From The Washington Monthly, a look at the exclusive church where Washington's conservative power brokers pray. Democrats disagree with President Bush that Social Security is in crisis. Robert Kuttner on the reasons to support a national ID card. The "Middlebury Declaration" calls for the secession of Vermont from Bush's America. Why the Pentagon may be hoping that Saddam Hussein beats the rap for invading Kuwait. And Hugo Chavez is studying Trotsky, revolution and emancipation. Run for your lives!

[Weekend] From Canada, Supreme Court approves gay marriages. From Russia, why Vladimir Putin is an autocratic obstacle to change. From Iran, one day the ruling ayatollahs will lose their deadening grip on power, but not soon. From Indonesia, the government needs to ensure that its people reap the benefits of democracy. From The Globalist, why the dollar will continue to drop until U.S. legitimacy is restored; and just who is fighting the real war against Islam? From Great Britain, a review of Gordon Brown. English to be spoken by half of the world's population within 10 years, but a bilingual America? Not likely. A review of Wetback Nation: The Case for Opening the Mexican - American Border. A review of Coast of Dreams: California on the Edge, 1990-2003. A review of Can't Find My Way Home: America in the Great Stoned Age 1945-2000 (and an excerpt). A review of Counterculture Through the Ages: From Abraham to Acid House. A review of Under the Influence: The Disinformation Guide to Drugs. And in case you missed it, cheese is the new morphine

[Dec 10] From the Middle East, Muslim scholars increasingly debate unholy war. From Spain, the country starts to come to terms with the brutality of Gen. Franco's regime. From Great Britain, an unlikely alliance defends the right to make jokes. From Singapore, married couples are too tired for nookie. From Foreign Affairs, did North Korea cheat? From PINR, Taiwan's elections raise tensions in the Strait. Francis Fukuyama on East Asia: 6 - 1 = a new regional force. Michel Rocard on the democratization of Europe, and Ralf Dahrendorf on gunboat diplomacy. On what Rummy's survival says about Bush's plans for his second term. Who did voters pick on Nov. 2? In some cases, we'll never know. Adult "superstores" are popping up all over rural America. A bastion of cockfighting is under pressure to ban it. From The Nation, on our debt to Bill Moyers. A review of Media Man: Ted Turner's Improbable Empire (and more). More on Hard News. Jessica Cohen of Gawker.com is the scourge of Manhattan's wannabe celebrities. And does it matter that Alfred Kinsey enjoyed his work more than he let on?

[Dec 9] From Russia, Moscow wants a rerun of elections... in Abkhazia. From the Netherlands, a maths teacher admits to a fake communist party scam that fooled Mao Zedong. From Iran, a look at the long history of the Idealist Intellectual Syndrome. Several Mideast governments are cracking down on blogs. From PINR, the US retreats from the theory of democratic transformation in the Middle East. The White House is "scaling back" its Middle East democracy initiatives. Will anyone notice? Timothy Garton Ash on how Ukraine's newly sovereign society is throwing off the governing mob. From WSJ, economist bloggers Brad DeLong and Tyler Cowen on what it takes to be a good Treasury secretary. Victor Davis Hanson on what the new Secretary of Agriculture should do. On what Corporate America can't build: A sentence. An interview with Chilton Williamson, former literary editor for the National Review. An interview with Orhan Pamuk, Turkey's best-known novelist, on a "Europe of Two Souls". It is time to take the Christ out of Christmas, and make it more commercial. And kids, stop using laptop computers on your laps, please

[Dec 8] News from around the world: From Israel, a farewell essay by a veteran journalist has many secular Jews asking, Should I stay or should I go? From China, the government bans public discussion of thinkers and scholars guilty of taking arrogant positions. From Japan, males more prone to commit crimes but whys elude. From Russia, men show little regard for their own safety, and what does it take to get young men to sign up for the Russian Army? From Ukraine, an interview with model revolutionary Julia Tymoshenko. From Canada, natives' land battles bring a shift in the economy, and on the role of black sheep in La Francophonie. From Nigeria, on the social contract between the governed and the government. From Australia, an article in defence of the political cartoonists’ licence to mock (and a response). From the Netherlands, Amsterdamned: can free expression triumph over fear? (and part 2). Stoned to death... why Europe is starting to lose its faith in Islam (and more). What's in a name? In France, it could mean a job. And Ah, Scotland! The Moors, the Braes, the fried pizza

[Dec 7] From Kosovo, Albanians choose ex-guerrilla as prime minister. From Venezuela, Hugo Chavez says there are no real democracies in Latin America. From Chile, women celebrate gaining right to divorce. From Japan, what local women want: A Western husband. From PINR, on the potential deterioration of Sino-Japanese relations. A new issue of the IMF's Finance & Development is out. Amartya Sen and James Wolfensohn on helping disabled people out of the shadows. Ian Buruma on an Islamic Democracy for Iraq. From National Journal, religious conservatives say they are like everyone else. How does that translate into a Washington agenda? From Slate, on the creepy solution to the stem-cell debate. Can bioethics in the United States rise above politics? Regardless of their opposing views, "press putas" have much in common. After many million pages, C-Span's Booknotes ends its run. The Plain English Awards highlight particularly testing examples of corporate gobbledygook. And words attributed to Burke top a poll to coincide with the new Oxford Dictionary of Quotations

[Dec 6] On the culture wars over sex: From Greece (rr), sometimes a snake is just a snake. Not this time. From India, a look at how sex pervades every aspect of our lives. From the USA, an Alabama lawmaker wants to ban novels with gay characters from public libraries; a South Carolina legislator wants to cut the local public TV budget after it aired a documentary on gays; and the principal of a Christian school quits after he had himself whipped in front of two students. These days, Washington is obsessed with sex. In these deadly times, it is vital that we reach out to our kissin' cousins who hold the erotic key to peace. From The New Yorker, a look at the work of Judith Reisman and the conservative hope to discredit the field of sexology with holy wrath. From Salon, how can something that most of us experience for 12 minutes a year be the driving force of humanity? The world's first known piece of printed pornography, the "quintessence of debauchery", will be auctioned next month. Merchant of Venice distributor demands pound of flesh. Here's a self-help book that no woman should be into. And it's a little chic for straight women to have a gay fling or two, but not for men

[Weekend] News from around the world: From PINR, Romania is Europe's New Sick Man. From Hungary, voters will decide whether to extend dual citizenship to their ethnic kin abroad. From Eurozine, how will the great European cities - London, Paris and Vienna - develop in the future, both in a political and in an architectural sense? The Ukrainian revolution has catapulted Poland into the leadership of the European Union. From Chile, instant web feedback creates the next day's paper. From The Globalist, why India will project significant influence on global economic, political or cultural affairs, and are Canadians a less deferent people than Americans? From the United States, Liberians form a political movement. Paul Berman on what Raúl Rivero's release from prison means for Cuba. For Kofi Annan to resign would be extremely damaging, not only to the UN but also to the US. And Robin Cook on why Kofi Annan's visionary report gives short shrift to pre-emptive strikes (and more)

[Dec 3] From Turkmenistan, is the ‘Great Leader’ on the Ceausescu Career Path? From Nepal, king, politicians and Maoists fiddle while the country burns. From South Asia, on the distinctiveness of Indian secularism, and a look at when democratic principles have to be compromised. From Europe, as secularists dominate public life, experts expect a backlash from the theo-cons in the continent. Ukraine's Viktor Yushchenko writes an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal. Here's what you need to know about Ukraine, so you can forget about it next month. Why is James Baker talking to the president via the New York Times op-ed page? From Salon, an interview with Leila Sadat on Guantanamo. Noam Chomsky on the lessons of Election 2004. Kweisi Mfume resigns, but NAACP's troubles remain. From The Guardian, an interview with musician/activitist Pat Kane on his latest project, "The Play Ethic". Has an inventor found the hardest possible simple sliding-block puzzle? Who wins and who loses as phone calls move on to the internet? And don't get mad with spammers. Get even

[Dec 2] From Armenia, the government begins to crack in a dispute that highlights the role of wealth in politics. From Great Britain, at last, a new generation is taking to politics. From Canada, family unit now defined by function, not just form. From Cameroon, philosophers assert their role in development. Pfizer enlists Regis Debray and other French intellectuals to endorse a good citizenship campaign. From Foreign Service, an article on Rescuing the U.N. Security Council: Should We? Can We? pdf. Long-awaited proposals on reforming the United Nations have been unveiled. James Baker on talking our way to peace. Why the threat posed by Al-Qaeda is hugely overblown. Joseph Nye on the decline of foreign student enrollment in the US. The Gonzales Debate: Identity politics meets the right wing. And Eugene Volokh on how you can blog, but you can't hide

[Dec 1] From India, an interview with Jagdish Bhagwati. From Nepal, Maoist's rejection of talks will mean continued violence. From Macedonia, the governing coalition avoids political crisis by appointing a new prime minister. From Romania, the future government may depend on a far-right party. From Great Britain, academics rate prime ministers of the 20th century. From Asia Times, a look at what makes the US a Christian nation. An op-ed on how the Chilean social security reform can teach the US, and John Kasich on a new index for Social Security. Joe Trippi on how the grassroots can save Democrats. TNR grades the 2008 Republican contenders who aren't on anyone's short list--yet. A column on how moral hypocrisy dates back to Pilgrims. Dwindling Freemasons hope to attract new blood. TTLB's NZ Bear on the the crossbreeding going on between bloggers and journalists. What is hip? It's not cool or edgy or even trendy, but one thing is for sure: It's fleeting. And scientists come up with a brain-taxing spin on the old formula of 100 things to do before you die
[Dec 15] From Foreign Policy, a look at the Top Ten stories you missed in 2004, an interview on The Hawk's Case against Saddam Hussein, Christopher Hitchens on Powell's valediction, Eric Hobsbawm on spreading democracy as a dangerous idea, and a Think Again piece on Middle East Democracy. George Packer on democracy promotion and the Bush administration. A review of In the Rose Garden of the Martyrs. More on The Persian Puzzle (and an excerpt). More on Gilles Kepel's The War for Muslim Minds. More on Olivier Roy's Globalised Islam. More on Timothy Garton Ash's Free World (and an excerpt). More on Paul Gilroy's After Empire. A review of Tariq Ali's Bush in Babylon: The Recolonisation of Iraq. An interview with Michael Koubi, former chief interrogator for Shin Bet, Israel's security service. From Chronicles, 1204 and all that: Turning allies into foes. Immanuel Wallerstein on China and the US: Competing geopolitical strategies. An article on America Beyond Capitalism: What a "pluralist commonwealth" would look like. From Counterpunch, an interview on how the South became Republican: It's about race. A review of Slavery and the Making of America. More on Born Fighting: How the Scots-Irish Shaped America. And a review of Huck's Raft: A History of American Childhood

[Dec 14] Nature Ethics Religion: From Popular Science, a look at the work of Aubrey de Grey, the Prophet of Immortality (more and more). An op-ed on the behavior of genes, and an article on the cultural bias of genetics. George Monbiot on why the adoption of biofuels would be a humanitarian and environmental disaster for the planet. Can having children be immoral? Is there a natural right to have children? Why are we all suddenly so down on anti-depressants? Doctors have stretched the label of depression to cover the full range of human unhappiness. From TCS, James Pinkerton on love, lust and the future of politics and culture, and a look at the common thread that binds Singerian ethics, Dutch medicine, and tyranny of all stripes. Why the freedom to criticise religion is not freedom to express hatred and incite violence, and just who will fight for the faithless? On how liberalism and relativism are fueling secularism. From Conservative Battleline, an article on Locke and Christianity. From Commonweal, William Galston on why the GOP keeps winning, and a look at how Catholic conservatives got Iraq wrong. There's a reason Tariq Ramadan gets treated like a radical.  And Jesuits show strength, even as their numbers shrink

[Dec 13] From Open Democracy, an interview with George Papandreou, Greece’s former foreign minister, and can this United Nations reform process last longer than its predecessors? Ian Buruma on Continental Drift, and Mahdea Belleka is in a foreign land. A review of Constructing Global Civil Society. Arundhati Roy on why only global resistance from below can counter repressive states. An interview with Noam Chomsky on anarchism and radical politics. A review of The Left Face. A review of Christopher Hitchens' Love, Poverty and War: Journeys and Essays. From ISJ, an essay on the hijab, racism and the state. From the AEI, you can download The Islamic Paradox: Shiite Clerics, Sunni Fundamentalists, and the Coming of Arab Democracy. An interview with Kenneth Pollack, author of The Persian Puzzle. An interview with Jim Swanson, author of Axis of Evil: Perforated Praeter Naturam. Peter Bergen on how the terrorists will strike again, but who are they? From Al-Ahram, Columbia's Joseph Massad on Semites and anti-Semites. From Forward, what's going on with AIPAC? On Realism's Shining Morality: The post-election trajectory of US foreign policy--or have the realists been rebuffed? From Israel Insider, do democratic ends justify terrorist means? Fom World Net Daily, a proposal to threaten to vaporize 100 Muslim cities. And from Buzzflash, "God Is With Us": Hitler's rhetoric and the lure of moral values

[Weekend] On the future of the Democratic Party: From TNR, responses from John Judis and from readers to Peter Beinart's recent essay, a reply, and The Nation's David Corn and National Review's Stanley Kurtz and Jonah Goldberg get into the act. From Slate, on The Feel-Good Group of the Year: The therapeutic activism of MoveOn.org. Ralph Nader writes an open letter to Michael Moore. From The Washington Monthly, what now? A discussion on the way forward for the Democrats. How the path to Democratic nirvana is painted right on the 2004 electoral map. Donna Brazile and Gary Locke on what Democrats should do next. Could Hillary become America's first woman president? A review of Dick Morris' Because He Could. Here's a speech by Howard Dean on the future of the Democratic Party. James Taranto on why overturning Roe would be good for the Democrats. From The Village Voice, on the Fetal Frontier: Pro-choice advocates wrestle with the uncomfortable, and an article on Al Sharpton, TV's Democratic minister of 'moral values'. And on the Art of Culture War: Political strategy lessons from the 1990s

[Dec 10] From Dollars & Sense, why Social Security isn't broken, on the Social Security Administration’s cracked crystal ball, and a look at African Americans and Social Security. From New Statesman, on how the US is suffering a chronic deficit of legitimacy, on the lessons of the British East India Company for today, and a look at why women hate politics. From The Nation, a look at Kissinger's shadow over the Council on Foreign Relations. A review of Niall Ferguson's Colossus (part 2 and part 3). An excerpt from Natan Sharansky's The Case for Democracy (part 2 and part 3). From Reason, wondering why we've been largely terror-free since 9/11, and a look at the liberating legacy of those “hideous, spotty little teenagers". David Brooks on the new red diaper babies, a response from Media Matters, and Samuel Francis on the MNF Owens-Sheridan promo, and another response. Jim Wallis on how neither candidate championed the poor as a "moral value" or made the war in Iraq a religious matter. Andrew Sullivan on how Bush is the last anchorman for a nation drifting apart. And where do gays fit? Social conservatives on gay Americans and the new order

[Dec 9] On religion and politics: The Christian right and the Christian left are engaged in a debate over who 'owns' Jesus, and whether Dubya is a force for good or evil. Is the Left Behind debate an example of the standoff between secular types and traditional believers? A review of When Jesus Came to Harvard: Making Moral Choices Today. A review of  books on atheism and religion. A review of Spirit and Flesh: Life in a Fundamentalist Baptist Church (and an excerpt). An excerpt from Shaking the World for Jesus: Media and Conservative Evangelical Culture. A review of The Ghost in the Universe. If any pair of prelates could heal the chasm between eastern and western Christians, it ought to be their present leaders. A new expression of Christianity is growing: "The Emergent Church." R. Albert Mohler, Jr. on how the doctrine of hell has recently come under vicious attack (and part 2). Can political process influenced by evangelicals be fair to homosexuals? The Acton Institute has assembled a variety of resources that take a closer look at the Rocco Buttiglione controversy. And save us from the politicians who have God on their side

[Dec 8] From Commentary, James Q. Wilson on Islam and Freedom, and articles on the Islamization of Europe and the Left and Islamists. From American Diplomacy, an article on the war on terrorism and the critical role of governments, a review of A Pretext for War, and a review of Chronology of World Terrorism, 1901-2001. A review of books on terrorism. From The Hoover Institution, a look at the political economy of anti-Americanism. From In The National Interest, strategic thinking and the way the world actually works are not only on divergent tracks. They are on head on collision course. A review of The Pentagon’s New Map: War and Peace in the Twenty-First Century. Francis Fukuyama reviews Timothy Garton Ash's Free World. More on Anatol Lieven's America, Right or Wrong. A review of Liberty and Freedom: A Visual History of America’s Founding Ideas. BHL reviews Our Oldest Enemy: A History of America's Disastrous Relationship With France. More on The Absent-Minded Imperialists. And here's a proposal for a New Transatlantic Deal, by Giuliano Amato, Ralf Dahrendorf and Valéry Giscard d'Estaing

[Dec 7]  From The New York Times Magazine, why would regular people volunteer to turn their daily interactions into marketing moments? Is America's booming culture of choice too much of a good thing? Or are American consumers are entirely responsible for all their out-of-control spending? (and more). Explosive growth means Web logs are suddenly in Madison Avenue's sights. From The New Yorker, James Surowiecki on the art of luring businesses, and Malcolm Gladwell on mammography, air power, and the limits of looking. From New Statesman, a series of book reviews. From The Remnant, Freemasons condemn the church for promoting ignorance, and more on a short critique of Austro-Libertarianism. From CT, why the next four years will not be a cake-walk for the pro-life, pro-family cause. When TV news organizations start repositioning themselves to pander to "moral values" voters, it's a problem for everyone. A look at some political contradictions of the Right. On how the two Republican constituencies come from very different places, yet perfectly complement each other. And look at the bright side: Ten reasons to love George W. Bush

[Dec 6] From Financial Times, Turkey appears to have made its choice for December 17. Now it’s up to Europe; and a review of books on France and the Unites States. From ISJ, articles on China's century and India after the elections. From The Economist, a special report on the future of the dollar: How long can the dollar remain the world's most important reserve currency? What, if anything, will sink the global economy? A review of Confessions of an Economic Hit Man. A review of books on Wal-Mart. Is showering the boss with perks good for shareholders? From Slate, on the real trouble with mutual funds, and an article on Francis Fukuyama and the President's Council on Bioethics. From TCS, why the debate over stem cells is really about philosophy. Would you be willing to wear a computer round the clock if it could enhance your abilities? Do brain scans prove that people are powerless against chocolate cake and porn? Here's a speech on the beginning of the end of industrial civilization. How our relationship with charismatic carnivores (such as bears) is changing, and why such changes matter. And from New Internationalist, a special issue on women's rights: What have men got to do with it?

[Weekend] A new issue of The New York Review of Books is out, including Thomas Powers on secret intelligence and the war on terror, a review of books on war, and an essay on Iraq, the press and the election. From Forward, what's going on at The New York Times? From The Washington Monthly, a cover story on how Bob Novak created his own ethics-free zone. John Dean reviews books on the red/blue cultural divide. The rise of Post-Election Selection Trauma in the USA shows just how personal the political has become. From Slate, William Saletan watches the President's Council on Bioethics; Dahlia Lithwick on deciding capital punishment with our hearts or our heads; and on how Tom DeLay unites the critics of the Republican Congress. Republicans are the party of risk. That should create an opening for Democrats. Why are conservatives trying to rehabilitate McCarthyism and the Japanese internment? And Stale Mates: The realists are counterattacking, God help us!

[Dec 3] Peter Beinart on an argument for a new liberalism. From The Nation, a series of essays on what progressives should do now, including contributions from Foner, Rorty and Skocpol; and Russell Jacoby reviews The Bullet's Song: Romantic Violence and Utopia. From Open Democracy, what future is there for democracy, freedom and human rights?: Tom Nairn reviews Timothy Garton Ash’s Free World; and how to ensure human security in an age of terrorism and pre-emptive war?: Grahame Thompson reviews the UN's report on High-Level Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change. An essay by Kofi Annan on why world leaders must act on the recommendations of the new report on collective security. More on The Persian Puzzle. Why Fallujah may be the new Guernica. From LA Weekly, on the story of a white Muslim: From LA to New York to... jihad? America is not so generous, free, and innocent as it imagines itself: A review of Myths America Lives By. And from The Globalist, forget "red" vs. "blue" states: The real divide is the affinity for Wal-Mart vs. Starbucks, with profound political implications

[Dec 2]  From The Washington Quarterly, do international norms really matter? A closer look at terrorism, democracy promotion, and biological weapons pdf. From New York, on the reasons terrorists haven't hit the city again. A review of Natan Sharansky's The Case for Democracy: The Power of Freedom to Overcome Tyranny and Terror. From The Nation, more on Michael Walzer's Arguing About War, and what would Jesus watch? Can organized faith be explained by supply and demand? Economists think so. A review of Joseph Stiglitz's The Roaring Nineties and Paul Krugman's The Great Unravelling. From Multinational Monitor, a look at the rise of the Precautionary Principle, and an interview with Carolyn Raffensperger of the Science and Environmental Health Network. From Sierra Magazine, what's the best way to deal with a growing world population? And from The Intercollegiate Review, an essay on marriage as a sexual and economic union

[Dec 1] From Slate, Jim Holt interviews Richard Dawkins, the man behind the meme, and the Supreme Court explores the subtleties of sex and basketball. On how pornography and Christianity have something very fundamental in common. From The Village Voice, a review of intimate histories, and a review of books on The New York Times. From Bad Subjects, an essay on social justice and the rule of law, an editorial on the Ukrainian crisis and liberal nationalism, and Hadrian or Caligula? Reflections on Empire and Multitude. Who is the Council For National Policy and what are they up to? An interview with Thomas Frank. Tom Engelhardt on how to tell a terrorist from a freedom fighter. Immanuel Wallerstein on elections, elections, elections. Julian Baggini on why the left has gained a US accent. A review of books on the republic, citizenship and the politics of culture in Australia. And from In Motion, an interview with Chalmers Johnson (and part 2), on the role of boycotts in the fight for peace and as a post-election strategy, and on why the phrase "racial tension" is misleading
[Dec 15] From The Minnesota Review, a special section on Smart Kids: Diane Kendig (Bentley): Now I Work in that Factory You Live In; and Renny Christopher (CSU): What About the Dumb Kids? A review of Truth and Paradox: Solving the Riddles. Obituary: Economist Celso Furtado. What is to prevent anthropologists from becoming nothing more than historians? From The Chronicle, on four academic plagiarists you've never heard of: How many more are out there? An excerpt from Past Imperfect. From Slate, revisiting Ambrose, Bellesiles, Ellis, and Goodwin. From Salon, on the efforts to bring the fight over evolution to the Supreme Court. Here we go again: Kansas board again taking up evolution. Should scientific articles be available online and free to the public? Google is adding major libraries to its database. From Open Democracy, an article on the battlefields and proposes good rules for the conduct of the “knowledge wars”. Arnold Kling thinks of academics as an ego game. An article on why colleges think they're better than AP. Philip Howard on why it's wise to try to learn why school reforms almost always seem to fail. Has Occam's razor gone missing from the business world? It's a nice idea, but will Left2Right succeed? And are you connected to a Nobel Prize winner?

[Dec 14] Philosophy Science Theology: From THES, Simon Critchley publishes a tribute to Jacques Derrida. A review of Les recherches philosophiques du jeune Heidegger. A review of Sartre Against Stalinism. A review of Ernest Sosa and His Critics. A review of Philosophical History and the Problem of Consciousness. A review of What's It All About? Philosophy and the Meaning of Life. An interview with Mary Warnock. In the coming months five books are due out which seek to debunk the BHL myth. If France loves writers, it is also impatient with them. A review of Harry Frankfurt's The Reasons of Love, and a review of Agents Under Fire: Materialism and the Rationality of Science. A review of Leaps in the Dark: The Making of Scientific Reputations. A review of Earth: An Intimate History. Why the Cobb County controversy is not really about the merits of the theory of evolution. Scratch that: Anthony Flew still godless. From CT, a review of The Vanishing Word: The Veneration of Visual Imagery in the Postmodern World. The ways religion gets layered onto tribalism deeply condition thinking and behavior. And you can lead some Christians to knowledge, but you can't make them think

[Dec 13] On political economy: From Social Research, a special issue on Robert Heilbroner, including an introduction, and articles by Duncan Foley, James Galbraith, Robert Solow, Lester Thurow, and more. A new issue of NBER Working Papers is out. An essay on the rise of capitalism and an essay on globalization against development. A review of The World's Banker. A review of Selling Women Short: The Landmark Battle for Workers' Rights at Wal-Mart. An interview with Amartya Sen. What is the difference between how a "radical" or "progressive" economist and a "liberal" economist looks at things? It seems odd that there are so few intellectual works that deal with the philosophy of capitalism. Here are some basic regularities which have been designated as natural laws of economics. What would Thorstein Veblen make of today's consumer culture? From The Nation, why corporate America must reckon with the EU. The poor in the US have more things today -- including wild income swings (and more). Brad De Long on the possibilities for social democracy in the US. Robert Shiller on labor in a world of financial capitalism. The Estonian economic miracle is a model for developing countries. Why institutionalizing the commons could promote both economic equality and environmental protection. And an article in praise of misers

[Weekend] From Contretemps, Jean-Phillippe Deranty (Macquarie): European and American Intellectuals at War; Samir Haddad (Northwestern): Derrida and Democracy at Risk; Mark Kelly (Sydney): Racism, Nationalism, Biopolitics: Foucault's Society Must Be Defended; and a special issue of Giorgio Agamben pdf. From The Public Interest, Philip Hamburger (Chicago): Against Separation; Michael McConnell (Utah): Religious Souls and the Body Politic; a review of Alan Wolfe's The Transformation of American Religion, and an essay on Secular Europe, Religious America. From Princeton, the Department of Near Eastern Studies faces warring factions. Jonathan Chait on why academia shuns Republicans. "Paul Rohrer" hates it when people say he's exploited. Why history, even on television, should not all be about guns and heroes. On how "The Little Ice Age" contributed in large measure to the timing of the French Revolution. More on Where Have All the Intellectuals Gone? And here's a critical eye on heresy in the church of science, a real Casanova and flogging a dead horse

[Dec 10] A new issue of Boston Review is out, including an essay on The Right Fight: The police, terrorism and civil rights (and responses), an article on the unexpected successes of a Cold War development project, and a review of Francis Fukuyama's State-Building. A review of Legalizing Gay Marriage, and a review of Selves, Persons, Individuals: Philosophical Perspectives on Women and Legal Obligations. From LRB, a review of An Angel Treasury: A Celestial Collection of Inspirations, Encounters and Heavenly Lore. Exactly how much evidence does it take for Americans to be convinced that a thing is true? Anthony Flew, famously atheist, now believes in God. On tolerance as the easiest virtue--and the hardest. Steven Rose on how Labour has sold science out to industry. A look at the publication of a volume on Emma Goldman. An interview with Chilton Williamson, author of The Conservative Bookshelf. An article on the republication of Robert Chambers' The Book of Days. From Columbia, Jeremy Waldron is named University Professor. And on a possible reason why left-handedness is rare but not extinct

[Dec 9]  A new issue of the Post-Autistic Economics Review is out. A review of After Whitehead: Rescher on Process Meta-physics. A review of German Idealism and the Jew: The Inner Anti-Semitism of Philosophy and German Jewish Responses, and a review of Atonement and Forgiveness: New Model for Black Reparations. A review of That Eminent Tribunal: Judicial Supremacy and the Constitution (and an excerpt). From HNN, a review of Past Imperfect and a review of History Lessons. From Australia, on the trouble with Keith Windschuttle, and more on Where Have All the Intellectuals Gone? A review of Turning Intellect into Influence: The Manhattan Institute at 25. A review of Joseph Epstein's Envy: The Seven Deadly Sins. A review of books on beauty. A review of books on the Crusades. A review of Machiavelli: A Man Misunderstood. A review of Leonardo Da Vinci: Flights of the Mind. On how the Renaissance probably went much deeper and lasted much longer than previously thought. John Keane reviews The Reformation. And then came the concept of limbo

[Dec 8] From the New School for Social Research, from a forum on Election 2004: What Happened?, papers by Andrew Arato: The Two Americas; Simon Critchley: Crypto-Schmittianism; Jeffrey Goldfarb: Intelligence versus Ignorance; and Ann Stoler: What Happened? pdf. Seymour Martin Lipset is recognized by the NED with the inauguration of a lecture series in his name. From The Chronicle, universities explore the benefits of designing huge, open laboratories where scientists share territory instead of fighting over it, and enjoy a stroll through your campus library's stacks, because their days are numbered. The first national comparison of test scores among children in charter schools and in regular public schools sets off a firestorm of debate. Why a doctorate, like virtue, has to be its own reward. Meet Patrick Tissington, an academic who knows how heroes are made. Julian Baggini on High Redefinition: How many times do you need to do something to be classified as a doer of it? And a professor demystifies urban legends at philosophy talk

[Dec 7] Elizabeth Warren (Harvard): The Over-Consumption Myth and Other Tales of Economics, Law and Morality pdf. From Edge.org, a talk with Karl Sigmund on indirect reciprocity, assesment hardwiring and reputation. From The Chronicle, John Lukacs on the triumph and collapse of liberalism. MIT prof James Orlin 'fesses up: He is a liberal. In the name of diversity, let's trade some liberal sociologists for conservative oil executives. A teacher turns the Declaration of Independence into a tool for the Christian right in its battle against secularist teaching of history. EJ Dionne on academia and the military: Us vs. Them. Here's an idea: Disenfranchise anybody who enrolls in graduate school. Choosing a college major: For love or for the money? Possibly the most controversial class ever offered: Mormon Cultural Studies. A who's who of players in the battle of biology class. Think geek, you know it makes sense. String theory, at 20, explains it all (or not). Why do the unsolved problems of maths matter? On the e-book as an idea whose time has come back. And "It's a great book -- you really should read it'': few statements inspire more dread

[Dec 6] From Social Research, a special issue on courage, including an introduction, and Alan Ryan (Oxford): Intellectual Courage; and George Kateb (Princeton): Courage as a Virtue. A new issue of Policy Review is out, including James V. Schall, S.J. (Georgetown): When War Must Be the Answer; Robert Kaplan on the media and medievalism; Peter Berkowitz reviews The Roads to Modernity; an article tries to make sense of the trade deficit; and "We": The views of Americans and Europeans have been converging and will continue to do so. A new issue of Borderlands is out on Whiteness Studies, including an introduction. A review of Our Knowledge of the Past: A Philosophy of Historiography. An excerpt from Covenants without Swords: Idealist Liberalism and the Spirit of Empire. More on The People Themselves: Popular Constitutionalism and Judicial Review. A review of a new edition of Leviathan. From NYRB, Jean Elshtain responds to Gary Wills. A mission to mandate the teaching of the constitution is inserted into a bill by Senator Robert Byrd. And a prominent researcher at Columbia pulls his name from a controversial study of prayer's effect on fertility

[Weekend] Wani Tombe Lako (Juba): Gender Difference Masquerading as a Tool for Women Oppression in Cultural Discourse. A review of Violence and the Body: Race, Gender, and the State, and a review of Disembodied Spirits and Deanimated Bodies: The Psychopathology Of Common Sense. A review of Identifying the Mind: Selected Papers of U.T.Place. From TLS, more on A Reason for Everything: Natural selection and the English imagination. From The Times, a look at the recent work of Richard Dawkins. An excerpt from Creationism's Trojan Horse: The Wedge of Intelligent Design. Who says chemistry lessons are dull? More and more children, it seems. Roger Kimball on the newest member of the faculty. Here is the latest in offbeat news in the world of international higher learning. From TNR, an essay On the Lifespan of Trees. And for Notre Dame, getting back to its glory days in football means heads will roll

[Dec 3] Roger Crisp (Oxford): Moral Positivism pdf. From The Yale Politic, does America play by the rules? An interview with Harold Hongju Koh, Dean of Yale Law; Ralph Rossum of Claremont McKenna College on the Lost Federalism, and an essay on re-learning Roman lessons in Iraq. From The Philosopher, articles on conflict, tolerance and hospitality, and on personhood and free will: A revival of the introspective argument.  When applying out of college in the United States for the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship, it helps if you have a good story to tell. The winners of the 2004 Science-In-Society Awards are announced. More on Paul Ricoeur and the Kluge Prize. Washington Post readers respond to George Will's column "Academia, Stuck to the Left". The Economist weighs in on the debate about liberal academia. UCLA physicist applies physics to best-selling books. Researchers are exploring how and where in the brain people recognise faces. And a new method measures emotional quality of daily experience, while new research tool aids study of national well-being

[Dec 2] Avishai Margalit (HUJ): Human Dignity Between Kitsch and Deification pdf. Jeffrey Stout (Princeton): The Spirit of Democracy doc. An interview with Loyola's William Quigley on guaranteeing a right to a job at a living wage, and an excerpt from Ending Poverty As We Know It pdf. A review of Michael Parenti's The Assassination of Julius Caesar: A People's History of Ancient Rome. A look at Brian Manning's The English People and the English Revolution and the dialectics of revolt. From Skeptic, Roswell Explained: How a modest military adventure was turned into a great whopper. Anthropologists' recent discovery of a new branch in the origins of humankind is rewriting our understanding of evolution. On the battle for the Hobbit: professor stuns the world of science by locking it up. And a doctoral thesis under fire describes sex between adults and children as sometimes positive

[Dec 1] From International Socialism Journal, a review essay on the work of Judith Butler. From Quadrant, a look at the work of James Burham. A review essay on what the arts and humanities can mean to our living. A review of Encountering the Other: The Artwork and the Problem of Difference in Blanchot and Levinas. A review of Separation of Powers n Practice. A review of How Sex Changed: A History of Transsexuality in the United States, a review of American Eugenics: Race, Queer Anatomy, and the Science of Nationalism, a review of Genetic Prospects: Essays on Biotechnology, Ethics, and Public Policy, a review of The New Brain: How the Modern Age Is Rewiring Your Mind, and a review of Understanding Phenomenal Consciousness. On how another aspect to values in science has gone largely unexplored. Gifted amateurs are having an increasingly important influence on everyday life. Antidisestablishmentarianism is for wimps: A black belt in spelling is this year’s coolest youth accessory. And from Columbia, more on Google Scholar

http://www.politicaltheory.info/2004/december2.htm