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[Weekend] From Macedonia, President Boris
Trajkovski dies in a plane crash (and more).
From France, more on the "War
on Intelligence", on identity
politics and Judaism, and after
the head - scarf ban: now what? From China, the wealthy live by a
and Darwin, meet Marx. From Russia, on becoming
a normal country, and how oil
dependence and inequality threaten Putin. From Nigeria, on
and human rights. From Puerto Rico, nationalist Lolita Lebrón has traded
guns for God, and she is still scary. Political meddling in science?
unprecedented, Bush ejects two
members of the Bioethics Council. Bob Kerrey may quit
9/11 panel over Bush secrecy. On defending the efforts of the Earth
Liberation Front. Why voters deserve better than the media's
robotic repetition of clichés. On the 11th Commandment: Thou
shalt not resort to cheap gimmicks. From Wired, why all the money
spent on security since 9/11 has done little to make us safer, and a
complete guide the Googlemania
The Web, a morass
of misinformation, is in politics a parallel
world with its own rules. And you know what they say about big
what about long fingers?
[Feb 27] From Iran, why ordinary citizens are the real losers after the elections. From Iraq, Kurds demand vote on independence. From Great Britain, diversity makes people anti-social, but that is not as catastrophic as it sounds. From India, considering male myths. President Bush, convinced he's doing God's will, endorses a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriages. A study finds 4,392 priests have been accused of sex abuses. Rapes are reported by servicewomen in the Persian Gulf and elsewhere. Pentagon tells Bush: Climate change will destroy us. An interview with Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Karen Kwiatkowski, on government intelligence and dissent. A review of Cold War, Cool Medium: Television, McCarthyism, and American Culture. How Americans use twice as much media as they say. A purple patch on the Fourth Estate. Buzzflash interviews George Soros. The number of protesters at GOP convention could reach millions. A look at why humans are superior to apes. Why some men just won't buy into buying stuff. And some notes of an ageing nail watcher
[Feb 26] From Great Britain, Michael Howard says the BNP is a stain on British democracy (and more). From Turkey, what is "conservative democracy"? From Switzerland, how Swiss federalism sets an example for a new Europe. From Canada, why globalization is dead. From Chile, development is almost done, UN is almost out. From Russia, why do people remain in Siberia's subzero cities? As Samuel Huntington worries about the Hispanic Challenge in the US, a colorful cultural quilt has replaced the 'melting pot'. A look at the celebration known as Aryanfest 2004, where the "Americano Dream" is probably not welcome. But why isn't there a 'White History Month'? From OneWorld, will the real civil society please stand up? A look at the GaNGOs of New Europe. Here are excerpts from the Final Declaration adopted by the Fourth World Parliamentary Forum. How globalization survives by tourism and technology (and perhaps organ trafficking?). Barbara Crossette on saving the UN from Utah. The UN Global Compact announces new initiatives. As space scientists look "at a statistical risk of the unknown," the Earth may have been close to catastrophe a few weeks ago. And what would you do if an extra day happened to fall from the sky and into your life?
[Feb 25] From Russia, Putin fires Premier and most of his cabinet. From Great Britain, a small group of journalists seek to start a new paper called The World. From South Africa, on avoiding the creation of intellectual Bantustans, and why capitalism's sense of humor can be screamingly cynical. From Bhutan, on Gross National Happiness: can you operationalize it? From Transitions, how Central Asia is suffering from too much water, and why relations between the Council of Europe and Kiev have probably never been worse. How Europe is back playing its flute to America's trumpet, as it tries to get a handle on its future constitution. A review of The Middle Mind: why Americans don't think for themselves (maybe they have too many choices?) From Slate, on George W. as a judicial activist, and on the wrong way to flout a state (you do get nice bouquets sent to you, though). From Jewish World Review, on the children of Commentary, and on what Bach could have taught Spinoza about Judaism. A review of books on philosophy and music. And "a man will fight like a cornered rat if his chicken manure is at stake"
[Feb 24] From Iran, as hardliners gain in parliamentary elections, top conservative seeks US recognition (and more). From Europe, Jews call on the EU to halt the rise of anti-Semitism. From Namibia, on Kant and the fishing industry. From Singapore, on the development of civil society, and on being hooked on external demand. From Denmark, the anarchist commune of Christiania may finally be forced to join the real world. From the Philippines, on bureaucracy for the non-rational. From Germany, a think tank opens in Dusseldorf, and language purists bemoan the relentless onslaught of Denglish. From Canada, why power is gravitating to cities. How a bridge out of nowhere can lead a town to its future. There are reports Osama has been found and is surrounded by US special forces. An op-ed on Total Poverty Awareness. Perks for executives come out in court. Can liberal radio beat Limbaugh at his own game? Why Lincoln was great, but not the greatest. How a robot invasion puts people out of work, thankfully. Studies suggest the mind makes, and breaks, its misery. No kidding: On the growth of a child-free movement. Yellow is officially the most mellow color. And "trust me, buddy, she's not so hot"
[Feb 23] From Great Britain, is David Blunkett familiar with the work of Carl Schmitt? From India, Islamic clerics meet 'The Great Satan' face to face. From Eastern Europe, on the revival of Jewish culture. From Israel, on democracy running amok. From Myanmar, on seeking restitution for human rights violations from Unolocal. From Argentina, on being stuck on the periphery of a globalized world. From Taiwan, national status at center of debate. Why Africa's future may depend on women's employment. Thoughts on European unity and its global role. On the hopes and worries of EU expansion. From Open Democracy, Francis Rosenstiel speaks of Europe, in blood and flesh, and Todd Gitlin takes the temperature of the US election. From Slate, on the tragic lives of state legislators, and Christopher Hitchens on The Vietnam Syndrome, Again. An evening with ABC's John Stossel, author of Give Me a Break. There are efforts to take action to restore some public domain assets, like copyrights. A look at the work of Larry Lessig and Creative Commons. Instapundit on the next wave of blogging. From Harper's, a look from 1856 to January 1, A.D. 3000. And Nader's running
[Weekend 2e] From the Middle East, on Iraq, Iran and two Shiite visions. From Singapore, on taking the long view in countering terrorism. From Sierra Leone, why West Africa is chained to its past. From Nigeria, a humanistic response to capital punishment. From Great Britain, nannying is still beyond the pale, but there is a new mood in Whitehall. On a US-led spying operation which involved Britain's GCHQ and wrecked a peace move. On Alhurra, a US-backed Arabic-language news service. Obituary: Carl F. H. Henry, evangelist. An article on marriage and Generation X. A review of Rivers of Gold: The Rise of the Spanish Empire. Why envy is becoming a growing problem in modern society. Not everything kids learn from popular culture is bad for them. A review of books on kids and the media. On the consequences of the 24-hour news revolution. Why truth is hard to find in the media. Ideas takes a look at Web pseudo-events, and at the literati-watchdog group Underground Literary Alliance. Barbie and Ken decide it's time to spend some quality time apart. And on the choices for outstanding achievement within the ever-evolving art of creative award-culture tomfoolery
[Weekend] From Haiti, rebels declare a new state. From South America, on radical Indian movements: a threat or a boost to democracy? From Iran, reformers change course, eschewing politics. From Poland, was Colonel Ryszard Kuklinski soldier or traitor? From Australia, on the blindness of the greens. From Spain, on a strategy of social pressure to make ETA disappear. From Slovenia, capital city will hold a referendum over a plan to build its first mosque. From Egypt, what will replace the fiery rhetoric to which we have become accustomed? January 25, 2004, marked a milestone in the history of the protection of human rights in Africa. The Great Iraq Heist: Iraqis are paying for the war waged against them. As the Kerry affair rumor dies down, a new one on Bill Bennett appears. NY City Council passes an anti-Patriot Act measure. These days the only good occurrence is a non-occurrence. There is an obsession in the occult world with a text known as The Necronomicon. The soul weighs 21 grams? It's simply not taken seriously. On a self-styled moral cowboy whose mission is to patrol the blogosphere. And just how old is the game Rock Paper Scissors?
[Feb 20] From Great Britain, drawing stirs anti-Semitism debate, on little minded Englanders, and why genteel xenophobia is as bad as any other kind. From Argentina, on being unemployed and desperate, and should the IMF get tough? From Pakistan, on a new theory of state. From Bangladesh, on the importance of environmental ethics. From Sweden, what does the rejection of the euro really means. From Scotland, on its own national Hot 100. James Dobbins on a way out for Haiti. Wolfowitz tells Africans institutions, not culture, form the bedrock of democracy. Richard Perle says "heads should roll" over intelligence failures. The FEC allows advocacy groups to raise unlimited funds. Obituary: former Mexican president Jose Lopez Portillo. A look at how second generation Latinos struggle. Psychoanalysis is dead: so how does that make you feel? Why is absinthe linked to social unrest and sexual deviance? Research suggests women aren't so nice after all. And on bitches, bimbos and ballbreakers: The Guerilla Girls are back
[Feb 19] From Europe, Britain joins France and Germany to run the show? (and more). From Iraq, on taking refuge in books, on justice and federalism, and a look behind Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani’s tactics. From Australia, why 'parental responsibility' is a cover for neoliberalism. From Venezuela, on crisis and referendum. From Bulgaria, on monoculturalism as the prevailing culture. From the United States, a federal prosecutor is suing Ashcroft. How rifts are widening in Bush's foreign policy team. From Business Week, how dangerous are mega media mergers? And are they a sign of the future to come? If George Washington was not the first president, who was it then? Some major and minor news summarized for your convenience. On the joke that is abstinence training. A survey American employees use the Web in pursuit of dates--and porn. Is there a long-term solution to the problems of music free riding? And why lyrics don't need to be words
[Feb 18] From Brazil, on Lula's first major scandal. From France, intellectuals attack rightist 'war on intelligence'. From Great Britain, the IPPR on why non-religious beliefs should be taught as part of compulsory religious education. From Korea, why suicide is social murder. From Georgia, on the strategic options facing President Mikhail Saakashvili. From Haiti, if Aristide must fall, let us hope still for real, meaningful elections soon. From Japan, what are Self-Defense Forces doing in the Iraqi desert? From Iran, on the crumbling revolution. From India, on a new kind of (sub-) continental divide. From Pakistan, unhappy is the land that needs heroes, and Musharraf says Muslims are misunderstood. An interview on the keys to coexistence between Muslims and Christians (and part 2). Is democracy the cure for the clash of civilizations? A report on the decaying relationship between Washington and Riyadh. An article on Islam and the West. Obituary: journalist Krishna Raj. And purple patches on Naguib Mahfouz, on Rabindranath Tagore by Amartya Sen and on nationalization in the Third World by Daniel Yergin
[Feb 17] From Iran, governed by God, but changing. From Great Britain, there's always a new misogyny. From Malaysia, on dating, a social issue. From the United States, Mayor Bloomberg turns NYC into the forbidden apple. More news on possible Kerry affair, and a mating dance reappears. "You're not a Christian? Are you crazy?": A pilot promotes Christianity during his flight (and more). True love, we are told, is altruistic. But is it? An essay on how to question and when to struggle with ‘belief’. On the force of the romantic paradigm in contemporary fiction. Will a "religion gap" be crucial in the 2004 election? A review of Quirkyalone: A Manifesto for Uncompromising Romantics. A review of The Closing of the Western Mind: The Rise of Faith and the Fall of Reason. New rule: You can't claim you're the party of smaller government, and then clamor to make laws about love. On The Gospel According to Tupac Shakur. The queer argument against sacred marriage--a license that only goes so far. On the great unresolved question: where does the mind end and the body begin? A short history of the kiss. And want to know Victoria's Secret? The cups runneth over
[Feb 16] From Cyprus, Greeks and Turks agree on a plan to end the 40-year old conflict. From Palestine, intellectuals' letter demands Bush not meet Sharon. From Canada, on Fukuyama and a betrayal of trust. From Iraq, Islamic party goes from exiled to electable. From Nepal, on the threat of a counter - insurgency bloodbath. From Lebanon, how the power of metaphor is key to understanding knowledge. Reports that a Nader candidacy is expected. The old question -what did you do in your generation's war?- is back. Rep. Ron Paul speaks before the House on a wise consistency. On knowing the basic rules of advocacy. How bio-Luddites misunderstand what really makes us human. A review of The Genome War. Stockholm U's Ishtiaq Ahmed on the Germanic model of blood and descent and the Umma. The mullahs of economics: Orthodox economists heckle governments like religious fundamentalists. On the challenge of global economic interdependence to localities. How pronounced economic disparities lie not just between families but within them. How today's women have reversed the ageing of the sexes. And roll over, Ayn Rand! Ilana Mercer rises
From The New York Times, an editorial on the problems
of international justice and a look at the Culture
Wars. Todd Gitlin on George
Bush, culture czar (and a defense).
The Supreme Court issues a monumental
decision on religious freedom. What led America's early leaders to
the law of free trade? Should we break it again? Why it pays to get
tough with the IMF. Robert Litwak on addressing the proliferation
threat from rogue states. On Rumsfeld
v Powell, beyond good and evil. Veterans debate what
the Vietnam War is doing in this campaign (and more
Elitism may be tottering, but the equal
status society still looks like a work in progress. Slavoj
Zizek takes a look at Mel Gibson's The Passion. A review
of Race: The Reality of Human Differences. A review
of Bell Hooks' We Real Cool: Black Men and
on The End of Blackness. A look at feminism
in the 21st century (and a response),
and whatever happened to Arab
feminism? The Top 10 good Muslim
news stories of 2003. On anticipating the capture of Osama
bin Laden. A diatribe against all mushy
-thinking liberals. And Ludwig von Mises on what the Nazis
borrowed from Marx
[Feb 27] A new issue of Conservative Battleline is out, including an article on imagining John Lennon's utopia, and a debate on whether or not to support Bush come November. But why do they criticize President Bush in the first place? An interview with Kevin Phillips on Democracy Now! Why Bush is persona non grata abroad. Berkeley's Lydia Chavez on why Castro survives. A review of David Cole's Enemy Aliens. An article on Ashcroft's subpoena blitz. A critique of the concept of the Panopticon Singularity. From Writ, a review of Constitutional Law Stories, and more modern juries: How juror selection can be improved. From The Economist, how outsourcing actually sustains America's jobs. Productivity grows, and so does our stress level. An interview with Hans-Hermann Hoppe, on economics, philosophy and politics. From Reason, a debate on how to think about liberty, with Epstein, Barnett, Friedman and Pinkerton. From Sojourners, the best reading on Christianity and the environment. Brace yourselves, for here come the "post-evangelicals." And a review of The Serenity Prayer: Faith and Politics in Times of Peace and War
[Feb 26] Economists Alberto Alesina and Francesco Giavazzi on capitalism's high noon. Which capitalism?: How the American citizen has been kept from knowledge of political economy. Who or what scares America most? How the Western world works hard to construct the world in its image. Joseph Nye: "Is America an empire?" A look at why the anti-war movement failed. How both the coalition and its critics read what they want into the insurgents in Iraq. Political scientist Carnes Lord: "The real threat is not terrorists, but the barbarians within". Is Islam the correct target in America's crusade against terrorism? On John Paul II as a defender of capitalism. An interview with Walden Bello, one of Asia's leading critics of globalization. On the strategic straitjacket of globalization: National interests redefined, conflict made costly. How privatization sterilizes culture: An interview with Missouri's Michael Hudson. Here's a defense of commercial culture. A conservative takes a look back at Jose Ortega y Gasset's The Revolt of the Masses. A sympathetic look at the work of Anthony Ludovici. More on George Soros, from National Review. It may be dirty word, but anarchism is alive and well in Vermont. And is the democratic tide reversing?
[Feb 25] Scientific and religious battlegrounds: A review of Science in the Private Interest: Has the Lure of Profits Corrupted Biomedical Research? Careful with that planet, Mr. Bush: Scientists say the Bush administration distorts the facts and manipulates research; and is it science or politics at the FDA? Vegetarians vs. Atkins: The diet wars that are almost religious. The New Criterion takes a look at the work of the President’s Council on Bioethics. Alterman and Green on the New Scopes Trials. A review of On the Boundaries of Theological Tolerance, and a review of Mary Midgley's The Myths We Live By. A profile of Major General Amos Yadlin, the Israeli army's house philosopher. John Paul II warns of misuse of biomedical sciences. On trickle-down genomics: the wealthy will benefit first, but eventually all will be better off. On the myths of religious neutrality: A rant. Does God exist? A Columbia mathematician says yes. A review of Christianity: Truth or Fiction? From France, on what to wear to school, and from TCS, on supporting the headscarves ban. A panel clears pesticide testing on humans. And a study on Ecstasy is retracted, controversy ensues
[Feb 24] A new issue of The New York Review of Books is out, including articles by Avishai Margalit and Ian Buruma on Israel, Frederick Crews on trauma, and a review of Frum and Perle's An End to Evil. How resources form the basis for economic growth, on a tale of two American jobs, and a 'prettier' jobs picture ahead? A review of a book on patents, Inventing the American Dream. Why the British-US axis no longer makes any sense. Noam Chomsky on Israel's wall as a weapon. Why reports of God's death are greatly exaggerated; after all, He did tell Pat Robertson Bush will be re-elected because he deserves it (he's a love - thy - neighbor guy). What did Jesus really look like anyway? Here's a quiz on Bush's eleventh hundred days. And on Nader's candidacy: A run from reality that is regrettable from a Lone Ranger of Righteousness with a tin ear? Or is there nothing to fear? Todd Gitlin says he's officially a psycho, and SUNY's Bruce Jackson says he is "as evil as Bush". In the grand scheme of things, maybe it makes little difference whether it's Bush or Kerry. The New Democrats respond: "But there are differences". And Duke's political science chair Michael Munger says it's all part of a healthy democracy
[Feb 23] Dispatches from the Culture Wars: From FindLaw's Writ, why France's hijab prohibition is pernicious, Michael Dorf on reasons to oppose a constitutional amendment barring same-sex marriage, Marci Hamilton asks "is a prohibition on polygamy constitutional?" Chicago's Jacob Levy on the proposed FMA. Berkeley's George Lakoff: "What's in a word? Plenty, if the word is marriage." On the economic and social case for homosexual marriage. Matt Daniels believes there is a solution after all. Why Lawrence may turn out to be the gay community's death knell. Jerry Falwell on how Satan and Darwin undermined the church. From The Weekly Standard, why The Boss is above politics, and a review of John Podhoretz's Bush Country: How Dubya Became a Great President While Driving Liberals Insane. How we got to a slap on the wrist for a cannibal: "It's them liberals". Stanley Greenberg on how Democrats can do battle on values. Albert Mohler on why Christians are too much at peace with culture, and "is the Religious Right really right?" And how the word "fuck" is losing its power to shock
[Weekend 2e] More politics: No matter who wins the presidency this year, the last century went to liberals--and there's no going back. A review of Eugene McCarthy: The Rise and Fall of Postwar American Liberalism. Ralph Nader responds to The Nation: I Can Run if I Want To (and more). From The New Republic, a debate on the primary schedule, and why it's not hypocritical for Kerry to take money from special interests and attack Bush for the same thing. Bush and Kerry, distant cousins that they are, fight to define populism. Who will Kerry (and Bush?) pick as VP nominee? (and more) On the Single - Daughter Theory as an indicator of electability for Democratic candidates. On the missing ingredient in 2004: Attack ads by Democrats. Is Cheney in trouble as election approaches? On Lieutenant Bush, cavities and all. A look at Bob Shrum, Kerry's tête pensant. Why independents still hold power to decide in a close election. Which past presidential candidates would be placed on today's terrorist watch lists? Why NASCAR is (still) Republican country. Being a "war president" only makes Bush's case weaker. Here are (count 'em) 1,000 reasons to dumb Bush. And a page on 2004 political humor
[Weekend] On the politics of race: The Village Voice, how a Bush operative took over Al Sharpton's campaign (and more), on a call for new black leadership, and a look at learning to love tha police. A review of The Hidden Costs of Being African American (and more). Why you don't need to be a racist to promote policies that are race - conscious. John D'Emilio reviews Stokely Carmichael's Ready for Revolution. Randall Robinson of Transafrica leaves America behind, but he's not finished critiquing its flaws, and more on Quitting America. Is he a smooth talking racist? Paul Craig Roberts on taxes, slavery, and the case against reparations. Samuel Francis on why anti-white stereotypes make justice for whites difficult. On the Aryan Brotherhood, one of America’s deadliest prison gangs. A review of The Presumed Alliance: The Unspoken Conflict Between Latinos and Blacks and What It Means for America. From Slate, a guide to the 'brownish people' from the Middle East--or possibly South Asia. Thomas Sowell on the group inequality (and the equality) dogma. And an interview with Debra Dickerson, author of The End of Blackness
[Feb 20] Roger Scruton on Immanuel Kant and the Iraq War (and more on that Prussian wild man). The Economist talks to ordinary Israelis and Palestinians about their lives and views. Who is to blame for the creation of Palestinian refugees? Lewis Lapham says the Iraq War was really an advertisement for the American way of life. A review of The Birth of the Modern World , 1780 - 1914: Global connections and comparisons. Former French PM Michel Rocard writes an open letter to Democratic candidates. A look at the rise and fall of Howard Dean: An object lesson in Democratic Party politics. The Internet couldn't save Dean, but it could still help Kerry. Paul Krugman on the health of nations. The Cato Institute on The 6.2 Percent Solution: A Plan for Reforming Social Security. A review of The Working Poor: Invisible in America. SUV's try to soften their image by going green. On the ongoing battle between US tree-sitters and North America’s big logging firms. And here's the latest issue of Cold Type: Writing Worth Reading Around the World
[Feb 19] A new issue of The Atlantic Monthly is out, including a look at some primary sources, and articles by James Fallows on the US military and Robert Kaplan on a new kind of soldier--and Cullen Murphy makes the case for a NEW New Revised Standard Version of the New Testament. From Le Monde diplomatique, on the the America that will vote for Bush. Is Soros planning an 'October Surprise' for Bush? Could be--after all, he's Jewish and a postmodern villain! Daniel Pipes reviews of A Culture of Conspiracy: Apocalyptic Visions in Contemporary America. Patrick Buchanan on Frum and Perle's An End to Evil. Author Ursula Le Guin answers questions on anarchism and utopias. A look at the Ruckus Society, trainer of activists--will they protest the 2004 DNC Convention? What can the government do to improve our everyday quality of life? Some suggestions. And on virtues some researchers deem essential for personal happiness: forgiveness and gratitude
[Feb 18] The IMF releases its latest Civil Society Newsletter, and will hold a live webcast forum In Defense of Globalization today from 2:30-4, with Daniel Yergin and Jagdish "Your job isn't moving to Bangalore" Bhagwati. Fareed Zakaria on guns, butter and the deficit. Martin Feldstein: "The deficit is no reason to raise taxes now". On The Wall Street Journal resisting the label "conservative". William Safire takes on the Five Sisters of the Media. A review of Call of the Mall (and more). A look at the National Environmental Policy Act after 35 years. A review of Ishi's Brain: In Search of the Last "Wild" Indian. When do anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism overlap? Rationally Speaking about the Palestinians: "Boy, is this going to cause some angry e-mails!" On justice for the Guantanamo and Belmarsh detainees: At what price? Did Bush, Cheney, and Powell deliberately mislead us? Stuart Taylor Jr. wants to know. Why "Anybody But Bush" is equally as dangerous as Bush getting re-elected. Beyond asses and elephants: considering the third party options. And can't you just feel the groundswell for these candidates?
[Feb 17] On Christian thought and politics: A look at Catholicism's antidote to multiculturalism, homosexuality and hate speech, and the Traditionalist sect. On Mel Gibson's The Passion as the best recruiting tool for 2,000 years. A review of Letter to a Priest, by Simone Weil. George Weigel on Europe's Problem, and on a crossroads for the Catholic church. Why John Paul's successor may face Catholics' calls for greater lay responsibility. Karen Armstrong on women, sex and Christianity. A review of The Cross and the Crescent. A short history of Christian Zionism. A review of Jesus in America, and more on American Jesus. Is the US a Christian nation? How to re-ignite the Religious Left. In These Times on Bush's "Sheldon" game. An article on the novels known as the “Left Behind” series. How the Christian self-help book became a new cultural phenomenon. On the dismal state of most Catholic colleges & universities (and a new kind of SAT). From Crosswalk, two views of lust, secular and Christian. In heaven, you'll be thinner, happier, and smarter, or so Americans think. And did you hear the one about the Catholic priest, a Mormon bishop and a Jewish rabbi?
[Feb 16] A look at a New School conference, Fear: Its Uses and Abuses: Is fear itself the enemy? Sex? Gays? Terrorists? God? On fear as the new black in BushCo's world. How Samuel Huntington's famous thesis still draws fire from liberal intellectuals in the US, but not in Israel. Why holding a group responsible for the actions of its members is not a new idea. A question of trust: Are religious institutions trusted more in an Islamic state? "Authors Take Sides" on the Iraq War. How do you know the US election campaign has begun? Sex scandals are back--though the real scandal in US politics is something else. A review of Junk Politics: The Trashing of the American Mind, by Amherst's Benjamin DeMott. On red states and blue states: "The arbitrary has become axiomatic." Can the North rise again? George Will on the first 28 questions for Kerry. "I, too am an American, God save us all!": A short look at Fat, Dumb, and Ugly. Michael Portillo reviews Kevin Phillips' American Dynasty: "a nasty attempt to smear George W. Bush" (and more). Why Bush can't win the conservative vote. A review of Celebrity - in - Chief: How Show Business Took Over the White House. And how the very, very personal is the political
[Weekend] Daniel Klein (SCU): The
People’s Romance: Why People Love Government (as much as they do).
A new issue of The
Philosophers Magazine is out, including articles on philosophy
and psychoanalysis, sex between students
and teachers, and multiculturalism
and the identity trap. A talk with Alain
de Botton, Everyman's pocket thinker. Obituary: Daniel
Boorstin. A review
of The Democratic Experiment, and a review
of The Myth of the Imperial Judiciary. A review
of James MacGregor Burns' Leaders Who Changed the World. More
on Human Accomplishment, more
on Mumbo Jumbo, and more
on Simon Blackburn's Lust. From Columbia, Philip
Kitcher lectures on the growth of knowledge. From Nebraska, Ethnic
Studies struggles with identity crisis. From Kuwait, Liberal
Arts University opens its doors. Der Spiegel interviews
Berkeley's George Akerlof. A review
of Opening Skinner's Box: Great Psychological Experiments of the
Twentieth Century (and more).
of From Philosophy to Psychotherapy.
A look at the effects
of drug abuse on the brain. A review
of Baudelaire in Chains: A Portrait of the Artist as a Drug Addict.
And if someone close to you is hurting, your
brain hurts too
[Feb 27] Robert Young (Sheffield): Whatever Happened to Human Nature? (online book) From Genders, why there is no masculinity crisis. From The Atlantic Monthly, how serfdom saved the women's movement, and an interview with Caitlin Flanagan on the mother-nanny relationship. Slate debates the nanny wars: "Am I exploiting my nanny?" How should the work women do as mothers be rewarded? From American Sexuality, an issue on sex and African Americans. On Feminism: A Male Anarchist's Perspective. From McMaster U, is forcing gender definitions together a feminist mistake? From Men's News Daily, an interview with Rutgers's Lionel Tiger, "a man among men". A profile of UK biologist Julia Goodfellow. Was Naomi Wolf right to speak out? Some reactions. A review of books on what it means to be human. Why the Pontifical Academy for Life has an increasingly vital role. Can we develop medicines without vivisection? A review of A Clone of Your Own: The Science and Ethics of Cloning. A review of The Posthuman Condition: Consciousness Beyond the Brain. And from Cornell, reflections on entering adultescence
[Feb 26] Eric Kaufmann (Birkbeck): The Rise of Cosmopolitanism in the Twentieth Century West pdf. Maria Gabriela Rebok (Buenos Aires): Civilization and Cultural Identity in Postmodernity pdf. From Syracuse, papers from a conference on Inequality and American Democracy: Kay Schlozman (Boston College) on political participation, Larry Bartels (Princeton) on political representation, and Timothy Smeeding (Syracuse) on comparative public policy pdf. A short look at The Political Economy of Stalinism: Evidence from the Soviet Secret Archives, and on revising the Red Army's wartime skill and performance. The Cold War is behind us, but the convergence theorists may be back in business. And some science news: Researchers at Cal Tech find the most distant known object in universe. On a science project of a lifetime. From somewhere in space, a new view of doomsday. But relax, the universe has at least 30 billion years left. Einstein's cosmological constant makes a comeback. A review of The Fabric of the Cosmos: Space, Time and the Texture of Reality. A review of Probability Theory: The Logic of Science. A review of Phase Change: The Computer Revolution in Science and Mathematics. And should we trust science? The answer is clear
[Feb 25] Academic battlegrounds: From New York, Naomi Wolf tells her story about sexual harassment at Yale (and more). A student group at Roger Williams U creates a whites-only scholarship--after people complain, the money is given to charity. From Mauritius, on democracy and elitist education. From the United Arab Emirates, why American academe is in trouble. A panel says academic freedom prevails in the US. An essay on the academy and the Left (with part 1 posted here previously), and a response to critics. From Yale, conservatives law students unite. From Duke, more on faculty bias, philosophy chair Robert Brandon clarifies himself, and a response. Why no part of modern society is more profoundly corrupt as academia: A rant. Two critiques of the proposed Academic Bill of Rights. A chat with David Horowitz on patrolling professor's politics. Should your professor's religion matter? Notre Dame hires Gentle Jihadist Tariq Ramadan, controversy ensues. As more politicians take public administration courses, is there a doctor in the B-school? And Brandeis used to be the "Jewish Harvard." Today, Harvard is the Jewish Harvard
[Feb 24] Seyla Benhabib (Yale); 'The Rights to Have Rights' in Contemporary Europe pdf. Benjamin Arditi (UNAM): The becoming-other of politics: A post-liberal archipelago pdf. Wendy Hamblet (Adelphi): The Tragedy of Platonic Ethics and the Fall of Socrates pdf. From The New York Times, a review of 8 books on civil liberties and the war on terrorism. From Foreign Affairs, a review of 6 books on empire and the new world order. A review of Philip Pettit's A Theory of Freedom: From the Psychology to the Politics of Agency, a review of Philosophical Midwifery, and a review of How Can I Be Trusted? A Virtue Theory of Trustworthiness. Michael Dirda reviews Flesh in the Age of Reason: The Modern Foundations of Body and Soul. Alain de Botton reviews Imagining the Soul: A History. A review of AC Grayling's The Mystery of Things. More on Amy Chua's World on Fire. A review of Pathologies of Power: Health, Human Rights, and the New War on the Poor. A review of John Gribben's latest, In Deep Simplicity. History just isn't what it used to be: Schama slams academic historians. Naomi Wolf alleges years of sexual harassment at Yale, Harold Bloom included (and more). And is sex part of athletic recruiting on campus?
[Feb 23] Cass Sunstein (Chicago): Are Poor People Worth Less Than Rich People? Disaggregating the Value of Statistical Lives. Hans Kochler (Innsbruck): A Theoretical Examination of the Dichotomy Between Democratic Constitutions and Political Reality. More on the 50th anniversary of Dissent, a leftist stalwart still fighting the fight. From Socialist Register, articles on how it all began, the life of Ralph Miliband, the political legacy of the Manifesto, capitalism and Left economic policy, the nature and contradictions of capitalism, taking globalization seriously, David Harvey and the commodification of culture, the uses of post-colonial theory, reflections on strategies for labor, the introduction to an issue on 'fighting identities', and on transcending pessimism. Toronto's Thomas Pangle will move to UT-Austin. Is religion relevant in postmodern society? From USC, professor says religion is a fundamental part of life, but before teaching ethics, stop kidding yourself. From New Zealand, a philosopher quits an ethics committee in protest. On the work Chris Phillips, founder of Socrates cafes. And how the Ford Foundation created Women's Studies
[Weekend 2e] Fernando Atria (Talca): Legalism, Rights and Politics pdf. Stefano Guzzini (COPRI): The enduring dilemmas of realism in International Relations pdf. David Levine (Denver): The Capacity for Ethical Conduct. Ian Hinckfuss' The Moral Society: Its Structure and Effects is posted online. From Ctheory, an essay on Data Doubles: Surveillance of Subjects Without Substance. The World Bank compares liberal and structuralist models of how globalization is likely to affect the risk of civil war. A look at Westminster political theorist Azzam Al-Tamimi's views on on contemporary Middle Eastern and Islamic issues. And articles on science: From Illinois, on human evolution at the crossroads: Integrating genetics and paleontology; biologists ask how the pieces they've studied for decades fit together to make life work; was the Kennewick man ruling about politics or science?; a researcher offers a new perspective on human evolution; an anthropologist claims tests show dogs are almost human; why dogs are more adept at reading human signals than chimpanzees; on monkey morality and why sharing might not be as nice as it's cracked up to be; and how a virus could bring down the king of the jungle
[Weekend] From the Social Science Research Council, essays on Modernizing Colonialism and the Limits of Empire; on The History of Lessons: Power and Rule in Imperial Formations; and on American Colonial Empire: The Limit of Power's Reach pdf. Purple patches on colonialism and colonialist discourse. A review of Civil Society and Democracy. From B&W, a review of Prophets Facing Backward: Postmodern Critiques of Science and Hindu Nationalism in India. Here's a website on things Creationists hate. On summer programs that enable adults of to re-experience “the shortest, gladdest years of life". Who needs the social sciences? Warwick's Steve Fuller explains. On reading the consumer mind and neuromarketing. How strong positive and negative emotions often have similar symptoms. NYU professor speaks out on measuring moods. From UT-Arlington, a look at the production of The Vagina Monologues (and a tale of two sex workshops). How economic downturn lures more smart students to grad school. A look at the internet’s top plagiarism detection service, turnitin.com. And what five books every undergraduate university student should read?
[Feb 20] From the European Journal of International Law, Gerry Simpson (LSE): Two Liberalisms; Christian Reus-Smit (ANU): The Strange Death of Liberal International Theory; a review of Global Civil Society 2001; a review of The Competing Jurisdictions of International Courts and Tribunals; and a review of The European Union and The International Legal Order: Discord or Harmony? pdf From Scientific American, how a duo of antibody makers tries to prolong ownership of a key technology, and why corporate greed no longer remains the sole domain of the corporation. From Maryland, a lesson in Venture Capital 101. Cairo's Mustafa Kamel El-Sayed on Egypt and its role in North-South research. From Great Britain, students of Arabic encouraged to join the British army as interpreters in Iraq. From Niegria, on killings in the ivory tower. A look back at Freud and the seduction theory. An article about looking at Confucius in a new light. Are kids learning enough about history? And APSA's Foundations of Political Theory section relaunches its website in a new format
[Feb 19] A new issue of Boston Review is out, including articles by Elaine Scarry and Larry Kramer, and a review by Hilary Putnam of The Jewish Political Tradition, Volume II: Membership, ed. by Michael Walzer. From the World Policy Journal, on Hard Times for Hard News: A Clinical Look at US Foreign Coverage. A review of Corrupting the Youth: A history of Philosophy in Australia. A review of The Truth About Markets and Saving Adam Smith. On political leadership and the butterfly effect. For 200 years, German thinkers have shaped British intellectual life, but their influence is fading fast. Philosophers share their ideas of thought and mind at UCSB. Harvard's Graham Allison, impeccably timed, on how to stop nuclear terror. Princeton's Linda Colley on the culture of suspicion. From Stanford, why time isn't money when applied to charities. From Chicago, why progressives can support Israel, and Leila makes an enemy of jurisprudence. And from Iowa State, a flasher interrupts classes
[Feb 18] From Political Theory, Sanford Schram (Bryn Mawr): Return to Politics: Perestroika and Postparadigmatic Political Science pdf. Liam Murphy (NYU): Institutions and the Demands of Justice pdf. From Sic et Non, Marcus Verhaegh (Kent State): Derrida's Specters of Marx and The Recognition of Pointless Identity; an essay on The Reality behind Commodity Fetishism; and a review of The Barbarism of Reason: Max Weber and the Twilight of Enlightenment. From New Perspectives Quarterly, Amartya Sen on the social demands of human rights, an essay on Herodotus and the art of noticing, and a conversation between Samuel Huntington and Anthony Giddens (Spring 2003). An essay on Left Anti-intellectualism and Its Discontents. Despite gain in degrees, women lag in tenure in 2 main fields. From The Scientist, on a modest financial proposal. WSU lab to put science theory to use in real world. On creating Digital Aristotle, a computerized knowledge system for scientists. What's the universe is made of? How little we know. What if the dark energy and matter in modern explanations of the universe don't really exist?
[Feb 17] On sex, love and mind: David Geary (Missouri): Male-Female: Sexual Selection and the Evolution of Human Sex Difference Gordon Gallup (Albany) and Rebecca Burch (Oswego): Semen Displacement as a Sperm Competition Strategy in Humans. A review of Simon Blackburn's Lust, who reviews Letters, 1925-1975, Hannah Arendt and Martin Heidegger. A review of Haifa professor Aaron Ben-Ze'ev's Love Online: Emotions on the Internet. A review of Consent to Sexual Relations. A review of The Book of Skin. A review of The Secret Power of Beauty. More and more on Helen Fisher's Why We Love. Scientists are debunking aphrodisiacs--but are finding that love really is an addiction. New research shows that the stress of heartache can kill. Obituary: Celso Ramon Garcia, birth control pill pioneer. From Penn, a profile of gender and sexuality professor Heather Love. Want a healthy marriage? Do the math. Tricky concept, this Platonic soul mate. Imagine Aristotle, sitting on his half-naked ass under a Greek sun, going absolutely bonkers. Sexuality is da bomb: A Harvard committee approves (and warns) the publication of a student sex magazine. And sexy or sleazy? High school students react to images in the media
[Feb 16] Forthcoming from the American Journal of Political Science, Jennifer Lawless (Brown) and Richard Fox (Union): Entering the Arena? Gender and the Decision to Run for Office pdf, and a summary. A new issue of Policy Review is out, including articles on power, war and public opinion and on the ICC and the UN, and a review of Sartre: The Philosopher of the Twentieth Century. When philosophy makes a difference: A look at the work of Leszek Kolakowski. From Edge, a talk with psychology professor Daniel Gilbert on affective forecasting. An interview with Jon Kekes on the lie of egalitarianism. More on Mumbo-Jumbo. Obituary: Georgetown's Theodore Geiger. From Harvard, as Joseph Nye steps down, K-School dean search heats up. Cornell creates an Institute for Social Sciences (but no website yet). From Canada, graduates get some career experience with an international twist. From TCS, why are universities dominated by the Left? Academics turn their attention to video games. Universities vie for tool that shows brains at work. On a newly discovered mode of conscious visual perception dubbed "mindsight". And if cryonics succeeds, you might still wake up in a nightmare