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[Jul 30] From Europe, the land of leisure, on Germany's and France's workplace revolution, and on Britons leaving in greater numbers than ever before. From Uganda, enough is already known about Africa. From Egypt, on escaping the corrosive pragmatism that has wreaked havoc across the region. From Bosnia, on keeping the hate alive. From Mexico, a look at the work of Rafael Barajas, combat cartoonist. From The Economist, articles on global hunger (and more), and on a new golden age of philanthropy. Armed intervention in Darfur may-or may not-flout the law. So what? On the dangers of the US becoming a POP superpower. Chalmers Johnson on how Bush saber-rattling is now unnerving China. J. Bradford DeLong on the era of incompetence. Micklethwait and Wooldridge on the right wing's deep, dark secret: Some hope for a Bush loss. Here's why a conflicted Kerry voted yes-and later no-on Iraq. Jonathan Chait on the need for reporters to avoid human contact unless absolutely necessary. A review of books on celebrity journalism. And a conversation with Kevin Klose, president of NPR

[Jul 29] From Sudan, an interview with President Omar al-Bashir. From Egypt, Mubarak's son avoids the issue of the presidency (and more). From Uzbekistan, an analysis of recent political events. From Great Britain, on the only two credible reasons for invading Iraq. An interview with Tariq Ali on what's at stake in Venezuela. The US has 6.9 million people-roughly 3.2% of the adult population-in prison or on probation or parole. Arab-Americans could help defeat Bush in the upcoming election. A look at the people funding 527s with millions of their own dollars. Robert Kuttner on three ways to fix the electoral system, and a look at instant runoff voting. Todd Gitlin on the network's coverage of Kerry and public ignorance, and on the Sunday morning's guardians of American virtue. Why won't Democrats talk about judges? Robert George responds to Ron Reagan's speech on stem cell research. The Presidential Prayer Team prays for Bush: Would it pray for Kerry? And from Salon, a review of Killed: Great Journalism Too Hot to Print, and on USA Today's decision to kill a recent Ann Coulter column

[Jul 28] From Spain, the government is putting the 'social' back in socialism. From Norway, on looking for ways to keep its workers on the job. From Belarus, a decade with Lukashenka. From Tunisia, a country that works. From Puerto Rico, an interview with the candidates running for governor in 2004 (and part 2). From Great Britain, is Blair deceiving himself about America yet again? Is Europe suffering from productivity paralysis? Spain and the Philippines defend their decisions to pull out troops from Iraq. More on How Soccer Explains the World. A bitter war is being waged in the Land of the Free to decide what people should be allowed to watch and hear. America's Heart and Soul is touted by many conservatives as the right-wing response to Fahrenheit 9/11. And check out this list of conventional wisdom on American values and their reality checks

[Jul 27] From Europe, Former Portuguese Prime Minister Jose Manuel Durão Barroso is elected President of the European Commission, and the European Parliament will be guided by Spanish Socialist Josep Borrell. From Iraq, a fear of betrayal helps the Kurds find an ally in Israel. From Palestine, on the prospects of a civil war. From Malaysia, a look at Indonesia in democratic transition (part 2 and part 3). From Spain, Santander Central Hispano buys a British bank in Europe’s largest retail-banking merger across borders. Cash has become the US military's first line of defense in some parts of Iraq. Business Week interviews John Kerry about his economic battle plan. From The Hill, McCain backs Bush, but votes with Kerry, and Newt Gingrich advises Republicans to focus on wedge issues. What if the US were more like Massachusetts? So where do the Democratic and Republican nominees fit along the left-right spectrum? (and the methodology). Here's a defense of scripted, predictable, non-newsworthy conventions. And The Wall Street Journal interviews bloggers accredited for the DNC convention

[Jul 26]  From Palestine, on peeking past Arafat at the future. From Israel, on the justice of moral values.  From Kenya, what now for hopes that the country will transform itself? From Nigeria, between political stability and economic prosperity: can Obasanjo's reform agenda save the country? From Uganda, why the Baganda adore their land. From Germany, out is in among politicians. From Great Britain, a new law will entitle insects and worms to have the same protection as cats and dogs. French strive to be diverse without being less French. How history can help China solve its wealth and poverty dilemma, and on economic freedom and confusion in Latin America. A look at John Kerry: A Political Life (and part 2). A transformed Al Gore returns to the spotlight at a risky moment. From Bad Subjects, on Troy, The Chronicles of Riddick, and Bush Culture, and why blogging for the blog-less reproduces an older colonial discourse of speaking for the speech-less. You can follow the blogosphere's convention commentary at coventionbloggers.com. And John Fund is at the Democratic convention, where online journalism arrives, and where some bloggers were de-accredited 

[Weekend] From the United Nations, the Human Development Report 2004 is out. From Mexico, former President Luis Echevarria is indicted (and more), and then the case is thrown out. From Indonesia, court ruling throws doubt on Bali convictions. From Sudan, more UN sanctions, but are they tough enough? How will Microsoft's $9 billion dividend payout affect the economy? (and more). From UPI, a special series on The War of Ideas (part 2, part 3, and part 4). David Brooks on why the war on terrorism is really an ideological war. From The Christian Science Monitor, a series inside red-and-blue America (and part 2, part 3, part 4, and part 5) An article on how to strengthen the 2-party system. From Newsweek, a look at Cheney Family Values. Kerry and Bush ignite battles over dinner and the TV between voters who are settled, intense and partisan, and it's only July. On the story of "bulldozer" Marvin Heemeyer, martyr without a cause, while hippie communes live on. Have you ever been to a party where it's ok to talk politics? A look at utopia and dissent in American history and the city of Boston. Kerry explores the roots of his birthplace, Denver. And David Broader on what Kerry learned from Dukakis

[Jul 23] From Georgia, President Mikhail Saakashvili is putting the country back on the map. From Brazil, a road project in the Amazon may be the world's boldest attempt to reconcile growth and conservation. From Singapore, strange how the new Mr. Lee looks remarkably like the old one. Is Japanese style taking over the world? The UN's top envoy speaks out, but who's listening? Here is the executive summary of the 9/11 commission report. From The Economist, who is John Kerry? (and more) An advance look at the speech John Kerry will-or at any rate should-deliver at the Democratic convention. An article on how to handle Nader. Todd Gitlin on the irresistible rise of quick, dirty, heavy - breathing media. CBS held the Abu Ghraib photos on principle, right? More on online personals sites that cater to a specific political point of view. Here's the skinny on nudism in the US. More on Annie Jacobsen's account of a recent Northwest Airlines flight: What really happened on Flight 327? And a look at the man inadvertently behind a scare in the skies

[Jul 22] From Sierra Leone, on political parties as an instrument for national integration. From China, a blogger's tale: The Stainless Steel Mouse. From the United States, Protestant majority might soon be no more. A new survey suggests Bush faces a potential threat from LP's Michael Badnarik. From The Village Voice, on The Church of Bush: What liberal infidels will never understand about the president, and on Cheney as a Wyoming Hobbesian with a doom-laden vision of life. From The Hill, on the 50 Most Beautiful People in DC. L legislators scramble to prevent VOIP regulation. As Web users frustrated by poorly designed sites are increasingly applying some logic to the Net, a look at when technology imitates art. Treat yourself to a bona fide epistemology debate with philosophy Weblogs. And convention seats do not turn Internet gossips into journalists

[Jul 21] From France, Chirac condemns Sharon for remarks. From Germany, Europeans of all countries, remember! From Spain, Civil War losers reclaim a share of history. From Papua New Guinea, is parliament a hollow institution?  From Tuvalu, will the country disappear beneath the sea? From Nigeria, why globalisation without regulation will lead to economic catastrophe. From Ghana, which is a failed state, US or Ghana? From South America, indigenous people have been making noise lately. General Augusto Pinochet had millions in a US bank. From Salon, Georgetown's Arturo Valenzuela on why Bush should get over the fact that Chile refused to send troops to Iraq. Jeffrey Sachs on getting Latin America unstuck. From The Economist, on the latest Human Development Report: Does cultural diversity matter? And is it time to stop worrying and learn to love the recovery? Experts discuss the UN's corporate - responsibility program. Robert Kuttner on the hidden issue of class. A former EPA head blasts Bush's record on the environment. William Safire takes a look inside a Republican brain. Welcome to the weird world of Lyndon LaRouche. And a look at why artists are rallying against Bush

[Jul 20] From Laos, a look at recent political events. From Zimbabwe, the country is now a totalitarian state. From Gambia, on how ten years of Jammeh's presidency ruined society. From Great Britain, Labour is not creating a nanny state--it's actually worse. From Brazil, the army shoes its caring side. From Lithuania, a word of thanks to French geographers. From Germany, Weimar has a fascinating (and sometimes disturbing) history. The ICJ has essentially affirmed a power to "veto the veto" of the UN Security Council. Amnesty International accuses Sudan of using rape as a weapon of war. How abortion and sexual politics are affecting the race for the White House in Ohio. Pop Quiz: What do New York 2004 and Chicago 1968 have in common? From Government Executive, a look at the Bush administration management agenda.  From Salon, a review of How Israel Lost: The Four Questions (and an interview), and Laura Miller on the war for the soul of literature. And from Business Week, here's the Global 1000 list of the world's top companies pdf

[Jul 19] From Japan, voters send Junichiro Koizumi a deflating message. From Bolivia, the survival of the government turns on approval of an oil and gas referendum. From Macedonia, on the looming splintering of the main opposition party. From Russia, on the return of public order squads. From Spain, a judge gets good results with weird sentences. From Great Britain, why 'heritage' is no longer a dirty word. From Barbados, on Caribbean dependence on foreign carriers and foreign distribution systems. An Israeli tycoon is helping to force De Beers to surrender its control of the world's diamond market. From Time, the 9/11 Commission finds ties between al-Qaeda and Iran. On how the row over gay marriage is affecting the race for the White House. From the Manhattan Institute's City Journal, an article on why Queens matters, and on the immigrant gang plague. Surf's up! On a scientific paper that makes excellent beach reading. And on TV's most persistent taboo, and you can't do that on television!

[Weekend] From Australia, on the country's 40 most influential people of 2004. From Indonesia, on how to be tolerant, in the right way. From IHT, system vs. individual: Justice emigrates to Europe. The Bush administration withholds funds from the United Nations Population Fund, which could cost thousands of lives. Kerry's campaign team encompasses a growing army of policy advisers, and can Kerry find his own Bob Rubin? On Max Cleland as the Democrats' "Poster Boy". Rapper Jadakiss ups the anti on Bush and 9/11. The first rounds are fired in a conservative 'Ketchup War'. And terror in the skies, again?

[Jul 16] From South Africa, on Thabo Mbeki as the George Bush of Africa. From Nigeria, on how the Diaspora can help sustain democracy. From Liberia, on the causes of the country's under - development. From Great Britain, Prince Charles is making trouble again. From France, on the tale of Finance Minister Nicolas Sarkozy. From Europe, politics in the EU is returning to normal. From Israel, on what the play "Democracy" reminds us. A review of The US and Mexico: The Bear and the Porcupine. Both Bush and Kerry have concluded that victory will hinge on volunteers' grit, not glitz. Everything is not quite as it seems in Florida. On the “founding convention” of a movement called One LA. On how convention coverage marches on despite laments. And on bloggers as accredited convention journalists
[Jul 30] From Dissent, Mitchell Cohen on a thought experiment for the Left, Harold Meyerson on 2004 as a Democratic year, a review of books on medical enhancement, and a look at television and the politics of humiliation. From Foreign Policy, X + 9/11: "Everything I needed to know about fighting terrorism I learned from George F. Kennan". From Open Democracy, on how interactivity can be made democratic, and Britain's Hilary Benn on global security and international trade. From Prospect, on why, despite the Milosevic debacle, international justice actually works; a letter to Europe from Philip Gordon and a letter to America from Timothy Garton Ash; Anatol Lieven on recent books about the Bush administration; an article on the downward spiral of media abuse and political evasion; in market-driven societies, who will want to provide public goods?: a review of In Defense of Aristocracy; Matt Ridley on Human Recipes: Humans have no more genes than mice, but don't feel small; and Philip Ball on life: Can we make it? And a purple patch by Eric Hobsbawm on civilians and military in politics

[Jul 29] A new issue of First Things is out, including articles on freedom and decency, on fear of redemption, and on conciliating hatred. From Open Democracy, the first in a new series of letters, Wei Jingsheng writes to Anne-Marie Slaughter, and in America, in culture vs. church, culture is winning. On the Cult of Nature-Worship and authoritarian attitudes about the body. From TCS, a response to the recent essay, "The Trouble with Libertarianism". From Left Hook, here are ten ways to become a better Democrat. An interview with Howard Dean on his work with Democracy for America. On Jesse Jackson, as a prophetic voice and a vote rustler. Mario Cuomo writes in the American Catholic tradition of realism. Cornel West on Bush vs. Kerry, Nader's bid for the presidency and the "Niggerization" of America. On a new documentary about the life of historian Howard Zinn. An interview with Mark Crispin Miller, author of Cruel and Unusual: Bush / Cheney's New World Order. A review of Reagan and Gorbachev: How the Cold War Ended. And here's a site devoted to public education about just war theory

[Jul 28] From Foreign Policy, Niall Ferguson on a world without power. Joseph Stiglitz trades up global trade talks. From YaleGlobal, a review of Globalinc.: An Atlas of the Multinational Corporation, and an excerpt from The Commanding Heights: The Battle for the World Economy. Where exactly is this "overheating" economy the Fed's recent interest rate hike is supposed to cool? Stephen Roach on the state of the American labor market. From the Mises Institute, on ten recurring economic fallacies, 1774–2004. From Slate, on a Wall Street Self-Defense Manual (part 2 and part 3), and where have all the federalists gone? And from TAC, why American imperialism is a left-wing disorder rather than a conservative impulse, an interview with Anonymous, author of Imperial Hubris, and a review of Icarus Fallen: The Search for Meaning in an Uncertain World

[Jul 27] From the new magazine n+1, on W: Our President, why Martha Stewart could have been a Schopenhauer, and a diary on Our Intellectual Situation (part 2 and part 3). From The New York Times (a liberal newspaper, says its ombudsman), a look at the Vast Left-Wing Conspiracy. From The Washington Monthly, Ted Turner on how the government protects Big Media, on how extended copyrights choke the economy, and on the insanity of relocating the Olympics every four years. From The New Yorker, were the Madrid bombings part of a new, far-reaching jihad being plotted on the Internet? From US News, the inside story of how a band of reformers tried--and failed--to change America's spy agencies. The 9/11 Commission corrects the historical record in ways large and small, but Richard Clarke says it is a toothless report. From AEI, on the top 10 questions for the post-9/11 world. From Counterpunch, a critique of American Exceptionalism, a disease of conceit. More on Emmanuel Todd's After the Empire. An interview with David Solnit, author of Globalize Liberation. And Machiavelli to Allawi: Kill the sons of Brutus!

[Jul 26]
 From the New Democrats' Blueprint, a special issue on The Comeback Party. Jesse Jackson on protecting the Democratic franchise. In a 1984 article for The New Republic, Henry Fairlie explained why the quality of oratory has fallen so low. From Salon, James Galbraith on why Democrats had better assume that team Bush will do anything to win, and on how Daily Kos called for readers to send money to a Democrat, and the cash poured in. From The Telegraph, on Tony Blair and the liberal fallacy. From Conservative Battleline, on the US as a republic, not a democracy ( or the land of the free and the home of the rude?) It's the women who shrink from acknowledging their own abortions who really irk Barbara Ehrenreich, since the majority of women who have abortions do not experience regret or long-term negative emotional effects. From Better Humans, while it calls for caution, there are good reasons to redesign human nature. James Pinkerton on how robots can help us with basic needs. Corrupting the truth, corrupting government, and corrupting science have much in common. And Jeffrey Rosen on the path from Panopticon to Synopticon to Omnipticon

[Weekend] A new issue of Free Inquiry is out, including articles by Natalie Angier on her God Problem, Peter Singer (a global prophet with a local focus) on the pope and terminal care, and Richard Dawkins (a pugnacious debater and compelling speaker, selected as the top British intellectual by Prospect readers) on what use is religion. Here are some suggested books for Bush and Kerry on religious faith and political responsibility and some suggestions for inclusion in the Democratic platform: If they’re not arguing with each other, are they still really Democrats? From The New York Times Book Review, a series on books on empire: Paul Kennedy reviews Rivers of Gold: The Rise of the Spanish Empire, From Columbus to Magellan (and an excerpt); John Lewis Gaddis reviews Niall Ferguson's Colossus: The Price of America's Empire (and an excerpt); Francis Fukuyama reviews the latest Hardt and Negri book, Multitude: War and Democracy in the Age of Empire; and a review of Michael Ignatieff's The Lesser Evil: Political Ethics in an Age of Terror (and an excerpt). And Kennedy and Gaddis discuss foreign policy and grand strategy

[Jul 23] A new issue of The New York Review of Books is out, including an article by Ronald Dworkin on what the Court really said, a review of William Langewiesche's The Outlaw Sea: A World of Freedom, Chaos, and Crime, and an article on Democracy in Mexico. From New Statesman, Terry Eagleton on what any decent politics must be built, a review of Winston's Folly: imperialism and the creation of modern Iraq, and more on Timothy Garton Ash's Free World. From Salon, several contributors on how John Kerry should handle Iraq. The neo-cons revive the Committee on the Present Danger. From TNR, a look at the leading Confederate heritage group, the Sons of Confederate Veterans, and on the notion that circuit court appointments don't matter in and of themselves. Stuart Taylor on how the Supreme Court has gone too far down the road of judicial supremacy, and Jonathan Rauch on financial security post-9/11. And from Open Democracy, an interview on global progress in a world of sovereignty, and a look at the work of Niall Ferguson

[Jul 22] From The New Yorker, Philip Gourevitch on why voters need to believe that John Kerry can put the country back on track (even if both Kerry and Bush are helpless before world events), and new details surface on the Cheney-Leahy confrontation in the Senate. So Kerry's not Mr. Charisma--but he has courage, judgment, and intellect. Imagine that! Is “getting God” really what Kerry needs? A TAP debate (part 2 and part 3). Massachusetts is not nearly as liberal a state in reality as it remains in the national imagination. It’s too bad George W. Bush can’t tell the difference between good advice and bad. Here's a collection of public statements made by Bush. If Dante knew of Bush and the Neo-Cons... From TCS, on the trouble with libertarianism. You can put W. James Antle III in the heartless category. And Masha Gessen has grown used to not being a lesbian

[Jul 21] From The National Interest, on the real reasons why an Iranian bomb matters, and on the politics of oil. From Seven Oaks, on Nikolai Kondratieff and the end of American power. "Quo Vadis America?" Immanuel Wallerstein wants to know. John Kenneth Galbraith on how corporate power is the driving force behind US foreign policy. More on Jean-Francois Revel's Anti-Americanism. Richard Haas on marriage counseling for America and Europe. An op-ed on the case against a military draft. An interview with Anonymous, author of Imperial Hubris (and more from Slate). Is the world safer than three years ago?  Osama replaces the common criminal in the mind of voters. A review of My Life is a Weapon: A Modern History of Suicide Bombing. On the mind of the terrorist as psychology's black hole, or is there an al-Qaeda archetype? Arianna Huffington on how the list of Bush major policy U-turns is as audacious as it is long. On Bush as a globalist president pushing for a standing UN army (and he's a Marxist to boot). And from Open Democracy, on neo-conservatism and the American future, on the value of religion, and on The SWISH Report: al–Qaida commissions an independent consultancy

[Jul 20] From Reason, an interview with Martha Nussbaum, and on the dangerous fallacies of Confederate multiculturalism. Richard Epstein on where antitrust went wrong. Here's a summary of the new Economic Freedom of the World: 2004 Annual Report. Why it is no good saying that in a free society one is free to select the “lifestyle” one prefers. As Blair and Co. reject sixties liberalism, men and women who helped shape the 1960s put the case for the defense: "It wasn't all sex and drugs". Buzzflash interviews EJ Dionne. Presidential candidate David Cobb on growing the Green Party. An interview with Greg Bates, author of Ralph's Revolt: The Case for Joining Nader's Rebellion. From The Progress Report, the latest episode of A Georgist Eye for the Neoclassical Guy. Berkeley's Brad De Long on how the European economic model lives on (and more). An excerpt from James Rosneau's Distant Proximities: Dynamics Beyond Globalization. On the ritual of scandal as American Kabuki. And a visit to the Alaska-Canada border brings home the differences between the cultures

[Jul 19] From Green Anarchy, What is Left?: Nihilism vs. Socialism; What Is Green Anarchy? An Introduction to Anti-Civilization Anarchist Thought and Practice; and the endgame of domination has arrived. From Dissident Voice, a look at Black Cultural Criticism, Inc. A look at the work of Gore Vidal, Contrarian-in-Chief. Barbara Ehrenreich takes on Ralph Nader. Thomas Frank on how the Left lost its heart. William Saletan reviews Bob Reich's Reason and EJ Dionne's Stand Up Fight Back. A look at how the Young Right tries to define post-Buckley future. Why the current discussion about when to terminate a foetus owes nothing to morality. A kidney fetches $2700 in Turkey--according to AMA, this is a high price. Virginia Postrel on the paradox of prosperity. An essay on the new prophets of capitalism. David Brooks on the age of meta-narrative politics, Nicholas Kristof on Jesus and Jihad, and Brent Staples on Storm Thurmond, Continued. And why you don't need a map to find America's political divide

[Weekend] From Liberty, an interview with Libertarian Party presidential candidate Michael Badnarik, a dark horse on the third ballot. From TNR, Jonathan Chait on democracy and The Case Against George W. Bush, and on the yearning for a return to normalcy. The Nation's David Cole appears on The O'Reilly Factor. Is there a path to an alternative progressive agenda? From Slate, a look at the consequences of the recent Supreme Court decision in Blakely v. Washington, which struck down the state's sentencing guidelines. And on the presence of two forces operating within the Canadian Muslim community

[Jul 16] From Open Democracy, Pierre Rosanvallon on Europe and a new idea of progress in the international order, Grahame Thompson on the limits to globalisation, an interview with Tariq Ramadan, on the coming foreign policy civil wars in the Republican Party, and Todd Gitlin on the deep campaign. From The Nation, Kevin Phillips on how Kerry can win, on Massachusetts as the liberal state, and neocon riots rock DC! Thomas Frank on the FMA and how success comes by losing, and more on What's the Matter with Kansas? On a modest proposal for shortening the lines on Election Day. Why should reporters enjoy any kind of special status before a judge and jury in a murder trial? From The Economist, a look at the health of nations.  And on the Mystery of Consumer Demand, or personality as inventory


[Jul 30]  Keith Banting and Will Kymlicka (Queen's): Do Multiculturalism Policies Erode the Welfare State? pdf Jose Casanova (New School): Religion, European secular identities, and European integration. A review of Cornel West and Philosophy, and a review of Agency and Self-Awareness: Issues in Philosophy and Psychology. From New Statesman, a review of Germaine Greer's Whitefella: the shortest way to nationhood, and a review of Generation Kill and Slavoj Zizek's Iraq: the borrowed kettle. From Forward, on Arthur Miller and Jewish identity. From Israel, the Democratic School has become a symbol of a movement that is constantly growing. From Notre Dame, Tariq Ramadan is scheduled to begin teaching in the fall. From FrontPage, was 9/11 a failure of academia? BBC interviews Richard Dawkins. On how female beauty can make men miserable. And from The Guardian, a look at how nudity can play havoc with your memory; me Tarzan, you pre-feminist symbol of patriarchal repression; if money can't buy you happiness, why do the well-off look so pleased with themselves?

[Jul 29] Grahame Locke (Leiden): Dogma, Heresy and Voluntary Servitude: From the Second Millennium to the Third pdf. Andrew Sumner (UEL): Why are We Still Arguing About Globalisation? pdf. From The Global Review of Ethnopolitics, a review of books on Israel/Palestine and a review of books on Yugoslavia pdf. A review of The Rule of Law in America, a review of Towards Juristocracy: The Origins and Consequences of the New Constitutionalism, and a review of Collective Insecurity: The Liberian Crisis, Unilateralism, and Global Order. More on John Gray's Al Qaeda and What It Means to Be Modern. From The Weekly Standard, Harvard's student body is more conservative-friendly than you might think. A review of William F. Buckley's Miles Gone By: A Literary Autobiography. From The Chronicle, on waking up from the American Dream, and on the authentic, and effective, college president. A look at Jane Smiley's epistolary relationship with The New York Times. An interview with the NEA Chairman Dana Gioia. And the Bush administration cuts the budget for the National Science Foundation

[Jul 28] Renee Prendergast (QUB): Development and Freedom pdf. From the Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics, Odd Stalebrink (WVU): The Hayek and Mises Controversy: Bridging Differences, a review of Naked Economics: Undressing the Dismal Science, and a review of The Free-Market Innovation Machine: Analyzing the Growth Miracle of Capitalism pdf. From The Chronicle, why American literary realism deserves another look, and psychologists are dusting off 19th-century explanations of déjà vu. Have we been here before? The principal of Swansea Institute defends its degree in surf and beach management. Should we regard high-level sport as significant? On Boston as a brain factory, and Cameron Marlow as perpetual student. And on 'Dummies' and 'Idiots': Who knew there were so many knowledge-impaired people out there? (reg. req.)

[Jul 27] A new issue of The Philosophers' Magazine is out, including articles on understanding epistemology, on existentialism and Islam, on the discomfort of strangeness, and on spin, truth and lies, and does philosophizing change what we think about death? For the first time in English, here is ex-Situationist Gianfranco Sanguinetti's December 1975 statement, "Proofs of the Nonexistence of Censor by his Author". A radical perspective on Big Science, the Fragmenting of Work & the Left’s Curious Notion of Progress. New Humanist introduces a new column, Beyond God and Evil, a look at the renaissance of Italy’s exorcists, and here's a thought in progress. Massimo Pigliucci on changing our mind: a Bayesian approach. It's reassuring to know there's a centric for everyone. Revenge may be frowned upon, but the urge is primed in the genes. Why is society paying students to go to graduate school in economics? On advertising and the undoing of classic brands. A look at how the English remain suspicious of intellectuals. And not so long ago, the death of reading would have been celebrated

[Jul 26] David Heyd (HUJ): Is Toleration a Political Virtue? pdf. From The Independent Review, a review of The Case Against the Democratic State, a review of Downsizing Democracy: How America Sidelined Its Citizens and Privatized Its Public, and a review of The Debates of Liberty: An Overview of Individualist Anarchism, 1881–1908. A review of Amitai Etzioni's From Empire to Community: A New Approach to International Relations. A review of Martin Wolf's Why Globalisation Works and David Held's Global Covenant. A review of The Birth of Plenty: How the Prosperity of the Modern World was Created. A review of Loïc Wacquant's Body & Soul Notebooks of an Apprentice Boxer. To urgh is human: Disgust is an adaptation for survival, but what is the point of it now? More on the life of Ernst Mayr. Stanley Fish on the case for academic autonomy. From Great Britain, why students can't cook, won't cook, and are catholic schools a model of educational excellence or a luxury that discriminates against teachers? Studies show that class size really does matter. A review of The Sound on the Page: Style and Voice in Writing. And from Singapore, on being able to switch accents

[Weekend] Nahshon Perez (HUJ): Universal Justice, Local Norms: The (Sometimes) Pseudo - Debate of Human Rights Violations Within Minority Cultures pdf. From Financial Times, a conversation with Jane Jacobs, and a look at the work of Nassim Nicholas Taleb, author of Fooled by Randomness. Their collective vision is so murky that it seems as if economists are looking into a tankard of pitch-black Guinness's Ale instead of a crystal ball. A review of The Dictators: Hitler's Germany and Stalin's Russia. What is at stake in Australia’s “History Wars” (in 10 parts). Here's a very brief history of the alphabets. Channeling intuition isn't just practiced by New Age devotees and psychic wannabes. The hoax-busting Center for Inquiry undertakes a major expansion. A review of Promethian Ambitions: Alchemy and the Quest to Perfect Nature. 2004 has become the year of the gray-goo retrenchment. From Europe, a survey finds older women don't like sleeping besides their hubbies. A review of Taking Sex Differences Seriously. Flirting is in our blood, literally--all animals are hardwired to attract mates. And homosexual activity among animals stirs debate

[Jul 23] Randy Barnett (BU): The Moral Foundations of Modern Libertarianism, and a review of Barnett's Restoring the Lost Constitution: The Presumption of Liberty. A new issue of The Mises Review is out, including a review of Gertrude Himmelfarb's The New History and the Old: Critical Essays and Reappraisals - Revised, a review of books by Jagdish Bhagwati, and more on Tzvetan Todorov's Hope and Memory. As the human population explodes, other species are running out of food and space. Research shows outdated evolutionary behavior may explain higher male mortality. A review of Jewish Civilization: The Jewish Historical Experience in a Comparative Perspective. More on The Siberian Curse: How Communist Planners Left Russia Out in the Cold. From TLS, a review of The Reading Nation in the Romantic Period, and a review of books in defence of gentlemen. From The Chronicle, an article on the well-tempered seminar. And how the Internet could make people stupider is hard to see

[Jul 22] Mariano-Florentino Cuellar (Stanford): Reflections on Sovereignty and Collective Security. A review of Criminal Justice and Political Cultures: National and International Dimensions of Crime Control. From LRB, a review of What the Media Are Doing to Our Politics, a review of One of Us: Conjoined Twins and the Future of Normal, a review of The Millennium Problems: The Seven Greatest Unsolved Mathematical Puzzles of Our Time, and Louis de Branges believes he has proved the Riemann Hypothesis. Stephen Hawking says he had been wrong about black holes. From Great Britain, Bob May tries to keep scientific matters at the heart of government debate. Conservative philanthropists invested in ideas, and the payoff was huge. An article on how economists' predictions rarely add up. And what is ordinary, and who cares?

[Jul 21] Andrei Marmor (USC): Democracy and Authority pdf. A new issue of The Hoover Digest is out. NPR interviews Michael Walzer. A review of Lost Souls: The Philosophic Origins of a Cultural Dilemma, a review of Jung and the Making of Modern Psychology: The Dream of a Science, a review of Handbook of Emotions, a review of The Double -Edged Helix: Social Implications of Genetics in a Diverse Society. From The Scientist (reg. req.), on intellectual property rights and the public good. From The Chronicle, how art history can trade insights with the sciences, and more on the NLRB rule against TA unions. From Oregon, education professors influence Bush. Greg Casey, a retired political scientist at the University of Missouri-Columbia, is running for office. From Label France, a special issue on a debate about the school of the future. From Great Britain, MPs call for a revolution in academic publishing. Parents are meddling in their children's university education, and it has got to stop. A study reveals Britain's overweight medieval monks. From Smithsonian, on Walden's ripple effect, and are you a superstar? Just stick out your tongue and say "yuck". And National Review interviews Roger Kimball

[Jul 20] From Daedalus, Darrin McMahaon (FSU): From the happiness of virtue to the virtue of happiness: 400 b.c.– a.d.1780. An article on Self-Help Books and the Pursuit of a Happy Identity. A review of Affirmative Action and Racial Preference. The NLRB rules students do not have the right to unionize. David Brooks on how too many universities have become professionalized information - transmission systems. From The Chronicle, on opening the door on accreditation, a week at Camp Dissertation, and Carlin Romano on who killed literary reading. When are honorary degrees merely publicity stunts? From the Vatican, on the line scientific research shouldn't cross. The legal battle over Kennewick Man ends. A review of Why Love Matters: How Affection Shapes a Baby's Brain. Human intelligence appears to be based on the volume of gray matter tissue in certain regions of the brain. An essay on ecstasy and the transhuman metaphysic. Rob Colson on why he strives for an amoral existence. And on how the groin gag, born in Roman times, still gets guffaws

[Jul 19] Dennis Tourish (RGU): Ideological intransigence, democratic centralism and cultism: a case study from the political left. From the Cultic Studies Review, Steve Dubrow-Eichel: Can Scholars Be Deceived? Empirical Evidence from Social Psychology and History; an article on Twenty-Five Years Observing Cults: An American Perspective; and an essay Reflecting on Cultural Diversity in Response to Cultic Activity. A review of Desperately Seeking Certainty: The Misguided Quest for Constitutional Foundations. More on Tzvetan Todorov's Hope and Memory. Theodore Dalrymple on how multiculturalism is starting to lose its luster. The Kansas Board of Education moderates worry that social science standards will be the new battle. From Chicago, a talk with Martha Nussbaum. Berkeley's Lily Wong Fillmore is in love with language. On the case of teacher Debra Lafave, who allegedly seduced a 14-year-old boy. And a giant leap for academia? Google ventures into DSpace

[Weekend] Richard Pildes (NYU): Competitive, Deliberative, and Rights-Oriented Democracy. John Kang (Michigan): The Case for Insincerity. A review of Families By Law: An Adoption Reader. A review of Michael Walzer's Arguing About War. A report from a recent conference, "War & Morality: Rethinking the Just War Tradition for the 21st Century." A look at the history of Mein Kampf. Julian Baggini on how the role of choice has been going on longer than you might think. Literature's killer could hardly be more obvious: It's the Internet. And "The Existentialist Society gives me purpose... although it might all be bullshit"

[Jul 16] Stephen Macedo (Princeton): Diversity, Reciprocity and Justice pdf. On how science turns to philosophy in the search for truth. Texas' Brian Leiter on arrogance and knowledge. Susan Jacoby on where politics shouldn't go. On BHL and the age of punditry. From TLS, a review of A Death in Brazil, and a report from an extraordinary mixer. From Chicago, on how the right to destroy property has implications for a broad range of legal issues. From UCLA, Xlab, a new high tech research facility, tests social science theories. The Stanford Prison Experiment has attracted new attention since the Abu Ghraib scandal. Some now question its validity. Researchers may be able to make more accurate reconstructions of what ancient humans looked like. And from Slate, is math a sport?