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From Jamaica, Haitian President Jean-Bertrand
Aristide leaves for South
Africa. From Lebanon, the success of Hezbollah at
polls shows elections
may not bring US-friendly governments. From
Morocco, on political frustrations and the longing
of so many of its people for escape.
From Germany, poor economy is driving east
Germans from their homes. From Russia, on religion
and repression. From China, the world's most populous nation faces
a population crisis. From India, on Wittgenstein
and national languages. From Nigeria, on celebrating
a new language. Berkeley's John Yoo on why terrorists
have no Geneva rights.
Obituaries: Watergate figures Archibald
Cox and Sam
From Reason, how the press
gets the military wrong and why it matters. One thing about
journalism that is both
natural, yet occasionally distorting, is the "megaphone
on The Creation of the Media.
On the Get-Rich Con: are
media values better now? Veteran reporter Jack Germond on why he'll
still show up for the non-show Democratic convention. MTV plans a new
channel for gays and lesbians. A look
life's an open blog. And for some, the blogging
[Weekend] From Iraq, on the tough tasks for the new prime minister, Ayad Allawi. From Georgia, on the not-so-velvet revolution. From Spain, the Catholic church opposes PSOE's proposals for changes in sexual and family laws. From India, why Congress should deliver fairness, or the BJP and Hindu chauvinism will be back. From Taiwan, on ethnic integration as a false idol. From Iran, on the role of social justice in its future construction. From the United States, how the power blackout in August 2003 had an unexpected benefit: the air became cleaner. Conservative allies take Chalabi case to the White House, and Christopher Hitchens defends him too. Does the absence of sin correlate with an excess of fat? Here's a rock-solid truth that our culture tries to deny: we don't choose the people we love. Prepare yourself for the next big conundrum: Singles will complain that society is prejudiced against them. On friends, friends with benefits and the benefits of the local mall. A review of O: The Intimate History of the Orgasm. On a shocking new research finding: Sex makes us happier. And it was written: 'Thou shalt commit adultery'
[May 28] From Sudan, will the recent peace deal work? From Nigeria, what can policy makers and civil society groups do to see poverty as a disease? From YaleGlobal, on the doubts that remain over Iraq’s path to sovereignty. Newly - published Kissinger tapes describe crises, war and stark photos of abuse during the Vietnam War. Kerry delivers a speech outlining his foreign policy. On the politically charged collision over abortion between Democrats and the Catholic church. On the problematic nature of "choice" in feminism's political strategy. From Salon, Tom DeLay and Dick Armey are locked in a nasty dispute over the future of the GOP, more on Colossus, why Lauren Slater's Opening Skinner's Box is still worth a read, why we should get rid of stop signs and red lights and let cars, bikes and people mingle together, and Silicon Valley's boosters have decided that it's boring to be pessimistic. On the economic logic of executing computer hackers. And from Scientific American, an interview with Bill Gates, and can Microsoft's assemblage of all-star researchers transform computing?
[May 27] From Europe, Christianity bedevils talks on EU treaty, and Adam Michnik on Europe's solidarity with Ukraine. From Great Britain, why the conservatives' Euro fraud must be exposed. From Angola, on Africa moving towards development. From Russia, on the experience of living and working in the USA. A federal appeals court upholds Oregon's law authorizing assisted suicide. Arthur Levitt on letting the little guy in the boardroom. Gregg Easterbrook on the 50-cent-a-gallon solution. Why the movie The Day After Tomorrow could get the public to take global warming seriously. National Journal profiles The Experts, those who will likely play a role in tackling some issues next fall and beyond. Carl Bernstein on a history lesson: GOP must stop Bush. How GOP operative Roger Stone destroyed the Reform Party in the 2000 presidential campaign. John Ashcroft hints that bin Laden wants Kerry to win in November. Democrats wonder if Kerry should stay on careful path. But fairness aside, do Kerry's opponents have a point when they attack his indecision? An interview with Robert Reich. Take a quick look at the DNC's 2004 Convention program. And here's an open video-letter to the president
[May 26] From La Española, death toll from flooding rises to at least 363. From Latin America, on the figure of Che Guevara as martyr and T-shirt emblem. From Lebanon, how the Arab world is living a pre-democratic moment. From Europe, EU lifts a six-year moratorium on new biotech foods, and Chris Patten says EU handling of Turkey is crucial to avert an Islam-West clash. From the Philippines, a lack of economic opportunities fuels exodus of brightest prospects. From Gambia, on celebrating the birth of nationhood: what does independence mean? Curiously, the only people of the world not preparing for the Asian century are Asians. From PINR, on comparing Bush's venture in Iraq to Putin's war in Chechnya. There are heightened concerns that terrorists already deployed in the US will attack this summer. The New York Times traces Nicholas Berg's odd path to his gruesome fate. Fouad Ajami on how Iraq may survive, but the dream is dead. On what President Bush should have said in his speech on Monday. As Kerry gets Google-bombed, Democrats fight back. On how Kerry can appeal to white men. On Michael Moore Conservatives: Meet Britain's anti-American Tories. And The Observer would like to ask Michael Moore some questions
[May 25] From Indonesia, civilian rule returns to Aceh. From Malaysia, on how conservatism proves inimical to Islam. From India, how economic growth and democracy can mix. From Japan, on Iraq and the end of history. From France, on a case that has ruined lives and blighted the judicial system. Former French PM Michel Rocard on Europe's modest mission. Within a decade, Spain and Italy will face the problem of a second immigrant generation. The weather becomes a new focus for the UN. The Kyoto Protocol looks certain to come into force after the EU backs Russia's bid to join the WTO. Why a recent WTO finding represents both a political victory and a financial gain for Africa's small farmers. A review of A Continent for the Taking: The Tragedy and Hope of Africa, and a look at Africa's debt dilemma. As obesity becomes a global health threat, the cruel reality is that far more people struggle each day just to get enough calories. And sometimes Nature wants to say "See? This is why some people want to kill elephants"
[May 24] From Bangladesh, hundreds of people missing in twin ferry disasters that killed at least 23. From Canada, PM Paul Martin announces that a parliamentary election would be held June 28. From Mexico, on how to raise residents' quality of life without sacrificing the way-too-many protesters' free-speech rights. From Eurozine, here's an essay on energizing the European public space. A review of More Equal Than Others: America from Nixon to the new century. A review of Mencken's America. How a big cat in Palo Alto says much about the culture. And purple patches on life without principle by Thoreau, on the average man, and on man as a territorial animal
[Weekend 2e] From Sudan, the country is in flames. From India, on the roots of Indian democracy, on the atheistic roots of Hindu philosophy, and abhor singularity: A critique of secularism? From Georgia, from being a hotbed of religious intolerance to the Rose Revolution. For proof that all politics is local, look no further than fundrace.org. On starting an organization called Fuck the Vote. On a story that has played out in city after city around the country as the Catholic church has tried to adjust to changing times. On how coffee bars keep on spilling across the landscape. The clowning, dancing, preening smack-talker is becoming the Rorschach image of the African-American male athlete. And here's some advice if you'd like to write a letter to the editor of The New York Times
[Weekend] From Zambia, on the nasty little neoliberal myth. From Australia, why long-time mantra that classical liberalism is all about self-interest is a fairytale. From Zimbabwe, minority languages face extinction. From Cyprus, the melting pot goes global. From Belgium, on a vision of a European multicultural society that was shattered. From Kyrgyzstan, economic migrants face discrimination. From Great Britain, on a government document about how to deal with mass death. TNR on why Russians want democracy, and how opinion about Russia under Vladimir Putin is more divided than ever. On debating the borders of Europe. Barbara Crossette on the millions of people worldwide on the move. John Gray says Iraq isn't another Vietnam--it's much worse. Kerry is considering delaying his acceptance of the nomination. How might Bush and Kerrey's allegiance to Skull & Bones affect their relationship and political decisions? Grist interviews Matthew Rothschild, editor of The Progressive. On new web sites that aim to narrow down the online dating minefield to people who share common political views. And have you scheduled any leisure lately?
[May 21] From Nigeria, on the meaning of social justice today, and on a metaphor for national development. From Europe, on the EU as a task, on how the new members can catch up, and how united is "New Europe" anyway? From Russia, on how Kant lingers over a territorial oddity. From Tibet, on how to preserve Buddhist culture. From Alternet, is Bush the Anti-Buddha? From The Economist, on how gang culture is carried home by Central Americans returning from the United States. Are Latinos more likely than other groups to respond to negative advertising? A new issue of the New Democrats' Blueprint is out. On why we hate voting--and how to make it fun again. Even though voters don't know much about John Kerry, he's running neck and neck with George W. Bush. Todd Gitlin on the other dirty war. William Rusher on where ideas come from. A look at David Brock, the formerly right-wing shark behind Media Matters. Why media planners are not just space buyers. Advertisers are using a variety of methods to grab consumers' attention. And does Taco Bell send out Leftist messages?
[May 20] From Peru, unrest challenges central government. From the United States, families heckle former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani at the 9/11 hearings. From Malawi, who will become president? From Germany, just who is that guy who will be president? From India, a profile of new PM Manmohan Singh. From Bangladesh, on economic globalization and Third World poverty. On the work of Jagdish Bhagwati in light of India's recent election, more on In Defense of Globalization, and more on Niall Ferguson's Colossus. On the publication of Culture and Public Action, a book on why development policymakers should pay attention to culture (with an introduction pdf). Here are some conspiracies from 2003-2004. On choosing among the five candidates to host the 2012 Olympic games. Google now plans to offer 1 terabyte of storage capacity for its new email program. How the driver's license has become a de facto national ID card. It is strange to discover that one is politically correct, and even stranger that it was Tintin who revealed it. And Garry Kasparov fancies himself a moral philosopher
[May 19] From India, Sonia Gandhi is facing formidable political and economic challenges, while the country faces a crisis of values (Oops, she's out). From Iraq, as the transfer of sovereignty nears, everyone wants a piece of the action. From Sudan, on going from rogue state to pariah state. From Trinidad & Tobago, on the idea of a United States of the Caribbean. From Canada, an interview with Joe Hueglin of the Progressive Canadian Party. On the 10th anniversary of the cease-fire that ended the killing in Nagorno - Karabakh, how are Armenia and Azerbaijan doing? On Latin America as a global wallflower. John Paul II recalls the Communist era of his youth in a new book. An article on taming the world's megacities. Jane Jacobs on the greening of the city. John McCain and Joseph Lieberman on what to do next in Iraq. The Economist on seeking an honorable way out. Why has there been a plunge in New York City's crime rate? And writers and directors have been demolishing New York for more than a century-- why do we still lap it up?
[May 18] From Iraq, the head of the Iraqi Governing Council Abdel-Zahraa Othman (aka as Ezzedine Salim and a 'theoretical mind') is killed in a suicide car bombing (and an analysis from The Economist), and US soldiers find a roadside bomb containing a sarin nerve agent. From Honduras, a prison fire kills more than 100 inmates. From India, an article on understanding the Left's motives. How the US media's foreign coverage has a great flaw, an inherent distortion that becomes highly visible in wartime. Here's a short history of apologies. Barbara Ehrenreich on why giving women positions of power won't change society by itself, and from the new journal Portal, an essay on women as agents of social change. George Will on the politics of trash talk. From Political Play, a field guide to swing voters, and how come Kerry isn't clobbering this guy? On the similarities and differences between the elections of 1988 and 2004--perhaps a blowout? Why the Republican convention could be either a hit, or a disaster. Why does Kerry think strength is so important? It's time to play Queer Eye for the presidential candidates. And Taki writes on Kerry as an American Gigolo
[May 17] From India, more than 200 Left-leaning intellectuals appeal to the Communists to be a part of a Congress-led government. From Switzerland, the Center-Left recaptures lost political ground. From Belarus, President Alyaksandr Lukashenka and an ideological Trojan horse. The Vatican discourages marriages between Catholic women and Muslim men. Belgium and the Netherlands propose to launch an EU webportal: kafka.eu. Here's an update on the state of Iraq (and a graphic). On two conflicting myths that screw up our understanding of the American South. The New York Times takes a look at the early years of John Kerry's Journey. And here's how game theory can help you through your divorce negotiations
[Weekend 2e] From India, what does it mean to be Indian? Prominent Democrats are angling for John McCain to run for vice president alongside Kerry. Counsel to the President Alberto Gonzales says the United States is bound to observe the rules of war in the Geneva Conventions. From Open Democracy, NYU's Siva Vaidhyanathan is worried: Can America be forgetting itself? On how Europe remains the society against which the US measures itself. Michael Lind reviews Alexander Hamilton. A review of American Jezebel, a biography of Anne Hutchinson. Is it ok to root against your own country? Does the economic model of the world, as predicted by Adam Smith, apply to the modern concept of free and open source software? On hemp as a ready solution for today's jobless recovery. And more on the science of happiness
The April issue
of Prospect is now online, including an article by Bruce
Ackerman and James Fishkin on holding public holidays to discuss the
issues before big votes, and a look at an eight-point
plan for an orderly handover in Iraq. PNAC's Gary Schmitt on why going
after perceived threats will remain part of the U.S. arsenal. Where
stand among US wars in terms of casualties? More on the Pentagon's
favorite book The Arab Mind (and more).
of Fundamentalism: The Search for Meaning.
On the conspiracies surrounding the beheading
of Nick Berg. What is (un)known
about Al Qaeda in America. Britain is at the start of what
is being called the "wind rush" and why, by tackling
global warming, Blair can show he is not a US poodle. A review
of The Long Summer: How Climate Changed Civilisation. A review
of Paul Ehrlich's One with Nineveh: Politics, Consumption and the
Human Future. Be very afraid: A review of books
on the environment. A review
of The Ends of the Earth. Mother Nature does play favorites,
after all: Beautiful
people also tend to be smart people. And here's the latest issue
of The Fountain: A Magazine of Critical, Scientific, and Spiritual
[Weekend] On Neo Independent, a new quarterly magazine that caters to that bloc of voters, and a preview: The Emerging Independent Minority. Commentators love to complain about the apathetic American voter. But does low turnout really matter? From Mother Jones, a look at the Stats of the Union, and after all the post-9/11 talk about Americans pulling together, why does it feel as though we're moving farther apart? Todd Gitlin on the body language in the anxious race for US president. What has Howard Dean been doing recently? A review of Dick Morris' Rewriting History. Jerry Falwell on securing the future of conservatism. The Atlantic Monthly profiles Lakhdar Brahimi, just the man Iraq needs. Wesley Clark on the keys to success in Iraq. On the UK's Stop the War Coalition: A monumentally successful failure. Mary Kaldor assesses the nature of the violence in Iraq and the likelihood of overcoming it. Eric Margolis on the ten laws of colonial warfare. Carlin Romano reviews Occidentalism: The West in the Eyes of its Enemies. And a review of The Other Side of Despair: Jews and Arabs in the Promised Land
[May 28] From Open Democracy, Humboldt's Herfried Münkleron on Kant’s “perpetual peace”: utopia or political guide? From The Nation, Richard Rorty reviews Richard Wolin's The Seduction of Unreason: The Intellectual Romance With Fascism From Nietzsche to Postmodernism (and more from John Gray), and more on Samuel Huntington's Who We Are? A look at a recent conference co-sponsored by The Nation Institute. From Reason, on the upside of zero privacy, on what it takes to run for president in the age of media intimacy, and why have an election if we already know the result? An excerpt from George Lakoff's Moral Politics: How Liberals and Conservatives Think. An article on the dangerous distance between the private and the commons. Fred Barnes grades Bush's economic team. Joseph Stiglitz on outsourcing and unemployment. From Spiked, on conspicuous consumption, a century on, and more on How Mumbo-Jumbo Conquered the World, previously subtitled "A Brief History of Bollocks." More on Susan Jacoby's Freethinkers. And more on The Wisdom of Crowds
[May 27] From The Village Voice, on the search for something to trust, why there is no such thing as paranoia, and why do the news media keep silent when rumors sweep the internet? Bill Moyers interviews Peter Singer on regaining the moral high ground in the war on terror. Was Susan Sontag right about 9/11 and the war on terror after all? Immanuel Wallerstein on the US and Europe, 1945 to today. From Foreign Policy, Richard Falk takes a look at the most effective, and most misguided, recipes for promoting human dignity around the world, a look back at a review of the Journal of Military Ethics, and do human right treaties make things worse? Amnesty International publishes it 2004 Annual Report. From Salon, a speech by Al Gore on Bush, the most dishonest president since Nixon (which may have Kerry worried), a speech by General Anthony Zinni on the administration's 10 mistakes in Iraq (and more), and on how Ahmed Chalabi used NYT's reporter Judith Miller to make the case for invasion. Slate previews the Times' apology for its Iraq coverage. And from Foreign Affairs, a look back at the idea of regime change in Iraq and an update
[May 26] From First Things, on how Richard Rorty found religion, George Weigel on what Catholics forgot about world order, Avery Cardinal Dulles on the rebirth of apologetics, a look at the politics of partisan neutrality, and more on Culture and the Thomist Tradition: After Vatican II. A Catholic perspective on Playboy's 50th anniversary. On how economics is helping to drive the use of embryos. From The New Republic, a review of books on the Holocaust (and part 2). A review of The Origins the Final Solution. A review of Still Life With Bombers: Israel in the Age of Terrorism, and a review of How Israel Lost: The Four Questions. Can we apply economic theory to suicide bombers? Yes pdf. Author of the Gaia hypothesis James Lovelock says nuclear power is now the only green solution to global warming, but Americans are entitled to cheap gasoline, right? On how progressives can go on the offensive and develop a commonsense countermovement. Buzzflash interviews Paul Rogat Loeb, author of Soul of a Citizen. An excerpt from Banana Republicans. In keeping with our national zeitgeist, Ann Coulter is nominated to be the official spokesperson for the Republican Party. And on disconnects between cultural and political affinities, or welcome to Purple America
[May 25] Susan Sontag on regarding the torture of others and on what we have done (and a response by David Aaronovitch). On the lessons of Abu Ghraib: The photographs were shocking, but the disturbing reality is that for some people they clearly weren't. Michael Walzer didn't think enough the first time around about what you might call jus post bellum. On a new motto for the occupation of Iraq: "America: Not Quite As Bad As Saddam Hussein." On a cartoon series collectively titled "Beetle Ghraib." From Uncommon Knowledge, USC's Erwin Chemerinsky and Berkeley's John Yoo on military detainees in a time of war. The ACU on National Review's flip-flop on the Iraq war. Brian Whitaker reads The Arab Mind, best used as a doorstop. Can anyone still doubt Ahmad Chalabi's place among history's great con men? An Atlantic Monthly interview and a Mother Jones interview with Niall Ferguson, who claims America has got Asperger's Syndrome. And a review of John Pilger's The New Rulers of the World and George Soros' The Bubble of American Supremacy
[May 24] From Ideas, can a return to the ancient idea of tyranny help us understand the bad guys of the 21st? From The Forum, on George W. Bush's presidential project and its prospects, and what the rise of the Republicans as America’s first ideological party means for the Democrats. Who do right-wing culture warriors blame for the Abu Ghraib prison scandal and who is responsible in the end? Spiked's Jennie Bristow on women: "Are we equal now?" On Christianity Lite: Having your Christian cake and eating it too. More on The Paradox of Choice: Why More is Less. And is using stem cells bad ethics or our only hope?
[Weekend 2e] From LewRockwell, an essay on Abu Ghraib and the nature of the state. A review of The Guilty Conscience of a Conservative. On why egalitarianism has been the great lie of past two centuries. On Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins, authors of the Left Behind series, as pop prophets (to accompany Christian rockers). David Aaronovitch on why culture is no excuse for executions in the Arab world. Stories make the world go around. So how come liberals can’t tell one? The Bush administration wants to eliminate the estate tax. Call it the revenge of the rentier class. A review of George Galloway's I'm Not the Only One. Alan Greenspan on the practical limits of globalization. Robert Schiller on the political stock market. And why The Believer is mostly a gathering for book fans
[Weekend] From The New York Times, on getting a good idea from outside the group, on a theological exploration of homosexuality as a theological question, Michael Kinsley reviews David Brooks' On Paradise Drive: How We Live Now (and Always Have) in the Future Tense, and a review of The Wisdom of Crowds (and more). Why it is time that the left initiated a full-bloodied revival of Victorian values. On Iraq, American culture and Philip Pettit's new definition of freedom. From Christianity Today, on how to talk to skeptics, unbelievers, and mule-headed friends and family about God, a review of Alexander Waugh's God, and why do churches grow? On the new generation gap: Christianity is cool. How the Bush White House checked with rapture Christians before the latest Israel move. A review of Infidels: A History of the Conflict Between Christendom and Islam. And from Sojourners, EJ Dionne Jr. on why the language of the marketplace shouldn't rule our moral and political thinking, a look at motherhood and the line between private matters and public affairs, and on how former editor of The Source Bakari Kitwana turns rhymes into votes
[May 21] A new issue of The New York Review of Books is out, including a look at Bush: The Dream Campaign, a review of books on the environment, and more on Plan of Attack. From The Nation, on the rebirth of the NYRB, and how punks are getting political. From Writ, an analysis of the recent Supreme Court's decision in Vieth v. Jubelirer that rejected a challenge to politically gerrymandered districts, and a look at James David Barber's The Presidential Character: Predicting Performance in the White House in light of the upcoming election: Is Bush an active/negative president? From The American Prospect, on why history is a lousy guide when it comes to predicting presidential elections, why The Bushies may be bringing the era of conservative morality to a close, and is contemporary liberalism cut off from its rich history? From Slate, Dahlia Lithwick on the maddening "slippery slope" argument against gay marriage, and did it destroy heterosexual marriage in Scandinavia? And Open Democracy interviews charismatic leader Dyab Abou Jahjah of the Arab European League
[May 20] From National Review, William Bennett on why we fight, and John Derbyshire on the most ancient enemy. From The Weekly Standard, on the incredible shrinking Army, and a review of Sarge: The Life and Times of Sargent Shriver. Here's a proposal to fight cultural segregation. On what The American Conservative Union can teach liberal America. A review of Robert Reich's Reason: Why Liberals Will Win the Battle for America. If Robert Kuttner and Will Marshall can agree on a progressive strategy, so can you! From Mother Jones, a self-sufficient hero says to heck with all those nitpicky, clock-punching bureaucrats. From Salon, there's so much going on in the world today, it's easy to overlook economic scourges. Ben Stein on the tale of the toaster, or how trade deficits are good doc. Jeffrey Sachs on the future of energy. A review of The Outlaw Sea: A World of Freedom, Chaos, and Crime (and more). From Global Issues, an issue on Shared Oceans, Shared Future. And why the Senate should ratify the Law of the Sea Treaty (and a critique)
[May 19] From The New York Review of Books, Mark Danner reviews the Taguba and Red Cross reports. Christopher Hitchens points out the flaws in Seymour Hersh's theory. NYU's Lawrence Weschler on how people can be so cruel. A review of Bernard Lewis' Babel to Dragomans: Interpreting the Middle East. Will the modern era come undone in Iraq? An essay on the power of words in wartime, from Ancient Greece to Iraq. We should all be strongly anti-terrorist, but even more, we must remain determined democrats. From Arts & Ideas, on the work of Jerrold Post and his Leaders and Their Followers in a Dangerous World, and forget lonely: Life is healthy at the top. From Ideas, on the same-sex marriage argument that Justice Scalia fears, legal scholars ask if marriage is the only way to make a family, and will Abu Ghraib change the way we see the mission in Iraq--and ourselves? And more and more and more and more on Niall Ferguson's Colossus: the Price of America's Empire
[May 18] Is this the moment of truth in Iraq...and for Bush? From The New Yorker, Sy Hersh on how a secret Pentagon program came to Abu Ghraib, and a comment on Bush's unconventional war. From New Statesman, on the secret global network of prisons and planes used by the US, and on the flaws in the American way of life (and more and more) From Salon, how all of America is awash in violent revenge fantasies, how Conrad's Heart of Darkness is frighteningly relevant today, how the Bush administration may have lied to the Supreme Court, more (and more) on Buruma and Margalit's Occidentalism, and how far up does the prisoner abuse scandal go? (and more) From Slate, how the scandal is getting worse, and how evidence obtained through coercion is undermining the legal war on terrorism. From The Nation, on the moral case against the Iraq war, and even conservatives are wondering: Is Bush one of us? Michelangelo Signorile on how conservatives spin Abu Ghraib. Must we become more like the barbarians? Or is there a metaphoric psychosis sweeping the US? And on the triumph of international humanitarian law: History shows a steady march of human progress
[May 17] From New Left Review, an extract from a Situationist pamphlet on the State, the Spectacle and September 11. From The American Prospect, how American moral authority died. Are Iraq hawks having second thoughts? A review of Charles Fried's Saying What the Law Is. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer reflects on Brown. Milton Friedman talks about the euro. Laura D'Andrea Tyson revisits the 1990s debates on deficits and balanced budgets. How the government has found a new way to nail old tax evaders. How fathers have become an unexpected force for feminism. Are magnet schools the modern equivalents of 40 acres and a mule? And here's a defense of online scandal mongering
[Weekend 2e] On Science: From The Times Literary Supplement, a review of books on climate change, and more on Rhythms of Life. On Ernest Rutherford's time bomb: Time, as we know it, began 100 years ago. Two interviews with futurist John Smart. How scientists try to illuminate for the layperson what seems incomprehensible. An interview with cosmologist George Ellis: "Well, science does have its limitations..." Stanford's Joan Roughgarden questions Darwin's sexual selection theory. From Better Humans, a review of From Chance to Choice: Genetics and Justice, and a very unnatural organism has been created. On the tragic end of David Reimer, the boy who was brought up as a girl. And we’re here, we’re mildly and tolerantly homophobic, get used to it!
From Forum: Qualitative Social Research, an special issue
on Qualitative Market, Media and Opinion Research, with an introduction.
From the Australian Humanities Review, an invitation
to the ecological humanities in action, a review
of Complex Entanglements Art, Globalisation and Cultural Difference,
and a look at Shit
in Public. More on Daniele
Archibugi's article in Dissent about tipping an democracy.
of the Blackwell Companion to Philosophy of Education, a review
of Doing School: How We Are Creating a Generation of Stressed Out,
Materialistic, and Miseducated Students, more
on Soul Made Flesh, and more
on Opening Skinner's Box.
of Roger Scruton's News From Somewhere: On Settling.
of Six Questions of Socrates: A Modern-Day Journey of Discovery
Through World Philosophy. A profile of Rev.
Reginald Foster, who has devoted his life to saving Latin from
For a man who gets about in a flaccid brown jumper, Alain
de Botton is quite the rock star (and more).
Here are 12
techniques on how to become a philosopher. On inventing your own unit
of measurement for greatness.
And a comment on radio hosts Click
and Clack and the liberal arts
[Weekend] John Kang (WKU): The Irrelevance of Sincerity: Deliberative Democracy in the Supreme Court. From Dissent, Daniele Archibugi on Tips and Democracy. From the student-run Discourse, an essay on State Sovereignty in Current Global Politics: Human Rights, State Boundaries and Humanitarian Intervention. From TLS, a review of François Cusset's French Theory, and a review of Richard Pipes' Vixi: Memoirs of a non-belonger. Alan Ryan reviews The Grace and the Severity of the Ideal. Alan Brinkley reviews The Guardians: Kingman Brewster, His Circle, and the Rise of the Liberal Establishment. A review of Resisting History: Historicism and Its Discontents in German-Jewish Thought. A review of Amitai Etzioni's From Empire to Community. Calling All Ids: A look at the struggle over the legacy of Sigmund Freud. Can movies teach moral philosophy? On how hard-core academics take The Simpsons very seriously. On a play that explores the tension within the black community over skin tone. A soup kitchen in New York tries feeding hungry minds. Phillip Ball on the potential value of a physics of society. And on studying history through playing video games
[May 28] Conservativism(s): From Humanitas, Richard Stivers (ISU): Ethical Individualism and Moral Collectivism in America; a review of Eric Voegelin: The Restoration of Order; a review of Smiling Through the Cultural Catastrophe: Toward the Revival of Higher Education; and an essay on From Democracy to Hyperdemocracy. An interview with BC's Albert Keith Whitaker on his work for the Focus Philosophical Library. How the President's Council on Bioethics is reviving the humanities. From Cato's Regulation, a review of Richard Epstein's Skepticism and Freedom. Here's Hernando de Soto's speech accepting the Milton Friedman Prize for Advancing Liberty. An Objectivist review of Charles Murray's Human Accomplishment, and an interview. From Crisis, the Church vs. the Culture: the score thus far. More on Russell Kirk and the Age of Ideology. How GK Chesterton's unique theology reveals what Christians know, but forget to believe. A review of God, The Devil, and Darwin: A Critique of Intelligent Design Theory. And from Ohio State, a new theory suggests people are attracted to religion for 16 reasons
[May 27] Samuel Issacharoff (Columbia): Constitutionalizing Democracy in Fractured Societies. From the International Journal on Multicultural Societies, an issue on Multiculturalism and Political Integration in Modern Nation-States, with an introduction. Trinity's Peter O'Brien suggests that liberalism leads to xenophobia when it finds it cannot reshape people to its model of life. From Race Traitor, on the life and death of Timothy McVeigh. On Bill Cosby and the speech at Howard University that shocked black America, and why does the black church oppose gay marriage? Alan Wolfe reviews of J-F Revel's Anti - Americanism and David Brooks' On Paradise Drive (and more). Wisconsin's Katherine Cramer Walsh on talking politics as a common part of everyday life. Monthly Review republishes Albert Einstein's essay Why Socialism? Business Week on how to lift the working poor. An interview with the authors of What’s Fair: Ethics for Negotiators. On why we tend to water down other people's workloads. No form of education is more commercialised than management education. But are business schools teaching the right things? In our grade - obsessed society, learning gets left behind. And grads of 2004, here's what you should be hearing
[May 26] From the Journal of Memetics, Börje Ekstig (Uppsala): The Evolution of Language and Science Studied by means of Biological Concepts; and Michael Lissack (ISCE): The Redefinition of Memes: Ascribing Meaning to an Empty Cliché. An essay In defence of popular TV: carnivalesque v. left pessimism. A review of Deleuze's Wake: Tributes and Tributaries. From Books & Culture, a review of Crowded with Genius The Scottish Enlightenment: Edinburgh's Moment of the Mind, and more on Terry Eagleton's After Theory. From Chicago, Gary Becker serves on the Pentagon’s Defense Policy Board as an advisor to Donald Rumsfeld, and on a Big Problems lecture, “After Capitalism: How about Democracy?” Times like this, it seems like we could use a few more rational anarchists. Here's a thematic content analysis of national anthems of Europe and the Arab League. American doctors are five times as likely as British doctors to prescribe antidepressants to children. What sparks our dreams, especially those wacky ones? One man is on the case. Attachment therapy is based on a pseudoscientific theory that, when put into practice, can be deadly. In the search for cures, how much is permissible? And an essay on when even mathematicians don't understand the math
[May 25] From Evolutionary Psychology, Daniel Kruger and Randolph Nesse (Michigan): Sexual selection and the Male:Female Mortality Ratio, a review of Genomic Imprinting and Kinship, and a review of Natural Ethical Facts: Evolution, Connectivism, and Moral Cognition. A review of Biological Complexity and Integrative Pluralism. Why gender-blind medicine serves neither men nor women well. Is public education moving towards single sex schools? The federal government is embracing science-like experiments in the public schools. There are not many people who know that the UN has a university of its own. On how many college towns have local statutes that limit students from establishing residency and registering to vote. For shy people, academic life is both protective and terrifying. Thumbing his nose at academe, a scholar tries to auction his services. And if Henry Louis Gates Jr. were an entertainer, he might challenge James Brown for the title of "hardest-working man in show business"
[May 24] Rod Nicholls (Cape Breton): Ghosts, God and the Problem of Dirty Hands. From American Scientist, an essay on engineering and the human spirit. Did British astronomer Percy Seymour prove the validity of astrology? Therapists study how emotions can help people overcome deep hurt. Scott McLemee reviews Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar. A look at the latest volume in the "Notable American Women" series. More on Notre Dame's Monk Malloy, who is stepping down as president. A Yale graduate reflects on political events and ideological convictions during his time in college. And purple patches on charisma, on state and politics, and on cultural reality by Max Weber
[Weekend 2e] Aakash Singh (Humboldt): Laughing at Politics: Rethinking Plato’s Republic. A new issue of the Post-Autistic Economics Review is out, including an article by James Galbraith. A review of Aristotle's Children: How Christians, Muslims, and Jews Rediscovered Ancient Wisdom and Illuminated the Middle Ages, a review of Trusting the Subject? Vol. 1, and a review of AC Grayling's Life, Sex, and Ideas: The Good Life Without God. A review of Mutants: On the Form, Varieties and Errors of the Human Body. The family tree of the domestic dog has now been laid bare. And from London Review of Books, an essay on war and showing pictures of the dead, a review of books on Russia, and James Wood reviews The Oxford English Literary History, Vol. XII: 1960-2000: The Last of England?
[Weekend] From History Today (reg req), on the afterlife of a nuclear test site, on a tale of murder in Revolutionary Mexico, and on Troy, City of Dreams. History is hot--and not just because of Brad Pitt's flying thighs. From Liberation, a translation of "Toni Negri et Nanni Ballestrini sur Battisti et pour l'amnistie de la gauche en italie." What do historians think of the Bush administration? Obituary: Melvin Lasky. From TLS, a review of Never Marry a Woman with Big Feet: Women in proverbs from around the world, and a review of Kiss of the Yogini: "Tantric sex" in its South Asian context. From Canada, a school bans "sex bracelets". Beauty is more than a matter of good health--it is also down to genetics and a mixed ancestry. A conference looks at the science behind love. From Allsci: A Monthly Science Magazine, on creating a home test for parallel universes, on using cognitive science to design political ads, and a brief guide to statistical manipulation. From Great Britain, at last, someone is standing up for excellence in the arts. A review of The Lecturer's Tale, a genuinely funny academic novel of manners. And why Cubism wasn't just a style, but a full-scale inquiry into what it means to be alive
[May 21] From the New School's World Policy Journal, on Washington's irrational Cuba policy, a review of books--or a Dissenter's Guide to Foreign Policy, and on hearing "What is wrong with you Americans?" From American Diplomacy, a look at the Foreign Service as America's Other Army (and part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, and part 6, with parts 7 and 8 to come). NYU's Bruce Bueno de Mesquita and George W. Downs on why gun-barrel democracy doesn’t work. Why the term "neo-conservative" may come to mean "dangerous innocence about world realities". On what the foreign policy "wise men" of the Cold War would have thought of the Iraq War. Purple patches on war, the strategy of conflict, on military depreciation of strategy, on military power, on new wars and old, on war and survival, on military coups in Third World countries, on imperialism and capitalism, and on the study of defeat. Stanley Fish on why we built the ivory tower. On the secular case for home-schooling. A interview with Brian Greene, author of The Fabric of the Cosmos. And Jim Holt on the Big Lab Experiment: Was our universe created by design?
[May 20] Alessandro Pinzani (Tubingen): The Contrabassist and the CEO: Moral Judgment and Collective Identity pdf. You can access the new Global Views and Voices for free through June 4th. From the Yale Review of Books, a review of books on the history of the Democrat and Republican parties, a review of Homosexuality and Civilization, and a review of Building Suburbia. From Chicago, more on Alan Gewirth. A talk with Richard Holmes, TV war historian, on the heart of the ordinary soldier. Fifty years after Brown, we seem to have settled for schools that are separate and unequal, and one two three reviews of books on Brown and its aftermath. More on Samuel Huntington's Who Are We? More on Mind Wide Open. More on Phillip Ball's Critical Mass. A review of Digital People: From Bionic Humans to Androids. Here are thoughts on Bertrand Russell, science collaboration and peace. Why the social realm of moral behavior is not entirely outside the reach of scientific inquiry. Could the planets really control out fates? And on "cherry-picking": Everyone does it, so it must be OK, right? (well, here's an article on social chaos and social science)
[May 19] From Dissent, Michael Walzer on the abuse of prisoners in Iraq, an article on Spain, Italy, peace and terror, a review of recently-published books by Hannah Arendt, more on politics and science, and on a new campaign slogan: "It's the
[May 18] A new issue of RAND Review is out, with a cover story on Redefining the Enemy. A new issue of The Hoover Digest is out, with an article by Larry Diamond on staying in Iraq for the long haul. A purple patch on guerrilla war by Michael Walzer. From The Chronicle of Higher Education, on Leon Kass and a new kind of bioethics, on how radio studies are rising again, and can philosophy exist? Yes, and Bergen Community College shows how to build a thriving department. Fairhaven High School is a school, yes--but not as you might know it. Sam Tanenhaus talks to Cornel West and Henry Louis Gates Jr. on Brown and affirmative action. Scott McLemee reviews Susan Jacoby's Freethinkers. From Human Events, a review of Russell Kirk and the Age of Ideology. More on Jane Jacobs' Dark Age Ahead. A review The Meaning of Sports: Why Americans Watch Baseball, Football, and Basketball and What They See When They Do, by Michael Mandelbaum, a professor of foreign policy at Johns Hopkins. A review of The Philosophy of Branding: Great Philosophers Think Brands. And want to make college science faculty really nervous? Tell them to stop lecturing and start telling stories instead
[May 17] Matthew Specter (Duke): Perpetual War or Perpetual Peace? Schmitt, Habermas and Theories of American Empire. From The Philosopher, James Danaher (Nyack): The Laws of Thought; and Ana Lita (Lincoln): The Moral Regard for Others. A review of Comparative Constitutional Traditions, and a review of The Politics of Terror: The US Response to 9/11. A review of Regis Debray's God: An Itinerary. Is there any historical evidence that Jesus existed? When Bridget Jones meets Descartes: A look at the work of Alain De Botton. Are single-sex schools more likely to produce ethical leaders? And Julian Baggini on how “That's a hypothetical question” has become a favored tool of evasion for politicians the world over
[Weekend 2e] From Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, a review of Pursuing Equal Opportunities: The Theory and Practice of Egalitarian Justice, a review of Interpreting Kant's Critiques, and a review of John Stuart Mill: A Biography. From Edge, a talk with Paul Bloom, professor of psychology at Yale University, on natural born dualists. A review of A Social History of Psychology. More on Mind Wide Open. More on The Secret Power of Beauty. From Georgetown, a Catholic perspective on terrorism and international law. From Chicago, MIT economist Daron Acemoglu wins the T.W. Schultz Prize. From Columbia, graduate students strike. From Portland State, a profile of perennial presidential candidate Lyndon LaRouche. More on The Case of the Invisible Adjunct. And on a worthy aspiration for most humans: To be like your own dog