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[Weekend] From South
Korea, the constitutional
court overturns the impeachment of President Roh Moo-hyun. From
Bangladesh, on environmental philosophy against
pleasure philosophy. From China, why emigration
is being driven by relative, not absolute, poverty. More
on The Shackled Continent. From the
IMF's Finance & Development, a special issue
on health and economics. The Guardian profiles Gordon
Brown. An interview with historian Jean
Flori on Islamic Jihad and the Christian Crusades. Reeling
cable TV, and cellphones, info-environmentalists try to reclaim
mental green space. Why any piece of great
writing can only be improved through meticulous attribution. JG Ballard on what
the Hollywood disaster movie says about the US psyche. From The
Atlantic Monthly, a review
of Screenwriting for a Global Market, a review
of Call of the Mall, and a review
of Something from the Oven: Reinventing Dinner in 1950s America.
And some notes on the cultural
[May 14] From India, Congress wins parliamentary elections in a good day to be the latest star of the Nehru-Gandhi family dynasty. From Nigeria, 500 Christians are killed in two days of rioting. From Peru, explorers are still seeking El Dorado. From Europe, on the awkward economics of enlargement. Outsourcing's job jitters are vexing America: what will Americans do? A profile of New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, contender for the Democratic vice president nomination. An interview on how war encourages sexual instincts in people. An interview with Jennifer Finney Boylan, author of She's Not There: A Life In Two Genders. From Culture Change, on the coming global catastrophe--and ways to preempt it. On the publication of Jane Jacobs' new book, Dark Age Ahead. More on James Chace's 1912. More and more on Bob Woodward's Plan of Attack, and a reading list of books about the Bush White House. And how Woodward's books are long on raw facts and short on argument. And that's exactly why we need them
[May 13] From Europe, why EU's man in Washington should be a politician, not a bureaucrat. From Russia, on how Putin talks like a democrat, but walks like an autocrat. Why Britain is likely to find itself swallowed into the belly of a European whale. The Proliferation Security Initiative, a new coalition outside the UN framework, strives to keep WMD out of terrorists' hands. From CJR, on Adrian Nicole LeBlanc's Random Family, a book that follows the struggles of a family in the Bronx. From OJR, is the net polarizing US political dialogue? Americans like to say they are not influenced by campaign commercials, but the evidence points to the contrary. More on Eugene McCarthy: The Rise and Fall of Postwar American Liberalism. From Salon, an interview with David Brock, author of The Republican Noise Machine: Right-Wing Media and How It Corrupts Democracy, (and an excerpt), and in a schizoid world of compulsory chastity and online orgies, how are teenage boys supposed to make sense of sex? Inside a library's back pages, a vivid history unfolds. On a list of the most dangerous music to listen to while driving (scroll down). And on how one person’s old crap is another person’s treasure
[May 12] From Nigeria, on patriotism and nation - building. From Japan, on the dark subculture of its youth (and more). From Ghana, on the Foundation for Building Capital of the Poor, and is Kofi Annan under attack by US conservatives? From Europe, Romano Prodi gets involved in the creation of a new European centrist party, while Communists found a new EU wide party. How a democratic India is overtaking China. What do we owe to Thatcherite economics? Grist interviews Senator Jim Jeffords. A look at when the street name outlives the street. On being young, Jewish... and cool. So much hope may be riding on vacations that we can't help but end up disappointed. A review of Cokie Roberts' Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised our Nation. From Slate, on the new parenting problem: Too many choices, on the amazing payday loan business, and Jack Shafer on reading the online versions of newspapers. Why Howard Stern could be Kerry's secret weapon. An article on how blogs are colliding with traditional media. A new film goes behind the scenes at Al Jazeera. And forget Fox News: Read a book! Let a million flowers bloom!
[May 11] From Libya, a court sentences six Europeans to death, and are Gaddafi's recent admissions of past mistakes a version of perestroika? From Thailand, prime minister remains defiant amid the latest insurgency. From India, what are elections but a lot of expensive fuss? From Europe, how the new constitution raises questions over the US military presence in Greenland. From Africa, can the continent ever be saved? From Brazil, on bodies as personal billboards. How political dynasties are a fact worldwide. Why the where of finding your American Dream might be as important as the how. What happens when our online communities mirror reality too closely? YaleGlobal takes a look at Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia. On a Kronkite moment in the pages of Sports Illustrated. More on 1968: the year that rocked the world. Today’s journalists are more isolated than ever from the lives of poor and working-class Americans. So what? From Bad Subjects, an interview with Greg Palast, Muckraker Extraordinaire. And it always comes back to the dirty underwear. Or does it?
[May 10] From Russia, a bomb kills Akhmad Kadyrov, Chechnya's president, and a look at how Roman Abramovich, Britain's richest man, made his millions. From Nepal, prime minister forced to quit. From Georgia, President Mikhail Saakashvili gains control of the breakaway region of Ajaria. From Europe, on the Good vs. the Bad EU, and here's the dilemma: Should the union broaden or deepen? How political debate in the US and UK increasingly resembles the dystopian vision encapsulated in the film The Matrix. On the Right's Wrong Turn: Conservatives complain that Bush has lost its ability to produce fresh policies. And should conservatives trust the people? A Kerry message starts to break through, and on how the left spins as much as the right. From Salon, an interview with James Chace, author of 1912: Wilson, Roosevelt, Taft and Debs--The Election That Changed the Country (and an excerpt), and why Democrats should stop panicking. And from Slate, how Bush, the misunderestimated man, chose stupidity, and Robert Wright's plan for Iraq is a roll of the dice--but what alternative isn't?
[Weekend 2e] From the Chicago Tribune, a special series on the struggle for the soul of Islam: From the USA, on the transformation of American Islam; from Saudi Arabia, how a charity leader funds fighters to spread Islam; from Egypt, the masses find solace in conservatism; and from Iran, how change is causing people to lose trust in the clerics. From National Journal, on rethinking Zionism, and whatever happened to the House Republican freshman class of 1994? On the Republican Party's multilevel marketing efforts to get Bush elected. Stuart Taylor on why the Supreme Court's oral arguments in the "enemy - combatants" case underscore the fragility of our freedoms. From Demos, you can download Network Logic: Who governs in an interconnected world? On the perils of living dangerously. The world is going to hell in a handbasket, but that's no reason to be glum. And why the best years of humanity may be over
[Weekend] From Iraq, is Saddam's army coming back to the fold? From Poland, on the rise on populism. From Vietnam, on becoming one of the fastest growing economies in Asia. From Argentina, thousands of women turn to selling sex to survive recession. If the past five presidential races are anything to go by, it's time to take this bull market by the horns. A review of John F. Kerry: The Complete Biography by the Boston Globe Reporters Who Know Him Best. A look at what John Kerry learned as as prosecutor. Why it would be dangerous for Democrats to challenge the personal faith behind Bush's political values. On a call for recapturing the definition of patriotism: Where's our Samuel Johnson? (and more) Here are excerpts from A Terry Teachout Reader. The revolution will not be blogged: journalists and readers need to get out of their pajamas. How phones are replacing cars, and why this is a good thing. Not being too big or too tiny is an obvious advantage. And Robert Jensen always thought he was one of the “good” white people. Until one day
[May 7] From Europe, why the EU should now focus on its relationship with Russia. From Croatia, on an outsider’s view of the state of the Union on accession. From Slovakia, on returning to the birthplace of ancestors, and is there a way out of the EU? From Germany, Schroeder faces problems on the left and the right. From Turkey, a conversation with political analyst Shamil Sultanov on the war of civilizations. As the humanitarian crisis in Sudan continues, the country’s appointment to the UN Commission on Human Rights prompts an American walkout. From Open Democracy, Todd Gitlin on American India. George Will teaches some conservative lessons to Bush. How Lynne Cheney had her fun with feminism, then signed up to join the anti-feminist backlash. Welcome to Ohio--and the heart of the election battle. Why Bill Clinton is the defining figure of the 2004 campaign. An interview with The Gadflyer's Paul Waldman, and do the late-night comics make a difference? And Superman goes Communist: How comic book heroes have been re-imagined
[May 6] From Taiwan, why democracy is rationally tolerant. From Yemen, on the open road theory: what if globalization failed? From Bangladesh, why convincing arguments about how globalization can reduce poverty have yet to be advanced. From Singapore, if you care about global poverty and equality, your aim should be to raise the growth rates of poor countries. From Chile, how the country's success divides it from its neighbors. From the Vatican, top exorcist Gabriele Amorth does battle with Satan. The Treasury Department assigns five times as many agents to investigate Cuban embargo violations as it has to track Osama bin Laden. Al Gore announces the acquisition of a cable network (and more). Why you should pay your taxes with a smile--the alternative, after all, would be far worse. On the work of the Innocence Project: 20 years after a molestor is jailed, victims recant. From American Heritage, part 2 of the 50 biggest changes in the last 50 years. Julian Sanchez on the semiotics of T-Shirts. And is anyone playing Dungeons & Dragons anymore?
[May 5] From Malaysia, as ethnic relations progress, it is religion that is the country's top divide. From Australia, if only there were more men running the country; and do Aussies want a private welfare state? Are they getting one anyway? From Uganda, on a portrait of peasant: President Yoweri Museveni. From China, let freedom ring? Not so fast. From Vietnam, on capitalism and the next generation. From Great Britain, what was the impact of the Thatcher years? It's too soon to tell. From Salon, James Galbraith on the plot to kill JFK, and will Roy Moore run for president? Budweiser is King of Beers--and now Pete Coors wants to be a senator. The mess in Iraq isn't helping Kerry--but there may be an alternative. Is Kerry boring or is it just Beltway buzz? A look at the work of Senator Richard Lugar: Like Senator Fulbright, but without the power. From the trail to the crossroads: On politicians who retire to New York. And why food shopping is a kind of religion in Manhattan's West Side
[May 4] From Panama, General Omar Torrijos' son wins presidential election (perhaps he'll upgrade the canal?). From Great Britain, there are worse fates than being like Switzerland. From Transitions, on a European May Day with a difference, from red to blue (and more). The American century is over--the Chinese century begins. China and Japan are locked in a fierce diplomatic and economic struggle to win access to Russian oil. No island is too small when national pride is at stake: How the Senkaku / Diaoyu Island dispute threatens amiability of Sino-Japanese relations. From Salon, an interview with Ambassador Joseph Wilson, and two excerpts from his book, The Politics of Truth (and a review). From The Nation, another interview, and from Buzzflash yet another interview (Busy man). Walter Mondale says Cheney is changing the role of his office. How hip-hop is getting involved in politics, turning a generation into a political force (or do they just don't care?) A profile of Aaron McGruder, author of The Boondocks. A review of The Importance of Being Famous. And here's a philosophical conundrum: Would Kant cork his bat?
[May 3] From Poland, Marek Belka is sworn in as the new PM. From Yugoslavia, the man who allegedly masterminded the assassination of Serbia's prime minister surrenders. From Great Britain, why EU expansion is the culmination of a long fight for freedom, and how local politics is failing to attract young people. On what South Africa can teach the Middle East, and on what the UN has become. Is the dearth of book translations into Arabic really responsible for all the problems of the Arab world? On democracy inaction and Arab anti - Americanism. Why does the Bush Administration view rising anti - Americanism in Europe as validation? Perhaps they're high on drugs. Nothing is to be left to chance in Bushway's efforts to outvote the anti - American diehards. A look at Joseph Wilson's book, The Politics of Truth. The whole idea of a spy honey trap is sexist--what would a male equivalent be? Why millions of women are hooked on happy pills. When it comes to sex, men are still unable to open up about the bonds between them. And on the phenomenon of the orgasm, and a two-year quest to get the low-down on sexual climax
[Weekend] From Bangladesh, on the civilizational dialogues in Asia. From South Africa, rethinking a continent: From Nkrumah to Mbeki. From Jamaica, on rethinking the history of the Caribbean. From Russia, cut the country some slack--it ain't doing that bad, really. From Great Britain, on understanding Margaret Thatcher. From the USA, a look at the intellectual origins of Ronald Reagan's faith. From Taiwan, a group of intellectuals come together to launch a movement aimed at promoting democracy. You can visit Dinosaur Adventure Land, a creationist theme park that beckons children to "find out the truth about dinosaurs". New York denies permit for anti-war rally during GOP convention. An interview with musician-activists Indigo Girls. David Brooks on sex and the cities. Here's a website that urges self-love to end conflict. And a mid-life crisis? But I'm only 34!
[Weekend] Conservative Commentary: From the
American Enterprise Institute, James Q. Wilson on why
freedom can be a lot more important
than democracy, a lecture by Gertrude Himmelfarb on Three
Paths to Modernity: The British, American,
and French Enlightenments, and
Larry Diamond participates in a discussion
on Whither Nation-Building: Can the United States and the United
Nations Harmonize Their Efforts?
From The American Enterprise, why Americans shouldn't
be afraid of competition. From WorldNetDaily, who has a right
to your property? Should the productivity
norm determine wages?
Francis Fukuyama reviews
Why Solzhenitsyn’s anti-communism was never
a defense of individual freedom. Is Harvard lowering
its standards? A review
of Thomas Molnar's The Counter - Revolution. Purple patches on national
interest by Hans Morgenthau, on
culture by Matthew Arnold, and on
statesmen by Oswald Spengler. And a look at the dying
of Western culture
[May 14] LSE's Fred Halliday on America and Arabia after Saddam. How can the US get out of Iraq? A debate (part 2 and part 3). How the abuse of prisoners began long before Abu Ghraib. Some philosophical reactions to the prisoner abuses in Iraq. More on Michael Ignatieff's The Lesser Evil: Political Ethics in an Age of Terror. From The New Pantagruel, an introduction to the new online magazine, a review of Culture and the Thomist Tradition: After Vatican II, and a letter to the editor on liberalism. Jean Bethke Elshtain on why Hitler and the Nazis continue to fascinate. From The Freeman, a response to Adam Wolfson's essay “Conservatives and Neoconservatives” in The Public Interest. A look at the "neoconomists", the other Bush revolutionaries. A review of Volokh Conspirator Randy Barnett's Restoring the Lost Constitution: The Presumption of Liberty. Harvard's Alberto Alesina on the racism of the welfare state. And New Internationalist interviews Joseph Stiglitz on healthcare
[May 13] From Conservative Battleline, should conservatives vote for Bush? This guy won't, but the president of the Scout Honor Coalition probably will. Pollster John Zogby says the election is Kerry's to lose. Why Kerry should be proud of being a liberal with a capital L. On Kerry and the Hawks: Why the Vietnam experience cuts both ways for Kerry. How relevant is the Dukakis model for 2004? How communion has become a test of faith and politics. Robert Reich on understanding radical conservatives and their notion of evil. Will Paul Weyrich reach out to atheists? Focus on the Family's James Dobson gets back into the battlefield of politics. Nicholas Kristof on how nothing is more lethal to religious faith than having self-righteous, intolerant politicians drag God into politics. Samuel Francis on what white liberals are really like. Can a liberal wish for Bush to be reelected? A terrorist attack could throw the US into unprecedented political turmoil. So why do so few people want to talk about it? James Traub on why we need a prophylactic foretaste of horror. Buzzflash interviews Jessica Stern, author of Terror in the Name of God. And James Rubin reviews five books on American Empire
[May 12] A new issue of The Atlantic Monthly is out, including an article on how to get authoritarianism right in the age of terrorism, a look at the cloak-and-dagger world of "opposition research", a review of Scouting for Boys: The Original 1908 Edition (and more), and on the work of Philip Mangano, Bush's homlessness czar. From Washington Monthly, why the 2004 election won't be close, how Al-Qaeda threatens the worldview of the Bush administration, how the Defense Department is trying to silence the military newspaper Stars & Stripes, and Wesley Clark on why the strategy that won the Cold War could help bring democracy to the Middle East. From Monthly Review, an article on ideology and economic development, and a look at mass incarceration and legal repression in US prisons. From Le Monde diplomatique, on anti-Semitism in the Arab world, and Juan Cole on how the US has created unexpected alliances between enemies. From Political Play, why the vice president is more than a running mate, and Geraldine Ferraro on why Kerry should pick a nominee soon. And is Dick Cheney a physically a good risk as vice president? Doctors weigh in
[May 11] From First Things, more on Tzvetan Todorov's Hope and Memory, and more on Democracy and Tradition. Ariel Dorfman on how every regime that commits torture does so in the name of salvation. How the mistreatment of prisoners is routine in the US, and on the history of moral exceptionalism. How politicians are too blame too. On the fine line between normal and monster: Is it in anyone to abuse a captive? The study of psychology offers clues. Green Left interviews Tariq Ali. A review of Globalisation Unmasked: Imperialism in the 21st Century. More on The Anatomy of Fascism. How the world of immigration is surrounded by lies, and how immigration means reinventing the nation. A look at the ancient suicide of the West: Will it happen again? More on Phillip Longman's The Empty Cradle, and a look at Europe's population implosion. A review of books on Hayek. An interview with Michael Zweig of the Center For Working Class Life at SUNY Stony Brook. Mark Satin on a Radical Middle Manifesto: A Politics, A History, A Memoir. A review of books on modern economic life. And from The Economist, a survey on California
[May 10] GQ profiles Colin Powell, casualty of war. Niall Ferguson and Robert Kagan discuss America's legitimacy problem. On global jihad: Al-Qaeda is dead, but its ideology is spreading like wildfire. Can suing, not just indicting, be a weapon against terrorists? Has Iraq stretched the US military to its breaking point? Maybe that's why Bush is spending so much on nuclear weapons. A review of The Halliburton Agenda. Catholic U.'s Claes Ryn on "neo-Jacobin" universalism and traditional American. From The Nation, Schell, Zinn, Chomsky, Slaughter and more on how to get out of Iraq, and is Koppel a Commie? From The Weekly Standard, why Spain's problem with terrorism is Europe's: It does not want to defend itself, a review of Michael Barone's Hard America/Soft America: Competition vs. Coddling and the Battle for the Nation's Future, and how Don Quixote represents a new condition for mankind which takes some getting used to. Edward Rothstein on liberty, technology, duty: Where peace overlaps war. And you can create your own Thomas Friedman op-ed column!
[Weekend 2e] On religion and politics: From Christianity Today, on doubting the doomsayers, a review of Muslims in the United States: The State of Research, and a review of Democracy and Tradition. Why Kerry's take on Catholicism is typical. A review of books on the rise of anti-Semitism. They call it the Jesus Seminar on the Road. Others might call it a heresy-fest or even blasphemy-palooza. We live in God's country now: God and mammon have met and merged in the marketplace, and more on Christian activist and best-selling novelist Tim LaHaye. A review of books on the popular appeal of evangelical Christians. A review of God Against the Gods: The History of War Between Monotheism and Polytheism. Christopher Hitchens reviews Freethinkers: A History of American Secularism (and more). A response to the publication of "What Kind of Religion is Islam" in Commentary. And here's a short primer on Scientology
[Weekend] A new issue of The New York Review of Books is out, including a review of Michael Ignatieff's The Lesser Evil: Political Ethics in an Age of Terror, a review of Ghost Wars, and the text of a letter from former senior British diplomats to Tony Blair. An interview with Geoffrey Wheatcroft, author of The Tragedy of Tony Blair. Roger Scruton on Blair and the wrong America. From Reason, an interview with Charles Murray. From TCS, on the libertarianism of broken noses (and a response) and James Pinkerton on the Re-Jeffersonization of America. Can capitalism be harnessed to solve environmental problems, or is capitalism itself the problem? A review of The Anarchist in the Library. On the coming battle between Bush and the Earth Liberation Front. When reporters accompany activists, do they get the story or do they become the story? Why the dismissal of climate change by journalistic nincompoops is a danger to us all. From CJR, why don't journalists get religion? And a review of Paul Starr's The Creation of the Media: Political Origins of Modern Communications
[May 7] British diplomat Jeremy Greenstock on why democracy is still possible in Iraq, and The Economist calls for Rumsfeld to resign. From The New Republic, a look at the work of KA Paul, an Indian-born Christian evangelical, Andrew Sullivan "fisks" a piece by Robert Novak on Catholic politicians, Jacob Levy on why apologies are a tricky business in politics, and another call for Rumsfeld's resignation. Why liberals tempted by the egalitarian argument for a draft might want to look to John Rawls. From Al-Ahram, an interview with Francis Fukuyama (and more), and on a time of discontent: what is it with the Arabs? From The Nation, a review of Rise of the Vulcans: The History of Bush's War Cabinet, why the American economy is in much deeper trouble than most people realize, and why behind the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) lies a nasty civil rights time bomb. Why it's time to draw the line on congressional redistricting. What can libertarians do to avoid being manipulated? And what would happen if people across the country were really engaged and informed?
[May 6] A new issue of Policy is out, including articles on the transformation of international law, and on social affairs intellectuals who equate popular support for a ‘fair go’ with egalitarianism. A new issue of Legal Affairs is out. More and more and more on Jagdish Bhagwati's In Defense of Globalization. More on House of Bush, House of Saud. More on Worse Than Watergate. From The Village Voice, when feces start hitting the fan, Bush seems not to have a care in the world, on Ralph Nader as a suicide bomber, and as a generation of old-school journalists is dying, details of their lifestyles are surfacing left and right. More on Roger Scruton's The West and the Rest. A review of Watching the English: the hidden rules of English behaviour. Victor Davis Hanson on the ancient Greeks: Were they like us at all? An interview with Samantha Power, author of A Problem from Hell. Linda Greenhouse on the Imperial Presidency and the constraints of the law. Two reviews of The Myth of Moral Justice: Why Our Legal System Fails to Do What's Right. And In Re Scalia the Outspoken v. the Scalia the Reserved
[May 5] From The Next American City, Richard Florida on the revenge of the squelchers, and more on Bruce Ackerman and James Fishkin's proposal for a Deliberation Day. How Western cities have become a new urban model. From The Globalist, on a vision of an energy community spanning all of the Americas, and Joseph Nye on Europe's soft power (and more). Why the question of German-American relations is so important once again. Der Spiegel interviews Zbigniew Brzezinski. John Allen Paulos examines a probabilistic doomsday argument, and on calculating the politics of catastrophe. Michael Ignatieff asks, "Could we actually lose the war on terror?" Anne - Marie Slaughter on networks as the problem and solution to terrorism. Walter Russell Mead on why they hate us, really. A review of Niall Ferguson's Colossus: The Price of American Empire. A review of John Keegan's The Iraq War. And Peter Singer on the abuse of Iraqi prisoners and the outsourcing military jobs
[May 4] From The Cato Journal, a special issue on Milton Friedman's A Monetary History of the United States After 40 Years (including reflections from Friedman), a review of Ian Shapiro's The State of Democratic Theory, and a review of books by Thomas Sowell pdf. From Wilson Quarterly, Georgetown's Daniel Brumberg on going beyond liberalization in the Middle East. Should the US withdraw from Iraq? Immanuel Wallerstein thinks so, and Robert Kagan is worried many are coming around to that view. Sy Hersh on the torture of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraibat, and Michigan' Juan Cole on the battle of the photographs (and where's Donald Rumsfeld in all this?). From New Statesman, on religion: Why do we still give a damn? And from Mother Jones, a peer inside the strangely familiar new world of campaign finance: rules change, but everything stays the same, such as groups with cute names for those who bundle their money through a billion dollar loophole. Confused? Read this glossary, but make sure to read who are the top 25 fundraisers, the top 100 hard money contributors, and the top 25 soft money contributors
[May 3] On Europe: From The Economist, a perspective on the May Day milestone, which creates a club in need of a new vision and changes the balance of power--just how big can it get? TAP says too big for its britches. This historic day means having to deal with 20 official languages, a mammoth task for Brussels' bureaucrats (and more). For example, how do you say accession in Maltese? Perhaps Esperanto is the solution. Slavoj Zizek on what Europe wants (and what does the US want?) History Today takes a look at the historical roots of enlargement (reg req). From Spectrezine, a statement of fifteen democratic principles on the nation, state sovereignty and the European Union. The road from East to West goes in both directions, but Central Europeans are hoarding everything from sugar to cars (though they should look to emulate the Irish). From Slate, on Slovenia as a poster child for Europe, and the dwindling privileges of membership. Here are some of the new countries' best-kept secrets and best-loved treasures. But in the end, Europe's roots lie in the Renaissance, not in the single currency (and a quiz)
[Weekend] A new issue of Foreign Policy is out, including a look at Al-Qaeda as an ideology and an organization, the second annual CGD/FP Commitment to Development Index, Ted Rall reviews graphic travelogues, and Samuel Huntington answers his critics of his essay "The Hispanic Challenge" (He also answers questions about Who Are We?). Why the clash of cultures is driven by targeted appeals and reinforced by geography, and two examples. On the divide between the America at war and the America at peace, and on the United States vs. America. On how Bush is playing to his base, while Kerry is trolling for swing voters. On a realistic election strategy the Left can really get behind. Justin Raimondo on neoconservatism versus libertarianism. And this column contains two of the dirtiest words in the American language
[Weekend] A new issue
of the Journal for Cultural and Religious Theory is out,
including articles by Clayton Crocket (UCA): Long
Time Coming: Theology, Methodology, Cultural Theory; Carl Raschke
Islam and the Specter of the Desert--otherwise, the Call of Theory;
Owen Ware (Victoria): Dialectic
of the Past / Disjuncture of the Future: Derrida and Benjamin on the
Concept of Messianism; a review
of Science and Wisdom; a review
of Slavoj Zizek's The Puppet and the Dwarf: The Perverse Core of
Christianity; and a review
of Capitalism and Religion pdf.
Julian Baggini reviews books
on the deadly sins: Greed, Lust, Envy and Gluttony.
on Philosophy in a Time of Terror: Dialogues with Jurgen Habermas and
Jacques Derrida. From The Economist, a review of books
on art and mathematics. On
the endurance of art,
philosophy, science and architecture during great and terrible times
in history. And purple patches on a rational
theory of tradition by Karl Popper and on what
is enlightenment by Kant
[May 14] On the politics of sex and gender: From The Qualitative Report, Vicky Harvey (CSU): "We're Just Friends": Myth Construction as a Communicative Strategy in Maintaining Cross-Sex Research pdf. Otto Weininger: Sex & Character pdf. A new issue of American Sexuality is out, on teenage sexuality. A review of Beyond Comparison: Sex and Discrimination. On questions that opponents of gay marriage need to answer. A review of Martin Amis' Pornoland. How male and female novelists have very different approaches to writing about sex and pornography. On thinking through prostitution, the world's oldest debate. On the depravities of sororities: A review of Pledges. John Armstrong presents with disarming simplicity some complex ways of looking at beauty. On the trouble with fairy tales: "It pays to be pretty". On textual gratification: Quill or keypad, it's all about sex. Gentlemen may or may not prefer blondes, but they do seem to prefer women with hour-glass figures. Can only the rich afford to be thin? And want to stop teenage pregnancy? Teach oral sex to kids
[May 13] From The Chronicle, how segregation's legacy still troubles campuses; on one of the guiltiest academic pleasures: Eavesdropping on the classes of colleagues; Elizabethtown's W. Wesley McDonald responds to questions on Russell Kirk; and an American professor finds hostility spiked with cynicism in Central Asia. On how Kant transformed the image we have of ourselves. Michael Dirda reviews The Reformation: A History. A review of The Sexual Spectrum: Exploring Human Diversity. Chris Mooney on the history of "sound science", a conservative term of art. How much does information technology matter? Neurodiversity forever: The disability movement turns to brains. And here's mathematical proof that Mikhail Gorbachev is the Antichrist
[May 12] Ron Harre (Georgetown): Nationality and the Methodology of the Natural Sciences pdf. A review of The Ethics of Killing: Problems at the Margins of Life. A review of Establishing the Rules of the Game: Election Laws in Democracies, and a review of Law and Legal Interpretation. From Metanexus, a review of Randall Collins' The Sociology of Philosophies: A Global Theory of Intellectual Change (and part 2). A review of In Defense of Aristocracy. A talk with philosopher John Armstrong, author of The Secret Power of Beauty: why happiness is in the eye of the beholder. From Keynesianism to neoliberalism: On shifting paradigms in economics. From Green Anarchy, Theses on Anarchism After Post-Modernism. From Natural History, can the behaviorist's insistence on distinguishing animal from human cognition be reconciled with evolutionary continuity? Our Stone Age brains may simply be unable to cope with the pace of modern life. At nearly 100, Ernst Mayr is still advancing science. And Lewis Wolpert on how the story of Archimedes crying "Eureka!" is almost universally misunderstood
[May 11] From Population Review, Bertil Egero (Lund): Global Disorder: An Important Agenda for 21st Century Population Studies pdf. From Demographic Research, Thomas Burch (UBC): Demography in a new key: A theory of population theory pdf. Which nations will go forth and multiply? Why Asia's lopsided sex ratios may threaten world peace. A profile of Nancy Hatch Dupree, chronicler of Afghan culture, and now its loyal guard. An interview with Warwick economist Andrew Oswald. Kerry calls for a new commitment to public service by young people. If affirmative action fails, what then? When hiring a couple in academia, one partner is "the catch" and the other is usually "the trailing spouse." A conservative response to Alan Wolfe's article on Carl Schmitt. A review of Thank You for Not Reading. A review of Letters of Introduction: An A-Z of Cultural Heroes and Legends. From Penn, how companies use (and abuse) law for competitive gains. Here are some offbeat news in the world of international higher learning. We can avoid technology's risks by using it to relieve discontent. And is there any advantage to saying what you mean?
[May 10] Rudi Visker (KUL): Dis-possessed: How to remain silent 'after' Levinas pdf. Carol White (Santa Clara): The Time of Being and the metaphysics of presence pdf. A review of After Poststructuralism: Reading, Stories and Theory. The Pontifical Academy of the Social Sciences hosts a conference on intergenerational solidarity, and here's the address by Hans Tietmeyer, president of the Bundesbank. From Harvard, on the "personal choices" of Brian Palmer, and the African American Studies Department faces a contraction in enrollment numbers. From New Zealand, dying was probably the best career move philosopher Julian Young ever made. More on the death of Iraqi political scientist Gailan Ramiz. A review of Understanding Terrorism, and a review of Deeper Than Darwin: The Prospect for Religion in the Age of Evolution. A review of Stephen Johnson's Mind Wide Open: Your Brain and the Neuroscience of Everyday Life. Has the brain's hard drive been discovered? And more on the politicization of science: It is increasingly hard to teach environmental science, with all the myths and untruths about global warming (and an example?)
[Weekend 2e] From a conference at Syracuse, Transforming Citizenship? Transnational Membership, Participation, and Governance, papers by Stephen Macedo (Princeton): What Self-Governing Peoples Owe to One Another: Universalism, Diversity, and The Law of Peoples; Thomas Pogge (Columbia): What is Transnational Citizenship?; Saskia Sassen (Chicago): The Repositioning of Citizenship: Toward New Types of Subjects and Spaces for Politics; and Yasemin Soysal (Essex): Postnational Citizenship: Reconfiguring the Familiar Terrain pdf. More on Simon Blackburn's Lust. On "Aristotle" and the knowledge web as an idea whose time has come. CUNY is preparing to open a graduate school of journalism. On the hidden curriculum: At school, children learn the meaning of hypocrisy (though daily prayer perhaps?) And John Sutherland reflects on the good and bad changes in higher education over the past 40 years
[Weekend] Philip Jenkins (Penn State): Catch Me Before I Kill More: Seriality as Modern Monstrosity. To maintain that all pains are caused by an amalgam of biopsychosocial factors is as dogmatic as the earlier advocacy of specificity theory. From Skeptical Inquirer, a look at Lilian Bernas' claims to exhibit the wounds of Christ, and on the development of beliefs in paranormal and supernatural phenomena. A review of The Eye of the Lynx: Galileo, His Friends, and the Beginnings of Modern Natural History. More on Soul Made Flesh. A review of Rhythms of Life: The Biological Clocks that Control the Daily Lives of Every Living Thing. And do humans face certain extinction?
[May 7] From The Times Literary Supplement, Thomas Nagle reviews Why There is Something Rather Than Nothing, a review of CS Lewis' Collected Letters: Volume Two: Books, Broadcasts and War 1931-1949, and a review of Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins' Glorious Appearing. An anthropologist working for Intel documents crucial differences in cultures' approaches to technology. Maryland's Jillian Schwedler says the US is undercutting democracy in Jordan. On the turning away: Visa delays are deterring scientists from going to the United States. On how college presidents are hard-working, talented...and vastly overpaid. And more on how conservative students are monitoring liberal professors
[May 6] Zuthu Arslan (NPA): Taking Rights Less Seriously: Postmodernism and Human Rights pdf. An essay on free exchange and ethical decisions pdf. You can download Michael Albert's Parecon: Life After Capitalism, and a review. A review of Moral Realism: A Defense. A review of The Anatomy of Fascism (and more), and a review of Dresden: Tuesday, February 13, 1945. A review of Benedetto Croce and Italian Fascism and From Fascism to Democracy. From Seattle U., what do Tina Turner and a recent philosophy conference have in common? Is there anything Edinburgh Professor Alexander McCall Smith can't do? How about Jonathan Miller? A profile of British mathematician Michael Atiyah. Here is some math that made it into the media. A Foucaldian story of the Death of a Reader. A review of The Birth of the Mind, and a review of The Cambridge Companion to Lacan. From B&W, is Freud making a comeback? (and more). Why antidepressants can disrupt neural circuits involved in romance and attachment. And from Dr. Albert Ellis, therapy's Lenny Bruce: Get over it! Stop whining!
[May 5] Frederick Schauer (Harvard): The Limited Domain of the Law doc. R. Jay Wallace (Berkeley): The Publicity of Reasons doc. A new issue of Reconstruction is out, including an essay on how Plato Means Business in the Republic, and a review of Habermas' Religion and Rationality. More on Hannah Arendt's Responsibility and Judgment. More on BHL's Sartre: The Philosopher of the Twentieth Century. More on Opening Skinner's Box. A review of Wisdom and Metaphor. On the publication of the inaugural issue of Labor. From Great Britain, on new research that looks at the evolution of 'paedo-pop', and how there's nothing to stop universities dropping important subjects if they are unpopular or expensive. From New Zealand, why philosophy's place is logical, really. From Nigeria, on the importance of logic. From Pakistan, on Jeremy Bentham and the Fabergé calculus. And you stink, therefore I am: Philosophers ponder the meaning of disgust
[May 4] From Dissent, an interview with Adam Michnik, Penn's Rogers Smith on arraigning terror, and the New School's Andrew Arato on constitution-making in Iraq. From The Chronicle, Scott McLemee on Russell Kirk, a conservative of the old school. A review of Intertwined Lives: Margaret Mead, Ruth Benedict, and Their Circle. Columbia celebrates its 250th anniversary with a look at its 250 Greatest Alumni, from John Jay to... Chet Forte? Time interviews Larry Summers, president of Harvard, which is becoming the retirement plan of choice for former Clinton administration officials. More on the myth of grade inflation. On how part-time professors fill many distance-education faculties. The Invisible Adjunct shuts down her popular weblog and says goodbye to academe. What do you do if you are terrified of your graduate students? David Aaronovitch gets on board an intellectual voyage of discovery. Fossil finders hit back at 'glory-grabbing' academics. Genetically modified microbes will lead to a revolution in industrial biotechnology. How far is too far when it comes to using animals to advance medicine? And the US is losing its dominance in the sciences
[May 3] From Prospect, why liberalism was actually born 10,000 years ago, David Goodhart on the reactions to his diversity essay (and more), and Bhikhu Parekh imagines a conversation between Gandhi and Bin Laden. Terry Eagleton reviews two books by Edward Said. A review of Speaking Back: The Free Speech versus Hate Speech Debate. From Uncommon Knowledge, a debate on the utility of war between Victor Davis Hanson and Jonathan Schell. What kind of a historian is Douglas Brinkley? The New Yorker remembers Philip Hamburger. From Southern Mississippi, an end to the fight with two professors. As Princeton mulls grade limits, Michael Berube explains how to end grade inflation. Is it grade inflation, or are students just getting smarter? On Venn and the art of diagrams. A review of books on how to motivate students to learn. Are our powers of reflection atrophying in the electronic age? With the advance of technology, why are there more books than ever? On how books are the hot medium today. Here's the confessional moment: I have destroyed books. This is how I started on my life of crime. And why packing books is more perilous than packing clothes
[Weekend] R. Jay Wallace (Berkeley): The Publicity of Reasons and Moral Psychology doc. Brain researchers are using MRIs to predict our decisions before they are made. The Guardian profiles Susan Greenfield. A review of The Bloomsbury Book of the Mind. A review of The New Idea of a University, and a review of Stephen Toulmin's Return to Reason. A review of The Mythic Meanings of the Second Amendment. More on Terry Eagleton's After Theory, and more on Isaiah Berlin's Flourishing. Roger Masters on Leo Strauss and the true meaning of philosophy. From Chicago, Richard Epstein argues classical liberalism is the best guide to human behavior. From Notre Dame, President 'Monk' Malloy retires after 18 years. And how is it that it is thought that colleges and universities are places where you cannot rely on anything you've been told? Stanley Fish investigates