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is advancing and fear is receding, so the
people should keep pushing, as eyes begin to turn to
fresh elections, but what are the reactions from Poland
From Lithuania, on boredom and
questions about the past and future of the enlarged EU.
Europe, the Lisbon strategy is about
everything and about nothing. From France, Le Monde is in
crisis as senior
editor quits, while businessman Edouard de Rothschild is seeking
a major stake in the centre-left daily Liberation. So the election
recount goes ahead... in Puerto Rico. From Business Week, why
panic about competition
An interview with Senator
Bob Graham on intelligence. Gregg
why there should be more defense spending. George Monbiot on the religion
of the rich. Kirsten Anderberg on
the hierarchy of human worth.
And from BBC Magazine, the National Archives is shedding light on
movers and shakers, starting with Karl Marx; anoraks, geeks, nerds -
no shortage of insults for enthusiasts; and orange, chestnut, rose, daisy, velvet, singing -
demonstrations in Eastern Europe get the best names
[Nov 29] From Nigeria, suddenly everyone seems to be turning 70 and you wonder. From Pakistan, a review of Islamic Religious Schools and Contemporary Demands. From Great Britain, tense? nervous? You're not alone--but then politicians can find public paranoia very useful, including Tony Blair. From France, we're depressed, very depressed. Please, put us to bed! Why Russia, Europe and the US all have their own reasons for supporting a peaceful resolution in Ukraine. Timothy Garton Ash on how we are all blue Americans now. From The New York Times Magazine, a special issue on The Thoroughly Designed American Childhood. A review of books on self-help and living. A review of Inspire! What Great Leaders Do. Here are readings on Tiger Woods, philosophy and music, and human/animal chimeras, and excerpts from old and new military guides to guerrilla warfare. And The Price is Right's Bob Barker enlists law schools in campaign for animals
[Weekend 2e] From Equatorial Guinea, 11 foreign mercenaries are jailed for up to 34 years. From Ghana, on tribal sentimentalism as a real threat to democracy. From Australia, a reflection on the significance of the diggers' protest movement. From Ukraine, author Oksana Zabuzhko walks the streets of Kiev and witnesses an unprecedented upsurge of national solidarity. Why Europe must give immediate and total support to Ukraine's velvet revolutionaries (and more). Václav Havel on what Communism still teaches us. America's current empire seems to call for a cinema to think through its contradictions. And what made the Holy Grail the definition of something we search for but never actually find?
[Weekend] From China, religious distortions are found at all levels of society. From the Netherlands, what does the second political murder in thirty months mean for the multiculturalist model? From Great Britain, the focus on law and order raises questions about the kind of society and political debate we want. From The Economist, how Russia and the EU are sparring over the countries that lie between them; a survey on private-equity firms as the new kings of capitalism; and on how the courts are making a mess of America's schools. From HNN, a look at FDR's advice for the Democrats and his amazing prediction. John Allen Paulos on how the errors in exit polls are still a puzzle to many. Joseph Stiglitz on getting past the American election. And a study finds about nine out of 10 corporate PACs gave more money to Republicans than to Democrats
[Nov 26] From Central America, 'strongmen' find their weak spot. From Central Asia, a look at China's mounting influence. From Italy, the South erupts as mob killings rise in Naples. From The Globalist, a look at the chaos in Ivory Coast: Roots and Consequences. An op-ed on the state of Iraq: an update. Why do Arab reformers claim U.S. support is hurting them? If the world can manage the dollar's decline wisely, there is more reason for hope than despair. From Salon, despite Bush's election, the cranky old conservatives' days are numbered. On why Democrats lose at the polls when they win in the courts. From Reason, who was the last person to know all the ingredients in the pork? Virginia Postrel praises shopping magazines. And only 23 people allowed in a AOL chatroom. Coincidence? I think not...
[Nov 25] From Great Britain, the government announces plans to introduce national identity cards. From Colombia, modernity brings suicide. From Argentina, La Loma is a contested land, a divided community. Meet the new Southern Democrats... in Latin America. Here is a brief list of countries that would also benefit from a substantial write-off similar to Iraq's debt cancellation. From Writ, does the Constitution permit the blue states to secede? It turns out that economics did indeed matter, and mattered a lot, in Election 2004. Compulsory voting forces people to engage with their democracy--maybe the United States should try a dose. Here’s a name you’ll hear more and more as the next Phyllis Schlafly: Kay Daly. From The Guardian, on "mum" and other favorite English words, and on the urge to infidelity: It's in her genes. And is anal sex fair to women?
[Nov 24] From Antarctica, personal web sites share Ice with world. From Slovakia, the names of former secret police officers are published, causing mild shock to people still waiting for better days. From Georgia, combining a real sense of moving ahead with a nagging fear. From the Philippines, on a plague called patrimonialism. From Taiwan, why the local 'identity problem' is not political. From Spain, the government makes solar panels mandatory in new buildings. Western Europeans are more pessimistic about the future than in any other region in the world. The Mediterranean is a toilet that no one has bothered to flush. From TAP, a look at how the Democrats mishandled four important issues. In these times, we need a guy like James Weinstein. A look at the life and work of Bill Moyers. The American people have a right to know Alberto Gonzales' middle name. And on how to seem like your read several newspapers
[Nov 23] From Ukraine, prime minister looks certain to be named president, but will face a huge showdown with the opposition. From Israel, why Socrates would have opposed the referendum idea. From India, the Benei Menashes, a local Jewish group, seeks return to Israel. Mexico's Vicente Fox is pushing to strengthen Latin American ties to bolster bargaining power with the US. Ariel Dorfman on why the direst memories of Chile are on his mind. From Salon, President Bush's clash with Chilean security police may confirm world opinion that he's a boor, but his chest-thumping supporters love it (and more). From Slate, on the sorry lot of a Bush cabinet secretary. Matt Bai on who lost Ohio. A culture war has broken out in America. Three armies are fighting for control of the future. Pat Robertson is threatening to mobilise millions of his Christian viewers and "de-liberalise" the US judiciary. Kinsey let us talk about sex. But we're still divided over it (and a review of Kinsey). And Jonathan Franzen on growing up with Charlie Brown
[Nov 22] From Mongolia, can a rare species of wild horse help revive the long-suffering country? From Mexico, why aren't there any more donkeys around? From Great Britain, Pollokshields is a Scottish community shaken a deep fear of gang culture. From Uruguay, Eduardo Galeano on the people who voted against fear. More on Ireland as the best country in the world to live in. A speech by Mohamed ElBaradei, Director General of the IAEA, on nuclear non-proliferation. From The New York Times Magazine, an essay on the antidepressant dilemma, and a look at life way ahead of Head Start. A review of The Hidden Toll of Day Care, Behavioral Drugs, and Other Parent Substitutes. Frances Fox Piven reviews American Dream: Three Women, Ten Kids, and a Nation's Drive to End Welfare. A review of Love for Sale: a global history of prostitution. "Does my avoidance of these sisters make me a bad feminist?" And are you working for a psycho?
[Weekend 2e] From Great Britain, on how Prince Charles lost his street cred. "We dare not discuss population growth lest we be called racist. Yet wouldn't lower numbers give us a gentler, less materialistic Britain?" Terrorists have become film directors and the video camera is their most powerful weapon. Javier Solana on fighting an intelligent war on terror, and Mikhail Gorbachev on a New World, Less Order. Doom-mongers say the end is nigh for the press, but it will remain a vital force. The old 'even The New Republic...' scam was getting a little old in the 1980s. A look at how the icons, fashions and attitudes of the '80s are back (again). If you love 80s music and love the Lord Jesus Christ, there is a new rock band for you
[Weekend] From Bosnia, the Republika Srpska government apologizes for the Srebrenica massacre. From Uzbekistan, the country is buckling under economic stress. From Iceland, hints of blue in winter darkness. From Zimbabwe, a look at a double - barrelled surnames fad. From China, on a move to eclipse US appeal in Southeast Asia, as it widens its role in Latin America. What can Latin America expect of a re-elected George Bush? Joaquín Salvador Lavado ("Quino"), the Charles Schulz of the Spanish-speaking world, is coming to America. From TNR, here's a guide to some of the Democratic '08 presidential contenders (and no, Hillary Clinton is not included). Is Senator Rick Santorum an 'inhabitant' of Pennsylvania? New York Press crowns The New York Times' Elisabeth Bumiller as Worst Campaign Journalist. Eric Alterman on how phony 'balance' benefits those with the most to hide. And from Salon, Bin Laden is said to be unable to run operations, and citizens worldwide think their leaders are dishonest
[Nov 19] From Sudan, approval of aid by UN Council after peace accord. From the United Arab Emirates, President Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al-Nahayan dies. From Ukraine, pro-democracy groups protest upcoming elections. From France, why Chirac won't be facing his Waterloo. From Australia, on the dangers of creating a crime of incitement to religious hatred. From The Netherlands, Pim Fortuyn is voted the greatest-ever Dutchman. An op-ed on the key differences between the debate over Islam in Western Europe and North America. Ireland is the best country in the world to inhabit, according to a quality of life survey. From The Village Voice, articles on Mondo Washington. Kenneth Pollack on why the US is needed to defuse Iran. From CJR, the war on what, exactly? Why the press must be precise. Obituary: Media critic Reed Irvine. From The Stranger, take a look at the urban archipelago. Villainy! Have politics hijacked 'toons? And "For goodness sake, SOS. What has Holyrood got to with Smart Successful Scotland?"
[Nov 18] From Russia, Putin declares the country will deploy new nuclear missile systems. From Somalia, life is solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short. From Great Britain, David Blunkett blames Kant for scepticism about plans for a compulsory ID card. From Turkey, the cult of Atatürk continues to unify, even as the country drifts from its "Kemalist" roots, and is a Christian or Kurd a Turk? Christians and Muslims on the continent of Africa are engaged in “statistical warfare". YaleGlobal gauges the reaction to the American election in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Africa. Here's an interview with Paul Wolfowitz, and an interview with Charles Krauthammer. George Bush says "democracies don't go to war with each other". Is it true? An article on how the Bard could teach Bush a thing or two. From TNR, on the lessons learned about undecided voters. Scalia tells university crowd to 'get over' 2000 election. What's so great 'bout peace, love and understanding? From BBC Magazine, a look at the search wars: Which is the best? And Robert McHenry, former Editor in Chief of the Encyclopedia Britannica, on Wikipedia as the faith-based encyclopedia
[Nov 17] From Spain, on social issues liberalism now reigns. From Great Britain, on an age-old way to keep sex out of politics. Jeremy Rikin on how the European Dream is breaking out of the confines of national territory. An interview on the French "veil law". From The Globalist, why the experience in Cote d’Ivoire should give policymakers pause. World poverty is in retreat, but Africa is left behind. Why globalization will eventually force all societies to confront this dichotomy of "local" and "global". Bush knows that Anti-Americanism is costly; he just doesn't care. David Frum on why President Bush must reach across the aisle on foreign policy. Paul Light on the political importance of filling cabinet vacancies. An op-ed on why federal tax reform won't happen. Judges Alex Kozinski and Sidney Thomas on splitting the Ninth Circuit. From Newtopia, on another stolen election and the end of formal American democracy. And on why the Democrats won't win back the Congress for a long long time, and should we take away the voting rights of 18 year olds?
[Nov 16] From Europe, one down, 24 to go: Lithuania ratifies EU constitution. From Peru, the trial of Sendero's Abimael Guzman collapses. An essay on the politics of imperialism: Neoliberalism and class politics in Latin America. Shrin Ebadi on regulating the import of books. From ak13, an article on ten surviving outposts of the British Empire, and why four more years of Dubya could destroy the Republicans. Jonathan Rauch on why the country didn't turn right, but the GOP did, and Cathy Young debunks political stereotypes. An article on Libertarianism's extreme makeover. Why did Kerry lose? Don't believe the hype about "moral values", says James Q. Wilson. Why the Democrats need to stop thinking about elephants. Novelist Richard Ford looks for signs of life among his fellow losers. What would you do if the world was ending tomorrow? On terrorism and violence: A clue to heightened levels of male violence. The right-wing is in a lather over Kinsey film. From Slate, a review of O: The Intimate History of the Orgasm, and a review of She Comes First: The Thinking Man's Guide to Pleasuring a Woman. And being a single man is great, apart from the two obvious things
30] A new issue
of First Things is out, including a symposium
on the 20th anniversary of The Naked Public Square: Religion and
Democracy in America, and a review
of Total Truth: Liberating Christianity from Its Cultural
Captivity. A review
of The Church Confronts Modernity: Catholic Intellectuals and the
Progressive Era. From Slate, Dahlia Lithwick on how medical
marijuana tests the Supreme
Court's true love of federalism; on the Bleeding
Beast of Bentonville: Why Wal-Mart is struggling; and Christopher
Hitchens on why
the real mystery of Alexander's
life isn't his bisexuality.
From ColorLines, on the edge of edgy sex, racial
BDSM excites some and reviles others, and here's a
bisexual black man’s take on “the down low". From Entelechy,
an article on pulling
away (after sex), and a look at the
science of oppositionality. A review
of Alex Callinicos' The New Mandarins of American Power, David
Harvey's The New Imperialism, and The New Imperial Challenge:
Socialist Register 2004. A new issue
of Liberty is out, including some election
lessons for the Libertarian Party, and a review
of The Anti-Chomsky Reader. And from
The Cato Institute, a new issue
of Regulation is out, including Lawrence Lessig on Coase's
First Question pdf (and here's a review
of Lessig's Free Culture)
[Nov 29] Book Reviews: A review of Creatures of Empire: How Domestic Animals Transformed Early America, a review of Chairman of the Fed, and more on Chain of Command. A review of books on war and world order by Gwynne Dyer, and a review of The Birth of the Mind. A review of Ben Barber's Fear's Empire, and more on The European Dream. A review of Paul Gilroy's After Empire, a review of An End to Suffering: The Buddha in the world, a review of books on atheism, and more on Humanity: An emotional history. A review of An Empire of Wealth: The Epic History of American Economic Power, a review of books on case studies in diplomacy, and more on Fear: A History of a Political Idea. A review of Nature's Operating Instructions: The True Biotechnologies, and a review of books on teaching peace to kids. And Walter Russell Mead reviews books on Americas' future, Fouad Ajami reviews books on Iran, and a review of Kenneth Pollack's The Persian Puzzle: The Conflict Between Iran and America
[Weekend 2e] From The Jerusalem Post (rr), on how Iran has targeted the Jewish state, and who runs Iran? and what can they do? A look at the tribal warfare on the Right's foreign policy advocates. On how Bushist secessionism from the world declares a civil war that we have no choice but to stop. More on The European Dream. An article on market and fundamentalism on a global scale. Why America has no better than a 10 percent chance of avoiding economic armageddon. From Reason, will the Supreme Court save federalism from the conservatives? From TNR, a look back at the case against urban, suburban and exurban life. And Slate's Timothy Noah responds to Professor Peter Charles Hoffer on plagiarism
[Weekend] Alan Wolfe reviews books on American conservatism, and Thomas Frank reviews books on the American culture war. Jonah Goldberg on how conservatives don't always wear black hats. From Serbianna, on The Beginning of History: The Clash of Islam and Liberalism. From Infoshop, a review of From Bakunin to Lacan: Anti - Authoritarianism and the Dislocation of Power, and an article on Winning the Grandmas, Winning the War: Anarchists of Color, Religion and Liberation. More on Humanity: An Emotional History. What makes Alexander instantly contemporary are the eerily familiar details of his grandiose military ambition. An interview with Wrye Sententia, cofounder of the Center for Cognitive Liberty and Ethics. And the latest creationist theory relies less on Biblical absolutes than on appeals to today's cultural relativism
[Nov 26] From Eurozine, a historian's perspective on the crisis in Ukraine, and where is Central Europe? From The Economist, Brazil may now be forced to deal with the legacy of its military dictatorship, Myanmar's government now seems to be paralysed, on the beginning of a battle of ideas over the future of France, and how much of a threat does Islamic radicalism pose to western Europe? Could Abu Ghraib happen again? Psychologists call for greater attention. A review of The Nuremberg Interviews. From TAC, a review of Adorno: A Political Biography. A review of The Modernization Imperative. A look at how translators deliver the Bible to the world. From Infoshop, saying goodbye to electoral politics, anti-depressants, and civilization: A journey to the A-club, existentialism, and beginning of college. And on pot: it's not just for bohemians any more
[Nov 25] From TNR, meet the Right's weird uncle: Albert Jay Nock. From The Nation, Maxime Rodinson and Jacques Derrida were two of the most inspired interpreters of our time, and a look at The New York Times' hostile obituary for Derrida. Cultural myth-makers often obscure the facts when telling us what we want to hear. Mother Jones interviews Timothy Garton Ash. An interview with William Blum, author of Freeing the World to Death: Essays on the American Empire. A review of Globalization: Culture and Education in the New Millennium. More on Jeremy Rifkin's The European Dream. Roger Scruton on why it's time to calm down. An interview with G. Gordon Liddy, voice of unreason. An interview with Richard John Neuhaus, editor-in-chief of First Things. Ronald Bailey on the ethics of the human/animal chimeras. A review of Stanley Crouch's The Artificial White Man. And a review of Smoke: A Global History of Smoking
[Nov 24] From Political Affairs, a review of Race War! White Supremacy and the Japanese Attack on the British Empire, and interviews with author Michael Parenti and Pat Gowens of the Welfare Warriors. A series of articles on the case for investing in early childhood. Robert S. McIntyre of Citizens for Tax Justice on how some big corporations just have a "different view" on taxes than the rest of America. Ronnie Earl on the moral indictment of Tom DeLay and other politicians. Jonah Goldberg on William Safire. From Asia Times, an article on Muslim anguish and Western hypocrisy. From New Perspectives Quarterly, a special issue on the scientific imagination. Michael Shermer reviews The Wisdom of Crowds. Richard Dawkins is sticking his nose where it doesn't belong. If America's secular liberals think they have it rough now, just wait till the Second Coming. From BBC Magazine, a look at the rise of meritocracy. And did 16th century Spaniards roam Appalachia?
[Nov 23] The Church is under siege. But Habermas, the atheist, is coming to its defense. From Crisis, an article on the tendency of theologians to abandon the historic faith, and why every Catholic should by rights be an imperialist. A Bigger, Badder, Better Army: The military needed for the Bush Doctrine. Zarathustra confronts a reasonable person inclined to doubt the Bushite worldview. An essay on terror and development, according to Brazil's Fernando Henrique Cardoso. From Mother Jones, how did corporations like Halliburton get millions in government contracts designated for minorities? Jeffrey Rosen reviews Richard Posner's Catastrophe: Risk and Response. James Surowiecki on why the gold bugs are classic cranks. Here's the introduction to Do Deficits Matter? and an excerpt from Thomas Franks' The Conquest of Cool: Business Culture, Counterculture, and the Rise of Hip Consumerism. David Aaronovitch hates the madness of these conspiracy theories. Why the left, as history knew it, is dead. And on how the Democrats have paid for 50 years of standing on principle
[Nov 22] From New Internationalist, a special issue on Judeophobia. Peter Bergen reviews books on terrorism, and Richard Clarke reviews books on Iraq. A review of The Men Who Stare at Goats (and two extracts). A review of Pakistan’s Drift Into Extremism: Allah, the Army, and America’s War on Terror. More on Perilous Times. More on Gilles Kepel's The War for Muslim Minds and Olivier Roy's Globalized Islam. A review of The Politics of the Global. A review of Timothy Garton Ash's Free World (and an interview). From Red Pepper, change the world by transforming power--including state power! From The Progressive, an interview with Medea Benjamin. From The Freeman, a special issue on Henry Hazlitt. American Heritage celebrates its 50 year anniversary, with an introduction, an interview with George and Laura Bush, and the definitive guide to the greatest books about our past. And a review of The Washington Century: Three Families and the Shaping of the Nation's Capital
[Weekend 2e] From The Nation, George Lakoff on our moral values, and Katha Politt on earthly rewards for the Christian voter. From In These Times, a series of articles on what's next for the blue agenda. (Perhaps a state's rights agenda?) A review of Humanity: An Emotional History, and a review of The Absent-Minded Imperialists: Empire, Society and Culture in Britain. A review of Law and the Rise of Capitalism. A review of Race: The Reality of Human Differences. Will Hutton on how racist cries are heard beyond soccer stadiums. From The Occidental Quarterly, a review of Prophet of Decline: Spengler on World History and Politics. And from The Idyllic, an article on Anarchism, State, and Ethnicity, and a look at the watershed moment in the crisis of the Left
[Weekend] From The Economist, a special report on the future of the United Nations. From Le Monde diplomatique, the text of speeches by Jacques Derrida and Arundhati Roy, an essay on "degrowth" economics, and articles on Turkey and Morocco. From Dissident Voice, a rebel without a pause: An interview with Henry Giroux. Economic freedom may be just another word for nothing else to do. John Allen Paulos on statistical conclusions from Bush 's victory. Should Dems should come out swinging on Capitol Hill or fight their battles more discreetly? A TAP debate. From spiked!, why making animals suffer is generally a bad thing--unless it's done for the good of humanity. An interview with Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger on Laicism and Sexual Ethics. From Now with Bill Moyers, why pro-birth is not pro-life. And from The Door, an interview with Winifred Gallagher, author of Spiritual Genius: The Mastery of Life's Meaning, an excerpt from The Gospel According to Popeye, a look at how truth is stranger than fiction, and "Dammit! Who's been messing with my note cards?"
[Nov 19] From Vanity Fair, Christopher Hitchens on Kissinger, Declassified. A new issue of Free Inquiry is out, including an article on Humanism and the UN, imagine if the gods were condemned to roam forever in fantasyland with no one willing to follow them, and is America a post-democratic society? From Counterpunch, America, Left Behind: Bush, the Neocons and Evangelical Christian Fiction. From TNR, evangelicals are playing victim politics with a gusto that would make campus radicals proud. From LA Weekly, an article on right-wing political correctness. Here's a defense of beauty pageants. From Harper's, in chain emails, the right has found its natural medium. From Open Democracy, Fred Halliday on why November 2004 represents a decisive moment in global as well as American politics, and could the peaceful triumph of Czechs and Slovaks over communism offer a model to religious fundamentalists today? And nostalgia for the Communist past: Why Central Europe’s young are dancing, dressing, and drinking as their parents did before 1989
[Nov 18] Timothy Garton Ash: "Defenders of the Enlightenment unite!" From Prospect, Jim Holt on why the interesting question on turnout is not why so few of us vote, but why so many, John Gray on how dogmatic non-belief in the west is merely a narrow inheritance of Christianity, and on sport and the Left: the belief that competitive sport damages children is misguided, but not daft. A review of Corey Robin's Fear: the history of a political idea, and a review of The Snake That Swallowed Its Tail: some contradictions in modern liberalism. Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger says Augustine faced an Emptiness. A new issue of Newtopia on the economy is out. From Democracy Now!, an interview with John Perkins, author of Confessions of an Economic Hit Man. Joseph Stiglitz and Pete Peterson on what's wrong with the US economy and how to fix it, and what's behind Edward Prescott's Nobel Prize? Arnold King writes toward a single-digit tax rate. A review of Nature: An Economic History. From Anarchy, preliminary theses for a longer discussion on essentialism and the problem of identity politics. spiked!'s Jennie Bristow goes behind the 'mommy wars' and the new politics of the family. And is your scalp a constitution-free zone?
[Nov 17] From Dissent, Andrew Arato on The Two Americas. Sean Wilentz on what divided Bush and Kerry voters. Stephen Waldman on ways that liberals misunderstand well-meaning religious conservatives, and vice versa. Robert Kuttner on an attack on American tolerance. From The Common Review, how to be American after Abu Ghraib. An excerpt from America's Inadvertent Empire. From The Washington Monthly, Bernard Lewis Revisited: What if Islam isn't an obstacle to democracy? An article on why Islamism is best understood as political rather than fundamentalist. From New Statesman, a look at the culture wars in Britain, why the left needs its own moral values, and will the secular left continue bowling alone? A new issue of The Griffith Review is out. From Bellaciao, an essay on the Enlightenment of Resistance. From Workers World, an article on socialism: from utopian to scientific. Here's a speech on inequality, deep poverty, and moral vision. And from The Mises Institute, an article on libertarianism, conservatism, and all that
[Nov 16] From CJR, Rick Perlstein on Paul Cowan's The Tribes of America. From Salon, why Canada is not as blue as you think, and feeling they've lost any say in how the nation is run, liberals are turning to an unfamiliar philosophy: States' rights. James Galbraith on why Election Day should be abolished. From TNR, on the loss of eloquent, plain-spoken political discourse, and Brad Carson on why he lost the Senate race in Oklahoma: Vote righteously! Barbara Ehrenreich on the faith factor. From CT, on how history offers warning and hope for our modern-day Christian populism. From The Independent Institute, on empires as ages of religious ignorance: George W. Bush’s crusade and American fundamentalism. Robert Kaplan on Iraq as barren ground for democracy. From Anarchy, on the road with CWS (Challenging White Supremacy). The National Legal and Policy Center announces the release of The Case Against Slave Reparations. From Swans, an essay on The Sopranos, capitalism and organized crime. If a tax overhaul has winners, it will also have losers. A review of books on drug companies (and two excerpts). Jeffrey Sachs on the case for slowing population growth. And more on the thinkers behind the Culture of Death
From BookForum, Benedict Anderson reviews books
on Anti-Americanism, a review
of Karl Jaspers: A Biography - Navigations in Truth, a review
of Drawn to Extremes, and an article on young
Syrian intellectuals. From Dissent, a review
of Class and Schools: Using Social, Economic, and Educational Reform to Close the Black-White Achievement Gap, more
on What's the Matter With Kansas?, and more
on Moore. Jaroslav Pelikan and Paul Ricoeur win the Library of
Congress's second John
W. Kluge Prize for Lifetime Achievement in the Human Sciences. A review
of Information: The New Language of Science. From The
Chronicle, where the elite teach, it's
still a man's world, and literary dystopias
have one thing in common: They run roughshod over basic human
instincts. On how cultural relevance matters
a great deal in the popularity of some nontraditional courses. The
University of Arkansas publishes the
first scholarly assessment of Bill Clinton's presidency, titled
"The Clinton Riddle.'' From Psychology Today, playful Cupid may
have met his match in science. And you may suffer from an ailment
Graduate Student Sexual Deprivation Disorder
[Nov 29] Timothy Williamson (Oxford): Must Do Better pdf. Martin Flaherty (Fordham): Judicial Globalization is the Service of Self-Government pdf. A review of Priceless: On Knowing the Price of Everything and the Value of Nothing. A review of The People Themselves: Popular Constitutionalism and Judicial Review, more on Perilous Times, and more on Restoring the Lost Constitution. A review of The Midwife of Platonism: Text and Subtext in Plato’s Theaetetus, and a review of Perfectionism and the Common Good: Themes in the Philosophy of T. H. Green. From Ideas, articles on a new theory to explain Nietzsche's madness, on how the Poles are the new Irish, on the overuse of the word "tragedy", on the publication of a new edition of Practical Everyday Chemistry, and What Would Jesus Do at Harvard? A look at the world of faith-based publishing. A review of Lost Worlds. A review of books on Picasso. And on how Miss World justifies postmodernism
[Weekend 2e] Daniel Drezner (Chicago): Who Rules? The Regulation of Globalization (book draft) pdf. From The Public Interest, William Galston is Thinking About the Draft, Nathan Glazer reviews Universities in the Marketplace: The Commercialization of Higher Education, a review of American Mainstream: Assimilation and Contemporary Immigration, and a review of The Modern Prince. A review of The Sage Encyclopedia of Social Science Research Methods. Birkbeck College wants academics to join in public political debate. For college president, a freshman refresher course. And an article on what college students learn about science
[Weekend] Philip Curry and Steve Mongrain (Simon Fraser): What You Don't See Can't Hurt You: An Economic Analysis of Morality Laws. Tom Lewis (NTU): Democracy, Free Speech and TV: the case of the BBC and the ProLife Alliance. From Forum: Qualitative Social Research, a review of Democratic Education: Ethnographic Challenges. From Utne, French theory is dead. But we'll always have Paris. Dumb is the new daggy: If we think of intellectuals as theorists such as Derrida, we are bound to take a dim view of them. A look at the quiet lives of Confucian scholars. Obituary: Langdon Gilkey. An article on the life and work of Gregory Bateson. On how Smart-1 represents a triumph for European science. From UTexas, campus stirs as one man gets a second statue. And from Princeton, students celebrate 'the redhead experience'
[Nov 26] From The New Pantagruel, James Schall (Georgetown): On Being Contrary for its Own Sake; a review of America the Virtuous: The Crisis of Democracy and the Quest for Empire; and a Further Scandal: Christian College Professor Doesn’t Teach from a Christian Worldview. From The New Humanist, an excerpt from Richard Dawkins' The Ancestor's Tale, a review of Philosophy: The illustrated guide, a review of Looking in the Distance, there are certain disadvantages to the column as a literary form, and what kind of Humanist are you? A review of Stoicism: Traditions and Transformations, a review of Eros and the Good: Wisdom According to Nature, and a review of The Essential Difference: Male and Female Brains and the Truth About Autism. And Carlin Romano on a philistine screed on philistinism
[Nov 25] From the London Review of Books, a review of Isaac Deutscher’s books on Trotsky, an article on love, theft, and plagiarism, and a letter from Slavoj Zizek. A review of Perry Anderson, Marxism and the New Left. A review of The Epidemic: The Rot of American Culture, Absentee and Permissive Parenting, and the Resultant Plague of Joyless, Selfish Children. An international study provides culture-by-culture clues to family violence and abuse. An UCLA study points to evolutionary roots of altruism and moral outrage. From Princeton, new light on the question of the behavior of particles and human free will. Did Harvard Law hire (another) war criminal? An article on how new law schools imbue training with religion. We shouldn't forget that science is part of our culture too. A review of The Stories of English. And Stanley Fish, what did you do all day?
[Nov 24] Adrian Vermeule (Chicago): Three Strategies of Interpretation. Matthew Adler (Penn): Popular Constitutionalism and the Rule of Recognition: Whose Practices Ground U.S. Law? From UCLA, two economists look at Europe's economic slowdown. A profile of Jonathan Wolff, head of the philosophy department at UCL. Why is Susan Greenfield contributing to a little book called 100 Things to Do Before You Die? Julian Baggini on the gambler's fallacy. A review of Embryology, Epigenesis, and Evolution: Taking Development Seriously. A review of Wittgenstein's Beetle and Morality Matters. More on Strangers: Homosexual Love in the Nineteenth Century. New decision software hailed 'internationally leading'. Young America’s Foundation recommends Top Ten Conservative Colleges. An article on the ivory tower and other myths. And on Marilyn Manson: Philosophy professor?
[Nov 23] Jacques Thomassen (Twente): Democracy and Legitimacy in the European Union pdf. From The New Yorker, on a hundred years of The Protestant Ethic. Same-sex marriage? Euthanasia? Child's play issues in the avant-garde philosophy of Peter Singer. Harvey Mansfield is presented the 2004 National Humanities Medal by President Bush. A climate of hate rocks Columbia University. Studies find Republicans are outnumbered in academia. John Fund on why it's time to bring some intellectual diversity to America's colleges and universities. Don't judge a college by its internet address: Ending in .edu does not necessarily mean an institution is accredited. A study finds the US wastes nearly half its food, while data support Americans' sense of accelerating 'time warp'. The universe seems uncannily well suited to the existence of life. Could that really be an accident? What areas of policy are susceptible to influence from Darwinian insights? More on Umberto Eco's On Beauty. And computers as authors? Literary luddites unite!
[Nov 22] Heather Gerken (Harvard): Second-Order Diversity and Disaggregated Democracy. Alex Calllinicos celebrates the work of Jacques Derrida. A look at a high-powered conference called "The Liberal Education: Dead or Alive?" The Believer is yet another product of the mill of the ultra-hip Internet cum publishing phenomenon known as McSweeney's. A review of A Life of H. L. A. Hart. Law-review students will need their BMOC egos to withstand the criticism leveled by Richard Posner. On a long list of policy wonks looking for fiction readers beyond the Beltway. Our selves are so complex that being true to them sometimes requires self-impersonation. Michael Shermer on flying carpets and scientific prayers. Chris Mooney on the continuing science wars. The teaching of creationism can threaten the belief that democracy is the best way to thrash out differences. And here's a British perspective on home schooling
[Weekend 2e] On politics and religion: Cynthia Burack (Ohio State): Getting the Christian Right Wrong pdf. From Cross Currents, John Hughes (Cambridge): Unspeakable utopia: art and the return to the theological in the Marxism of Adorno and Horkheimer; a review of Heidegger's Atheism: The Refusal of Theological Voice; and a review of Bible-Carrying Christians: Conservative Protestants and Social Power. Do objective moral standards exist in the world today? From Godspy, a look at the life and work of EF Schumacher. Sociologists deploy a theory to explain the US religious anomalous behavior: supply-side economics. Here's a college ranking that really tells you something. And how is it when most of your school is gay?
[Weekend] Cass Sunstein (Chicago): Group Judgments: Deliberation, Statistical Means, and Information Markets. Richard Weisberg (Cardozo): 20 Years (or 2000?) of Story-Telling on the Law: Is Justice Detectable? An excerpt from Apologies to Thucydides: Understanding History as Culture and Vice Versa, by Marshall Sahlins. A review of Friend or Foe: An Anglo-Saxon History of France, and a review of Hawkwood: Diabolical Englishman. More on The Roads to Modernity. More on BHL's War, Evil and the End of History. A review of True to Life: Why Truth Matters. From Metanexus, an essay on Evolutionary Social Constructivism, by David Sloan Wilson. Researchers go ape in experiment. From Spain, fossils of an ape species named Pierolapithecus catalaunicus, may point to the last common ancestor of all apes. An article on humankind's immemorial and intuitive relationship with the elements. The queen of commas turns her attentions to a book of manners. And the new 2004-2006 Philosophical Gourmet Report is out
[Nov 19] Google releases a beta version of Google Scholar (and a comment). Steven Douglas Smith (USD): The Hollowness of the Harm Principle. Daniel Ernst (Georgetown): Law and the State, 1920-2000. Bernard Jacob (Hofstra): Aristotle and the Graces. Arts & Letters Daily's Denis Dutton reviews Literary Darwinism: Evolution, Human Nature, and Literature. Did Popper refute evolution? Massimo Pigliucci finds out. From Great Britain, what happens when the government's flagship "academy" schools are run by evangelicals who want to teach creationism? From India, International Philosophy Day is celebrated. From Chicago, Ronald Coase discusses the future of applying economics in today’s world. Chick-lit goes to war: If the year's most insane literary experiment fails, have the terrorists won? What is it about relativism that gets us so hot under the collar? Please visit Political Arguments, a new political theory blog. And you can follow the ACS's "Constitution in 2020 Conference" at Yale Law School
[Nov 18] Gopal Balakrishnan (Chicago): The Life and Legacy of Carl Schmitt pdf. An essay on Cultural Rights and Normativity pdf. A chapter from Racial Culture: A Critique. From History Today (rr), a look at the life and legacy of Benjamin Disraeli. From Princeton, the Department of Politics aggressively pursues new professors. An interview with LBS dean Laura Tyson. Is economics a vocation or a profession? Should a charge of plagiarism ruin your life? Malcolm Gladwell is on the case. Academics find straights have ‘overthrown’ marriage already. From PopMatters, on the hyperbolic sensitivity that exists in the Arab world. The author of Why We Lie on Homo mendax and the culture of deceit. From The Globalist, on how to balance proper caution and scientific and technological progress. Research finds the number of cigarettes smoked per day is largely down to a person's genes, endurance running may be key to evolution of human body form (and more), and the size of herd determines status and access to resources in Kenya. Archeologists find evidence that hints at earlier humans in Americas. And please visit Political Arguments, a new political theory blog
[Nov 17] Owen Jones (Vanderbilt): The Evolution of Irrationality. Jan Garrett (WKU): The Clever Devils Concoct the Master Plan. Derrida's last lectures had a mysterious double in the crowd. An interview with Princeton historian James McPherson. From The Chronicle, what does it mean to remember the First World War? A look at the 2004 Scientific American 50 Awards. Massimo Pigliucci reads Antonio Damasio’s Looking for Spinoza. From Humanities, translations of the oldest existing Buddhist writings are changing how scholars believe the religion developed. Here are the findings of the impact of past dating relationship solidarity on commitment, satisfaction, and investment in current relationships. Why the American educational system ought to explore the European model. An increasing number of academics are suffering from work-related stress, and even bullying. On early as the new late: More professional workers find sleeping until 7 a luxury. And please visit Political Arguments, a new political theory blog
[Nov 16] Jack Balkin (Yale): What Brown Teaches Us About Constitutional Theory pdf. From Quodlibet, Duane Olson (McKendree College): Paul Tillich and the Ontological Argument; and G. O. Ozumba (Calabar): African Traditional Metaphysics. From New Perspectives Quarterly, Ilya Prigogine on going beyond being and becoming, and Stephen Hawking on why the future won't look like the present. A review of Idealism without Absolutes: Philosophy and Romantic Culture. From The Chronicle, a former high-school counselor has set out to undo the commercialization of higher education. A review of books on race and early modern studies, and a review of books on human identity and the Enlightenment. On The God Gene: Is the capacity for spirituality determined by brain chemistry? Good intentions versus bad habits: Why the old ways win out. An article on philosophy as a new form of therapy. Here are notes on Diogenes Laertius' Lives of Eminent Philosophers. How Homer Simpson can enrich a philosophy class. Is there any more perfectly designed dust-trap than a book? And please visit Political Arguments, a new political theory blog