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[Nov 15] From French Polynesia, a pacific commotion for President Gaston Flosse. From Russia, on the line between terrorism a century ago and terrorism today, and Putin uses soft power to restore the Russian Empire. From The Netherlands, tolerant Dutch wrestle with tolerating intolerance. An article on the long decline of Western Europe. As things look less and less bullish for the dollar, Europe should start worrying. From the CSIS, a panel discusses how the election results will affect geopolitics and global perceptions pdf. Can Bush deliver a conservative Supreme Court, and what happens if Roe is overturned? Mark Crispin Miller reviews books on the Bush administration. When it came to the silent majority of moviegoers, no one represented us like Richard Nixon. A review of Hard News: The Scandals at The New York Times and Their Meaning for American Media. And Daniel Okrent on why it's good to be objective. It's even better to be right

[Weekend 2e] From The Netherlands, fears that ban on Vlaams Blok party will see far-right group strengthened. From Great Britain, why are you all so f*****g rude? Manners bind society. That's why we should mind ours. An interview on The Masculine Question. A look at the political conversion of New York's evangelicals. And a look at how to select a Libertarian presidential candidate (if you must)

[Weekend] From Nicaragua, Enrique Bolaños is a beleaguered president. From France, intellectuals call to accept national responsibilities in the Rwandan genocide. From the Czech Republic, decision-makers say why they're delighted--or appalled--with Bush's return. From Europe, intellectuals try to find the cultural cement to hold a growing Europe together. Is the European recovery over before it has really begun? From The Globalist, American thinkers advise Europeans on how to mend relations with Bush. From Business Week, an interview with Malaysia's Mahathir on terror's causes. More on Arafat. The battle for Muslim minds is not being fought by radicals in Falluja or in the mosques. It is being fought on the net. The Pentagon will make President Bush's "internets" a reality. Vote fraud theories, spread by blogs, are quickly buried. And are conservatives crazier than liberals? Jonathan Chait thinks so

[Nov 12] From Australia, lucky country or laggard? A review of How Australia Compares. From Canada, using the terminology of the Hegelian dialectic, Len Wallace would Leap to a Higher Ground. What do the Russians believe in? From PINR, how Uruguay completes the leftward realignment of the Southern Cone, and an analysis of the threat of Al-Qaeda and the Islamic Revolutionary Movement. From The Globalist, on Arafat’s legacy: Between Herzl and Ben-Gurion? From The Economist, why the most common way to measure economic efficiency is not the best. GOP plans to give environment rules a free-market tilt. From Slate, more on the Electoral College. From The Register, there is a danger that the politics of the net is supplanting real politics with a false notion of group politics. On Wikipedia: Each has a different view of the job. On the online equivalent of looking up rude words in the dictionary. And that is where the fun begins. And why the English language should be looking over its shoulder (and more)

[Nov 11] From France, an article on "coordinations" from professional trades to urban territoriality. Why Britain and Labour have a special role in rescuing the UN from the dustbin of history. George Bermann on Europe's never-ending constitution. Rocco Buttiglione on how, unlike America's, Europe's political establishment is hostile to Christianity. From The Village Voice, a special section on Election 2004. From Human Events, a series of articles on carrying out Bush's agenda. Robert Samuelson on the politics of self-esteem. Can Democrats marry progressive politics with religion? (They have in the past). Why the Democrats don't have to worry about the voters who are obsessed with old-fashioned morality. From Salon, with Bush's victory, the Lone Star state's right-wing ethos reigns supreme (and more). From GOPUSA, the Culture War is no longer an idea, but a reality. Post-election, irrational Democrats are trying to present themselves as the party of reason (As if!). And Kerry refuses to go quietly

[Nov 10] From Slovenia, parliament elects Janez Jansa as new prime minister. From Ivory Coast, angry mobs armed with machetes and clubs hunt foreigners. From Great Britain, there are targets and annual reports on everything else--why not migration? Robert Kagan on legitimacy and the differences that separate the two sides of the Atlantic. From The Nation, was the election a result of fraud? (Mmm, maybe not.) Millionaire James W. Walter launches a campaign questioning 9/11. From AlterNet, Post Election Stress and Trauma Syndrome – PESTS – is sweeping the nation; Molly Ivins on an aftermath to-do list (and more); and Bill Moyers interviews Grover Norquist. From The Village Voice, it's the wealth, stupid: Right-wing class warfare swung the 2004 election. GWB may be the GOP's LBJ, but Doug Bandow says President Bush's victory has killed America's conservative movement. So what next for Libertarians? And on a mystery for the world to solve: The appeal of George W. Bush

[Nov 9] From Saudi Arabia, is the world moving apart or coming together? From Russia, life after communism is tough for Lenin’s hometown. From Great Britain, why has Euroscepticism gained ground? From Europe, you think polarization in the US is a mess? Look at the EU. Why Nato is a threat to Europe and must be disbanded. Former Spanish PM Jose Maria Aznar on why President Bush's re-election gives the free world a second chance. An interview with Francis Fukuyama. From Salon, Cass Sunstein on why "healing" means surrender; why only people suffering from historical amnesia could believe this election proves that liberalism is dead; and thank you, John Kerry. Gary Hart on when the personal shouldn't be political. Forget the 2008 election. Democrats should focus on 2006 and 2010. Red State PC: Why you can't call them the Christian Right. Does Bush really have a mandate? Dolly Parton's planned breast reduction surgery prompts red state crisis. A new study confirms what many people have long suspected -- most male poodles are gay! So go ahead, sleep with your dog

[Nov 8]  From Palestine, politicians try to head off a power struggle. From France, pro-Arab policies sometimes pay dividends. But popularity comes at a price. From Europe, seeking political unity, stumbling over issue of religion. From Great Britain, why the left must be vigilant that it never allows the right to co-opt national symbols. From the United States, a look at increasingly ubiquitous ''Support Our Troops'' ribbon-shaped magnet. Simon Schama on the newly divided America. Lyn Nofziger on Bush's trouble ahead. Robert McCrum sees light in a dark night for Democrats. Michael Kinsley on calling liberals arrogant and elitist, and no, it wasn't God who chose the Republicans. Thomas Frank on why they won and Andrei Cherny on why we lost. Ralph Nader is left with fewer votes, and friends, after '04 race. A conference is held to consider Vermont's possible secession. Could the blue states secede? Is there a legal way to opt out of the Union? For well over 200 years, Canada has served as a home for those fleeing an inhospitable political climate in the US (and more). So whaddaya gonna do? Say sorry everybody!

[Weekend 2e] More on Election 2004: The Progressive's Matthew Rothschild writes an open letter to incredulous friends around the world, and National Review's Michael Novak writes an open letter to France. So Bush is reelected: Can the world take the strain? (and more) From The New Yorker, Jeffrey Toobin on exit polls, the Electoral College, and how Bush won. Jim Holt on The Other National Conversation. A look at the real political divide: waterside vs. inlanders. On how Americans voted: A political portrait. From Newsweek, a series of articles on How Bush Did It. The man with the plan: How Karl Rove won the election for Bush. An article on how Bush benefits from efforts to build a coalition of the faithful. The Gay Marriage Myth: Terrorism, not values, drove Bush's re-election. On Capitol Hill, the majority doesn't always rule. Why John Kerry should become Senate Minority Leader. The perfect job for Bill Clinton: DNC Chairman. Many publishers were pleased this week to see that the country remained as divided as ever. And now that the election is over, we can sit back and enjoy the quest for a narrative

[Weekend] From Peru, the retrial of Shining Path leader Abimael Guzman has been suspended. From Saudi Arabia, religious scholars support holy war. From Bangladesh, an article on nationality and nation. With few exceptions, most Latin Americans don't know--and really don't care--about the spiritual inclinations of their leaders. Call to kill terrorists 'in the name of the Lord' sparks outcry. The British-American Project exists to promote the 'special relationship', but it has been described as a Trojan horse for US foreign policy. Henry Kissinger on going back to defining the new world order. Martin Wolf on walking the path between empire and anarchy, or perhaps just the path of empire really. An interview with Walter Russell Mead on the election. Beyond God, guns and gays: Tuesday marked Election Day--not a trend. Why is American political debate so lame? How does Howard Zinn manage to stay involved and seemingly happy? In a city where 75 per cent of inhabitants may never have met a Republican, New Yorkers a little depressed. And a look at the Wall Street Crash of 1929 and its consequences

[Nov 5] From The Netherlands, for the second time in two years a horrific murder has traumatised Dutch society. From the Caribbean, domestic and international issues fuel gang violence. From The Globalist, on Europe and the United States: A perfect divorce. With an electoral affirmation that provides him a majority, President Bush lays out his agenda for the second term. A look at the winners and losers on Nov. 2. From The Weekly Standard, an article on the Bush realignment, since his victory marks the end of the '60s. 'Moral values' tops voters' concerns, but what does it mean? Sexual morality probably trumped social justice concerns. From The Nation, the fight is over, let the fight begin: Mourn, there are dark days ahead... you're hammered, and the party's over: You have been busted in Vegas. And yes, Virginia, there is a silver lining: Buck up, progressives! (and more)

[Nov 4] Election 2004: From Counterpunch, Tufts' Gary Leupp on democratic elections in historical perspective, and here's a mental map of the Bush Presidency. Dahlia Lithwick on the legal nightmare that never materialized, and more on the Electoral College. Whither liberalism? Again? Here comes the usual bad advice. Where do liberals go from here? Some lessons. Juan Cole on Bush's radicalism. Samuel Francis on what Bush has done to conservatism. Bill Bennett on the coming culture war. And planning to move to Canada? Here's how (and more)

[Nov 3] An USIP report examines the European Union's multilateral engagement with the Arab world. Robert Scheer on why the UN deserves an apology. From NBER, can markets predict the future? A new study finds Wal-Mart presence may hinder local poverty reduction. Why America isn't as deeply split as the elites seem to think. And what transformed politics in this election? (And oh yes, George W. Bush is reelected)

[Nov 2] From Nigeria, can deregulation be traced to Nietzsche? From Kenya, a new constitution remains a distant dream. From Europe, on the wary embrace of globalization. From Romania, a political consultant learns from Karl Rove. From Eastern Europe, George Bush talks of the “transformational power of liberty.” The post-communist world needs a U.S. leader who would help liberty more. From Center for International Private Enterprise, an article on Elected Governments, Undemocratic Policies, and Unrealized Economic Opportunities. From The Globalist, an excerpt from Trade Secrets, and is John Kerry a protectionist? (and more). Here are 5 iron laws that Bush will win (and 5 that say Kerry will win). George Soros makes a final appeal on why Bush should not be re-elected. From TNR, the final bill Bush signed represents the apotheosis of this presidency; on why the Left still lacks a megaphone; and Celsius 41.11 has all the same flaws as Fahrenheit 911; and who would be more likely to deliver an ungracious concession speech? And from Slate, Walter Dellinger defends the Electoral College, and here's a guide to file your own election lawsuit

[Nov 1]  From Nigeria, "Democracy is sweet. In fact, I dare say that it's better than sex". From Great Britain, academic experts speculate on the repercussions for the rest of the world of next week's US election verdict. A Pew report finds wired Americans hear more points of view about candidates and key issues than other citizens. A study finds there have been 100,000 excess civilian Iraqi deaths since the war. A look at Osama Bin Laden as a master of propaganda. George Bush is no Hamlet, which is not to say that "Hamlet" itself offers no insight. A review of books of political satire. An interview with Aaron McGruder of "The Boondocks". The Texas Observer interviews Paul Krugman. From The New York Times Magazine, a cover story on faith at work. A review of Pat Kane's The Play Ethic. From PopMatters, Dark Representations: The South as Horror Movie. A review of The Great Big Book of Guys: Alphabetical Encounters with Men. Wonkette answers questions on the upcoming election.. And the Far Eastern Economic Review calls it a day
[Nov 15] Slavoj Zizek reviews What's the Matter with Kansas? A review of books on the cultural divide in the US, and more and more on the red-blue map. Frank Rich on moral values: It's blue in a landslide. If blue states care less about moral values, why are divorce rates so low in the bluest of the blue states? An interview with Martin Marty on the faith gap in American politics. Immanuel Wallerstein on the 2004 Elections in the United States. From Open Democracy, on the war for Muslim minds: An interview with Gilles Kepel, and why the world should learn from India's model of faith, secularism and democracy. From Global Viewpoint, Shimon Peres and Dennis Ross on the passing of Arafat. Robert Kagan reviews What We Owe to Iraq: War and the Ethics of Nation - Building (and an excerpt). A review of The Transformation of Ireland 1900-2000. A review of books on inventing the Irish. A review of The Edwardians. More on The Roads to Modernity. And a review of The Coffee-House: A Cultural History

[Weekend 2e] Potpourri [French pot pourri (from translation of Spanish olla podrida)]: Walden Bello on facing the challenge to the global peace movement. More on Hip: The History. A review of books on health care. From The Walrus, a review of self-help books on sex. From Salon, a look at the rise of the Uber Teen. Here's the Slate guide to managing your posse. And your life, highly classified: Such is the skill of being a modern pop-cult taxonomist

[Weekend] An interview on how Karl Marx, Friedrich Nietzsche, Peter Singer and Judith Jarvis Thompson contributed to the culture of death. An article on the flip flops among religious groups in 2004. An article on James Dobson as the religious right's new kingmaker. Here's a congratulatory letter to President Bush from Bob Jones. From Tikkun, Michael Lerner reflects on eighteen years of radical hope. From The Washington Monthly, on how a Montana Democrat won the governor's mansion, and Phillip Carter on the road to Abu Ghraib: The biggest scandal of the Bush administration began at the top. You can download a report from The Century Foundation, Defeating the Jihadists: A Blueprint for Action. A review of Anatol Lieven's America, Right or Wrong. From The Economist, a series of articles on outsourcing, and how Anglo is America? And what will the fucking Arrogant Northeast Liberal Elite do with the South? After all, they're not sorry Bush won

[Nov 12] Is President Bush ushering in the Mark of the Beast? Oh dear... From New York, welcome to the capital of the loyal opposition (in 5 parts). A look at the lessons of the 2004 Presidential Election and the Civil Rights Movement. From Reason, life goes on, long after the pain of the election is gone. From The Nation, on the fears of a world divided. Stephen Carter on starting a war to protect others. A review of The Last Colonial Massacre: Latin America in the Cold War. Christopher Hitchens reviews Perilous Times: Free Speech in Wartime, From the Sedition Act of 1798 to the War on Terrorism, and a review of Fortress America: On the Front Lines of Homeland Security -- An Inside Look at the Coming Surveillance State. A review of Fear: The History of a Political Idea. A review of A Short History of Progress. A review of In Command of History. A review of Gilles Kepel's The War For Muslim Minds. A review of The Accidental American: Tony Blair and the Presidency. More on Neoconservatism. More on Neoconomy. And are we running out of oil (again)? Robert Shiller wants to know

[Nov 11] A new issue of The New York Review of Books is out, including Amartya Sen on a passage to China, a review of books on schools, and an article on Sharon and the future of Palestine. From Foreign Policy in Focus, are the war and globalization really connected? From Foreign Policy, Moises Naim on how the White House got its termite problem, on what it means that President Bush’s neoconservative “Vulcans” are back for a second term in office, and Daniel Drezner and Henry Farrell on bloggers' web of influence (and more). A review of We the Media: Grassroots Journalism By the People For the People. From Toward Freedom, can technology turn the table on Big Brother? Consumers will look at advertising with a different eye after watching "The Persuaders". Chris Mooney on how ‘balanced’ coverage lets the scientific fringe hijack reality. From Writ, the law plays itself on television: How top shows depict lawyers and the legal process. And a review of Laws of Men and Laws of Nature: The History of Scientific Expert Testimony in England and America

[Nov 10] On religion: From Human Events, a Declaration of Expulsion: A Modest Proposal: It's time to reconfigure the United States. Paul Weyrich on why this election defies history: God is indeed a Republican. Why the evangelical right doesn't have a monopoly on "moral values"--in fact, it's not the Democrats who disrespect faith-based voters. It's the Republicans. Christopher Hitchens on Bush's Secularist Triumph. From The Christian Post, an article on the Re-paganization of the West: A glimpse of the future; and can we be good without God? From Zenit, the pope sees beauty as a means of evangelization, and says economics shouldn't dictate scientific criteria (and more); an interview on Christian anthropology; and an interview on Islamic fundamentalism. From Commonweal, a celebration of its 80-year anniversary, and an article on Michael Williams & the culture wars. An article on the revival of G. K. Chesterton. And you say you want a revolution? Study philosophy

[Nov 9] From The New Yorker, Hendrik Hertzberg on four more years, and James Surowiecki on the risks of an ownership society. From The Washington Monthly, on Barack Obama as the Great Black Hope, Charles Peters tilts at windmills, a review of Inventing Beauty, more on When Presidents Lie (and more) and what would have Bush-bashing book authors done if Kerry had won? From The New Republic, there is a more fundamental objection to Republicans' claim of a clear mandate, and just who is it that belongs to the "reality-based community"? On the Scalia Court: The only questions worth asking now are who, how, and how many. Gary North on the Red/Blue Map vs. Conspiracy Theories. A review of The blood bankers: Tales from the global underground economy. Frank Gaffney on a checklist of the work the world will demand of Bush and his subordinates in a second term. From Liberty, does freedom mean anarchy? A debate among libertarian theorists. And from The Lawrence Dennis Institute's The Idyllic, an article on the lonely crusade of Walt Brown, and a review of Serbian Orthodox Fundamentals

[Nov 8]  From Slate, a dialogue on why Americans hate Democrats. From Ideas, a forum on what the election means for the Democrats (and a look at Purple America). From spiked, a series of articles on the theme "After the American Election", and Mick Hume on the trashy politics of the Bushophobics. From TAP, and on conveying truth, justice and the American Way. From Chronicles, after GOP defeats Dems, conservatives, people say we must bring the country together--but what no one ever explains is what "we" would unite with or why. From The Boston Phoenix, on how the values of Red America are ascendant, and on the horror of four more years. From New Statesman, a bleak morning in America with the failure of American liberalism (and why did Cristina Odone resign as deputy editor?) Can history save the Democrats? A look at how white liberals became a new racial minority. An op-ed on why Christian conservatives must not compromise, since voters rejected liberalism, an evil ideology. Pratap Bhanu Mehta on God and partisanship. And from TCS, Stephen Bainbridge on law and morality in America (and a response), and it's time to burn the heretic, David Frum

[Weekend 2e] From Prospect, John Ikenberry on why the world needs a liberal leviathan; and "1984" can be read as a warning about the failings of mass democracies, especially in wartime. Witness America. From Foreign Affairs, a look at globalization's missing middle. Jeffrey Sachs wants to spend $150 billion per year to cure world poverty. Joseph Nye on globalization and anti-Americanism, Brad DeLong on high oil prices, and Heiko Haumann is in search of vampires. From Al-Ahram, how Islamic is political Islam? How many civilians have been killed as a result of the Iraq war? A look at how Amos Oz writes the story of Israel. An article on Israel, the US and the Age of Terror. From Commentary, an essay on The End of the Right of Self-Defense? Israel, the World Court, and the War on Terror, a review of The Case for Democracy: The Power of Freedom to Overcome Tyranny and Terror, more of Gertrude Himmelfarb's The Roads to Modernity, more on What's The Matter With Kansas?, and the Therstroms on the 50th-anniversary celebrations of Brown pdf. And from American Heritage, on the US as an Empire of Wealth, more on the fifty biggest changes in the last fifty years, and more on things overrated and underrated

[Weekend] From The New York Times, columns by David Brooks, Maureen Dowd, Virginia Postrel, and Steven Waldman (and more) on values and the election. From In These Times, Slavoj Zizek on The Liberal Waterloo, an interview with Gore Vidal on Imperial Amnesia, and more on Cornel West's Democracy Matters (and more). A review of Clarence Munford's Race and Civilization. A review of The Free Market Reader. Paul Gottfried on how Russell Kirk (and the Right) went wrong. Call it power to the people or, better, America’s Other Democracy. From Get Underground, on why Reason fails to resolve the great controversies of our time. From Infoshop News, an article on class war, industrial capitalism, and civilization. On how politicians haven't changed much through history. On the Legend of Bono Vox and lessons learned in the church of U2. If the three-foot-tall hominids of Flores were rational, did they have immortal souls? We've had the metrosexual, the retrosexual and then the pomosexual. Now meet the "contra-sexual". Why the Ben Joneses of this world are finding it difficult to settle down. And the moves of men on the prowl are analysed using anthropological techniques

[Nov 5] From Foreign Affairs, Khalil Shikaki on the future of Palestine. From Open Democracy, an exchange of letters on Pakistan and America, and why there will be four more years of al-Qaida. It's possible to foresee a GOP split in 2008 between the Jacksonians and the libertarians. Here's a briefing for Bush from Richard Haass. Thomas Friedman registered to vote, but when he showed up the Constitutional Convention broke out. Garry Wills on the day the Enlightenment went out. On abandoning the solace of thinking of political opponents as benighted, uneducated and cognitively impaired. From TNR, Michelle Cottle wants to think positive, Peter Beinart on what went wrong, and an article on the right, and wrong, kind of despair. From The Washington Monthly, Bully Pulpit: How Tom DeLay changed Washington. And on the difference William Rehnquist has made, and what the Court might look like without him

[Nov 4] From Monthly Review, Samir Amin on US Imperialism, Europe, and the Middle East, and John Bellamy Foster interviewed on ecology, capitalism, and the socialization of nature. The Baffler's Thomas Frank on New Consensus for Old: Cultural Studies from Left to Right pdf (and more). You never did see Derrida, Barthes and Che in the same room together. A new issue of American Sexuality is out. Why do libertarians ignore the Therapeutic State? From PopMatters, an article on the myth of individuality. And from Harvard, a paper on The Internet and Citizen Participation in Rulemaking

[Nov 3]  From City Journal, on the myth of the working poor. Robin Blackburn on how Monica Lewinski saved Social Security. A review of Noreena Hertz's IOU. From bioethicists to nanotech geeks, the human enhancement debate is stirring the pot. Here are ten objections to Christianity and how to respond. A review of books on Ronald Reagan (and two extracts). Wendy McElroy on individual rights vs. identity politics. And a review of Ann Coulter's How to Talk to a Liberal (If You Must)

[Nov 2] From Counterpunch, on how Bush was offered Bin Laden and blew it. The referendum on neoconservatism: It's already over, and the neocons won (or maybe not). Desertion in the field: Twilight of the liberal hawks. Scott Ritter on how the Iraq War has made moral cowards of us all. From American Diplomacy, an article on the sources of terrorist conduct, and on Europe: A more or less perfect union? Immanuel Wallerstein on the Middle East cauldron in the next five years. A review of Guantánamo: America's War on Human Rights. On how Bush’s conception of judicial interpretation harks back to the dark days of monarchy. Alan Dershowitz reviews Perilous Times: Free Speech in Wartime--From the Sedition Act of 1798 to the War on Terrorism. A review of books on the FBI. A review of The School of the Americas: Military Training and Political Violence in the Americas. A review of Hope in Hell: Inside the World of Doctors Without Borders. And terrorism, climate change and world poverty are inextricably linked. We must conquer them before they destroy us. And Jason McQuinn on Part-time Anarchists: Voting for Empire--they have forgotten their principles

[Nov 1] Michael Kazin on how the pernicious issue of “likability” has disfigured politics and the American presidency. Political campaigns and their supporters tend to treat the atoms of reality as something to be molded, cracked and spun. A review of books on the politics of revenge. Gone are those innocent days when the Daleys and Kennedys tried to steal elections after the votes were cast. Imagine if Texas and the Bronx mattered in the Electoral College. Here's some advice on how to pull the presidential rabbit from the hat. But in the long run to the losing party may go the spoils. A review of books on the election crisis of 1800. Remember 1831: On the history books the next president should be reading. From jobs to terrorism, here are the issues dividing the US. Onward, secularists soldiers: Arthur Schlesinger on why Bush's faith-based presidency crosses the line. Can faith and reason coexist in one country? A look at how politics plays on the world stage: Perez Esquivel, Soyinka, Mayor Zaragoza and Saramago make an appeal for regime change in the US
[Nov 15] Saul Newman (UWA): Stirner and Foucault: Toward a Post-Kantian Freedom, a response to Newman by Caleb Smith, and a response by Newman. Meyda Yegenoglu (METU): Liberal Multiculturalism and the Ethics of Hospitality in the Age of Globalization. From the Foundations of Political Theory website, a review of William Scheuerman's Liberal Democracy and the Social Acceleration of Time. A review of A Cultural History of Causality: Science, Murder Novels, and Systems of Thought. A review of books on crazy ideas. Ideas interviews Howard Zinn. A review of books on Alexander the Great. A review of books on academic plagiarism. A review of books on ethics. A look back at a shameful episode in Harvard's history. More on Richard Dawkins' The Ancestor's Tale. "Evolution is a Theory, not a Fact"? Making no sense in defense of nonsense. Atlantis is found--again--in Cyprus. And please visit Political Arguments, a new political theory blog

[Weekend 2e] Martin Shaw (Sussex): Risk - transfer militarism and the legitimacy of war after Iraq. Donna Patterson and Lace Marie Brogden (Regina): Living Spaces for Talk with/in the Academy. A review of Olivier Roy's Globalised Islam. Is science making us more ignorant? Can "1+1+1" ever be true? An article on postmodernist poppy-berg. And these days, the College Bowl is filled with milk and cereal

[Weekend] Gregory Mitchell (Vanderbilt): Libertarian Paternalism is an Oxymoron. A chapter from Libertarianism: For and Against, "Democratic Liberalism: The Politics of Dignity" doc. From Yale University Press, a chapter from Charles Lindblom's The Market System pdf. A review of What is Thought? A review of What the #$*! Do They Know? A review of The Historian's Conscience: Australian Historians in the Ethics of History. A review of Witch Craze: Terror and Fantasy in Baroque Germany. A review of Speciation. From The Chronicle, Emory's Mark Bauerlein on why liberal groupthink is anti-intellectual. From Hamilton College, faculty protest the hiring of former radical Susan Rosenberg. Philosopher Ted Cohen of Chicago offers formula for best jokes (rr). On a new way out of the Prisoner’s Dilemma: Cheat. And from Science & Spirit, a lack of stimulation every now and again may help us learn something

[Nov 12] From the new journal In Character, an introduction, and Deirdre McCloskey on what Jesus would spend, Jean Bethke Elshtain on lessons from her thrifty childhood, an article on how the peacock got its feathers and other tales of nature's spendthrifts, and an interview on Benjamin Franklin and an interview with Steve Forbes on thrift. An interview with Robert Keohane on theory and international institutions. A review of Mind, Morality, and Explanation: Selected Collaborations. A review of books on American slavery. From TLS, a review of books on Diderot, and more on The Roads to Modernity. From American Scientist, a review of Promethean Ambitions: Alchemy and the Quest to Perfect Nature, a review of Human-Built World: How to Think about Technology and Culture, a review of Information Theory, Inference, and Learning Algorithms, a review of Logic Made Easy: How to Know When Language Deceives You. And scientists love a good gossip. In fact, it has become integral to the way research works

[Nov 11] Pierre Lemieux (Quebec): The Public Choice Revolution pdf. From Ctheory, Thierry Bardini (Montreal): A Utopia Realized: Cyber for All. From HNN, Gary Nash on Lynne Cheney's attack on the history standards, 10 years later; and did the Bush Administration consult academics before invading Iraq? From American Scientist, on the development of Gross National Happiness as a new indicator; and what's so special about the one code that, with a few minor variations, rules all life on Planet Earth? The New School's Eli Zaretsky on the need for a critical left, and more on his Secrets of the Soul. A review of Flesh in the Age of Reason: The Modern Foundations of Body and Soul. A review of Dreaming by the Book: A History of Freud's the Interpretation of Dreams and the Psychoanalytic Movement. A review of The Man who Shocked the World: The Life and Legacy of Stanley Milgram. John Allen Paulos on a mathematical approach to understanding complexity. And Jurgen Habermas is awarded the Kyoto Prize

[Nov 10] A special issue of ACME on Hardt and Negri's Empire is out, with an introduction, and including Claudio Minca (Venice): Empire Goes to War, or, The Ontological Shift in the Transatlantic Divide; Blanca Ramirez (Xochimilco): Globalization or Empire: New Tendencies in Contemporary Capitalism?; and Joe Painter (Durham): Empire and Citizenship pdf. A special issue of ephemera on The Theory of the Multitude is out, with an introduction pdf. From Butterflies & Wheels, an article on the German mystical and Romantic sources of "The Passion of the Christ", and on patience and absurdity: How to deal with Intelligent Design Creationism. More creationist challenges, this time in Atlanta. From Pakistan, a look at the life of Sir Allama Muhammad Iqbal, ideologist, poet-philosopher and spiritualist. Was the Egyptian queen Cleopatra just a sexy seductress, or was she in fact a scientist and philosopher? And on why understanding supernovas has become essential

[Nov 9] From The Next American City, an article on cities and cronyism, and a review of America’s Trillion-Dollar Housing Mistake. From City Journal, Black America starts facing up to the tragedy of the Accidental Father. From Princeton University Press, a chapter from Liberal Languages: Ideological Imaginations and Twentieth-Century Progressive Thought, and a chapter from Knowledge, Nature, and the Good: Essays on Ancient Philosophy. A review of Law and Revolution II: The Impact of the Protestant Reformations on the Western Legal Tradition. A review of The Skeptics. A review of How History Made the Mind: The Cultural Origins of Objective Thinking. From Northwestern, Jürgen Habermas asks whether justice among nations is possible. From The Chronicle, Arendt biographer corrects mistake linking her to Jewish terrorist group, and does affirmative action hurt black law students? On freshman honors seminar called “What If? The Art and Science of Imagining a Society That Never Was". A review of Born Fighting: How the Scots-Irish Shaped America. And long after Kinsey, only the brave study sex

[Nov 8]  A new issue of Reconstruction is out, with an introduction, and Ivan Callus (Malta) and Stefan Herbrechter (Leeds): The Latecoming of the Posthuman, Or, Why "We" Do the Apocalypse Differently, "Now"; Angela Woods (Melbourne): Schizophrenics, Cyborgs and the Pitfalls of Posthumanism; Dongshin Yi (Texas A&M): Toward a Posthuman Ethics; and a review of Cybering Democracy: Public Space and the Internet. A look at the the phases of the Four Great Awakenings, an excerpt from Robert Fogel's The Fourth Great Awakening & the Future of Egalitarianism. A review of Reclaiming the American Revolution: The Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions and Their Legacy, and a review of books on immigration and US law. An interview with Mark Taylor, author of Confidence Games: Money and Markets in a World Without Redemption. More on A Reason for Everything. More on Martha Nussbaum's Hiding from Humanity. More on Aristotle's Politics by Thomas Fleming. A review of books on Alfred Kinsey. A look at the latest volume from Index on Censorship. And a review of The Complete Cartoons of The New Yorker

[Weekend 2e] Philip Pettit (Princeton): Preference, Deliberation and Satisfaction. A paper on Transcendence from within: An interpretation and Analysis of Habermas pdf. From News & Letters, two articles on Karel Kosik, and on the sham neutrality of science born of capitalism, and a look at the conference "Life After Capitalism". From Swans, an article on the Frankfurt School and cultural entropy. From The New Criterion, Roger Kimball on saintly institutions and modern prejudice, James Bowman on outraged intellectuals, a review of Stanley Crouch's The Artificial White Man: Essays on Authenticity, and on Jacques Derrida, declawed. From The Heritage Foundation, on how the marketplace of ideas would free universities from liberal tyranny. A school board in Wisconsin votes to include creationism in science curriculum. From Discover, mathematics shows that by giving your vote to another, you're ensuring the future of our democracy. The Bestseller Lists: Totting up book sales is not as simple as one, two, three. And on why you always get a present you don't want

[Weekend] From the Florida Philosophical Review, a book symposium on Feminism, Foucault, and Embodied Subjectivity, including opening remarks by author Margaret McLaren, two commentaries, and a response; and a book symposium on Darwin and Design: Does Evolution Have a Purpose?, including opening remarks by author Michael Ruse, two commentaries, and a response pdf. From Ko'aga Roñe'eta, is sexual exploitation a form of slavery? A review of Charles Taylor's Modern Social Imaginaries, a review of Wittgenstein Reads Weininger, a review of The Art of Living: The Stoics on the Nature and Function of Philosophy, and a review of Psychology and the Question of Agency. From Foreign Policy, an interview with Tariq Ramadan. Jean Elshtain lectures on terrorism, evil and Harry Potter. An article on the decline of Yale profs in politics. Once-secretive Santeria faith brings its message into the open. A new study of wild guppies could unsettle a decades-old idea about the role of danger in the evolution of aging. And I drill, therefore I am. Chimps seem to agree

[Nov 5] From the Journal of Libertarian Studies, Benjamin Powell (SJSU) and Christopher Coyne (GMU): Do Pessimistic Assumptions About Human Behavior Justify Government?; Andrei Kreptul (Fraser): The Constitutional Right of Secession in Political Theory and History; and William Anderson (GCC): Mises versus Weber on Bureaucracy and Sociological Method pdf. A review of Rights, Democracy, and Fulfillment in the Era of Identity Politics: Principled Compromises in a Compromised World, a review of Success Without Victory: Lost Legal Battles and The Long Road to Justice in America, a review of Gender, Crime and Criminal Justice, and a review of Un-Making Law: The Conservative Campaign to Roll Back the Common Law. Archaeologists may have found what was once the biggest city in Italy. And this just in: Humans, chimps think different

[Nov 4] From The Journal of the International Institute at Michigan, an essay on Ideological Diversity and Intellectual Responsibility in Area Studies and International Affairs, and remarks by Notre Dame Law's Juan Mendez on Achieving Justice While Seeking Peace: Human Rights Violations and Social Change. A review of Money and the Early Greek Mind: Homer, Philosophy, Tragedy. Princeton's Kwame Anthony Appiah explores moral obligation and the ethics of identity. And scientists around the country are under scrutiny as never before

[Nov 3]  From New School Economics Review, Duncan Foley (New School): The Strange History of the Economic Agent; Ben Fine (London): Economics and Ethics: Amartya Sen as Point of Departure; Michael Heinrich (Berlin): The Relevance and Irrelevance of Marxian Economics; and Stephen Resnick and Richard Wolff (UMass): Dialectics and Class in Marxian Economics: David Harvey and Beyond pdf

[Nov 2] From the Prickly Paradigm Press, an interview with founder Marshall Sahlins and an essay on Waiting for Foucault, Still, a conversation with Richard Rorty, and Bruno Latour on the War of the Worlds: What About Peace? pdf The University of Chicago Press sets up a page on Jacques Derrida. A new issue of the International Journal of Baudrillard Studies is out, including an editorial. From Philosophy Now, Mary Midgley on Souls, Minds, Bodies and Planets, why philosophers to develop practical moral guidance for soldiers in war zones, a review of Encyclopedia of Ethics, a moral moment on the history of the world, and some news. From The Chronicle, Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri are back with Multitude. A review of Ways a World Might Be: Metaphysical and Anti-metaphysical Essays. A review of Simon Singh's Big Bang (and more and more and more). More on Richard Dawkins' The Ancestor's Tale. More on that little big man, Homo florisiensis. "The existence of 'Mini-Man' should destroy religion", claims Desmond Morris. And who got to name the tiny humans? Species identification 101

[Nov 1]  The Association of Political Theory has an archive of papers presented at the APT Conference that took place this past weekend, October 29-31 (NB: Only members can access them). From LRB, Judith Butler on Jacques Derrida, and a review of books on suicide bombers. Happy Birthday: Here's to the quiet triumph of the London Review of Books (and more). From Yale, professors Seyla Benhabib and Charles Hill debate the war in Iraq. From UChicago, theologians slam Bush’s use of God to justify war in Iraq. Spanish sociologist Gema Martin Muñoz offers a critique of Western attitudes and policies towards the Islamic world. A review of Mahmood Mamdani's Good Muslim, Bad Muslim. Cold War interpreters and literary translators share the secrets of their trade. An essay on the virtues of curiosity. A review of Umberto Eco's On Beauty. From The Chronicle, Stanley Fish is the last angry man. Are British universities world class? And for young faculty members on the tenure track, the relationship metaphor is not an overstatement