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[Weekend 2e] From Europe, the pope enters the fray on EU Commission dispute--but then Rocco Buttiglione withdraws as a candidate. From Germany, once a place of social experimentation, the nation has grown more staid. From France, intellectuals assail BHL as 'hollow'. Is Russia's experiment with democracy over? Timothy Garton Ash contrasts the drama of democracy in Washington and Brussels. Does anyone outside the US want Bush to be the leader of the Free World for another four years? A review of Presidential Leadership. Why it appears so difficult to predict the presidential victor. Whoever wins, the nation's capital will feel pain. On how the workplace is now a terrain of politics. You want to know why Ted Prus doesn't vote? Well, he wants to know why anybody would. The battle cry of the faithful pits believers against the rest. And contrary to popular belief, God is not an American--he's not very nice either

[Weekend] From Kosovo, while Serbs boycott the elections, ethnic Albanians vote and dream of independence. From Montenegro, after an unfruitful boycott, the opposition returns to debate an election law. Greek philosophy, Roman law and Christianity: Are these the only cornerstones of European culture? A look at the fear that chokes the Arab world. From The Globalist, Jessica Matthews on Iraq, terrorism and the world, and what if Kerry loses? The BBC reveals a possible new Florida vote scandal. A look at Bush's record, and a timeline of failure (and more). As abortion row fears over eye cure, here's why anti-abortion voters might want to take another look at Kerry. Will there be a libertarian surprise? Is it a menace to Republicans? From Editor & Publisher, an analysis of the 2004 endorsements so far. Charlie Cook has some final thoughts on the election, down to the wire. And Instapundit on how the blogosphere has grown up and on its future

[Oct 29] From Western Sahara, another referendum is postponed, but impatience is growing. From Uruguay, the country is set to break with 150 years of history by electing a leftist president. From France, Finance Minister Nicolas Sarkozy stirs the debate over the limits of secularism. From Europe, on the EU Commission and religious values. IMF's Rodrigo de Rato on building on the global recovery. The Economist endorses John Kerry. Some analysts say a draft could happen in the US. From Ms. Magazine, fighting words for a secular America: Ashcroft and Friends vs. George Washington and the Framers. An article on George Bush's foreign policy and millenial madness. Is George Bush the Christian's Christian? Robert Wright on faith, hope and clarity. The feeling man's president: A psychologist analyses Bush’s gut appeal. And from TNR, a guide to post-election intra-party bloodletting: Republicans and Democrats (and more)

[Oct 28] From Israel, Knesset approves Sharon's disengagement plan. From Myanmar, on the regime's costless shift to a hard-line. From Singapore, the country is getting rather gay-friendly. Business Week takes a look at what Cheney did at Halliburton, and there's no much dirt on Counselor Edwards. From The New York Times, more on John Kerry's Journey. Here's another look at Kerry's potential cabinet. A look at the eerie similarities between the elections of 1900 and 2004. How many October Surprises have there been? On the secret GOP weapon: The Scots-Irish vote. Win or lose, the president has remade the politics of the right. A reaction to Pat Buchanan endorsing Bush. Americans love to vote--for pop singers, soft drinks, or World Series predictions. What are the arguments made in favor--and against--the Electoral College? (and more). And why doesn't the US just outsource its election to India?

[Oct 27] From Europe, crunch time for the new EU constitution. From France, a look at a Bridget Jones teenager of the suburbs. From Russia, a Moscow perspective on Ukraine's election. From Pakistan, on the root causes of terrorism. From Turkey, what will become of the United States? Ishtiaq Ahmed on globalisation as a multifarious process. The peculiarly Indian system of castes has managed to stow away on the journey to the US. A court ruling boosts working parents' fight against discrimination. The Weekly Standard endorses George W. Bush. Ted Olson and David Boies on the possibilities for legal action after the election. David Brooks on Thus Ate Zarathustra. On how the dirty word 'liberal' boasts a proud history. A survey finds journalists are not satisfied with their performance in the campaign. And the web is obsessed with anything that spreads, and so the Internet loves memes

[Oct 26] From Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai clinches presidential victory. From Mexico, will the PRI be top dog again? From Europe, an interview with Javier Solana, EU's High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy. From The New Yorker, on The Choice in Election 2004. Game theory for swingers: What states should the candidates visit before Election Day? A look at Colorado and Iowa as swing states. Vote-pairing nearly saved Al Gore in 2000. Could it give Kerry a decisive boost this year? Alan Keyes reminds us just how frightening - okay, also funny - ideological clarity and consistency can be. An interview with George McGovern. Christopher Hitchens on why he's (slightly) for Bush, and on why Saddam did have terrorists connections. Zbigniew Brzezinski on how to make new enemies. Paul Wolfowitz defends his war. Washington insiders speculate on who might populate the Cabinet in a Kerry or Bush 2 administration. Stuart Taylor on how our political system elevates the wrong people. Here are 10 unusual ways to pick a president. And now a few words about our candidates

[Oct 25] From Sao Tome and Principe, the smell of oil is becoming all-pervasive. A review of Juan Carlos: Steering Spain from Dictatorship to Democracy. An interview with Jimmy Carter. A new study says U.S. "Red, White and Blue" image is getting tarnished abroad. How has the war affected America's economy? The Washington Post endorses John Kerry. Former workers dispute Bush's claims about his service in Project PULL. For half a century, Texas and Massachusetts have dominated the nation's politics. Is there something in the water? Kerry leads Bush in endorsements from Nobelists. But does expert opinion matter in politics? Whatever the outcome of the 2004 presidential election, there are bound to be unforeseen consequences. What happens to the Democrats if Kerry loses? Ardent faith squares off against earnest reflection, but in this climate, victory's no picnic, either. James Traub on the Specter of '94. And "Mommy, why do you hate the president?"

[Weekend 2e] From Pakistan, an article on dissecting democracy. From Estonia, an interview with Toomas Hendrik Ilves, vice chairman of Europarliament's foreign affairs committee. How Europe's tortured debate about Turkey exposes the fragile state of the EU. On how globalization drives the economy, but it still pays to be Irish. Bhutan hostes the first major international conference on "Gross National Happiness". From the CEIP, a paper on Political Reform in the Arab World: A New Ferment? The Nation endorses John Kerry, and so does The New Republic. Behind the candidates' domestic plans, there is an ideological gulf. Jonathan Chait on Bush's empty rhetoric on democracy. And why objective truth is denied at our peril. A review of Neo-Conservatism and Dick: The Man Who Is President. What happens to the GOP if President Bush loses on Nov. 2? And when the votes are counted, will religion be the loser

[Weekend] From Iraq, on the trial of Saddam Hussein: When and how will it take place? From Nigeria, on Aristotle and the politics of revolution. From Venezuela, on sovereignty, the social contract, the rule of law & the Greeks. From Chile, looking to purge the vestiges of dictatorship from the constitution. South America's Mercosur awaits left-wing lift in Uruguay. An essay on the politics of imperialism: Neoliberalism and class politics in Latin America. From PINR, Washington recognizes restraints in dealing with Tehran. The insurance industry is the latest financial sector to have its darkest secrets exposed to the light. From HNN, do the Bush family pols play dirty, and what if America had elected Walter Mondale in 1984? Todd Gitlin on the curious convulsions and fabulous flavours of this crucial campaign. In its 36 years on the air, what is 60 Minutes’s track record? And who decides what's in vogue--and what's in store?

[Oct 22] From Egypt, an interview with Tariq Ramadan. From Kosovo, transforming a non-issue into a problem. From Kazakhstan, election results raise the possibility of infighting in Nazarbaev's family. Why do the Belarusians want to change everything while changing nothing? George Papandreou, Greece's former foreign minister, on the talks between the EU and Turkey. From Alternet, on the world according to a Bush voter: A report finds Bush supporters still believe Iraq had WMDs and supported al Qaeda. Could the invasion of Iraq have its origins in the cowboy TV series, Gunsmoke? From Salon, on Joschka Fisher's new world order, and an interview with Ron Suskind on reality-based reporting. From Slate, a look at Nevada as a swing state, and on the French vs. the Saudis: Who's worse? "Ten percent of the people control this country, and the rest are dummies!" A review of Intellectual Morons: How Ideology Makes Smart People Fall for Stupid Ideas. On conservativism: Is it an unfortunate evolutionary holdover, or the product of bad upbringing? And what it's like to be the only Republican in your high school?

[Oct 21] From Pitcairn Island, paradise or island of depravity? From Kyrgyzstan, President Askar Akayev rejects the notion that a "universal formula" exists for democratic development (and more). From Nigeria, on the democratic project and its stakeholders, and the ultimate objective of democracy. The Pope says democracy requires moral absolutes. From PINR, an essay on the era of instability in world politics. Transparency International releases its latest Corruption Perceptions Index 2004. A report and pics from a weekend in London, covering the European Social Forum. Europeans are in thrall of American culture. From YaleGlobal, a look at US presidential campaigns and the world (and part 2). From Slate, on Minnesota, the only state to oppose Reagan flirts with conservatism, and more on the Electoral College. And Stanford's James Fishkin takes the town-hall pulse, for the election and beyond

[Oct 20] From Belarus, a referendum authorizing Lukashenko to run for a third term in office falls short of international standards (and more). From Myanmar, military regime ousts prime minister, puts him under house arrest. From India, after decades on run, mustachioed rogue 'demon' is killed. Why is Antarctica often missing from world maps? The US has contingency plans for a draft of medical workers. From Cato, when ignorance isn't bliss: How political ignorance threatens democracy. The administration and its friends are constructing their own reality. George W. Bush and John Kerry offer two alternative theories of American power. A look at Bill O'Reilly's obsession with porn. From Reason, why voting for president is a lot like sex, and why journalists should open their secret ballots. On the idea of fairness and balance in journalism. And from Salon, Team Bush declares war on The New York Times, conservatives decry Bush's "Messianic" approach and preference for dogma over evidence

[Oct 19] From Pakistan, on the question of representation and development. From Spain, 500 years on, Aragon tries to evict the Moors again. Bush says no to a plan to send Muslim peacekeepers to Iraq to help UN organize elections. From The Weekly Standard, how the political culture of Austin, Texas, infected the presidential race. Save a Jew, save yourself! Sixty-five million evangelicals can't be wrong. On the Jewish vote as a constituency up for grabs. This election is rubbing some folks raw... but maybe that's not all bad for democracy. The close contest has increased the chances of bizarre twists--here are some scenarios, imagining the danger of 2000 redux, but with exit polls to protect the vote. Amid the current political malaise, interest in the Founding Fathers is at an all-time high. On democracy as a brand: Wooing hearts, European or Muslim, through film. And Mr. Subliminal, call your office

[Oct 18] From Belarus, school of 'partisans' goes underground. From Great Britain, why Scotland never hated Jews: It was too busy hating Catholics. From Italy, what Catholics should do about democracy. From Taiwan, on China brides and the economics of love. From Singapore, on the changing face of lust. From Egypt, authorities are debating the necessity of conjugal visits. From Canada, on the ever-expanding job category known as "the socialite" .From India, on capitalism as a contraceptive. How interested is white Britain in Asian cultures? On the way intellectuals operate in the public arena in France and Britain. On the US as a Latino nation: It's not just J-Lo! An article on the idea of America: but what is an American? Discuss. On America's identity crisis. The Boston Globe endorses John Kerry. Michael Kinsley on how the people running the Bush campaign are like political alchemists, and now it gets dirty. And pop! The culture goes political

[Weekend 2e] From Cambodia, King Norodom Sihanouk's son, Norodom Sihamoni, is quietly named new king. UN Secretary General Kofi Annan dismisses claim that world is safer after Iraq. The New York Times (and The New York Post's Robert George, lifelong Republican) endorses John Kerry, but be careful, you'll be damned if you vote for him. Scholars and pundits don't agree on the meaning of red and blue. And in the GOP, the long knives are out for the neoconservatives

[Weekend] Some news from the lighter side: From New York, a series of articles on liquidating your life. A report finds not all beers are created equal. Coke versus Pepsi: It's all in the head. Can you name that slogan? Customers don't remember most of them. On how a common name can be a curse. It's hip to be so five years ago. So what life lessons can musicals teach us? Contrary to what some critics are saying, boys raised by feminists are growing up just fine. An article on asexuality: it’s not just for amoebas any more. Having the blues lifts the hearts of color-conscious collectors. A review of That’s the Joint! The Hip-Hop Studies Reader. An interview with Nirvana's Krist Novoselic on grunge and government. Why should we want lazy idiots to vote? Craigslist goes from phenomenon to officialdom. And on blogging: the new way to create a following in Hollywood
[Weekend 2e] A new issue of The New York Review of Books is out, including a review of Michael Walzer's Arguing About War, a review of books on security and freedom, and a review of books on fraud and science. And from Slate: Australia requires citizens to vote. Should the U.S.? Here's a consumer's guide to the polls. A look at New Hampshire and Wisconsin as swing states. Whence "October Surprise"? How it got its name. Click here to see which presidential candidate your favorite Slate writers are voting for. Dahlia Lithwick on why the Supremes will not decide this year's presidential election (or perhaps they will). An article on the case against John Ashcroft. Why are religious conservatives still the squeaky wheels? The New de Tocquevilles: The French are just trying to understand. Arafat's departure will transform America's role in the Middle East. Avoiding the Oil Curse: What Norway can teach Iraq. And were the administration's Iraq gaffes due to bad thinking or no thinking at all?

[Weekend] From Writ, a review of Defining Americans: The Presidency and National Identity. From APR, an article on denouncing Americanism. An interview with Stephen Ducat, author of The Wimp Factor: Gender Gaps, Holy Wars, and the Politics of Anxious Masculinity. From The Nation, Alexander Cockburn reviews books on Iraq, and Daniel Lazare reviews books on Islam. From Opinion Journal, a look at Bush's "theology of war". Cleaning up Bush's mess won't be easy. But Kerry has some good ideas for Iraq, and they just might work. A reporter describes how staying alive in Iraq became a full-time job. From The Mises Institute, a lecture on Hayek and Market Socialism: Science, Ideology, and Public Policy. Marginal Revolution's Alex Tabarrok on why private prisons have public benefits. A look at four myths about Social Security. Why votes against gay marriage is merely votes in favor of the dictionary. And The Intimate World of Abraham Lincoln makes a powerful case that Lincoln was a lover of men

[Oct 29] From Open Democracy, Stuart Hall on the Divided City: The Crisis of London; a look at the neocon split between Francis Fukuyama and Charles Krauthammer; and an exchange of letters on America and Japan. A new issue of Bad Subjects is out, including Anti-Zionism is Anti-Semitism: A response to Judith Butler; maybe this is an evolutionary advantage ants have over humans; and here are some notes on nudity and pubic hair. Old sexual taboos are disappearing. Bad news for lazy advertisers. From Remnant, what exactly is the Austrian School of Economics, and can it be brought into conformity with Catholic social teaching? On morality without religion: A brief critique of Archbishop Chaput's Kaput Philosophy. Michael Kinsley on how stem cells change abortion. Would strict constructionism have freed Dred Scott? A review of The American Catholic Voter: Two Hundred Years of Political Impact. For whom would Jesus vote? And so what color was Jesus anyway?

[Oct 28] From Said to Kojeve: All the powerful ideologies of the 20th century are deeply permeated with religious or millennial fever. From The Globalist, Walter Russell Mead divides those countries often opposed to U.S. policies into two groups, and does John Kerry pass the global test? Timothy Garton Ash on President Kerry and Europe. Donald Rumsfeld on winning the war on terror. Ralf Dahrendorf on a strategy that might lead to mission accomplished. An op-ed on what the terrorists have in mind. An interview with Sy Hersh. Jonathan Schell on the triumph of fantasy politics. From The Village Voice, a look at Bush's courting of Saddam in the 80's. A review of Shock and Awe: War on Words. From APR, an article on purchasing individuality in America. From ZNet, what should popular democracy look like? Popular democracy and a vision for our movement, and on a radical vision for the future of the UN. An from TCS, Will Wilkinson on The Anti-Market Protocols of the Councillor of Zion

[Oct 27] A special issue of Monthly Review is out, on Paul M. Sweezy: A Collective Portrait. From Mother Jones, a series of conversations with conservatives: Clyde Prestowitz, John Dean, Russell Train, and Peter Peterson. From CT, is it worth paying to cut to the head of the line? Locke squares off against Aquinas in the fast lane; and what does evangelism look like among those for whom absolute truth claims are anathema? Two views. A theologian thinks that the Christian of the future will either be a mystic -- or not a Christian at all. From Skeptical Inquirer, can the sciences help us to make wise ethical judgments? More on Peter Singer's The President of Good and Evil. A new issue of the Army War College's Parameters is out, including an essay on A Different Course? America and Europe in the 21st Century. And what really is World Terrorism? Who are the current Global Fascists?

[Oct 26] A new issue of First Things is out, including Richard John Neuhaus on Kierkegaard for grownups, Wheaton's Mark Noll on the Evangelical Mind Today, articles on our New Deal Nation and the Supreme Court in 2004, a review of Saving America: Faith-Based Services and the Future of Civil Society, and a review of Lying: An Augustinian Theology of Duplicity. From New Statesman, a look at America: God, gays and guns; some book reviews; on why a Kerry victory matters so much; and can good Catholics vote for Bush? On what conservatives can learn from Eric Hoffer. An essay on Hayek and the American Conservative Movement pdf. John Locke is a prophet for our times, largely ignored in his own land. From NPR, a show on Leo Strauss' lasting influence on US policy. From the New America Foundation, articles on welfare and Social Security (and more). And from Slate, how the old conservative / liberal stereotypes break down when it comes to parenting; the archbishop of Canterbury is stuck between the Rock of Ages and a hard place; on the real reason Guantanamo detainees have returned to the battlefield; and on what Chief Justice Rehnquist's cancer means for the election

[Oct 25] From The New York Times Magazine, a cover story on what happens when growing up with Mom and Mom. Frank Rich on The O'Reilly Factor for lesbians. A review of The F-Word: Feminism in Jeopardy: Women, Politics, and the Future. A review of Heroes: saviours, traitors & supermen. A review of Joseph Ellis' His Excellency: George Washington. A review of Past Imperfect: Facts, Fictions, Fraud -- American History from Bancroft and Parkman to Ambrose, Bellesiles, Ellis, and Goodwin. More on Eric Alterman's When Presidents Lie. More on Anne Norton's Leo Strauss and the Politics of American Empire. Hysterica Passio: Now we come at last to the heart of darkness. Fear has become the dominant currency of public life. A look at American Film Renaissance, the nation's first conservative film festival. The two ''Rock Against Bush'' CD's are remarkable for a couple of reasons. Jon Stewart gets serious: If you interview Kissinger, are you still a comedian? And a review of Hip: The History (and more and more, and an excerpt)

[Weekend 2e] From The American Conservative, on the conservative case for Bush, Kerry, Nader, Peroutka... and "Silence". David Brooks on the central mystery of this election. Eric Alterman on the Axis of Ideology: Conservative foundations and public policy (and part 2). Conservative Christians rarely lead the way with self-castration. A review of books on child-rearing. A review of Extreme Measures: The Dark Visions and Bright Ideas of Francis Galton. A review of Nightingales: The Extraordinary Upbringing and Curious Life of Miss Florence Nightingale (and an excerpt). A review of Plague: The Mysterious Past and Terrifying Future of the World's Most Dangerous Disease. On Transhumanism, a philosophy for the third millennium. From Wired, on how the government is using technology to burden our kids' future, and are you sick of your lazy, cheating spouse? Get an Extreme Personality Makeover! And the more a man talks about love to women, the more sex he has

[Weekend] From The Nation, 100 facts and 1 opinion: The Non-Arguable Case Against the Bush Administration. From In These Times, Margaret Cho on the Presidential Cockfight; and on why the Vietnam War still matters. From Open Democracy, Oxford's Emanuele Ottolenghi responds to Anatol Lieven, and a reply; an interview with HBS's Louis Wells on the recent open letter to Bush; an exchange of letters on America and France; on the difference between Abraham Lincoln and George W Bush; and why it's time for the European Social Forum to get serious about politics. Progress doesn't just 'emerge': By championing spontaneous collectivism, internet geeks and gurus are giving up on human agency. Richard Sennett on the age of anxiety. More on Jeremy Rifkin's The European Dream. From TCS, more on the "Islamic Reformation", Revisited. And it's an Arab Nationalist Thing: Osama's Islamism and Saddam's Baathism are more alike than you think

[Oct 22] From Foreign Affairs, an article on America losing its economic and technological edge, a look at the sources of American legitimacy, and a review of The Idea of Pakistan. A review of Chains of Command and Crimes Against Nature. A new issue of Legal Affairs is out, including Richard Posner on law reviews, an article on Stanford's Lawrence Lessig and computer users, a reporter gets kicked out of Jerry Falwell's new law school, here's something constructive to say about elections, and a look at the Supreme Court's fiery rhetoric. Charles Fried on the Supreme Court and the liberalism of classic individualism. Dahlia Lithwick on the sudden outbreak of Supreme Court horror stories. From Writ, why election problems are human rights violations: A primer on the international law governing November 2; and should the rules used for picking the president be altered? Joseph Stiglitz on Bush's four years of failure. From The Nation, on how popular culture has glamorized marriage as the pinnacle event marking the beginning of mature womanhood. And from TAS, the election will determine whether the nation still wants to be led by an Alpha male; and never apologize, never explain -- unless maybe to a woman

[Oct 21] Robert Kuttner reviews books on faith, reason, terror, and democracy: What Would Jefferson Do? Julian Baggini on why it's in out interest to be nannied. From HNN, what qualifies as demagoguery? From In These Times, why the joint rise of the conservative media and creeping authoritarianism is no coincidence. From Asia Times, articles on the appeal of fascism and on Karl Polanyi and the political economy of the 21st century. From Knowledge @ Wharton, on how human behavior drives investment activity. From TCS, are we all behaviorists now? If your brain has a 'Buy Button,' what pushes it? Nick Bostrom on transhumanism as the world's most dangerous idea. From The Observer, a special section on Election 2004. John Le Carre thinks maybe there's one good reason--just one--for reelecting George W. Bush. A review of Why the Electoral College Is Bad for America. And can the Electoral College survive the decline of the states?

[Oct 20] From Policy Review, an article on Neoconservatism’s Liberal Legacy, Nicholas Eberstadt on the persistence of North Korea, a review of Reason: Why Liberals Will Win the Battle for America, and more on Who Are We? Critics say the Electoral College is antiquated, undemocratic--and, many fear, impossible to get rid of. Five ways the election could end up in court, again. From New York, Richard Reeves on how Bush plays to the appealing delusion that America is a nation with a special calling to redeem the world. A pro-choice Catholic politician speaks out after being denied communion. Can Bush consider himself Christian at all? Do religious labels really mean anything? What are the Ten Commandments and what is their philosophic meaning? From Janus Head, a special issue on addiction. What's a drug good for? Don't ask the FDA, says Marginal Revolution's Alex Tabarrok. From The Globalist, on the dangers of economic isolationism. And who deserves jobs? On the moral case for outsourcing

[Oct 19] From TAC, on how the US played into Bin Laden's plan, and Pat Buchanan on how we get out. From The New Yorker, on the question of "National Greatness". Why the Ownership Society is about asking big spenders to be big savers, too. Malcolm Gladwell on how to think about prescription drugs. Kurt Vonnegut on a Requiem for a Dreamer. From The New York Press, more on the worst political reporters. Political bias at the Times? Two counterarguments. What is radical is not judicial restraint, but challenging the idea of judicial review itself. Lawyers are buzzing over the fact that some clerks who work for the Supreme Court justices broke their vow of silence. If Bush wins... who'd be in, who'd be out. Ishtiaq Ahmed on religion and a global ethic. “The only thing I know, yo, is that I know nuttin’, dog”. And check out Docuticker, a daily update of new reports from government agencies, ngo's, think tanks, and other groups

[Oct 18] Ron Suskind on the Faith-Based Presidency. Michael Ignatieff reviews Sy Hersh's Chain of Command: The Road from 9/11 to Abu Ghraib (and an excerpt). On how much of the information governments use to shape policy is available via non-secret channels. A review of The Post-Truth Era. From the Council of Foreign Relations, a look at the economics of large battleground states. In the 60s, police dogs and billy clubs kept black Americans from the polls. Today's methods are more refined. From Salon, James Galbraith on the facts of Social Security. A review of Why Globalisation Works. An article on the struggle over the state. An excerpt from The Rebel Sell: Why the Culture Can’t Be Jammed (and a Q&A with authors Joseph Heath and Andrew Potter). To survive and thrive, transhumanism must become an inclusive social movement. A look at the politics of stem-cell research. On Protestants, Catholics and winning the Culture War. And from Time, a quiz: How spiritual are you?

[Weekend 2e] From Open Democracy, David Held responds to his critics, clarifies his vision, and looks ahead; an interview with Susan George on the European Social Forum; on the recent demand for members of minority communities in Great Britain to assimilate; an immigrant to Canada traces official multiculturalism’s origins; an article on the American democratic deficit and voting technology; and on Indymedia’s silencing: a warning to us all? And Eric Alterman on how "the refs are worked"

[Weekend] From The Atlantic Monthly, an article on Karl Rove, in a corner. Jonathan Chait on George W. Bush, tax hiker. From LA Weekly, on Tom DeLay and his bid to buy the Texas Legislature. The Guardian's G2 assembles a democratic toolkit to enable people decide who takes up residence in the White House. From TCS, with a tie in the Electoral College, anyone meeting the constitutional qualifications could end up president. From The Washington Post, a series of articles on Justice Clarence Thomas. Dahlia Lithwick on how the Supreme Court is contemplating executing juveniles. On the Supreme Court as a voting issue: why both candidates' positions are disappointing. A report finds the US criminal justice system is unfair for Hispanics. An issue brief: What is judicial independence? And from CT, seeking a superficial unity, some denominational leaders opt for feelings over facts



[Weekend 2e] A new issue of Postmodern Culture is out, including Anustup Basu (Pittsburgh): The Human and his Spectacular Autumn, or, Informatics after Philosophy; Pelagia Goulimari (Angelaki): "Myriad Little Connections": Minoritarian Movements in the Postmodernism Debate; Robert Payne (USW): Virtually: The Refreshment of Interface Value; a review of Jean-François Lyotard's Soundproof Room: Malraux's Anti-Aesthetics; a review of Aesthetics in a Multicultural Age; and a review of The Everyday Life Reader. From Politics and Culture, Martin Hirst (UWS): Down With Digital Determinism! A Discussion of Recent Work in Marxism and Media Studies; and a review of Mixed Media: Feminist Presses and Publishing Politics. And a new issue of Media Culture on Porn and the Mediasphere is out, including an editorial, and David Russell (PSU-York): The Tumescent Citizen: The Legend of Ron Jeremy

[Weekend] From the Journal of Social Issues, a special issue on the discipline, including a preface, a review of Eric Hobsbawm's  Interesting Times: A Twentieth-Century Life, and articles on the central issues of agency and theoretical approaches, and more on social history today, in the postmodern world and in the future; on social history in Europe; some reflections on the discipline and recent developments; and "making sense" of social history. A review of God, the Mind’s Desire: Reference, Reason and Christian Thinking, and a review of Word and World: Practices and the Foundation of Language. A review of Singing in the Fire: Stories of Women in Philosophy. A review of Original Intelligence: Unlocking the mystery of who we are. How would Homo sapiens treat Homo floresiensis if one were found alive today? And on familiarity: what is present other than all those things that have somehow persisted into our own time?

[Oct 29] Mark Tushnet (Columbia): Our Perfect Constitution pdf. Brian Leiter (Texas): The End of Empire: Dworkin and Jurisprudence in the 21st Century. From The Wilson Quarterly, an essay on The Other Sixties. A look at the work of Kevin Starr, author of Americans and the California Dream. A review of Chinese Philosophy in an Era of Globalization. On the possibilities of a real education by way of sleight of hand. An essay on methodological solipsism and the multiverse. A review of Real Natures and Familiar Objects, a review of Character Strength and Virtues: A Handbook and Classification, a review of Mary Pipher's Letter to a Young Therapist: Stories of Hope and Healing, and a review of How Science Works: Evaluating Evidence in Biology and Medicine. The survival of genetic homosexual traits could be explained soon. More on the new type of human. And how are the abbreviations on the periodic table of elements determined?

[Oct 28]  Richard Eichenberg (Tufts): Gender, National Security, and the Election of 2004. Alberto Abadie (Harvard): Poverty, Political Freedom, and the Roots of Terrorism pdf. A review of Libertarian Accounts of Free Will. A review of The Unity of Public Law, a review of The Permanent International Court: Legal Policy Issues, a review for The Politics of Rights: Lawyers, Public Policy, and Political Change, and a review of An American Travesty: Legal Responses to Adolescent Sex Offending. When the classroom is swapped for the bedroom, life can get extremely complicated. A review of Curious Minds: How a Child Becomes a Scientist. Articles highlight different views on genetic basis of race. And one of the most spectacular paleo anthropological finds of the past century: Researchers have unearthed the remains of a dwarf human species that survived until just 13,000 years ago (more and more)

[Oct 27]  Deirdre McCloskey (UIC): The Secret Sins of Economics pdf. Euclid Tsakalotos (Athens): Homo Economicus, Political Economy and Socialism. A new issue of The Economists' Voice is out, including George Akerlof on Election 2004: Fiction vs. Reality; Michael Boskin on Sense and Nonsense About Federal Deficits and Debt; and a letter on Richard Posner's 'Eldred and Fair Use', and a reply. A new issue of the Post-Autistic Economics Review is out. From The Chronicle, 2-year colleges face an identity crisis, and on being afflicted with something more than a "gentle madness". As the presidential race heats up, professors are told to keep it cool. Obituary: Historian Michael Grant. Francis Bacon and experimental psychologists show why the facts in science never just speak for themselves. And on how the oboe is facing a credibility crisis among children

[Oct 26] Patrick Deneen (Princeton): Manners and Morals; Or, Why You Should Not Eat the Person Sitting Next to You pdf. Christopher Wolfe (Marquette): Natural Law and Liberalism: Can this Marriage be Saved? pdf From 49th Parallel, Giulia Bentivoglio (Padua): Benno Teschke's Critique of Wallerstein. Here's a series of lectures on Rewriting History: Emerging Identities and Nationalism (and part 2, part 3, part 4, and part 5).  Is there an essential difference between intercultural and intracultural communication? Why is college tuition rising? Blame the parents. Are post modernists fascists?: A review of Richard Wolin's The Seduction of Unreason: The Intellectual Romance with Fascism from Nietzsche to Postmodernism. More on Roger Kimball's The Rape of the Masters: How Political Correctness Sabotages Art. A review of The Enemies of Rome. An economics professor wins the Latsis prize for human cooperation. People looking for venture capital money will call anything small 'nanotechnology'. Can services evolve as a scientific study? And here's a memo designed to cheer up the human race

[Oct 25] From Modern Age, Pierre Manent (EHESS): Current Problems of European Democracy; an article on democracy and elite; and Burke and Sartre in dialogue on freedom and authority. APSA hosts a page on News in Political Science. The New School will host a conference on "Rationality, Action, and Value in the Philosophy of Social Science" in honor of Martin Hollis, from November 18-20. Excerpts from the two-day academic conference at Yale University: "Regarding Michael Jackson: Performing Racial, Gender and Sexual Difference Center Stage." At City College, still arguing the world. The World University of Economics and Diplomacy is a place that always sounded much better than it looked. Why certain Catholic universities champion pro-abortion politicians. A review of Help: The Original Human Dilemma. On the seat of Reformation: Archeologists find Martin Luther's toilet in Wittenburg. And on attempts to turn tickling into a narrative

[Weekend 2e] A new issue of the Journal for Cultural and Religious Theory is out, including an introduction pdf, and a new issue of the Journal of Religion and Popular Culture is out. A review of The Cambridge Companion to Abelard. More on Secrets of the Soul: A Social and Cultural History of Psychoanalysis. More on Buruma and Margalit's Occidentalism. Scott McLemee reviews Gertrude Himmelfarb's The Roads to Modernity (and an excerpt).  A review of The Robot's Rebellion: Finding Meaning in the Age of Darwin. More on Richard Dawkins' The Ancestor's Tale. A study finds single mothers are more likely to have daughters. A Pennsylvania school board votes to include "intelligent design" in the district's science curriculum. The Howard Hughes Medical Institute is building a laboratory designed to foster a culture of scientific creativity. And on the best of physics: What makes an equation beautiful?

[Weekend] From The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs, Jamie Mayerfeld (Washington): The Democratic Legacy of the International Criminal Court; and Newt Gingrich on A Security Strategy of Transforming Societies pdf. A review of Adorno: A political biography. A review of Helene Cixous's Portrait of Jacques Derrida as a Young Jewish Saint. A review of the film "Derrida". On Jacques Derrida: life beyond the margins (and more). From Washington U., a profile of philosophy professor Mark Rollins. On why philosophy is simpler than just theories. Love, passion and a melancholy man: A profile of Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Tunku Varadarajan on why the novel isn't dead--and neither is the urge to be an oracle. A review of the Left Behind series, by Tim LeHaye and Jerry Jenkins. From Texas A&M, why multiculturalism does more damage than it does good. And The Chronicle releases a report on the most expensive colleges

[Oct 22] A new issue of Dissent is out, including a Constitutional Democracy Colloquium, with contributions from Yale's David Bromwich, NYU's Craig Calhoun, Columbia's Jean Cohen, and Chicago's Cass Sunstein, among others; an essay on Foreign Policy: How America Can Get its Groove Back: The First Hundred Days of a New Administration, with responses by Mitchell Cohen, and Anne-Marie Slaughter and a reply; a review of David Brooks' On Paradise Drive, and a review of American Dream: Three Women, Ten Kids, and A Nation's Drive To End Welfare. A review of How Scientific Practices Matter: Reclaiming Philosophical Naturalism. Michael Shermer reviews books that try to explain consciousness. Obituary: Paul Nitze (more and more). From Economic Principals, a day in the life of Nobel Laureate Ed Prescott. More on Bjorn Lomborg and the Copenhagen Consensus. Male scientists are good at research because they have the hormone levels of women and long index fingers, a new study says. And on the things that militate against academics playing a useful role in understanding and changing our world

[Oct 21] A new issue of Borderlands is out, on the theme "Unassumable Responsibility: New Perspectives on Freedom, Justice & Obligation", with an introduction. From History Today (rr), on what it meant to refuse to fight or lend support to the war effort in the Second World War, and have politicians always been seen as liars? A review of books on "herstory". From The Chronicle, Alan Wolfe on how scholars infuse religion with cultural light, an article on being gay, Christian and conservative in the academic marketplace, and how five Massachusetts colleges share faculty members who jump from campus to campus. From UCLA, Michael Mann discusses his recently published Fascists. A look at Derrida through Richard Wolin's The Seduction of Unreason. From Japan, Hello Kitty is deconstructed. And Godzilla is confronting academics who want to wrestle with his legacy

[Oct 20] From Econ Journal Watch, Peter Gordon and Lanlan Wang (USC): Does Economic Performance Correlate with Big Government?; and Daniel Klein (Santa Clara): Statist Quo Bias, a response by Cass Sunstein and a reply by Klein pdf. The first issue of The International Journal of Inclusive Democracy is out, with an editorial, and on the what, the why, the how, and the for whom of inclusive democracy. A new issue of International Politics and Society is out, with a focus on Latin America. From the European Journal of International Law, a series of book reviews, and a review of recent books on trade and environment: GATT phantoms still haunt the WTO. A review of A Hundred Years of English Philosophy. The Max Planck Society will establish 25 new independent junior research groups. David Denby on how modern life emerged from eighteenth - century Edinburgh. And she once Derrida'd everything. Then scorned the philosopher

[Oct 19] John Holbo (NUS): On Zizek and Trilling pdf. From Constellations' Forum on Iraq, more on the constitutional process in Iraq from the New School's Andrew Arato pdf. A new issue of the APA's Monitor on Psychology is out. A review of Essays on Kant's Anthropology. A review of Reputation in Artificial Societies: Social Beliefs for Social Order. A review of Escape from Leviathan: Liberty, Welfare, and Anarchy Reconciled pdf. The work of Nobel laureates Prescott and Kydland win praise for insight, but not practicality. From UCLA, Shlomo Avineri speaks on democracy and the pursuit of peace in the Middle East. We expect too much of Ethics (with a capital E). How subjective surveys might give us a more robust way to judge the quality of art. If for some Derrida wasn’t Jewish enough, others deemed him too Jewish. And more on Derrida, Mr. Theory of Everything, and a philosopher who never forgot about death

[Oct 18] Robert D'Amico (Florida): Philosophy: Any Defensible Province of Its Own? pdf A new issue of Surveillance and Society is out. A review of What is Crime? Defending Criminal Conduct in Contemporary Society. From Iraq, intellectuals are being assassinated, and many are seeking exile. On the relevance of Hannah Arendt's Eichmann in Jerusalem to the trial of Saddam. An interview with the author of Evil: A Primer - A History of a Bad Idea From Beelzebub to Bin Laden. A review of The Bayonet and the Needle: A Selection of French Texts Against the Far Right. On Edward Said as the last Jewish intellectual. Obituary: Conrad Russell. From Princeton, Nannerl and Robert Keohane will join the Wilson School. From Yale, gay studies shouldn't just mean talking sex. A review of The Edwardians. From sophists.org, a field guide to critical thinking. And on how the Greeks were fascinated by the relationship between words and actions

[Weekend 2e] From the European Journal of International Law, Jutta Brunnee (Toronto): The United States and International Environmental Law: Living with an Elephant, and Martti Koskenniemi reviews Darker Legacies of Law in Europe: The Shadow of National Socialism and Fascism over Europe and Its Legal Traditions pdf. A review of Language Evolution. A review of How Mumbo-Jumbo Conquered the World. And Terry Eagleton on why academics are wrong to rubbish Derrida

[Weekend]  Philip Pettit (Princeton): (1) The Way Philosophy Matters to Politics; (2) Rawls' Political Ontology; and (3) Liberty and Leviathan. From Orbis, Paul Bracken (Yale): Thinking (Again) About Arms Control; Omar Encarnación (Bard): Beyond Civil Society: Promoting Democracy After September 11; Claes Ryn (CUA): The Ideology of American Empire pdf; and an essay on Robert Strausz-Hupé: His Life and Times. A new issue of Economic Sociology is out, including an interview with Philippe Steiner on Durkheim, a review of The Company of Strangers: A Natural History of Economic Life, and a review of The Nature of Money. And a new discovery has shed light on why we opt for instant gratification instead of long-term rewards, while findings may help resolve evolutionary paradox in supporting genetic basis of homosexuality