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15] From Ireland, can the economic
boom last? From Croatia, are its citizens ready
for EU membership? From Sri Lanka, "no
peace, no war" may be better than the alternative. From Nepal, on modernization under
the rules of globalization. Why Africa needs a founding
philosophy. The North Pole is a surprisingly
hot piece of real estate. The climate is changing. But where
will we see the devastating effects first? A report on the Earth's
12 most fragile places. Why Latin America must put aside insecurities
and internal quibbles to be a competitive economic entity. Do US deficits
financial stability? And from Slate, why the super-rich favor the
candidate who will raise their taxes, why the campaigns should advertise
in your search results, and on last-minute
lazy man's guide
[Oct 14] From Egypt, God has 4,000 loudspeakers; the state holds its ears. From Europe, MEPs reject new EU justice chief. From The Globalist, why Europe needs--and wants--Bush to win. John Kenneth Galbraith wants to know why Blair is in Bush's gang. The Security Scholars for a Sensible Foreign Policy give Bush's foreign policy a failing grade. Bush may have to bring back conscription, whether he wants to or not. Jonathan Chait on the invention of flip-flop, and shouldn't Bush suffer for his blunders? This election-year appetite for political books isn't new, but its intensity is: A review of Eric Alterman's When Presidents Lie, a review of Unfit for Command, and more on Kitty Kelley's The Family (and an excerpt). Where did the middle go? How polarized politics and a radical GOP have put a chill on measured debate. Why aren't this year's presidential candidates funnier? More on Jon Stewart's America (The Book). Dr. Phil interviews the Bushes and the Kerrys: "Did this man just use the phrase 'epidemic levels of oral sex'?" Phil Harvey sells sexual excitement to the rich, then helps the poor. And Bill O'Reilly is hit with a sexual harassment suit
[Oct 13] From Northern Ireland, a conversation with Gerry Adams. From Great Britain, immigrants come from all over the world--especially Africa. From India, defending democracy is an arduous enterprise. From Egypt, on the history of connections between the Muslim Brotherhood and Western parties. Taiwan's foreign minister says Singapore is 'a tiny country the size of a piece of dried nose shit'. From The Globalist, Sebastian Mallaby questions the legitimacy of some warm and fuzzy sounding NGOs. The G7 no longer governs the world economy. Does anyone? Here are five facts on the Nobel economics winners. A B-school professors' letter flunks the President on economic smarts, and George Bush comes out worst in The Economist's poll of academic economists. If America is richer, why are its families so much less secure? Here are some questions for Bush and Kerry. Best way out of Neverland? And survey says: If you believe in Kerry, clap your hands!
[Oct 12] From Bolivia, indigenous local law fights for its right to exist. From Bangladesh, on the challenge of governance. From Europe, the next chapter in the dismantling of the public sector has arrived, as Central Europe faces post-EU depression. An essay on protest and populism in Latin America. From The New York Times Magazine, a look at Kerry's undeclared war. From Slate, on the total collapse of Bush's arguments for invading Iraq, on why your ballot isn't as meaningless as you think, and who are novelists voting for? From TNR, why Kerry's great on energy, and a look at the debate between minor party candidates. Walter Cronkite, Charles Brown and John Anderson on questions for Bush and Kerry. Paul Krugman on eight lies or distortions you'll hear from Bush in the next debate, and David Brooks on the conflict of visions between Bush and Kerry. Why Bush's big-government conservatism may be a political winner. From The Gadflyer, why Republicans are dishonest and Democrats are cowardly on tort reform. On George Bush as a Milli Vanilli President. Tales from the Bushiverse: What the debates tell us about the president's psyche. Why a beer with George W. Bush ain’t as good as you think. And can you get a manicure and still be a guy?
[Oct 11] From Australia, John Howard is reelected as prime minister (and more). From Afghanistan, a plan for investigation into election eases dissent. From Tajikistan, women cannot attend mosque. What’s behind the sudden announcement? From Romania, a presidential candidate withdraws, while the country moves closer to the EU. From Europe, on a Euro-Imperialist exhibit at the heart of the European institutions. Two interviews on the environment: Wangari Maathai and Robert Kennedy Jr. From Mother Jones, on the Indefensible Electoral College: Why even the best-laid defenses of the system are wrong. Why Catholics may find themselves returning to their Democratic roots in 2004. Why do Bush and Kerry dislike each other so much? President Bush is the frontrunner in the competition for the best logo. And political buttons aren't what they used to be
[Oct 8] From Sweden, Wangari Maathai, a Kenyan environmentalist, wins the Nobel peace prize (and more). From France, the country gives in to TV dinners. Pope John Paul says Communism was a "necessary evil" that God allowed to happen to create opportunities for good after its demise. More on the EU and Turkey: Has Europe missed its date with destiny? Where have all the protesters gone? Critics of globalization may be less visible, but the opposition is, in fact, deeper and more widespread. Why the belief we're in a "world war" is not only wrong, it's dangerous. Paul Bremer on what he really said about Iraq. Lesser known presidential candidates square off in a debate of their own. From Blueprint, a special issue on The Case Against Bush. Here's an open letter to President Bush by professors of economics and business. Biologists call for action to protect tropical forests. From Skeptic, more on the the politicization of science in the Bush administration. And is superstition's number up?
[Oct 7] From Russia, a look at Putin's play with democracy. From the Vatican, Pope John Paul will publish a book of philosophical conversations on 20th century history. What is it about Africa that troubles the consciences of politicians, pop stars and privileged school children? From PINR, a primer on why the US supports the state of Israel. The top American inspector for Iraq finds Iraqis eliminated illicit arms in the 1990's, while most of the inmates at Guantanamo are likely to be freed or sent to their home countries. Bruce Ackerman on Rumsfeld and the Gitmo tribunals (and more). From The Globalist, an interview with Gary Hart. Why do so many Americans dismiss the evidence that the occupation of Iraq has gone disastrously wrong? It's Puritan faith. Dan Froomkin on which is the 'real' Bush (and more on the "split screen" effect). On how the outcome of the presidential election may be determined by what Kerry and Bush say with their bodies. Some people think that philosophy is irrelevant in this election. But philosophy matters. And where does the prevalent feeling between the two parties -namely hatred- derive from?
[Oct 6] From Europe, Rocco Buttiglione is named commissioner for Justice, Freedom and Security (and says gays are sinful), while the EU puts Turkey on a long road to accession. From France, an interview with Finance Minister Nicolas Sarkozy, and an interview with Corinne Maier, author of "Bonjour Paresse,'' or "Hello Laziness". From Canada, an article on empire, compradors and the Calgary School: A Tory talks back. The Independent Women's Forum, a foe of 'radical feminism', will train Iraqi women in political participation. Economists says the outsourcing debate ignores the big picture: is the U.S. ready to compete in a globalized world? Amitai Etzioni on why there are too few lawsuits, not too many. An op-ed on the next green revolution. From CJR, it’s getting harder and harder these days to tell the difference between books of history and books of journalism. Here are some news on what we know now. From Reason, will sex selection create a violent world without women? A review of Sex With Kings: 500 Years of Adultery, Power, Rivalry, and Revenge. Looking for a perfect lover? Mathematics could be the answer. Sex and the Cities: The rule of law and the gelding of urban America. Discovering sex on the screen: Festivals push the envelope, and mainstream movies follow. And do you know what Alfred Kinsey did with his toothbrush?
[Oct 5] From Poland, the government declares a pullout from Iraq in 2005. From Great Britain, Tony Blair will quit in five years to allow for an 'orderly succession' (and to ensure the 21st century will be a centre-left 'progressive century'?) From Slovenia, after 12 years, the country turns right. From Belarus, on the relations between Lukashenka's regime and the West. Romeo Dallaire on looking at Darfur, seeing Rwanda. An op-ed on the possibility of two peoples, one state in Israel. From the NCR, how Catholic are the candidates? From The New Yorker, Elizabeth Kolbert analyzes the presidential debate. From Slate, on what Kerry meant by "global test", on why Middle Eastern linguists are hard to find, and on the year ahead in the Supreme Court (and more). Republican Senator Lincoln Chafee raises a (quiet) voice against the administration. From TNR, part III of The Case Against George W. Bush. A special series on how Congress is closed, for business. And graduate students search for signs of intelligent campaign life
[Oct 4] From Germany, many Germans still speak about the "Mauer im Kopf", the Wall in the head. From Singapore, on the people of lesser-known nationalities living in the country. Samantha Power on why it's not enough to call Darfur a genocide. What Kirkuk’s struggle to reverse Saddam’s ethnic cleansing signals for the future of Iraq. On the draft as the option nobody's pushing. Yet. From Ideas, from Atticus Finch to John Edwards, the trial lawyer has often been the face of Southern liberalism. Have we learned something about listening to political oratory that Shakespeare's "friends, Romans, countrymen" did not know? Peter Beinart on the most demagogic argument of the campaign so far. John Sasso has emerged as the Keyser Sosze of the Democratic Party. An incumbent who can’t break 50 percent is in trouble, even if he’s ahead. Stuart Taylor on how imperial judges could pick the president--again. Is public opinion good enough for democracy? A review of books. Writers and artists troll the campuses for swing-state votes. More on John Stewart's America (The Book): A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction (and it turns out that humor, like hope and Rasputin, is a very difficult thing to kill). And are we better off letting scumbag enjoy life as a nonspecifically nasty term of abuse?
[Weekend 2e] From Great Britain, how would Gordon Brown be different from Tony Blair? Admirers and critics speculate; and my friend went to London and all I got was a lousy suit. From Australia, Mark Latham takes the election down to the wire. From Russia, welcome to the world of the truly paranoid. From Doublethink, an article on political realignment; on pickup lines and party lines; and is everyone batty out there or what? A look at why political ignorance is no bliss. If you think low voter turnout is killing American democracy, listen to our local rabbi's wife. Amy Sullivan on why W. doesn't go to church, and after four years, the president's faith-based policies have proven to be neither compassionate nor conservative. From McSweeney's, David Brooks also eats cereal. Justice Antonin Scalia approves of orgies. An interview on the rise (and rise) of Viagra. Why female sex offenders generate so much less outrage than males. From The Observer, a profile of U2's Bono, political celebrity (and more). Have people had enough of silly love songs?
[Weekend] From Russia, the government approves the Kyoto protocol. From Venezuela, are Caudillism and populism synonymous? From India, on September tragedies and how to avoid future 9/11s & Beslans. From Bosnia, an interview on Bosniak identity. From Turkey, a commentary on rethinking democracy and democratization in the Middle East. From Europe, why the EU is getting serious about Turkey. From The Economist, how American consumers and Chinese producers have led a global boom, but can the world economy sustain its stunning pace of growth? From YaleGlobal, an article on the price of free trade (and part 2). The Pew Research Center takes a look at when presidential debates matter. From TAS, on what blogs can't do. George Soros joins the blogosphere. And do you have what it takes to create a winning presidential campaign? A free online game lets you act as a campaign manager
[Oct 1] Focus on the media and the internet: From AJR, on why editorial pages endorse presidential candidates, on the news media covering the campaign finance beat, and and why did it take so long to break the story at Abu Ghraib? From CJR, the World Journalism Institute wants to save our newsrooms, one reporter at a time, and on the damage done: Crack babies talk back. On the independent media as thorns in the paw. From First Monday, cons in the panopticon: Anti-globalization and cyber-piracy; and is copyright necessary? On Tim Berners-Lee: Weaving a Semantic Web. Why rumours about the collapse of the internet are greatly exaggerated. From OJR, a primer on how your timely online comedy could spread like a virus. And what happens to your web presence when you die?
15] On Bush’s
appeal to America’s underclass: What’s the matter with West
A review of books
about Bush. Immanuel Wallerstein on the
election as a referendum on Bush. A special
issue of The New York Review of Books is out on Election
2004, including contributions
by Appiah, Dworkin and Ryan, among others, Joseph
Lelyveld on the View from the Heartland, Tony
Judt reviews books on Empire, and a review of books
on Muslims. From The Economist, a review of books on Islam
and the West. More on the Independent
Women's Forum mobilizing Iraqi women. A review
of Hardt and Negri's Multitude. Thomas Sowell on the tyranny
of visions. Tibor Machan on rampant
and wild altruism. A speech by Michael
Albert on Life After Capitalism. And a review
of United We Stand: A history of Britain's trade unions
[Oct 14] Naomi Klein reveals James Baker's double life. Franklin Foer on America's isolationist tradition. From The Weekly Standard, Adam Wolfson on the two faces of liberalism. From Ideas, arguing over what to do with Iran, Michael Ledeen leads the way. An exchange of letters on America through an Iraqi lens. From The Washington Post, a review of books on Europe vs. America, a review of books on the media, and a review of books on medicine. Ronald Bailey on why it's ok for transgenic plants and animals to spread. An essay on the genome in black and white (and gray). From The Telegraph, two reviews of Richard Dawkins' The Ancestor's Tale. Where Dawkins fears to tread: Ethnic nepotism and the reality of race. From PopMatters, an article on the mystery of consumer demand, or personality as inventory. One woman's kitsch is another woman's multimillion - dollar brand. An inconspicuous consumption yields, at last, to market forces. A look at the yo-yo world of share price values. From NCR, a cover story on Islamic fundamentalism. A review of American Jesus: How the Son of God Became a National Icon. Amy Sullivan on Kerry's position on abortion. And why Bush's opposition of Dred Scott is code for Roe v. Wade (and more)
[Oct 13] From Le Monde diplomatique, on how China has become a major player in the world economy, though it's not just the world’s workshop (and a little history); and while Russia retreats into repression, the Caucasian melting-pot heats up. From Counterpunch, of Pynchon, thanatos and depleted uranium. Bring it all down: An interview with anti-civilization writer Derrick Jensen, and on the coming of Deindustrial Society: A response. More on The Right Nation. A review of The Fight Is for Democracy: Winning the War of Ideas in America and the World. A review of books on oil and geopolitics. John Allen Paulos on how to prevent nuclear terror. From Reason, an interview with Joel Miller, author of Bad Trip: How the War Against Drugs is Destroying America, and on how marijuana and wine can improve our balance. Is the US playing politics with pot research? A new issue of Impact Press is out. Here are 10 policies to fix our media. Why journalism is still a job worth doing. And the search for America's worst campaign journalist has begun
[Oct 12] From The New York Times, a special series on The Bush Record on domestic policy, education, the environment, the economy, and foreign policy. From National Journal, why the stakes in 2004 are not as high as you think, but do voters still share a sense of coming together? From The Economist, an article on how to pick a president, and on why George Bush has half-won anyway. From The New Yorker, Nicholas Lemann on how George W. Bush reinvented himself (and an interview), and Philip Gourevitch on John Kerry’s Iraq attack. From The Globalist, on George Bush as The Second Napoleon. From Newtopia, what strategy should progressives follow in 2004? From The Nation, Jon Weiner on rocking the youth vote--from 1972 to 2004, William Greider on David Cobb as the happy warrior, and Katha Pollit on Bush's court picks. From In These Times, on the Passion of the Right and the uses of persecution. From Uncommon Knowledge, shows on the conservative and New Left movements in America. An article on how the necons are marching left. From TAC, James Pinkerton on the 7 Habits of Highly Effective Imperialists, and Taki on the Heart of Darkness. And more on Pat Buchanan's Where the Right Went Wrong
[Oct 11] Perspectives from around the world: From Red Pepper, on Paul Foot as Britain's finest class traitor (and more). From Revolutionary Worker, a speech on dictatorship and democracy, and the socialist transition to communism. From Socialist Worker, what lay behind the union of Scotland and England in 1707? From Canadian Dimension, beyond populism: Venezuela and the International Left. From Deutschland, a series of articles on innovation. From Quadrant, on history, national identity and guilt--collective or individual? Lessons from Germany; an article on Frazer, Wittgenstein and the savage mind; on the slow suicide of the newspapers; and an article on the blogosphere. And from the Australian Humanities Review, Red Steers and White Death: fearing nature in rural Australia; an essay on letting the world do the doing; and an excerpt from Car Wars
[Oct 8] From Foreign Policy, an article on why democracies excel. An excerpt from Whither Globalization? The vortex of knowledge and ideology. From Open Democracy, Siva Vaidhyanathan on what happens when we vote, Todd Gitlin on the vice-presidential debate and some strange social-psychological truths, an exchange of letters on America and Israel, and an article on the current of anxiety among Britain’s centre-left establishment about race, diversity and national unity. From spiked!, how two new top-level reports only seem to see the downsides to life in a big city, and on how both Democrats and Republicans are taking their disappointment with politics out on each other. An excerpt from Eric Alterman's When Presidents Lie: A History of Official Deception and Its Consequences. From Axis of Logic, an article on the pro-life contradictions in history, scripture and morals. And from Forward, on Mel Gibson and the demise of enlightened skepticism
[Oct 7] From National Civil Review, two chapters: Full Representation: Uniting Backers of Gerrymandering Reform and Minority Voting Rights; and Thinking Outside of the (Ballot) Box pdf. From Writ, on majority-minority voting districts and their role in politics: their advantages, drawbacks, and the current law. From Policy, on liberty bubbles: The benefits of economic bubbles; some book reviews; and can votes be bought? pdf From TAP, Robert Reich reviews The Right Nation and What’s the Matter with Kansas? From The Voice of the Turtle, Conceptualising the World Working Class: A Matter of What and Who? Or Why and Wherefore? From Labor Notes, are teachers workers or professionals? From National Journal, here's a serving of budget bits, bites and bonbons to feed your fiscal fix. Economists are calling to raise the minimum wage to $7.00. Jeffrey Sachs on making globalization work for all. From Adbusters, on the new face of revolution, and on the true cost of food. From Impact Press, on the SHAC 7 and the future of democracy. And a new study examines the real economic life of artists
[Oct 6] From Humanitarian Affairs Review, a speech on the challenge for global philanthropy, an essay on why aid agencies must think about how people are living, not dying, and Peter W. Singer asks whether humanitarians should use private military services pdf. From American Diplomacy, essays on the future of international humanitarian action, and on root causes of the war on terrorism and the potential responses, more on Dennis Ross' The Missing Peace, and a review of The Second Century: U.S.-Latin American Relations Since 1889. From Peace, a pseudo essay on hawking ideas about war in Iraq; and an interview on development as conflict prevention. A German foreign policy expert says the US should become postmodern. Robert Kagan on Iraq and averages. What are the US and Israel really afraid of in Iran? A review of Philip Jenkins' Images of Terror: What We Can and Can’t Know about Terrorism, a review of Another Century of War?, and more on A History of Force. A review of The Virtue of War: Reclaiming the Classic Christian Traditions East and West, and a review of High Noon in the Cold War: Kennedy, Khrushchev, and the Cuban Missile Crisis. A review of The Dictators: Hitler's Germany, Stalin's Russia. And a review of Washington Gone Crazy: Senator Pat McCarran and the Great American Communist Hunt
[Oct 5] From The American Prospect, a special report on human rights, with an introduction by Robert Kuttner, and contributions from Anne-Marie Slaughter, Cass Sunstein, Harold Hongju Koh, John Shattuck, Anthony Lewis, and Mary Robinson, among others. A new issue of Free Inquiry is out, including articles by Wendy Kaminer on prohibition, Susan Jacoby on secularism, and a look at the strange universe of the homosexual Christian. An article on science and the meaning of life. From Culture Wars, on AC Grayling and the reflective life, and what sets us apart from other species? From Austhink, on the Bible and the Risen Ape: Rethinking the religions of the Book; and on the Red Queen and the Slingshot: The history of the human mind. Jonathan Rauch on biotechnology. From Prospect, Richard Dawkins on race and creation (and more), and a review of Germaine Greer's Whitefella Jump Up. From Colorlines, an article on popularity, privilege, and the white populists who populate the airwaves. And is energy independence an impossible goal?
[Oct 4] From NPQ, excerpts from a panel of Nobel laureates in economics. From Swans, an article on free trade ideology and the constitution. An analysis of the elimination of all the import quotas on clothing and textiles manufactured in the developing world. Niall Ferguson reviews The World's Banker. Can belief in heaven or hell be a competitive advantage for nations? From Renewal: A journal of Labour politics, an essay on markets, time and citizenship, an editorial (Not) As good as it gets, and on diversity versus solidarity: a new progressive dilemma. On social justice and other misnomers of the chattering class. Peter Berkowitz reviews Anne Norton's Leo Strauss and the Politics of American Empire. More on Pat Buchanan's Where the Right Went Wrong. A review of WFB's Miles Gone By, and a review of Joe Trippi's The Revolution Will Not Be Televised. Juan Cole on Osama bin Laden's scary vision of a grand Muslim super state. A review of Osama: The Making of a Terrorist. A review of The Nuremberg Interviews: An American Psychiatrist's Conversations With the Defendants and Witnesses. From the Times' magazine, a special issue on the next cultural establishment. And from BJR, on Arthur Sulzberger as the King of The New York Times, and for many, British is better
[Weekend 2e] A new issue of The Public Interest is out, including William Galston on the Democrats, James W. Ceaser and Daniel DiSalvol on the Republicans. From Washington Monthly, like the Democrats during the 1970s, today's GOP is hidebound and out of touch, on how Bush raised fees on exactly the things he wants immigrants to do, and on how the media helps the insurance industry and the GOP promote the myth of America's "lawsuit crisis." From Green Anarchy, beyond utopian visions: The rejection of a "perfect" society, and on green parties and green revolution. From Infoshop, an article on working class culture. From Al-Ahram, an article on the politics of culture. From The Fountain, a look at Thomas Carlyle's On Heroes and Hero-Worship and the Heroic in History. Citizen of the world: a brief survey of the life and times of Thomas Paine. From First Things, a review of Restoring the Lost Constitution: The Presumption of Liberty. From The Neo-Independent, an essay on constitutional crisis. And from The Mises Institute, an article on Jeffrey Friedman and the search for a basis for freedom
[Weekend] A new issue of The New York Review of Books is out, including Stanley Hoffman on getting out of Iraq, Benjamin Friedman on the big divide between Bush and Kerry, Joan Didion on politics in the 'new normal' America, and a review of books on Saudi Arabia. From The Weekly Standard, on Kerry, Iraq and The New York Review of Books. From Open Democracy, an interview with David Marquand on Tony Blair, an article on going beyond the multicultural ghetto, why secular liberals must unite with progressive religious people, and Mary Kaldor on how to free hostages: war, negotiation, or law-enforcement? Why they kill: Male bonding + religion = disaster. The politics of pick'n'mix: Barry Schwartz, author of The Paradox of Choice, on why the consumerist ethos has no place in public life. And on the moral minefield: have we lost the capacity for incisive thought, or have ethical certainties become more elusive?
[Oct 1] From The Village Voice, why George W. Bush ain't no cowboy, on Bush and the press in the Age of Chaos, and a review of books on the 2000 election debacle. From Commentary, an article on the Einsteins of Wall Street. From The National Interest, a summary of Charles Krauthammer's response to Francis Fukuyama's essay "The Neoconservative Moment". An article on the Islamic Counter-Reformation. From Comment, Westernization or clash of civilizations? From Capitalism, on the greatness of Western Civilization. From The Patriotist, on cultural Marxists as the real hate-peddlers. A review of Michelle Malkin's In Defense of Internment: The Case for "Racial Profiling" in World War II and the War on Terror. And Henry Louis Gates on how the black vernacular seems to be everywhere these days
[Oct 15] Christopher Meyer (MSU): On
the Operation of Emotion in Justice Judgments: There's More Than
Unfairness to Injustice. From Foreign Policy, Sebastian Mallaby on
Fighting Poverty, Hurting the Poor. An article on a new
documentary, "Howard Zinn: You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving
Train". A look at the NEA's
new writing program for soldiers. From The Chronicle,
it's an insidious
dilemma: Dedication to vocation versus psychic survival; and why
can't young scholars write
their second books first? A team from England's Southampton
University wins the 20th-anniversary
Iterated Prisoner's Dilemma competition. Never play rock,
paper, scissors with a mathematician. Mark Taylor on what
Derrida really meant. And more,
on Derrida from n+1 (and part
[Oct 14] Arthur Jacobson (Cardozo): Law Without Authority: Sources of the Welfare State in Spinoza's Tractatus Theologico - Politicus. From The Independent Review, Scot Beaulier (Mercer): Is Discourse Relevant for Economic Development?, and a review of On Nozick. More on Kripke: Names, necessity, and identity. More on Where Have All the Intellectuals Gone? More on The Cult of Personality. From The Chronicle, an essay on Inadmissible Evidence: Terror, Torture, and the World Today. Big Debate: Cal, Stanford scholars tackle economy, Blue and gold for Kerry; red and white for Bush. A review of The Meaning of Independence: John Adams, George Washington, and Thomas Jefferson. A review of Heroes: Saviours, Traitors and Supermen. An interview with Howard Zinn. A review of Cuba: A New History. A review of The British Seaborne Empire. A study finds people are of 'two minds' on moral judgments. Can a dictionary be a political act (and part 2). More and more and more on Derrida. James Heartfiled on deconstructing Derrida. A look at Derrida and the war on terror. And Richard Wolin on Derrida and the death of the author
[Oct 13] Michael Dorf (Columbia): Putting the Democracy in Democracy and Distrust: The Coherentist Case for Representation Reinforcement. From Ctheory, an article on Tagore's Oriental Postmodernity, and an article on The Deconstructed Classroom. From LRB, Jerry Fodor reviews Kripke: Names, Necessity and Identity, a review of Mind the Gap: The New Class Divide in Britain, and a review of books on Africa. A new issue of Human Rights & Human Welfare is out. A synopsis of The Empire Has No Clothes: U.S. Foreign Policy Exposed. Why a global partnership is needed to avoid a possible 'genomics divide'. A look at the brave new world of stem cell research. Efforts are under way to create a computer the size of the world. Readers of Physics World vote for their favorite equations of all time. TV history don David Starkey is finally mellowing. So much for the erstwhile rudest man in Britain. And more and more on Derrida, the man who defied words and a model for our young
[Oct 12] A special issue of Logos on Election 2004 is out, including Stanley Aronowitz on the Democrats (and more), Stephen Eric Bronner on Left Intellectuals and Bush's War, Douglas Kellner on the War for the White House and the media, Philip Green and Drucilla Cornell on humanitarian intervention, Charles Noble on Kerry and the "Two Americas", interviews with Benjamin Barber, Frances Fox Piven and Cornel West, and an essay on the crisis of American liberalism. A new issue of the Harvard Political Review is out. A review of The Cambridge Companion to Brentano, and a review of The Realm of Reason. From The Chronicle, new volumes explore the history of alcohol. From Yale, far from marginalizing, queer theory is all-inclusive. From Berkeley, the Free Speech Movement of 1964 is saluted with free speeches, and on how Bush and Kerry would have been shaped had they been students at UC Berkeley. From The Guardian, an article on our debt to Derrida, some letters to the editor, join headline writers the world over, and does anyone actually understand him? From India, after Derrida: The Republic and the reconstructed guru. From Bulgaria, what is deconstruction? And more and more and more on Derrida
[Oct 11] Sam Issacharoff (Columbia): Collateral Damage: The Endangered Center in American Politics pdf. Marina Ludwigs (UC-Irvine): The Limit of Explanation: Following the "Why" to its Epistemological Terminus. A new issue of New Left Review is out, including articles by Alexander Cockburn on "Anybody But Bush" and Eduardo Galeano on Venezuela. A review of Laws of Men and Laws of Nature: The History of Scientific Expert Testimony in England and America. An excerpt from Love, Sex & Tragedy: How the Ancient World Shapes Our Lives. George Mason's Robin Hanson on The Next Really Big Enormous Thing. Edward Prescott and Finn Kydland win the Nobel Prize in Economics (and more). And Jacques Derrida dies: Obituaries from The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Telegraph, and The Washington Post
[Oct 8] Wolfgang Merkel and Mirko Kruck (Heiderberg): Social Justice and Democracy: Investigating the Link. From Current Research in Social Psychology, Rob Willer (Cornell): The Effects of Government-Issued Terror Warnings on Presidential Approval Ratings; Robert Short (Arizona State): Justice, Politics, and Prejudice Regarding Immigration Attitudes; and would you save an uncaring relative from a burning building? From TLS, Victor Davis Hanson reviews books on Alexander the Great. A review of The Dark Sides of Virtue: Reassessing International Humanitarianism, a review of Making Policy, Making Law: An Interbranch Perspective, and a review of Hard Lessons: Reflections on Governance and Crime Control in Late Modernity. More on The End of Faith. A review of Shivaji: Hindu King in Islamic India. From William and Mary, on how to be a college professor. And Elfriede Jelinek, an Austrian novelist, wins the Nobel Prize in literature
[Oct 7] Nadia Urbinati (Columbia): The Power of Judgment and Democratic Representation pdf. Richard Pildes (NYU): The Constitutionalization of Democratic Politics doc. A review of Jacques Derrida's The Work of Mourning, a review of The Anxieties of Affluence: Critiques of American Consumer Culture, 1939-1979, and a review of Evolutionary Psychology and Violence: A Primer for Policymakers and Public Policy Advocates. A review of The Realm of Reason. A review of John Gray's Al Qaeda and What It Means to Be Modern. More on Jeremy Rifkin's The European Dream. From The Chronicle, a look at how foreign student applications to American universities are dropping sharply (and more). An article on six ways to be happy with your college choice. From Colorado State, on bridging the teaching - research divide. From Revolutionary Worker Online, here's a page on the science of evolution. From New Humanist, Massimo Pigliucci on abortion, a philosophical approach. From spiked!, why science does not prove that our adult lives are determined by infant experiences. And wouldn't you know it? Academics have feelings, too
[Oct 6] A new issue of The CATO Journal is out, on the future of the euro, including contributions by James Buchanan, Alan Greenspan, and Leland Yeager pdf. From The Independent Review, Max Hocutt (Alabama): Compassion Without Charity, Freedom Without Liberty: The Political Fantasies of Jean-Jacques Rousseau; Quentin P. Taylor (Rogers State): An Original Omission? Property in Rawls’s Political Thought; an essay on The Problem of “Dirty Hands” and Corrupt Leadership; and a review of The Architecture of Markets: An Economic Sociology of Twenty-First-Century Capitalist Societies. What does Thomas Kuhn's The Structure of Scientific Revolutions have to do with business management? From The Chronicle, new studies find that people with subliminal fears of dying choose charismatic leaders at the polls. But can fear win undecided voters? Psychologists say maybe not. Students could play a crucial role in the election, but they don't seem to care. An interview with The New York Times Book Review editor Sam Tanenhaus. An interview with Christopher Hitchens. An interview with Harvard president Larry Summers. On how ’hard’ science differs in cost from social sciences. The evolutionary history of human lice dovetails with that of their hosts. More on the Ig Noble Prizes. And from The Boston Globe, some news on education (and more)
[Oct 5] Janet Afary and Kevin Anderson (Purdue): Revisiting Foucault and the Iranian Revolution. Michael Burns (Birmingham): Have the Preventative Warriors Made Us Safer? Jeff McMahan (Rutgers): Unjust War in Iraq doc. From Cross Currents, Gary Dorrien (Kalamazoo): Imperial Designs: Theological Ethics and the Ideologies of International Politics; Matthew Hedstrom (Texas): Rufus Jones and Mysticism for the Masses; and John Pahl (LTSP): Driving While Faculty: The Religion of Innocent Domination in America. A new issue of Forum: Qualitative Social Research is out. A new issue of The Philosophers' Magazine is out, including an interview with Igor Aleksander, an article on why minds are not computers, a look at the legacy of John Locke, and Simon Critchley on why music matters. From The New Criterion, Gulliver’s travails: The U.S. in the post-Cold-War world, and a review of Roger Penrose’s The Road to Reality. And Jon Stewart offers political satire--and a critique of post-Hegelian philosophy?
[Oct 4] From Dissent, Shalom Lappin (KCL): The Need for a New Jewish Politics; a review of Rigged Rules and Double Standards: Trade, Globalization, and the Fight Against Poverty; and missions accomplished? Lowlights of the Bush Administration. Philosophic Iterations, Cosmopolitanism and the "Right to Rights": A conversation with Yale's Seyla Benhabib. From TLS, a review of books on philosophy, rationality and the passions, a review of books on the riddles of television, and an article on Bin Laden's holy language. Julian Baggini on who loses in the Truth Wars. From American Outlook, a review of Paul Gottfried's Multiculturalism and the Politics of Guilt: Towards a Secular Theocracy, and Defending the Sublime: An interview with Roger Kimball (and more). From Bookforum, a review of They Would Never Hurt a Fly: War Criminals on Trial in The Hague, and a review of Naked Airport: A Cultural History of the World's Most Revolutionary Structure. More on Will in the World (and a look at a 'Bard compendium'). A review of The Know-It-All: One Man's Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World. Why this persistent illusion that writers are ruthless robber barons of words? And on the rage against the coffee machine
[Weekend 2e] A new issue of Boston Review is out, including Alex De Waal (Harvard): Tragedy in Darfur: On understanding and ending the horror; Sadik J. Al-Azm (Damascus): Time Out of Joint: Western dominance, Islamist terror, and the Arab imagination; Ahmed S. Hashim (NWC): Iraq’s Chaos: Why the insurgency won’t go away; an essay on the end of the Eight Amendment, and a review of Philosophical Analysis in the Twentieth Century, Volume 1: The Dawn of Analysis and Volume 2: The Age of Meaning. From Not Bored!, a review of Paul Virilio's Strategie de la Deception. From Ethical Perspectives on the News, is it ethical to shop at Wal-Mart? A study finds the 'most recent common ancestor' of all living humans to be surprisingly recent. Campus conservatives unite at a national conference at NC State. Queer theory is too queer: A 2-day seminar on Michael Jackson makes perfect sense for academics who are stuck in ’60s liberation mode. An article on the ceremony celebrating the 14th annual Ig Nobel award. And what's so funny about humor?
[Weekend] Ann Orford (Melbourne): Trade, Human Rights and the Economy of Sacrifice. Here's the webpage of the conference "Altneuland: The EU Constitution in a Contextual Perspective", including papers by Neil Walker, Philip Pettit and Mark Tushnet. A review of Hegel on Ethics and Politics. A review of Against the Modern World: Traditionalism and the Secret Intellectual History of the Twentieth Century. A review of Anti-Discrimination Law, a review of Jurors' Stories of Death: How America's Death Penalty Invests in Inequality, a review of The Legal Studies Reader: A Conversation & Readings About Law, and a review of Distorting the Law: Politics, Media, and the Litigation Crisis. More on Cornel West's Democracy Matters. From Georgetown, Chicago's Jean Elshtain discusses politics and religion. From UPenn, Amy Gutmann champions undergraduate research. And more on Norman Cantor
[Oct 1] Kendall Thomas (Columbia): "If There is Such a Thing": Race, Sex and the Politics of Enjoyment in the Killing State pdf. A special issue of Sexuality Research and Social Policy on same-sex marriage is out, including Foucault, Gay Marriage, and Gay and Lesbian Studies in the United States: An Interview with David Halperin and a review of Sexual Rights in America: The Ninth Amendment and the Pursuit of Happiness pdf (and more from The Heritage Foundation). Robert Bork on the Necessary Amendment and Andrew Sullivan on why outing politicians is a bad idea. Cornell will host a conference on October 8-9, "The Norms, Beliefs and Institutions of Capitalism: Celebrating Max Weber's The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism." And plagiarism is the sin du jour