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From Canada, is the
country wilting or is it just the weather?
From Great Britain, on why a revolution in the way supermarkets
are regulated is needed immediately. From Forward, a letter
from Kazakhstan: Traces of Trotsky, Remnants of a Rebbe. International
figures sign a letter
criticizing reforms proposed by Putin. From The Globalist, there
is a conspiracy theory circulating around Iraq about the U.S.
government’s close connection with Saddam Hussein. The US Advisory
Commission on Public Diplomacy finds efforts
to win over the world's Muslims are failing. A coalition of national
security/policy think tanks promote a shift away from oil. On how
political scientists are busy
predicting the presidential race. From The New York Times, more
on John Kerry's Journey. From Slate, don't vote: It makes more
sense to play the lottery. From BBC Magazine, a peek inside
the mind of a
terrorist. And anarchists say smears
from media at the RNC were way out of order
[Sep 29] From Burma, on the legitimacy of the current constitution-drafting National Convention. From Europe, as Germany calls for a place on the UN Security Council, the Italian foreign minister pushes for EU seat at UN. From Canada, on immigration and the fears of an underclass. On debating the possibilities of a United States of Africa. As the Bush administration launches a Latin American outreach program, Carlos Fuentes says Bush is giving Latin America the willies. Cat Stevens on how something bad has begun. Jimmy Carter on how Florida will not play fair. Al Gore on how to debate George Bush. End the journalism world's monopoly on seats at the debates, and bring in real experts to grill the candidates. Markos Moulitsas of dailykos tells how US liberals have fought back against rightwing domination of the media. Why must the left apologize for its own propaganda? Mark Green invites readers to submit entries to the "Name the October Surprise" contest. From The New York Times Magazine, The Autonomist Manifesto (Or, How John Tierney Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Road). And from Reason, why Bill and Ted are the ultimate Americans
[Sep 28] From Indonesia, on a number of major tests for the next president in his first 100 days of office (and more). From Armenia, on the dream of complementarity and the reality of dependency. From India, on the proliferation of rights and dilution of corresponding duties. From Mexico, on Wal-Mart as the new conquistador. From Europe, has the euro accomplished its goals? From the Netherlands, PM Jan Peter Balkenende is Prime Minister on Europe's unity in European values. But do democracies need values? Ralf Dahrendorf writes on cultural assimilation. From The Globalist, a look at America's real global responsibility. So much hatred, but so many Americans still backing Bush. More on who Osama would endorse for president. Daniel Ellsberg on leaks and truths worth telling. From Business Week, despite the reforms, corporate profits can be as distorted and confusing as ever. Here's how the game is played. And men are pitching in more with the cleaning, but there's still a housework gender gap
[Sep 27] From Rwanda, elite wants English to replace French as the official language. From Singapore, a speech on why cultural and political diversity is essential for human progress. From Great Britain, a review of The Call-Up: A History of National Service. An interview with Jagdish Bhagwati on globalization. Welcome to the campaign that makes 'selling' a president look good. Madison Avenue on Kerry: Quick. Change the brand. In five weeks. In boxing terms, the matchup between Kerry and Bush is a classic case of a dancer vs. a puncher. From Political Play, on the debates and the perils of great expectations, on 20 ways for Kerry to win the debates, and can Kerry find his voice? A look at Kerry as the Boss: Always more questions. Michael Beschloss chooses the most revealing books about the American election process. More and more on Kitty Kelley's The Family. Can Maureen Dowd, aka The Cobra, really hurt Bush? And is voting worth the trouble anyway? A look at how a political speechwriter dumped the pols, fled the office and found honest work. From The New York Times Magazine, a cover story on blogging and the electoral campaign. And are bloggers selling out? (and more)
[Weekend 2e] From Australia, how Mark Latham has reshaped Labour. From Egypt, Archbishop Rowan Williams addresses issues in Christian and Muslim theology. From Israel, Izak Parvis Nazarian aims to change the way Israelis choose their government. From the United States, thoughts on the doomsday tradition and the own end-times culture. hink this year's presidential campaign in the United States is nasty? Take a look at politics Ukrainian style. On the "new sovereigntism" and the second Bush administration. TNR's founding editor Walter Lippmann makes the case for the rhetorical presidency. American news outfits aren't partisan. They're just weak-kneed. Do Google's automated news search results display a conservative bias? On the transformation from gansta rap to political rap. And the LaRouche Youth expose Naderites as fascists!
[Weekend] From South Africa, all black people are plain horrible, but a racially polarised society could do with a 'race-sceptical' leader. From Sierra Leone, what is the future of the nation? From Japan, kamikaze survivors outlive stigma. From Spain, records find Camilo Jose Cela spied for Franco's regime. From Great Britain, on the return of statuemania. From Europe, on the day the Commission torpedoes the Constitution. The EU is running out of reasons to say "no" to Turkey. An analysis: The end of the Russian Federation? How did the Chechens and Russians come to despise each other? A review of Salonica, City of Ghosts: Christians, Muslims and Jews 1430-1950. Urban aggregates have emerged as the arena of confrontation between 21st century prosperity and enduring poverty. From The New York Times, more on John Kerry's Journey. Just what kind of guy was President Bush during his character - defining early adulthood? The latest target of a Capitol Hill outing campaign is California Congressman David Dreier. And from Wired, an article on the ins and outs of teledildonics
[Sep 24] From Iran, a diplomatic solution on nukes is possible, but remains far off. From Kazakhstan, trouble in the first family? From Europe, the EU has achieved much, but it may now be pushing up against its limits. From The Globalist, China is on the fast track for developing a “green GDP.” In America, the problem is an attitude that trust is itself dangerous. The world should get used to the ascendancy of the US right. Yaser Hamdi will be freed and allowed to return to Saudi Arabia (and a reaction from Dahlia Lithwick). Henry Louis Gates on the creation of black-majority districts. Kerry's NYU speech was perhaps the strongest and most effective he has delivered (and more). Don't call Julia Gorin a "neocon" unless you are a friend. An excerpt from The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Presents America (The Book): A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction. How New York came to embrace Left Behind's Tim LaHaye is part cosmic irony, part business as usual. From The Observer, a controversial and candid account of the experience of paying for sex. More on genes and sexual promiscuity. And what it's like between the sheets and covers with a lad-mag vet-cum-memoirist?
[Sep 23] From Indonesia, challenger Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is elected president. From Zambia, we are living in a depressing world. From the Philippines, does culture affect development? From South Africa, how trust is the engine that drives the economy. From Pakistan, Nietzsche’s idea of multitudes within the individual is relevant today, and on intellectuals, pseudo and real. From Great Britain, adopting Scandinavian-style family policies may not be such a good idea. From Canada, on framing the Shariah debate. From Europe, a gendarmerie force is set up to police troubled spots. From Australia, where do Greens fit in Election 2004? There's a home for Jews in China. How can the world community respond to Tehran's nuclear ambitions? US policy now affects every citizen on the planet. So we should all have a say in who gets to the White House. From The Gadflyer, is 2004's Democratic unity likely to last? Don't bet on it. What kind of asshole would fire an employee for driving to work in a car with a John Kerry bumper sticker? And from Grist, an interview with green-style guru Danny Seo
[Sep 22] From Mali, on human sacrifice: myth or reality? From Ghana, government is hot! From Pakistan, Musharraf says he may need to stay as Army chief. From Poland, the strongest opposition party floats a proposal for a radical reform of government. From Latvia, where de Sade and the SS live on. From Great Britain, New Statesman launches a campaign to end the feudal system of landed property. From Europe, desperate dads are taking dramatic action to win the right to see their own children. From USA Today, the election is turning into a duel of the manly men: Kerry delivers a major speech on Iraq at NYU (more, and the press still doesn't understand), while Bush delivers a major speech on Iraq at the UN (more and more from Slate). From The New York Times Magazine, the story behind Fern Holland's War. Philip Roth on the story behind The Plot Against America. From MediaPost, a mag spotlight on The Atlantic Monthly. Two books, which both came out in mid-August, have been doing a little do-si-do at the cash register. Blogging off daily can make you blind. And Hayek smiled: Why blogging works
[Sep 21] From the Virgin Islands, a tax break is bringing businesses, and fraud, from the US. From China, having clamoured for democracy, Hong Kong misses a chance to vote for it, while Hu takes full power as he gains control of military, causing uncertainty. From Italy, police close in on the revived Red Brigades. From Germany, the far right rears its ugly head (but it's not like it's Weimar). From Great Britain, Europe is about complexity, cooperation and consensus, but pro-Europeans must find words that connect better. Lee Hamilton and George Shultz on a broader agenda for Indonesia. Muslim world's brush with democracy turns into an embrace. Democracy in Trouble: Now we understand that it's not inevitable. It's a new world, and Latin America is on the map. National Journal on John Kerry as Leader of the Free World. Where does Kerry stand on Iraq? From The New Yorker, Teresa Heinz Kerry is an uncharted element on the road to the White House. Slate takes a look at Pennsylvania as a swing state. Kerry's Lesson: Lambeau rhymes with Rambo. The Bush twins’ pitchy, flighty vocal inflections still ringing in our ears. And George W. Bush meets "Baghdad Bob"
[Sep 20] From Cote D'Ivoire, another year of stalemate in the peace process. From Brazil, Lula hopes to lead a crusade to aid poor. From Hungary, the president visits Serbia in an attempt to ease tensions in the multiethnic province of Vojvodina. From Kosovo, the president visits Albania, bringing some calm to the stormy relationship between Tirana and Pristina. From Kazakhstan, a look at the ethnic Korean presence in the country. From Great Britain, the Liberal Democrats are doing better than at any time in 20 years. Fifteen years after the Wall came down, there are still two Germanies. Ken Wiwa on the siren call of Africa. An article on OPEC's liquidity trap. Here's some advice for Kerry from Bob Kerrey and Donna Brazile. Henry Louis Gates on what the big-tent rhetoric ignores: A more "black friendly" GOP might pay a price in white support. A speech by Bill Moyers on journalism, and a review of a new documentary, "Hijacking Catastrophe: 9/11, Fear & the Selling of American Empire". And a survey of today’s journalism: Learn exactly why you don’t diss the Times book review chief
[Weekend 2e] From Palau, a reflection on life's fundamentals. From Egypt, a reflection on the social and architectural consequences of the victory of consumerism. From France, the country's influence in Europe is declining, and Chirac is largely to blame. From Germany, on self-hating conservatives. From Ukraine, in six weeks’ time, Viktor Yushchenko may be Ukraine’s president. A dozen years after economic liberalism and democracy, how have things worked out for the Russians? From Slate, on the (vast and unappreciated) role of luck in investing, and on the folly in the attempts to define "African-American", and on Fashion Week FAQ: Your nagging questions answered. It's time to stop pretending that pornography is a fringe phenomenon: A review of Jenna Jameson's How to Make Love Like a Porn Star. Since when does the liberal media elite hate porn? Of all the fictional characters you know, which one is made of solid, presidential stock? On 80's nostalgia and the vicious circle. And pop goes politics: Is the new protest music any good?
[Weekend] From Russia, there is indeed something to be more terrified of than terrorism. From China, on the Xinjiang region as an area of strategic interest. From Cameroon, President Paul Biya to face a fractured opposition in October's presidential ballot. From Brazil, why can't the country stand up to the US? After all, Latin America has had enough of Bush. There should be no easy assumptions about Central and Eastern Europeans' underlying attitudes toward the United States. Former Mexican president Ernesto Zedillo on the uncertain future for free trade--but is equity in trade an attainable goal? An article on Asia's dysfunctional democracies. From Business Week, on how OPEC carries little weight when it comes to controlling crude prices. From Salon, an interview with Kitty Kelley, author of The Family (a book that is worth a read), and here are the juicy bits and an assessment from Slate. More on the inaugural of the conservative American Film Renaissance festival. A look at the Feral Visions Gathering: Uncivilizing physically, mentally, and spiritually. And Jonathan Safran Foer on a work of fiction: The Sixth Borough
[Sep 17] From Great Britain, do political protests work? From China, the purity of the Chinese language is debated. IMF's Rodrigo Rato on why Africa has a fighting chance. From The Globalist, on Europe as the world's new moral center, on Sweden's long climb, and on America’s ideological hawks and their post-Iraq future. Colin Powell is in a four-letter neo-con 'crazies' row: Robert Kagan on standing up to Putin, Max Boot on why a democratic world is no neocon folly, and Paul Wolfowitz on the first draft of freedom. A classified NIE spells out a dark assessment of prospects for Iraq. From Time, Kerry has a habit of looking into the abyss before he turns things around (and an interview). Familiar Democratic faces, but new duties in Kerry camp. Michael Tomasky on a unified theory of everything that explains why Democrats always get outfoxed. If you're some group with an agenda, an ax to grind or an issue to promote, now's the time. From Slate, on figuring out what's wrong with Harper's magazine. An interview with Jay Leno on comedy and politics. And Larry David would like to address this to the Undecideds
[Sep 16] From Great Britain, could a future Tory government repeal the Human Rights Act? From Europe, if anyone can gussy up the image of the EU, surely it is Rem Koolhaas. Senators Lugar and Hagel attack Bush's Iraq policy. From Opinion Journal, John Kerry writes about his economic policy. From The Village Voice, a guide to defeat Bush, and on the ad that beats Bush. From Salon, on the gospel according to Jimmy Breslin, and a review of Mathematics and Sex. On how women felt protected in the color of night. And imagine a flaming liberal wielding a fiery torch: It's pagans in the military!
30] More on politics and religion:
A new issue of First Things is out, including a review of books
on Christ and Critical Theory, a review
of Richard Dawkins' A Devil's Chaplain: Reflections on Hope, Lies,
Science, and Love, an exchange on ethics
& life's ending, and an article on justice
and capital punishment. From Sojourners, Jim Wallis on why
the best contribution of religion is precisely not
to be a loyal partisan, and scared to talk politics in church? You
don't need to be partisan to be prophetic. From Commonweal, Kenneth
Woodward on the politics of abortion (and a response from Mario
Cuomo). From Christianity Today, an interview
on why evangelicals'
partnership with others to fight persecution worked, and a review
of Freeing God's Children: The Unlikely Alliance for Global Human
Rights (and an excerpt).
From Envoy, on a church made
up of atheists: What do you think? And a new issue
of The Door, "the world's pretty much only religious satire
magazine", is out
[Sep 29] From Vanity Fair, David Margolick on the 2000 Election Litigation (and part 2) pdf. The Nation interviews Peter Singer on the ethics of George W. Bush. From Tikkun, an article on the New Post-Zionism. On Bernard Lewis and the future Islamic Europe. The Bush Administration doesn't know what to do about that other four-lettered country in the Middle East. Catastrophic Success: The worse Iraq gets, the more we must be winning. Who are the progressives in Iraq? The Left, the Right, and the Islamists. On the Radical Middle: They're pragmatic. They're idealistic. And they're reshaping the future of American politics (and more from Wired). From The Idyllic, on the progress of counterrevolution: alienation, culture, and labor; on mass man, mass politics, and the capitalist order; and on why Jack Ross has had it with the Left. From Navigator, a defense of cowboy capitalism. A review of The Company of Strangers: A Natural History of Economic Life. From Dollars & Sense, why inequality is bad for the economy, and isn’t it advantageous for poor countries to practice protectionism? Chicago's Daniel Drezner on jobs and outsourcing. Dierdre McCloskey on what Jesus would spend. And whoever wins, more taxes may be the only way out
[Sep 28] From TNR, Jeffrey Rosen on the effects of Bush v. Gore on Election 2004. A review of books on women's roles in presidential politics. A review of I Rose Like a Rocket: The Political Education of Theodore Roosevelt. More on Churchill's Folly. A review of American Soldier. From Fifth Column, a review of books on the sorrows of an evil empire. From TAP, the United States has a long, sad history of sanctioning murder and torture. An article on how to avoid becoming an anti-American. From The Nation, on the top 10 reasons for the US to get out of Iraq. An article on sparring with libertarian doves. A review of A History of Force. From Capitalism, an essay on the philosophical foundations of heroism. Ishtiaq Ahmed on Islam between utilitarianism and transcendentalism. Ken Wilber on the levels of belief in God. CT on the religiosity of George Bush and John Kerry (and more). More on Kerry's Catholicism. More on Deal Hudson's resignation from Crisis. And blessed are the jokers
[Sep 27] From Salon, a new group of feminist activists are promoting brutal honesty about abortion, including wearing T-shirts that say you've had one. From Writ, a look back on abortion's legal history. Uncle Sam wants you to get married, but are heterosexuals worthy of marriage? David Aaronovitch on how secularists must unite to fight hellfire with logic. A review of books on St. Paul. From Christianity Today, a review of Against Love: A Polemic, and is marriage the only happy ending we can imagine for our stories? A review of books on gay marriage (and an excerpt). A review of sex books and the elements of sexual style. A review of Desmond Morris' The Naked Woman: a Study of the Female Body. A review of Queer Beats: How the Beats Turned America On to Sex. A review of The Rebel Sell: Why the Culture Can't Be Jammed. A review of Born to Buy: The Commercialized Child and the New Consumer Culture. A review of American Dream: Three Women, Ten Kids, and a Nation's Drive To End Welfare (and an excerpt). A review of Noreena Hertz's IOU: The Debt Threat And Why We Must Defuse It (and more). And a review of The World’s Banker: A Story of Failed States, Financial Crises and the Wealth and Poverty of Nations
[Weekend 2e] From Open Democracy, an exchange between Eurosceptic Petr Mach and Jeremy Rifkin, on the marriage of Mars and Venus in Europe, an extract from Guantanamo: America’s war on human rights, a look at prison as a multicultural battleground, and an article on hunting and animal welfare. From RISQ, an article on the rationale of suicide terrorism, and more on Occidentalism. Michigan's Juan Cole on what the United States would look like if it were in Iraq's current situation. A review of The Pentagon's New Map: War and Peace in the Twenty-First Century. Paul Berman is David Horowitz’s kind of leftist. From Counterpunch, Jeffrey St. Clair on the life and crimes of George W. Bush (part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, and a coda). And America's reputation as land of the free is looking increasingly tarnished
[Weekend] On political economy: From Open Democracy, a reply to David Held's article on globalization, and more from Jagdish Bhagwati. From The Globalist, America’s Hispanic youths will be an integral part in countering any future social security crunch, and Walter Russell Mead proposes a new retirement alternative that benefits both the US and its developing neighbors. An editorial on how not to save Social Security. From Writ, more on Cass Sunstein's The Second Bill of Rights. Dani Rodrik on righting reform. An article on how welfare capitalism is dying, and stocks are from Mars, bonds are from Venus. Is market demand the lifeblood of capitalism? A study finds wealth does not create individual happiness and it doesn't build a strong country, either. Fred Foldvary on a subsidy to greed, revenge, and harassment. From The Northeastern Anarchist, on the World's Largest Workplace: Social Reproduction and Wages for Housework. A review of books by Michael Albert on participatory economics. Is the traditional theory of the firm obsolete? And from Fast Company, If he's so smart... Steve Jobs, Apple, and the limits of innovation
[Sep 24] A new issue of The New York Review of Books is out, including a review of The Missing Peace: The Inside Story of the Fight for Middle East Peace, and more on What's the Matter with Kansas? Is Christopher Hitchens forever lost to his former comrades? Slavoj Zizek on the free world... of slums. From The Nation, a review of books on The New York Times, a review of recent books by liberals, and so is Kerry finished in the Upper Midwest? From Conservative Battleline, on the problem with pure libertarianism, and Pat Buchanan is back and he wants you! Charles Colson on how America's increasing decadence is giving aid and comfort to Muslim terrorists. Peter Bergen on the long hunt for Osama, and Robert Wright on a dangerous idea: The War on Evil. A conversation with Huda Alazawi, one of the few women held in solitary in Abu Ghraib. Thou dost protest too much: An old law turns protesters into threats against the president. Bob Barr, a conservative libertarian, targets Ashcroft and Mueller for violating the First Amendment. From Axis of Logic, on a vision of no-state. What might oil producers do with all that extra cash? And on oil: It's the demand and supply, stupid!
[Sep 23] On religion: Here are some of the findings from "Sacred and Secular: Religion and Politics Worldwide", by Ronald Inglehart and Pippa Norris. Alan Wolfe on the God Gap: How religion divides Democrats; and could it be that when it comes to keeping religion out of political life, we never had a prayer? When will secularism be allowed in the public square? Are secular life ceremonies the wave of the future? Thomas Harens is religious, but not religious right. More on The End of Faith. Paul Crouch, a holy fire-breather, is embroiled in scandal over rumors of a homosexual affair. The sexual stumblings of prominent ministers point to a hidden flaw in Pentecostal spirituality. From Crisis (where publisher Deal Hudson is forced to resign), James Schall, S. J. on an Augustinian sentence, and a review of Regis Debray's God: An Itinerary, and on debating beauty: Jacques Maritain and Dietrich von Hildebrand. A review of The Miracle Detective: An Investigation of Holy Visions. So how would you make a television program about whether God exists? A review of Spirit and Flesh: Life in a Fundamentalist Baptist Church. And why doesn't God cure everyone who prays fervently for healing?
[Sep 22] On politics: From Salon, an interview with Sy Hersh, an excerpt from Crusade: Chronicles from an Unjust War, on how Bush has been the "best recruiting sergeant ever" for al-Qaida, and a primer on Bush in the National Guard. EJ Dionne on what Bush is hiding. John McCain may have a rude surprise for the president. More on Graydon Carter's What We've Lost. And just how bad is Bush? A review of Ralph Nader's The Good Fight: Declare Your Independence and Close the Democracy Gap (and an excerpt). A press release of Nader's top endorsers from 2000 urge swing states support for Kerry. Eric Alterman on Ralph Nader as Bush's useful idiot. A review of Howard Dean's You Have the Power: How to Take Back Our Country and Restore Democracy in America. Lou Dobbs on campaigning cowardice. A review of Joseph Califano's Inside: A Public and Private Life, and a review of Garrison Keillor's Homegrown Democrat: A Few Plain Thoughts from the Heart of America. From In These Times, up to eight more political films are now hopscotching their way west. From The New American, on how leftists smear patriots. And an article on the Puritans and the myth of democracy
[Sep 21] From The National Interest, Francis Fukuyama on the Neoconservative Moment, and as Politicus: Trying to put Islam on Europe's agenda. Jean Daniel on charges of French anti-Semitism: A poisoned 'j'accuse' from America. From HNN, on what the French ban on head scarves says about France. Here's a rare look at the secretive Muslim Brotherhood in America. A review of Tariq Ramadan's Western Muslims and the Future of Islam. From Dissident Voice, on Anti - Americanism: A clinical study. Is there something to anti-Americanism? From Al-Ahram, extracts from The Road to Madness. A review of Churchill's Folly: How Winston Churchill Created Modern Iraq. Graham Allison on preventing a nuclear nightmare. A review of The Four Faces of Nuclear Terrorism. An excerpt from Strobe Talbott's Engaging India: Diplomacy, Democracy and the Bomb. A review of The Fall of Baghdad. This would be a minor footnote in the history of the Iraq war, if only the entire story didn’t read the same. Bruce Ackerman on why Abu Ghraib requires a political response. And these are the true "principles and values" that Bush is defending in his toady-lauded war on terror
[Sep 20] A review of Cass Sunstein's The Second Bill of Rights. Brent Staples on how denying the vote to ex-offenders undermines democracy. Jeff Jacoby on the declining importance of Election Day. From Spectrezine, a review of The 2004 Elections: A Turning Point for the U.S. Left, and an article on decolonisation and recolonisation: an overview of Africa’s postcolonial underdevelopment. From WSWS, an article on the ideology and politics of the Australian Greens (and part 2). An essay on rethinking democracy and democratization in the Middle East, and an article on the relationship between Europe and Arabia. A review of Blood and Oil: The Dangers and Consequences of America’s Growing Dependency on Imported Petroleum. An excerpt from Noam Chomsky's Hegemony or Survival, America's Quest for Global Dominance. The notion of the US as solitary "hyperpower" is outmoded in today's globalized world. A review of The Case for Sovereignty: Why The World Should Welcome American Independence. And a review of The Life and Times of Mexico
[Weekend 2e] From The New York Review of Books, on Abu Ghraib: The Hidden Story. From The New Republic, Gregg Easterbrook on The Atlantic Monthly's James Fallows, and spending time on the trail with Bush is like being transported to a parallel universe. From Harper's, Lewis Lapham on the Republican propaganda mill, a brief history. If Lyndon Johnson were alive today, he would tell us Democrats how to beat the crap out of the Republicans. On Bush and Heidegger: a criticism of the politics of fear. How are Mr. Clinton or Mr. John Kerry elite, while Mr. Bush isn't? More and more on Thomas Frank's What's the Matter with America? From AEI, a speech on regulation and the natural progress of opulence, and is everyone's life worth the same? Dilemmas for regulators and Cass Sunstein. To what extent should a CEO be held responsible for what happens under his watch? Joseph Stiglitz investigates. And from TAP, Robert Reich on why employees should be the first priority of a company entering bankruptcy, not creditors, and more on Paul Samuelson's challenge to globalization enthusiasts
[Weekend] From Le monde diplomatique, the business of terror: on the war of a thousand years, and on anarchist outrages. From Open Democracy, Fred Halliday on the crisis of universalism, America and radical Islam after 9/11, a letter from Bolivian activist Oscar Olivera to author Jim Schultz, Todd Gitlin cautions not to call the fight before the final bell, on suburbia and social segregation in the US, and is multiculturalism a description of the existing world or a bridge to a better one? From Conservative Battleline, Georgetown's James Schall, S. J. on a brief war primer, and all Big Government Conservatives now? Samuel Francis on the future of conservatism, and Thomas Fleming on fighting the new world order. Immanuel Wallerstein on what the US has achieved in Iraq. Jeffrey Sachs on remembering the first war on terror. Elie Wiesel on how from 9/11 to Beslan terrorism haunts humanity. On missile defense: When will Bush stop throwing billions at a failing project? Chris Patten delivers a parting "shot" on the United States. And the new International Ethical Collegium publishes an open letter to Bush and Kerry
[Sep 17] From Monthly Review, Economistas de Izquierda on Argentina and a Program for a Popular Economic Recovery, an article on the role of Mao Zedong, and on the American Empire: Pax Americana or Pox Americana? Joseph Nye reviews Fortress America: On the Front Lines of Homeland Security--An Inside Look at the Coming Surveillance State (and more). George Bush's United States is clearly in a proto-fascist condition. Todd Gitlin looks back at books on the nihilistic zealotry of terrorism. From Political Play, two top acting coaches on how to play the president, and on how Bush speaks in religious code. On 9/11: ''I'm ashamed of myself, but it's true. I'm totally over it". Timothy Noah reviews books on Bush. Does God endorse Bush, and is God an American? From Salon, NYU's Stephen Holmes on why the Republicans can't fight terror, and a former HBS professor recalls Bush as spoiled, loutish and a pathological liar. And from HNN, an article by Justin Frank, author of Bush on the Couch: Inside the Mind of the President, and a quiz: In what one way is Ralph Nader like Lenin?
[Sep 16] MIT's Alan Natapoff is a physicist, but he has a plan to reform the Electoral College. From The New Formulation, a review of books by Noel Ignatiev. From NCR, a review of books on unbelief and faith. From Christianity Today, an article on the values-driven voter, and a review of books by John Paul II on the theology of the body. How did the fish become such a cultural flashpoint? Neocons, Paleocons and other-cons: Can’t we just get along? More on Paul Samuelson's doubts about free trade. And on ads and emotions: We're all walking sandwich boards, these days
From Common Minds, a 2003 conference
in honor of Philip Pettit, John Ferejohn (Stanford): Conversability
and Collective Intention; Richard Holton (Edinburgh): Freedom,
Coercion and the Act of Choice; Rae Langton (Edinburgh): Disenfranchised
Silence; Tim Scanlon (Harvard): Structural
Irrationality; and Jeremy Waldron (Columbia): Atoms
and Molecules in a Theory of Freedom: Pettit on Non-Domination pdf.
of Comparative Essays in Early Greek and Chinese Rational Thinking.
of Cornel West's Democracy Matters: Winning the Fight Against
Imperialism (and an interview).
From HNN, a review
of Cold War Triumphalism: The Misuse of History After the Fall of
Communism, on "getting medieval” with
the presidential debates, on the parallels between George
Bush and James Buchanan, and why Bush is not
Manichean but Zoroastrian. A University of Arizona professor is reported
to the FBI for "hating" America. And Yale's Susan
Hockfield will take over as MIT's new president
[Sep 29] From The Independent Review, an article on the diffusion of prosperity and peace by globalization, a review of Veto Players: How Political Institutions Work, a review of The Institutional Economics of Foreign Aid, and a review of The Poverty of Welfare: Helping Others in Civil Society. From CT, a review of The Reformation: A History, and an article on Max Weber and the enchanted cage. Wired goes inside the unfathomable superhuman future after the "singularity." From Natural History, a review of Information: The New Language of Science. From Scientific American, Michael Shermer on why science and myth make uneasy bedfellows, and Carl Zimmer on a search for the genetic basis of spirituality. From Seed, a conversation between Steven Pinker and Rebecca Goldstein, and an interview: Charles Darwin is just as punk as Sid Vicious. How the next generation of "creation science" is invading America's classrooms. Scientists find earliest evidence yet of human presence in Northeast Asia. More on Harvard plagiarism: What is it with these superstar profs? From Princeton, professors' walls speak volumes. And from Smithsonian, Tolstoy does "Oprah"
[Sep 28] Robert Goodin (ANU): Representing Diversity; and How Amoral is Hegemon? pdf. Here's the first issue of The Economists' Voice, with contributions by Richard Posner, Joseph Stiglitz and Brad DeLong. Colin McGinn on the high value of avoiding low spirits: The case for exuberance isn't entirely persuasive. From The Weekly Standard, on Laurence Tribe and the problem of borrowed scholarship (and more). Obituary: Norman Cantor. From The Chronicle, a review of Stephen Greenblatt's Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare, and an article on the politics of stem cells. Experimental evolution develops into thriving scientific field. Francis Crick's other goal: Unlocking riddle of the mind. Is human longevity programmed? Findings may one day alter Darwin's ideas. New women's health issue: Treating sexes differently. At Freudian school, an attempt to enlarge the couch. And researchers find public doesn't get whole truth of trial lawyers and lawsuits
[Sep 27] From Radical Philosophy, John Abromeit on Remembering Adorno pdf. An essay on Meta-Ethics in Legal Reasoning pdf. From History Today (reg. req.), an article untangles US policy towards France at the time of the Marshall Plan and the war in Indochina, and what did they know of empire? Through most of the nineteenth century, most Britons knew little and cared less about the spread of the Empire. From Bookforum, a review of books on racial integration and Brown v. Board. From Ideas, on the power of positive illusions, an article remembers Norman Cantor, on how the best loved tales of America's birth sell America short, and should prisoners be counted as residents of the towns where they're incarcerated? Gregory Rodriguez on pouty white people. Henry Louis Gates on blacks getting to average. The debate over cloning technology has become a circus, and hardly anybody has noticed the gorilla hiding in the tent. The Genesis Project searches for the origins of life in the dust of a comet. A look at an exhibit on Soviet propaganda posters. And from The Moscow Times, a review of books on Armenia, and a new encyclopedia takes an objective approach to Russian history--or does it?
[Weekend 2e] From the LSE's European Institute, Christopher Hill: Superstate or Superpower? The future of the European Union in world politics; Jennifer Jackson Preece: Human Rights and Cultural Pluralism: The "Problem" of Minorities; Dominic Lieven: Empire's Place in International Relations; Francis Snyder: Economic Globalization and the Law in the 21st Century; and Paul Taylor: The United Nations at the Millennium: Order and Sovereignty pdf. From Progress, a review of Motivation, Agency and Public Policy, and a review of Heaven on Earth: the Rise and Fall of Socialism. More on The New Victorians. An excerpt from Rhumb Lines and Map Wars: A Social History of the Mercator Projection. From MSNBC, a look at some newly - released nonfiction books. And the art of prison writing attracts inmates for a variety of motives
[Weekend] From The Mises Institute, a new issue of The Free Market is out. A review of Kant on Representation and Objectivity. Stanley Fish on the candidates, seen from the classroom. A celebration of Edward Said on the anniversary of his death. From Mexico, Samuel Huntington receives a hostile reception during a visit. From Harvard, sociologist Steven Shapin looks at the contemporary centrality and 'unintelligibility' of science. Quantum mechanics has done it again: A new experiment suggests a new state of matter. On technologies of self-perfection: What would the Buddha do with nanotechnology and psychopharmaceuticals? An article on how optical illusions have played with our perception. The pop science boom filled the gap left by the death of Sixties idealism--now learn history. An interview with Nancy Pearcey, author of Total Truth: Liberating Christianity from Its Cultural Captivity. From Great Britain, a review of The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (and more). An article on blogging inside the ivory tower. And from Cornell, one last chunk of Crayola politics
[Sep 24] Nicholas Barr (LSE): The Welfare State as Piggy Bank: Information, Risk, Uncertainty, and the Role of the State pdf. A new issue of the Journal of Mundane Behavior is out. A review of How We Act: Causes, Reasons and Intentions. Howard Gardner reviews Cult of Personality: How Personality Tests Are Leading Us to Miseducate Our Children, Mismanage Our Companies, and Misunderstand Ourselves. An excerpt from Talking to Strangers: Anxieties of Citizenship since Brown v. Board of Education (and an interview). Academia Europaea calls for the inclusion of the humanities in ERA and ERC, and the European Commission has selected the first 19 Erasmus Mundus masters courses. Considering the college climate, parents must stay involved. Welcome to the Fun-Free University: The return of in loco parentis is killing student freedom. From Central Illinois, a philosophy teacher is eager to enter 'deep' discussions. From The American Conservative, we are bushmen and do not know it. On why we should stop willingly handing our vulnerable children over to the callous jailers of the state. And it's time to de-school
[Sep 23] Michael Zuckert (Notre Dame): Natural Law, Natural Rights, and Classical Liberalism: On Montesquieu's Critique of Hobbes pdf. A review of Evil in Modern Thought: An Alternative History of Philosophy, and a review of Being Yourself: Essays on Identity, Action, and Social Life. A review of The Communitarian Constitution, a review of Truth, Autonomy, and Speech: Feminist Theory and the First Amendment, and a review of Privacy and the Press. More on Frank Furedi's Where Have All the Intellectuals Gone? On three important reasons that ordinary people resist learning economics. A personality trait has been identified that seems to predict whether people will vote or engage in politics. Getting out the vote: One professor insists upon it. From Singapore, on learning to live a life that's full, and a lesson plan on dialogue as the key to prevent clash of civilizations. From Leicester, a study traces the erosion of the traditional concept of Maasai manhood and the emergence of new role. And recent discoveries suggest humans came to the Americas at least 10,000 years earlier than has been thought hitherto
[Sep 22] From Skeptical Inquirer, articles on pranks, frauds, and hoaxes from around the world, on psychic vibrations, and on capital punishment and homicide, and a review of The Fabric of the Cosmos. From The New Humanist, a talk with Laurie Taylor about torture, social control and our extraordinary capacity to deny. A review of Julian Baggini's What's it all about? Philosophy and the meaning of life. More on A Reason for Everything. Alain De Botton on the Big Idea: The University of Life. From Salon, a look at the liberal college conspiracy. Life After Theory: Can the left academy speak in a common political language again? From HNN, are US History textbooks still full of lies and half-truths? It's easy to snicker about the dismal state of history and civics knowledge among ordinary Americans. From Ideas, Zen and the art of slam-dancing: Buddhist punks find enlightenment in the pit, more on 50 Years of Dissent, and if our entertainments are getting dumber, why do they all seem to want to teach us something? NYU confronts its suicide problem. And a Harvard student is tried in fatal stabbing
[Sep 21] Luke Martell (Sussex): Capitalism, globalisation and democracy: Does social democracy have a role? A review of The Divine Lawmaker: Lectures on Induction, Laws of Nature, and the Existence of God. Goodbye, Darkness: The new science of exuberance. New research indicates that humans are in fact quite rational; they just do not trust what people in lab coats tell them. Putting a price on happiness: Economists are mounting their own effort to measure contentment. A review of What's Economics Worth? From Yale, economist Daniel Altman criticizes Bush policy. Economics experts weigh seven innovative ideas to finance millennium development goals. What explains the shift, at least by a certain slice of the intellectual left, to a new form of obfuscation? From The Chronicle, professors on the right feel disenfranchised, more on cases of plagiarism, and a 10-year analysis shows declines in affordability and access to college. Harvard's marquee Department of African and African American Studies is losing two more professors. And Perhaps a refresher course--call it two cheers for college ratings--is in order
[Sep 20] From The American Journal of Economics and Sociology, a special issue on public choice, with an introduction. Here's the webpage of a book online, Studies in Mutualist Political Economy, by Kevin Carson. More on Jeremy Rifkin's The European Dream. More on the presidential candidates going head-to-head over the Petri dish. From India, does the politicisation of history adversely affect its study? Risen from the Mall is a new museum about, by and for Indians, one in which they will define themselves. As the Culture Wars rage, a rare victory over routes of knowledge. From Arizona, researchers develop new insights into ancient mating and migration patterns in humans. Studies suggest much as things have changed since the Stone Age and the Stepford Age, some things remain the same. Bling-bling culture started with Stone Age cavemen up to 280,000 years ago. And from The Economist, articles on how Google and PageRank work, and on how self-service technologies, such as websites and kiosks, bring both risks and rewards
[Weekend 2e] From World Affairs, Ernest Evans (KCC): Goodness armed with power: lessons from other democracies for the U.S. war on terrorism; Stephen Blank (AWC): Democratic prospects in Central Asia; and Mark Katz (George Mason): Democratic revolutions: why some succeed, why others fail. From Dissent, a Muslim Manifesto from France, and Howard Zinn responds to Michael Kazin. A review of Alasdair MacIntyre. Obituary: Harvey Wheeler. From Open Democracy, Roger Scruton on the hunting debate as a question of democracy. On learning to love getting old: Fear of aging speeds the very decline we dread most. A reports finds textbook prices are on the rise. Nature asks Bush and Kerry for their views on the major issues in science policy. From Yale, are Bush, Kerry, and Election 2004 too racy for the classroom? The Regina Apostolorum Pontifical University has established a master's program in "Science and Faith." A review of Demolish Borders: World Ethics and Interreligious Dialogue. And don't trust the theories of famous intellectuals!
[Weekend] Margaret Radin (Stanford) and Madhavi Sunder (UC-Davis): The Subject and Object of Commodification pdf. A review of Henry More, 1614-1687: A Biography of the Cambridge Platonist, a review of Kants Kritik der reinen Vernunft. Die Grundlegung der modernen Philosophie, a review of From an Ontological Point of View, and a review of Religion After Metaphysics. Louis Menand connects the law to the intellect, metaphysically speaking. From Germany, Moses Maimonides is honored by Jews and Arabs alike. From Nicaragua, a new language is born. Elevating life through science: On dynamic modeling as a novel methodology. A review of Richard Dawkins' The Ancestor's Tale: A Pilgrimage to the Dawn of Life. From China, Tibetans show evolution in action. Geneticists and historians grapple with the gray areas of race (rr). For every girl who takes a step toward her liberation, there is a boy who finds the way to freedom a little easier. Children are discovering sexuality at an earlier age. On adultery: It's a global phenomenon. And egad, pro-gay sex ed is on the rise!
[Sep 17] Richard Layard (LSE): Happiness: Has Social Science a Clue? (and a critique). A review of books exploring play, health, happiness and the work-life balance. A review of Bonjour Paresse: The Art and the Importance of Doing the Least Possible in the Workplace. A review of On Not Being Able to Sleep: Psychoanalysis and the Modern World. Déjŕ Vu: If it all seems familiar, there may be a reason. Personality tests are everywhere--but critics say the tests themselves don't pass the test. From The Chronicle, Carlin Romano on violating 'sovereignty': Questioning a concept's long reign. From Reason, a review of books on race, economics, and FDR. A review of Cornel West's Democracy Matters: Winning the Fight Against Imperialism (and a conversation with Skip Gates). More on The Roads to Modernity. More on Occidentalism, and more on A Reason for Everything. A review of Russell Kirk's Ancestral Shadows: An Anthology of Ghostly Tales. From Australia, the public versus private schools debate is intense, passionate and polarised. And on weaning parents from children as they head off to college
[Sep 16] Sanford Schram (Bryn Mawr): Beyond Paradigm: Resisting the Assimilation of Phronetic Social Science pdf. Here's a personal statement by a graduate student: Funkify and Diversify or The Politics of Dancing--Reflections on APSA in Chicago. A new issue of American Sexuality is out. From The Chronicle, a look at the work of Michael Mann, and whose culture is it anyway? Harvard Law professor Charles Ogletree is accused of plagiarism--what's going on up in Cambridge? More and more on James Barber. And from CSU-Chico, for now, Cosmo's been shelved