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[Dec 15] From Bolivia, Evo Morales seems set to win the presidency. Whether he can win social peace is another matter. From Canada, brainy, bilingual Michael Ignatieff is leadership-ready. Pity he's from Toronto. From Israel, what is the crisis that is leading the public to rally to the side of Peronist Ariel Sharon? A discourse analysis shows that the Belarusian state newspaper Sovetskaya Belorussiya plays fast and loose with the facts. From Foreign Policy, here are the top 10 stories you missed in 2005. In his first six months at the UN, John Bolton has harmed U.S. interests. A secret Pentagon database indicates the U.S. military is collecting information on American peace activists and monitoring Iraq war protests. From TNR, Lawrence Kaplan on forgetting the lessons of Vietnam. George W. Bush was supposed to be the CEO president, but more than two years after the invasion of Iraq, Bush is deep into the nitty-gritty. Jeff Greenfield on a compelling, new, and entirely mistaken comparison between George W. Bush and Lyndon Johnson. Bruce Ackerman on the Senate and White House hypocrisy on torture. An article on the (John) Yoo Presidency. An article on Bush’s Monty Python view of history. What is the Bush legacy after half a decade? Top American commentators deliver their verdicts. A look at a old new idea: Republican elitism. How right-wing politics could keep a cancer vaccine off the market. And Mitt Romney may soon be appearing in a (political) theater near you

[Dec 14] From Honduras, Manuel Zelaya is elected president: An analysis. From the Vatican, the decision has been made to evict the occupants and close limbo. From Great Britain, a speech by Gordon Brown on liberty and the role of the state. From Le Monde diplomatique, an article on the fight against urban apartheid in France, and on why the World Trade Organisation should be setting firm rules in agriculture. Paul Wolfowitz on how open markets for agriculture could help lift the world's poor out of poverty. Peter Mandelson on how EU concessions on agriculture are no panacea. An article on why the poorest countries need a WTO, and a look at how the WTO can promote both free trade and human rights. By any measure of common sense, Washington's warnings about a restored caliphate are calculated nonsense. Democrats need to devise a unified political strategy on Iraq before Republicans box them in. Is Bush governing in a fantasy world? Bruce Bartlett investigates. An article on Frank Rich, the Butcher of the Beltway. Christopher Hitchens remembers Eugene McCarthy. From Salon, cable companies will offer a "family-choice" package. But will anyone pay for TV without "South Park" and "Sex and the City"? Eon McKai makes alt-porn: Triple-X fare for the 18-to-30 crowd who favor tattoos and piercings. An op-ed on the separation of sex and state. A review of Doing It Down Under: The Sexual Lives of Australians. When women face prison for having sex with boys, questions are raised about the age of consent. Here are nine statements of gobbledegook which could perhaps do with some re-working. And a look at why globalization hurts football

[Dec 13] From Turkey, Orhan Pamuk is somewhat embarrassed to see his trial overdramatized. From Great Britain, Salman Rushdie on what this cultural debate needs is more dirt, less pure stupidity. Will the Orange spark ignite in Belarus? The single candidate's chances at the 2006 election. A review of With Their Backs to the World: Portraits from Serbia. In Japan, Kenta Kobashi is legendary at what he does: con onlookers into believing he’s in a ball-crunchingly real fight. From Logos, a series of articles on Iran and the West. From PINR, how real is the threat of maritime terrorism? From New Politics, an essay on getting out of Iraq. Larry Diamond on the pivotal moment in Iraq. From Newsweek, Bush in the Bubble: How he governs and how his M.O. stacks up historically. From The New Yorker, Can Arthur Sulzberger, Jr. save the Times--and himself? (and an interview with Ken Auletta). Todd Gitlin on why profit-driven media companies trimming muscle, not fat, are bad news for democracy, readers and business. Obituary: William (R.W.) Bradford, publisher of Liberty. Republicans beware: New York publishes its annual Cultural Elite awards. An article on why screw-cap wines are an innovation you should celebrate. ¡Qué caliente! Reggaetón is the first genre in Spanish to become part of mainstream pop. More and more on Lynne Truss' Talk to the Hand. An article on the emergence of ‘sport and spirituality’ in popular culture. And the people’s car is ready to invade America... again

[Dec 12] From Pakistan, an article on the warp and woof of post-coloniality. From LRB, a review of books on North Korea, and an article on the disappointing trajectory of Amir Peretz. Shimon Peres on Israel, Jordan, Palestine and the "triangle of peace". A review of We Are Iran. By just about every meaningful standard that can be applied, Iraq is now well into the bloody sequence of civil war. Foreign Policy profiles Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. An interview with Kanan Makiya, who was present at the disintegration of Iraq. From banality to audacity: With Saddam Hussein, there has been no sign of a reduction like Adolf Eichmann's. A review of Iraq Ablaze: Inside the Insurgency and I is for Infidel: From Holy War to Holy Terror in Afghanistan. Since Sept. 11, the CIA has played a vital role in the war on terror. But what role is it? Many Europeans are asking whether they can ever emulate the American melting pot -- and whether they should. High brow French develop a taste for kiss-and-tell celebrity gossip. Kant, Locke and Big Oil: A conversation with Henrik Syse, Norway's profit philosopher. NASA's James Hansen on how the Earth's climate is near a tipping point. Obituary: Sen. Gene McCarthy (and a review of Eugene McCarthy: The Rise and Fall of Postwar American Liberalism). A review of Mencken: The American Iconoclast. Truthdig, a new site edited by columnist Robert Scheer, promises a progressive viewpoint and investigative 'digs.' And EJ Dionne reviews John McCain's Character is Destiny: Inspiring Stories Every Young Person Should Know and Every Adult Should Remember

[Weekend] From Diego Garcia, Chagossians want the island back and take on a superpower. From Chile, more on Michelle Bachelet, the atheist socialist divorcee mother running for president. From France, politicians have called for legal action to be taken against hip hop musicians; and the state plans to create a global news network: Is it just vanity? Here's an open letter to Nicolas Sarkozy from two leading Martinican authors, Edouard Glissant and Patrick Chamoiseau. Lunch with the FT: Gerry Adams says that winning the Unionists round is only a matter of time. An article on Australia’s troubled reconciliation project. Football fever hits Germany--and its politics, too. From Der Spiegel, a profile and an interview with Mohamed ElBaradei, head of the IAEA. One man will represent the hopes of the planet’s poorest nations at the world trade meeting: Dipak Patel. The Americans and the Chinese are vying for control of Africa's huge oil reserves. Africa's dictators are the real winners. Americans will fight back the Evangelist in their own way; the question is how will Pakistanis. Nigerian evangelicals' arrival in former Ku Klux Klan haunt brings old prejudices but also new tolerance. From TNR, a defense of Howard Dean, the Cassandra who has been right about Iraq most of the time. A look at why President Bush loves Sen. Lieberman. Fred Kaplan on three plans for leaving Iraq: Which is best? From Vietnam to Iraq: An interview with Daniel Ellsberg. Why is the BBC encouraging people to spend less time in front of the television and more time out in the community? A look at why "so-what" books have been proliferating. A lot. More on Al Franken's The Truth (With Jokes). An argument for re-thinking the economics of newspapers, with scenarios for going the non-profit route. Bloggers have damaged a number of companies, but it's time to think of the blog as your friend. And an article on a new idea for immunising computers against viruses

[Dec 9] From Thailand, King Bhumibol Adulyadej defuses what Thais consider the gravest threat to their society at the moment. From Canada, Michael Ignatieff is a Liberal star candidate who doesn't always agree with his party. From Croatia, a leading journalist compares the country’s attitudes toward war crimes reporting today and in the 1990s. From Chile, on the unexpected travails of Michelle Bachelet, the woman who would be president. From St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves wins the “Democracy Prize” for 2005. USAID awards Amartya Sen the Second Annual George C. Marshall Award. From Uganda, Yoweri Museveni’s transformation from model African leader to authoritarian ruler seems familiar. But the reality is different and more interesting. Here's the latest news from Kenya. From New Statesman, on the eve of crucial world trade talks, Noreena Hertz argues that politicians and campaigners have failed the poor - again. The Economist on Europe's commendable migration from east to west. From The Mises Institute, an essay on the libertarian immigration conundrum. From Slate, beyond spin: The propaganda presidency of George W. Bush. The first chapter from Soft News Goes to War: Public Opinion and American Foreign Policy in the New Media Age. An excerpt from Tragedy and Farce: How the American Media Sell Wars, Spin Elections, and Destroy Democracy. A look at how to make up stories for the tabloids, Fox News, etc. An article on movies with a message and their money trail, "Syriana" and "The Chronicles of Narnia". From Slate, is "Brokeback Mountain" a gay film? And polyamory? Your how-to guide in loving more than one

[Dec 8] From Nigeria, an article on a new dawn for African politics. From Singapore, a tale of two cities. From India, who’s a virgin these days? Premarital sex is now just a part of the process of getting acquainted. Sex, Please: A generation after Mao suits, China is coping with an epidemic of free love. North Korea struggles to save face by resisting crucial foreign aid. Bush accentuates nuke positives, inspires malefactors everywhere. America seeks, but fails, to quell the uproar over CIA shenanigans in Europe. John Edwards and Jack Kemp on Moscow's empty Red Square. For an Englishman in New York, happiness is never having to say you're sorry. An op-ed on the state of New Orleans, three months later. From Harper's, an article on Blue Balls for the Red States. A review of Rednecks & Bluenecks: The Politics of Country Music. A review of books on alternative media and politics. Highly political films make Hollywood skittish, so filmmakers with strong messages go straight to DVD. Can you pick the Next Big News Star? If so, you’re one up on CBS and ABC. The typical American female TV criminal is nasty, cutthroat, cunning, duplicitous and sexy to boot. Daily newspapers fail to focus on what they're good at -- local news -- and instead pander to pop culture. And can there be another Google?

[Dec 7] From Great Britain, a look at the David Cameron story, and on why one should never underestimate Eton. From France, Sarkozy backs beleaguered Alain Finkielkraut over Muslim riot comments. From Venezuela, Chávez will only gain from the US-backed opposition's ploy to undermine elections, and an article on the new cooperative movement in the Bolivarian process. From Canada, people hate the class-war implications of gentrification, but sometimes it's better than the alternative. If Americans need a model for a well-balanced country, they should take a slow train to Toronto to find a nation at ease with itself. An article on the myth that immigrants only flock to metropolises like New York City. Deep Thought for Dummies: Americans still struggle with a strong anti-intellectual streak. Election law professor Mark Posner on Tom DeLay and the evidence of political manipulation at the Justice Department. The facts just don't support the everyone-does-it defense for Republican corruption. Christian conservatives test boardroom clout. Verlyn Klinkenborg on the month when our culture collapses into a pile of preferences. Leonard Peikoff on why Christmas should be more commercial. The end of shopping: There are pleasures and life lessons that electronic buying can't buy. What creature will succeed the couch potato? Anybody want to buy a newspaper? Robert Kuttner on how the patriots at Google are watching you. And while there are now as many tech blogs as stars in the sky, only a tiny fraction of them matter

[Dec 6] From Australia, a review of God Under Howard. Have Britain's conservatives found the alternative to New Labour? Not everybody in Ireland agrees on how to reclaim the spirit of 1916. Alfred Stepan on why France was burning. Germany's problems are not addressed in its naval-gazing coalition contract. Is the "Chechenization" of Chechnya truly good for Chechnya and for Russia? From The Weekly Standard, Robert Kagan on why it's time to acknowledge the reality of Iraq and stop talking about fewer troops; and it's déjà vu all over again: "If the war is to be lost, it will be a collapse of stateside civilian morale that loses it." The pullout has begun: Every way but militarily, withdrawal from Iraq is underway. An op-ed on the dangerous, growing divide in civil-military relations. Christopher Hitchens on the DoD's disgraceful plot to plant rosy stories in the Iraqi press. Why Alito needs to talk to us about the war on terror. What Would a libertarian Supreme Court Justice look like? What can Congress do about fraud? James Surowiecki investigates. Think money in politics got 'reformed?' Just try running for Senate in 2006. Michael Kinsley on business as usual: Corrupt. From The Progressive, an interview with Rep. Bernie Sanders. From New York, on the speech Hillary Clinton should give about 2008; and on Life after Lapham: Will Harper’s magazine become less of a lefty echo chamber? And Gene Weingarten once again dares to ask the epistemological question, "What if... ?"

[Dec 5] From Afghanistan, the new political landscape is closely tied to old rivalries and the decade-long war against the Soviet occupation. From Pakistan, before Muslims get on their high horses and bemoan their sad fate, they ought to realise racial profiling is not new and that they are not the only victims of it. From Germany, has multicultural tolerance helped create a parallel society in the heart of Europe? Courting Europe, Turkey tries some soul-cleansing. A review of Al Qaeda in Europe. President Bush has equated Islamic radicalism with communism. Is the comparison sound? Is it wise? Zbigniew Brzezinski is on the case. Ted Sorensen and Arthur Schlesinger on what would JFK have done with Iraq. All over but the pullback: Nixon did it in Vietnam. Bush will do it in Iraq. Shlomo Avineri on how Israel could live with a fractured, failed Iraq. It would be unfortunate if President Bush's doctrine of preemption were a casualty of the Iraq war. Dick Cheney gets his own no-fly zone. In defense of cover-ups: What’s wrong with a little obfuscation? From AJR, where is the line between humanitarian assistance and unacceptable activism by reporters? Christopher Hitchens on Fleet Street's Finest. From CJR, watchdog or church mouse? The identity crisis in the Catholic Press. More and more on The Gang That Wouldn't Write Straight. A review of 2005 - Blogged: Dispatches from the Blogosphere. And the question of Wikipedia, as of so much of what you find online, is: Can you trust it?

[Weekend 2e] Potpourri:  How does President Bush's relationship with his father compare with the relationship between presidents John Adams and John Quincy Adams? Foreign policy "realists" aren't always very realistic. Games have always prepared young people for war but should we be concerned about links between digital gaming and the military? A review of Dictators' Homes (and more). Here's the latest Forbes 400 Richest Americans. Whether she's running for governor of California or launching a new Web site, Arianna Huffington is impossible to ignore, and even harder to figure out. A review of Heroes: Saviors, Traitors and Supermen: A History of Hero Worship. The sitcom is dead. Or is it? An interview with Spike Lee. Here's the case for Rocky IV as the greatest Cold War movie ever. From TNR, how American moviegoers are influencing British politics, and why there's no good protest music anymore. Rapper Konchis tells everybody he's a philosopher with a flow. From PopMatters, a historicist manifesto: Why classical music matters. Classical music isn't carrot juice for the soul; it's a powerful narcotic. And air guitarists rejoice: Your dreams have come true!

[Weekend] From Tonga, a letter to the editor on The Old Order vs. the New Order. From Taiwan, has the tallest tower in the world caused more quakes? From Canada, whose economy is booming but its politics is a mess, the talk of Harvard return was a joke, Ignatieff says. The reactionary revolutionary: Have the French riots made Nicolas Sarkozy a certainty to be the next president? A new issue of the IMF's Finance & Development is out, including an essay on the inequality trap, a profile of economist Nora Lustig, and a review of The Democracy Advantage: How Democracies Promote Prosperity and Peace. Will the Pentagon ever value nation-building as much as fighting? Michael Kinsley on what Rep. Randy Cunningham's misdeeds illustrate about conservative Washington. Alabama's Taliban: Judge Roy Moore, preachers and Dixie hypocrisy. Bush just appointed a guy to be deputy director of USAID who believes Muslims will burn in hell. John Nichols and Robert McChesney on Bush's war on the press. In a democracy, who should hold politicians to account - other politicians or probing journalists? The latest burble is a comparison of the ratio of male to female bylines in five national “general interest” magazines. From CJR, an essay on when “he said-she said” coverage is the right thing to do. If old journalism dies, where will new media get the news? Who controls the internet? It doesn't matter. An article on the prehistory of cyberspace: How BBSes paved the way for the Web. And can the cable companies fend off the iPodization of the tube?

[Dec 2] News from around the world:  From Europe, a debate on lobbying and a potential lobbyist registry has surged in Brussels. From Great Britain, why are more men using prostitutes? Immanuel Wallerstein on the French riots: Rebellion of the underclass. From Foreign Affairs, a special online issue on trade, including Charlene Barshefsky on With or Without Doha, C. Fred Bergsten on Rescuing the Doha Round, Jagdish Bhagwati on From Seattle to Hong Kong (and more on how to resolve the world trade talks deadlock), William Cline on Doha and Development, Carla Hills on The Stakes of Doha, Arvind Panagariya on Liberalizing Agriculture, and Peter Sutherland on Correcting Misperceptions. An interview with Goldman Sachs CEO Henry Paulson on globalization. And all the world's currencies lived happily ever after. A partnership of paranoia: Is economic reform of the Communist system in China enough? However brutal the pacification of Xinjiang, China has so far managed to prevent it from degenerating into a security nightmare. For India, history did not end in the Nineties. The Indian offensive: From poorhouse to powerhouse. An op-ed on Nepal and democracy in thin air. A review of Pakistan: Between Mosque and Military. A review of books on the fate of the Turkish Greeks. From Political Affairs, a brief history of US in the Philippines. And an interview with Zbigniew Brzezinski

[Dec 1] From New York Observer, more on Michael Ignatieff, from Harvard to Canada, and here's the text of Ignatieff's recent lecture at Amnesty International. From HNN, why Republicans are desperate to bait the antiwar Left. No matter what ails the Republican Party, social conservatives will ultimately be held responsible. For too many pundits, Katrina was just another front in the culture war. Fringe becomes mainstream: How did American Independent Party candidate and Minute Men founder Jim Gilchrist gain so much momentum? A White Peoples Party makes progress in Nevada. "Benator" may be one of the best hopes Virginia Democrats have in the next election cycle. An interview with Joe Conason. Naomi Wolf on taking the shame out of rape. But if they wind up unconscious after a Bacardi too many, will women be fair game for rape? It's all the woman's fault, apparently... More on MoDo's Are Men Necessary? Norwegian scientists have discovered that male-dominated societies are doomed to extinction. What does this mean for feminism? Even on a cellphone, we're all about gender. A review of Beyond the Down Low. Blood is often in short supply this time of year - so why are gay and bisexual men still not welcome when the Red Cross wagon pulls into town? Harper's is set to name its next editor, Roger Hodge. What is it about simplicity and solitude that inspires writers? If you are hoping to improve your love life, it may be wise to develop artistic traits. And secrets revealed: Now you know why this site is so darn hip
[Dec 15] From Capital & Class, Christopher Farrands (NTU) and Owen Worth (Limerick): Critical Theory in Global Political Economy: Critique? Knowledge? Emancipation?; a forum on John Holloway's Change the World Without Taking Power; and an essay on social policy, social exclusion and commodity fetishism pdf. An article on the global savings glut. A review of Capital Resurgent. Adam Smith is on the side of workers: An excerpt from Myths of Free Trade: Why American Trade Policy Has Failed by Sherrod Brown. The first chapter from Demanding Work: The Paradox of Job Quality in the Affluent Economy. The Fair Employment mark is a seal of approval mated to a novel legal scheme that would effectively privatize an area of anti-discrimination law. Steven Levitt on the economy of desire: how might price changes affect sexual behavior? From PopMatters, that shopping is a privilege worth fighting one another for is what these representative warriors of consumption so effectively convey. From Business Week, the Christian Right has notched some high-profile victories lately. But are companies bowing to pressure or just pleasing their customers? From National Review, John Derbyshire on the sea of faith: Pews and politics. Noah Feldman on the totally religious, absolutely democratic constitution. How do you stop a suicide bomber on his way to a target? And from MR, an interview with Lila Rajiva, author of The Language of Empire: Abu Ghraib and the American Media

[Dec 14] From Slate, Michael Kinsley on Torture for Dummies: Exploding the "ticking bomb" argument. More on Messages to the World: The Statements of Osama bin Laden. A review of The Failure of Democratic Nation Building: Ideology Meets Evolution. An article on what new empires inherit from old ones. Alex Callinicos on imperialism and global political economy. From The Hudson Review, Wendell Berry on Local Knowledge in the Age of Information pdf. From Newropeans, an article on The Big Questions of Our Time: Business and the Periphery, and The Future of God the Periphery. Here's a list of of the 14 Worst Corporate Evildoers. Getting smart at being good: Are companies better off for it? Employers are sending workers on race awareness courses, but such lessons could be inflaming tensions that never used to exist.  For-profit ethical review: Coming to a clinical trial near you. A review of Nation of Rebels: Why Counterculture Became Consumer Culture, and a review of Rights From Wrongs: A Secular Theory of the Origin of Rights by Alan Dershowitz. From Writ, a look at new developments in the same-sex marriage wars. From CT, an article on religious coalitions in American politics. A debate between Fox's John Gibson and Barry Lynn of Americans United on the War on Christmas. A look back to a book that revives old allegations and the struggle for the intellectual legacy of C.S. Lewis. An essay on how Christianity (and capitalism) led to science. A review of What We Believe by Cannot Prove. An article on why Noam Chomsky deserves the recent vote that ranks him as the most important intellectual today. And your guess is as good as Kurt Vonnegut's

[Dec 13] Libertarian and conservative perspectives: From Cato Unbound, Alex Kozinski replies to James Buchanan. From The Cato Journal, articles on remembering Peter Bauer, including contributions by James Buchanan, Milton Friedman, Israel Kirzner, and Amartya Sen; Deepak Lal on The Threat to Economic Liberty from International Organizations; an essay on Public Policy, Entrepreneurship, and Economic Freedom; a look at The Economic Role of the State in the 21st Century; and a review of Ted Honderich's Conservatism: Burke, Nozick, Bush, Blair? pdf. From The Independent Review, a review of Andrew Bacevich's The New American Militarism, a review of Claes Ryn's America the Virtuous: The Crisis of Democracy and the Quest for Empire, a review of On Adam Smith’s “Wealth of Nations”: A Philosophical Companion. From The Intercollegiate Review, Roger Scruton on The Dangers of Internationalism (and on the fundamentals of democracy); and a symposium on America in Theory and Practice, including Peter Augustine Lawler on Homeless on "Paradise Drive"; Harvey Mansfield on Democratic Greatness in the American Founding; and James R. Stoner, Jr. on Is There a Political Philosophy in the Declaration of Independence? pdf. And from The Claremont Review of Books, an essay on The Other American Exceptionalism; a review of 11 books on empire; a review of books on Abraham Lincoln; and a review of The Twilight of Atheism and The End of Faith

[Dec 12] Tony Blair on failing to understand that the most important freedom is that of harm from others. A review of Paul Foot's The Vote: How It was Won and How It was Undermined. A review of Dead Europe. More on Robert Fisk's The Great War for Civilisation. A review of books on the Algerian Civil War. From Commentary, Norman Podhoretz on The Panic Over Iraq. From The American Enterprise, an interview with Robert Kaplan. In the debate over torture, Charles Krauthammer found himself at the nexus of debate among conservatives. From AEI, a conference considers proportional representation and democracy (with papers), and what does the public know about economic policy? A paper by Alan Blinder gets to it. More on The Undercover Economist: Exposing Why the Rich are Rich, the Poor are Poor -- and Why You Can Never Buy. A review of Cities of Knowledge: Cold War Science and the Search for the Next Silicon Valley. A review of Sprawl: A Compact History. More on Hacker and Pierson's Off Center. From First Things, an article on God on the Internet. A review of Prayer: A History. From The Remnant, can limbo be abolished? A review of Opus Dei: An Objective Look Behind the Myths and Reality of the Most Controversial Force in the Catholic Church. The devil may not be as bad as he’s been painted. A review of books on myths made modern. Here's an introduction to 'Pataphysics (the apostrophe is meant to be there). And an interview with Susan Clancy, author of Abducted: How People Come to Believe They Were Kidnapped By Aliens

[Weekend] From Truthdig, Sam Harris on an atheist manifesto. From Butterflies & Wheels, Meera Nanda on trading faith for spirituality: The mystifications of Sam Harris. Indian vs. American secularism: A review of  The Wheel of Law. What’s the best advice for atheists who want their offspring to make up their own minds about God? From Beliefnet, an interview with Richard Dawkins, and an interview with John McCain. More on Antony Flew's turn to the dark side. A look at the work of British theologian N.T. Wright. Before C.S. Lewis became a famous Christian, he was already a famous scholar (and more). From Exile, Big Brothers: George Orwell and Christopher Hitchens eXposed! A review of Gore Vidal's America. Jonah Goldberg has some free advice for liberals. From Vdare, an article on race realism and less moralistic fallacy. An article on anarchism and human nature. Environmental thinkers respond to an essay on "Capitalism as if the World Matters”. From Cato Unbound, Yale's Akhil Reed Amar has some initial reactions to James Buchanan’s suggested constitutional amendments. From Intellectual Conservative, an article on the “fruits” of Legal Positivism: Utilitarianism in action. From Fast Company, here's why making things simple is the new competitive advantage. Getting the most out of knowledge workers: Here are Google's Ten Golden Rules. Big Pharma is hiring cheerleaders while you should be rooting for the generic team. "Dear Economist: I have a drawer full of odd socks. Where do the missing socks go?" From National Review, MoDo's Are Men Necessary? is an important book not for what it actually says but for what it inadvertently reveals, and more from Christina Hoff Sommers. Here's a defense of "lad mags" and of those who read them. Peter Sagal has dinner with porn stars--and his wife. And ready to have a baby? You'll earn 10 percent more if you wait a year

[Dec 9] From TNR, Andrew Sullivan on the abolition of torture. From The Nation, a series of articles on the conspiracy to torture, including Moustafa Bayoumbi on Disco Inferno, Naomi Klein on our amnesiac torture debate, Anthony Lewis on The Torture Administration, and Jonathan Marks on the silence of the doctors. Harold Meyerson blows the whistle on U.S.-sanctioned torture in outsourced labor. An article on Dorothy Day and The Catholic Worker: From the Bowery to Guantánamo. An article on the life and work of Eleanor Marx. A review of Surviving Justice, a collaboration between McSweeney’s and the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. Christopher Hitchens on Ramsey Clark, Saddam's chief apologist. An article on carrying the 'White Man's Burden' in Iraq. A review of Neoconservatism: why we need it and Oliver Kamm's Anti-totalitarianism: the left-wing case for a neoconservative foreign policy. Feeding Fear: An article on the new security culture. A review of books on the search for a general theory of terrorism. An essay on Japan’s Kamikaze pilots and contemporary suicide bombers: War and terror. From Oped News, an article on fundamentalism, corporations & globalization: Individual vs. collective rights & responsibilities. It's not your grandpa's moral hazard anymore: The problem goes corporate. Which is the better stock: the company with a good reputation or the one with a bad one? Buffalo's Julio Elias looks for policy implications of economic problems. Year of the economist: Freakonomics, economic hit men, undercover economists. This ain't Adam Smith. Human Events recommends economics books. And how to split a shared cab ride? Very carefully, say economists

[Dec 8] The politics of everyday life: From the Journal of Criminal Justice and Popular Culture, Timothy O. Lenz (FAU): Conservatism in American Crime Films; and a review of The Politics of Injustice: Crime and Punishment in America pdf. From Exile, there were three kinds of wars in the 1990s, and here are 90 reasons to hate the 90s: America in the 90s offers plenty to hate to the spleen-endowed eXhole (and part 2). From National Journal, Stuart Taylor Jr. on how abortion battles don't have much effect on abortions. From Reason, Jonathan Rauch reviews Rick Santorum's It Takes a Family. On why childcare experts need a good smacking. Are men racing over the boardwalk of acceptability into the drink of sociopathic narcissism? Permission for Pleasure: Does everything we enjoy have to be good for us? Researchers are learning more about chronic dawdlers but see no easy cure for procrastination. A new study finds working hard and being employed may no longer be enough to ward off poverty. Corporate social concerns: Are they good citizenship, or a rip-off for investors? An interview with Leslie Savan, author of Slam Dunks and No-Brainers: Language in Your Life, the Media, Business, Politics, and, Like, Whatever. And get ready for more clichés

[Dec 7] From Foreign Affairs, an essay on The Iraqi Syndrome, and a response and a reply. From Salon, ten ways to argue about the war: How to talk back to die-hard war supporters. Lincoln and Iraq: Brief wars rarely produce lasting results. Long wars often do. From Democracy Now!, an interview with Michael Ratner and Andrew Tyrie on torture and secrecy. It is a shocking sign of the times that we are having a debate about the appropriateness of torture. An article on the war on Al-Jazeera, and why bomb it? An interview with Daniel Benjamin, author of The Next Attack: The Failure of the War on Terror and a Strategy for Getting it Right. The Terrorist as a Young Man: An article on Osama bin Laden’s first lessons in jihad. From The Globalist, Benjamin Friedman looks at the high correlation between low per capita income and coups. An article on the quest for a new paradigm for world development. From IMF, an article on the challenges of CAFTA-DR. After half a century of progress, has the opening of the global trading system finally reached a standstill? An interview with Moisés Naím, author of Illicit: How Smugglers, Traffickers and Copycats are Hijacking the Global Economy (and more). Ruth Wedgwood on giving the United Nations a little competition. From New Internationalist, a special issue on Disability in the Majority World. An article on New York City as the abortion capital of America. Conservatives say the Bible hates gays. What Would Jesus Think? And Andrew Sullivan on the Vatican's new stereotype

[Dec 6] From Monthly Review, an article on crossing race and nationality: The racial formation of Asian Americans, 1852-1965. A review of Chinese America: The Untold Story of America's Oldest New Community. A review of We Are All Suspects Now Untold Stories From Immigrant Communities After 9/11. An essay on the politics of the anti-war movement and the intractable dilemma of International ANSWER. A look at the life and work of John Olin, the money man behind the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy. A look at how the Alliance Defense Fund fights 'culture-shifters' in court. A review of Métamorphoses de la parenté.  An essay on The Good Enough Family, viewed through four axes. An article on the problem with paranoid parents. From Stay Free, an interview with Frank Ackerman and Lisa Heinzerling, authors of Priceless: On Knowing the Price of Everything and the Value of Nothing, and how did the uproar over subliminal advertising affect the ad industry? (Hint: it's not what you think.) A look at why marketing always grows and why it matters. The Wall Street Journal on gauging the Wal-Mart Effect. An article on what to do about Wal-Mart. A review of The Undercover Economist. In the middle of talks in Montreal, there is a sense that the whole idea of global agreements to cut greenhouse gases won't work. Scientists have reaffirmed global warming, but argue that no human action can now halt the inexorable rise in sea levels. And a review of James Howard Kunstler's The Long Emergency

[Dec 5] The Second Last Chance: American power and nuclear nonproliferation (A review of books). From the CIA's Studies in Intelligence, a review of Jean Bethke Elshtain's Just War in the Age of Terror and Michael Ignatieff's The Lesser Evil, and a review of The New Face of War: How War Will Be Fought in the 21st Century. Four forms of terrorism: An excerpt from American Global Strategy and the “War on Terrorism”. From The Bulletin, women are increasingly taking a leading role in conflicts by becoming terrorists--specifically, by becoming suicide bombers. An interview with Bruce Lawrence, author of Messages to the World: The Statements of Osama Bin Laden. A review of The Great Theft: Wrestling Islam From the Extremists. An interview with George Packer, author of The Assassins' Gate. From Policy Review, Frederick Kagan on why Iraq is not Vietnam, an article on making democracy stick, a look at the problem of the tyrant’s corpse, Peter Berkowitz reviews Stephen Breyer's Active Liberty, and an essay on Eighth Amendment jurisprudence. From Legal Affairs, should liberals stop defending Roe? Sanford Levinson and Jack Balkin debate. From Freedom Daily, an article on The Courts and the New Deal (in 4 parts). Here's a conservative perspective on social welfare policy. What to do to balance the federal budget? Build a better society. An interview with Jimmy Carter on values. And here's a Catholic perspective on tolerance as a virtue

[Weekend 2e] Science: From Physics Today, an article on Albert Einstein as philosopher of science. João Magueijo says the speed of light isn't constant, but he's not trying to be rude. An interview with Alan Lightman, author of The Discoveries. Is there a single number that would usefully characterize a scientist's output? Keeping clocks in sync with the Earth has always required a bit of tinkering. "Think Tank" interviews Ronald Bailey on 21st century science (and part 2). From Salon, an article on robugs, biologically based software, the GeoWeb, transgenic art and other hot frontiers in technological innovation, and in just a few years, doctors will know everyone's genetic identity. This knowledge will be a blessing -- and a curse. More on Ray Kurzweil's The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology. More on How to Survive a Robot Uprising. From Wired, a special report on the looming baby-making backlash. From CT, a review of Born Again Bodies: Flesh and Spirit in American Christianity. An interview with Daniel Cappello on the state of science and what Americans believe about evolution. An excerpt from The Plausibility of Life. And a review of The Secret Life of Trees (and more)

[Weekend] From The Atlantic Monthly, how AQ Khan made Pakistan a nuclear power and showed that the spread of atomic weapons can't be stopped; Leslie Gelb and Anne-Marie Slaughter on why it's time to stop slipping into armed conflict; and an article on how the White House remains unperturbed by the growing prospect of economic calamity. Crooked Timber's John Quiggin on the oil shock of 2005. From Eurozine, must we respect religiosity? On questions of faith and the pride of the secular society. Is primitivism realistic? An anarchist reply to John Zerzan and others. From Open Democracy, the environmental movement has won the argument for change, but it needs a politics that goes with the grain of people’s lives and interests; the “nation”-state is not enough: a reply to Gisela Stuart; and here's the latest nominations to the Bad Democracy Award. An article on defining terrorism, and what should we call people fighting the US in Iraq? Here's the Al-Qaeda Guide to Kidnapping. From Alternet, an interview with Ian Williams, author of Rum: A Social and Sociable History of the Real Spirit of 1776 (and an excerpt). A review of books on slavery and colonialism in West Africa. A review of The Ruling Caste: Imperial Lives in the Victorian Raj. A review of books on Jewish history. A review of Sisters: The Lives of America’s Suffragists. Hooded Progressivism: The secret reformist history of the Ku Klux Klan. And a review of Ultimate Sacrifice: John and Robert Kennedy, the Plan for a Coup in Cuba, and the Murder of JFK

[Dec 2] Hans Magnus Enzensberger looks at the kind of ideological trigger required to ignite the radical loser - whether amok killer, murderer or terrorist - and make him explode. From Open Democracy, the unwinnable war: an interview with Zygmunt Bauman. An article on the law of global development of human civilization. From TAP, why the environmental movement needs its civil-rights roots. Has the Endangered Species Act put wildlife above people? A look at why it's better to go nuclear than ask people to be nice. Paul Weyrich on conservative new urbanism. An essay on conservative intellectual confusion. Names are just one of the superficialities of our time that have replaced character, wisdom and achievement. There are really only three principles to remember when using the argument from morality. Here's some moral philosophy for progressives. Here's a history of (pro-life) violence. An article on liberal concerns about abortion. A look at how James Dobson and the Right recruits, and what the Left can learn. Corporate America has spotted the elephant in the room: religion. Jesus in Space: An interview with Joe, maker of robots for Christian theme parks and churches. How a reserved British intellectual with a checkered pedigree became a rock star for evangelicals. A review of The Jewish Century. From Zeek, you have to be careful with pantheism -- people get the wrong idea. An article on the psychology of unbelief

[Dec 1] From Boston Review, the US health-care system is failing. What will save it? Is it time for national health insurance? On how to choose a plan everyone can agree on, and on putting doctors where they count. From NYRB, more on American Dream: Three Women, Ten Kids, and a Nation's Drive to End Welfare. Guns, butter and retired boomers: How do we pay for it all? Robert Reich and R. Glenn Hubbard debate, and bloggers Max Sawicky and Tyler Cowen debate the president's tax reform panel proposals. Help Wanted: Academic economists, pro-Bush. From Salon, an article on Jews and the Christian right: Is the honeymoon over? An interview with Esther Kaplan, author of With God on Their Side: George W. Bush and the Christian Right. More on Benedict XVI: Commander of the Faith. Gland Inquisitor: William Saletan on Pope Benedict's antigay tendencies. A gay priest says the Vatican's new policy is nothing short of an attack on church discussions of sexuality. An article on how to ignore the Vatican's ruling on gay priests. An essay on The Coming War Between Catholicism and Islam. R. Albert Mohler on Thomas Jefferson on Jesus: A postmodernist before his time. A review of books on Tom Paine. From Slate, Christopher Hitchens on the perils of withdrawal. Martin Walker on getting the troops out--but how? From Military.com, an essay on the mythology of clean war. Bin Laden, deconstructed: An excerpt from Messages to the World: The Statements of Osama bin Ladin. And Walden Bello on the global crisis of legitimacy of liberal democracy
[Dec 15] From Sign and Sight, Daniel Cohn-Bendit recalls his relationship with Hannah Arendt. A review of Stanley Cavell's Philosophy the Day after Tomorrow. A review of Living Christianly: Kierkegaard's Dialectic of Christian Existence. A review of Sloth: The Seven Deadly Sins. A review of Descartes’ Secret Notebook: A True Tale of Mathematics, Mysticism, and the Quest to Understand the Universe. The field of econophysics has acquired a new legitimacy. How did science become so contentious and politicized? Jim Holt investigates. Chris Mooney reviews Tom Bethell's Politically Incorrect Guide to Science. An interview with Father Rafael Pascual on the Magisterium on creation and evolution. Ethical monotheism is the single worst idea in history: An interview with Peter Watson, author of Ideas: A History of Thought and Invention, From Fire to Freud. From Washington State, here's one student’s story of being harassed and censored by his university. Michelle Malkin doubts Kansas professor Paul Mirecki was attacked. An article on the liberal case for the Solomon amendment. A study by the journal Nature finds that Wikipedia is nearly as accurate as Britannica, and an interview with founder Jimmy Wales. Robert McHenry, former Editor in Chief of the Encyclopædia Britannica, on the Faith-Based Encyclopedia. From The Chronicle, an essay on the fragmentation of literary theory. A review of Tracing the Essay: Through Experience to Truth, by G. Douglas Atkins. And a review of Great Lives: A Century in Obituaries

[Dec 14] Jared Woodard (Fordham): on Populists or Proletarians: Laclau, Zizek, and the Problem of Articulation and a review of Multitude pdf. A review of Nietzsche's Life Sentence: The Literal Meaning of Eternal Recurrence. More on Jean-Jacques Rousseau: Restless Genius. A review of a new edition of Jonathan Swift's Directions to Servants. A review of Weighing Lives. A review of The Long History of Old Age. A review of Tom Regan's Defending Animal Rights. From Inside Higher Ed, Larry Arnhart on the fear of teaching Darwin. From Metanexus, is evolution just another religion? Michael Ruse investigates. Cathy Young on a new wave of campus PC: Whiners on the Right. From UConn, an article on an astonishing lack of Coulter. Psychiatry ponders whether extreme bias can be an illness. From Business Week, is the U.S. really falling behind China and India in education? A report finds scientists and engineers in education work harder than those in industry and government. Google has launched another challenge to commercial search services, this time aimed at scientists. But is the new engine running as smoothly as its fans hope? Fearing no Google: An interview with Michael Hart, founder of Project Gutenberg. Publishers and libraries are heading for a future of electronic only journals. Here are suggestions to smooth the way. An article on Johns Hopkins University's Project Muse: An Internet success story. From Australia, a study finds students who attend Catholic universities are more likely to lose their faith than retain or enrich it. From Jamaica, an article on the intellectual ghetto and the University of the West Indies. And a sparrow joins a 'raped' duck in a Dutch museum

[Dec 13] From the 50th anniversary issue of Daedalus, a look back at highlights from its pages, including articles by Robert Bellah, John Hope Franklin, Clifford Geertz, Thomas Schelling, Amartya Sen, Robert Solow, Susan Sontag, and Steven Weinberg. From Slate, a review of Sean Wilentz's The Rise of American Democracy: Jefferson to Lincoln. A Hedgehog and a Fox: A review of John Lukacs's Remembered Past, and a review of Democracy and Populism: Fear and Hatred. A review of The Classical World: An Epic History from Homer to Hadrian. More on Postwar. A review of Robert Wright's Non-Zero: The Logic of Human Destiny pdf. A review of Kwame Anthony Appiah's The Ethics of Identity. A review of Freedom and Tradition in Hegel: Reconsidering Anthropology, Ethics, and Religion. A review of Confucian Ethics: A Comparative Study of Self, Autonomy, and Community. A review of Hayek and Human Rights: Foundation for a Minimalist Approach to Law. From Oberlin, an interview with Dinesh D'Souza. An article on robbing Joe College to pay Sallie Mae. An essay on the corporate university in American society. On why so many in academe are reluctant to deal with issues of meaning and value. We teach schoolchildren about sex and supply free condoms. So why don't we take the same approach to smoking? From Reason, an interview with Milton Friedman, the father of modern school reform. And an article on the case against tenure: How job protection for K-12 educators penalizes students

[Dec 12] From The New York Times Magazine, a special issue on The Year in Ideas. More on Descartes and Voltaire Almighty. A review of books on John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester. A review of John Wilkes: The Scandalous Father of Civil Liberty. A review of The Highly Civilized Man: Richard Burton and the Victorian World. A review of After the Victorians: The Decline of Britain in the World. A review of The Neville Chamberlain Diary Letters, Volume IV: The Downing Street Years, 1934-1940. Colonial history figured in a raucous legislative debate over how French history itself should be taught. Sean Wilentz on the rise of illiterate democracy. From Great Britain, a visit to Cambridge demands you enter into the spirit of the elitist university city, don a gown and hire a bicycle. While the costs are fairly simple to calculate, the benefits of education are harder to sum up. A review of Race, Law and the Desegregation of Public Schools. Why opposition to the Solomon Amendment is intellectually inconsistent. Linda Hirshman on Larry Summers, feminism and academic husbands (and here's Summers' wedding notice at The New York Times). Harvard Square struggles to maintain funky edge. As UMass becomes more expensive and more competitive, it's time to ask what happens to the mission of furthering the common good. From NPQ, an interview with Milton Friedman. A review of Joseph Stiglitz's Fair Trade for All. John Allen Paulos on the Nobel Prize in Economics, the stock market and subterranean information processing. And when the Nobels are handed out, some get left out

[Weekend] Science and society: From Human Ecology Review, András Takács-Sánta (Eotvos Lorand): The Major Transitions in the History of Human Transformation of the Biosphere; a special issue on " conservation psychology"; and a review of Corporate Environmentalism and Public Policy pdf. From Evolutionary Psychology, an article on Introductory Psychology Texts as a View of Sociobiology/Evolutionary Psychology's Role in Psychology; a review of Adapting Minds: Evolutionary Psychology and the Persistent Quest for Human Nature; a review of The Case of the Female Orgasm; an a review of The Singing Neanderthals: The Origins of Music, Language, Mind and Body. From Seed: Science is Culture (now back, in BETA form), Steven Pinker discusses Jews, genes, and intelligence; an interview with Don Wise, creator of "incompetent design"; an article on why we love Einstein (even if he was wrong about being wrong); and what happens when science is made in China? From American Scientist, a review of books on J. Robert Oppenheimer, a review of books on chemists, a review of Charles Darwin, Geologist, a review of The Geographic Mosaic of Coevolution, a review of The Unfolding of Language: An Evolutionary Tour of Mankind's Greatest Invention, a review of The Shrinking World: Ecological Consequences of Habitat Loss, and a review of The Monster at Our Door: The Global Threat of Avian Flu. Genes may yield secret of canine variety act. William Saletan on the dwindling refuges of creationism. Here' an article on why Intelligent Design will win. A personal tour of a philosopher's thinking about intelligent design over the past 60 years. And the journal Social Research will host a conference, Politics and Science: How Their Interplay Creates Public Policy, at the New School for Social Research from February 9 and 10, 2006 (with an overview, the agenda, and speakers)

[Dec 9] From The Philosophers' Magazine, Nancy Sherman on modern soldiers and ancient wisdom, Norman Geras examines the duty of intervention, Jonathan Wolff and Avner de-Shalit offer a new solution to the old problem of equality, Julian Baggini talks to Joan Bakewell, the BBC’s intellectual godmother, a review of Hardt and Negri's Multitude, and are fat-fighters flabby thinkers? A review of Philosophy: the latest answers to the oldest questions. A review of Deconstruction and Democracy. An article on getting to the root of Latvian philosophy. From Transitions Online, academics were core logisticians of nationalist movements in the Balkans; now, a new generation needs to correct the errors of its professors. Many experts think the ’80s fights over curriculum were nothing compared to today’s battles over Iraq, patriotism, God and evolution. Bellarmine University is divided over what to do about a student who wears a Nazi-related armband. NYU's union busting tactics against grad students are breaking laws and undermining academic freedom. More on what they don’t teach you in grad school. From American Scientist, a review of books on mathematics, and an article on the mathematics of Sudoku, a puzzle that boasts "No math required!". The first chapter from Negative Math: How Mathematical Rules Can Be Positively Bent. The impulse to use statistics to forecast doomsday is an old one. But can we believe the numbers? A review of Terrors of the Table: The Curious History of Nutrition. Coffee's effects revealed in brain scans. A review of Mondo Cocktail: A Shaken and Stirred History (and more). Finally, an explanation for why bar bets sometimes escalate into bar fights: Testosterone. And research finds bigger testes mean smaller brains

[Dec 8] Grant Hayden (Hofstra): Refocusing on Race. An interview with David Roediger, author of Working Toward Whiteness. From Inside Higher Ed, 25 years have passed since Louis Althusser went over the edge of sanity. Scott McLemee wonders what keeps drawing scholars into his orbit. A review of Althusser's The Humanist Controversy and Other Writings pdf. From Israel, Prof. Avishay Braverman, president of Ben-Gurion University, is leaving academia for politics. David Graeber, anthropologist and outspoken anarchist, has agreed to leave Yale. Paul Mirecki, a Kansas professor whose online comments about religion set off a furor, is attacked. Professor Sami Al-Arian, fired by South Florida, is found not guilty on some charges, renewing debate over his dismissal. SC Justices seem inclined to uphold the law that bars federal funds to campuses that restrict military recruiters. University presses sustain the shrinking market for scholarly monographs with new digital-printing technology. Azar Nafisi has always wanted to create a 'republic of imagination.' With help, she's on her way to creating a global book club. The Simpsons go to college -- Columbia to be exact. So Pogo was right: Nicholas Kristof on the hubris of the humanities. What makes graduate students graduate? And from Germany, Hannah Arendt is the Madonna of philosophy

[Dec 7] From the Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy, William Edmundson (Georgia State): First Force. From MANCEPT Working Papers, an essay on The Foundation of Rights Reconsidered, and a paper on The Norms and Ethics of Deliberative Democracy Beyond Liberalism pdf. A review of The Cambridge Companion to Critical Theory. From Earth & Sky, Kenneth Arrow on the environment and property rights, and an interview with Partha Dasgupta. For scientists and economists, the Nobel Prize is often an intellectual death sentence, but not for Amartya Sen. The latest issue of the Post-Autistic Economics Review is out, including an article on Sen, McCloskey, and the Future of Heterodox Economics. From the new Cato Unbound, James Buchanan on Three Amendments: Responsibility, Generality and Natural Liberty. Former Stanford Law dean Kathleen Sullivan fails the California bar exam. Law schools against free speech: The Supreme Court considers military recruitment on campus. A law professor who became a conservative cause célèbre resigns after parts of his story unravel. From Princeton, at a recent lecture, David Brooks had a few tips for progressives. From Australia, research is a sex-free zone. Here's a defense of disciplines in general and English in particular. From JCRT, a review of Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak's Death of a Discipline, and a review of Richard Rorty and Gianni Vattimo's The Future of Religion pdf. And some critics see atheism, a once-triumphant worldview, in serious decline, but are they celebrating too soon?

[Dec 6]  Abner Greene (Fordham): Against Obligation: A Theory of Permeable Sovereignty pdf. Hanoch Dagan (Tel Aviv): The Currency of Democratic Participation. A review of Virtue, Norms, and Objectivity: Issues in Ancient and Modern Ethics.  The journal Political Theory has a new editor, Mary Dietz. Here's the entry "Analytic Induction" in the International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences. An article on C. P. Snow and bridging the Two-Cultures divide. The Guardian interviews Philip Rieff. David Rieff on Illness as More Then Metaphor. A review of The Necessity of Madness. Can mental-health checkups in schools combat teenage suicide? Since that looser time, schooling, especially public high school, has become a most complicated affair. An excerpt from Jonathan Kozol's The Shame of the Nation. College life: Where have the men gone? No place good. Peter Berkowitz on law professors’ misguided opposition to the Solomon Amendment. Law schools adopt an Orwellian theory in an effort to keep the military out. More from Monthly Review: An essay on natural history and the nature of history. Michael Ruse reviews Darwin: Discovering the Tree of Life by Niles Eldredge. A review of Gen·e·sis: The Scientific Quest for Life’s Origin. Intelligent Design as a field of inquiry is failing to gain the traction its supporters had hoped for. How do you transform difficult scientific theories into an evening's entertainment? And research finds bystanders become good samaritans when the stakes are high

[Dec 5]  From the latest issue of Global Media Journal, Injy Galal (AUC): The History and Future of US Public Diplomacy. April 1865: Was it the month that saved America? From HNN, is present-day American society multicultural in its heritage or fundamentally unicultural? Ben Stein profiles the life and work of Milton Friedman. The contrarian: John Gray is now the scourge of neocons and the disciples of science and rationalism. More on Amartya Sen's The Argumentative Indian. More on A Little History of the World. From The New Criterion, a review of Voltaire Almighty: A Life in Pursuit of Freedom, and a review of Bertrand de Jouvenel: The Conservative Liberal and the Illusions of Modernity. More on Tête-à-Tête: Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre (and an excerpt). James Fenton on William Godwin and Mary Wollstonecraft. A review of Alexander II: The Last Great Tsar. Gertrude Himmelfarb reviews J. Anthony Froude: The Last Undiscovered Great Victorian. More on In Command of History: Churchill Fighting and Writing the Second World War (and more). A review of The Third Reich in Power. More on The World was Going Our Way: The KGB and the Battle for the Third World. More on James Patterson's Restless Giant. Norman Davies reviews Tony Judt's Postwar (and more). From a certain perspective, according to ''The 10 Best Dystopias,'' dystopias are themselves superior to the way we live now. And The Toronto Star's "Ideas" section now has its own blog

[Weekend 2e]  From the latest issue of Surveillance and Society, Bart Simon (Concordia): The Return of Panopticism: Supervision, Subjection and the New Surveillance pdf. From FQS, Heidi Keller and Carolin Demuth (Osnabrueck): Further Explorations of the "Western Mind": Euro-American and German Mothers' and Grandmothers' Ethnotheories; and scholars continue to produce methods and methodology textbooks that are useful only to the person who already knows how to do research. A review of Jacques Derrida's Apprendre a Vivre Enfin: Entretien avec Jean Birnbaum. Lifting, swiping, zapping: popular expressions that have been aesthetic tactics since Dada. Sven Lütticken recasts the history of such practices of appropriation. What, apart from a tawdry personal life, remains of “our last great man of letters”? Joseph Epstein on Edmund Wilson. A new film, "Who Killed Walter Benjamin" investigates the question of Walter Benjamin's suicide. From Stanford, Larry Diamond outlines insurgency solution. From Princeton, David Brooks says the conservative movement is in crisis. And a review of Richard Pipes's Vixi: Memoirs of a Non-Belonger. And did you know? The devil has a horror of Latin

[Weekend] Filip Buekens (Tilburg): Fear and Loathing in Lacania. Karin Johannisson (Upssala): The Psycho-social Condition. A review of Seeing, Doing, and Knowing: A Philosophical Theory Of Sense Perception. A review of How the Body Shapes the Mind. Alex Byrne on knowing our minds: Why some philosophers say we can’t. Are psychological theories scientific theories by any definition (prescriptive or descriptive)? A review of The Hypomanic Edge: The Link Between (A Little) Craziness and (A Lot of) Success in America. A review of Hypochondria Can Kill: A Disease for Every Occasion, an Illness for Every Symptom. From Inside Higher Education, a year after going for-profit, Post University decides to eliminate liberal arts majors; why grouping individual degrees by the work needed to attain them would better help students and colleges alike; and demystifying grad school: The concept of “provisioning” offers a useful way to view and explain what Ph.D. candidates do all day. NYU grad student strike: A debate on the rights of students to unionize. Will anyone take a stand against striking grad students? What does college teach? It's time to put an end to "faith-based" acceptance of higher education quality pdf. From UC-Berkeley, hesitant hottie: Why, Professor Manga… you're beautiful! Researchers say the "truly, madly, deeply" feeling of falling in love doesn't last more than a year. And yes, they have proof. "Creative types have more sex": What a pile of crap. And tough guys, effete snobs and mad women: Introducing Europa Editions

[Dec 2] From Axess: A Magazine for the Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, a special issue on the Enlightenment and its Discontents, an editorial, and articles by Stephen Eric Bronner on Enlightenment Revival, Per Bauhn on Free Thought, and Meera Nanda on Godless States. A review of Thomas Hobbes, Writings on Common Law and Hereditary Right, consisting of A Dialogue between a Philosopher and a Student, of the Common Laws of England. A review of Hobbes on Law, a review of The Godless Constitution: A Moral Defense of the Secular State, a review of The Case for Gay Rights: From Bowers to Lawrence and Beyond, and a review of Advice and Consent: The Politics of Judicial Appointments. A review of Akhil Amar's America's Constitution. More on The Moral Consequences of Growth. An interview with economist and Nobel laureate Robert Fogel. Did Steven Levitt, author of Freakonomics, get his most notorious paper wrong? Joseph Stiglitz launches the Brooks World Poverty Institute at Manchester. Simon Jenkins on why the University of London is a pointless institution that has let Bloomsbury become steeped in squalor. From Reason, a debate on the future of education reform. Ross Douthat on continuing studies: Is it the future of college? Carlin Romano profiles Slavoj Zizek, the wild Seinfeldian philosopher. And does the work of pop philosopher Colin Wilson provide clues to a serial killer’s motives? Scott McLemee is banking on the idea

[Dec 1] Nancy Fraser (New School): Reframing Justice in a Globalizing World. Jacob Levy (Chicago): Contextualism, Constitutionalism, and Modus Vivendi Approaches. A review of Kant and the Ethics of Humility. A review of Vitalizing Nature in the Enlightenment. From Edge, George Dyson on the universal library. A survey finds Seattle is the nation's most literate city in the US. From The Chronicle, virtual tutors guide students but aren't quite ready to replace professors. What they don't teach you in graduate school: Here are tips for getting out of graduate school and into your first job. An interview with Joe Berry, author of Reclaiming the Ivory Tower: Organizing Adjuncts to Change Higher Education. Bradford Berenson doesn’t remember Harvard Law School as the most encouraging place for an ambitious young conservative. An essay on recruiting academia as a step America must take to prevail in the war for the free world. What is one to make of the extraordinary fuss over Guardian writer Emma Brockes’s interview with Noam Chomsky? From Scientific American, here's the fourth annual salute to the research, business and policy leaders of technology. A conversation with Hubert Dreyfus on meaning, relevance and the limits of technology. Surprise! Engineers create a mathematical theory of surprise. Researchers use brain scans to predict behavior. A review of World as Laboratory: Experiments with Mice, Mazes, and Men. A study finds for many public buildings, form doesn't follow function. And research finds a tight skirt can make a smart manager look dumb