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From Cuba, on how the
Great Press is an instrument of neo-liberalism--but ethical
journalists? Hey, it turns out there really are. From Malta, on how modern
politics lack 'organic
intellectuals'. Women who think Europe is a big yawn had
better wake up before it's too late. Will Hutton on how the result
of the EU
Constitutional Treaty referendum is far from a foregone conclusion.
US allies have put world poverty at the top of their agenda. Why
can't Americans do the same?
Vaclav Havel on appeasement,
Yegor Gaidar on killing
growth in Russia. From The Brookings Institution, a policy brief on thinking
about political polarization. A look at Newt
Gingrich's Revolution That Wasn't (and more).
The Washington Times makes a habit
the work of extremists, including the wife of the newspaper's
managing editor. And an article on
the coming of blog.gov
[Feb 14] From Iraq, Shi'ites win most votes, and a look at how major political groups fared in the election. From Syria, Ammar Abdulhamid, a democratic reformer, has a conscience. But does he have a constituency? From Belgium, fear of Islamists drives growth of far right. From Germany, an exhibit about a group of ’70s homegrown terrorists divides the country. From France, it's François mania! A look at the state of Franco - American affairs, and more on French Women Don't Get Fat (and an excerpt). As the French know, love -- like good food and wine -- is a stimulant best consumed in small, very pretty portions. From The Globe & Mail, a review of books on love. If you sign on with a modern-day matchmaker, you'll have to toss away your idealized notions of soul mates and embrace the romance of no romance. Here's a Vatican lesson on how to treat a woman. An article on love, lust and homo sapiens. And erotic love has been supplanted by what The New Yorker once called "the eros of parenthood"
[Weekend] From Nepal, low voices at high altitude. From Uzbekistan, can new governments bring any change? From Georgia, there's trouble across the border, and for the boisterous president. From Nigeria, arguing the inconsequential as Africa burns. From Pakistan, an article on the state as a ‘violable’ virgin, and on why the West must come to terms with its role and place in a global world order. From France, past practice has weakened the roots of a strong reportorial culture. From Foreign Policy, is the world’s wealthiest country a scrooge or a savior? Nicholas Kristof on God and Evolution, and David Brooks on The Age of the Résumé Gods. David Talbot, the founder of Salon, is passing the mouse. Once the realm of poets, artists and philosophers, love has been exposed as biochemistry. Lovers, beware candlelight’s allure. And all things fair: Can true love survive political differences?
[Feb 11] From Spain, the government faces a delicate negotiation if it is to forestall Basque demands. From The Economist, an article on the creeping destabilisation of the north Caucasus, and what it means for the future of Russia, and an article on the new and dangerous trends in the Andean drug business. An article on Latin America’s forbidden debates. A review of books on Northern Ireland. Timothy Garton Ash on how Condi Rice is heralding a shift in long-term US policy to transform the Middle East. A review of Smoke: A global history of smoking. A review of Movies and the Mind: Theories of the Great Psychoanalysts Applied to Film. A look at the games people play with names. And relationship sites are a booming online business, as lonely hearts look to ‘scientific software’ to find mates
[Feb 10] From Canada, nice ass. Wanna vote? From Mozambique, savvy marketing of a condom brand has slowed HIV infection rates. From the United Arab Emirates, shopping is helping Dubai shift the global dynamic. From Turkmenistan, Turkmenbashi is the last of a dying species. Any action by one of the Middle East's three main powers - the United States, Iran or Israel - may provoke a dangerous reaction. From New Statesman, the nuclear fat is in the fire, and a review of Human Cargo: a journey among refugees. From Doctors Without Borders, here are the Top 10 Most Underreported Humanitarian Stories of 2004. The national environmental community is struggling to regroup in the aftermath of the 2004 elections, and Greenpeace shifts tactics as it looks ahead to four more years of Bush. An interview with Senator John Thune of South Dakota. From The Nation, a look at why cartoons get under our skin. Here's Bush's official reading list, and a racy omission. That sought-after trait in a mate - "good sense of humour" - is more complex than originally thought. In fact, men and women define it differently. And the seven deadly sins have been knocked for six
[Feb 9] From Israel/Palestine, Sharon and Abbas declare truce. From Yugoslavia, the Serbian media are haunted by their past and uncertain about their future, except for trashy TV Pink. From Brazil, fifty years ago, Brazil's indigenous peoples faced extinction. Indian reserves now cover an area bigger than France and Germany combined. A look at the implications of Turkish-Russian relations for Eurasia's geopolitics. The race for the papacy heats up. Richard Posner on the efforts to appoint the first director of national intelligence. Alan Greenspan pays tribute Adam Smith. Politicians are always unconvincing when they talk of art but artists often understand politics. From The New Yorker, why is everyone mad at the mainstream media? Ironically, people who have the highest capacity for success are the most likely to choke under pressure. A look at why men can't help replying to: 'Do I look fat? New Zealand is a land where blokes are blokes and even women can be blokes. And from Ms. Magazine, on the Fuck-You 50s: "We’re loud, proud and 37 million strong"
[Feb 8] From Nigeria, more conversations with a political scientist (and more). An article on Who's Who in the Arab media. Shirin Ebadi on the human rights case against attacking Iran. Richard Clarke on how the US will have to look to nongovernmental organizations and other nations to lead the battle of ideas. Robert Shiller on how Wall Street learns to look the other way. A look at the Republican strategy to elect Jeb Bush. And a review of French Women Don't Get Fat
[Feb 7] From Togo, Gnassingbe Eyadema dies, his son takes over. From Thailand, Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra wins reelection. A review of The Idea of Pakistan. China has become the world's most adept imitator of foreign brands and business concepts. A review of books on Russia. Derrida's principles of literary deconstruction live on in any attempt to analyse IRA announcements. More on Shake Hands with the Devil. Nelson Mandela says it’s the modern slavery. Thousands have demonstrated against it. So why won’t the US sign up? Condoleezza Rice taps Stephen Krasner to assume position of director of Policy Planning for State Department. A CIA puppet or a serious research facility? The jury is still out on the Munich Institute. Can Procter & Gamble's $54 billion merger with Gillette kick-start growth in the consumer-goods industry? A review of Don't Fence Me In: Leprosy In Modern Times (and more). A review of Five Quarts: A Personal and Natural History of Blood. A review of Human Cargo: a journey among refugees. A review of Where Race Does Not Matter: The New Spirit of Modernity. And it's a pod, pod world: The insidious little word that's taking over the culture
[Weekend] From Poland, Communist-era files are opened. From Jamaica, prime minister announces year-long celebration of Bob. From India, a large segment heartily welcomed Bush’s return. From Great Britain, we're safer today than we have been at any time since the 1930s, and yet people worry more about anti-social behaviour, but that's not necessarily because there's more of it about. From FT, Brits and Yanks are still oceans apart. From Slate, on the Propaganda President: George W. Bush does his best Kim Jong-il. Ralph Reed files papers enabling 2006 bid for Georgia lieutenant governor. From Reason, an article on the era of one-click democracy. Technology increases the ability of people to share, but will they share more than just technology? Durkheim will once again be cast over all of Super Sunday. A review of Waterfront: A journey around Manhattan. A review of books on slow food. Nina Hartley stands up as a Feminist for Porn. Passionate warrior, lover and monk: The notion of the gentleman is back! And why should you discuss your 'bits' with a vicar before tying the knot?
[Feb 4] From the Caucasus, the oil giants and financiers behind the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline remain oblivious to criticism. From Peru, on big mining and its increasingly radical opponents. From Iraq, a look at how Arab newspapers spun the election, and democracy won, but do Americans care? (and more) Ralf Dahrendorf on legitimacy and elections, and Shlomo Avineri on the other Palestinian revolution. The Volcker inquiry on the food-for-oil plan cites UN diplomat for conflict of interest. From Economic Principals, George W. Bush listens to economists too much, but he is having an intellectual love affair with someone else. The Nation profiles Dick Durbin, Bush Fighter. A general is scolded for saying, 'It's fun to shoot some people'. Maureen Dowd has decided to stop evolving: "Evolution is so 20th century." From Utne, a look at how lobotomies are making a comeback. The over - intellectualizing diminishes the role of the athleticism, the genius of the individual players. Here are some sports stats that would really tell you something. Here are two columns by The Numbers Guy. And here's the one guy who didn't like Jon Stewart's America: A Citizen's Guide to Democracy
[Feb 3] From Nepal, chaos on the roof of the world: The king seizes power. From Georgia, Prime Minister Zurab Zhvania is killed accidentally by gas from a heater. A review of Angola: Anatomy of an Oil State. A review of The Pontiff in Winter. From The Economist, an article on how three of the most important prices in the world economy are set by means other than markets. From Reason, four more years?!? On libertarian hopes and fears for Bush's second term. An excerpt from Safe: The Race to Protect Ourselves in a Newly Dangerous World (and part 2 and part 3). A look at how "awareness bracelets" can create a tragedy of the commons. On how search engines have become essential to the way we live our lives. A review of Bicycle: A History (and more and more). And cases of rare sex disease are diagnosed in New York
[Feb 2] From South Africa, how are the nation's public intellectuals performing? From South Korea, reading Marxism for academic purposes has little to do with the time difference. From Canada, it sucks to be youth. From Malaysia, on Europe, Islam and the search for new politics. From France, in the immigrant suburbs of Paris, secularism is on the wane. Possibly the biggest stumbling block for the Constitution is the issue of European versus national identity. When the next wave of influenza hits, the world's poor will stand to lose the most (and part 2). Stephen Schlesinger on the UN as an annoying, necessary friend. George Soros on why Bush must embrace the values of open societies. Bill Moyers on how the delusional is no longer marginal. Howard Dean could be the Democratic Party’s last great hope -- or it’s latest flailing dope. Prospect writers weigh in. Mathew Scully on building a better State of the Union Address. A review of Dick: The Man Who is President. And egad! As Clinton shifts themes, conservatives doubt her motives
[Feb 1] From North Korea, an article on Chairman Kim’s dissolving kingdom. From Yugoslavia, initiatives will press for the maintenance or abolition of the Serbian-Montenegrin state union. From Belarus, fresh divisions among opposition undermine talk of a revolt against Lukashenka. From Italy, 'Beasts of Satan' face murder trial. From Europe, a poll finds one third of EU citizens unaware of European Constitution. From Ecuador, president's tactics alarm political rivals. From PINR, on the cycle of instability in the Andes: Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru. From The Nation, on the politics of water in Bolivia, where a rich state moves toward more autonomy. Bush aims to forge a GOP legacy with second-term plans that look to undercut Democratic pillars. Here's an open letter that urges the congressional leadership to substantively increase the size of the Army and the Marines. Bob Kerrey on why "Hell no, we won't go" is the wrong liberal approach on Social Security reform, and Rush Limbaugh issues a warning to President Bush on immigration. A review of Fatherhood: The Truth. And a look at how we risk handing our body over to someone who will make a pig's ear of it
A new issue
of Liberty is out, including an article on Hayek's
The Fatal Conceit, a review
of A Politically Incorrect Guide to American History (and more
from HNN), and did the Fed cause the Great
Depression? From Le Monde diplomatique, articles on Iraq
and the UN, Iran,
Palestine, and Algeria.
From The Yale Politic, an interview
with Janet Reno, an interview
with The Economist's Bill Emmot, an excerpt
from Lewis Lapham's Gag Rule, an article on remapping
and rehabilitating movements of dissent, and a look at the
environmental extreme Left. George Monbiot on how the reality of
climate change is that the
engines of progress have merely accelerated our rush to the brink. A review
of Pol Pot: Anatomy of a Nightmare. More
on Don't Fence Me In. An article on cities
and the decline of Euro-America. A review
Underminer: The Best Friend Who Casually Destroys your Life.
And AJ Jacobs is not
[Feb 14] From The Toronto Star, an essay by Arthur Miller, "In praise of tragedy and the common man." A product with a built-in charitable contribution eliminates the logistical hassle of a conscience. What happens when you get a bunch of spooks, lawmakers, gadget geeks, and military interrogators together in a hotel conference room and ask them to talk - on the record? A review of Ronald Reagan and His Quest to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. A review of Right Turns: Unconventional Lessons From a Controversial Life. Stormin’ Marxist Norman Geras is toast of the neocons. A review of John Kenneth Galbraith: His Life, His Politics, His Economics. An interview with Jagdish Bhagwati. William Greider on The New Colossus. A review of Against the Flow by Samuel Brittan. More on Blink. More on The End of Faith. More and more on In the Rose Garden of the Martyrs (and an excerpt). From CT, a look at Dostoyevsky's disregarded prophecy. An interview on Catholic legal theory. And an article on Disraeli, the charming racist
[Weekend] From Financial Times, a look at the work of Samuel Brittan. From IMPACT Press, David Suzuki on reinventing the future and protecting the Earth from ourselves; Steven Best on the New Abolitionism: Capitalism, slavery & animal rights; and an essay on opinionated lizards as the backbone of Big Business. From Wired, an interview with Aubrey de Grey, an article on ending the Postal Service's government-backed monopoly, and on how clean, green atomic energy can stop global warming. Or better yet: Tax the unborn. From Lew Rockwell, an article on the theory of limited government. An essay on William Graham Sumner: Against Democracy, Plutocracy, and Imperialism pdf. From Left Hook, more on Niall Ferguson's Colossus. From Anarchy, Jason McQuinn on Demoralizing Moralism: The Futility of Fetishized Values. A review of books on Heloise & Abelard. And more on The End of Faith
[Feb 11] From Open Democracy, Salman Rushdie on defending the right to be offended, an article on America’s nuclear stealth war, and on why democracies can effectively fight terror only by remaining true to themselves. A review of Monumental Propaganda. A new issue of Policy Review is out, including Mark Gould (Haverford): Understanding Jihad; Stanley Kurtz on demographics and the culture war; a review of books an atheism; and does Israel belong in the EU and Nato? From Reason, how “New Urbanist” planners sacrifice safety in the name of “openness” and “accessibility". More on Blink. A review of Waterloo: Napoleon's Last Gamble. Why open marriages and strict monogamy are equally unrealistic goals. And research finds dogs and their owners really do resemble one another
[Feb 10] From LRB, an essay by Bruce Ackerman on the Supreme Court. Samantha Power of the Court of First Resort. The International Criminal Court is ready to act--if the Bush administration will get out of its way. A look at the global pressure on the U.N. to better address human rights violations. The plain meaning of torture? Literary deconstruction and the Bush administration's legal reasoning. From TAC, William Pfaff on the truth about torture, and an article on the hunger for dictatorship. Political freedom leads to peace, which makes us and the whole world, safer. To which the only rational response is: Maybe. A review of books on American power and the fate of empire. On how it was the Enlightenment that inspired the Founding Fathers. From Knowledge @ Wharton, on how the European Union can deliver on its unfulfilled promise, an article on the financial policymaker's bind, and do multinational corporations have an ethical obligation to assist those in need? It was all such fun until we realized that no business really uses game theory. Suppose an American investment bank embraced an anarchic ideal. And a review of Beyond the Gray Flannel Suit: Books from the 1950s that Made American Culture
[Feb 9] Larry Diamond on what went wrong in Iraq and the prospects for democracy and stability. Niall Ferguson on why withdrawing from Iraq now would be folly. Tariq Ali on why the Iraqi elections were designed to re-establish the unity of the west. A look at the secret history of America’s “extraordinary rendition” program. From Reason, a review of Shooters: Myths and Realities of America’s Gun Cultures, and a review of The Woman and the Dynamo: Isabel Paterson and the Idea of America. A review of Che Guevara and the Cuban Revolution. From Left Hook, an article on the Contours of Conservative Hypocrisy (and part 2). Steve Breyman is against the selfishness of the "Ownership Society". Economics in six minutes: A Georgian perspective. Why do firms pay dividends? Does the U.S. outsource polluting industries? From Open Democracy, the “cooperation - plus - competition” that shapes life on earth, from microbes to the internet, gives Dave Belden optimism about the human future. For the worst of us, the diagnosis may be 'evil'. And Massimo Pigliucci is no Voltaire, and this essay is no Candide
[Feb 8] Norman Geras on the reductions of the Left. From Prospect, are we driven by ancient genes or our own cognitive faculties? Human beings may have two distinct cognitive systems in conflict with each other. More on Robert Conquest's The Dragons of Expectation. More on Love, Poverty, and War: Journeys and Essays (and an excerpt). Noah Feldman reviews books on political Islam. And a review of The Mind of Gladstone: Religion, Homer, and Politics
[Feb 7] On culture: From The Common Review, why it might be a good idea to weed out the human gene that longs for transcendent beauty, and thoughts on the NEA's "Reading at Risk" study. A review of The Order of Books: Readers, Authors, and Libraries in Europe Between the Fourteenth and Eighteenth Centuries. From The Chronicle, a look at Lawrence and Alex's Great Publishing Adventure. A Dartmouth researcher mines Amazon.com to measure literary tastes. Among linguistic professors in the Arab world the debate is raging over whether a modernization process is needed. More on Umberto Eco's On Beauty. A review of Carlos Fuentes' This is Believe: An A to Z of a Life. Nadine Gordimer meets Naguib Mahfouz. From The Village Voice, more on The Seven Basic Plots. One of the smaller, but no less bloody skirmishes in the Culture War is being waged on the linguistic front. An interview with Roger Kimball. More on the 400th anniversary of the publication of Don Quixote. Is the blockbuster the end of cinema? Wendy Shalit on The Observant Reader. Linguists Gone Wild! Why "wardrobe malfunction" wasn't the Word of the Year. An article on the case against anonymous book reviews. And more on Susan Sontag
[Weekend] Gertrude Himmelfarb on the centenary of Lionel Trilling. From NYRB, a review of Anatol Lieven's America Right or Wrong, and a review of Kenneth Pollack's The Persian Puzzle. From Intellectual Conservative, an article on an Enlightenment view of Islam and the Arab world. Fred Halliday says we are still infected by Cold War ills, and a response. A fusion of religious zealotry, political dogma and anti-Islamism is becoming a potent and underestimated force in United States security policy. From Salon, a review of The Neocon Reader, and more on Judgment Days. From spiked!, economic cycles aren't what they used to be; and a review of books on trusteeship and ‘failed states’. More on An End to Suffering: The Buddha in the World. More on Jim Wallis' God's Politics (and an excerpt). From Mother Jones, a look at the increasingly powerful civilian side of the emerging homeland security state, and an interview with "green" journalist Michael Pollan. In These Times goes undercover at the American Correctional Association’s 2005 Winter Conference. And ballots in the balance: Does the 1965 Voting Rights Act still matter?
[Feb 4] Here's the introduction to Dean Baker and Mark Weisbrot's Social Security: The Phony Crisis. More and more of Collapse. More and more on Ayn Rand. From LA Weekly, an article on the country’s most murderous prison gang. A review of books on slavery. From New Statesman, a look at how the west dug holes for the poor. While the west bickers over minor differences, Asia waits quietly in the wings. The EU seems to represent not an enemy of liberal capitalism, but a new and possibly improved version of it. Is Zionism today the real enemy of the Jews? Humanity has gone back to its origins. We live in caves again, but the cave is now a glass palace. It’s not easy to remember, but we didn’t always think of ourselves as a target-rich country. Did September 11 cause a constitutional paradigm shift? Open Democracy's Dominic Hilton on Fashionable anti-Americanism. Why high-violence societies may not be ready for representative government. From CT, an interview on the philosophy of jihad. Christians who say that morality is their concern in the public-display controversy ought to switch to the Six Commandments. And from Counterpunch, an essay on Bush's brand of Christianity
[Feb 3] From What Next?, an essay in defence of militant secularism, and an essay on extending the circle of compassion: Socialism and animal rights. From Monthly Review, an essay on The Achievement of Malcolm X, a review of No Surrender: Writings from an Anti - Imperialist Political Prisoner, and Samir Amin on India as a great power. From The National Interest, Robert Conquest on downloading democracy, a review of books on Europe, and articles on the Arab world, Turkey, the Caucasus, Vladimir Putin, and on why we need new ideas--and institutions--to win the war on terrorism. And a new issue of The Independent Review is out, including an article on Money and Politics in the Land of Oz; an essay on the hidden inequality in socialism, a review of The Logic of Political Survival, and a review of The Nation-States: Concert or Chaos
[Feb 2] Roderick Long on Ayn Rand's contribution to the cause of freedom as the last romantic. From Reason, loved, hated, and always controversial, Ayn Rand is more relevant than ever, and an article on the fight over the original Log Cabin Republican. An article on Benjamin Disraeli as The Inventor of Modern Conservatism. From The New Criterion, on journalism as power without responsibility. A look at how Heavy Metal and Science Fiction can save a life. Leslie Gelb on the lessons of 1787 for Iraq. From Salon, Juan Cole on the Shiite earthquake, and a review of Witch Craze: Terror and Fantasy in Baroque Germany. An essay on strategies for social justice movements from Southern Africa to the United States. The Art of Energy: The future will not be painted in oil. The high court's Gitmo confusion comes home to roost. What happens when a no-nonsense, rational, atheist traveller puts herself in the hands of a touchy-feely shaman? On the selling of the last savage: Would you pay to see tribes who have never laid eyes on an outsider? And don't speak the language? Live with the locals
[Feb 1] A new issue of Newtopia is out, on the theme Law & Order. A review of Power, Terror, Peace and War: America's Grand Strategy in a World at Risk. From Scoop, an essay on a new theory of human nature (and part 2). The dictator, the saint and the minister: An article on Opus Dei, and a review of books on the pope. Richard Epstein on the case for flat taxes. A new issue of Australia's Griffith Review is out. More on Mark Tushnet's A Court Divided. More on Rights from Wrongs. Has Ayn Rand gone mainstream? A review of books by William F. Buckley. We take from the past what suits us most, and too often it's a blinkered, nationalistic view. A new issue of Yes! Magazine is out. From The New York Times Magazine, can American workers ever be secure in a global market? Andy Stern wants to find out. The dining room at an assisted living community might as well be a high school cafeteria. A new issue of American Sexuality is out. The US has shown it can introduce democracy to enemies, if barely. Now it needs to bring democracy to friends. The big story, the sweep of opportunity, is one that we ignore every day - and are the poorer for it. A new issue of Bad Subjects is out. More on Collapse (and an excerpt). And a review of The Paradox of Choice
[Feb 15] A new
issue of New Politics is out, including an article on the
2004 Elections and the collapse of the Left, three
perspectives on the
U.S. occupation of
Iraq, a review of
books on Brown, and a symposium on
No Child Left Behind and Public Education. A
review of Social Citizenship and Workfare in the United States
and Western Europe: The Paradox of Inclusion, a
review of The Digital Person: Technology and Privacy in the
Information Age, and a
review of Evolving Standards of Decency: Popular Culture and
More on Big Bang. Information literacy seems to be
a phrase whose time has come, but "computer skills" are not enough.
On the greatly exaggerated
demise of an American institution, the public library. More on how
creationists take their
challenge to evolution theory into the classroom. And here's a bad
didn’t work then, so..."
[Feb 14] Joseph Stromberg (Auburn): Sovereignty, International Law, and the Triumph of Anglo-American Cunning. Susanne Hoeber Rudolph's 2004 APSA Presidential Address is now online. A review of Hegel's Concept of Action. A review of True to Life: Why Truth Matters. A review of American Mania: When More Is Not Enough. A review of Happiness: Lessons from a New Science (and more). A review of An Intelligent Person's Guide to Genetics. An article on the software of life. Scientific advancement can only intensify the fierce moral and ethical debate surrounding biogenetics. Inventor Ray Kurzweil is aiming to live forever, but advances in science may reduce humans to the pets of machines in 100 years. John Allen Paulos examines the difference between men and women when it comes to math. Here'a a AAUP statement on the Churchill Controversy. Jonah Goldberg on the Left's reaction to Larry Summers and and Ward Churchill. And an article on Ayn Rand's campus radicals
[Weekend] From Humanitas, Peter Viereck (Mount Holyoke): Metapolitics Revisited; Wayne Borody (Nispissing): Nietzsche on the Cross: The Defense of Personal Freedom in The Birth of Tragedy; Linda Raeder (Palm Beach Atlantic): Augustine and the Case for Limited Government; and Peter Alexander Meyers (Paris III): Method and Civic Education. A review of Alfred Tarski: Life and Logic. Logical and precise, left-brain thinking gave us the Information Age. Now comes the Conceptual Age - ruled by artistry, empathy, and emotion. An op-ed on Biology's New Forbidden Fruit. There have been women with brilliant scientific minds, but far fewer than men. Is this due to innate differences, discrimination or disinclination? And from UC-Berkeley, a conversation with John Searle on philosophy and the habits of critical thinking, and a philosopher goes to the movies: A conversation with Stanley Cavell
[Feb 11] Kim Lane Scheppele (Penn): Law in a Time of Emergency. A review of Marx and Whitehead: Process, Dialectics, and the Critique of Capitalism. A review of Wittgenstein: Biography and Philosophy. An article on the stories which undermine the myth of the philosopher as a high-minded thinker. Ideas interviews Kwame Anthony Appiah. More on Ernst Mayr. Conservatives claim that the ivory tower is the last refuge of liberal clout. But the assertion doesn’t live up to its hype. If Americans don't understand the science, they'll never create the tech. Do book smarts have anything to do with success, really? From The Chronicle, Stanley Fish writes on student evaluations of teacher performance, an article on how the best scholars see the world as children do, and and face it: Sometimes you're the problem
[Feb 10] George Bragues (Humber): The Kantian Approach to Dealing with Suspect States: Evaluating the Report by the UN High Level Panel on Threats, Challenges, and Change. From the Law and Politics Book Review, a review of Torture: A Collection, a review of Thick Moralities, Thin Politics: Social Integration Across Communities of Belief, a review of The Right to Vote: Rights and Liberties under the Law, a review of Oral Arguments and Decision Making on the United States Supreme Court, and a review of The Genetic Imaginary: DNA in the Canadian Criminal Justice System. From The Chronicle, an article on Reinventing Physics: the Search for the Real Frontier. Copernicus, Darwin, Crick and Watson changed the way people see themselves: Leading scientists say what comes next. Scientists in a race against time to complete an inventory of all life on Earth face an irony. Hammers threaten rock carvings that show a corner of the Sahara was not always a desert. A digital version of Oscar Wilde's mirror is being developed to show you what you will look like in the future. And Stuart Taylor on why feminist careerists neutered Larry Summers
[Feb 9] Victoria Kahn (UC-Berkeley): Promise v. Contract: The Sovereign Subject Revisited pdf. A new issue of Dissent is out, including Andrei Markovits (Michigan): The European and American Left since 1945; Carole Joffe (UC-Davis): It's not Just Abortion, Stupid Progressives and Abortion; more on re-thinking the politics of the family; an article on speaking to the working class; Ellen Willis reviews Eli Zaretsky's Secrets of the Soul: A Social and Cultural History of Psychoanalysis; and Clifford Geertz asks, "What Was the Third World Revolution?" Does The Paris Review get a second act? The Guardian profiles Kenzaburo Oë. Steven Pinker on the science of difference (and more on the sex of science). Susan Greenfield's grand passion is popularising science, so it's not surprising if she appears in Hello! A foxy study links cute with clever. Animals value some pictures more than others and are willing to pay for the privilege of viewing the important ones. And the creator of Dolly the sheep has been granted a licence to clone human embryos for medical research
[Feb 8] Mark Kelman (Stanford): The Interdependence of Irreconcilable Foundational Beliefs doc. A review of Resisting History: Historicism and its Discontents in German-Jewish Thought. From India, an article on phenomenology and the causality of reason. A review of Harold Bloom's Where Shall Wisdom Be Found? From Stanford, a look at the Econ 1 Guide to Life. And there is one satiric touch missing from Jon Stewart's mock textbook America (the Book): a sticker
[Feb 7] David Copp (Florida): International Justice and the Basic Needs Principle pdf. A review of God and Other Spirits: Intimations of Transcendence in Christian Experience. Freeman Dyson reviews books on science. Here's the introduction to A Guide to What's Wrong in Economics. From Ideas, on how John Kenneth Galbraith and Milton Friedman shaped the debate over America's economic future, an interview with self-described robotics theologian Anne Foerst, an article on The American Scholar, and can the Millennium Development Goals be saved? (and more) Obituary: Ernst Mayr (and more). From Great Britain, open access moves a step closer. More on Letters to a Teacher. More on Francis Wheen's How Mumbo-Jumbo conquered the world. On the disgrace that Summers' assailants feel no obligation to refute the hypothesis. Katha Pollit on the Summers of our discontent. Jessa Crispin launched her blog hoping publishers would send free books. Three years on, she is a minor celebrity. These days, everyone's an encyclopedist. An article on the poignant accuracy in Tom Wolfe's portrayal of contemporary campus life. And what's infantile sexuality got to do with it?
[Weekend] On science, transhumanism and cryonics: A review of Colin McGinn's Consciousness and Its Objects. A review of The Mind Incarnate. Freeman Dyson on our Darwinian interlude. An essay on moving 'Towards a Science of Morality'. Should we prepare to enter the post-human state or should we let evolution run its own course? A look at how biopolitics could reshape our understanding of left and right. Is there a limit to how far bioscientists are willing to go? An article on Ethics, Technology, and Posthuman Communities. Could an advanced civilisation escape via a "wormhole" into a parallel universe? Here's how to do it. Even bacteria age: Findings suggest no life strategy is immune to mortality. The Door to the Future: Do we live in a century far enough advanced to make biostasis available? James Hughes on The Future of Death: Cryonics and the Telos of Liberal Individualism (and an interview, with part 2 and part 3). An article on why cryosuspension makes sense, but will cryonics work in the first place? An essay examines the probabilities. And is it true about Walt Disney?
[Feb 4] Oona Hathaway (Yale): Between Power and Principle: An Integrated Theory of International Law. James Thuo Gathii (Albany): NeoLiberalism, Colonialism and International Governance: Decentering the International Law of Governmental Legitimacy. Richard Rorty reviews Donald Davidson's Problems of Rationality, and a review of Introduction to German Philosophy: from Kant to Habermas. A review of Motherland: A philosophical history of Russia. A review of One Nation Under Law: America’s Early National Struggles to Separate Church and State, a review of Promises to Keep: Technology, Law and the Future of Entertainment, and more on Alan Dershowitz's Rights from Wrongs. An essay on the naturalistic fallacy and Sophie’s Choice. Walter Williams on anti-intellectualism among the academic elite. From TNR, Martin Peretz on why Lawrence Summers scares our supposedly daring academic culture, and an essay On Feeling the Misery of Strangers. In a 17-mile tunnel deep beneath the Earth, the search for the God particle. New study suggests race fear isn't hard wired. And if you could do it all over again, would you still get your Ph.D.?
[Feb 3] Amitai Etzioni (George Washington): The Emerging Global Normative Synthesis; and The Post-Affluent Society pdf. A new issue of the Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation is out. A review of Realism in Action: Essays in the Philosophy of the Social Sciences, and a review of Skeptical Feminism: Activist Theory, Activist Practice. A review of Situatedness, or, Why We Keep Saying Where We're Coming From. A review of Ruling the Later Roman Empire. A review of Bury the Chains: Prophets and Rebels in the Fight to Free an Empire's Slaves. A review of Our Last Great Illusion: A Radical Psychoanalytical Critique of Therapy Culture. A review of Szasz Under Fire: The Psychiatric Abolitionist Faces His Critics. And Scott McLemee on the risks one takes in practicing Allery-Wissenchaft
[Feb 2] You can still submit your paper and panel proposals for the 2005 APT conference. From The Wilson Quarterly, an article on The Revenge of the Nerds, on Schools and the g Factor, and on Higher Ed, Inc. A review of Anti-Individualism and Knowledge. A review of Descartes' Cogito: Saved from the Great Shipwreck, a review of The Act of Thinking, and a review of Varieties of Meaning. A review of Harry Frankfurt's The Reasons of Love. More on Simon Singh's Big Bang. An extract from The Dictionary of Fashionable Nonsense: A guide for edgy people. Julian Baggini on the fallacy of equivocation. From Prospect, an article on how Emile Durkheim still speaks to us. From The Chronicle, on rooting for the competition, and Conference Man returns to the MLA.. Why the Harvard president's tactless social science was a bad idea. First Vassar, now Harvard have student run magazines to promote 'sex-positive' culture. How seriously should we take the study of handwriting? And more on Wikipedia as The Faith-Based Encyclopedia
[Feb 1] You can read the first issue of the European Constitutional Law Review and the first issue of the NYU Journal of Law & Liberty online. A new issue of Forum: Qualitative Social Research is out. A review of Happy Lives and the Human Good: an essay on Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics, and a review of Desire and Belief: Introduction to Some Recent Philosophical Debates. From HNN, an article on Peter Charles Hoffer's Past Imperfect and the value of historiography, and Howard Zinn on what "People's History" is all about--or perhaps it's time for a Patriot's History of the United States? On how most of Einstein's ideas have been confirmed, but not all. A review of Parallel Worlds. The Tenured Left has once again allied itself with the Cruise Missile Left. Have the Housewives read too much Camus? Is this the dawn of the age of 'personal fabrication'? A psychologist claims to have identified fleeting facial expressions that give liars away. From Great Britain, what kind of Britain will tomorrow's teenagers be learning about? The library looks increasingly like a semi-redundant museum. And more offbeat news in the world of international higher learning