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From Germany, Ulrich Beck on why full
employment is an illusion. From Ukraine, should
the country become a federation? From Israel, an article on the
illusory Golden Age. From Great Britain, terrorists are a
product of a specific mindset that has deep roots in Islamic history.
From TNR, David Pryce-Jones on Londoners
after the attacks, and two
articles on Karl
Rove. What if they threw an
ethics war and nobody came? Pennsylvania senator Rick
Santorum is in
a flap over past
comments on Catholic
sex abuse. From Salon, does Bob Casey Jr. have what
it takes to unseat the Christian right's poster boy? A new study finds
to a politician creates stronger opinions. Marci Hamilton on the
remarkable legacy of Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. Over 100 legal
scholars join Senator
Charles Schumer in urging Senate to question nominees on judicial
philosophy. Should prochoicers just
give up and let Roe go? A review
of Dressed To Rule. Vagina Dialogue: Do
conservatives really know what all women want?
on Marriage, a History. And I want my Gay TV: Logo
targets a new niche market
[Jul 14] From Mauritius, an article on the role of the opposition. From South Africa, more cant than Kant in G-8's largesse. From Brazil, whatever happened to Lula? A look at the life and work of Dag Hammarskjold. Help from France is key in covert operations. From The New York Times Magazine, a cover story on President Bashar al-Assad, the Enigma of Damascus (and more from TNR). From The National Interest, an article on an axis of democracy. John Yoo on why the US should go on the offensive against terror. To understand this Supreme Court, it's best to look at the justices themselves. EJ Dionne reviews Noah Feldman's Divided by God. More on What Is Life Worth?: The Unprecedented Effort to Compensate the Victims of 9/11. More on Bob Woodward's The Story of Watergate's Deep Throat. More on Mediated. A review of The Man Behind the Microchip. ICRA is changing the way it ranks Web sites. And are you having an affair? Maybe you'd like to send something from Cathy Gallagher's Secret Lover Collection of greeting cards
[Jul 13] From Guinea Bissau, the country yearns for new era after elections. From Great Britain, why Labour should not follow Tory calls for smaller government. How did Russia's path to reform lead to muzzled media, a corrupt judiciary and a rubber-stamp legislature? James Surowiecki on the Chinese government’s bid for Unocal (and more). From Eurozine, a series of articles on Srebrenica, ten years on. After all these years, why are we still besieged by the search for truth and justice? Christopher Hitchens on what the genocide taught us about intervention, and on how Jefferson's ideas presaged the Bush doctrine. Opinion Journal on how Karl Rove is turning out to be the real "whistleblower" in this whole sorry pseudo-scandal (and more). Robert Bork on how the Supreme Court sows moral anarchy. A conservative Christian Republican explains why Bush can't choose a new Supreme Court justice based on religious criteria. And even Antonin Scalia thinks that judicial candidates should talk about their beliefs
[Jul 12] From Great Britain, why are kids' online antics seen as the key to reviving democracy? From South Korea, an article on the dilemmas of democracy. From China, the Beijing Consensus threatens the Washington Consensus around the world. From Uganda, an article on why the country needs to choose its political model carefully. The Kenyan economics expert James Shikwati says that aid to Africa does more harm than good. From FT, a letter on how pro-trade arguments is the answer to contrarians. Newly unearthed documents show how the story of the A-bomb was suppressed and revealed. Srdja Trifkovic, Chronicles’ foreign editor, is in serious danger of his life. Journalists are creating public awareness of an emerging class of people called New Republicans. From Salon, if bloggers get the same press freedoms as traditional media, what will prevent corporations like Halliburton from using blogs to pour unregulated money into politics? And could Google's quest for news quality leave alternative sources in the dust?
[Jul 11] And in other news: Here's a slide show about the history of the vibrator and artificial stimulation for women. A review of American Sexual Character: Sex, gender and national identity in the Kinsey reports. A review of The Elements of Murder: A History of Poison. Scott McLemee wonders if the Deep Throat enigma doesn’t linger. Bloggers learn the price of telling too much. If leisure time is always getting better, why the nostalgia? A review of Cool: A Story of Ice Cream. Chewing gum gets under our feet and costs us millions a year to clean up, but it can inspire artists and philosophers. A review of Garbage Land: On the Secret Trail of Trash (and more garbage). When it's pot versus pet, there's a bad trip in store. Now that's a World Series: MLB's 16-nation tourney will have big stars and political tension -- if everyone plays ball. From In These Times, a review of books on hip-hop. A review of The Rock Snob's Dictionary. Madonna's spiritual beliefs may seem wacky, but why do they annoy people so much? What do Bill Clinton, Martin Scorsese, Ellen Ripstein, Yoda, and the city of Philadelphia have in common? The Cases of Tom Cruise, Matt Lauer, Brooke Shields, and Jim Carrey: Hypocrisies as to celebrity speech. And here are 10 facts about world records
[Jul 8] News from around the world: From Great Britain, after the joy of winning the Olympics, evil came swiftly, but how do you verify a terrorist group's claim of responsibility? From Chile, a court strips Pinochet of immunity. From Australia, a look at how the government controls the news. From Rwanda, why African ethno - philosophical worldviews should not influence leadership. From Spain, an article on Eurochavistas. From Germany, a look at the tradition of national conservatism. The relationship between faith and politics was a frequently discussed theme in the nineteenth-century Dutch press. A review of Stephen Harper and the Future of Canada. A review of The Official History of the Falklands Campaign. A review of books on Rome. A brief history of Dominico - Haitian relations. Genetic research Polynesians are Taiwanese in disguise. More on Mao. And on Live 8: How did protests become love-ins? Over the past 15 years, 'street politics' has lost its critical edge
[Jul 7] From Russia, differences between Moscow and St. Petersburg have been piling up for more than three centuries. From Israel, go forth and multiply - but stop when you get to three. From Australia, on 'aspirational voters’ and the 2004 federal election. A look at Germany's not so gloomy economy (and more), and who are Germany's new young conservatives? (and more) Brad DeLong on Europe's neo-liberal challenge. When a sovereign country turns into a failed state: The case of Liberia. The struggle is not between liberty vs. dictatorship but between Western political ideals and Islam. An essay on Multi - Civilizational Asia: The Promise and the Peril. Are the Chinese more dangerous than the Japanese? (and more) From CJR, why it’s time for the press to stop cowering before its critics; and on how The New York Times’s hip and ambitious coverage of pop culture manages to miss half the story. On class acts at the Times and Journal: The tale of two series. David Gergen reviews Bob Woodward's The Secret Man: The Story of Watergate’s Deep Throat. And tell the ACLU which ad is most powerful - and help them reform the Patriot Act
[Jul 6] From Europe, Slavoj Zizek listens to Beethoven's "Ode to Joy" and detects certain ironies. From Great Britain, "focus groups? I thought we elected politicians to make big decisions." From Open Democracy, articles on Jeffrey Sachs, the G8 and poverty, and Insider-outsider: the NGO fracture zone. From Der Spiegel, is it time for the West to rethink its aid strategy towards Africa? Where better to make a song and dance for Africa than Philadelphia? Everywhere liberty is cherished, people are descendants of the Iroquois League and its neighbors. Can an Indian Nation of the Pacific Northwest seek designation as an endangered species? From National Journal, Ronald Brownstein on the Internet and Democrats. From Campus Progress, reflections from the College Republican National Convention. Obituary: James Stockdale. From Slate, Bruce Reed, "Mr. Has-Been", on what to do when you miss back when. And former Steeler Lynn Swann plays up his GOP candidacy in PA
[Jul 5] From TNR, more updates from the world's tyrannical outposts; Martin Peretz on Anglicans and Israel; and Jeffrey Rosen on evaluating strict constructionists. Here's how to pick a Supreme Court Justice: Read everything they've written, then call the FBI. Commentary on Sandra Day O'Connor by Mark Tushnet, Louis Menand, William Stuntz, Slate and Bazelon, Hathaway and Lithwick. From Reason, articles on slippery slopes, stare decisis, and popular opinion and on Supreme Court senility, and who are libertarians' favorites on the nation’s highest court? Roy Moore on saving the US from the Court--with Thomist jurisprudence perhaps? Who separated church and state? Leon Wieseltier on Rehnquist's and Scalia's Commandments. And it's amazing how much has always been at stake in the interpretation of the 10 Commandments
[Jul 4] From Canada, an article on "The Least Bad Social-Ethical Values Package" dilemma. From France, humanists seek to halt religious advances. From Russia, Kaliningrad / Konigsberg struggles with German past on its 750th anniversary (and more). From the United States, a celebration of Leaves of Grass on its 150th anniversary. From The National Interest, an essay on the India Imperative. The Guardian profiles Mahmoud hmadinejad. Liberté, Fraternité, Morosité: Are the French headed for défaillance? Just what's so wrong with the 35-hour week? From Newsweek, the Rove Factor? Time talked to Bush's guru for Plame story. An op-ed on why you shouldn't have to surrender your liberties to prove you love the red, white and blue. Stephen Carter on the disorder in the Court. Yale's Peter Schuck on incivility's virtues. On remembering a golden age when politics and philosophy rubbed shoulders with sex, drugs and rock'n'roll. And if open letters are not expressions of public opinion, then what are they?
[Weekend 2e] Life, Or Something Like It: From The Atlantic Monthly, on the coming death shortage: Why the longevity boom will make us sorry to be alive. An article on a summer camp that's a piece of heaven for the children, but please, no worshiping From Salon, a series on Scientology: Tom Cruise as its missionary man; its war on psychiatry; the role of the press; and what does L. Ron Hubbard's Dianetics actually say? Rock stars are now influential in government circles. Is this necessarily a good thing? Why are pop singers so samey and sexless? From The New York Observer, man ass is suddenly everywhere. There's a new specter on the horizon: "Rainbow parties". Some people just don't know how to take no for an answer, do they? "Can you spare any change?": No American outstretched - palm worker willing to work is denied a street corner. Cary Tennis on why being a contemplative sort is weird no matter what century, what continent. And don't read this, write it
[Weekend] From Germany, an interview with Peter Sloterdijk on Europe, democracy and capitalism. From South Africa, why does Africa remain poor? From Slate, on the war on African poverty: Tony Blair's LBJ problem. A review of The State of Africa: A History of Fifty Years of Independence. Here's a short history of Israeli military thought. How will a situation in which Iran possesses nuclear weapons affect Israel's strategic posture? A look at why the Chinese may conclude that pluralism is eyewash. In Washington DC, baseball has become a political football, as Soros's Nats bid irks Republicans. From The New York Times, a special section on Sandra Day O'Connor, and more from Dahlia Lithwick. Why the battle for the court will be nasty: It's the liberals' fault! A review of The Supreme Court Under Earl Warren, 1953-1969. Ronald Reagan is named greatest American in a poll. And six Confederate soldiers looking for love may have come to the right place after all (and more)
[Jul 1] From Iran, the people have elected religious hardliner Mahmoud Ahmadinejad: Whose victory is it? From Germany, don't believe the hype: the upcoming federal elections will be fought out in the middle. From Malta, the principle of equal consideration of interests is so simple, so clear. From Great Britain, it's time to give Mother Nature rights. A new report from the OECD indicates that progress on reducing agricultural subsidies in the rich world has been glacial. Migration is here to stay, so get used to it: Poland has come up with a marketing plan to improve its reputation in France. The jargon of global capitalism found a new name for the world's largest communist power: the "aberrant buyer". Here's something you probably didn't know: Ireland today is the richest country in the European Union after Luxembourg. Stanford's Romain Wacziarg on the factors that account for the success or failure of countries to develop. And is China's rapid economic development good for U.S.?
[Jul 15] From The Washington
Monthly, Charles Peters on how
a little-known utilities executive saved civilization, a look at how
Senator Ted Stevens built a welfare state for Eskimos that made
defense contractors rich, and Phillip Carter on how
al Qaeda fought the US to a draw in the biggest battle in
Afghanistan. From The Nation,
Richard Falk on how the world speaks on Iraq. James Wolcott on how
Americans are still numb to the far greater agony the war has
unleashed on the Iraqi people. From Axis of Logic, an essay on
the evolutionary "why" of religious capitalism: Imperialism,
colonialism and capitalism in Christ's name. The idea of
unity divides Catholics and Orthodox Christian. Who is the
greatest theologian of all-time? Scientists ask Pope
to address evolution. A
review of Liberation Biology. A look at how the environment,
more than genes, determines child's social aggressiveness, and on
the timing of poverty in childhood is critical to later outcomes.
hands off Hitler!
It's time to repeal Godwin's Law. A
review of Martin Lukes: Who Moved My BlackBerry. And an
why unions are like typewriters
[Jul 14] Levitt and Dubner ask how much good do car seats do, and more on abortion and the crime rate. Dutch doctors have proposed a procedure for infant mercy killing. Is this humane or barbaric? What the American automotive and entertainment industries have in common is trouble. Richard Epstein on property and privilege. Ronald Bailey on how property rights help the poor even more than the rich. Team of scholars says president has right goal but wrong policies to improve economic security. An article on free riders: Austrian v. Public Choice. A review of Confidence Games: Money and Markets in a World without Redemption. An essay on the encroachment of the public. From Open Democracy, an article on the heart of Simone de Beauvoir. A review of Paul Berman's Terror and Liberalism. More on Love, Poverty & War. A review of books on Iraq. A review of books on counterterrorism and intelligence reform. A review of books on World War II. A review of The World Hitler Never Made. A review of The Last Voyage of Columbus. And more on Empires of the Word: A Language History of the World
[Jul 13] From Foreign Policy, why is the U.S. Department of Homeland Security constantly telling every American to be afraid? From Foreign Affairs, an article on Europe's Angry Muslims. From TAC, an interview with Robert Pape, author of Dying to Win: The Logic of Suicide Terrorism. Peter Bergen reviews the BBC's "The Power of Nightmares." A look at how myths about the Second World War won't help us understand what is happening today. Agnes Heller attacks "some well-known American and German intellectuals" and other news from Europe. Roger Scruton on the United States and the open society. An interview with Jeffrey Hornstein, author of A Nation of Realtors. Here's a look at America's wackiest roadside religious attractions. From Reason, an article on parentalism and the fear of freedom. Companies don't control brands now; we do. But that may be worse. A review of Playground: A Childhood Lost Inside the Playboy Mansion. Meaningless sex? Male mounting reduces sexual promiscuity of females. And thus spoke my eccentric friend
[Jul 12] From Reason, a review of books on the Global War on Terror, and If the victory of liberalism is inevitable, do we need to fight in the Middle East? How distinctively neoconservative is President Bush's foreign policy? So you want to stop the suicide bombers? From LewRockwell, an essay on the asymmetrical rhetoric of war and peace. A massive economic development boom: That's what legalizing undocumented immigrants would unleash. From TAP, a parade shows how the sublime and the shameful coexist in America, and Cass Sunstein on the problem with predictability. What are the rules in the judicial appointments game? From Buzzflash, an interview with Joseph Wilson. From Alternet, an interview with Jared Diamond. Did the Founding Fathers really get many of their ideas of liberty from the Iroquois? Thomas Sowell on Black rednecks and White liberals: Who's a redneck? An article on the love of the Irish. And strep throat definitely doesn’t fall under the heading of demon possession. To demonize all illness is to give the Devil way too much credit
[Jul 11] From Slate, William Saletan on the political case for an anti-Roe justice, and a look at what the front-runners think of abortion. From Ideas, Alan Wolfe on the real question before the court, and should justices be elected? From AEI, Frum, Gingrich and more on the future of conservatism. From Think Tank, a discussion on the future of socialism with Joshua Muravchik and Christopher Hitchens. From The New Republic, Alvaro Vargas Llosa on Che Guevara: The Killing Machine. Salman Rushdie on India and Pakistan's code of dishonor. An essay on political Islam in the heart of secular Europe. Chalmers Johnson on the smash of civilizations. A hawk questions himself as his son goes to war. Tariq Ali on the price of occupation. The Progressive interviews Chuck D. Roger Scruton on hatred and terrorism. From Nextbook, how two books about conspiracy theories get it wrong. If you didn't board that bus, thank Lady Luck. From Global Politician, an article on the technology of law and the law of technology. An article on the reform of thought and reform of the state. A look at would-be nation-builders and the hunt for land. The global economic scene is now more troubled that at any time since the trade wars with Japan 20 years ago. And more on The Prince of the City
[Jul 8] From Skeptical Inquirer, getting the monkey off Darwin's back: Four common myths about evolution. Cardinal Christoph Schönborn explains the Catholic church's views on evolution. Do leading conservative pundits and thinkers believe in evolution? TNR asks them. Climate change is helping a revival of the nuclear industry, though its economics still look dodgy. From Salon, if President Bush is serious about fighting African poverty, here are 10 things he should do. Some of American ideals are taking hold worldwide -- but not the nobler ones. Fred Kaplan on why it's time to consider the security budget, homeland and military, as a whole. More on Irresistible Empire. From Counterpunch, why Judith Miller is the luckiest martyr, and from Reason, three simple solutions to her messy legal problems. A look at how Ohio's "Coingate" scandal exposes the flaws of the campaign finance system. A review of Strom: The Complicated Personal and Political Life of Strom Thurmond. And another racist finds himself behind bars ... So?
[Jul 7] From TNR, Jacob Hacker on insuring the social safety net. In gauging living standards, GDP misses mark. A review of books on happiness by Nick Gillespie. More on Freakonomics. A review of When Computers Were Human. More on Radical Evolution and More Than Human. Before the fact, a Pope Benedict (but what a rogue!) From Orion, an article on what fundamentalists need for their salvation. What would have become of the Libertarian Bore the day politics ceased to matter? From Reason, on the libertarian case for judicial activism. An op-ed on activist judges. A review of Electing Justice: Fixing the Supreme Court Nomination Process. A look at how the Court is reshaping federalism from an ideological weapon into a neutral principle, and how Raich minus Roe could equal a national abortion ban. Pat Buchanan on the Judges War: An issue of power. From The Nation, an article on reconnecting to the world. A review of books on the American Revolution (and more). A review of books on Abraham Lincoln. A review of War Made Easy How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death. More on The Dominion of War. More on Sands of Empire. And a review of books on the Iraq War
[Jul 6] From The Chronicle, making the case for a United States of Europe. Christopher Hitchens on how to ruin an occupation. From Commentary, Charles Krauthammer on the neoconservative convergence, James Q. Wilson reviews Freakonomics, a review of Linda Greenhouse's Becoming Justice Blackmun: Harry Blackmun’s Supreme Court Journey, a review of South Park Conservatives, and a review of Marriage, a History: From Obedience to Intimacy, or How Love Conquered Marriage. An article on the heterosexual revolution, and straight, gay or lying? Bisexuality is revisited. From Salon, "feminism" turns off a lot of younger women. Is it time to retire the word -- or reclaim it? From New Humanist, why it takes an agnostic to truly understand why people choose to believe, an article on why religion is on its last legs, and a court finds Hare Krishnas guilty of child abuse on a massive scale. Why religious myths must die if we are to survive as a species. Want to start a new religion? Brand it! And why are religious jokes so funny?
[Jul 5] From TLS, a review of books on the British Navy, and more on Christopher Hitchens' Love, Poverty and War. From LRB, a review of books on the BBC, and where has all the money gone in Iraq? A review of books on American militarism and nationalism. Gordon Wood reviews books on the Founders. Richard Brookhiser on how Hamilton saved America from the Founding Fathers' economic ignorance. From Counterpunch, on the pretensions of neoliberalism: Six myths about the benefits of foreign investment. From Useless Knowledge, are you an atheist, a Druze, a Copt, a Uniate, a Methodist or a Mormon? Who knew that a video game could be this complicated, so questioning of my moral values? More on books on the female orgasm. And a review of Big Bosoms and Square Jaws: The Biography of Russ Meyer, King of the Sex Film
[Jul 4] From Social Policy (registration required), a special section on the future of the labor movement, with an introduction. An article on remembering The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists. From Web Journal of Current Legal Issues, are recent restrictions on political speech, primarily the use of free speech zones, justified? From The Nation, an article on going beyond gay marriage. From TNR, Jonathan Chait on the case against new ideas. Fred Kaplan on why the the US can't send more troops to Iraq. A review of Secrets and Lies: The True Story of the Iraq War. From Ideas, why do suicide bombers do it? More on Mao: The Unknown Story. James Traub on the Congo Case. From The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs, an article on the state of democracy in Russia, and a review of The Bottomless Well: The Twilight of Fuel, The Virtue of Waste, and Why We Will Never Run out of Energy pdf. From Wired, an article on the other Turing test, and here are William Gibson's confessions of a cut & paste artist. And a review of The Secret Life of Oscar Wilde
[Weekend 2e] Science: From the new issue of Issues in Science and Technology, a review of The Problem of Biological Weapons, a review of The Future of Arms Control, and a review of Academic Capitalism and the New Economy: Markets, State, and Higher Education. From Edge, a conversation with J. Craig Venter, Ray Kurzweil, and Rodney Brooks on Biocomputation. A new study suggests that we think in analog, not digital. On how the brain creates the convictions that mould our relationships and inform our behaviour. From Great Britain, ignore philistine government officials: there’s nothing ‘nineteenth century’ about the pure science subjects. Science on the 125 big questions that face scientific inquiry over the next quarter-century. Leaps of faith into the realms of Tolkien and The X-Files are vital if science is not to become boring and die. A history of the Second Temple unearths an archaeology of fantasy and longing. And on a do-it-yourself Lazarus kit: Scientists have discovered a way to bring dead dogs back to life
[Weekend] From The National Interest, Peter Berger on religion and the West, and a review of books on the origins of modernity. Noah Feldman writes of a church-state solution, and a review of his Divided by God. A review of Occidentalism: The West in the Eyes of Its Enemies. Kenneth Pollack on five ways to win back Iraq. A look at why the Iraqi war will never be worth the lives lost. A review of books on suicide terrorism. The theater of cruelty: Reflections on the anniversary of Abu Ghraib. From Open Democracy, an article on the crisis of democracy in America, and Tom Nairn on Britain’s tipping-point election. From Monthly Review, an article on the renewing of socialism, and a Marxist critique of the utopian vision of the future (then and now). More on John Dunn's Setting the people free. Marvin Olasky on understanding Peter Singer and combating Singerism. Why "the pursuit of happiness" is about more than private pleasures. And why Samuel Johnson's dictionary is an invaluable guide to what the founders had in mind
[Jul 1] From Monthly Review, an article on the legacy of the IWW. From Index on Censorship, why the failure to challenge religious censorship will carry a severe price. Peter Ludlow on 95 Theses on the Religious Right doc. Christopher Hitchens wants to end this silly talk about sacrificing children. Thomas Palaima on why spinning America's image isn't enough. An article on the doctrine of humanitarian intervention & the neo-colonial implications of its revival in our unipolar world. From Asia Times, an article on the Hobbesian hell in the making. From Political Affairs, why socialism is our best hope. Cato's Wiil Wilkinson on noble lies, liberal purposes, and personal retirement accounts. From rental cars to CEOs: A review of 'freaky' research. A review of Joshua Frank's Left Out. More on Mediated: How the Media Shapes Your World and the Way You Live in It. An article in praise of anonymity. How language got that way: A review of Empires of the Word. And a review of The Ocean at Home: An Illustrated History of the Aquarium
From Evolutionary Psychology, an article on Evolutionary
Explanations for Societal Differences in Single Parenthood. A review
of Wisdom in Love: Kierkegaard and the Ancient Quest for Emotional
Integrity. A review
of Before the Fallout: the human chain reaction from Marie Curie to
Hiroshima. A look at how treatment
for Parkinson's disease turned some patients into gamblers. Research
may be the culprit behind hangovers. America has a small
problem with class, and a bigger one in its schools. A review
of Academia in a Changing Environment: Higher Education Policy in
Israel, 1952-2004. From South Africa, a look at the work of Cornel
West. A lot has changed since 1908, but F.M.
Cornford’s guide to academic politics is as good as new. An
interview with George
Pyle, author of Raising Less Corn, More Hell. More
on Coffee: A Dark History. A review
of Oak: The Frame of Civilization. More
on Garbage Land. A child
of the '60s visits Legoland. The website Radical Reference
has answers for those who question authority. And who does Roger
Waters think he is?
[Jul 14] John Witte (Emory): Rights in the Western Tradition. David Barnhizer (CSU): Operational versus Rhetorical Sustainability: Conflicting Goals, Values and Functions. Catharine Wells (BC): Why Pragmatism Works for Me. From Essays in Philosophy, a special issue on Business Ethics. A review of Dennis Thompson's Restoring Responsibility: Ethics in Government, Business, and Healthcare. Here are the results of research on breaking the rules of social behavior and learning how to lie. From Inside Higher Ed, an article on The Mystique of the Out-of-State Applicant, and a look at the release of My Freshman Year: What a Professor Learned by Becoming a Student. More on Privilege: Harvard and the Education of the Ruling Class. More on God on the Quad. What, other than our propensity for buying things we don't need, explains the success of Levenger's catalog of Tools for Serious Readers? An article on turning reading glasses from a marker of aging to a marker of style. And Karl Marx wins the Radio 4 listeners' poll of favorite philosophers
[Jul 13] Dawn Johnsen (Indiana): Should Ideology Matter in Selecting Federal Judges?: Ground Rules for the Debate. Dan Kahan and Donald Braman (Yale): Cultural Cognition and Public Policy. Jacob Nussim (Bar-Ilan): Redistribution Mechanisms. A review of Rome or Death: The Obsessions of General Garibaldi. A review of The Unfolding of Language. More on Freakonomics. Does violence reside in a dark part of the human psyche? What makes some of us look out for each other, while others look out for themselves? Some of the world’s leading research universities plan a new cooperative venture. When colleges’ financial gurus gather, companies use strategy and give-aways to hawk their wares. A computer geek faces 70 years in jail for hacking into the top levels of US defence. From Uncommon Knowledge, a discussion on freedom of speech on campus. From Slate, on what Catholics think of evolution: They don't not believe in it. And from Australia, go figure: Philosophy gets real
[Jul 12] From Anthropoetics, Chris Fleming (UWS) and John O'Carroll (CSU): Romanticism. From Monthly Review, Andrew Blackman on the soul of socialism, and Stephen Fortunato on connecting with the people’s values. A review of Common Sense: A Contemporary Defense, and a review of Religion and the Liberal Polity. More on Augustine: A New Biography. An interview with Michael Silberstein on religion, science and the Relational Blockworld. An interview with the multi-facetted Turkish author Elif Shafak. Researchers identify a key to how the brain processes language. Uniting China to speak Mandarin, the one official language: Easier said than done. English sounds like one language, but it's really not. Scientists uncover new clues about brain function in human behavior. The true cause of America's obesity epidemic is the government-subsidized overproduction of corn. From guns to guts, new treatments are literally in the spotlight. And a study looks at gaps in faculty salaries between and among disciplines
[Jul 11] Dawn Johnsen (Indiana): Abortion: A Mixed and Unsettled Legacy. A review of Human Life, Action and Ethics: essays by G. E. M. Anscombe. A review of The Orientalist: In Search of a Man Caught between East and West. More on The Argumentative Indian. An article on Michel Foucault and bioeconomics: a politics of multiplicity. Richard Swedberg answers ten questions about economic sociology. The rise of the Christian right in American politics has added impetus to an already huge and growing market in evangelical fiction. Nearly two hundred years later, The Liberal has been re-launched to reinvigorate a literary tradition. Placido Domingo is the gentlest of men and driven by his art--mañana is just another working day. On the economies of language: English learners must weigh economic pros against cultural cons. A review of How the Self-Help Movement Made America Helpless New research on the myth of the medical malpractice claims crisis. Egghead retirement communities give a new meaning to "permanent student. A new ruling will allow censorship of campus publications. From The Chronicle, what is it with job seekers who also write blogs? And from Pakistan, the purple patch is back: Jean-Paul Sartre on existence (and more)
[Jul 8] From PLoS Biology, Paul Ehrlich (Stanford) and Simon Levin (Princeton): The Evolution of Norms. A new issue of ephemera is out, including an editorial on The Organisation and Politics of Social Forums pdf. A review of Social Dynamics: Economic Learning and Social Evolution. A review of The Good in the Right: A Theory of Intuition and Intrinsic Value. A review of Brian Barry's Why Social Justice Matters. An interview with Erik Olin Wright on the Real Utopias Project. Oliver James on how Freud influenced Hollywood. An interview with BC's James Bernauer on Foucault. An interview with Judith Butler, "Grand Doyen of Queer Theory". From FT, academia seeks to join global elite. From Commentary, an article on Columbia and the academic intifada. What’s it like to have your projects singled out to lose money in a U.S. House vote? From Business Week, a crash course in B-school classroom jargon. And a review of Why Business People Speak Like Idiots: A Bullfighter's Guide
[Jul 7] Ethan Leib (Hastings): Responsibility and Social/Political Choices about Choice; Or, One Way To Be a True Non-Voluntarist. A review of Hegel's Preface to the Phenomenology of Spirit. A review of The Unfolding of Language. A review of Lavoisier in the Year One: The Birth of a New Science in an Age of Revolution. A review of The Terror. Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth translated Romantic ideals into the language of Christian experience. An article on why women love Jane Austen. Research finds men and women differ in how they decide which strangers they can trust. Rationally speaking, can you change your mind three times? A book with a Theory of Everything? John Allen Paulos Looks at The Road to Reality. And from Inside Higher Ed, an article on the corrosion of ethics in higher education; new research shows that a single, optimistic college adviser can propel legions of low-income high school students to higher education; a reflection on the skills necessary in the classroom and outside academe; and instructors place all sorts of limits on students’ term paper topics. But can they ban God from them?
[Jul 6] Michael Barr and Reuven Avi-Yonah (Michigan): Globalization, Law and Development: Introduction and Overview. Margarita Estévez-Abe and Glyn Morgan (Harvard): Social Justice and the Varieties of Capitalism: Individuality, Flexibility, and Social Well-Being pdf. A new issue of Post-Autistic Economic Review is online. Excerpts from Peter Gallagher's Global Trade Advocate. A review of Aristotle: On Generation and Corruption, Book I, Symposium Aristotelicum, a review of Wittgenstein and Gadamer: Towards a Post-Analytic Philosophy of Language, and a review of Anne Conway: A Woman Philosopher. From Psychiatric Times, are genius and madness related? Contemporary answers to an ancient question. An essay on beauty and aesthetic autonomy. A review of William Empson: Among the Mandarins. From Salon, can Sun Tzu make you successful? And teachers having a doctorate does not necessarily make them more rewarding for students (Preach it, brother!)
[Jul 5] From Australia, why listen to Nancy Fraser? (and more) An interview with David Buller on evolutionary psychology. Do economics studies harden the heart? An interview with Roger Scruton. Radio 4's poll to find the world's 'greatest philosopher' gives Marx the Monty Python treatment. In defiance of the feds, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences describes how to poison milk supply. A review of Simon Singh's Big Bang. A look at how quantum physics can teach biologists about evolution. A special report: Einstein's pacifist dilemma revealed. Is the particle there?: A review of A Game with Sharpened Knives. An interview with Nicholas Johnson, author of Big Dead Place. Who needs the humbug?: More on Harry Frankfurt's On Bullshit. From the Annals of Improbable Research, how many Greek children have dimpled cheeks?
[Jul 4] From PS: Political Science and Politics, Joseph Zimmerman (Albany): The Nature and Political Significance of Preemption-Introduction and Congressional Preemption: Removal of State Regulatory Powers; Timothy Conlan and Robert Dudley (GMU): Janus-Faced Federalism: State Sovereignty and Federal Preemption; Paul Teske (Colorado): Checks, Balances, and Thresholds: State Regulatory Re-enforcement and Federal Preemption; and Paul Posner (GAO): The Politics of Preemption: Prospects for the States. From Iraq, war, destruction and terror are not good for higher learning. Less is more as colleges turn eco-friendly. An interview with Homi Bhabha on global cultural citizenship. More and more and more on Amartya Sen's The Argumentative Indian. A review of The Singing Neanderthals. Why NASA's Deep Impact mission makes scientific sense. The weird science of weather modification makes a comeback. A review of Warped Passages. And from HNN, are we at a turning point in history?
[Weekend 2e] Potpourri: Crispin Wright (NYU): Wittgensteinian Certainties pdf. Andrei Marmor (USC): The Immorality of Textualism. Peter Goldman (Westminster): Consumer Society and its Discontents: The Truman Show and The Day of the Locust. Tyler Cowen (GMU): Civilization Renewed: A Pluralistic Approach to a Free Society doc. A review of Fischer Black and the Revolutionary Idea of Finance. A review of Hard Choices, Soft Law: Voluntary Standards in Global Trade, Environment and Social Governance. From Psychiatric Times, why are drugs abused by humans? Roger Scruton on why culture matters. An article on the perplexities and confrontations of universalist ideals and realities and rights of difference, and an article on the origins of the "clash of civilizations". And from Discover The Network, David Horowitz on the missing diversity in American campuses; and if Lisa Anderson, Richard Falk, Eric Foner, Laurence Tribe all form part of the political left's network in academia, where do I sign up?
[Weekend] J. Tobin Grant (SIU): What Divides Us? The Image and Organization of Political Science pdf. Alan Wolfe on the 50th anniversary of Louis Hartz's The Liberal Tradition in America. On the science of politics: Questions for Peter Gourevitch of UCSD. From The Chronicle, Carlin Romano takes a look at Nicola Lacey's A Life of H.L.A. Hart: The Nightmare and the Noble Dream. More and more on David Hume as the greatest philosopher. An article on Friedrich Schiller, a great bard of liberty. From The Guardian, a celebration of the women who hosted salons to nurture talent and inspire great works of art, and on the ugly side of beauty: Don't tell Sheila Jeffreys these are signs of female liberation. Iraqis seek help for their battered academia. Can a university be too private for its own good? A review of School Choice: The Moral Debate. In the world of academia, is it whom you know? And a degree. A play. A job. A wife. My lungs. What else does a growing boy need?
[Jul 1] John Skorupski (St. Andrews): Ethics and the Social Good; The Concept of Well-being; and Totalitarianism in late modernity. A review of books on the fall of the Roman Empire (and more). A review of Perils of Dominance. From AEI, you can download Deepak Lal's In Defense of Empires and download Growth and Interaction in the World Economy: The Roots of Modernity. A review of Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit: New Critical Essays, and a review of Reading Hegel's Phenomenology. A new issue of Philosophy Now is out, including a review of On Bullshit, an essay on how memory is both consolation and torture, and article on today's unsolved problem, and on Spiked-Online's e=mc 2 centenary survey, the attacks on science, foie gras & philosophy, the arrogance of "I Think", the end of the world, going your own way in philosophy, and can you learn philosophy in 30 days? And here's an introduction to the world of commercial publishing