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[Jun 15] From Congo, on the fear that the war could restart. From Kenya, political economy must not be confused with economics. From Nigeria, in the beginning there was Afrocentricity. From Argentina, justices overturn amnesty for soldiers linked to rights abuses. From Canada, on the drive to create Independent World Television, a left-wing CNN. An interview with William Robinson on the battle for global civil society. Alvaro Vargas Llosa on how to undo 500 years of state oppression in Latin America (and more). From TNR, an update from the world's tyrannical outposts. And if Pinochet is guilty, so is Bush, says Paul Craig Roberts (but you must admit "kill at the whim of a hat" is almost worth the price of admission)

[Jun 14] From Germany, an op-ed on locust capitalism, and on Lafontaine and the dead end of national reformism. Here are some of the lesser-known declarations of the revised European constitution. From Europe to America: the populist moment has arrived. Can Europe learn from American constitution-making? How much are other countries' laws influencing America's? Jonathan Rosen on how unelected judges aren't thwarting the will of the people - they're channeling it. Linda Greenhouse on the Rehnquist Court and its imperiled states' rights legacy. Ted Olsen on why the Supreme Court should clarify the law on journalistic sources. An article on the American media in the firing line. From Beliefnet, a look at the religious groups that comprise the U.S. electorate, a post-election analysis of the 'Twelve Tribes of American Politics', which issues mattered, the exit polls, and how they voted. A look at the political muddle created by archaic terms such as left wing and right wing. Newt Gingrich on Conservatism at a Crossroads. From Progressive Populist, a look at why the Democrats will keep losing. A tolerance for atrocity is now enshrined at every level of American culture. And Joseph Lelyveld on restraining the Leviathan

[Jun 13] From Great Britain, Malcolm Rifkind as the Clark Kent of politics, and Prince William is now brainiest royal. From Australia, under-30s are challenging the orthodoxies of their baby-boomer parents. From China, cigarettes are a kind of miracle drug. Finland is a blond nation, in a bind on immigrants. A group of scholars from South Asia find some of their worst notions about America dispelled during a multi-city tour. From The Washington Post, an article on the contradiction of 'Deep Throat'. Dick Cheney finds time to be the King of Irony. American corporations are increasingly calling for action on global warming, sensing a business opportunity. Is the internet history's greatest hoax? Strange but true: Amish political scientist even beats coffee with a war hero. And who will emerge as greatest American?

[Weekend 2e] Academia: Will Moore (FSU): Observing the Political World: Ontology, Truth, and Science; and Evaluating Theory in Political Science pdf. From Theoria, a call for papers on The Future of Political Science. Here's a page on Presenting Data: Tabular and graphic display of social indicators. On the future of online reference: An interview with Patrick Spain, CEO of Alacritude. From American Scientist, a look at how science and stories are not only compatible, they're inseparable; a review of Converging Realities: Toward a Common Philosophy of Physics and Mathematics, and more on The Triumph of Numbers; Patricia Churchland reviews The Ethical Brain; and an article on attacks on taxonomy, and a review of Assembling the Tree of Life; and more on Earth: An Intimate History

[Weekend] From Bolivia, as the spectre of civil war hangs over the country, the president of the Supreme Court Eduardo Rodriguez is chosen as president, and protesters declare truce. New history text turns a page: Scholars in China, South Korea and Japan hope to set record straight. From The Nation, a look at the Dutch-Muslim Culture War. From Salon, an interview with Victor Navasky. Spiegel interviews world-class hacker Kevin Mitnick. If kids are smoking pot instead of drinking, they're causing themselves far less harm. Meet the Genitailor. What's that mean? Think, um, designer vaginas. And we have religious fundamentalism, terrorism, nuclear proliferation, globalization. And, of course, damsels in distress

[Jun 10] From Italy, does life begin at conception? From Sign and Sight, André Glucksmann on how the French no is the manifestation of a movement that cuts to the heart of Europe. CUNY's John Brenkman on how EU leaders must inspire their citizens with their vision of a democratic Europe. Timothy Garton Ash on Decadent Europe. From Der Spiegel, has the Bin Laden family really broken with the mega-terrorist? Is Cuba a fair country? From The Globalist, what is the historical relationship between Islam and China, India and Southeast Asia? A look at The World Bank's Loan Rangers. From TNR, Tom DeLay's former employees have brought the House majority leader power rivaling that of Boss Tweed. Until now. Is Mark Felt, a.k.a. "Deep Throat," a laudable whistleblower, or an immoral snitch? A look at Official Portraits, a unique collection of world leaders. From CJR, a look at Daniel Okrent's run at The New York Times, on why Michael Finkel is not Jayson Blair, some thoughts on News Corporation's fate after Rupert; and canned news and conservative commentary: Coming soon to a station near you? From BBC Magazine, how difficult is it to read the news? It's child's play. And beauty may be in the eye of the beholder but a new website has taken networking to Darwinian extremes by banning ugly people

[Jun 9] Sex & drugs: From the United States, the Supreme Court upholds Congressional power to override marijuana law: Judicial federalism gets really interesting: What were those Justices smoking? From Salon, here's a guide to Gonzales vs. Raich, and everything you always wanted to know about the stem cell debate (and you're not afraid to ask). An excerpt from The Genius Factory: The Curious History of the Nobel Prize Sperm Bank. Mixed-gender pornography boosts sperm: Men facing images of sexual competition may be more fertile. "One British sociologist said that lesbians are runaway slaves. I am a runaway master." Where is James Bond and what do women want? Edmund White on learning how to love women. Spanking Jessica Cutler: Capitol Hill attorney sues Washingtonienne for exposing his kinks. And with links to stories like that, should Political Theory Daily Review transfer its domain name?

[Jun 8] From France, a court finds Le Monde editor 'defamed Jews', and a look at the prime minister, the philosopher, and the sorcery that caused stigmata. From Egypt, Islamist politics makes for strange bedfellows. From Ireland, nouveau riche and loving it: Vulgar prosperity has helped heal old wounds. From Canada, ancient words get what they never had. From The East-West Inquirer, a look at the plight of India's poor children. The World Bank wants to finance "good" dam projects. The problem is finding them. Europe has its economic problems; we’ve got ours. The two are not the same. A look at the lives behind the names of some of the world's most well known diseases. Instapundit on how "news without newspapers" may end up saving journalism. It's getting impossible to create silicon chips that can hold more circuits, so what's next? You've been scammed again? Maybe the problem isn't your computer. And measuring the impact of blogs requires more than counting

[Jun 7] From Europe, Jürgen Habermas propagates "Core Europe" as the best means of accelerating the EU. From Cuba, Latin American leftists berate US. From India, you need romanticism to be a guerrilla. Young democracy guerrillas join forces: From Belgrade to Baku, activists gather to swap notes on how to topple dictators. The west believes it is building a safer world but it is creating a gangsters' paradise. The world today is no Sodom and Gomorrah destroyed by a just and angry God (and more): The world today is of our own making. A look at the globalisation of absurdity: Osama bin Laden is the ‘first man’, looking for recognition; George Bush is the ‘last man’ no longer in need of dignity. Politicians might hear, but does popular culture have the power to actually make them listen? Actor Michael Moriarty on metaphysical treason, or why he's running for the presidency of the USA in 2008 (and so is Georgist Lindy Davies). And a look at the race to win the 2012 Olympics

[Jun 6] Academia: Here's an open letter to journalism school grads (and more and more on reforming journalism education). Are athletic programs a money drain for universities? Watch out, Leno, here come the professors: A study supports the use of humor in online courses. A slew of new books on faith and learning may signal a renaissance for the Christian college. An article on outsourcing teaching. For some, life after finals means more academic work towards a career. A look at how academic exams are taken by true and false people. An article on the way of the PhDiva. And so you majored in political science. What can you do with that?

[Weekend 2e] From the United Nations, a new environmental atlas reveals global devastation. From Mexico, a look at the decade-long money laundering investigation of Raul Salinas. From Saudi Arabia, when King Fahd dies, what will change? There's one area in which France would love to emulate that place across the Atlantic. From NYRB, Alan Ryan on Gordon Brown and Elizabeth Drew on Selling Washington. Deep Throat reveals a glimpse into the two separate spheres of the government: Hidden World and Talk Show World. How do the paparazzi sell their pics? In praise of lovable bunglers: A look at the jerk at work. A review of How to Be Idle. A review of The Rebel Sell: How the Counterculture Became Consumer Culture. And call it "Jell-Onomics": The more we eliminate one set of complications, the more we create entirely new ones

[Weekend] From Saudi Arabia, citizens are outraged over women-drive proposal. From Malaysia, moderates and radicals fight it out-peacefully. From The National Interest, why is India America's natural ally? From ARPA, articles on security and tax policies in Australia. 50 years of rationality is interrupted: Europe’s political forward movement appears stalled, but a deeper process of rebirth and unification is underway across the continent. What does the future hold for the Caribbean in any global arrangement? The idea of putting weapons in space has its roots in American national mythology. Paul Light on how filibusters are only half the problem. An excerpt from Politicians Don't Pander: Political Manipulation and the Loss of Democratic Responsiveness. John Dean on why the revelation of the identity of Deep Throat has only created another mystery. And on why it's smart to disobey officials in emergencies

[Jun 3] From Germany, on an attempt by a member of the old Federal Republic to come to terms with the country he lives in. From Suriname, a look at recent events. From Israel, an article on the most dangerous criminals. From China, a look at how human nature is twisted. Nicholas Eberstadt on why South Korea should open its doors to refugees from the North. From Foreign Policy, an article on the politics of capital punishment in Japan. Der Spiegel interviews Pervez Musharraf. A review of books on Africa. From IRC, an essay on a global good neighbor ethic for international relations. Immanuel Wallerstein on playing with fire: the U.S., Iraq, Iran. A new issue of Blueprint is out, including an article by William Galston on judicial activism. With the leaked Downing Street Memo, the legal case for impeachment is clear. The question is how to overcome media and political inertia. An interview with Representative Bernie Sanders, now running for the Senate. Dennis Miller & Me: The best-laid plans of talk-show guests often go awry. And being dead doesn't mean you no longer have to care about social status

[Jun 2] Europe: From France, Chirac names Dominique de Villepin as PM. From Der Spiegel, an article on Europe's atomic anachronism, and shock Mom and Dad: Become a Neo-Nazi. An article on British conservatism. From TLS, a review of books on the battle of the European Constitution. From The Globalist, an excerpt from Perpetual Power: Why Europe Will Run the 21st Century, and on the confessions of a Euroskeptic: Don't write off Europe. Frank Furedi on why the French people's rejection of the EU Constitution represents a positive political event. Harvard's Glyn Morgan on why Euroskeptics should be careful what they wish for: Without the EU, Europeans can kiss goodbye to security and prosperity. From TNR, why the French vote was good for Europe, and bad for America. The borders are closing: Et tu, Holland? Europe's suddenly a lot like Canada. And Bernard-Henri Levy is left aghast

[Jun 1] Political economy: From Foreign Affairs, Sebastian Mallaby on saving the World Bank. A new issue of Finance & Development is out. From the IIE, a look at the payoffs from globalization to the US. Why bilateral agreements threaten the multilateral international commerce system, and a look at how to jump-start the WTO. An article on CAFTA, protectionism and free trade (and more), and an article on the New Banana Wars: Chiquita's threat to the Caribbean islands. And do governments take checks?
[Jun 15] From The University of Chicago Press, here are video clips with Martha Nussbaum and Robert Pippin from the "Erotikon Symposium". A review of Marriage, a History: From Obedience to Intimacy or How Love Conquered Marriage (and more). A review of Married to Genius. In a new documentary, Russian women vent about their American husbands. A review of Superstud: Or How I Became a 24-Year-Old Virgin. More and more on The Genius Factory. An interview with T. C. Boyle on the human animal. A review of Miss Manners' Guide to Excruciatingly Correct Behavior. An excerpt from Blush: Faces of Shame. And from Salon, the modern celebrity show trial makes us voyeurs at a morality play that showcases not guilt vs. innocence but wrong vs. wrong

[Jun 14] From Open Democracy, a series of essays on Europe: after the constitution, and Mary Kaldor on Iraq: the wrong war. Noah Feldman reviews books on Iraq and its aftermath. A review of The Question of Zion. Pat Buchanan on populism and nationalism versus globalism. From HNN, a review of books on Reagan. A review of One Nation, Uninsured: Why the U.S. Has No National Health Insurance. A review of books on American values. A review of Losing Moses on the Freeway: The 10 Commandments in America. From older communities to brand-new towns, it takes a village to make suburbia work. An article on real estate, the global obsession. A review of Dreamland and Catastrophe: The Passing of Mass Utopia in East and West. A review of A History of the World in 6 Glasses (and more). From Eurozine, an essay on transnational movements and democracy: How can NGOs fulfill their role within a more democratic framework? And three responses: (1) Must NGOs serve the interests of a particular group?; (2) An anthropology of NGOs: Forfeiting the legitimacy of the state for "movements" that are far from having popular support base would be wrong; and (3) Is transnationalism premised on the politically correct precepts of western European liberalism?

[Jun 13] Niall Ferguson on Europeans vs. Europe. A review of Russia's Empires, Their Rise and Fall: From Prehistory to Putin. An excerpt from Sands of Empire: Missionary Zeal, American Foreign Policy and the Hazards of Global Ambition. From Online Journal, an interview with Joshua Frank on electoral politics and the war. More on Human Events' blacklist of books. A review of Radical Evolution: The Promise and Peril of Enhancing Our Minds, Our Bodies -- and What It Means to Be Human. People afflicted with multiple personalities reveal that the idea of the self is a fiction. A look at why egocentric altruism may not be a contradiction. "If you build it they will come": There's a niche born every minute, too. A simple gesture that can express love--or insult. A kiss is never just a kiss. And here's what you need to know about the joy of walking

[Weekend 2e]
Research methods and findings: A new issue of Forum: Qualitative Social Research on "Qualitative Inquiry: Research, Archiving, and Reuse" is out. A new issue of The Qualitative Report is out. Scientists have realised the snake oil salesman's dream: a potion that increases trust. The anatomy of sarcasm: Revealing how the brain handles this complex communication. Intrinsic motivation doesn't exist, researcher says. A look at why teens are lousy at chores. Although being popular is a primary goal for many teenagers, a new study finds that popularity itself has a downside. Children's peer group influences ethnic/racial prejudice. Minority youths self-esteem grows, not shrinks over time. A look at the price of acting white. And African-Americans and Caucasians have similar emotional brain activity when seeing African-Americans

[Weekend] Did Simone de Beauvoir's scandalous open 'marriage' to Sartre make her happy? A look at the Housewife Theory of History. Psychiatrist John Gartner embarked on a search for what makes Americans different and found his own manic tendencies at the core of the national character. Michael Gard, author of The Obesity Epidemic, challenges the idea that we are greedier and more slothful than ever. A review of Coffee: A Dark History. An excerpt from John Ralston Saul's The End of Globalism. A look at the economics of conspiracy theories. An article on being a mitigated sceptic. We don't believe in horoscopes - so why do we read them? And got a £20m question you can't solve? Try child's play

[Jun 10] From Salon, Tushnet, Rakove, Gerhardt and Sunstein debate whether the Downing Street memo is grounds to debate the impeachment of the president, and Juan Cole on the revenge of Baghdad Bob. From The Washington Monthly, a look at energy reserves in Saudi Arabia, an article on U.S.-Iraq policy and the murder of a whistle-blowing contractor, and amateur engineers are asking what they can do for the Pentagon. From The Weekly Standard, an article on what America can do for Europe. From National Review, is environmentalism dead? A look back at Murray Rothbard's Confessions of a Right-Wing Liberal. An article on the mysterious disappearance of John Duesenberry. Milton Friedman's 'heresy' hits mainstream: Private Social Security accounts were his idea. James K. Galbraith on John Kenneth Galbraith. A look at the work of John Ralston Saul, the prophet of anti-globalism. A look at what today's demonstrators have to learn from the past. A review of Offshore: The Dark Side of the Global Economy. From Better Humans, something's missing from discussions about advancing science and technology: It's the law. An article on the Long, Strange Trip of David Hoffman. From Chronicles, Clyde Wilson on a great American president. An interview with Mark Noll on the rise of the evangelicals. And an excerpt from The Impossibility of Religious Freedom

[Jun 9] A new issue of Reason is out, including a cover story on how schools cheat, Virginia Postrel on consumption and freedom, a review of books on the fog of war, and do conservatives really know what all women want? Milton Friedman on how, after 50 years, education vouchers are beginning to catch on. Cato's Jim Powell on a libertarian view of the worst catastrophe. From AEI, an essay on how to think about constitutional change. From PUP, an excerpt from Desperately Seeking Certainty: The Misguided Quest for Constitutional Foundations, and an excerpt from On Nineteen Eighty-Four: Orwell and Our Future. A former leftie who backs Bush’s wars, Christopher Hitchens is combative as ever. From The Wilson Quarterly, a review of Free World, and a review of You, the People: The United Nations, Transitional Administration, and State-Building. And Robert Wright on why you don't have to be a global-governance visionary to oppose Bolton's nomination

[Jun 8] From Dissident Voice, more on mind, myth, and metaphor. From nth position, an essay on evangelism and the sense of fact. A review of books on Orestes Augustus Brownson, and a review of The Life and Death of Anne Boleyn: "The Most Happy". A history of happiness is a funny thing, since, for a long time, happiness was viewed as merely the absence of history. An article on how progressives can talk to the rest of America. A look at how humanists have much to learn from George Lakoff's Don't Think of an Elephant. A review of An Intelligent Person's Guide to Genetics. A review of Strange Angel: The Otherworldly Life of Rocket Scientist John Whiteside Parsons. A comment on the launch of the Free Enterprise Action Fund. From TAC, why proportional representation creates dysfunctional democracies. John Yoo debates whether to renew the Patriot Act. A review of Michael Walzer's Arguing About War. And an article on WG Sebald's handling of the Allied bombing in World War II

[Jun 7] From The New York Times Magazine, a special issue on Money, including Dubner and Levitt on monkey business. John Allen Paulos explains how numbers can suggest fishy business. From Monthly Review, two articles on the crisis in the US and world labor movements. From the Communist Party USA, here are some reflections on socialism. Bob Avakian Chairman of the Revolutionary Communist Party, on a way to understand what's going on. What should you read to find out about council communism? A review of Stalin: A Biography (and part 2). More and more on Mao: The Unknown Story. An excerpt from Clyde Prestowitz's Three Billion New Capitalists: The Great Shift of Wealth and Power to the East. A review of Christianity and War; And Other Essays against the Warfare State. A review of books on WWII. From Ideas, can the promise of nuclear power ever be separated from the spread of nuclear weapons? A review of books on American history and politics. And Rudy Takala, 16, knows not all liberals are evil

[Jun 6] Academia: From Inside Higher Ed, here's a rough guide for becoming a teaching assistant; an article on academic freedom and the intolerance of faith; an article on understanding the new SAT and a look at the New AP; academe, one of thy names is money; and what do Chemistry 101 or Introduction to European History have in common with Harry Potter or the latest singles from Green Day or 50 Cent? From Campus Progress, from censorship to drugs to evolution, ten ways that court decisions have affected students’ lives; and an article on facing up to Facebook racism. And a puzzle on the old college try: Why is a university like a sudden flash of understanding?

[Weekend 2e] From Wired, unlimited energy, fast-growing fruit, and free air-conditioning: We can have it all by tapping the icy waters of the deep; and here's a solution to the stem cell dilemma that even the Vatican can love. Do parents have a moral obligation to create perfect babies? Romance junkies will not be surprised by the finding that falling in love is akin to a cocaine hit. A look at what men think--and what women know. Priests and their celibacy is a perennially popular subject of study. Gil Kopatch on why he's not a Buddhist. From the NCR, a cover story on the Jesus of Islam.  EJ Dionne on the firing of Rev. Thomas Reese as editor of America. An interview with Don Feder, president of Jews Against Anti-Christian Defamation. A look at how the high intelligence of Ashkenazi Jews may be a result of their persecuted past. And an essay on ethical relativism and absolute taboos

[Weekend] American politics and religion: From The Nation, beware the Holy War: A new, more aggressive politics in what has begun to be referred to as an "urban archipelago". From Harper's, more on the soldiers of Christ: Feeling the hate with the National Religious Broadcasters. From Truthout, a series on America's Religious Right: Saints or Subversives? Christian emphasis on evangelism is at the heart of the Air Force Academy Scandal. On the "Ten Most Harmful Books of the 19th and 20th Centuries:" Jonathan Chait tries very, very hard not to think of the conservative movement as a gaggle of thick-skulled fanatics. An interview with Michael Ruse: "America is the only country that has not taken the Enlightenment seriously". This just in from New Hampshire: The devil is behind theory of evolution. From Beliefnet, was Jesus an embryo? And the news media are devoting more airtime to everything Jesus

[Jun 3] From CT, a review of The Lost Land of Lemuria: Fabulous Geographies, Catastrophic Histories, and a review of Moral Geography: Maps, Missions, and the American Frontier. Should we cure bad behavior? Tough questions about crime and neuro-rehabilitation. The runaway train: is your morality on the right lines? A look at President Bush's selective morality on "embryo adoptions". From Salon, an interview with Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder. A review of A Safe and Sustainable World: The Promise of Ecological Design. From TAP, the Sweeney revolution is definitely over. But is the Sweeney era? Inside the tumultuous battle over labor’s future. Here's an obscure economic indicator: immigration applications and the dollar. Tim Wise on Excuses, Excuses: How the Right rationalizes racial inequality (and part 2). A new issue of Clamor is out. From The Middle East Quarterly, an interview with Kanan Makiya. Kant's planets come to light as NASA photos have confirmed an old prediction. Why those fancy tomatoes cost so much? And why disgust is not as simple as you might think

[Jun 2] From Vanity Fair, an article on W. Mark Felt: "I'm the guy they called Deep Throat". Where Felt's leaks illegal? Here are some Watergate conspiracy theories that still won't die. Ben Stein defends Richard Nixon, a lying, conniving peacemaker. From the Army War College's Parameters, a series of articles on the conduct of war, essays on human security and on the trouble with history, and a review of books. From The Independent Review, Robert Higgs on Fear: The Foundation of Every Government's Power. An article on 'legislating morality': The anti-conservative fallacy. From The Nation, an article on collective memory and the Holocaust. From Dissident Voice, Improvisation from the Proscenium: An essay on the matter of mind, myth, and metaphor (and part 2 and part 3). And from Human Events, conservative scholars compile a list of the Ten Most Harmful Books of the 19th and 20th Centuries

[Jun 1] Political economy: From The Economist, by building social issues into strategy, big business can recast the debate about its role (but watch out for the sneaky language!). A review of Icarus in the Boardroom: The Fundamental Flaws in Corporate America and Where They Came From, and a review of Corporate Governance: Law, Theory and Policy. Recent accounting scandals have put Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac on the defensive. And Chicago's Sam Peltzman on Regulation and the Natural Progress of Opulence
[Jun 15] A new issue of Boston Review is out, including an essay by Joseph Carens on belonging and an article on reforming immigration policy, an article on organizing workers in the global economy, Howard Zinn on the myths of American exceptionalism (and more on the scourge of nationalism), Noam Chomsky on the universals of language and rights, and a review of Natan Sharansky's The Case for Democracy. A review of Fred Dallmayr's Peace Talks -- Who Will Listen? Music has served as both a psychological weapon and a way to communicate in battle. And from PUP's anniversary publication A Century in Books, essays on the impact of European refugee intellectuals, on history and politics, on economics, and on math and science pdf

[Jun 14] From France's Sense Public, William Mac Bride (Purdue): Kant's moral philosophy & the question of pre-emptive war (and more on globalization); Patrick O'Brien (LSE): Hegemony as an Anglo-American Succession 1815-2004; Hall Gardner (AUP): From the Egyptian Crisis of 1882 to Iraq of 2003 (and more on hegemony); David Calleo (JHU): Hegemony and Decline: Reflections on Recent American Experience; and Albert Fishlow (Columbia): After Cancun. An essay on Destabilizing Order, Challenging History: Octavia Butler, Deleuze and Guattari, and Affective Beginnings. A review of Gilles Deleuze: An Introduction. An excerpt from Foucault and the Iranian Revolution: Gender and the Seductions of Islamism. From Ideas, on the illusions of intellectuals: Foucault dispatches on the Iranian revolution are now fully available in translation. From The Economist, the first serious attempt to build a computer model of the brain has just begun, and a look at biomimetics, taking a leaf out of nature's book when looking for solutions to design problems. An excerpt from Into the Cool: Energy Flow, Thermodynamics, and Life. And from The Chronicle, as the U. of Georgia shows, public colleges and political conservatives can get along pretty well

[Jun 13] Jacob Levy (Chicago): Beyond Publius: Montesquieu, Liberal Republicanism, and the Small-Republic Thesis; and Loyalties in Federalism and Liberal Thought. A review of Kwame Anthony Appiah's The Ethics of Identity (and an excerpt). Harvey Mansfield reviews Open Secrets/Inward Prospects: Reflections on World and Soul. Two articles on Mary Warnock. A review of Evolutionary Thought in Psychology: A Brief History. An essay on fear, anxiety and the cult of safety. Young scientists ponder riddles of the jungle (and the bath). War on Terror dominates talks given at graduations. Why does every generation consider the next less educated, less intellectual and lacking reverence for ‘the classics’? And James Wood on why even great novels can have disappointing endings

[Weekend 2e] Cass Sunstein (Chicago): A New Progressivism. From The Chicago Chronicle, the Supreme Court Review reigns supreme among legal journal, and more on Paul Ricoeur. More and more on Ann Norton's Leo Strauss and the Politics of American Empire. From Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies, a list of online publications. Here's a sample issue of Aperçu. A look at the life and work of Jean-Paul Sartre. From Social Science Quarterly, eliminating affirmative action would devastate most minority college enrollment (and more). To understand why professors need great libraries, you need to think about an ape swinging through the trees. In an era of rampant grade inflation, some college students find it shocking to discover there are 26 letters in the alphabet. And thank you for your interest: "Hey, rejection isn't so bad"

[Weekend] Katha Pollitt on the Brooklyn prof in godless shocker: So what if Tim Shortell's essay is offensive? More on What Good are the Arts? More on Umberto Eco. A look at how the great and the good can be comprehensively wrong. What do recent findings in neuroscience tell us about the ability of people to make moral judgments or reasoned decisions? Genius cannot exist without mental disorder, according to a study. Supervillains beware. Heroes are on the loose in the heart of Melbourne. In case you missed it, Liberty University currently has some job openings. A syllogism: Human attention tends to wander; students are human; therefore, students’ attention will wander. And talk about a wasted major...

[Jun 10] Michael John Perry (Emory): A Right to Religious Freedom? The Universality of Human Rights, the Relativity of Culture. Timothy Shortell (Brooklyn): Religion & Morality: A Contradiction Explained. A review of Inventing Superstition, and a review of books on lies and deception. A review of Brain Fiction: Self-Deception and the Riddle of Confabulation. A review of Knowledge, Nature, and the Good: Essays on Ancient Philosophy. A review of Making Truth: Metaphor in Science. A review of Socializing Metaphysics: The Nature of Social Reality. A review of Epistemology and the Psychology of Human Judgment. An excerpt from Designs on Nature: Science and Democracy in Europe and the United States. A review of Genetic Nature/Culture: Anthropology and Science Beyond the Two-Culture Divide. The biological anthropology wing of Harvard’s Department of Anthropology wants to establish its own department. A look at the work on newly honored scientist women in the National Academy of Sciences. From Great Britain, a new campaign aims to persuade people to become teachers because they will learn new words of teen speak. Tom Friedman on teachers who inspire their students and appropriate rewards. And academic librarians are quiet ... maybe a little too quiet

[Jun 9] From L'Economie Politique, Chicago's Kurt Jacobsen on the Perestroika movement. From Espaces Temps, thinking by cases, or: how to put social sciences back the right way up. A review of Microeconomics: Behaviour, Institutions and Evolution. An excerpt from Worlds Apart: Measuring International and Global Inequality. From TNR, Gordon Wood reviews The Unknown American Revolution: The Unruly Birth of Democracy and the Struggle to Create America. More on Vindication: A Life of Mary Wollstonecraft. More sex and drugs: there, that's got your attention. And now for an article about punctuation. Here's Paul Robinson's philosophy of punctuation. Are you philologist enough for the Words on Words Challenge? Take the Spanish Idioms Quiz! And a giant step forward for punctuation: Introducing the long-awaited sarcasm point

[Jun 8] A new issue of Philosophy Now is out, including news reports, an article on the curiously strong connections between logic and humour, a quick and friendly introduction to symbolic logic, a review of Mary Midgley's The Myths We Live By, a look at the basis of morality, and sometimes the greatest enemy of ethics is ‘ethics’. A review of Common Morality: Deciding What to Do. An article on whether business schools have gotten too smart for their own. How do governments get more students into higher education without sacrificing quality? As the tenure track shrinks, those who think the Ward Churchill controversy demonstrates the resilience of tenure’s protections need to think about those without tenure. Harvard names Theda Skocpol as the next dean of its Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Yale grades portray Kerry as a lackluster student on par with Bush. In Iowa, a life of the mind, heart, and soul: A physician - president sees patients and can still blow a mean sax. And for some Italian academics, this was the last straw

[Jun 7] Jethro Lieberman (NYU): Bad Writing: Some Thoughts on the Abuse of Scholarly Rhetoric. A new issue of Academe is out. Alan Ryan reviews books on higher education. A review of The Literary Wittgenstein. An interview with Stephen Jay Greenblatt on the New Historicism. More on Umberto Eco. John Carey argues that the majority should not have to pay for the artistic pleasures of the educated minority, and a review of What Good Are The Arts? Terry Teachout on why so much political art is so awful. Here are some thoughts on postmodernism. An article on the promotional device known, somewhat deceptively, as a cooperative advertising agreement in the world of books. In the statistical world of the concordance, all words are weighted equally. Facts of life, for their eyes only: On the debate over sex-ed in the US. And the yahoos aim lower: Complaints that teachers push liberal ideology are trickling down from college campuses to the K-12 level

[Jun 6] Academia: From The Chronicle of Higher Education, as the number of old professors increases, so do the challenges; an article on why background checks matter in academe; a look at the checkered game of academic life; an online discussion group seemed an ideal public sphere where you could discuss the current state of theory and departmental politics; some words of wisdom about academic culture; an article on the considerable satisfaction of 2 pages a day; and how dysfunctional is your department? And Temple has morphed from a commuter college known as "Diversity University" into an institution far more selective

[Weekend 2e] A new issue of Foucault Studies is out, including Paul Allen Miller (South Carolina): The Art of Self-Fashioning, or Foucault on Plato and Derrida, and an exchange on "Impossible Dialogue on Bio-power: Agamben and Foucault" pdf. The Economist reviews books on philosophy (and a response by Brian Leiter). A review of Inference to the Best Explanation. What science, what Europe? An indictment of contemporary European science. Simon Singh, Colin Berry, Philip Ball and Tracey Brown ponder the meaning of science in the twenty-first century. The EU has over 400 funding programs, but how do scientists get their hands on the money? Fashion historian Olga Vainshtein discusses her latest project: a history of the dandy. And academia goes down the toilet: ''It's a global issue nowadays. A nation is judged by its toilets"

[Weekend] From The Wilson Quarterly, Alan Wolfe on the Referendum of 2004, Christopher Hitchens on Bringing on the Mud, and Donald Wolfensberger on Pols Apart. From the Hoover Institution's Policy Review, a new issue is out, including essays on the future of tradition and on foreign law and the U. S. Constitution, and Peter Berkowitz reviews Restoring Free Speech and Liberty on Campus. From Syracuse, a lecture by Samuel Huntington: "Who Are We?" What are you going to do with that?: Mark Danner addresses the graduating students of the Department of English of UC-Berkeley. From Counterpunch, an article on the consolations of George Lakoff, and a review of Paul Virilio's Art and Fear. A review of three new releases of philosophy - inspired music. And music gives meaning to our lives. And for centuries, Western classical music did just that. But in the 20th century...

[Jun 3] Richard Matasar (NYU): The Rise and Fall of American Legal Education. Brian Tamanaha (St. John's): The Perils of Pervasive Legal Instrumentalism. On the radicalization of American legal education: Why the Left's dominance is bad for law schools and the law. A new issue of In Character is out, on the theme "Creativity". A review of Plato's Dialectic at Play: Argument, Structure, and Myth in Plato's Symposium. From TLS, a review of books on wizards and witches. From the US Army, an essay on Military Cultural Education. A member of Congress who says “history” is not necessarily thinking of the same enterprise as a professional historian. Competition, not openness and collaboration, has become the driving imperative among researchers. The momentum towards free online publication of scientific research is becoming unstoppable. A talk with a man researching some key questions about life. A look at why we need more than three dimensions to understand the cosmos. And reports say the Kansas Board of Education will bans all theories from the classroom

[Jun 2] From PS: Political Science & Politics, a symposium on the Politics of Same-Sex Marriage. Stanley Fish on why students can't write clean English sentences. Christopher and Peter Hitchens had not spoken to each other since a row over a joke about Stalinism four years ago. More on Paul Ricoeur. From The Chronicle, a look at how all humanists will be assimilated. Why should cultural studies, compared with, say, sociology or history, generate such hostility? A look at Raymond Williams' attempt to find how social history lives in literature. An article on Darwinism, left and right. As the sex books become ever more steamy, some publishers are already thinking of backing away. A look at how romantic love is a biological urge distinct from sexual arousal. Jealousy, hate, fear -- human biology beats in the heart of good literature. And this only goes to prove that no one is the most beautiful woman in the world

[Jun 1] Political economy: From Synthesis / Regeneration, a series of articles on reconsidering economics, including an outline of a Green Economic Theory. A new issue of Econ Journal Watch is out. From Crooked Timber, a discussion on the work of economist Steven Levitt. An interview with Edward McCaffery, author of Fair Not Flat: How to Make the Tax System Better and Simpler. From the AEI, you can download the book Toward Fundamental Tax Reform. And P. J. O'Rourke on a tax system we all can agree on