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[Mar 15] News for around
the world: From Somalia, on
challenges of political Islam in the Horn of Africa. From India, are
born losers? Ok,
maybe not. From Transitions, Kosovo’s prime minister is
praised for resigning and surrendering to the Hague tribunal (and an
interview); on why the North Caucasus
should worry about Putin’s new powers of appointment; and
more on Moldova's ruling party.
A comment on the
assassination of Chechen leader Aslan Maskhadov, by Andre Glucksmann.
its colonial past. From Dissident Voice, on the
techno-politics of the Indonesian crisis: An opportunity lost.
Immanuel Wallerstein on East
Asia and the World: The decades ahead. The New York Times'
Edward Rothstein reviews books on
the battle of mutual hostility between US and France (and
The Nation's John Nichols on
the trials of Tony Blair. Der Spiegel interviews
Natan Sharansky. The Max Planck Society
acknowledges its historical responsibility. 200 world thinkers sign
a document supporting Cuba at the UN Human Rights Commission (and
more). From the RAND Corporation, a study of
Role in Nation-Building. Ernesto Zedillo on
without the UN. Matt Yglesias on why
the UN needs to be reformed, not destroyed. Is the Bush administration
repudiating international law? The Internet appears to be the medium
future international political opinion will be influenced most
significantly. For US troops,
home can be too close.
electricity generating plant may be in your future. And gardening in
her undies is now
out-of-bounds for one young Scot
[Mar 14] From French Polynesia, parliamentarians elect Oscar Temaru as leader. Revealed: Israel plans strike on Iranian nuclear plant. Syria is currently the victim of a version of identity politics that betrays history as much as it does identity. EU to set up an European Institute for Gender Equality to tackle gender discrimination. Mother Jones takes a look at the United Nation's Millennium Project. From National Journal, in the US, the presidential runner-up instantly becomes a reject, an anachronism, the ghost of politics past; and has the Senate reached a point at which gender is no longer all that relevant? The Democratic Party tries for a new foreign policy: Can they make themselves look tough? As Dan Rather’s old-media world fades out, the future is beginning to look weirdly like the past: Welcome to the neo–nineteenth century, where there's a new age of prepackaged TV news. Naomi Klein on whether democracy can survive Bush's embrace. Bush finds affirmation in... Frenchman Alexis de Tocqueville? Antonin Scalia devotes a few pointed paragraphs to skewering a major scholarly group: the American Psychological Association. And I’ll see you in chambers! Lawyers go ga-ga for Chambers USA guide
[Weekend 2e] From Northern Ireland, on what the McCartney sisters are really saying to the IRA. Where are Palestinians going, and how far can Mahmoud Abbas take them? Israeli and Palestinian writers need to look at their calamitous world through each other's eyes. New films about Rwanda's genocide grapple with the meaning of an event. Lately, it seems, you can't have a decent political upheaval unless you color it in. Niall Ferguson on why Asian banks finance the U.S. way of life. Marketing gurus think they can help 'reposition' the United States - and save American foreign policy. Kansas has been claiming a much greater place in the national consciousness lately. The debate over federal bankruptcy laws illustrates a clash between competing American values: the right to a fresh start versus personal responsibility. A review of Every Man a Speculator: A History of Wall Street in American Life. An article takes a look at the return of the JAP. And from The Toronto Star's new section "Ideas", on the art of PowerPoint: David Byrne defends the reviled software; the last Inuit generation to be born in igloos has Internet access now; in a world of iPods and cellphones, we have lost touch with the value of solitude; and right now you're thinking, Gee, I could use one of those
[Weekend] From Australia, a look at the country's top 100 public intellectuals. Welcome to Sovietland, Transnistria: a region on the verge of its umpteenth civil war where time seems to stand still. Lithuania wakes up to a new social and cultural reality. Articles on Musharraf as Pakistan’s Coriolanus, and on Ibn Khaldun, 'group thought', and the Modern Corporation. From The Globalist, on dealing with the Muslim world: Five Western mistakes. From Time, an excerpt from Jeffrey Sachs' The End of Poverty. Tight legal controls have driven Latinos to illegality. Why not try reversing the policy? Some say President Bush acts like an autocrat. Then again, so have most of America’s greatest presidents. Let David Brooks tell you a story to illustrate that we are living in a pusillanimous age. Who is a journalist? Anybody who wants to be. Bloggers have reshaped the national media. But it's with the local media that they have the most power (and more). Remember the days when hooking up with romantic partners online was considered weird? The Gothic and Lolita aesthetic is gaining attention from the mainstream, but can sex talk be the bride of chastity? When oral sex results in a pregnancy: Can men ever escape paternity obligations? No matter how much we label its users "addicts" or "degenerates" and tout religious values, porn is not an immoral anomaly; it's a capitalist inevitability. Vice in a vise: A tirade against the tyranny of health. And you want the world to know you're out of here. And the more peculiar the place, the better
[Mar 11] From China, Hu Jintao is bad for intellectuals, good for peasants, while leaders speak of force to keep Taiwan 'Chinese'. From Lebanon, can Hezbollah go straight? From Uzbekistan, authorities would like to control Islam, but the religious scene has taken on a mosaic-like quality. From Israel, a look at the neocons' world. From Bangladesh, a story of murder and democracy. From New Statesman, on Africa's condition: Their fault or our fault? What is wrong with sub-Saharan Africa? A botched release of slaves in Niger points up an ugly truth: bondage is alive and well around the world. Encouraging the spread of mobile phones is the most sensible and effective response to the digital divide. The US withdraws from the International Court of Justice (and an interview with Jeremy Rabkin, author of The Case for Sovereignty). From The Brookings Institution, a report on U.S. Cities in the 'World City Network'. From the Program on International Policy Attitudes, a study finds the public would significantly alter administration's budget. In his new memoir, Taking Heat, Ari Fleischer presents a series of grievances against the news media. John Allen Paulos on Google: From Combinatorial Literature to a Surreal Week-in-Review. A new web site 'drills down' into government standards. Boeing's ouster of its CEO because of an extramarital relationship may signal a new corporate approach. How and why smart companies are harnessing the creativity of their customers. And Fortune offers a reading list of 75 books that teach you everything you really need to know about business
[Mar 10] Academic news and debates: Academici is about networking with academics and researchers across continents and about content, facilitating (free of charge) the exchange of ideas, discussing research findings. A Southampton professor will unveil a new plan that could revolutionise how academics and the public view research. From The Chronicle of Higher Education, postdocs are becoming more common, but do they help new Ph.D.'s get jobs or merely keep the planes circling? More on the new online publication Inside Higher Ed. High-school programs that offer low-income students personal instruction and postsecondary degrees are rife with good intentions and challenges. A new movement is increasingly grabbing attention: democratic schools. What happens when children get a say in their own education? O brave new world, that has such edutainment coordinators in it! College students at no greater risk of alcohol-related problems than peers. A student writes a controversial article about athletes for an investigative journalism course at Rutgers, with widespread fallout. So what if Johnny and Susie, as the song says, “don’t know much about history”, is it really such a big deal? And historians are still divided about the meaning of the Shoah in the context of the development of western civilisation
[Mar 9] From YaleGlobal, Africa's economies are growing – but will the continent finally rise out of poverty? Partha Dasgupta on the lost wealth of nations. An op-ed on what happens after Kyoto. The Numbers Guy takes a look at the globe, 45 years out. From NPQ, an interview with Wang Hui, part of China's "new left" movement, and an interview with Madeleine Albright. On how America is to the Muslim world what World War I was to Europe after 1914. The Nation takes a look at Bush's perverse UN pick. George Bush’s “ownership society” leaves out the things we actually own — our bodies, our privacy, our dignity, our bedrooms. From Business Week, how much did that spilled hot cup of coffee really cost McDonald's? The final result of that and other such cases might surprise you. How responsible is socially responsible investing? After dominating the party in the 1990s, the centrist Democratic Leadership Council is struggling to maintain its identity and influence. David Brooks mourns the passing of The Public Interest. Warwick's Steve Fuller on the vanished intellectual. Pat Buchanan remembers Samuel Francis. Christianity Today interviews Judge Roy Moore. A profile of Guy Benson, a 19-year-old conservative star on the rise. X-ed out: What happened to the anti-porn feminists? Can we have really regressed so far that we no longer know how to raise our kids? Is feminism still relevant? And Slate's Ian Ayres is looking out for No. 2: A modest proposal for single-use toilets
[Mar 8] From Russia, Chechen rebel leader Aslan Maskhadov is killed. U.S. Jesuit forbidden by Vatican to teach as Catholic theologian. Bush nominates weapons expert John Bolton as envoy to U.N. David Brooks on giving Wolfowitz his due. Paul Krugman on the debt-peonage society. An op-ed on what a rich nation should really be doing about Social Security. From TAP, pseudo-journalistic Web sites are another way conservatives get around “the filter” of mainstream media, and on how the evangelical political movement is just getting started. A new document from Evangelicals and Catholics Together challenges narcissism, individualism, and spiritual sloth. On the Winds of Political Change: You almost never feel them coming. Having trouble motivating yourself at work? Here are 15 tips from Ode, and should every secret be revealed? Is it always a good thing to tell the truth?
[Mar 7] From Bolivia, President Carlos Mesa offers to quit amid crisis over control of resources. From Moldova, pro-Western Communists win parliamentary vote. From Kyrgyzstan, demonstrations across the country follow parliamentary elections that opposition leaders say were marred by fraud. From Argentina, President Néstor Kirchner is an improbable hero. From Great Britain, the defeat of the miners was a catalyst for positive change, but capitalism is still not being held to account. From Singapore, on being all packed and ready - to live. From Iran, on state economy as the foundation of despotism. An article on Turkish-Iranian-Syrian relations: Limits of regional politics in the Middle East. From FT, it's time to re-think US savings. Some Democrats say Greenspan has gone from 'Maestro' to partisan. Did 2004 transform U.S. politics? Charles Cook finds out. Michael Kinsley on life in the spin cycle. Evangelical conservatives find a spiritual home on the Hill. Extreme Makeover? How Southern progressives propose to remake the Democratic Party. More on the death of Peter Benenson. Sex, lies and spies: This isn't news? An interview on the coming crackdown on blogging. And here are some of Dick Cheney's most outrageous bits, excerpted from his speeches
[Weekend 2e] On the media, blogging, and sex: From Neiman Reports, can journalism survive in this era of punditry and attitude? If so, how? Journalists respond. From CJR, a review of Reporting from Washington: The History of the Washington Press Corps. A new issue of AJR is out. From Extra!, how The New York Times killed a story that could have changed the election because it could have changed the election, and on how journalists create controversy where science finds consensus. From Yes!, a special issue on the media. Why can't the mainstream media get to the bottom of scandals like the blogs sometimes do? A Critique of Pure Blogging: Just how helpful are political blogs, anyway? Eugene Volokh on the fresh produce in the marketplace of ideas. Jason Kottke is the blogosphere's Matt Lauer. How being a pundit stands in the way of spelling out proper distinctions in a clear and honest manner. Can the Internet rejuvenate editorial cartooning? Here are seven mistakes superheroines make. Wonkette explains why Howard Stern is paving the way to tomorrow's on-demand media future. How a mockumentary that stars the actual residents of three retirement homes raises thorny questions about the age of consent. What on God's earth could possibly constitute a bona fide "legislative" use of the "vibrators, dildos, anal beads" and other stimulators covered by the Alabama law? Sexual Intelligence gives out its annual SI award. A look at the claim the net has made porn an acceptable career. What did sexually active bachelors do to deserve such bad press? No interest in sex is nothing to get worked up about. And here are some hot tips for great radical sex
[Weekend] News from around the world: From Canada, four 'Mounties' are killed in raid, and an editorial commemorates the Montreal Massacre. From Barbados, once a person is “called” to the priesthood, that person is forever thereafter right about everything and immune from criticism or challenge. From the United States, Boston Catholics take over their own closed churches, a rebellion that has to do with the difference between faith and trust. From the Netherlands, 2 deputies are on the run from Jihad death threats. From Israel, on the stories behind Hebrew and Arab names in local maps. From Great Britain, a census website opens the door on a fog-shrouded Victorian world. From Uzbekistan, leaders seek to block influx of "alien" ideologies. From Germany, what makes Joschka Fisher so sexy? Can the French and the Anglo-Saxons walk the road to Damascus together? An article on Ukraine and the first corporate revolution. Jessica Einhorn on India and Globalization. As it enters its third year of existence, the state union of Serbia and Montenegro is unlikely to function any better--or to exist much longer. Is Russia’s problem its president’s strength or his weakness? Bruce Ackerman on Mexico and democracy. And Pope John Paul II warns that self-rule does not always work
[Mar 4] From Lebanon, who will run the next government? An online's guide to the players. From Egypt, Hosni Mubarak: Elections or no, he's still Pharaoh. From Botswana, political scientist Kenneth Good is an incisive mind that cuts dictators to size. From Great Britain, Howard's failure to revive the Tories could lead to a realignment on the right, but New Labour won't inspire voters until it recovers its moral authority. The EU now has the interest, the urgency, and the ability to help resolve the Transdniester conflict and promote change in Moldova. From The Economist, an article on China and India, a special report on Argentina's debt restructuring, and what can the world do about state failure? Surprisingly, quite a lot. Obituary: Peter Benenson, founder of Amnesty International. A review of Denny Hastert's Speaker: Lessons From Forty Years in Coaching and Politics. Michael Kinsley on the Meathead Proposition: Another irrefutable argument against privatizing Social Security--and what if you don't want to manage your own Social Security account? Americans want more than ideology: They want a government that delivers. Why is it that among the happiest workers are hairdressers? And here are the entries to the "Name Ann Coulter's Next Book" contest. The Winner? Roosevelt: Wheelchair-Riding, America-Hating Terrorist
[Mar 3] From Congo, UN troops kill 50 militiamen in gun battle. From Indonesia, Abu Bakar Bashir is found guilty in Bali bomb plot. From China, Hong Kong's Tung Chee-hwa resigns. From Algeria, the mysterious El Para affair may prove that the Maghreb has become a target for the United States. From Nepal, bloggers and journalists defy media clampdown by king. From The Globalist, on the US and China as the global economy's odd couple, and on China, U.S., Europe: whose century? A review of books on Australia’s trade deal with the US. The US drops its demand for a change in a document of a United Nations conference on equality. From The Village Voice, Hillary Clinton moves to the center: Is she fooling anyone? Fred Barnes on the obvious man for Bush to tap as his successor in 2008. Michael Barone on American politics in the networking era. From TAP, a look back at John Tierney's work. The left is a market niche full of bashful subscribers to Total Pussy Weekly. And here's what they're saying about Rick Santorum's new book, It Takes a Family: Conservatism and the Common Good
[Mar 2] From Lebanon, Prime Minister Omar Karami resigns. From Indonesia, an article examines the threats to its national interests. An op-ed on how Allah and democracy can get along fine. The Supreme Court bars capital punishment for crimes committed before the age of 18. Michael Porter makes the case for a radical makeover of the US health care system. David Brooks has some marriage advice for you. John Tierney is named Op-Ed page columnist for The New York Times... conservatives rejoice. An interview with Bill Moyers. A new issue of CJR is out. An article on Basic Income Guarantee versus the Corporate Media. A new poll reveals that most Americans don't know their right from their left ... wing. The Ninth Annual Slate 60: America's most generous philanthropists, and where they gave. And baseball isn't entertainment: The sooner we stop thinking sports are about the spectators, the more enjoyable the games will be
[Mar 1] From South Africa, now everyone lives in the townships. From India, Mumbai or Bombay? Depends on whom you ask. Can Arab diplomacy save Syria from the wrath of the international community? Is Egypt finally ready to lead the Arab world to democracy? From The Globalist, on Europe as irritating as women's lib. Immanuel Wallerstein on the U.S. and Europe as quasi-allies. A review of Why Europe Will Run the 21st Century (and more). A review of The Soviet Century. More and more on Pol Pot. Lester Brown on how China is replacing the US as the world's leading consumer. The fate of the environment and our economic hopes stand in direct conflict. Will Bush’s judicial nominees win with the “nuclear option”? There is a simple reason why patriots on both the right and the left are stymied: because the center is rotten to its well-wadded, self-righteous, willfully ignorant core. Howard Dean is a centrist, leftist, healer, divider: How fitting for today's Democratic Party. Peter Berkowitz on variety and vulnerability in American party politics. Political consultant Doug Wead is Mr. Shoot-the-Moon. More and more and more on Paul Foot's The Vote. From waffle irons to eating habits, researcher NPD has your number. A lingerie line that appeals to girls emulating women who dress like children. Research finds sexual banter in the workplace may have its benefits. When will people realise that telling someone to cheer up is about as useful as telling them to be taller. And they say liberals are whiny!
[Mar 15] A new issue of the Army War College's Parameters is out, including an article on how war has changed since the end of the Cold War, and a look at the media as an instrument of war. A conversation with Larry Diamond on "Rial Politik". A review of books on just war. From Salon, Amy Sullivan on how religious progressives want to regain their vanished political clout; more on Taking Heat: The President, the Press, and My Years in the White House; a review of A Conspiracy of Fools: A True Story, and are the world's major oil companies almost tapped out? From Reason, on the case for voluntary term limits. Do libertarians have more fun? Pat Buchanan on the unpredictability of revolutions. An interview with Fox News Channel’s Judge Andrew Napolitano. Here are two existing narratives with opportunities to frame the Republican leadership in a negative way. Paul Krugman on the $600 Billion Man. Barack Obama is comfortable in his skin -- now it's our turn. From Slate, a look at Jews vs. Catholics in the stem cell debate. Pluralism protects absolutists, but it also discomfits them. And their discomfiture is one of democracy's beauties. "All the Americans want to talk about is abortion!" Scott McLemee takes a look at Otto Weininger's Sex and Character, a great weird book. A story of growing up in a cult: Ricky Rodriguez, a young prophet cannot defeat the demons of his past. While the FCC cracks down on 4-letter words, the FEC eyes bloggers. This week's hysteria over kids and "new media" is just that: hysteria. Here are a few tips to cope with life's annoyances. And don't say we're not helpful: An article on how to handle an illicit affair at the office
[Mar 14] An op-ed on why the recognition that races are real should have several benefits. David Cutler says we should focus on improving the quality of health care rather than on reducing our consumption of it. Frank Rich on The Greatest Dirty Joke Ever Told. What Would Jesus Teach? An interview on the gray area between church and state. From Le Monde diplomatique, on a new approach to learning through families of languages, and an article on Bahrain: the royals rule. A review of books on Jews Without Borders. An article on the political challenge of the 21st century: Building a democratic, humanist socialism. Are we in World War IV? It's become a (wishful) commonplace of the imperial right that we are. Once only the gullible worried about outside invaders. Now we all fear unknown enemies. From Swans, an article on The Open Society Revisited, and more on profiling, torture & knowledge. A review of The Great Mortality: An Intimate History of the Black Death, the Most Devastating Plague of All Time. A review of The Sociopath Next Door: The Ruthless Versus the Rest of Us. "The Power of Nightmares" demolishes the notion of a menacing terrorist network. And Discover Your Momma's Network can juxtapose anything and anybody they damn well please, too
[Weekend 2e] Book reviews: A review of Empires of the Word: A Language History of the World (and more). A review of The Great Mortality: An Intimate History of the Black Death, the Most Devastating Plague of All Time. A review of Europe's Inner Demons. A review of England's Lost Eden: in search of a Victorian Utopia. A review of The Thames: England's River. A review of Hurrah for the Blackshirts! Fascists and Fascism in Britain Between the Wars. More on The Soviet Century. More on Robert Conquest's Dragons of Expectation. A review of Big Cotton: How a Humble Fiber Created Fortunes, Wrecked Civilizations, and Put America on the Map. More and more on Human Cargo. A review of Jeffrey Sachs' The End of Poverty: Economic Possibilities for Our Time, a review of Alvaro Vargas Llosa's Liberty for Latin America: How To Undo Five Hundred Years of State Oppression, a review of The Turks Today, a review of books on China, and a review of books on Afghanistan. A review of The Return of Cosmopolitan Capital: Globalisation, the State and War (and part 2). A review of Can God and Caesar Coexist? Balancing Religious Freedom and International Law. A review of The Passion. And a review of The Colosseum. And a battle splits the conservative magazine The National Interest
[Weekend] Peter Singer on pulling back the curtain on the mercy killing of newborns. When environmentalists are writing tracts like "The Death of Environmentalism," you know the movement is in deep trouble. More on Fear. More and more on Aliens. From The Believer, why did the soldiers at Abu Ghraib feel the dual compulsion to abuse the prisoners and to turn that abuse into a series of photo ops? Who are the moral free riders? Is the Judeo-Christian tradition trespassing on liberal-socialist territory? Catholic Workers take the teachings of Jesus seriously--enough to live by them. Is the Ten Commandments case turning Scalia into a devotee of natural law? Slate's Timothy Noah on the Triumph of Socialized Medicine in the USA (and part 2). A review of Richard Epstein's Skepticism and Freedom, and a review of Charles Murray's Human Accomplishment. More on libertarianism as the Marxism of the Right. An article on the hypocrisy of an amoral state cracking down on vice. Ira Katz is a Reactionary Libertarian, and don't you forget it. More on Michel Medved's Right Turns. Ronald Radosh on why conservatives are so upset with Thomas Woods's history book, and more on the troubling popularity of The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History. An interview with Mark Potok on the white supremacist movement. More on Born Losers. A review of Huck's Raft: A history of American childhood. An excerpt from The Marketing of Evil: How Radicals, Elitists, and Pseudo-Experts Sell Us Corruption Disguised as Freedom. And Micklethwait and Wooldridge on the GOP abroad
[Mar 11] The New York Times Book Review asks three editors to discuss and debate the present state of liberalism in America and its future. Here are ten pairs of distinguishing characteristics of The Right and The Left. Franklin Foer on the joy of federalism. Richard Clarke on real ID's, real dangers. A new issue of Sojourners is out, Jim Wallis on What Jesus Wouldn't Do, and here's the first chapter of God Politics. A word once reserved for atrocities is now used liberally. But does the rude guy at the airport deserve the label? A new issue of Political Affairs is out. Beyond the stereotypes, neoconservatism is simply another strain in American political history (and more). What's the most powerful weapon in the U.S. arsenal? From Open Democracy world thinkers debate democratic responses to terrorism. Will the emergent democratic current in the Middle East, if consolidated, make America safer? If the experience of World War II and the Cold War were any guide, the Middle East would be well advised to shun democracy at all costs. The predicament of the nation-state is such that going back may be the only benign way of going forward. Freedom is expanding, despite US policies, but it's a good time for democracy in the Middle East, and that's good news for Democrats in the US--and Berlin 1989 isn't the right analogy for today's Middle East. A review of Why the Rest Hates the West: Understanding the Roots of Global Rage. A review of books on torture. An interview with Os Guinness, author of Unspeakable: Facing Up to Evil in an Age of Genocide and Terror. And a review of Poisoned Peace: 1945 - The War that Never Ended
[Mar 10] Academic news and debates: Andrew Rich (CUNY): War of Ideas: Why mainstream and liberal foundations and the think tanks they support are losing in the war of ideas in American politics. Steve Ozemet (Harvard): Why we study Western Civ. From Great Britain, as a film on Dr Sex arrives, the institute he founded stresses its scholarly role in the straitlaced Midwest. Looking for a well paid job-for-life in the relaxed atmosphere of one of the European Union institutions? Robert Reich lays out his simple tax plan for change in education policy. Thanks to a joint statement by top law journals, law review articles will get shorter, but will they get better? More on Ross Douthat's Privilege. From American Outlook, Alan Charles Kors on college students and professors, and an article on law schools and anti-Christian dogma. Lew Rockwell on Academic Freedom and the Future of Civilization. A summary of Restoring Free Speech and Liberty on Campus. From ZNet, Ward Churchill speaks: "Who's the terrorist?" The president of the University of Colorado system, Elizabeth Hoffman, resigns. Politicians are trying to legislate free speech on college campuses. Is that a good idea? Media Matters on how the media repeat unsubstantiated Horowitz tale of anti-conservative bias on campus. And first there was the Network, now there's the Nutwork!
[Mar 9] From Salon, an interview with Thomas De Zengotita, author of Mediated: The Hidden Effects of Media on People, Places, and Things; on how the perfection-obsession she inspires says more about the people it afflicts than it does about Martha Stewart herself, and an excerpt from Anne Lamott's Plan B. On the real myth of motherhood: Reconsidering the maternal memoir-cum-manifesto. Black Bourgeoisie at 50: Class, civil rights, and the Cold War in black America. Power and Law: An article on the new ruling in the Padilla case. The Right is trying to turn back the clock on common law. More and more on the Supreme Court invalidating capital punishment for juveniles. Justice Antonin Scalia is right: justices shouldn't be social scientists. Whose Constitution is it anyway? The execution of minors shouldn't ride on the justices' personal whims. Jeffery Rosen on the constitutionality of displaying the Ten Commandments in and around courthouses. From TAC, a review of Anatol Lieven's America Right or Wrong, and just how much freedom a society can endure? Libertarianism has a lot to say about freedom but little about learning to handle it, but in fact, there are libertine libertarians, just as there are affluent and bigoted conservatives. An article on remembering Gustave de Molinari. From Open Democracy, a response to Roger Scruton on terrorism. More on What’s the Matter with Kansas? At the bioethics council, human nature denies human nature. And if scanners could uncover the signs of distinct mental illnesses, they would revolutionize psychiatry
[Mar 8] From Liberty, a review of books on happiness, a look at how the Libertarian Party avoided disaster, more on What's the Matter with Kansas?, and who's your daddy? Authority, asceticism, and the spread of liberty. From Navigator, a special issue on Ayn Rand. From Reason, on why the losing party should learn to love limited government, and can liberals rediscover liberalism? Just who is the Council for National Policy, and why isn't it paying taxes? From TNR, a review of Roy Moore's So Help Me God: The Ten Commandments, Judicial Tyranny, and the Battle for Religious Freedom. More and more on With God on Their Side. James Dobson is the Religious Right’s 800-pound gorilla. A lecture on The Evangelical Conservatism of George W. Bush , Or, How the Republicans Became Red. The trick of faith is to believe in advance what will only make sense in reverse. And a new revelation: Adam and Eve were Irish
[Mar 7] From World Press, make no mistake--this is a Republican War, not an American War; and Liberal hawks ally with the Project for the New American Century. A former rabble-rousing liberal joins the 'with us or against us' crowd. More on The Neocon Reader. A review of Hoodwinked: The Documents That Reveal How Bush Sold Us a War. Jonathan Schell on the shaky foundations of America's power. Was George Bush right about freedom and democracy? Maybe. Maybe not. A review of books on torture. From Uncommon Knowledge, Ivan Eland and Niall Ferguson debate the Commanding Heights. An article on the rise and fall of America's soft power. In hindsight, the War on Terror began with Salman Rushdie. From The National Interest, an article on Salafists vs. Liberals and the struggle for Islam. A look at some economic results of the civilizing mission. From Al-Ahram, could progressive readings of Islam enhance women's rights? An speech on Islam, political Islam and women in the Middle East. Barbara Ehrenreich on why a uterus is no substitute for a conscience. Can't workers of the world unite? Labor debates its future. Why Republicans should love unions: To succeed at shrinking government, you've got to empower workers. And Christopher Hitchens on why the Rights of Man require an Age of Reason
[Weekend 2e] Christianity and politics: From First Things, Robert George on dualistic delusions, Avery Cardinal Dulles on the Deist Minimum, a look at Maritain's True Humanism, an essay on Just War, As It Was and Is, a review of American Providence: A Nation with a Mission, a review of The Universal Hunger for Liberty, a review of Voltaire in Exile, a review of The Humor of Kierkegaard, and a review of George Santayana: A Biography. A new issue of Bad Subjects is out, on Jesuslands (where fundamentalisms meet politics), and including an introduction, an essay on the The Anti-Theism of Richard Rorty, and articles on American Millennialists and the EU Satan, on Jesus as a Leftist, an on the Cultural Politics of Christian Fear. From Crisis, an essay on military conscription and the price of citizenship, an article on the pope, the new movements, and the church, a crash course in the Theology of the Body, James V. Schall on giving things their proper name, a review of Life after Death: A History of the Afterlife in Western Religion, and more on The Twilight of Atheism. A new issue of New Perspectives Quarterly is out, including Arthur Schlesinger Jr. on the faith-based presidency, an interview with Martin E. Marty on the religion and politics, and an article on the faith gap and post-liberalism. From Christianity Today, an essay on The Twilight of Atheism. A new issue of The Griffith Review is out, on The Lure of Fundamentalism. Do you hate evil? Much of humanity doesn't, says Dennis Prager, but if you embrace Judeo-Christian values, you must. And The Wittenburg Door interviews Jerry Jenkins, co-author of the Left Behind series, and here are Tim LaHaye's belated New Year's resolutions
[Weekend] A new issue of The New York Review of Books is out, including an essay by Bill Moyers on Doomsday, a review of Collapse and Catastrophe, Oliver Sacks on remembering Francis Crick, a review of books on Newt Gingrich and the Contract with America, and more on In the Rose Garden of the Martyrs: A Memoir of Iran. From Open Democracy, an interview with former Canadian PM Kim Campbell, on the upcoming International Summit on Democracy, Terrorism and Security; Fred Halliday, in Canberra, finds a troubled heart inside the lucky country; and from Magna Carta to Guantànamo, a map of the centuries-long struggle for law and liberty. Can families, organizations, ethnic groups, churches, and even whole nations be safely described as "narcissistic" or "pathologically self-absorbed"? From FT, on why we should mourn the passing of the art of futurology, and more on Paul Foot's The Vote. From the State Department's Economic Perspectives, a special issue on Promoting Growth Through Corporate Governance. An article on the petroleum commons: Local, Islamic, and global. The Sham Economy: Where the criminal underground beats aboveboard capitalism. And it is possible that economists of the past few generations may have committed one of the greatest blunders in intellectual history
[Mar 4] From TLS, an essay on the Afro-Irish-Zionist Alliance. An interview with Andrew Heinze, author of Jews and the American Soul. During his short life, Hans-Jürgen Krahl, the major thinker behind the SDS, wandered from the extreme right to the radical left, and an angel is passing through Europe: Let's talk European! A review of Samuel Brittan's Against the Flow. From Commentary, an essay on free speech for terrorists, an article on the settlers' crisis, and Israel's, more on Robert Conquest's The Dragons of Expectation, more on The United States of Europe, and what became of the CIA? From The Weekly Standard, an article on confronting Saudi evangelism in Kuwait, Europe, and the United States, an article on the Bradley Foundation's Genius Grants, and is the Daily Kos infiltrating the Democratic party, or remaking it in their own image? From The Washington Monthly, a cover story makes the case for the draft, articles on how America's economy is losing its competitive edge and how Grover Norquist's anti-tax jihad stumbles in the states, a review of The Enduring Revolution, more on God's Politics, and what's the worst job in Washington? From Radical Middle Newsletter, a coherent "radical middle" agenda emerges at New America Foundation conference (and Congress?). And an essay on why politics matter (now more than ever)
[Mar 3] From The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, a U.S. policy of preemption and a push for new nuclear weapon designs could be a recipe for disaster that makes proliferation more likely, not less, while at a time when cooperative threat reduction desperately needs to expand, its programs are instead at risk; and loose nukes, nanobots, smallpox, oh my! In this age of endless imagining, and some very real risks, which terrorist threats should be taken most seriously? From Foreign Policy, a cover story goes Inside the Committee that Runs the World, an article on taming volatile currencies, a look at why the war on corruption is leaving the world worse, here's a memo to Porter Goss on improving intelligence, and Think Again: Aids. Robert Kaplan on how combat and humanitarian relief are now easily interchangeable. The Next Big Race: After nuclear arms, is energy next? A review of Chatter: Dispatches From the Secret World of Global Eavesdropping. An Army officer calls for better information gathering through spy blogs. And from Popular Science, can terrorists really build the bomb?
[Mar 2] A new issue of the IMF's Finance and Development is out. From American Diplomacy, an article on why Muslim extremism exists in Southeastern Asia, and a look at the deconstruction of jihad. A new issue of Mother Jones is out. Here are six important lessons for progressives. More on the work of inventor/entrepreneur Ray Kurzweil. An article on the Lost Soldiers of Stalag IX-B. Does an orangutan find freedom in the gift of words? Do we? From CT, on the Gospel According to America: Remembering the Through-a-Glass-Darkly clause. A look at the growing movement to call attention to the open Christianity of America's great leaders and founding documents. Is it possible that some people actually see violence as a good thing? A new issue of Harvard Political Review is out. Reason interviews novelist Neal Stephenson. Is there still a chance for an alliance between libertarians and limited-government conservatives? And a review of The Encyclopaedia of Stupidity
[Mar 1] Book Reviews: A review of Martin Van Buren. A review of Newt Gingrich's Winning the Future: A 21st Century Contract for America. A review of Christine Todd Whitman's It's My Party Too: The Battle for the Heart of the GOP and the Future of America. A review of Command of Office: How War, Secrecy, and Deception Transformed the Presidency From Theodore Roosevelt to George W. Bush. A review of The Crisis: The President, the Prophet, and the Shah -- 1979 and the Coming of Militant Islam. A review of The Counter-Terrorist Handbook. A review of William Langewiesche's The Outlaw Sea. A review of The Orientalist: Solving the Mystery of a Strange and Dangerous Life. A review of The Encyclopaedia of Jamaican Heritage. A review of A Great and Noble Scheme: The Expulsion of the French Acadians. More on John Kenneth Galbraith (and an excerpt). A review of The World's Banker. More on The Hypomanic Edge. More on A Sense of the Mysterious: Science and the Human Spirit. More on Fear: a cultural history. More on Going Sane (and an interview). A review of Beyond the Gray Flannel Suit: Books from the 1950s that Made American Culture. A review of Without a Net: Middle Class and Homeless (With Kids) in America: My Story. A review of Ten Thousand Roses: The Making of a Feminist Revolution. A review of The Meaning of Wife. A review of Why Gender Matters: What Parents and Teachers Need to Know About the Emerging Science of Sex Differences. More on Perfect Madness. And a review of Dr Johnson's Women
Samuel Freeman (Penn):
Distributive Justice and the Law of Peoples.
Simon Blackburn (Cambridge):
Must We Weep for Sentimentalism? pdf. The inaugural issue of
Encounters is an electronic
journal of political science featuring prize-winning articles by non-english
language political scientists from around the world, is out. An
Douglass North's Understanding the Process of Economic Change.
From Edge, a talk with
Leroi on the nature of normal human variety. An article on why
the biological foundation of human behavior is critical to improving
laws. John Gray
Friedrich Nietzsche (and a
response). An essay on
perspective on the meaning of war. A lecture on
the endless quest for ethics grail. Let's re-examine what
Adam Smith really said. Joanna Bourke is not afraid to deal
with the so-called irrationality of human behaviour. Babies face
biological clock risk…
from fathers. A conversation on why
recent rash of biblical fakery is about so much more than money.
Improbable research: Decision scientists are
analysing the gospels and asking what Jesus would do, and why. The
teaching evolution sharpens. Diane Ravitch on how educational
reformers are hawking about high schools,
but the problem may lie elsewhere in the school system. A
conservative critique of
textbook subsidized by the government, We the People: The Citizen
and the Constitution. Todd Gitlin on the new crusade that
aims to protect conservative students from left-wing professors. And
Wrathall is working on a book on U2 and
[Mar 14] Jonathan Hogg (Liverpool): The Ambiguity of Intellectual Engagement: Towards a Reassessment of Isaiah Berlin's Legacy. An essay by Giorgio Agamben on Movement. A review of Why there is Something rather than Nothing, and a review of Renewing Meaning: A Speech-Act Theoretic Approach. A review of books on civil society. A review of Emotional Rollercoaster: A Journey Through the Science of Feelings. A review of books on happiness (and more and more and more). From Godspy, an article on the ethical contradictions of Peter Singer. Templeton Prize winner Charles Townes on our special universe. An excerpt from Soul, Spacetime and The Hidden Observer. A review of Harvard Rules: The Struggle for the Soul of the World's Most Powerful University. From Great Britain, privatisation may be the only cure for the blight caused by the state's dead hand. China is the world's fastest-growing book market and is fueled by textbooks, which account for nearly half of all purchases. An SAT without analogies is like: (A) A confused citizenry... Russians harbor a deep suspicion toward political autobiographies. Julian Baggini on a Bad Move: Scare-mongering. And that liberal fiend can't be found
[Weekend 2e] On science: Asunción Álvarez (Complutense): Memetics: An Evolutionary Theory of Cultural Transmission. A special issue of Techne on research in ethics and engineering is out, including Sven Ove Hansson (RIT): Philosophical Perspectives on Risk. Engineers of the future will swap their computers and spanners for viruses and DNA. Introducing a brand-new science: biological engineering. A lot of human-gene patent claims may be ill-founded. Biologists discover why 10% of Europeans are safe from HIV infection. Scientists say they have discovered the fossilised remains of one of the earliest human ancestors. Data bolster claim of a 'Hobbit' human species. You can believe both that humans are rare or unique and at the same time that they are a purposeless arrangement of matter or a curious accident in space-time. More on Steven Rose's The 21st Century Brain. More on Roger Penrose's The Road to Reality. An interview with Rebecca Goldstein, author of Incompleteness: The Proof and Paradox of Kurt Gödel (and a review). A review of A Life of Discovery: Michael Faraday, Giant of the Scientific Revolution. More by Richard Dawkins. And a little mercury is all that humans need to do away with themselves quietly, slowly, and surely
[Weekend] From UCLA, Eugene Volokh on Deterring Speech: When Is It "McCarthyism"? When Is It Proper? pdf, a look at how Paris playboy came to kill a million and a half people, and an anti-Semitic Web site is publishing the photographs and biographies of Jewish professors at the law school. Sociologist Massimo Introvigne reveals the origin of the Jewish blood libel. The Lie That Wouldn't Die seeks to debunk the myth of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion. The Voice of the Turtle publishes Karl Polanyi's essay, "The Essence of Fascism". Francis Fukuyama celebrates the 100th anniversary of Max Weber's The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism. An interview with Marjorie Grene, professor emeritus of philosophy at Virginia Tech. A look at why we're mostly mistaken about love, and on the chequered history of philosophers’ loves. A documentary explores the eccentric personality and esoteric work of Slavoj Zizek. A look at the work of Camille Paglia. It is a difficult time for liberal philosophers, including Woody Allen. Charles Townes wins the Templeton Prize. Some leading figures in the world of cognitive science say we are all cyborgs now - although perhaps not in the way you might think. From Tufts, an article on how to write like conservatives. A new microgenre of what passes for literature has appeared on the scene. More on Privilege: Harvard and the Education of the Ruling Class. College expels student who advocated corporal punishment. And is engineering uncool--or just unappreciated?
[Mar 11] Barry Friedman (NYU): The Cycles of Constitutional Theory. Robin Kar (Loyola-LA): The Deep Structure of Law and Morality. A review of books on the Spanish Civil War. From Hoover Digest, an essay on Karl Raimund Popper: The Philosopher and His Papers. The Guardian profiles Oliver Sacks. Meet Amy Cannon, the world's first Ph.D. in Green Chemistry. Columbia's Earth Institute announces results of global mapping project. A review of Legitimizing Scientific Knowledge: An Introduction to Steve Fuller's Social Epistemology. A review of Brain Fiction: Self-Deception and the Riddle of Confabulation. Could language and maths be processed by the brain in entirely different ways? An excerpt from Wasáse: indigenous pathways of action and freedom. Members of Italy's Medici clan may have died from disease, not murder, according to an exhumation report. Adam Mansbach on the case for a 'White History Month'. A review of BHL (Bernard-Henri Lévy): A Biography. What did Jacques Lacan mean by "the Real"? Scott McLemee finds out. More on Hardt and Negri's Multitude. Here is a list of the 25 greatest thinkers in the world, according to Le Nouvel Observateur. A look at the works of 10 writers who drew inspiration from their jail time. On the politics of Literature 101: Did father know best? '00s hip needs '50s depth. More on the hyperaddictive library of the future called Wikipedia. From Campus Progress, an interview with hip-hop scholar Jeff Chang. And Sean Wilentz on feeling welcomed into the ranks of hard-working musicians and artists
[Mar 10] The inaugural issue of Foucault Studies is out, including an editorial; a translation of an essay by Foucault; and Neil Levy (Melbourne): Foucault as Virtue Ethicist; Jeremy Moss (Melbourne): Foucault and Left Conservatism; Simon Enoch (Ryerson): The Contagion of Difference: Identity, Bio-politics and National Socialism; and a review of books of Foucauldiana pdf. A review of A Philosophy of Boredom. A review of Dialectics of the Body: Corporeality in the Philosophy of T. W. Adorno. Slavoj Zizek on the Two Totalitarianisms. Eric Hobsbawm on the last of the utopian projects. Francis Fukuyama on US parties and their foreign policy masquerade. Harvard's Mary Ann Glendon, president of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, addresses the Economic and Social Council Commission on the Status of Women. Just because an African-American author turns out to be white doesn't mean that scholarship on her is any less creative. Literary supplements are changing in two Israeli dailies. How will the new editors wield their enormous influence on the local book world? Why are there so few great writers from within the Jewish religion? And The Guardian says Denis Dutton and Arts & Letters Daily is "the thinking person's big hit (So what am I, chopped liver?)
[Mar 9] A new issue of World Policy Journal is out, including Bob Kerrey on A New Outlook for the Atlantic Alliance, Barbara Crossette on Hurting the World’s Poor in Morality’s Name, and on remembering James Chace. A review of International Relations and the Problem of Difference, and a review of The Politics of the Global. A review of Hardt and Negri's Multitude. A review of George Monbiot's The Age of Consent. More on Noah Feldman's What We Owe Iraq. A review of Bernard Williams' Truth and Truthfulness: An Essay in Genealogy, a review of The Case for Humanism: An Introduction, and a review of Science in the Private Interest: Has the Lure of Profits Corrupted Biomedical Research? As computer networks become cheaper and more powerful, a new computing paradigm is poised to transform the practice of science and engineering. No dodgy reasoning is required if you can get a simple falsehood accepted. Members of the Pope family, retail magnates in North Carolina, have never been shy about sharing their opinions about higher education, and should the classroom be just cable television without the remote? Two essays on lecturing suggest otherwise. A review of The Ordinary Business of Life: A History of Economics from the Ancient World to the Twenty-First Century. A conversation with Virginia's Paul Cantor. And an essay on the autonomy of aesthetic experience, and on the Making of a Durable World: How we see what those before us saw
[Mar 8] From Harvard Human Rights Journal, Stephen Marks (Harvard): The Human Right to Development: Between Rhetoric and Reality; a review of Reading Humanitarian Intervention: Human Rights and the Use of Force in International Law; and an essay on going From Berlin to Bonn to Baghdad: A Space for Infinite Justice. From New Scientist, a special on teenagers as the original rebels. From Salon, an interview with Elliot Currie, author of The Road to Whatever: Middle-Class Culture and the Crisis of Adolescence, and Lawrence Summers was right about one thing: There are innate differences between males and females. And if we want everyone to succeed, we shouldn't dismiss them. More on Richard Layard's Happiness. A study looks at the benefits of having imaginary friends. A textbook details the economics of aging. And giving money away effectively is hard work. Almost as hard as raising it
[Mar 7] Charles Beitz (Princeton): Human Rights and International Toleration pdf. Steven Douglas Smith (San Diego): Hollow Men: Law and the Declension of Belief. A review of Internationalized Criminal Courts and Tribunals: Sierra Leone, East Timor, Kosovo and Cambodia, a review of Creating Constitutional Change: Clashes Over Power and Liberty in the Supreme Court, a review of The Minority Rights Revolution, a review of Judicial Review and Bureaucratic Impact: International and Interdisciplinary Perspectives, a review of The Making of Environmental Law, and a review of America's Lawyer-Presidents: From Law Office to Oval Office. From Inside Higher Ed, on the latest in conservative political theater, and an ad in Thursday's The New York Times couldn't have been more ominous. Traditionalist historian John Lukacs laments the direction of conservatism in America. Brandeis' Kanan Makiya sets out to document Hussein's atrocities. From Harvard, what happens to nostalgia when decades decay? With or without an essay component, the SAT represents a flawed system. And they are barely into their teens, yet they are declared the next Mozart and struggle under the burden of their astonishing intelligence
[Weekend 2e] Perspectives from the Left: From Arena, an essay on The Worldly Typologies of Hannah Arendt, and an article on The Network of Moral Sentiments: The Third Way and Community. From Critique, an essay on Labourism and Social Democracy Post 1945, an essay on Markey Socialists' Three False Propositions, and a review of Market Socialism: The Debate Among Socialists. From Monthly Review, John Bellamy Foster on the end of Rational Capitalism, an essay on Homo Floresiensis, human equality and Stephen Jay Gould, and an article on the ghosts of Karl Marx and Edward Abbey. From Dollars & Sense, an article on marriage promotion, reproductive injustice, and the war against poor women of color. A review of Helen Macfarlane: A Feminist, Revolutionary Journalist, and Philosopher in Mid-Nineteenth Century England. Susan Thompson on how she became a left Canadian nationalist. From New Internationalist, special features on the legacy of Bophal and the state of the World Social Forum. A new issue of Socialist Review is out. From ISR, articles on Bush's victory, the collapse of Liberalism, and the future of U.S. politics, and on the future of the antiwar movement. Tikkun's Michael Lerner on why America needs a spiritual Left. A new issue of Peacework is out. From E Magazine, on the European model for falling in love with your hometown, and here's an open letter to the environmental movement. If morality really counted, the environment would always win. A look at the extent to which indigenous peoples have been affected by attempts to conserve biodiversity doc. And Queer Eye for the Green Guy: Yes, clothes really do make the activist
[Weekend] Conservative perspectives in academia: Roger Scruton on why he became a conservative, John Kekes on what is conservatism, and Robert Koons on a conservative primer. Harvey Mansfield on the manliness of Theodore Roosevelt. A review of The Conservative Bookshelf: Essential Works That Impact Today's Conservative Thinkers. More on Gertrude Himmelfarb's The Roads to Modernity. From FrontPage, a symposium on Ward Churchill: A Symbol of Higher Education? A look at the work of Ross Gregory Douthat, author of Privilege: Harvard and the Education of the Ruling Class. From the South Bend Tribune, an article on how Notre Dame isn't true to its Catholic character. An article on Catholic colleges and the political Left. From TCS, an article on why we need more speech codes in academia. From The Idyllic, an article on getting a radical education. A look back at a one-man campaign that kept Samuel Huntington out of the National Academy of Sciences (and an interview with the New School's Claudio Lomnitz on Huntington, Hispanics, and Humor). From AEI, Mario Vargas Llosa on Confessions of a Liberal. And from Think Tank, an interview with Anne Applebaum on the Soviet Gulag. A conversation with the grand old man of publishing, George Weidenfeld
[Mar 4] From Cromohs, Annette Meyer (Köln): The experience of human diversity and the search for unity. Concepts of mankind in the late Enlightenment; Pauline Kra (Yeshiva): The concept of national character in 18th century France; a review of John G. A. Pocock's Barbarism and Religion, Vol. 1 The Enlightenments of Edward Gibbon and Vol. 2 Narratives of Civil Society; a review of Writing History: Theory and Practice, and a review of How the Idea of Toleration Came to the West. A review of Pleasure and the Good Life: Concerning the Nature, Varieties. More and more on Søren Kierkegaard. An essay on a tour of First World War battlefields and burial grounds in Eastern Europe. From Seed, biology has operated under a delusion of orderliness, but randomness is writ into our fabric, and on the universe according to Brian Greene: Three hours, one ficus, eleven dimensions, and everything in between. On what we can learn from Albert Einstein's free spirit. More on the trouble with 'teaching the controversy' in science courses. An interview with Barbara Forrest, author of Creationism’s Trojan Horse: The Wedge of Intelligent Design. Why it's very unlikely that a Posnerian catastrophe will ever wipe out humanity. John Gray reviews Aliens. And resolve to excise these terms from your physics vocabulary today
[Mar 3] From New Left Review, Perry Anderson on Arms and Rights: Rawls, Habermas and Bobbio in an Age of War; some reflections on exile and border intellectuals; and an essay on why The Rivista del manifesto is closing. From Dissent, Michael Schudson (UCSD): No Time for Nostalgia; and Jennet Kirkpatrick and Ian Robinson (Michigan): Fighting to be Fired (But Only with Just Cause): The Unionization of Nontenure-Track Faculty. A review of Plato's Natural Philosophy: A Study of the Timaeus-Critias. A profile of Friedrich Schiller: Thinker, poet, dramatist–champion of freedom. A review of Isaac Deutscher's The Prophet Outcast. A look at the works of 10 writers who drew inspiration from their jail time. A review of Dark Hero of the Information Age: In Search of Norbert Wiener, the Father of Cybernetics. A review of Harvard Rules: The Struggle for the Soul of the World's Most Powerful University. More on Harry Frankfurt's "On Bullshit." From Yale, for Jews, a vital line divides self-criticism and self-hate. And more on the case of Emma Dunham Kelley-Hawkins--then black, now white
[Mar 2] From Ctheory, an essay on Life in the Fast Lane: An Introduction to Genomic Risks. A review of Matt Ridley's The Agile Gene: How Nature Turns on Nurture. More on Steven Rose's The 21st Century Brain. More on Roger Penrose's The Road to Reality. A review of The Philosophy of Psychiatry: A Companion, a review of Taking the Red Pill: Science, Philosophy and Religion in The Matrix, and a review of On Being Authentic. Psychotropic drugs are leaving the dance floor and entering the world of scientific research. Are boys born better at math? Experts try to divide the influences of nature and nurture. What do academic women want? Harvey Mansfield wants to know. "Macho" MBA courses are alienating women managers and neglecting the "feminine" interpersonal skills needed in modern management. Why so few women chess masters? America's top female player ponders the question. And what does it mean to be "balanced" in academia?
[Mar 1] From Evolutionary Psychology, David Goetze (Utah State) and Patrick James (Missouri): Evolutionary Psychology and the Explanation of Ethnic Phenomena; a review of God, the Devil, and Darwin, a review of Literary Darwinism: Evolution, Human Nature, and Literature; and here are some Reflections from The Next Generation: These are the Voyages of Students in Evolutionary Psychology. A review of Welfare and Rational Care. A review of Law and Election Politics: The Rules of the Game, and a review of Shakedown: How Corporation, Government, and Trial Lawyers Abuse the Judicial Process. A review of Realignment: The Theory That Changed the Way We Think about American Politics. A look at the cost to the nation of underinvestment in educational R&D pdf. A look at the media's pathetic coverage of the Lawrence Summers affair. A review of books on Harvard University. A commencement address on reconstructing the fabric of a demolished government. On the price and selection in American higher education, the core question: Is the system fair? A review of 1 Out of 10: From Downing Street Vision to Classroom Reality (with extracts, and more) A review of The Know-It-All: One Man's Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World. Bill Gates challenges governors to improve high schools. Was Winston Churchill a neocon? A new museum prompts debate over the use (and abuse) of Churchill’s name in the war on terror. And James Wood on how Conrad and Dostoevsky foresaw the roots of terrorism. And a look at The Subtitle That Changed America