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[May 31] American Gothic: Do Americans have to go
to France to learn to be Americans? California looks ahead, and doesn't
like what it sees. If Muslims called Allah 'God,' would
the U.S. be more respectful? Dennis Prager on what explains in large
great culture war in the United States. What has happened to the
art of political compromise? Or does the US suffer from an
excess in civility? Do desperate housewives make
better neighbors? A look at what Laura
Bush tells us about First Ladies. Ever since America's first women's prison
opened nearly 200 years ago, debate
has raged over how to treat female inmates.
of Without Apology: Girls, Women, and the Desire to Fight. More on books
about female orgasms. From New York, Andrea Dworkin married
a gay man and spent three decades fighting hypersexualized America.
She lost; and schadenfreudian New York media arbiters are inclined to
ingenue so over, a virgin and a whore. And an excerpt from Freaks Talk Back: Tabloid Talk Shows and Sexual
[May 30] From Germany, Schröder gambles his political future on a snap general election (and more), and a review of A Mighty Fortress: A New History of the German People. From Ukraine, the orange revolution was not a spontaneous event. From the Philippines, on a story of pop, mimicry, globalization and one extremely ambitious manager. A review of Irresistible Empire. A review of Ripped and Torn: Levi's, Latin America and the Blue Jean Dream. A review of Hot Property: The Stealing of ideas in an Age of Globalization. A review of Al-Jazeera: How Arab TV News Challenged the World. And Will Kymlicka reviews The Collapse of Globalism
[Weekend 2e] From Argentina, President Kirchner has led the country from economic collapse to mini-boom. But is his achievement miracle or mirage? From Chile, was Salvador Allende a racist? An article on Washington and the Chavez Question. Wise up, stupid party: How British Conservatism can come out of the cold. A look at the life and work of James Watt, the tragic genius who helped forge modern Britain. Beate Sirota Gordon fights to protect her gift to Japanese women. The evidence confirming Newsweek's Quran reporting brings the focus onto the White House's efforts to undermine independent media. And "it was a lie to cover their image": Why Pat Tillman's parents are no longer silent (and more)
[Weekend] News from around the world: Paul Virilio on why the practice of holding a referendum on a subject like the European constitution is suicidal (and more), and here's a EU referendum cheat sheet. Can Europe do away with nationalism? From Italy, a party with a funny name breaks ranks, and dashes hopes. From South Korea, Baudrillard the Photographer: Renowned philosopher exhibits works. From Russia, an article on the great lies of the American free press. From Think Tank, a discussion on Russia: Democracy or Dictatorship? From Asia Times, an article on remaking Central Asia. Ian Buruma on Japan, a sorry state. And on why Oxfam is failing Africa (and more)
[May 27] From Sri Lanka, an essay on the concept of power sharing and the legitimacy of the state. From The Guardian, is it possible to salvage the EU dream? Key thinkers from both sides debate (and part 2), and more from New Statesman. Paul Starr and Robert Kuttner celebrate 15 years of The American Prospect. The postmodern fog has begun to lift: In an era of uncertainty, reality makes a comeback. A review of books on athletes who helped shape our times. The Economist introduces a new publication, Intelligent Life. From BBC Magazine, here's a step-by-step guide to charisma. And The Village Voice takes a look at the History of the Bohemian Fashion World
[May 26] From Pakistan, on the nonsense about the ‘inherent wisdom of the common man’. Christopher Hitchens on the violent response to the report of "Quranic abuse". An article on Jewry in the era of globalization. A tale of two social democrats: Blair and Schröder. Would Americans like to work as little as Europeans? What's stopping them? Brad DeLong on the inadequacy of the neo-Marshallian toolkit that we have built to explain our world. Link to Jack Abramoff brings scrutiny to Grover Norquist. Here's a modern take on old-fashioned politeness. And in case you missed its obituary, the joke died recently after a long illness
[May 25] On how the world is not changing as fast as it was in even the recent past. Wagering on reason: A website tries to replace the crystal ball with hard science. From Salon, a look at the future of reproductive sex. An op-ed on genomics and universal health care. Popular Mechanics called it tinkering. Today it's called hacking. A review of books on the wired revolution. Why Silicon Valley isn't libertarian in the way most think. Google is doing business with a communist China notorious for internet censorship, but the Communist Party might not survive a death by a thousand blogs. And are bloggers setting the agenda? It depends on the scandal
[May 24] American politics and history: From The New York Times Magazine, a cover story on Rick Santorum. Jeffrey Rosen on the Senate's point of no return. Bruce Ackerman on Cheney's betrayal. As conservatives move to consolidate their hold on the courts, liberals and progressives look ahead. Stephen Taylor reviews the Rehnquist Court. In Washington, twilight of the lawyer-Gods is taking place. More on Wall Street: A Cultural History. More and more and more and more on 1776. A review of Michael Lind's What Lincoln Believed. And a review of books on the confederacy
[May 23] A look at the release of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, and on how protecting biodiversity may clash with the pursuit of MDGs. Hey, remember when climate change was a swell idea? Is “eco - terrorism” the No. 1 domestic terrorism threat facing the US? Todd Gitlin on recent trends in American politics. To everything there is a season. There is a time for the Politics of No. Here are some reasons why Bush should be considered the Worst President Ever (so it wasn't Ronald Reagan?). Writer Keith Thompson on why he's leaving the American cultural left. And David Horowitz wages his life on Pascal
[Weekend 2e] Perspectives from the Left: From TAP, why liberals need to remember their ﬁrst principles, rebuild a majority, and connect to a new generation. From Alternet, a debate on how to build a progressive majority in the US, and by blindly attacking people who use the 'N-word', are the P.C. police actually accomplishing anything? From Salon, Juan Cole on the lies that led to war. Seven Oaks interviews Tariq Ali (and part 2). From Political Affairs, on the “ultimate bullshit” which has deformed American politics since the beginnings of the cold war. And from Counterpunch, an interview with Alexander Cockburn, and George Galloway on how he humiliated Norm Coleman (and Christopher Hitchens)
[Weekend] From Sign and Sight, Jean Baudrillard describes the French referendum on the European constitution as a farce and as state terrorism, and here's the open letter from German intellectuals to France originally published in Le Monde. Timothy Garton Ash on who will dare to fill the black holes being left by Russia's long retreat. Irshad Manji on why Muslims don't just grow up. From India, Deepak Lal on how the Soft Left is the enemy of the poor. From Malaysia, Shamsul Amri Baharuddin takes to books such as Capitalism and Modern Social Theory by Anthony Giddens like ducks to water. And from Great Britain, why only the notion of respectability will see off the yobs
[May 20] From CJR, what 60 Minutes does matters. But this season it has fallen short. Can the program reinvent itself? Eric Alterman on cowboys and eggheads. BuzzFlash interviews James Carroll, author of Crusade: Chronicles of an Unjust War. From The Economist, a look at American capitalism and the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. A review of The Company of Strangers: A Natural History of Economic Life. An excerpt from Economics for Lawyers. And musically, Britain is Europhile and France Europhobe
[May 19] From Time, an article on Turkey, the EU, and the perils of patriotism. An article on how the world of immigration is surrounded by lies. A look at how five major phenomena with genuine global reach are at work to shape our time. Obituaries: Kurt Sontheimer and Douglas Johnson. What do the Beatles, the Virgin Mary, Jesus, Patricia Arquette and Michael Keaton all have in common? On how Cleopatra seduced her suitors through intellectual prowess, not physical beauty. And what do election observers do, exactly?
[May 18] From NYRB, Mark Danner on the secret way to war. UCLA's John Yoo calmly takes heat for his memos on torture. A stylist and a professor clash on who devised New Journalism. Steven Johnson on how DVDs are changing the way we experience TV. Just how gay is the right? Frank Rich wants to know. And an article on what your tie says about you
[May 17] National Journal profiles Bush speechwriter Michael Gerson. President Bush has tried to restore authority to the executive branch. But will his success last beyond his tenure? Richard Clarke blew the whistle on Bush. And he's still whistling. And a review of books on Robert Oppenheimer and The Bomb
[May 16] From Yale Global, a series on the tangled threads of protectionism (part 2 and part 3). Why does capitalism get such a bum rap? Theodore Dalrymple on the roads to serfdom. A review of Rich is Beautiful. George Monbiot on the real junk science. And an article on how to be a conservative pundit in three easy traits
[May 31] Potpourri: From the American Enterprise Institute, you can download
the book The Military We Need: The Defense Requirements of the Bush
From TAC, articles from Kennan
to Wolfowitz. A look at how
make conservatism a governing philosophy. More
on Democracy and Populism: Fear and Hatred. David Brooks on Karl's
new manifesto. A look at the life
and work of Walter
Lippmann, a public philosopher.
of Victor Navasky's A Matter of Opinion.
of Floyd Abrams' Speaking Freely. More
on Søren Kierkegaard.
An article on Benedict XVI and the
church that may shrink. A review
of Heirs of the Fisherman: Behind the Scenes of Papal Death and
Succession. Or may not. Does science trump
all? (and more).
of More Than Human. The age of ‘natural-born
cyborgs’ is almost upon us (and more
from Reason). How soon will science be able to create
A review of books
on parenting. And an op-ed on stereotyping
black men, and an article on the
uses and abuses of race
Andrew Arato (New School):
Democracy, Ours (and Theirs).
A review of The
Cambridge Companion to Arabic Philosophy, and a review
of Spinoza and Deep Ecology: Challenging Traditional Approaches to
Environmentalism. A review
of Why the Mind is not a Computer, and a review
of Understanding People: Normativity and Rationalizing Explanation.
On the vexed status of valedictorians: Students
are suing their way to the top. Eager for flexibility, a
handful of schools drop AP. Why the new SAT requirement may
well reveal less about prose skills than about our take-no-prisoners
culture of argument. Some teachers say it
takes effort to connect boys and books. Happiness is using the brain the right way: A review
of A Whole New Mind.
In a Worcester basement, scholars decipher - and
act out - the lost art of medieval fighting. A college education is capped
off with a class on the Apocalypse. And an excerpt from Dancing at Armageddon: Survivalism and Chaos in
Modern Times (and an
[May 30] Francis Fukuyama (JHU): "Stateness" First pdf. An excerpt from The Myth of the Eternal Return: Cosmos and History. A review of War and Self-Defense. Gene Sharp learned how to turn nonviolence into a weapon, and helped quite literally change the world. For Iraq veterans, college takes on new meaning. Berkeley's John Yoo defends work on memos defining torture. Laurence Tribe gives up completing American Constitutional Law (and more from The Green Bag). Does crime-happy local TV news perpetuate racism? One professor argues yes - and suggests some drastic measures to fix it. And more on Our Culture, What's Left of It
[Weekend 2e] From UCLA, reports on conferences on political Hinduism and the Middle East in 2005, and a lecture on global entertainment. A review of Human Rights Brought Home: Socio-Legal Perspectives on Human Rights in the National Context, and more on Richard Posner's Catastrophe. A review of Medici Money: Banking, Metaphysics and Art in Fifteenth-Century Florence. An excerpt from Volta: Science and Culture in the Age of Enlightenment. A review of The Terror. The truth is, math has been hot for eons. Is homeopathy a real alternative? A review of Science and the Trinity: The Christian Encounter with Reality. And the reDiscovery Institute's goals are to Teach the Controversies, all of them, each and every one
[Weekend] From The Village Voice, an essay by Jacques Derrida on religion and forgiveness. From Open Democracy, Anne-Marie Slaughter on Hardt and Negri's Multitude: The worst of both worlds. More on Truth and Ideas. From The Nation, Terry Eagleton reviews Russell Jacoby's Picture Imperfect; a review of Vindication: A Life of Mary Wollstonecraft; and a review of books on the Founding Fathers. A review of The New New Left: How American Politics Works Today. A review of Theodore Dalrymple's Our Culture, What's Left of It: The Mandarins and the Masses. An essay on why the beautiful is not the good. A profile of Umberto Eco. And cultural critics lose power: a dark time for the arts, or a new age?
[May 27] Nkiruka Ahiauzu (Wales): Multiple Principles and the Obligation to Obey the Law pdf. From LRB, a review of Death by a Thousand Cuts: The Fight over Taxing Inherited Wealth, and a review of The Friend. A review of The Supreme Court: A Concise History, and a review of Seeking Justices: The Judging of Supreme Court Nominees. A review of A Natural History of Latin (and a profile of Fr. Reginald Foster, the Pope's Latinist). A review of Byzantine Philosophy. A review of Ideas: a history from fire to Freud. More on Paul Ricoeur. Princeton's Alan Krueger on the farm-subsidy model of financing academia. And an excerpt from What's the Good of Education?
[May 26] From Bookforum, a review of books on Jonathan Edwards, by William Vollmann, on Germany and WWII, and more on Sex After Fascism. From TLS, Arthur Schlesinger Jr. on FDR at Yalta, and a review of Barbed Wire: An ecology of modernity. David Halberstam on a Modest Generation, and a profile of Mark Helprin, literary warrior. From Humanities, a series of articles on Donald Kagan. From The Chronicle, an essay on anthropology and the search for the enemy within. From The Economist, Oxford University wrestles with modernisation, and an alleged boom in Islamic schooling may have been overstated
[May 25] From The National Interest, David Martin Jones (Tasmania): Peace Through Conversation (a critique of Habermas). Why right-wing academics need new ideas. More on Women's Lives, Men's Laws. More on Paul Ricoeur. From Scientific American, on how 9/11 has generated the mother of all conspiracy theories, an article on the underworld of assisted suicide and euthanasia, and is obesity an overblown epidemic? If you cannot remain quiet when the most important living political philosopher in the world is speaking, what is the point of a university? And first there was Trump Tower, the Trump Casino, and now? Trump University (and more)
[May 24] A new issue of Logos is out, including 1 2 3 4 articles on animal rights, Pope Benedict XVI on freedom and religion, and a response by Stephen Eric Bronner, an an interview with Saad Eddin Ibrahim. Inconstant Constants: Do the inner workings of nature change with time? Three years after one of anthropology’s biggest scandals appeared to have been resolved, debate about research on the Yanomami is back. With Google Print, the utopia of knowledge for all has raised a widespread outcry. A review of Madame Bovary's Ovaries: A Darwinian Look at Literature. And maybe pre-school is the problem
[May 23] David Duff (Toronto): Private Property and Tax Policy in a Libertarian World: A Critical Response. From Law Journal, a special issue on justice is now online. An excerpt from The Princeton Companion to Jonathan Edwards. The Hitch reviews The Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism. More on Simon Blackburn's Truth. Obituary: Paul Ricoeur (more and more). Here's a list of typical philosophers that undergraduates in political science or political philosophy would more than likely read in their career as a student. And who's the greatest philosopher of them all? "In Our Time" wants to know
[Weekend 2e] A new issue of the Journal of Evolution and Technology is out, including Nick Bostrom (Oxford): A History of Transhumanist Thought; Robert Pepperell (Plymouth): Posthumans and Extended Experience; and a review of James Hughes, Citizen Cyborg. The first issue of Human Technology is out. Jim Holt on the notion that each of us has privileged access to his own mind. An interview with Steven Rose on the mind. Gould blew it, philosophers of science say: Challenging noninteraction model for science and religion. And from Monthly Review, reflections in honor of the twentieth anniversary of Levins and Lewontin’s The Dialectical Biologist, and a political profile of Albert Einstein
[Weekend] Russell Jacoby reviews The New Left and the 1960's: Collected Papers of Herbert Marcuse, Volume 3 and Adorno: A Political Biography, and a response by Douglas Kellner. Do the arts matter? Inquiring minds want to know. A look at the rigorous International Baccalaureate high school programs. From Harvard, a look at how social determinants are key in who gets good care. From Yale, on how the university tries to strengthen its "religious and spiritual life". From Oregon State, where is the logic in sex? Facebook.com faces some competition (for example, from The Assbook). And blue and gold don't cut it: Scarlet uniforms are linked to success in sports
[May 20] From The Nation, Martha Nussbaum reviews Henry Sidgwick: Eye of the Universe: An Intellectual Biography, Norman Mailer on Sartre's God problem, and Studs Terkel on history and the US. A review of The Quest for Meaning: Friends of Wisdom from Plato to Levinas. From Forward, a review of Expanding the Palace of Torah: Orthodoxy and Feminism, and in our millennium, the aphorism has rightly returned: Its master is Robert Gal. And a review of The Plot: The Secret Story of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion
[May 19] A review of Simon Blackburn's Truth: a guide for the perplexed. A review of Donald Davidson's Problems of Rationality. From TLS, Thomas Nagel reviews Catharine MacKinnon's Women's Lives, Men's Laws, and a review of Pandora's Breeches: Women, science and power in the Enlightenment. From The Chronicle, an article on The Philosophical Gourmet Report, a unique rankings report that charts (and helps make) the winners and losers in philosophy. And here are some letters on Wittgenstein
[May 18] APSA adopts position opposing use of academic boycotts. A look at the case for class-based affirmative action. More than 100 colleges work with Google to speed campus users to library resources. The quest to complete a comprehensive directory of all life on Earth goes on. And the Fibonacci sequence of numbers is inspiring artists and architects once again
[May 17] A review of The Nature of the Mind, a review of Boundaries of the Mind: The Individual in the Fragile Sciences, and a review of Causation and Counterfactuals. From CT, a review of God on the Quad. "Clickers" are being used on hundreds of college campuses. From Australia, here's the latest episode in the culture wars
[May 16] A review of New Keywords: A Revised Vocabulary of Culture and Society. An interview with Russell Jacoby. An interview with Yale's David Graeber, and an article on historian Donald Kagan, mixing the old and the neo. And Math Goes Postmodern: Who would have thought that the number three could wield such power?