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[Weekend 2e] The New York Times begins a special series on social class in the US. From Business Week, a series of articles on how evangelical churches are borrowing from the business playbook. Democrats would be wise not to bet their political future on any divine intervention. An interview with Douglas Massey, author of Return of the "L" Word. New newspapers are springing up everywhere, despite the government’s help. And a look at the fine art of getting it down on paper, fast

[Weekend] World politics: Jürgen Habermas on the illusionary "Leftist No": Adopting the constitution to strengthen Europe's power to act. MP Malcolm Rifkind on a Manifesto for a Conservative Britain. What does John Stuart Mill have to do with the European Union Constitution? Why should we celebrate Schiller, now or in fifty years? From Foreign Affairs, an article on the Breakdown in the Andes (and an update). A look at Latin America's outbreak of people power. The US dominance of its Latin American "backyard" is eroding. A review of Child Labor: A Global View. And globalisation along rich-poor divides is less the swan song of state power than its siren song

[May 13] From TNR, the Bush administration won't engage in diplomacy even if it would get other states to see things our way. Tom Engelhardt on Our New Nuclear Age. Why the Commission on Human Rights must rid itself of members that detest freedom. An essay on great and medium powers in the Age of Unipolarity. And rather than educating the world about US matters, Washington should focus on educating US citizens on global matters

[May 12] On the mommy (and daddy) wars: A look at the banal evil of the term `soccer mom': It is a big idea, this motherhood business. A look at the economic unit called Supermom, and is what's best for Dad really best for the child? No? Then what’s a modern dad to do? And an interview with Barbara Ehrenreich

[May 11] The politics of memory: From Eurozine, rifts could be avoided by a version of European history that included both western and eastern experiences; a look at where "memorialism" came from and why; and on how the war provides Russia with its identity (a country marked by deep hankerings for the past). On what Bush got wrong about Yalta (and more). And a look at what the Molotov - Ribbentrop Pact really was

[May 10] From The Nation, articles on NPR, Air America, and Amy Goodman, and Garrison Keillor is not worried about the right-wingers on AM radio. From TNR, why DeLay and Abramoff are the inevitable byproducts of "big-government conservatism." From Slate, Abu Ghraib isn't Guernica, but the Spanish Civil War analogy is worth exploring. And from Mother Jones, an interview with Jeffrey Sachs

[May 9] The Vatican is said to force Jesuit off America magazine. More on The American Interest as an alternative to The National Interest. Michael Kinsley on how some evil force is causing people to stop reading newspapers. And the latest rumbling in the blogosphere? Questions about ethics

[Weekend 2e] Europe: From Time, meet the mayors who are making a difference. Günter Grass on how democratic progress is in danger of becoming a commodity. Simon Schama on how British democracy felt like a breath of fresh air 40 years ago. And even Rousseau would have approved. An evening out with John Gray would not be a particularly jolly affair (and more). Bored no more: History's end scares Europe. And a look at the modern relevance of Freud's Civilization and its Discontents

[Weekend] On the media: From CJR, evangelical Christians are creating an alternative universe of faith-based news. Jonathan Chait on saving PBS from the GOP. If you agree with Dewey and Habermas, think of what Eric Alterman should do. And Matt Taibbi on why he wrote an infantile pisstake of a dying Pope

[May 6] Miscellaneous: From Wired, a look at Statistically Improbable Phrases, the result of a new Amazon.com feature; and why are IQ test scores rising around the globe? And the Numbers Guy on how a small change by U.S. News leads to a new controversy in rankings, and on retiring aging statistics

[May 5] From National Journal, an early look at the contenders for the 2008 presidential race. From Slate, on Ted Lowi, interest-group conservatism, and George Bush's philosophy of government. Christopher Hitchens and James Taranto debate the Religious Right. And from TNR, Bill Frist shows just how bigoted he is, leveling the anti-faith charge against Democrats

[May 4] From Wired, who's to say evolution couldn't be improved with the help of a little technology? A review of Augustine, Sinner and Saint: A New Biography. From TNR, on the perils on Plan B, the "morning-after pill", for right-to-lifers. And an article on a man's right to choose

[May 3] Habermas and others cry out, "Do all you can to prevent France from betraying progress!" Mark Leonard on why Europe will survive a French Non (and a response). Indian civilisation is supposed to epitomise non-violence. Says who? The evidence speaks to the contrary. And Peter Berger on religious pluralism for a pluralist age

[May 2]
From Germany, Schröder and his Social Democrats rediscover Karl Marx. Alas, it's more than election opportunism. Columbia's Alfred Stepan on the Arab world’s democratic opening, Harvard's Joseph Nye on an India-China Axis, and Princeton's Harold James on how economic superpowers rise. And why 'globish' is not the end of the language, but an important step on the evolutionary ladder

[Weekend 2e] From Open Democracy, Fred Halliday on Mario Soares, the socialist “king” of Portugal, and a look at Blink, democracy, and accountable decisions. David Remnick on the international man of mystery, the real Tony Blair (and part 2). Is Britain's once-dominant Conservative Party headed for the dustbin? Maybe the British do democracy better. And a new craze hits the streets of London
[Weekend 2e] A new issue of The Claremont Review of Books is out, including a review of history textbooks, and from issues now posted online, essays on Leo Strauss and American Foreign Policy, and Democracy and the Bush Doctrine, a review of books on anti - neoconservatism, and a  review of The Modern Prince. Mark Lilla on the new age of tyranny (2002), on the end of politics (2003), and on the Church and State. And from Straussian.net, a page on Strauss on the Web

[Weekend] American politics: From The Pew Research Center, a new report on the American political landscape. From The Nation, an article on Dr. Hager's Family Values.  From TNR, why Clintonism isn't compromise. From Harper's, on the $4.7 trillion pyramid: Why Social Security won’t be enough to save Wall Street. When it comes to providing broad-based social-insurance programs, it’s the government that’s rational and the market that’s dumb. From The Weekly Standard, a look at the downside of big-government conservatism. Conservative Battleline's Donald Devine writes In Praise of Nonconformity. And the Culture Wars hit Corporate America

[May 13] Carlin Romano on the Pope's Sins of Omission. On the power of the mustard seed: Why strict churches are strong. From CT, on Trotsky and St. Benedict: A review of books on religion and politics; and on Guerrillas in Jesus Land: A different way to be Christian in America. A review of The Morality of Everyday Life. An article on zoning into the personal sphere. And why bother to have a National Masturbation Month?

[May 12] From LRB, a report from Iraq, and Partha Dasgupta reviews Collapse. From LMD, essays on Old Britain and France and Algeria. Mitchell Cohen on Auto - Emancipation and Anti - Semitism. An essay on Western dominance, Islamist terror, and the Arab imagination. And Michael Lind on how the legal debate is over: Terrorism is a war crime

[May 11] The politics of memory: While Europeans share memories of the second world war, histories of 1914-18 are strictly divided along national lines. From The Moscow Times, Soviet veterans challenge the official mythology of World War II in a new book. A review of Poisoned Peace: 1945 — The War That Never Ended. An article on the imperial mythology of World War II. And from Ideas, how good was the Good War

[May 10] From The New Yorker, Malcolm Gladwell reviews Steven Johnson's Everything Bad Is Good for You; a series on global warming (part 2 and an interview); and sometimes you have to do a hoax just because it’s so damn funny. Naomi Klein on how to end the war (and from n+1, a look at her life and work). And from Left Hook, on the “New New Left” & civil disobedience: A way out?

[May 9] From Christianity Today, here's a defense of The Crusades as "an act of love" (and more). A review of No god but God. A review of Liberalism is a Mental Disorder: Savage Solutions. Does Bush agree with Janis Rogers Brown? And a new issue of The Cato Journal is out, including a review of books on left and right pdf

[Weekend 2e] Political economy: From Business Week, an article on the Safety Net Nation (and two interviews). From Dissent, an article on defending sweatshops: Too much logic, too little evidence. A review of Why Most Things Fail: evolution, extinction and economics (and more). What should a reconfigured tax system look like? From NBER, does poverty cause terrorism? An article on poverty and 'development pornography'. And from NPQ, Milken, Scholes, and Becker on the new liquidity

[Weekend] From NYRB, a review of Sadako Ogata's The Turbulent Decade: Confronting the Refugee Crises of the 1990s; a review of Code Names; and more on John Kenneth Galbraith. And from Reason, a debate on gun control and an interview with Syrian intellectual Yassin al-Haj Saleh

[May 6] Miscellaneous: From Harper's, a review of books on the seven deadly sins. From Psychology Today, seven deadly sentiments: An article introduces the shameful feelings that many people have but few admit. We eat too much. We throw too much away. Go figure. And a review of books on consumerism

[May 5] From Foreign Policy, Robert McNamara on why the US must no longer rely on nuclear weapons as a foreign-policy tool, and a series of articles on the ethics of exiting Iraq. From The Independent Review, an article on the prospects for democracy in high-violence societies. And from New Humanist, on a solution for escaping theocracy in Iran, and why the future of politics lies in the European model of cooperation

[May 4] From The Washington Monthly, a debate on who gets credit for Middle East democracy, with contributions from Joseph Biden, Wesley Clark, Jonathan Clarke, Nikolas Gvosdev, Heather Hurlburt, Nancy Soderberg, and Michael Tomasky. And an excerpt from Alan Wolfe's Return to Greatness

[May 3] The fifth annual Foreign Policy Globalization Index is out, and it's time to Think Again about Tony Blair. Orlando Patterson goes bowling for democracy. A new issue of Monthly Review is out. A review of The Trial: A History from Socrates to OJ Simpson. And from PopMatters, Rob Horning is in search of Real Amateurs

[May 2]
Mark Bauerlein on Washington, Du Bois, and the Black future. A review of Michael Eric Dyson's Is Bill Cosby Right? (Or Has the Black Middle Class Lost Its Mind?). An excerpt from The Unsteady March: The Rise and Decline of Racial Equality in America, by Philip A. Klinkner with Rogers M. Smith. And Sanding Down Sander: The debunker of affirmative action gets debunked

[Weekend 2e] In the ongoing struggle between evolution and creationism, Darwinians may be their own worst enemy. From Uncommon Knowledge, a debate on teaching intelligent design. John Brockman is an intellectual hustler and a tireless promoter of influential ideas. An article sings the praises of Anne Dillard. More on BHL's travels around the US. And more on John Dunn's Setting the People Free
[Weekend 2e] Angel Jaramillo (New School): Leo Strauss: A life in the light of Martin Heidegger. John Ranieri (Seton Hall): Leo Strauss on Jerusalem and Athens: A Girardian Analysis pdf. Howard Doughty (Seneca): Rehabilitating Cynicism: Art as Political Action. And from the ISI, you can download a series of free study guides, including A Student's Guide to Political Philosophy by Harvey Mansfield, and A Student's Guide to Philosophy by Ralph McInerny

[Weekend] Crooked Timber's John Holbo on The Advantages and Disadvantages of Theory for Life pdf, and Marginal Revolution's Tyler Cowen lectures on The Future of Culture in a Globalized World. Perry Anderson reviews Göran Therborn's Between Sex and Power: Family in the World, 1900-2000. Sue Blackwell is the scholar behind the AUT's academic boycott. Is her research any good? From The Chronicle, Stanley Fish on Chickens: the Ward Churchill and Larry Summers Story; and when does a popular professor's friendliness become inappropriate? And Harvard's most disturbing sexual fantasies include sleeping with Michael Sandel

[May 13] Book reviews: From TLS, a review of books on Einstein. A review of Franz Rosenzweig's The Star of Redemption. A review of Value Matters: Studies in Axiology. A review of Cassell's Chronology of World History: dates, events and ideas that made history. And a review of Beyond Free and Fair: Monitoring Elections and Building Democracy, and a review of The Case for Palestine: An International Law Perspective

[May 12] From Inside Higher Ed, Scott McLemee finds no exit from Sartre's legacy and feels an obligation to read encyclopedias; an essay on The Death of English; an anonymous dean reflects on 20 years of experience (and part 2); and as any college communications officer will tell you, it’s all about branding

[May 11] Science and math: From Edge, Steven Pinker and Elizabeth Spelke debate the science of gender and science. The new biology is reasserting the primacy of the whole organism over genes. A review of The Triumph of Numbers How Counting Shaped Modern Life. John Allen Paulos on when math and stories mix and when they clash. And how the thought process needed to master a mathematical formula is a skill that can empower anyone

[May 10] Linda McClain (Hofstra) and James Fleming (Fordham): Constitutionalism, Judicial Review, and Progressive Change. Jeremy Waldron (Columbia): The Core of the Case Against Judicial Review pdf. A review of Spectacles of Truth in Classical Greek Philosophy: Theoria in its Cultural Context. And an excerpt from Undivided Rights: Women of Color Organize for Reproductive Justice

[May 9] Potpourri: A review of A History of Spaces: Cartographic reason, mapping and the geo-coded world. Professor believes software can determine quality work. The Guardian profiles Javier Marías. Arts & Letters Daily's Denis Dutton reviews The Seven Basic Plots. And The Believer interviews Steve Martin

[Weekend 2e] Human rights: From the new journal Human Rights & Human Welfare, Jack Donnelly (Denver): Human Rights; and David Forsythe (Nebraska): Humanitarianism in the Contemporary World; William Felice (Eckerd): American and European Approaches to Economic and Social Rights; Jelena Subotic (Wisconsin): Domestic Appropriation of International Norms; and Jennifer Ramos & Dana Zartner Falstrom (UC-Davis): State Compliance with Human Rights Norms pdf

[Weekend] From Legal Affairs, Cass Sunstein and Randy Barnett debate the Constitution-in-Exile movement. Here's a statement by law school deans about recent attacks on the judiciary pdf. And and a new issue of Regulation is out, including an article on what a life is worth pdf

[May 6] Miscellaneous: From TLS, a review of books on Sartre. From Inside Higher Ed, an interview with Elaine Showalter, author of Faculty Towers; on why master’s degree programs in history play a role far more influential than the number of students enrolled; and perhaps irony is not dead after all?

[May 5] A new issue of The Philosophers' Magazine is out, including a look at some intractable problems in philosophy today, and on what modern America owes to Hobbes and Locke. A new study may shed light on why nations punish other countries for human rights violations or why people sanction those who do not vote. And from South Africa, a political philosopher to host own radio show

[May 4] Here are papers from the recent ECPR Workshop: Metaphor in Political Science. The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy is attempting to raise more than $1 million to keep online access free. And seriously, folks, philosophy can be a lot of laughs, well, maybe chuckles

[May 3] From PS: Political Science and Politics, Robert Klotz (USM): The Nuclear Option for Stopping Filibusters. From TNR, an essay on what the internet is doing to scholarship. An essay on Life After the Death of Theory. Here's a look at the field of orgasmic science. And "Hannah and Martin" is an odd sort of play

[May 2]
George Dent (Case Western): Race, Trust, Altruism and Reciprocity. From The New Criterion, Roger Kimball on a battle plan to retake the university. What kind of education is required in a democracy? Harvard's B-school has some competition across the Charles River: the divinity school. And sick of hearing about Harvard? So is everyone else--except Harvard-educated journalists

[Weekend 2e] Rebecca Brown (Vanderbilt): How Constitutional Theory Found Its Soul: The Contributions of Ronald Dworkin. John Dryzek reviews Globalizing Democracy and Human Rights. A look at recent scholarship on evil. Joseph Epstein reviews Elaine Showalter's Faculty Towers: The Academic Novel and Its Discontents. And why a good dose of misanthropy is useful when dealing with critics