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[Nov 15] From Ukraine, can the new democracy withstand a murder investigation? From Pakistan, Ishtiaq Ahmed on the human essence. From France, Raphaël Hadas-Lebel on the rebirth of Utopia. The French model could be called the “You will be us” imperative. Economic rigidity has left an underclass of young men unemployed and desperate. On a visit to the Paris suburb of Grigny and the results of a Muslim reluctance to integrate. Could Islamic schools be part of the solution? Why liberal Islam is not the solution. The French riots have been a godsend for those who oppose integration and progress. Too many Europeans view America as a right-wing monolith. A new art exhibition touring Scandinavia seeks to change minds. The High Court looks abroad: As Congress backs Bush foreign policy, Justices voice qualms. A review of Sandra Day O'Connor. Underneath Their Robes is occasionally a little vulgar, but this is America in 2005. Ruy Teixiera on the battle for the exurbs. The art of switching your political allegiance is a tricky one. One more time with the tired dissent-is-disloyalty line? Here's some ammo for anyone who thinks dissent equals loyalty. Liberality for All is a comic book for the Fox News set. A review of Al Franken's The Truth (With Jokes). And actor Michael Moriarty has some thoughts on politics

[Nov 14] From Iran, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad urges intellectuals to assist government in rendering service to public. From France, an exhibit celebrates Arab scholars of the Middle Ages. A selection of opinions from the Muslim world about the rioting in France. An interview with Anthony Giddens on the European social model. David Brooks on why there's irony in French rioters' rap posing. A review of City of Cities: The Birth of Modern London. The '90s romance between the U.S. and Latin America is over. Is the United States willing to pay the high costs of sealing the border? The Muddle is the Message: Voters voted, some candidates won, others lost: Redistricting reform is not dead, though incumbent imperialism is alive and well, but no sex please, we're American voters. Democrats are dreaming of another 1994, with control of the House changing hands, this time to them. To truly redefine the Democratic party and win the 2008 presidency, John Edwards has a long way to go. An op-ed on the Republican Party as a tent divided. Here's the text of Karl Rove's speech to the Federalist Society. An interview with William F. Buckley.  What some politicians fear most: The ex-wife. An interview with Maureen Dowd. A profile of Marjorie Williams: A journalist who made feminism matter. Obituary: Peter Drucker. From Business Week, a series of articles on the future of the Internet. From FT, a series on mobility: It’s now who you are connected to, not who you know. But does this mean greater freedom or loss of control? A look at the harsh Darwinist world of gadget evolution. And what would Amartya Sen do?

[Weekend 2e] Potpourri: From The Washington Monthly, a review of Talk to the Hand: The Utter Bloody Rudeness of the World Today, or Six Good Reasons to Stay Home and Bolt the Door (and more and more). What kind of lessons could medieval knights teach youngsters today? A review of books on parenting. Parents calling their newborn children after brand names? Er, not quite. Will a clock that works flawlessly for 10,000 years become the greatest wonder of the world? A review of First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong. More on James Bond, the spy without qualities. A review of The Areas of My Expertise. From Slate, a slide show on the last great newspaper strip, Calvin and Hobbes. And for some reason, sticking to the bottom of Joe McLeod's greasy, grimy li’l brainpan is How to Write a Business Letter: "What the fuck?"

[Weekend] News from around the world: From Kenya, a look at when corruption makes perfect economic sense. From New Zealand, Kiwi expats are being lured home to help plug a skills shortage. From Poland, the Silesians are one of the largest ethnic groups. Are they a "minority"? From India, an article in praise of the state; the state withdraws, but at what cost? From Pakistan, more from Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani on democracy. From Perspectives, a symposium commemorating the 60th anniversary of the ending of China’s resistance war against Japan. An essay on rethinking "capitalist restoration" in China.  Latin Americans have spent the past few years finding their voices. Now they may have the strength to defy their northern neighbour. Two excerpts from Alvaro Vargas Llosa's Liberty for Latin America: How to Undo Five Hundred Years for State Oppression.  From the IMF, a look at why the global financial system is more resilient. Paul Wolfowitz on accountability and generosity. From FT, Stephen Roach on the rising risk of a hard landing.   Exporters of oil are saving more of their recent windfall than in previous price booms. It's hard to spot where the money is going. On globalization's losers: Politicians need to be braver when capitalism is the only game in town. Edward Herman on the political economy of sham justice: Carla Del Ponte addresses Goldman Sachs. And Old Europe's New Jobs: The elegant second acts of European politicians

[Nov 11] From the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, why the best way to know the full extent of Iran's nuclear doings is to offer it help; and during the last 60 years, we missed several opportunities to contain the nuclear threat. It's not too late. From Le Monde diplomatique, an article on nuclear proliferation. A review of North Korea: The Paranoid Peninsula - A Modern History. The real crisis isn't about nuclear weapons, but Iran's determination to reshape the Middle East in its own image. The Cicero article: A German magazine offers insight into Iran's ongoing support for terrorism. From TNR, why the riots could only have happened in France (and more from Max Boot, and more from Ctheory). Timothy Garton Ash on the need for hyphenated Europeans. What do American white nationalists think about all this? Steve Sailer has some thoughts. How the son of a British communist, Jon Utley, became a leading Washington conservative. Evidence emerges that US forces 'used chemical weapons' during assault on city of Fallujah. PBS' "Frontline" names U.S. torture commanders. From The Economist, the Bush administration's approach to torture beggars belief; and an article on the meaning of America: Pumpkin shootin'. A review of Micklethwait and Wooldridge's The Right Nation: Conservative Power in America. Tom Engelhardt presents a gallery of the rogues, criminals and liars Bush has promoted or awarded for their grave mistakes.  Alan Wolfe reviews Jimmy Carter's Our Endangered Values. 'Not listening! - La la la la la la la!' This is what Aristotle advises in Book VI of the Nicomachean Ethics. And The Nation takes the following stand on Democrats and the War

[Nov 10] From Legal Affairs, how a few dozen immigrant students at an elite French college created a crise constitutionnelle and still got good report cards. An interview with political scientist Alfred Grosser on the violence in France. Increased emphasis on multiculturalism and respect for other cultures in France is not the answer, argues Olivier Roy. French society can also become a threat in itself, Alain Touraine explains. The only way to solve these problems was made by an immigrant living in London. It seems unlikely that the current unrest will develop into a fully fledged rebellion. An article on multiculturalism and the self-liquidation of Europe. Those rioters in France? They're just stupid leftists. From Blueprint, a review of Michael Barone's Almanac of American Politics, 2006. From Radar, Arianna Huffington on why it’s time to pull the Democratic party out of the Clintons’ shadow. EJ Dionne on a vision check for the Democrats. When Leviathan is a Republican: Democrats should appreciate the advantages of federalism. Katrina vander Heuvel offers the White House the Cliff Notes on the history of moral theory. Here are five reasons Bush should keep Rove. The last low-rent office building in downtown DC smokes out NOW, the U.S.-Ukraine Foundation, and The Washington Monthly. Urban legends swirl around DC about a commune in Marlinton, West Virginia and its hippiefied ambassadors. New York Press has some advice for newly-reelected Mayor Bloomberg: Don't screw it up. Judaism is thriving in Boston. What's more surprising is who's leading the revival. Seceding seldom succeeds, but Vermonters try. And a review of The Encyclopedia of New England

[Nov 9] Quo vadis, Europa?: From Monaco, Prince Albert talks about his mother, his mistress and his secret son. Mikhail Gorbachev on Perestroika, 20 years later. Here are some thoughts and reminiscences of Jan Sokol, prominent Czech intellectual. An article on the case for Scottish independence. Bulgaria has been shown numerous yellow and red cards by the European Commission. Why does Bob Geldof insist upon such a public life? A look at past pandemics that ravaged Europe. A review of The Reformation of the Keys: Confession, Conscience, and Authority in Sixteenth-Century Germany. The introduction to Borrowing Constitutional Designs: Constitutional Law in Weimar Germany and the French Fifth Republic. An excerpt from The French Wars of Religion, 1562–1629. From The Globalist, an excerpt on European values in a globalized world. From Newropeans, an essay on Kant and cosmopolitan Europe (and part 2); on four Transatlantic beliefs to forget in order to undertake successfully the aggiornamento of the EU-USA relationship; and an an interview on integrationism, interests and power in a troubled EU (and part 2 and part 3). From spiked, the London bombers' pedigree owes more to Western culture than the Koran; and Frank Furedi on how the French riots reveal the political exhaustion of Europe. Joel Kotkin on how France's rigid economic system sustains privilege and inspires resentment. And a look at the difference between French and American riots

[Nov 8] From Pakistan, Supreme Court Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani on democracy and Islam, and Ishtiaq Ahmed on the victimisation of Mubarak Ali, a distinguished historian. From Taiwan, apparently, President Chen Shui-bian borrows ideas from Yale's Bruce Ackerman. From Australia, a series of articles on political and social issues. From The Spectator, a cover story on a dying breed, the European. From Der Spiegel, what's wrong with Europe? Niall Ferguson on the fires of disintegration. Can France withstand the challenge from the disaffected? The West has no good reason to merely murmur at another flawed election in Azerbaijan. Chávez and Maradona lead massive rebuke of Bush. A look at how the Bush administration is playing the chaos card in the Middle East. President Cheney: His office really does run national security. More on My FBI. From Business Week, executives rejoice: Sam Alito is a business kind of guy (and more). It’s not 1994 that Democrats should be looking to as a model. It’s 1974. More and more on Condi vs. Hillary. From The Weekly Standard, the party of Sam's Club: Isn't it time the Republicans did something for their voters? The Nation, now profitable, has a new commander, Katrina vanden Heuvel. Can new owner Michael Lacey make The Village Voice relevant again? A consideration of the economics of Spanish language newspapers provides a glimpse into the global future of creative work. And the true news exclusive isn't the story that beats the clock, or the pack: It's the one you remembered days later (and linked here!)

[Nov 7] What Chou En Lai said about the French Revolution holds for the Russian as well: Too soon to judge. After Nov. 1, 1755, the new Lisbon would be a monument to the Enlightenment, a living metaphor of effective government. An article on the demise of Canadian ideas. Who deserves to be a citizen? As the politics of immigration roil Europe and the U.S., the real debate hasn't even begun. Pick'n'mix citizenship: The questions in the proposed UK nationality test are bizarrely random. Respect has again come into its own, this time as Britain's hottest political buzz word. BBC economics guru Evan Davis reveals a fun, charming, exuberant side. Globalization and Alan Greenspan's stewardship have steered the Fed back to something like its original state. The message-control impulse in Washington is as strong today as it ever was, though it can take different forms. John Judis on Alito as reactionary. An article on Cheney's new chief of staff David Addington and the Chickenhead incident. Is America still red vs. blue, or purpler? When did the L-word become the new N-word? Rupert Murdoch discusses the Internet, satellite television and The Wall Street Journal. Carlin Romano reviews Blog! How the Newest Media Revolution is Changing, Politics, Business, and Culture (and more). Want War and Peace online? How about 20 pages at a time? The new battle over an internet library will yield a valuable resource for all. And digital communications experts are zeroing in on the perfect code

[Weekend 2e] Potpourri: From Slate, on the Rock Snob: An anatomy of a delicate breed. A review of The Dark Side of the Moon: the making of the Pink Floyd masterpiece. The complex system of world times zones has created some extraordinary anomalies. As World Usability Day approaches, what are the best doing right? Do you have a common-sense idea that will improve the day-to-day lives of everyday Americans? On the rules of sarcasm: When to use it and how. The secret of impressive writing? Keep it plain and simple. A review of "After Innocence", which follows the lives of seven exonerated convicts. Research finds peyote doesn't rob regular users of brain power over time. An interview with Catherine Edwards Sanders, author of Wicca's Charm: Understanding the Spiritual Hunger Behind the Rise of Modern Witchcraft and Pagan Spirituality. A review of Abducted: How People Come To Believe They Were Kidnapped By Aliens (and more). And Larouchites speak the very ugly truth about Michael Ledeen and the 'universal fascism' behind the Cheney cabal, which LaRouche brought down

[Weekend] American politics and culture: From TNR, Richard Posner on our incompetent government: Can Washington protect us? From New Statesman, why America turned on Dubbya. A look at when the C.I.A. played by the rules, and why it doesn't care about Libby. Why Fitzgerald's charges are really about the war. Jonathan Chait on Bush's dishonest mistakes. John Dean reads between the lines of the Libby Indictment. For the embattled president, the SCOTUS ideological battle comes at a perfect time, after what Immanuel Wallerstein calls Mr. Bush's nightmare. Robert Bork on Bush and conservatives and the future of the Court. On the one-sided debate about judges, and as ideology serves as a wild card in Senate debate, how conservative is "too conservative"? Stephen Bainbridge on why judges' faith does matter. Why Catholics are the Court's new brain, but the Church must decide whether to pressure judges on abortion like it does elected officials. Is it the death of American politics? Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's proposals are his best chance to do something positive for the state. Eric Alterman wants to talk. Safety, efficacy, morality: Ronald Bailey on how the FDA gets religion. An excerpt from The Medical Malpractice Myth. A review of Breaking Rank: A Top Cop’s Exposé of the Dark Side of American Policing. A review of Haunted in the New World: Jewish American Culture From Cahan to "The Goldbergs". A review of Gore Vidal’s America. More on Red Star Over Hollywood. More on A Matter of Opinion. And here's an eulogy for the alt-weekly: The long-rumored corporate takeover of "alternative" news-on-print is indeed on order, and some thoughts about merging with the former enemy

[Nov 4] News from around the world: From France, Nicolas Sarkozy’s hardline, zero-tolerance rhetoric is foundering on urban realities. From Germany, an article on political turmoil and the Left (and more). From Poland, the Kaczynski Twins make Europe nervous. From Georgia, an assessment of the challenge facing a defiant Salome Zurabishvili. From Uzbekistan, slaughtering demonstrators and turning his back on America has not made Islam Karimov safer. From Palestine, voted in, Hamas sets a West Bank city astir: Is democracy in the Palestinian Authority in trouble? From Iran, is Mahmoud Ahmadinejad truly an exterminator? Jonathan Power on why Turkey's Kurds matter. Ivory Coast struggles as ethnic strife spreads. A look at the latest news from Djibouti.  European Disunion: Citizens' fears over globalization and jobs divide the EU. A United Nations good governance school is planned for Seoul. From The Economist, financial services are at last spreading from the rich to the developing world, and trade liberalisation and other forms of openness are needed more than ever, but might poor countries gain when their best and brightest leave? Yale's Jeffrey Garten on why leaders should stay home from regional summits. The US military wants to own the weather. And a book on global warming, The Weather Makers, may be this generation's Silent Spring (and more on Rachel Carson's legacy)

[Nov 3] From Eurozine, a series of articles reveal facets of the city that has been the battleground of Turkey's modernization process. From New Left Review, an article on Koizumi's coup in Japan, and if Latin America has been the site of the most radical opposition to neoliberal restructuring over the past five years, Bolivia has been its insurrectionary frontline. From IMF, a proposal for controlled capital account liberalization. "It’s the Illicit Economy, Stupid": Moises Naim explains. It's four months since Live 8: what happened to the Make Poverty History campaign? Why was Gandhi denied a Nobel Peace Prize? By turning private grief into a state ocassion, Britons have granted terrorism leverage. The prime minister's bizarre philosophy of freedom is a recipe for anarchy. What's the difference between David Cameron and Tony Blair? The CIA is found to hold terror suspects in secret prisons. From TAP, if conservatives want to abolish abortion rights without overturning Roe v. Wade, Samuel Alito may be just the man they need. Norman Ornstein on how Judge Alito doesn’t show Congress enough deference. From Slate, is Scooter Libby innocent until proven guilty? So much for the permanent Republican majority, and more on Karl Rove's godmother. If Bush is going to change his presidential momentum, he might take a few lessons from the Reagan playbook. Babes in BushWorld: Raunch culture offers good old-fashioned pleasure, Republican style. And Maureen Dowd, one of the most dangerous columnists in America, on what's a modern girl to do, adding nothing to the debate between the sexes (and more and an interview)

[Nov 2] From Monthly Review, an article on People's Power in Nepal. From Persian Journal, an essay on Iranians, founders of the World Empire. In time, Turkey will become a fully modern liberal democracy, EU membership or no. Is Bosnia a hotbed for international terrorism? No, but leaders remain disturbingly undisturbed by radical Islam. Who will be blamed for Iraq? Ultimately, the buck stops at the Oval Office. From TAP, we can't know whether "Scooter" is covering up a crime or not -- because he won't come clean. Robert Higgs on how our greatest criminals are never charged with their greatest crimes. From The Nation, an article on the White House Criminal Conspiracy, and some serious questions for Samuel A. Alito Jr. Mark Tushnet on how Alito would push the Court even further right than William Rehnquist. Scalia and Alito are separated at the bench, and Cass Sunstein chimes in. Stephen Carter on why Christians need to lower their Supreme Court expectations. From CJR, newspapers are a daily miracle, and perhaps never has the expression been more apt than at The Times-Picayune in the wake of Katrina. Imagine a day when you would be in total control of creating your own TV channel lineup. Telesur, the new Latin American TV station, goes on air. Latin American soap operas are part of the global cultural establishment and taking on Hollywood heavyweights. For bloggers seeking name recognition, nothing beats a good scandal. Jason Fry wasn't prepared for how much work blogging was. And today, the world can't wait

[Nov 1] American politics: From Slate, as he stops pretending to be against judicial activism, President Bush nominates Samuel Alito for the Supreme Court battle we've all been waiting for. What does Miers' withdrawal mean for future nominees? Imagine George W. Bush confronted by these questions of constitutional theory. A look at why the Right never surrenders--or declares victory. An article on the dark heart of Dick Cheney. Nicholas Lemann on how a leak became a scandal. Christopher Hitchens on how the Plame kerfuffle has made hypocrites of just about everyone. On the difference between perjury, false statements, and obstruction of justice. A look at the Bush tax panel's plan to screw Democrats. David Broader profiles Sen. Chuck Hagel of Nebraska, an independent prairie thinker. Andrew Bacevich on war powers in the Age of Terror. From CJR, a review of books on reporting in Iraq, and FOIA still works, but it needs a tune-up. What can his paper trail tell us about the sort of Fed chairman Bernanke would be? Wynton Marsalis on what jazz can teach us about responding to Katrina. From The New York Times Magazine, a cover story of the End of Pensions. Sebastian Mallaby on saving seniors. From In These Times, where does drug policy fit into the debate on liberty? An interview with Victor Navasky, author of A Matter of Opinion. Jonathan Rauch on the political dot-com boom: On the Web, business finds a new way of doing politics. And is American Girl a pro-abortion company?
[Nov 15] Religious and secular perspectives: From The Wanderer, accepting gay clergy: Out of touch, or, out of mind; and on how "safe environment” programs began as pro-homosexual propaganda. An article on why Christianity is essential to winning the culture war. An interview with Ben Witherington III on the problem with evangelical theologies. Pat Robertson vs. the Pope: Is the intelligent designer loving or vindictive. More on Chuck W. Colson. CS Lewis and his Chronicles have always invited interpretation and controversy, and a review of books on Lewis. An article on the intrinsic evil of evolutionary humanism. Is Judeo-Christian morality unethical? An interview with Peter Singer. When the Brethren stay: New Zealand’s brush with the Religious Right. A review of books on Islam, ideas and madrassas. From India, why secularism is like an out-of-shape hat. A review of Was Hinduism Invented? India’s rationalists are on the frontline of the battle between science and superstition. Here are excerpts from Losing Faith In Faith: From Preacher To Atheist. From Skeptical Inquirer, are the usual religious defenses of belief in God really up to the job? A dialogue. An excerpt from The Born Again Skeptic's Guide To The Bible. And God listens to the collected works of Burt Bacharach during the seventh day of Creation

[Nov 14] From Slate, David Cole on the double standard that underlies American torture policy. In the serialized DC Confidential, Christopher Meyer claims Blair was 'seduced' in run-up to Iraq War, a review, an interview, and more. Do Iraq-war documentaries give us too close-up a view of the conflict? On Iraq, Hollywood liberals weren't so out of step with America after all. What's antiwar hard-core hero Henry Rollins doing bucking up the troops overseas? Returning soldiers and their spouses, parents, and children are the backbone of the antiwar movement. A review of Martin Shaw's The New Western Way of War (and an interview). A review of Us and Them: Understanding Your Tribal Mind. More on Robert Fisk's The Great War for Civilisation.  A review of Messages to the World: The Statements of Osama bin Laden. From Sign and Sight, a portrait of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi (and part 2 and part 3). A review of books on genocide. How Judith Lewis tried to stop worrying and love nuclear power (and part 2). From smallpox and cholera to today’s threat of avian flu, how a society prepares for and responds to disease has as much to do with politics as with science. Peter Singer on who pays for avian influenza. From In These Times, give me cognitive liberty: The failure of the drug war is so spectacular that irrational motives must be driving it. An article on state vs. private ownership of natural resources. A look at what today's environmentalists might learn from John Hay. A review of Is the American Dream Killing You? And on how the gun industry bought itself immunity from the rule of law

[Weekend 2e] Sex gender: From Salon, more on Maureen Dowd's Are Men Necessary? When Sexes Collide (and more and more and more). Katha Pollit on The World According to Dowd, and more from Ruth Conniff: "Cringe-inducing". Oral sex at the synagogue: Uncomfortable or not, it is time for clergy to speak out. From India, 55% of households have sex in 'public'. Am I My Brothel's Keeper? An interview with former sex worker Tracy Quan. More and more on Female Chauvinist Pigs. Do real men change nappies? An article on the metaphysics of masculinity. "Understand that we don’t know what mauve and taupe are". Is lust lost forever? Billy Crystal's Harry loses the argument. A study shows attractiveness in females relates to the hormonal composition of blood. And Boston's most feared divorce lawyer has found an even messier calling

[Weekend] From NYRB, a review of John Yoo's The Powers of War and Peace: The Constitution and Foreign Affairs After 9/11. A review of The Utility of Force: the art of war in the modern world. An interview with John Ralston Saul, author of The Collapse of Globalism. A review of The Question of Zion. An interview with Thane Rosenbaum about Simon Wiesenthal's legacy. From National Review, an appreciation of Robert Conquest. An interview with John Miller, author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America. From The Mises Institute, a short history of price controls. Daniel Gross on what's wrong with $100 billion mutual funds. In the untamed world of hedge funds, rigged deals and manipulated markets help the wealthy thrive while ordinary investors wither. Gene Sperling on how the time to think about helping displaced workers is before they lose their jobs. From The Washington Monthly, a series of articles on The New Progressivism. An essay on confronting issues of race and wealth over a morning cup of coffee. They have grown smaller and quieter over the past decade, but citizen militias are still locked and loaded in rural America. An interview with two anti-Minuteman Project activists. More on Do As I Say (Not As I Do): Profiles in Liberal Hypocrisy. William Galston reviews Rick Santorum's It Takes a Family. And Sixties counter-culture had a point, it was an act of rebellion. Forty years on, the need is just as great

[Nov 11] From APSA, how could a Roberts-Alito court support the Republican political agenda? New research shows "friendly judicial review" can help (and the paper pdf). From The Claremont Review of Books, a review of Judging Thomas: The Life and Times of Clarence Thomas; and a review of books on Antonin Scalia. Congress's recent efforts to punish federal judges flout the Constitution; it says so in the Good Behavior Clause. An op-ed on the balancing act at the Supreme Court. Isn't that spousal abuse: Alito, abortion, sexism, and the polls. The fight over Alito misses the daily defeat of legal abortion. A review of Kate Michelman's With Liberty and Justice For All: A Life Spent Protecting the Right to Choose. From the Freedom From Religion Foundation, an excerpt from Why Abortion? The Myth of Choice for Women Who Are Poor; and the book Abortion is a Blessing is online. From The Washington Monthly, a review of Generation Rx. Are antibiotics killing us? Is obesity an epidemic or a myth? From The New Yorker, an interview with Atul Gawande on medical malpractice. From Legal Affairs,  Ralph Nader's museum of tort law will include relics from famous lawsuits--if it ever gets built; and Americans call the work bioprospecting. Others say it's stealing. From the US State Department's Economic Perspectives, a special issue of the promise of biotechnology. Everything in these scenarios is possible. These are certainly the worst scenarios, but they are not fanciful (and more). A review of False Alarm: The truth about the epidemic of fear. A review of Is It Just Me Or Is Everything Shit? The encyclopedia of modern life. And eat, sleep, work, consume, die: The Luddite Tony Long despairs

[Nov 10] Who is lying about Iraq? Norman Podhoretz wants to know. A look at the long history of US politicians’ denial of their country’s imperial reach. More on Stephen Walt's Taming American Power. From The Claremont Review of Books, a review of Beyond Paradise and Power: Europe, America, and the Future of a Troubled Partnership; a review of Michelle Malkin's In Defense of Internment: The Case for 'Racial Profiling' in World War II and the War on Terror; and more on  Love, Poverty, and War. Christopher Hitchens on realism in Darfur. Richard Haass wants to know if there is a doctrine in the House. From New Internationalist, a special issue on the challenge to violence. An interview with Arizona's Eric Hayot on torture and Abu Ghraib. From The National Interest, John F. Kennedy Equivocated: On Charles Krauthammer and Brent Scowcroft. Wellesley's Thomas Cushman on democracy and its enemies. Bruce Lawrence writes an introduction for the first-ever English translation of the major declarations of Osama bin Laden. From books to virgins: Muslims have forgotten Islam's own tradition of independent thinking. Here's a People's History of Iraq: 1963 to 2005. From The Weekly Standard, are terrorists trying to turn our vigilance against us? From The Heritage Foundation, Charles Kesler on The Crisis of American National Identity. Jonah Goldberg sings the qualified praises of questioning patriotism. Why the United States needs opinionated loudmouths: A review of books. Steve Salerno says there are simply no demagogues on the Right. And a collection of snippets and quotes from misanthropic Ugly Americans who dominate government

[Nov 9] Political economy and the environment: The Nation, The American Prospect, In These Times and AlterNet are on the Wal-Mart Money Trail. From The Freeman, on why Wal-Mart is good for the economy pdf. Wal-Mart: is this the worst company in the world? Wal-Mart turns in student’s anti-Bush photo, Secret Service investigates him. From Multinational Monitor, a series of articles on The People’s Triumphs over Corporate Power. From MR, an article on democratic economies, and an excerpt from a speech on how unions matter in the new economy. More on What Goes Up: The Uncensored History of Modern Wall Street. From Post-Autistic Economics Review, an essay on fixing the World Bank, and a look at the rise and demise of the New Public Management. An essay on why environmentalists should embrace economics (and part 2). The introduction to Chasing the Wind: Regulating Air Pollution in the Common Law State. From New Internationalist, a special issue of nuclear power. Communities will hopefully stabilize after decreasing their dependence on the overstretched, oil-dependent supply lines that mark our globalized economy. The Texas Observer talks with Bill McKibben about global warming. Van Jones renounced black nationalism and is now the new face of environmentalism. Is urban sprawl really an American menace? A review of Sprawl: A Compact History. And from The E Magazine, an article on the tempest brewing in your morning cup

[Nov 8] From Open Democracy, Notre Dame's Fred Dallmayr on mobilising global democracy. From The New Yorker, can the C.I.A. legally kill a prisoner? From Writ, on the new CIA gulag of secret foreign prisons: Why it violates both domestic and international law. A new issue of Logos is out, including an essay on Torture in Our Time; a review of Beyond Chutzpah; a review of The Myths of Zionism; and an interview with Columbia's Rashid Khalid on empire. A review of The Sheriff: America's Defense of the New World Order, and a review of Joseph Nye's Soft Power: The Means to Success in World Politics. A review of Thomas P. M. Barnett's Blueprint for Action: A Future Worth Creating. An excerpt from Victor Davis Hanson's A War Like No Other on Athens and war. From TCS, a review of Redefining Sovereignty, edited by Orrin Judd of Brothers Judd. From "Ideas", when it comes to war and peace, there's another realist tradition and it's time to revive it. A review of Scott Ritter's Iraq Confidential. More and more on The Assassins' Gate. More on The Next Attack. A review of Deadly Connections: States That Sponsor Terrorism. An interview with Lee Clark, author of Worst Cases: Terror and Catastrophe in the Popular Imagination. A review of Restless Giant: The United States From Watergate to Bush v. Gore. A review of Bury the Chains: Prophets and Rebels in the Fight to Free an Empire's Slaves. More on Gary Wills' Henry Adams and the Making of America. More on Andrew Jackson, His Life and Times. And an interview with Lewis Gould, author of The Most Exclusive Club: A History of the Modern United States Senate

[Nov 7] The politics of science and religion:  From Salon, meet the 28 leaders who are fighting to stave off planetwide catastrophe, and Al Gore on why the time to act is now. An article on dominion theology, and the making of American environmental policy. A poll finds most Americans select creationism over evolution. A Catholic official says faithful should listen to secular modern science (and more). A pope for our times: why Darwin is back on the agenda at the Vatican. An article on the case of Behe vs. Darwin. A look at an exhibition titled "Darwin" at the American Museum of Natural History (and more). The Reading File: Charles Darwin's difficult legacy. Does Darwin have anything to say about Beowulf and Madame Bovary? An essay on the Literary Darwinists. An article on the Bible, chapter and every other verse. What Bible says about homosexuality depends on how you read it. The Fellowship of God's Covenant People is labeled a "hate group" by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Is America a "Christian Nation"? Certain religious groups seem to have missed the memo. What would a world without Roe look like? An article on pharmacist choice and the morning-after pill. Holmes Morton is creating a model for the medicine of tomorrow. In cases involving frozen embryos, judges have given equal weight to the father's point of view. A review of Evolution and Ethics: Human Morality in Biological and Religious Perspective pdf. And a review of Monkeyluv, And Other Essays on Our Lives as Animals

[Weekend 2e] Potpourri:  From New Statesman, a review of books on gunpowder. As you enjoy the 400th anniversary of the gunpowder plot this November, spare a thought for Ben Jonson. A. C. Grayling reviews books on the gunpowder plot. And if Guy Fawkes had succeeded on the Fifth of November... From Business Week, a cover story on Ikea: How the Swedish retailer became a global cult brand. Jon Asgeir Johannesson’s Icelandic retail empire swept across the Atlantic to capture many UK highstreet names. From Marx to marketing: Ex-communist countries are competing hard in the global education bazaar.  Here are ten marketing ideas from academia. A study links information and communications technology to political 'place-making' efforts. According to this premise, when a real-estate bubble bursts, it smells like syrup. An interview with Edward Castronova, author of Synthetic Worlds: The Business and Culture of Online Games. Say it ain't so, Big Leagues. And from Casino Times, here's a short history of roulette

[Weekend] From New Perspectives Quarterly, Tariq Ramadan on the Other in our midst: After the London bombing; Richard Sennett on how New Orleans revealed ignorance of the Other; and Ryszard Kapuscinski on encountering the Other: The challenge for the 21st Century. Neighbourly borders are unique in that it is not what they delimit that is most important, but that they delimit: For this reason they are particularly conflict-prone. Why won't liberals push for intervention in Darfur? Francis Fukuyama knows how to toss out an idea that, like a baby rattle, is big enough for small minds to hold onto. Two schools of thought divide the neo-conservative movement, democratic globalism and democratic realism. A review of The Next Attack. An interview with Rich Miniter, author of Disinformation: 22 Media Myths That Undermine the War on Terror. Christian pacifists ignore the true ambitions of terrorists. An article on religion: Who needs it? Meet Ted Haggard, the NAE's optimistic champion of ecumenical evangelism and free-market faith, and an interview with the author of Foolish No More! Seizing a Life Beyond Belief. Virgin/Whore: The Catholic Church and women, can’t live with ’em, can’t live without ’em. Has feminism failed? Maureen Dowd thinks so. She's wrong (and more). Do women shy away from competition, even when they can win? From MR, on the architecture of dreamworld: Like a sex machine. An article on the over-sexed society: From pornography to withdrawal. A look at the other good thing about sex. An article on defending adult entertainment with Strossen and Nussbaum. An article on the image culture. National Review does cultural politics: FX's "Nip/Tuck". And The Toronto Star finds the 100 things that most make you quiver like a schoolgirl

[Nov 4] From Legal Times, an article on Jay Sekulow and the Religious Right. More on Cass Sunstein's Radicals in Robes. More on Stephen Breyer's Active Liberty. A consideration of John Yoo's The Powers of War and Peace. Prosecutors are from Neptune, defense attorneys are from Pluto. The trial of Saddam Hussein is surrounded by complexities, but could still provide the catharsis the Iraqi people need. An article on the new notion of international justice. From "Conversations with History", an interview with Juan Cole. From The Spectator, John Laughland on Full Marx for George Bush, and more on Tony Judt's Postwar. They saw it coming: The 19th-Century libertarian critique of fascism. From Socialist Worker, what contributes to ‘human nature’? An essay on why race isn't as 'black' and 'white' as we think. Mad law professor Patricia Williams on genes, genius, genies. Charles Murray remembers Joan Kennedy Taylor. Kenneth Minogue remembers Maurice Cowling. From Adbusters, why we steal: An interview with Yomango. An interview with Heather Rogers, author of Gone Tomorrow: The Hidden Life of Garbage. Conservation refugees: When protecting nature means kicking people out. How coffee table books saved the environment: An excerpt from Natural Visions: The Power of Images in American Environmental Reform. And bet you ten bucks Arts & Letters Daily links to this article soon

[Nov 3] From Commonweal, articles on Republicans and the targeting of religious voters, and on how one man reshaped the Democratic Party. A review of Jimmy Carter's Our Endangered Values. Michael Lerner and Jim Wallis discuss spiritual politics (and more on God's Politics). More on Divided By God. More on John Gibson's The War on Christmas. Jamie Byng, Margaret Atwood and Karen Armstrong talk about truth and myth. From CT, an article on evidence that the Devil is real. Secularists who dismiss Christianity as the choice of the stupid should turn their critical gaze a little closer to home. Carol Sarler wants to know if she can still hate the Pope. A new study goes back to Mother Teresa's roots. Brendan Powell Smith tells Bible stories with LEGO, while these days, it's open season on deities. Increasingly, football's playbooks call for prayer. From Tikkun, a review of New Jews: The End of the Jewish Diaspora. A review of We Jews: Who We Are and What We Should Do. On a 1990 trip to Odessa, two ordinary conversations in Yiddish led to an extraordinary insight. From Open Democracy, the idea that a Muslim community is a European neo-colonial invention is a myth; rather, the emergence of this community represents a rebuke to European claims to universalism. Francis Fukuyama on remembering Theo van Gogh and the future (and a response). Robin Blackburn reviews Niall Ferguson's Colossus and Empire. From Commentary, more on Victor Davis Hanson's A War Like No Other (and more), and more on Robert Kaplan's Imperial Grunts. And Jeffrey Goldberg's article on Brent Scowcroft is now online

[Nov 2] From Commentary, a symposium on defending and advancing freedom, with 36 responses. Christopher Hitchens on the wrongness of Brent Scowcroft's realism. An interview with Bat Ye’or, author of Eurabia: The Euro-Arab Axis. More on George Packer's The Assassins' Gate. An article on the gritty reality about nation-building in Iraq, from the ground up. In many ways the war in Iraq resembles the War for American Independence. From Global Politician, an article on The Madman Louis Althusser and the Iraqi War; an article on war, capitalism and the New Left's new realist imperative; and a look at the green-eyed capitalist. A look at the numbers reveals the vaunted goal of energy independence is an illusion, while experts say a  five- to 10-year transition period is required before coal and hydrogen can provide a solution to the world's oil shortage. Rising prices + higher interest rates = middle class misery. After months of tsunami, hurricane, and earthquake, Scott McLemee wonders if the trouble didn’t really start on November 1, 1755. From TNR, an essay on the danger of consumer-driven health care.  A review of Strong Medicine: Creating Incentives for Pharmaceutical Research on Neglected Diseases.  A lone wolf takes on the Drug Leviathan: An interview with Allen Jones. From TAP, an essay on the end of the population movement (and a response). Aubrey De Grey on how resistance to debate on how to postpone ageing is delaying progress and costing lives. And centenarians are different from the rest of us, and it's not just that they are a lot older

[Nov 1] Conservative perspectives: From City Journal, Victor Davis Hanson on getting serious about keeping enemies out; Theodore Dalrymple on the 7/7 solution to an insoluble conflict and on truth vs. theory; a look at why public servants live better than the public; and Brian Anderson on conservatives in Hollywood, whose cartoon-like caricatures of evil multinational corporations may some day seize mainstream consciousness. From National Review, a critique of a long profile of Peter Viereck in The New Yorker. More and more on Phyllis Schlafly and Grassroots Conservatism. Here are ten areas of agreement among conservatives on marriage. An essay on morality and public order. Can ethics be derived from nature? If it can, then loyalty to one's ethnic group is just as biologically valid as loyalty to family (as research finds), and so for Americans of European descent, Christianity is at the center of what is being abandoned and disavowed by welcoming Muhammad. From GOPUSA, a column explains what cultural Marxism is and where it came from. Dennis Prager on the difficulty of intellectually engaging the left--after all, liberalism is unmitigated greed. An interview with David Horowitz. An interview with Peter Schweizer, author of Do As I Say (Not As I Do): Profiles in Liberal Hypocrisy. And an interview with Fox News Channel host John Gibson on his new book, The War on Christmas: How the Liberal Plot to Ban the Sacred Christian Holiday Is Worse Than You Thought
[Nov 15] Jonathan Quong (Manchester): Paternalism and Perfectionism pdf. A review of Foucault on Freedom. More on Tête-à-Tête: Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre. More on AC Grayling's Descartes. Samir Amin reviews Hardt and Negri's Empire and Multitude. A new biography deals in detail with Max Weber's personal and sexual life: A review of Max Weber by Joachim Radkau. Two sociologists are accused of using ideas from another's book. But who really owns ideas anyway? Slavoj Zizek is funny blah blah: the least you could ask from a revered and reviled intellectual. One imagines the chic liberals attending Howard Zinn's "Marx in Soho". Two interviews with Noam Chomsky, the appeaser who was once Norman Johnson's hero. A tribute to Milton Friedman from William F. Buckley. An interview with Paul Krugman. From Hofstra, scholars grapple with Bill Clinton's legacy. A look at some of the new science standards adopted by the Kansas Board of Education. A major research institution has recently announced the discovery of the heaviest element yet known to science. Size matters: A review of The Gecko's Foot. More on Frans de Waal's Our Inner Ape: The Best and Worst of Human Nature. Steven Rose reviews Power, Sex, Suicide: Mitochondria and the Meaning of Life. And a review of How Are Things: A Philosophical Experiment

[Nov 14]  Kimberley Brownlee (Oxford): Justifications and Rights. A review of Voltaire Almighty: A Life in Pursuit of Freedom. More on Jean-Jacques Rousseau: Restless Genius. A review of A Land as God Made It: Jamestown and the Birth of America. Gordon Wood reviews Sean Wilentz's The Rise of American Democracy. Max Boot reviews In Command of History. A look at the history textbooks controversy in Romania, fifty years on. From American Heritage, the author of The Confessions of Nat Turner speaks of a novelist’s duty to history and fiction’s strange power. An interview with Harold Bloom. Slavoj Zizek is the world's most unlikely movie star. Bill Clinton implores historians to treat him fairly when they asses his legacy. A review of Catharine McKinnon's Legal Feminism in Theory and Practice. Should Ave Maria School of Law be part of a "Catholic Jonestown"? Yale Law frets over court choices it knows best. If you were a hipster, you wouldn't go to Yale. More on The Chosen. More on Harvard's Secret Court. From The Nation, in the Pennsylvania town as in the Intelligent Design trial, nothing is clear-cut. A review of books on the American public school system. Beyond the F-word: Every letter of the alphabet now seems up for grabs to euphemize something unspeakable. A review of C U Next Tuesday. Amazingly enough, the first great dictionary was basically the work of one man. A review of books on grammar and grammarians. And an interview with Leslie Savan, author of Slam Dunks and No-Brainers: Language in Your Life, the Media, Business, Politics, and, Like, Whatever (and an excerpt)

[Weekend 2e] Celebrities and fashion: From LRB, a review of Jane Fonda’s War: A Political Biography of an Anti-war Icon. From Reason, an article on the long and happy death of the celebrity profile. Rock icon Billy Squier's '80s anthems are still in heavy rotation. Maybe that's why he has so much time for gardening. At 47 years old, both Kate Bush and Madonna seem to offer different role models for women, but neither of them are at all revolutionary. Michael Musto on the death of the dumb blond: Why peroxide rot is, like, officially over. From Discover, an article on the physics of bras. Meet Olga, the Nazi nursing bra designer. A look at why some people are willing to shell out for designer denim. John McWhorter on why NBA stars should trade "street" clothes for dignified duds. And here's the inside scoop on the Che Guevara t-shirt

[Weekend] Tonya Jacobi (Northwestern) and Vanessa Baird (Colorado): The Dissent Becomes the Majority: Using Federalism to Transform Coalitions in the U.S. Supreme Court pdf. Alan Hamlin (ANU): Political Dispositions and Dispositional Politics. A new issue of The Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics is out. A review of The Philosophy of Gottlob Frege, and a review of Frege's Logic. A review of Facing Death: Epicurus and his Critics. More on Heloise & Abelard: A New Biography. A review of The Paradoxes of Art: A Phenomenological Investigation. As The Brookings Institution publishes Democracy at Risk: How Political Choices Undermine Citizen Participation, and What We Can Do About It, Scott McLemee wonders if it has any good remedies. Research finds people can communicate without agreeing on the meaning of the terms. One might assume that the more there is of a desired item the more favorable evaluation that item receives.  A blog discussion among three academics has escalated to the point that at least two of them have hired lawyers. Indiana creates the first gender studies PhD. NYU students and professors prepare for a strike that could last a long time. From the new issue of The New York Times' "Education Life," an article on how Thursday became the new Friday. For one student, a college career becomes a career. On a Facebook.com group: the “Club Dedicated to the Fellow Without a Shirt". And from The New Yorker, a look at the clandestine greatness of Javier Marias

[Nov 11]  From Natural History, a special report on Intelligent Design, with an introduction by Richard Dawkins; Sean Carroll on The Origins of Form; Richard Milner on Darwin's Shrink; Neil deGrasse Tyson on the Universe: The Perimeter of Ignorance; and Jonathan Weiner on Darwinism Today. A review of Science Rules: A Historical Introduction to Scientific Methods. Was Freud a pseudoscientist? An excerpt from Are Freud's Critics Scurrilous? A review of The Science of False Memory. Roberta Foit is very interested in hearing some half-baked theories. From Princeton, Peter Singer and Roger Scruton debate the ethics of eating animals. Scientists would like to know what happens in the brains of the iguanas when the lights go out. What do pedestrians, some species of fireflies and pendulum clocks have in common? Philadelphia is proud of Brian Burke, the world's only known "handshake" historian. Gordon Wood reviews Bruce Ackerman's The Failure of the Founding Fathers: Jefferson, Marshall, and the Rise of Presidential Democracy. More on Lincoln's Melancholy. William Rusher reviews Richard Nixon and the Quest for a New Majority. From The Chronicle, after a 30-year silence, the gloomy social theorist Philip Rieff is back with four books. Obituaries: "Buckyball" Richard Smalley, and philosopher Oswald Hanfling. The internet is a monster, but it can be tamed. At least this is the idea behind two websites which have sprung up to help academics. Internet companies are racing to get books online, but publishers are understandably wary. And an interview with Peter Morville, author of Ambient Findability, on the consequences of being able to find anything from anywhere at anytime

[Nov 10] David Dyzenhaus (Toronto): The Legitimacy of the Rule of Law pdf. Emanuela Ceva (USP): Impure Procedural Justice and the Management of Conflicts about Values; and The Principle of Adversary Argument: Justice between Substance and Procedures. An English translation of Carl Schmitt's The Theory of the Partisan. A Commentary / Remark on the Concept of the Political can now be found online pdf. The first chapter from Utopian Generations: The Political Horizon of Twentieth-Century Literature. From TLS, a review of books on animal ethics. From Discover, a group of scientists share their vision of the must-reads of the future. A look at how science and religion share a fascination in things unseen. A new issue of Science & Spirit is out. Kansas votes to teach Intelligent Design, while Dover, Pa. voters boot out ID supporters in school board. Designed to please: God in the science classroom? What’s next? Trinity College opens the Institute for the Study of Secularism in Society and Culture. Arizona State revamps its anthropology department in attempt to revitalize discipline. A review of My Freshman Year: What a Professor Learned by Becoming a Student and Binge: What Your College Student Won't Tell You. A look at how books can be badges--and beacons, too. Researchers to uncover secrets of Gladstone's library. As Johnny Depp dons Rochester's peruke in Hollywood, A C Grayling reveals the world of the original libertines. Steve Jones came off the academic treadmill to enjoy a vulgar career. Obituary: Historian Gordon Craig. And here are pop quizzes on philosophy: introductory information, historical background, metaphysics and epistemology, and moral choices (and the answers)

[Nov 9] From The Chronicle of Higher Education, Alan Wolfe on Reality in Political science pdf. A symposium on Ian Shapiro's The Flight from Reality in the Human Sciences pdf. From Interpretation: A Journal of Political Philosophy, two reviews of Anne Norton's Leo Strauss and the Politics of American Empire. From The Atlantic Monthly, a review of The Third Reich in Power, 1933-1939. A study examines the reasons why there are differences in the level of peace among different regions of the world. A review of Haynes Johnson's The Age of Anxiety: McCarthyism to Terrorism. From Australia, a review of Telling the Truth about Aboriginal History. How does one locate exciting works of history?: A review of books. From CUP, an excerpt from The Development of Durkheim's Social Realism, and an excerpt from Politics and Process: New Essays in Democratic Thought. A review of Eli Zaretsky's Secrets of the Soul: A Social and Cultural History of Psychoanalysis. A review of Anti-Utopia: Essential Writings of Andre Beteille. From Inside Higher Ed, Scott McLemee revisits the influential but elusive theorist Henri Mensonge, international man of mystery; an article on the evolving ethnic studies classroom; and how do you measure how are American students doing at achieving the key goals of a liberal education? The Believer considers the lives of strangers by way of what they leave behind in books. As Bill Gates seeks to profit from putting knowledge online, do universities realise how much they must change? And more on askphilosophers.org

[Nov 8]  Christopher Coyne (Hampden-Sidney) and Peter Boettke (George Mason): Economics and Happiness Research: Insights from Austrian and Public Choice Economics pdf. From PAEReview, Robert Garnett (TCU): Wither Heterodoxy?; an essay on pluralist integration in the economic and social sciences; and can there be an economics based on religion? A new issue of Economic Sociology is out. Steven Levitt on rational choice and voting: There's no good economic rationale for going to the polls. So what is it that drives the democratic instinct? New York is on the case for an intelligent designer: Spaghetti as the creator. Researchers look to create a synthesis of art and science for the 21st century. From Salon, on cloning Rex: we've been designing dogs to suit our whims for generations. Why stop now? More on The Singularity is Near. From Popular Science, a look at the worst jobs in science. From India, the distortion of history worries Amartya Sen. Neither Satyajit Ray nor Sen succumb to the modern tendency of seeing local cultures as being ‘defiled’ by foreign ideas and art forms. A study finds gender affects the way a person's brain responds to humor. As one respected journal claims that men are smarter than women, another leaps in to rubbish the research. Why are blacks underrepresented in academia? Diane Ravitch on federalizing education standards. Phi Beta Kappa may be America's most famous honor society, but not everyone wants to join. Joseph Epstein on prizes and achievements: A review of The Economy of Prestige. And Nicholas Blincoe knows his diacritics from his umlauts

[Nov 7] A new issue of Philosophy Now is out, including an article on Sartre for starters, on why he matters; an essay on the ontological argument and the sin of hubris; Alberta University in Kaliningrad is renamed Immanuel Kant University; and what is philosophical prestidigitation? A review of The Essence of Human Freedom and The Essence of Truth by Martin Heidegger. From The Chronicle, Richard Wolin on Paul Ricoeur as Another: How a great philosopher wrestled with his younger self. An interview with Jeffrey Alexander on cultural sociology. The latest issue of The Common Review is now online. A review of Jean-Jacques Rousseau. More and more and more and more on Doris Kearns Goodwin's Team of Rivals. Pratap Bhanu Mehta reviews Tony Judt's Postwar. More on The Classical World. More on E.H. Gombrich's A Little History of the World. High school history teacher told: Keep it chronological. An essay on political fictions. American political novels have suffered from a case of ''arrested development.'' David Brooks reviews The Chosen. More on Campus Sexpot. Channeling Galileo, Luigi Garlaschelli conjures reason to debunk myth. Michael Dirda reviews Classic Feynman. A review of Life as We Do Not Know It: The NASA Search for (and Synthesis of) Alien Life. Research finds modern humans arrival in South Asia may have led to the demise of indigenous populations. Genetics are being used to prove linguistic theories. A look at how Steven Pinker works. And on a Zero Theory: Why has psychoanalysis enjoyed such success?

[Weekend 2e] Potpurri:  Mark Greenberg (UCLA): Apocalypse Not Just Now.  Lev Manovich (UCSD): Understanding Meta-Media. From The New Criterion, a look back at William F. Buckley at the beginning, and an essay on freedom and philanthropy. From Philanthropy, James Piereson of the Olin Foundation on the leftist challenge for conservative philanthropists who wish to alter the American university, an article on reviving academic diversity through new programs, three views on religious philanthropy, a review of Good Intentions: Moral Obstacles and Opportunities, and a review of Identifying Talent, Institutionalizing Diversity: Race and Philanthropy in Post-Civil Rights America. From Nigeria, some thoughts on logic and philosophy (and part 2 and part 3). From Georgetown, sports and philosophy go hand-in-hand. The distance from the Super Bowl to Baghdad is shrinking as the languages of sport and war converge. H. J. Jackson puts marginalia at the center of her work. A look at the undertheorized asterisk footnote. And from HNN, the Cliopatria Awards recognize the best history writing in the blogosphere

[Weekend] Book reviews:  A review of Abelard and Heloise. A review of Introduction to German Philosophy. A review of The Science of Knowing: J. G. Fichte's 1804 Lectures on the Wissenschaftslehre. A review of Kierkegaard's Concept of Despair. A review of Existentialism. A review of After Harm: Medical Error and the Ethics of Forgiveness. A review of The Classical World: An Epic History from Homer to Hadrian. A review of The Rotting Goddess: The Origin Of The Witch In Classical Antiquity. An interview with Geoffrey Robertson, author of The Tyrannicide Brief: The Story of the Man who sent Charles I to the Scaffold. A review of A Great and Noble Scheme: The Tragic Story of the Expulsion of the French Acadians From Their American Homeland. A review of In The Mind of the Master Class: History and Faith in the Southern Slaveholders' Worldview. A review of books on Abraham Lincoln: Would Honest Abe have written the Gettysburg Address on Prozac? A review of In Command of History: Churchill Fighting and Writing the Second World War. The introduction to How Far the Promised Land? World Affairs and the American Civil Rights Movement from the First World War to Vietnam. A review of Harvard’s Secret Court: The Savage 1920 Purge of Campus Homosexuals. A review of A Short History of the 20th Century. A review of Friends or Foes? A Tale of Two Schools of Free-Market Economics. A review of Subjective Probability: The Real Thing. The first chapter of Quantitative Risk Management: Concepts, Techniques, and Tools.  A review of The Meaning of Tingo and Other Extraordinary Words from Around the World. A review of Law and Internet Cultures. And an excerpt from The Great Latke-Hamantash Debate (and a review)

[Nov 4] From Ctheory, Jean Baudrillard on The Mask of War. A review of Frans de Waal's Our Inner Ape: The Past and Future of Human Nature. A study finds the biological clock also ticks for fathers. From Inside Higher Ed, The Vatican tells Notre Dame the new pope will place a premium on colleges’ Catholic identity; and are there too many law schools? The dearth of competition in the textbook business is an issue, but the fundamental cause of the price spiral is what economists call an agency problem. Scott McLemee on Campus Sexpot: Llurid scenes! Shocking revelations! Horny homework! Extremely hot pants! From Human Events, an article on how colleges and universities hide the truth from our kids. Three years after Harvard, Cornel West hasn’t changed. When eggheads gather: Are public intellectuals especially important anymore? Critical clowns: High culture, and the serious critics who support and explain it, have gradually become marginalised in the mass media. Is conservatism the stuff of fiction writing? The trouble with usage criticism of the sort leveled at "literally" is that it's typically uneven. From New York, does Albert Ellis really deserve to be banished from the Upper East Side institute that bears his name? A psychiatrist diagnoses a new teen identity disorder while kids cut back on drugs, booze and sex. And on Deconstructing Carrie: MIT examines mores of "Sex and the City"

[Nov 3] Philosophy and science: A review of Kant and the Metaphysics of Causality. A review of Mind and Supermind. A review of Free Will and Moral Responsibility: Midwest Studies in Philosophy. A review of Philosophy as Fiction: Self, Deception, and Knowledge in Proust. A review of Oblivion. A review of The Psychopath: Emotion and the Brain. A review of On Being Authentic. A review of Liberal Eugenics: In Defence of Human Enhancement. From The New Atlantis, a reconsideration of Francis Bacon's New Atlantis, an excerpt from Taking Care, a new report from the President's Council on Bioethics, and an essay on conservatives, liberals, and medical progress. Hair, eye color and politics? Researchers discover a genetic link that could determine how you vote. A Harvard economist finds a correlation between hepatitis B and the unusually high rate of male births. Can biology do better than faith? Edward O. Wilson wants to know. Phillip Ball on how the trial over intelligent design may seem new, but it's an old argument. John Silber on science vs. scientism. The Derb reviews Stalking the Riemann Hypothesis. Top grades in maths or physics are no longer the essential requirements to study engineering. As more science and engineering graduates emerge from the South, their large numbers may just offset the qualitative advantage enjoyed by their counterparts in the North. Lisa Randall is a scientist at work on Oreos and a Theory of Everything. NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope might have captured images of the first stars in the Universe. And is science driven by inspired guesswork? History abounds with examples of how instinct, not data, led to discoveries

[Nov 2]  Laura Dickinson (UConn): Democracy and Trust pdf. Peyton Young (Johns Hopkins): The Power of Norms pdf. From The Cato Journal, an essay on Leadership, Prisoners’ Dilemmas, and Politics pdf. From Foreign Policy, professors of international relations shape future policy debates and mold the next generation of leaders. So who are these dons of diplomacy, and what do they believe? The first chapter of Everything Was Forever, Until It Was No More: The Last Soviet Generation. Here's an open letter to a socialist academe. From Inside Higher Ed, a part-time faculty strike at the New School is averted with a new contract and potential effects elsewhere; do professors at state colleges have different speech protections from other public employees?; "9interviews" skewered the faculty hiring process and showed the Web’s power in sharing ideas; and everyone agrees that college admissions is becoming an electronic process, but is that a good thing? Harvard is named the best university in the world by THES (and Yale finishes seventh, where professors are surprisingly approachable). From Education Guardian, a look at why small is beautiful in higher education; an article on university funding: it's a mini misadventure; and here's the latest offbeat academic news from around the world. An article on young principals as rock stars. The introduction to Colormute: Race Talk Dilemmas in an American School. Minorities can have their careers derailed by their tone of voice or hairstyle, a new study shows. And Cornel West on how tackling hidden bias is a daunting challenge

[Nov 1] Cass Sunstein (Chicago): Beyond Marbury: The Executive's Power To Say What the Law Is. Alon Harel (HUJ): The Right to Judicial Review pdf. Alan Hamlin (ANU) and Geoffrey Brennan (Southampton): Constitutions as Expressive Documents pdf. Yves Dezalay (CNRS) and Bryant Garth (ABF): Law, Lawyers, and Empire: From the Foreign Policy Establishment to Technical Legal Hegemony pdf. An article on the work of Judge Richard Posner. Jeffrey Rosen on a new theory of "superprecedents" that is gaining currency. From Germany, an interview with Tilman Fichter on the anti-Semitism of the 68ers. The Guardian interviews Noam Chomsky. For anyone to say that he is a dyed-in-the-wool democrat is to lose sight of the Kantian principle of paradox. Abu Ghraib need not have happened and the Stanford prison experiment got it wrong. From The Chronicle of Higher Education, a survey of college presidents uncovers concerns over faculty tenure and lack of training for the top job, and reveals that presidents like their exercise. A professor tries to explore the complexities of speaking Spanish in the Southwest--and runs into unexpected roadblocks. From Literary Review, why does most art tend towards the Left? Or does it? A review of Gabriel García Márquez's new novel Memories of My Melancholy Whores. Sleep research has regularly produced baffling paradoxes and conflicting lines of evidence about the uses, role and need for sleep. Which sort of cheat are you? And "Know Thyself"? Easier said than done

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