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[Oct 31] From Malawi, corruption threatens the country's future, while people silently starve. From India, do the country's stamps evoke nationalism? Nepal is a place where Maoists still matter. A look at a stealthy victory for the Turkish military. From Der Spiegel, a series on The Caucus Battlefield (and part 2, part 3, and part 4). Tariq Ramadan on resisting the global ideology of fear. An essay on the reporter's Arab library. Scott Ritter on indicting America. On how the indictment of Libby is part of the pervasive rot in the modern Republican party, and here's how Democrats can take advantage of it -- or flub it. Is the conservative movement cracking up, or just the Bush White House? Scrambled eggs and bacon were served up with a healthy portion of concern over the GOP's woes. Adam Nagourney on putting it back together again. James Q. Wilson to Californians: "Lawmakers stole your vote". The sinister legions of the 'Drug Cartel' have little to fear from the latest incarnation of border hysteria. As for the rest of us... Government commissions are fine, but rarely what changes the light bulb. From Forbes, web logs are the prized platform of an online lynch mob spouting liberty but spewing lies, libel and invective. Google wants to dominate Madison Avenue, too. And on unearthing books embedded in pop culture (Watch out Weezer)

[Weekend 2e] News from around the world: From Great Britain, whatever happened to the Third Way? From Canada, campaign rule 1: Be no more virtuous than the voters, and a review of The Big Red Machine: How the Liberal Party Dominates Canadian Politics. From Iraq, in the twilight, the gentle strumming of a bygone era. From South Africa, the media's fixation with black elite betrays racist double standard. An article on the dawn of Ghana's Renaissance. Tamil nationalists totally reject the notion that the nation is an imagined community. From Open Democracy, the double election victory of the Law & Justice party has left Poland’s leading political actors embracing new friends and old enemies; French people’s impatient distrust of their ruling class is a symptom of a deep political and social malaise; and an article on the condition of Argentinean democracy itself. Latin Americans do not want to go back to dictatorship but they are still unimpressed with their democracies. And an article on the Singapore Model and Latin America

[Weekend] From China, a look at why society must not shun philosophers. China says Mount Everest is 3.7 m shorter than earlier measurement, but India wants to see data. From PINR, India's interests collide over Iran. From NYRB, a review of books on China. Sustained growth in India would be all the more impressive if the government could pass its reforms. India and China could grow even faster but for their political timidity. Will China and India become superpowers? Not so fast! Timothy Garton Ash on why Europe must change to meet the competition from Asia. An article on globalization and the EU. Some Europeans aren't fans of Halloween. From The Spectator, an article on the new Two Nations of Britain. Why being posh now matters less than it used to in British politics. From spiked, how divided is America? Two US commentators give opposing views. An op-ed on Merlot Democrats, Google Republicans. Just who is I. Lewis Libby? An influential Bush insider? A neocon's neocon and a Straussian? Perhaps the new Ollie North? Lanny Davis on new scandal, old mistakes. Carl Bernstein finds Plame parallels to Watergate. We have no independent counsels, so Republicans can't complain. Hugh Hewitt on why the Right was wrong on Miers. Emily Bazelon on the case of the year that the Supreme Court may duck. From Reason, Hollywood Squares: Lessons from a conservative film festival. A review of books on James Bond and culture. Product placement is rapidly blurring the line between content and advertising. And how many journalists have a partner who was fired from a casino by the KGB? FT's John Lloyd wants to know

[Oct 28] From The National Interest, an article on the specter of a “Colored Revolution” in Kazakhstan (and part 2). Whether by choice or necessity, Azerbaijan’s president Ilham Aliev has started a revolution from above. Fred Halliday on the contest for the Caspian. Russia seeks to keep pressure on the United States in Central Asia. Ukraine’s orange revolution was Russia’s 9/11, and its result is to convince Moscow that the EU is its major strategic rival. An interview with Neven Mimica, Croatia’s former minister for European integration, on euro-skepticism. From Sign and Sight, an interview with journalist Paulo Moura on the situation of African refugees in Morocco, the new wretched of the earth. Al-Qaida is not the only Muslim group harnessing the power of globalization. A profile of Tariq Ramadan, Islam's new revolutionary. Mario Vargas Llosa introduces Israel, a nation he both admires and fears. Will Gaza become a Dubai on the Mediterranean? From TAP, Ezra Klein on how Clinton advisors Galston and Kamarck missed the mark. More on Off Center: The Republican Revolution and the Erosion of American Democracy. Jonah Goldberg is standing with Buckley & co. & at 50 years young. Confused about the CIA leak case? Start here. When the Plame indictments come down, Robert Novak will have a lot to explain. Republicans should think twice before trying to demonise Patrick Fitzgerald. A look at how Plamegate hurts the Net. Meet Buffalo’s Jeff Gannon: Kevin Hardwick. Will Pajamas Media wake up blogs? An interview on how to think like Joshua Micah Marshall. And did you know? Leo Strauss was the source of Ozzie Guillen's baseball philosophy

[Oct 27] From Turkey, on a report entitled “Islamic Calvinists: Change and Conservatism in Central Anatolia". From Egypt, adult cartoons attract huge audiences in the US. Will the Arabised Simpsons will do the same here? BBC trims European output to take on Al Jazeera. From Foreign Policy, Ben Bernanke on why the world’s central banks must become more vigilant about falling prices, and a crash course for central bankers; and an interview on what awaits him (since he professes to believe the impossible). Now that Harriet Miers has withdrawn her name form consideration, how can the confirmation game be cleaned up? A debate at Legal Affairs. First, fire all the lawyers: It's time to put a manager in charge of the DHS. From Harper's , a look back at Dick Cheney's Song of America. From the DLC's Blueprint, a special issue on The Can't-Do Presidency. Exactly as intended, Porter Goss has hit the CIA like a wrecking ball. Some House Democrats have to vote with Bush from time to time. But what about the ones who don’t have to but do it anyway? Shelby Steele on blacks, whites, and the politics of shame in America. Like it or not, Boondocks will finally hit the airwaves. The Village Voice celebrates its 50th anniversary with a special issue, and Nat Hentoff is in praise of personal journalism. And a look at the art of reporting that nothing happened

[Oct 26] American politics: From National Review, a look back at the scary side of Ben Bernanke (and--gasp--tan socks). But is he tough enough on inflation? From Slate, a psycho-financial analysis of Bernanke and Harriet Miers, and a look at the dubious professional distinctions of Miers. Leonard Leo risks credibility by helping Bush defuse criticism of Miers. Howard Zinn on not despairing about the Supreme Court. An article on the movement to nominate Condi for president. On the question of who's more out of the mainstream, the conventional wisdom is dead wrong. There were two defining moments in Rosa Parks' life, and here's the story behind her sitting down. Howard Kurtz on The Village Voice's corporate takeover. As the Massachusetts Legislature marks its 375th birthday, a look at the ''nanny state", then and now. Is Los Angeles the king of sprawl? Not at all. New Hampshire has its libertarian Free State movement and now Vermont’s “libertarians” are returning the favor. Garry Davis has a sign on the outside of his South Burlington home declaring the property "Sovereign World Territory." An interview on erasing the image of the Ugly American. Mapping households in the US reveals immigrants are "Us" not "Them". The US and Europe are at odds over control of the Internet, but there may yet be a way out. Now they tell us: Why didn't Bush's foreign-policy critics speak out a year ago? And Quo vadis America? A lavish new BBC series chronicling history's most powerful empire suggests parallels with today's superpower

[Oct 25] From Prospect, what the Asian success stories have had, and what Africa has lacked, is properly functioning states. A World Bank survey finds educated workers leaving poor nations. Wolfowitz calls for the end to farm subsidies. From Business Week, a look at Ben Bernanke, nominated to take over as chairman of the Federal Reserve, some answers to questions about him, and Greenspan's signature achievement; The Economist sizes him up; and a look at what economist bloggers think of the nomination. Facing the darkest days of his presidency, President Bush is frustrated, sometimes angry and even bitter, his associates say. From TAP, Democrats could scarcely have asked for a more favorable political environment. What are they going to do about it? Does leadership matter? David Gergen wants top know. From Eurozine, on freedom of information: International organizations must subject themselves to the same standards they demand of others. The fight over wireless: Will we get Internet access from big government or big business? A debate on GooglePrint: Riches we must share... but not at writers' expense. Still Xeroxed after all these years. Or, I was a teenaged zinester. The Village Voice, pushing 50, prepares to be sold to a chain of weeklies. There are two (or possibly three) things to say about the international edition of the Wall Street Journal.  On what the time we spend in pursuit of virtual realities is doing to us. Is this person really me? Or am I just in an unsettling documentary? Watch that Internet: It's getting away with cartoon murder -- and more. And this is not a weblog: Blogs are no longer safe for work

[Oct 24]  From Turkey, two articles on Orhan Pamuk (and an interview). From Iran, Akbar Ganji goes from true believer to dissident. From Jamaica, a (small) blow against the Macdonalisation of culture. From Russia, a revived satirical magazine targets the new ills of Russian society, and a review of Tear Off the Masks! Identity and Imposture in Twentieth Century Russia. Should we despair at the power of China's authoritarian regime to censor the most democratic force of our time? More and more on Mao. A review of Tibet and China in the Twenty-First Century. Non-Violence Versus State Power. From Time, an investigation shows Ralph Reed at the center of a federal probe. Jeffrey Toobin on Stephen Breyer and his new book, Active Liberty. Jeffrey Rosen reviews books on the Supreme Court.  How election by questionnaire is threatening independent judges. Dahlia Lithwick on how Bush could get it so right with John Roberts and get it so wrong with Ms. Miers. More on The Trial: A History, from Socrates to O. J. Simpson. From Zenit, a review of Decadence: The Passing of Personal Virtue and Its Replacement by Political and Psychological Slogans. Eat right and have sex: A review of Healthy Aging: A Lifelong Guide to Your Physical and Spiritual Well-Being. A review of books on modern manners. And in a world where nobody can be bothered to mind their Ps and Qs, how do we formulate rules of etiquette?

[Weekend 2e] From Chile, eco-friend or national foe? Gringo Douglas Tompkins buys South America one ranch at a time. From Brazil, gun control is saving lives. Voters will now decide its pace; and sex tourists, bad music, and bad foreign policy: A look at what Brazilians think of Americans. A look at how Bolivia provides a tragic lesson for Latin America. If you want to see what democracy could be, look to Latin America. With notable exceptions, the left and the right have tended to espouse a “hemiplegic” notion of human rights. From TNR, Republicans prepare for life after Bush. Is Bush a conservative? Jonah Goldberg wonders. Sophia Nelson is hoping Bush can finish what Lincoln started. An article on how Bush can get his mojo back, and a look at the Bush Abandonment Watch from Slate. What began as a narrow case on a specific leak, many fear has morphed into a broader threat to the way business is done in Washington. Gerrymandering by politicians is not good for democracy. But the solutions to the problem might not be, either. More on Louis Freeh's My FBI, and Clinton aides fire back at CBS for its one-sided report. An article on the rise of the 'patriotic journalist'. Is D.C. funny? Well, by certain yardsticks, yes. And an article on what our sports stadiums stand for

[Weekend] On technology: From The Economist, hindering flows across international financial networks is costly and does not stop terrorists' primary activity. Does George Bush want to curb proliferation or court allies? He can't easily do both. US nuclear warplans fly around the internet. From Foreign Affairs, who will control the internet? A review of Norms in a Wired World. Much is at stake in the final meeting of the World Summit on the Information Society, but stakeholders don't see eye to eye. A professor warns of misuse of mapping technology in political redistricting. Pop vs. Soda: Mapping where you think you live. A look at the short life of flash mobs. A look at why Microsoft, Google and Yahoo! are fighting over AOL, and on why intellectual-property protection can be good for the technology industry and customers, but it requires careful handling. An article on GooglePrint and the other culture war. And Wikipedia founder Larry Sanger admits to serious quality problems

[Oct 21] From Iran, why the constitution is a sign of civilization. From Germany, an interview with Angela Merkel. From Chronicles, Srdja Trifkovic on the EU and Jihad: Foes or partners? Here's a reminder to Europeans of the huge debt of gratitude they owe to their Middle Eastern neighbours. From Prospect, Princeton's Andrew Moravcsik on how the EU is at its best when it is at its most boring; John Lloyd on how the centre-left is in retreat across most of Europe--third way modernisers have lost; and a look at how the left appears to be confused about the place of emotion in modern politics. From In These Times, Slavoj Zizek on the subject supposed to loot and rape in New Orleans. Eric Alterman on the liberals' problem in a nutshell. Beleagured Republicans have a sneaky, yet ultimately successful strategy: appearing to lose even when they win (e.g. Robert Bork on how Bush shows himself to be indifferent, if not hostile, to conservative values). Jonathan Chait on how conservatives have been taken for a ride, and Fred Barnes on the six reasons conservatives have turned on Bush. And an interview with Jonathan Foreman, author of The Pocket Book of Patriotism

[Oct 20] From Germany, Chancellor Merkel may be an iron politician but her feet are stuck in the clay of a messy, unstable coalition (and more); and so, farewell then, Joschka Fischer: The German America needs most leaves politics. From Great Britain, answer a few wacky questions and you, too, could have a brilliant future at Oxbridge. From Scotland, they came, they saw, they ran away… but the Romans still left their mark. Tom Nairn on how the rise of the Non-Voting Party at the 5 May UK Election has put proportional representation on the agenda. More on Chris Patten's Not Quite the Diplomat. From Kyoto Journal, is Europe Western? The EU wants to find out what citizens really want, with the official launch of “Plan D” (democracy, dialogue and debate). From Spectrezine, a review of The Economist Guide to the European Union. And what France needs is education on globalization, and not a reinforcement of prejudices on the subject--but you can get super-fast DSL, unlimited phone service and 100 TV channels for a mere $38 a month. Why does the same cost more in the US?

[Oct 19] From Turkey, a look at the strange case of Orhan Pamuk. An interview with Saddam Hussein's defense attorney, Khalil al-Dulaimi. What you think you know about Iraq's factions is all wrong, says The Hitch. Is the US going to war with Iran? Evaluating the evidence. A study finds the world is witnessing fewer wars and those wars that do occur are killing fewer people. Obituary: Alexander Yakovlev, architect of Soviet Perestroika. From Salon, Valerie Plame and Joseph Wilson are considering a civil suit. If they do sue, they'd better be ready for a vicious attack. Why Democrats should take no comfort in the Plame case. Don't be deceived by the polls: The "median voter" is more of a liberal than you may realize. Ramesh Ponnuru on why conservatives are divided, and Bruce Bartlett on how Bush and the conservative movement are headed for a divorce. Theodore Dalrymple on how a scientist blames America's problems on religion; and a look at the black American condition today. Farai Chideya on a diary of a mad, bad, sad and ultimately glad, black woman. Is Jon Stewart the Next Oprah? From The Washington Monthly, a review of Let My People Go Surfing: The Education of a Reluctant Businessman. A former police chief wants to end a losing war by legalizing pot, coke, meth and other drugs. Here's some good news for all of you potheads: marijuana proliferates brain cells and boosts mood. A study finds men who smoke heavily may impair sperm and fertility. And an article on how to poor a perfect beer

[Oct 18] From China, to avoid its own “color revolution” the government is now quietly cracking down on those who would dare to show dissent, and the beating of a well-known campaigner exposes trouble in the villages. An essay on torment and justice in Cambodia, and here's the latest news from Somalia. Gilberto Gil is a musical legend - and a senior Brazilian politician: Poverty can be challenged if ideas are shared for free. Does extreme poverty breed violence and ultimately revolution? Ralf Dahrendorf investigates. The US can either participate in the Asia-centric economic regime now being created or risk being left out. Why is America the only industrialized country to link health insurance so closely to employment? From National Journal, a Guide To Getting Ahead in Washington DC. Is Miers really Bush's "best choice" for the Supreme Court? If you're standing on Wall Street, the answer might be yes. A review of books on the US Supreme Court. Is it time to bring down the gavel on lifetime tenure for Justices? More on Greenspan's successor. George Packer on a possible Democratic Party game plan. Bill Kristol on criminalizing conservatives. An excerpt from Dick Morris' Condi vs Hillary: The Next Great Presidential Race. From TNR, an article on why only Gore can beat Hillary. A review of the new ABC series "Commander in Chief” starring Geena Davis. Harold Evans looks at the state of television in the US. And from Slate, will the Internet replace the boob tube?

[Oct 17] Iraq, terrorism and culture: From Egypt, an essay on terror and historical determinism. From Great Britain, A Sivanandan on why Muslims reject British values. How Maryam Namazie personifies the gulf between liberal apologists and those who really want equality. From NPQ, Reza Alsan, Salim Lone and Kanan Makiya on the new Iraqi constitution. Stanford's Larry Diamond on consensus and Iraq's constitution. A young athlete joins the jihad in Iraq under the influence of a fatwa forbidding playing soccer by regular rules. Pat Buchanan reviews The West’s Last Chance: Will We Win the Clash of Civilizations? An extract from Robert Fisk's The Great War for Civilisation. From The Wilson Quarterly, an essay on public diplomacy and goodwill hunting. Joe Conason on the IAEA’s Nobel Prize as a rebuff to Bush. Why Americans reflexively reject the values of the UN. The US risks total isolation as the sole country opposing a new Unesco convention on cultural diversity. Even in calamities, cultural attitudes and burial customs come into play when handling the dead. Fascination with the end of days is seemingly everywhere. And all is peaceful in the cartoon village of the Smurfs, till warplanes roar overhead

[Weekend] From Slate, Condi, Hillary, and … Angelina? When celebrities act like politicians, and politicians act like celebrities. Who hates their MTV? How the rebel network sold its soul for bimbos, princesses and bucks. An article on the trouble with films that try to think. Pop culture now grows so broad and so fast, it is no longer the great connector. From New York, who is the real JT Leroy? A search for the true identity of a great literary hustler. From Salon, thousands of men are shelling out $6,500 for hyper-realistic dolls that answer all their needs and don't talk back. An offshoot of Match.com is taking a "scientific" approach to matchmaking, using the work of anthropologist Helen Fisher. An article on the "soulmate" curse. It’s the ultimate New York careerist dream: Work (and play) now, conceive later. On a battle between a strict polygamous sect and the state in Arizona. Want social condemnation with your justice? Tune in Judge Judy. Edward Murrow brought stardom and dramatic values to the news, and a stirring sense of righteous advocacy. New York Times Editor Bill Keller has been taking shots at rival news organizations. An article on the state of the newspaper business. Yahoo! puts news and blogs side by side. Has Google peaked? Potential obstacles for the world's hottest tech company. Or with 'free' lure, will Google tap more markets? Dispute threatens the Internet: Service providers' row may spur global regulation. An article on modern shaving and technology. And dare to bare: An an op-ed on the politics of changing diapers (and a response)

[Oct 31] From First Things, Antonin Scalia reviews Law’s Quandary by Steven D. Smith, a review of A Church That Can and Cannot Change: The Development of Catholic Moral Teaching, more on Jim Wallis' God's Politics, and more on Is the Reformation Over?; Joseph Bottum on God & Bertie Wooster; Richard John Neuhaus on the New Europes and on Iraq and the moral judgment; and here's a Catholic perspective on neo-Darwinism. More and more on Earthly Powers. A review of God's Advocates: Christian Thinkers in Conversation. On sex and the faithful soldier: A review of Every Soldier's Battle. From Foreign Affairs, Peter Bergen on how today's insurgents in Iraq are tomorrow's terrorists. Everybody is a realist now: More on The Right War and A Matter of Principle. An American entrepreneur is trying to show that, in the fight against terrorism, the pen is mightier than the sword. More and more on George Packer's The Assassins' Gate. From NPQ, an interview with Thomas Schelling. John Gray reviews Tony Judt's Postwar. A review of Robert Conquest's The Dragon of Expectation: Reality and Delusion in the Course of History. A review of The World Was Going Our Way: The KGB and the Battle for the Third World. And a review of Illicit: How Smugglers, Traffickers, and Copycats Are Hijacking the Global Economy

[Weekend 2e] Sex - lifestyles: From Salon, what do you get when you design a condom that men want to use? Sued. Inside the twisted patent battle over prophylactics. Severed foreskins have all sorts of adventures. Porn of the Gods: On an occasion, if we can call it that, to decode the genre of celebrity sex tapes. A review of The Man Who Invented Rock Hudson: The Pretty Boys and Dirty Deals of Henry Willson. Sex.com thief arrested in Mexico. Lapping it up: What price a good time? There once was a man from Nantucket... who could see lewdness coming and duck it. No sex please, we’re American. From Great Britain, Gordon Ramsay denies that he's sexist, but his wife is the one in the family kitchen; and from how to use a hankie to safe sex education, public information films try to influence behaviour. Do they work? Is our desire for instant makeovers all thanks to globalisation? The revival in preppy fashion that's put ribbon belts back on the map is reaching maturity. And Arkansas mom gives birth to a whole freakin' baseball team. How deeply should you cringe? 

[Weekend] Potpourri: Though the flood of books on the Israel-Palestine conflict claims to take an unbiased view of its history, few can hide their partisan leanings. A review of Comrade Pavlik: The Rise and Fall of a Soviet Boy Hero. Harvard Square may be next for a group that requires members to give up their possessions, follow the Bible word-for-word, and prepare for the end of the world. A look at a Marxist approach to the problem of aging. A review of Saving the Daylight: Why We Put the Clocks Forward. An article on the varieties of corruption. From The Brookings Institution, the transcript from a discussion of Stephen Breyer's Active LibertyMore on Benjamin Friedman's The Moral Consequences of Economic Growth. More on A Short History of Myth. William Saletan on Monty Python's flying creationism. A look at the work of Arthur Seldon, the most influential person you never heard of. Glory, in Spinoza's view, plays a very big role in politics. A review of Charles W. Colson. A review of The 50 Percent American: Immigration and National Identity in an Age of Terror. An article on John Locke and Indian country. A review of Lowering the Bar: Lawyer Jokes and Legal Culture. The problem isn’t the rapacious lawyers—it’s the idiotic jurors. A review of With Respect for Nature: Living as Part of the Natural World. A review of Dating Aphrodite: Modern Adventures in the Ancient World. Dogs are being used as shark bait on Reunion. The story of the evolution of a man: Lifting the Hood in South Mississippi. And are you angered by politicians? Then fight back by nominating them for Open Democracy’s monthly “bad democracy” award!

[Oct 28] From The Nation, Seymour Hersh and Scott Ritter discuss a hidden foreign policy agenda in the Middle East, and on the war of the liberals: Stephen Homes reviews books on humanitarian intervention. Anatol Lieven on democratic failure: festering lilies smell worse than weeds. An article on the failure of the Bush Doctrine. It is the lack of idealism and complacency of the west that is viewed with repugnance. Two new works explore the endurance of the anti-Semitic forgery The Protocols of the Elders of Zion. From Voltaire Network, an interview with Mordechai Vanunu, and a critique of the work of this year's winners of the Nobel Prize in economics (and more from Open Democracy). As the Change to Win Federation takes shape, questions about how it will co-exist with the AFL-CIO remain. An interview with Mickey Z on his new book, 50 American Revolutions You're Not Supposed to Know. From TAP, a special section: Toward a Greener Politics. A review of books on the environment and oil, the specter haunting Alaska. Corporations finally learn that energy conservation is great for profits. James Howard Kunstler on concealing the suburban nightmare. The end of craven customer service could return some dignity to the world of consumption. A review of books on corporate farming. By eating kangaroos, are we saving them or destroying them? From Salon, everything you always wanted to know about nanotechnology... But were too afraid of quantum spookiness to ask). An article on an ethics of technology. From TCS, an article on the age of radical enhancement.  A review of Ron Bailey's Liberation Biology. And Aubrey De Grey is The Man Who Would Murder Death

[Oct 27] From Quadrant, more on Christopher Hitchens' Love, Poverty and War. From National Review, a review of Terror in the Skies: Why 9-11 Could Happen Again, by Annie Jacobsen, author of the essay "Terror in the Skies, Again?” that appeared on WomensWallStreet. Victor Davis Hanson puts the 2,000 dead in Iraq in context (and an article on Hanson Elizabeth Anscombe’s essay "Mr. Truman’s Degree," and more on A War Like No Other). More from Sam Rosenfeld and Matthew Yglesias on learning the right lessons from the Iraq War. Beware of extremists when debating Iraq. Who benefits from disorder in the Middle East? The first annual Human Security Report finds that violent conflict around the world is declining. Can this be true? From Reason, a capitalist peace? Markets, more than democracy, may be the key to preventing war. John Keegan reviews The Utility of Force. The introduction to On War and Leadership: The Words of Combat Commanders from Frederick the Great to Norman Schwartzkopf. From Military.com, do Academies matter? A Slate Soldier Goes to War: Dispatches from Iraq. From The New York Times Magazine, a cover story of the Fall of the Warrior King. And from Salon, thanks to nanotechnology, the (really scary) soldier of the future will be a lethal superman who can heal himself

[Oct 26] From Eurozine, Big Brother goes global: You've heard of money laundering? Now welcome to "policy laundering". An article on the fragility that threatens the world's industrial systems. The notion of what makes a "good business climate" needs to be radically rethought. A look at how Chapter 11 is demolishing employee expectations. More on End of the Line: The Rise and Coming Fall of the Global Corporation. From FT, an excerpt from The Undercover Economist. A new version of Nassim Nicholas Taleb's Fooled by Randomness is released. A conference provides a vivid illustration of how political reality impacts -- or fails to impact -- the thinking of economists. A look at why most meetings stink. Here’s what it will take for you to stop working and never run out of money. A formula for the good life. Christianity seems to have done quite well by mixing worship and commerce. From Commonweal, an article on Benedict XVI and religious pluralism, and a look at the prescience of Joseph Conrad on the War on Terror. Humanists need to be less fussy about working with the religious who share our commitment to social justice, but the difficulty is rather that all the religions on offer are so patently preposterous, if not downright unpleasant. A review of books on myth. A review of Robert Pinsky's The Life of David (and more). A review of A Day in a Medieval City. More on Earthly Powers: The Conflict Between Religion and Politics From the French Revolution to the Great War. And more on Empires of the Word: A Language History of the World

[Oct 25] Perspectives from and about the left: From Harper's, Lewis Lapham on how the US is now a fascist state. Christian libertarian Vox Day thinks the American left is in feverish denial of its ideological kinship with fascism. A look at why it's time to retire Hitler. From In These Times, is the left really as ideological and principle-driven as it seems? From Swans, a special issue on America: What have we come to? who are we? what do we stand for? and where is the left in the US? (and more). From Mother Jones, an interview with Andrew Gumbel, author of Steal This Vote, and a review of books on recounting Ohio and the 2004 election. From Monthly Review, an article on the socialist vision and left activism, and an article on Marx’s vision of sustainable human development. From Freezerbox, for reasons that Schumacher himself predicted, small looks set to become beautiful again. This time may it stick. From Green Left, an article on Jane Fonda and the role of the accident in history. A review of Ronald Radosh's Red Star Over Hollywood: The Film Colony's Long Romance With the Left. From FrontPage, a symposium of former members of the political faith discuss their intellectual journeys. More on John Ralston Saul's The Collapse of Globalism. "9/11 Theologian" David Ray Griffin says the controlled demolition of the World Trade Center is now a fact, not a theory (hey, just like evolution!). From Slate, History of the World, Part 2: Jewish conspiracy theory: the satire. And from spiked, an essay on how 'state-building' weakens states, and a review of books that reveal the political atrophy of foreign policy today

[Oct 24] Iraq, Islam and International Affairs: From The New Yorker, an interview on the divide within the Republican party over Iraq. Colin Powell's chief of staff Col Larry Wilkerson launches a blistering attack on President Bush, who is "courting disaster" (and more from Richard Holbrooke). Joseph Nye on Cold War lessons for George W Bush, and Shlomo Avineri on Humpty Dumpty Iraq. Is southern Iraq only hell with flies? The reality is less bleak, but still unsettling. Iraq's constitution can lead to better prospects for peace and democracy, but Sunnis must give up hope of ruling. From Writ, an article on Saddam's upcoming trial: How can justice be served? Justice maybe, but no closure: Saddam Hussein's trial offers little to his victims. A look at what you need to know about show trials. Tariq Ali reviews No God But God: The Origins, Evolution and Future of Islam. More on Landscapes of the Jihad: Militancy, Morality, Modernity. An interview with Khaled Abou El Fadl, author of The Great Theft: Wrestling Islam from the Extremists. More and more on Robert Fisk's The Great War for Civilisation. A review of Electing to Fight: Why Emerging Democracies Go to War. A review of How America Got It Right: The US March to Military and Political Supremacy. A review of The Power of International Theory. And lost in translation: The significance of cultural diplomacy extend well beyond the life span of the Bush administration

[Weekend 2e] Cool Britannia: From Open Democracy, Cambridge's John Dunn on getting democracy into focus; and both multiculturalists like Tariq Modood and Bhikhu Parekh and their “solidaristic” critics like Gilles Kepel and David Goodhart are locked into the dead-end of identity politics. From Power, a series of papers on political participation in Britain. AC Grayling considers the British government’s plan to create the crime of incitement to religious hatred. A review of Queen Isabella: Treachery, Adultery, and Murder in Medieval England. Even posh white London teenagers are speaking a Jamaican argot nowadays. Britain is witnessing what may be the last big newspaper war—and it's about size, not circulation. Is this the final gasp of newsprint, or its future? Britain leads the world in university presses, an unsung corner of intellectual life. The Brits don't like the French, but the French couldn't care about them. British journalists succeed in the States, but not for reasons that American rivals admire. From The Weekly Standard, liberal elites ruined Britain as a hyperpower. Could America meet the same fate? And from BBC, a special series on who runs your world, a look at a feature-length documentary on the Enlightenment, and what is the secret of feeling good

[Weekend] The politics of comedy and sex: Kurt Vonnegut tells a reporter one of his favorite sour jokes. A look at the demure outrages of standup comic Sarah Silverman. Off-color expose: Did a radical feminist write the "Truly Tasteless Jokes" series? From Salon, why women should feel free to cry in the workplace -- and anywhere else they damn well please. More on Getting Even: Why Women Don't Get Paid Like Men - And What to Do About It. Ethnic pageants restyle the American beauty contest. Breast implants, tummy tucks and nose jobs are beauty practices in the west, but they are better understood as harmful cultural and traditional practices. A look at a day's work at the Playboy Mansion. A visit with Dennis Hof, a Nevada businessman trafficking in the world’s oldest profession. A review of What I Meant to Say: The Private Lives of Men. On how male friendships skim surface, run deep. And a look at the top sex tips over the ages

[Oct 21] For and against Chomsky: Is he a brilliant expositor of linguistics and US's foreign policy? Or a reflexive anti-American? Robin Blackburn and Oliver Kamm debate. On the branding of the world's top intellectual: Noam Chomsky. From n+1, an essay on the trouble with heroes. From The Nation, an interview with Gore Vidal. From HNN, more on Norman Finkelstein's Beyond Chutzpah. An interview with George Weigel, author of The Cube and the Cathedral: Europe, America and Politics Without God. More on A Short History of Myth. From Counterpunch, Ralph Nader interviews Rev. William Sloane Coffin, and a look at the scandalous history of the Red Cross. The liberal hawks now say the idea of the war wasn’t bad, just its execution: This saves face -- and serves a more dangerous function. James Yee entered Guantanamo as a patriotic US officer. He ended up in shackles. This is his disturbing story. On why terrorist profiling is the most efficient, and effective, method of anti-terror policing. Kenan Malik says he witnessed the birth of political multiculturalism in Britain. And social mobility does not work as most people imagine, and it's hard to do much about it

[Oct 20] On science:  From Slate, a look at why genetics is so far a boondoggle; and on a stem-cell Shakeup: Solving old embryo debates—and starting new ones. A look at how humans are governed by emotions—literally. A study finds perceptions of morality influence economic decisions, brain responses to rewards. A review of Evidence-based Medicine and the Search for a Science of Clinical Care. When mathematics met biology: Mathematical medicine is the next big thing. Without a standard meter, how would a manufacturer make a ruler and know that it is precise? A review of When Physics Became King: On the importance of physics to 19th-century economies and ideas of nationalism. A review of books on cosmology and modern physics. How to imagine a black hole? Find something on Earth that's analogous. Like a bathtub. A bold new theory predicts that time travel may be more plausible than previously thought. From Universe Today, where is everybody? And novelists and psychologists share an interest in the way we think, but writers must do more to keep up with science

[Oct 19] A new issue of Greater Good is out. A review of Selfish Routing and the Price of Anarchy: What does the privilege of choosing our routes without regard for the common good cost us? A review of Culture and Subjective Well-being. From Bad Subjects, an article on toxic culture, the consumer ethic, and teaching Biocentrism. From Green Anarchy, essays on egocide and egoism. What's wrong with being less than human? Meet the life hackers: Can anyone find a way to make your constantly beeping and dinging computer leave you alone and let you work? Inside the nascent field of interruption science. From TCS, an article on Kurzweilomics (and more on The Singularity is Near). Karen Armstrong reviews A Short History of Myth. From CrossCurrents, an essay on overcoming America's skepticism about religious rationality, and an essay on struggling for the soul of one's country: American pathologies and the response of faith. A review of Becoming Conversant with the Emerging Church: Understanding a Movement and Its Implications. From Crisis, Georgetown's James V. Schall on how "social justice” can be a dangerous phrase; a look at when Catholicism becomes a hobby; and a necessary bondage? When the Church endorsed slavery. Where are the voices from the Christian community on cruel and degrading treatment of detainees? An interview with Pope Benedict XVI. A Catholic high school teacher is forced out over flag. And what would Jesus blog? 'God bloggers' head to national conference

[Oct 18]  From Dissent, an essay on Labor Divided. From Dollars & Sense, a roundtable on the turmoil in the AFL-CIO; and an article on taxing wealth Swedish style. A look at the paradox of rules and deregulation. From Monthly Review, an essay on privatization at gunpoint,  and an article on personal debts and US capitalism. From News & Letters, an essay on the Call of the Siren: A proletarian critique of Starbucks. From Radical Middle, an article on what the U.S. needs now: Futuring, but not top-down planning. More on Sean Wilentz’s The Rise of American Democracy. A review of books on American identity and presidential rhetoric. From City Limits, a right-wing tract heralds the next big battle of American politics: Tax eaters vs. Taxpayers. What’s going to happen when the most prosperous, best-educated generation in history finally grows up? From Crisis, an essay on how to talk to Democrats about abortion: Five strategies for making the pro-life case. From The Texas Observer, here are a few of the Texans who are bringing Christian Fundamentalism into state politics. Who was worse, Ronald Reagan, Richard Nixon or George W. Bush? From The Progressive, Ruth Conniff on Rick Santorum's America, an interview with Randall Robinson. From Liberty, an article on William Rehnquist's legacy as a total failure. From Legal Affairs, Geoffrey Stone and Richard Posner debate what's wrong with the Patriot Act; and what good is Posse Comitatus? And must lawyers write badly

[Oct 17] War, ethics and ideology: From The Boston Globe's "Ideas", after Iraq, is the liberal hawk an endangered species? Humble how-to guides to American foreign policy may be tedious, but they are more realistic than books with big ideas. From The American Conservative, an article on deconstructing nation building: The results are in and the record isn’t good, while billions of dollars have disappeared, gone to bribe Iraqis and line contractors’ pockets. A review of books by Iraqi War veterans. A review of books on the ethics and politics of humanitarian war, and more on A Matter of Principle: Humanitarian Arguments for War. A review of At the Point of a Gun: Democratic Dreams and Armed Intervention. From The Walrus, a review of books on globalization. A review of The Endgame of Globalization. A review of Thomas Friedman’s The World Is Flat. From Left Hook, is Paul Craig Roberts a better kind of conservative? Sean Wilentz on what contemporary conservatism's ties to the American past tell us about its future). Joel Kotkin on making a coherent case for a new Progressivism. And from International Viewpoint, an essay on the evolution of the European radical left, and some current controversies

[Weekend] From NYRB, Timothy Garton Ash on the Soldiers of the Hidden Imam; an excerpt from Leadership Failure: Firsthand Accounts of Torture of Iraqi Detainees by the US Army's 82nd Airborne Division; and an essay on the Lost Children of AIDS. From Open Democracy, Barnett & Hilton’s definition of the threats to democracy fails to convince Roger Scruton. A report on the recent New York Salon's debate, "Reflections on the Future". Prospect's list of the world's top intellectuals is an intellectual blunder. From WSWS Summer School, a lecture on the rise of fascism in Germany and the collapse of the Communist International. From FT, a review of Mussolini’s Italy: Life Under the Dictatorship, a review of The Modern Ideal: The Rise and Collapse of Idealism in the Visual Arts from the Enlightenment to Postmodernism, a review of books that explain why we rarely gain from a pick-and-choose society; Britain relies on the genius of degenerates to lead the nation; Freud populariser Adam Phillips has some easy-to-digest advice; to most people superstitions offer a way to feel more secure; and how did Shelly Lazarus leap to the top of one of the world’s most macho professions? How would Jesus rule? The perils of religious tests for Supreme Court justices. An excerpt from The Story of God by Robert Winston. More on Opus Dei. A review of Anger: The Seven Deadly Sins. Studies show altruism is at the heart of suicide attacks. On why Thomas Schelling’s leaps of lateral thinking are weapons of enlightenment. And an article on James Allen on the art of thinking

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[Oct 31]  David Chalmers (ANU): The Two-Dimensional Argument Against Materialism.  A review of Gut Reactions: A Perceptual Theory of Emotion. A review of In Defense of Sentimentality. A review of Ugly Feelings. A review of The Singing Neanderthals and Inside the Neolithic Mind. An interview with paleontologist Richard Leakey. A review of Hiding in the Mirror: the Mysterious Allure of Extra Dimensions, from Plato to String Theory and Beyond. A review of Descartes' Secret Notebook.  A look at the life and work of Abraham Maslow. A review of John Hope Franklin's Mirror to America (and more). Does a monument to the civil rights struggle at Ole Miss need to be “positive"? Would you like to be a teacher? Skip grad school. A review of The RoutledgeFalmer Reader In The Philosophy Of Education. More and more and more on The Chosen: The Hidden History of Admission and Exclusion at Harvard, Yale, and Princeton. Which colleges rank as most secular, most religious? There are three main secular currents of anti-humanism that need skewering. James Traub on Harold Pinter and the highbrow hatred of the US. And from William and Mary, here's a report on a survey on Teaching and Research Practices, Views on the Discipline, and Policy Attitudes of International Relations Faculty at U.S. Colleges and Universities pdf

[Weekend 2e] Sex, gender and academia: A new issue of American Sexuality is out, including an article on rethinking the debate on pornography; an exploration of Christian antigay politics online; and an essay on political thought and the problem of sex. An essay on Lookism and the ethics of aesthetics and public policy implications pdf. A review of On Incest: Psychoanalytic Perspectives. From Slate, on theories of the erotic: Male traditionalists wring their hands at the "grim" lives of young women. Harvard’s been raising eyebrows again among feminists, courtesy a lecture Prof. Harvey Mansfield, but what’s a little prostitution if they give a good shampoo and cut? Two academics decide to take a scholarly approach to Playboy's playmate prose. From Opinion Journal, "Christian Morality in American Literature" is biased, but "Feminine Perspectives in Literature" is not? Feminism has become silly, maybe even dangerous. A look at research on avoiding the "Desperate Housewives" syndrome. And did you hear the one about the lesbian fruit fly?

[Weekend]  Eric Blumenson (Suffolk): The Challenge of a Global Standard of Justice: Peace Pluralism and Punishment at the International Criminal Court pdf. A review of Courts Crossing Borders: Blurring the Lines of Sovereignty. A review of books that claim judicial revolutions. A review of Raymond Aron's La Tragedie algerienne, and a purple patch on the myth of revolution. Obituary: Barrington Moore. From The Philosophers' Magazine, Ophelia Benson on the people who want to cut off their healthy limbs, an examination of friendship, a forgotten philosophical problem, and more on understanding epistemology. A reinstated theory helps to explain the linguistic signals of identity.  A review of Arts and Minds. A review of Art Since 1900: Modernism, antimodernism, postmodernism. Does a street canonised in literature pass on earthly advantage in the form of added property values? Imagine what a great career you could have as a professional reader. For less than $500, anyone can become a published author. But how many self-published books make it to the mainstream? From Great Britain, universities appear to be turning to an unlikely source for money - arms companies. From Yale, a guest column on the ignoble indifference of the individualist (and a response). Yalie Robert Kagan follows Yalie father Donald Kagan but forges own path. SNPs Ahoy! Scientists complete map of genetic differences, and the genetic catalog may aid search for roots of disease. Why is it that some people are affected by certain diseases and others not? And dear Bertie needs no introduction: Philosophy is behind an ambitious restoration in Richmond

[Oct 28]  From The Journal of Libertarian Studies, Randall Holcombe (FSU): Common Property in Anarcho-Capitalism; and a review of Randy Barnett's Restoring the Lost Constitution. The first chapter of Popular Efficacy in the Democratic Era: A Reexamination of Electoral Accountability in the United States,1828-2000. More on The Rise of American Democracy. More on Simon Schama's Rough Crossings: Britain, the Slaves and the American Revolution. A review of John Brown, Abolitionist: The Man Who Killed Slavery, Sparked the Civil War, and Seeded Civil Rights. A review of African American Settlements in West Africa: John Brown Russwurm and the American Civilizing Efforts. A review of Sundown Towns: A Hidden Dimension of American Racism. More on Ira Katznelson's When Affirmative Action Was White. A review of Colormute: Race Talk Dilemmas in an American School. A look at the 10 most expensive colleges. A look at why we need humanities labs. From Smithsonian, a look at 35 innovators who made a difference, including Tim Berners-Lee, Margaret Burbidge, Janis Carter, Wes Jackson, Richard Leakey, Mark Plotkin, Daphne Sheldrick, and James Watson, and Edward O. Wilson, long-ago rivals who are dual impresarios of Darwin's oeuvre. Scientists have identified the gene responsible for controlling a first key step in the creation of new life. Biologists spar over whether evolutionary psychology explains why wearing a colored uniform can give sportsmen a competitive edge. A review of Fool’s Paradise: The Unreal World of Pop Psychology. Studies are shedding light on the mystery of sleep. And a look at why sleeping on a problem often helps

[Oct 27] From The Philosophers' Magazine, an argument for social justice as a dimension of the general will, and a review of Chantal Mouffe's On the Political. The first chapter of The Jewish Social Contract: An Essay in Political Theology (and a review of Stars Of David: Prominent Jews Talk About Being Jewish). From Inside Higher Ed, more on E. H. Gombrich’s A Little History of the World, and "ghetto” parties, racist jokes, and leaving a pig’s head outside a Jewish center: Why do some students offend year after year? A dozen Hollywood film and television mathematicians are not worth one genuine teacher when it comes to inspiring young minds. What would a hypothetically reinvented university look like? An article on six College Guide surprises. The academic world's best-known autistic scholar Temple Grandin on her life and work. A look at how blogging opens a new medium for academics. A survey finds one in three has bought a book just to look intelligent. What does the obsessive passion of book thieves tell us about ourselves as readers? On a writer's guide to the many stages of publishing, from the fog of love to the withering of weaning. From TLS, more on Theodore Dalrymple's Our Culture, What’s Left Of It. Robert McHenry on the education of gesture. And the nice thing about knowing theories of ethics is that you can pick and choose which one to proclaim as it suits your needs

[Oct 26] Linda McClain (Hofstra) and James Fleming (Fordham): Constitutionalism, Judicial Review, and Progressive Change. A review of Doris Kearns Goodwin's Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln. The first chapter of Feeding the World: An Economic History of World Agriculture, 1800-2000. A review of The Changing Role of the Embryo in Evolutionary Thought: Roots of Evo-Devo. Proponents of Intelligent Design have exploited a vexing question at the heart of Darwin's theory. Now scientists can - and must - answer back. Meet Dr. Gilbert Ross, America's most aggressive debunker of legitimate scientific research. Two global-warming skeptics are now facing critics of their own, as a pair of new research papers take issue with their results. A review of The Great Betrayal: Fraud in Science. From Salon, an interview with Mary Roach, author of Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife. The theory of "morphic resonance" posits that people have a sense of when they are being stared at. What does the research show? Scientists as guinea pigs is always a thorny question.  From New York, are Jews smarter? What genetic science tells us. The first chapter of A Larger Sense of Purpose: Higher Education and Society. From The Nation, an article on the increasingly private public school. An article on the corporate-owned ivory tower: An omen. As the holiday season approaches, Scott McLemee contemplates made-up traditions, and his own future in the remainder bin. And it's not just the lovelorn who are populating the back pages of the London Review of Books

[Oct 25]  The papers from the recent conference of the Association for Political Theory are now online (reg. req.). A review of Thomas Nagel's Concealment and Exposure and Other Essays. A review of Joint Attention: Communication and Other Minds: Issues in Philosophy and Psychology. From Scientific American, a cover story on the next influenza pandemic: Are we ready?; EarthScope may do for geoscience what human genome sequencing did for biology; and did life come from another world? New research suggest possibilities. More from Prospect: Francis Bacon invented the idea of progress and claimed that technology grew out of science. Both claims are still influential--but wrong (and here's a response ). We can see about 4 per cent of the cosmos. These guys are looking for the other 96; an article on the race to test relativity; and on why Einstein was such a babe magnet. From Inside Higher Ed, new research suggests correlation between being a top researcher and getting a job leading a top university; and academics worry too much about consumer values in higher education, but it’s not about the money--it’s about the relationship. James Traub reviews The Chosen. Jay Mathews is glad to report a surge of serious AP research.  An article on controversies around literary prizes. Censorship battles once focused on books, but today the performing arts are under attack. As a new chapter opens for both Granta and the Paris Review, they're in an expansive mood. The latest literary wrangling in Harper's leaves everyone confused. After Teddy Rex and Reagan, Edmund Morris turns his pen to Beethoven. Thinkers to ponder whassup. And just how cool is your job?

[Oct 24]  Andrew Shorten (Manchester): Cultural Controversies and the Limits of Toleration; (2) Cultural Exemptions: The Case of Religious Slaughter Legislation; and (3) What Good is Languagepdf A review of Le procès de l'histoire. Fondements et postérité de l'idéalisme historique de Hegel. From HNN, an interview with Juan Cole, an article on Thomas Schelling and the Madman theory, a review of Hamilton, Adams, Jefferson: The Politics of Enlightenment and the American Founding, more on Jesse Helms' Here's Where I Stand, and why don't Harvard graduates join the military anymore? From Salon, homework mania doesn't teach kids anything except that life is full of pain. From The Washington Post, a poll of Washington area kids gives us a piece of their minds, and date across racial and ethnic lines their parents never breached; being openly gay in today's high schools can make a guy popular with the ladies, but it's not just about the shopping; today's teen girls get more A's and go to college more often than ever before, but there's a price; and what does it take for a confident kid to become rich and famous? From The Atlantic Monthly, a report card from one college president, whose school now shuns the U.S. News ranking system, and has not only survived but thrived. Undergraduates aren’t the only ones on campus who drink a lot. And old man on campus: Sex isn't the only thing that gets better with experience

[Weekend 2e] People: Paul Gottfried (Elizabethtown): The Habermasian Moment pdf. Zygmunt Bauman on The Demons of an Open Society pdf. More on Terry Eagleton's Holy Terror. More on Tony Judt's Postwar. More on Sean Wilentz's The Rise of American Democracy. An interview with Howard Zinn. Eric Hobsbawm says the US Empire will fall. UC-Berkeley's John Yoo says the framers gave the president all the war powers of a king (but despite what you may have heard, there's nothing bad about the Federalist Society). More on Cass Sunstein's Radical in Robes. MIT'S Ted Postol challenged the Pentagon and won. Now missile defense again has pitted him against the government. Steve Kurtz was just another subversive artist - until the FBI accused him of bio-terrorism. Vikram Seth was meant to get a PhD, work for the World Bank and then look at a writing career. Buckminster Fuller wanted to save spaceship earth by designing assembly-line homes. A review of Peter Singer's In Defence of Animals. A profile of Martha Nussbaum, thinker in action.  A profile of Charles Taylor, a 'self-interpreting animal'. The world's cleverest academic institute has no students, no curricula and no lectures. A visit to the Institute for Advanced Study. And Homer Simpson makes 10 men of the decade list

[Weekend] The arts and more: From Ctheory, performance artist Stelarc on Prosthetic Head: Intelligence, Awareness and Agency (and more). A review of The Accidental Masterpiece: On the Art of Life and Vice Versa. Many of us think modern art is rubbish because our visual education ended at the age of about seven. High culture, and the serious critics who support and explain it, have gradually become marginalised in the mass media. Why do women biographers get confused with their subjects? Men don't. From The Believer, there's a growing dissonance between how much we know about our food and how much we continue to eat it. An article on the rise of the eco-city. What makes Arabic such a hard language for an English speaker to learn? Why doesn't anyone speak plain English any more? Because they don't want you to know what they're saying. What's the secret to great leadership in the wider world? The Edifice Complex: What fancy corporate headquarters really mean. And a review of The Ape in the Corner Office

[Oct 21] Book reviews: From NDBR, a review of Socrates' Divine Sign: Religion, Practice and Value in Socratic Philosophy, and a review of Veritas: The Correspondence Theory and Its Critics. A review of Maurice Merleau-Ponty's The World of Perception, a review of The Fall of an Icon: Psychoanalysis And Academic Psychiatry, and a review of Facing Human Suffering: Psychology and Psychotherapy As Moral Engagement. From Foreign Affairs, Joseph Stiglitz reviews Benjamin Friedman's The Moral Consequences of Economic Growth. Scott McLemee reviews The Law in Shambles. David Horowitz reviews Atonement and Forgiveness: A New Model for Black Reparations. A review of Dark Bargain: Slavery, Profits and the Struggle for the Constitution. A review of Benjamin Franklin Unmasked: On the Unity of His Moral, Religious, and Political Thought. A review of Sisters: The Lives of America's Suffragists. More on Phyllis Schlafly and Grassroots Conservatism. A review of The Strange Death of Tory England by Geoffrey Wheatcroft. A review of Easter 1916: The Irish Rebellion. And a review of The Body of Il Duce: Mussolini's Corpse and the Fortunes of Italy

[Oct 20]  Anna Gamper (Innsbruck): A Global Theory of Federalism: The Nature and Challenges of a Federal State. Gregory Foster (NDU): Civil-military relations: the postmodern democratic challenge. David M. Golove (NYU): Is the Commander-in-Chief Above the Rule of (International) Law doc.  Gary King (Harvard): When Can History be Our Guide? The Dangers of Counterfactual Inference. A review of Immanuel Wallerstein's World-Systems Analysis: An Introduction. From the new issue of In Character, James Q. Wilson, on the ties that do not bind: The decline of marriage and loyalty; Carl Zimmer on loyalty under a microscope: Why amoebae stick together; an essay on the business of loyalty: Why sending jobs to India is a sign of patriotism; and shopping for God: Dwelling in a land of converts. From Secular Humanism, Sam Harris on rational mysticism, an article on an historical test of the efficacy of prayer; and a symposium on secularism: Will it survive? Carlin Romano on the trouble with hypotheticals. And from National Review, a look back at the 100 Best Non-Fiction Books of the Century

[Oct 19] From the Journal for the Anthropological Study of Human Movement, Charles Varela (Illinois): Harré and Merleau-Ponty: Beyond the Absent Moving Body in Embodied Social Theory. A review of Iris Marion Young's On Female Body Experience: "Throwing Like a Girl" and Other Essays. An article on the life and death of Andrea Dworkin: Feminism in theory and practice. Simon Blackburn asks, "Does Relativism Matter?" From California Literary Review, an essay on Goethe and Tagore, and an interview with Nicholas Ostler, author of Empires Of The Word: A Language History Of The World. A look at how new words become part of a language. Here's an old Progressive interview with Harold Pinter. A review of The Beginner's Guide to Winning the Nobel Prize. From Think Tank, an episode on Thinking about Think Tanks. This summer, Scott McLemee hoped academic librarians would blog more about their work. Voila! From Cafe Babel, here's your ticket to studying in Europe. From Campus Progress, on a progressive guide to the South. What would life be like if there were no U.S. News rankings? Scenes from a marriage unfold amid academic rivalries and campus politics, Jonathan Yardley explains. Across America, student sex columnists have become all the rage. UC-Berkeley is sued over a website created by professors to help high school teachers. An essay on overcoming the psychology of high school. The A to F scale gets poor marks but is likely to stay (and more). And an article on Blogging 101: Weblogs go to school

[Oct 18] Roger Berkowitz (Bard): (1) History and the Noble Art of Lying; (2) The Aristocratic Way of Punishment; and (3) an excerpt from The Gift of Science: Leibniz and the Modern Legal Tradition pdf. Stanley Fish on why there is no textualist position doc. A review of The American Constitution and the Debate over Originalism, a review of Interpreting State Constitutions, and a review of A review of The Logic of Equality: A Formal Analysis of Non-discrimination Law. Is defending The Bell Curve an example of intellectual honesty? Giorgio Agamben is a beacon for an entire generation of young intellectuals across Europe - and a flighty eclectic. From Metapsychology, a review of A Companion to Genethics from the "Blackwell Companions to Philosophy" series. H. Allen Orr reviews Endless Forms Most Beautiful. Ray Kurzweil and Bill Joy on the publishing of the full genome of the 1918 influenza virus on the Internet. A review of Out of Eden: An Odyssey of Ecological Invasion: Is nature itself becoming the greatest threat to biological diversity? Rock of ages: What's the oldest living thing in the world? From The Weekly Standard, Dartmouth's alumni association tries to keep the school's alumni in their place, and a look at Harvey Mansfield's article, "How to Survive as a Conservative at Harvard". An essay on the Academic Intifada. From eloquent ethicist to imperious American University chief, divergent portraits of Benjamin Ladner emerge. And more on Jonathan Kozol's The Shame of the Nation

[Oct 17] Intellectuals, history and the USA: Here are the results of Prospect's global public intellectuals poll, with wotsisname as #1 (and an analysis). From Arts & Opinion, an article on living up to Chomsky. Take him on at your own risk: Amartya Sen is more than just a leading economist, and more on The Argumentative Indian. Michael Dirda reviews Tête-à-Tête: Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre. From American Heritage, historians and journalists assess the ever-shifting reputations of people and events; and an article on the lure of Alternate History. From In These Times, Columbia's Fritz Stern on a fundamental history lesson: The rise of National Socialism proved politics and religion don’t mix. A review of Stalin's Folly: The Tragic First Ten Days of World War II on the Eastern Front. More and more on Tony Judt's Postwar. And a review of Between Genius and Genocide: The Tragedy of Fritz Haber. Keith Windschuttle reviews Mao: The Unknown Story. From The Nation, Anatol Lieven reviews Andrew Jackson, and Eric Foner reviews The Rise of American Democracy: Jefferson to Lincoln. A review of White Savage: William Johnson and the Invention of America. And the Evil Ones beat the Good Guys in a colossal clash

[Weekend] Ronald Dworkin (NYU): Truth and Responsibility and Morality as Interpretation pdf. Michael Ramsey (San Diego): The Law of Nations as a Constitutional Obligation doc. Elizabeth Garrett (USC): The Promise and Perils of Hybrid Democracy. A review of Sentimental Rules: On the Natural Foundations of Moral Judgment. More on A Place for Consciousness: Probing the Deep Structure of the Natural World. From Little Girl, an interview with Alain Badiou, an essay on the politics of emergency, and here's how to get everything you want in bed. Francis Wheen embarked on a defence of the intellectual foundations of the modern world when he wrote Mumbo Jumbo. A review of Monkey Business: The True Story of the Scopes Trial, by Marvin Olasky and John Perry. Why theories are beautiful, usable things--unlike explanations using miracles. A new issue of American Scientist is out. Virginia Postrel on criminalizing science. The impact factor, once a simple way to rank scientific journals, has become an unyielding yardstick for hiring, tenure, and grants. A review of Law & Risk, edited by the Law Commission of Canada. Kenneth Arrow discusses the economics of new malarial drugs. A new issue of ephemera: theory & politics in organization is out. The president's school reform law rests on the belief that its high-stakes test ratings are fair and accurate, but the Bush aide who designed it has his doubts. Student bloggers in Singapore are being chastised for making juvenile jibes about their teachers for doing what the big bloggers do. A more from NRYB: A review of books on the truth about colleges

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