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[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 14] From Afghanistan, women's rights editor Mohaqiq Nasar arrested for blasphemy. From Papua New Guinea, why some people oppose condoms and others don’t. From South Africa, a look at how 'Capitalist Nigger' Chika Onyeani twists history. From Europe, an interview with Olli Rehn, EU enlargement commissioner; an interview on the crisis of rationality in European democracy; and has the Green Dream wilted? An article on Macedonia's road to freedom. Latin America moves past romance to realism. From Comment, an essay on The Calgary School and the Future of Canada. That old gent Maclean's has been on wobbly legs of late. Will a full-scale revamp give it the boost it needs? From The Economist, who could fill Alan Greenspan's shoes? From New Statesman, a cover story on Sen. Barack Obama. From Counterpunch, on the curious case of Sen. Russ Feingold. From The Village Voice, Susan Estrich makes the case for another Clinton in Chief. Rush Limbaugh on how the Left salivates over a conservative crackdown. An interview with Donald Critchlow, author of Phyllis Schlafly and Grassroots Conservatism: A Woman's Crusade. Tom Engelhardt earns himself this autobiographical pitch and a poem. And yes, Robert McHenry is definitely saying something about your mother

[Oct 13] From Germany, Angela Merkel will lead a grand coalition, but Schroeder's party has got its hand on several key ministries. From Norway, a new government could mean improved day care, better protection for the environment -- and a stronger stand against the war in Iraq. From New Zealand, an article on ideology and pragmatism in public policy. From Le Monde diplomatique, Lula is Brazil's soiled hero, and a look at the coops’ dividend in Argentina. An interview on Hugo Chavez and his Bolivarian Revolution. It’s an appropriate time to address ten myths that keep Che Guevara’s cult alive. Forget SARS, West Nile, Ebola and avian flu. The real epidemic is fear. From The Washington Monthly, on Rep. Patrick McHenry and the art of defending the indefensible, Virginia gubernatorial candidate Tim Kaine is proving that Democrats can neutralize the religion issue, a review of Off Center by Jacob Hacker and Paul Pierson, a review of Attack the Messenger, and a review of Steal This Vote. What looked like a chance after Katrina to talk up new programs is fast becoming a scramble to save the old ones. Katrina vander Heuvel on what's the matter with What's The Matter With Kansas? From Salon, an interview with Sen. Russ Feingold. On the Holy Cow! candidiate: Can Mitt Romney overcome the "two Ms" to be the next president? Can you be anti-Bush in the afterlife? And get the job you're entitled to! Visit cronyjobs.com

[Oct 12] From Europe, some countries are more accommodating to those out of work than others. So where is it easiest to be unemployed? From Italy, the end of "Berlusconi Era" may be just over the horizon. From Germany, marginal reforms are probably the most that can be expected of the future coalition government (since Communists rule the country!). From Belarus, the opposition unites to choose a single leader to challenge Lukashenka. From Ireland, Dublin, a Celtic tiger's jewel, is burning bright. On how the US can help Turkey in its struggle to join the EU. As an election approaches, will Belarus, Europe's remaining Soviet bastion, have its own Orange Revolution? Der Spiegel interviews Henry Kissinger. As Margaret Thatcher celebrates her 80th birthday, remember the leaders who changed our world. More and more on Chris Patten's Not Quite the Diplomat. From Reason, why a "trust me" from George Bush no longer cuts it, and you don't have to be a tyro to make it on SCOTUS. Christopher Hitchens on pretending there's no religious test for nominees. EJ Dionne on William F. Buckley as the right's practical intellectual. Pastor Rick Warren rivets many without politics while cultivating spiritual ground. And virgins get uppity: Why are the new virgins loud and proud?

[Oct 11] From Canada, people from Toronto are weird, so what's wrong with two solitudes anyway. From Uruguay, economic reform collides with political philosophy. Sunni Iraqis are poised to reject their constitution. Could that be good for Iraqi politics? Now that female candidates are in the new Afghan Parliament, can they transform their country's politics, culture--and men? An article on the United Nations as our global Cinderella. From NPQ, an interview with Salman Rushdie, and Zbigniew Brzezinski on George Bush's suicidal statecraft. A look at how America's sense of itself - its pride in its power - has been profoundly damaged. From The Atlantic Monthly, Roy Moore, the "Ten Commandments Judge," wants the Republican Party to bow down, and the Supreme Court's problem is not merely disconnection from the real world. A feminist look at the nomination of Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court. From The Remnant, on the rise of militant Protestantism: Harriet Maier used to be a Catholic. So will social conservatives now admit they've been had?  Richard Land of the Southern Baptist Convention walks a fine line distancing himself from the far right. Kitty Kelley on Bush's veil over history. Bianca goes missing: Just who is President Bush's imaginary friend? And here's why Bill Bennett is stupid, but not racist

[Oct 10] From Russia, Andrei Sinyavsky made enemies in the Soviet establishment, and among his fellow liberal intellectuals, and a new national myth is being built with the bones of heroes and martyrs of a new narrative. From Great Britain, at last the Tories realise they need a hugger, not a thinker, and David Blunkett is accused of falling for 'honeytrap'. From Puerto Rico, when FBI agents killed terrorist Filiberto Ojeda, outrage over the botched operation may have energized the independence movement, raising the status issue once again (and more). From National Journal, as often happens in politics, events on the ground have transformed conventional wisdom. Look a little closer at the populist, anti - expertise policies that Bush has pursued so far. An article on Bush the Conservative v. Bush the Pragmatist. A Christian conservative backlash is upending the expected battle lines in the debate over the Miers nomination. A look at how James Dobson's spiritual empire wields political clout. In Washington, examples of lobbyist-lawmaker unions are plentiful. Ten years ago, George showed that politics and entertainment do mix. The rest, for better or worse, is history. Joseph Epstein on the culture of celebrity: Let us now praise famous airheads. And trends are hot. Cool isn't: As culture morphs worldwide at Internet speed, forecasters fight to stay ahead of it all

[Weekend 2e] From Nigeria, an article on Awoism as a political philosophy. From PINR, an article on Sino-U.S. energy competition in Africa. From The Nation, a review of books on Africa. A look at why Darfur wasn't genocide and Sudan is not a terrorist state. A review of Landscapes of the Jihad: Militancy, Morality, Modernity. From Global Research, the nature of anti-Americanism is changing--and it is fifteen minutes to midnight. Is the anti-war movement too fractured to be effective? Bookstores are filling with instant memoirs by troops fresh from the front and eager to tell us what war is like. When the media reports wars or disasters, why are death tolls announced before bodies are counted? More from George Lakoff on framing Katrina. From Open Democracy, Sidney Blumenthal exposes a corrupt system approaching legal nemesis. More on Cass Sunstein’s Radicals in Robes. In My FBI: Bringing Down the Mafia, Investigating Bill Clinton, and Fighting the War on Terror, Louis Freeh rails against the former president. And an interview with William Weld, former Mass. governor

[Weekend] From Malta, an article on biology and ethics. From Cuba, Elian Gonzalez, now 11, is back in the spotlight. From The Economist, Japan is at last ready to surprise the world by how well it does, not how badly. The Global Commission on International Migration set out to change minds about managing the movement of people in the 21st century. Stephen Schlesinger on the perils of UN reform. Today there is no idealistic glue to bind the UN and EU together. The IAEA and its chief, Mohamed ElBaradei, have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. From Al-Ahram, the great victim of the neo-conservative ascendancy will be liberal political systems everywhere. From Slate, you're a senator who wants to run for president. Do you dare oppose Bush's nominee? A look at how born-again George became a man on a mission. Here are President Bush's remarks in tribute to National Review's 50th anniversary. A report by William Galston and Elaine Karmarck warns Democrats not to tilt too far left. From Financial Times, a series of articles on the Top 25 Billionaires. David Sifry, the founder of Technorati, is betting on a change in the nature of the internet. And an article on the story of Wikipedia

[Oct 7] From Canada, are you a global citizen? Really? What does that mean? The debate about labor involves Europe’s development strategy and a reconfiguration of "social Europe." An essay on how much of the Democratic leadership is reinforcing a foreign policy agenda that has divided the US from the world. From TNR, conservatives were above elitism. Then came Miers. Cass Sunstein on how 5-to-4 splits are nearly inevitable. A funny thing happens once a nominee is safely ensconced on the court: instead of sinking Roe, he supports it. Here's the text of Al Gore's remarks (invoking Habermas) at the We Media conference. An article on how conservatives take on a progressive agenda that doesn’t exist. In These Times takes a look at the Weekly Standard’s 10th anniversary. And on its 50th anniversary, when conservatives think of National Review, they think of...

[Oct 6] From Great Britain, an article on the struggle for the soul of conservatism. From Australia, The anti-war left has not explained how tyrants should be stopped. From the United States, an op-ed on the militarization of the Peace Corps. From The Nation, here are 25 questions on the murder of New Orleans. Democrats must rise up and challenge the conservative claptrap about "activist judges". Harold Meyerson on the Right's Dissed Intellectuals, as Bush restarts a long and troubled tradition, and as GOP evangelicals fight intellectuals over Harriet Miers' nomination (while something similar is taking place in Alabama). Activists want politicians to sound like them, but that's not always the way to get things done. PETA has a ruthless approach for getting coverage in the mass media -- with enviable results. Salon's "Big Idea" looks at architecture and design ideas to build a future around. Are McMansions going out of style? An essay on what not to do if you're a pot smoker. And an article on putting charity through the 'What's in It for Me?' test

[Oct 5] News from around the world: From Canada, Michael Ignatieff challenges citizens to accept "patriotic truth". From India, an article on books, fertiliser and democracy, and a look at the politics of pity: Conservatism vs. liberalism. From Liberia, standing by as Charles Taylor plots his return. From Australia, the belief we have an underclass is mostly wrong and obscures practical ways of helping the disadvantaged, and it's worth stepping back to examine the vocation of politics and asking if it is being made too hard. From Russia, Dagestan inches closer to a civil war. A review of Virtual Politics: Faking Democracy in the Post-Soviet World. Max Boot on the Project for a New Chinese Century. The burden of oil weighs on Nigerians. An essay on the evolution of literary criticism, publishing, and readership in Africa. Alan Dershowitz on Chomsky’s immoral divestiture petition. Immanuel Wallerstein on the Exit Strategy in Iraq. Bernard Lewis on why Turkey is the only Muslim democracy. From Newropeans, a look at four future scenarios for the European Union: Reflections from the perspective of "Path Dependence" (and part 2, part 3, part 4 and part 5). As the anti-immigration movement gathers strength, it increasingly fights less against immigration itself than against the globalized nature of immigration. An article on chili peppers and globalization. Raise your global etiquette IQ: Find out how to behave in foreign countries. And are popular how-to-behave guides really relevant?

[Oct 4] From Le Monde diplomatique, Samantha Power on saving the world from hell, and a look at the alternative UN (and more). From Der Spiegel, have global politics become an impossibility? Ulrich Beck and Anthony Giddens on how nationalism has now become the enemy of Europe's nations, and though instead of throwing up our hands in despair, we should adhere to a distinction dear to Max Weber. The German media has launched a massive campaign to try to get Germany out of the dumps. Bronislaw Geremek believes widespread debate on Europe’s future is the only way out of the current deadlock. The European Union and Turkey have finally agreed on a negotiating membership framework. From National Journal, the problem for House Republicans is that moving ahead could be very difficult without Tom DeLay (and more from John Fund). Randy Barnett on why Alexander Hamilton wouldn't approve of Justice Harriet Miers, since she isn't just no John Roberts: She's no Sandra Day O'Connor. From Slate, Dahlia Lithwick on John Roberts' first day at school, and  William Saletan on the bigotry of Bill Bennett's low expectations. Here comes the cure for hazy Clinton nostalgia that periodically afflicts everyone who loathes George W. Bush. On why the current Democratic leadership has a lot to learn from Al Gore. The film about John Kerry's campaign won't tell you why he lost. What's the newspaper of the future going to look like? Chances are that it will look a lot like today's Financial Times. A study finds Hollywood films are bad for you. A look at when blogging meets heckling. An article on the ethics of googlebombing. And from Business Week, here are the editor's picks of the "Best of the New Web"

[Oct 3] American politics: From Great Britain, an interview with Simon Schama on America's most treasured image of itself. From Canada, as citizens look south at their red, white and blue neighbours, are they staring at a past somehow avoided or a future that will eventually overtake them? A review of books on American power and the world (and more). Scary Movie: Do American supermoms make better terrorists? Harvard's Archon Fung on how government alone can't save the day when disaster strikes, but it can help people save themselves. Whatever happened at the Superdome and the Convention Center, it wasn't nearly as bad as we were led to believe. George W. Bush is no Franklin Roosevelt: He's not even a Herbert Hoover, and he reluctantly finds himself echoing the Carter era: He's stuck in a new age of limits. The lesson for Democrats is that the source of GOP strength in America is not the House Republican leadership. It's George W. Bush. The punditry and poll readings of any bad week, month or year are an unreliable guide to the long-term fortunes of politicians and movements. Conservative organizations are rising up to challenge the AARP. And the race for Alabama governor will set up a classic battle between the GOP's two cornerstones: religious conservatives and business groups

[Weekend 2e] From Great Britain, Mick Hume on whatever else the left might have lost, it retains its unsurpassed capacity for self-delusion, and a Kinsey type study was conducted in 1949, and only now have its findings been revealed.  In Nigeria, when you see a beautiful woman, do you pause to ponder the cost of her looks? World Champ to world leader: George Weah wants to be Liberia's next president. A look at the dilemma of the Pakistani intelligentsia. Currently all Mongolian citizens are required to register clan names: Who's UU? From Asia Times, on why China must wait for democracy. From NYRB, an essay on Hugo Chavez, the Gambler. A flirtation between Paraguay and the US unsettles the neighbours, and an interview with Paraguayan activist Orlando Castillo. From The Daily Star, the world loves America but resists its power. From Princeton, Francis Fukuyama urges new democracy strategy. A look at why the US needs its own Iliad. On the false friends of the American military: David Rieff reviews Robert Kaplan's Imperial Grunts: The American Military on the Ground. And from the Mises Institute, an article on the attempted militarization of the Jetsons

[Weekend] From Canada, Mulroney vs. Reagan: Counterpoint legacies. From Great Britain, the Tories are looking for a leader and a future when they meet on Monday. An article on the fallout of Norway’s tightly contested general election. EU and U.S. clash over control of Net. Why the US is powerless to stop Tehran's nuclear ambitions. Muslims are furious at America, right? Don't be so sure. Sidney Blumenthal on Karen Hughes as Bin Laden's little helper. We Are All Suspects Now documents how counterterrorism policies have destroyed immigrants’ lives. Something's wrong when a studio balks at Albert Brooks' "Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World" (and more). A review of An Anthology of Arab Humor In Arab Literature (and part 2 and part 3). A look at how Jon Stewart is reinventing television, and an interview with Stephen Colbert. An interview with Margaret Cho on the uses of laughter. Perhaps reading novels in the morning is the 1960 equivalent of watching reruns of "The Surreal Life". And we really shouldn't believe everything in the papers. But we do
[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

[Oct 14] From TNR, Andrew Sullivan on Assimilation and its Meaning: The End of Gay Culture. From Policy Review, an essay on The Overpraised American, an article on public diplomacy and the lessons from King and Mandela, and Peter Berkowitz reviews "worthy war critic" George Packer's The Assassin's Gate. More on Norman Finkelstein's Beyond Chutzpah. From Open Democracy, leftists like Tariq Ali, Robert Fisk, John Pilger, and Arundhati Roy are not misguided progressives but on the other side of freedom. Anarchists know what they want, but do they know how they got it? To what extent are social pathologies attributable to disadvantaged neighborhoods, as opposed to the direct effects of the family and the individual? What is a man? On the tricky valuation of human lives. My dog or your child? Ethical dilemmas and the hierarchy of moral values. An analysis of an NBER paper, "In Religious Market Structure, Religious Participation, and Outcomes: Is Religion Good for You?" From The Moscow Times, a review of What Stalin Knew: The Enigma of Barbarossa. A review of The Worlds of Herman Kahn: The Intuitive Science of Thermonuclear War . And here's a webpage with the complete collection of maps from the Carnegie Endowment, Deadly Arsenals: Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Threats

[Oct 13] From Foreign Affairs, an essay on Iraq: Learning the Lessons of Vietnam. A look at Thomas Schelling's little-known role in the Vietnam War (and from PBS, an interview on game theory). Robert Kaplan on how the U.S. military is emerging as the world's most effective emergency relief organization. From Writ, here's a crash course in constitutional law for Harriet Miers, and everyone else. From Counterpunch, on capital, power and class: A response to David Brooks on "Pillars of Cultural Capital". A sample chapter from White Flight: Atlanta and the Making of Modern Conservatism. An article on why subsidizing America's commute would reward work, boost the economy and transform lives. Delphi CEO Steve Miller calls to mind a famous, simplistic big thinker with prominent facial hair. From CJR, an essay on when sexual behavior is fair game for the press -- and when it isn't. A look at the rules at The Refuge, a program that caters to adolescents "struggling with broken and addictive behaviors," including sexual promiscuity and homosexuality. Ramesh Ponnuru on the stability of public opinion on abortion. Are religious societies better than secular ones? George Monbiot finds out. A sample chapter from Religion and Family in a Changing Society. From CT, a review of The Narnian: The Life and Imagination of C. S. Lewis. A review of Opus Dei. And R. Albert Mohler Jr. on apologetics in a postmodern age (and part 2 and part 3)

[Oct 12] From WSWS Summer School, a lecture on the 1920s: The road to depression and fascism. From Swans, a review of Shadia Drury's Leo Strauss and the American Right. An article on Cheney’s counterproductive policy toward terrorists. Robert Kaplan is with the Army Special Forces in the Philippines and Afghanistan: laboratories of counterinsurgency. Fred Halliday on how the notion of a global jihad animating a universal, boundary-dissolving Islamic community is compelling to many. An interview with John Yoo, author of The Powers of War and Peace: The Constitution and Foreign Affairs after 9/11. An article on two forms of resistance against Empire. An article on Bill O'Reilly, Irish indentured servants and African slavery. And book reviews: a review of Victor Davis Hanson's A War Like No Other: How the Athenians and Spartans Fought the Peloponnesian War; more on 1491; a review of Ghost Empire: How the French Almost Conquered North America; a review of Dr Franklin Goes to France: How America Was Born in Monarchical Europe; more on Rough Crossings by Simon Schama; Bigots united: more on Earthly Powers; a review of Edge of Empire: Lives, Culture, and Conquest in the East, 1750-1850; and a review of Andrew Jackson: His Life and Times

[Oct 11] From National Journal, Clive Crook on what remains to argue about in economics. As he turns 97, the 6ft 8ins JK Galbraith remains a giant of economics. Like most crackpots, Jude Wanniski went off on a tangent from real ideas. A review of End of the Line: The Rise and Coming Fall of the Global Corporation. Helping society just doesn’t pay: More on corporate social responsibility and government regulation. On the FedEx economy: Have recessions absolutely, positively become less painful? For much of the day, the week, the year, economic blogs will resemble little knots of conversation at an enormous cocktail party.  Post-teenage Wasteland: Those in their early 20's are the new young cohort for grown-ups to be really troubled by. On the "Stop Snitchin" T-shirt: A look at how a symbol that flouts the rule of law became just another commercial icon. From Writ, an article on fast food justice: Infamous cases involving French fries, obesity, too-hot coffee, and fingertips. A review of Generation Rx: How Prescription Drugs Are Altering American Lives, Minds and Bodies. A look at what it's like to live without a serious illness. A review of The Complete Neurotic: The Anxious Person's Guide to Life. We all pretend to have more of it and be better at it than we are... Friendship that is, not sex. And here's a guide to the five ages of friendship

[Oct 10] From The National Interest, Amitai Etzioni on Sovereignty as Responsibility, and an examination of the spread of The Muslim Brotherhood's influence on Europe's mainland. From The Weekly Standard, Peter Berkowitz on why the U.S. government should back the study of Arabic, and an article on Europe's Wahhabi Lobby: Extremists get together to worry about intolerance. Brainwashing is routinely invoked to explain terrorist atrocities, but what does it really mean? A review of books on the Iraq war. Pat Tillman opposed Bush, admired Noam Chomsky and considered the Iraq War illegal. More on The Assassin's Gate. From the New America Foundation, Anatol Lieven on why there is no "New Deal" in today's America. An article on the paradox that divides black America. On the most unlikely self-help book of the year: A review of Make It Happen: The Hip-Hop Generation Guide to Success (and more: "Pick a flava"). From NCR, an article on the costs of conscience clauses. Religion = higher abortion rate? Gregory Paul sees a link. From Forward, why the values of women are to blame for low birthrates, and more on Noah Feldman's Divided by God. A review of books on the future of Australian secularism. Maryam Namazie wins Secularist of the Year award. And from Counterpunch, here are some deep thoughts on religion from a shallow man

[Weekend 2e] The arts, sex, and more: From Eurozine, an interview with Harold Bloom, and an essay on the art critic as art historian and sociologist. A review of Art and Intention: A Philosophical Study. James Pinkerton on toppling the arts-intellectual complex. John Leland on art born of outrage in the Internet Age. Terry Teachout on why they don’t write ’em like they used to. An excerpt from Why Experimental Fiction Threatens to Destroy Publishing, Jonathan Franzen, and Life as We Know It. A look at the political ambitions of Benjamin Kunkel's Indecision. From WSWS Summer School, a lecture on Marxism, art and the Soviet debate over “proletarian culture”. From LA Weekly, a special issue on Los Angeles. From Salon, a review of Female Chauvinist Pigs, and more on Dan Savage's The Commitment. More on Marriage, A History. They're here, they're mostly bare and they don't care who's looking: On the rise of raunch culture among young women. More on Neil Strauss' The Game. Why do men chase women? (Because they are afraid of death) And should Objectivists be allowed to commit suicide?

[Weekend] From TNR, welcome to the hackocracy of the Bush administration. On a new slogan for the Bush administration: "D'oh!" Eric Alterman on FDR and Bush. From Salon, a review of George Packer's The Assassins' Gate: America in Iraq; a pro-Bush but eco-conscious evangelical launches a crusade against global warming; and on why Harriet Miers would not be the first evangelical justice. More on Victor Navasky's A Matter of Opinion. As America becomes more polarised, its political writing is getting worse. From National Review, an article on taking the offensive in the war of ideas, and Rev. Joseph Evans on The Miseducation of Harry Belafonte. Bill Bennett loses his philosophicool: The philosopher for everyone must understand that everyone is not a philosopher. From Writ, "My Little Man's an idiot": A review of Blink and Freakonomics. From the Mises Institute, a review of The Church and the Market: A Catholic Defense of the Free Economy. The Catholic Church no longer swears by the truth of the Bible. Western culture's attempt to explain human wickedness in psychiatric terms does little to enlighten us. And if it is not possible to change society, is it possible to escape it?

[Oct 7] From spiked, an essay on the Poverty of Multiculturalism. A review of Theodore Dalrymple's Our Culture, What's Left of It: the mandarins and the masses, and Edward Skidelsky reviews Earthly Powers: religion and politics in Europe from the French revolution to the Great War. More on A Little History of the World. An interview with Martin Meredith, author of The Fate of Africa. An interview with Anatol Lieven on global affairs. Timothy Garton Ash on how the dreaded superstate became a commonwealth. Martin Walker on the West's big threat. From nthposition, an excerpt from Skipping towards Armageddon: The politics and propaganda of the Left Behind novels and the LaHaye empire. A new book offers guidance in reading Mein Kampf. Scott McLemee wonders if the canon wars are quite over. And Lyndon LaRouche on Kant and Riemann: The Shape of Empty Space

[Oct 6] From Common-place, what’s "sacred" about violence in early America? Killing, and dying, in the name of God in the New World. God on trial: How can an "Intelligent Design" include so much suffering? An essay on Darwin an God. From the new issue of the US Army's Parameters, two essays on religion and political change, and an essay on The Nine Principles of Reconstruction and Development. From CT, a lot of foolishness has been spun out of notions of "chaos" and "complexity". From The Independent Review, a review of Michael Oakeshott: An Introduction, a review of The Size of Nations, a review of Democracy, Governance, and Economic Performance, and a review of The Past and Future of America’s Economy: Long Waves of Innovation That Power Cycles of Growth. From Opinion Journal, a review of What Goes Up: The Uncensored History of Modern Wall Street as Told by the Bankers, Brokers, CEOs, and Scoundrels Who Made It. And an article on how to withstand the coming Bush economic crisis

[Oct 5] Science and society: Look East or West and you can detect the rumblings from an irreconcilable divide between science and religion. Carlin Romano reviews Michael Ruse's The Evolution-Creation Struggle. More on Chris Mooney's The Republican War on Science. The more Andrew Cassel hears about intelligent design, the more it seems to echo some of the longest-running arguments in economics. God redesigns the universe with some help from his friends. Science is in the business of shattering myths with facts. But some creatures turn out to be more than just imaginary. How well Einstein's general theory will fare in the face of an experimental onslaught is anybody's guess. 9 planets? 12? What's a planet, anyway? New genes tied to lifespan extension in yeast have been identified by researchers. There's a new measure of well-being from a happy little kingdom. A sampling of classics of the self-help genre, taken cheerfully out of context. Help yourself. The new gurus of self-help are philosophical counsellors from beyond the grave. A review of Going Sane: Maps of Happiness (and more). Are you happy? If so, well done. If not, don't worry - scientists now believe they can identify the keys to a contented life. Are we wired up to be cheerful, or are some of us destined to languish in abject misery? From Reason, a defense of happy pills: Why talk to a shrink if Prozac or Zoloft will do the trick? A disease for every pill: An excerpt from Selling Sickness. And from BBC Magazine, is junk food a myth?

[Oct 4] From TAC, a review of Paul Gottfried’s The Strange Death of Marxism, and on the purest Neocon: Christopher Hitchens, an unreconstructed Bolshevik, finds his natural home on the pro-war Right (and on why terrorist attacks aren't caused by any policy except that of the bombers themselves). From Open Democracy, much of the left’s opposition to the Iraq war and Bush has blinded it to the need to engage with real problems and threats, and the militarisation of US energy policy is distorting the country’s democracy and damaging its standing in the world. Spengler reviews Imperial Grunts. From MR, an excerpt from Manufacturing Discontent: The Trap of Individualism in Corporate Society.  Simon Caulkin on how beliefs and ideas about business actually shape it. An article on the idea economy and the battle over the right to sell knowledge. Can the system be fixed An interview with Howard Zinn. John Bellamy Foster on organizing ecological revolution. A review of books on technology and evolution. A review of books by doom merchants on the apocalypse. Sprawl isn't what it used to be: Is it time we stopped worrying and learned to love the subdivision? An essay on civilisation, primitivism and anarchism. An essay on world views and determinism. Religion on the public square: We don't love our neighbours, we are indifferent to them-as long as they keep their barbecue smoke to themselves. An excerpt from Going Postal: Rage, Murder, and Rebellion -- From Reagan's Workplaces to Clinton's Columbine and Beyond, and an interview with author Mark Ames. And a review of Raising Boys Without Men: How Maverick Moms Are Creating the Next Generation of Exceptional Men

[Oct 3] New York, New York: From The New York Times Magazine, a special issue on New York, a cover story by Sam Tanenhaus on William F. Buckley; an essay on why liberalism and most other American ways of thinking about politics have their roots in Manhattan; with articles on Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Senator Hillary Clinton, Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, and former Mass. Governor William Weld; and a poll reveals what the city thinks about the real issues, Steven Levitt on dog-waste management, a look at how bike-rights events turned into a notorious brand, an essay on being a political consultant in the city, and at Downtown for Democracy, style has a political agenda. Antonin Scalia is named Grand Marshal of New York's Columbus Day Parade. A review of New York Burning: Liberty, Slavery, and Conspiracy in Eighteenth-Century Manhattan. A review of Lincoln's Melancholy: How Depression Challenged a President and Fueled His Greatness. A review of Complicity: How the North Promoted, Prolonged and Profited From Slavery. A review of The Tycoons: How Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller, Jay Gould, and J. P. Morgan Invented the American Supereconomy. And an essay on the relevance of Henry George in today's economy

[Weekend 2e] Academic life: From Clamor, while job training is difficult to turn down, it should not supplant the other vital functions that community colleges offer student bodies; an article on the need to educate college students about sex-related issues; and can anyone explain the sudden free speech frenzy at America’s colleges and universities? From Campus Progress, meet the Roosevelt Institution. They’re not exactly our parents’ campus activism. For reasons academicians don’t entirely understand, undergraduate enrollment in U.S. computer science departments continues to drop precipitously. From China, a university's plans for a training program in feng shui raise scorn for a fake science. From Australia, the University of New England appoints a 'heterosexuality officer'. From Israel, a look at the Seminar Hakibbutzim Teachers College, the school for social awareness. For Ph.D.'s looking for jobs outside of academe, the insularity of the ivory tower is often a handicap, but it doesn't have to be. Travel to academic conferences offers a little bit of both self-improvement and self-indulgence. And prof-ratings site RateMyProfessors irks academics

[Weekend] From Prospect, the Swedish model of high taxes and high spending is now stronger, and more popular, than ever. PM Gorän Persson explains why; and the "improvised explosive device" is the focus of a battle of innovations pitting high-tech against low cunning. From FT, a look at why some moral indignation at the war in Iraq rings hollow. A talk with Fareed Zakaria on the future of freedom. Robert Fisk publishes a book, The Great War for Civilisation: The Conquest of the Middle East. An excerpt from Global Capitalism: The Solution to World Oppression and Poverty (in 3 parts). From FrontPage, an interview with Kenneth Heineman, author of God is a Conservative: Religion, Politics, and Morality in Contemporary America. An excerpt from Karen Armstrong's A Short History of Myth. From LA Weekly, an article on clitoris envy, or what Dave Shulman learned in female-orgasm class. Better sex for women could be just a pill or product away. And Joel Tucker was a nice college kid headed for academia. Then he discovered S&M sex toys–and became an underground icon
[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

[Oct 14] From London Review of Books, Eric Hobsbawm on the benefits of diaspora, Anatol Lieven reviews The New American Militarism, on the rules when putting together a conspiracy theory, and are the Conservatives any longer a serious party? A review of After the Victorians, 1901-1953. John Gray reviews AC Grayling's Descartes: the life of Rene Descartes and its place in his times. From Eurozine, theorist Bülent Somay on the Desert of the Real, Part II. The Nobel Prize in Literature goes to Harold Pinter (and more). At 82, novelist Kurt Vonnegut is talking not just about his own death, but the planet's demise. An essay on why Americans can't write political fiction. From The Nation, an article on protest and pushback on campus. When department members come together, they reveal much about themselves, and academic life. By preaching the virtues of 'cultural competence', the academy betrays its lack of confidence. The Chosen, Jerome Karabel’s book about Ivy League admissions, touches a bundle of raw nerves. Why can't professors find realistic portrayals of themselves on the small screen? From Dartmouth, professors debate the virtue of masculinity in society. Arizona State University says Christian Legal Society can require beliefs, behavior of its members. And on the Anarchist’s Guide to Democracy: How to torture your roommate

[Oct 13] Science and such: From Metanexus, Jordan Peterson (Toronto): Neuropsychology and Mythology of Motivation for Group Aggression, and Joseph Bracken (Xavier): Self-Organizing Systems and Final Causality. A sample chapter from It's About Time: Understanding Einstein's Relativity. String theorists' extension of the universe is just one more step in a historical chain of cosmic expansions. From TLS, a review of Seven Deadly Colours: The genius of nature's palette and how it eluded Darwin. In the classification kingdom, only the fittest survive. Researchers have discovered the remains of more so-called hobbit-like people on a remote Indonesian island, bolstering the case that a species of miniature humans. A commonplace hospital gear opens up a new way of reconstructing forerunners of Homo sapiens. Why must intelligent design be stopped? Because this could be the moment when the theocratization of America makes a real advance. More on Richard Posner's Catastrophe. Harold Evans takes issue with Michael Crichton's conspiracy theory. An excerpt from The Republican War on Science. An excerpt from Dr. Golem: How to Think about Medicine. From Skeptic, a critical look at Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code, and are UFO alien faces an inborn facial recognition template? This year's Ig Nobel prizes were a triumph, even though the floor-sweeper couldn't make it. And John Allen Paulos on Contestants, Taxes, Paradoxes and Sure Things

[Oct 12] Allen Wood (Stanford): (1) The Good Will; (2) Duties to Oneself, Duties of Respect to Others; and (3) Religion, Ethical Community and the Struggle against Evil doc. Randall Peeremboom (UCLA): Human Rights and Rule of Law: What's the Relationship? Bruno Latour on Gabriel Tarde and the End of the Social. A review of The Philosophy of Karl Popper. A review of The Handbook of Disability Studies. Meet Richard Layard, the professor who says the economy will benefit if money is spent on mental health. "Why do people behave the way they do? Mainly because of their interests," says Cornell's Richard Swedberg in Interest. Are bloggers without tenure destined to stay that way? Not necessarily, but debate rages as Chicago rejects Dan Drezner. Why the online version of a print journal must be more than just an electronic version of the original. Why do we pick students? Let a computer decide. A study finds taunts of ‘acting white’ not enough to prevent black students from trying hard. From Texas A & M, a coalition of organizations protest outside a lecture by Samuel Huntington. Carnegie Mellon's Preston Covey speaks frankly about guns, professorship, and research. Ah, Facebook. Where would our stalking abilities be without you? And Google's ambitious plan to put books online offers authors, publishers new lease on life

[Oct 11] From the co-winner of this year's Nobel Prize in Economics, Thomas Schelling (Maryland): Ethics, Law and the Exercise of Self-Command, and a tribute pdf (while Business Week calls it a letdown). Several universities lay claim to laureates no matter how tangential the affiliation. The aura of success 'is serious business' in academia. A review of Wittgenstein and Psychology: A Practical Guide. A review of Freud’s Requiem: Mourning, Memory, and the Invisible History of a Summer Walk. Gut check: Did Freud give our culture an ulcer complex? From The New Yorker, Louis Menand on American art and the Cold War, John Updike on books and their covers, and an article on words and pictures: Graphic novels come of age. Comic books get their physics right more often than you'd think. A review of books on magic, mischief and maybe even murder. What five New Yorkers read for a week, from personal ads to Georges Bataille’s The Unfinished System of Non-Knowledge. A review of Slam Dunk and No-Brainers: Language in Your Life, the Media, Business, Politics, and, Like, Whatever. Is the word "bum" really offensive? A look at the subtleties of using the semi-colon. An article on Sigrid Rausing, the generous millionaire who saved Granta. And E. B. White never says it, but "Memorandum" is about the pleasure of not doing the things that need to be done

[Oct 10] Thomas Nagel (NYU): Secular Philosophy and the Religious Temperament pdf. A review of Putting Logic in its Place: Formal Constraints on Rational Belief. From In These Times, on how school choice policies sacrifice universal education in favor of personal freedom. A review of Crash Course: Imagining a Better Future for Public Education. The children are our future? Then look out for Help, Mom! There Are Liberals Under My Bed! Must we always be governed by such ignorance?: More on the students who rejected Adam Smith's name. An MIT professor analyzes the symbolic meanings of the ways people use public space. Boston Review's true aim is ''presenting a model of what public reasoning should look like". Benched science: Increasingly, judges decide what science, if any, a jury hears. A review of Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife (and more and more). From Ctheory, an essay on the rebirth of the author. A great biographer needn't know his subject personally, but he must know him deeply. An article on the origins of English autobiography. Vonnegut's liberalism grows out of conservative principles, like the belief in community and extended family. In two recent novels set on elite campuses, social class is a figment of the 'neoliberal imagination. Can the Ivy League's Big Three live down their history of discrimination? And a review of Sex and Violence: A Love Story, an academic satire

[Weekend 2e] From Forum: Qualitative Social Research, a special issue on The State of the Art of Qualitative Research. The introduction to Mercy on Trial: What It Means to Stop an Execution. A True Story of Death and Honour explores how the rise of the pistol, and the invention of libel laws, led to the death of the duel. An article on the publication of Peter Bearman's Doormen.  Thomas Fleming discusses Cicero. From Cornell, a discussion on queer biopolitics and the ascendancy of whiteness. An interview with Slavoj Zizek. Collusion, cover-up and Kierkegaard: Rot in the ivory tower. Harvard's endowment cracks $25 billion. Extremely wealthy scientists are relatively few and far between. From American Scientist, why scientists must stop ignoring Intelligent Design, more on The Evolution-Creation Struggle, and a review of The Velocity of Honey and More Science of Everyday Life. Being a futurist sure sounds like a fun job. But is there a future in it? With the right engineering and maintenance, humans can live until they are 1000, says Aubrey de Grey. And from Chicago, why students should know that, while boring, local elections still matter

[Weekend] From Humanities, a special issue celebrates the fortieth anniversary of the National Endowment for the Humanities, including an editor's note, an excerpt from Chairman Bruce Cole's Fearless and Free, an article on Reading in the Age of Google, and an essay on democratizing knowledge. An article on the publication of Doris Kearns Goodwin's Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln. Scholars across the world are questioning the veracity of historical accounts in a controversial biography of Mao. A review of books on where humans came from and where they’re going. Sustenance or obsession: what we eat and how we eat it fascinates four very different authors. The Wall Street Journal comes out against the Academic Bill of Rights. A report finds Ph.D. education needs serious reform, but outstanding models exist to help. What would Wittgenstein do? A new Web site lets members of the public get expert answers from philosophy professors. When you think of action, only one name springs to mind: Plato. Michael Hardt doesn't want to become academia's answer to Right Said Fred. And from Theory.org.uk, check out your favorite social theorists as Lego figures

[Oct 7] From the European Journal of International Law, a review essay symposium on Philip Allott's Eunomia and The Health of Nations: "Thinking Another World." A review of The Solitude of Self: Thinking About Elizabeth Cady Stanton. From Common-place, a review of Revolutionary Mothers: Women in the Struggle for America’s Independence, a review of Creatures of Empire: How Domestic Animals Transformed Early America, and a review of America’s Founding Food: The Story of New England Cooking. From Salon, unschooling is a radical branch of home - schooling where kids control what and when they learn. Is that irresponsible? A look at how school choice could be an answer to sprawl. Giant chickens, enormous bar tabs, and more news from schools across the country. And here's the call for papers for the 1st Annual On-line Philosophy Conference

[Oct 6] Jeffrey Rachlinski (Cornell): Bottom-Up Versus Top-Down Lawmaking.  A new issue of the Web Journal of Current Legal Issues is out. A review of A Place for Consciousness: Probing the Deep Structure of the Natural World. A review of Reconceiving Pregnancy and Childcare: Ethics, Experience, and Reproductive Labor. Jane Goodall reviews Robert Merton's The Travels and Adventures of Serendipity: A Study in Sociological Semantics and the Sociology of Science. An interview with Charles Tilly. An article on Tariq Ramadan: Dream of a patchwork philosopher. A review of Tête-à-Tête, a history of Sartre and Beauvoir's lifelong partnership. An interview with Sherwin Nuland, author of Maimonides. From B&W's Letters page, a discussion of Freud, Webster, Masson, the unconscious, the seduction theory. The founder of a new centre says death is a growth area... and can be good fun. Bruce Bartlett on the Heritage Foundation model for think tanks. And Crooked Timber's Henry Farrell on the blogosphere as a carnival of ideas

[Oct 5] Professional and academic life: From Daedalus, a special issue on professions, including Howard Gardner (Harvard): Compromised work and The professions in America today: crucial but fragile; Harvey Goldman (UCSD): Good work, from Homer to the present; Geoffrey Galt Harpham (NHC): Politics, professionalism & the pleasure of reading; Lee Shulman (Stanford): Signature pedagogies in the professions; and William Sullivan (Carnegie): Markets vs. professions: value added? From Great Britain, the idea of a 'brain drain' from Britain is a myth, and Britons should be warned that American universities are no soft touch. Mary Midgley on how a PhD may give you the skills, but it can also obscure the big issues in a mass of detail. With the idea of “public scholarship” growing, many scholars believe that tenure systems need revision. On an ambitious effort to study and offer suggestions on solving some of the most vexing programs facing academe. Republicans push for Academic Bill of Rights. A reflection on journalism, journalism education, and academic values. How a journalism professor uses the Internet to combat plagiarists, fabulists, and cheaters. Students are being told to watch their digital profiles. The "@" symbol may look the same around the world, but computer users see it differently in different cultures. A review of Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading: Finding and Losing Myself in Books. And where are the festival groupies? Men of letters used to get all the totty

[Oct 4] From Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, Richard Rorty reviews Robert Pippin's The Persistence of Subjectivity: On the Kantian Aftermath, and a review of Heidegger's Volk: Between National Socialism and Poetry. From The Nation, a review of books on German memory and WWII. A review of books on assessing the church's role in the Reich. A review of How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization. A review of Dogs of God: Columbus, the Inquisition and the Defeat of the Moors. More on Ernst Gombrich's Little History of the World. A review of Tony Judt's Postwar: A History of Europe Since1945. More on Terry Eagleton's Holy Terror. From Eurozine, an essay on historical myths new and old. A review of On the Sea of Memory: A Journey From Forgetting to Remembering. From Inside Higher Ed, the golden age of the general-interest academic review is over. Or is it? From The New Yorker, Malcolm Gladwell on the social logic of Ivy League admissions. From New York, on freakonomizing: To cash in on the hottest academic trend, Columbia bought in bulk; can a Princeton educated Rockefeller scion make politics interesting for kids who never went to college? Is the university of life a better option than a college degree? Which reference guides will help you find the right school? From The Times, a look at how 200 years of history have transformed our view of Adam Smith, but students are refusing to use the name Adam Smith because they claim the Scottish economist is synonymous with “exploitation and greed". With Penguin Books' "Great Ideas" series great non-fiction gets slimmed down. From Columbia, Martha Nussbaum applies CC to modern life. And from Harvard, "Core Curriculum, I loathe you"

[Oct 3] Culture wars in the US: From Commentary, a review of Ira Katznelson's When Affirmative Action Was White. An article on The Case for Affirmative Action. Ward Connerly on why identity politics will get the GOP nothing good. An essay on Chicano nationalism and its philosophical roots in Texas. Charles Murray on the hallmark of the underclass. Cass Sunstein on a change in the confirmation game. Mark Tushnet on why Bush should name a politician to the Court. A review of Hugo Black of Alabama, and a review of Sanctioning Religion? Politics, Law, and Faith-Based Public Services. More on Noah Feldman's Divided by God. More on Robert Wuthnow's America and the Challenges of Religious Diversity. A look at how abortion might outgrow its need for Roe v. Wade. From Renew America, an overview of the historical roots of the culture war. A review of books on the media and the culture wars. And more on Thomas Frank's What’s the Matter with America? Rep. Barney Frank's powerhouse role on Capitol Hill is a triumph both public and private. What Bruce Wayne and Anakin Skywalker can tell us about America's political mood. Danny Goldberg, CEO of Air America Radio, speaks out. And an interview with Dave Zirin, author of What’s My Name, Fool? Sports and Resistance in the United States

[Weekend 2e] From Slate, more and more on Simon Blackburn's Truth. An essay on new ways of democratising science and technology. Bioethics 'expertise' comes from all corners. Matthew Nisbet on understanding bias in the coverage of Intelligent Design. From ape to 'Homo digitas': Are we getting smarter or dumber? There are still those willing to defend a realist interpretation of quantum theory. Brian Greene on That Famous Equation and you. The number 123 is a "mathemagical black hole". From Education Guardian, astrobiology is in fact a legitimate and important area of study; as the number of Polish geologists drops, the number of varieties of beer available in Poland has risen; and on Billy Joel's philosophy makeover and the latest in offbeat news in academia. From Inside Higher Ed, an essay on Christian Academe vs. Christians in Academe. From The Chronicle, a look at how Christian students gather and prepare to defend their beliefs. Abigail Thernstrom reviews The Shame of a Nation. From Salon, full-time nurses are increasingly scarce. Now  nonmedical personnel are trying to care for sick children. And whatever you do, don’t ever say “girls’ school” on the podium

[Weekend] From Humanitas, Sami Pihlström (Helsinki): On the Sceptical 'Foundation' of Ethics; Patrick Malcolmson (St. Thomas): The Matrix, Liberal Education, and Other Splinters in the Mind; Anthony Harrigan (NHI): History, The Past, and the Inner Life; and an essay on Cain, Abel, Obligation, and Right pdf. An interview with Leszek Kolakowski on exile and philosophy. A review of The Thinking of the Sensible: Merleau-Ponty's A-Philosophy. A review of Madness and Death in Philosophy. A review  of Eastern Philosophy. A review of Helen of Troy: Goddess, Princess, Whore. From Salon, a review of 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus. Long-sought Maya City, Site Q, is found in Guatemala. An interview with recently arrested and released Yektan Turkyilmaz, doctoral student in cultural anthropology at Duke University. From The Philosophers' Magazine, an interview with Conservative MP Oliver Letwin. Ideologues are paying big bucks to influence the college experience, but you won't hear that from your school. And from National Review, Robert George remembers John Dolan