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[Sep 30] From Russia, arch-conservative pundits characterize the Bush administration as “neo-Bolshevik.” From Spain, Imad Eddin Barakhat Yarkas becomes just the second person convicted related to 9/11. From The Economist, Europe's social policies offer a heady and intoxicating mixture. From Newropeans, an essay on Europe Beyond Nihilism (and part 2 and part 3). An excerpt from The System Made Me Do It: Corruption in Post-Communist Societies (and a review). Douglas Hurd reviews Chris Patten's Not Quite the Diplomat: home truths about world affairs. From Le Monde diplomatique, an article on the disappearance of the social democrats in Germany, and a look at the predators of New Orleans. From LRB, an essay on the South after Katrina, and if you’re feeling vulnerable in these cataclysmic times, stay clear of Lee Clarke. From Daedalus, an essay on the new politics of Supreme Court appointments. Dahlia Lithwick on why Bush should pick a chick for the Supreme Court. Can we tell in advance what kind of decisions Supreme Court nominees will make? Rep. David Dreier represents another archetype of the dark side of the GOP: The closeted gay man. From National Review, an article on the last refuge of aging hipsters. And Nora Ephron falls out of love with Bill Clinton

[Sep 29] From Belarus, if his overall policies are to make sense, Alexander Lukashenko might end up a real nationalist after all. From Foreign Affairs, an essay on Ukraine's Orange Revolution (and an update). Serbia, Georgia, Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan: Are these 'manufactured' revolutions? From Monthly Review, an interview with Hugo Chavez. Claudio Katz on Latin America’s new ‘left’ governments. From Foreign Policy, Christopher Hitchens and George Galloway debate the Iraq War. From TNR, an article on how to embarrass states into election reform. Why neither side wants House majority leader Tom Delay gone. From The Atlantic Monthly, some of the most delicious unpublished journalism gets passed around like a secret handshake. From The New York Observer, Nick Denton is The Gawker King. Ben Wattenberg interviews Judith Martin on why manners matter. And on being broke and loving it: San Franciscans write the book(s) on living lean

[Sep 28] From Russia, a roundtable on the problem of patriotism. A look at Poland's rightward turn and the significance for Europe. An Eurobarometer poll finds 50% speak another language. English is a rich and innovative language. But you can't help feeling we're missing out. Charles Clarke's plan to draw up a list of historical events that people can be prosecuted for celebrating is a sign of a leader losing his grip. As Prospect celebrates its 10th anniversary, David Goodhart explains how he made the high-brow approach work. The Guardian tries to stand out by getting just a little smaller. New Yorker writer Jeffrey Goldberg gets the pillory for something he didn't say. From Business Week, a look at the work of Marissa Meyer and the managing Google's Idea Factory (and more), and its search for simplicity. Authors sue Google over its "Print for Libraries" project: Will the suit succeed? Should it? More on The Search. Microsoft's nightmare inches closer to reality. Reporters Without Borders releases a Handbook for bloggers and cyber-dissidents. From Online Journalism Review, a porn site offers soldiers free access in exchange for photos of dead Iraqis. More on Neil Strauss' The Game. More and more on Pornified. And an interview with Elisabeth Lloyd, author of The Case of the Female Orgasm

[Sep 27] From Germany, an interview with Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer. From Poland, analysts have long been writing obituaries for the country's left. They should soon have a chance to print them since something new has begun. From Peru, Shining Path founder Abimael Guzman faces retrial. From Australia, rights are decided by those elected to power, which is how it should be. From Lebanon, sectarianism is a modern word for tribalism. From Scotland, tourism bosses are told to market the Enlightenment. From Canada, a progressive Christian organization embraces a comedian's unorthodox take on their liturgy. From Forbes, is Brand America in trouble? From Time, for top positions in some vital government agencies, the Bush Administration is putting connections before experience. From The New Yorker, David Remnick on how Presidents and citizens react to disaster; you might say "Last Best Chance" isn’t really a movie at all—it just plays one on TV; and on striving to turn an inner Larry David into an inner Augustine, or, at least, an inner Oprah. And a look at the six degrees of separation between you and everyone else

[Sep 26] From Great Britain, it takes a lot of theory to know what will work in practice. From Nigeria, on the good and the bad in governance--insights from other lands. From Kenya, is democracy worth the pain? How important is democracy for economic success? Not much, the empirical evidence suggests. An assessment of the myth and reality of "People Power". How "scientific" are the Millennium Development Goals? An op-ed on why the UN should be broken up into a million little pieces. From The New York Times Magazine, as Turkey prepares to open membership negotiations with the European Union, the country's Europeanizing mission has been challenged. Wrangling over Turkey's entry talks reflects broader doubts about the European Union's direction. A review of The New Turkey: the quiet revolution on the edge of Europe. Turkish-American relations have been sorely tested by the Iraq invasion. Why Europe must try to find her own formula for survival in a globalized world. Michael Ignatieff on the broken contract of citizenship. Ronald Brownstein on how liberals and conservatives increasingly view the Gulf Coast as a laboratory for testing their policy agendas. Amy Sullivan on how pro-choice groups are hurting the Democrats -- and their own cause. What happened to the anti-porn feminists? More on Pornified. And the only way for a married man to win the battle of the sexes, is to convince your wife that, in reality, she has won. And a new Vatican rule said to bar gays as new priests

[Weekend 2e] News from around the world: From The Globalist, an article on Hugo Grotius and American diplomacy, and did Spain’s exclusion from the Marshall Plan inspire its citizens to change on their own? Der Spiegel interviews Afghan President Hamid Karzai, and on riots for recognition: The clashes in Northern Ireland expose the dangerous side to the politics of identity. From PINR, an intelligence brief on Norway. African migrants travelling north to Europe often find themselves at dead end when they reach Morocco. From ZNet, an interview on Iranian anarchism. Israel's withdrawal has left Gaza seething, lawless, poor, cut off from the outside world—and with a one-time chance to make a new start. From Democracy Now!, an interview with Hugo Chavez (and part 2). future without sugar subsidies is one both the Caribbean and Mexico find hard to contemplate. A look at the left-indigenous struggles in Bolivia: Searching for revolutionary democracy. A review of Darfur, the Ambitious Genocide. And from TNR, more updates from the world's tyrannical updates

[Weekend] From Latvia, the strange anti-gay alliance forged by hardline nationalists and "Christian values" defenders testifies to the fragility of Latvian political discourse. From Uganda, an article on Museveni and the Phenomology of History. From Ghana, former president Jerry Rawlings is a passionate democrat, but... From Lebanon, what makes people more democratic, anyway? From Pakistan, an article on globalization, scarcity and international investments. From Great Britain, if Gordon Brown's record to date is any guide, his premiership could be more Blairite than Blair himself (and a review of The Unfulfilled Prime Minister: Tony Blair and the end of optimism), and while but political parties are no longer mass organisations, that matters less than you might think. Across the Western world, parties are fragile, anchorless and out of touch. The commitment to European integration requires a common vernacular, and that is English. The US bars The Independent's Robert Fisk from entering the country. America is spending while the rest of the world is saving. But for how long? From NYRB, Ronald Dworkin on John Roberts. From Commonweal, an article on the Church, Judge Roberts, and the common good. And a review of Lowering the Bar: Lawyer jokes and legal culture

[Sep 23] Political economy around the world: From Australia, a series of articles on State Systems of Industrial Relations. From Malawi, simply put, development demands good governance. From Nigeria, It all started with Adam Smith, and his theory that screwed up the study of economics forever. Can Africa claim the 21st century? In the Heart of Europe: An article on social models and geopolitics. Business Week interviews Alvaro Uribe, president of Colombia. From The Economist, some new thinking about an old problem in Latin America: On social programmes that are good for democracy as well as for the fight against poverty. Kenneth Rogoff on shock and sleep economic therapy. A review of Issues in International Commercial Law. China will soon become the world's biggest exporter. And some economists argue that the imbalances in the world economy can be blamed, in part, on a glut of savings from developing countries gushing into American assets

[Sep 22] From Poland, Adam Michnik looks back on Solidarity's founding 25 years ago, and forward to today's turmoiled times. From Great Britain, the Liberal Democrats have to decide what Liberalism means, and an interview with Vincent Cable. From Germany, an article on how the Left is moving west. Could the best thing for Germany be to have both major parties share power? The Catholic Church steps up its campaign to oust Spanish government. Obituaries: Dominica's Eugenia Charles, and  Simon Wiesenthal. Shlomo Avineri reviews Putin's Russia. Israel's withdrawal from Gaza marks an historic turnabout, but it wouldn't be the first. The North Korea breakthrough on nuclear arms is great. Now comes the real work. Iraqi president Jalal Talabani wants US troops to stay. A commission led by Jimmy Carter and James Baker proposes new calendar for primaries. Molly Ivins on Rove 101. Fred Barnes on how creating a conservative majority on the Supreme Court is a task which has eluded every postwar Republican president, so far. From TAP, a review of Advice and Consent: The Politics of Judicial Appointments, and a review of Linda Greehouse's Becoming Justice Blackmun: Harry Blackmun’s Supreme Court Journey. Bruce Ackerman on the constitutional moment that wasn't. And on rethinking originalism: Akhil Reed Amar on original intent for liberals (and for conservatives and moderates, too)

[Sep 21] From Germany, why The Left Party is the big winner in the election. An economic model in crisis, a polity in chaos? No, Germany has the resources to survive its troubles and confound its critics. Angela Merkel's lead all but disappeared, leaving her fellow conservatives to wonder how they blew it. So what's next? The latest "Magazine Roundup" from Sign and Sight, and the latest Eurozine Review. From TAP, Bin Laden claims that the United States is at war with all Sunnis. We're in danger of making that seem true. Christopher Hitchens on the inalienable right to screw up your country. Bush's big post-Katrina speech may have sounded liberal, but his reconstruction plan could set back liberalism for years to come. William Niskasen, chairman of the Cato Institute, on why if the era of small government is over, it ended in 2001, not in 2005. Is George Bush a conservative at all? Pat Buchanan wants to know. Here's why it matters that New York is run by a Republican (and on missing a time when Williamsburg wasn't adorable). From The Weekly Standard, why the judicial branch should not be deciding our culture wars. Ann Althouse on why judges in the United States should cite foreign rulings. What does it take to be a great chief justice? From Slate, a look at what John Roberts really thinks, and no, Ruth Bader Ginsburg does not advocate pederasty. A review of The Purchase of Intimacy. Raunchiness is powerful? C'mon girls. We should question the assumptions made about the need for a new masculinity before we give up on men. From Salon, an interview on what's wrong with young American men. And a wonder drug apparently makes some people want to gamble and have sex all the time

[Sep 20] From Salon, Bush used the pulpit at the National Prayer Service to blame the biggest scapegoat of all: God. From National Journal, Jonathan Rauch on how the loss of New Orleans wasn't just a tragedy: It was a plan; and is Katrina headed the way of the tsunami and the London bombings? Each event was, for a while, the No. 1 news story, but now a pretty distant memory. Joseph Stiglitz on the lessons from the black tsunami. A look at the lesson not to learn from Katrina, and while it could lead to a political transformation, we’ll have to fight for the right kind of transformation. From The Nation, William Greider on a the possibilities of 'New' New Deal, and Adolph Reed, Jr. on class-ifying the Hurricane. With government unmasked as a hollow giant, is it any wonder people look to God? Thomas Fleming on ethics and charity after New Orleans. Immanuel Wallerstein on Katrina: The politics of incompetence and decline. How will history rate the President? A photograph of President Bush writing a note looks like he was indicating to Condi Rice that a trip to the loo was imminent. David Broader on WS: Setting the conservative standard (and a review of The Weekly Standard Reader). A look at the Lost World of Joseph Pulitzer. And on principles that web producers should seek to follow: Avoid an information overload (Mmm...)

[Sep 19] From Germany, according to a study, people's personality traits have an effect on their voting behavior. Schroder's 1968ers reach the end of the line. The flat tax flopped with American voters. Now Germans are learning to hate it, too. An interview with Bill Clinton on globalization. The Wall Street Journal interviews John Bolton. At the heart of the world’s most viciously fought conflicts are usually two religious factions whose differences erupted over minute details. More on the Christians who are moving to South Carolina with plans to secede. Mary Ann Glendon on what's wrong with the U.S. Supreme Court citing foreign law. What accounts for the continued vitality of the federal Constitution? Is privacy about the right to die or quartering foreign troops? Robert George on the Supreme Court's private life. On anti-price gouging statutes: Why they're necessary in emergencies, but need to be rewritten. Volunteer work with refugees from New Orleans creates a connection, but it also measures out distance. Does WiFi technology promise a better way of cummunication in an emergency? John Lloyd on the media: The devil is in the bias you don’t know you have, or think you’ve overcome. And a review of Who's Afraid of Tom Wolfe? How New Journalism Rewrote the World

[Weekend] Sex - media: From The Chronicle, an article on striptease, porn, and gender politics: An academic's dilemma. From Inside Higher Ed, Professor Sex is not back for more. An interview with Neil Strauss on men's sexuality (and more on The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists), and an article on transgenderism: Why be just one sex? (and more) This old porn is new again, and more on Pornified.  A review of Dan Savage's The Commitment: Love, Sex, Marriage, and My Family. A study finds men who lose social status are much more likely to suffer depression than women. A review of Same Difference: How Gender Myths Are Hurting Our Relationships, Our Children, and Our Jobs. From TNR, an article on the case against Anderson Cooper. An interview with Arianna Huffington on blogs and the media. Google launches a search engine for blogs. An article on Technorati and the remapping of the blogosphere. Estimates for web search results are often wildly off the mark. Killer buzz flocks to new browser. Open internet, we hardly knew ye. And check out Political Friendster, with profiles of your favorite politicians, organizations and events

[Sep 16] From Germany, what can philosophy tell us about business? From Sign and Sight, Left and Right simultaneously will not solve any problems, says Stanford's Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht on the eve of the German election, and more from Axel Honneth. Europeans are among the most sceptical about people in power. Spain pushes 'alliance' of West and Islam. Timothy Garton Ash on six different views often heard in the West about Islam. An essay on the challenges of implementing democracy in Africa. From The Globalist, Richard Florida on the greatest competitive threat to the US, and more on creative capital. A look at the ten worst jobs in America. Jack Kemp on supply-side principles for the hard times. On what Katrina tells us about Bush's philosophy of government. Lawrence Kaplan on the lesson of Baghdad and New Orleans. From Reason, an interview with 'fifth columnist' John Tierney, and Cathy Young on how Antonin Scalia legislates from the bench. Cass Sunstein reviews Stephen Breyer's Active Liberty. From Legal Affairs, Mark Tushnet and Jeffrey Rosen debate John Roberts' nomination. A federal judge rules school pledge unconstitutional. Bill Gates Sr. on why the case against inheritance tax is bogus. And a sadly entertaining peek at some of the bills Congressmen have proposed this year

[Sep 30] From NYRB, Richard Lewontin reviews books on the wars over evolution, and Freeman Dyson reviews Perfectly Reasonable Deviations from the Beaten Track: The Letters of Richard P. Feynman. A review of Designs on Nature. Grow some testables: Intelligent design ducks the rigors of science. From Salon, Garrison Keillor wonders what ever happened to good old-fashioned, get-your-hands-dirty work. Meet The Corporation: It has no conscience. It's pathological. And it's in your neighborhood. More on Capitalism’s Achilles Heel: Dirty Money and How to Renew the Free-Market System. An interview with John Saul, author of The Next Liberation Struggle: Capitalism, Socialism, and Democracy in Southern Africa. A review of Noam Chomsky's latest, Imperial Ambitions: Conversations on the Post-9/11 World. Lawrence Kaplan on how the antiwar movement doth protest too much. Act Now to Stop War and End Racism poses difficult choices for liberals. From WSWS Summer School, a lecture on socialism in one country or permanent revolution (in 3 parts). From Open Democracy, an essay on remaking multiculturalism after 7/7. What can philosophy say in the aftermath of the 9/11 and 7/7 attacks? And an essay on technological change and ideological preference

[Sep 29] From Slate, Dahlia Lithwick on Intelligent Design as an answer to all life's great conundrums, and a look at the perverse and vicious campaign to ban homosexuals from Catholic seminaries. Julian Sanchez on gay unions and the benign dictatorship of the status quo. Mark Noll on The Bible in American Public Life, 1860-2005. From Human Events, an article on how a covert leftist partnership threatens America. Robert Samuelson on capitalism vs. democracy. An essay on consumerism as a social disease. From Open Democracy, an extraordinary story from the prehistory of the “war on terror”. David Frum reviews The Right War? More on Gertrude Himmelfarb's The Roads to Modernity. A review of books on rediscovering the revolution of 1917. And banned in Oz, posted on vdare.com: Drew Fraser’s Rethinking the White Australia Policy, and Keith Windschuttle says that racist essay is from the Left, not the Right

[Sep 28] From Foreign Policy, seven questions for Matthew Simmons on peak oil, and on why nuclear power plants are not the answer to our energy needs. New Perspectives Quarterly interviews Iraqi President Jalal Talabani. Fred Kaplan on why Iraqis should reject the constitution. Niall Ferguson on what happens if the Coalition pulls out of Iraq. A look at the online bios of Iraq's "martyrs". Yale's Harold Hongju Koh on the story of his own immersion in Guantanamo and its impact on the rule of law in America. Stockholm's Ishtiaq Ahmed on the right to vote. An op-ed on the case for unsafe election districts. Republicans aren’t trying to cut wasteful spending; they’re trying to cut popular, successful programs. Columbia's Ira Katznelson on how aid became affirmative action for whites. JFK School's David Ellwood on empowering the poor after Katrina. Jonah Golberg on how compassionate conservatism will get wiped out like a taco hut in the path of a Category 5 storm. Why don't folks on the Gulf Coast move to the Dakotas? Joel Kotkin wants to know. Irwin Stelzer on the economic difference between confusion, fear, and panic. From The Nation, a look at A Devil's Dictionary of Business. And a study finds belief in God is not only unnecessary for a healthy society but may actually contribute to social problems

[Sep 27] From TNR, swimming with the sharks: Franklin Foer on how Republicans learn dirty tricks. A group of young dreamers is the new face of conservative protest. America programmed for war: What every American should know. A review of Stephen Walt's Taming American Power: The Global Response to US Primacy. More on The New American Militarism. From WSWS Summer School, a lecture on World War I: The breakdown of capitalism (in 5 parts). More on Capitalism's Achilles Heel. From Reason, a debate on  Rethinking the Social Responsibility of Business, featuring Milton Friedman. Michael Kazin reviews Barbara Ehrenreich's Bait and Switch. A review of Getting Even: Why Women Don't Get Paid Like Men - And What to Do About It. The book Promises I Can Keep explains why so many poor women opt for single motherhood. An interview with Katharine DeBrecht, author of Help! Mom! There Are Liberals Under My Bed!. Christian libertarian Vox Day says democracy feeds terror. And from Salon, a review of Judge Sewall's Apology: The Salem Witch Trials and the Forming of an American Conscience

[Sep 26] What will happen when technology outstrips human intelligence? Ray Kurzweil says we won't have to wait long to find out (and more). What a piece of [ongoing] work is man! From The New Pantagruel, the introduction to Peter Augustine Lawler's Stuck With Virtue: The American Individual and Our Biotechnological Future, a series of entries from American Conservatism: An Encyclopedia on Community, Agrarianism, Anarchism, and Localism, an interview with Brian McLaren, author of The Last Word and the Word After That, a review of John Paul II's Memory and Identity: Conversations at the Dawn of a Millennium, more on Augustine: A New Biography, and an article by Georgetown's James V. Schall, S. J. on choosing not to see. A review of Prophetic Politics: Christian Social Movements & American Democracy. Friendship provides a foretaste of the everlasting love of heaven. Here's a misogynist view of Eve-Hawwa. Role models – and their inevitable fall – simply distract us from having to engage meaningfully with morality. A review of Hunger: An Unnatural History. A review of A Matter of Principle: Humanitarian Arguments for War in Iraq. A review of Afflicted Powers: Spectacle and Capital in a New Age of War. Eduardo Galeano on when maxims mislead. Marginal Revolution's Alex Tabarrok on giving lawyers their cut. A look at why lawyers should be paid more. And from Business Week, a look at stupid interview questions

[Weekend 2e] Potpourri: From The American Prospect, a series of articles on juvenile justice reform. Joel Kotkin on uncool cities. What could FEMA learn from Wal-Mart? Less than you think. Where is the best place to hide from Mother Nature in the US? More on Can't Find My Way Home. An interview with Robert Pollin, author of Contours of Descent: U.S. Economic Fractures and the Landscape of Global Austerity. From TAC, here's a Shi’ite-Sunni strategy for surviving the War on Terror. From WSWS Summer School, a lecture on Marxism, history and the science of perspective (in 6 parts). From Capitalism, an excerpt from Loving Life: The Morality of Self-Interest and the Facts that Support It (in 7 parts). An interview with Bryan Harris, author of The Sanctity of Marriage Handbook: The Ultimate Guide to Marriage--between a Man and a Woman--and Those Who Cast the First Stone on moral mendacity. An interview with John and Stasi Eldredge, co-authors of Captivating, who explain what women want. And a review of First Friends: A History of Dogs and Humans

[Weekend] From Prospect, Bhikhu Parekh on how becoming a citizen should involve not only rights and duties, but also a moral and emotional commitment to this country, and a look at how our commitment to the values on which our society is based has been hollowed out; Richard Dawkins on religion as the opiate of the masses: It is a highly addictive drug, but governments everywhere encourage its use; and Michael Lind is in defence of mandarins: Now the mandarins are in retreat, will the nightmare of mobocracy come true? From FT, a look at the work of Paul Wolfowitz as president of the World Bank (and more from The Wall Street Journal), an interview with Mary Matalin, on how minority groups seem to have no place in an openly competitive world media, and Ian Buruma on the clash of symbols in sports and nations. From Newtopia, on the new C-word: Christian pariahs and the birth of a new American spirit (as Morpheus comes). From CT, more on Rick Warren's sweeping plan to defeat poverty, and Chuck Colson on Machiavellian morality. An op-ed on why Biblical illiteracy is a shame. The introduction to Phyllis Schlafly and Grassroots Conservatism: A Woman's Crusade. Ian Duncan Smith and Rick Santorum on a conservative vision of social justice. And Jacob Weisberg on the Conservative War on Poverty: Bring it on

[Sep 23] Media - leisure: From Open Democracy, is the ultimate goal of media in a democracy to promote truth and accuracy or a diversity of views? And can unmediated, massive-scale debate between peers in a networked society really change democratic practice? An article on spotting a bogus trend story on Page One of today's New York Times. More on The Book of Lost Books. Magazines experiment with print's digital format. What's behind the losses at Microsoft? NPR prospers, walled off from Wall Street. An article on why all phone calls will eventually be free. If you think kids don't read now, wait until the visual media really take off. Here are fourteen great films about workers, working and workplaces. Hollywood's Biggest Blunders: Inexplicable decisions of the new moguls. A look at the rise of tragicomic books. Japanese comics known as shojo are a hot market in America. And someone finally applies game theory to something that really matters

[Sep 22] Who are the world’s leading public intellectuals? Foreign Policy and Prospect would like to know who you think makes the cut. On the brink of turning 80, Gore Vidal - aristocrat, intellectual and prolific novelist, playwright, and essayist - is as outspoken as ever. R. Albert Mohler, Jr. on the age of polymorphous perversity (and part 2). From Slate, William Saletan on the media's silence about rampant anal sex; and a conversation about grappling over two new and pretty alarmist books on the state of sexual culture in America: Pornified and Female Chauvinist Pigs: Women and the Rise of Raunch Culture. Bi - curious women are here, but not quite queer. Welcome to the new lesbian chic. From Knowledge @ Wharton, an article on the 'masculine' and 'feminine' sides of leadership and culture: perception vs. reality. In the business world, men do numbers, women do strategy (while in the restroom, women are better at hand hygiene habits, hands down). Statements of social responsibility will matter little if the incentives driving the actors undercut the principles. From Dissent, the Katrina disaster raises key questions about the role of government in American society. Charities are for suckers: Leave Katrina relief efforts to government. Carol Swain on how Black America is doing better than New Orleans suggests, but trouble lies ahead. And from TNR, on what New Orleans can learn from France and Grand Forks

[Sep 21] From Skeptical Inquirer, James Randi describes some of the people who apply for his foundation’s $1 million challenge for evidence of paranormal powers (including Achau Nguyen), and an article on the Case of the Psychic Detectives. From FT, an article on magic: Welcome to a world that hovers between our faith in science and our desire for faith (use bugmenot.com). From Christianity Today, a prominent Jewish human-rights activist praises and pointedly counsels evangelicals, and on two tests for evangelical action. A look at how the concept of a universal God, developed by the exiled Israelites in Babylon in 586 BCE, changed the world. More on Divided by God. Brad Stine, an evangelical comic, provokes holy laughter. Churches are increasingly adopting the ways of the world in attempting to attract attention to itself. Tricycle speaks with B. Alan Wallace about the quintessential pursuit: What is true happiness? A review of the Dalai Lama's The Universe in a Single Atom. From The Nation, Katha Pollitt on how fundamentalism is a road to nowhere. People like Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell are much closer to being "anti-American" than liberals who rail against Bush. More on The Penguin Wars. More from Salon: an article on the return of reefer madness; and an interview with George Clooney on politics. His own chief of staff says he's clueless about the law: Meet Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn. From Hegel to Wilson to Breyer: Liberal constitutional theory returns to its foreign roots. From Reason, a review of books on affirmative action. An interview with John Dicker, author of The United States of Wal-Mart. And from TNR, an article on how to fix the Voting Rights Act

[Sep 20] Robert Boyton on Francis Fukuyama, the neocon that isn't. From The Spectator, why do we tolerate intolerance? A review of Working Toward Whiteness: How America’s Immigrants Become White. The Strange Journey from Ellis Island to the Suburbs. From Left Hook, an essay on the death penalty in a culture of victimization and kitsch. A look at why Ayatollah Sistani is more liberated than the Pope, Jesse Helms (or Norman Mailer). From MR, an article on saving the future. From TCS, an article on the iron law of oligarchy, revisited. A review of The Abolition of Antitrust. An excerpt from Political Power and Corporate Control: The New Global Politics of Corporate Governance. A review of End of the Line: The Rise and Coming Fall of the Global Corporation. A look at the work of Johan Norberg, the darling of the American libertarian Right. An excerpt from Barbara Ehrenreich's Bait and Switch. A summary of Plowshares & Pork Barrels: The Political Economy of Agriculture. Is there any relationship more complicated than the one we have with money? Our lives are controlled by a monetary system we know nothing about and thus think we can't change. What if there's a better way? Consumers coming together--to get the best deals for themselves. And come for the cash, stay for the homophobia: A review of Don't Get Too Comfortable

[Sep 19] From The New York Times Magazine, Bono has taken the power of rock celebrity to new places, but it's a lot more than his soaring voice; Mark Lilla on his long-lost years as a teenage evangelical; and the introduction to a new section, "The Funny Pages". A review of books on John Paul II and Benedict XVI. From First Things, an essay on how race wrecked liberalism, Richard John Neuhaus on the evangelical moment, and a review of Faithful Reason: Essays Catholic and Philosophical. From TAP, Michael Shellenberger and Ted Nordhaus on imagining possibilities as large as the crisis that confronts them (and two responses). From Orion, Wendell Berry on renewing husbandry, and an essay on morality, discourse and the war on common sense. Frank Furedi talks about his new book, Politics of Fear: Beyond Left and Right. A review of Capitalism's Achilles Heel: Dirty Money and How to Renew the Free-Market System. Alan Wolfe reviews Class Matters. Paul Kennedy reviews Restless Giant: The United States from Watergate to Bush v. Gore. John Yoo on why targeting individual terrorists should become an available option in the war against al Qaeda. A review of Military Identities. And a review of Terry Eagleton's Holy Terror (and more)

[Weekend] Perspectives from the Far Right: From The Christian Post, R. Albert Mohler Jr. on The Circus of the Intellectuals. From The Mankind Quarterly, Gerhard Meisenberg (Ross): IQ Population Genetics: It's not as Simple as You Think. From The Occidental Quarterly, Robert Griffin (Vermont): Going Public: Being Seen, Heard, and Felt as White in Mainstream America; Daniel Vining Jr. (Penn): For the World to Live, Must the West and the Far East Die?; an essay on White Nationalism and the Geopolitics of the Paris-Berlin-Moscow Axis; here's the case for eugenics in a nutshell; a review of Charles Murray's Human Accomplishment, a review of The Slaughter of Cities: Urban Renewal as Ethnic Cleansing, and a review of Race, Genetics & Society: Glayde Whitney on the Scientific and Social Policy Implications of Racial Differences. The John Birch Society's The New American celebrates its 20th anniversary, with an article on notable events, achievements, and efforts. American Renaissance's Jared Taylor on going further down the road (paved with good intentions). And from VDare, Steve Sailer on The Great American Inequality Debate

[Sep 16] From The New York Review of Books, an essay on New Orleans and a look at Hurricane Katrina and race; an essay on John Roberts: The Nominee; a review of books on Hugo Chavez and Venezuela; and Peter Galbraith on the Last Chance for Iraq. A review of Military Tribunals and Presidential Power: American Revolution to the War on Terrorism. A new book by Marouf Hasian analyzes the arguments for and against military tribunals. From Foreign Policy, William Easterly on the Utopian Nightmare; an article on Afghanistan's big gamble; Moises Naim on why our definition of “normalcy” can be costly for everyone else; here's a list countries pledging money and supplies for New Orleans; an article on the risk of failure at the UN World Summit; and a U.N. ad blitz? Fuhgeddaboutit! From Open Democracy, Shashi Tharoor, the UN’s Under Secretary General, on a fairer, safer world; a look at how to democratise the United Nations; why it's time for member-states who care about the organisation’s principles to act in concert; an article on reinventing accountability for the 21st Century; and here's some official portraits of heads of state. From The Guardian, eight ways to change the world: A photography exhibition on the Millennium Development Goals. And a photo essay on A Trail of Diamonds


[Sep 30] Joshua Knobe (Princeton) and Brian Leiter (UT-Austin): The Case for Nietzschean Moral Psychology. Charles Larmore (Chicago): The Autonomy of Morality pdf. A review of Philosophical Analysis in the Twentieth Century, vol. 1, The Dawn of Analysis; vol. 2, The Age of Meaning. More and more on Simon Blackburn's Truth. An article on David Hume's popularity (or lack thereof). From Edge, Daniel Gilbert on The Vageries of Religious Experience, and Nassim Taleb on The Opiates of the Middle Classes. 'Intelligent design' theory definitely belongs in biology class -- as a history lesson in the evolution of thought. From Inside Higher Ed, Gerald Graff, who coined the phrase “teach the controversy,” applies it to the issue of the moment, and Omnivore Scott McLemee on scholarly books and blogging. Cheryl Mendelson, a former professor, has written a book on the joys of laundry. An interview with Francis Wheen, author of How Mumbo Jumbo Conquered the World. More on The Genius Factory: Unravelling the mysteries of the Nobel Prize sperm bank. Robert Frank on how students discover economics in its natural state. Have Westerners long been credited with discoveries made many centuries before by Islamic scholars? And do all men really, really desire to know? Or are we satisfied, most of the time, with being merely certain?

[Sep 29] Continental philosophy: From the International Journal of Baudrillard Studies, Giorgio Agamben (CIP): Form of Life; Trevor Norris (OISE): Consuming Signs, Consuming the Polis: Hannah Arendt and Jean Baudrillard on Consumer Society and the Eclipse of the Real; a review of Deconstruction and the Remainders of Phenomenology: Sartre, Derrida, Foucault, Baudrillard; a review of French Theory: Foucault, Derrida, Deleuze & Cie et les mutations de la vie intellectuelle aux États-Unis; a review of René Girard: Violence and Mimesis; a review of books by Jacques Rancière; a review of books by Agamben; and a review of books on philosophy and 9/11. A review of Merleau-Ponty and Derrida: Intertwining Embodiment and Alterity. An article on Beauvoir and Sartre, and a book in dispute. French Connection III: The Black Book of Psychoanalysis is a start but it omits a lot. And an homage to Walter Benjamin: Arcades, barricades, and public sex

[Sep 28] David Law (USD) and Lawrence Solum (Illinois): Judicial Selection, Appointments Gridlock, and the Nuclear Option. Jack Balkin on Deconstructive Practice and Legal Theory (and part 2). A review of The Selfish Meme: A Critical Reassessment, and a review of Understanding Phenomenal Consciousness. A review of Satisfaction: The Science of Finding True Fulfillment. An article on the painful burden of remorse. From Inside Higher Ed, is Bush drinking? Scott McLemee ventures into the world of tabloid scholarship; and a publisher of nearly 200 scholarly journals has canceled publication of a book on same-sex desire in ancient times. From Chronicles, an article on the decline of college education. Victor Davis Hanson on how university presidents have lost their dignity. Rev. John Jenkins is anything but the image of a University of Notre Dame president. More on The Shame of the Nation. From Salon, an interview with Jonathan Kozol of segregation in American schools (and more). Harold Evans writes of innovative attempts to improve the US's state schools. Come to think of it, Nietzsche's school had good ideas. Idaho Professor Sharon Stoll studies why athletes behave badly. Why read unsettling books? A review of memoirs by Scruton and Midgley. And a purple patch on history by Thomas Carlyle

[Sep 27] Andrew Rehfeld (Washington-St. Louis): Towards a General Theory of Political Representation pdf. From The Washington Post, a review of The Trial: A History, from Socrates to O.J. Simpson, a review of Storming the Court: How a Band of Yale Law Students Sued the President -- and Won, more on Akhil Reed Amar's America's Constitution: A Biography, and more on Stephen Breyer's Active Liberty. More on Cass Sunstein's Radicals in Robes.  David Horowitz and Nathan Tarcov respond to "Allan Bloom and the Conservative Mind". From The Weekly Standard, Harvey Mansfield reviews Restoring Free Speech and Liberty on Campus, and an article on the Left University: How it was born; how it grew; how to overcome it. More on The Republican War on Science. Does an understanding of the universe and its glories require the hypothesis of a God? The Moon may be cold and lifeless, but it was, and still is, something of a scientific hotbed. The future of the future: On the 5 revolutions that are shaping the world. More on A Short History of Progress. A review of Paul Virilio's City of Panic. And is it time to shut down engineering colleges?

[Sep 26] For a public debate on "Reflections on the Future: Thinking Politically in the 21st Century" hosted by New York Salon, Frank Furedi on the market in fear, Russell Jacoby on making possible the impossible, and Richard Sennett on fragmented politics, fragmented lives. An essay on Foucault and political spirituality. An interview with Stephen Kinzer, author of All the Shah's Men: An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror. From HNN, is sociology stuck in the 60s? A review of Secrets of the Soul: A Social and Cultural History of Psychoanalysis. Joshua Greene outlines the significance of being able to see how the brain responds to moral questions. Michael Shermer on how science adds to our appreciation for poetic beauty and experiences of emotional depth. A look at why scientists dismiss intelligent design. A look at why historians have a stake in the debate over evolution. From Inside Higher Ed, an AHA report finds a narrow group of mostly private institutions are in turn hiring from a narrow range of institutions. More on Jonathan Kozol's The Shame of a Nation. As test scores jump, the city of Raleigh credits integration by income. An article on the magic of boarding schools. From Vassar, unedited conservative articles infuriate students. From Grinnell, Republicans are girly men: A Prig's Point of View. From NYTBR, Corrections in books are rare. But the conclusion this implies - that books rarely contain errors - is itself incorrect. And is any punctuation mark as feared and abused as the hapless hyphen?

[Weekend 2e] From New Statesman, a review of A Little History of the World (and more from FT). A review of Big Questions in HistoryMore on Howard Zinn's Voices of a People’s History of the United States. The introduction to Choosing Your Battles: American Civil-Military Relations and the Use of Force. A review of Revolution by Judiciary: The Structure of American Constitutional Law, and a review of Kent Greenawalt's Does God Belong in Public Schools? More on Elaine Showalter's Faculty Towers. Meet Mohammad Mahmoud Ould Mohamedou, Harvard's al Qaeda apologist. From Campus Progress, an interview with Jonathan Kozol, author of Shame of the Nation: The Restoration of Apartheid Schooling in America. A new book recounts Harvard’s purge of gay students in 1920. Semiotics 101: A guide for first-year students on how their excuses will be understood by their professors. Are college students children or adults? Are Nobel Prize winners selected too randomly? And on how the publishing industry is stalling Google’s attempt to put all the books in the world on the web

[Weekend] From Forward, a review of Russell Jacoby's Picture Imperfect: Utopian Thought For an Anti-Utopian Age. The introduction to On Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations: A Philosophical Companion, and the introduction to Elinor Ostrom's Understanding Institutional Diversity. A review of Speak No Evil: The Triumph of Hate Speech Regulation. A review of The Psychology of Rights and Duties: Empirical Contributions and Normative Commentaries. A review of Joint Attention: Communication and Other Minds -- Issues in Philosophy and Psychology. A review of Physicalism, Or Something Near Enough. From Eurozine, an article on the end of the miserable quest for the self: Brain research, determinism, and new promises of salvation. A review of The Fountain of Youth: Cultural, Scientific, and Ethical Perspectives on a Biomedical Goal. A review of Passionate Engines: What Emotions Reveal About the Mind and Artificial Intelligence. A look at how black Indians are turning to genetic science for help in citizenship claims. A look at how free access to scientific results is changing research practices. An article on what the public doesn't know about economics, and whether and how that knowledge gap might hurt, and a look at why better information isn't always beneficial. And almost before we spoke, we swore

[Sep 23] From Law & Politics Book Review, a review of Legal Reason: The Use of Analogy in Legal Argument, a review of Prescriptive Legal Positivism: Law, Rights and Democracy, a review of The Public Interest in Regulation, a review of Darker Legacies of Law in Europe: The Shadow of National Socialism and Fascism Over Europe and its Legal Traditions, a review of Law and Governance in Postnational Europe: Compliance Beyond the Nation-State, a review of Feminism Confronts Homo Economicus:  Gender, Law & Society, a review of The Law Most Beautiful and Best: Medical Argument and Magical Rhetoric in Plato’s Laws, a review of Comparative Constitutional Review: Cases and Materials, a review of The Constitution in Wartime: Beyond Alarmism and Complacency, a review of The Torture Papers: The Road to Abu Ghraib, and a review of Race, Law and Education in the Post - Desegregation Era:  Four Perspectives on Desegregation and Resegregation

[Sep 22] From New Left Review, Slavoj Zizek is Against Human Rights. A look at the work of Charles Tilly, America's most prolific and interesting sociologist. An interview with Michael Hardt, co-author of Empire and Multitude. From Legal Affairs, should the third year of law school be abolished? A debate. Ode visits KaosPilots—a remarkable business school in Denmark. From Inside Higher Ed, what should the Commission on the Future of Higher Education do; three longtime observers of higher education explore the ways, positive and negative, that universities are changing in Remaking the American University; and junior faculty members all get placed in one of three categories: Bitches, good soldiers, and golden boys. Is higher education more of an asset than work experience when it comes to landing a job? Maybe the cane should be reintroduced into the classroom. A look at The New SPACE, otherwise known as The New School for Pluralistic Anti-Capitalist Education. Think a system where schools provide free textbooks would never work? At evangelical colleges like Pat Robertson’s Regent, what they’re taught and what they learn are two very different things. From CT, more on Leon Kass's retirement from the President's Council on Bioethics. Ronald Bailey on how to be inhuman: What are the limits to biotech modification? And from Earth & Sky Radio, 50 scientists describe the Human World from various scientific perspectives

[Sep 21] From The Chronicle, Richard Wolin on Jürgen Habermas and Post-Secular Societies. From Bookforum, a review of books on religion and atheism, a review of Israel's Holocaust and the Politics of Nationhood, a review of The Highly Civilized Man: Robert Burton and the Victorian World, and an essay on Gabriel Garcia Marquez. A review of Autonomy and the Challenges to Liberalism: New Essays. The introduction to Bernard Williams' In the Beginning Was the Deed: Realism and Moralism in Political Argument. The introduction to Athenian Legacies: Essays on the Politics of Going On Together. The introduction to Public Opinion and Democratic Accountability: How Citizens Learn about Politics. The latest issue of Edge is out, on theory and on intelligent design. Challenged by creationists, museums strike back. Michael Shermer on Rumsfeld's wisdom: Where the known meets the unknown is where science begins. Our sense of who we are and our feelings are a product of biological processes in the brain. It's a question older than the Parthenon: Do innovations and new technologies make us more intelligent? The Guardian profiles Mary Midgley. From Great Britain, funding can be elusive for postgraduate study. One website aims to help potential students. Academics pay lip service to issues of class--just not their own class. Scott McLemee ponders the silence. U.S. education secretary forms a panel to craft a “national strategy” for America’s college system. Cartoon in U. of Florida paper ignites debate over whether a racial epithet can be used on campus and by whom. More students are drawn to conservative colleges. And Brown becomes a little less leftist as Glenn Loury moves in

[Sep 20] From The Journal of Evolution and Technology, a special issue on religion and transhumanism, with an introduction, and  John Hedley Brooke (Oxford): Visions of Perfectibility; Patrick Hopkins (Milsaps): Transcending the Animal: How Transhumanism and Religion Are and Are Not Alike; Oliver Krueger (Heidelberg): Gnosis in Cyberspace? Body, Mind and Progress in Posthumanism; and William Sims Bainbridge (George Mason): The Transhuman Heresy. An interview with Seyla Benhabib about religion in the US and Europe. Louis Menand on the strange liaison of Sartre and Beauvoir. Philip Gourevitch moves The Paris Review to Terra Tribeca. We tend to forget what a rough time Darwin had in his own day. From UNC-Chapel Hill, a student columnist is fired over interviews. Philosopher allegedly tried to cure his dropsy by burying himself in dung. It isn't easy being a genius: Is Gwyneth Paltrow one? Grad students in math find the film “Proof” is devoid of their field’s content, but reflecting some of its culture. More on the academic conference on Bruce Springsteen. A look at Mother Jones' annual roundup of college campus activism. Efforts to suppress the sex ed curriculum in Maryland are working. And men and women are found to be more similar than portrayed in popular media

[Sep 19] Here's the introduction to Michael Moran's Politics and Governance in the UK, "Why politics matters and why British politics matters" (and a companion website at Palgrave). From The New York Times, Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. on forgetting Reinhold Niebuhr, and an interview with John Hope Franklin. A review of Affirmative Action and Racial Preference: A Debate. An op-ed on the white washing of American history. A new law requires schools to observe an old holiday in the Constitution's honor. But is Constitution Day constitutional? Constitution Day--September 17--has not typically been a cause for celebration on college campuses, but you can expect a change this year. From PBS, "Religion and Ethics" features Conservative Christian law schools. Here's a ranking of the best and worst colleges for gay students. An article on green youth and academic colours. Should American students study Chinese? On a mathemusical potpourri: What sort of tune is the Dow Jones Industrial Average singing today? More on Infinite Ascent: A Short History of Mathematics. More on The Republican War on Science. James Watson on why Darwin is still a scientific hotshot. And a look at the work of Paul De Sousa, the Canadian expat behind 'virgin conception'

[Weekend] Academic life: From The Chronicle of Higher Education, is today's intellectual climate chillier than it once was? Responses by Mark Bauerlein, Michael Berube, Marc Brodsky, Jonathan Cole, Amy Gutmann, Stanley Kurtz, Greg Lukianoff, Chon Noriega, Robert O'Neil, Carol Swain, and Ellen Willis. An interview with Gail Thompson, co-author of Exposing the “Culture of Arrogance” in the Academy: A Blueprint for Increasing Black Faculty Satisfaction in Higher Education. The worst part of a new semester: turning away students from classes that are full. From Great Britain, Philip Pullman launches an attack on schools that drill children to get good marks. From Salon, an interview with Cathy Small, outed author of My Freshman Year. Ask anybody what adjective goes best with the word "professor," and the answer will almost certainly be "absent-minded," or possibly "nutty." Dissertation advising involves its own unique set of skills, which, like everything else, are probably best learned by doing. The three year plan: Students should spend less time in college and more time learning. And from ESPN, here are the 10 best college football teams of all time (and the 10 worst)

[Sep 16] J. David Velleman (Michigan): Against the Right to Die and A Right to Self-Termination pdf. A review of Nietzsche and Rée: A Star Friendship. A review of The Cambridge Companion to Merleau-Ponty. A review of Three Faces of Desire. A review of Biomedical Ethics. The bioethics council gets a lesson in limits. Steven Levitt looks at the work of psychology professor Seth Roberts. From Physics Today, is economics the next physical science? (log-in using BugMeNot.com) From The Chronicle, Jeffrey Nesteruk (Franklin & Marshall): The Limits of Law as a Moral Arbiter. A review of Law of Democratic Governance. A review of The European Union: A Polity of States and People. An excerpt from Painful Choices: A Theory of Foreign Policy Change. An excerpt from Michael Ignatieff's The Lesser Evil: Political Ethics in an Age of Terror. A purple patch by Hannah Arendt on war and revolution. Once it was all so simple: British history was a vivid tableau of goodies and baddies. Ben Macintyre revisits Our Island Story. From TLS, a review of Lost for Words: The hidden history of The Oxford English Dictionary. An article on saving secondhand bookstores. It’s great when the person who just hired you makes you feel special, but don’t expect it to last. More on Teachers Have It Easy. And Ivan Tribble on blogging and the academic market