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[Sep 15] News from around the world: From Sweden, Finnish-born feminist academic Tiina Rosenberg is involved in setting up a new party. For Belarus, opposition youth movements, the countdown to revolution begins now, a year before presidential elections. From the United States, Hitchens and Galloway get down and very dirty. From Kenya, on misreading the orange and banana narrative. Evangelists win big bucks in Africa's rising tide of religious fervour. Suddenly, China holds the levers of the world economy – and Washington is worried. Barely noticed either in Russia or abroad, Buryat intellectuals are calling for the re-unification of Buryats into one republic. A review of The Myth of Ethnic War: Serbia and Croatia in the 1990s. An interview with Gary Kasparov on Russian politics. From Sign and Sight, Kenzaburo Oe on Japanese nationalism and Susan Newman on German cosmopolitanism. The Cato Institute releases it latest Economic Freedom of the World report. And diplomats have agreed on a draft package of reforms to the United Nations: it is better than nothing

[Sep 14] From Norway, the Red-Green alliance wins a majority of seats in Parliament. From Japan, severe economic and social problems will present Junichiro Koizumi with big challenges. From Germany, an article on the price of a failed reunification; how the election is coming alive as the leading candidates offer divergent visions of what their country needs to become; a look at the disappearance of the Social Democrats; Günter Grass bangs drum for Schröder; and what sort of a big Russian bird is that, flying in such haste to visit the Germans on the eve of their election? From Open Democracy, Daniele Archibugi and Raffaele Marchetti on what to do with the United Nations. From LMD, Samantha Power on saving the world from hell, a look at the alternative UN, and some graphics on how it all works. Pledging publicly to support the Millennium Development Goals and then acting to scuttle them was misguided, and poor policy besides. James Traub on the upcoming reforms, an article on redeeming the UN, and two op-eds. And what future awaits the world body if an agreement cannot be reached?

[Sep 13] American news: Michael Brown resigns as director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, as the president learns that a good hack is hard to find. Evan Thomas on how Bush blew it. On the Aristobureaucrats: A dirty joke inside the government. Sociologists question how much looting and mayhem really took place in New Orleans. One man stands to benefit from Hurricane Katrina more than any other individual: Pat Robertson. Simon Schama: "Sorry Mr President, Katrina is not 9/11". On the pain of September 10th: America's grief is not special. Just as the media always overhyped Bush's popularity, they are now overhyping the "political crisis" he is supposedly facing. What five questions should be asked of John Roberts? Suggestions by Ron Klain, Glenn Harlan Reynolds, Jean Edward Smith, Kathleen Sullivan and Dick Thornburgh. A review of Justice Stephen Breyer's Active Justice. Do we have the technology to build a better legal system? And Randy Barnett on Rehnquist's legacy: Will the "New Federalism" survive the Roberts court?

[Sep 12] From Italy, on the politician and the porn star: did she fake her own death? From Canada, writers, journalists, activists send an open letter to Ontario premier on women's rights. From Great Britain, old arguments over trade are likely to be with us for many years to come. Felipe Fernandez Arnesto reviews books on natural and man-made disasters. Cornel West on how it's not just Katrina, it's povertina. John McWhorter on how black poverty is the result of 30 years of misguided welfare rather than racism. London, Madrid, Bali. And yet nothing in New York. In taking on Al Qaeda, do we risk altering our basic character, as Bin Laden predicted? The '90s now seem a golden time, a pleasant break between eras of anxiety and conflict. From Salon, an interview with Cass Sunstein. And what theory of truth do you prefer? The correspondence theory or the coherence theory? "If you tell me where you stand on the Roberts nomination, I'll tell you which truth theory you prefer"

[Weekend 2e] From Germany, can the corporatist labor movement survive? From India, why would Manmohan want to resign? From ZMag, an article on re-thinking the Mediterranean: An alternative bridging project. A look at Mexico's favorite son, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador. From the US State Department's Economic Perspectives, a special issue on international development. From The Weekly Standard, celebrating its 10th anniversary, authors respond to the question: "On what issue or issues (if any!) have you changed your mind in the last 10 years- and why?" (see left sidebar). On NASCAR dads: They're white, blue and red all over. Sunset Hall, a retirement home for Leftists, closes its doors after 81 years. The Guardian profiles Victor Navasky. Here's an absolutely 100% factual account of Hollywood's gradual devaluation of reality. How Google got its groove on: More on The Search. And yet more on Katrina: From National Journal, a special report on learning from mistakes; Jedediah Purdy on democracy and disaster; an interview with Richard Sennett on New Orleans and American decay; Paul William Roberts on the flagging empire; a look at how economics theories have been blown off course; we're all feeling a little supererogatory these days; and here are some ways to prepare for the absolute worst

[Weekend] News from around the world: From Ukraine, as Yushchenko sacks his prime minister and cabinet, the orange revolution promised much but has so far delivered little. From Germany, a profile of Angela Merkel, a star from the east. From Australia, when John Howard speaks from the Australian heartland, the competition finds it hard to get a word in edgewise. From Canada, for many it's hip not to vote. From South Africa, which comes first: Constitution or common law? From Newropeans, an article on a Latin-American lesson. From PINR, an intelligence brief on Moldova. An article on Putin, Hobbes, Weber and Russia's political stability. An article on liberal thought in the Arab age. If only Iran's reformist movement had listened long and hard to Emadeddin Baghi. This year marks the 600th anniversary of China's most celebrated admiral, Zheng He. Was he really as peaceful as all that? The United Nations releases the 2005 Human Development Report. And Japan Post privatization stirs debate

[Sep 9] From Europe, on how polarization helps marginal parties to challenge the establishment. From Germany, why writers should speak their minds in the current election campaign, and why minority protection with respect to Islam can only be had at the cost of the equal rights of women. From Great Britain, the Conservatives toy with a politically risky idea: The flat tax. From the United States, some secessionist groups have put themselves on the map in recent years. From TAP, it's (almost) the fourth anniversary of September 11--and Osama bin Laden is still at large. An article on the Real World: Why judicial philosophies matter. Do we really need a woman or minority to fill O'Connor's shoes? A review of Born To Kvetch. More on Can't Stop Won't Stop. An article on how you do what you eat. More on Garbage Land. And how merger mania has been a disaster for the world's great car manufacturers

[Sep 8] From TNR, an article on why Roberts shouldn't testify. Randy Barnett remembers William Rehnquist. Jeffrey Toobin on how Anthony Kennedy’s passion for foreign law could change the Supreme Court. Americans need to think about the techno-cases that are likely to dominate the next half-century. From Grist, a hurricane expert explains the climate-change connection. From Political Affairs, on how the free market killed New Orleans. From Reason, do disasters destroy social cooperation? Timothy Garton Ash on how decivilisation is not as far away as we like to think. From TCS, on the state of nature in New Orleans: What Hobbes didn't know. From Renew America, Hurricane Katrina and the culture war: Can natural disasters change worldviews? Iain Murray on price gouging: No such thing. Project Censored presents the 10 biggest stories the mainstream media ignored over the past year. Here's a column in defence of advertising. A look at the impact spam is having on developing nations. From Open Democracy, an article on the politics of choosing a browser. A study finds Napster users 'giving up on CDs'. An Australian court finds Kazaa file-sharers breached copyright. A look at Pierre Omidyar's eBay at 10: Boon and bane. You may think Google is powerful today, but it's still only using 5% of its brain. And the race is on to become the Google of blogs

[Sep 7] From Finland, philosopher Pekka Himanen wants to rewrite "European script". From Yemen, on the nation state and its symbols: Does it matter? From The National Interest, a series of articles on China. Der Spiegel interviews Syrian President Bashar Assad. From The Globalist, on the truth about global manufacturing exports. A new issue of the Eurozine Review is out, and a new issue of Sign and Sight's "Magazine Roundup" is out. From Chronicles, on Heroic Free-Market Looting: Libertarians complain about laws against price-gouging after disasters. Will there be a compensation program in New Orleans similar to the 9/11 victims' fund? Eric Foner on the power of outrage. George Lakoff frames the Post-Katrina Era. From Reason, America's anti-Reagan isn't Hillary Clinton. It's Rick Santorum. Meet Nativo Lopez, the Latino Al Sharpton. He's changing California politics--for the worse. From The Nation, a review of books on Carey McWilliams. From New York, The troubled Wall Street Journal hopes for calmer water in the Saturday edition. The circumstances of the story or the news-gathering process often conspire against an accurate rendition of the facts. And a review of Andrea Mitchell's Talking Back

[Sep 6] From Ireland, Taoiseach Bertie Ahern says Robert Putnam has been his guru since early 1990s. From Canada, an article on Karl Polanyi's The Great Transformation, revisited, and on the [in]justice of the Islamic Institute of Civil Justice. From Great Britain, any 'Anglo-social' features to be admired are borrowed from Europe. From France, Corinne Maier on working hard at nothing all day. From Germany, on the major protagonists in a "strange election campaign". From Spain, an article on an important conversation: The Alliance of Civilizations. A look at Russia's foreign policy and Eurasianism. A visit to Bosnia highlights the case for and against EU enlargement. David Frum on an ancient, many-faced question, now with acute relevance. David Rieff on why the ideological battle against Islamists is nothing like the struggle against communism. Timothy Garton Ash on what today's weary Titan should be doing. Immanuel Wallerstein on the deepening rifts on the left. Liberal Iraq hawk Jonathan Chait defends himself. From Slate, Jack Shafer on what he hates about cable TV journalism. An excerpt from Who's Afraid of Tom Wolfe? How New Journalism Rewrote the World. And a reporter finds his 'good heart': Instead of a party, healing and revelation

[Sep 5] From Pakistan, an article on four visions of national identity. From Trinidad and Tobago, an article on political commitment and objectivity. From the United States, Chief Justice William Rehnquist dies at 80, and a look at his legacy. Crispin Sartwell on Wittgenstein, Gadamer and the subtext of Roberts nomination. Civil rights groups To PETA: “You have used us enough". The Statesman Institute seminars teach politicians to govern with Christ. From National Review, on why academics cannot call the Ground Zero shots. In Manhattan, the disparity between rich and poor is now greater than in any other county in the country. And James Fallows on why the Internet isn't the death of the post office

[Weekend 2e] News from around the world: From South Africa, does the liberal vision offer solutions to the problems faced by a young multicultural democracy? From South Korea, young revisionists are rethinking who the villains and heroes were in the Korean War. From Israel, Binyamin Netanyahu launches his leadership bid. From India, an article on the modern cultural dilemma. From Great Britain, controversial Muslim scholar Tariq Ramadan is named to a British task force. From Prospect, an article on The Guardian's dismissal of Dilpazier Aslam. History goes up in smoke as French stop making Gauloises. Europe has paid little heed to how it was viewed in the Muslim world. "West by East," an exhibition in Barcelona, tries to make amends. A look at the unintended consequences of the Kremlin's power grab over Russia's regions, while Mikhail Khodorkovsky plans to run for office. From New Statesman, here are four lessons learned from Beslan, and Ground zilch: how Al-Qaeda defeated New York. And Moisés Naím on how John Bolton and Robert Mugabe might be the two best things to ever happen to the UN

[Weekend] American news: From The Village Voice, there's no place like ancient Rome--except for sweltering modern-day New York City. America's fundamentalists finally press the self destruct button. Allowing a pharmacist the right to refuse to fill a legal prescription surrenders the right of the majority to willful obstruction by a determined minority. From Kanye West to Louis Farrakhan, new signs of gay friendliness among African Americans. Taking on anti-gay America: Stonewall Democrats plot a 2006 strategy. The modern Republican Party is proof of the theory of devolution. From TAS, on how to turn the tables on the war opponents who shriek "Chickenhawk!". From Ctheory, an article on the Katrina-Baghdad connection. From the Pew Research Center, the summary of a report on Religion: A Strength and Weakness for Both Parties. A study finds fetal pain is unlikely before the third trimester. From Salon, thanks to developments in the field of "teledildonics," quick and easy cybersex is becoming an option for anyone with a mouse. A review of O: The Intimate History of the Orgasm. A review of Pornified. And a look at the influence of 'non-connected sex', Clinton and Kobe

[Sep 2] From Open Democracy, an article on how to study Africa: from victimhood to agency. A new issue of the IMF's Finance and Development is out, including a special section on aid and development, an interview with Jagdish Bhagwati, and an article on 10 myths about governance and corruption. Alvaro Vargas Llosa on how rosy statistics on Latin American economies miss some essential points--and risk reinforcing underdevelopment. From PINR, there are growing signs of unrest in the Maldives. An officer and an Ottoman gentleman: Questioning the similarities between Gamal Abdel-Nasser and "Mehmed Ali". Solidarity’s 25th anniversary highlights Poland’s clashing views of itself–and the twists that history can take. History should serve as a reminder that major players in the global and regional economy must be treated as such. A review of The Man Who Changed China: The Life and Legacy of Jiang Zemin. From Foreign Policy, there is no one who is as big an NBA ambassador as Yao Ming. What's so extreme about extreme sports? Games people play: Life invades games, and vice versa. And radio uncanned: A new local medium gives new meaning to the masses

[Sep 1] From Serbia, years after Milosevic, the country's illusions persist. From Albania, the country now has a duly elected parliament, with former President Sali Berisha poised to become prime minister. From Eastern Europe, why the second wave of transition offers a chance to focus on what the first wave neglected: trying to make people happier. From Russia, all across the country, a plethora of beautiful girls has sprung up. Harold Meyerson on how, with the birth of a global union, the world may be flat, but wages don’t have to be. Strategizing a Christian coup d'etat: A group of believers wants to establish Scriptures-based government one city and county at a time. A look back at Plunkitt of Tammany Hall: A Series of Very Plain Talks on Very Practical Politics, a classic piece of American literature. Obituary: Jude Wanniski (and more from James Glassman). A look at the void that exists in the world of black-oriented publishing. An op-ed on why we should be allowed to blog about the office. And an internet company has sued the owner of a Web log for comments posted to his site by readers
[Sep 15] Katrina: From Foreign Affairs, an essay on the neglected home front. Fred Kaplan on why emergency planning was so awful. Jack Welch on why Katrina will make the US stronger. Thomas Friedman on how the discipline that the cold war imposed on America seems to have faded. Economists ponder 'Colonial Williamsburg' and other controversial models for New Orleans. Why Hurricane Katrina's so-called looters were not lawless: They are entitled to the well-established defense of necessity. Al Gore on the challenges and moral imperatives posed by Hurricane Katrina and global warming. An article on the theology of tidal waves: A post-humanist interpretation. Joel Kotkin and David Friedman on how Katrina exposed the flaws in contemporary urban liberalism. Republicans want to use the reconstruction in the Gulf region as a lab for conservative policies. From New York, how Katrina gave Bill and Hillary Clinton more power, and will Katrina change what 9/11 didn't? And will it cause Americans to embrace fundamental change in how we consume energy and understand politics?

[Sep 14] From The Nation, Corey Robin on the fear of the liberals. Robert Jensen on the fears of white people. A review of books on good old boys Strom Thurmond and Jesse Helms (and more). A review of The White House Looks South. A review of Five Families: The Rise, Decline, and Resurgence of America's Most Powerful Mafia Empires. A review of Gary Wills' Henry Adams and the Making of America (and more). A review of Priscilla Buckley's Living It Up With National Review. From WSWS Summer School, a lecture on The Origins of Bolshevism and What Is To Be Done? (in 7 parts) Global competition is about to push Western culture into the abyss. Hey, maybe the Singularity really is near. James Pinkerton on ultimate environmentalism. Conservation is making a comeback -- driven by gut as much as high gas prices. A review of The Surprising Power of Family Meals: How Eating Together Makes Us Smarter, Stronger, Healthier and Happier. From "Ideas", an article on the jolly old church. A look at the other Catholics: A Short Guide to the Eastern Catholic Churches. And ask the Rabbi: Is it immoral to be overweight?

[Sep 13] Mark Danner on taking stock of the Forever War. Peter Bergen reviews books on Al-Qaeda. Salman Rushdie on lesson one for the modern Muslim: remember, this is not the 8th century. Those who sign up to a clash of civilisations pander to racism while engaged in a charade of moral grandstanding. George Galloway is gruesome, not gorgeous. Now, watch Christopher Hitchens debate him. Conservatives turn "March of the Penguins" into an unexpected battle anthem in the culture wars. From Crisis, James Schall on not reconstructing Christianity; a review of Back from the Land: How Young Americans Went to Nature in the 1970s, and Why They Came Back; and a review of books on Anglo-American attitudes. A review of Robert Wuthnow's America and the Challenges of Religious Diversity. The legacy of Madalyn Murray O'Hair is still up for grabs. Atheist Roy Hettersley says atheists have to accept that most believers are better human beings. And Christian apologist Os Guinness blasts Episcopal Church for its stance on homosexuality

[Sep 12] On religion: From Zenit, an interview with Georgetown's James Schall on Catholic political philosophy (and part 2). A review of Is the Reformation Over? An Evangelical Assessment of Contemporary Roman Catholicism. More on Augustine: A New Biography. A review of Whose Bible Is It? From The Washington Monthly, a look at Mitt Romney's evangelical problem. A review of Restless Souls: The Making of American Spirituality. More on Noah Feldman's Divided by God. I feel your fetus's pain: Compassionate conservatism enters the womb. Tricky Chuck: A review of Charles W. Colson: A Life Redeemed. What could be more ridiculous than headbanging for Jesus? The President's Advisory Commission on Faith-Based Soulishness (PACOFBS) has developed new Sin Pyramids to assist people trying to make healthier lifestyle choices. And from Ship of Fools, here are the winning jokes in a competition to find the most funny and the most offensive religious humour

[Weekend 2e] From Red Pepper, the law for Burke is a cross-dresser: Terry Eagleton on the roots of terrorism; and an interview with Tariq Ramadan. From Foreign Policy, an interview with Juan Cole on Iraq's constitution. Fred Halliday reaffirms an ancient solidarity with Maxime Rodinson. Tikkun interviews Uri Avnery. More on The Question of Zion. More on A History of the Jews in the Modern World. From The National Interest, Richard Haass on The Case for "Integration", an essay on blending democracy, an article on defining victory in Iraq, and a review of books on suicide bombing. John Gray reviews Perfect Soldiers. More on Robert Kaplan's Imperial Grunts. How do we win in Iraq? The real question is how we keep a pullout from looking like a surrender. A look at the sunk cost fallacy in Iraq. The US could learn from the Achaemenid dynasty's policy of tolerance. From The Nation, John Wiener on teaching 9/11. From Socialist Review, Walden Bello and John Rees discuss the problems facing America's rulers. James Howard Kunstler on the long emergency ahead, and more on The Long Emergency. Ronald Bailey reviews Jared Diamond’s Collapse. And from E Magazine, on how today’s “mega-cities” are overcrowded and environmentally stressed (and part 2)

[Weekend] From Counterpunch, an article on the American Left and the Battle of New Orleans. From Harper's, on the uses of disaster: Notes on bad weather and good government. Richard Hass on how the flood compromises US foreign policy. Will Wilkinson on the storms of stupidity on the op-ed pages. From TNR, four years after 9/11, we're still bowling alone; and Katrina showed what the poor need most, and it's not money--though our poverty problem is immense. Is looting a prerogative of the poor or a sign of the times? At least the country is finally talking about its real problems--race and poverty. Scott McLemee interviews Barbara Ehrenreich, and from Salon, more on Bait and Switch. Buy me beautiful: Thanks to cosmetic surgery, our bodies are now commodities. Today's attacks on obese Yanks are motivated by a broader unease with affluence. Democratic values are imperiled when irrational people are appeased merely because they are pious. And political coverage has become a series of public manoeuvres around private lives

[Sep 9] Katrina and political theory: From The Wall Street Journal, the era of small government is over (since government is bad, isn't it?) Harold Meyerson on what happens when government abandons its responsibilities, and on how a quarter-century of libertarianism has been washed away. Bruce Reed on the demise of compassionate conservatism. From TNR, an editorial on the failure of American exceptionalism. From MR, an article on neoliberalism, the New Social Darwinism, and New Orleans. From New Statesman, the roots of the catastrophe lie in America's deluded self-image. Adolph Reed, Jr. on how there is nothing natural about Katrina. Stanford's Terry Lynn Karl on Bush's Second Gulf Disaster. And from Slate, on the case against rebuilding New Orleans; on why we shouldn't aid Katrina's victims too much; and on why you shouldn't worry about price gouging now: Worry later

[Sep 8] From CT, a review of The Shaping of America: A Geographical Perspective on 500 Years of History (in 4 volumes). A review of Doug Henwood's After the New Economy. More and more and a debate between Tyler Cowen and Alan Wolfe on Barbara Ehrenreich's Bait and Switch. Matthew Yglesias on why it's time to recognize that America's poor need more help than we're giving them. A review of books on American labor. An article on the economics of self-ownership. George Gilder remembers Jude Wanniski. An article on the supply-side vs. the other side. Sort of. James Howard Kunstler on how the exhaustion of our energy supply may end affluence as we know it. From Salon, Juan Cole on Christopher Hitchens' last battle. From Counterpunch, a profile of Victor Davis Hanson, Bard of the Booboisie. Anatol Lieven reviews Taming American Power. A review of 9/11 Revealed: Challenging the Facts behind the War on Terror. An op-ed on the educated terrorist. A review of The Assassins' Gate: America in Iraq (and more), a review of Robert Kaplan's Imperial Grunts, and more on Larry Diamond's Squandered Victory (and more). Tom Engelhardt on the parallels between the Iraq War and the Katrina crisis. From TAC, pro-lifers branch out to poverty, health care--and war. And from Conservative Battleline, an article on the end of Europe

[Sep 7] On the Supreme Court: From Salon, Mark Tushnet on William Rehnquist's mixed legacy. Walter Dellinger on the man who devised the natural law of federalism. Laurence Tribe writes of the gentleman of the court. Alan Dershowitz tells the truth about the Chief Justice. Dahlia Lithwick on what he didn't do. Cass Sunstein on the two legacies of Rehnquist (and liberals need a new constitutional vision to guide their decisions: Sunstein may have it.) From The Nation, an article on Rehnquist's footsteps. From TAP, a look at his unbearable whiteness, and on how his Supreme Court grew hungrier and more assertive. The Rehnquist court was among the greatest legacies of the two presidents who appointed him. The chief was a lawyer's lawyer. The anti-theorists: What Bush and Rehnquist had in common. President Bush nominates Roberts as Chief--now what happens to the court? He is a Court choice well-schooled in Chief Justice Job's pitfalls. Court moves may give Bush political high ground. A look at John Roberts by the numbers, but why does he hate courts so much? Sunstein says Roberts is a conservative, but not a fundamentalist (and more). And Rehnquist's tenure offers Roberts lessons

[Sep 6] From National Journal, in this epoch, the watchword ought to be: Get a grip. Think twice before you demean the rage that sometimes simply overwhelms our rational judgment. How a marketing campaign became the catalyst for a societal debate. Robert Reich on how the old work-force compact is in shreds. A look at why the flat tax is unfair. Exploiting the gender gap: Men earn more money, but women have better lives. Why do the poor have children out of wedlock? It's not just a matter of money. A review of Catharine MacKinnon's Women's Lives, Men's Laws, and Theresa Beiner's Gender Myths v. Working Realities. A look at the proposed Paris Hilton Tax Relief Act. A review of Bait and Switch: The (Futile) Pursuit of the American Dream. Can anyone be truly happy as an idler? How we deal with death is a significant part of how we face life. From WSWS Summer Schools, a lecture on Marxism versus revisionism on the eve of the twentieth century (and part 2 and part 3). Scholars have known for decades that Native American societies were in many ways more technologically sophisticated than their European counterparts. So why do we still find this fact so surprising? And more on Simon Schama's Rough Crossings: Britain, the Slaves and the American Revolution

[Sep 5] On the politics of disaster: From Salon, a look at the culture war over Katrina. What a shocked world saw exposed was a cleavage of race and class, at once familiar and startlingly new (and more on the politics of class and from VDare, more on race). David Brooks on Katrina and the American political culture, Paul Krugman on the Can't-Do Government, and Frank Rich on how the 9/11 failures have come home to roost. Anne Rice on why a city we were happy to visit was slow to get help, but happily, the French Quarter has been spared the worst. Here are 22 reasons America needs New Orleans, the national capital of eccentricity. How do they rebuild a city? And forget prayer: God ain't listening

[Weekend 2e] From the left: From The Nation, how can women be equal before Islamic law, according to which they are unequal? John Bellamy Foster on naked imperialism, and from MR, an article on Europe, capitalism, and socialism. From WSWS Summer School, a lecture on the Russian Revolution and the unresolved historical problems of the 20th century (in 4 parts). From Socialist Worker, a three-part series on Antonio Gramsci. Chairman Bob on the foolishness of confusing religion with fundamentalist fascism. From Common Ground, an article on Kropotkin vs. Darwin: Cooperation as an evolutionary force. From n+1, a review of Methodism: Empire of the Spirit, and an article on being seized by the spirit. His bestselling The Purpose-Driven Life has made him a superstar, but is mega-pastor Rick Warren's true purpose strictly political? From Political Affairs, an article on the struggle for civil rights for people with disabilities. Does allowing a man to open a car door or to slide out a chair at a restaurant perpetuate sexism? More on Michael Eric Dyson's Is Bill Cosby Right? The Sierra Club finds itself at a crossroads. And a review of Do as I Say (Not as I Do): Profiles in Liberal Hypocrisy

[Weekend] From the right: From The New Criterion, a special issue on British cultural and political life today, in 9 parts, including David Pryce-Jones, Daniel Johnson, Theodore Dalrymple, and Kenneth Minogue. The inaugural issue of (Francis Fukuyama's) The American Interest is now out (with no online articles, but they do have a blog), and a response to its launch from Seven Oaks. From Commentary, an article on Bush and the realists, a review of Robert Pape's Dying to Win: The Strategic Logic of Suicide Terrorism, and a review of The Oslo Syndrome: Delusions of a People Under Siege. An article on the origin of the species Neo-Con. The historical reality of the Crusades has been appropriated by those whose quite specific aim is to discredit the war against Islamist terrorism. Pat Buchanan on Conservatism: A House Divided. David Gordon reviews John Lukacs's Remembered Past. More on Maurice Cowling. From Reason, on the War Between the States: Politicians discover a right to keep-and-bear fighter-bombers. An excerpt from The Capitalist Manifesto. And an article on democracy, the worst form of government ever tried

[Sep 2] An excerpt from Plows, Plagues, and Petroleum: How Humans Took Control of Climate. An increasing number of entrepreneurs are choosing another path: slow growth or no growth. Technology firms are pushing a futuristic vision of home entertainment not because consumers are desperate for it but because they themselves are. We must take solace in knowing that our exuberance helps build industries, however boneheaded it may later seem. William Greider on Alan Greenspan, the One-Eyed King. From Commentary, a review of The Temple of Jerusalem. Joke is on religion as Christians laugh at themselves. An article on yuppies and the peace movement. A review of After the Victorians. From Slate, here's how to help its circumcision research project (and more from Christopher Hitchens). From The Economist, a review of Night Draws Near: Iraq's People in the Shadow of America's War. From The Nation, Richard T. Hines is a lobbyist for the Lost Cause of the Confederacy. Shaun Walker, chairman of The National Alliance, on the Worst Case Scenario and the Best Case Scenario for White nationalists. From US News, inside the Masons: Here's the real story. And Polly Toynbee on how conspiracy theories provide easy answers, but rarely much insight

[Sep 1] Francis Fukuyama on the invasion of the isolationists. Noah Feldman on agreeing to disagree in Iraq. An excerpt from Producing Security: Multinational Corporations, Globalization, and the Changing Calculus of Conflict, and an excerpt from Trust and Mistrust in International Relations. From Foreign Policy, on ideas and institutions that may disappear in the next 35 years: Jacques Attali on monogamy, Esther Dyson on anonymity, Christopher Hitchens on the euro, Shintaro Ishihara on Japanese passivity, Lawrence Lessig on the public domain, Minxin Pei on the Chinese Communist Party, Peter Schwartz on the war on drugs, and Peter Singer on the sanctity of life. From Uncommon Knowledge, Victor Davis Hanson and Anne-Marie Slaughter debate the doctrine of preventive force. We dreamed up "al-Qaida." Let's not do it again with "evil ideology". A talk with Linda McQuaig, author of It’s the Crude, Dude. From NCR, a review of books on empire. A debate on the Iraq War: Proud of it, or unserious? And an article on The Weekly Standard at 10: Sometimes wrong but always right
[Sep 15] Natural sciences: From Theory and Science, John Bone (Aberdeen): The Social Map & The Problem of Order: A Re-evaluation of ’Homo Sociologicus’; and Robert Williams (Bennett): Getting to the Heart of Environmental Injustice: Social Science and its Boundaries. From Salon, a review of The Republican War on Science. From Policy, Johan Norberg on the scientist's pursuit of happiness. From The Scientist, an article on the inchoate science of consciousness. A review of Adapting Minds: Evolutionary Psychology and the Persistent Quest for Human Nature. An excerpt from Neural Networks and Animal Behavior. An excerpt from The Evolution of Animal Communication: Reliability and Deception in Signaling Systems. An excerpt from Headless Males Make Great Lovers and Other Unusual Natural Histories. Beetles in Australia love a beer. Rather too much. More and more on John Gribbin's The Fellowship. More and more on The Planets. And a new study says more than half of studies are unreliable, but right or wrong, it's still science

[Sep 14] Stuart Murray (Toronto): The Rhetorics of Life and Multitude in Michel Foucault and Paolo Virno. A review of Early Modern Philosophy: Mind, Matter, and Metaphysics. A review of Petrified Intelligence: Nature in Hegel's Philosophy. A review of Literal Meaning. Scott McLemee talks with Astra Taylor about her documentary on Slavoj Zizek. Carlin Romano on New Orleans and the probability blues, and Caribbean colleges, veterans at dodging hurricanes, endorse planning for the 'worst-case scenario'. From TAE, an article on soaking the rich (colleges)! An interview with anthropologist Jack Goody on myth, word and writing. From TNR, on formalism and its discontents: a theory of how the artworld went to hell. An interview with Roger Kimball. In praise of the novel: Carlos Fuentes on Cervantes, Kafka, and the saving grace of literature. Christopher Hitchens on Darkness at Noon: The novel that made people want to be Communists. Marjorie Morningstar is the conservative novel that liberal feminists love. The Da Vinci Code has moved from the top of the bestseller charts into the lecture theatre. And Hawaii professors recommend Marxist bookstore!

[Sep 13] Artsy stuff: From Boston Globe's "Ideas", Anarchy in the UK: A look at London's original literary theorists. Julia Alvarez considers the challenge of fiction in a post-9/11 world. One reason novels endure is that certain human mysteries are best explored through fiction. n+1's Benjamin Kunkel on terrorism and novelists: In terms of literary history, it's only now that the period before 9/11 is drawing to a close. In an age of blogging, reflexive ironizing and ceaseless celebrity worship, two small literary-intellectual magazines try to make a different kind of big noise. Literary bloggers have become the new darlings of the publishing industry. In an era of queen bees and wannabes, Nancy Drew proves that girls don't have to be mean to be popular. Long before the bra-burning 60s, equal rights were topical for Enlightenment women in the 18th century. Kurt Vonnegut doesn't want any part of contemporary culture. Or, at least, that's what he says. When filmmakers go by the book, should filmgoers go buy it too? And from CT, a look at why "Donnie Darko" is a favorite film on college campuses

[Sep 12] Miscellaneous: From Multinational Monitor, a series of articles on Big Tobacco. From Freedom Daily, more and more on Robert Higgs' Against Leviathan. A review of Persian Fire (and more). A review of books on the fall of the Roman Empire. From Think Tank, a show on Woodrow Wilson (and part 2). A review of Hamilton, Adams, Jefferson: The Politics of Enlightenment and the American Founding (and more). An excerpt from Impossible Subjects: Illegal Aliens and the Making of Modern America. An excerpt from American Babylon: Race and the Struggle for Postwar Oakland. An interview with Howard Zinn. From Radical Middle, on three great activist role models: Friedan, Lewis and Etzioni. From News & Letters, an essay on developing a philosophically grounded alternative to capital. Few remark on Joseph Conrad's ''other'' great novel of terrorism, Under Western Eyes. And from Freethought Today, do we really want the Bible taught in our public schools?

[Weekend 2e] From Boston Review, an article on what's hurting the middle class, with responses, including Jacob Hacker, Jeff Madrick, and Juliet Schor; and a look at cognitive science’s search for a common morality. A review of Consciousness: Creeping Up on the Hard Problem. A review of Studies in Law, Politics and Society. A review of Electing Justice: Fixing the Supreme Court Nomination Process. A review of Markets in Vice, Markets in Virtue. An article on Ludwig von Mises the revolutionary. Arthur Danto on 9/11 art as a gloss on Wittgenstein. Elaine Showalter on the appeal of academic fiction. The deliberate anarchist: Playwright Dario Fo conspires with his audience. Leon Kass steps down as chairman of the President's Council on Bioethics. From Great Britain, scientists have been given permission to create a human embryo that will have genetic material from two mothers. On the future of the body: Popular Science introduces the engineered human. It turns out that even birds know how to cheat and read minds. Is there any way that humans can preserve their sense of uniqueness? Grasshoppers are brainwashed to commit suicide by parasite worms. From The Believer, are self-help books moronic and doomed, or can they deliver us to better ourselves? And fom Psychology Today, on why you think you'll never stack up

[Weekend] Here's the introduction to Larry Arnhart's Darwinian Conservatism (and check out his blog). A review of Restoring Free Speech and Liberty on Campus. From The Economist, a series of articles on the brains business, as the state of Europe's higher education is a long-term threat to its competitiveness. From The Village Voice, Americans head to Europe for cheaper schools, better lives. John Dean on doing legal, political, and historical research on the internet: Using blog forums, open source dictionaries, and more. Islands in the Net: From non-places to reconquered anchorages of the avant-garde. An article on the 'missing' science of entire systems. Two perspectives on stress: Why it's good for us, and why it hurts our gut. Self-help gurus might be fakes - but why do so many people fall for them? Scientists know more about the letter O than any other. And that'll be a big help in court. There is a lack of solidarity among the follicly challenged. And a series of article on the seven deadly sins, and why they're not always so bad!

[Sep 9] From New Left Review, Robin Blackburn (Essex): Capital and Social Europe, and an essay on Chinese Labour Struggles. Alasdair MacIntyre reviews The Good Life: ethics and the pursuit of happiness. Tariq Ali reviews David Hare's Obedience, Struggle and Revolt. An excerpt from Ian Shapiro's The Flight from Reality in the Human Sciences. A review of The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Mathematics and Logic. A review of Teach Yourself Postmodernism. An excerpt from Status Signals: A Sociological Study of Market Competition. From National Review, on how Allan Bloom’s work is flowering among liberals. NPQ interviews James Watson on genetic research. On a trio of papers that look at genes which seem to be involved in the evolution of the human brain. Accepting 'intelligent design' in science classrooms would have disastrous consequences. And on the Legend of the Scopes Trial: Science didn't really win

[Sep 8] From NDPR, a review of The Cambridge Companion to Pierce, and a review of Kant's Transcendental Idealism: An Interpretation and Defense, Revised and Enlarged Edition. A review of Ways of Knowing: Science and Mysticism Today. From Inside Higher Ed, a report of an APSA session at which faculty members shared their experiences with curricular innovations, and on the all-too-common ways that some instructors frustrate their students. Robert Frank on the opportunity cost of economics education. In today's university market, you need a strong name with brand awareness. The question isn't why parents wouldn't send a child to boarding school as much as why they would. A review of books on American schools. An interview with Jonathan Kozol on education. Rock vs. school: An elementary look at what may have happened if pioneer pop stars had ditched sex, drugs & rock ’n’ roll for grad school. Hegel with songs: "The Sound of Music" is a seriously religious film, its plot a fairytale version of modern Christian history. There’s a growing move to put God back in the driving seat: Guess which side George Bush is on? Chris Mooney on undoing Darwin. Life is too complex for evolution to explain, say supporters of intelligent design. Yet they insist market forces will suffice for the economy, writes John Allen Paulos. And why writing Bad Science has increased suspicion of the media by, ooh, a lot of per cents

[Sep 7] Eugene Thacker (Georgia Tech): Biophilosophy for the 21st Century. A review of Foucault and Classical Antiquity: Power, Ethics and Knowledge. A review of Brainwashing: The Science of Thought Control. A review of Origin of Mind: Evolution of Brain, Cognition, and General Intelligence. A review of Ideas: A History of Thought and Invention, From Fire to Freud. More on Julian Baggini's The Pig That Wants to Be Eaten. Here is a shortlist of economists who are good contenders for this year's Nobel prize. Men are more likely than women to be authors of journal articles and influential textbooks in political science. Why? Physicist Lisa Randall talks about hidden dimensions - and the importance of visible women in the field. If you want to finish your dissertation, it’s time to stop worrying about greatness and to start focusing on good enough. A look at how modern campuses are returning to works of dead white males. More and more and more and more on Edmund Wilson: A Life in Literature. On the curse of the classics: Beyond the latest reading list. An article on literary letters, lost in cyberspace. On how literature gives us truer insights into human nature. And critics of Michel Houellebecq strike back by circulating his embarrassing rap album

[Sep 6] More on Katrina: Along with his general hostility to the role of government as a force for good, President Bush is castigated for saying "I don't think anyone anticipated the breach of the levees", but four recent articles did just that--in fact, they've been "anticipating" a levee breach since 1832, and were predicted by experts and in computer models--so, in disaster's aftermath, the buck stops at the president's desk. The disaster exposes the systemic failures of US politics, as man-made mistakes increase devastation of 'natural' disasters, so please, don't call them "acts of God". When Chicago Baked: Unheeded lessons from another great urban catastrophe. From The Boston Globe's "Ideas", after the flood: On the city that was, and the city that will be. From The New Yorker, a series of articles on New Orleans and Katrina. Can jazz survive without its habitat? Has Katrina saved US media? William Saletan on how a hurricane turned citizens into criminals. Tunku Varadarajan on how moral levees are inundated too (and more on "moral levees"). Daniel Yergin on how the hurricane produces an integrated energy disaster. Joel Kotkin on what determines if a city recovers from disaster. A look at why we place ourselves in harm's way. And how do they estimate hurricane damage?

[Sep 5] From The New York Times Book Review, an essay on Allan Bloom and the Conservative Mind. From The New York Review of Books, an essay on September 11: The View from the West, a review of books on suicide terrorism, and a review of books on J. Robert Oppenheimer. Is the Bush administration anti-science? A review of Aldous Huxley: A Biography. A review of John Gribbin's The Fellowship: A Story of Revolution. Research finds new insights into the software of life. On the puzzle of the absent alien: inspiration for art and astronomers. When colleges define offensive speech as a “threat", they devalue real threats and freedom of expression. Is college preparation for life? Grads weigh in

[Weekend 2e] From Comment, what is to be done… in political theory? A review of Akhil Reed Amar' America’s Constitution: A Biography. An excerpt from True Faith and Allegiance: Immigration and American Civic Nationalism. A review of Empire of Nations: Ethnographic Knowledge and the Making of the Soviet Union. An excerpt from The Heart of Whiteness: Confronting Race, Racism and White Privilege (and an interview). From Dissent, on Irving Howe vs. Ralph Ellison: Fighting at cross-purposes; and an article on saving marriage. An excerpt from The Purchase of Intimacy. From the inaugural issue of Qualitative Sociology Review, Krzysztof Konecki (Lodz): The Problem of Symbolic Interaction and of Constructing Self. A review of Plato on Knowledge and Forms: Selected Essays. A review of The Signature of the World: What is Deleuze and Guattari's Philosophy? From The Chronicle, a profile of up-and-coming philosophy star Joshua Knobe of UNC. Slavoj Zizek analyses - and pans - "Revenge of the Sith". And on the work of the George Lucas Educational Foundation: Taking a light saber to tired old teaching

[Weekend] Natural sciences: From Evolutionary Psychology, Frans Blommaert and Ruud Janssen (EUT): Dennett, Darwin, and Skinner Crows; and David Barash (Washington): Biology Lurks Beneath: Bioliterary Explorations of the Individual versus Society. From Science & Spirit, Michael Ruse on America's evolving problem, Frans De Waal on looking an ape in the eye, an article on the courtship of Charles Darwin, and on how to bridge the gap between faith and reason. The evolution wars show no sign of abating. The genome of the chimpanzee has been sequenced, and is found to be very similar to the human genome. Researchers link individual preferences to neuronal activity in brain. An article on socially distributed cognition. A computer program learns language rules and composes sentences, all without outside help. A review of Infinite Ascent: A Short History of Mathematics. Einstein versus the Physical Review: A great scientist can benefit from peer review, even while refusing to have anything to do with it. Just how reliable are scientific papers? Research sheds light on the ancient mystery of Easter Island, creating a new population model to help predict and prevent societal collapse. And from TLS, a review of books on astrology

[Sep 2] Academic life: Hasam Simsek (METU): Kondratieff Cycles and Long Waves of Educational Reform: Educational Policy and Practice From 1789 to 2045 pdf. From Academe, a special issue on rethinking faculty work. From Workplace, a special issue on successes and setbacks in academic labor struggle. What might “a new way of doing college” look like? Why does college cost so much? And what can be done about it? Yes, there is important work to be done at a community college. The New School makes a bad move on a new logo. Harding U. cancels invitation to Ann Coulter after alumni call her un-Christian. Intellectual skepticism persists in the Ivy League, but so does a vibrant Christian faith. Many young conservatives finally feel safe to come out of the closet. The tradition of political protest is no longer a source of pride at UC-Berkeley. From Great Britain, Charles Clarke hate law is used to ban Steven Best, who speaks for the Animal Liberation Front. Bruce Springsteen is the subject of a three-day symposium.  Facebook users say friendship has its limits, or ought to.  And here's some advice if you want to win the Nobel Prize

[Sep 1] Gregory Magarian (Villanova): Substantive Due Process as a Source of Constitutional Protection for Nonpolitical Speech. A review of Randy Barnett's Restoring the Lost Constitution: The Presumption of Liberty. An excerpt from Welfare and the Constitution. An excerpt from Trading Voices: The European Union in International Commercial Negotiations. From Inside Higher Ed, an article on the job no one wants in academia; on what small colleges want; and a look back at a speech on The Role of the University in Building World Peace. From Salon, a review of Simon Blackburn's Truth, on how creationists and New Agers have formed a common front to undermine mainstream archaeology and its scientific view of the human past. While researchers probe sleep's functions, sleep itself is becoming a lost art. From Psychiatric Times, an article on the line between mad and bad, and a look at the genetic basis for suicidal behavior. Here are essays on morality as a mental state, and on suicide. And take an online test to discover if you were born to be sad