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[Jan 31] From Mongolia, what should we make of a
seemingly naked grab for power by a party of ex-communists?
Here’s a look at China
as seen from the point of view of France.
Vive la welfare state:
Christopher Shea on the case for Euro-optimism.
TNR suggests a
bold call for inaction in Latin America. On why a
South American mega-pipeline might be pipe dream.
Alvaro Vargas Llosa on a
libertarian dream story.
From Foreign Policy, an article on why
Ariel Sharon is no prince of peace, and a new edition of Think Again:
A review of
books on the role of social context in terrorist attacks.
review of The Legacy of Jihad.
An article on
Iran and the balance of power:
"Of course we have the right to the
bomb". A review of
books on personal accounts of Iran.
Christopher Hitchens on how Hamas dooms
Palestine. From The Weekly Standard,
Walter Russell Mead on
The Ice Cream Party and the Spinach Party:
proposals to put a little pleasure back into our domestic politics; an
article on the counterrevolution in military
affairs: Fashionable thinking about defense ignores the great threats of our
time. From Counterpunch, an
interview with Tariq Ali,
and Noam Chomsky on The
Terrorist in the Mirror.
Philip Bobbitt on why we must not lose sight of the fact that
the world we entered on 9/11 will require rewriting FISA and other
laws. Dahlia Lithwick
on why presidential signing statements are more than just executive branch
lunacy. An article on
Alito's mythical feel-good America. A look at what's wrong with
the president's annual address.
And just how many lobbyists
are there in Washington, anyway?
[Jan 30] From Australia, put simply, there are two types of Bill of Rights - a legislative model and a constitutional model. From Canada, Stephen Harper is viewed as shrewd, and bland (and more). From Great Britain, present-day politicians are condemned to live and die in the ever-intrusive gaze of the media and its eagerness to damn. From Nigeria, an article on moral lessons from Confucius’ philosophy. From Israel, who seemed to say something interesting this week? Peter Berkowitz on Israel after Sharon, and Palestine after Fatah. If Iran's possession of a nuclear weapon is truly intolerable, invasion is the only military answer, and yet it may be that Iran is a problem, not an emergency. Elections in the Middle East have unleashed political forces that can hardly be seen as friendly to the US. An interview with Pervez Musharraf (and more). Amity Shlaes on what Nazis can teach us about the Saddam trial, as the moral complexities of trying war criminals haven't gone away. Targeted assassinations by Predators break international law, says Amnesty International. Walter Russell Mead on reassigning State Department officials out of Europe. It's been one year since Colin Powell left high office. Where did he go? From Newsweek, they were loyal conservatives, and Bush appointees. They fought a quiet battle to rein in the president's power in the war on terror. And they paid a price for it. Joseph Ellis on finding a place for 9/11in American history. The best Democratic critique is not that Bush overreacted to 9/11 but that he mis-reacted. An interview with Dick Cheney on Watergate and a strong executive. As experts on global warming foresee a 'tipping point' when it is too late to act, climate expert James Hansen says NASA tried to silence him. Why can't the Democrats find bomb-throwers? Mark Schmitt on the progressive generation gap. And Michael Kinsley on plantation politics and other games
[Weekend 2e] Potpourri: From BW, can Latin America challenge India? More on the Canadian election: Articles on "open federalism" and what it means to be a (Canadian) conservative. An article on remembering the day they kicked Khrushchev out of the Kremlin. Honest Injun? The incidence of fake Indians is almost epidemic. From RAND, here's a list of 50 Books for Thinking About the Future Human Condition. Here's a list of the 101 Dumbest Moments in Business. From Utne Reader, here are the 17th annual list of the year's essential periodicals. Inside the media, where the demise of hard-copy newspapers is widely assumed to be inevitable, the shadow has now fallen on magazines. Before Angie and Brad, before Monica and Bill, there was Amy Fisher and Joey Buttafuoco. And a review of Rabid Nun Infects Entire Convent: And Other Sensational Stories From a Tabloid Writer
[Weekend] From Nepal, a year after his coup, King Gyanendra does it again. From Bangladesh, an article on nationalism and internationalism in modern times. From Nigeria, Aristotle, Hobbes and Popper: A summary of conference on the good society. From Egypt, a summary of a book fair with the central theme of globalization. From Norway, the mysterious death of politician Samira Munir comes as a chilling deterrent to Muslim women who speak out. The Saudi government blasts sacrilegious cartoons from Europe. An article on Portugal's "cohabitation" of left and right. The "United Kingdom" is in the throes of a major debate about national identity, patriotism and "Britishness", and the latest contribution by Gordon Brown recycles flawed ideas (while England’s traditional pubs are slowly dying). A shift in values from the ego-driven 1980s to the public service culture of New Labour has exacerbated a crisis of conscience. Northern Italy's Tyrol region ogles southern Austria, treachery ensues. From The Nation, socially conservative black churches may be ripe for exploitation by the Christian right on gay marriage; and Katha Pollitt on Prochoice Puritans. A new analysis of Abramoff tribal money by a nonpartisan firm shows it’s a Republican scandal: Will Abramoff’s Deep Throat swallow God’s Mouthpiece? Paul Pierson, co-author of Off Center, insists it's not the country that's changed: it's conservatives' control of the political machinery. A review of James Carville and Paul Begala's Take It Back. An interview with Mark Crispin Miller, author of Fooled Again. And ten years after identifying his brother as the Unabomber, David Kaczynski talks about what the experience cost him
[Jan 27] From Great Britain, an article on the introduction of choice to public services; and an article on immature democrats: Politics has been unable to withstand the assault of naive individualism. From Open Democracy, John Ralston Saul's The Collapse of Globalism provokes Tom Nairn to dissect identity-formation in Canada and Australia; and the World Social Forum pioneered new forms of global activism and democracy. Now it is being pressed to take the shape of an older politics. India's dream of national strength and wealth is now a reality: its superpower status is indisputable. Nicholas Kristof reviews books on Darfur. From Slate, you asked for democracy: What Hamas' election victory means for the peace process, and a look at when one government doesn't recognize another. A look at how Hamas and the Fatah radicals will transform Palestinian politics, and an article on Hamas and Palestinian foreign policy: The prospect of peace with Israel might be further away than ever. From The Center for American Progress, the transcript of a conference on " Implications of the Abramoff Scandal: What Should Congress Do Now?" The world's biggest and most expensive health-care system is beginning to fall apart. Can George Bush mend it? The war in Iraq, Hurricane Katrina, Medicare Part D -- incompetence may describe this presidency, but it doesn't explain it. EJ Dionne underestimated the viciousness of the right wing. Is Bush stupid, or is America? An article on how Gore is bigger than ever. Expect a lot of economists to be sitting on their hands as Greenspan departs the Fed at the end of the month. Four leaders of the progressive publishing industry discuss their successes and failures since 9/11. A review of Guardians of Power: the myth of the liberal media. An interview with Raptivist Boots Riley. And the audience members that scare the Gay Moralist the most--that strike fear into his very core--are the Angry Lesbians
[Jan 26] From Russia, the Kremlin's taste for using energy assets to play politics and concentrate power is worryingly reminiscent of the Soviet era. From India, President A P J Abdul Kalam propounds a new political theory; and though no Constitution by itself can guarantee fraternity, but without it, rights and liberties become legal pieces of paper. From Bolivia, an article on the outrage over Morales' top military picks. From Cuba, excerpts from Castro's literacy campaign: The Little Engine That Dialectically Must. From Peru, artifacts removed from Machu Picchu by a Yale professor in 1911 are the focus of a growing furor. Alvaro Vargas Llosa on carnivores vs. herbivores in Latin America. Lucia Pinochet, daughter of Augusto, is taken into custody in the US because of an outstanding arrest warrant in Chile. From Slate, is Bush turning America into an elective dictatorship? Is there a bigger crock than the State of the Union speech? Pejman Yousefzadeh has some proposals for altering the judicial confirmation process. John Fund on how to cure pork. An article on Washington and the art of the "glory wall". A response to Robert Rubin's article, "We Must Change Policy Direction" in The Wall Street Journal. A response to John Lott's op-ed in The New York Times. More on Fred Barnes' Rebel in Chief. A closer look at William Jennings Bryan and how liberals ought to engage religion and the Social Gospel. Jonah Goldberg has lefty books for righties. When it comes to forming opinions and making judgments, partisans of both parties don't let facts get in the way of their decision-making. Edward Rothstein on refining the tests that confer citizenship. And after years of almost total silence on his son's arrest and imprisonment, Frank Lindh sets the record straight about the American Taliban
[Jan 25] News from around the world: From Gambia, an article on Pan-Africanism: The ideology of racial nationalism and socialism. From the Czech Republic, after communism's fall, the scent of marijuana became a symbol of liberation. It's now mainstream and raising new concerns. From Great Britain, an interview with Simon Hughes of the Liberal Democrats. The introduction to Scandal: The Sexual Politics of the British Constitution. From Der Spiegel, Holland's new greetings for immigrants: "If it ain't Dutch, it ain't much"; in a test of maturity for the Palestinians, parliamentary elections will determine whether Hamas can transform itself; freedom of speech is still a problem in Turkey; and an interview with historian Götz Aly on Ahmadinejad's plans to host a conference questioning the validity of the Holocaust. Thomas P. M. Barnett on a "Blueprint for Action" on Iran. Call it “appeasement” if you want. But it might be the only hope for averting disaster, and it’s time Democrats start pointing out Bush’s missteps with Iran, before the blame gets placed on them. Christopher Hitchens on why Al-Qaida is losing. From Writ, an article on Saddam's trial: Can it still meet the conditions for it to be deemed fair under international law? From Reason, "Anglosphere” allies crack down on speech in the name of fighting terror. Is Australia a model for Canada? Populism and disenchantment with democracy grow in Latin America. An article on Japanese diplomacy, East Timor and the Truth Commission. A truly worrisome development is taking shape: Japan and China increasingly at odds with each other. After 25 years of sizzling growth, Beijing's shifting to a new economic model. Can Big Red go green? More on Kosovo's future uncertain with Rugova's death. A row between Russia and Ukraine over a lighthouse boiled over the top last week. From TNR, a look at why liberals should be applauding Wolfowitz. And an essay on Fog of War: What Yet Remains
[Jan 24] From Canada, the Conservative Party and Stephen Harper win election. From Nigeria, a country and a continent, hanging in the balance. From Cameroon, an article on deconstructing liberal democracy in Africa. From PINR, an article on Somaliland and the issue of international recognition. A review of Africa: A Modern History. An article on history and identity and the conflict over memory. An article on the peculiar Hungarian tradition of commemoration by not remembering. Does demography advantage India? A look at how Europe can age gracefully. Israeli hints at preparation to stop Iran. Nobel Laureate Israel Aumann says Israel's rush for peace lessens the chances. An interview with Ari Shavit on Ariel Sharon. Venezuela tells McCain "go to hell" for wackos jibe. From The Brookings Institution, a paper on the role of financial markets in American foreign policy. An article on Status Quo Foreign Policy: Managing conflict doesn't mean avoiding crises. Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast. The storm season starts again this June. Can coastal communities ever be safeguarded? Don’t blame Lay and DeLay if Abramoff and Fastow come off looking like a pair of Judases in separate productions of The Passion of the Texan. The President's Man: A profile of Ken Mehlman. Everyone knows Massachusetts isn't a Republican state. But if you think it's a Democratic state, think again. An article on the inexorable rise of Latino USA, but what exactly is Latin culture? A review of Hokum: An Anthology of African American Humor. A review of Hung: A Meditation on the Measure of Black Men in America. Here's a brief history of brothels. From The New Yorker, Nicholas Lemann on why Edward Murrow still matters. Whatever happened to New Journalism? Robert Boyton investigates. The media has become so embroiled in Hollywood, but now the compelling stories of politics in Washington are giving celebrities a run for their money. A review of Colin McGuinn's The Power of Movies (and more). Television cul-de-sac mystery: Why was the reality show "Welcome to the Neighborhood" killed? And NBC cancels "The West Wing" after 7 seasons
[Jan 23] From Portugal, center-right candidate Anibal Cavaco Silva wins presidency (and more). From Venezuela, intellectuals slam Chavez for anti-Semitic remarks. From Yugoslavia, Kosovo President Ibrahim Rugova dies on eve of talks on province's future. From Canada, an interview with Michael Ignatieff; and here's what you need to know about conservatives. From Pakistan, let not our pompous seriousness get in the way of our burlesque tradition. Fatwa against miniskirts: A new wave of prudishness is washing over India. In Liberia and Chile last week, it became clear that voters had chosen female presidents not despite - but at least in part because of - their sex. Professionals and educated elite are fleeing Iraq as violence, threats persist. The Mullah Wars: How to understand and exploit Iran's internal fissures. An essay on what the Iran 'nuclear issue' is really about. Here's the Unabridged and Uncensored Guide To Understanding the Iranian Nuclear Crisis. It's time to face reality on Iran: The US should strike Iran, but not with bombs. Peter Beinart on the isolation pendulum. Before 1925, the Senate didn't hold Supreme Court confirmation hearings. After Alito, some are waxing nostalgic. Too much partisanship obscures issues and leaves little room for compromise. Scholars are reaching similar conclusions. It's time for the abortion-rights movement to declare war on abortion, but if Roe is reversed, the ensuing chaos will demand a federal resolution to the abortion battle - again. Jonathan Rauch on why Republicans can't cut spending. Polling firms love election campaigns, but waiting to find out whether you got it right or not can be wrenching. As elections near in Florida, officials challenge balloting security. A review of Fooled Again: How the Right Stole the 2004 Election and Why They'll Steal the Next One Too. More on George Lakoff’s Don’t Think of an Elephant! And more on Wonkette's Dog Days
[Weekend 2e] American life: From PS: Political Science & Politics, Benjamin Highton (UC-Davis): Long Lines, Voting Machine Availability, and Turnout: The Case of Franklin County, Ohio in the 2004 Presidential Election and Baodong Liu (Wisconsin): Whites as a Minority and the New Biracial Coalition in New Orleans and Memphis pdf. A growing number of white people are discovering their Native American roots. Some are doing so for financial gain, but most are just looking for the meaning of life. A trial in Arizona could set a precedent for volunteers who offer humanitarian aid to undocumented migrants. From The Nation, a special issue of an alternative state of the union (see side bar) with an introduction, and contributions on the right to vote and media reform. From The Washington Monthly, James Carville and Paul Begala on a radical plan to Abramoff-proof politics. Norman Ornstein and Thomas Mann on why the real solution to lobbying is for Congress to behave like the deliberative body it is supposed to be. In the United States today, constitutional interpretation is best understood as a form of theology rather than law. How can the President interpret the law as if it didn't apply to him? Cass Sunstein on how Bork got the last laugh. Michael Kinsley on why lawyers are liars, and Dahlia Lithwick on what happens when there is no law constraining Alito. Evangelicals in the United States have undermined the credibility of their moral and evangelistic witness in the world by pursuing political power. Larry Wilkerson attacked the Iraq War. In the process, he lost the friendship of Colin Powell. An interview with Bernard-Henri Levi on American Vertigo. And before the "Hillary can do it because she did it upstate" narrative gets any more airtime, it's worth pointing out its fatal flaws (and more from Molly Ivins)
[Weekend] News from around the world: From Canada, the great bright hope: Michael Ignatieff’s campaign for Parliament has proved controversial. From Italy, Dario Fo runs for mayor in Milan. Timothy Garton Ash on The Twins' New Poland. Just as the world is determinedly trying to stop Iran getting the bomb, Chirac says France would be willing to use their nukes if necessary. From The Atlantic Monthly, will Iran be next? James Fallows investigates. An interview with Thomas Schelling on Iran and the Bomb, and Shirin Ebadi on how sanctions would set back the democratic movement. An article on how the Internet hurts Iranian reformers. From Open Democracy, from Georgia to Kyrgyzstan via Ukraine, new forms of mobilisation are impelling regime change from below. But is the phenomenon as benign as it appears? A review of The Hidden Handshake: National Identity and Europe in the Post-Communist World. Is the unexpected political convulsion in Mongolia evidence of democracy’s strength or weakness in the peaceful, post-communist republic? The Destruction of Memory: Architecture at War explores why historic monuments and buildings are targets for regimes keen to eradicate identity. With a fast-graying population, environmental damage and the absence of a real social system, Beijing is now seeking to check unbridled capitalism. In study after study, relative poverty is a social corrosive. One year after the Indian Ocean tsunami, what are the lessons? Richard Posner on coping with catastrophic risks. From PINR, Chad's cycle of instability gains momentum. Nigeria may be headed for a grave political crisis. The Horn of Africa is on the brink of another devastating war. If it occurs, the blame will be widely shared. From VQR, a series of articles on the scourge of AIDS in Africa. Is Evo Morales an indigenous Che Guevara? And when he is inaugurated president of Bolivia, it will be thanks to the support of the educated middle class who used to be scared of him. Immanuel Wallerstein on Sharon's illusion, though he may have already charted a course that his successor has no choice but to follow. A look at different aspects of the debate over the history and nature of Zionism. And the UN enters its seventh decade seeking to recapture the vigour and influence of its early years. And this just in: Most people have little faith in politicians
[Jan 20] Europe: From Turkey, Seyla Benhabib writes on changing attitudes in Turkish society, new openness about the Armenian genocide and the country's multicultural legacy. From Great Britain, David Cameron has set a new direction for his party. Will it follow him?; and an in-depth study of the free market in football confirms what Premiership fans have long suspected. From New Statesman, a cover story on why British men are rapists. The first chapter from J. G. A. Pocock's The Discovery of Islands: Essays in British History. The introduction to Warfare State: Britain, 1920-1970. An excerpt from The Resurrection of Ireland: The Sinn Féin Party, 1916–1923. Young Welsh dentists would appear to be the most effective fillers of holes in molars. If Irish claim nobility, science may approve. For centuries, French was the language of culture across Europe. In today’s globalised world, it’s English that reigns... But French continues to attract young people. FAR-right groups in France are distributing ham sandwiches and pork soup to homeless people in an attempt to discriminate against Muslims and Jews. From Eurozine, a look at the futility of one professor's life: Otto Hoetzsch and German Russian studies. A review of The Conquest of Nature: Water, Landscape and the Making of Modern Germany. From Axess, an article on the politics of the centre; an examination of the Swedish party system reveals new dividing lines and underlying, latent parties; and real Swedes eat meatballs. The introduction to The Enlargement of the European Union and NATO. And from Cafe Babel, regionalisation is dividing EU member states. Is Europe crumbling from the inside?
[Jan 19] From Great Britain, John Major on why there is no worldwide terrorist conspiracy. From Austria, Holocaust denier David Irving is busy preparing his trial in prison. Could this be the eccentric Hitler admirer's final act of provocation? From Egypt, an odd debate has broken out among religious scholars: Do Muslims have to keep their clothes on when having sex? A look at how Peru may join Latin America’s populist tilt to the Left. James Surowiecki on Evo Morales, and the Movement Toward Socialism party. From Foreign Policy, just when you thought Latin America was safe for democracy, along came Hugo Chávez; and a look at how the French Fight Terror. Theodore Dalrymple on how economic liberty undercuts prejudice--not that the French notice, and in Europe, the past continues to haunt the present. Over the past 70 years, the US led the way in setting ground rules for oil politics, yet now seems surprised by trends that have given developing countries more power. Katrina was an equal-opportunity hurricane after all. Conservative justices have a tendency of moving leftward. The same could happen with Roberts, or even Alito for that matter. A look at the conservative case against Alito. Roberts and Alito they seem to have a Winnie the Pooh theory of judging: a conviction that if they just think, think, think, they will come up with the correct result. John Judis on why lobbying reform won't work. Can the Democrats finally learn to talk culture? Fascinating new research challenges some cherished assumptions -- and offers clues about the future. From Slate, does bedroom TV kill your sex life? There's a fine line between brilliance and stupidity, and few have walked that line as well or profited as much as Mike Judge. And free booze, books and movies! A guide to getting something for nothing
[Jan 18] American politics: From The New Yorker, Jeffrey Toobin on the nomination of Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court, the confirmation hearings, and their consequences. Dahlia Lithwick on Anthony Kennedy as the new Sandra Day O'Connor. Here's the text of a recent speech by Al Gore on the expansion of executive power. Two leading civil rights groups file lawsuits against the Bush administration over its domestic spying program. Scholars of constitutional law and former government officials write an open letter to Congress on NSA spying. An article on why NSA whistle-blower Russ Tice may be right. Paul Starr on how the potential harm to the nation from a failed presidency complicates the opposition's role. An article on the Quixotic candidacy of William Weld for New York governor. A look at why Republicans long for a new Reagan. Ohio’s Republican gubernatorial front-runner Ken Blackwell is “Jesse Jackson’s worst nightmare.” From TAP, people expect great things of Barack Obama. His first year in the Senate has by design been a relatively quiet one. An article on Rosa Parks: Angry, not tired. From Salon, a review of Michael Eric Dyson's Come Hell or High Water; and an interview with Kate O'Beirne, author of Women Who Make the World Worse. A review of I'm Every Woman: Remixed Stories of Marriage, Motherhood and Work. An article on America’s chief source of inequality, the marriage gap. "I'm Pro-Choice and I Fuck": An article on the intimate link between reproductive and sexual freedom. And is Abramoff the new Monica? Frank Rich wants to know
[Jan 17] From Chile, Michelle Bachelet becomes the country's first female president (and more). From Great Britain, celebrating our national identity is pointless if we don't know how the past made us. From Bangladesh, an article on religious tolerance and secularism. Respect for other people’s religion is a fine notion… but what do you do when they believe you deserve to die? While revolution in Central Asia is not inevitable, theories suggest that it would be naive to think that serious attempts at it will not occur. Could the Belarusian democratic opposition be alienating floating voters in its 2006 election campaign? From The Weekly Standard, Joseph Bottum on Alito and the Catholics: The decline of an institution and the rise of its ideas. Dahlia Lithwick on a Democrat's field guide to the conservative jurist. It's not just Alito's quandary: Reconciling executive and legislative power. A look at how Bush on torture echoes Charles I on arbitrary imprisonment. Michael Kinsley on what the wiretapping debate says about freedom. The Bush Administration has gone into public-relations overdrive to talk up the good economic news. To understand the culture of corruption that infects Washington, D.C., it's important to understand the origins of the K Street Project. An article on debunking five of the right’s favorite myths about universal health care. A review of Lewis Lapham's Gag Rule: On the Suppression of Dissent and Stifling of Democracy. And here's a few books you should read if you're serious about progressive politics long term
[Jan 16] From Somalia, how many guns make a warlord? From Canada, what kind of a prime minister would Stephen Harper make? From the Philippines, only is she a woman of sense, she is also 100 years old — that’s Pura Santillan Castrence. In Japan, thousands of boys and young men are retreating to their bedrooms and refusing to come out. Why? A Japanese company introduces kids books to skeptical China. A look at Kim Jong Il's peculiar brand of diplomacy. From nthposition, an article on the trouble with Uzbekistan. Christopher Hitchens exposes the vicious insanity—and cynical politics—behind one of Africa's greatest nightmares. Is there such a thing as Kashmiri nationalism? An article on 21st century pirates. Israel faces threats throughout a Middle East unsettled by the Iraq war, Al Qaeda and American calls for democracy. Americans like the idea of spreading democracy; they just don't believe it will work. Congress, more than the court, scholars say, is the branch that's supposed to keep executive power in check. If it has failed, it has no one but itself to blame. Ariel Dorfman on how Bush makes fiction of us all. Breyer v. Scalia: Will Alito be an activist or a textualist? A review of Louis Freeh's My FBI. A review of Tim Wu and Jack Goldsmith's Who Controls the Internet? Yahoo, Cisco and Google have all been accused of helping China maintain what has been called "the most sophisticated Internet control system in the world." An article on why Gaia is wreaking revenge on our abuse of the environment. Are Unesco World Heritage sites getting too popular for their own good? And Karl Marx probably never, in his wildest lumpen dreams, imagined a religious theme park
[Jan 31] Potpourri: From
The New Yorker,
Malcolm Gladwell on
the problem with profiling: Is there any accurate way to determine who
is going to behave badly?
Bernard-Henri Lévy in the U.S.:
A Star is Born.
The Weather Underground,
redone in pomo, rises from the ashes. Lee Harris on Hegel and the End of
History. From Salon, an interview with
Neil Chethik, author of VoiceMale: What Husbands Really Think About
Their Marriages, Their Wives, Sex, Housework, and
Commitment. How many employees does it take to manufacture a toothbrush?
Forty-five-hundred employees, 10 countries, five time zones. The making
of one electronic toothbrush illustrates capitalism's global reach.
of Edward Mansfield and Jack Snyder's Electing To
on John Yoo's The Powers of War and Peace.
Silicon Valley is roaring back to life, as startups mint millionaires and Web
dreams take flight. But,
no, this is not another bubble. Here's
why; and we're facing 25 years of
prosperity, freedom, and a better environment for the whole world.
You got a problem with that?
The evangelical movement sees myriad causes
beyond abortion and gay marriage: What about helping the poor and
Robert Wright interviews
Huston Smith, author of Why Religion
An interview with
Marc Jaccard on fossil fuels.
more on The Trouble with Tom. John McGinnis on why
Antonin Scalia's judicial philosophy is not just a cover for
conservative ideology. And want to learn more about the human race? Just turn on the TV and
experience the foibles and frivolities of mankind as seen through the
eyes of "the others"
[Jan 30] From The New York Times Magazine, a cover story on how American evangelicals are trying to convert the remaining non-Christians of Africa. Michael Novak on the crisis of demography and of the spirit in Europe. Peter Steinfels combs trough Deus Caritas Est, the Pope's first encyclical (and more). A review of The Church and Galileo. A review of A Godly Hero: The Life of William Jennings Bryan. First came gay marriage. Now comes the inevitable - and a slew of unprecedented legal questions. Rush Limbaugh on Joel Stein and the neutering of the American citizen. A review of Phyllis Shlafly and Grassroots Conservatism (and more). A review on President Reagan: The Triumph of Imagination. More and more and more and more on American Vertigo (and an excerpt). From The Wilson Quarterly, will globalization make hatred more lethal? Robert Wright finds out. More on The Case for Goliath. More and more on My Year in Iraq. More on The Assassins' Gate. A review of The Global Cold War: Third World Interventions and the Making of Our Times, and more and more on The Cold War. A review of books on torture. An interview with Douglas Allen, editor of Philosophy of Gandhi for the 21st Century. James Traub on why nuclear nonproliferation needs rethinking. A review of Children of the Sun: A History of Humanity's Unappeasable Appetite for Energy. A review of Sustainable Fossil Fuels and Half Gone. More and more on The Revenge of Gaia. More on Confessions of an Economic Hitman. Over time, Big Business has learned how to love Big Government. Or at least some of it. More on The First Wall Street. In economic theory, questions like these have no right or wrong answers. A review of The Battle for the Soul of Capitalism. A review of Physical: An American Checkup (and more). On health care, Bush could think big, if he wanted to. And a review of The Long History of Old Age
[Weekend 2e] Technology: From Prospect, digital technology hands more power to the consumer. But technologies of connectivity can threaten stability and community. An article on the destruction of occupational identities in the knowledge-based economy. A survey shows the Web won't tear us apart. An article on the coming tug of war over the Internet. From Writ, an analysis of the new federal law prohibiting annoying Internet postings or emails that do not disclose the true identities of the writers. Google launches a service in China, but will censor the results to comply with government limits. On why the subpoena fight between the Department of Justice and Google is all about public relations; and on why Google is resisting when its rivals have complied. Here's a simple prescription for keeping Google's records out of government hands. And check out the Electronic Frontier Foundations' Tor, an anonymous Internet communication system
[Weekend] From Political Science Quarterly, Robert Dahl (Yale): What Political Institutions Does Large-Scale Democracy Require; Robert Jervis (Columbia): Why the Bush Doctrine Cannot be Sustained; Michael Gross (Haifa): Killing Civilians Intentionally: Double Effect, Reprisal, and Necessity in the Middle East; and Daniel Byman (Georgetown): The Implications of Leadership Change in the Arab World pdf. From Salon, how do you like your democracy now, Mr. Bush? Juan Cole gloats. An article on how to civilize Hamas: Could its victory be its undoing? Slouching towards Lebanon: Juan Cole and Larry Diamond discuss Iraq. A review of Neverending Wars: The International Community, Weak States, and the Perpetuation of Civil War. From In These Times, Slavoj Zizek on Jack Bauer and the Ethics of Urgency. From Christianity Today, here are 5 reasons torture is always wrong. From TAE, an interview with Robert Kaplan, author of Imperial Grunts. From TAC, why liberals need another George McGovern—and perhaps conservatives do too. From FT, an economist pronounces Picasso the greatest artist of the 20th century on the basis of leafing through picture books: what could be more irritating? Young American economists shun policy wars. Tim Hartford on the Mystery of the Rude Waiter. An interview with Juliet Schor, author of Born to Buy: The Commercialized Child and the New Consumer Culture. More on Strapped and Generation Debt. From Toward Freedom, an interview with Dan Berger, co-editor of Letters From Young Activists: Rebels Speak Out. And Porn in the Age of Instant Access: What are the social effects of fast, cheap & stigma-free viewing
[Jan 27] From TNR, what if wiretapping works? Richard Posner is on the case. John Yoo on the purse and the sword. Amitai Etzioni on why the Bush Administration should strike a deal with Iran over its nuclear ambitions. A review of Ultimate Sacrifice: John and Robert Kennedy, the Plan for a Coup in Cuba, and the Murder of JFK. From Salon, more on The Cold War. A review of Stoic Warriors: The Ancient Philosophy behind the Military Mind. From MR, an interview with Michael Lebowitz, author of Beyond Capital: Marx's Political Economy of the Working Class. A review of Citizenship and Democratic Doubt: The Legacy of Progressive Thought. More on Kwame Anthony Appiah's Cosmopolitanism. More on BHL's American Vertigo. A review of Nation of Rebels: Why Counterculture Became Consumer Culture. A look at what this week's encyclical says about the pope's theology and beliefs. An author says men can succeed by treating marriage like a job. Research finds children's peer relationships have enormous influence. Progress hits home: Did we mean to trade our birthright for a wide selection of bathmats? A look at how more realistic, humble economists can stop environmental ruin. How big is your ecological footprint? Our little passion plays affirm the dignity of a frequently silly form of governance--but we need them. A review of Law and Order: Street Crime, Civil Unrest, and the Crisis of Liberalism in the 1960s. Here are excerpts from Surviving Justice: America’s Wrongfully Convicted and Exonerated. It may not be good TV, but most people in prison are guilty. Felix Rohatyn on why the Supreme Court should heed Europe on capital punishment. An article on the hollowing out of Roe v. Wade. Robert George responds to Peter Singer on human embryo liberation. Has the sanctity of human life become passé? More on "The Metaphysics of Conservatism". And on the most sensible thing in the world: People may say it's gruesome but this idea is really going to take off
[Jan 26] From TNR, David Bromwich reviews Terry Eagleton's Holy Terror. Despite so much evidence that the jihadists are winning sympathy, America has provided no counter-story to their narrative. An interview with Thomas P.M. Barnett, author of Blueprint for Action. Mark LeVine approves of a truce, yes, but not with bin Laden. Why does an Islamist warrior sound suspiciously like Michael Moore? And how does al Qaeda send terror tapes without getting caught? Don't pop the champagne corks just yet: The evidence isn't quite there on the "Peace Epidemic". A "Dig" led by Gore Vidal on President Jonah. An interview with Noam Chomsky on Ireland and other stuff. More on BHL's American Vertigo. From The Wall Street Journal, an article on Blacks vs. Latinos at work. Ronald Brownstein reviews books on the South and race. Here's a history of the bitter struggle by US miners (and part 2). An excerpt from The First Wall Street: Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, and the Birth of American Finance. From Knowledge @ Wharton, an article on the bidding behavior of buyers in Internet auctions. A debate on the perils of forecasting. From NCR, should we turn to Dietrich Bonhoeffer now? An essay on intellectual freedom and Catholic theologians. A review of God's Choice: Pope Benedict XVI and the Future of the Catholic Church. Here's the text the Pope's Encyclical Letter "Deus Caritas Est" (and an analysis). A review of Love's Confusions. Is the young, Internet nurtured generation the least hung-up, most sexually wholesome ever? Prostate orgasms take the heterosexual community by storm. In Physical, James McManus puts himself through every medical test known. The results are surprisingly... sexual. And from music to fashion to celebrity culture, mainstream entertainment reflects an X-rated attitude like never before
[Jan 25] Political philosophy - Christian thought: From Essays in Philosophy, a special issue on Liberalism, Feminism and Multiculturalism, including Karen Green (Monash): Parity and Procedural Justice; Andrew Fagan (Essex): Challenging the Right of Exit ‘Remedy’ in the Political Theory of Cultural Diversity; Anke Schuster (Groningen): Does Liberalism Need Multiculturalism? A Critique of Liberal Multiculturalism; and Catherine McKeen (SUNY Brockport): Gender, Choice and Partiality: A Defense of Rawls on the Family; a review of Philosophy in Crisis: The Need for Reconstruction; a review of Raymond Geuss' Private Goods, Public Goods. The introduction to Happy Lives and the Highest Good: An Essay on Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics. The journal History of Religions has a sample issue online, The Journal of Religion has a sample issue online, including a review of Thomas Aquinas on Human Nature; a review of Georges Bataille's The Unfinished System of Nonknowledge; a review of Jürgen Habermas' Religion and Rationality: Essays on Reason, God, and Modernity; a review of Religion in Western Society; a review of God Is Dead: Secularization in the West; a review of Legislating Morality: Pluralism and Religious Identity in Lawmaking; a review of Christian Attitudes towards the State of Israel; and a review of Lift High the Cross: Where White Supremacy and the Christian Right Converge. From First Things, Richard John Neuhaus on gays and the priesthood. From Claremont Review of Books, a review of Why the Jews Rejected Jesus: The Turning Point in Western History; and a review of books on the mind of Benedict XVI. Homiletic & Pastoral Review (who?) puts old book reviews by James V. Schall on Ratzinger on Europe and on the modern mind; and a review of Cardinal Ratzinger: The Vatican's Enforcer of the Faith; and a review of Roman Catholic Political Philosophy. And here's a page on The Philosophy of St. Thomas Aquinas in the Light of Jacques Maritain
[Jan 24] From Der Spiegel, King Mohammed VI is using a tolerant interpretation of the Koran to modernize his country. Will it become a model state for a democratic version of Islam? From Salon, an article on how Osama bin Laden just launched an obscure left-wing American author into bestseller stardom (and more). From Monthly Review, John Bellamy Foster on the new geopolitics of empire; a review of The Lost World of Italian American Radicalism: Politics, Labor, and Culture; and what was the matter with Ohio? A review of Park Hyo-jong’s Democracy and Authority. A review of Attention Deficit Democracy. From Political Affairs, an essay on capitalism, war and the future of the working class. A look at the debate within anarchism and with Leninism on organisation. "Hitler? He was good in parts": An interview with David Irving. A review of White Lies: Canon Collins and the Secret War against Apartheid. Race science makes a comeback: On the publication of the paper "Natural History of Ashkenazi Intelligence". A study finds end-of-life wishes vary among racial and ethnic groups, and between genders. Generally speaking, feminists get together with other feminists because it is less expensive than seeing a therapist. From American Atheist, did unrealistic expectation fueled by religious enthusiasm contribute to the tragedy in West Virginia? Frank Furedi on the curious rise of anti-religious hysteria. Benedict XVI says his first encyclical, "Deus Caritas Est," is inspired in part by Dante's Divine Comedy. From In the Fray, an article on Viktor Frankl and the last freedom (and part 2). A review of books on happiness. Vacation from history: An article on ethnic cleansing as the Club Med experience. A review of Rethinking Commodification: Cases and Readings in Law and Culture. Ahead of Milton Friedman: Ben Franklin happens to have been a surprisingly astute economist. A review of The Trouble with Tom: The Strange Afterlife and Times of Tom Paine. More and more and more and more and more on BHL's American Vertigo. An excerpt from Kwame Anthony Appiah's Cosmopolitanism. And Bill and Hillary are Communitarians. Therefore, communitarianism is evil
[Jan 23] From Asia Times, an article on Henry Kissinger, the inconvenient adviser. Countries commit troops with the best of intentions, but can those intentions survive a big body count? (and are British recruits to the French Foreign Legion too soft?) If diplomacy fails, does America have a military option when it comes to slowing, much less stopping, Iran's presumed ambitions to get the Bomb? A review of Tehran Rising: Iran's Challenge to the United States. A review of The Impact of International Law on International Cooperation: Theoretical Perspectives. George Packer reviews My Year in Iraq. More and more on Peter Bergen's The Osama Bin Laden That I Know: An Oral History of al Qaeda's Leader. More on Osama Bin Laden's praise of William Blum's Rogue State: A Guide to the World's Only Superpower. From TNR, an essay on the inner workings of a terrorist's mind. A review of Deadly Connections: States That Sponsor Terrorism. More and more on The Cold War. "Satisfied powers" and revisionists: An article on morality and foreign policy. War and national identity: A review of Black Hawk: The Battle for the Heart of America. From Radical Philosophy, a commentary on the awfulness of the actual Counter consumerism in a new age of war. A review of Confessions of an Economic Hit Man. More on The Pro-Growth Progressive. More and more on The Wal-Mart Effect. The general trend across corporate America is to replace pensions with 401(k) plans. Is there any way to know how this switch will affect the workers’ bottom line? A review of The Number: A Completely Different Way to Think About the Rest of Your Life. A review of Self-Made Man: One Woman's Journey Into Manhood and Back Again. And as a feminist icon, and intellectual lightweight, Naomi Wolf has experienced highs as well as lows… and then she met Jesus (and an interview with Germaine Greer)
[Weekend 2e] From New Humanist, progress is an illusion and liberal humanists are adolescent romantics: An interview with John Gray; Elisabeth Lasch-Quinn on how stressing racial differences leads to separatism; Solana Larsen catches up with a past life in New York, more on Zeno and the Tortoise, and a review of Civilization: A New History of the Western World. There is nothing Godly about revenge. But, oh how delicious it feels on mortal tongue. Perhaps though, there's something called compassionate revenge. An interview with Howard Zinn on reexamining the Sacco and Vanzetti case. What they don't tell you on The History Channel is that for all of its bloodshed, horror, bureaucracy, and grief, World War II was the biggest sexual spree in history. From Adbusters, an interview with Robert Fisk (and more on Robert Fisk's The Great War for Civilisation). A review of The Quotable Rebel. John Huey sits atop Time and Fortune and 149 other magazines, ready to have some fun. Only now the good old days of big media are history. Molly Ivins reviews Censored 2006: The Top 25 Censored Stories. Peter Singer on fear and freedom on the Internet. Can Rupert Murdoch adapt News Corporation to the digital age? An article on the coming day of the blog. A study finds Internet users can give Web sites a thumbs up or thumbs down in less than the blink of an eye (Gulp!). What would happen if a Web site's readers -- instead of editors -- could decide which stories should be published? Take a quiz and see how you'd fare as an editor. From LRB, a review of books on Google. Of trolls and blogs: Here are the rules for membership in the Pills of the American Internet Neighborhood Society. From National Journal, an article on the rise of the blogs. And a paper on the legal and constitutional status of blogs
[Weekend] From Policy Review, an essay on World War IV as Fourth-Generation Warfare. Bin Laden may have never read James Joyce, but he is applying to perfection the Dubliner's motto. More on George Packer's The Assassins’ Gate. From Foreign Policy, an interview with Larry Diamond. From NYRB, Nicholas Kristof reviews books on Darfur, and Gary Wills reviews Jimmy Carter's Our Endangered Values: America's Moral Crisis. Can a pious Muslim become a loyal American? Srdja Trifkovic investigates. More on Kwame Anthony Appiah's Cosmopolitanism: Ethics in a World of Strangers. From FT, two economists apply game theory to the way countries struggle towards democratic rule in Economic Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy. A review of The Place at the End of the World. A look at why the Earth is too crowded for Utopia. A review of Hunger: An Unnatural History. A review of Knockoff: The Deadly Trade in Counterfeit Goods. From Business Week, a series of articles on the future of outsourcing. Robert Reich on why bank consolidation is bad for the consumer. Daniel Gross on logistics, the unheralded key to the New Economy. For post-Boomers, the personal is never political: More on Generation Debt and Strapped. There's more than one puzzle here: Is inequality over wages worsening? From AEI, here's the summary of a conference on The Moral Consequences of Economic Growth. For its advocates, degrowth is not a synonym of recession: "Recession is simply stalled growth". Redefining work: An interview with Andalusia Knoll. The first chapter of Culture and Demography in Organizations. From The Economist, the way people work has changed dramatically, but the way their companies are organised lags far behind; and as advertising struggles, PR steps into the breach. Jacob Weisberg on why Bush's prescription plan is such a fiasco. Short of selling kidneys, there's a way to use markets to encourage organ donation. Robert Frank on weighing the true costs and benefits in a matter of life and death. A review of The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom--Why the Meaningful Life is Closer Than You Think. And from TCS, great thinkers have an impact when they affect popular beliefs, and the process by which this occurs is indirect and haphazard. The consequences are enormous; and a response to "The Metaphysics of Conservatism"
[Jan 20] From London Review of Books, a review of reports on the economics of reconstruction in Iraq. An interview with Peter Bergen, author of The Osama bin Laden I Know: An Oral History of al Qaeda’s Leader. More on L. Paul Bremer's My Year in Iraq. A review of The Other War: Israelis, Palestinians and the Struggle for Media Supremacy. From Forward, Shlomo Avineri on why 'Sharonism' will hold the center in Israel; an interview with Bernard-Henri Lévy; and a review of The Victory of Reason. Evangelicals rethink how to convert Jews. Hollywood is no doubt out on a mission to homosexualise America. Pope Benedict XVI's first encyclical warns believers not to confuse love with lust or degrade it "to mere sex". Marvin Olasky on Baby Boomer sex and sadness. Memo to all mistresses: Stop fooling yourself--he'll never leave his wife. From The Chronicle, are conservative Republicans now America's permanent ruling class? John DiIulio investigates. A review of Fred Barnes' Rebel in Chief. A review of Bush-League Spectacles: empire, politics, and culture in Bushwhacked America. A review of The United States of Appalachia: How Southern Mountaineers Brought Independence, Culture, and Enlightenment to America. His faith won't suit either side in the culture wars: A review of books on Lincoln. Bill O’Reilly is famous for attacking guests who dare disagree with him. So why do liberals keep going on his show? The introduction to Silent Voices: Public Opinion and Political Participation in America, and the introduction to The Silent Majority: Suburban Politics in the Sunbelt South. And a review of Get Out the Vote: How to Increase Voter Turnout, by Donald Green and Alan Gerber
[Jan 19] From TNR, crediting Jesus for all of Western civilization: Alan Wolfe reviews Rodney Stark's The Victory of Reason: How Christianity Led to Freedom, Capitalism, and Western Success. From The Remnant, traditionalist Catholics yearn to believe that the new Pope has launched a “holy revolution” but developments so far give no cause for such optimism; and can Limbo be abolished? An article on humor and the Christian Right, in all seriousness. What to do if you're a church youth group leader and need some money? Make an erotic calendar, of course. From Campus Progress, what would Jesus save? An article on the evangelization of the environmental movement; and on the Minuteman who came to dinner: What the left can learn from Bryan Collinsworth's anti-immigration father. From The Weekly Standard, Tamar Jacoby on how the political issue that always disappoints is back. From the John Birch Society's The New American, an interview of William King on controlling the borders, and three Americans interject personal perspective into the immigration debate. The new fascism is fed by myths, our myths, the myths by which we rock ourselves to sleep. From Writ, an article on terrorism, the new global security agenda, and the human rights movement. An excerpt from Devil's Game: How the United States Helped Unleash Fundamentalist Islam. More on L. Paul Bremmer's My Year in Iraq: The Struggle to Build a Future of Hope. More on James Risen's The Secret War. Joseph Nye reviews books on the world's last superpower and the post-9/11 landscape. Mark Helprin on the myth that shapes Bush's world. And from Common-place, an article on The Kingness of Mad George: The roots of the current debate over presidential power; and a review of Empire and Nation: The American Revolution in the Atlantic World
[Jan 18] American politics: From Dissent, Iris Young on Katrina: Too much blame, not enough responsibility; Marshall Berman on a Times Square for the new millennium: Life on the cleaned-up boulevard; no verbal vice seems too extreme when the American right assails critics; an article on Democrats and Middle America: What's the real problem?; and Jeff Faux on the Democrats' opportunity: Are they ready? An excerpt from Kurt Vonnegut's A Man Without a Country: A Memoir of Life in George W Bush's America. How the rise of Salem Communications' radio empire reveals the evangelical master plan. From Impact Press, an article on the religious right: Corrupting the Cross and the Constitution; and Steven Best on Senator James Inhofe: Top terrorist threat to Planet Earth. A review of The Wal-Mart Effect. A review of Strapped: Why America's 20- and 30-Somethings Can't Get Ahead. More on Gene Sperling's The Pro-Growth Progressive. Brad DeLong on a call for public pensions. Joel Kotkin on the war against suburbia. From Newsweek, the baby boomers tacked left, then right. Where will their politics go in the golden years? Solving a classic dilemma of democratic politics: An excerpt from Speak Softly and Carry a Big Stick: How Local TV Broadcasters Exert Political Power. An article on the political puzzle of country music, and a review of Rednecks and Bluenecks: The Politics of Country Music. An article on the Gramsci theory and American TV culture. Marx in Soho offers Denver a lesson in Marxism. And a review of books on the Mafia in American culture
[Jan 17] From Der Spiegel, on what American conservatives need to know about Europe (and an interview with Angela Merkel and an interview with Gary Schmitt). From Slate, what happens when Iraqi "insurgents" take on Zarqawi's thugs? Christopher Hitchens investigates. And do you have to fill out a form to be a terrorist? Niall Ferguson on the origins of the Great War of 2007 - and how it could have been prevented. Frederick Kagan on why the biggest danger in Iraq now is drawing down too quickly. An interview with Noam Chomsky: "There is no War on Terror". More on VDH's A War Like No Other. Aversion to “profiling” is a symptom, minor but telling, of the contemporary Western pathology. An interview with NSA whistleblower Russell Tice. Is there a public interest? Ishtiaq Ahmed investigates. From the Brookings Institution, a working paper on Institutions, History, and Economic Development. "Economic Hit Man" John Perkins on why Bolivia's new president, Argentina's anti-IMF rebellion and the NYC transit strike are all harbingers of things to come. Hunger in the midst of plenty: A look at the work of Jean Ziegler, a professor of economics at University of Geneva and Sorbonne. An article on the purpose of the corporation. From Cato Unbound, an essay on The Gory Antigora: Illusions of Capitalism and Computers by Jaron Lanier. And the prestige of sharing an extensive downloaded music library is wearing so thin that it's becoming almost as transparent as that ever-blowing cyber wind
[Jan 16] From CUP, the first chapter from International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, the first chapter from United States Practice in International Law, and the introduction to How the Weak Win Wars: A Theory of Asymmetric Conflict. David Rieff on why lessons from Iraq will not stop Americans--even liberals--from wanting to intervene. Robert Kagan on how the intelligent and effective exercise of America's benevolent global hegemony is as important as ever. A review of Francis Boyle's Destroying World Order: U.S. Imperialism in the Middle East Before and After September 11. Jonathan Power on alternatives to violence. How do we talk about human rights without falling into the trap of political correctness? The resentment of western elites’ addiction to material excess amidst oceans of deprivation must be addressed if it is not to turn toxic. More on The Victory of Reason: How Christianity Led to Freedom, Capitalism, and Western Success. Jacob Hacker on how it's a risky new world for U.S. workers. From The New York Times Magazine, a cover story on what is a living wage, and discrimination used to take aim at entire social groups. Now it is directed at the members of those groups who refuse to assimilate to the mainstream. Choice feminism is suddenly gaining currency, while managing to annoy people on the left, right and just about everywhere in between. More on Women Who Make the World Worse. From City Journal, Brian Anderson on The Plot to Shush Rush and O’Reilly. A review of BHL's American Vertigo. James Q. Wilson reviews The Prince of the City: Giuliani, New York, and the Genius of American Life. And a review of 1968: The year that rocked the world
Seyla Benhabib (Yale):
On the Alleged Conflict Between Democracy and International Law.
From The Chronicle,
Martha Nussbaum on
The Moral Status of Animals; Carlin Romano
reviews An Infamous Past: E.M. Cioran and the Rise of Fascism in
Romania; and an interview with political scientist
Benjamin A. Kleinerman on Lincoln and executive power.
review of Congress and the
Constitution, a review
of The "War on Terror" and the Framework of International
review of Strategic Behavior and Policy Choice on the US Supreme
Court, a review
of The Logic of Persuasion: Free Expression and the McCarthy
Era, and a review
of Conquest by Law: How the Discovery of America
Dispossessed Indigenous People
of Their Lands. Archaeologists find evidence of
earliest African slaves brought to new world.
A review of
books on law and international migration.
An interview with
Hackett Fischer, author of Liberty and
Freedom. From Idees de France, an article
on the publication of the Columbia History of Twentieth-Century French
Jim Holt reviews
The Man Who Knew Too Much: Alan Turing and the Invention of the
Tim Radford on
the problem of scientific names - still a thorny one 300 years after
The Guardian profiles
The latest spying on UCLA's faculty by a conservative zealot
resembles Germany's fascist anti-intellectual movement of the 1930s.
And from Great Britain, on why leftwing hegemony in the academy
stifles debate and, in doing so, risks lives; and a
TV series casts the
"black legend" of the Inquisition in a new
[Jan 30] From Ethics & International Affairs, Thomas Pogge (Harvard): World Poverty and Human Rights; Fernando Teson (FSU) Ending Tyranny in Iraq; a response by Terry Nardin on Humanitarian Imperialism; and a reply pdf. A review of Anthony O'Hear's Plato's Children. A review of Nikolai Bukharin's Philosophical Arabesques. More and more on Tête-à-Tête. Does it take a theory? Originalism, active liberty and minimalism: A review of Stephen Breyer's Active Liberty and Cass Sunstein's Radicals In Robes. Prominent historians, political scientists urge court to reverse lower court decision withholding two 40-year-old memos to LBJ. A review of The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl (and more and more). A review of My Dear Mr. Stalin, a collection of letters between FDR and Stalin. A review of The Third Reich in Power 1933-1939. A review of Witnesses to War: Children's Lives Under the Nazis. A review of Churchill and War, and more on Churchill and America. More on Eric Foner's Forever Free. A review of The Dream of Rome, by Boris Johnson. More and more on Civilization: A New History of the Western World. Saul Kripke lectures not about What Am I? but What Is I? An article on the debt we owe our teachers and mentors. Prominent people discover relatives they never knew they had: A Skip Gates production. In Freud's 150th-anniversary year, an examination on why readers and writers are partners in crime. More on Oedipus Revisited. Daniel Dennett wants us to study religion like any other human behavior - as a natural phenomenon. An article on why faith is a moral failing. A review of Mary Magdalene: A Biography. More on The Devil's Doctor: Paracelsus and the World of Renaissance Magic and Science. More on Hunger: An Unnatural History. Pluses and minuses: Why revive a deadly flu virus? And you want mind-blowing? Look at the middle age brain
[Weekend 2e] From Academe, a special issue of religion and academia, including Lee Hardy (Calvin): The Value of Limitations; Kenneth Wagner (Radford): Faith Statements Do Restrict Academic Freedom; an interview with Robert Bellah on the politics of resentment, and a look at why every department should know where it stands on the humor-pedagogy scale. From PS: Political Science & Politics, Sharon Barrios and Lori Weber (Cal State-Chico): Beyond the Audience of One: Producing a Student Journal of Politics and Harvard's Gary King on Publication, Publication pdf. From APSA, here are the papers from the conference "Difference and Inequalities in the Developing World", and the papers from the "Task Force on Inequality and American Democracy". The Association for Political Theory has some new items of interest. And there is now a blog to share and circulate information about the status of job searches in the subfields of political theory and public law
[Weekend] From The Journal of Textual Reasoning, a special issue on Strauss and Textual Reasoning, and a special issue on The Ethics of the Neighbor, including Kenneth Reinhard (UCLA): The Ethics of the Neighbor: Universalism, Particularism, Exceptionalism. From Fast Capitalism, Henry Giroux (McMaster): Cultural Studies in Dark Times: Public Pedagogy and the Challenge of Neoliberalism; Robert W. Williams (Bennett): Politics and Self in the Age of Digital Re(pro)ducibility; Ben Agger (UTA): Beyond Beltway and Bible Belt: Re-imagining the Democratic Party and the American Left; Charles Lemert (Wesleyan): Slow Thoughts for Fast Times: Why Mills and Not Gouldner?; Robert Antonio (Kansas): Remembering Derrida; and former SDSer Mark Rudd on Why Were There So Many Jews in SDS? Or, The Ordeal of Civility. Here are the first two issues of a new publication, Contributions to the History of Concepts. A review of Kant and the Unity of Reason. A review of Rousseau. From The Claremont Review of Books, a review of Michael Oakeshott: An Introduction. A review of James Lovelock's The Revenge of Gaia. A review of Environmentality: Technologies of Government and the Making of Subjects. More on Hunger: An Unnatural History. From Reason, Ronald Bailey on cerebral scans for right and wrong: Morality on the brain. From The Economist, the police are a bunch of monkeys: Simian society, too, needs the forces of law and order. From Inside Higher Education, an article on the publication of The Wingspread Declaration on Religion and Public Life: Engaging Higher Education. A look at how Wal-Mart is like academia. And an article on the new face of the campus left, and more on the antics of the Bruin Alumni Association
[Jan 27] From Studies in Social and Political Thought, William Lewis (Skidmore): The Under-theorization of Overdetermination in the Political Philosophy of Ernesto Laclau and Chantal Mouffe; Sujith Kumar (LSE): After Hamburger: The Revisionary Debate in Light of John Stuart Mill on Liberty and Control; Claudia Landwehr (Hamburg): Rational Choice, Deliberative Democracy, And Preference Transformation; Bráulio Matos (Brasilia): Pedagogic Authority and Girard's Analysis of Human Violence; and Stefan Müller-Doohm (Oldenburg): Thinking from No-man's-land. The Life and Work of Theodor W. Adorno pdf. From Diskrepancija, Ivan Landripet (Zagreb): Orwell's 1994: Relevance of his Dystopian Model and the Implications of the Recently Discovered “Work”; and Sara Meszaros (Zagreb): Space of Disjunction: Wartime Sexual Violence Against Women and the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia; and Vladimir Marković (Belgrade): "The Other Serbia" in Discrepancy: The Elements of Neoliberal and Orientalist Ideologies Incorporated in the Process of the Development of a Civil Society in the Balkans. A review of Cultural Exchange and the Cold War: Raising the Iron Curtain; and a review of Churchill’s Cold War: The Politics of Personal Diplomacy. From Great Britain, how can we have a "knowledge economy" if no one learns maths or physics? From National Review, a look at how religious schools are struggling to maintain their identity. Incoming president at Mercer says religious institutions can embrace academic freedom and still keep their values. Two university priest-presidents provide Catholic leadership for a change. Peter H. Schuck and Brian Leiter debate whether law schools need ideological diversity. If God is dead, but you still want to be a theologian, what are you supposed to write about? From TLS, a look at what Mozart and Sid Vicious have in common. An article on hip hop and linguistics: you ain’t heard no research like it. And an interview with poet Uta Beiküfner about the fascination of socialism
[Jan 26] From Prospect, western philosophy remains almost entirely sealed off from eastern traditions. Why? A review of Philosophers Explore The Matrix. A review of Classical Philosophy: A Contemporary Introduction. A review of Encyclopedia of Modern French Thought. A review of Michael Walzer's Politics and Passion: Toward a More Egalitarian Liberalism. A review of Richard Posner's The Problematics of Moral and Legal Theory. Wouldn’t it be lovely if some of our 2st century Milton manqués had the taste to remain mute? From Scientific American, a forensic anthropologist reconstructs what George Washington looked like as a young man; and more on The Man Who Knew Too Much: Alan Turing and the Invention of the Computer. What is science? An article on the indefensibility of falsificationism. Daniel Dennett on how contagious ideas hitch a ride in our infected brains. A review of Philosophy of Experimental Biology. DNA study supports call to reclassify chimpanzees: Historic differences may not be so great. An excerpt from The Chicago Guide to Collaborative Ethnography. Members of isolated Amazon villages with no words in their language for any geometric shape except circles still understand many principles of geometry. Archeologists suggest the Athenian empire was brought to its knees by typhoid fever. A review of The Routledge Dictionary of Quotations: The Illiterati's Guide to Latin Maxims, Mottoes, Proverbs, and Sayings. From Inside Higher Ed, the times--are they a-changin'? Students for a Democratic Society is trying for a comeback. An article on the websites that are undermining academic authority in the US. Will the university survive? Here's a libertarian perspective. And to really "make" it as a Sopranos watcher, come with your full breadth of cultural references or don't come at all
[Jan 25] From Postmodern Culture, Ben Roberts (Bradford): Stiegler Reading Derrida: The Prosthesis of Deconstruction in Technics; a review of Culture/Metaculture and Terry Eagleton's The Idea of Culture; and a review of Confidence Games: Money and Markets in a World Without Redemption. From The Common Review, Michael Bérubé reviews Theory's Empire pdf. A review of Hegel's Philosophy of Reality, Freedom, and God. A review of What's Wrong with Democracy? From Athenian Practice to American Worship. The introduction to Ian Shapiro's The State of Democratic Theory. The first chapter of The Coming of the French Revolution. A review of Jean Paul Sartre: A Life. From Slate, Alan Wolfe and Franklin Foer review and debate BHL's American Vertigo. When will scholars get the chance to legitimately assess Nixon's legacy in Vietnam? Raider of the Lost Art: A review of Thieves of Baghdad: One Marine's Passion for Ancient Civilizations and the Journey to Recover the World's Greatest Stolen Treasures. From Inside Higher Ed, a proposal to change the dissertation process and a call to teach “professionalization". Gary North on professorate economics: The Ph.D. Glut Revisited. The introduction to Derek Bok's Our Underachieving Colleges: A Candid Look at How Much Students Learn and Why They Should Be Learning More. A Penn researcher who studies high achievers says it isn't I.Q., grades, or leadership skills that leads to success. It's good, old-fashioned stick-to-itiveness. From UCLA, alumnus Andrew Jones pulls offer to buy lecture tapes. From The American Spectator, here are the Top 5 Campus Outrages of 2005. Tory universities spokesman Boris Johnson offers a staunch defence of academic freedom. And writes his own headline. A student aid program calls for the federal government to rate the academic rigor of the nation's high schools for the first time. And state universities have been forced into a competitive marketplace for financial support, and that is threatening public education
[Jan 24] Janet Radcliffe Richards (UCL): Equality of opportunity doc. Donald Green (Yale): Putting the Party Back into Politics: Results of an Experiment Designed to Increase Voter Turnout through Music, Food and Entertainment pdf. Kim Lane Scheppele (Princeton): The International State of Emergency: The Challenge for Constitutionalism after September 11 doc. Barry Friedman (NYU): Neither Force Nor Will: The Popular Foundations of Judicial Review pdf. A review of Beyond the First Amendment The Politics of Free Speech and Pluralism. A review of The Development of Constitutional Theory in Australia, Canada, and New Zealand. From Great Britain, an exhibition highlights unusual pieces of legislation which remain on the statute book. Why have they survived, when they appear so at odds with modern life? The introduction to Citizen-Saints: Shakespeare and Political Theology (and more). A review of Medieval Islamic Philosophical Writings. More on Maimonides. A review of Leibniz: Nature and Freedom. A review of Nicholas Miraculous: The Amazing Career of the Redoubtable Dr. Nicholas Murray Butler. An article on how natural science holds wisdom of ages. A review of Bioethics: An Introduction for the Biosciences. A review of The Stem Cell Controversy: Debating the Issues. A review of Understanding Dissidence and Controversy in the History of Psychoanalysis. A review of Debunked!: ESP, Telekinesis, and Other Pseudoscience. A review of William Dembski and Michael Ruse's Debating Design: From Darwin to DNA. Retracing Darwin's footsteps in the Galápagos reveals how revolutions in science actually evolve. An interview with Ray Kurzweil. A review of Life as We Do Not Know It: The NASA Search for (and Synthesis of) Alien Life. A look at how sending messages into outer space has changed since Voyager's day. From Haaretz, give birth or write: Julia Kristeva lectures on feminist philosophy. An open letter to those offering to pay students to report on their UCLA professors (and more). Joan Scott on professors as liberators. And neuroscientists have tracked what happens in the politically partisan brain when it tries to digest damning facts about favored candidates
[Jan 23] A new issue of The International Journal of Baudrillard Studies is out, including, Julia Kristeva (Paris VII): Intimate Revolt: The Future of the Culture of Revolt, The Life of the Mind, and the Species; Gary Genosko (Lakehead): The Spirit of Symbolic Exchange: Jean Baudrillard’s 9/11; Mike Grimshaw (Canterbury): Religion, Terror and the End of the Postmodern: Rethinking the Responses; Douglas Kellner (UCLA): Jean Baudrillard After Modernity: Provocations On A Provocateur and Challenger; a review of Alain Badiou's Handbook of Inaesthetics; a review of Richard Wolin's The Seduction of Unreason: The Intellectual Romance With Fascism From Nietzsche to Postmodernism; a review of Georges Bataille: Core Cultural Theorist; and a review of Slavoj Zizek: Live Theory. From The Boston Globe's "Ideas", recent revelations of fraud have caused some editors of scientific journals to rethink their responsibilities. But can journal editors be muckrakers? A review of AIDS and the Sexuality of Law: Ironic Jurisprudence. More and more on Covering: The Hidden Assault on Our Civil Rights. An interview with Daniel Dennett. A review of How Language Works and Words, Words, Words. A review of A Mind of Its Own: How Your Brain Distorts and Deceives (and more). Genetic tests can add depth to what we have long believed, but they can also challenge our conception of who we are. Scientists are conducting personality tests on animals as varied as chimps, hyenas and giant octopuses. When it comes to a capacity for character, we may not be alone. A review of A World on Fire: A Heretic, an Aristocrat, and the Race to Discover Oxygen. A review of The Occult Tradition. A review of The Retreat of Reason. A review of books on colliding cosmologies. And the Hindu Right's attempts to rewrite school textbooks on India and Hinduism in California meet with stiff resistance from renowned historians and scholars in the U.S. and abroad
[Weekend 2e] Larry Ribstein (Illinois): The Economics of Federalism. Susan Daicoff (Florida Coastal): Law as a Healing Profession: The Comprehensive Law Movement. Emily Sherwin (Cornell): Demystifying Legal Reasoning: Part II. From American Political Science Review, Keith Whittington (Princeton): "Interpose Your Friendly Hand": Political Supports for the Exercise of Judicial Review by the United States Supreme Court pdf. CQ Press will publish a groundbreaking International Encyclopedia of Political Science. A new issue of Econ Journal Watch is out, including an essay on the political ideologies of AEA members, and a look at Gunnar Myrdal’s plea for self-disclosure pdf. From Mises Review, a review of Equality, Rights, and the Autonomous Self: Toward a Conservative Economics, and a review of The Abolition of Antitrust. An excerpt from Arbitration Law in America: A Critical Assessment. From CUP, an excerpt from Marsilius of Padua: The Defender of the Peace. The introduction to The New Cambridge Medieval History: Volume 1, c.500 - c.700. Historian William Blum is the author who got a big boost from bin Laden. From The Journal of Democracy, Azar Nafisi, author of Reading Lolita in Tehran, on The Voice of Akbar Ganji, and Iranian political prisoner Ganji on The Struggle Against Sultanism pdf. An excerpt from Diaspora Politics: At Home Abroad. The first chapter of Policing Gangs in America. Is there anybody out there? Detection devices are in the works for rooting out extraterrestrial life. New York moves to limit colleges that seek profit. How should a book sound? And what about footnotes? Tunku Varadarajan on how Dr. Seuss celebrates the American virtues of salesmanship and open-mindedness. And if I can abuse myself with alcohol, why not cannabis? Whose body is it anyway? Roger Scruton wants to know
[Weekend] Carol Steiker (Harvard): No, Capital Punishment is Not Morally Required: Deterrence, Deontology, and the Death Penalty. A review of Freedom and Religion in Kant and His Immediate Successors: The Vocation of Humankind, 1774-1800. A review of Chandran Kukathas' The Liberal Archipelago: A Theory of Diversity and Freedom. A review of Giorgio Agamben's State of Exception. From Humanities, an interview with Cokie Roberts, author of Founding Mothers; and a look at the story of John and Abigail Adams, of Alexander Hamilton, the man who modernized money, and of Benjamin Franklin, a man of sense. From The Claremont Review of Books, American Idol: A review of books Benjamin Franklin. A review of Benjamin Franklin Unmasked. A review of Remembered Past: John Lukacs on History, Historians, and Historical Knowledge: A Reader. A review of Right, Nature and Reason: Unpublished Writings against Hayek, Mises, Strauss and Polanyi. From Harvard, Cass Sunstein delivers a lecture on originalism. From UCLA, Juan Cole delivers a lecture on jihadist groups. A review of The Heirs of the Prophet Muhammad. A review of No Victory, No Peace. A review of The Just War Revisited. More on The Cold War. An excerpt from Stalin: A New History. A review of Between Genius and Genocide: The Tragedy of Fritz Haber, Father of Chemical Warfare. The first chapter of Karl Pearson: The Scientific Life in a Statistical Age. An excerpt from Computational Economics. Research suggests basic geometrical knowledge is a universal constituent of the human mind. An excerpt from Sextus Empiricus: Against the Logicians. Pythagoras's theorem is not simply a way of computing hypotenuses, but an emblem of the discovery process itself. A review of The Devil's Doctor: Paracelsus and the World of Renaissance Magic and Science. From Australia, a review of The Invention of Terra Nullis. A review of Putting Humans First: Why We Are Nature's Favorite. In 'Design' vs. Darwinism, Darwin wins point in Rome. The Unification Theological Seminary offers a course on the Teachings of Sun Myung Moon. As college professors post lectures online, they're seeing a rise in absenteeism. A low-tech response to no-shows: more surprise quizzes. From n+1, the problem with dating is that it never ends. And the Guinness World Records is where your achievement is recognised, and has been has been delighting readers for more than 50 years
[Jan 20] Meir Dan-Cohen (Berkeley): Revising the Past: On the Metaphysics of Repentance, Forgiveness, and Pardon. AC Grayling reviews Plato's Children: the state we are in and The Retreat of Reason: political correctness and the corruption of public debate in modern Britain. More on Tête-à-Tête. A review of Heidegger and the Place of Ethics. A review of John Kekes' The Roots of Evil. A review of Philosophical Theology and Christian Doctrine. A look at how Catholic colleges give Jewish programs a lift. An article on rebuilding the American dream machine: A parable of elitism in universities. Scott McLemee notices that scholars are creating a new sort of academic community. Or is that just the dream of a ridiculous man? A conservative group is offering students at UCLA money to tape lectures and turn over materials distributed by professors (and more). From TNR, the crisis in boys' education is woefully underexposed. Partly, that is understandable. Reporters look around their world and see men dominant in academics, business, and politics. What's to worry about? Plenty, as it turns out. From TLS, more on Theory's Empire. In praise of the novel: Carlos Fuentes celebrates the democratic revolution set in motion by Cervantes' novel Don Quixote, and the dialogue of civilisations created by "world literature". A review of books on dictionaries (and more). An article on the "Dummies" series as a stroke of genius. Germans call it schadenfreude and according to neuroscientists men enjoy it much more than women. A review of Naomi Wolf's The Treehouse: Eccentric Wisdom from My Father on How to Live, Love and See (and more). And research shows that the wine buff's favourite accompaniment masks the complex flavours of wine
[Jan 19] From Perspectives on Politics, Benjamin A. Kleinerman (VMI): Lincoln's Example: Executive Power and the Survival of Constitutionalism pdf. A review of The Rule of Law and the Separation of Powers. The first chapter from The Politics of Crisis Management: Public Leadership Under Pressure. A review of Hate Crime. More on Kenji Yoshino's Covering: The Hidden Assault on Our Civil Rights. The introduction to Privacy, Property and Personality: Civil Law Perspectives on Commercial Appropriation. Elections are all about political calculus--except when they're about physics. The introduction to Criminals and their Scientists: The History of Criminology in International Perspective. A review of The Ig Nobel Prizes 2. More on The Discoveries. A review of The Man Who Knew Too Much: Alan Turing and the Invention of the Computer. Turning one. The power of one. We're number one. One vote can make a difference. Oneness: Mark Kingwell explores the binary code's better half. John Horgan on how we're cracking the neural code, the brain's secret language; and Bill McKibben on changing who you imagine you are. Synthetic biology is an emerging field that could one day have a major impact on medicine and industry. From mind-reading to happy pills, brain science is poised to have a huge impact on society. A new look at the DNA of the Ashkenazi Jewish population has thrown light on its still mysterious origins. Genetic testing is creating new versions of ancient dilemmas. A review of Under the Weather: Us and the Elements. A review of Food in the Ancient World. A study reveals Neanderthals were as good at hunting as early modern humans. Humans have a strong desire to help each other, but is spite also part of the human condition? And research finds that the first impressions of beauty may demonstrate why the pretty prosper
[Jan 18] From City Journal, was Isaiah Berlin, liberalism’s philosopher-in-chief, a conservative? More from Dissent: An article on how class disappeared from western politics, and a review of Harry, Tom, and Father Rice: Accusation and Betrayal in America’s Cold War. An interview with HBS professor Nava Ashraf on Adam Smith as behavioral economist. From Salmagundi, Benjamin Barger on The Price of Irony. From The Independent, a review of Benedict Anderson's Under Three Flags: Anarchism And The Anti-Colonial Imagination. A review of Foucault and the Iranian Revolution: Gender and the Seductions of Islamism. A review of Explaining Postmodernism: Skepticism and Socialism from Rousseau to Foucault. A review of Michael Sandel's Public Philosophy: Essays on Morality in Politics. More on Cosmopolitanism: Ethics in a World of Strangers. A review of Lost Battalions: The Great War and the Crisis of American Nationality. More and more on John Hope Franklin's Mirror to America. A review of Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle for Racial Justice (and more), and more and more and more on At Canaan's Edge: America in the King Years 1965-68. A review of Michael Lind's What Lincoln Believed: The Values and Convictions of America’s Greatest President. A review of Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling. Scientist, diplomat and wit: Benjamin Franklin's birth merits a toast; and Franklin was the founder who came the furthest. From Northwestern, here's an open letter to Hélène Cixous. And Robert George on how higher education could heal itself by teaching civics--not race, class, and gender
[Jan 17] From CUP, an excerpt from David Schmitdz's The Elements of Justice, and an excerpt from Heinrich Meier's Leo Strauss and the Theologico-Political Problem. A review of Heidegger on Ontotheology: Technology and the Politics of Education. A review of Immanuel Kant, Notes and Fragments. A review of Near and Far: On the Thought of Emmanuel Levinas. More on Tête à Tête: The Lives and Loves of Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre. A review of Zeno and the Tortoise: How to Think Like a Philosopher. Tibor Machan on a paradox of philosophy's star gazing. Mixed abilities: It ain't what you think, it's the way that you think it. Man as the 'standard,' woman as the 'other': A look at the recent work of Catharine MacKinnon. The introduction to State Feminism and Political Representation. A review of Sexual Outercourse: Philosophy of Lovemaking. Katha Pollitt on what a difference a few decades and a gender revolution make. Are teachers who sleep with boys getting off? From TNR, a look at how diploma mills are threatening national security. How much is too much for a school to ask for when it already has a billion-dollar endowment? From Inside Higher Ed, more on the strange story of Jacques Pluss; and fed up with RateMyProfessors.com? A new Web site offers you equal time. The world of publishing stands on the cusp of the greatest innovation since Gutenberg. A review of Classic Feynman: All the Adventures of a Curious Character. And a report from a conference in the UK staged by proponents of futurology
[Jan 16] Daniel Rodriguez (USD) and Matthew McCubbins (UCSD): The Judiciary and the Role of Law: A Positive Political Theory Perspective. Richard Garnett (Notre Dame): Religion, Division, and the First Amendment. The introduction to Freedom of Religion: UN and European Human Rights Law and Practice. Here's a reflection on the piety of agnosticism. Atheists, agnostics and secular humanists build a community of like-minded people. An article on descriptive vs. normative relativism. From Nigeria, an article on the scientific attitude. The scientific-publishing system does little to prevent scientific fraud. Is there a better way? Or is it time to curtail public financing of scientific research? A review of The Cosmic Landscape: String Theory and the Illusion of Intelligent Design. New research on the blind is revealing the brain's ability to adapt -- and may lead to new therapies for everything from strokes to chronic pain. From UC-Santa Cruz, a protest, a spy program and a campus in an uproar. Long before he became a Washington lobbyist and convicted felon, Jack Abramoff was a freshman at Brandeis University. The first chapter from Syndromes of Corruption: Wealth, Power, and Democracy. More on The Cold War: A New History. A review of Edward Landsdale's Cold War. More on Citizen: Jane Addams and the Struggle for Democracy. Oliver Wendell Holmes's The Autocrat of the Breakfast Table would be more accurately described today as a near-conversation. "You have inspired me like Goliath inspired David"; "He is the best ex-husband in the world"; and other expressions of literary gratitude. Does anyone care anymore about the ratio of fact to fiction in the memoir? And truth has become a commodity so valuable many will do anything to sell it