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[Nov 30] From Transitions, doubts over the benefits of a flat tax are being voiced not just by voters but also by economists. No longer can America take for granted its global superiority as a market for capital. Regulatory reform might let it keep up with the pack. Bull run: Newly confident Spanish firms are striding out across Europe. From Foreign Policy, a list of the political assassinations of 2006. The Litvinenko murder is the world's first act of nuclear terrorism. Here's a rundown on the theories of who could be behind this attack. From Merkur, wanderlust has made Europe into a transcontinental continent. Will the world and its cultures ever be able to disentangle themselves from their Europeanization? A review of Murder in Amsterdam: The Death of Theo van Gogh and the Limits of Tolerance by Ian Buruma. What does it mean to be a “moderate” Muslim today? As Pope Benedict treks to the secular Muslim state of Turkey, this is a good week to ask the question. The Taliban once again control half of Afghanistan, and leaders have issued a new book of rules: An interview with Mullah Sabir, one of the hard core of the Taliban cadre. NATO to the Rescue : The United States can't save Iraq. Here's who can. Despite the Democratic congressional victory and James Baker's independent commission, President Bush seems unwilling to make major policy changes on Iraq. A review essay on Fooled Again: How the Right Stole the 2004 Election & Why They'll Steal the Next One Too (Unless We Stop Them). A review of The Broken Branch: How Congress is Failing America and How to Get It Back on Track by Thomas E. Mann and Norman J. Ornstein. How a small-town businessman sparked an anti-incumbency movement in Pennsylvania--and what it means for national politics. A GOP breed loses its place in New England. From Conversations with History, an interview with Lewis Lapham, former editor of Harper's. Chuck Norris is now a columnist at WorldNetDaily. The Maureen Dowd Clone: Making a play for John Tierney’s slot. Caitlin Flanagan, the contrarian stay-at-home writer-mom, is now no longer a New Yorker contributor. And 25 Little Socialites: Which diabolical genius started Socialiterank.com? And who hired the private dick?

[Nov 29] A new issue of Cultural Survival is out. From New Statesman, can sharia law be good for women? A review of A Brief Guide to Islam. Globalization and God: Religious revivalism may win a few battles, but secularism will ultimately win the war. Younger than that now: An aging wave of Peace Corps volunteers finds new reasons to act on an old idealism. UN v. US: Will new UN leadership alter the longstanding battle over US domination of the world body? From American Diplomacy, a review of A New World Order by Anne-Marie Slaughter; and an article on understanding democratic transitions. From HNN, a look at why the US loses "small wars". The Wars of Perception: What happened in Tet and Somalia may hold important lessons for Iraq. The distortions about the violence in Iraq persist even as the mayhem increases. Here are ten of the worst myths being spread in the media. An interview with Michael Ratner of the Center for Constitutional Rights on the war crimes case against Rumsfeld, and Elizabeth de la Vega on bringing Bush to court. Democratic doves found their voice, and strength, in opposing the war -- despite what Tom Edsall has to say. It’s his biparty: Hendrik Hertzberg on the President’s appointments belie a new era of cooperation. Why does the GOP control the South? In a word, racism. The N-Word: Diane McWhorter on unmentionable lessons of the midterm aftermath. The election defeat was inglorious for Republicans because it ratified worries about the cost of chasing away the GOP's moderates. The Club for Growth wants to create a free market GOP, whether the party likes it or not. The Scariest Guy in Town: With subpoena power, Henry Waxman could be the Republicans' worst nightmare. Time to talk Mormon, Mitt: Romney needs to get past the faith issue, fast. At 86, Robert Drinan, Jesuit priest and former Congressman from Massachusetts, is going strong. A review of Soulless: Ann Coulter and the Right-Wing Church of Hate; Brainless: The Lies and Lunacy of Ann Coulter; and I Hate Ann Coulter! From Mute, terraces & peripheries: Left snobbery & the Radical Right. And politics has always had a more squalid side, but are the wheels about to come off the democratic wagon?

[Nov 28] From Eritrea, blind deployment of technology without complete evaluation of factors that influence user acceptance behavior can be dangerous for firms in Africa because of the region's unique culture. From New Zealand, the resignation of opposition leader Don Brash has again thrown the spotlight on a secretive Christian sect known as the Exclusive Brethren. The teenage star of a film about the Nativity is missing its Vatican premiere because she is expecting a baby with her 19-year-old partner. Globalization and God: Pratap Bahnu Mehta on how a shrinking world might require an ethical code for the politics of religious exchange. From Transitions, it is a bit of an oddity that there should be any significant anti-Semitism in the Balkans at all. NATO has survived the end of the cold war. But as it battles the Taliban in Afghanistan, its problems are acute. Fred Kaplan on how events in Iraq, Lebanon, and Asia highlight Bush's shortcomings as a leader. From Newsweek, he can deal out death through his black-clad followers and roil the government any time he chooses. Why Moqtada al-Sadr may end up deciding America's fate in Iraq. Should the United States restore Saddam Hussein to power? Jonathan Chait investigates. Whatever happened to statecraft? From Beirut to Baghdad: Christopher Hitchens on the ghastly predictability of nihilist violence. From Reason, the National Mall goes kitsch: America's cluttered back yard shows just how hard it is to say no to special interests. It's a way of life that dates to the dawn of the nation. But hunting is on the wane in America. A sportsman's lament. Equity-rich boomers who yearn for wide-open spaces are heading for the Rocky Mountain West—Montana in particular—where the locals are waiting. With pitchforks. From American Heritage, an article on Provincetown: The long journey from Puritanism. A look at how cities compete in hipness battle to attract the young. From Government Executive, a look at how Buy American compliance is getting tricky in an increasingly global economy. Truth in advertising: "Click fraud" poses a threat to the boom in internet advertising. Like I Care: On the Internet, everybody knows you're a dog. And which political party do pet owners prefer?

[Nov 27] News from around the world - media: From Dissent, an article on Russia: which capitalist road?; the politics of sports: Daniel A. Bell on watching the World Cup in Beijing; and a review of The Caged Virgin: An Emancipation Proclamation For Women and Islam by Ayaan Hirsi Ali. From Cafe Babel, a series of articles on gender-based violence and violation: no longer invisible. Thomas Lubanga is facing a pre-trial hearing at the International Criminal Court to test the evidence that he recruited child soldiers and forced them to kill his enemies. This could be a more important trial than that of Saddam Hussein. A review of The Lost Executioner: A Story of the Khmer Rouge and Machete Season: The Killers in Rwanda Speak. The AK-47 has become the world's most prolific and effective combat weapon, a device so cheap and simple that it can be bought in many countries for less than the cost of a live chicken. An article on the political economy of sanctions against North Korea. From The Observer Magazine, a special issue on The New India. From Monthly Review, an essay on why Cuba still inspires. A review of The Man Who Invented Fidel: Castro, Cuba and Herbert L. Matthews of The New York Times. A review of Democracy and Revolution: Latin America and Socialism Today. An essay on the poverty of wealth; the weakness of power. The web tool psiphon is said to offer a way past the government censor. From fakery to comfort in MySpace: A journey through different social networking websites reaches both its peak of excitement and sudden decline at MySpace. After YouTube and MySpace, what next? As the internet continues to change at a breathtaking pace, meet the architects of the next web explosion. A parent’s guide to teenspeak by text message: Every generation has its cryptography. Must the older decipher the younger’s code? A wireless company thinks so. Comic strips and their fan communities thrive online despite cutbacks in print, but that doesn't mean newspapers should continue shrinking their comics. And on the Anti-Fan Club: Getting together to share and form a community — of dislike

[Weekend 2e] Jeffrey Sachs on the new face of the United Nations. An excerpt from Can Might Make Rights? Building the Rule of Law after Military Interventions. An excerpt from The European Union Decides, and an excerpt from Leadership and Negotiation in the European Union. Anthony Giddens on politically illiterate Britain: When you look at the sort of books we are reading, it's no wonder our public life is so intellectually impoverished. The government is finally starting to notice that the Muslim Council of Britain is in denial about Islamic extremism. It sounds like a James Bond film, but in Russia, stealthy poisonings are a tradition that is alive and well. An excerpt from The Cambridge History of Russia: Volume 1, From Early Rus to 1689 and an excerpt from Volume 2, Imperial Russia, 1689–1917. Enrique Krauze on what's at stake in Mexico City. A couple that moved to Canada after Bush's 2004 reelection decides to stay put even after Democrats retake Congress. Senator Chuck Hagel on leaving Iraq, honorably. And in the midst of our war on terror, can we tell the hype from reality

[Weekend] Potpourri-esque: From NYRB, Jeffrey Sachs on How Aid Can Work. From LRB, Alex de Waal writes about the Darfur peace negotiations; and getting rich: Pankaj Mishra reports from Shanghai. A look at why America’s future is red, Europe’s is green. From Tikkun, a look at the disconnect between Israeli public opinion and government policy; and an essay on the cultural foundations of the US/Israel alliance. From Forward, articles on the socialism of Bernie Sanders and the Jewishness of Joseph Lieberman. Senator Lieberman announces the hiring of Marshall Wittmann, one of the great career vagabonds, ideological contortionists and political pontificators ever to inflict himself on a city full of them. From the Southern Poverty Law Center, here's a map of active US hate groups in 2005. Straight to Jesus: An article on sexual and Christian conversions in the ex-gay movement. A review of The Race Beat: The Press, the Civil Rights Struggle, and the Awakening of a Nation. Why Bill Cosby is wrong: The racial income gap is a product of discrimination, not black culture. I married my daughter: Victor Navasky deals with mail-order religious ordination so that he could officiate his daughter's wedding. A review of I, Goldstein: My Screwed Life.  What's wrong with supersexy ads in a legal magazine? Dahlia Lithwick wants to know. Hear the blogosphere roar: Cnet comes up with the Top 10 girl geeks. Slide-rule celebrities: Economists who author blogs are drawing fans who see nothing dismal about the discipline. The increasingly popular virtual world Second Life was overwhelmed by a flood of "self-replicating" objects, dubbed "grey goo"

[Nov 24] News from around the world: From the Central African Republic, since late October, instability has increased as a rebel movement in the northeast is threatening the government in Bangui. From Western Sahara, the current uprising has continued for over a year now, during which time there has been an increase of vocal disagreement with the presence of Morocco. Is independence for Northern Cyprus in the cards? The island kingdom of Tonga is experiencing severe political turmoil that appears, in part, to be related to strengthening calls for democratic reform. A review of A-Not-So-Distant Horror: Mass Violence in East Timor. More than 160 earthquakes in just two weeks in Ethiopia have given scientists a rare chance to observe the start of a major land movement. Eventually, they believe, Africa will lose its horn. The BJP's ideological commitment and disruptive tactics pose a threat to the survival of the Indian Constitution. Is India emerging as France of Asia? A warming Sino-Indian relationship tells the US that India is not an unconditional ally. Behind China and India's awkward courtship: Border disputes and Chinese ties with Pakistan have long divided them, but business could bring them together. The myth of Chindia: Joined by name but not by nature.  China's African adventure: Where the West sees a need for reform, Beijing sees nothing but resources and opportunity. Japan has embarked on a path no developed nation has ever followed -- of sustained and inexorable population decline. "The Decideur": Michael Ignatieff would like you to know that he's perfectly capable of making up his mind. An article on uravelling Ignatieff; a picture and a thousand words: flipping off a protestor was pure Ralph Klein; and a review of Right Side Up: The Fall of Paul Martin and the Rise of Stephen Harper's New Conservatism; Full Circle: Death and Resurrection in Canadian Conservative Politics; and The Long Road Back: The Conservative Journey, 1993-2006. From Sign and Sight, a perfect place for a revolution: Edwin Bendyk searches for perfect idleness in post-communist Poland. And why Adam Michnik is afraid of theocracy: Confessions of a Democrat-Skeptic

[Nov 23] From Axess, a special issue on the theme "Between Anarchy and Imperialism", with an introduction, an essay on Europe’s American dream, an article on the Brazilian behemoth, and an essay on Indian devolution. Freedom from fear trumps the freedom to vote: Why it's so hard to establish democracy in countries like Russia and Iraq. In this decade idealists went too far; in the previous one, it was realists who did not go far enough. A "purple patch" on utopia and violence by Karl Popper. Waging "Lawfare": Conservatives attack international law as a tool of the terrorists. Bush studies Vietnam, flunks history test: While in Hanoi, the President should have stayed away from invoking Iraq (and more). Rep. Charles Rangel on why he wants the draft. The GOP's dirty deeds of 2006: Salon's guide to robo-calls, push polls, vigilantes and other murky dealings from this year's elections; and a ranking of the politicos who have earned our gratitude and those who should get their just deserts. If he wanted to change the tone in Washington, President Bush could stop referring to the "Democrat party" and call the other side the Democratic Party. Is the Congressional Black Caucus bad for Democrats? Conor Clarke investigates. The Doctor is in: Howard Dean isn't getting tossed from the DNC. And Bush's contempt for the truth has created an existential crisis for mainstream media

[Nov 22] From Israel, a new study finds that approximately 40 percent of settlements, including long-standing communities, are built on private Palestinian land and not on state-owned land (and more). Alan Wolfe on free speech, Israel, and Jewish illiberalism. Jihadis and whores: Wars are won by destroying the enemy's will to fight. A nation is never really beaten until it sells its women. Arab Winter: The failure of last year's so-called Arab Spring underscores the broader failure of U.S. policy in the Mid-East. The successive reform proposals designed to refocus the United Nations and sharpen its development efforts are being overtaken by the private sector's upgrade of its own work in this area. Who will replace John Bolton? Foreign Policy investigates. Robert Lipsyte on how Nascar dads (and moms) signaled a distant early warning on Iraq and helped turn the tide of the election. From TNR, can predictions markets forecast elections? Cass Sunstein and Bo Cowgill investigate. Is the South truly a dead zone for Democrats? Bob Barr on why talk of bipartisanship in the House is likely to remain just that - talk. How to be Big John: Five challenges for front-runner McCain. From Human Events, a list of the top 10 books liberals would like to burn, the top 10 books every Republican Congressman should read, and a survey on books you would recommend. A review of Static: Government Liars, Media Cheerleaders, and the People Who Fight Back by Amy Goodman and David Goodman. Ex Post Facto: Is there any hope for a once-great American newspaper? A review of Google and the Myth of Universal Knowledge. The race to create a "smart" Google: Everything you buy online says a little bit about you. And if all those bits get put into one big trove of data about you and your tastes? Marketer's heaven. You Tube vs. Boob Tube: TV advertising is broken, putting $67 billion up for grabs. Which explains why google spent a billion and change on an online video startup. And from the billions of documents that form the World Wide Web and the links that weave them together, computer scientists and a growing collection of start-up companies are finding new ways to mine human intelligence and common sense, a new Web 3.0

[Nov 21] From Fronesis, denationalized states and global assemblages: An interview with Saskia Sassen. However porous national borders may have become, the prediction that globalisation will dissolve the concept of nation-states is proving false. From Open Democracy, how should developing countries relate to their diaspora communities? Ehsan Masood tracks a growing discussion with vital policy implications. Latin America is preparing to settle accounts with its white settler elite: The political movements and protests sweeping the continent are as much about race as class. From Foreign Policy, an interview with Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniya. The situation in Afghanistan continues to deteriorate, and NATO is squabbling about who is to blame: "The Germans have to learn how to kill" (but an 18-year-old gun freak takes it too seriously: "I loathe people"). Counting Corpses: The Lancet number crunchers respond to Slate's Fred Kaplan (and Kaplan replies). There are serious doubts over the integrity of the genocide trial which sentenced Saddam Hussein to death, says Anthony Dworkin. American anthropologists stand up against torture and the occupation of Iraq. Christopher Hitchens on why James Baker is the last guy we should listen to about Iraq (and more from Martin Peretz). A review of Running Alone: Presidential Leadership -- JFK to Bush II: Why It Has Failed and How We Can Fix It by James MacGregor Burns. How to run for president: Before the campaign trail, the paper trail. The Lame Duck’s waddle to oblivion: A primer on the origins of a phrase reserved for Capitol Hill’s politically useless. The Republicans' curse -- they're always right: If they win, it's because they were conservative; if they lose, it's because they weren't conservative enough. A socialist in the millionaires' club: An interview with Bernie Sanders. It's not the Democrats who are divided: Frank Rich on how elections may come and go, but Washington remains incorrigible. MSNBC has seen the future, and it is politics. Delivered with plenty of opinion. And the principal difference between us journalists and ordinary people is that we journalists will shamelessly flaunt our abilities to use "we" and "us" correctly

[Nov 20] From Conversations With History, an interview with Professor Galia Golan on Israel and the 2006 Lebanon War. Unleash the Shiites? The U.S. may be forced to choose sides in Iraq's civil strife. Three for thought: What you need to read about exit strategies. Is diplomacy doing nothing to stop the Iranian nuclear threat; or can the world's most rash leaders be contained, including the Iranian president? A review of Mecca and Main Street: Muslim Life in America After 9/11. The US no longer controls the script. That's a reality Democratic congressional leaders must digest as they seek to recast America's relationship with the world. William Pfaff on how Bush left reality behind. Now we are all trapped. Father knows best? Four failures of Bush 41's foreign policy. The Clinton Battle Plan: "People didn't give Democrats a mandate", Bill Clinton warns. "They gave us a chance". A chance to do what? The Last 20th Century Election? Democrats are celebrating. But their old guard is doomed, too. This is a story Dick Meyer "should have written 12 years ago when the Contract with America Republicans captured the House in 1994". He apologizes. Hot Document: Fox senior vice-president for news John Moody reports. The return of the press barons: As a new breed of aspiring press moguls talk of buying big city dailies, there's more than just an industry at stake. A review of Who Controls the Internet? Illusions of a Borderless World by Jack Goldsmith and Tim Wu. And get a (second) life: The latest internet sensation is a virtual world that allows users to fuel their fantasies while creating real-life financial opportunities. But are synthetic universes a utopian vision or the sign of a world in chaos?

[Weekend 2e] The Americas and Africa: From Mclean's, for three decades he dodged his political destiny, pursuing an international career as public intellectual. Now Michael Ignatieff has returned, but will Canada live up to his lofty expectations? Low voter turnout is looked on as a crisis in Canada, but that might be missing the point. Which in turn means that simply urging people to cast a ballot is also misguided. One nation or many? Canadians continue to believe in diversity and tolerance. But it is becoming harder. All the attributes that make the island a viable candidate for sovereignty are also those that make Bermudans shrink from the thought of it. A new issue of ephemera is out, on América Latina / Latin America. As peace activists converge on Fort Benning for the annual demonstration to shut down the School of the Americas, companion protests will take place across Latin America. Mexico's new president, Felipe Calderón, must resume reforms and set the economy free—or risk backsliding. An article on the crisis in Oaxaca: What you need to know. ¡Viva el Capitalismo! The Sandinistas are back, in a way Ronald Reagan would love. A review of Brief Histories: The Caribbean. Venezuelans square off over race, oil, and a populist political slogan. An article on The Hugo Chávez Show. Brotherly love: A look at a growing bond between Venezuela and Brazil. An article on the lasting effects of the Argentinean crisis and the political climate that has developed as a result. From Congo, violence erupts as it becomes clear that the president, Joseph Kabila, will be returned to power, and hundreds of thousands of rapes. The long-running trial of a doctor and five nurses, all foreigners, who face execution over the deaths of scores of children from Aids, is due to reach an agonising conclusion next month in Libya. And from LRB, a review of Thatcher’s Fortunes: The Life and Times of Mark Thatcher and The Wonga Coup: The British Mercenary Plot to Seize Oil Billions in Africa

[Weekend] From The Heritage Foundation, is economic freedom for everyone? Hernando de Soto investigates. From Business Week, a cover story on Secrets, Lies, and Sweatshops: American importers have long answered criticism of conditions at their Chinese suppliers with labor rules and inspections. But many factories have just gotten better at concealing abuses. The New Domino Theory: America is turning inward in fear of the global capitalist menace. From Open Democracy, how will Robert Gates cope with war in Iraq, crisis over Iran, and repositioning the US's global profile? Fred Halliday reports. While there may be something great about winning a war, the United States must learn there is something much greater about using the tools of peacemaking. New Rule: When the Iraq Study Group gets done studying Iraq, it should study America. An excerpt from Triple Cross: How bin Laden's Master Spy Penetrated the CIA, The Green Berets and the FBI - And why Patrick Fitzgerald Failed to Stop Him (and more from the author, Peter Lance). From National Journal, among the 231 House Democrats, there are liberals, Blue Dogs, and all kinds of flavors in between, as well as power brokers, policy wonks, and deal-makers; and with post-election headlines, journalists are swooning over the new Democratic majority in Congress. But not for the reasons you'd expect. Michael Moore's pledge: The liberal filmmaker extends an olive branch to disheartened conservatives. Coming in 2008: Evangelicals v. Mormons. Evangelicals aren’t re-examining their political priorities nearly as much as they are re-examining their spiritual priorities, and that could be bad news for both political parties. And Washington think tanks had a reputation for serious political thinkers, and New York was seen as a place where people go to earn bushels of money. Since 9/11 these stereotypes have become outdated

[Nov 17] From Sign and Sight, opening up Fortress Europe: Jürgen Habermas on immigration as the key to European unity; and Emel Abidin-Algan tells how and why she stopped wearing a headscarf. The first chapter from Why the French Don't Like Headscarves: Islam, the State, and Public Space. What are we to make of those who would equate Muslim women who wear the veil with the threat of terrorism? Patricia Williams investigates. An essay on how Britain’s multiculturalism falters. From Time, here are 5 myths about the midterm election. So George Bush isn't a real conservative, and conservatism was vindicated in this election? Right-wingers, get real. William Greider on how Democrats in Congress can now return to a reality-based politics that nourishes rather than destroys. Katha Pollitt on why it's always a bad idea to rely on your opponents to be knaves and fools. It worked for the Democrats this time. But what about next time? A review of President Gore and Other Things That Never Happened. Al Gore has a book coming out in May, 2007 called The Assault on Reason, and about then is when we're going to find out whether Gore is serious about not running for President in 2008. A group of scientists and advocates of church-state separation announce the formation of a Washington think tank designed to promote "rationalism" as the basis of public policy. Milton Friedman dies: Obituaries in Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal (and more), and The New York Times. Eric Alterman on a personal memory of Milton Friedman, whose legacy "conservatives" have left in tatters. Is democracy like sex? Instapundit Glenn Reynolds wants to know. Hooray for Right-Wing Hollywood: Max Blumenthal mixes it up with conservative culture warriors gathered at a right-wing film fest. From Slate, could OJ Simpson end up back in court?: If he did it, here's what might happen; and Jay-Z versus the Sample Troll: The shady one-man corporation that's destroying hip-hop. SATS: 1600. Harvard graduate: age 19: An article on Ryan Leslie, hip-hop's unlikely new star-maker. Bloggers Robert Wright and Mickey Kaus set up Bloggingheads.tv to go head to head. And going pro: More people are quitting their day jobs to blog for a living

[Nov 16] From Prospect, how to write about Iraq: A review of The Occupation: War and Resistance in Iraq by Patrick Cockburn; and John Keegan and Bartle Bull on why lessons from history suggest that Iraq, though in chaos, has not yet reached civil war. The Fall: Martin van Creveld on the consequences of the coming US withdrawal from Iraq. Immanuel Wallerstein on The Mother of All Defeats. From Truthout, here are ten reasons Congress must investigate Bush administration crimes. So you think you want to impeach? A review of The Genius of Impeachment: The Founders' Cure for Royalism and Why It Must Be Applied to George W. Bush; Pretensions to Empire: Notes on the Criminal Folly of the Bush Administration; The Case For Impeachment: The Legal Argument for Removing President George W. Bush From Office; and The Impeachment of George W. Bush: A Handbook for Concerned Citizens. Democrats, don't wimp out: Forget about the center; push progressive ideology and crush the opposition. Nancy Pelosi is more Tip O'Neill than Jane Fonda. Lobbyists who lost jobs when Republicans last took Congress find new opportunities. Enough with the '08 Presidential "buzz" already: With the '06 election barely in the rearview mirror, out comes the media's two-year long presidential campaign rumor and buzz industry. A pair of Wiccan widows has sued the Department of Veterans Affairs for not allowing them to put their religious symbol on their veteran husbands’ gravesites. If you thought you saw a Soviet-designed MiG fighter in the skies of Nevada during the late 1970s and early ‘80s, the Air Force now says you weren’t hallucinating. It calls suicide bombers martyrs, has journalistic links to Osama bin Laden and is the fifth most recognised global brand. Now Al-Jazeera is ready to go truly international, while former ABC newsman Dave Marash is getting used to explaining his job. The Education of Lieutenant Rushing: How one Marine flack left the Control Room and found Al Jazeera. Fox News reporters freed for $2 million: Terrorists used cash for arms to "hit Zionists", payment said to encourage more abductions. And from OJR, the new face of hyperlocal journalism: A former NYT columnist explains how a local blog can challenge, and scoop, a local paper while making a business of small-town coverage

[Nov 30] From The Claremont Review of Books, an essay on why the Era of Big Ideas is over. Twilight of the Republic? Andrew Bacevich on seeds of decline, path to renewal. From Open Democracy, science, economics and morality make a compelling case for global action on climate change, but the Nairobi conference suggests that the politics is still missing (and more). A look at how climate change sceptics have lost a vital argument. In an unprecedented action, representatives for more than 10,000 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency scientists are calling on Congress to take immediate action against global warming. Benchwarming: The Supreme Court melts down over greenhouse gasses, and a look at what’s at stake in Massachusetts v. EPA. From The New York Times, a section on Executive Pay: A Special Report. A review of The Money Men: Capitalism, Democracy, and the Hundred Years' War Over the American Dollar. A review of All Rise: Somebodies, Nobodies, and the Politics of Dignity (and more). Success is relative, and height isn’t everything. Scientists have now found that when it comes to love, or rather attraction, size really does matter. Of sex and marriage: A review of Mating in Captivity: Reconciling the Erotic + the Domestic. An interview with Milton Diamond, the scientist who exposed the greatest sex hoax of the 70s. From Sirens, two articles on porn: I'm not your porn star, but c'mon, you know you like it. The Logic of Lechery: Why older men want younger women. Five orphaned gorillas are about to feel the pain of countless Catholic school-bound teenage boys. From Freezerbox, conquistadors of the senses: Throwing homosexuals to the hounds; and forget the gay hooker; was Pastor Ted a full-on tweaker? Going for Brokeback: Exploring Fox News anchor Sean Hannity's online dating service, which includes an option for gay men. There is a gay agenda -- winning elections: Gay millionaires and their allies poured unprecedented sums into the 2006 election -- and it worked. A review of Straight to Jesus: Sexual and Christian Conversions in the Ex-Gay Movement. A review of Righteous: Dispatches From the Evangelical Youth Movement. From Jewcy, a debate between Sam Harris and Dennis Prager on atheism. And a review of The Case for Faith: A Journalist Investigates the Toughest Objections to Christianity

[Nov 29] From The Wilson Quarterly, articles on the case for and the case against nuclear power (and more). From The Economist, a shift in Australia's stance is a sign of the times: all over the world governments are rethinking the politics and economics of nuclear power; a white-hot elephant: A costly project brings countries together, but not many nuclei; and the more there is, the bigger the risk: Why proliferation gets harder to stop. Despite the vast common sense and analytical clarity of its business and political analysis, The Economist wears the ideological blinkers of a Victorian free-thinker. It racks moral arguments on the Procrustean bed of Mill's libertarianism. What is wrong with utilitarianism? Michael Walzer on emergency ethics. An article on utilitarianism as the new evil. The Situational Ethicist contends: Ethics may complicate, but absolute ethics complicate absolutely. Mildred, is it fun to be a cripple?: The first chapter from Between Heaven and Earth: The Religious Worlds People Make and the Scholars Who Study Them. An interview with Damon Linker, author of Theocons: Secular America Under Siege. The current counterattack on religion cloaks a renewed and intense anxiety within secular society that the story of the Enlightenment may be more illusory than real. Religious belief is not just a philosophical issue - it divides families and societies. That is why theatre is uniquely placed to explore it. Buddha on the brain: An interview with B. Alan Wallace, author of Contemplative Science: Where Buddhism and Neuroscience Converge. Can't Get No Satisfaction: In a culture where work can be a religion, burnout is its crisis of faith. A review of All Together Now: Common Sense for a Fair Economy and The American Dream vs. The Gospel of Wealth: The Fight for a Productive Middle-Class Economy. An article on Lou Dobbs and the dead-end of white anti-corporate populism. To understand the shifting tectonics of American politics, look no further than cable's high priest of populism. The End of Ingenuity: The debate about environmental limits to economic growth is coming back with a vengeance. And misery becomes personal in the pursuit of global happiness: Individuals are likely to have increasingly diverse economic experiences

[Nov 28] From New York, the Lou Dobbs factor: Fox is shrinking, while CNN has found a new way to lure viewers—by Foxifying itself. And Dobbs's America won't be ignored. What happened to Lou Dobbs? An article on the CNN anchor’s populist crusade. Immigrants at Home: You won’t find Minutemen guarding New York’s borders. A review of Off the Books: The Underground Economy of the Urban Poor. Milton Friedman's influence on economics was profound, but the emergence of a richer, more complex view of human behaviour in the last generation renders his political philosophy irrelevant. From The Economist, an American's home is still her castle: Last year's Supreme Court ruling weakening property rights may end up strengthening them; and fanfare for the common man: Is economic populism on the rise in the Democratic Party? Here come the economic populists: Rubinomics has dominated Democratic Party doctrine for many years. That may change. In class warfare, guess which class is winning? Ben Stein on everybody's business. Putting Parents First: A new approach to domestic policy for conservatives. Nontraditional couples may be seen as weird, discomfiting or even sinful by others, but if they survive the crucible of social censure and self-doubt they can forge powerful bonds—and teach others about enduring love. A review of Why Smart Men Marry Smart Women and Single by Chance, Mothers by Choice: How Women Are Choosing Parenthood Without Marriage and Creating the New American Family. A review of Why Size Matters: From Bacteria to Blue Whales and Size Matters: How Height Affects the Health, Happiness, and Success of Boys -- and the Men They Become. Don't misunderestimate yourself: Why people think that rivals are better looking than they really are. Explicit sex in films and books used to be shocking but there are signs of a new liberalism gaining ground. Are we growing up at last? Obsessed scientist finally throttles ’em! Dr. Cheun-yan Cheng turns sperm to blanks! Next: Viagra cocktail? I want it now! Tim Harford on the curious economics of temptation. Keep the fun and lose the consequences: We invented birth control; why not girth control? And from Time, a cover story on why we worry about the things we shouldn't... and ignore the things we should

[Nov 27] War, terror, Iraq and Republicans: A review of Dreams of Peace and Freedom: Utopian Moments in the 20th Century. How good was the Good War, really? A review of Choices Under Fire: Moral Dimensions of World War II. Howard Zinn on the uses of history and the War on Terrorism. A review of The Secret History of Al-Qaeda and What Terrorists Want: Understanding the Enemy, Containing the Threat. A review of Class 11: Inside the CIA's First Post-9/11 Spy Class. An article on military corporatism by Amos Perlmutter, author of The Military and Politics in Modern Times. A review of Circle in the Sand: Why We Went Back to Iraq. A review of The Way to Win a Guerrilla War. Some civil wars never end: Lebanon and Iraq show that some long-fought civil wars only have cease-fires. In search of the fixers: Before troops can leave Iraq, the U.S. must learn who, if anyone, is in control of the gunmen; and there is no dearth of strategies for Iraq, in officialdom and beyond, but will any of them work? Long after we withdraw: David Rieff on the many lessons from Vietnam for Iraq. The Next Step? Think Vietnam: There is much moaning in Washington about the return of the realists. But what we need is a Kissingerian effort to extricate America. The Once and Future Kissinger: As another failed war threatens to tarnish his legacy, Henry Kissinger attempts to clarify his record—by evading, skirting, stretching, hedging, and stonewalling like the diplomatic master he is. Why try to topple unfriendly regimes with invasions when we can divide and conquer their people with ethnic jokes? A new issue of Hoover's Digest is out. From The New Yorker, killing habeas corpus: Jeffrey Toobin on Arlen Specter’s about-face. Scalia the civil libertarian? As it conducts the war on terror, the Bush administration may find the conservative justice a bigger obstacle than the Democratic Party. Over the course of his career, Vice President Dick Cheney has embraced a belief that presidents have vast 'inherent' powers, not spelled out in the Constitution, that allow them to defy Congress. Lyndon LaDouche: Followers of crackpot felon accuse OC Weekly of being Cheney’s tool. And do we need another TR? If John McCain gets his way, you'll have your faith in the country restored ... or else!

[Weekend 2e] From the Princeton Center for Globalization and Governance's "International Political Economy Society Inaugural Conference", Chad Rector (GWU): Federations and International Organizations; David Leblang (Colorado) and Barry Eichengreen (UC- Berkeley): Democracy and Globalization; Carles Boix (Princeton): War, Wealth and the Formation of States; Nita Rudra (Pittsburgh): Welfare States in Developing Countries: Unique or Universal?; and Bruce Bueno de Mesquita and Alistair Smith (NYU): Pernicious Foreign Aid?: A Political Economy of Political Institutions and the Effect of Foreign Aid pdf. An excerpt from Charging Ahead: The Growth and Regulation of Payment Card Markets around the World. Milton Friedman was a highly original economic thinker. But even in the one area he was proved correct, his work is likely to be outshone by that of another economist. An excerpt from Seeds of Disaster, Roots of Response: How Private Action Can Reduce Public Vulnerability. A review of Capitalism 3.0: A Guide to Reclaiming the Commons. And an excerpt from Political Theory and the Ecological Challenge

[Weekend] Potpourri-esque: From The Boston Globe's "Ideas", allied powers: An article on the rise of the global airline alliance, the fall of the national carrier, and the fate of sovereignty in the skies. From Der Spiegel, are streets without traffic signs conceivable? Seven cities and regions in Europe are giving it a try -- with good results. Congestion pricing, the idea of charging drivers for bringing vehicles into the busiest parts of Manhattan, has become a kind of holy grail for transportation advocates and urban planners in New York. Beyond Insurance: An article on weighing the benefits of driving vs. the total costs of driving. Americans love their cars—as chariots, mobile offices, and teenage make-out spots. But when did they become dining tables? A disturbing trend in the heartland. The flip side of America's obesity epidemic is its fitness obsession. And exercise is not restricted to the young, or even middle-aged. The average American home contains many things. Here is an accounting of some of the things in Rick Moranis's. Being near a huge celebrity is like experiencing an accelerated degenerative disorder of the brain that passes through its entire cycle in about one minute. A review of Cracking Up: American Humor in a Time of Conflict. Cocaine use is probably much greater than previously assumed -- and New Yorkers are the biggest coke-heads of all. Like a fish needs a bicycle: For some people, intimacy is toxic. To Accent or No: How we sound says a lot of wonderful things about us -- or some perfectly awful things. Without prejudice: An article on a new way of making personality tests useful. And the e-mail invitation service Evite has created a whole new set of manners and conflicts over a simple RSVP

[Nov 24] Catholicism, Judaism and Europe: From Time, a look at the roots of the Pope's views--and how they may define his place in history. From Der Spiegel, the Vatican could soon bestow sainthood upon Pope John Paul II. The late pontiff is believed to have had a hand in two divine interventions that led to the miraculous recoveries of terminally ill patients; and the Israeli government has lost its direction, faith in the military is fast-waning and the country is plagued by self-doubt. From Forward, an essay on redefining what makes a Jewish story, an article on James Bond's Semitic Villains, and a look at the Jews' answer to Bond. What does it mean to be a Jew in the 21st century? An interview with Julie Sandorf of Nextbook. A review of The Great Escape: Nine Jews Who Fled Hitler and Changed the World. A review of Being Jewish in the New Germany and Turning the Kaleidoscope: Perspectives on European Jewry. A review of Germany and Israel in the 1990s and Beyond: Still a "Special Relationship". George Soros on Europe's global mission (and more on Israel). Angela Merkel wants to play a bigger role on the world stage. But are Germans ready? From Breslau to Morningside Heights: A review of Five Germanys I Have Known by Fritz Stern. Anti-minority noises are pervasive throughout Europe, although admittedly incidents where racist mobs impose their will on governments remain rare. George Schöpflin, a senior member of Hungary's opposition explains why, 50 years after the anti-Soviet uprising, Hungarians are back on the streets. Pocket president: Slovenia eyes a rare moment of glory. Who is responsible for the mess in Italy? An interview with Romano Prodi. Which way the Netherlands? A powerful nation? Or a powerful voice in a community of nations? From The New Federalist, here's a critical view of federalism in Europe; and an article on Europe and its languages: Babylonian chaos or expression of cultural diversity? In Europe, it’s East vs. West on the death penalty: Millions of the Continent’s citizens resent its ban on capital punishment. A review of Law and Governance in Postnational Europe: Compliance Beyond the Nation-State. And with so much still to be done to underpin the euro, boosting the currency as a rival to the dollar cannot be a top priority

[Nov 23] From NYRB, Mark Danner reviews State of Denial: Bush at War, Part III; The One Percent Doctrine; and State of War: The Secret History of the CIA and the Bush Administration; William H. McNeill reviews War Made New: Technology, Warfare, and the Course of History, 1500 to Today by Max Boot; and a review of Reporting: Writings from The New Yorker by David Remnick. From Writ, here are four good reasons why Guantanamo should be closed. From The Nation, William Greider on Milton Friedman's cruel legacy: A free-market faith that produced a bastardized system of interest-group politics that favors sectors of citizens at the expense of many others. Milton Friedman, Archliberal: Why the great free market economist was no conservative. The conservative era is over. What will replace it? Jacob Weisberg investigates. From Wired, a series of articles on Rebooting the Ecosystem: Global warming is real. We did it. Now it's time to talk about repairs. It ain't easy being Green: Are green magazine covers really "death on newsstands"? From New York, unseasonably warm, with freakish snowfalls and chance of cyclone. This winter will be weird, and the weather will keep getting weirder. Naysayers who argue that climate change is unsolvable because of "human nature" ignore how past crises were averted. And from Monthly Review, who is threatening our dinner table? An article on the power of transnational agribusiness

[Nov 22] From Commentary, Norman Podhoretz debates The Bush Doctrine with critics. Ken Adelman: A rat abandons a ship of fools. An interview with Michael Isikoff on Hubris: the Inside Story of Spin, Scandal and the Selling of t he Iraq War. From India's Frontline, a look at how globalisation adds urgency to the debate whether market economy is better than a completely planned economy. From Counterpunch, a look at how multinational corporations avoid paying their taxes. Claremont's Paul Zak on capitalism's moral bastards. Money is an incentive to work hard, but it also promotes selfish behavior: Research finds that merely thinking of money makes people less likely to give help to others. Not one of life's little hoarders: Memo to successor: look after your nuts. Is corporate responsibility a friend of the people or an unwitting puppet helping to undermine a free society? Is a "Friedmanist" really against social activism? A review of On Your Own Without a Net: The Transition to Adulthood for Vulnerable Populations. The first issue of the new online magazine American, is out, including an introduction from James K. Glassman, the young economist: Ulrike Malmendier is making sense of our irrationality; the economics of football: The performance gap between the Washington Redskins and the New England Patriots illustrates basic economic principles; and a review of Yes You Can!: Behind the Hype and Hustle of the Motivation Biz. Positions of Power: J.D. Nordell on how female ambition is shaped. The introduction to Selling Women Short: Gender and Money on Wall Street (and a review). Women increasingly earn more than their husbands. What happens when the wife wears the financial trousers? Trophy husbands. The Family Un-Planner: A profile of Eric Keroack, the Bush administration's crazy new HHS appointment. A visit to Utah and a closed world of "sisterwives", underage marriages and banished teenagers. Dinesh D'Souza on why atheism, not religion, is the real force behind the mass murders of history. An excerpt from A Republic of Mind and Spirit: A Cultural History of American Metaphysical Religion. And from The Washington Post Magazine, a band of idealists in the mountains of North Carolina is trying to build a low-energy lifestyle. But must we all live like hippies in the woods to make a difference?

[Nov 21] From Slate, the Free Market Free-for-All: Michael Kinsley on proof that the stock market is irrational; and Daniel Gross on a bizarre explanation for the stock market rally. From The Mises Institute, George Reisman on globalization: The long-run big picture; and Hans-Hermann Hoppe on the paradox of imperialism. A review of A Savage War of Peace: Algeria 1954-1962. A review of Max Boot's War Made New. From The New Yorker, is a damaged administration less likely to attack Iran, or more? Seymour M. Hersh investigates; and George Packer on how the argument that Iraq would be better off without American troops is a self-serving illusion. From Boston Review, anatomy of a civil war: Nir Rosen on Iraq's descent into chaos; rules of engagement: Elaine Scarry on why military honor matters; the 33-day war: Helena Cobban on Hizbullah's victory, Israel's choice; and the lesser evil: Anatol Lieven on using American force wisely. A review of Operation Homecoming: Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Home Front, in the Words of U.S. Troops and Their Families. Terrorist turned spy Omar Nasiri has written the first personal account of life as an al-Qaida operative: An excerpt from Inside the Jihad (and a review). An interview of Nonie Darwish, author of Now They Call Me Infidel: Why I Renounced Jihad for America, Israel, and the War on Terror. An interview with Bill Gertz, author of Enemies: How America's Foes Steal Our Vital Secrets--and How We Let It Happen. From Monthly Review, the twilight of personal liberty: The introduction to and the text of an essay by Jean-Claude Paye on " A Permanent State of Emergency". From Forward, reinventing politics, with language: A review of Rituals of Truce and the Other Israeli and Vigilance by Benjamin Hollander. A review of Gary Wills' What Paul Meant. Richard Dawkins has noticed five variants of "I'm-an-atheist-buttery". From Reason, a review of In Defense of the Religious Right: Why Conservative Christians Are the Lifeblood of the Republican Party and Why That Terrifies the Democrats and The Theocons: Secular America Under Siege. Why the Supreme Court's looming decision on partial-birth abortion bans actually matters. And it's time to ditch the spin and tell the truth about why women have abortions, and what would happen if they were denied them

[Nov 20] Brad DeLong on a man who hated government: Conservative economic guru and liberal nemesis Milton Friedman disliked intervention of any sort, whether in the market or in recreational drug use. No contemporary economist anywhere on the political spectrum combined Milton Friedman’s commitment to clarity of thought and argument; and he had provocative prescriptions for areas other than economics. Here's a sampler of some of them; more on his mixed legacy by William Keegan and more by Thomas Sowell. A New Class War: The Haves vs. the Have Mores: The income gap widens yet again, and the dream of being superrich slips, ever so slightly, further from the grasp of the rich. The Conservative Reach: An article on state think tanks preaching the gospel of small government in the US and to a skeptical Africa. At the moment, it seems, we love philanthropists and we loathe politicians. Are the new philanthropists making a bid for power and immortality? Is it simply a wise use of wealth for the greater good? Seeing the downside of "cause celebs": At least they're doing something, right? Not necessarily. Buyer Be Aware: An article on products that are meant to make you think — about your purchase. Managing change: Is the penny worth saving? Can Christmas savings schemes ever make economic sense? Tim Harford investigates. The real marriage penalty: Husbands and wives are increasingly likely to have similar incomes. Is a more divided society the result? Gay donor or gay dad? Gay men and lesbians are having babies — and redefining fatherhood, commitment and what a family can be. Formula for forgiving: Dahlia Lithwick on how Americans measure how long it takes to forgive racist comments. And reunited and it feels so good: African Americans search for their roots

[Weekend 2e] Europe: From German Law Journal, an essay on the constitutional success of ratification failure. Single market blues: Attitudes to the single market are changing, perhaps for the worse. From Prospect, devolution was meant to give Scotland the ability to solve its own problems. But since getting its own parliament, Scotland's dependency on England seems to have increased. A former Scots Tory explains why he has come to see independence as the solution—and why it would benefit England too. Are British Christians, weary of turning the other cheek to the twin challenges of secularism and rival faiths, learning to fight back? Colour me green: Thirty years on, it looks like the Green party was right. A look at why Ireland is rich in things that make life worth living. From Salon, the French Hillary: In this political power couple, it's the woman who gets the first shot at being president. Only in France, a scandal for policy wonks: Segolene Royal believes teachers should be on the job for 35 hours a week. Could this sway an election? More on Why the French Don’t Like Headscarves. Beset with financial woes, a labor-management power struggle and an aging leftist readership, the legendary French newspaper Libération is on the brink of extinction. From PINR, a look at the uneasy Russia-EU energy relationship. First it was Poland which came out against the planned Baltic Sea pipeline from Russia to Germany. Now, though, Sweden says it is worried that the Russians will use the installation for spying. The Russian governing elite is adapting conservative European intellectual models of political hegemony to justify its rule and consolidate its power. An article on ethnic cleansing in Russia: Putin stokes the flames of xenophobia. An article on the sorrows of Belarus: A government in exile, a country in a mess. Alexandr Lukashenka's administration is still seeing red over the changed climate in neighboring Ukraine. And the art of levitation: A look at how Armenia copes with its isolation in the combustible Caucasus

[Weekend] From Comment, living with liberalism: Living Christian faith in a liberal age. An interview with Jimmy Carter on his new book, Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid. A review of Law, Politics, and Morality in Judaism, edited by Michael Walzer. The introduction to Jews and the American Soul: Human Nature in the Twentieth Century. From Forward, it is a puzzlement: How can a community so smart and sophisticated as ours so frequently overreact, under-react, be so off course? Three examples. From Nextbook, why are so many sex experts Jewish? A review of Sexuality in the Arab World. I sing the body articulate: Amira El-Noshokaty learns a truly universal tongue. A review of Flesh Wounds: The Culture of Cosmetic Surgery. Where do the Hiltons come from? A review of House of Hilton. Ladies who power breakfast: For the new breed of female philanthropist charity is serious stuff. From Ny Tid, is the female pornographic eye dangerous? Or is it just another male fantasy? Anna Friman about what happens when women write about sex. An award-winning and winding essay on posh porn. In Was She Pretty?, Leanne Shapton plumbs the anxiety provoked by seeing lovers' ex-lovers in her quirky meditation on the ugly green monster inside us. For women, it's shopping; for men, it's competition: A review of Sperm Wars. Missionary Position: William Saletan on birth control, responsibility, and the Democrats. In praise of chastity: An article on "purity balls" and staving off the evils of sex before marriage. The wave of marriage amendments, at least those that go beyond removing the issue from judicial resolution, should stop. A look at how radical queer folks bring an alternative message to the marriage equality debate. More on Gay Life and Culture: A World History. The choice for gay icons is about more than just high camp and melodrama; it's about who they are in a fundamental way. And the sexiest man living! Forget that other list. Salon picks the men who really set our hearts aflame -- and there's nary a pretty-boy actor among them

[Nov 17] America's anti-environmentalists: As an American, Kenneth Rogoff is appalled, ashamed, and embarrassed by his country’s lack of leadership in dealing with global warming. EU climate policy is gearing up to confront the US. Imports from countries that refuse to ratify the Kyoto Protocol could be subject to punitive tariff duties -- a new measure intended to pressure the Bush Administration. The Trillion-Dollar Question: What's the real cost of climate change, and where do all those numbers come from? The clean-energy business is turning into the next big investment boom, in which risks are lightly brushed aside. From Mother Jones, the Thirteenth Tipping Point: Dolphins, cockroaches, and vampire bats understand that cooperation is the key to survival. Why don't we? The Flintstone Effect: Tracing wealth back to the Stone Age. A review of The Middle Class: A History. From The Economist, third thoughts on foreign capital: If it doesn't kill you, financial globalisation will make you stronger. Who's ripping off whom?: Rich foreigners keep buying lousy American companies. Who's winning? Amity Shlaes on watching what Rubin does, not what he says, on taxes. More on Philanthropy's New Prototype by James Surowiecki. Senator-elect Jim Webb on class struggle: American workers have a chance to be heard. A review of Self-Employed Workers Organize: Law, Policy, and Unions. The Service Industry as Adolescent Purgatory: Serving fast food isn't much healthier than eating it. Burger King is renouncing television ads targeting kids. The decision comes at a time when British kids are making headlines for sporting extra pounds. A look at how chronic diseases of rich countries begin to plague developing nations. The anarchist movement will become much stronger when it fully embraces the Darwinian theory of human nature. From Political Affairs, a look at why Marx’s theory of revolution remains a beacon. An excerpt from The Meaning of Marxism. From People's Democracy, an article on the centrality of Leninism. From Socialist Review, an interview with Tariq Ali. From Global Research, an essay on Capitalism and War. And the value of life has little to do with the value accorded to death and the latter is determined as much by who did the killing as by the identity of the victim

[Nov 16] Potpourri: Has Bush been smart all along? James Fallows marvels at a side of President Bush we haven't previously seen. How the hell did David Frum get on your morning coffee cup? Conor Clarke wants to know. The key point about the economics of climate change, as the Stern review shows, is how little it costs to cut emissions sharply. Despite attacks from Bjørn Lomborg and others, Kyoto remains a good place to start. Not since Nixon—Friedman in China, sells Tom’s World: Times columnist exports adage, aphorism, metaphor: Hold the Mao! Sun in the curtain: A look at what's behind the eco-fashion phenomenon of Green Glamour. The Return of Trent Lott: Why his colleagues brought him back from the dead. Pro-Lifers for Choice: The elections revealed hidden diversity on both sides of the abortion issue. Generation $$$: Gen X plus 15 is like, rich, but reality still bites. An interview with Chris Hedges, author of War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning and What Every Person Should Know About War. The Crucial Phone Call: How Richard Nixon nailed Alger Hiss and launched his rise to the presidency. The new Masons: The centuries-old fraternity, in an effort to remain relevant, is shedding its secrecy in order to attract young members. John Judis on the Democratic ascendancy's local roots. Rolling the Dice: The United States' big legal gamble with Internet gaming. From The Christian Post, an article on natural law and the Protestant moral tradition. A review of Worst Cases: Terror and Catastrophe in the Popular Imagination. Model Ford: Lessons of presidential longevity from Gerald Ford. From Demographic Research, an article on population and housing: A two-sided relationship. Return to Rubinomics: Sebastian Mallaby on reviving the pro-market centrism of the Clinton era.  From Gore Vidal to former Black Panther Flores Forbes, we rely on our golden-age dissidents to write the most stinging critiques of American society. Roderick Long on what empire does to culture. Go ahead, blame the libertarians: Third parties play spoilers for Democrats and Republicans. The Devil's Dictionary: Grant Barrett collects sex slang, one dirty word at a time. Do people like Madonna achieve anything more than helping the individual children adopted? Peter Singer investigates. More on Barack Obama's The Audacity of Hope. And switching a large fraction of US energy to renewable sources by 2025 could involve no increase in cost as long as current price trends hold firm


[Nov 30] From Bookforum, a review of Elisabeth Young-Bruehl’s Why Arendt Matters; father and son: Mark M. Anderson on W. G. Sebald’s two fathers; and an interview with Gore Vidal on Montaigne, Ben-Hur and JFK. Christopher Hitchens reviews Vidal's Point to Point Navigation. A review of The Enlightenment and the Intellectual Foundations of Modern Culture. A review of Second Nature: Brain Science and Human Knowledge by Gerald M. Edelman. A review of Freud: Inventor of the Modern Mind by Peter D. Kramer. A review of Rise And Fall of Soul And Self: An Intellectual History of Personal Identity; a review of Self-Help, Inc.: Makeover Culture in American Life; and a review of The Toothpaste of Immortality: Self-Construction in the Consumer Age. Souls of a new machine: How can you make a computer think like a human? (Hint: Make people part of the program.) The introduction to Born and Made: An Ethnography of Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis. From Technology Review, an essay on the The Glimmering Promise of Gene Therapy (and part 2). From Think Tank, Sally Satel and Virginia Postrel debate the market for human organs.  A review of Human Anatomy: From the Renaissance to the Digital Age and Atlas of Human Anatomy and Surgery: The Complete Coloured Plates of 1831–1854. Ear implant success sparks culture war: Could the end of sign language for deaf children be in sight? From The Chronicle, historians who work on events that occurred within living memory bridle at having to submit their projects to institutional review boards. From Inside Higher Ed, dealing with bullies: An excerpt from The College Administrator’s Survival Guide; and a new anthology of quotations bridges the gap between high culture and mass media. Scott McLemee wonders if it’s sturdy enough. The Reading Room is the only bookstore on the Las Vegas Strip not preceded by the word adult. From Identity Theory, an interview with Mark Monmonier, author of From Squaw Tit to Whorehouse Meadow: How Maps Name, Claim, and Inflame. And lessons from the Swiss Cheese Map: Maps record facts but, whether by design or by accident, they also project worldviews and function as arguments

[Nov 29] From APSA, an essay by Lee Sigelman on The Coevolution of American Political Science and the American Political Science Review. Check out the publications of the International Association of Political Science Students. Oxford University and Blackwell Publishing launch a new economics journal, Oxonomics: Oxford University Economic Studies (with free access to the first issue). From n+1, a review of Walter Benn Michaels’s The Trouble with Diversity: How We Learned to Love Identity and Ignore Inequality. Louisville's racial guidelines keep its schools from having too many or too few black students. Most parents like the policy. Will the Supreme Court strike it down? No more Coulters! Is a lack of intellectual diversity on campus stunting the Right? Go ahead, call your friend "Meathead": Emrys Westacott of Alfred University tries to find hidden virtues in human rudeness. Hogwarts U.: What does private and wealthy Princeton University have in common with the public and less-wealthy University of Central Arkansas? Universities increasingly are offering homeland security courses, as higher education is coming to accept the new subject area but perhaps not fully embrace it as a distinct discipline. Religious education in schools is the cornerstone of a secular society, because it puts children off religion for life. Michael Reiss, the collective voice of scientists on the best way to teach their subject, is also a priest. Say good-bye to the old nine planets: Say hello to a whole new celestial family, the dwarf planets. Blacker than black is the new black: Researchers find a way to make metals suck up all visible light. From Science News, the Pythagorean theorem and geometric series played leading roles in two legal disputes. When it comes to titling a book, the only constant is change. And, as the following quiz suggests, the task of finding the right name only gets more difficult with each passing year. After five centuries, the printed page is giving way to PDFs and HTML. Does that mean the end of reading and the beginning of information processing? And an ambitious international project to decipher 1,000-year-old moldy pages is yielding new clues about ancient Greece

[Nov 28] From Logos, a review essay on Technology, War and Fascism, Towards a Critical Theory of Society, and The New Left and the 1960s by Herbert Marcuse. A review of Michael Oakeshott on Religion, Aesthetics, and Politics. A review of Democracy and the Rule of Law in Classical Athens: Essays on Law, Society, and Politics. A review of Alexis de Tocqueville: Prophet of Democracy in the Age of Revolution—A Biography. A review of Le moment républicain en France. A review of The Unfree French: Life Under the Occupation and Bad Faith: A Forgotten History of Family, Fatherland, and Vichy France. Prizes, surprises and scandals: The French publishing industry is always awash in controversy, but lately things are out of hand. A review of French Women for All Seasons: A Year of Secrets, Recipes & Pleasure. From Sign and Sight, facing down fear in Cairo: Mariam Lau on repression versus expression in the Egyptian capital; and Mona Naggar looks at the reluctance of Arab writers to deal with political Islam in their works. Mahfouz’s grave, Arab liberalism’s deathbed: The Arab world's passage from progressive secularism to conservative religiosity in the last fifty years is illuminated by the work of Egypt’s greatest writer. A review of The Anchor Book of Modern Arabic Fiction. From the 19th European Meeting of Cultural Journals, Kenan Malik on how the irony of multiculturalism as a political process is that it undermines much of what is valuable about diversity as lived experience; and an essay on apprenticeship in assimilation. A review of Visual Shock: A History of Art Controversies in American Culture. Forty years ago Truman Capote threw a party to announce his arrival in society's best circles. Instead, he unwittingly made it clear that the world he so desperately wanted to be part of was in its death throes. When it comes to punk rock’s origins, we look to the Ramones in New York City and the Sex Pistols in London, but forget that the Toronto of the 70s unleashed its own burgeoning movement. And William H. Whyte Jr.’s The Organization Man is worth thinking about on its 50th birthday, both for the insights it provided about its time and for a lesson into the pitfalls of predicting the future

[Nov 27] Philosophy, academia, and science: From Philosophy Now, a special issue on Wittgenstein, including an editorial on Witt & Wisdom, an article on logic, language and mysticism in the life of one of the most influential philosophers of the twentieth century; a look at Wittgenstein’s first theory of language, in the Tractatus; what is a thought experiment, anyhow? Massimo Pigliucci wants to know; a review of I am Not a Man I am Dynamite: Friedrich Nietzsche and the Anarchist Tradition; and postmodernism is dead and buried. In its place comes a new paradigm of authority and knowledge formed under the pressure of new technologies and contemporary social forces. Why, during a period of transformative social change, is sociology not back at the forefront of intellectual life and public debate? Anthony Giddens wants to know. From In These Times, Christopher Hayes on what we learn when we learn economics: Is a little economics a dangerous thing? A review of Duncan Foley's Adam’s Fallacy: A Guide to Economic Theology. The Manhattan Institute's new Center for the American University launches the "Veritas Fund for Higher Education," aiming to funnel money to universities dominated by the left. At universities, time for re-examination: Money, boundary busting and accountability are important. Discuss. In most contexts, Asian-Americans are "people of color". But when it comes to elite-college admissions, Asian-Americans put a strain on the usual "minority" alliances. Big people on campus: To its proponents, the emerging field of fat studies is the study of victims of prejudice, stereotypes and oppression by mainstream society. From The New York Times Magazine, a cover story on what it takes to make a student: Can teaching poor children to act more like middle-class children help close the education gap? Here's a sneak preview of the world's first Creationist museum. A review of The Wrongs of the Religious Right: Reflections on Science, Secularism and Hindutva by Meera Nanda. And pop go the scientists: Science made simple might still be topping the book charts, but where does that leave the hard stuff?

[Weekend 2e] From CUP, an excerpt from The Heart of Judgment: Practical Wisdom, Neuroscience, and Narrative; an excerpt from Moral Repair: Reconstructing Moral Relations after Wrongdoing; an excerpt from Aquinas, Aristotle, and the Promise of the Common Good; and an excerpt from Arguing About Gods. A review of Critical Jurisprudence: The Political Philosophy of Justice. From The Philosophers' Magazine, an essay on success: Robert Solomon on the business of doing well. Milton Friedman was right: "Corporate social responsibility" is bunk. Pearson PLC is joining with two top business schools to create a business book authored and edited by a "wiki". From Comment, wanted: business beginners with depth. Don't waste your charity on rich colleges: There are better places for donations than wealthy universities that already have billions in endowments. What kind of "Society of People Who Have Never" would you like to be the founding member of? And what do the platonic ideal, Richard Nixon, race, and the St. Paul Sandwich all have in common?

[Weekend] Potpourri-esque: Nick Bostrom (Oxford): (1) Dignity and Enhancement, (2) Cognitive Enhancement: Methods, Ethics, Regulatory Challenges, and (3) Why I Want to be a Posthuman When I Grow Up pdf. Robert B. Talisse (Vanderbilt University): Two Forms of the Straw Man pdf. Nancy Levit (UMKC): Theorizing the Connections Among Systems of Subordination. From the new issue of The Red Critique, an editorial on Daily Lessons on Class; and an article on The "Crisis" in Feminism and Labor in Transition. A new issue of Outskirts is out, including an essay on Instituting Bodies: the institution and the unruly woman. A review of The First Amendment in Cross-Cultural Perspective: A Comparative Legal Analysis of the Freedom of Speech. A review of Thomas Paine’s Rights of Man: A Biography by Christopher Hitchens. A review of Pragmatism, Old And New: Selected Writings edited by Susan Haack. Struggling babies born after just 22 weeks’ gestation should be allowed to die, but everything should be done to support babies born after 24 weeks, an independent ethics panel announces. Researchers say they have developed an enhanced map of the human genome that could yield breakthroughs in understanding the genetic origins of illnesses (and more). From Physics Web, Physics Legends: The history of science is full of mythical stories that we repeat, even when we suspect that they are probably wrong. Form Plus Function: Numbers, lines, squares, and shadows add up to an intriguing set of artworks rooted in mathematical concepts. And a review of Music and Manipulation: On the Social Uses and Social Control of Music

[Nov 24] Eyal Benvenisti (Tel Aviv): "Coalitions of the Willing" and the Evolution of Informal International Law (a special kind of registration in required). Liam Murphy (NYU): What Matters? Morality and the Concept of Law pdf. Martin Peterson (Cambridge): Are Persons Mere Containers for Wellbeing? pdf. A review of a new edition of Fichte's System of Ethics. A review of Punishment: The Supposed Justifications Revisited by Ted Honderich. A review of Are Judges Political? An Empirical Analysis of the Federal Judiciary. A review of Making Whole What Has Been Smashed: On Reparation Politics; and The Handbook of Reparations.  A review of The Myth of Self-Esteem How Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy Can Change Your Life Forever by Albert Ellis. A review of Simulating Minds: The Philosophy, Psychology, and Neuroscience of Mindreading. From Discover, a cover story on DNA is not destiny: The new science of epigenetics rewrites the rules of disease, heredity, and identity. A review of Jane Goodall: The Woman Who Redefined Man. Deep in the forests of Madagascar German scientists have discovered three new species of the world's smallest primate, the mouse lemur. A study finds an Icelandic volcano eruption caused a historic famine in Egypt. An interview with Thomas Homer-Dixon, author of The Upside of Down. A review of Adventures in Unhistory: Conjectures on the Factual Foundations of Several Ancient Legends. Michael Dirda reviews Passionate Minds: The Great Love Affair of the Enlightenment, Featuring the Scientist Emilie du Châtelet, the Poet Voltaire, Sword Fights, Book Burnings, Assorted Kings, Seditious Verse, and the Birth of the Modern World. Perhaps only a booklover from Britain could genuinely believe that a personal ad beginning, "Baste me in butter and call me Slappy", might lead to romance with an actual, nonincarcerated person. From The Toronto Star, an interview with David Shenk, author of The Immortal Game, a review (and more) and a look at how ancient chess may be ready for new tricks. A review of In Praise of Athletic Beauty. And a review of The Dead Beat: The Perverse Pleasures of Obituaries

[Nov 23] From The University Bookman, a review of What We Fought For and Whom We Fought With; Russia and Russians in World History; and Orthodox Civilization in a Global World; a review of Bibliographie générale des droites françaises; a review of News From Somewhere: On Settling by Roger Scruton; a review of William Pitt the Younger: A Biography; a review of Flannery O’Connor and the Christ-Haunted South and The Incarnational Art of Flannery O’Connor; a review of Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare by Stephen Greenblatt; and a review of Shakespeare’s Mystery Shadowplay: The Hidden Beliefs and Coded Politics of William Shakespeare. Fighting a movement scarier than Hillary: A review of The Politically Correct Guide to English and American Literature. A review of Unprotected: A Campus Psychiatrist Reveals How Political Correctness in Her Profession Endangers Every Student. From Inside Higher Ed, a look at how things go from bad to worse for David Horowitz; and most authors would prefer to be celebrated, rather than interpreted. Scott McLemee reports from a conference on Melville that did both. Louis Menand reviews Thomas Pynchon's Against the Day (and more). And some 25 years after The Color Purple, Alice Walker reflects, and sees a rainbow (and more by Walker)

[Nov 22] From Edge, Stuart Kauffman on beyond reductionism: Reinventing the sacred. An excerpt from Second Nature: Brain Science and Human Knowledge. Embracing junk science: A review of Imaginary Weapons: A Journey Through the Pentagon's Scientific Underworld. The Evolution of Future Wealth: Technologies evolve much as biological species do, and that underappreciated fact is the key to economic growth. From The Sunday Herald, we talk about thinking out of the box but some ideas don’t even get off the ground because of cultural taboos or political correctness. Five experts propose the unthinkable: Evil is in our nature; parenting is over-rated; schools should be abolished; democracy is finished; and eugenics may not be bad; and more on dangerous ideas waiting to happen. Free-for-All on Science and Religion: Some scientists at a recent conference called on their colleagues to be less timid in challenging teachings about nature based only on scripture and belief. Stephen Pinker on faith, reason and the Harvard core curriculum. Political Science 101: In 2006, college professors bankrolled Democrats. The Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, a partnership between academics and journalists, has created a unique institute that opens its doors in Oxford. An admissions history hard to rewrite: Oxford and Cambridge are trying to boost entrants from state schools. Two recently released films, "Starter for Ten" and " The History Boys", are about clever boys, from non-traditional backgrounds, getting into university. But they each tell a deeper tale of the class and snobbery in British universities. Don't stop me if I've told you this before: We academics live by repeating ourselves. Schopenhauer's Will to Life is all very well for a prison philosophy class, but it can land you in a lot of trouble. Dead Plagiarists Society: Will Google Book Search uncover long-buried literary crimes? Are big books a thing of the past? David Brooks thinks so. So here's a holiday reading list. When a line forms, the learning begins: The more the world demands that I wait, the more I learn from my waiting library. And Ben Schott has created a vast empire of informational flotsam and jetsam with his books, which compile thousands of random facts

[Nov 21] Daniel Klein (George Mason) and Charlotta Stern (Stockholm): The Ideological Profile of Faculty in the Humanities and Social Sciences: A Reply to Zipp and Fenwick pdf. From Inside Higher Ed, the "great divide" in religious studies: In intro courses, study finds that students want discussion and facts, but professors want critical thinking; and what ever happened to the faculty? Author of new book sees erosion of faculty influence and calls for a reversal of that trend. From The Scientist, the usual excuses can't explain the continuing wage gap between women, minorities, and white men, so it's time to apply our scientific thinking to designing diversity programs. Here's how. A review of The Trouble With Diversity: How We Learned to Love Identity and Ignore Inequality by Walter Benn Michaels. Professor Charles Fried has long been the best-known conservative at Harvard Law School but he's tougher to pin down than his reputation suggests. The Swarm of the Super-Applicants: Ivy League mania has created a generation of high-school kids so overqualified it’s a wonder they even need college. But will they get in? A look at why many first year female students will dread going home for Thanksgiving. Does student achievement really spur national economic growth? An article on taking consumerism out of school book fairs. Students face philosophical tug of war: History has seen a shift in educational strategy, moving from Socratic method of dialogue to standardized testing. How to End the Math Wars: We have a new formula for teaching kids. Don't let ideology ruin it this time. Science PhDs continue to grow: Number of doctorates awarded by American universities hit an all-time high in 2005. A review of Designs on Nature: Science and Democracy in Europe and The United States. From Discover, rethinking the conscious mind: To be aware or not to be aware, that is the question; and the God Experiments: Five researchers take science where it's never gone before. A review of The Varieties of Scientific Experience: A Personal View of the Search for God by Carl Sagan, edited by Ann Druyan. And a review of Religion, Philosophy and Science: A Sketch of a Global View

[Nov 20] From Great Britain, new words to an auld sang: A review of State of the Union by Iain McLean and Alistair McMillan. Just how even-handed can an English-raised historian by the name of English be about Irish nationalism? Plenty. A review of The History of England by Jane Austen and Charles Dickens; and Kings and Things: a Light-hearted Romp Through British History. A review of Union 1812: The Americans Who Fought the Second War of Independence. A review of Consuming Passions: Leisure and pleasure in Victorian Britain. A review of The 20 British Prime Ministers of the 20th Century. A review of Europe at War 1939-1945: No Simple Victory by Norman Davies. A review of Having It So Good: Britain in the Fifties. A review of Service and Style: How the American Department Store Fashioned the Middle Class and Household Gods: The British and Their Possessions. A review of The Triumph of Modernism: The Art World, 1985-2005 by Hilton Kramer. A review of The Life of Kingsley Amis (and more and more and more and more). A review of Up Is Up But So Is Down: New York’s Downtown Literary Scene, 1974-1992. A review of Free Press: Underground & Alternative Publications, 1965-1975. The Seventies bestseller Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance was the biggest-selling philosophy book ever. But for the reclusive author life was bitter-sweet; and an interview with Robert Pirsig. A review of Spy: The Funny Years (and more). Art of the Feud: Writers are loath to criticize their colleagues, lest it come back around to them. And an excerpt from Out of the Pits: Traders and Technology from Chicago to London

[Weekend 2e] Asia-Pacific: From Der Spiegel, Al-Jazeera International provided a fast-paced, first-rate lens to the Middle East. It also proved that it was indeed different from the BBC and CNN by ignoring some of the world's most-important news events. From The Economist, polishing your nation's brand is an expensive and often futile endeavour. Just ask the wretched Kazakhs. Tajikistan's presidential election: It's easier without an opposition. A review of The Punishment of Virtue: Inside Afghanistan After the Taliban. An article on democracy in the times of "amoral familism" in Pakistan. From India, the miracle or charm of democracy: Democracy depends on moderation and democracy enforces to moderation. From China Daily, with US$1 trillion of foreign exchange reserves, China is debating whether the huge stockpile is a blessing or a burden and what to do with it. A review of Mao's Last Revolution. All for civilised neighbourhoods: A look at China's efforts to transform itself before the 2008 Olympic Games. A review of Shutting Out the Sun: How Japan Created Its Own Lost Generation. An ambassador of enlightenment: An article on Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki, the man who brought Zen to the West. Retired husband syndrome: In Japan it is estimated that 60% of older women have a common problem - their husbands, who have an extraordinary effect on the health of their partners. From Japan Focus, an article on Vietnam’s roaring economy, the world stage and the US. Laos still bears the scars from the most extensive U.S.-led aerial bombing campaign since World War II. In Burma, a relocated capital and a wild frontier zone: A 24th province for China. The standoff between the Fijian government and the military has been going on since the interim government was formed following an attempted coup by George Speight in May 2000. And Australia's Kevin Rudd argues free markets wreak havoc on families - the record of the Howard years proves otherwise

[Weekend]  Aaron Preston (Malone): Analytic Philosophy: the History of an Illusion (the draft of a book, scroll down). A review of Harry Frankfurt's On Truth. A review of I: The Meaning of the First Person Term. A review of The Language and Reality of Time. A review of The Unity of Plato's Gorgias: Rhetoric, Justice, and the Philosophic Life. A review of Rome's First Frontier: the Flavian Occupation of Northern Scotland. More on Descartes: A Biography.  A review of Rousseau's Theory of Freedom. A review of Ayn Rand's Normative Ethics: the Virtuous Egoist. William Galston reviews Is Democracy Possible Here? Principles for a New Political Debate by Ronald Dworkin. A review of An Anatomy of Power: The Social Theory of Michael Mann. From PUP, the first chapter from Is Pluto a Planet? A Historical Journey through the Solar System; and the first chapter from Strange Curves, Counting Rabbits, & Other Mathematical Explorations. Do we really regard technology as an integral part of ourselves in the same way "machines" are composed of flesh and blood and social context? And doesn't the rapture of losing oneself satisfy a natural psychological need? Thinking in Tongues: What can we learn from a babbling brain? From LRB, Jeremy Harding goes to Beirut to meet the novelist Elias Khoury: "Before everything else, a writer of stories". From Adbusters, an article on the birth of modernism. A review of Walt Disney: The Triumph of the American Imagination. A review of Sherlock Holmes: The Unauthorized Biography (and more). The Glossies: An article on the decline of architecture magazines. An excerpt from Norman Rockwell: The Underside of Innocence. Agony and Empathy: Fernando Botero conveys the horrors of Abu Ghraib in his latest collection of paintings and drawings. And while the plastic pink flamingo reigned as an icon in the late 20th century, it was bound to succumb to the very different tastes — or the absence thereof — in the 21st

[Nov 17] Thom Brooks ( Newcastle): Is Global Poverty a Crime? For Ted Honderich, if you don't give money to Oxfam or the Red Cross, you are killing Africans as surely as if you had deliberately stopped a food convoy reaching a refugee camp. Dwight Lee (JHU): Who Says Money Can't Buy Happiness? A bigger economy doesn't always buy happiness: The U.S. should think about a general wellness index alongside GDP to gauge the country's true health. A review of The Moralization of the Markets. A review of Mobility and Inequality: Frontiers of Research in Sociology and Economics. A review of A Sociological Theory of Value: Georg Simmel's Sociological Relationism. The ethicist as poet: A review of The Ethical Imagination: Journeys of the Human Spirit by Margaret Somerville. From Al-Ahram, a committed intellectual: Mustafa Barghouti reflects on the work and life of Edward Said. From The Nation, a review of The Novel, Volume 1: History, Geography, and Culture and The Novel, Volume 2: Forms and Themes, edited by Franco Moretti. A review of Philip Roth’s Rude Truth: the Art of Immaturity. From New Scientist, become an instant expert with its best articles from the last 50 years. 25 Greatest Science Books of All-Time: Discover presents the essential reading list for anyone interested in science (and an poll). Here's a series of articles on the Scientific American 50: Technology leaders. An interview with Vaclav Smil, author of Transforming the Twentieth Century: Technical Innovations and Their Consequences. An excerpt from The Postal Age: The Emergence of Modern Communications in Nineteenth-Century America. From Alternet, is overachieving bad for girls? A review of Alpha Girls: Understanding the New American Girl and How She Is Changing the World. A review of Rage and Hope: Interviews with Peter McLaren on War, Imperialism, and Critical Pedagogy. From Rutgers, an essay on college football, scholar-athletes, and the dialectics of the NCAA National Championship. And an incident in which a UCLA student was stunned at least four times with a Taser has left the community questioning whether it was an appropriate response to the situation (and the video)

[Nov 16] Lawrence Solum (Illinois): Public Legal Reason. From The New York Observer, a review of Patriotism and Other Mistakes by George Kateb. A review of Arjun Appadurai's Fear of Small Numbers: An Essay on the Geography of Anger. From The Mises Institute, Peter Klein on why intellectuals still support socialism. More from Prospect: From Aristotle to Kant, intellectuals have delighted in denigrating the sense of smell. In doing so they have dampened the boundless pleasures of the olfactory. It is time we rediscovered our noses. From The Chronicle, Carlin Romano on the name of the genre: Philosophy meets mystery. Immanuel Kant, P.I.: A review of Critique of Criminal Reason. Michael Dirda reviews Dangerous Knowledge: Orientalism and its Discontents by Robert Irwin. A review of Frederick Crews's Follies of the Wise. Two historians, John Hope Franklin and Yu Ying-shih, will share this year’s $1 million John W. Kluge Prize for the Study of Humanity. A review of Intimate Politics: How I Grew Up Red, Fought for Free Speech, and Became a Feminist Rebel by Bettina Aptheker. Alabama senator Jeff Sessions on Pearl Buck: "The fact that that woman never spent a day in jail is a disgrace to the history of our nation". From TLS, Christopher Hitchens reviews North Face of Soho: Unreliable Memoirs, Volume Four by Clive James. Scott McLemee reviews Against the Day by Thomas Pynchon. Larry McMurtry reviews Point to Point Navigation: A Memoir, 1964 to 2006 by Gore Vidal (and more). Blogs, Beef, and Babyshambles: An interview with n+1’s Keith Gessen. You're not posting to your blog, you're writing someone else's poem: A review of Apostrophe. From Time, a cover story on God vs. Science: We revere faith and scientific progress, hunger for miracles and for MRIs. But are the worldviews compatible? The first chapter from Out of Eden: Adam and Eve and the Problem of Evil. A review of Dred Scott and the Problem of Constitutional Evil by Mark Graber. A review of The Race Beat: The Press, the Civil Rights Struggle, and the Awakening of a Nation. Jonah Goldberg on why it’s time to admit that “diversity” is code for racism. Single-Sex Ed 101: Welcome to the latest educational fad. No Corporation Left Behind: How a century of illegitimate testing has been used to justify internal colonialism. And can campus student centers be well-designed? Sarah Williams Goldhagen investigates