From TomDispatch, why 2009 could eat Barack Obama alive: Political filmmaker Eugene Jarecki to idealists: Don't you dare go MIA during the Obama presidency; and the military-industrial complex used to be loaded with household-name companies; with the economy on the skids, will they again become "arsenals" for the Pentagon? A review of Finding Freedom: Hegel's Philosophy and the Emancipation of Women by Sara MacDonald. A look at Finland, whose schools rank No. 1 in global surveys, shows that a national commitment to education can neutralize political debates over school reform. An interview with Hassan I Sirius, editor of Leary On Drugs. A look at the Apollo 8 mission that changed everything. A review of Talent is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else by Geoff Colvin. A review of Terrestrial Energy: How Nuclear Power Will Lead the Green Revolution and End America’s Energy Odyssey by William Tucker. The Invisible Hand of God: Adam Smith thought competition among religions was a good thing —does Hanukkah prove him wrong? From nth position, an article on doctorates & doctorettes. From The Big Money, a look at the grad students who want to stay in the tower. A review of Plato and the Art of Philosophical Writing by Christopher Rowe. 

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