From Economic Quarterly, an essay on The Contributions of Milton Friedman to Economics pdf. From The Nation, after all these years, will Reagan's budget chief David Stockman go to jail for cooking the books? William Greider investigates.
From Mother Jones, an interview with Ralph Nader.
Can one person slow global warming? Here's 51 ways to save the environment.
Should progressives take Ann Coulter seriously? Sam Berger and Ben Adler debate.
What's an opinion worth? Sean Gonsalves on how to combat the anti-intellectual virus. An interview with Michael Wallis, author of Billy the Kid: The Endless Ride. More on Ronald Reagan: Fate, Freedom, and the Making of History by John Patrick Diggins.
Tasting their own medicine: Republicans complain about the congressional shaft. Here's the secret to "American Idol": Don't think of it as a singing competition. More than anything, "Idol" is a political game, an exercise in building support and rallying fans. Nerds Just Wanna Have Fun: Nerds in New York and Boston are taking barroom banter to the next level.
The evidence for a recent national rise in crime is murky — and implementing get-tough remedies to address the alleged wave would be misguided.
The intellect behind Islamic radicalism: A review of The Power of Sovereignty by Sayed Khatab. The Zuni Way: With 90 percent of its members still living in their ancestral homeland in northwestern New Mexico, the Native American tribe is among the continent's most cohesive. But why?
Even though the Internet tag NSFW (Not Safe for Work) is assumed to have something to do with sex, it is more about class, politics, and how much money you make.
The Power of Babble: MIT researcher Deb Roy is videotaping every waking minute of his infant son's first 3 years of life. His ultimate goal: teach a robot to talk.
From Military Times, Staff Sgt. Walter Campbell has finally received the promotion he’s waited over a year for. His new title: Funniest Person in South Texas.
An excerpt from R. Emmett Tyrrell's The Clinton Crack-Up.
All the president's privileged men: Sanford Levinson on how moves to subpoena Karl Rove and colleagues look likely to cause constitutional deadlock. From Radar, here's ten April Fool's Day pranks that bombed. The art of fooling around: What makes a great April Fool's joke? On April Fool's Day, 1982, Argentine troops invaded the Falkland Islands. Dan Bjarnason looks back at "a meat grinder of a war" — and the Canadian who became a local hero in the process. And in 1982, Anthony Barnett argued that Britain's decision to wage war with Argentina in the south Atlantic was triggered by its deep political culture. Twenty-five years on, he looks afresh at the entrails
A review of The Atheist Manifesto: the case against Christianity, Judaism and Islam by Michael Onfray. Gullibility fuels faith: A review of Against All Gods by AC Grayling. A marxist preaches the gospel of love: Kenan Malik reviews The Meaning of Life by Terry Eagleton.
A review of The Enlightenment & the Book by Richard B Sher. A review of Russell Jacoby's Picture Imperfect: Utopian Thought for an Anti-Utopian Age. A review of Politics Without Sovereignty: A Critique of Contemporary International Relations. A review of The Pursuit of Glory: Europe, 1648-1815 by Tim Blanning.
From Japan Focus, history wars: Revisionist academics and best selling authors fuel a revival of nationalism that is poisoning Japan’s relations with neighboring nations. The power of No: In The Power of a Positive No, William Ury argues that the secret to a better nation is to learn the creative power of rejection. From Jewcy, an article on The Enlightenment Industry: Failing to find inner peace in India. The thorny path to enlightenment: Buddhists bringing ancient faith to US at odds over role of martial arts in Shaolin, former allies deeply divided on physical, spiritual aspects of the misunderstood culture. The Power of Wishful Thinking: Can you fantasize your way to a book contract, a perfect husband, and a 26-inch waist? A New Mythology: An article on ancient astronauts, lost civilizations and the New Age paradigm. A review of A Brief History of Ancient Astrology (Brief Histories of the Ancient World).
From Inside Higher Ed, balancing fundamental tensions: Daniel H. Weiss considers some of the key questions facing liberal arts colleges — and all of higher education. Immigrants among blacks at colleges raises diversity questions. How'd you do in school today? With Edline Online, the report card goes 24/7 and every test is an open book.
From Spiked, American editor and author of a book on McCarthyism Sam Tanenhaus proves to be a prickly interviewee.
From Sign and Sight, a writer in the cold war: Richard Wagner pleads for a fresh look at the novels of right-wing Romanian writer Vintila Horia, who died in 1992 in literary disgrace. In the territory: A review of Ralph Ellison. Why we love a real-life story: A review of Biography: A Brief History by Nigel Hamilton. All signs that we live in the golden age of the newspaper obituary: The maharajah who permitted garlic, the bouncing diva and the teenage groupie who kissed John Gielgud's knob.
US poet laureate Donald Hall's desire to help others understand poetry motivates him to speak around the country.
From Asia Times, Spengler on why you pretend to like modern art. Michael Dirda on the man who did more for the arts in America than anyone else. Picture and a thousand words: In our rush to raze Modernist structures, we're condemning more than just bricks and mortar to the dust heap. One museum's solution to the problem of crowds: Ever seen the Mona Lisa? Now for the graphic details. The curtain is about to come down on theatres that misquote reviewers on billboards or in other advertising, thanks to an EU directive which will outlaw misleading publicity. And Revenge of the Dark Knight: Hard-edged comics guru Frank Miller is hot in Hollywood
From Dissent, is socialism liberal? An article on politics in France; and can the populist left last? Benjamin Ross on Democratic populism. Michael Lind reviews Freedom's Power: The True Force of Liberalism (and a response by Paul Starr). An excerpt from Gordon Brown's Courage: eight portraits on Robert Kennedy.
From TNR, Alan Wolfe reviews The Civil Sphere by Jeffrey C. Alexander (and part 2, part 3, and part 4; cached copies). A review of The Happiness Myth: Why What We Think Is Right Is Wrong: A History of What Really Makes Us Happy. Psychologists refer to it as the “glow of goodwill.” Why shouldn’t taking small steps that may produce such a glow be part of the role of government? Peter Singer wants to know. Gregg Easterbrook on how Virginia Tech exposes our impoverished language for evil.
Do we need the death penalty? Yes, and no. He was a retired F.B.I. and C.I.A. agent volunteering on cold-case investigations in the Colorado Rockies. How did Charlie Hess persuade a man who may be one of the most prolific serial killers in American history to admit to his crimes? A look at the world's worst shooting rampages. Don't Shoot: Why video games really are linked to violence. A review of Violation: Justice, Race and Serial Murder in the Deep South by David Rose. The South Under Siege, Yet Again: What’s it like for a town to be “discovered” after 250 years?
The roughly 80-million strong generation born between 1946 and 1964 could turn out to be a lot more like their parents than anyone expected, in no arena more so than in their choices of where, and how, they live. More on Teenage: The Creation of Youth, 1875-1945. A review of When We Were Bad: Is it only in Jewish families that adult children struggle to break from their parents?
From Ovi, Men Are from Earth, Women Are from Planet Impossible: An article on the growing cohort of European "Bridget Joneses". Play hard to get, single guys: That's the advice of pickup artists, and experiments in academia appear to bear it out. Facials, manicures, emotional outbursts: Is Metrosexual Man more of a woman than you? Robert Douglas-Fairhurst reviews Impotence: a Cultural History by Angus McLaren.
Paying for Kidneys: The idea of paying donors for their kidneys has long been taboo. It's time to take it seriously. Medical mystery tour: Michael Ruse reviews Survival of the Sickest: A Medical Maverick Discovers Why We Need Disease. Benjamin Wittes on why the Supreme Court's shift on abortion is not what you think.
An interview with Frank Furedi on environmentalism, conspiracy theories and the "network of McCarthyites" slurring his name.
In praise of growing your own: A review of Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver. It is a fact widely accepted by biologists but little known by the population at large. By the end of the century, half of all species on Earth may be extinct. Who will survive the world's dwindling biodiversity, and why? From Grist, what can The Little Prince_ teach us about sustainable living and treating the earth well? Carbon-neutral is hip, but is it green? The rush to go on a carbon diet, even if by proxy, is in overdrive. And an article on saving the planet, one square of toilet paper at a time
From Turkey, the government slams the country’s powerful military in a furious dispute over secularism and the appointment of a new president, as alarm grows over political crisis in Turkey with a threat of a coup by the secularist army. An article on the Turkish paradox and the prophets of Eurabia. Democracy in the Middle East, no matter who wins the elections, is a winning strategy for the West.
Confessions of a former fanatic: A review of The Islamist: Why I Joined Radical Islam in Britain, What I Saw Inside and Why I Left by Ed Husain. Allan Massie reviews People of the Book: the Forgotten History of Islam and the West by Zachary Karabell. A review of The Punishment Of Virtue, by Sarah Chayes, and a review of The Kabul Beauty School: The Art of Friendship and Freedom, by Deborah Rodriguez (and a critique of the Kabul Beauty School).
The Abandonment: How the Bush Administration left Israelis and Palestinians to their fate. Simon Tisdall.goes inside the struggle for Iran. A review of Unintended Consequences: The United States at War. From the Carnegie Council, here are remarks by Ali A. Allawi, author of The Occupation of Iraq: Winning the War, Losing the Peace. Nobody really knows how much crude oil is being stolen by corrupt corrupt Iraqi and U.S. officials because, four years after the invasion, the oil meters haven't been fixed.
From Newsweek, a series of articles on God, War and the Presidency, and an excerpt from Twice As Good: Condoleezza Rice and Her Path To Power. Juan Cole on George Tenet on the staircase with the neocons, an article goes behind the Tenet Blame Game (and an interview), and Christopher Hitchens reviews Tenet's At the Center of the Storm (and an excerpt). Is the Iraq War lost? Key figures in the Iraq debate whether Harry Reid is right. Eve Fairbanks on dovish hawks and hawkish doves: Harry Reid and Carl Levin trade places.
From The New Yorker, the Conciliator: Where is Barack Obama coming from? More on the candidate, his minister and the search for faith. A profile of Mark Penn, Hillary Clinton's PowerPointer pollster. John Edwards' $400 haircut is only the latest in a long history of candidate miscues, but media honchos no longer control which ones become legend. John Arthur Eaves isn't just any old run-of-the-mill evangelical candidate — he's a Democrat. Matthew Continetti on the first Sam's Club Republican, Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty.
From National Journal, Stuart Taylor Jr. on issue ads and common sense. From Harper's, an article on David Broder’s Golden Anniversary: Commemorating a quarter-century of hackery. The phantom of democracy: The blogosphere doesn't "do" decisions - - even if politicians choose to draw on blogger-led insights, it is still their own judgment that counts in the end. Jonathan Chait on the left's new machine: How the liberal netroots are remaking the Democratic Party in the image of the GOP, and more on the furious, disciplined, helpful world of liberal blogs. As blogs proliferate, gadfly Matthew Lee has accreditation at the U.N. From Wired, web mashups turn citizens into Washington's newest watchdogs. And from The Politico, an article on how Hollywood-Washington political ties rich in history