From HNN, an article on the politics of history: How “exceptional” is America? A review of Hakluyt’s Promise: An Elizabethan’s Obsession for an English America by Peter C. Mancall. A review of Jamestown: The Buried Truth by William M. Kelso. A review of Salem Witch Judge: The Life and Repentance of Samuel Sewall by Eve LaPlante. From American Heritage, Joseph Ellis explains just how the American Revolution was revolutionary, and a review of American Creation: Triumphs and Tragedies at the Founding of the Republic. A review of Unruly Americans and the Origins of the Constitution by Woody Holton. A review of My Dearest Friend: Letters of Abigail and John Adams. A review of Learning to Stand and Speak: Women, Education, and Public Life in America’s Republic by Mary Kelley. A review of The Boardinghouse in Nineteenth Century America by Wendy Gamber. A review of German Culture in Nineteenth-Century America and Traveling between Worlds: German-American Encounters. A review of Unions, Radicals and Democratic Presidents: Seeking Social Change in the Twentieth Century by Martin Halpern.
From Economic Sociology, a special issue on economic anthropology. Ronald Bailey on envisioning a post-scarcity economy. From NBER, a look at how hidden taxes are easier to raise. From The Economist, an article on the case for death duties: How to improve an unpopular tax. A review of Econophysics and Sociophysics: Trends and Perspectives. Evan Selinger (RIT): Technology Transfer: What Can Philosophers Contribute? Muhammad Yunus on turning beggars into entrepreneurs. Gideon Rachman on the aid crusade and Bono’s brigade. Robert Samuelson reviews Gregory Clark's A Farewell to Alms: A Brief Economic History of the World (and more). Lawrence Summers on how America must handle the falling dollar. From Slate, Timothy Noah and Robert Reich debate CEO pay and supercapitalism. Who's to blame for the brave new economy? Robert Kuttner and Robert Reich debate. Can the Democrats own prosperity? Jonathan Rauch investigates. The first chapter from Appeasing Bankers: Financial Caution on the Road to War by Jonathan Kirshner. A review of Robert Frank's Richistan: A Journey Through the American Wealth Boom and the Lives of the New Rich. An interview with Brad DeLong on economics, politics and public discourse. Resistance is Surrender: Slavoj Zizek on what to do about capitalism. From New Politics, Dan Jakopovich on Revolutionary Unionism: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow. A review of Rice and Chips: Technopreneurship and Innovation in Asia by Dennis Posadas. The introduction to Labor Rights Are Civil Rights: Mexican American Workers in Twentieth-Century America by Zaragosa Vargas.
From Rolling Stone, Bush's Lap Dogs: What happened to DC's watchdogs? From CJR, Brent Cunningham on the rhetoric beat: Why journalism needs one. A review of Boom! Voices of the Sixties: Personal Reflections on the '60s and Today by Tom Brokaw. Five of the nation's top newspaper companies are taking steps to create a national online advertising network they hope will help them recapture ad revenue leaking away from their print products. Is fake news now the standard? TV journalism is increasingly playing to the Colberts and Stewarts to attract younger viewers. Brian Williams could've been an excellent "Saturday Night Live" host — he was not.
The comeback of a war president: He may be America's most unpopular politician, but George W. Bush is no lame duck. George Will on how to rein in Bush: A new War Powers Resolution would end unfettered executive war-making. Are we living the nightmare outlined in Federalist #8? With the Inspectors General at various government agencies under fire, a question: Is Bush corrupting the watchdogs? Anthony Lewis reviews Dead Certain: The Presidency of George W. Bush by Robert Draper and The Terror Presidency: Law and Judgment Inside the Bush Administration by Jack Goldsmith. A review of Running Alone: Presidential Leadership from JFK to Bush II—Why It Has Failed and How We Can Fix It by James MacGregor Burns. A review of Founders v. Bush: A Comparison in Quotation of the Policies and Politics of the Founding Fathers and George W. Bush by Steve Coffman. Flak magazine on how we know George W. Bush to be a hipster.
From The Minnesota Review, an interview with William V. Spanos on the counter-memory of postmodernism. From Mute, intellectuals with street cred? A review of Constituent Imagination: Militant Investigations, Collective Theorization; and the working class and intellectuals speak different languages, and working class activists are caught between the two. It's time for theory to reconnect with practice. Makin’ Bacon: Anybody can talk about a book they haven’t read — Scott McLemee copes with a tougher problem. Being extremely intelligent is rather like fucking sheep — once you've got a reputation for either, it's extremely difficult to get rid of it.
From TLS, a review of books on the changing tastes and fortunes for British art -– from Victorian Manchester to America today. Just what is it we go to galleries for today? Art is the least of it. A review of The Yellow House: Van Gogh, Gauguin, and Nine Turbulent Weeks in Arles by Martin Gayford. A review of A Life of Picasso: The Triumphant Years, 1917-1932 by John Richardson. A review of Modernism: The Lure of Heresy by Peter Gay (and more). Oscar Niemeyer still has designs on future: Nearing 100, the Brazilian architect keeps planning. Perfect buildings: An article on the maths of modern architecture.
Arash Abizadeh (McGill): Democratic Theory and Border Coercion: No Right to Unilaterally Control Your Own Borders. Arash Abizadeh (McGill) and Pablo Gilabert (Concordia): Is There a Genuine Tension between Cosmopolitan Egalitarianism and Special Responsibilities? From Yale Law Journal, Noah Feldman reviews Cosmopolitanism: Ethics in a World of Strangers and The Ethics of Identity by Kwame Anthony Appiah and Frontiers of Justice: Disability, Nationality, Species Membership by Martha Nussbaum; and Martha Nussbaum: The Capabilities Approach and Ethical Cosmopolitanism: A Response to Noah Feldman. Marcilio Toscano Franca Filho (EUI): Westphalia: a Paradigm? A Dialogue between Law, Art and Philosophy of Science. Don't blame Westphalia: On the anniversary of its signing, we should reconsider what the famous treaty actually says about the sovereignty of nations.
A review of Nihil Unbound: Enlightenment and Extinction by Ray Brassier. An excerpt from A Brief History of the Future by Jacques Attali. A review of Politik: Wesen, Wiederkehr, Entlastung by Miguel Skirl. A review of The Right Road to Radical Freedom by Tibor R. Machan. A review of The Cultural Contradictions of Democracy: Political Thought Since September 11 by John Brenkman. "Democratic capitalism" is an inherently contradictory notion, and the gap between rhetoric and reality in today's politics is there for all to see—so why aren't politicians looking? Here are three better terms for "democracy". A review of Democracy and Legal Change by Melissa Schwartzberg. A review of Law and Catastrophe. A review of Black Mass: Apocalyptic Religion and the Death of Utopia and Straw Dogs: Thoughts on Humans and Other Animals by John Gray (and more).
From Touchstone, a symposium on Evangelicalism Today. A review of Faith in the Halls of Power: How Evangelicals Joined the American Elite by D. Michael Lindsay. Blackberry Apocalypse: A review of American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America by Chris Hedges. Alexandra Pelosi turns her camera on evangelicals. Jesus for Sale: Meet the real Rex Humbard, the father of televised religious fraud. Heaven’s gated communities: How did contemporary evangelicalism catch such a dreadful disease? Abortion isn't a religious issue: Evangelicals are adamant, but religion really has nothing to say about the issue. An evangelical rethink on divorce? A new interpretation of the Bible's edicts on divorce suggests that some conservative Christians may be reevaluating their hard line.
From TAC, can atheists form a movement around shared disbelief? From New Humanist, new wave atheism is aggressively antagonistic to religion, but, argues Richard Norman, it’s more fruitful to find common ground; after seven years on the faith front lines, Guardian religious affairs correspondent Stephen Bates is glad to be back on civvy street; and God almighty PLC: Marketing expert Winston Fletcher analyses a world-beating strategy. Antony Flew’s case illustrates the folly of argument by association in today’s God wars. More on A Secular Age by Charles Taylor. Stanley Fish on suffering, evil and the existence of God. Mary Lefkowitz on bringing back the Greek gods: Mere mortals had a better life when more than one ruler presided from on high. Monte Williams is not here to mock God and his fanatical fan club, but he'll sit back and let much more clever men and women mock them for him.