From The New Criterion, Michael Weiss on inhuman power of the lie: The Great Terror at 40.†From TNR, why have the netroots been so cool on Obama? Gary Hart, the Barack of '84, thinks Hillary is Mondale without the locked-in superdelegates. Philip Stephens on a chance to redesign American politics. From Philanthropy, an interview with Carl Schramm, author of "Law Outside the Market: The Social Utility of the Private Foundation"; a review of Adventures in Richistan by Robert Frank; and an impressive foundation, an unimpressive book: A review of Bill Clinton's Giving. The introduction to Souled Out: Reclaiming Faith and Politics after the Religious Right by EJ Dionne Jr. Generation MySpace is getting fed up: Annoyed with the ad deluge on social networks, many users are spending less time on the sites. Is Facebook the future of search? Mad magazine enlists the talents of 10 Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonists for its expose, "Why George W. Bush is in Favor of Global Warming". A review of Justice, Gender, and the Politics of Multiculturalism by Sarah Song. From Adbusters, a review of How the Rich Destroy the Planet by Herve Kempf. Mocking nature: Paul Keeling reacts with a Green perspective on religious insult. Literary lion Paul Coelho reveals a passion for promoting the online piracy of his own books. An interview with Jeff Warren, author of The Head Trip.
Voices Without Votes opens a window on what non-Americans are saying in blogs and citizen media about US foreign policy and the 2008 presidential elections. Who's Wall Street's candidate in the presidential race?†An excerpt from Dreams of Peace and Freedom: Utopian Moments in the Twentieth Century by Jay Winter. An excerpt from History's Locomotives: Revolutions and the Making of the Modern World by Martin Malia. Fifteen minutes of fame: " American Idol" is brilliant because it actually delivers on the promise, then takes it away. A review of The Commission: The Uncensored History of the 9/11 Investigation by Philip Shenon. More on Jonathan Chait's The Big Con. The US government is keen to invoke Keynesian economics, but their efforts lack the philosopher's ideal of shared prosperity (perhaps Germany will do better by Keynes?). Chalmers Johnson on the economic disaster that is military keynesianism. Mr. Brin Goes to Washington: Google does unto Microsoft what Microsoft has done unto them. From Mute, an article on art stripped bare by post-Autonomists, even. Immanuel Wallerstein on the demise of neoliberal globalization. Project Runway's Tim Gunn reviews the candidates and gives advice on how to "Make It Work" (and more). From The Atlantic, an article on the case for settling for Mr. Good Enough. An article on marriage: It's only going to get worse.
From Prospect, should the Jews, as Gandhi counselled, have submitted willingly to their Nazi oppressors? From Haaretz, a look at how Israel is no longer the world's "Mecca" of Jewish studies. A review of The Culture of Calamity: Disaster and the Making of Modern America by Kevin Rozario; Blindside: How to Anticipate Forcing Events and Wild Cards in Global Politics; and Worst-Case Scenarios by Cass R. Sunstein. A look at how Obama could create a long term Democratic majority. Alfred Regnery on how McCain can convince the Right. They know where you are: The web is such a data goldmine that governments can now track us in more detail than ever before. Martin Amis's £80k salary is part of a culture of secrecy about how much professors are paid, while Terry Eagleton faces the axe at Manchester University.† A look at why Europe must be realistic about life after Bush. A review of Paul Edward Gottfried's Conservatism in America: Making Sense of the American Right. Three young men try waterboarding and tell the tale. John Allen Paulos puts candidates' religion to the test. The Second Sex, the second time: Jessa Crispin considers de Beauvoir's work in a self-help age. Guessing games: Curiosity and concealment have a grand literary history. Safe sex, dangerous love: We would do better spending time with Roman poetry than with popular psychology.