Daniel Drezner (Tufts): Public Intellectuals 2.0. Testosterone is not to blame: Why Hillary Clinton's loss has nothing to do with sexism. End of Empire? This could be the beginning of the end for the world's last superpower. Michael Hirsh on an unnatural disaster: America bears much of the blame for its waning global clout. Send in the latrines: Human excrement is a weapon of mass destruction, transferring diseases such as cholera, meningitis and typhoid. Why are so many Iraq vets committing suicide? And why isn't the Pentagon doing anything to help? Hans Kung on a key ethical question for George Bush's successor: Should a president lie? An excerpt from The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder by Vincent Bugliosi. What’s so scary about evolution? For both Left and Right, a lot. Teaching evolution: Legal victories aren't enough. Why the California Supreme Court did more than legalize gay marriage. Norman Levitt reviews John Alan Paulos’ Irreligion. From Doublethink, kid speechwriters: The Beltway’s best and brightest never stop working — and never take credit; from escort to White House correspondent, the self-styled “Voice of the New Media” Jeff Gannon abides; why a small band of upstart filmmakers is spending six figures on a short film no one will see; how the tale of a girl who bears a shockingly located set of fangs upends the revenge-film formula; and don’t free Hawaii!
From Dissent, Israel at Sixty: An interview with Mitchell Cohen; banned in Red Scare Boston: The forgotten story of Charlie & the MTA; an interview with Pico Iyer, author of The Open Road: The Global Journey of the Fourteenth Dalai Lama; and more on The Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein. Is Barack Obama cynical enough to take on the Republican Machine? Vote like thy neighbor: Why the American electorate is more politically polarized than ever. Ryszard Legutko investigates. From Chronicles, Chilton Williamson, Jr. on liberalism as addiction. From Modern Age, what’s wrong with liberalism? Kindred Spirit: A willful optimism links Obama with "crossover" giants before him. A review of books on World War I. Here's an idea for an alumni magazine: Dig up what your classmates are really doing. To protect sovereignty, or to protect lives? The new notion of global responsibility to alleviate suffering has struggled to win acceptance—and Myanmar will not be the place where it comes of age; but yes, peacekeeping makes sense. From New York, a cover story on the affairs of men: The trouble with sex and marriage. James Cramer, on how to profit from the stock market no matter which candidate wins in November. In the Basement of the Ivory Tower: The idea that a university education is for everyone is a destructive myth; an instructor at a “college of last resort” explains why.
From Wired, Peter Thiel makes down payment on libertarian ocean colonies. Electric Kool-Aid Conservatism: How cloning Tom Wolfe can save right-wing journalism. From The New Yorker, George Packer on the fall of conservatism: Have the Republicans run out of ideas?; Jeffrey Toobin decodes McCain's judicial speech; and is there any hope for the hung over? Joan Acocella investigates. From Boston Review, this ecstatic nation: Learning from Emily Dickinson after 9/11. From Scientific American, a cover story on the ethics of climate change: Pay now or pay more later?; and a look at why grassroots initiatives can't fix climate change. James Wood has some serious blind spots about fiction, writes Delia Falconer. Little League, huge effect: How youth sports shape the economic, academic, and social prospects of Americans. There is a game Americans like to play and a title they like to confer: It's called Worst President of All Time; and more and more and more and more and more and more and more on Rick Perlstein's Nixonland (and an excerpt at Bookforum). Chalmers Johnson reviews Sheldon Wolin's Democracy Incorporated. The Holy Guide to Coital Positions: The Church was OK with sex in the Middle Ages, so long as it was done in a very particular way. A review of New Pragmatists. Why nations fail to act: Loss of feeling after first victim can allow atrocities to occur.