From Humanitas, Ryan Holston (JHU): Burke’s Historical Morality; Colin D. Pearce (USC-Beaufort): History for Life: Simms and Nietzsche Compared; Michael P. Federici (Mercyhurst): Imperialism Destroys the Constitutional Republic; and a review of Conservatism in America: Making Sense of the American Right by Paul Gottfried. From The Humanist, a review of What's So Great about Christianity by Dinesh D'Souza; a review of I Don’t Believe in Atheists by Chris Hedges; and a brief history of Jonathan Miller. From the International Journal of Baudrillard Studies, Slavoj Zizek on The Prospects of Radical Politics Today; Sally Hart (Chichester): Jean Baudrillard and Jacques Derrida: At the Limits of Thought; Gerry Coulter (Bishop’s): Passings: Richard Rorty and the Voluntary Servitude of Philosophy; Marc J. LaFountain (UWG): Obscene Ethics: A Baudrillardian View of Spurlock’s Super Size Me; a review of Cyborgs and Barbie Dolls. Feminism, Popular Culture and the Posthuman Body by Kim Toffoletti; and was Baudrillard a nihilist? Ashley Woodward investigates. From The L Magazine, man walks along famous street, writes story about it. Economic relations, political values: Which is the tail, and which is the dog? Hundreds of economic blogs have sprung up on the Internet, many written by academics — what gives, and how did economics become so popular?
From Australian Humanities Review, a special issue on The Idea of the South, including an essay on the keys to the South; and an excerpt from Southern Theory: The global dynamics of knowledge in social science by Raewyn Connell. From Ethic@, Janyne Sattler (UQaM): Kantian Anthropology and the Feminine Task of Morality; and Iain Law (Birmingham): Evil Pleasure is Good for You! Kristof Magnusson looks into Iceland's culture and history to find out how this mini-state with its global ambitions became buried in debt. David Gordon reviews Who Killed the Constitution? The Fate of American Liberty from World War I to George W. Bush by Thomas E. Woods Jr. and Kevin R.C. Gutzman. Nicola Karras on how she learned to stop worrying and love the vast right-wing conspiracy. From Freethought Today, an article on violence in religion; a look at the real religious terrorism; and what is a good righteous person? From Free Inquiry, living without religion: I want (not) to believe. An article on the Codex Sinaiticus, the rival to the Bible. A review of Butcher and Bolt: Two Hundred Years of Foreign Engagement in Afghanistan by David Loyn. Eight years after Bush v. Gore, why is there still so much election litigation and what does this mean? A review of Kingmakers: The Invention of the Modern Middle East by Karl E. Meyer and Shareen Blair Brysac.
From Kritike, Kenneth Masong (KUL): Iris Murdoch’s The Bell: Tragedy, Love, and Religion; Saitya Brata Das (Marc Bloch): ‘To Philosophize is to Learn How to Die?’; and Saladdin Said Ahmed (Brock): Mass Mentality, Culture Industry, Fascism. From The Independent Review, Max Hocutt (Alabama): In Defense of Herbert Spencer; Rafael Reuveny (Indiana): The Last Colonialist: Israel in the Occupied Territories since 1967; a review of The Roman Predicament: How the Rules of International Order Create the Politics of Empire by Harold James; and a review of The Bottomless Well: The Twilight of Fuel, the Virtue of Waste, and Why We Will Never Run Out of Energy by Peter W. Huber and Mark P. Mills. Why crime pays: An interview with Raymond Fisman and Edward Miguel, authors of Economic Gangsters: Corruption, Violence and the Poverty of Nations. From the Electronic Journal of Human Sexuality, it starts in the womb: An article on helping parents understand infant sexuality. From Green Anarchy, Sal Insieme on questions for the nomadic wanderers in all of us. From The African Review of Books, Soyinka's life and work in pictures: A review of WS: a life in full by Bankole Olayebi. From The Root, Henry Luis Gates, Jr. interviews Wole Soyinka on the future of Africa. From NPR, Ken Rudin on the Republican Party after Bush.
From Arion, Camille Paglia on Feminism Past and Present: Ideology, Action, and Reform; and Maria Rybakova on two genders of the soul regarding the love of God. From The Futurist, a review of Futurecast: How Superpowers, Populations, and Globalization Will Change the Way You Live and Work by Robert J. Shapiro; where's my flying car? An interview with Paul Moller; and a series of interviews on the future of ocean habitation. Still the Border State: Maryland remains unclassifiable, even as the rest of the country gets split into easy divisions. A review of Taking on the Pledge of Allegiance: The Media and Michael Newdow's Constitutional Challenge by Ronald Bishop. Counting how votes count: A rational person will vote, economists show, as an act of altruism. Why Wall Street will prevail: Things are bad now, but the world will never out-finance us (and more). Cass Sunstein reviews Leaderless Jihad: Terror Networks in the Twenty-First Century by Marc Sageman. From Big Think, Cliff Schorer on the problems with tax incentives. From Dark Roasted Blend, an article on castles that will inspire and haunt you. From Strange Maps, an article on the forgotten Kingdom of Araucania-Patagonia. A hundred little Napoleons: Is anyone in charge in today's nonpolar world? Why dogs don't enjoy music: Human neurons are extraordinarily sensitive to changes in pitch.
From Air & Space Power Journal, Benjamin Armstrong (USN): Reaching Translational Lift: The History of the Helicopter and Lessons for 21st Century Technology' and a review of I Want You! The Evolution of the All-Volunteer Force by Bernard D. Rostker. From Evolutionary Psychology, Saul L. Miller and Jon K. Maner (FSU): Coping with Romantic Betrayal: Sex Differences in Responses to Partner Infidelity; Emily A. Stone (Utah), Todd K. Shackelford (FAU) and David Buss (UT-Austin): Socioeconomic Development and Shifts in Mate Preferences; Maryanne Fisher (St. Mary’s), Martin Voracek (Vienna) P. Vivien Rekkas (Toronto) and Anthony Cox (CPC): Sex Differences in Feelings of Guilt Arising from Infidelity; David P. Schmitt (Bradley) and Todd K. Shackelford (FAU): Big Five Traits Related to Short-Term Mating: From Personality to Promiscuity across 46 Nations. From The Minnesota Review, an interview with David Harvey on the geography of accumulation; a review of John McGowan's American Liberalism: An Interpretation for Our Time and Paul Smith's Primitive America: The Ideology of Capitalism and Democracy; and a review of Walter Benn Michaels' The Trouble with Diversity. Publish and be wrong: One group of researchers thinks headline-grabbing scientific reports are the most likely to turn out to be wrong.
From The Global Spiral, Neil D. Broom (Auckland): Does Nature Suggest Transcendence?; Aaron Kheriaty (UC-Irvine): God and the Unconscious; and a review of David G. Myers' A Friendly Letter to Skeptics and Atheists: Musings on Why God is Good and Faith Isn't Evil. A review of Defending Humanity: When Force is Justified and Why by George P. Fletcher and Jens David Ohlin. From The National Interest, Joshua Muravchik and Stephen Walt debate the neocons vs. the realists. From The Wilson Quarterly, a review of books on the Great African Hope. From Eureka Street, an article on Joseph Stiglitz, the chuckling economist (and more). From Scientific American, an article on the psychology of "The War on Terror" and other terms for counterterrorism. From The Weekly Standard, Fred Barnes on Sarah Palin's future. It's not campaign ads or talking heads that have the greatest power to reach undecided voters who flip on the TV — it's five women who chat on comfy couches every morning. Things you can tell just by looking at them: Are these talking heads Republicans or Democrats? A review of Montessori, Dewey, and Capitalism: Educational Theory for a Free Market in Education by Jerry Kirkpatrick. Nothing short of a complete overhaul of the airline industry — fewer carriers, fewer flights, and far higher prices — will keep the world flying.
From Electronic Book Review, a review of Paranoia and Modernity: Cervantes to Rousseau by John Farrell and Is Oedipus Online: Siting Freud After Freud by Jerry Aline Flieger. From Failure, an interview with David Bernstein, co-author of Death To All Sacred Cows: How Successful Business People Put the Old Rules Out to Pasture; and a conversation with Jeff Yeager, the cheapest man in America. From Liberty, a review of Libertarianism: For and Against by Craig Duncan and Tibor R. Machan; more on Liberal Fascism by Jonah Goldberg; more on Bryan Caplan's The Myth of the Rational Voter; if you're going to write a biography of Ludwig von Mises, you have your work cut out for you; and a look at the story of Laissez Faire Books: R.I.P.? A review of Samuel Freeman's Justice and the Social Contract: Essays on Rawlsian Political Philosophy; Paul Graham's Rawls; Thomas Pogge's John Rawls: His Life and Theory of Justice; and David Lewis Schaefer's Illiberal Justice: John Rawls vs. the American Political Tradition. Matthew Yglesias reviews The Wrecking Crew: How Conservatives Rule by Thomas Frank. Is the Southern Strategy dead? Harold Meyerson investigates. Why “business ethics” fail: They don’t address the problem of greed. Daniel Freeman warns that the 21st century could be the "age of paranoia".
From FP, here's a list of the world’s ugliest elections. Chris Hedges on America’s political cannibalism. From ZNet, an article on proto-fascism in the United States: Campaign reflections. Recent fictionalizations of our 43rd president show that we're done with the screeds and parodies; after eight long years, we just want to know what makes him tick. Political science: An article on what being neat or messy says about political leanings. A review of The Persuadable Voter by Sunshine Hillygus and Todd Shields. Immanuel Wallerstein on a long-term view of the Depression. Bill McKibben reviews Hot, Flat, and Crowded by Thomas L. Friedman. Michael C. Moynihan on the rise of disaster socialism. From Things of Interest, here are methods for destroying the Earth. From Cosmos, an article on the science of good and evil. From Lacan.com, Jacques-Alain Miller on how we love the one who responds to our question: “Who Am I?” Lost boys: Four books offer explanations on the crisis of masculinity. Charm school: Scholars unpack the secrets of charisma, and suggest the elusive quality can be taught. A review of Weakness of Will from Plato to the Present. From ARPA, a review of A Good Death: An Argument for Voluntary Euthanasia by Rodney Syme and Experiments in Love and Death: Medicine, Postmodernism, Microethics and the Body by Paul Komesaroff.
From FP, follow adoption through several continents and countless families and lives in this accompanying online photo essay. A review of books on EU-rope’s constitutionalization. Doing democracy right: Why are other countries so much better at conducting elections than we are? A review of The Trial of Donald Rumsfeld: A Prosecution by Book by Michael Ratner. From IRB, a review of You are Here: Exposing the Vital Link Between What We Do and What That Does to Our Planet by Thomas M. Kostigen; and a review of The Fertility Doctor: John Rock and the Reproductive Revolution by Margaret Marsh and Wanda Ronner. From Adbusters, an essay on industrial childbirth: “Revisiting my son’s birth has made me angry”. Why do we tax corporations? Wouldn't it be easier just to tax individuals? A review of Solidarity Divided: The Crisis in Organized Labor and a New Path Toward Social Justice by Bill Fletcher and Fernando Gapasin. From Dissent, Harold Meyerson on Labor and Armageddon. From ResetDOC, an interview with John Judis on Barack Obama, a new Roosevelt. Jason Zengerle on how David Axelrod learned to conquer race. John Nichols on why "socialist" is not an epithet. Daniel Kahneman on two big things happening in psychology today. From TNR, a review of Giordano Bruno: Philosopher/Heretic by Ingrid D. Rowland.
From Forbes, a look at how Wall Street robbed you. Sexual Politics: Election 2008 hasn't just been dirty, it's been downright smutty. From Smithsonian, a series of articles on inspiring individuals making a difference in the fields of science, arts, culture and human behavior. From The Atlantic Monthly, a review of Have You Seen? by David Thomson; an article on the forgotten filmmaker who anticipated our modern media madness; and Virginia Postrel on on the politics of the retouched headshot. From Men's News Daily, how did we get from the founder’s deep suspicion of majority rule to the deification of democracy? An interview with Paul Bloom on happiness, desire, memory, and the chaotic community that lives inside every human mind. A review of Understanding Privacy by Daniel J. Solove. A new generation of digital tracking technologies can now follow your every move, unleashing a world of personalised adverts; embracing these tools may be the only way to save the media from bankruptcy. Information technology is turning into a global “cloud” accessible from anywhere — what does that mean for the way people conduct business? An interview with Blake Gumprecht, author of The American College Town. Jim Holt on how philosophers have explained our sense of humour. The Mason's Apprentice: Our closest single-celled relatives reveal the origins of the stuff that holds us together.