From Anthropoetics, towards an enlightened form of doomsaying: An article on rational choice before the Apocalypse. From Arena, Simon Cooper on academic Darwinism, the (logical) end of the Dawkins Era; and climate change is not the basic issue: The technoscience–capitalism convergence has supercharged climate change; we need a movement to tackle that. The carnivore's dilemma: A review of books about beef. From Rolling Stone, an article on getting to know David Foster Wallace; and Block the Vote: Will the GOP's campaign to deter new voters and discard Democratic ballots determine the next president? Nuts about ACORN: Believing in vote fraud may be dangerous to a democracy's health. From Splice Today, an article on the GOPs brainwashing tactics. The Richardson Report: Here are 57 lies the Republican Party wants you to believe right now and the 10 dirtiest election tricks the Republicans have tried so far. From New York, an article on the Right’s class war: The prospect of a McCain loss has the Republican Party angrily turning on itself; and does Joe the Plumber matter? The answer might surprise you. Join an average Joe as he journeys to the very seats of the nation's power — literally; can he talk his own bottom into the throne of a Supreme Court justice, the Pentagon perch of the secretary of defense? Mitchell Cohen discusses George Lichtheim's Imperialism (and part 2).
From Homeland Security Affairs, Stephanie Blum (TSA): Preventive Detention in the War on Terror: A Comparison of How the United States, Britain, and Israel Detain and Incapacitate Terrorist Suspects. Avinash Dixit, president of the American Economic Association, on why Krugman got the Nobel Prize (and more from The Economist). David Warsh on the professor and the columnist. Edward Glaser honors Krugman; and here's Krugman on Krugman. The first chapter from Economic Geography: The Integration of Regions and Nations by Pierre-Philippe Combes, Thierry Mayer and Jacques-Francois Thisse. Our disappearing wealth: What the heck happened to all that money? This is what denial does: The economic crisis is petty by comparison to the nature crunch, but they have the same cause. From New Scientist, a look at how gay sex can produce offspring. From Technology Review, an article on Wikipedia and the meaning of truth: Why the online encyclopedia's epistemology should worry those who care about traditional notions of accuracy; and an article on the privilege of being wrong: Then and now, we face the problem of determining what is true. A review of The $12 Million Stuffed Shark: The Curious Economics of Contemporary Art by Don Thompson. Here's Radar's investment guide to cocaine, hookers, and other vices.
From Rolling Stone, Nir Rosen on How We Lost the War We Won: A journey into Taliban-controlled Afghanistan. Nobody appears to know who is actually in charge of the hunt for Osama bin Laden. Why October Surprises Work: It’s the subject no one wants to bring up: What effect could a terrorist attack have in the closing days of the U.S. election? (and more by Joseph Nye) From Guernica, an interview with Joseph Nye on how soft is smart; Anti-Drudge: Until his conscience overcame him, David Brock was conservatives' go-to hitman; and Robert Reich on deficit shackles. How did the world’s financial system get into such a mess? Tyler Cowen investigates. Devil is in bailout's details: Government's $250 billion cash injection sparks welter of issues. Christopher Buckley explains why he left National Review (and more), while Exiled Online punches Christopher Buckley (and again). What are those squiggly lines on CNN telling you? Sam Boyd investigates (and more). Every four years, the two parties and news media collude in the debate PR spectacle — it's time for citizens to reclaim control. Every Man a Derrida: A nation on the verge of self-deconstructing. An interview with BHL: "Everything matters to everybody". Christopher Caldwell on French culture’s existential angst. George Scialabba reviews The Selected Essays of Gore Vidal.
From The Atlantic Monthly, Andrew Sullivan on why he blogs; and Steven Pinker on why Washington’s crusade against swearing on the airwaves is f*cked up. Byron, Flashman, Steerforth: When it comes to men, Germaine Greer will take the classical ideal every time. From American Sexuality, an article on the Caveman Mystique: Finding an identity in pop-Darwinism; and an article on McCain v. Obama: Where do the candidates stand, sexually speaking? From Newsweek, the test for the next president is whether he can use the powers of government to act on behalf of Americans — that's a liberal idea; but America remains a center-right nation — a fact that a President Obama would forget at his peril (and responses by Paul Waldman and Andrew Gelman). From The New Yorker, James Surowiecki on what Wall Street can’t admit; Steven Coll on why Obama isn't a socialist (and more); David Sedaris on undecided voters: "I can’t quite believe that they really exist. Are they professional actors? Or are they simply laymen who want a lot of attention?" Christopher Hitchens on why the media should stop covering Palin until she gives a press conference. A review of Fear and Loating: Censorship in All Its Glory by Pamela Hayes-Bohanan. Michael Walzer on ten foreign policy changes if Obama is elected. High on the hog: Buy a Harley and ride a piece of American mythology.