A new issue of Judgment and Decision Making is out. From The Nation, a special issue on working together for a Green New Deal. An interview with Louis Hyman on writing a book about the history of debt. Could Twitter become terrorists' newest killer app? From Spiked, a review of Dubai: The Vulnerability of Success by Christopher M Davidson. What ever happened to the future? Michael Hanlon takes the long view. Susan George on how we can borrow lessons from the early 1940s to transform our shattered economies and halt runaway climate change. The Hitler Meme: What’s the appeal of Adolf Hitler freaking out? China is becoming the biggest producer of pharmaceutical ingredients in the world — but the F.D.A. inspects just a tiny fraction of China’s drug plants; can we be sure what we’re taking is safe? Can this paper be saved? Pick up a copy of The Washington Times today and, aside from its still vociferously conservative opinion pages, you might mistake it for a regular newspaper. One reason magazines are suffering: Their covers. Get your fix of funny pictures from the life in the military, and show some respect!! Has Homer turned blue? Euan Ferguson looks forward to some post-watershed Simpsons action. The first chapter from The Taylorized Beauty of the Mechanical: Scientific Management and the Rise of Modernist Architecture by Mauro F. Guillen.
From Psychology Today, we think our political stance is the product of reason, but we're easily manipulated and surprisingly malleable. New research suggests that our basic political attitudes, liberal, conservative, or otherwise, are with us at birth — what does this mean for our democracy? From Culture11, an article on the case for voting: Why those grumpy economists who tell you it's irrational to cast a ballot are partly wrong; and a look at the case for not voting: Why we care too much about politics. Paul Waldman on why we vote. Here are 20 things you didn't know about elections. Rick Hansen on three predictions about how the electoral rules might differ next time around. From n+1, here are political memories on elections past. All Roads Lead to Springfield: We're all sick of actual politicians, so here's a roundup of the last two years' campaign in Simpsons clip reel form. A look at why it's time to embrace American culture again. The introduction to A Pinnacle of Feeling: American Literature and Presidential Government by Sean McCann. Barbie '08: Archie Bunker, Mr. Clean, and more of history's greatest fictional presidential candidates. A look at the 6 most insane people to ever run for president. Dem 'crats: A look behind the party's changing labels. From Le Monde diplomatique, an interview with Michael Hardt: "We need to broaden our political possibilities".
From Boston Review, Michael D. Mastrandrea and Stephen H. Schneider on the time to adapt to climate change. A review of Passing the Plate: Why American Christians Don't Give Away More Money by Christian Smith, Michael O. Emerson, and Patricia Snell. Jonathan Power on how America is learning to love the United Nations. The forgotten war: Whenever this country has been at battle throughout its history, that battle has consumed the nation and riveted its people, sometimes uniting them, other times dividing them. The Guardian profiles Marcus du Sautoy, a mathematician who's in his prime. From Vanity Fair, an article on The New York Times’s lonely war. Label Conscious: The Supreme Court gets positively passionate about pre-emption. How does a modern liberal square their progressive social beliefs with being a member of the Roman Catholic church? From The Believer, an article on a decades-long argument between David Hockney and Robert Irwin, artists who’ve never met, and whose core concerns are nearly identical; and an essay on The Lost Twin: The lone, shrunken World Trade Center tower in Oklahoma. A review of Et Tu, Brute? A Short History of Political Murder by Greg Woolf. An interview with Rowan Jacobsen, author of Fruitless Fall: The Collapse of the Honey Bee and the Coming Agricultural Crisis.
From FP, a look at what McCain and Obama didn’t talk about. Ross Douthat and Jonah Goldberg debate the conservative civil war. Reagan and us: Jeffrey Lord on the conservative fight ahead. Jeffrey Hart on why Obama is the new Reagan. Calvin Butts on race relations after Obama. From The Daily Beast, Sean Wilentz talks to Jesse Jackson and civil-rights veterans about their awe of—and tensions with—the Obama campaign; and a "Black President" is of no value to America. Here are five ways we talked about race and identity. A look at how this election could change the meaning of masculinity in America. From TNR, E.J. Dionne, Jr. on how Obama, the first truly 21st century figure in American politics, has transformed the nature of campaigns; in defense of caution: William Galston on why President Obama shouldn't push for too much too fast; and what can we expect from Fox News over the next four years? Lots and lots of anger. A look at why an Obama loss would have been disastrous for the media and political establishment. Jack Shafer on the coming war between Barack Obama and the press corps. A look at how progressive media have really helped stop the spread of dirty political rumors. What should the president-elect study between now and the inauguration? Scott McLemee presents a reading list.