From Cato Unbound, Nancy Rosenblum on the moral distinctiveness of "party ID". Here's a symposium on Nancy Rosenblum's On the Side of the Angels: An Appreciation of Parties and Partisanship. Post-Partisanship, RIP: The struggle between Democrats and Republicans over the stimulus bill is an instructive lesson in the battles Obama will face over the next four years. Can money be a force for good? Mark Schmitt on the revolutionary potential of small-donor democracy. From Standpoint, a review of books on Darwin; and beacon of liberty amid depression: Just over 70 years ago, a group of intellectuals met in Paris to revive liberalism — their views have an eerie echo today. An article on Qaddafi’s call for a "United States of Africa": No longer just an interesting idea. From The Globalist, throughout history, how have economic downturns affected U.S. politics? (and more) This won't hurt a bit: Jonathan Cohn on health care reform for dummies. Seriously fresh: A new breed of scholars is expanding the academy by turning music festivals, Lego and puppets into objects and tools of study. An excerpt from William Kleinknecht's The Man Who Sold the World: Ronald Reagan and the Betrayal of Main Street America. An excerpt from Tear Down This Myth: How the Reagan Legacy Has Distorted Our Politics and Haunts Our Future by Will Bunch (and more and more).
A new issue of Techne: Research in Philosophy and Technology is out. From Third Space, a special issue on Living/Teaching/Writing Feminism, including Jane Nicholas (Lakehead): Hunger Politics: Towards Seeing Voluntary Self Starvation as an Act of Resistance; Hildy Miller (PSU): Realizing the Truly Postmodern: Valuing Multiple Feminisms; and Cara A Minardi (GSU): “Is Feminism Dead? Where Do We Go From Here?” Keynesian Creationism: Faith in government is like faith in God, except the average government bureaucrat is neither all-knowing nor all-powerful (and part 2). Some Super Bowl viewers had their football interrupted by porn — it could happen to you, too! Ronald Steel on John Patrick Diggins, an historian brave enough to ignore the rules of political correctness and probe for the truth wherever he might find it. A review of Joe the Plumber: Fighting for the American Dream by Samuel Wurzelbacher and Thomas Tabback. Down to earth: In its relations with the world, America takes a sudden turn toward pragmatism. A review of Hubert Harrison: The Voice of Harlem Radicalism, 1883–1918 by Jeffrey B. Perry. A review of Rising Powers, Shrinking Planet: How Scarce Energy Is Creating a New World Order by Michael Klare. Obama’s stimulus package has restarted the old debate over what gets defined as the “safety net” and what gets attacked as “welfare”.
From TLS, Sean O'Brien on the ups and downs of thriller writers; and a look at how books survived the Second World War. Great composers, lousy reviews: A look at when music critics attack. Were Europeans once cannibals? Research shows that up until the end of the 18th century, medicine routinely included stomach-churning ingredients like human flesh and blood. Academia Gone Wild! Grad School — like the "real world," only with more gossip and paid sabbaticals. An Ivy League scholar breaks the rules, waives the fees, and welcomes the workaday residents of Harlem into his politically charged classroom. A review of The Nature of Hate by Robert J. Sternberg and Karin Sternberg. Bonobo sex and "ladyboners": Is women's desire really that confusing? Turns out, money really does drive speeding tickets — look out. To save endangered languages, elementary schools across the Southwest experiment with Native American language immersion programs. An interview with Seth Godin, author of Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us. Job websites claim that some industries, like software engineering and nursing, are “recession-proof” — but there’s no such thing. A Room of Her Own: Alyssa Abkowitz reveals the secrets (and sadness) of living in a Chelsea women's dorm — communal showers, peanut butter sandwiches and no boys allowed.
From Big Think, Tom Perrotta on the state of American literary culture. Where are today's farmer poets? Farming has changed beyond all recognition since the days of "poets of the land" Robert Burns and John Clare. Can poets do themselves justice? Philip Larkin reads his own poetry beautifully, but not all poets have that ability. All a-Twitter: You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll wonder why — all in 140 characters. More on Economic Gangsters: Corruption, Violence, and the Poverty of Nations by Raymond Fisman and Edward Miguel. An interview with Nick Gillespie, editor-in-chief of reason.com. From The Space Review, an article on planetary demographics and space colonization. From Slate, a continuing series on revolting creatures: The tick, the jellyfish, vultures. Hip-hop from pop charts to politics: Is hip-hop’s mainstream success hindering its political future? The art of the withdrawal: Learning from Daschle, Richardson, Kennedy, and Killefer the right and wrong way to bow out. A review of Critique and Disclosure: Critical Theory between Past and Future by Nikolas Kompridis. A review of The Inheritance of Rome: A History of Europe from 400 to 1000 by Chris Wickham. An excerpt from Mark Leonard’s What Does China Think? Laura Bush was pro-choice — and dozens of other things you never knew about America's First Ladies.
A new issue of Forum: Qualitative Social Research is out, including Carolyn F. Pevey and Nelya J. McKenzie (Auburn): Love, Fear, and Loathing: A Qualitative Examination of Christian Perceptions of Muslims; and a review of Charles Tilly's Why? What Happens When People Give Reasons And Why. Why should I respect these oppressive religions? Whenever a religious belief is criticised, its adherents say they're victims of "prejudice". What other financial crises tell us: The lesson of history is grim — expect a prolonged slump. Unspinning the Right: The rich don't really bear most of the tax burden. Hope on the hardwood: How FreeDarko saved the sport of basketball. The end of American capitalism: Has the government "bailout" been so large that capitalism’s founding principle is now irretrievably lost? A new era may be dawning in which artists, strongly supported by the president, will transcend starry-eyed campaign pictures and develop new forms of enduring art. A review of Waltz With Bashir: A Lebanon War Story by Ari Folman and David Polonsky. The way we beg: A shady new Web site is the best place to see our recessionary desperation. Can a simple idea help make the world a better place? Baroness Haleh Afshar suggests banning make-up. An interview with Mario Livio: Is mathematics the language of the universe? More on Snark by David Denby.
A new issue of The Cato Journal is out. When is a threat not a threat? A recent British High Court ruling in the case of Binyam Mohamed has caused a firestorm in Britain over these and other questions. How I lost my one-of-a-kind collection and my girlfriend, too: For his PhD, Daniel Bennett had built a unique set of faecal samples from a rare lizard; when it was destroyed, he really hit bottom. The N-Word: TNR on the financial-sector fix that dare not speak its name — nationalization. Charles Darwin’s ideas have spread widely, but his revolution is not yet complete. The economics of giving it away: In a battered economy, free goods and services online are more attractive than ever, so how can the suppliers make a business model out of nothing? The Right Man: David Frum breaks ranks over cocktails. Dahlia Lithwick on seeking a bomb-throwing, passionate, liberal Scalia for a seat on the Supreme Court. From Popular Mechanics, a look at why shovel-ready infrastructure is wrong (right now). A review of Reasons, Patterns, and Cooperation by Christopher Woodard. George Mitchell's task of negotiating peace between Israel and the Palestinians will be complicated by the rivalry of key Arab players. John Gray reviews James Lovelock's The Vanishing Face of Gaia. Michael Kazin on a liberal revival of Americanism.
From Wired, a look at one father's attempt to hack his daughter's genetic code; and Clive Thompson on how more info leads to less knowledge. From The Science Creative Quarterly, the science/arts divide stands between us: A love story. From Seed, an article on science diplomacy for the 21st century: On being a citizen of a world without borders or boundaries. Can a person be scared to death? A 79-year-old North Carolina woman dies after a heart attack brought on by terror. When dreams come true: People interpret dreams in ways that affect their waking lives, especially when those dreams support pre-existing beliefs. A review of The Survivors Club: The Secrets and Science That Could Save Your Life by Ben Sherwood. By switching to a weekly (and weekend) format, the big dailies can get their print version in the hands of readers who aren't online all day. Victorian values and the censoring presence of his prudish daughter blinded Charles Darwin to female promiscuity and delayed the study of sperm competition for 100 years. When groups don’t think: Collaboration, done right, produces dazzling results — so why is it often disastrous? From Vanity Fair, in many ways, the men who made "The Godfather" were as ruthless as the gangsters in Mario Puzo’s blockbuster. An article on Paul Krugman's winning of the Nobel Prize in economics — contributions to international trade theory.
A new issue of Ephemera is out. From The Wilson Quarterly, Americans have developed an admirable fondness for books, food, and music that preprocess other cultures — but for all our enthusiasm, have we lost our taste for the truly foreign? Which ex-president is Obama most like? A review of Taking Aim at the President The Remarkable Story of the Woman Who Shot at Gerald Ford by Geri Spieler. Face value: Does profiling actually help to catch terrorists? A look at how a self-fulfilling stereotype can drag down performance. From Secular Web, an article on answering theists' questions. Alms for the press? Jack Shafer on the case against foundation ownership of the New York Times; and who should replace William Kristol as a Times op-ed columnist? Yes, he wrote pure partisan propaganda — that's what made Bill Kristol's column valuable. Know your right-wing speakers: Irving Kristol, the godfather of the modern neoconservative movement began as a Trotskyite radical leftist. Here are history's 6 greatest examples of financial fail. Power to "The People's Court": The daytime-TV institution remains relevant by giving viewers what they want — sloppy, sad humanity. An interview with Helen Fisher, author of Why Him, Why Her. A checkup of Canada's major cities reveals some surprises (it's okay, Montreal, you're still cool). The Arbesman Limit: How to be famous in a few easy steps.
A new issue of Open Letters Monthly is out. From FT, a review of Slow-Tech: Manifesto for an Overwound World by Andrew Price; and how can you tell if your life is getting better? Here's a more humane way to measure progress. From New Scientist, born believers: How your brain creates God; and an article on super clocks: More accurate than time itself. The book that changed my life: John Gray chooses The Pursuit of the Millennium by Norman Cohn. A review of The Numbers Game: The Commonsense Guide to Understanding Numbers in the News, in Politics, and in Life by Michael Blastland and Andrew Dilnot. Christina Young explains how physics can help to preserve our cultural heritage. An interview with Nick Montfort and Ian Bogost, authors of Racing the Beam: The Atari Video Computer System. Will desperate climates call for desperate geoengineering measures? (and a response) The vagaries of paternity have led men to sharply categorize women — even in a hookup culture — but women can get savvy about this male propensity. If you think evangelicals are anti-sex, you’d be wrong — today’s evangelicals push a hyper-sexualised message. From NPR, an interview with David Duke on the Obama Presidency. A review of Vanity Fair's Tales of Hollywood Rebels, Reds, and Graduates and the Wild Stories Behind the Making of 13 Iconic Films.
From Monthly Review, John Bellamy Foster and Robert W. McChesney on a new New Deal under Obama; and Michael Yates on why unions still matter. Inside Iraq's confessional politics: A review of The Occupation of Iraq: Winning the War, Losing the Peace by Ali A. Allawi. A review of Christian Marazzi's Capital and Language: From the New Economy to the War Economy. An interview with Jon Wertheim, author of Blood in the Cage: Mixed Martial Arts, Pat Miletich, and the Furious Rise of the UFC (and a review). Can we ever learn to love our bodies? A review of Bodies by Susie Orbach (and more). Female writers are getting more graphic than ever about the messy realities of their bodies; is it too much information, or enlightened honesty? From TNR, a review of Four Centuries of Jewish Women's Spirituality: A Sourcebook. All of us live by the logic of finance: Margaret Thatcher promised wealth for all in her new society — first, though, we all had to become capitalists. Link by link: In a Google Library, millions of books, but no card catalog. Does legalizing prostitution work? Heleen Mees investigates. From Policy Innovations, a look at how Japan became an efficiency superpower. The 8˝ Laws of Rumor Spread: Some rumors grind to a halt, while others circle the world — why some ideas spread and others die. A review of Spinoza by Michael Della Rocca.