From Newsweek, we are all socialists now: In many ways our economy already resembles a European one; as boomers age and spending grows, we will become even more French (and a look at why Americans don't hate the rich). The old Plan B was a fantasy of dropping everything for a better life; now it’s the backup plan for when the worst comes to pass. What Would Smith Say? The financial meltdown, through the eyes of the father of capitalism. Obama has announced plans to shut down Guantanamo, but what will happen to the men inside? Joshua Kurlantzick on the plight of 22 Uighur detainees trapped in a legal limbo. A review of The Inheritance: The World Obama Confronts and the Challenges to American Power by David E. Sanger. From Nerve, an interview with Daniel Bergner, author of The Other Side of Desire. The superior civilization: Tim Flannery reviews The Superorganism: The Beauty, Elegance, and Strangeness of Insect Societies by Bert Holldobler and Edward O. Wilson. William Safire reviews books on Lincoln. Merchant of death: Three vultures hunched on the roof when Greg Cristiano arrived two years ago at a vacant store on West Mechanic Street in New Hope, Pa. Why do smart people live longer? Ian Deary wants to know. Ever wonder what would happen if the world’s top minds came together to establish a university? (and more and more)
J.B. Watson, Jr. and Walter H. Scalen, Jr. (Stephen E Austin): "Dining with the devil": The Unique Secularization of American Evangelical Churches. The Hill interviews Norman Lear. From Index on Censorship, a review of The Assault on Liberty: What Went Wrong With Rights by Dominic Raab. A review of Media in the Digital Age by John Pavlik. A review of Brotherman: The Odyssey Of Black Men In America — An Anthology. From evolution comes literature: Can we prove what we read and write is rooted in biology? (and more on The Art Instinct). Bernard Mergen, author of Weather Matters: An American Cultural History Since 1900, on four myths about the weather. It is monstrously wrong that patients cannot ask for euthanasia: Soran Reader, a moral philosopher facing the prospect of losing her life, memory or thought, is outraged that the law bars living wills. A review of Dynamite: The Story of Class Violence in America by Louis Adamic. Does Israel need think tanks? Hannah Meyers investigates. Calls to work together for the common good during the current crises have been emanating at breakneck pace from the Obama administration; academics discuss how to get the results of a Roosevelt, and not a Carter. The Observer profiles The Thatchers. The crisis of global capitalism and the environment: An interview with John Bellamy Foster.
From FT, a review of books on Darwin (and more and more; and more from Bookforum). From 3 Quarks Daily, Gerald Dworkin on Lying Around (and part 2). From Fortune, in contrast to the academics, bureaucrats and politicians who are working on the government bailout in Washington, the traders and bankers in New York's capital markets have their own solution. A review of The Modern Art of Dying: A History of Euthanasia in the United States by Shai J. Lavi. Is Holocaust-denier bishop Williamson a crazy old closet queen? What is the relationship of religion to conservatism, or to the respect for and veneration of tradition? The Watergate Transcript Controversy: Rick Shenkman on the story behind the story. Tales of ordinary madness: Three different views of mental illness share a redemptive fortitude. A review of The Purchase of Intimacy by Viviana A. Zelizer. Gendered morality: "Culture" and "tradition" are notions defined by men to demarcate the bounds of women. A review of James Bohman's Democracy across Borders: From Demos to Demoi. A review of Fixing Global Finance by Martin Wolf. Bernie Sanders on the failed prophet: As Wall Street collapses, so does Milton Friedman’s legacy. Fiction beyond belief: Do writers in Britain still feel the chill of the Rushdie fatwa? The Ambassador: How a Turkish diplomat saved 20,000 Jews during the Holocaust.
From the last issue of Theory & Science, Thomas Brignall (Lewis) and Thomas Van Valey (WMU): Online Gaming Communities and the Neo Tribalism Movement; Timothy McGettigan (CSU-Pueblo): Anomaly Overload: An Evolutionary Theory of Truth; and a review of Science, Evolution, and Creationism. Can a hawkish Binyamin Netanyahu, the man likely to be Israel's next prime minister, surprise the world and sprout dovish wings? From Metapsychology, a review of Evil Genes: Why Rome Fell, Hitler Rose, Enron Failed, and My Sister Stole My Mother's Boyfriend by Barbara Oakley; a review of Babies by Design: The Ethics of Genetic Choice by Ronald M. Green; and a review of Darwinian Reductionism: or How to Stop Worrying and Love Molecular Biology by Alexander Rosenberg. Is America going the way of Japan? Nouriel Roubini wants to know. Many young people prefer pleasure-seeking to politics — but for how long? Thomas P.M. Barnett on Obama's new map of the world (and a review of Great Powers). Theodore Dalrymple on the persistence of ideology: Grand ideas still drive history. From Host, there's always someone who says that poetry is dead: An interview with David Lehman. Religious liberty as a philosophical claim: An excerpt from David Novak's In Defense of Religious Liberty. More on Madame Prosecutor by Carla Del Ponte.