From Prospect, the ghosts of Tiananmen: China’s rulers have more to fear from the economic crisis than they do from democratic dissidents — so was the democracy movement in vain? (and more and more). From Words without Borders, dissident leader Wang Dan speaks out on the occasion of the twentieth anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre (and more, and an excerpt from his Prison Memoirs). An alternative history of China: The memoirs of Zhao Ziyang provide insight into what China would be like today if the 1989 democracy movement had prevailed (and more). From Diplomatic Courier, an article on China's unhappy neo-Leftists. From The Globalist, a series on Spain and China in the Age of Globalization (and part 2 and part 3); and an article on Barcelona and Madrid: A Tale of Two Cities (and part 2). There's no judicial activism quite like Spain's judicial activism. A look at how Spain has emerged as an international sporting superpower. From The American Interest, GDP, CPI, poverty rate: Economic gauges don't measure what we think they do. Econ-jihad as war by other means: Topple the economy and you topple the Crusaders. Seasteading: A fringe brand of libertarians have been planning to escape the iron fist of democracy by founding a new country in the middle of the ocean.
A new issue of Daedalus is online, including Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen (Wisconsin): Anti-intellectualism as Romantic Discourse; and Ajay K. Mehrotra (Indiana): The Intellectual Foundations of the Modern American Fiscal State. From Dilema Veche, Andrei Plesu on the Left treading on the Right (and a response and a reply). Counter-cougar thinking: Do 50-year-old women really want the sex life they had at age 25? Two rival scientific teams are locked in a high-stakes race to discover other Earth-like worlds — and forever change our own. A domain of personal tyranny: Bruce Page on a real history of Rupert Murdoch. An article on silencing the voice that says you're a fraud. Naming the Enemy: Grassroots activists take on the banking industry on the question of bankruptcy reform. Barack the Zionist: Why President Obama's approach to settlements is better for Israel than Benjamin Netanyahu's is. Settling for Radicalism: Gershom Gorenberg on how the Israeli government has fostered religious extremism and fractured its own democracy. Sex still for sale: Think Craigslist's dropped it? Look again (and more). Quirky philanthropy and reform theology seem unlikely bedfellows have created one of the newest and most interesting schools of divinity in the US.
From TAP, the next tax revolt: Progressives need to stop worrying and learn to love taxes. A New Vision: What Catholic social teaching offers a nation of consumers. A review of Going to Extremes: How Like Minds Unite and Divide by Cass R. Sunstein. If we can regulate tricky things like credit-default swaps, surely we can regulate pundits — and on certain matters, pundits ought to put their money where their mouth is. From The American, it’s no secret the population of the United States is aging rapidly; the country may be on the cusp of an entrepreneurship boom — not in spite of this aging population but because of it. Did obesity exist in prehistoric times? It may be time for a new approach to the financial system: preventing the it from becoming overly complex in the first place. Max Kozloff reviews Wounded Cities by Leo Rubinfien. Marcia Clark on why child killers love small towns. Coretta's Reading Rainbow: Celebrating four decades of excellence in African-American children’s literature. YouTube provides a stream of inspiration, but it also leaves ad agencies open to accusations of plagiarism — how can directors and agencies protect themselves? An interview with Jon Jeter, author of Flat Broke in the Free Market: How Globalization Fleeced Working People. Anatol Lieven on Russia’s limousine liberals.
From TNR, Michael Walzer on how governments have no business getting involved in Iran’s ideological struggle — but we do; and Abbas Milani on Ayatollah Khamenei's massive miscalculation about the extent of his power. From Slate, a look at how protesters are co-opting the symbols and slogans of the 1979 revolution; and it takes more than an Excel sheet to prove the Iranian election was fixed. Not long ago, Republicans were talking about attacking Iran — now they think Obama doesn't love Iran enough. A review of The Man Who Sold the World: Ronald Reagan and the Betrayal of Main Street America by William Kleinknecht (and more at Bookforum). Capitalizing on popular titles has a long pedigree in the publishing industry — a well-turned phrase can give birth to dozens of offspring. Why do students in different disciplines have different political attitudes? Seeking sexy Asian women: What is the deal with Western men's erotic obsession with the East? From Boston Review, a review of Unjust Deserts by Gar Alperovitz and Lew Daly and Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell. Peter Singer on the value of a pale blue dot: In this, the International Year of Astronomy, we should embrace both the insignificance of Earth, and its vital importance. More and more on Dead Aid by Dambisa Moyo.