From Forbes, business schools are catching a lot of flak during this financial meltdown, but did the schools fail, or was it the fault of the firms that took these students? (and more) An interview with Rakesh Khurana, author of From Higher Aims to Hired Hands: The Social Transformation of American Business Schools and the Unfulfilled Promise of Management as a Profession. Usury has been demonised throughout history, but Melinda Cooper and Angela Mitropoulos praise subprime debtors as "speculators" who are making their own exorbitant claims on the future. Bestselling business guru Jim Collins takes on the five roots of decline in his new book, How the Mighty Fall. A glimpse of Peter Drucker’s brain: An e-interview. We're Doomed: Even though our earth is a small hutch, people are reproducing like rabbits. From The Politico, for The Huffington Post, left is right; and here's a list of 50 politicos to watch. Send in the clown: Satire is Al Franken’s comparative advantage in his new job — he should exploit this blessing, not deny it. A review of Frederic Spotts' The Shameful Peace: How French Artists and Intellectuals Survived the Nazi Occupation (and more by Robert Paxton at Bookforum). The art of phwoar: Free websites like Pornhub mean that explicit sex films are only a click away, but are they any good?
From the Journal of Ethics & Social Philosophy, Stephen Everson (York): A Unified Moral Terrain?; Daniel M. Haybron (SLU): Well-Being and Virtue; Douglas W. Portmore (ASU): Welfare, Achievement, and Self-Sacrifice; Luke Robinson (SMU): Moral Principles Are Not Moral Laws; and Ben Bradley (Syracuse): Saving People and Flipping Coins. From LRB, it is Bernard Kouchner, more than anyone, who has eroded the distinction between philanthropy and combat. United by hate: Claudio Lomnitz and Rafael Sanchez on the uses of anti-Semitism in Chavez’s Venezuela. Why can't an Arab be more like an Israeli? A look at the debate regarding "cultural normalization" between Egypt and Israel. Healthy examples: Jonathan Cohn on how plenty of countries get healthcare right. Ron Paul strikes gold: Why the oft-marginalized congressman is the greatest threat to Obama’s regulatory plan. Facebook's easy virtue: An article on how "click-through activism" is broad but fleeting. How do students know if an M.A. is worth it or not, and what degrees might be worth getting, and which are not? Giving good gimmick: An article on Granta at 30. Here are ten sample chapters from The Constitution in 2020. Mixing morals and money: The Pope's thoughts on justice and globalisation intrigue Christopher Caldwell.
From The Root, save Pat Buchanan: Why the jolly, red-faced Republican hitman is delivering the best news for black folks on television; and an article on TV's Golden Age of Rage: O'Reilly, Hannity, Olbermann and the rise of white rage on cable television. Thomas Frank on how dysfunction helps the GOP: The party says its own mistakes prove government can't work. From NPR, an article on zombies: Still undead, and suddenly everywhere. From New Scientist, winning the ultimate battle: A look at how humans could end war. Can this man save the planet? Todd Stern is supposed to negotiate a treaty that can fix the climate and pass the Senate — guess which is harder? "This much I know": An interview with AC Grayling (and more). What is happening in Iran now, after the election, should indelibly change external perceptions of the country and its discontents. The day the bloggers won: An excerpt from Bloggers on the Bus: How the Internet Changed Politics and the Press by Eric Boehlert. How blogs changed everything: An excerpt from Say Everything: How Blogging Began, What It's Becoming, and Why It Matters by Scott Rosenberg. Our fascination with pearls is thousands of years old; no other gem has been so loved, for so long, by so many, but is today’s pearl industry in danger of becoming a victim of its own success?
A new issue of Common-place is out, including an essay on Thomas Paine, the new atheism movement, and the European skeptic tradition. Simon Blackburn reviews The Case for God: What Religion Really Means by Karen Armstrong. A review of The Whole Five Feet: What the Great Books Taught Me about Life, Death, and Pretty Much Everything Else by Christopher R. Beha (and more from Bookforum). From Sexual Intelligence, we're now punishing Ensign and Sanford for not being who we pretend we are — no one has clean hands in this affair. The nature of temptation: Why those who speak against vice so often fall for it. Matt Yglesias on Obama's Blue Dog problem. "God made the world in seven days. Respect": Twitter, it seems, is the ideal medium for both politics and philosophy. From LRC, a review of Shakedown: How Our Government Is Undermining Democracy in the Name of Human Rights by Ezra Levant; and the Ugly Canadian: Forget middle power, forget model citizen — we're becoming one of the bad kids on the block. From Taki's Magazine, Marcus Epstein on the story behind his historic battle against racial hatred and intolerance; David Gordon reviews American Babylon: Notes of a Christian Exile by Richard John Neuhaus; and Paul Gottfried reviews Thinkers of the Right: Challenging Materialism by KR Bolton.