From Amsterdam Law Forum, William D. Araiza (Brooklyn): Campaign Finance Regulation: The Resilence of the American Model. From The Week, why you should (or shouldn't) be worried by the Supreme Court's new ruling on big business and elections. Who is helped, or hurt, by the Citizens United decision?: A debate. From NYRB, Ronald Dworkin on the "devastating" decision in Citizens United. Money isn't speech and corporations aren't people: The misguided theories behind the Supreme Court's ruling on campaign finance reform. Craig Calhoun on your cousins the corporations (and their rights of free speech). Does corporate money lead to political corruption? What will the Supreme Court's campaign finance ruling really change? Judicial activism from the Right: The Supreme Court's recklessness in the corporate speech case is in sharp contrast to another decision issued the same day. The Supreme Court delivers the goods to corporations — where's the religious opposition now? Chase Foster on what the U.S. Supreme Court's disastrous decision means for you. Hoist your pitchforks: EJ Dionne on how it's time for angry Americans to march on the Supreme Court. The man who took down campaign finance reform: A profile of James Bopp Jr., the conservative lawyer behind the Supreme Court case that will flood elections with corporate cash. Is the likely impact of the campaign finance ruling overblown? The flood of corporate money is already here. How to counter corporate speech: Every American should get a $50 tax credit to donate to a candidate. High-Court Hypocrisy: Dick Durbin's got a good idea.
The inaugural issue of Talent Development and Excellence is out. Robert Delahunty (St. Thomas) and John Yoo (Berkeley): Kant, Habermas and Democratic Peace. From The Brooklyn Rail, wearing me: Rebecca Armstrong on a tale of T-shirts; and an interview with Mark Millhone, author of The Patron Saint of Used Cars and Second Chances. From Axess, a special issue on multiculturalism, including an introduction; an essay on how culture became ideology: There is much that unites "culturalism" on the right and the left; and why imagination is the enemy of tyranny. There appears to be a strong new trend in cultural tourism called grief tourism or thanatourism. Rachel Aviv on Schizophrenic Memoirs: While there are countless autobiographies by writers who have lost their sanity, memoirs of schizophrenia are a rarer breed. From American Sexuality, Kane Race on the queer politics of drugs. From Armed Forces Journal, Ralph Peters on the damage done: The Bush administration discredited crucial strategic concepts. A review of Your Flying Car Awaits: Robot Butlers, Lunar Vacations, and Other Dead-Wrong Predictions of the Twentieth Century by Paul Milo. A review of The Artist, the Philosopher, and the Warrior: The Intersecting Lives of Da Vinci, Machiavelli, and Borgia and the World They Shaped by Paul Strathern. Haiti and the Dominican Republic may share one island but their histories unfolded quite differently. Alex Soojung-Kim Pang on the evil futurists’ guide to world domination: How to be successful, famous, and wrong. Fortune profiles Jon Winkelried, the man who walked away from Goldman Sachs.
From Common Ground, Geoff Olson on the Collective Unconscious 2.0: The mythic imagination’s new operating system. John Gray on the end of a dream: Unreality is the defining feature of the fashionable ideas of the past decade — perhaps only a more serious crisis will overturn these delusive fancies. Martin Wolf on the challenges of managing our post-crisis world. From the Worldwatch Institute, a special report on the State of the World 2010: From Madison Avenue to Mad Max? There is talk now of a Digital Dark Ages brought about either by info-hating nomads or some accident — we are as vulnerable now as Europeans were in the 12th century. Arran Gare (Swinburne): Philosophical Anthropology, Ethics and Political Philosophy in an Age of Impending Catastrophe. From Adbusters, glimpsing the Apocalypse: We live in a mythical era, a time that surpasses legend; and an editorial on Philosophy at Zero Point: Have we reached systemic collapse and civilizational crisis? (and a reponse: Ironicality 101: Adbusters’ war on your little sister’s flannel leggings). More and more and more on Megadisasters: The Science of Predicting the Next Catastrophe by Florin Diacu. Does the sweet tooth for catastrophe scenarios really span eras and continents, or is it just one of our self-defeating Western eccentricities? Apocalypse literature now, and then: Writers have been imagining the end of the world since soon after it began, but today's practitioners deliver a new kind of bleakness. Here's a thought experiment envisioning a civilization recovery plan. Five reasons for optimism: As awful as the times may seem, they also contain seeds of hope.
Suzanne Preston Blier (Harvard): Animalia: the Natural World, Art, and Theory. From Intellectum, an interview with Ernesto Laclau on the uses of populism, why radical democracy has nothing to do with liberalism, and how lack of political competition benefits the far-Right. From Discover, Delthia Ricks on the intellectual property fight that could kill millions. From The Believer, might some new style be necessary, one that’s neither “plain” nor “lyrical” but dissolves the line between all such easy polarities? From The Exiled, Mark Ames on Being Tim Geithner: A brief excursion into the marble-floored mind of our Treasury Secretary; and Cakewalking into Yemen: One more chapter in the decline and dementia of America’s war party. On first looking into Chapman’s Holden: Daniel Stashower on speculations on a murder. Repression's Capital, Europe's Canary: Kafka's home city of Prague has a lot to hide — these unwelcome truths are bad for business. From Double X, a look at how the earthquake killed Haiti's feminist movement. Is aid without climate adaptation a waste of time? All camped out: A look at how Glee became an after-school special. Secularism and multiculturalism: An encounter with Charles Taylor. An interview with Martin Amis on his new book, Philip Larkin's sex life, and why JM Coetzee is no good. Peter Augustine Lawler on our hero Socrates, the introduction to Nalin Ranasinghe’s Socrates in the Underworld: On Plato’s Gorgias. The police suicide problem: Being a cop is a dangerous job and not just for the obvious reasons — suicide kills more officers every year than homicides or accidents at work.
Gordon G. Gallup, Jr., Mary M. Finn, and Becky Sammis (SUNY-Albany): On the Origin of Descended Scrotal Testicles: The Activation Hypothesis. From Scientific American, why do human testicles hang like that? Stacey Grenrock Woods on the case of the disappearing testicle. J R Harding on the case of the haunted scrotum. Ball to the wall: Tony Perrottet on the origins of the Hitler testicle story. "Blue Balls": A diagnostic consideration in testiculoscrotal pain in young adults. A review of Manhood: the Rise and Fall of the Penis by Mels van Driel (and more). Should the definition of micropenis vary according to ethnicity? Intersexuality: Sex is a complicated thing to define. A review of "You've Changed": Sex Reassignment and Personal Identity. What makes a woman? The case of Caster Semenya proves that we simply don't know. A review of How Women Got Their Curves and Other Just-So Stories by David Barash and Judith Eve Lipton. What an anti-climax: G-spot is a myth (and more and more and more). A look at the 6 weirdest things women do to their vaginas. A review of How Sex Works: Why We Look, Smell, Taste, Feel, and Act the Way We Do by Sharon Moalem. From LiveScience, here's a video of an MRI that reveals organs during sex. From top to bottom: Where does sex live in the brain? From maze-like genitalia and terrifying spikes to ornamental handicaps, evolution seems to have found some seriously stupid designs for sex. Sex, one of the great mysteries of evolutionary biology, becomes even more complicated when scientists study it in yeast. There are so many simpler ways to reproduce than sex, so how did such an inefficient system triumph over other reproductive methods? A look at how life without sex works.