Ali Shehzad Zaidi (SUNY-Canton): The Endless Promise of the United States Declaration of Independence. A review of Almost All Aliens: Immigration, Race, and Colonialism in American History and Identity by Paul Spickard. A review of A Nation of Counterfeiters: Capitalists, Con Men, and the Making of the United States by Stephen Mihm. From History Now, a special issue on shaping the American economy, including Joyce Appleby on enterprise in nineteenth century America; Richard Sylla on the origin, development, and regulation of the U.S. banking system; Brian Murphy on the rise of the stock market, an American institution; an article on robber barons/captains of industry; and Roger E. A. Farmer on economic policy through the lens of history. A century and a half after the first state seceded from the Union, a lively debate over what caused the Civil War continues. John Summers reviews Rebirth of a Nation: The Making of Modern America, 1877–1920 by Jackson Lears. A review of Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition by Daniel Okrent (and more and more and an excerpt on Wayne Wheeler). Scott McLemee on why it’s a good time to have Irving Bernstein’s The Lean Years and The Turbulent Years. A review of Invisible Hands: The Businessmen's Crusade Against the New Deal by Kim Phillips-Fein. A review of Myth and the Greatest Generation: A Social History of Americans in World War II by Kenneth D. Rose. A review of Broke, USA: From Pawnshops to Poverty, Inc. — How the Working Poor Became Big Business by Gary Rivlin. A review of Bye Bye, Miss American Empire: Neighborhood Patriots, Backcountry Rebels, and their Underdog Crusades to Redraw America's Political Map by Bill Kauffman. More and more on Made in America: A Social History of American Culture and Character by Claude Fischer.
Bill Jenkins (Crichton): Barabbas in Literature and Film. Mbaye Lo and Taimoor Aziz (Duke): Muslim Marriage Goes Online: The Use of Internet Matchmaking by American Muslims. Walter Russell Mead on the top ten lessons of the global economic meltdown. It’s alive: How closely can a building emulate nature? Science fiction was once driven by a faith in human ability to change the world; these days, the genre seeks to expose the illusions of everyday life. A review of The Philosophy of Deception. Free Speech and Guns: Legal superstar Eugene Volokh on the Bill of Rights in 2010. A review of At the Edge of the Precipice: Henry Clay and the Compromise that Saved the Union by Robert V. Remini. ACORN was totally vindicated of all wrongdoing — what was that "scandal" all about? An interview with James Tabor, author of Blind Descent: The Quest to Discover the Deepest Place on Earth (and more). A night at the electronics factory: A day in the life of Yuan Yandong, who works a 12-hour shift on a fast, precise assembly line in China; how long can he keep up the killing pace? A review of The Great Oom: The Improbable Birth of Yoga in America by Robert Love and The Subtle Body: The Story of Yoga in America by Stephanie Syman (and more). Dysregulation Nation: Is our inability to control ourselves the defining feature of our time? A look at how Kafka makes you more patriotic. The Life and Times of Skokie: The pristine lawns and perfect sidewalks of this Chicago suburb made it a haven for Holocaust survivors — until the neo-Nazis decided to march. George Soros on how we are just entering "Act 2" of the crisis, and we're totally screwed. The Financial Times interviews Hugo Chavez. During the FIFA World Cup, it's among Earth's most provocative questions: Who's the world's best footballer?
From The Journal of Philosophy, Science & Law, Bernard E. Rollin (CSU): Animal Research, Animal Welfare, and the Three R’s; and Ernest Waintraub (Illinois): An Analysis of the Legal Classification of Animals: Toward a Step-wise Deconstruction of the Property Status of Animals. The Animal-Cruelty Syndrome: Connections are being drawn between animal abuse and other forms of violence. Can physicians who work on humans treat animals, too? An interview with Jane Goodall: "I'm not going to fight for animal rights". A review of Animalkind: What We Owe to Animals by Jean Kazez (and more). A mature posthuman ethics must be committed to the well being of all sentient life, and mature posthuman technology offers the means to deliver that commitment. Across the animal kingdom, the decision of whether or not to be faithful to a mate often comes down to Darwinian considerations. Habeas corpus for animals — why not? A review of Second Nature: The Inner Lives of Animals by Jonathan Balcombe. A review of The Philosophy of Animal Minds by Robert W. Lurz. Psychologists are exploring why some animals can use tools — and why humans can use them so well. Peter Singer reviews Jonathan Safran Foer's Eating Animals. A review of Animal Lessons: How They Teach Us to Be Human by Kelly Oliver. The increasing "humanisation" of our pets: As spending on household animals soars, cats and dogs are receiving ever more extreme attention. From TED, John Kasaona on how poachers became caretakers. Because of environmental change, a growing number of endangered animals are mating with genetic cousins; should conservationists prevent wildlife from crossing the species divide — or protect offspring such as "grizzlars" and "bob-o-lynx"? The dedication to animal welfare unites Arab and American groups.
Satoshi Kanazawa (LSE) and Joanne Savage (American): Why Nobody Seems to Know What Exactly Social Capital Is. Ruediger Frank (Vienna): Money in Socialist Economies: The Case of North Korea. Errol Morris on the Anosognosic’s Dilemma: Something’s wrong but you’ll never know what it is. More and more and more and more on The End of the Free Market by Ian Bremmer. Raising E and Yo: Sociologist Dalton Conely reconsiders his kids' outrageous names — and mines the data for clues to the consequences. Brazilian businesses are buying up U.S. companies — that's a good thing. Everyone needs a village: Why community is more than just a nice idea — it's an essential part of life. An interview with Jeff Yeager, author of The Cheapskate Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of Americans Living Happily Below Their Means. It's been a lot of fun: More and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more on Hitch-22 by Christopher Hitchens. The end of retirement: With economic devastation everywhere, you'll have to keep working longer than you thought — deal with it. Forty-some years ago, three Sixties types dropped out; Harvard magazine drops in on them. An interview with Laurent Dubois, author of Soccer Empire: The World Cup and the Future of France. Daytime TV: Who the hell am I? Considering what makes us tick is all very well, but some actions defy simplistic definition. Eric Peters on the totalitarian world of driver re-education. Want to find your mind? Learn to direct your dreams. Some liberal academics are organizing a collection of short essays to challenge conservative opposition to liberal ideas — is this a scandal? The first chapter from Alibis of Empire: Henry Maine and the Ends of Liberal Imperialism by Karuna Mantena.
From Living Reviews in European Governance, Viktoria Kaina and Ireneusz Pawel Karolewski (Potsdam): EU Governance and European Identity; Robert Ladrech (Keele): Europeanization and Political Parties; and Frank Schimmelfennig (ETH Zurich): Europeanization beyond Europe. Reading Milton Friedman in Dublin: A review of Ship of Fools: How Stupidity and Corruption Sank the Celtic Tiger by Fintan O’Toole. The first chapter from France's New Deal: From the Thirties to the Postwar Era by Philip Nord. From Axess, a special issue in defence of the Enlightenment, including articles on journalists and neutrality, silence on racism and voters taking liberties; and a special issue on the abdication of the elites. The Baltimore of the Baltic: Riga's considerable charms can't always distract from the crumbling infrastructure and frequent squalor — sound familiar? Thirsty and miserable: Henry Langston goes on tour with the English Defence League. Eurabia, Eurabia: A nationalist refrain helps to win electoral gains in Europe. Geoffrey Wheatcroft reviews Pascal Bruckner's The Tyranny of Guilt: An Essay on Western Masochism (and more) and Theodore Dalrymple's The New Vichy Syndrome: Why European Intellectuals Surrender to Barbarism. A 900-year-old taboo: Meet Giorgia Boscolo, Venice's first gondoliera. Can Job Cohen, a Jew who reaches out to Muslims, be the next Dutch prime minister — and a model for Europe? The Eurozone needs a political union, or at least elements of one. When religion and culture part ways: An interview with Olivier Roy on Islam in Europe, from revolutionary milleniarism to Muslim Luthenarianism. From NYRB, a review essay on the corrupt reign of Emperor Silvio. Perfidious Albion again: The British are different, really, but they are stuck with Europe — and it with them.