The introduction to Hard Line: The Republican Party and U.S. Foreign Policy since World War II by Colin Dueck. The war socialism of the American right: Conservatives do not object to Keynesianism — as long as it involves the military. Frat House for Jesus: Peter J. Boyer on The Fellowship and C Street. A look at the top 10 right-wing conspiracy theories. They're with stupid: Anti-intellectualism rears its head. Not only will conservatives continue to lose as long as they persist in indulging creationist fools, they will deserve to do so, for they will be attacking the best of what they claim to conserve. How conservatives and the GOP destroyed the "traditional family" they claim to treasure. When blue-collar pride became identity politics: Remembering how the white working class got left out of the New Left, and why we're all paying for it today. Contrary to stereotypes, there's good evidence that conservatives worldwide are more likely than liberals to have non-vanilla sex lives. The death of conservatism was greatly exaggerated: In 2008 liberals proclaimed the collapse of Reaganism — two years later the idea of limited government is back in vogue. An interview with EJ Dionne on the appeal of conservatism. Jonah Goldberg on his book Proud to Be Right: Voices of the Next Conservative Generation. A look at 10 young right-wingers being prepped to take over the conservative movement. Students can get a good idea of how much they missed in their education by reading 10 Books Every Conservative Must Read: Plus Four Not to Miss and One Imposter by Benjamin Wiker.
Erik Olin Wright (Wisconsin): Understanding Class: Towards an Integrated Analytical Approach. A review of Overhaul: An Insider's Account of the Obama Administration's Emergency Rescue of the Auto Industry by Steven Rattner (and more and more). The Jackass Effect: As Johnny Knoxville and friends release their newest film, has everyone finally wearied of their absurdist, violent, and sublime daredevilry, or is it now in our cultural DNA? An interview with Meredith Maran, author of My Lie: A True Story of False Memory. A look at why 30 is the new 20. The Devil Wears Taupe: Not all the world's dictators are clotheshorses, but as these leaders show, sometimes politics, power, and polyester combine to make fashion magic. Re-Animators: Ever since Steven Spielberg brought Jurassic Park to the big screen, teams of biotechnologists have been working to bring extinct animals back to life. From The Christian Post, John Whitehead on Lady Gaga and the pornification of America. Polygyny can actually be economically beneficial to women because of “Pareto efficiency”. The risks and rewards of royal incest: King Tut’s family was not the only royalty to have close relations among its close relations. You can download the book The Professionalized Self: Learning to Succeed in a Middle-Class World by Melvyn L. Fein. Save the parks, charge more! Some state parks are closing due to budget shortfalls — others are raising their user fees. Why do terrorists blow themselves up? Riaz Hassan on his book Life as a Weapon: The Global Rise of Suicide Bombings.
From Quest, a special issue on Jews in Europe after the Shoah. The Old New Synagogue, built from the stones of Solomon's temple, contains the golem of Prague. A review of In Ishmael’s House: A History of the Jews in Muslim Lands by Martin Gilbert. Christopher Hitchens reviews Trials of the Diaspora: A History of Anti-Semitism in England by Anthony Julius and A Lethal Obsession: Anti-Semitism from Antiquity to the Global Jihad by Robert S. Wistrich (and more). How anti-Semitism helped create Israel: At a desperate moment in World War I, British elites appealed to what they saw as the monolithic, all-powerful forces of "international Jewry" to turn the tide of the conflict — and promised them Palestine. Even as it has served as a cornerstone of the State of Israel, the Law of Return has also been at the epicenter of fierce battles over the identity of the Jewish state. Jay Michaelson on peoplehood vs Israel, the split at the heart of Jewish identity. Of the People: Israeli democracy is strengthening, not weakening — and that might be the problem. Making History: Israeli President Shimon Peres reflects on his mentor, his peace partner, and whether the State of Israel will survive. Good fences: JJ Goldberg on the Israeli Right’s "post-nationalism" excuse. The Jews’ Jews: Anti-Semites paint Jews as different and strange; many Jews do the same to the so-called "ultra-Orthodox". Young Haredi, or ultra-Orthodox men, in Israel have long been protected from the world of violence and gun use that pervades Israeli civil society — no longer.
A new issue of Air And Space Power Journal is out. In Odessa, when someones waterline suddenly breaks, or a house settles oddly, or a family pet goes missing, it is not uncommon for Ukrainians to curse about "those damn catacombs". From The Atlantic Monthly, things haven’t quite worked out as planned for the Baby Boomers: near the end of their watch, America is widely reviled, prosperity seems like a mirage, and things are generally going to hell — what could they do to make amends? (and more on the story of a generation by Gary Trudeau) From RSA Journal, nudge plus networks: Policymakers need to acknowledge the part that social networks play in changing people's behaviour, argues Paul Ormerod, even if it does make their lives more complicated; the internet has transformed the way in which we connect and communicate with others, but how far does online interaction translate into real-world civic engagement? Uncovering the French ban on veils: Is conformity being mistaken for equality? A review of Finders Keepers: A Tale of Archaeological Plunder and Obsession by Craig Childs. The first chapter from Out of Eden: Adam and Eve and the Problem of Evil by Paul W. Kahn. The folks at Next Action Media turn their attention to Christine O'Donnell's recent Delaware primary victory — The Tea Party Express: The Movie. Trial and Eros: When Lady Chatterley’s Lover ran afoul of Britain’s 1959 obscenity law, the resulting case had a cast worthy of P.G. Wodehouse. A review of The Fever: How Malaria Has Ruled Humankind for 500,000 Years by Sonia Shah.
From Big Think, a death in Newark exposes problems with the way we think about sexuality; and despite having different anatomies, men and women seem to be hard-wired to experience sexual pleasure in the same way — but does this translate to a similarity in the brain? Lewis Kelley on the science of sexuality: Evolution is what's making you feel funny. Soon your sexual identity will cause no more thought than the fact that you're right-handed and have brown eyes. Examining infidelity: What makes people cheat? The mind is a very complex thing, but when it comes to sex, it’s really pretty simple — this is your brain on sex. From OkCupid's OKTrends blog, Christian Rudder on the REAL "Stuff White People Like": How are whites, blacks, Asians, or whoever different from everybody else? A look at 10 mating rituals you should be glad humans don’t do. More and more and more and more and more and more on Sex at Dawn: The Prehistoric Origins of Modern Sexuality by Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jetha. A review of Philosophy of Love, Sex, and Marriage: An Introduction by Raja Halwani. A review of Sex: Our Bodies, Our Junk by the Association for Betterment of Sex (and more). Is it OK to date a distant relative? Erik Bryan answers with the help of a flowchart. The Guy/Girl Thing: OK, there seems to be some confusion in Catholic circles about how to handle this whole thorny issue of dating and romance. A deterministic view of sexuality is only part of the multifaceted development of sexuality — socialization is likewise necessary to the development of one’s sexuality.