From The Exiled, Yasha Levine on how Tea Party Republicans are nothing but Big Government whores, just like their billionaire masters. David Rosen on the strange sexual obsessions driving the Tea Party Movement. Here are six midterm candidates who will ruin your sex life. The Tea Party movement has two defining traits: status anxiety and anarchism. The Party Crashers: Time magazine goes behind the new Republican revival. All the talk of shaking up the establishment notwithstanding, once they take office the Tea Partiers will fit comfortably within the GOP. Is the Tea Party just a big scam? Lefty academics convene in Berkeley to try to make sense of the Tea Party movement. A review of books on the Tea Parties. Confounding Fathers: Sean Wilentz on the Tea Party’s Cold War forebears. The Founding Fathers vs. the Tea Party: Movements that regularly summon the ghosts of the framers end up promoting an uncomfortably one-sided reading of history (and more). A look at 5 constitutional amendments that constitution-loving tea partiers would change. A look at when the Tea Party takes over the comics page. It used to be that a clownish past could disqualify you from office — not anymore, but it still shouldn’t get you elected. From Church & State, a special issue on the resurrection of the Religious Right. An interview with Jeff Sharlet, author of C Street: The Fundamentalist Threat to American Democracy (and more and more). The upstart energy of the Tea Party is beginning to coalesce with the organizing savvy of the religious right — and putting the force of religious zeal behind the Tea Party’s anti-government fanaticism. A look at how nativist militias are getting a Tea-Party makeover. White America has lost its mind: The white brain, beset with worries, finally goes haywire in spectacular fashion. A new white ethno-nationalism of imaginary victimization — something that can only be racism, but can’t publicly be called “racism” — will infect American politics for years to come. The Caucasian Wingnut is most common, or at least started out, in Northern Iran, which isn't necessarily what you'd figure for your garden variety Tea Partier.
Jim Pass, Christopher Hearsey and Simone Caroti (ARI): Refining the Definition of Astrosociology Utilizing Three Perspectives. Conversations With Literary Websites: An interview with Brad Listi of The Nervous Breakdown. A review of Meeting the Enemy: American Exceptionalism and International Law by Natsu Taylor Saito. An article on racial differences in the concept of beauty. Comics between covers: Comedians’ memoirs don’t carry publishing prestige, but the likes of Chelsea Handler, Lewis Black, and Sarah Silverman sell big with their blue-streaked, uncensored riffs on American loser-dom. The Devil's Advocate: Giovanni di Stefano is probably the world’s most controversial lawyer and music producer — he’s defended Saddam Hussein, Slobodan Milosevic, Harold Shipman, and Gary Glitter. Scott Adams on how to write like a cartoonist. Why tequila is a girl's best friend: The discovery that he could make diamonds from Mexico's favourite tipple changed this physicist's life. A Theory of Bribes: The definition of a bribe is rather arcane — it isn't even clear whether they are harmful. Is pure altruism possible?: Is doing good for others simply self-interest of a subtle kind? Final bullet: This is the Gaga Manifesto, pace Dada (and more). What’s the deal with the explosion of prep/ivy style blogs? Here are the results of a poll on the thinkers with the most influence on the European left-of-centre political agenda. Gavin McInnes on Christopher Hitchens, party pooper. Saved by the closet: We've got so much stuff that it's easing the slump. A review of The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires by Tim Wu. The cutting edge: Can stone-tool marks on fossils be distinguished from tooth marks? Blogs and Web magazines are looking more and more alike — what's the difference? An article on reviewing Steve Almond, and reviewing Steve Almond reviewing Steve Almond.
Michael Woolcock (Harvard), Simon Szreter (Cambridge) and Vijayendra Rao (World Bank): How and Why Does History Matter for Development Policy. Can developing countries carry the world economy? Reinventing the Wheel: Why no-tech ancient civilizations still can't catch up. A review of “Was the Wealth of Nations Determined in 1000 BC?” by Diego Comin. A review of The Crisis Caravan: What’s Wrong With Humanitarian Aid? by Linda Polman (and more and more and more). Nicholas N. Eberstadt on the Global Poverty Paradox: Hopes for the achievement of worldwide prosperity have dimmed. A review of Politics as Usual: What Lies Behind the Pro-Poor Rhetoric by Thomas Pogge. Jeffrey Frankel on big ideas from small countries. Grameen Bank and microcredit: The "wonderful story" that never happened. As highlighted by the Millennium Development Goals, measuring development is crucial; Leandro Prados de la Escosura presents a new human development index challenging the UN measure. UN asks countries to put out their welcome mats for refugees. From New Internationalist, a special issue on global migration, including Dinyar Godrej on why we have to hear the stories of those turned away at our borders. Mark Leon Goldberg on the world’s 22 most crisis prone countries. From Foreign Policy, Elizabeth Dickinson on what it costs to run Somalia; and how much turf does the Somali government really control? The New World Order: Tribal ties — race, ethnicity, and religion — are becoming more important than borders. From UN Chronicle, a special issue on achieving global health. As populations age, a chance for younger nations: Populations are getting older faster, which leads to more globalization, which means even older countries (and more and more). Everyone is panicked that the world is aging, but let's stop to consider what such a world could be. Maddison’s forecasts revisited: What will the world look like in 2030? From Carnegie Council, a panel on facing the crises of our time: The United Nations and the United States in the 21st century.
The inaugural issue of the Journal of Social Research and Policy is out. Michael E. Lewyn (Florida Coastal): What Would Coase Do? (About Parking Regulation) Jonathan Cohn on how the recovery act was virtually free of waste, fraud, and abuse — that's too bad. When pressed, Republicans can’t name any spending they want to cut. From New Scientist, take the ultimate intelligence test. Often wrong, but she still has rights: Arundhati Roy has been accused of sedition after claiming Kashmir was not part of India — her comments may be controversial, but the real scandal is the law. Facts about online lovebirds: The trove of dating data at OkCupid offers surprising insights on American sexuality and culture. Robert Reich on soaking the rich for their own good. Taki Theodoracopulos pines for the day when gigolos were He-Men: "Now most of them are effete if not gay". More and more on The Pope Is Not Gay! by Angelo Quattrocchi. By letting Tea Party members speak their mind, ambitious gay reporter Chase Whiteside finds fans, critics, and millions of YouTube views. Suppose you’re an idiot: A review of The Autobiography of Mark Twain: Volume I. The antiliberal defenders of civilization — resisting the Ground Zero mosque — are wrong: Liberalism still offers the best hope for combating extremism. This post has been flagged for controversy — DO NOT READ. Neocon Like Me: John Dolan on how he spent a year in Iraq teaching with the Bush-Cheney crazies. A review of Why not Torture Terrorists? Moral, Practical, and Legal Aspects of the "Ticking Bomb" Justification for Torture by Yuval Ginbar. From The Atlantic Monthly, a special section on Brave Thinkers 2010. The story of a Mad magazine artist: A review of Al Jaffee’s Life and Ongoing Juvenilia by Eddy Portnoy. An interview with Ammon Shea, author of The Phone Book: The Curious History of the Book That Everyone Uses But No One Reads.
Why are Christian movies so bad? A call for Christians to get serious about being artists. A look at how evangelical Christians are reinventing the haunted house. Jordan Ballor on the superiority of Christian hospitals. Sophia Mason writes in defense of dancing. In defense of dating: Why it's ok to let go of the courtship. Taking the missionary position: Is it OK for Christians to date non-Christians? An interview with Michael Coogan, author of God and Sex: What the Bible Really Says (and more). A look the 9 most badass Bible verses. It's a known fact that a good pair of shoes can help lessen the aches and pains of weary feet, but can they promote Christian unity? The following are some fashion must-haves if you want to get the Opus Dei look. An article on why dresses and skirts should be the norm for Catholic women (and a response). Kirstin Vander Giessen-Reitsma on becoming a Diva for Jesus. If all are female in respect to God, what then is the fundamental importance of gender, of sexual identity, to the Christian tradition and experience? The manliness of St. Thomas Aquinas: Donald DeMarco on an illuminating and instructive example of the coincidence of manliness and sanctity. Is it okay for Christians to do yoga? Looking back forty years from the vantage of our belly-baring, pants-drooping, tattooed and lip-ringed society, Philip Yancey finds it hard to resurrect the ethos of the late 1960s at a southern Bible college where gentlemen students wore jackets and ties to dinner each evening and all men stood when a female student approached the table. Life in the Late Republic: Most Rev. Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. on the Catholic role in America after virtue. Kenny Smith on Jesus in Disneyland, the Church of Body Modifications, and postmodern religion in America. A review of To Change the World: The Irony, Tragedy, and Possibility of Christianity in the Late Modern World by James Davison Hunter (and more). A new and improved Christianity: Four reasons that Christianity is going to change the world in new ways. An interview with Becky Garrison, author of Jesus Died for This?: A Satirist’s Search for the Risen Christ (and more).
A new issue of the American Journal of Economics and Sociology is now online. Jeffrey M. Lipshaw (Suffolk): Capitalism Didn't Fail, But the Metaphors Got a "C". From National Review, Stephen Spruiell on Paul Krugman: Professor Ahab. John Quiggin on five zombie economic ideas that refuse to die (and the first chapter from Zombie Economics). John Paul Rollert on the problem with capitalism — capitalists. What would the world's economics Nobel Prize laureates make of Barack Obama's response to the financial crisis? Tunku Varadarajan identifies the most important writers on business and economics who are helping us navigate the turbulent times. An excerpt from All the Devils Are Here: The Hidden History of the Financial Crisis by Bethany McLean and Joe Nocera. A review of Why Some Things Should Not Be for Sale: The Moral Limits of Markets by Debra Satz. Reinventing the Bazaar: A Natural History of Markets by John McMillan is a book for you if you really want to know how economists think. Larry Summers and the subversion of economics: A compromised cadre lies at the nexus of academe, banking, and government. A review of Greed, Lust & Gender: A History of Economic Ideas by Nancy Folbre. Shorting economists: Steven Hill asks whether we should still be listening to the “experts” who keep getting it wrong. The Invisible Man and the Invisible Hand: Paul A. Cantor on H.G. Wells's critique of capitalism. Same output + fewer hours = economic crisis: Today’s economic crisis is less about the quantity of output than the distribution of income and leisure. A review of Tweetonomics: Everything You Need to Know About Economics in 140 Characters or Less by Nic Compton, Adam Fishwick, and Katie Huston. As the world faces recession, climate change, inequity and more, Tim Jackson delivers a piercing challenge to established economic principles. Virginia Postrel writes in praise of irrational exuberance: Does a flourishing economy depend on delusion? Of Guffaws and GDPs: An interview with Yoram Bauman, standup economist.
Sonal Pandya (Virginia) and Robert Urbatsch (Iowa State): French Roast: Nationalism and Consumer Preferences Prior to the 2003 Iraq Invasion ("That nationalism plays a role in economic choices is widely suggested but difficult to demonstrate. The 2003 dispute between the US and France over the proposed invasion of Iraq provides the backdrop for a novel test of this claim.") From the Journal of Social, Evolutionary and Cultural Psychology, Minna Lyons and Sue Aitken (Liverpool Hope): Machiavellian Friends? The Role of Machiavellianism in Friendship Formation and Maintenance; and a review of The Murderer Next Door: Why the Mind is Designed to Kill by David Buss. In defense of middle management: A new study demonstrates just how important bureaucracy and paperwork really are. Erik Klemetti catches up with the Kamchatka peninsula. Privacy Rights Inc.: Your right to personal privacy is shrinking even as Corporate America's is growing. From The Root, an interview with Antoine Dodson, concerned brother and YouTube sensation. Colonial presence felt 100 years on: Can Seoul and Tokyo finally put aside differences in the face of unpredictable North Korea? The Magical Battle of Britain: Fighting Hitler's Nazis with occult ritual. From Cato Unbound, Deirdre McCloskey on Bourgeois Dignity: A Revolution in Rhetoric. Atlas Obscura visits Bir Tawil, land that belongs to no nation. A review of Claude Levi-Strauss: The Poet in the Laboratory by Patrick Wilcken. The first chapter from Why People Cooperate: The Role of Social Motivations by Tom R. Tyler. Philip E. Tetlock reviews David H. Freedman's Wrong, Kathryn Schulz's Being Wrong and Charles Seife's Proofiness. Eric Banks reviews Travels in Siberia by Ian Frazier.
A review of God's Philosophers: How the Medieval World Laid the Foundations of Modern Science by James Hannam (and more). A review of Science vs. Religion: What Scientists Really Think by Elaine Howard Ecklund. From Big Questions, Susan Jacoby on the myth of separate magisteria: Can and should science and religion avoid each other’s turf?; and Michael Shermer on the biggest Big Question of all: Why is there something rather than nothing? Is the search for a theory of everything fundamentally misguided?: A review of A Tear at the Edge of Creation: A Radical New Vision for Life in an Imperfect Universe by Marcelo Gleiser. Tim Maudlin on how philosophy can inform physics. An interview with David Goldberg on books on cosmology. An interview with Pedro Ferreira on the universe. A review of The Shape of Inner Space: String Theory and the Geometry of the Universe’s Hidden Dimensions by Shing-Tung Yau and Steve Nadis. The me-sized universe: Some parts of the cosmos are right within our grasp. Sean Carroll on how the laws underlying the physics of everyday life are completely understood. A review of The End of Discovery: Are We Approaching the Boundaries of the Knowable? by Russell Stannard (and more). 50 ideas to change science forever: There are still plenty of big problems left, from the nature of consciousness to the fate of the cosmos — here's where to start looking for answers. Mark Henderson on Carl Sagan's The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark. A look at lesser known laws of physics and mathematics. From Cracked, a look at 5 insane scientific charts you won't believe actually exist; and a look at 4 Nobel Prize winners who were clearly insane. From io9, mad scientists have haunted science fiction since Mary Shelley created Victor Frankenstein in the 1810s, but what kinds of research have fictional mad scientists done since?; and six scientists on the most accurate science fiction in their fields. Alexander David Perkins on news and the public (mis)understanding of science. David Rowan on how to save science journalism. This is a news website article about a scientific paper: is this an important scientific finding?
From Amsterdam Law Forum, a special issue on Drugs & the Law. Adrian Vermeule (Harvard) and Christian List (LSE): Independence and Interdependence: Lessons from the Hive. The first chapter from Honeybee Democracy by Thomas D. Seeley (and more). You think your job sucks? Trade with Robert Gibbs — GQ goes inside the woeful world of the White House press secretary. From Jesus Radicals, there is the myth of America and the myth of God and one cannot live out both — one has to decide. The first chapter from Why Everyone (Else) Is a Hypocrite: Evolution and the Modular Mind by Robert Kurzban. On Hannibal's Trail: The clues are in the geology. As we digest the WikiLeaks revelations, a new book offers the soldiers' perspective. Joe Conason on why the right really hates NPR, with or without Juan Williams. People of intensity, people of power: Diedrich Diederichsen on the Nietzsche economy. Though snobbery was once quite popular and even socially acceptable in Europe, it was never popular in America, but one form of it still is, in both continents: chronological snobbery. From TPM, an idea of the century: “9/11″ as “event”. Microgravity's mysterious side effect: Stuff disappears. It’s a paranoid thought that crosses the mind of every subway rider: What if someone shoved me in front of an oncoming train? In Chile, the lessons of isolation: The performance of the miners shows that humans are not wolves, set to descend upon each other. Serving two masters: Stanley Fish on Shariah law and the secular state. Banking Porn: Pam Martens on the “Flash Crash” cover-up. The Numbers Guy on why construction projects often run over budget. Stewart and Colbert rally in DC this weekend; Scott McLemee opposes their extremist moderation. The trauma of long term unemployment: Here in the Land of Limbaugh, what's a laid-off boomer to do?
Mitchell N. Berman (Texas): "Let ‘em Play": A Study in the Jurisprudence of Sports. Keith Harrison (Central Florida): Themes that Thread Through Society: Racism and Athletic Manifestation in the African-American Community. A review of Soccer and Philosophy: Beautiful Thoughts on the Beautiful Game by Ted Richards. The run of Ricky Dobbs: Navy's quarterback in Annapolis has come to represent something larger than football. Moneygolf: Will new statistics unlock the secrets of golf? A senior writer for Sports Illustrated who has had a good look at big-time sports returns for The Game — and finds a lot to like in Ivy League football. A review of The Manly Art: Bare-Knuckle Prize Fighting in America by Elliott J. Gorn. How a Southie tough made mixed martial arts the sport of the decade, and the UFC a moneymaking empire. A review of The Gipper: George Gipp, Knute Rockne, and the Dramatic Rise of Notre Dame Football by Jack Cavanaugh. Why is it that soccer goalkeepers sometimes have more trouble stopping long-range shots than shots from up close? Sports rivalries: When hating another human being is standard behaviour. A look at how baseball explains the nature of language. Can men and women ever compete fairly in a sport like running? Yes, but it requires a little bit of maths know-how. How fast will humans ever run? Josh Sanburn on the limits of sporting feats. America at the Bat: Diana Schaub on meritocracy and the national pastime. The corrupt culture of big-time college athletics: A review of Scoreboard, Baby: A Story of College Football, Crime, and Complicity by Ken Armstrong. Experts say ex-football players with head injuries often end up in the criminal justice system — former USC lineman Chris Brymer is exhibit A. Baseball’s Bat Man: When stars like Derek Jeter ask to customize their baseball bat, Chuck Schupp makes sure they get what they want.