Hichem Karoui (Paris III): "Conservative Revolution" Against America: The Bush Legacy — Debate About a Doctrine and its Tributaries. Stephen D. Krasner (Stanford): An Orienting Principle for Foreign Policy: The Deficiencies of “Grand Strategy”. From New Politics, a symposium on "The World in Crisis". Infested with people who (like Hillary Clinton) are infatuated with power, Washington has increasingly become a city devoid of people who actually understand power. The Ghost of Munich: Fredrik Logevall and Kenneth Osgood on America's appeasement complex. Why do we keep making the same mistakes? A review of Magic and Mayhem: The Delusions of American Foreign Policy from Korea to Afghanistan by Derek Leebaert. A review of After the Globe, Before the World by RBJ Walker. Grand Strategies: The road to statecraft runs through literature. Three historical myths have been leading American presidents into folly for nearly a century — is Obama wise enough to avoid the same fate? After the Cold War, Francis Fukuyama, Samuel Huntington, and John Mearsheimer each presented a bold vision of what the driving forces of world politics would be; the world in 2010 hardly seems on a more promising track — a reminder that simple visions, however powerful, do not hold up as reliable predictors of particular developments. A review of Monsoon: The Indian Ocean and the Future of American Power by Robert Kaplan (and more and more and more and more). Obama's Top 10 foreign-policy headaches: If the president turns to global affairs after his midterm shellacking, the newly emboldened Republican opposition isn't going to make life easy for him. To understand just how bad the 112th Congress is likely to be for peace on Earth, one has to understand how incredibly awful the 110th and 111th Congresses have been during the past four years and then measure the ways in which things are likely to become even worse. A review of The Turkey and the Eagle: The Struggle for America's Global Role by Caleb Stewart Rossiter.
Simon James (Exeter): Combining the Contributions of Behavioral Economics and Other Social Sciences in Understanding Taxation and Tax Reform. From THES, a review of She's So Fine: Reflections on Whiteness, Femininity, Adolescence and Class in 1960s Music; and Robin Dunbar has to confess he never learned to play an instrument, but that doesn't stop him believing that music should be at the heart of education. A review of God's Own Party: The Making of the Christian Right by Daniel K. Williams. Learning from Tanzania: We could learn from a society that is used to doing without "stuff". Republicans prove to be the masters of campaign cliches. Are conservation biologists wasting their time? Ecologist Hugh Possingham argues that conservationists have made a fetish of monitoring ailing species, and what they should be doing isn’t counting but acting. An interview with Kelly Valen, author of Twisted Sisterhood: Unraveling the Dark Legacy of Female Friendships (and more). Watches and the Watchmaker: What does contemplating time tell us about God? The cautionary tale of a short-lived college: Founders College, in rural South Boston, Va., was pitched as a sort of Great Books college for devotees of Ayn Rand. Candidates trapped in the Panopticon: Updating Mao, political power now grows out of the barrel of a video camera. Experiments in Field Philosophy: More philosophers are working outside the academy to help solve social problems — it's a model that might also help the humanities survive. A review of Whiter Shades of Pale: The Stuff White People Like, Coast to Coast, from Seattle's Sweaters to Maine's Microbrews by Christian Lander. A new family tree for the plague traces its paths out of China. A look at how behavioral science is remaking politics.
Michael J. Fortner (Drexel): Race and Redemption: The Local Roots of Modern Conservatism. From Alternative Right, an article on the infantilization of American conservatism; Richard Spencer on the alternative right in America; and is the Alt Right anti-Semitic? A symposium (and John Derbyshire on the Old Right’s Jewish problem). From Intelligence Report, a special issue on "sovereign citizens" and "Patriot" movements. An interview with Jared Taylor, editor of the American Renaissance. You can download Beating Fascism: Anarchist Anti-Fascism in Theory and Practice for free online. As it turns out, White conservatives don't want to take the lead in preserving what remains of this country's now tenuous White, Anglo-Euro culture. From Time, a cover story on the secret world of extreme militias (and more). From The New American, an article on remembering the life of John Birch. Among the many fascinating figures that emerged from the intellectual culture of Germany’s interwar Weimar Republic, perhaps none is quite as significant or unique as Carl Schmitt (and part 2 and part 3 and part 4). Scott Locklin on a series on social class in America: The lower class, the working class, the middle class, the upper middle class, the upper class, and class war. Essence.com takes a look inside hateful right-wing fringe groups. Downfall of a Satanic Girlieman: Those who live by the smear must be prepared to die by the smear. A review of Encounters: My Life with Nixon, Marcuse, and Other Friends and Teachers by Paul E. Gottfried. A review of Conservatism in America: Making Sense of the American Right by Paul Edward Gottfried. What is it to accept tradition? In an age of checklists, decision trees, and zero tolerance, it's a puzzling notion. Jared Taylor and Andy Nowicki remember Joe Sobran.
Virgil Henry Storr (GMU): Economist as Pastor, Preacher, and Most Importantly, Theologian. Jenara Nerenberg goes inside the United Nations' innovation overhaul: A project called "Global Pulse" is quietly building and taking hold inside one of the world's largest bureaucracies. Once upon a time, and not so long ago in political terms, the Anglo-American world was joined at the hip, and the surgical pin that held the two together was "conservatism"; the recent mid-term election demonstrates that is no longer the case. From Broken Pencil, indie won, now what? When the "indie" aesthetic becomes the mainstream, what happens to "indie"? The safest place in Somalia: Dr. Hawa Abdi took it upon herself to start a civil society on her land, complete with a justice system that imprisons men who beat their wives. The "No Wedding, No Womb" campaign makes a classic mistake: shaming women for their sexuality instead of asking how to improve outcomes for children of single-parent households. North America remains easily the most favored continent both by demography and resources — the political party that harnesses this reality will own the political future. Steve Cohen on the case for anonymous juries: They will improve the integrity of the judicial process. The New Big Tobacco: National Post goes inside Canada’s underground tobacco industry, a five-part series. Most people outside academia are totally unaware of what professors go through to get a single course approved — there are probably a million fabulous pop culture-savvy course proposals out there that get squashed every semester. The age of cheap oil is over: Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed on how there is no time for denial — governments and communities need to start adapting now (and more).
From Radical Philosophy, longing for a greener present: Ross Adams on neoliberalism and the eco-city. There's a new movement that uses intelligent design to cure America's soulless subdivisions — is it possible to make people the moving force in suburban life? Cool suburbs: Across America, many suburbs are becoming vacation-worthy hot spots, with cutting-edge restaurants, great shopping, and plenty of parking. From New Geography, a review of Reinventing the Automobile: Personal Urban Mobility for the 21st Century by William J. Mitchell, Christopher Boroni-Bird, and Lawrence D. Burns; Joel Kotkin on the myth of the back-to-the-city migration — in fact, moving to the suburbs (and beyond) continues. The Obama administration is trying to rein in suburban sprawl — but is it any match for 70 years of unsustainable development? A review of Saltaire: The Making of a Model Town by Neil Jackson, Jo Lintonbon and Bryony Staples. Rob Horning reads Georg Simmel’s 1903 essay “The Metropolis and Mental Life” and thought of a few things that seemed worth mentioning. Poverty grows in suburbs, but social services don't keep up (and more). Shooting the American Dream in suburbia: Bill Owens was seeking a fresh take on suburban life when he spotted a plastic-rifle-toting boy named Richie Ferguson. A look at how Ping-Pong created the American suburb. Owen McShane on why we have to learn to love the subdivision — again. Jeff Speck, author of Suburban Nation, on the 10 worst things about suburban sprawl. Joel Kotkin on suburban nation, urban political strategy. Dixie Square Mall: Urban explorers embrace America's first suburban mall, which lies in ruin south of Chicago.