Beneath Oxford University, archaeologists have uncovered a medieval city that altered the course of English history. A review of The World Before Domesday: The English Aristocracy 900–1066 by Ann Williams. A review of Map of a Nation: A Biography of the Ordnance Survey by Rachel Hewitt. A review of Empires of the Imagination: Politics, War, and the Arts in the British World, 1750-1850 by Holger Hoock. A review of Empire and Globalisation: Networks of People, Goods and Capital in the British World, c.1850-1914 by Gary Magee and Andrew Thompson. How many isles are there in the British isles? Putin’s World Cup victory over hapless Britain is another sign of Anglo-America’s decline. Why does America invest so much psychic energy, not to mention hard dollars, in professional football, a sport that on many levels combines the worst aspects of roller derby and professional wrestling? A review of American Freak Show: The Completely Fabricated Stories of Our New National Treasures by Willie Geist. Here is a map of North American English dialects, based on pronunciation patterns. True north strong and free? Canada is the capital of political correctness run rampant. A review of Local Government in a Global World: Australia and Canada in Comparative Perspective. Lisa Gorton considers a new edition of Mary Poppins, She Wrote: The True Story of Australian Writer P.L. Travers, Creator of the Quintessentially English Nanny by Valerie Lawson. Australia: Are you England in disguise? There are predictions that English must inevitably lose its global dominance; Robert McCrum is not convinced. A review of The English is Coming! How One Language is Sweeping the World by Leslie Dunton-Downer. A review of The Last Lingua Franca: English Until the Return of Babel by Nicholas Ostler (and more). From The New Criterion, a special issue on the Anglosphere and the future of liberty.
A new issue of Reartikulacija is out. Dylan Kissane (CEFAM): Mapping International Chaos. From Politics and Culture, a special issue on The Left at War by Michael Berube, including an introduction, and contributions by Nick Cohen, Russell Berman, and Michael Berube, among others. From Standpoint, Jamie Whyte on why Nassim Nicholas Taleb is overrated and Joseph Bottum on why Charles Taylor is underrated. A time-series delusion: Herbert Gintis reviews Unequal Democracy: The Political Economy of the New Gilded Age by Larry Bartels. Reading by numbers: Science invades the humanities. Game Changer: Why Wikileaks will be the death of big business and big government. Mark Leon Goldberg on why Cote D’Ivoire matters (and more). Why do we need to predict the future? There's "Room for Debate". From Postcolonial Text, a review of The Legacy of Edward W. Said by William V. Spanos. From Soldiers, a series of articles on modernizing and equipping the force. On beings to whom things happen: One of the things about our existence that is seldom reflected upon is that we are simply here and things happen to us because of it. The culture of business: How will we respond to the ever-stronger pushes to envy, to discontent, to growth, to newness, to debt? Why we won't get along: Ed Kilgore on four reasons that bipartisanship is doomed in the next Congress. A new English-language al-Qaeda explosives manual is released online.
Climate Change 101: A trio of articles re-cover some global warming basics (and more on the top 10 global warming denier arguments). The Obama administration sparks a renewed interest in climate change policy. Bill McKibben on why Obama and Cancun miss the point. Game Theory: Bruce Bueno de Mesquita says climate talks are destined to fail. Can we harness intellectual property institutions for the purpose of innovating to save the world from the worst climate change scenarios? John Bellamy Foster opens a debate on "degrowth", climate crisis and capitalism. Capitalism and the curse of energy efficiency: John Bellamy Foster, Brett Clark, and Richard York on the return of the Jevons Paradox. Throwing money at today's clean-energy technologies could keep us from discovering tomorrow's. An interview with David Goldstein, author of Invisible Energy: Strategies to Rescue the Economy and Save the Planet. Can social science combat climate change? Scientists remove some of the guesswork about how individuals will use energy in 2050 by looking at past campaigns to induce personal change and their effectiveness. An energy sixth sense to fight global warming: If we could see the energy we use we wouldn't be so wasteful — technology can help. An economy run on slave labour has much in common with one run on fossil fuels, argues Jean-Francois Mouhot — ending suffering means we all need to become modern-day abolitionists.