Understanding American liberalism in the twentieth century is the single most important issue facing U.S. intellectual historians today. EJ Dionne on why the progressive movement needs Wall Street CEOs. The progressive netroots settle in for the long haul: RootsCamp is one of those important yearly political meetings you may never have heard of. David Bromwich on the disappointment in Obama. Jeffrey C. Alexander on his book The Performance of Politics: Obama's Victory and the Democratic Struggle for Power. Richard Ben Cramer's What It Takes: The Way to the White House is the book that defined modern campaign reporting (and more). Power and the Presidency, from Kennedy to Obama: For the past 50 years, the commander in chief has steadily expanded presidential power, particularly in foreign policy. Peter Beinart on how Tea Party outrage over government spending ignores the fact that deficits are often caused by wars. We're headed for a major battle with the Tea Party crowd over the constitution itself. Strict Obstructionist: Mitch McConnell is poised to take down the president and win the Senate majority he covets — if he can fend off the Tea Party and keep his own caucus together. The politics of victimization: A review of America By Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith, and Flag by Sarah Palin. A review of Leadership and Crisis by Bobby Jindal. All politics is local? Andrew Gelman on the debate and the graphs.
A new issue of the International Journal of Multicultural Education is out. From Judgment and Decision Making, Ross E. O’Hara (Dartmouth), Walter Sinnott-Armstrong (Duke) and Nicholas A. Sinnott-Armstrong (Brown): Wording Effects in Moral Judgments; and Ro’i Zultan (UCL), Maya Bar-Hillel (HUJ) and Nitsan Guy: When Being Wasteful Appears Better than Feeling Wasteful: "Minimizing waste is economically and morally admirable, and not being a freier is good for the soul. What is remarkable is what people might sometimes prefer to endure rather than face up to occasional waste or the semblance thereof". Thomas J. Scheff on genuine romantic love: Attraction, attachment, and attunement. Sheena Iyengar on the culture and psychology of choice. From Vanity Fair, what do Arianna Huffington and Mark Zuckerberg have in common? William D. Cohan delves into a suit claiming that Huffington’s top-ranked Web site was two other people’s idea. From FP, unconventional wisdom: A special anniversary report challenging the world's most dangerous thinking. From Coca to Capital: The War on Drugs, together with unequal free trade legislation, have provided first world junkie-capitalism with the liquidity and "bio-tools" it needs to drive its delusional and unsustainable growth. Postmodernism's new typography: In an act of rebellion against the prevailing Sans serif aesthetic, designers looked to celebrate creativity in their digital fonts.
Michael Henry (St. John's): Biotechnology and the Reconstruction of Humanity. Evan Charney (Duke): Behavior Genetics and Post-Genomics. Susan M. Wolf and Jeffrey P. Kahn (Minnesota): Genetic Testing and the Future of Disability Insurance: Ethics, Law & Policy. Jennifer Hochschild and Maya Sen (Harvard): Public Reactions to Innovations in Science: Genomics, Race, and Identity. An interview with Sheldon Krimsky and Tania Simoncelli, authors of Genetic Justice: DNA Data Banks, Criminal Investigations, and Civil Liberties. A review of Here is a Human Being: At the Dawn of Personal Genomics by Misha Angrist. On the 10th anniversary of the Human Genome Project, we ask: where are the therapies? I’ll show you my genome — will you show me yours? Craig Venter as the new Henry Ford: His "synthetic life" is a cell with an entirely manufactured genome — and what it can become is the world's smallest production line. What does it mean to be human? The sequencing of the Neanderthal genome helps scientists answer the age-old question. The Denisovan Code: Researchers decipher DNA of mysterious human ancestor, not Neandertal, but a new, recently extinct human (and more and more). A fistful of teeth: Do the Qesem Cave fossils really change our understanding of human evolution? (and more) All change: Theories of human ancestry get an overhaul. Razib Khan on how classifying humanity is not that hard.