From Cato Unbound, C. Bradley Thompson on Neoconservatism Unmasked. Is the world really a stage? Actor Wallace Shawn on why he calls himself a socialist. It is a queer fact, indeed, that none of the most outspoken and anti-authoritarian radicals in this country are under 65 years old. A review of The Conservative Foundations of the Liberal Order: Defending Democracy Against Its Modern Enemies and Immoderate Friends by Daniel J. Mahoney (and more and more). Beyond the crisis of liberalism: There is a groundswell of popular resistance to the forces of reaction, but the left must break out of its defensive posture. Michael Kleen on the enigma of American Fascism in the 1930s. Russell Jacoby reviews Envisioning Real Utopias by Erik Olin Wright (and a response). Making History: The right has been relentless in explaining American history through a conservative prism. Not Dead Yet: Lawrence Wittner on the state of the American Peace Movement. Michael Knox Beran on Lionel Trilling and the social imagination: The liberal hero rejected the left-liberal idea that we could engineer the human soul. A review of Libertarianism Today by Jacob H. Huebert. A review of The "S" Word: A Short History of An American Tradition... Socialism by John Nichols (and more). The New Frontier: A review essay on neoconservatism. From New Socialist, here is a letter to a new anti-capitalist. Michael Lind on how the neoliberal approach to governing ignores a crucial fact: Government is best when it is big. A review of The High Tide of American Conservatism by Garland Tucker. A review of Roberto Mangabeira Unger's The Left Alternative and Michael Berube's The Left at War. Libertarian Left: Sheldon Richman on free-market anti-capitalism, the unknown ideal. Is there anything more to say about the Rosenberg case? Staughton Lynd investigates. A review of The Conservative Turn: Lionel Trilling, Whittaker Chambers, and the Lessons of Anti-Communism by Michael Kimmage. Sam Webb on a party of socialism in the 21st century: What it looks like, what it says, and what it does (and a response).
From NYRB, Robert Darnton on six reasons Google Books failed (and more). Adam Serwer presents a Birtherism Lexicon. From the Yale University Press, a blog discussion of Terry Eagleton’s new book, Why Marx Was Right, beginning at Bensonian.org. Peter Beinart on Obama's moral case for war and why consistency in foreign policy is overrated. Was a Vanity Fair editor secretly working for the Church of Scientology? A review of The Hollywood Sign: Fantasy and Reality of an American Icon by Leo Braudy. End of the road: Some thoughts on the death of the station wagon. “OMG! LOL! Dictionaries Are Funny!”: Alexandra Petri is right — the O.E.D. is not a pedophile. Here are 7 reasons why the "authentic" travel experience is a myth. Flight of the Valkyries: Charli Carpenter on what gender does and doesn’t tell us about Operation Odyssey Dawn. Pain without purpose: Right now, the global economy is suffering a grand mal seizure of slack demand and high unemployment — we know the cures, yet we seem determined to inflict further suffering on the patient. The Closing of the American Erotic: What happened to films in which sex matters more than violence? An article on 5 personality flaws that science will cure in our lifetime. From U.S. Intellectual History, Ben Alpers on the Cronon Affair and the political culture of the GOP (and more and more and more and more). The art and music worlds, compared: "Where the art world has been open and omnivorous, the world of high-brown music has been snobby and exclusionary". From Rolling Stone, a special report on how U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan murdered innocent civilians and mutilated their corpses — and how their officers failed to stop them. From The Weekly Standard, the paranoid style in liberal politics: Matthew Continetti on the left’s obsession with the Koch brothers (and a response by Jonathan Chait at TNR). Quoth the detective: Edgar Allan Poe’s case against the Boston literati. From Big Think, is your big idea worth spreading? A review of Yoga Body: The Origins of Modern Posture Practice by Mark Singleton.
Throughout our history, most civilizations have either met a slow demise or were wiped out by sudden natural disasters or invasion, but there are a few societies whose disappearance has scholars truly stumped. A research team may have finally located the lost city of Atlantis, the legendary metropolis believed swamped by a tsunami thousands of years ago in mud flats in southern Spain (and more). A review of The Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt by Toby Wilkinson (and more). A review of The Birth of Classical Europe: A History from Troy to Augustine by Simon Price and Peter Thonemann. Is fear the father of us all? If a specter haunts the chancellories of America, it isn’t communism and it isn’t Karl Marx — it’s Thucydides. A review of The Breakdown of the Roman Republic: From Oligarchy to Empire by Christopher S. Mackay. Good news from the ancients: They may have been more tolerant toward groups of "others" than they've been given credit for — can we learn from them? Oxford don Robin Lane Fox focuses on how the cultural and philosophical changes that occurred in late antiquity are essential to our understanding of world views today. Avshalom Madhala Adam (ColMan): Enlightenment. Heinrich August Winkler (Humboldt): Greatness and Limits of the West: The History of an Unfinished Project. A review of In Search of Civilization by John Armstrong. A review of Civilization: The West and the Rest by Niall Ferguson (and more and and more and more and more and more and more). Is China really a threat to us? Dambisa Moyo and Niall Ferguson debate (and more). A panel on The Next Decade: Where We've Been and Where We're Going by George Friedman. Have we finally reached the "end of history"? Michio Kaku on the next stage of human civilization. An interview with David Eagleman, author of Incognito: The Brains Behind the Mind, on how the Internet makes our civilization more resilient than previous ones. A review of Deep Future: The Next 100,000 Years of Life on Earth by Curt Stager. Honestly, we don't need to move under the sea, but it sure would give civilization a proper reboot. Apocalypse then and now: Lorenzo DiTommaso studies ancient and modern signs. A look at 5 sci-fi apocalypses the government is actually planning for. Even dystopias have their perks: A look at 19 redeeming qualities for hellish futures.