Michael G. Kearney (LSE): Lawfare, Legitimacy, and Resistance: The Weak and the Law. From Dissent Magazine, a symposium on One State/Two States. Did journalist and peace activist Uri Avnery serve a communist agenda in his weekly news magazine Haolam Hazeh? From The New Yorker, Haaretz prides itself on being the conscience of Israel — does it have a future? The first chapter from A History of Palestine: From the Ottoman Conquest to the Founding of the State of Israel by Gudrun Kramer. Max Blumenthal on facing up to Jewish nationalism and racist violence. Slavoj Zizek on why Israel’s best hope lies in a single state. They were defeated by Zionism and Judaism, their members murdered by Nazism and Stalinism, but the radical Jewish movements of the 20th century left behind a rich Yiddish literary legacy. From NYRB, an article on young Israelis: A turn to the right? The New Israeli Left: Activists march side by side with Palestinians against the wall and the occupation. Adina Hoffman reviews Jerusalem, Jerusalem: How the Ancient City Ignited Our Modern World by James Carroll (and more and more). How can we explain why Israel is apparently held in such low esteem in Canada, Germany, France, Portugal, the UK, Spain, Japan and Brazil? God plays no favorites: Could there be any more polarizing figure in the Jewish community than Richard Goldstone? Aryeh Neier on the Goldstone reversal. Despite a “reconsideration” on the part of its author, the Goldstone Report remains as vital as ever for understanding the 2008-2009 Gaza conflict. Hannah Rosenthal, the State Department’s anti-Semitism envoy, must defend Israel from delegitimization while confronting a growing wave of anti-Jewish rhetoric among European elites. Two books examine the history of the kibbutz movement and cast a cautious glance forward.
A new issue of Disability Studies Quarterly is out. From Time, no hell? Rogue pastor Rob Bell's argument about salvation and judgment has Evangelicals in a fury — and a young generation rethinking Jesus. A review of Pox: An American History by Michael Willrich. David Leonhardt on the 3 biggest tax breaks — and what they cost us. Mark Thompson on how to save a trillion dollars. Where do bad moods come from? From Current Biography, a profile of Hendrik Hertzberg. Where do tax dollars go? The idealistic — and probably hopeless — plan to educate Americans about the budget by sending them itemized "tax receipts". Does hysterical strength really exist? The Psychology of Cheating: In sports, high finance or taxes, it’s often an obsession with fairness — and with not being played for a chump — that leads to dishonesty. Swan Song: Is Libya the end of NATO? Jim Messina, Obama's Enforcer: The president's re-election campaign manager has alienated grassroots constituencies. Jeffrey A. Tucker on Rebecca Black's "Friday", a libertarian allegory. The shock of the old: The trend in non-Western art history is on contemporary art, which places the traditional arts in a vulnerable position. Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand's masterpiece celebrating capitalism and the individual, is a rare accomplishment — what is your plan for the day after tomorrow? A review of Sinatra, Gotti And Me by Tony Delvecchio and Rich Herschlag. A review of Future Babble: Why Expert Predictions Are Next to Worthless, and You Can Do Better by Dan Gardner. What if Malcolm X had lived? Oread Daily wonders. The Art of Bubbles: How auction houses can predict the ups and downs of global markets. A look at the 5 most shockingly insane modern dictators.
A new issue of The Journal of Transnational American Studies is out. Robert J. Miller (Lewis & Clark): Christianity, American Indians, and the Doctrine of Discovery. Shane J. Ralston (Penn State): American Enlightenment Thought. Those loyal to the English king during the American Revolution have been written out of history, but Andrew Roberts says Maya Jasanoff's Liberty’s Exiles restores them to their proper place as true patriots (and more). A review of George Washington: America's Founder, in Myth and Memory by Edward G. Lengel. A review of Liberty, State, and Union: The Political Theory of Thomas Jefferson by Luigi Marco Bassani. James Madison and the Dilemmas of Democracy: What kind of government did the Father of the Constitution envision? A review of The Ideological Origins of American Federalism by Alison LaCroix. G. Edward White (Virginia): Recovering the Legal History of the Confederacy. A review of Modernizing a Slave Economy: The Economic Vision of the Confederate Nation by John Majewski. Was the Civil War necessary? A review of America Aflame: How the Civil War Created a Nation by David Goldfield (and more). Taki Theodoracopulos on Robert E. Lee Forever! A review of Social Ethics in the Making: Interpreting an American Tradition by Gary Dorrien. An excerpt from The Modern Utopian: Alternative Communes of the '60s and '70s by Richard Fairfield. Is a dream a lie if it doesn’t come true (or is it something worse)? A review of Stayin’ Alive: The 1970s and the Last Days of the Working Class by Jefferson Cowie. David Mulcahey reviews The Other Eighties: A Secret History of America in the Age of Reagan by Bradford Martin and Back to Our Future: How the 1980s Explain the World We Live in Now — Our Culture, Our Politics, Our Everything by David Sirota (and more and more and more and more and more and more).