Sarah Beresford (Lancaster): Seeking Secularism: Resisting Religiosity in Marriage and Divorce — A Comparative Study of England and America. Brian K. Pinaire (Lehigh): Who Let the Dog Out? On the British Roots of American Bounty Hunting. Why do some Americanisms irritate people? British people are used to the stream of Americanisms entering the language. The Anglo-American alliance remains the world’s most powerful bilateral partnership — what lies in store for the special relationship? Suckered by America: Conrad Black reviews Doing the Continental: A New Canadian-American Relationship by David Dyment. What would it take for America and Canada to fight? More than a hockey game. Changing luck and North America’s wars: As the continent emerges from its luckiest geopolitical century, it will have to adjust, in culture and capabilities, to a far more difficult next hundred years. What's the point of preventing American education theorist William Ayers from entering Canada? From Inside Story, a review of The Australian Pub by Diane Kirkby, Tanja Luckins and Chris McConville and Community: Building Modern Australia; and has ANZUS passed its use-by date? My Summer at an Indian Call Center: Lessons learned — Americans are hotheads, Australians are drunks, and never say where you're calling from. Anthony Fowler (Harvard): Turnout Matters: Evidence from Compulsory Voting in Australia. Rebecca Gill (UNLV): Consensus or Ambivalence? Why Court Traditions Matter. Adrian Vermeule (Harvard): The Atrophy of Constitutional Powers. Razib Khan on Anglosphere comparisons. Locke, Darwin, and America’s future: Peter Augustine Lawler on rights, nature, and progress (and a review of Modern and American Dignity: Who We Are as Persons, and What That Means for Our Future).
A new issue of Journal of Social History is out. Why recent bad economic news means it’s time for working less. The case for not-quite-so-high-speed rail: The bad news is that Republicans have torpedoed plans for American bullet trains — the good news is that the Obama administration is quietly building a slower, but potentially much better, rail system. The Utopian inaugurates a series of utopias, written by today’s most interesting philosophers, social scientists, politicians and writers — first up is Alastair Campbell. “It’s too bad. And I don’t mean it’s too bad like 'screw ’em'": Embattled Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein just can’t understand how he got cast as the Dr. Evil of Wall Street. What motivates extremists? Eric Hoffer's 168-page classic The True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements has some answers. Paul Boghossian on the maze of moral relativism: Why rejecting the idea of right and wrong is more difficult than it seems. James Surowiecki on why we don’t need a debt ceiling (and more by Felix Salmon). A look at how the killings in Norway spotlight anti-Muslim thought in the US. Offense taken: The left-right political split is an instantiation of the split between idealism and realism, that has coalesced into a contrast — a false, absolute, contrast — between thought and action. From Skeptic, a review of Paranormality: Why We See What Isn’t There by Richard Wiseman; skepticism’s oldest debate: Daniel Loxton on a prehistory of “DBAD”, 1838–2010; and an attempted ambush interview turns into a lesson in patternicity and numerology. Stunt Amendment: The Balanced Budget Amendment shows Republicans to be more interested in politics than policy (and more). This American Life on Intellectual Ventures and the war over software patents.
Marre Karu and Kairi Kasearu (Tartu): Slow Steps towards Dual Earner/Dual Career Family Model: Why Do Fathers Not Take Parental Leave. David Ray Papke (Marquette): Transracial Adoption: The Adoption of Native American and African American Children by Whites. George W. Dent Jr. (Case Western): No Difference? An Analysis of Same-Sex Parenting. Love it or hate it, What to Expect When You're Expecting has a lot to say. A look at 7 terrifying things they don't tell you about pregnancy. The near miracle of male infertility treatment: Jacqueline Pfeffer Merrill on creating infertile fathers. An interview with Donald N.S. Unger, author of Men Can: The Changing Image and Reality of Fatherhood in America. An interview with Kate Payne, author of The Hip Girl's Guide to Homemaking. School vs. Children: Does more education reduce childbearing, or does childbearing get in the way of education? More moms and dads say they want to share parenting duties equally — one new mom turns to an old pro to find out why it is still so hard to do. Your child, the modernist: Gertrude Stein’s long-lost kids’ book is bizarre and a great reflection of how children think. Are our kids addicted to technology? It's one of parents' biggest concerns, but studies show we have less to worry about, and more to be thankful for. How to land your kid in therapy: Obsessing over our children's happiness may doom them to miserable adulthoods. The Ninny State: The danger of overprotecting your kids from technology. Sex and motherhood: Feminist author Erica Jong and her daughter Molly have very different ideas about parenting and sex — one famously bohemian, the other conservative. Yes, our children are growing up too soon — but blame capitalism, not sex. What happens when narcissists grow up and have kids? You won’t empathize.