From Democracy, a symposium on Decision 2024: Our Parties, Our Politics, with contributions by Ruy Teixeira, David Frum, Gary Segura, Nancy L. Rosenblum, and Kevin Drum, among others. "It's even worse than it looks": Tom Mann and Norm Ornstein at U.C. Berkeley on the GOP. Christina Romer on why it’s time for the Fed to lead the fight. Conservatives never liked left-wing, government-run solutions to problems like unaffordable health care and climate change; these days they don't seem to like right-wing, market solutions, either. Peter Orszag on the looming showdown: Come next January, our dysfunctional system will have to function — here’s one possible path toward an outside-the-box budget deal. From The New Yorker, what would Obama do if reelected? Ryan Lizza on the second term. Steer the car, don't blame the road: America's economic future will be determined in America, not Europe. Did Republicans deliberately crash the US economy? It is difficult to imagine Paul Krugman cheering for the Republicans, but there is nothing essentially “leftwing” about his analysis. Sasha Issenberg on Michael Tesler’s theory that all political positions come down to racial bias. Obama or Romney — how about both? Leon Neyfakh wonders.
A new issue of Hippocampus is out. From the inaugural issue of Bridges: Conversations in Global Politics, Felix Grenier (Ottawa): Conversations in and on IR: Labeling, Framing and Delimiting IR Discipline; Philippe Fournier (UQAM): Michel Foucault's Considerable Sway on International Relations Theory. From Artforum, an interview with David Graeber on the uses and abuses of social and economic theory in the realm of culture. Philanthropy is no alternative to paying tax: It is hard to see why a family struggling to get by should be obliged to contribute to my favourite causes. It's hard out there for a billionaire — which they'll be more than happy to let you know (and more). Bizarro world bullshit: Why we should all root for the Miami Heat. From King Tutankhamen’s tomb to the Rosetta Stone, Egyptology enters the 21st century and proves to be worth further studies. Charles Lane on why Congress should cut funding for political science research (and a response by Henry Farrell and more and more on “defunding the social sciences” news). Obituary: Elinor Ostrom, Nobel Laureate political scientist. A review of The Institutional Revolution: Measurement and the Economic Emergence of the Modern World by Douglas Allen.
From Eurozine, a series of articles on the terror attacks in Norway and their aftermath. Breivik’s monstrous dream and why it failed: As his trial unfolds, Norway exorcises some of its xenophobic demons. A review of The New Quislings: How the International Left Used the Oslo Massacre to Silence Debate About Islam by Bruce Bawer. Whiffs of Jihad: Canadian neo-bagger Mark Steyn wows Aussies with tales of PC persecution. The disappointed lover of the West: David Bromwich reviews Niall Ferguson's Civilization: The West and the Rest. From News Weekly, a review of How Civilizations Die (And Why Islam Is Dying Too) by David P. Goldman (and more); and is culture more powerful than politics? Gregory Wolfe investigates. From Middle East Quarterly, are jihadists crazy? Teri Blumenfeld investigates. The never-ending crusade: No Americans were killed on U.S. soil by Islamic extremists in 2011 — why does Islamophobia persist? Discouraged American soldiers have started wearing patches on their uniforms that mock the Muslim faith. Revolutionary Chic: Alysha Bedig on the niqab as a symbol of freedom.