Here's The American Prospect 2008 Election Night Guide. From New York, take a look at the 2008 Electopedia. From Esquire, here's everything you need to know about the 2008 presidential election. From Popular Science, here's what you need to know about voting machines (and more). If we can nationalize banks, why not our election process? Rick Hansen investigates. What is the probability your vote will make a difference? Vote! Why your ballot isn't as meaningless as you think. Your neighbors could find out, so you'd better vote. What would happen if we banned polling during election season? From The Hill, a look at how the campaign song loses its originality. From Nerve, a look at the 20 greatest political campaign ads of all time (and more from Radar). Here are the top 10 Web political moments. Designs for Democracy: At print-on-demand site CafePress.com, there's been a surge in the design and selling of items related to the Presidential election. These days, answering your phone often means listening to a recorded political message — but do robo-calls work? Why the October Surprise isn't what it used to be. Does it matter where candidates campaign? Not as much as you think. So, you want to be in the Cabinet: Seven strategies that will help you land a plum post in the next administration — and one that won't. A look at why those "other" federal courts are so important in this election.
From TLS, an article on the century of Claude Levi-Strauss: How the great anthropologist, now approaching his 100th birthday, has earned a place in the prestigious Pleiade library; is fiction inherently capitalist? A review of Russell Berman's Fiction Sets You Free: Literature, Liberty, and Western Culture; and who wrote the original Frankenstein? From NYRB, considering their marital difficulties, it is not surprising that Edmund Wilson made fewer entries in his journal during the years the marriage with Mary McCarthy lasted. From Literary Review, a review of Two Planks and a Passion: The Dramatic History of Skiing by Roland Huntford. From The New Yorker, an article on the grammar of fun: CliffyB and the world of the video game. More on Lawrence Lessig's Remix (and an interview). From Slate, Jack Shafer on why you're wasting your time worrying about the "liberal media". Skewed news reporting is taken as a sign of a dysfunctional media — in fact, it may be a sign of healthy competition. Shock: Drudge loses his grip on US media! Barbed wire: A look at how the AP is breaking more than news. Jonathan Ross and Russell Brand think everyone wants them; where do they get their confidence? (and a look at the chequered history of phone-prank comedy). A look at why they don't make hoaxes like they used to.
From The Daily Beast, Cass Sunstein on spreading the wealth around: To suggest that "redistribution" is a dirty word is a terrible insult to American history — and to the democratic process itself. A look at what Obama really meant by "redistributive change". Michael Kinsley on Obama the wealth spreader. Barack Obama favors redistributing wealth — so does John McCain. Perhaps there is some meaningful distinction between spreading the wealth and sharing it (“collectively,” no less), but finding it would require the analytic skills of Karl the Marxist. Barbara Ehrenreich reports from the Socialist International Conspiracy. The Red Scare and Average Joes: What we talk about when we talk about socialism. The Other Issues: The ones that aren't being talked about. From First of the Month, choosy beggars 2008: Writers and readers comment on the election. The U.S. is separated between red and blue, liberals, conservatives but the deepest rift might be linguistic. Hopes for a happy ending: Literary voices on the American Election. Prophet of Palin: Did Stephen King (the self-aware literary badass) foresee the Republican VP candidate? From Critical Mass, which work of fiction, nonfiction, or poetry best captures the realities of American political culture? The Partisan Imagination: Does being an artist make you a liberal? Dubya's reign is nearly over: What impact did he have on the artistic life of his country?
Carolyn F. Pevey and Nelya J. McKenzie (Auburn): Love, Fear, and Loathing: A Qualitative Examination of Christian Perceptions of Muslims. From Contexts, Jen'nan Ghazal Read (Duke): Muslims in America. At the end of a Presidential campaign that has seen "Arab" become a political slur, Arab-Americans remain at the margins of US politics. From Foreign Policy, a look at the world’s top religious power brokers. From The New Yorker, Red Sex, Blue Sex: Why do so many evangelical teen-agers become pregnant? Soulgasms of the Christian Right: A review of Sex in Crisis: The New Sexual Revolution and the Future of American Politics by Dagmar Herzog. Christ Uber Alles: An interview with Jeff Sharlet (and a review of The Family at Bookforum). From Books & Culture, a review of The Party Faithful: How and Why Democrats are Closing the God Gap by Amy Sullivan. From HNN, an interview with G. Calvin Mackenzie and Robert Weisbrot, authors of The Liberal Hour; and the dumbing down of American politics: An interview with Rick Shenkman. George Monbiot on the triumph of ignorance: Why morons succeed in US politics. From Open Source, political scientist James Fishkin’s ideal democracy is ruled by "the voice of the people, when they are thinking"; and historian Gordon Wood on a longer view of 2008.
From The Times, Andrew Sullivan on why Barack Obama ("the chosen one") has got identity politics on the run and on the top ten reasons conservatives should vote for Obama. Jeffrey Hart on why Obama is the real conservative. From TAC, the right to remain silent: Conservatives don’t need a movement and the best have no use for one; and a look at how the Secessionist Spirit of ’76 Lives. Wacko patrol: A look at America's 25 scariest conservatives. Here's a panel on Rick Perlstein’s Nixonland (and an excerpt at Bookforum). Tucker Carlson writes in defense of elitism. Dick Meyer on 5 myths about values voters. From Carnegie Council, a panel on Mark Noll's God and Race in American Politics. The Obama swagger: Why black men everywhere are standing a little taller; and Jack White returns to the Home for Retired Racial Stereotypes to find out about Obama's secret weapon. Chris Hedges on populism arising — but will it be the killer kind? Martin Kettle on why all this inner racist demon stuff is wildly overblown. An interview with David Duke on an Obama Presidency. A look at why white supremacists support Barack Obama. Guess who's coming to dinner: Frank Rich writes in defense of white Americans. Thomas Frank on how Joe the Plumber fits the GOP narrative and on Joe the Plumber and GOP "authenticity": It's hard to reach out to workers while cracking down on unions.
From Humanitas, Ryan Holston (JHU): Burke’s Historical Morality; Colin D. Pearce (USC-Beaufort): History for Life: Simms and Nietzsche Compared; Michael P. Federici (Mercyhurst): Imperialism Destroys the Constitutional Republic; and a review of Conservatism in America: Making Sense of the American Right by Paul Gottfried. From The Humanist, a review of What's So Great about Christianity by Dinesh D'Souza; a review of I Don’t Believe in Atheists by Chris Hedges; and a brief history of Jonathan Miller. From the International Journal of Baudrillard Studies, Slavoj Zizek on The Prospects of Radical Politics Today; Sally Hart (Chichester): Jean Baudrillard and Jacques Derrida: At the Limits of Thought; Gerry Coulter (Bishop’s): Passings: Richard Rorty and the Voluntary Servitude of Philosophy; Marc J. LaFountain (UWG): Obscene Ethics: A Baudrillardian View of Spurlock’s Super Size Me; a review of Cyborgs and Barbie Dolls. Feminism, Popular Culture and the Posthuman Body by Kim Toffoletti; and was Baudrillard a nihilist? Ashley Woodward investigates. From The L Magazine, man walks along famous street, writes story about it. Economic relations, political values: Which is the tail, and which is the dog? Hundreds of economic blogs have sprung up on the Internet, many written by academics — what gives, and how did economics become so popular?
From Australian Humanities Review, a special issue on The Idea of the South, including an essay on the keys to the South; and an excerpt from Southern Theory: The global dynamics of knowledge in social science by Raewyn Connell. From Ethic@, Janyne Sattler (UQaM): Kantian Anthropology and the Feminine Task of Morality; and Iain Law (Birmingham): Evil Pleasure is Good for You! Kristof Magnusson looks into Iceland's culture and history to find out how this mini-state with its global ambitions became buried in debt. David Gordon reviews Who Killed the Constitution? The Fate of American Liberty from World War I to George W. Bush by Thomas E. Woods Jr. and Kevin R.C. Gutzman. Nicola Karras on how she learned to stop worrying and love the vast right-wing conspiracy. From Freethought Today, an article on violence in religion; a look at the real religious terrorism; and what is a good righteous person? From Free Inquiry, living without religion: I want (not) to believe. An article on the Codex Sinaiticus, the rival to the Bible. A review of Butcher and Bolt: Two Hundred Years of Foreign Engagement in Afghanistan by David Loyn. Eight years after Bush v. Gore, why is there still so much election litigation and what does this mean? A review of Kingmakers: The Invention of the Modern Middle East by Karl E. Meyer and Shareen Blair Brysac.
From Kritike, Kenneth Masong (KUL): Iris Murdoch’s The Bell: Tragedy, Love, and Religion; Saitya Brata Das (Marc Bloch): ‘To Philosophize is to Learn How to Die?’; and Saladdin Said Ahmed (Brock): Mass Mentality, Culture Industry, Fascism. From The Independent Review, Max Hocutt (Alabama): In Defense of Herbert Spencer; Rafael Reuveny (Indiana): The Last Colonialist: Israel in the Occupied Territories since 1967; a review of The Roman Predicament: How the Rules of International Order Create the Politics of Empire by Harold James; and a review of The Bottomless Well: The Twilight of Fuel, the Virtue of Waste, and Why We Will Never Run Out of Energy by Peter W. Huber and Mark P. Mills. Why crime pays: An interview with Raymond Fisman and Edward Miguel, authors of Economic Gangsters: Corruption, Violence and the Poverty of Nations. From the Electronic Journal of Human Sexuality, it starts in the womb: An article on helping parents understand infant sexuality. From Green Anarchy, Sal Insieme on questions for the nomadic wanderers in all of us. From The African Review of Books, Soyinka's life and work in pictures: A review of WS: a life in full by Bankole Olayebi. From The Root, Henry Luis Gates, Jr. interviews Wole Soyinka on the future of Africa. From NPR, Ken Rudin on the Republican Party after Bush.
From Arion, Camille Paglia on Feminism Past and Present: Ideology, Action, and Reform; and Maria Rybakova on two genders of the soul regarding the love of God. From The Futurist, a review of Futurecast: How Superpowers, Populations, and Globalization Will Change the Way You Live and Work by Robert J. Shapiro; where's my flying car? An interview with Paul Moller; and a series of interviews on the future of ocean habitation. Still the Border State: Maryland remains unclassifiable, even as the rest of the country gets split into easy divisions. A review of Taking on the Pledge of Allegiance: The Media and Michael Newdow's Constitutional Challenge by Ronald Bishop. Counting how votes count: A rational person will vote, economists show, as an act of altruism. Why Wall Street will prevail: Things are bad now, but the world will never out-finance us (and more). Cass Sunstein reviews Leaderless Jihad: Terror Networks in the Twenty-First Century by Marc Sageman. From Big Think, Cliff Schorer on the problems with tax incentives. From Dark Roasted Blend, an article on castles that will inspire and haunt you. From Strange Maps, an article on the forgotten Kingdom of Araucania-Patagonia. A hundred little Napoleons: Is anyone in charge in today's nonpolar world? Why dogs don't enjoy music: Human neurons are extraordinarily sensitive to changes in pitch.
From Air & Space Power Journal, Benjamin Armstrong (USN): Reaching Translational Lift: The History of the Helicopter and Lessons for 21st Century Technology' and a review of I Want You! The Evolution of the All-Volunteer Force by Bernard D. Rostker. From Evolutionary Psychology, Saul L. Miller and Jon K. Maner (FSU): Coping with Romantic Betrayal: Sex Differences in Responses to Partner Infidelity; Emily A. Stone (Utah), Todd K. Shackelford (FAU) and David Buss (UT-Austin): Socioeconomic Development and Shifts in Mate Preferences; Maryanne Fisher (St. Mary’s), Martin Voracek (Vienna) P. Vivien Rekkas (Toronto) and Anthony Cox (CPC): Sex Differences in Feelings of Guilt Arising from Infidelity; David P. Schmitt (Bradley) and Todd K. Shackelford (FAU): Big Five Traits Related to Short-Term Mating: From Personality to Promiscuity across 46 Nations. From The Minnesota Review, an interview with David Harvey on the geography of accumulation; a review of John McGowan's American Liberalism: An Interpretation for Our Time and Paul Smith's Primitive America: The Ideology of Capitalism and Democracy; and a review of Walter Benn Michaels' The Trouble with Diversity. Publish and be wrong: One group of researchers thinks headline-grabbing scientific reports are the most likely to turn out to be wrong.