From The Chronicle, look ahead in anger: Sasha Abramsky on how hyperbolic rhetoric threatens to swamp our politics; hey, wait a minute: David P. Barash on the biological roots of today's anger; and anger and security: Elaine Tyler May on how the cold war ended the notion of public good. Raggare: An article on Sweden’s redneck greaser subculture. What does political philosophy have to say about the banning of the burka? Martha Nussbaum investigates. A review of The New Vichy Syndrome: Why European Intellectuals Surrender to Barbarism by Theodore Dalrymple. A look at why the post office is better run than you think. The introduction to Life among the Anthros and Other Essays by Clifford Geertz. Inside the risky world of drug-trial "guinea pigs": Human volunteers in university research may not realize the dangers they face. Why don’t teenage girls swoon for middle-aged billionaires? From Geocurrent Events, an article on Panama: Economic growth, free trade, and indigenous peoples. Greed and vanity reliably trump reason on the American scene, and so the current dust-up over the Ambassador Bridge, which links Detroit and Windsor, Ontario, has the point of the bridge-selling parable precisely backwards. Can a black-white performance gap be hereditary but not racial? How facts backfire: Researchers discover a surprising threat to democracy — our brains.
Phillip Vannini (Royal Roads), Godfrey Baldacchino (UPEI), Lorraine Guay, Stephen A. Royle (QUB), and Philip E. Steinberg (FSU): Recontinentalizing Canada: Arctic Ice’s Liquid Modernity and the Imagining of a Canadian Archipelago. A review of Polar Imperative: A History of Arctic Sovereignty in North America by Shelagh D. Grant. From The New York Review of Magazines, a profile of The Walrus. From The Walrus, two articles on hockey; the unrepentant whore: How Jamie Lee Hamilton changed the way we look at Canada’s underclass; teen angst, RIP: There’s something disturbing about the overwhelming happiness of Canada’s teenagers; and does banning alcohol in First Nations communities address the real cause of problem drinking? From Inroads, the Canadian Journal of Opinion, a special section on the Quebec economy; and a review of True Patriot Love: Four Generations in Search of Canada by Michael Ignatieff. The Enemy Inside: Is the Canadian military prepared for the mental health consequences of our deadliest conflict since the Second World War? At 100 million people, three times its current population, Canada is among the most consequential countries on Earth. More on Marci McDonald’s The Armageddon Factor: The Rise of Christian Nationalism in Canada. The Long Decline: Canada used to have a vibrant critical culture — what happened? If we build "walkable" neighborhoods, will people walk? The Canadian Century: What the United States could learn from its northern neighbor. Toronto 18, the terror cell that changed Canada: How a group of suburban teens became Canada's post-9/11 homegrown terror cell. (N)O Canada: Is our national anthem worthy of true patriot love?
From Ethics & Global Politics, a special issue on One World, Many Worlds, including Antonino Palumbo (Palermo): Patriotism and Pluralism: Identification and Compliance in the Post-national Polity; and a review of Global Justice: A Cosmopolitan Account by Gillian Brock. Alice Gadler (Trento): The Protection of Peacekeepers and International Criminal Law: Legal Challenges and Broader Protection. Marlene Wind (Copenhagen): Challenging Sovereignty? The USA and the Establishment of the International Criminal Court. From The Economist, at its forthcoming review, the International Criminal Court has things to celebrate, things to improve and pitfalls to avoid; and arguing over the legal meaning of aggression could undermine the ICC’s achievements. The International Criminal Court has finally drafted a law against aggression — the challenge is to temper justice with prudence. Justice vs. Impunity: A permanent International Criminal Court must also become a universal one. Making good on Nuremberg: At the International Criminal Court Review Conference in Uganda, lessons from the Nazi trials are a major theme. A review of The Degradation of the International Legal Order? The Rehabilitation of Law and the Possibility of Politics by Bill Bowring. A review of World Order: Vision and Reality by Hans Kochler. A review of Ruling the World?: Constitutionalism, International Law, and Global Governance. A look at the 10 worst U.N. Security Council resolutions ever. From Irish Left Review, Justin Frewen on state-building and the UN. Splintered solidarity has put global governance in a spin: Politics has turned local again, and markets remain the masters. From Ethics & International Affairs, a review of The Global Commonwealth of Citizens: Toward Cosmopolitan Democracy by Daniele Archibugi (and more).
Manuel Arias-Maldonado (Malaga): Democracy in a Risk Society? From Qualitative Sociology Review, D. Mark Austin (Louisville): Ritual and Boundary Distinction in a Recreational Community: A Case Study of Motorcycle Rallies and Riders; a review of The Discourse of Politics in Action: Politics as Usual by Ruth Wodak; and a review of More Than Just Race: Being Black and Poor in the Inner City by William Julius Wilson. From Culture Unbound, a special section on City of Signs/Signs of the City. If suicide is always bad for society, and “choosing life” is always better for society, then suicide should always be discouraged — but is that really the case? (and a response). Should a "scientific" meeting attempt to address questions of faith, and if so, what's the best way to do it? More on The Facebook Effect by David Kirkpatrick. More on Eaarth by Bill McKibben. There’s no denying he has a thing for the unneutered chow down the street: Could you dog be gay? The high cost of free parks: Do public-private partnerships save parks or exploit them? Nixon’s Nose: In Maoist China, a political prisoner feels his way through a Kafkaesque tableau of rumors, betrayal, interrogation, and execution. From The National, an article on Tony Allen, the true owner of Afrobeat. America's slow embrace of world music: African and Afro-Caribbean music are edging their way into the American consciousness. The United States is just the 85th most peaceful nation on earth, according to the fourth annual Global Peace Index. A review of Cold War Kitchen: Americanization, Technology and European Users. Friedrich von Hayek’s The Road to Serfdom, lately embraced by Glenn Beck, has a long history of timely assists from the popular media.
From The New York Review of Magazines, photographs that used to appear in Life magazine have a home on the web; Suzanne Weinstock goes inside the mind and work of magazine artist Fred Harper; only three issues in, Love has been busy trashing the traditional glossy model by putting fat chicks and unknowns on its covers — and porn stars and Q&As about lesbianism in its pages; for Fast Company, the premise is simple — we’re the coolest business magazine you’ll ever read. The Caravan flaunts what magazines do best — exquisitely worded narrative features that draw readers in and can keep them engaged over a cup of tea; let’s face it, Denver is not known for its reportorial chops — 5280 magazine, however, may be changing that; and Vibe is back form the dead. Slake magazine, a new journal from Laurie Ochoa and Joe Donnelly, formerly of LA Weekly, considers its mission the return of long-form journalism. A look at how Time and Life magazines helped turn America on to LSD. Time magazine, the last of the big newsweeklies, puts up a paywall. Saint Sarah Palin? The dying Newsweek goes for the lowest common denominator. Mr. Magazine celebrates the new blood of the magazine industry: 25 Notable New Magazines from the last 25 Years. If the term “open source” has defined many online publishing efforts in recent years, “cloud computing” may dominate the next several years. Notes from the underground: Mixing DIY ethics, rock'n'roll and searing new writing, a fresh breed of literary magazines is breathing life into the publishing industry. What kind of online editor are you? Questex classifies where its editors do well online — and where they don’t.
Bruce Cameron (Regent): Labor Unions and Workers' Rites. Dilek Kececi (Mersin): Satan as the Machiavellian Hero in Paradise Lost. From Limina, Carol Hoggart (UWA): A Layered Landscape: How the Family Sagas Mapped Medieval Iceland; and Nicholas Blake (ANU): Simmel, Heidegger and the Present Now. An interview with Nassim Nicholas Taleb. The Medium is the Medium: The Internet culture has yet to incorporate the literary culture of traditional bookish learning. Bright Green: A look at the lifecycle of the Post-it note, concrete and toothpaste. From TLS, a review of The World That Never Was: A True Story of Dreamers, Schemers, Anarchists, and Secret Agents by Alex Butterworth. A runner’s survival story sets a course for active-lifestyle journalism online. A review of Hotel: An American History by A. K. Sandoval-Strausz. The Internet’s best media provocateur: Michael Wolff continues to draw scorn from the High Ambassadors of journalism; he doesn’t care what anyone thinks about him (and more). Meet citizen science’s answer to match.com: Scienceforcitizens.net seeks to hook researchers up with members of the general public who want to volunteer for duty in the scientific process. Why do we need Lilith Fair anymore? The Scent of a Man: The subtlety of previous manly scents has been replaced with an overt stench — the rank smell of chemical machismo. What's a little marriage fraud between amigos? It's a felony, sure, but in the absence of real immigration reform, some young, assimilated illegal immigrants see it as their best path to citizenship. A review of The End of the Free Market: Who Wins the War Between States and Corporations? by Ian Bremmer. Check out See the Invisible Hand, connecting Marginal Revolution to Modern Principles of Economics.
Scott Woodcock (Victoria): When Will Your Consequentialist Friend Abandon You for the Greater Good? Emrys Westacott asks a probing question. David S. Oderberg (Reading): Why I am not a Consequentialist. Rouven J. Steeves (USAFA): Deadly Nothingness: A Meditation on Evil. Alan Wolfe reviews On Evil by Terry Eagleton. A review of Dick Bernstein's Radical Evil: A Philosophical Interrogation. A review of The Abuse of Evil: The Corruption of Politics and Religion since 9/11 by Richard J. Bernstein. Enigma of the Will: G.T. Roche on Sade’s psychology of evil. A review of The Apologetics of Evil: The Case of Iago by Richard Raatzsch. A review of Law and Evil: Philosophy, Politics, Psychoanalysis. James Schall on how philosophical reasoning must deal with those "who become extremely wicked". Is the pope a philosopher? For Benedict, relativism is the root of all evil, a force tending towards chaos and destruction. A new solution to the problem of evil: A psychological paper which claims to explain the religious account of evil is troublingly simplistic. Edward Feser on why Judeo-Christianity is necessary for human rights. Reading Philosophy in Tehran: Ramin Jahanbegloo on how tyranny makes philosophy more necessary. Does surveillance make us morally better? The roots of moral courage: Why do some people risk their lives to help others? Simon Blackburn reviews of Would You Eat your Cat? Key Ethical Conundrums and What They Tell You about Yourself by Jeremy Stangroom. Philosophers are helping doctors with dilemmas over life-and-death decisions. Counsel of despair: Julian Baggini assesses the mental health of philosophical counselling. Perennial philosophy: Is there an eternal truth that we keep on discovering — whether it's a "divine reality" or something better formulated in another way?
Yvonne Terlingen (AI): The United States and the UN's Targeted Sanctions of Suspected Terrorists: What Role for Human Rights? From PS: Political Science & Politics, a special issue on terrorism and human rights (and more). From Ctheory, Carl Kandutsch on mechanisms of power in the age of terrorism. A review of How Terrorism Ends: Understanding the Decline and Demise of Terrorist Campaigns by Audrey Kurth Cronin. The idea of "unlawful combatancy": A review of The Trouble with Terror: Liberty, Security, and the Response to Terrorism by Tamar Meisels; Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism: Ethics and Liberal Democracy by Seumas Miller; and The Provisional Irish Republican Army and the Morality of Terrorism by Timothy Shanahan. What do you learn at terrorist training camp? Some marksmanship, maybe bomb-making, and a whole lot of indoctrination. Robert Wright on the myth of modern jihad. The case for calling them nitwits: Most terrorists are bungling fools — spread the word. A review of Terrorism: The Self-Fulfilling Prophecy by Joseba Zulaika. A look at the economic cost of harboring terrorism. Bank Shot: Nine years after 9/11, getting between extremist groups and their funding remains an uphill struggle. A review of Will Terrorists Go Nuclear? by Brian Michael Jenkins. No Martyr Left Behind: An article on "When Heads Roll: Assessing the Effectiveness of Leadership Decapitation" by Jenna Jordan. As the U.S. struggles to manage its efforts to influence opinion about Al Qaeda abroad, Al Qaeda on the Arabian Peninsula has produced its first English-language propaganda magazine (and more). Is Al Qaeda now just a brand? Islamic terrorism may not have an obvious bad guy any more.
Christopher J. Coyne and Matt E. Ryan (WVU): With Friends Like These, Who Needs Enemies? Aiding the World's Worst Dictators. From Poroi, a special issue on the rhetoric of science and technology, including Rebecca Scott (Queen's): Meat My Hero: “I Have a Dream” of Living Language in the Work of Donna Haraway, Or, Ride ‘Em Cowboy!; and Hamilton Bean (Colorado): Foucault’s Rhetorical Theory and U.S. Intelligence Affairs. From MIT Sloan Management Review, an article on how to save your brand in the face of crisis: Choosing the best response can spell the difference between a brand’s survival — even enhancement — and its irreversible tarnishing; an interview with Andrew McAfee, author of Enterprise 2.0, on putting the science in management science; and an interview with Julian Birkinshaw, author of Reinventing Management. If you don’t understand evolutionary biology, don’t write a book about it! A review of Bugs and the Victorians by John F. Mcdiarmid Clark. Gay Marriage Foes: The National Organization for Marriage was on a roll — until it wedded its campaign to a multistate legal effort to keep its donors secret. An interview with Philip Mead, author of Networked Language: Culture and History in Australian Poetry. From Standpoint, can the Atlantic coalition hold? William Kristol, Tim Montgomerie, and Daniel Johnson debate; and Berlin suited Vladimir Nabokov until the Nazis, like the Bolsheviks before them, drove him into a second exile. A review of Nancy Fraser's Scales of Justice: Reimagining Political Space in a Globalizing World. Techspeak and the abuse of language: While the doomsday plot of the Terminator movies — what can happen when human decisions are wholly entrusted to computers — we are perhaps formulating the dangers of technology in the wrong way.
A review of The Citizen Machine: Governing by Television in 1950s America by Anna McCarthy. On Brick Lane: Are Jews the model immigrants? How America's stance on "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and the death penalty stacks up against the world. Jennifer Lee and Frank Bean on their book The Diversity Paradox: Immigration and the Color Line in Twenty-First Century America. A review of The Liberty Bell by Gary Nash. How America got its name: The surprising story of an obscure scholar, an adventurer’s letter, and a pun. A Visual History of the American Presidency is filled with entire book's worth of information, in 18 different graphs. A review of The Spirit of the Law: Religious Voices and the Constitution in Modern America by Sarah Barringer Gordon. A review of Prison Writing in 20th Century America. From Christian Century, a review essay on being Muslim in America. Pufendorf, Grotius, and Locke: Who is the real father of America’s founding political ideas? An interview with Brooke Rollins of the Texas Public Policy Foundation on fighting for state sovereignty. A review of Not Fit for Our Society: Immigration and Nativism in America by Peter Schrag. A review of Manifest Destinies: The Making of the Mexican American Race by Laura Gomez. While you can’t deny its historical significance, our flag will inevitably change again; Ken Carbone illustrates the options. Americans lament the partisan venom of today's politics, but for sheer verbal savagery, the founders were in a league of their own. Few things are more American than t-shirts and pissing people off for no reason; combining the two is a long-held national pastime that makes baseball seem about as exciting as sniffing Ben Franklin’s beer farts. A review of Modernizing a Slave Economy: The Economic Vision of the Confederate Nation by John Majewski.