From Esquire, former defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld has always answered his detractors by claiming that history will one day judge him kindly, but what are the critics saying?; and Thomas PM Barnett on seven reasons why Obama's nuke-free utopia won't work. From Haaretz, a look at how think tank researchers, funded by US neocons, are now carving Israeli policy. From Lost, Simon Critchley on the death of Pythagoras — if he ever lived. A review of Deconstructing the Republic: Voting Rights, the Supreme Court, and the Founders’ Republicanism Reconsidered by Anthony A. Peacock (and more and more and more and more and more on the Voting Rights Act). From Newsweek, an interview with Portfolio's Joanne Lipman on her magazine's failure, the future of the industry and what's she plans on doing next; and can anything save magazines? Why higher cover and subscription prices might work. From New Matilda, an article on PJ O'Rourke and the gift of right wing humour. Kick Grant off the $50 bill: Let’s replace him with Frederick Douglass, an American who shows our best side. From Good, a special issue on transportation: Visionary ideas for the coming transportation revolution. Gun control without gun laws: How Obama can use government procurement regulations to limit gun violence.
A new issue of the International Journal of Conflict and Violence is out: "Is a General Theory of Violence Possible?" From Edge, Nathan Wolfe on how to prevent a pandemic. Rebel Yelp: The replacement for newspapers isn’t Craigslist; it’s local social media. From Popular Science, is scientific ignorance environmental bliss? From The New Yorker, a review of Bad Girls Go Everywhere: The Life of Helen Gurley Brown by Jennifer Scanlon. Simon Schama on America’s phobia of banks: In his mistrust of paper currency Andrew Jackson tapped into a pulsing vein of American insecurity about the moral character of money. Andrew Leonard on how obscene Wall Street salaries are proof of market failure. One nation, seven sins: Geographers measure propensity for evil in states, counties. From Utne, an aticle on the mountain that eats men: A descent into Bolivia’s dark heart. Joe McCulloch reviews A Drifting Life by Yoshihiro Tatsumi. Homer Simpson goes to mosque: A review of Richard Poplak's The Sheikh's Batmobile: In Pursuit of American Pop Culture in the Muslim World. From The Indypendent, an interview with George Galloway. Get Solvent Fast: When the economy hands infomercial hucksters lemons, they make limeaid. The End of Personal Finance: Decades of advice turn out to be so much garbage.
From Moment, Adam Rovner on Madagascar: An Almost Jewish Homeland; Eric Alterman on the “pro-Israel” smear campaign; Clifford May on a world without Jews; David Frum on Netanyahu, the right leader for the right time; can Israel's electoral system be fixed?; and an interview with Peter Singer, author of The Life You Can Save: Acting Now to End World Poverty. From the Jewish Literary Supplement, and what book changed your life? Four notable Jewish writers on the books that affected them most. Why we can't get enough of Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert and Bill Maher: An excerpt from Satire TV: Politics and Comedy in the Post-Network Era. A review of The Existentialism of Jean-Paul Sartre by Jonathan Webber. How Beethoven killed Black classical music: Rita Dove’s gorgeously engaging Sonata Mulattica weaves the narrative of a black virtuoso all but erased from musical history. A review of Blokes: The Bad Boys of British Literature by David Castronovo. There's no Klingon word for hello: A history of the gruff but surprisingly sophisticated invented language and the people who speak it (and more). From The Center for Public Integrity, a special report on The Roots of the Financial Crisis: Who Is to Blame? Michael Lewis reviews Becoming Bucky Fuller by Loretta Lorance.
Aaron T. Goetz (CSU-Fullerton) and Kayla Causey (FAU): Sex Differences in Perceptions of Infidelity: Men Often Assume the Worst. Where have all the loose women gone? The days of Sex and the City's influence are long gone. Dear God, stop brainwashing children: Worship is forced on 99 per cent of children without even asking what they think. From Econ Journal Watch, an article on Adam Smith’s invisible hand — is that all there is? Gavin Kennedy argues that it was just a casual metaphor; and do economists believe American democracy is working? Robert Skidelsky on the treason of the economists. Dean Baker on why economists should learn arithmetic. Should people just ignore economists? From Tradition, Family and Property, Plinio Correa de Oliveira on the beauty of life in social relationships. From TAP, the president can name the most agreeable of moderates as his Supreme Court nominee, and Senate Republicans will still put up a fight (and more); and unfortunately for the GOP, taxation isn't quite the problem they imagine it to be. From Time, a cover story on Republicans in Distress: Is the Party over? What sort of psychological bent would lead people to want to be part of a dead-end political party like the GOP? Exiled is locked 'n loaded for the coming Obama-lypse.
From The Atlantic, in a restored edition of a great classic, sexual anxiety looms large: Christopher Hitchens reviews A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway; fashion in dark times: As the ever-frivolous industry enters a new era, customers are thinking more — a prospect that thrills the best designers; and do CEOs matter? Apple’s stock rises and falls with the faintest rumors about Steve Jobs's health — but how much influence do CEOs really have? Vive la difference: The French way of doing things looks pretty good — at least in these troubled economic times. Ruthless pragmatism: It sends shivers up the spine — but what does it mean, really, to have a "pragmatic" president? From Wired, a look at how gadgets lose their magic. Why has classical music failed to flourish in Ireland, where writers could hardly be more musical? A review of Music and the Irish Literary Imagination by Harry White. From TLS, a review of Seven Days in the Art World by Sarah Thornton (and more from Bookforum). From THES, Felipe Fernandez-Armesto salutes the US military's intellectual proving ground. An article on Alvin Goldman and social epistemology, a field in the making. Penguin’s new series of travelogues is rooted in a semi-mythical vision of rural Britain, and overlooks the cities and suburbs where most of us actually live.
From Esprit, before we ask the question of a social Europe, a legal solution to the co-existence of social Europes (in the plural) must be attempted. From Social Europe, the dawn of a new era: An article on social democracy after the financial crisis. A review of Europe Between the Oceans: 9000 BC to AD 1000 by Barry Cunliffe (and more and more and an excerpt). Death in the Mediterranean: An article on the tragedy of Europe's boat people. We have the world's largest navy, they have speedboats and machine guns — what now? David Mulcahey reviews Nice Work if You Can Get It: Life and Labor in Precarious Times by Andrew Ross. A review of Thinking of Others: On the Talent for Metaphor by Ted Cohen. A review of Unsettled Minds: Psychology and the American Search for Spiritual Assurance, 1830-1940 by Christopher G. White. A review of The Lives of Ants by Laurent Keller and Elisabeth Gordon. The Good Fight: A look at one man's search for tai chi as martial art. Jessica Valenti on Laura Kipnis' Against Love: A Polemic: If monogamous love limits women, then perhaps feminism is the adultery of social norms (and more and more). An interview with Dossie Easton, co-author of The Ethical Slut: A Practical Guide to Polyamory, Open Relationships and Other Adventures.
From The Global Spiral, William C. Chittick (Stony Brook): The Recovery of Human Nature; and an excerpt from John Lukacs's Last Rites. Make us look pretty: Bring the stimulus money to the little people by creating a Minister of Aesthetics. A review of The Euro: The Politics of the New Global Currency by David Marsh (and more and more). An interview with Mara Altman, author of Thanks for Coming: One Young Woman's Quest for an Orgasm. Vibrato Wars: Elgar, served neat and unshaken, stirs up the Brits. Handel, that powerhouse of Baroque music, has become a 21st-century superstar. From TLS, a review of Donald Brackett's Dark Mirror: The pathology of the singer-songwriter, and Johnson Bruce and Martin Cloonan's Dark Side of the Tune: Popular music and violence. A review of Dom Phillips' Superstar DJs Here We Go! From New York, here's a history of white people in rap. From New Statesman, a review of Celebrity: How Entertainers Took Over the World and Why We Need an Exit Strategy by Marina Hyde; and a look at how celebrities saved, then killed, the book trade. An interview with Eric Toussaint on how the socialist project has been betrayed and must be reinvented in the 21st century. The Talking Cure: Discussion of swine flu may have been hysterical, but it was necessary.
From Physics World, physicists are bringing new ideas and methodologies to the science of economics; the publish-or-perish ethic too often favours a narrow and conservative approach to scientific innovation, pushing revolutionary ideas to the margins; writing about physics for the public involves more than just translating complex scientific ideas into simple language; and a look at the Evil Mad Scientist Project. The truth is out there, and the nation's maddest scientists are after it. The Machinery of Hopelessness: Capitalism is crumbling and we are in urgent need of a paradigm shift, but are we prepared to imagine an alternative? A 1294 credit crunch bears remarkable parallels with the current crisis. E is for Elephant, J is for Jackass: An article on the role of politics in education. The Earth simply can't continue to support democratic breeding habits. When 50 is too old: How to get more experienced justices on the Supreme Court. A review of Medical Research for Hire: The Political Economy of Pharmaceutical Clinical Trials by Jill A. Fisher. What would the Middle East look like if Iran gets the bomb? Island of Bad Blood: Rastafarians find themselves at the bottom of Jamaica's pecking order because their skin is darker than most. A review of The Imperial Map: Cartography and the Mastery of Empire.
A new issue of Law & Society Review is now online. From TNR, a review of Classical Chinese Poetry: An Anthology and Du Fu: A Life in Poetry; a review of Valkyrie: The Story Of The Plot To Kill Hitler, By Its Last Member by Philipp Freiherr von Boeselager; and why how Obama talks is more interesting than how Michael Steele tries to. The Careful Exaggerator: How Obama balances his rhetoric to fit the situation. Meet the editors of Double X: Why another women's magazine? (and more and more). Christopher Buckely, author of 14 books, reflects on his relationship with his parents (and a review of Losing Mum and Pup and more and more and more). Chris Matthews on the Buckley Mystique. DIY Nation: How to start your own country (and three experts offer advice). Reader comments are a key part of online journalism — so why do they mostly disappoint? From The Rumpus, Steve Hely, "the world’s foremost consultant", on the future of publishing. Do conservatives understand torture? Conservatives don't actually support torture, they just think it's a useful tool — too bad they're wrong. Dahlia Lithwick on the GOP's misguided and confused campaign against judicial empathy. Some morals are simple; dark morals, not so. Master Baiter: Paul Kinsella is reeling in West African e-mail hucksters one scammer at a time.
From Cato Unbound, a review of Larry Lessig’s Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace. A tragedy's second act: Did Col. Henry Rathbone's agony as an eyewitness to the Lincoln assassination lead him to murder his wife 18 years later? Chris Rasmussen reviews Seaway to the Future: American Social Visions and the Construction of the Panama Canal by Alexander Missal and The Canal Builders: Making America’s Empire at the Panama Canal by Julie Greene. A review of The Uses and Abuses of History by Margaret Macmillan (and more and more). A Subversive on a Hill: What sort of power is the United States? From Scientific American, a special section on the science of beauty; and a special section on the science of our food. Justin Frank, author of Bush on the Couch: Inside the Mind of the President, on why Obama is in denial about torture prosecution. Who blames the Jews? An article on anti-Semitism and the economic crisis. What makes baseball boring? An article on the unexamined essence of a slow sport. Clive James on why poetry will never leave us: We might have a job defining what exactly the poet laureate does, but that doesn't diminish her importance. Why we read: Writers share their stories of what drew them into the pages of books and the escapes, surprises and solace they find there.