From the Journal of Education & Human Development, Larry Barnes (West Texas A&M): Influences and Challenges of Male Gender Construct; and Ya’arit Bokek-Cohen and Nitza Davidowitz (Ariel): Beauty in the Classroom: Are Female Students Influenced by the Physical Appearance of Their Male Professors? From WSWS, an article on Leon Trotsky's The Revolution Betrayed and the fate of the Soviet Union (and part 2). From Standpoint, a look at why Samantha Power is overrated: Obama's Dublin-born foreign policy adviser doesn't like Israel and may wreck Hillary Clinton's work; and why Charles Krauthammer is underrated: The liberal-turned-neocon has a knack of creating phrases which best describe the moment (and David Womersley on why Terry Eagleton is overrated and Gertrude Himmelfarb on why Lionel Trilling is underrated). Paul Collier reviews The Life You Can Save: Acting Now to End World Poverty by Peter Singer (and an interview, and another; and more and more and more and more). What next: Here are 10 ideas changing the world right now. From Utne, reeling on the Right: A liberal-bashing film festival puts this conservative critic to sleep; and conservative cyclists transcend cultural stereotypes: Can’t we all just go for a bike ride? A review of The Huffington Post Complete Guide to Blogging. Parlez vous Globish? Probably, even if you don't know it.
Nancy Fraser (New School): Feminism, Capitalism, and the Cunning of History (doc). From M/C Journal, a special issue on The Revenge of the Still. From TNR, Jonathan Chait on why the Democrats can't govern: Look who's killing Obama's agenda now; let's leave ideology aside for a moment: Is Congress even equipped to handle Obama's ambitious agenda?; William Galston on why Obama needs to focus his agenda if he wants to avoid Jimmy Carter's fate; and Walter Shapiro on why Americans like Big Government — they just don't really know it yet. The United States already resettles more refugees than any other country, but does it owe a special debt to Iraqis? An interview with Luis Moreno Ocampo, the ICC’s lead prosecutor on the Court’s first arrest warrant for a sitting head of state. From Conversations with History, an interview with Martin Wolf on the causes and consequences of the global economic collapse. A review of Hechinger's Field Guide to Ethnic Stereotypes by Curtis and Kevin Hechinger. From PopMatters, one two three excerpts from Apocalypse Jukebox: The End of the World in American Popular Music by Edward Whitelock and David Janssen. Thomas Israel Hopkins reviews Pandora in the Congo by Albert Sanchez Pinol. Watching a mixed-martial-arts event known as the Ultimate Fighting Championship is a sick but seductive experience.
From Cosmos and History, a special issue on "What is Life", including an introduction, Andrew Taggart (Wisconsin): Unbounded Naturalism; Helena N. Knyazeva (RAS): The Riddle of a Human Being: A Human Singularity of Co-evolutionary Processes; Tim Themi (Deakin): How Lacan's Ethics Might Improve Our Understanding of Nietzsche's Critique of Platonism: The Neurosis and Nihilism of a "Life" Against Life; Michael Zimmerman (Colorado): The Singularity: A Crucial Phase in Divine Self-Actualization?; Suzi Adams (Monash): Towards a Post-Phenomenology of Life: Castoriadis' Naturphilosophie; and Murray Code (Guelph): Life, Thought, and Morality: Or, Does Matter Really Matter? A new possibility of life: In their efforts of marketing and conversion, both globalization and the religious are forms of total war disguised as peace. Barbie Latza Nadeau goes behind the co-ed murder scandal. Is it better to get a Pulitzer or the Booker, and does a prize from Barnes & Noble mean more than a Nobel? As cities go from two papers to one, there's talk of zero. Ivars Peterson on rock-paper-scissors for winners. When libertarians cry: Has Pajamas Media betrayed its original mission by going MSM? From PopMatters, a review of a new edition of The Joy of Sex; and it’s only against the red light of "Dirrtiness" that the chastity movement could ever have struck us as fresh.
From Ethics & International Affairs, a roundtable: "Can Democracies Go It Alone?"; a review of Multicultural Odysseys: Navigating the New International Politics of Diversity by Will Kymlicka; a review of The Moral Force of Indigenous Politics: Critical Liberalism and the Zapatistas by Courtney Jung; a review of Democracy Across Borders: From Demos to Demoi by James Bohman; and a review of The End of the West? Crisis and Change in the Atlantic Order. From Culture, an essay on forgetting the obvious: Relearning old lessons from The Great Transformation by Karl Polanyi; and you’ve heard plenty about the financial crisis from the economic and political perspectives — what about the financial crisis as a cultural crisis? The end of universal rationality: An interview with Yochai Benkler, author of The Wealth of Networks: How Social Production Transforms Markets and Freedom. Relax, rich people: Obama's budget is now in play in Congress, and critics are crying "socialism", but the new taxes are hardly radical. How does the Internet shape the informal process of discussion–public discourse? Joshua Cohen investigates. From McSweeney's, here are selected personals from the American Psychiatric Association's dating website. From Cracked, here are the true stories behind 5 famous WTF images. Here are 20 things you didn't know about time.
From New Statesman, a special issue on 1989: The year of the crowd. From Standpoint, how I rewrote Polish history: Adam Zamoyski on how Poland used to be written off as a failed state, but it has survived Nazism and communism to become a model for Europe; and from Treblinka to Tannenberg, a tour through Eastern Poland uncovers the wreckage of German military might. Few regions have been hit harder by the financial crisis than Eastern Europe, with its exposed economies and young democracies; here are five of the region’s worst basket cases. Stefan Wagstyl on how to annoy someone from central or eastern Europe. From TNR, Danielle Allen reviews Democracy and Knowledge: Innovation and Learning in Classical Athens by Josiah Ober; and a review of Augustine and the Jews: A Christian Defense of Jews and Judaism by Paula Fredriksen. A review of Judaism in Biological Perspective: Biblical Lore and Judaic Practices. Colin Fleming reviews The Selected Works of T. S. Spivet by Reif Larsen. From New Scientist, a special section on Tactile Illusions: Seven ways to fool your sense of touch. Terror begins at home: Right-wing militias make handy scapegoats for Democratic presidents. Though the Bacardi distillery is now in Puerto Rico, the family company was Cuban for nearly a century, and the Bacardi family is thinking about making rum there again.
Eric Crampton (Canterbury): Political Ignorance and Policy Preference. From Policy Options, Jeremy Kinsman on the eternal Russian question. From FP, Moises Naim on 3 myths about Venezuela and why the oil crash won’t keep Chavez up at night; and an interview with former Brazilian president Fernando Henrique Cardoso on the U.S. war on drugs. Eric Werker on how globalization's losers win. From Vanity Fair, along with millions of jobs and 401(k)s, the concept of a shared national ideal is said to be dying — but is the American Dream really endangered, or has it simply been misplaced? The secret history of Bear Stearns' collapse: An excerpt from William Cohan's House of Cards: A Tale of Hubris and Wretched Excess on Wall Street. An interview with Nick Montfort on Atari and the deep history of video games. A case for American Dynasties: Sometimes, bestowing power on a family name makes sense. Mad and madder: Nicholas Lemann on what anger doesn’t solve. From Magazine Rack, on the battle of the women's service mags: Good Housekeeping vs. Ladies' Home Journal. From The New Criterion, Christophobia on the march: A review of Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization; Anthony Daniels is Boxing with Mailer: On the ignoble science of boxing's hangers-on; and more on The Future of Liberalism by Alan Wolfe (and more).
From a conference at the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, Badiou, Eagleton, Hallward, Hardt, Nancy, Ranciere, Vattimo, and Zizek debate the Idea of Communism (and more). Totaled: Matt Bai on how DC could really save GM. Are we living in an age of sexual freedom, or are women more confused and unfulfilled than ever? An interview with Ira Lit, author of The Bus Kids: Children's Experiences with Voluntary Desegregation. From Cafe Babel, an interview with Richard Dawkins: "There is something illogical about the fear of death"; and is Benedict XVI stuck in the Middle Ages? A simple idea help make the world a better place: Children should be encouraged to find answers purely using logic. From guts to glory: It sounds miraculous — a machine to convert waste into oil, but the road to profitability has been paved with many problems and turkey carcasses. Real sex ed returns — but will Democrats axe abstinence-only? Discussing Hannah Arendt and the Viet Nam war, Cathy Caruth shows that images produced to justify war have a long tradition in the US. More on The Gamble by Thomas E Ricks. Roger Scruton on the New Humanism. From The New Yorker, Anthony Gottlieb reviews The House of Wittgenstein: A Family at War by Alexander Waugh (and more; and more from Bookforum); and birds, bees, fish: Ben McGrath on Isabella Rossellini and animal sex.
Yannis A. Stivachtis (VPI): Anti-Americanism in World Affairs: Can the United States Do Anything About It? From Doublethink, an article on the misunderstood philosophy of abstinence education; and an article on the black presidents before Obama. Wall Street isn't the only place with a fearful lack of understanding these days; whether it's horror in Hollywood or Mumbai, the digital era has become boxed in to the unknown. An excerpt from The Wreck of Western Culture: Humanism Revisited. From Eurozine, does press freedom entail an unlimited right to information on behalf of the public? When that information concerns victims of violence, the answer is no; a district court in Belarus orders that a recent issue of the journal Arche be destroyed; and faced with public funding cuts, the editors of Esprit write an open letter defending the role of generalist cultural journals. From Reason, a review of Invisible Hands: The Making of the Conservative Movement from the New Deal to Reagan by Kim Phillips-Fein and The Conservative Century: From Reaction to Revolution by Gregory L. Schneider. Balancing banks: James Surowiecki on the aims of the Geithner plan. From Metapsychology, a review of Mental Causation: The Mind-Body Problem by Anthony Dardis; and a review of A Mind of Its Own: How Your Brain Distorts and Deceives by Cordelia Fine.
From The Atlantic, former chief economist of the International Monetary Fund Simon Johnson on The Quiet Coup: The finance industry has effectively captured our government — a state of affairs that more typically describes emerging markets, and is at the center of many emerging-market crises (and an interview at TPM). The bubble next time: Daniel Gross on regulations that will stop us from acting crazy next time there's an irrational boom. From Newsweek, Paul Krugman has emerged as Obama's toughest liberal critic; he's deeply skeptical of the bank bailout and pessimistic about the economy. From TNR, Richard Posner reviews Animal Spirits: How Human Psychology Drives the Economy, and Why It Matters for Global Capitalism by George A. Akerlof and Robert Shiller (and more and more and more and more and more). From The New York Times Magazine, hell nay, we won’t pay! The arcane, obsessive and, well, way-way-out-there arguments (and characters) of the tax-denial movement; and the civil heretic: How did Freeman Dyson, the world-renowned scientist and public intellectual, wind up opposing those who care most about global warming? Jed Lipinski reviews Unplugging Philco by Jim Knipfel. Syria Calling: Can Washington broker new negotiations? Seymour M. Hersh investigates. An interview with Amy Goodman of "Democracy Now!"
From Finance and Development, a special issue on reshaping the global economy, including a profile of Nouriel Roubini; and back to basics: what exactly is a recession and why do they happen? Travis Sharp on the worst kind of stimulus: Why a global weapons boom is the last thing we need. From Words Without Borders, a special issue on Greece. An interview with Alan Moore on superheroes, The League, and making magic. How to Twitter: The social rules and tips for gaining "followers"; why opinionated people win. The first chapter from Paying the Human Costs of War: American Public Opinion and Casualties in Military Conflicts by Christopher Gelpi, Peter D. Feaver and Jason Reifler. John Derbyshire reviews Steve Sailer's America’s Half-Blood Prince: Barack Obama’s “Story of Race and Inheritance”. Christopher Ruddy's conservative media empire is booming — can it save the Republican party? Memo to those faking their own deaths: Don’t write your own obituary, too. Eric Banks on Eudora Welty, whose 100th birthday takes place in April. Is taxing the super rich a waste of time? Chris Hedges on how we are breeding ourselves to extinction. From Boston Review, Martha Nussbaum on Islamic liberalism under fire in India; and John Bowen on "recognizing sharia" in England. A review of Crossed Swords: Pakistan, Its Army, and the Wars Within by Shuja Nawaz.