From Cosmos and History, a special issue on the Poetics of Resistance. Cecile Laborde (Princeton): The Danish Cartoon Controversy and the Challenges of Multicultural Politics: A Discussion of The Cartoons That Shook the World. John Wood (NRDC): Separation of Powers Before and After the Seventeenth Amendment. From nthposition, an article on the forgotten conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh. Felix Salmon on the dual-taxation meme. From The New Inquiry, Matt Pearce on Standard Gawker English: Writing to please or writing to persuade? The power that a president does and doesn't have: A president has less power than Obama's liberal critics think — but they also have more power than they realize. Why do parents hand their babies to politicians? Don't feel guilty about browsing the Internet at work — turns out it may actually improve your performance. A review of Reason's Dark Champions: Constructive Strategies of Sophistic Argument by Christopher W. Tindale. Shoplifters of the World Unite: Slavoj Zizek on the meaning of the riots. Juan Cole on the Top Ten Myths about the Libya War. Lessons of the Libyan Endgame: After seven months of war, are the rebels ready to rule and what should the West do to help? Why the US should raise taxes: Peter Bofinger on how the German example shows the way out of the debt crisis. From Boing Boing, Nathan Pensky on Twitter, epigrams, and Alexander Pope. Porn, Piracy, and BitTorrent: The film industry mounts a sketchy legal strategy in response to illegal downloads. Did the stimulus work? A review of the nine best studies on the subject. Jonathan Cohn on that "failed" stimulus. A new book discusses the power and fascination of humiliation; Scott McLemee can't look away. The first chapter from History Man: The Life of R. G. Collingwood by Fred Inglis.


From Themelios, Daniel J. Estes (Cedarville): Fiction and Truth in the Old Testament Wisdom Literature; Robert H. Gundry (Westmont): Pastoral Pensees: The Hopelessness of the Unevangelized; Carl Trueman (WTS): Know Your Limits: The Key Secret of Theological Controversy; and Daniel J. Brendsel (Wheaton): Plots, Themes, and Responsibilities: The Search for a Center of Biblical Theology Reexamined. A review of Baptists through the Centuries: A History of a Global People by David W. Bebbington. Would Easter fly on Middle Earth? A review of The Ring and the Cross: Christianity in the Writings of J.R.R. Tolkien. Michael Werner on why half the people joining churches choose the mega variety. A review of Creation: A Biblical Vision for the Environment by Margaret Barker. From Catapult, how do we know if our lives are too comfortable, and what's the relationship between comfort and justice? A review of The Historical Jesus: Five Views. A lot of Jesus' teaching was intentionally mysterious — was He trying to keep people away? An interview with Vern Sheridan, author of Redeeming Sociology: A God-Centered Approach. From Comment, William Whitney on why "pray more" is not counselling; and faith, work, and beards: Why Abraham Kuyper thinks we need all three. A review of Am I Really a Christian? by Mike McKinley. The Christian sexual ideal, like that of many other religions, has always required abstinence until marriage, but what should I do with my sexuality until then? From Christianity Today, geek theologian: Wired magazine founder Kevin Kelly on the Amish, heaven, and why he doesn't own a smart phone. Christianity shouldn't be cool: Why making faith the "next big thing" misses the mark. Can creedless Unitarians make it another 50 years?


From Eurozine, Adam Michnik calls for an end to the logic of accusation and warns against instrumentalizing the quarrel with communism; Barbara Falk on Central European dissent in historical perspective; and when personal integrity is not enough: Herta Muller and Gabriel Liiceanu discuss language and dissidence. Flying above the economic storm: Germany may be the only European nation that is large enough and rich enough to cover the debts of its struggling neighbors, but its citizens are reluctant to be the source of the bailout. Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, Liechtenstein: Josh Levin tours Europe's small countries. In search of a post-communist future: In search of an answer to what went wrong in the post-communist world after 1989. A look at how the Netherlands created a sustainable fishing industry. From NYRB, Timothy Snyder on toleration and the future of Europe. In the land of Gutenberg, Germans face their digital future: Experts say that German newspapers and magazines are beginning to face the same predicament as their American counterparts. What Hundred Years War? By challenging the very idea of a continuous Anglo-French medieval war Ian Mortimer reveals the remarkable complexities of a series of distinct conflicts that began with a prophecy and ended with an English dynasty seeking the approval of God. Why Belarus' dictator is not fond of applause. Witness to intellectual suicide: A bitter farewell to Cioran on his 100th birthday — Fritz Raddatz on the Romanian philosopher's newly published essays from the 1930s. Ten years ago Portugal legalized all drugs — what happened next? Sin cities: Past and present collide amid the temptations of Rome and Naples. Bones with bling: Paul Koudounaris takes a look at the amazing jewelled skeletons of Europe.


Eoin Carolan (UCD): The Problems with the Theory of the Separation of Powers. Rebecca Gould (Iowa): The Geography of Comparative Literature. Simon Blackburn reviews On What Matters: Volumes I & II by Derek Parfit. A look at why exercise boosts mood. Burning Mistry: Readers should remember that it is often the censor who draws our attention to the hidden virtues of a text. A review of Elixir: A History of Water and Humankind by Brian Fagan. An excerpt from Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict by Erica Chenoweth and Maria J. Stephan (and more). Depression in command: In times of crisis, mentally ill leaders can see what others don't. A review of Third World Protest: Between Home and the World by Rahul Rao. In the absence of true human purpose one can only say this: Health — health can be sickening. A review of 1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created by Charles C. Mann. Jeremy Black predicts population boom could stir up violence. Should beauty be a right? A Brazilian plastic surgeon's "philosophy" raises the question. A look at what caricatures can teach us about facial recognition. Army of Shadows: The myth and reality of "the world’s most dangerous website". Hive of Nerves: To be alive spiritually is to feel the ultimate anxiety of existence within the trivial anxieties of everyday life. A review of The Art of Cruelty: A Reckoning by Maggie Nelson. From New Compass, Jyri Jaakkola on communalism as an evolutionary path. Worried about 2012? Don’t be, says expert Mayanist David Stuart. Privileged Humanity: A look at Dissent, one of our most prominent political journals. The very act of making decisions depletes our ability to make them well, so how do we navigate a world of endless choice? A look at the 8 most famous intellectual feuds of all time.


From Daedalus, William Julius Wilson (Harvard): The Declining Significance of Race: Revisited and Revised; Jennifer Hochschild (Harvard), Vesla Weaver (Virginia), and Traci Burch (Northwestern): Destabilizing the American Racial Order; Douglas S. Massey (Princeton): The Past and Future of American Civil Rights; Philip A. Klinker (Hamilton): Challenging History: Barack Obama and American Racial Politics; Daniel Sabbagh (CNRS): Affirmative Action: The U.S. Experience in Comparative Perspective; Richard Nisbett (Michigan): The Achievement Gap: Past, Present and Future; and Lawrence Bobo (Harvard): Somewhere between Jim Crow and Post-Racialism: Reflections on the Racial Divide in America Today. Michael C. Dawson and Julie Lee Merseth (Chicago): Racial Pessimism in the Early Obama Era. After the 2008 election, "The Cosby Show" was credited for transforming attitudes on race — are we moving backward? A review of The Persistence of the Color Line: Racial Politics and the Obama Presidency by Randall Kennedy. Don’t call them "post-racial": How young people actually think about race. That we continue to find a pattern of black exceptionalism points to the paradox of diversity in the 21st century. Brooks B. Robinson on point zero nation formation for black Americans. From Dissent, Nicolaus Mills on saving affirmative action from itself. What do black Americans need in order to get ahead? A truly free market (and more on Walter Williams). Here are 8 political myths about blacks that you shouldn’t believe. The Anti-Imperialist tackles the whitewash of black beauty. An interracial fix for black marriage: Black women could find more partners across the race line — and it might just spur more black couples to wed. A review of Is Marriage for White People? How the African American Marriage Decline Affects Everyone by Ralph Richard Banks. Myth-busting the black marriage "crisis": Panic over single black women is unfounded — two black scholars have the numbers to prove it.


Stephen M. Griffin (Tulane): Constitutional Change in the United States. Michael Stokes Paulsen (St. Thomas): How to Count to Thirty-Four: The Constitutional Case for a Constitutional Convention. Elizabeth Price Foley (FIU): Sovereignty, Rebalanced: The Tea Party and Constitutional Amendments. Rebecca E. Zietlow (Toledo): Popular Originalism? The Tea Party Movement and Constitutional Theory. Charles W. (Rocky) Rhodes IV (South Texas): What Conservative Constitutional Revolution? Moderating Five Degrees of Judicial Conservatism after Six Years of the Roberts Court. Simon Lazarus (NSCLC): Hertz or Avis? Progressives' Quest to Reclaim the Constitution and the Courts. A review of The End of Inequality: One Person, One Vote, and the Transformation of American Politics by Stephen Ansolabehere and James M. Snyder. Michael Klarman (Harvard): Has the Supreme Court Been More a Friend or Foe to African Americans? William M. Carter Jr. (Temple): The Paradox of Political Power: Post-Racialism, Equal Protection, and Democracy. Guy-Uriel E. Charles, Daniel L. Chen, and G. Mitu Gulati (Duke): "Not that Smart": Sonia Sotomayor and the Construction of Merit. Strong Opinions: Jeffrey Rosen on this year’s biggest surprise at the Supreme Court — Elena Kagan’s prose. Robin L. West (Georgetown): The Anti-Empathic Turn. Hemant Sharma and Colin Glennon (Tennessee): Ideological Congruity between Appointing Presidents and Supreme Court Justices, 1937-2008. Richard L. Hasen (UC-Irvine): Teaching Bush V. Gore as History. James L. Gibson (WUSTL): Public Reverence for the U.S. Supreme Court: Is the Court Invincible? Adam D. Chandler (Yale): The Solicitor General of the United States: The Tenth Justice or a Zealous Advocate? A review of The Supreme Court and the American Elite, 1789-2008 by Lucas Powe.


A new issue of Homeland Security Affairs is out. Alan H. McGowan (New School): Franz Boas and the Progressive Spirit. Molly J. Walker Wilson (SLU): Cultural Understandings of Risk and the Tyranny of the Experts. Josh Rothman reviews "Why Philosophers Should Care About Computational Complexity" by Scott Aaronson. The Agony and the Ecstasy: Brian Anderson on the quiet mission to fight PTSD with psychedelic drugs. The first chapter from Love's Vision by Troy Jollimore. Exactly your type: Katherine Eastland on how Times New Roman is a simple font with a complex story behind it. In the age of cellphones, Facebook, and YouTube, does sequestering a jury make sense anymore? A review of Why Some Politicians Are More Dangerous Than Others by James Gilligan. What makes a great logo: Why we're drawn to the Apple apple, the CBS eye and the Rolling Stone tongue. A review of Intellectuals Incorporated: Politics, Art and Ideas inside Henry Luce’s Media Empire by Robert Vanderlan. A review of Law's Detour: Justice Displaced in the Bush Administration by Peter Margulies. The hunting of the snark: A High Court award of damages to an author who received a "malicious" review has raised eyebrows in a literary world more often accused of mutual backslapping. From progress to catastrophe: Perry Anderson on the historical novel. Martin Lewis introduces his Demic Atlas, which rests on the proposition that socio-economic comparisons work best when based on comparable units, framed at approximately the same scale of analysis. A review of Philosophy and the Moving Image: Refractions of Reality by John Mullarkey. A look at seven creepy experiments that could teach us so much (if they weren’t so wrong). A look at 5 famous ad campaigns that actually hurt sales.


Nicole Stelle Garnett and Margaret F. Brinig (Notre Dame): Catholic Schools, Charter Schools, and Urban Neighborhoods. John Bellamy Foster (Oregon): Education and the Structural Crisis of Capital: The U.S. Case. Ready for kindergarten: Should the U.S. rethink what the first year of school should provide? Diane Ravitch, the Anti-Rhee: Michelle Rhee went from DCPS to national crusader — along the way, a 72-year old historian became her top critic. A review of The Same Thing Over and Over: How School Reformers Get Stuck in Yesterday’s Ideas by Frederick M. Hess. An interview with John Marsh, author of Class Dismissed: Why We Cannot Teach or Learn Our Way Out of Inequality. A review of Uneducated Guesses: Using Evidence to Uncover Misguided Education Policies by Howard Wainer. The World’s Schoolmaster: How a German scientist is using test data to revolutionize education. An interview with Tony Wagner, author of The Finland Phenomenon: Inside the World's Most Surprising School System. From Wired, a look at how Khan Academy is changing the rules of education (and more). From New Politics, Megan Behrent writes in defense of public education. Do superintendents and principals see librarians as more expendable than other school employees, and if so, why? Firing Line: Joanne Barkan on the grand coalition against teachers. Ed schools’ pedagogical puzzle: New models for teacher preparation are thinking outside the box — are they too far out? Super teachers alone can't save our schools: Extraordinary educators are rare and often burn out — to save our schools, says Steven Brill, we have to demand more from ordinary teachers and their unions. A review of Class Warfare: Inside the Fight to Fix America's Schools by Steven Brill (and more). Felix Salmon on why it doesn’t matter where your kid goes to school (and more).


Clive Walker (Leeds): Cosmopolitan Liberty in the Age of Terrorism. Kent Roach (Toronto): Secret Evidence and its Alternatives. William Funk (Lewis and Clark): Electronic Surveillance of Terrorism in the United States. Adrian Vermeule (Harvard): Security and Liberty: Critiques of the Tradeoff Thesis. A review of Torture, Terror, and Trade-Offs: Philosophy for the White House by Jeremy Waldron. A review of Jihad Joe: Americans Who Go to War in the Name of Islam by J.M. Berger. GQ profiles Anwar al-Awlaki, the next Bin Laden. The Americanization of Islamism: Mohamed Nimer on the surprisingly hopeful history of Islamist radicalism in America. The Kingdom and the Towers: Did America’s supposed ally Saudi Arabia secretly support the 9/11 hijackers? Al-Qaeda claims U.S. mass transportation infrastructure must drastically improve before any terrorist attacks. Where are the 18 men most responsible for the Sept. 11 attacks now? Ending al-Qaeda: Now that Osama bin Laden is no more, we should push our advantage — we have a most unusual source to show us how. From The New Yorker, Nicholas Schmidle on getting Bin Laden: What happened that night in Abbottabad. Inside Al Qaeda’s hard drives: A stash of data yields up insights about the business of terrorism. What if, two years before the 9/11 attacks — with the installation of a cell-phone-and-Internet system in Afghanistan — the U.S. had been handed complete access to al-Qaeda and Taliban calls and e-mails? A secret deal was in place in 1999, but Washington dropped the ball. Why is it so hard to find a suicide bomber these days? A decade after 9/11, the mystery is not why so many Muslims turn to terror — but why so few have joined al Qaeda's jihad. Where are all the Islamic terrorists? Charles Kurzman on his book The Missing Martyrs: Why There Are So Few Muslim Terrorists.


Evan Selinger (RIT) and Kyle Powys Whyte (Michigan State): Is There a Right Way to Nudge? The Practice and Ethics of Choice Architecture. From Liminalities, Deanna Shoemaker (Monmouth): Cartoon Transgressions: Citlali, La Chicana Super Hero as Community Activist; and a review of Queer Political Performance and Protest: Play, Pleasure and Social Movement by Benjamin Shepard. Should the government tax stupidity? How $8-a-dozen eggs threaten real food reforms: If eating well becomes a privilege for the rich, then America won't get healthier. A review of Microstyle: The Art of Writing Little by Christopher Johnson. Fortune-telling is easy to ridicule, frequently misunderstood, and, for some people, extremely powerful; unfortunately, what’s very tough to predict is what reading futures will do to the person with the cards. Mark Strauss on ten notable apocalypses that (obviously) didn’t happen. Valley of the Trolls: It's the rare star who can withstand the predatory cameras of TMZ on TV. A review of Paradise Lust: Searching for the Garden of Eden by Brook Wilensky-Lanford (and more). Why art failed us after 9/11: Nick Gillespie on trying to make sense of senselessness. Share or Die: Youth in Recession, a new anthology by Generation Y writers, is part survival handbook, part manifesto — Scott McLemee interviews the editor. Nancy Berns on her book Closure: The Rush to End Grief and What it Costs Us. Josh Rothman on why moral leaders are annoying. What would happen if the world stop spinning? When the boss gets busted: Marisa M. Kashino on survival stories from the front lines of political scandal. A review of The Mirage Man: Bruce Ivins, the Anthrax Attacks, and America’s Rush to War by David Willman. Greg Ip on the Republicans’ new voodoo economics. Beyond "D'oh!": Simpsons quotes for everyday use.

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