From the tenth-anniversary issue of Cultural Logic, Stephen C. Ferguson (NCA&T): Social Contract as Bourgeois Ideology; Michael Mikulak (McMaster): Cross-pollinating Marxism and Deep Ecology: Towards a Post-humanist Eco-humanism; Philip Tonner (Glasgow): Freud, Bentham: Panopticism and the Super-Ego; Paula Cerni on the Age of Consumer Capitalism; Philip Bounds on George Orwell and the Dialogue with English Marxism; and Roland Boer on Socialism, Christianity, and Rosa Luxemborg; and a review of Naomi Klein's The Shock Doctrine and Peter McLaren and Nathalia Jaramillo's Pedagogy and Praxis in the Age of Empire. Johannes Grenzfurthner (Vienna): Every Five Seconds an Inkjet Printer Dies Somewhere. An excerpt (on tenure) from From Student to Scholar: A Candid Guide to Becoming a Professor by Steven M. Cahn. How fast you can read this online: How John McCain’s techno-monopolism will hurt the economy. Dreams of leaving: A review of Naked Airport by Alastair Gordon and Politics at the Airport. From CJR, an article on The Ploughman and the Professor: Consumer reporting in the age of the wise crowd. France has vomited on Bernard-Henri Levy and Michel Houellebecq for too long. The blogosphere has introduced some lazy writing, but brave new words continue to rise — Shakespeare would've loved it all.
From PS: Political Science and Politics, Kenneth Mulligan (SIU): The “Myth” of Moral Values Voting in the 2004 Presidential Election; Scott Sigmund Gartner (UC-Davis) Gary M. Segura (UW): All Politics are Still Local: The Iraq War and the 2006 Midterm Elections; and Seth C. McKee (USF): Rural Voters and the Polarization of American Presidential Elections; and Cindy Simon Rosenthal and Ronald M. Peters Jr. (Oklahoma): Who is Nancy Pelosi? From The Believer, an interview with Nico Muhly, twenty-six-year-old composer and Philip Glass protege. From Lacan.com, Slavoj Zizek on masturbation, or sexuality in the atonal world; and smashing the neighbor’s face: On Emmanuel Levinas’ Judaism. The introduction to Reckless Rites: Purim and the Legacy of Jewish Violence by Elliott Horowitz. From The Hedgehog Review, an article on blueberries, accordions, and Auschwitz: The evil of thoughtlessness. A review of Law, Antisemitism and the Holocaust by David Seymour. The Khugistic Sandal: A review of Jews and Shoes. A look at the dismaying close-mindedness of Austria. From The New Criterion, John Derbyshire on Hazlitt's philocaption: a very child in love; a review of Worshipping Walt: The Whitman Disciples by Michael Robertson; and a review of Upstream: The Ascendance of American Conservatism by Alfred Regnery.
Here's the inaugural issue of The Manchester Review. From Geist, Alberto Manguel on Jewish gauchos, European Jewish artisans on horseback in Argentina. From San Diego CityBeat, a la recherche du Taco Bell: One gabacho’s run for the border. From NYRB, Freeman Dyson reviews Galapagos: The Islands That Changed the World by Paul Stewart; and is this a "victory"? Peter Galbraith wants to know. Intelligence officials are worried, Richard Clarke writes, that al Qaeda may try to affect elections. While America’s markets plummet, formerly moribund Arab economies are thriving after embracing the same principles that Washington carelessly discarded. So much for Bush's freedom agenda: Right now, global authoritarianism is worse than ever. From The Economist, a poll of economists on the candidates' economic plans. CQ's "Cabinet Maker" lets you assemble that group of advisers for an Obama or McCain administration. Why Obama's agenda shouldn't be compromised by the government's new spending. When Michelle Met Barack: How romance in the sedate corridors of a corporate law firm changed everything for the woman who might become the first African American first lady. From IHE, Scott McLemee profiles Bernard-Henri Levy, the playboy philosopher (and more on Left in Dark Times). The perfect book review? There's nothing like a ban to give a book a good reputation.
From Fortune, why the bailout may not be enough: Cleaning up banks' balance sheets is a start, but the government may need to do more. From Business Week, what does Henry Paulson do now? A look at why the Paulson package is not the end of capitalism. We don't just need to recapitalize the banks — we need to reconceptualize capitalism. From Newsweek, Francis Fukuyama on The Fall of America, Inc.: Along with some of Wall Street's most storied firms, a certain vision of capitalism has collapsed. Capitalism to the Rescue: Can the venture capitalists at Kleiner Perkins reduce our dependence on oil, help stop global warming and make a lot of money at the same time? He foresaw the end of an era: A review of The New Paradigm for Financial Markets: The Credit Crisis of 2008 and What It Means by George Soros. Jeffrey Sachs on how to fix the US financial crisis. How free should a free market be? It appears that we still have not had enough central planning in finance. Tim Harford on why Americans should stop complaining about the "moral hazard" problem and enjoy the bailout. How today's debacle recalls James Madison's nightmare at the founding that none would have the virtue to lead. Alan Wolfe on why the economic crisis won't transform America. Let there be markets: An article on the evangelical roots of economics. A look at why your boss is white, middle-class and a show-off.
From Vanity Fair, Christopher Hitchens on The Eton Empire: A fresh look at the bastion of privilege, which may have rebranded itself just in time. Hangman, spare that word: The English purge their language. Horace Engdahl of the Nobel Prize committee doesn't think American authors are good enough for the world's top literary honor. The Nobel Committee has no clue about American literature (and more). The Ambition of the Short Story: There are virtues associated with smallness — it is the realm of elegance and grace, it’s also the realm of perfection. From Evolutionary Psychology, whence poetic fiction: A review of Comeuppance: Costly Signaling, Altruistic Punishment, and Other Biological Components of Fiction by William Flesch; and a review of The Rape of Troy: Evolution, Violence and the World of Homer by Jonathan Gottschall. Apply all the science to novels you want, Literary Darwinists — you'll still never quantify the human experience. Christian creationists have long railed against the theory of evolution, but you may not have heard anything yet. This years' Ig Nobels Awards honor studies of lap dancing, soft drink-based contraception. The U.S. News &World Report rankings of colleges and universities are largely arbitrary, according to a new mathematical analysis. Higher art: Universities should become society's great patrons of the arts.
From TAC, whose Palin? The old Buchanan Brigades now ride to the sound of the neocon guns; and here's an open letter to Sarah Palin by the editors. A look at why some women hate Sarah Palin, and a look at why Sarah's sex life matters. David Gargill travels to Anchorage to examine the roots of Sarah Palin’s spectacular and sudden ascent. The politics of the Last Frontier are a strange brew of libertarianism, moralism, privacy and a love of government handouts. An article on Palin's small-town snobbery: Why it's time to bury the myth of rural virtue. Alaska vs. Hawaii: Why is Seward's Folly the "real America" and the Aloha State not? Are you an elitist? 18 revealing ways to know for sure. Stephen Pinker on why voters should focus on Gov. Sarah Palin’s facile governing philosophy that is symbolized by her speech style, not the red herrings of accent or dialect. The next decider: The election isn't just a referendum on ideology — it's a contest between two modes of thinking. An interview with Philip Tetlock, author of Expert Political Judgment. This is your brain on politics: A look at the work of Drew Westen, author of The Political Brain. Is Sarah Palin a "muscular feminist" or simply a dumb jock? If something is too absurd for words, why not draw a cartoon? Voila: Palinworld. An article on Alaska's Little Diomede island: You CAN see Russia from here.
From Human Affairs, Sami Pihlstrom (Tampere): Mortality as a Philosophical-Anthropological Issue: Thanatology, Normativity, and "Human Nature"; and Alexander Kremer (Szeged): Rorty and Normativity. From The Bulletin, how can we reduce the risk of human extinction? An interview with Ray Kurzweil on plans to live indefinitely. From Discover, here are 10 everyday technologies that can change the world. From The Wilson Quarterly, even the most high-minded aid can sometimes do a lot of harm: John R. Miller on Slavery; Holly Yeager on The New Face of Global Giving; Matthew Connelly on Controlling Passions; and G. Pascal Zachary on Humanitarian Dilemmas. Michael Ignatieff reviews Freedom's Battle: The Origins of Humanitarian Intervention by Gary Bass (and more and more and more). From First Principles, an essay on the Americanization of conservatism; and a review of Reclaiming the American Right: The Lost Legacy of the Conservative Movement by Justin Raimondo. From Ovi, an article on the sad saga of American democracy. A review of Our Undemocratic Constitution: Where the Constitution Goes Wrong (and How We the People Can Correct It) by Sanford Levinson. A review of Memo to a New President: The Art and Science of Presidential Leadership by Michael Genovese. A look at how cereal transformed American culture.
From re.press, you can download The Spirit of the Age: Hegel and the Fate of Thinking. Mein Leipzig: An interview with German publisher and bookstore owner Peter Hinke on his city’s distinguished literary legacy. A review of Raymond Williams: A Warrior's Tale by Dai Smith. An interview with Steven Shapin, author of The Scientific Life: A Moral History of a Late Modern Vocation. From Carnegie Council, a discussion on The Strongest Tribe: War, Politics, and the Endgame in Iraq by Bing West. Who was the first president of the United States? Wrong. An interview with Ronald Wright, author of What is America? An interview with Larry Schweikart, author of 48 Liberal Lies About American History. From TAP, a look at how the Dems lost on education; and only by relinquishing some autonomy will teachers finally be able to attain the true professional status they deserve. An interview with Abbie Smith, author of Can You Keep Your Faith in College? A review of Faculty Incivility: The Rise of the Academic Bully Culture and What to Do About It by Darla Twale and Barbara DeLuca. The first chapter from All Politics Is Global: Explaining International Regulatory Regimes by Daniel W. Drezner. That won't be easy: Without a foreign policy reset button, what's next? An interview with Bobby Maddex, editor of Salvo magazine.
From IHE, an interview with Elizabeth Aries, author of Race and Class Matters at an Elite College; and a look at the worst academic careers worldwide: Are things getting so bad that a new kind of ranking is called for? The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood wins a victory against Bratz. From the latest issue of Bookforum, a review of Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us) by Tom Vanderbilt (and more and more and more and more). But they mean well: A review of Have a Nice Day by Justin Webb and In Defence of America by Bronwen Maddox. From Cosmos, it can fly or it can crawl and it waits for no man; Erica Harrison looks at what makes our sense of time tick. An interview with steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal on politics, football, and philanthropy. The Numbers Guy on the most-common English words (and more on making every word count). A look at how the globalization of language will muzzle the nation-state. Contemporary populism and its discontents: A review of David Sirota's The Uprising: An Unauthorized Tour of the Populist Revolt Scaring Wall Street and Washington. From International Viewpoint, an interview with Gilbert Achcar on the decline of US imperialism. Irwin Redlener on how to survive a nuclear attack.
From Capitalism, an article on economic freedom in America: What is economic freedom? Here's an open letter to European leaders on Europe’s banking crisis. From Vanity Fair, Joseph Stiglitz puts forth a clear, commonsense plan to reverse the Bush-era follies and regain America’s economic sanity. From Writ, an article on the rationality of spite: Why the bailouts do, and should, make people angry. The GOP blames the victim: Capitalism sure is fragile if subprime borrowers can ruin it. This is a crisis, but it's also an extraordinary opportunity. Let's admit it, the financial crisis is kind of cool. From Mute, a look at the new and improved Wall Street Journal. A Billion Little Pieces: Get out the Ritalin! It’s the attention deficit democracy — it’s Wall Street to McCain to Letterman to Palin to Couric to Biden to Obama. A review of Obama's Challenge by Robert Kuttner. From Culture11, is Obama intelligent enough to be president? From Salon, who is the real John McCain? From David Foster Wallace to Paul Begala, four authors trace the politician's journey from the liberal's conservative to flip-flopping hack. Emily Bazelon on the un-Hillary: Why watching Sarah Palin is agony for women; and can Palin's sentences stand up to a grammarian? GOP, RIP? Nearly three decades of Republican dominance may be coming to an end. More on Slavoj Zizek's In Defense of Lost Causes.