From FP, a look at what McCain and Obama didn’t talk about. Ross Douthat and Jonah Goldberg debate the conservative civil war. Reagan and us: Jeffrey Lord on the conservative fight ahead. Jeffrey Hart on why Obama is the new Reagan. Calvin Butts on race relations after Obama. From The Daily Beast, Sean Wilentz talks to Jesse Jackson and civil-rights veterans about their awe of—and tensions with—the Obama campaign; and a "Black President" is of no value to America. Here are five ways we talked about race and identity. A look at how this election could change the meaning of masculinity in America. From TNR, E.J. Dionne, Jr. on how Obama, the first truly 21st century figure in American politics, has transformed the nature of campaigns; in defense of caution: William Galston on why President Obama shouldn't push for too much too fast; and what can we expect from Fox News over the next four years? Lots and lots of anger. A look at why an Obama loss would have been disastrous for the media and political establishment. Jack Shafer on the coming war between Barack Obama and the press corps. A look at how progressive media have really helped stop the spread of dirty political rumors. What should the president-elect study between now and the inauguration? Scott McLemee presents a reading list.
A new issue of Common Ground is out. From TNR, a look at how Simon Cowell saved American democracy. From Archeology, the origin of form was abrupt not gradual: An interview with cell biologist Stuart Newman about the ongoing revolution in evolutionary theory. Could Napoleon have coped in a credit crunch? Our desire to see history through the lives of great men blinds us to the real complexity of politics, business and finance. More on Reinventing Knowledge: From Alexandria to the Internet by Ian F. McNeely. From Economic Principals, who can plausibly be said to be responsible for a mess made mainly on Wall Street? New Scientist ranks methods to save the world. Web journals "narrowing study": Critics warn online publishing reduces academic research to little more than a "popularity contest". Back to the Seventies: A review of Erratic North: A Vietnam Draft Resister’s Life in the Canadian Bush by Mark Frutkin. The introduction to The Nature of Demography by Herve Le Bras. What can "neuroeconomics" teach us about how we think about money? A look at how econ bloggers are gaining clout in financial crisis. The best kind of blogging could lead to a “golden era for journalism”: An article on the state of blogging and the fate of journalism. More on David Runciman's Political Hypocrisy. A review of Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us by Seth Godin.
From Seed, the damnedest lies: The success of fivethirtyeight.com is a credit not only to statistical prowess but also to keen intuition about social habits; and how can evolution explain both the appeal and recent failings of negative campaigning? McJustice: Jeffrey Rosen on liberals' long-feared judicial apocalypse is nigh. From Reason, have libertarians been driven out of the GOP? A review of Taking on the System: Rules for Radical Change in a Digital Era by Markos Moulitsas Zuniga. More on The Numerati by Stephen Baker. Was Pope Pius a moral coward or a saint? One year after re-introducing the Tridentine Mass and two years after the Regensburg address, Benedict XVI's popular new traditionalism has re-ignited the Catholic culture wars. The introduction to A Modern Legal Ethics: Adversary Advocacy in a Democratic Age by Daniel Markovits. I swear I am a patriot: Academics should be paying close attention to the political debates about loyalty to the United States. Jonathan Yardley reviews In Search of Bill Clinton: A Psychological Biography by John Gartner. The introduction to Hubbert's Peak: The Impending World Oil Shortage by Kenneth S. Deffeyes. A review of Belching out the Devil: Global Adventures with Coca-Cola by Mark Thomas. From The Guardian, a look at ten of the best fake deaths. Man's BFF: An article on cloning dogs for love and profit.
From Spiked, a review of Quantum: Einstein, Bohr and the Great Debate About the Nature of Reality by Manjit Kumar; and a review of Bad Science by Ben Goldacre. State capitalism offers the developing world growth without democracy; Joshua Kurlantzick wonders whether the West can still compete. From Slate, Oliver Stone, Bob Woodward, Ron Suskind, and Jacob Weisberg debate Stone's "W". A look at why political cinema is so successful. Fighting with photons: The most famous weapon of science fiction is rapidly becoming fact. From Mercatornet, a look at how Levi's takes raunch a step too far in a new ad campaign; and a pair of jeans can define a man, even more than his watch or mobile — but it’s all too easy to get denim wrong. An interview with Steven Waldman on 21st-century struggles over religion in the public square. From Time, an article on the gay mafia that's redefining liberal politics. From MPI, an article on the difficulties of US asylum claims based on sexual orientation. A review of Let Them In: The Case for Open Borders by Jason L Riley. An interview with Jonathan Fast, author of Ceremonial Violence: A Psychological Explanation of School Shootings (and a review). Sally Kohn on why she loves taxes — and most Americans do, too. Ten ways the world will end: Will it be a solar flare, or a gamma-ray burst? Phil Plait lays out the odds.
From Foreign Affairs, Stephen Sestanovich (Columbia): What Has Moscow Done? Rebuilding U.S.-Russian Relations; Barnett R. Rubin (NYU) and Ahmed Rashid (PCIP): From Great Game to Grand Bargain: Ending Chaos in Afghanistan and Pakistan; and Paul Collier (Oxford): The Politics of Hunger: How Illusion and Greed Fan the Food Crisis. Ex-Bush official Nicholas Burns on why we should talk to our enemies. From Military Review, a look at How Jesse James, the Telegraph, and the Federal Reserve Act of 1913 Can Help the Army Win the War on Terrorism. From World Politics Review, a special section on the Al-Qaeda we don't know — the 055 Brigade and the AQIM; and the limits of the counterterrorism approach. Is Osama bin Laden writing a book? Rumors that he’s working on a book called "Nidal" ("Struggle"). Drones vs. Terrorists: Are terrorists regaining the advantage over our killing machines? From The Nation, a review of books on Lebanon. From FT, a review of The Secret Life of Syrian Lingerie: Intimacy and Design by Malu Halasa and Rana Salam. From Vanity Fair, as Bombay heaves its way into the global economy, a car is the most obvious status symbol — despite traffic that congeals first thing each day, honks to a crescendo, and never unsnarls; and a look at why everything's Bigfoot in Texas. And a website memorializes This. Fucking. Election.
From The New Yorker, John Seabrook on suffering souls and the search for the roots of psychopathy; and Malcolm Gladwell on the uses of adversity: Can underprivileged outsiders have an advantage? From New English Review, Theodore Dalyrmple on bibliophilia and biblioclasm and George Orwell's "Bookshop Memories". A review of Facing Unpleasant Facts: Narrative Essays and All Art Is Propaganda: Critical Essays by George Orwell. From Scientific American, a look at what scares us and why; and are you evil? Profiling that which is truly wicked. A review of The Science of Fear: Why We Fear the Things We Shouldn’t — and Put Ourselves in Greater Danger by Daniel Gardner. From Boston Review, William Hogeland on Constitutional Conventions: Public history should make us think; and a review of The Measure of America: American Human Development Report, 2008-2009. A review of Save the World on Your Own Time by Stanley Fish and Real Education: Four Simple Truths for Bringing America’s Schools Back to Reality by Charles Murray. Robert Solow reviews High Wire: The Precarious Financial Lives of American Families by Peter Gosselin. David Brooks on the behavioral revolution and the financial crisis. From Esprit, why has manga become a global cultural product? Researchers find male-to-female transsexualism gene.
From NYRB, David Bromwich reviews books on Bush/Cheney. From Reason, and what happens to federal spending when the Democrats control the Congress and the presidency? John Judis on divided government (and a response). Why getting your way as president isn’t just a numbers game. Why it's going to take a whole lot more than a Democratic majority to save us. Mark Danner on Obama & sweet potato pie. City of transformation: An article on Paul Virilio in Obama's America. A look at why Obama could be a great one-term president. The American Prospect is against the Great Man Theory of the Presidency. An article on the huge opportunities and huge risks of a possible Obama administration. Why Obama stock is overpriced, and a crash could really hurt. William Shawcross on why the world will be disappointed by Obama. Could Europe be a Democratic “blue state” and Asia a Republican “red state”? From WSJ, an article on the dangers of a diminished America: In the 1930s, isolationism and protectionism spurred the rise of fascism. From Der Spiegel, a special report on America, land of extremes: An enigmatic country elects a new president; an interview with Robert Kagan: "America remains Number One"; and an interview with Eric Foner: "Life is getting more difficult for Americans". Jurek Martin on America’s staggering capacity for change.
From The Nation, a special issue on Election 2008. From TNR, should McCain have been expelled from the Senate? Exclusive evidence reveals the Keating Five story you've never heard of (and more on his Bermuda Triangle). Nina Hachigian on John McCain's bizarre fantasy U.N. replacement. From Talking Points Memo, a special section on The Palin Effect. An interview with Sarah Palin: "I haven't always just toed the line". Christopher Hitchens on the GOP ticket's appalling contempt for science and learning. Just in time for the booboisie's vote, a reconsideration of Mencken's Notes on Democracy. How to Read Like a President: You can tell a lot about a presidential candidate by the books he reads, or says he reads. Peter Beinart on the last of the Culture Warriors. The culture wars may fail at the top of the ticket this year, but expect right-wing mayhem further down the ballot. They're still fighting the Civil War in Virginia. What if the between-the-lines Republican message (don’t be afraid, there will be no real change) is the true illusion? Slavoj Zizek wants to know. Mainstream media continue to frame election issues with discredited right-wing assumptions. From Writ, John Dean on how the evidence establishes, without question, that Republican rule is dangerous: Why it is high time to fix this situation, for the good of the nation. Why can't corporate America end its perverse love affair with the GOP?
Here's The American Prospect 2008 Election Night Guide. From New York, take a look at the 2008 Electopedia. From Esquire, here's everything you need to know about the 2008 presidential election. From Popular Science, here's what you need to know about voting machines (and more). If we can nationalize banks, why not our election process? Rick Hansen investigates. What is the probability your vote will make a difference? Vote! Why your ballot isn't as meaningless as you think. Your neighbors could find out, so you'd better vote. What would happen if we banned polling during election season? From The Hill, a look at how the campaign song loses its originality. From Nerve, a look at the 20 greatest political campaign ads of all time (and more from Radar). Here are the top 10 Web political moments. Designs for Democracy: At print-on-demand site CafePress.com, there's been a surge in the design and selling of items related to the Presidential election. These days, answering your phone often means listening to a recorded political message — but do robo-calls work? Why the October Surprise isn't what it used to be. Does it matter where candidates campaign? Not as much as you think. So, you want to be in the Cabinet: Seven strategies that will help you land a plum post in the next administration — and one that won't. A look at why those "other" federal courts are so important in this election.
From TLS, an article on the century of Claude Levi-Strauss: How the great anthropologist, now approaching his 100th birthday, has earned a place in the prestigious Pleiade library; is fiction inherently capitalist? A review of Russell Berman's Fiction Sets You Free: Literature, Liberty, and Western Culture; and who wrote the original Frankenstein? From NYRB, considering their marital difficulties, it is not surprising that Edmund Wilson made fewer entries in his journal during the years the marriage with Mary McCarthy lasted. From Literary Review, a review of Two Planks and a Passion: The Dramatic History of Skiing by Roland Huntford. From The New Yorker, an article on the grammar of fun: CliffyB and the world of the video game. More on Lawrence Lessig's Remix (and an interview). From Slate, Jack Shafer on why you're wasting your time worrying about the "liberal media". Skewed news reporting is taken as a sign of a dysfunctional media — in fact, it may be a sign of healthy competition. Shock: Drudge loses his grip on US media! Barbed wire: A look at how the AP is breaking more than news. Jonathan Ross and Russell Brand think everyone wants them; where do they get their confidence? (and a look at the chequered history of phone-prank comedy). A look at why they don't make hoaxes like they used to.