The latest issue of Church and State is out. From The Potomac, a look at what the Dutch masters can tell us about capitalism. The new edition of van Gogh's letters, one of the greatest autobiographies of an artist, provides fresh insight into how his paintings grew out of his writings, and vice versa. Mock Trial: Stephen Morris on how America is helping to whitewash the Cambodian genocide. Advertising is fucked: Why Conde Nast should buy Gawker. How does the CIA know if its intel is any good? Common sense, mostly. Zizek Strikes Again: The most despicable philosopher in the West finds a new reason to put down Gandhi. From Plus!, a series on the role of maths and stats in the biomedical sciences; Shane Latchman on modelling catastrophes; and infinite monkey business: David Spiegelhalter and Owen Smith on understanding uncertainty. From Geocurrents, a look at Somaliland’s quest for recognition (and the Pandora thesis); Somaliland Vs. Puntland (not in the Land of Punt); and an aticle on tourism in Somalia. A couple of guys in a garage changed computer technology — will someone in a basement one day transform biology just as radically? A review of Exhibiting Slavery: The Caribbean Postmodern Novel as Museum by Vivian Nun Halloran. Who killed James Bond? The group's catalogue is not selling, its funding problems have frozen plans for the 007 series — what lies next for the studio that dominated Hollywood's golden age?

From Seed, insects that survive on plant sap alone offer insights into the likely origin and evolution of all multicellular life; and the deep symbiosis between bacteria and their human hosts is forcing scientists to ask: Are we organisms or living ecosystems? From HUP, Victor Fet  and Lynn Margulis tell the story of Symbiogenesis: A New Principle of Evolution by Boris Kozo-Polyansky. Paleoanthropologist Pat Shipman proposes that the interdependency of ancestral humans with other animal species — "the animal connection" — played a crucial and beneficial role in human evolution over the last 2.6 million years. Evolutionary archaeologist Timothy Taylor on the outrageous fortune that made us the dominant ape. A new study finds men are like apes when competing for status. Adventures in very recent evolution: In the last few years, biologists peering into the human genome have found evidence of recent natural selection — in fact, we've evolved in response to agriculture. A four-part series of essays for Scientific American by primatologist Frans de Waal on human nature. David Brooks on the moral naturalists: Scientific research is showing that we are born with an innate moral sense. Are better brains better? Martha Farah and Anjan Chatterjee believe the answer is more complicated than you think. From Killing the Buddha, Robert Jensen on the struggle for the (possible) soul of David Eagleman: A neuroscientist imagines life beyond the brain.

Mark A. Smith (Washington): Religion, Divorce, and the Missing Culture War in America. From National Affairs, Henry Olsen on Populism, American Style. Ted Rall on why the Tea Party is a protofascist movement (and more). An interview with Rick Santelli, father of the Tea Party? The Tea Party won't hurt Republicans as much as Democrats hope it will. The Billionaire's Party: David Koch is New York’s second-richest man, a celebrated patron of the arts, and the tea party’s wallet. A review of Rush Limbaugh: An Army of One by Zev Chafets. Horde Mentality: Mark Dery probes the intersection of anti-government paranoids and pop culture’s favorite symbol of doom, zombies. An article on Sarah Palin's struggle with English language. An analysis finds the Supreme Court’s center of gravity under John Roberts has edged to the right. A review of The Battle: How the Fight between Free Enterprise and Big Government Will Shape America's Future by Arthur Brooks (and more and more). A look at the 10 most horrifying, absurd things in the GOP state platforms. GOP Light: How the Democrats lost their way and screwed the working poor. Progressives should be proud of "sewer liberalism": It's on the economy where the real differences between left and right are clear. Less than two years after Bush left office, the public is being much kinder to him in polls — have Obama's problems led Americans to cut W some retrospective slack? (and more)

From Political Science Quarterly, Robert Jervis (Columbia): Why Intelligence and Policymakers Clash; and a review of Enemies of Intelligence: Knowledge and Power in American National Security by Richard Betts. From Edge, a special issue on the science of morality. Colin Robinson on the trouble with Amazon: It's big, cheap and convenient, but does the online bookseller really serve readers' interests? From The New Yorker, what should doctors do when they can’t save your life? Atul Gawande investigates. The tyranny of dating choice: We have more romantic options than ever — is it making us miserable? Martin Wolf on the political genius of supply-side economics. The perils and politics of prosperity: A review of Choice by Renata Salecl. From Bookforum, a review of A Great Unrecorded History: A New Life of E.M. Forster by Wendy Moffat and Concerning E.M. Forster by Frank Kermode (and more at Slate and more at TNR). Volatility, "folk", sexual landscapes: D. Nurkse on translating anonymous lyrics from Medieval Spain. From THES, a review of Obliquity: Why Our Goals Are Best Achieved Indirectly by John Kay; and a review of The Secret World of Doing Nothing by Billy Ehn and Orvar Lofgren. A review of The Oxford Book of Parodies by John Gross. A stone's throw from Stonehenge, archaeologists have found a sister circle, hinting that such temples were once plentiful at the site (and more). From Relevant, an interview with Angelina Jolie on Salt.

From Australia's Policy, open the borders: Chris Berg on how classical liberals should support the free movement of people; we’re all cultural libertarians: Kerry Howley on why freedom is about more than just the absence of government; between classical liberalism and social liberalism: Fred Argy on how social liberals support markets, but also government action to promote a firm safety net and equal opportunity. From Great Britain's Renewal, Roger Backhouse on economists and the rise of neo-liberalism; and a review of books on the making of neo-liberalism. From The American, the social psychology of freedom: Intellectuals routinely give undue weight to people’s ideas, and they tend to believe that ideas cause attitudes, though it is far more often the other way around — consider the natural libertarians. Where do libertarians belong politically? From Cato Unbound, Larry Arnhart on why libertarians need Charles Darwin — they need him because a Darwinian science of human evolution supports classical liberalism (and responses by PZ Myers, Lionel Tiger, and Herbert Gintis and a reply). Rev. Robert Sirico on the moral basis for economic liberty. From Alternative Right, Richard Hoste on Ayn Rand's curious bloodlust; or, all non-Objectivists must be crushed! Ayn Rand's laissez-faire tracts have enjoyed a revival in recent years and continues to influence US finance and politics. From Wonkette, a series on Ayn Rand's Adventures in Wonderland.

A new issue of Catapult is out. From Revolution, Bob Avakian on how there is no "permanent necessity" for things to this way — a radically different and better world can be brought into being through revolution. More on The Brain and the Meaning of Life by Paul Thagard. Our glorious libraries civilise us all: Rowan Pelling defends the world of book-lovers, self-improvers, unfettered imaginations, armchair travellers and generally like-minded souls. From Reconstruction, Darren Jorgensen on the mediocrity of Arthur C. Clarke's science fiction. So far this fiscal year, the federal government is $1 trillion in the red — why this is good news. For the first installment of AK Press's Back Issues, here are two publications archived at the Brown University Library Center for Digital Initiatives: Radical America and Cultural Correspondence. A lively new account of the rebellion led by Spartacus by Peter Stothard reminds reviewer Michael Korda of just how many parallels there are with our own time. Bodybuilders were once movie stars, now they're Jersey Shore punchlines — why did we stop loving brawn? Stop eating meat, save the environment, so the argument goes — but what would really happen if we all went cold turkey? From Amazon's Omnivoracious blog, Mari Malcolm on bookcraft vs. books. A review essay on four books that attempt to explain the attraction of climbing mountains. The insidious cult of celebrity: Why do we worship the people we see in our culture?

From National Affairs, William Schambra on conservatism and the quest for community. A review of Justin Vaisse's Neoconservatism: The Biography of a Movement (and more). More on Running Commentary: The Contentious Magazine That Turned the Jewish Left into the Neoconservative Right by Benjamin Balint. Neoconservatives throw an awesome cocktail party. An interview with Paul Gottfried on economics, neo-cons and the future of the managerial state. People usually don't like it when things that are close to them are attacked for someone else's benefit — so why doesn't everyone join the traditionalists and overthrow the technocrats? Hans-Hermann Hoppe on life on the Right. An interview with Jim and Ellen Hubbard, founders of American Film Renaissance, on why conservatives should engage popular culture. Grisly Mamas: Conservative housewives have the same desire for power and respect that liberal women do — no wonder women comprise half of the Tea Party movement. Ageing lefties in denial: A study is being used to support the theory many educated, middle-aged left-wingers are in fact conservatives who can't admit it. Matt Labash on living like a liberal: It’s hard work, politicizing your whole life. The Liberal Mind: Psychologist Timothy C. Daughtry explains how such a minority (30%) in the United States has been able to impose its politics on the majority (and more). From Zocalo Public Square, is conservatism over?

A new issue of Jewish Political Studies Review is out. A review of Zeal for Zion: Christians, Jews, and the Idea of the Promised Land by Shalom Goldman. A review of Anthony Julius's Trials of the Diaspora. Is Israel a normal country? From Palestine Chronicle, here are the top ten myths about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The first chapter from A Short History of the Jews by Michael Brenner (and more). One State/Two States: Danny Rubinstein on rethinking Israel and Palestine. An interview with Norman Finkelstein on the Israel-Palestine conflict (and part 2). Any effort to bring peace between Israelis and Palestinians must reckon with the fact that bitter experience has taught many Israelis to doubt that their foes want a lasting concord. Lee Smith on why Israel’s enemies will always be the darlings of Western intellectuals. Benny Morris reviews Palestine Betrayed by Efraim Karsh. The slow death of Palestinian democracy: The cancellation of municipal elections in the West Bank marks another setback for democratic institutions — that's bad for Palestinians, and it's bad for peace. A review of The Arabs and the Holocaust: The Arab-Israeli War of Narratives by Gilbert Achcar. A review of Future Tense: Jews, Judiasm, and Israel in the Twenty-First Century by Jonathan Sacks. The Broken Link: James Kirchick on what peace won't fix. Arava Power Company, a pioneering solar energy firm, wants to make the Israeli desert bloom — with photovoltaic panels.

A new issue of Bidoun is out. From TAP, Obama seeks to boost demand for organic food but doesn't offer meaningful support for the people who grow it; and what would meaningful assistance for unconventional farmers look like? From Parabola, Claire Dunne on Jung's Red Book: Life after depth; and an article on death and its afterlives in the tarot. From Tehran Review, Victor Kal on theocracy and democracy: Political theological jiu jitsu to the max! From The Hedgehog Review, a special section on the phantom economy: Apart from yet interrelated to the “real economy” — the productive economy of goods and services — is another financial economy, including Robert Jackall on the Madoff affair and the casino economy, and Philip Mirowski on The Great Mortification: Economists’ responses to the crisis of 2007 (and counting). The news gets me high: David Mekelburg on books vs. addictive Internet news. One man's giant Pacific Garbage Patch is another's beautiful island nation. From n+1, an interview with Megan K. Stack, author of Every Man in This Village is a Liar: An Education in War. Carole Cadwalladr on Oliver Stone and the politics of film-making. From Scientific American, a look at 12 events that will change everything. Zip it: Paul Romer on how anti-disorder campaigns can change urban norms. A review of If You're So Smart, Why Aren't You Rich? Universiteit, markt en management by Chris Lorenz.

Nicole Rogers (SCU): Law and Liberty in a Time of Climate Change. From Reviews in History, a review of Nature and Power: A Global History of the Environment by Joachim Radkau (and more); a review of An Environmental History of the World: Humankind's Changing Role in the Community of Life by J. Donald Hughes; and a review of A Cultural History of Climate by Wolfgang Behringer. New evidence shows scientific expertise is lacking among the doubters of climate change. Nina Shen Rastogi on the environmental arguments for and against nuclear energy. Is the cure (geoengineering) worse than the disease (global warming)? Climate Bill, RIP: Instead of taking the fight to big polluters, President Obama has put global warming on the back burner. If a ghastly oil spill can't convince 60 senators of the dire need for a real climate change bill, nothing will. The US has long been a leader in green technologies, but it has also long been a leader in fumbling that lead — here are five big reasons why. Heather Rogers on her book Green Gone Wrong: How Our Economy Is Undermining the Environmental Revolution (and more). From The Nation, a special issue on Green Energy, including Christine MacDonald on the spill's silver lining; and Christian Parenti on the Big Green Buy. A look at why going green won't make you better or save you money. More and more on Eric Pooley's The Climate War. Does a warming world really mean that more conflict is inevitable? A review of Climate Refugees.