A review of Strange But True America by John Hafnor. An excerpt from Made in America: A Social History of American Culture and Character by Claude S. Fischer. The essence of anarchy: Sean Wilentz on America's long, sordid affair with nullification. From our cold, dead hands: America's gun culture is a symptom of its deep political malaise. Why we should worry about political violence: A review of American Homicide by Randolph Roth. In a contest for most awful political culture, it’s heartening to see that state spirit rings so strong from sea to shining sea. A Tale of Two Cities: Washington and Hollywood, both tone-deaf to American attitudes. American Bling: Stefany Anne Golberg on the dreamworld of America's shiny, sparkly aesthetic. An article on the curse of bigness — or business as usual in America the vulnerable. A review of Elsewhere, U.S.A.: How We Got from the Company Man, Family Dinners, and the Affluent Society to the Home Office, BlackBerry Moms, and Economic Anxiety by Dalton Conley. From New Geography, Robert J. Cristiano on the changing landscape of America: The automobile, home building and energy industries, the roller coaster recession, the state of commercial real estate, multigenerational housing, the fate of Detroit, the failed state of California, and deconstruction as the fate of America; and Richard Morrill on a pessimistic and an optimistic forecast for the United States. The Troubles: Declinists have always projected America's imminent demise — for a change, they're onto something. Everyone loves comparing the U.S. to Rome — they've been doing it, in fact, for more than 200 years (and more). The comeback country: How America pulled itself back from the brink — and why it's destined to stay on top.

From The Freeman, is Somalia a failed state or economic success?; and a review of Inclined to Liberty: The Futile Attempt to Suppress the Human Spirit by Lou Carabini. A review of Free Market Madness: Why Human Nature Is at Odds with Economics — And Why It Matters by Peter Ubel. The return of history: After the crash, economics will have to acknowledge its methodological failures and come to resemble an art rather than a science. Is the dismal science really a science? A call for radically rethinking economic theory: When responsibility is assigned for the financial crisis, Wall Street and Washington are the usual culprits — but that leaves out the biggest perpetrator of all. The crisis is changing how macroeconomics is taught. Justin Fox on wresting the economic debate away from the economists. How computers will save economics: The downfall of the ivory tower theorists is a laptop on every graduate student's desk. Nudge nudge, wink wink: Andrew Ferguson on behavioral economics — the governing theory of Obama’s nanny state. An article on using neuroscience to understand the bounds of rationality. A review of The Irrational Economist: Making Decisions in a Dangerous World. An interview with Roger E.A. Farmer, author of How the Economy Works (and more); and Farmer on a new macroeconomics paradigm for the 21st century (and part 2). A book salon on Economics for the Rest of Us by Moshe Adler. From Fair, for media, "class war" has wealthy victims: Rich getting richer seldom labeled as belligerents, the media is fascinated with the recession’s richest victims and public opinion is mainly a prop for corporate press. At what point does the ubiquity of the undeserving rich become so corrosive in a democracy that it sparks a backlash that discredits capitalism altogether?

A new issue of Review of European Studies is out. Direct Democracy: Citizen initiatives come to Europe. More and more on The New Old World by Perry Anderson. Even if it spoke with one voice, how much would Europe really count? Nothing to fear: Misreading Muslim immigration in Europe. An article on the decline of Europe's social democratic parties. All bark, no bite: Clay Risen on the decline of Germany’s Social Democrats. The end of Switzerland: The economic crisis and rising xenophobia are breaking down the great Swiss myths and undoing this once unique model nation (and more and more and more and more). Wherever Italy goes these days, the Democratic Party in its present form is unlikely to be leading the way; there is no question, however, that Italy is moving into a new situation. I predict a riot: An article on Italy after Berlusconi. Angst on the Aegean: Crises can force even the most dysfunctional governments to change — and Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou aims to prove it. Ode on a Grecian Pile of Crap: Vice visits Athens’s secret and massive garbage town. The new power of the pink press: A look at how British and Czech conservatives fumble in gay interviews. A review of Czechoslovakia: The State That Failed by Mary Heimann (and more). Culture creep: Slovak leader Robert Fico deploys national culture as a political weapon. You say Lwow, I say Lviv: A guide to Eastern Europe's most tedious arguments. A turning point for Europe’s East: The next decade will determine its direction. The centre cannot hold: The borderlands of Europe should not be left behind. Forget core against periphery in Europe: the true divide is north against south.

Abeer I. al‑Najjar (AUS): How Arab is Al‑Jazeera English? Comparative Study of Al‑Jazeera Arabic and Al‑Jazeera English News Channels. From Global Journalist, a special issue on Bloody Russia. Free Press Haven: Iceland may soon become utopia for journalists and publishers. Miles Corwin on the journalistic education of Gabriel Garcia Marquez. The truth is no defense: How an op-ed in a Slovenian daily left one American facing a prison sentence. American newspapers, often squeamish when it comes to running disturbing images, overcame their inhibitions after the Haitian earthquake — but to some, the deluge of images of naked corpses and severed body parts was insensitive and dehumanizing. An interview with John Maxwell Hamilton, author of Journalism's Roving Eye: A History of American Foreign Reporting. Is the foreign news bureau part of the past? A review of Unreliable Sources: How the 20th Century Was Reported by John Simpson. Newspapers have lost interest in covering legislatures; can Web sites replace them? From Cracked, here are 5 things the media loves pretending are news and 6 subtle ways the news media disguises bullshit as fact. The mainstream media too often dropped sourcing standards and blindly followed the lead of the tabs and entertainment Web sites during the Tiger Woods extravaganza. They're all tabloids: A look at how British newspapers make things up. From British Journalism Review, is saving the world journalism’s job? When and under which conditions is journalism in the "public interest"? (and more) A review of Normative Theories of the Media: Journalism in Democratic Societies. An excerpt from Getting It Wrong: Ten of the Greatest Misreported Stories in American Journalism by W. Joseph Campbell. Where's Wikipedia in NYU's list of the decade's top journalism?

From Alternative Right, Thomas Bertonneau on American Nietzsche: Haiti and the revolt against civilization (and part 2); Stephen McNallen on why he's a pagan: Showing the West the path home. From American Renaissance, Steven Farron on why the West dominated (and more); and Nguyen Ai Quoc on the rise of Asian race consciousness: The one group that tried to assimilate is giving up (and part 2) — but why have Asians not dominated? From The New Yorker, is white the new black? A review of Rich Benjamin's Searching for Whitopia; and Christian Lander's How Race Survived U.S. History. Jabari Asim reviews The History of White People by Nell Irvin Painter (and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more). In the struggle for racial justice, it’s time to pay more attention to the fears of white people. Kai Wright on progressives and "bitter" white America. Stuff white people tweet: Is a trending topic on race automatically racist? Elon James White on the birth of #webrunchhard: It's very hard being an angry militant black man. Blackest white folks: A look at those who claim "blackness" and those that make the cut. We don't like to talk about racial differences in science, but they exist. How modern prejudice is depicted in our pop culture. A review of Whistling Vivaldi: And Other Clues to How Stereotypes Affect Us by Claude Steele. From Paris with antiquated racist stereotypes: You'd be surprised what they're still stocking at the local Monoprix. A review of The Origins of Racism in the West. A brief history of race and racism. Adolph Reed Jr. on the limits of anti-racism. To be class-prejudiced is as bad as to be racist, to be xenophobic is as bad as to be racist; racism has come somehow to seem to be the worst form of prejudice, but it isn't.