A review of Ancient Greek Political Thought in Practice by Paul Cartledge. A review of Greek Tragedy and Political Philosophy by Peter Ahrensdorf. Anders Mikkelsen on the politics of plunder in Plato's Republic. From Animus, a special issue on Greek tragedy, including Anitra Laycock on Poetry & Polity: Tragic Perspectives on the Nature of Political Association. A review of The Virtue of Aristotle's Ethics by Paula Gottlieb. A review of Aristotle’s Dialogue with Socrates by Ronna Burger. From the CSSR, a symposium on the Ancients/Moderns distinction, including Gary Glenn (AFAM): Whether Strauss’ Ancients/Moderns Reading of the History of Political Philosophy Unjustly Depreciates Christianity; and James Schall (Georgetown): On The Conquest of Human Nature: Ancients, Moderns — Medievals, Futures. A review of Between Athens and Jerusalem: Philosophy, Prophecy, and Politics in Leo Strauss’s Early Thought by David Janssens. A review of Kingship and the Divine in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages to 1050 by Francis Oakley. A review of The Hebrew Republic: Jewish Sources and the Transformation of European Political Thought by Eric Nelson. Manfred Holler (Hamburg): Niccolo Machiavelli on Power. A review of Machiavelli's Ethics by Erica Benner. A review of Hobbes and the Law of Nature by Perez Zagorin. A review of Montesquieu and the Logic of Liberty by Paul Rahe (and more). A review of The Adam Smith Problem by Dogan Gocman. From Animus, a special issue on the modern state, including Neil Robertson (King’s): Rousseau, Montesquieu and the Origins of Inequality. The first chapter from The Pathologies of Individual Freedom: Hegel's Social Theory by Axel Honneth. The first chapter from Great Books, Bad Arguments: Republic, Leviathan, and The Communist Manifesto by W. G. Runciman.

From Z Magazine, an interview with Noam Chomsky on government involvement with science and art; and come hell and high water: Scientists indict state capitalism. On being podcastable in a multitasking age: An interview with Renee Montagne of National Public Radio's Morning Edition. 32 Battalion: The history of South Africa’s preeminent black-ops unit. A map of America: It’s the rules that define how images are prioritized in a Google Image Search that direct how these messages are sent and grouped; far from arbitrary, the machine refracts meaning. Electoral dysfunction: Why democracy is always unfair. From HiLobrow, the ghastly, frightful truth of our condition is only fully realized by the figure of Cute Cthulhu itself, because Cute Cthulhu is the spawn himself of the ill couplings depicted in tentacle porn; and if Plato’s allegory is in many ways a sort of proto-fantasy/sci-fi story, what does it all (as they say) mean? Well, one question worth pursuing is this one: Which world is the digital world? Planet Doom: Bradford Plumer on nine scenarios for imminent apocalypse — only one is global warming. Give it a rest, genius: Ann Hulbert on what the new success books don't tell you about superachievement. From The Village Voice, the NYPD Tapes: Graham Rayman goes inside Bed-Stuy's 81st Precinct. D.A.R.E. has been in America's classrooms for more than a quarter century, but experts still debate whether the program works. Craig Morgan Teicher reviews Planisphere by John Ashbery. The artist as troll: The Gutenberg Press, filing cabinets, Marxist newspapers, ballpoint pens, Live Journal, YouTube — the more things change, the more they stay the same. Don't lament everything lost to technology: What did we lose when we abandoned land lines? Obscene phone sex perverts, for one.

An article on why Kiswahili should not be downgraded. From Book of Odds, an article on constructing a language; and a look at the five weirdest constructed languages in this (or any) world. With the humanities curriculum itself under siege, how important will Yiddish be to the overall mission of colleges? The trouble with English is imaginary: The culture debate be damned, million of Indians are learning English and feeling no angst. A review of A Certain “Je Ne Sais Quoi”: The Origin of Foreign Words Used in English by Chloe Rhodes. Hooligans and Woodchucks: A look at the roots of the English language. Is Arabic a dying language? Unlikely, but English has become the lingua franca of commerce, media and education in parts of the Arab world. An article on listening to (and saving) the world’s languages in New York. Sprechen Sie Deutsch: How linguistic variations affect where Germans choose to live. A review of Spanglish: The Making of a New American Language by Ilan Stavans. Are French-speakers victims of "linguistic terrorism"? France has launched efforts on behalf of all francophonie to preserve the language in diplomatic circles. Can Frisian make a comeback? Just half-a-million people in the north of the Netherlands speak Frisian, or Fryslan, but its future looks bright. In search of lost languages: The Shinnecock and Unkechaug on Long Island are joining other tribes seeking to revive ancestral languages as a key to their cultures. A God-given way to communicate: Fears about the demise of Arabic are misplaced. Sign up to fight unilinguaphobia: Why should Canada’s single-language masses accept rule by their bilingual betters? A review of The Modernity of Sanskrit by Simona Sawhney. Globish is coming: Like it or not, a new kind of lingua franca is becoming embedded around the world.

From Argumentum, Fee-Alexandra Haase (Balamand): The Linguistic Representation of Economic Breakdowns in the Mass Media Language as Inverted Rhetoric of Vivity; and The Cases of the Reception of Political Speeches and Discourses in the Online Journals New York Times Online and Spiegel Online. A review of Manufacturing Depression: The Secret History of a Modern Disease by Gary Greenberg. Ever get the feeling you've been cheated? David Gunkel mourns the betrayal of his Cold War boyhood's dreams of jetpacks, lunar adventure and the futuristic allure of the metric system. Just when investors thought beleaguered Blockbuster wouldn't make it, the movie rental company is going digital. Battle for the Stars: Science's rejection of damned data continues decades after Fort's books exposed it. Trinie Dalton reviews The Importance of Being Iceland by Eileen Myles. Putting the world back in working order: Engineering's decline in popularity could be reversed by showing potential students its power to tackle global challenges ranging from sustainability to energy security. Greece's financial collapse presents the eurozone with the opportunity to reform many of its institutions and procedures; chief among these reforms is the need for more democracy at the EU level. From Global Journalist, a series of articles on press freedom in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, 20 years later. Robert Parry on the Rise and Fall of The Washington Times: A tale of ex-Nazis, cocaine smugglers and Moonie cultists who created Right-wing Republican propaganda organ and brought it crashing down. Attack of the Cult Flicks: April was a big month for so-bad-they’re-good movies. A profile of Tyler Cowen, a blogger, professor and organizer of rules on how the world works.

Randolph Feezell (Creighton): Religious Ambiguity, Agnosticism, and Prudence. Simon Watson (Emmanuel): Richard Dawkins’ The God Delusion and Atheist Fundamentalism. From The Tablet, a review of The "New" Atheism: 10 arguments that don’t hold water by Michael Poole; and a review of Why Believe? by John Cottingham. An excerpt from The Christian Atheist by Craig Goeschel. The New Atheist writers are supremely self-confident in their ability to dispatch opponents with a sarcastic quip or two — and they show no evidence whatsoever of knowing what they are talking about. From First Things, how long should we waste our time with the sheer banality of the New Atheists? (and a response by Damon Linker). From The Humanist, PZ Myers on how he lost religion and gained 2.5 million friends. Two recent books by Eagleton and Hitchens converge on a common enemy, the bland atheist managerialism that assumes the point of life is fun. From Skeptic, Kenneth Grubbs on Antony Flew, 1923–2010: Following the argument wherever it leads (and more); and Chris Edwards on Motorcycle Maintenance Without the Zen: How Pirsig’s mistakes about atheism continue today. Peter Manseau reviews Confession of a Buddhist Atheist by Stephen Batchelor (and more). From Freethought Today, Dan Barker talks about his book Godless: How an Evangelical Preacher Became One of America's Leading Atheists; Barry Kosmin on the rising tide of secularity; and Phil Zuckerman on the goodness of Godlessness. Ryan Stringer on the value of atheism. Tom Rees on the sex lives of the atheists (and everyone else). Where do atheists come from? Social scientists have long wondered why so many people believe in God — we should ask why the rest don't. A review of A Short History of Secularism by Graeme Smith.