Paul Rosenzweig (GWU): The Evolution of Wiretapping. Rabia Belt (Michigan): "And Then Comes Life": The Intersection of Race, Poverty, and Disability in HBO’s The Wire. Marshall McLuhan's message was imbued with conservatism: Although an icon of the counterculture movement, the man who coined "the medium is the message" was no pill-popping hipster. A review of All About Love: Anatomy of an Unruly Emotion by Lisa Appignanesi (and more); Extravagant Expectations: New Ways to Find Romantic Love in America by Paul Hollander; and Love: A History by Simon May (and more). How to weaponize your personal crisis: Undocumented immigrants and gays and lesbians have forced a stark moral choice on their friends and neighbors — are you with us, or against us? How AEI kneecapped the Financial Crisis Commission: GOP commissioners leaked confidential information, pushed transparently bogus theories, and undermined the investigation of the causes of the financial crisis, according to a new report. A panel on One Nation Under Surveillance: A New Social Contract to Defend Freedom Without Sacrificing Liberty by Simon Chesterman. A whiff of history: When smells vanish, we lose a whole dimension of the world — now there’s a movement to change that. Here are ten reasons we are seeing an excess of lists of ten things we should know. From CJR, a cover story on The Future of Public Television: What public television could be, in an era in which we desperately need it to be more than it is. From The Morning News, five years in Manhattan and Brooklyn; several violent attacks — in other cities; a daily attempt to be the best which is never a good idea — nine lessons from a mini-lifetime in the Big Apple. Bullshit Heaven: Jed Perl reviews Thomas Kinkade: The Artist in the Mall.


From Church and State, three years after being pronounced "dead" by many pundits, fundamentalist political groups are riding high in Washington and many state legislatures (and more); and an article on Ralph Reed, born again. Chris Lehmann reviews Darren Dochuk's From Bible Belt to Sun Belt: Plain-Folk Religion, Grassroots Politics, and the Rise of Evangelical Conservatism, and Matthew Avery Sutton's Aimee Semple McPherson and the Resurrection of Christian America. From Religious Intelligence, a look at why evangelicals hate Jesus. The Christian-Right Whistleblower: Former evangelical celebrity Frank Schaeffer says they are anxious, terrified, and obsessed with sex (and more and more and more on Sex, Mom, and God: How the Bible’s Strange Take on Sex Led to Crazy Politics — and How I Learned to Love Women (and Jesus) Anyway). Sarah Posner on neo-Confederates and the revival of “theological war” for the “Christian nation”. Do evangelical Christian politicians help evangelicals? "Teavangelicals": How the Christian Right came to bless the economic agenda of the Tea Party. A review of Gospel of the Working Class: Labor's Southern Prophets in New Deal America by Jarod Roll and Erik Gellman. An excerpt from Acts of Conscience: Christian Nonviolence and Modern American Democracy by Joseph Kip Kosek. Articles of Faith: Amy Sullivan on the conservative double standard on Christian terrorism. A review of Was America Founded as a Christian Nation? A Historical Introduction by John Fea (and more). A former atheist, R. Brad White, has started an organization called Changing the Face of Christianity, with a mission to change the current popular opinion about Christianity as hypocritical and intolerant by helping Christians to become more like Christ. Should religion play a role in politics? Portraying partisan political positions as religious convictions is an obstacle to meaningful debate.


Eric Neumayer (LSE): Sustainability and Inequality in Human Development. A review of Global Inequality Matters by Darrel Moellendorf. The introduction to Humanitarianism and Suffering: The Mobilization of Empathy by Richard Ashby Wilson and Richard D. Brown. Gullible Travels: Poverty tours give new meaning to “slumming it”. Jimmy Chalk writes in defense of slum tourism. Who represents the poor? Pranab Bardhan on the limits of the NGO movement in global development. The price is right: How the world can buy its way out of poverty for just $100 billion. Can this woman change the world? Meet Esther Duflo, the rock-climbing professor tipped for a Nobel prize, whose radical thinking on global poverty has earned her the ear of the world’s most powerful politicians and philanthropists. A review of Trade and Poverty: When the Third World Fell Behind by Jeffrey G. Williamson. Jagdish Bhagwati on why free trade matters. Ursula Casabonne (World Bank) and Charles Kenny (CGD): The Best Things in Life are (Nearly) Free: Technology, Knowledge and Global Health. From UN Chronicle, a special issue on the ongoing battle against HIV/AIDS. From Global Post, a special report on Healing the World. David E. Bloom and David Canning (Harvard): Global Demography: Fact, Force and Future. Demography isn't destiny, one hopes: Good and bad news from the UN’s population projections (and more and more). 10 Billion Plus: Why world population projections were too low. Was Malthus right? Population growth is outstripping food supplies — unless farm productivity increases rapidly, the cost of food can only go up. Lester Brown on the new geopolitics of food: From the Middle East to Madagascar, high prices are spawning land grabs and ousting dictators — welcome to the 21st-century food wars. Chug for growth: Drink and be merry — it's all for the common good.


From the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, Thomas Kalinowski (Ewha Womans): Regulating International Finance and the Evolving Imbalance of Capitalisms since the 1970s; and Fritz W. Scharpf (Max Planck): Monetary Union, Fiscal Crisis and the Preemption of Democracy. From Mute, in the elegant and obscure Letters Journal, an anonymous collective traverses the black hole of nihilism to elude capitalism's all-encompassing ability to swallow resistance; placing the cross-hair of analysis over the postmodern notion that everything is language, Speculative Realism is a philosophy that instead considers the relations between objects; and thanks to the pervasive logic of cybernetics and the planetary roll-out of digital networks, feedback has come to determine the behaviour of post-war capitalism and culture — Benedict Seymour considers the uncomfortable parallels between the avant-garde and post-Fordist harnessing of "free inputs" within networks of production. A review of Worst Ideas Ever: A Celebration of Embarrassment by Daniel B. Kline and Jason Tomaszewski. Too young to wed: Cynthia Gorney on the secret world of child brides. The Tale of the Big Computer: From 1966 Stockholm to 2011 New York City and into possible futures — a vision and an investigation. From the Annals of Improbable Research, here is a first-hand reportage of Altman’s orgasm. Does health coverage make people healthier? Sometimes, less is more: A growing movement among US healthcare professionals is arguing that medical treatment can cause more harm than good. Actually, we have too much health insurance. A look at why scientists and journalists don’t always play well together. The Beauty of Maps: What cartographic creativity has to do with the limitations of copyright law.


From Popular Mechanics, here are 6 false lessons of the Space Shuttle; and was the Space Shuttle really worth it? Although it has become common these days to call the shuttle a policy and programmatic failure, the historical evidence indicates that the nation walked into it with eyes wide open, whistling a jaunty tune. Proposing a "Coast Guard" for space: James C. Bennett on what ails America’s space sector and how to fix it. From Americana, Rita Kaszas on A Space of Their Own: Women, the American Space Program and the Emergence of Star Trek. Tektite Revisited: Bringing the final frontier back home — NASA, aquanauts, anechoic chambers, and the problems of modern living. Space, the comfy frontier: Architects tackle the problem of creating "home" in a place where we’re the aliens. An interview with Robert Zubrin, author of The Case for Mars: The Plan to Settle the Red Planet and Why We Must. Let's reconstitute humans from genomes launched into space and other ambitious proposals for galactic colonization — DARPA's 100-Year Starship project is getting underway. Humans are essential to exploration; however, technology has now advanced to the point that we can wonder how much humans have to physically be there to do it. A review of Strange New Worlds: The Search for Alien Planets and Life Beyond Our Solar System by Ray Jayawardhana. A review of First Contact: Scientific Breakthroughs in the Hunt For Life Beyond Earth by Marc Kaufman. Will we really find alien life within 20 years? Sarah Zielinski on ten ways to search for intelligent life in the universe. The myth of evil aliens: Michael Shermer on why Stephen Hawking is wrong about the danger of extraterrestrial intelligences. A review of Communication with Extraterrestrial Intelligence. Wendy Grossman on Wikileaks and the truth about aliens — or not.


A new issue of Europe's World is out. Bart M.J. Szewczyk (GWU): European Citizenship and National Democracy: Contemporary Sources of Legitimacy of the European Union. Pavlos Eleftheriadis (Oxford): The Moral Distinctiveness of the European Union. Joerg Koenig and Renate Ohr (Gottingen): Small but Beautiful? Economic Impacts of the Size of Nations in the European Union. Marius Tatar (Oradea): Integration, Identity and Participation in a Changing Europe. In search of Europe: An interview with Jacques Delors. The ever-changing Union: An introduction to the history, institutions and decision-making processes of the European Union. How Europe lost its military might: While Europe has more troops, the US has invested in military infrastructure. Can the Europeans defend themselves? America vs Europe: Which is the bigger threat to the world economy? European central blunder: Greece’s economic problems were a sign of fundamental problems with the euro. The first chapter from States of Credit: Size, Power, and the Development of European Polities by David Stasavage. It’s the Economy, Dummkopf: The fate of Europe in its hands, Germany wants other countries to be more, well, German (and an interview with Michael Lewis). Germans shouldn't be ashamed of identity, says singer Xavier Naidoo. Alain Touraine on immigrants as scapegoats in Europe. You can download the book Interculturalism: Europe and its Muslims in Search of Sound Societal Models. After Eden: Norway's tragedy spotlights Europe's far right (and a nation-by-nation guide to political parties and extremist groups). From NYRB, Malise Ruthven on the new European far-right. Something radical in the state of Denmark: Ronan McHugh finds Copenhagen offers much of interest to visiting lefties. An island people: Europe has much to learn from the people of Lampedusa.


From GeoCurrents, Martin W. Lewis, Jake Coolidge, and Anne Fredell on the Demic Atlas Project: Toward a Non-State-Based Approach to Mapping Global Economic and Social Development. From Bookforum.com, Aaron Lake Smith on a dispatch from a dying Borders. To mark the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, The Chronicle Review asked a group of influential thinkers to reflect on some of the themes that were raised by those events and to meditate on their meaning, then and now. How Obama disappointed the world: As America's first black president, Barack Obama electrified an entire nation — but now that the nation is in crisis, he seems unable to connect with the people. Obama’s era of decline: Faced with a frightening national debt and deep Tea Party–driven divisions over taxes and entitlements, Obama will be defined by how he manages a new era of decline — and whether he can change the GOP. Peter Orszag on four ways Congress can upgrade our credit rating. Felix Salmon on the difference between S&P and Moody’s. Ezra Klein interviews Joseph Gagnon on what the Fed should do. Do austerity measures increase the risk of social chaos? Henry Farrell investigates. If we can’t afford those or if we become sick of strictly being that hassle to others, then looting works just as well as an expression of our own right to not give a shit about others — if purchasing power represents freedom, so then can looting. Why we need library rental fees: It's time to bring a beloved institution into the 21st century. Dangerous worlds: Ann Snitow on teaching film in prison. Chew, if you will, on Nicola Twilley’s disquisition on the problems caused by and ensuing from the proper (and also some improper) uses of chewing gum. Serious question: Did prehistory humans also draw dicks on things?


Mary Jane Mossman (York): (Re)Examining Feminism and Justice. Kate Elizabeth Cantrell (QUT): Ladies on the Loose: Contemporary Female Travel as a "Promiscuous" Excursion. A review of Capitalism, For and Against: A Feminist Debate by Ann Cudd and Nancy Holmstrom. Gender inequality is an old story — it may be as old as the horse and plough. A review of At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape, and Resistance: A New History of the Civil Rights Movement from Rosa Parks to the Rise of Black Power by Nancy Gertner; and Hands on the Freedom Plow: Personal Accounts by Women in SNCC. Charlotte Allen on what third world women want — according to first world feminists. Kay Hymowitz on why the gender gap won’t go away — ever: Women prefer the mommy track. Naomi Wolf on America’s reactionary feminists. A look at why brilliant women should be more arrogant. The unbalancing act: How literary periodicals fail to correct gender inequity. Barbara Wootton attended the League of Nations, helped abolish the death penalty and became a magistrate before she was eligible to vote. The stigma of “singlism”: An article on ever-single women’s perceptions of their social environment. From TED, why do we let our anatomy determine our fate? A review of Delusions of Gender: How Our Minds, Society, and Neurosexism Create Difference by Cordelia Fine. It's a man's world: The numbers are in, and they show a staggering absence of women in Washington's foreign-policy community; and go inside the gender breakdowns of Washington's premier think tanks. A review of Reshaping the Work-Family Debate by Joan C. Williams. If you move in feminist circles, there's really no choice this summer — you have to read Caitlin Moran's How To Be A Woman. Here are 10 books any self-respecting feminist needs on her shelf.


How Germanic is Great Britain really? Archeologists and geneticists have unveiled surprising revelations about the historical origins of people in the modern United Kingdom (and more). All the King’s Fools: The fools of the early Tudor court were likely to have been people with learning disabilities as a new project demonstrates. Pretty dishes, fit for supper: How British social history is written through our cookbooks. The plot against the NHS: Britain’s most famous post-war social achievement was unravelled through a series of step-by-step "reforms", always presented as mere improvements to the NHS as a public service. From New Left Project, rethinking the welfare state: An interview with Tim Hitchcock; and the geography of injustice: An interview with Danny Dorling, author of Injustice: Why Social Inequality Persists and So You Think You Know About Britain? (and part 2). Socialism in one county: David Runciman reviews The Labour Tradition and the Politics of Paradox. A review of British Conservatism: The Politics and Philosophy of Inequality by Peter Dorey. The small society: Is the idyll of the English village dead? Oh, Britannia, how you have changed: When Andrew Sullivan left Britain for America it was a dreary, divided land; on his return he finds political turmoil — yet a nation at peace with itself. More and more and more and more and more and more on Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class by Owen Jones. While France celebrates its intelligentsia, you have to go back to Orwell and Huxley to find British intellectuals at the heart of national public debate — why did we stop caring about ideas? Julian Baggini on the real threat to universities. That ugly Americanism? It may well be British. A crisis of ideology and political leadership: You've probably heard it said a dozen times today — "It's like 28 Days Later out there" (and more).


Michel Rosenfeld (Cardozo): Constitutional Versus Administrative Ordering in an Era of Globalization and Privatization: Reflections on Sources of Legitimation in the Post-Westphalian Polity. A review of James Geary's I Is an Other: The Secret Life of Metaphor and How It Shapes the Way We See the World. Man of a Hundred Thousand Books: Don Stewart is the neat, smooth proprietor of a rather unkempt and chaotic bookstore, where leisurely browsing is addictive and almost mandatory. A light for the future: Costica Bradatan on the political uses of a dying body. From Cracked, a look at at some awesome flag redesigns. Is analyzing culture with Google Books social science? Discovering fun facts by graphing terms found among the 5 million volumes of the Google Books project sure is amusing — but this pursuit dubbed "culturomics" is not the same as being an historian. A review of Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It by Gary Taubes. Niobe Way on her book Deep Secrets: Boys' Friendships and the Crisis of Connection. Michael R. Lemov on his book People’s Warrior: John Moss and the Fight for Freedom of Information and Consumer Rights. Slavoj Zizek on a vile logic to Anders Breivik's choice of target: Like Pim Fortuyn before him, Breivik embodies the intersection between rightist populism and liberal political correctness. What if you wrote a book and only one person read it? From The Exiled, Mark Ames on why the American Right never liked V.S. Naipaul; and radicals, imbeciles and FBI stooges: From Jerry Rubin to Rich Fink, we’ve reached rock-bottom, baby! A review of Everything is Obvious: How Common Sense Fails by Duncan J Watts. From HBR, a look at why American management rules the world; and Bill Taylor on why great people are overrated (and more).

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