Susan Ekberg Stiritz and Susan Frelich Appleton (WUSTL): Sex Therapy in the Age of Viagra: "Money Can't Buy Me Love". From the Rutherford Journal, a special issue on Alan Turing, Father of the Modern Computer, by B. Jack Copeland and Diane Proudfoot. The Luddite spirit lives on in people like Kirkpatrick Sale; he tells Alison George why we are on a collision course with technology — and why he now uses a computer. Why are smart people usually ugly? An answer to the Explainer's 2011 Question of the Year. The American Economic Association's annual meeting is red-letter day for "the dismal science" — and dismal it proved. Solitary: 30,000 supermax prisoners in the US are denied any human contact — so how does it affect them? From The New American, Selwyn Duke on the myth of fascism. From the SPLC's Intelligence Report, Bryon and Julie Widner decided to quit the world of hate — but former comrades, and Bryon’s tattoos, made it an uphill struggle; and something is happening on the radical right — extremists are ratcheting up the rhetoric of war. A review of Those Guys Have All the Fun: Inside the World of ESPN by James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales. 10 roads to the end of the Earth: Even in the day of GPS, there are still lost roads — these are the most extreme and isolated passes on the planet. Politics by other means: In Egypt, street protests set the agenda. Ayatollah for a Day: Karim Sadjadpour war-gamed an Israeli strike on Iran — and it got ugly. Gender stealth: Why transgender disclosure is not necessary. An article on 5 logical fallacies that make you wrong more than you think.


C. Christine Fair (Georgetown), Neil A. Malhotra (Stanford), and Jacob N. Shapiro (Princeton): A Religion of Peace? Islam and Support for Political Violence. From Zenit, does conscience collide with papal teaching? Cardinal Newman offers well-founded answer; and an interview with Thomas D. Williams, author of The World As It Could Be: Catholic Social Thought for a New Generation. Jay Rubenstein on crusade vs. jihad: Which is worse? A review of Awakening Islam: The Politics of Religious Dissent in Contemporary Saudi Arabia by Stephane Lacroix. When is self-interest moral? Daniel Finn on a gap in Catholic social teaching. A review of Mohammed and Charlemagne Revisited: An Introduction to the History of a Controversy by Emmet Scott. Patrons and companions: When it comes to the saints, there are two extremes to avoid. A review of Catholicism in Social and Historical Contexts: An Introduction by Curt Cadorette. The vote is mightier than the sword: Islamist political parties are changing their tactics — the future battles will be won at the ballot box. Samuel Gregg on dissenting Catholics’ modernity problem. The introduction to Muhammad's Grave: Death Rites and the Making of Islamic Society by Leor Halevi. Church teaching has shifted away from damnation and now focuses on salvation — is that a good thing? A review of Shi’ism: A Religion of Protest by Hamid Dabashi. A review of The Crisis of Authority in Catholic Modernity. A review of Muhammad and the Believers: At the Origins of Islam by Fred Donner. A review of Why the West is Best: A Muslim Apostate's Defense of Liberal Democracy by Ibn Warraq. Andrea Fernandes on 15 patron saints for modern situations.


C. Ulises Moulines (Munich): The Nature and Structure of Scientific Theories. What if there were rules for science journalism? No false balance, no miracle cures, no opaque statistics. A review of The Quantum Universe by Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw. Are there mysterious forces lurking in our atoms and galaxies? Physicists stalk a delicate “fifth force” of nature, hidden within the interstices of the other four — what they have not found is even more amazing. David Pescovitz on the map "A Multiverse of Exploration: The Future of Science 202". Who really discovered the expanding universe? From TLS, a review of The Copernican Question: Prognostication, Skepticism, and Celestial Order by Robert S. Westman and Leviathan and the Air Pump: Hobbes, Boyle, and the Experimental Life by Steven Shapin. In physics, telling cranks from experts ain’t easy. Philip Ball is going to try to be like an arts critic, but for science. An interview with Allen Everett and Thomas Roman, authors of Time Travel and Warp Drives: A Scientific Guide to Shortcuts through Time and Space. Here are the top 5 implications of finding the Higgs Boson. Delusions of grandeur: Information systems professor Ian Angell tells Laurie Taylor where science has gone wrong. The accidental universe: Alan P. Lightman on science's crisis of faith. Science affects everyone on the planet, so how and to what extent should the public help set its agenda? Jon Turney looks to the notion of vox populi research for some ideas. Oxford and Cambridge in partnership with US cluster to establish Philosophy of Cosmology as a new field of study. Michio Kaku addresses the question What if Einstein's theory of relativity is wrong?


Jo Lind (Oslo) and Dominic Rohner (Zurich): Knowledge is Power: A Theory of Information, Income, and Welfare Spending. Wesley Morris on the rise of the NBA nerd: Basketball style and black identity. Adrian Chen’s got his lasso out and damned if he isn’t going to catch the most illustrious stallion on the Internet’s wild frontier, @horse_ebooks. Doomsday Clock moved 1 minute closer to midnight. At Bain Capital, Mitt Romney was a cold, ruthless destroyer of jobs and families — does America need someone like that in the White House? Jim Naureckas on why it's good that Romney has no principles. It's easy to talk about disarmament, it's much harder to get it done: As long as treaties remain purposefully vague — and as long as we create more nuclear technology through the civilian use of nuclear power — disarmament is a fancy illusion. More fundamental than mathematical or statistical literacy, shouldn’t we make “quantitative literacy” a basic and integral part of our education curriculum, beginning in first grade? The cure for math anxiety might be in your head. In Mexico and Latin America, old migratory patterns are changing as migrants move to a wider range of cities and countries, creating regional challenges and opportunities. Bananas from Jersey: Penelope Chester on how the world is losing trillions to tax havens. A look at 5 insane ways fear of masturbation shaped the modern world.


Nicolai N. Petro (URI): Is Ideological Competition in Europe Necessary? From Qualitative Sociology Review, Maritza Felices-Luna (Ottawa): Anti-establishment Armed Groups as Total Institutions: Exploring Transformations of the Self; and Chris Hardnack (Oregon): More than an Activist: Identity Competition and Participation in a Revolutionary Socialist Organization. From Quadrant, Kenneth Minogue on the intellectual left’s treason of the heart. From The Utopian, Timothy Stanley on Thatcher and conservatism. Amid the rough and tumble of partisan politics, it can be hard to admit a liking for someone on the "other side"; eight progressives nominate their favourite Tory. A review of The Strange Non-Death of Neoliberalism by Colin Crouch. Left at the crossroads: Leftist governments in Latin America are facing resistance not only from the right, but from their own bases, as well. Immanuel Wallerstein on the social-democratic illusion. Teabagger Dundee: America exports libertarian revolution to Australia. A review of Domenico Losurdo's Liberalism: A Counter-History (and more). You can download Capitalism Class, & Class Struggle for (ex) Dummies. New Left Project profiles Gustav Landauer, nationalist anarchist. A review of The Conservatives: A History by Robin Harris (and more and more). Siryako Akd on the New Right and what it can offer the rest of the world. Honduras shrugged: Two start-ups want to try out libertarian ideas in the country’s new special development regions. David Ropeik on the roots, and dangers, of pig-headed closed-minded ideological thinking. The historical circumstances created by the implosion of contemporary capitalism requires the radical left, in the North as well as the South, to be bold in formulating its political alternative to the existing system.


From Conversations with History, an interview with Rogers M. Smith on politics and American political ideals. Imagine if the United States really was, as a number of leftists claim to think, “a fascist state”. Josh Rothman on the history of the "Native-American" print. As a Fortune 500 company’s fracking activities in rural West Virginia leave a polluted and drastically altered landscape, locals are fighting back. More on Railroaded: The Transcontinentals and the Making of Modern America by Richard White. A review of Almost President: The Men Who Lost the Race but Changed the Nation by Scott Farris. Last bastion of American hegemony: The U.S. has lost its indisputable lead in several industries and disciplines, but it still dominates how business leaders the world over think about management. A review of Hollywood Left and Right: How Movie Stars Shaped American Politics by Steven J. Ross. The introduction to Philanthropy in America: A History by Olivier Zunz. Moment of conception: How a radical anti-abortion movement matured. The American State — Power Obscured: An interview with William Novak and James Sparrow on why historians should look at the mutual constitution of state and society. Fred Magdoff on lessons from a long history of dissent: From the early twentieth century to Occupy Wall Street. The real divide in America: It isn't red versus blue, it's individualists versus institutionalists — and the latter may finally be winning. Is Americans' religious freedom under threat? In airports, classrooms and doctors' offices, Christians and religious minorities say, Americans are falling short of the founders' First Amendment ideals.


Jordan M. Singer (NESL): The Mind of the Judicial Voter. From The Jury Expert, an article on the dangers of disgust in the courtroom. An interview with Michelle Shephard, author of A Decade of Fear: Reporting from Terrorism’s Grey Zone. Palantir, the war on terror's secret weapon: A Silicon Valley startup that collates threats has quietly become indispensable to the U.S. intelligence community. E.T. is out there — why can’t we find him? Stop the killer space rocks: The job of saving humanity from extinction currently falls to no one — NASA and other organizations should take it on. From Zeek, Mark Shechner, Thane Rosenbaum and Victoria Aarons on the New Jewish Literature. While it can be argued that the role and sphere of NATO may be declining, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization is an entity that is clearly on the rise with the member countries. An interview with Jonathan Haidt, author of The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion. Hugh Eakin on the strange power of Qatar. Why we invented monsters: How our primate ancestors shaped our obsession with terrifying creatures. Scientists offer new insight into what to protect of the world's rapidly vanishing languages, cultures, and species. Dark Roasted Blend takes a look at the long tradition of "trolling" big corporations, one hilarious letter at a time. 99 Percenters, meet the Fearsome 40: OWS’s next goal should be to end the filibuster. The Pope’s Pornographic Bathroom: Tony Perrottet visits the Vatican’s most secret chamber. An interview with Ole Bjerg, author of Poker: The Parody of Capitalism. A look at the 6 most WTF protesters ever photographed.


Irus Braverman (SUNY-Buffalo): Zootopia: Utopia and Dystopia in the Zoological Garden. From the Journal for Critical Animal Studies, Corey Lee Wren (CSU): Resisting the Globalization of Speciesism: Vegan Abolitionism as a Site for Consumer-Based Social Change; Paul C. Gorski (GMU): Strategic Oppositionality to the Animal Rights “Antis”: Identity-Building and the United States Sportsmen’s Alliance; an interview with Josh Harper on animal rights history, welfarism and Star Wars; and a review of Muzzling a Movement: The Effects of Anti-terrorism Law, Money, and Politics on Animal Activism by Dara Lovitz. Marelene Zuk on the surprisingly gay world of insect sex. The most surreal insect on Earth: An article on the treehopper "helicopter", from the steamy jungles of your mind. The Cruelest Show on Earth: Bullhooks, whippings, electric shocks, three-day train rides without breaks — a yearlong investigation rips the big top off how Ringling Bros. treats its elephants. From the Annals of Improbable Research, a special issue on Animal Oddities is out. A cry for the tiger: We have the means to save the mightiest cat on Earth — but do we have the will? Military dolphins, medical maggots, pest-control falcons, and more: When the best tool for the job is an animal. Animal studies move from the lab to the lecture hall: Literature professors, sociologists, theologians and others who have studied humans and their doings are joining a growing, but still undefined, field. A look at 5 ridiculous animal myths that you probably believe.


Joost Pauwelyn (HEI): Is it International Law or Not and Does it Even Matter? Peer Zumbansen (York): Comparative, Global and Transnational Constitutionalism: The Emergence of a Transnational Legal-Pluralist Order. Joel P. Trachtman (Tufts): Who Cares About International Human Rights? The Supply and Demand of International Human Rights Law. Matthew Gibney (Oxford): Should Citizenship be Conditional? Denationalization and Liberal Principles. Graziella Romeo (Insubria): Citizenship in the Age of Globalisation. Kyla Reid (Sydney): Against the Right of Self-Determination. Pini Pavel Miretski (HUJ): Delegitimizing or Evolving? The Legality of UN Security Council Resolutions Imposing Duties on Non-State Actors. An excerpt from The United Nations: A Very Short Introduction by Jussi M. Hanhimaki. A review of Who Killed Hammarskjold? by Susan Williams. Philip G. Cerny on his book Rethinking World Politics: A Theory of Transnational Neopluralism. A review of Shifting Visions of Development: International Organizations, Non-Governmental Actors, and the Rise of Global Governance, 1945-1990. Transparency International releases its annual Corruption Perceptions Index for 2011, ranking 183 countries on their level of public accountability. Privatizing the peace: Julian Reid on contracting peace operations to the private sector. A review of The New Global Rulers: The Privatization of Regulation in the World Economy by Tim Butheand and Walter Mattli and Democracy and Dissent: The Challenge of International Rule Making by Frank Vibert.


Dominik Van Aaken (Munich) and Violetta Splitter and David Seidl (Zurich): Why Do Corporate Actors Engage in Pro-Social Behavior? A Bourdieusian Perspective on Corporate Social Responsibility. An interview with Erin Siegal on the search for Maria Fernanda, the role of Christianity in the trafficking of Guatemalan adoptees, and funding the research for her book via Kickstarter. Thomas Frank on why the Tea Party needs Mitt. An interview with Michael A. Lebowitz: "The unifying element in all struggles against capital is the right of everyone to full human development". Welcome to the 2011 Salon Hack List: It's time again to list the worst, most predictable and least interesting pundits in America. From TLS, a review essay on how Egypt’s regime ended. The world's biggest problem is stupidity: The year 2011 has been chock full of idiocy and ignorance. We have been inventing things for millions of years, but which is the best of them? Samantha Weinberg draws up criteria for a series of Big Questions. A look at how names of countries in foreign languages (exonyms) often bear no relationship to the names of the same countries in their own official language or languages (endonyms). The first biography of Mayawati, the contemporary dalit leader, breaks the silence of the Indian elites on a political phenomenon of unusual magnitude. Rome, Sweet Rome: Could a single Marine unit destroy the Roman Empire? James Redford on why libertarian anarchism is apodictically correct. A review of Zoot Suit: The Enigmatic Career of an Extreme Style by Kathy Peiss. A look at 6 pop culture visionaries who get too much credit.

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