Julia Tanner (Durham): Can Animals Have Preference-Interests? From Human Ecology Review, Stefano B. Longo and Nicholas Malone (Oregon): Meat, Medicine, and Materialism: A Dialectical Analysis of Human Relationships to Nonhuman Animals and Nature; Marc Bekoff (Colorado): Animal Passions and Beastly Virtues; Jason C. Hribal on Animals, Agency, and Class: Writing the History of Animals from Below; and a review of The Beast in the Garden: A Modern Parable of Man and Nature by David Baron. From Fast Capitalism, Steve Best (UTEP): The Killing Fields of South Africa: Eco-Wars, Species Apartheid, and Total Liberation and Carl Boggs (National): Corporate Power, Ecological Crisis, and Animal Rights. Lawyer for the dog: Inside the booming field of animal law, in which animals have their own interests — and their own lawyers. A little bird told me: Is Alex the Parrot smart?

From TNR, How K Street evil genius Haley Barbour devoured Mississippi. An interview with Kim Long, author of The Almanac of Political Corruption, Scandals & Dirty Politics. Beyond DeLay: A look at the most corrupt members of Congress. Business Week goes Inside the Hidden World of Earmarks: How company spending on lobbyists can pay off. From Wiretap, political gold diggers abound. But what are PACs, what do they want and how do they affect us? A review of Mudslingers: The Top 25 Negative Political Campaigns of All Time by Kerwin Swint. Once again, bigfoot media are crafting bogus narratives that will distort the candidates and the entire presidential campaign. This is the quixotic dilemma of any attempt to “critically analyze” presidential politics: everyone already knows that the campaign is a glorified horserace, and everyone already knows that this horserace is a wee bit totally jury-rigged.

From the latest issue of Post-Autistic Economics Review, George Irvin (London): Growing inequality in the neo-liberal heartland; Peter Soderbaum (Malardalen): Science, ideology and development: Is there a "sustainability economics"?; John B. Davis (Amsterdam): Why is economics not yet a pluralistic science? Deirdre McCloskey reviews Prophet of Innovation: Joseph Schumpeter and Creative Destruction by Thomas K. McCraw and John K. Galbraith's The New Industrial State. A review of A Farewell to Alms: A Brief Economic History of the World by Gregory Clark. One of the most important ideas of the late Nobel Laureate Friedrich Hayek was the concept of "spontaneous order". This can be a difficult concept to explain. James Livingston loves reading economists when they write like journalists.

From New York, how Edward Mapplethorpe got his name back: His long, tortured road through art, drugs, and brotherhood; an article on how to rebuild the Guggenheim: The museum’s next director, whoever he or she is, has to do one thing first: Dump Thomas Krens (and who should get the job?) Is there any common ground between a man with a skull tattooed on his face and a man who conceives of a skull worth $100 million? From City & Time, Luiz Manuel do Eirado Amorim and Claudia Loureiro (UFPE): The space of architecture and a new conservation agenda. Time for some Moore: An outdoor exhibition showcasing the works of Henry Moore is poised to restore his standing as a sculptor of world importance. Rent-A-Treasure: How to eliminate the black market in stolen antiquities. Rescued from the brink of extinction: A plant closure and the rising cost of resin almost killed off the world's most iconic lawn ornament.

From Behavior and Social Issues, Lyle K. Grant (Athabasca): Peak Oil as a Behavioral Problem. The Jane Fonda Effect: Is a 1979 thriller to blame for America’s overreliance on fossil fuels? From TNR, Ted Nordhaus and Michael Shellenberger on a Manifesto for a New Environmentalism. A review of Green is the New Black: How to Change the World with Style by Tasmin Blanchard. Small behaviors are important not only for the direct environmental impact they have, but because they often lead to more and more pro-environmental behaviors over time. Aren't there just too many people? Reducing consumption is imperative, but it's pointless to cut out meat and cars while having lots of children. Global Swarming: Is it time for Americans to start cutting our baby emissions? (and responses).

Beth Van Schaack (Santa Clara): With All Deliberate Speed: Civil Human Rights Litigation as a Tool for Social Change. A review of From Civil Rights to Human Rights: Martin Luther King Jr., and the Struggle for Economic Justice by Thomas F. Jackson. Zoltan Hajnal (UCSD) and Taeku Lee (Harvard): When and Why Do African Americans Not Identify as Democrats? Jonathan Chait on the reactionary Congressional Black Caucus. There's a new generation of African American political leaders, and they aren't confining their careers to black districts — they're calling for race-blind, not race-based, policies. They don't sound like Jesse Jackson, but then, they came of age in a different (though it's not clear how different) America.

From Greater Good, a special issue on Genocide and the Bystander's Dilemma, including an interview with Philip Gourevitch, author of We wish to inform you that tomorrow we will be killed with our families. From the International Journal of Criminal Justice Sciences, a review of Internationalized Criminal Courts: Sierra Leone, East Timor, Kosovo and Cambodia. The introduction to Atrocity, Punishment, and International Law by Mark A. Drumbl. A review of Human Rights Obligations of Non-State Actors by Andrew Clapham.

Revisiting the Canon Wars: Two decades after Allan Bloom’s The Closing of the American Mind, it’s generally agreed that his multiculturalist opponents won the canon wars. Why are we here? Colleges ignore life's biggest questions, and we all pay the price. Master’s degrees abound as universities and students see a windfall: More students than ever have started master’s programs this fall, and universities are seeing those programs as potentially lucrative sources of revenue. Dueling Trend Stories: The Wall Street Journal vs. The New York Times on the value of an MBA. Michael Kinsley on the Wacky World of Student Loans: How banks rip off college students and the government. Rip-Offs 101: The prices of college textbooks are ridiculous. But solving the problem is more complicated than students think.

Dougal Phillips (SCA): The Self-Torment of the White House Screen: Language, Lyotard and Looking Back at the War on Terror. Jarret M. Brachman (USMA): High-Tech Terror: Al-Qaeda's Use of New Technology. Scarier Than Bin Laden: Thanks to Zawahiri al-Qaeda that has risen from the grave. Meet the new terrorist in charge. From Daily Mail, an article on Bush the Jihadist: How the world was plunged into an apocalyptic war. Power, liberal imperialism, and the Bush Doctrine: A review of The Peace of Illusions: American Grand Strategy from 1940 to the Present by Christopher Layne and A Pact with the Devil: Washington’s Bid for World Supremacy and the Betrayal of the American Promise by Tony Smith.

From Americana: The Journal of American Popular Culture, Christopher Le Coney and Zoe Trodd (Harvard): John Wayne and the Queer Frontier: Deconstructions of the Classic Cowboy Narrative during the Vietnam War; and Jennifer Moskowitz (USD): The Cultural Myth of the Cowboy, or, How the West Was Won; Anil Narine (Simon Fraser): Policing Traumatized Boundaries of Self and Nation: Undocumented Labor in Blade Runner; an interview with Christopher J. Wright, author of Tribal Warfare: Survivor and the Political Unconscious of Reality Television; an interview with Joseph Natoli, author of This Is a Picture and Not the World: Movies and a Post-9/11 America; and an interview with Douglas R. Anderson, author of Philosophy Americana: Making Philosophy at Home in American Culture.