From Prospect, 50 writers and intellectuals on the debate about British values (and part 2). The introduction to Labour's First Century. A review of The triumph of the political class by Peter Oborne and Blair's Britain: 1997-2007. Only a few monks and nuns remain in Britain, where the fall in recruitment has been dramatic. Much of monastic work has been made redundant by the welfare state, and social forces that once fed religious life have dried up. A review of Thames: Sacred River by Peter Ackroyd. A review of A Little History of the English Country Church by Roy Strong. What do Sean Connery, Ewan McGregor and Billy Connolly have in common? They're all less famous for being Scottish than Groundskeeper Willie. A review of Scotland: The Autobiography (and more).


From Ars Disputandi, a review of Thought and Reality by Michael Dummett; a review of The Problem of Evil by Peter van Inwagen; a review of God and the Nature of Time by Garrett J. DeWeese; a review of Letters to Doubting Thomas: A Case for the Existence of God by C. Stephen Layman; and a review of Is Faith Rational? A Hermeneutical - Phenomenological Accounting of Faith by Wessel Stoker. A review of The Law of God: The Philosophical History of an Idea by Remi Brague. More on The Stillborn God by Mark Lilla. A review of Darwin's Angel: An Angelic Riposte to The God Delusion. A review of In God We Doubt: Confessions of a Failed Atheist by John Humphrys (and more and more). A Kick Up the ’Arris: A review of The End of Faith by Sam Harris. Here’s a look at the 5 most kick-ass apocalyptic prophecies. From Free Inquiry, which century is this? Christopher Hitchens wants to know; and an essay on humanism and politics: Unbelief and the vote.


From Democracy, since 1993, balanced budgets have been liberals' holy grail. With bridges failing and roads crumbling, it's time to reconsider; and Gene Sperling on rising-tide economics: In the twenty-first century, growth and equality must go hand in hand. The lesson of the DMV: Slashing government services in the name of "taxpayer protection" does not result in lubricating a state's economic engine — it ends up throwing sand in the gears. The introduction to Outsourcing Sovereignty: Why Privatization of Government Functions Threatens Democracy and What We Can Do About It by Paul R. Verkuil. What has Bush done to the government? Dan Froomkin investigates. From The Remnant, an article on the Nazi tactics of social services. An interview with David Harsanyi, author of Nanny State: How Food Fascists, Teetotaling Do-Gooders, Priggish Moralists, and Other Boneheaded Bureaucrats Are Turning America Into a Nation of Children (and more). Lazy-Ass Nation: Jim Windolf marvels at the country's can-do-but-why-bother ethic. Is a citizen-based social contract too much for American citizens to handle? Michael Lind wants to know.


Nicholas L. Baham III (CSU- East Bay): Radio Free Coltrane: Free Jazz Radio as Revolutionary Practice. A review of Coltrane: The Story of a Sound by Ben Ratliff. A review of The House That George Built: With a Little Help from Irving, Cole, and a Crew of About Fifty by Wilfrid Sheed. A review of Frank Sinatra: the Man, the Music, the Legend by Jeanne Fuchs and Ruth Prigozy and Sinatra: Frank and Friendly by Terry O’Neill and Robin Morgan. A review of American Band: Music, Dreams and Coming of Age in the Heartland by Kristen Laine. A review of He's a Rebel: Phil Spector: Rock and Roll's Legendary Producer by Mark Ribowsky. An interview with Herbie Hancock on math, music and mastering the tech toolbox. No Free Samples: Who’s making big bucks off of Kanye West’s and 50 Cent’s new albums? Think Steely Dan.


From The New York Times Magazine, a special issue on college; and has the modern university become just another corporation? Has adult obsession with college sex reached such a pitch that a parent assumes that every cordial conversation will, without his or her intervention, end in frantic intercourse? The right to romance: Why universities shouldn't prohibit relations between teachers and students. The New Me Generation: The crop of talented recent graduates coming into today's workforce is widely seen as narcissistic and entitled. And those are their best qualities. Prophets of Admission: The college try may not get you into college. The new college try: Selective colleges serve less as vehicles of upward mobility than as transmitters of privilege from generation to generation. Who are these mediocre white students getting into institutions such as Harvard, Wellesley, Notre Dame, Duke, and the University of Virginia?


From the Journal of Philosophy, Science & Law, Randall P. Bezanson and Steven C. Moeller debate The Foundations of Federalism. The introduction to The Architecture of Government: Rethinking Political Decentralization by Daniel Treisman. The introduction to Purposive Interpretation in Law by Aharon Barak. A review of Not a Suicide Pact: The Constitution in a Time of National Emergency by Richard A. Posner. A review of My Grandfather's Son: A Memoir by Clarence Thomas (and more). The smear this time: Why is Clarence Thomas bringing up the same old lies? Anita Hill wonders. More and more and more and more on The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court by Jeffrey Toobin.


From Left Curve, an essay on the conditions of anti-capitalist art: Radical cultural practices and the capitalist art system. From Osteuropa, an article on perpetrators, victims, and art: The National Socialists' campaign of pillage. The story of humanity: A review of Creation: Artists, Gods, and Origins by Peter Conrad (and more). An interview with Jonathan Ree on philosophy as an art. Back to the Figure: Rather than choosing between abstraction and representation, contemporary artists are embracing both—and creating something new in the process. Borrowing from nature: Architects believe that biologically inspired designs can help to reduce the environmental impact of buildings. From scrap to showhome: Architects are using everything from abandoned jumbo jets to torn-down highways and shipping containers to create unusual recycled residences. Architecture for a better Muslim world: A prize is awarded to a number of very different, socially relevant buildings: a showcase university, a market and a school made of bamboo and mud.


From The Hindu, a review of The Clash Within: Democracy, Religious Violence, and India’s Future by Martha C. Nussbaum. Viewing India’s down and out: Slum tourism is a way for travelers to taste the exotica of squalor. Recalling the “liberation” of Goa: Looking back, some of the reactions to the “invasion” of Goa, both Indian and Western, are amusing and bewildering. A review of The Scandal of Empire: India and the Creation of Imperial Britain by Nicholas B. Dirks. The siege of the Red Mosque, which religious parties say killed over a thousand people, drove a wedge between moderate and militant Islam that could be fatal for the Musharraf presidency. Pakistan on the Brink: Six years after the September 11 attacks, the Bush administration encourages more strife in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Pervez Musharraf is wobbling, and his political adversaries are moving in for the kill. But Pakistan’s former leaders are hardly the democratic saviors they present themselves to be. Finger on the trigger: If Pakistan falls, Jihadis will have the bomb.


National Journal explores a number of ways that the 2008 presidential election is different. So long, white boy: Could 2008 be the year that Democrats finally admit an old sweetheart is never coming back, and stop pandering to the white male voter? Democrats are scrambling for a new paradigm. Maybe they don't need one: A review of The Argument by Matt Bai (and more). Tyranny of the tiny minority: Here's how progressives can counter the GOP's obstruction strategy. Learning from Bush's mistakes: Fred Kaplan on how a prewar conversation can help us pick the next president. A review of The Bluest State: How Democrats Created the Massachusetts Blueprint for American Political Disaster by Jon Keller. Masters of their domain: Silicon Valley conservatives are trying to build the right-wing MoveOn from the top down.


From The Wilson Quarterly, the route to the top may remain even more difficult than it is for men, but the decision that women face now is whether they want to enter—and perhaps hope to alter—the demolition derby. Most of the hand-wringing over the glass ceiling focuses on the primarily male boards of listed companies. This narrow view of what constitutes power and influence ignores the increasing number of women taking alternative routes to the top. Leading ladies: Maverick women were among the pioneers of cinema. But their power waned as the Hollywood studio system took hold. Eighty years later, women are back on top and are again calling the shots. Mom, the next corporate titan: Hungry for talent, big companies have started to pursue women who have dropped out of the workforce. This could redefine the whole notion of a career. In our post-feminist Western world, women are supposed to be able to have it all. So why are so many dissatisfied? The problem may lie within women themselves.

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