From The Hudson Review, a review of Naked in the Marketplace: The Lives of George Sand by Benita Eisler; an essay on The Lives of the Most Eminent English Poets; With Critical Observations on Their Works by Samuel Johnson; "I've been reading Schopenhauer to cheer me up": David Mason on The Poetry Circus; Street Dance could be thought of as conceptual art: once you’d read a description of it, you could imagine it or create your own street dance by making up your own score. An interview with Roger Kimball on Counterpoints: 25 Years of The New Criterion on Culture and the Arts.

From TLS, a review of The Letters of A. E. Houseman: Volume One, 1872–1928 and Volume Two, 1929–1936; and a review of Police at the Funeral, More Work for the Undertaker, and The Beckoning Lady by Margery Allingham. From Eurozine, while the Northern Irish literary tradition is closely bound up with the experience of sectarian violence, contemporary poets and prose writers defy the assumption that "the troubles" are all there is to the country's literature.

From Spiked, a review of Welcome to Everytown: a journey into the English mind by Julian Baggini; Queuing for Beginners: the story of daily life from breakfast to bedtime by Joe Moran; and Watching the English: the hidden rules of English behaviour by Kate Fox; and a review of The Angry Years: The Rise and Fall of the Angry Young Men by Colin Wilson. A review of The Voice of the Hammer: The Meaning of Work in Middle English Literature by Nicola Masciandaro. Northern soul: Manchester has always occupied a special place in British culture. Could the arts be Tony Blair's brightest legacy as he steps down as prime minister on Wednesday?

The secrets behind the faces: Rembrandt, Hals and their contemporaries on show in London. Hanno Rauterberg looks at how the Venice Biennale does battle against the Documenta in Kassel. There's a lot of hot air wafting around the Venice Biennale. But one thing is for sure: the art world can party. The Art World Goes Provincial: The once-in-a-decade Sculpture Projects is on in Münster — a laid-back show for a town still thrilled by pumpernickel bread. 

From PopMatters, a look at the 50 DVDs every film fan should own. A review of Karaoke: The Global Phenomenon by Zhou Xun and Francesca Tarocco. From Smithsonian, Global Weddings: A look at how "I do" is done around the world. A review of The First Man in My Life: Daughters Write About Their Fathers.  Growing Up With the Girl Sleuth: An article on Nancy Drew and the Mystery of the Changing Demographic. The seven deadly sins of kid culture: One dad runs interference against the worst of children's entertainment.

From Foreign Affairs, James Surowiecki reviews The Improving State of the World: Why We're Living Longer, Healthier, More Comfortable Lives on a Cleaner Planet by Indur M. Goklany. Frank Furedi takes on the twenty-first century Malthusians who think everything from poverty to terrorism is a product of too much dirty breeding. A review of Live Working or Die Fighting: How the Working Class Went Global by Paul Mason. How the other half live and die: A review of Planet of Slums by Mike Davis. A look at the Millennium development goals: Are we on track? Universal pensions of just $1 a day in developing countries would significantly reduce old age poverty, a United Nations report finds. Does the United Nations have a future? Suzanne Nossel wants to know.

From America, a review of The Challenge of Human Rights By Jack Mahoney. From Human Rights & Human Welfare, a review of Guantánamo: The War on Human Rights by David Rose; a review of The Humanitarians: The International Committee of the Red Cross by David P. Forsythe; a review of Truth Commissions and Procedural Fairness by Mark Freeman; a review of Understanding Poverty; a review of Human Security and the UN: A Critical History by S. Neil MacFarlane and Yuen Foong Khong; a review of The Economic Life of Refugees by Karen Jacobsen; a review of Spatial Disparities in Human Development: Perspectives from Asia; and a review of Challenges to Peacebuilding: Managing Spoilers During Conflict Resolution. The Numbers Guy on ranking the world’s most peaceful nations.

Victor Kattan (BIICL): The Use and Abuse of Self-Defence in International Law: The Israel-Hezbollah Conflict as a Case Study. Could this be the way the Middle East conflict ends, not with a mushroom cloud or a peace deal but with the slow disappearance of the Jewish state? Peter Hitchens wants to know. A review of Preliminaries, S. Yizhar's landmark novel about coming of age in Israel. Girls with guns: In any western country, Maxim's pictures of female soldiers in their smalls wouldn't raise an eyebrow. They shouldn't shock us in Israel either.

From TAP, recent violence in the Palestinian territories means that the goal of a truly independent Palestinian state has became more remote than at any time since the second intifada. The Enemy of My Enemy: Gaza shows that Islamists are as pragmatic as any of us. Suicide bombers are not mentally ill or unhinged, but acting rationally in pursuit of the benefits they perceive from being part of a strict and close-knit religious enterprise. Efraim Halevy on why the Bush administration needs a backup plan for dealing with Hamas. When Democracy Disappoints: Does promoting peace in the Middle East mean defying the will of the people?

From Resurgence, a review of The Science of Oneness: A Worldview for the Twenty-First Century by Malcolm Hollick; and a review of After Eden: The Evolution of Human Domination by Kirkpatrick Sale. An interview with Charles Clover, author of The End of the Line: How Overfishing Is Changing the World and What We Eat. A review of Planet Chicken: The Shameful Story of the Bird on Your Plate by Hattie Ellis. It’s not only pet food that can kill: A look at the everyday beauty products that just aren’t worth the risk. 

Will Michael Moore's Sicko help the universal health care movement, or hurt it? Jonathan Cohn investigates. Mercury Rising: An article on exposing the vaccine-autism myth. New York City's 2006 smoking rate plumets to its lowest on record, and lower than all but five US states. Health officials credit tobacco taxes, indoor smoking restrictions and hard-hitting ad campaigns. Playing with Fire: As Forest Service funding decreases and McMansion subdivisions spread into forested areas, wildfires are becoming more dangerous — and more common — than ever before. Water, water, everywhere — and lots of drops to drink: Bottled water is expensive, wasteful, and sometimes unsafe.

Don't blame the weatherman: Accusing academics of exaggerating climate change could have dangerous consequences. From New Left Review, a review of Heat: How to Stop the Planet from Burning (and a response by George Monbiot). A review of Solar Revolution: The Economic Transformation of the Global Energy Industry by Travis Bradford. The Best Idea for Reducing Global Warming: It's not a carbon tax and it's not a cap-and-trade system. It's a carbon auction.  From Rolling Stone, Robert F. Kennedy on Global Warming: A real solution; and Tim Dickinson on the secret campaign of President Bush's administration to deny global warming (and a companion multimedia slide show). 

From Harper's, a series on Undoing Bush: how to repair eight years of sabotage, bungling, and neglect, including Bill McKibben on the environment, Ken Silverstein on civil service, Dahlia Lithwick on the courts, and David Cole on the Constitution. In Praise of Red Tape: When lawmakers and the media failed to hold the Bush Administration to account, it was left to bureaucrats to defend the integrity of government. The Plight of New Orleans Workers: Hands hired to clean up the Big Easy have been subjected to wage theft, exposure to dangerous substances, layoffs, tough discipline and discrimination.

From New Left Review, taking coordinates from Aristotle, Malcolm Bull finds in Agamben’s biopolitics and Nussbaum’s capabilities approach the disconnected fragments of a lost vision of society, adumbrated by Marx, glimpsed and rejected by Arendt. From Open Democracy, living in dialogue Richard Rorty made a matchless contribution to democratic dialogue across cultures in an era of global diversity, says his colleague Ramin Jahanbegloo; and Robert F. Bauer on Richard Rorty and the riches of progressive argument. Guess who’s coming to dinner? The controversial Peter Singer.

From NDPR, a review of Greek Political Thought by Ryan K. Balot. From TLS, Greek lives and times: A review of Richard Clogg Robert Holland and Diana Markides's The British and the Hellenes: Struggles for mastery in the Eastern Mediterranean 1850–1960; Ekeftherios Venizelos: The trials of statesmanship; Elisabeth Kontogiorgi's Population Exchange in Greek Macedonia: The rural settlement of refugees 1922–1930; Marina Petrakis's The Metaxas Myth: Dictatorship and propaganda in Greece; Violetta Hionidou's Famine and Death in Occupied Greece, 1941–1944; and Bea Lewkowicz's The Jewish Community of Salonika: History, memory, identity.

From The Economist, a review of The Chicago School: How the University of Chicago Assembled the Thinkers Who Revolutionized Economics and Business by Johan Van Overtveldt. From Spiked, a review of The Shock of the Old: Technology in Global History Since 1900 by David Edgerton; Imaginary Futures: from thinking machines to the global village by Richard Barbrook; and Fantasy Island by Larry Elliott and Dan Atkinson.

A review of Animal Architects: Building and the Evolution of Intelligence by James and Carol Gould. Darwin had to contend with religious dogma and bad poetry. An illustrious successor, Steve Jones, is equally frustrated by bad science. Science and Islam in Conflict: All over the world, no matter what the cultural or language differences, science is more or less guided by scientific principles—except in many Islamic countries, where it is guided by the Koran. This is the ultimate story about science and religion.

From Scientific American, Dog Bites Dog Story: Interpreting a collection of observations is a science in itself; and you may not have rhythm, but your brain does: New research begins to demystify communication between brain regions, potentially paving the way to treating disorders caused by crossed signals. Downtime on the High Frontier: When liberated from the rigors of routine, scientists in space make some remarkable discoveries.  Science Imitates (Comic Book) Art: Paleontologists adopt a technical term from The Far Side. From New Statesman, a review of Blame Canada! South Park and Contemporary Culture by Toni Johnson-Woods and South Park and Philosophy: You Know, I Learned Something Today.

From Esprit, an essay on the presence of African literature and the evolution of literary criticism, publishing, and readership. The Caribbean Review of Books is a delight to the book-hungry mind (and more). Arise, Sir Salman: Rushdie's knighthood reignites "Salmanophobia" at home and abroad. Tender is the knighthood: Salman Rushdie could have been an icon for the best kind of literary globalisation; instead he has become a global Guy Fawkes. Angels in the Mud: Writers and poets are flocking to New Orleans in droves, drawing inspiration — and the usual assortment of unique characters — from Katrina's sad aftermath. Whose life is it anyway? In a reckless moment the poet throws his life on to a scrapheap. He feels no better and tries to retrieve it. But it’s been stolen.

From Think Tank, an interview with Wiley Hausam, executive Director of the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts at New York University, and Judy Kaye, on the American Musical (and part 2). Can the masses appreciate modern art? The Documenta art extravaganza in Kassel is betting they can. For the first time ever, organizers are doing everything they can to help locals to understand the art — and art-lovers to understand the locals. L'Art Pour L'Art: Art makes a lie out of the expression the sky is the limit. One hot seat: On the centenary of Charles Eames's birth, a tribute to his revolutionary chair, which helped launch the notion of democratic design. When Dave Marcucci decided to turn his lawn into a public square, people thought he was crazy. Now, though, everyone wants a seat.

From The New Criterion, an essay on David Halberstam and the media's ethos of irresponsibility. Like a Feral Beast: Tony Blair on how today's media are too concerned with "impact" (and a response by Daniel Henninger of The Wall Street Journal). Big Media vs. the grassroots: OJR talks to two experts about the role of government in ensuring equal access to the marketplace of ideas. Internet repression is eroding freedom of expression online as more governments block sites and arrest bloggers, Amnesty International warns. See no evil? There's an inverse correlation between the regulation of speech and the freedom of a society. Trying to filter the internet is ridiculous and dangerous. An article on YouTube and the battle of Technology vs. Censorship.

From Technology Review, Second Earth: The World Wide Web will soon be absorbed into the World Wide Sim: an environment combining elements of Second Life and Google Earth. The Power of Poo-Poo: How a 30-second video clip about chapped lips propelled a local man to Internet stardom and taught the world to love Poo-Poo. A review of The Cult of the Amateur: How Today's Internet Is Killing Our Culture by Andrew Keen (and more). Mass Culture 2.0: Prominent librarian Michael Gorman utters dire warnings about new media. Scott McLemee hits the books. From Wired, an article on Narcissistic Blog Disorder and other conditions of online kookery.

From Sign and Sight, Europe's oppressive legacy: Nobel Prizewinner Imre Kertesz on the legacy of the last century and the challenges facing Europe in the next; and from closed circuits to communicating tubes: Polish journalist Adam Krzeminski points the way toward a European public sphere. Europe's Centre for Economic Policy Research has launched a new website called Vox, that seeks to become the focal point for discussion and analysis of policy-relevant economics. Unless Europe gets its act together, the world will continue to ignore it. How the West Was Lost: Theodore Dalrymple reviews The Last Days of Europe: Epitaph for an Old Continent by Walter Laqueur.

From Der Spiegel, it was a long time in coming, but finally Germany saw the birth of the new Left Party. Many see it as a collection of demagogues and former communists, but the political establishment is worried it could draw voters away from mainstream parties; and the Social Democratic Party is in trouble. A new poll shows they have their lowest approval ratings since elections in September 2005. The Left opposition in Germany: Why is the Left so weak when so many look for political alternatives? Ingo Schmidt investigates. A History of Hostility between Poland and Germany: Under the Kaczynski twins, ties between Germany and Poland have deteriorated to a level of animosity not seen since prior to the fall of the Iron Curtain. 

From FT, how politics lost its punch: Alas the tradition of legislative fights long ago withered in Westminster and Washington.  Life, liberty, and politicians' maddening way with words: Anne Applebaum on the infuriating blandness of political speech. From National Journal, Michael Barone on Open-Field Politics: Politics have changed. Surprises have become the norm as political alliances change overnight and voters feel free to move beyond party lines.

From Reason, The Minority Leader: Is Sen. Tom Coburn an extreme social conservative, a libertarian hero, or both? Uncompassionate Conservatives: Call them heartless and frugal—they'll be flattered. Sore losers: Michael Currie Schaffer on why Republicans are crybabies. A review of A Mormon in the White House? 10 Things Every American Should Know about Mitt Romney by Hugh Hewitt. Ron Paul is making a long-shot presidential bid to revive conservatism and lasso a party gone wild. The Party of No Ideas: Paul Waldman on the astonishing vacuousness of the GOP presidential campaigns. 

From Business Week, The CEO Mayor: How New York's Mike Bloomberg is creating a new model for public service that places pragmatism before politics. Short Jewish billionaires from Manhattan who love gun control, gays and abortionists don't win national elections. Walter Shapiro on how Mike Bloomberg could buy the White House: Does America crave a sane version of Ross Perot with actual governing experience?  Who would a Bloomberg presidential run hurt most? John B. Judis investigates (and more).

New York, yours, mine and theirs: In 9/11 politics, it’s the “I was there” camp versus the “Get a life” advocates. Hawks and Hogs: Why no one dares attack the waste in defense spending. Know your neocon rhetoric? An 11-quote quiz on the Bush Administration's war of words. Top ten movies Human Events would like to screen in US Embassies (and part 2). Guerrillas in our midst: The Justice Department goes after "freedom fighters", and rankles conservatives. A moratorium wired to stop the war: A new Iraq Moratorium effort will leverage grassroots and online activism. Martin Woollacott welcomes Paddy Ashdown's intelligent survey of recent western military operations, Swords and Ploughshares. From HNN, a review of Cullen Murphy’s Are We Rome? An excerpt from Islamic Imperialism: A History by Efraim Karsh. Amitai Etzioni on illiberal Muslim moderates as the global swing vote.

From Foreign Affairs, Walter Russell Mead reviews That Sweet Enemy: The French and the British From the Sun King to the Present by Robert Tombs and Isabelle Tombs. An interview with Jed Babbin, author of In the Words of Our Enemies. A review of The Idea That is America: Keeping Faith With Our Values in a Dangerous World by Anne-Marie Slaughter. From Jewcy, Rise of the Faux-cialists: Three poseurs — George Galloway, Hugo Chavez, Tariq Ali — who would have Marx spinning in his grave (plus their real-deal counterparts). A review of Comrades!: A History of World Communism by Robert Service. Paul Johnson on how greed is safer than power-seeking. It's time to dismantle the conservative dogma: inequality is not natural.

David Cole reviews Richard Posner's Not a Suicide Pact: The Constitution in a Time of National Emergency. An excerpt from A Tragic Legacy: How a Good vs. Evil Mentality Destroyed the Bush Presidency by Glenn Greenwald. Bush to Congress: Drop Dead: A new report shows how the president gets to sign a law and kill it too. Testimonial Two-Step: Dahlia Lithwick on mastering the intricate dance of congressional testimony. Impartial arts: An expert witness’ credible court report and impartial testimony stand between winning a case or a miscarriage of justice. The latest Supreme Court ruling on the death penalty will give prosecutors huge latitude to pick jurors who enthusiastically embrace capital punishment. Bad Execution: Lethal injection can cause undue suffering to the condemned. What's to be done? You Can't See Why on an fMRI: What science can, and can't, tell us about the insanity defense.

Drew Westen, author of The Political Brain: The Role of Emotion in Deciding the Fate of the Nation, on winning hearts and minds: Why rational appeals are irrational if your goal is winning elections. Dumbocracy in America: An interview with Bryan Caplan, author of The Myth of the Rational Voter: Why Democracies Choose Bad Policies. A review of Foundations of Betrayal: How the Liberal Super-Rich Undermine America by Phil Kent. What's Up With Kansas? How the Right Wing lost control of the Cyclone State. Small-Government Schmoozing: Scenes from a libertarian journalism conference at the Institute for Humane Studies. A Day at the Right-Wing Think Tank: An interview with Andrew Cohen, author of  The Unfinished Canadian: The People We Are.

From Philo, a review of Warranted Christian Belief by Alvin Plantinga. A review of The Cambridge Companion to Atheism. From Secular Web, an essay on The Culture of Atheism. From the Society of Mutual Autopsy, an interview with Christopher Hitchens, and more on God is Not Great (and more on a bad faith effort).

Carolyn Evans (Melbourne): Religious Freedom and Religious Hatred in Democratic Societies. A review of Religion and Law: An Introduction by Peter W. Edge. A review of Early Christianity by Mark Humphries. A review of The Church in the Age of Constantine: The Theological Challenges. A review of Out of the Storm: The Life and Legacy of Martin Luther by Derek Wilson. Church leaders brace for battle over the soul of Anglicanism: Observers fear coming vote on same-sex unions may break church.  

From Forward, name five contemporary Jewish theologians saying something interesting about Jewish belief who had not already published a major work by 1990: Where have all the theologians gone?  A look at how Muslims lost their temporal power first, then their grip over science. And science is important but social sciences are more important. Isaac Newton believed the Apocalypse would come in 2060 – exactly 1,260 years after the foundation of the Holy Roman Empire, according to a recently published letter. Luckily for modern scientists in awe of his achievements, he based this figure on religion rather than reasoning.

From PopMatters, a review of The Physics of Christianity by Frank Tipler. In Christian theology we are told, “God is that which nothing is greater than.” The scientific corollary might be, “Light is that which nothing is faster than” — a statement true both in spirit and fact. Black holes might not exist – or at least not as scientists have imagined, cloaked by an impenetrable "event horizon". A controversial new calculation could abolish the horizon, and so solve a troubling paradox in physics. A review of A Natural History of Time by Pascal Richet.

From LiveScience, an article on the Top Ten Unexplained Phenomena. A review of Lake Monster Mysteries: Investigating the World's Most Elusive Creatures by Benjamin Radford and Joe Nickell. Manners! Condors are taking the concept of junk food to an entirely new level. Of mammals and men: A review of In Defense of Dolphins: The New Moral Frontier by Thomas I. White and Baboon Metaphysics: The Evolution of a Social Mind by Dorothy L. Cheney and Robert M. Seyfarth. Artificial life: Move over Dolly. Synthia is on her way. From IEET, an essay on naturalistic pluralism and the challenge of human enhancement. Here are 12 questions about the future of robotics. Future shock: A look at some extraordinary technologies that are just around the corner. 

From Metapsychology, a review of Bioethics and the Brain by Walter Glannon, a review of The Case of Terri Schiavo: Ethics at the End of Life, a review of Nano-Bio-Ethics: Ethical Dimensions of Nanobiotechnology, a review of Ethics and the Metaphysics of Medicine: Reflections on Health and Beneficence by Kenneth A. Richman, a review of Listening to the Whispers: Re-thinking Ethics in Healthcare, and a  review of Surgically Shaping Children: Technology, Ethics, and the Pursuit of Normality. From ARPA, a review of Last Best Gifts: Altruism and the Market for Human Blood and Organs by Kieran Healy.

From Virginia Quarterly Review, shoot the messenger: Dana Goodyear, David Orr, and the Stewards of Poetry; a final antidote: The journals of Louise Bogan; the music of failure: A review of Halflife by Meghan O’Rourke; and a review of Against the Day, by Thomas Pynchon.

From Eurozine, first published in Czech in 1985 by the Toronto-based '68 Publishers, illicitly imported copies of Kundera's The Unbearable Lightness of Being first circulated on a strictly hand-to-hand basis. Now, when it is freely available on the shelves of bookshops, what does it mean to the Czech reader? Twenty-two years later, literary critic Jiri Travnicek discovers a newfound appreciation for Kundera's narration, characterization, and above all wisdom. Labyrinthine plot: In Travels with Herodotus, the late, great Polish writer Ryszard Kapuscinski weaves epic stories into his own reportage to stunning effect, says Stephen Smith (and more). His little slice of evil: A review of Peeling the Onion by Gunter Grass. 

It’s dangerous to make predictions: Nicholas Clee on why you can't predict a bestseller. So bad it's good: The bestseller charts are groaning with real-life accounts of neglect, violence and sexual abuse. The worse your childhood, it seems, the more people want to read about it. Have we turned into a nation of ghouls? Esther Addley investigates the remarkable rise of "misery lit". The Inner Lives of Men: Few stories as sad as John Williams’s “Stoner” could be so secretly triumphant, or so exhilarating.  Most editors can't or won't write. Few writers can or care to edit. Except for the great David Remnick of The New Yorker. The man's an editing, writing fool. And then there's Cullen Murphy. A look at what authors Annie Dillard and Peter Elbow can teach you about writing. 

From PopMatters, a review of Edmund and Rosemary Go to Hell: A Tale of Our Times With (Hopefully) Some Hope for Us All by Bruce Eric Kaplan; and how America's most renowned improv club stays second to none. Surrender Yourself to the Attack of the Comedians: The truth hurts, but in the wake of our welts and bruises, if we've been properly assaulted, we're still laughing. The best comic films of all time: From Buster Keaton to Borat, comedies are the films we love most - and also the hardest to get right. But what is the funniest movie ever? A panel of very funny people name their favourite.

From Forbes, here's the latest Celebrity 100, the annual list of the world's most powerful—and best-paid—celebrities. An article on George Clooney, actor-as-activist. Ron Rosenbaum on The Worst Celebrity Profile Ever Written: Angelina Jolie, "the best woman in the world". Chicks With Flicks: In this—the season of Knocked Up and EntourageHollywood has a little woman problem. One producer’s lament for a lost Camelot. The filmmaker who's plunged headfirst into the brutal world of ultimate fighting is David Mamet.

From Foreign Policy, the world’s weakest states aren’t just a danger to themselves. They can threaten the progress and stability of countries half a world away. The Failed States Index 2007 is a rank of countries where the risk of failure is running high. Debate on the prospects for continent-wide government in Africa is heating up ahead of the African Union summit that is scheduled to begin June 25, 2007, in the Ghanaian capital of Accra. An article on Bono and the complicated business of caring about Africa. The Americans Have Landed: A few years ago, with little fanfare, the United States opened a base in the horn of Africa to kill or capture Al Qaeda fighters. By 2012, the Pentagon will have two dozen such forts. The story of Africa Command, the American military's new frontier outpost.

From American Diplomacy, a review of America Against the World: How We Are Different and Why We Are Disliked by Andrew Kohut and Bruce Stokes. From Foreign Affairs, Charles A. Kupchan (Georgetown) and Peter L. Trubowitz (UT-Austin): Grand Strategy for a Divided America; a review of Statecraft: And How to Restore America's Standing in the World by Dennis Ross; Fighting and Funding America's Next Wars: A review of The Price of Liberty: Paying for America's Wars by Robert D. Hormats and Of Men and Materiel: The Crisis in Military Resources.

From Foreign Policy, what happens when you take a 40-year-old CIA memo on losing a war and replace the word “Vietnam” with the word “Iraq”? The result is a set of conclusions that are just as true today. Crises of the middle east, 1914, 1967, 2003: The reverberations of the Iraq war will be as profound for the future of the middle east as were two epic dates in its 20th- century past, says Fred Halliday. The failure of public diplomacy: What the downfall of al-Hurra, America's Arabic language television station, says about US efforts to win hearts and minds in the Middle East. 

My Marty Peretz Problem — And Ours: He bought The New Republic in 1974 and sold it this February. In between, he transformed America's most influential liberal weekly: Today, it is no longer as influential, or liberal, or even weekly. The time is waaaaay overdue to create a force of "trench liberals" and "leftnecks" — gun owning progressives who change their motor own oil — persuasive populist grassroots organizers. It'll be hard and they won't be pretty people. Back to the Future: John B. Judis and Ruy Teixeira on the re-emergence of the emerging Democratic majority. Dragging Down the Democrats: The electorate is more pro-Democratic in theory than in practice. By quietly re-focusing on traditional values including American spirituality, the Democrats hope to draw enough votes to recapture the White House. When it comes to gun controls, Democrats fall silent. As with many hot-button social issues, they can't figure out how to reach people's emotions. Here's how they can regain their moral compass — and their power of speech.