Irina Savelieva (RAS): In Search of the New "Turns": History and Theory in the 21st Century. From World History Connected, a special issue on the environment in world history. Telling Time: William Grassie on a correlated history of the universe. An interview with Sanjay Subrahmanyam on how history cannot be written as if nations had always been around. From The University Bookman, a series of essays focusing on the life and achievement of historian John Lukacs. How a historian who reveled in destroying the reputations of others ruined his own: A review of An Honourable Englishman: The Life of Hugh Trevor-Roper by Adam Sisman. Baffled by the ease with which titles promising to turn world history on its head have won huge audiences despite defying logic and lacking proof, Daniel Melia laboured to divine the hidden secrets that allow anyone to identify truly "bad books". History, sired by literary nomads: Raju Peddada on how itinerant scribes of antiquity drafted historiography (and part 2). Geoff Dyer on different ways of writing history and examples where innovative or experimental approaches have paid off.


Ahmad Jafari Samimi and Ahmad Chehreghani (UMZ): Ethonomics and the History of Economic Thought. Antonello Zanfei (Urbino): Multinational Firms and the Pursuit of Social Benefits. Can Apple shape up? David Johnson spoke to GoodGuide founder Dara O’Rourke on the ethics of what they buy. From PUP, the introduction to Free Market Fairness by John Tomasi. Richard Epstein on social justice and empty pockets: “People before profits” is a perverse idea that ignores the very mechanism by which people are helped. From the Atlas Society's Business Rights Center, Jeffrey Miron on an economic defense of insider trading. Why is Wall Street full of psychopaths? Robert Shiller on why finance isn’t as amoral as it seems (and part 2 and part 3 and part 4). From HBR, Justin Fox on the problem with the profit motive in finance. Fed economists find that yes, TARP may have increased moral hazard. Mark Thoma on the budget and the real moral problem. From Dissent, is capitalism on trial? Peter Dreier investigates. Marxists, bankers, Occupy protesters and philosophers alike all live in the same world — so who are the true materialists?


D. A. Jeremy Telman (Valparaiso): Law or Politics? Hans Kelsen and the Post-War International Order. From Nebula, Matthew Wilsey-Cleveland (Colorado): Of Fools and Knaves: Rhetorical and Ethical Implications of Interpretations of Fight Club from the Left and Right. What’s the best way to get users to embrace mass transit — make it pleasant or make it efficient? A review of Stop Signs: Cars and Capitalism — On the Road to Economic, Social and Ecological Decay by Bianca Mugenyi and Yves Engler. America has never been safer — so why are politicians and the media trying to terrify us? From Philosophy Now, a review of The Beginning of Infinity by David Deutsch; and a review of A Philosophy of Boredom by Lars Svendsen. Defending science: A scientist and a philosopher discuss the evolution debate, and the best methods for establishing our beliefs. The introduction on On Sacrifice by Moshe Halbertal. Dense as a rock, but surprisingly dangerous (not because of his martial arts skills), Chuck Norris seems hell-bent to be wrong on absolutely every issue, and succeeds to a rather remarkable degree.


Kevin J. A. Thomas (PSU): What Explains the Increasing Trend in African Emigration to the U.S.? Andrea Hetling and Michael Greenberg (Rutgers): In Our Backyards: Regional Influences on Public Opinion of Immigration. Steven W. Bender (Seattle): Faces of Immigration Reform. From Cato Journal, is immigration good for America? A special issue. From The Social Contract, a special issue on America Transformed: The Destructive Legacy of Reagan's 1986 Amnesty. From Bad Subjects, a special issue on the acts of state-sponsored biopower in the Arizona-Mexico borderlands. The American "war" you haven’t heard of: An increasing number of “concerned citizens” are preparing to do battle at the U.S. border with Mexico. An interview with Jennifer Lee, co-author of The Diversity Paradox: Immigration and the Color Line in Twenty-First Century America. A look at how language fits into the immigration issue. The introduction to Foreign Relations: American Immigration in Global Perspective by Donna R. Gabaccia. Will no one fix America’s insane immigration system? A multidisciplinary look at the hot-button issue of immigration as it is today and may be tomorrow.


Faydra Shapiro (Wilfrid Laurier): Jesus for Jews: The Unique Problem of Messianic Judaism. From Quest, a special issue on modernity and the cities of the Jews. From Moment, a diverse array of artists, scientists and scholars expound on the intersection between Judaism­ and creativity; and Jews have been keeping track of relationships for millennia, but in recent decades the social ritual has taken on new life, and a new name: Jewish Geography. Naming the matriarchy: What we call ourselves when we're hyphenates, when we're grandmothers, when we're Jews. A review of The Chosen People: A Study of Jewish Intelligence and Achievement by Richard Lynn. Eric Alterman on Sheldon Adelson and the end of American anti-Semitism. From Forward, who's scoring a "Jew Goal"? Soccer fans borrow anti-Semitic expression for easy chance; and persons of (linguistic) interest: The word "Jew" has fallen out of favor (and more). The nebbish is the bumbling caricature of a Jewish male, embodied by figures like Woody Allen and George Costanza — where did he come from?


Martin Fradley (Edge Hill): “Why Doesn’t Your Compass Work?”: Pirates of the Caribbean, Fantasy Blockbusters and Contemporary Queer Theory. From Hippocampus, an interview with Dinty W. Moore on creative nonfiction. A common faith: Marilynne Robinson looks to the stars for clues about our nature. An interview with Matthew White, author of The Great Big Book of Horrible Things: The Definitive Chronicle of History’s 100 Worst Atrocities. The other side of freedom: The birth of life insurance is often tied to the birth of freedom, but the historical record tells a different story. Ink, Inc.: Is the ancient art of tattooing on the verge of a massive sellout? The image of the "creative type" is a myth: Jonah Lehrer on why anyone can innovate and why a hot shower, a cold beer or a trip to your colleague's desk might be the key to your next big idea. Boy Scouts are from Mars, Girl Scouts are from Venus: Behind the khaki uniforms and the merit badges, the two organizations have vastly different political leanings. Is the editorial cartoonist dead? It is now officially OK to make World War II references.


Richard Rymarz (St. Joseph's): The Future of Catholic Schools in a Secular Culture of Religious Choice. From Rethinking Schools, a special issue on the school-to-prison pipeline. Teach for America: Andrew Hartman on the hidden curriculum of liberal do-gooders. From NYRB, Diane Ravitch reviews A Chance to Make History: What Works and What Doesn’t in Providing an Excellent Education for All by Wendy Koop and reviews Finnish Lessons: What Can the World Learn from Educational Change in Finland? by Pasi Sahlberg; on how the current frenzy of blaming teachers for low scores smacks of a witch-hunt, the search for a scapegoat, someone to blame for a faltering economy, for the growing levels of poverty, for widening income inequality; and on flunking Arne Duncan. Diana Senechal writes in defense of Diane Ravitch. Megan Erickson on a nation of Little Lebowski Urban Achievers. A new study suggests that a good grade school teacher can boost college attendance rates, reduce teenage pregnancy, and increase a student’s earning potential. Liberals, don’t homeschool your kids: Dana Golstein on why teaching children at home violates progressive values (and a response).


From the International Journal of Business and Social Science, Mary L. Rucker and Theresa I. Myadze (Wright State): Obama, the Obstructionist 112th U.S. Congress and Tea Party Adamantine: A Political Spectacle. From The Washington Monthly, a cover story on the Incomplete Greatness of Barack Obama: He's gotten more done in three years than any president in decades — too bad the American public still thinks he hasn't accomplished anything; a look at Obama's top 50 accomplishments; and Paul Glastris on Clinton's third term. Joshua Green on Barack Obama, "Greatest Gun Salesman in America". Southern voters speculate why Barack Obama won in 2008. Michael Sean Winters on how the ghost of Jerry Falwell conquered the Republican Party. After Harvard, young Mitt Romney rose rapidly in the Mormon Church and made a fortune at Bain Capital; Michael Kranish and Scott Helman report on the collateral damage. If you like painful idiocy, you can watch Ted Nugent discuss politics. From Suite 101, an article on Lyndon LaRouche and the fringe politics of America.


From Intersections, a special issue on the Art and Politics of Moving Bodies in Oceania. From The Guardian, a series on Thomas Aquinas, a father of modernity. While sex purges our genome of harmful mutations and pushes biodiversity, it's a costly exercise for the average organism, so when, and why, did it all begin? The problem(s) with sex: Sex is quite simply a terrible way to reproduce. Is Grover Norquist America's “most powerful man”? James Fallows on the sad and infuriating Mike Daisey case. Political Malpractice, Deficit Edition: Bang-your-head-against-the-wall material about the Obama administration’s “pivot” to deficits. The U.S. cruises toward a 2013 fiscal cliff: As tax cuts expire and spending falls, the economy will be hit with a 3.5% decline in gross domestic demand. The Baffler is back: Founded in 1988 by Thomas Frank and Keith White, and staffed by such bright lights as Matt Weiland, Dave “Diamonds” Mulcahey, Chris Lehmann, Damon Krukowski, and Tom Vanderbilt, The Baffler was one of the two most important zine/journals of the Nineties (1994-2003).


Frederic Megret (McGill): War and the Vanishing Battlefield. Mark Harrison (Warwick): Capitalism at War. Adil Ahmad Haque (Rutgers): Killing in the Fog of War. From Joint Force Quarterly, Dennis M. Murphy (AWC): The Future of Influence in Warfare; and war is a moral force: Peter D. Fromm, Douglas A. Pryer, and Kevin R. Cutright on designing a more viable strategy for the Information Age. A book salon on When The World Outlawed War by David Swanson. David W. Bates on his book States of War: Enlightenment Origins of the Political. The introduction to War Time: An Idea, Its History, Its Consequences by Mary L. Dudziak (and more and more). From Michigan War Studies Review, a review of Barbarous Philosophers: Reflections on the Nature of War from Heraclitus to Heisenberg by Christopher Coker; and a review of Kaboom: Embracing the Suck in a Savage Little War by Matt Gallagher. From Small Wars Journal, an article on natural selection and nature of war. War on the World: How does warfare affect the environment? A look at 5 screw-ups on the battlefield that accidentally won the war.

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