Douglass C. North (WUSTL): Violence and Social Orders. Kevin J. Murphy (USC): The Politics of Pay: A Legislative History of Executive Compensation. From the new journal Pastoralism, Robin Bendrey (Reading): Some Like It Hot: Environmental Determinism and the Pastoral Economies of the Later Prehistoric Eurasian Steppe. The Smithsonian Life List: 43 places to see before you die. From THES, a review of The Quest for Mental Health: A Tale of Science, Medicine, Scandal, Sorrow and Mass Society by Ian Dowbiggin; and a review of Putting a Name to It: Diagnosis in Contemporary Society by Annemarie Goldstein Jutel. The science of rioting: Is there a reason for the violence, and is there a solution? A review of Free Will: A Guide for the Perplexed by T. J. Mawson. From Prospect, a new exhibition signals the end of postmodernism, but what was it, and what comes next? The decade that won't die: Nirvana, "all that," Harrison Ford, double-breasted suits, they're all back from the '90s, and as prevalent as ever — but why? X-Rated Ethics: Socially sustainable sex could save the economy, the environment, and our society. From Hilobrow, a series of posts about P-Funk's Afrofuturism. To judge from its critical reception, David Mamet's The Secret Knowledge is not only a bad book but possibly an evil one. Why would anyone go into politics? It’s not money or power that gets people to run; it’s the need to be popular — with the huge U.S. debt to be dealt with, even that reason no longer makes sense. A review of Believing Bullshit: How Not to Get Sucked Into an Intellectual Black Hole by Stephen Law. The Reactionary Imagination: Behind the crass reactionary propaganda produced by right-wing institutions like the now defunct News of the World lies a deeper systematic failure shared by the liberal media institutions.


Peter J. Spiro (Temple): The End of Olympic Nationality. Curtis Fogel (Lakehead): Sporting Masculinity on the Gridiron: Construction, Characteristics and Consequences. From The Point, a symposium: What is sport for? From The Atlantic Monthly, a cover story on The Shame of College Sports: College quarterbacks are denounced for partying with agents or trading autographs for tattoos, but the real scandal is the NCAA’s fundamentally unjust concept of amateurism. Has over-competitiveness and professionalism in sport ruined the experience for both fans and players, asks Dominic Hobson. Everybody who plays a sport for fun has encountered a Serious Guy. A look at what jock culture does to pukes like you. Gerald Marzorati on the fierce intimacy of tennis rivalries: Why they’re the most intense in all of sports. A review of Game, Set, Match: Billie Jean King and the Revolution in Women’s Sports by SusanWare. Nathaniel Grow (Georgia): In Defense of Baseball's Antitrust Exemption. How the cult of individualism is ruining baseball: A study suggests many fans would rather see a superstar break records than watch their team win the World Series. Get your own damn Man in White: Sign stealing, the Jays and so-called "cheating" in baseball. A review of A Level Playing Field: African-American Athletes and the Republic of Sports by Gerald L. Early. A review of Out of Left Field: Jews and Black Baseball by Rebecca Alpert (and an interview). Sports vs. Social Justice: Does Derek Jeter really deserve to earn millions of dollars? From Duke magazine, Bridget Booher on the economics, ethics, and excesses of the games we love. The crowd goes wild: The shrinking online distance between sports fans and their heroes. An interviews with the writers behind the new sports site The Classical. Adam Augustyn on the top 10 sports cliches to avoid at all costs.


From The Catholic Thing, Stephen P. White on Catholic conservatives and the common good; Michael Coren on his book Why Catholics Are Right (and more); and George J. Marlin on why Catholicism is not an ideology. The New "Americanism": Some Catholics make an idol out of ideology, elevating personal responsibility while diminishing communal obligations. The Father, the Sun, and the Holy Spirit: Pope Benedict plans a greener Vatican. Here is the preface to Angela Ambrogetti's Traveling Companions: In-flight Interviews With John Paul II. George Weigel on Benedict XVI and the future of the West. A review of Padre Pio: Miracles and Politics in a Secular Age by Sergio Luzzatto. Staying Power: What keeps women in the church? Following a series of abuse cases in Europe and North America, revelations have emerged of sexual abuse by priests in a number of African countries. Is wearing a rosary as a necklace a sin? Married Catholics today often struggle to understand the moral difference between using contraceptives to avoid a pregnancy and using natural family planning (NFP). Danielle Bean on five ways she doesn’t love natural family planning. Is the Acton Institute a genuine expression of Catholic Social Thought? Here are America’s (spoken and unspoken) Rules of Religious Competition, guidelines that Catholics helped to set and, like other faiths, sometimes violated. A review of The Truth About the Pope: Why He Is Attacked, Why He Must Be Listened To by Aldo Maria Valli. An interview with Colleen McDannell, author of The Spirit of Vatican II: A History of Catholic Reform in America. Robert Royal on Hispanic Catholics and the American experiment. People of the Book: Michael Leach celebrates Catholic books and bookstores. Born-again Catholics, Evangelicals crossing the Tiber: Former denizens of evangelical arenas are finding new homes in the age-old sanctuaries of Catholicism. A review of Absolute Monarchs: A History of the Papacy by John Julius Norwich (and more).


Herbert Golder (BU): The Greek Invention of the Human. Melissa Hamilton (USC): The Child Pornography Crusade and its Net Widening Effect. From Swans, Michael Barker on Challenging the Stanford Prison Experiment (and part 2 and part 3). From Tikkun, Michael Lerner on when “market man” consigns the common man to the dustbin of history. That old centrist magic: Jonathan Stein responds to Jonathan Chait. A review of The Horizon: A History of Our Infinite Longing by Didier Maleuvre. From Hilobrow, a series of posts asking you to look at that forgotten hipster. Republicans are once again arguing that American Jews will abandon the Democratic Party — but it won’t happen, because Jews recoil from the GOP’s overt Christianity, even when it comes with staunch pro-Israel views. A review of The Great War and the Making of the Modern World by Jeremy Black. 21st century sex: Forget the Kinsey Report — a new study exposes the true nature of human desire. From Nerve, a look at the ten greatest lists in the history of Western civilization. From TED, Tim Harford on trial, error and the God complex; and why do we like an original painting better than a forgery? Paul Bloom argues that human beings are essentialists — that our beliefs about the history of an object change how we experience it, not simply as an illusion, but as a deep feature of what pleasure (and pain) is. From Johns Hopkins Magazine, one size fits all? Not anymore — how reading our genes may transform health care. "We need a crisis, and a change of values": Herman Daly has advocated a steady-state-economy since the 1970s — Martin Eierman talked with him about the costs of growth, transformative politics and the dangers of academic determinism.


Joseph Verbovszky (Case Western): The Nature of Fascist Thought. The twilight of social democracy: Academics flocked to a Paris conference in Tony Judt’s memory — but solutions to the growing anti-government absolutism he warned of were scarce. The First Conservative: David Hume uncovered the roots of revolution in false philosophy. A review of Contesting Democracy: Political Ideas in 20th-Century Europe by Jan-Werner Muller. Jaenelle Antas on Rousseau: A view from the Right. Let’s talk utopia: It’s utopian thinking, not grim pragmatism, that best informs and inspires the struggle for a better society. A review of The Conservative Foundations of the Liberal Order: Defending Democracy Against its Modern Enemies and Immoderate Friends by Daniel Mahoney. One of the best things about Bleeding Heart Liberals is that no matter how many times they may be crucified, murdered, assassinated and/or vilified, they will always arise for another day. The standard statist put-down — "If you Rothbardians like anarchy so much, why don't you move to Somalia?" — misses the point. A review of Conservatism by Kieron O'Hara. If you want to understand libertarian politics today, forget Ayn Rand — read Robert Heinlein instead. Stanley Aronowitz on the mass psychology of liberalism. Is fascism returning to Western Civilization? Emanuel L. Paparella investigates (and part 2). Anthony Gregory on why the Left fears libertarianism. Keith Preston on the essentials of the European New Right. Today Maoism speaks to the world's poor more fluently than ever: Aside from the bland icon of the new China, there is a much more dangerous Mao, whose ideas retain their vitality. From Oslo, to Nagpur: Right-wingers across the world seem to share a vocabulary of persecution and hate. Is there a psychology of liberty? Jeff Riggenbach investigates.


Here is a map that presents a model of the migratory pattern of humans as we moved outward from Africa into Asia, and later the Americas, Indonesia and Australia. In experiments with total strangers to whom they're unrelated, and whom they'll never see again, people are, in short, surprisingly nice — why should this be? (and more). A look at how cities might influence not just our civilizations, but our evolution. Modern Humans 10, Neandertals 1: Did the sheer number of modern humans in Europe force Neandertals to go extinct? (and more) Benefits for nice guys, who finish 2nd: Alpha males may hold power and attract females, but a study shows they also have very high levels of stress. An organized war effort as a sign of advancing society: Organized hostilities between chiefdoms required that people subordinate individual self-interest to that of the group. A review of Epigenetics: The Ultimate Mystery of Inheritance by Richard Francis. Wisdom of grandparents helped rise of prehistoric man: As more Homo sapiens lived beyond the age of 30, scientists say, they passed on knowledge and skills to the young (and more). A possible human relative, 2 million years old, is a "snapshot of evolution in action". Being immersed in genetics and the whole Darwinian perspective, does it make Bruce Lahn a ruthless SOB? From lecture halls to city streets: David Sloan Wilson on putting evolution to work. Quamrul Ashraf and Oded Galor on the “Out of Africa” hypothesis, human genetic diversity, and comparative economic development. Daniel Lieberman, an evolutionary biology professor at Harvard, spends his time studying how the human head and foot have evolved over the millenniums. Is the "hobbit" just a deformed human? A review of Dark Ages: The Case for a Science of Human Behavior by Lee McIntyre.


A new issue of Ode is out. Murat C. Mungan (Florida State): Don't Say You're Sorry Unless You Mean It. Brian Leiter on Paul Krugman and the Right-Wing Blob. Diplomacy 2.0 and the expanding world order: An interview with Carne Ross. The people who attacked America on 9/11 were suicidal and soulless, but they were human — ten years later, we should no longer fear them. PopMatters looks at the 100 essential directors in film history. The war without end is a war with hardly any news coverage. We must be superstars: Nitsuh Abebe writes in defense of pop (and maybe narcissism, too). Travel is supposed to be a transformative agent, but sometimes you go someplace new, see some different things, and come home the same person — and that's OK. Five reasons geek culture should go away: Someone should go to ComicCon and give everyone in attendance a wedgie (and a response). An interview with Harold Bloom, author of The Anatomy of Influence. The magical world of voodoo "economists": Listening to Republicans discuss economic policy is like entering into an alternative reality. Is air conditioning a form of gender discrimination? No surprise for bisexual men: Report indicates they exist. A look at the trillions of microbes that call us home — and help keep us healthy. You can download for free The End of Loser Liberalism: Making Markets Progressive by Dean Baker. Cartoonist Dan Meth created a mashup of movie scenes featuring the Twin Towers, spanning 1969 to 2001. Where do dwarf-eating carp come from? Tarn Adams ditched a career in mathematics to build an ingenious, ever-evolving computer game. An interview with with Eddie Van Halen on his custom-made Frankenstein 2 that is now in the collections of the American History museum. Jon Stewart, stop hurting America!


How is it that our nation is awash in money, but too broke to provide jobs and services? David Korten introduces a landmark new report, “How to Liberate America from Wall Street Rule.” Can the middle class be saved? The Great Recession has imperiled America's values as well as its economy — here's how we can rebuild our hollowed-out middle class (and a roundtable). The American political system isn’t working for average Americans anymore; don’t blame the Tea Party, new political science research suggests — blame inequality. Does America need manufacturing? Amid the working-class ruins of Michigan, the Obama administration is pursuing what amounts to a stealth industrial policy. The Dollar-Store Economy: The ubiquitous dollar store is the American dream writ small. Umair Haque on how our economy was overrun by monsters and what to do about it. Is socialism possible in the United States? There is no reason Wall Street parasites must run this country forever. Why journalists need to keep telling the sad stories of the American recession, and how to do it better. Here are 8 reasons young Americans don't fight back: How the US crushed youth resistance. Our National Time Bomb: Here is a guide to the U.S. fiscal outlook. The return of a zero-sum world: Reaganomics and Rubinomics are both doomed — what will replace them? What Republicans get wrong about capitalism: Conservative hero Adam Smith thought workers — not Rick Perry's "job creators" — were the engine for growth. Sally Kohn on how American businesses don't succeed in spite of government — they succeed because of it. As companies move production overseas and as other industries grow faster, manufacturing is accounting for a smaller share of the economy — and the nation has no distinct plan for the sector’s future.


From Outlook India, a special issue on Independence Day. A Tale of Two Indias: Twenty years of liberalization. Shashi Tharoor on India’s functioning anarchy. India conquers the world: Building family businesses through dogged opportunism is what has driven the expansion of Greater India. An interview with Angela Saini, author of Geek Nation: How Indian Science is Taking Over the World. India is indeed rising — so why are more than three-quarters of the country living on less than fifty cents a day? Parul Sehgal reviews The Beautiful and the Damned: A Portrait of the New India by Siddhartha Deb. A brand new map for India: Sanjeer Alam says demands for new states won’t stop because of the population boom. The Hawks of South Asia: The dream of a lasting peace between Pakistan and India can't happen unless their militaries get out of the way. Pakistan is in a free fall — and India should be worried. Mani Shankar on why Pakistan is not a failed state and how it can engage with India and set aside historic hostilities. Why my father hated India: Aatish Taseer, the son of an assassinated Pakistani leader, explains the history and hysteria behind a deadly relationship. The most dangerous place: Apoorva Shah on Pakistan’s past, Pakistan’s future. The world's most dangerous border: To reduce the risk of terror, the West must help defuse tension between India and Pakistan (and more). Martin W. Lewis on India’s second most dangerous border. Can India and Pakistan overcome decades of mistrust to save the crucial Indus Waters Treaty? Here is a photo of the India-Pakistan border from space. Why do India and Pakistan see America in such opposite ways? A review of Pakistan: A Hard Country by Anatol Lieven. A legal mandate for bigotry: Why the religious persecution of minorities in Pakistan is getting worse. A review of Playing with Fire: Pakistan at War with Itself by Pamela Constable.


A new issue of The Reprint is out. Edwin S. Fruehwald (Hofstra): Power in Contemporary Legal Thought: Postmodernism versus Behavioral Biology. From Image and Narrative, a special issue on Memory Screens. Ogi Ogas and Sai Gaddam, two bold young neuroscientists, have initiated a revolution in the scientific study of sexual attraction. Barry Eichengreen on a critique of pure gold: The gold standard is making a comeback — Tea partiers looking to push the government out of the monetary-policy-making business would have all of us carting bullion-laden trolleys to the grocery store. Al-Qaeda is winning: The group has tricked the US into bankrupting itself by spending huge sums on wars and homeland security. From The New Atlantis, Caitrin Nicol on the utopian impulse in fiction, and the way it denies human nature; and slacking as self-discovery: Rita Koganzon on the rebranding of indolence as "emerging adulthood". A review of Holy Ignorance: When Religion and Culture Part Ways by Olivier Roy. From The Atlantic, a special report on 9/11: Ten Years Later. From GQ, an investigative report on the Cleveland, Texas gang rape of an 11-year-old-girl. Paul Krugman on the profession and the crisis. From The Christian Century, advice and consent: Benjamin J. Dueholm on monogamy in the age of Dan Savage. Is Trypophobia a real phobia? Jennifer Abbasi investigates the fear of creepy clustered holes. The Assassination President: If George W. Bush was the torture president, Barack Obama’s pet human rights violation is extrajudicial killing. How tabloid trainwrecks are reinventing gothic literature: In the so-called real world of tabloids, Internet gossip sites and reality TV, the genre is still thriving. There are too many books being published, or at least there are too many of the wrong kind.

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