From City Journal, is the criminal-justice system racist? No: the high percentage of blacks behind bars reflects crime rates, not bigotry; and a look at how Jeremiah Wright draws on a long line of Afrocentric charlatans. From Taki's Top Drawer, an article on what’s going right in Europe: How localism might save the continent. Teaching Imperialism 101: Without RAND, our military-industrial complex, as well as our democracy, would look quite different. The Canadian pop star who shocked a billion people: How a 27-year-old rapper from Richmond, B.C., sparked the biggest celebrity sex scandal in China's history. From Left Business Observer, a review of Naomi Klein's The Shock Doctrine (and more); and with Obama, never did the possibility of disappointment offer so much hope. From The Progressive, yes ("can bring ground-breaking change") and no (a "vacuous opportunist") on Obama. A review of Badiou and Derrida: Politics, Events and their Time by Antonio Calcagno. More on Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces that Shape Our Decisions by Dan Ariely. A review of Fatal Misconception: the Struggle to Control World Population by Matthew Connelly. A review of Education's End: Why Our Colleges and Universities Have Given Up on the Meaning of Life by Anthony T. Kronman. Josef Joffe on how America looks to the world.

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