From Mute, Paul Helliwell exhumes the Althusserian preconditions of Jacques Ranciere’s insistently superficial aesthetic politics. From Sens Public, despite the tendency of decennial commemorations to cement the "official version" of May '68, important questions remain unanswered. Scientific American on why the next president needs a powerful science adviser. What does it mean to be "pro-Israel"? The election, and the creation of a new dovish Jewish lobby group, brings the question to the fore. Susan Neiman makes the case for Kant's Critique of Pure Reason as one of the 50 greatest books. The new journal Evolutionary Applications aims to promote the science of "applied evolution". Learn to love the classic New York blood feud: "It’s a bitch to have a billionaire as an enemy". A review of Harpoon: Into the Heart of Whaling by Andrew Darby. The first chapter from China's New Confucianism: Politics and Everyday Life in a Changing Society by Daniel A. Bell. From Arion, Raymond Geuss on Richard Rorty at Princeton. From the University of Chicago Press, an excerpt from The Irony of American History by Reinhold Niebuhr; and an excerpt from Instructions for American Servicemen in France during World War II. A review of books on parenting: Do we push too much, spend too much, fret too much? More on Worst-Case Scenarios by Cass Sunstein.