Herbert P. Bix (Binghamton): The Russo-Georgia War and the Challenge to American Global Dominance. From In These Times, an article on Russia’s Monroe Doctrine: Cornered by NATO’s expansion, Moscow reasserts its imperial ambitions. From Ceasefire, what is imperialism? We’ve all heard the word, but what does it mean? From Modern Age, here's a psychological profile of Socialist Man; an excerpt from James Kalb’s The Tyranny of Liberalism: Understanding and Overcoming Administered Freedom, Inquisitorial Tolerance, and Equality by Command; Irving Horowitz on Louis Hartz and the liberal tradition; and an article on George Santayana on liberalism and the spiritual life. Inconvenient geopolitical truths: Energy analysts Matthew Hulbert and Tariq Akbar explore the inconvenient truths about politics and oil. Malaria today is as much of an economic challenge as a medical one: A classic instance of what economists call a coordination problem. Rage Against the Ice Cream: A visit to the Ben & Jerry's factory proves two things — the company has been playing down its politics for a while, and no one seems to care. From The Smart Set, the Class of 1250: For Oxford's earliest students, graduation could be a bloody affair; and in the age of the reality TV star, how to explain our strange affection for magicians, jugglers, and ventriloquists?

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