National Journal asked more than 200 Congressional and Political Insiders how political partisanship can affect the legislative process in Washington (and more on Us versus Them and More of the Same). Doomed to failure: David Gordon reviews Conservatism in America: Making Sense of the American Right by Paul Edward Gottfried. More on Michael Gerson’s Heroic Conservatism. A review of Confronting the New Conservatism: The Rise of the Right in America. Joel Kotkin and Fred Siegel on the gentry liberals: They're more concerned with global warming and gay rights than with lunch-pail joes. Here's the postscript to the new edition of What’s Left? How The Left Lost Its Way by Nick Cohen. Scott McLemee reviews Flying Close to the Sun: My Life and Times as a Weatherman by Cathy Wilkerson. How to really love your country: A Top 5 list of criteria for a better America. An interview with Noam Chomsky on the responsibility of the intellectual. All the News That's Fit to Depress: Staying informed has become a moral obligation that feels like hell.


Andrew Felton Brimmer (Mass): The Political Economy of John Kenneth Galbraith: Glimpses of His Eclectic Academic Life. Brad DeLong reviews Prophet of Innovation: Joseph Schumpeter and Creative Destruction by Thomas K. McCraw. From Laissez-Faire, an article on the economics of Alexander Solzhenitsyn. A review of By Force of Thought: Irregular Memoirs of an Intellectual Journey by Janos Kornai. From NYRB, survival of the richest: Robert Solow reviews A Farewell to Alms: A Brief Economic History of the World by Gregory Clark. Blame the Rich: They made us who we are, some researches now say. A review of How Rich Countries Got Rich and Why Poor Countries Stay Poor by Erik Reinert. More on The Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein. A review of How Capitalism Was Built: The Transformation of Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, and Central Asia by Anders Aslund. A review of Invested Interests: Capital, Culture and the World Bank by Bret Benjamin. James D. Wolfensohn says farewell to development’s old divides. From The Economist, the panic about the dollar: A full-blown dollar collapse would be disastrous — thankfully, it need not happen; and how long will the dollar remain the world's premier currency? Could changes in psychology be big enough to tip us into a world recession? From Der Spiegel, a special report on the dollar nosedive: Why America's currency is the world's problem. Who gains when the dollar sinks? US consumers and companies may lose first; other global players stuck with the greenback will soon follow. The dollar is falling, and that’s good news.


From The New Criterion, a review of Literary Essays and Reviews of the 1920s & 30s and Literary Essays and Reviews of the 1930s & 40s by Edmund Wilson. From TNR, James Wolcott reviews Faint Praise: The Plight of Book Reviewing in America by Gail Pool. From The New Yorker, woke up this morning: Why do we read diaries? Louis Menand wants to know. From NYRB, the wand of the enchanter: Michael Dirda reviews The Journal of Joyce Carol Oates, 1973–1982 and Joyce Carol Oates: Conversations, 1970–2006; The Gravedigger's Daughter and The Museum of Dr. Moses: Tales of Mystery and Suspense by Joyce Carol Oates. From Good Magazine, an article on Anne Trubek on the allure of collecting hypermodern literature. What a carve-up: More and more modern classics are appearing "restored", with the handiwork of editors removed — is it mere meddling or vital to understanding authors' intentions. Alan Taylor on the literary world’s excremental fall into depravity. Creating nonfiction: Why does it seem like the only time undergraduates encounter "literary nonfiction" is in composition courses? What’s wrong with the American essay: A review of The Best American Essays 2007. A look at how to write a book really, really fast: It helps to have a supportive girlfriend. 


Gregory H. Fox (Wayne State): Humanitarian Occupation. From Democratiya, a review of War Crimes and Just War by Larry May; a review of Terror, Insurgency, and the State: Ending Protracted Conflicts and Understanding Global Terror; a review of Power, Faith, and Fantasy. America in the Middle East, 1776 to the Present by Michael B. Oren; an interview with Joshua Muravchik on the neoconservative persuasion and foreign policy; and an interview with Mary Kaldor on new wars and human security. Are human rights more important than American national security? Immanuel Wallerstein investigates. If there was ever a possibility that President George W. Bush would drop bombs on Iran, the chances have now shrunk to nearly zero with the publication of one of the most dramatic National Intelligence Estimates. From the Middle East Policy Council, an essay on diplomacy in the age of terror. John Bolton thinks diplomats are dangerous. An interview with Frank Furedi, author of Invitation to Terror: The Expanding Empire of the Unknown. More on Day of Empire by Amy Chua. An interview with Bill Sammon, author of The Evangelical President: George Bush's Struggle to Spread a Moral Democracy Throughout the World. From the Claremont Institute, an essay on American statecraft and the Iraq War. Iraq's hidden human costs: A review of One Bullet Away: The Making of a Marine Officer by Nathaniel Fick Mariner and Generation Kill: Devil Dogs, Iceman, Captain America, and the New Face of American War by Evan Wright. A review of Stoic Warriors: The Ancient Philosophy behind the Military Mind by Nancy Sherman. An interview with Douglas Macgregor, author of Transformation under Fire: Revolutionizing the Way America Fights.  From TCS Daily, an article on the logic of torture.  From Politics and Culture, a special issue on Guantanamo. A review of The Guantanamo Files: The Stories of the 774 Detainees in America's Illegal Prison by Andy Worthington. The Radar Guide to CIA Hospitality: A group of former detainees takes you on a tour of the agency's top secret network of interrogation facilities.


From The Chronicle, the constitutional-law professor Bill Murphy didn't plan on being a bold political activist, but that's just where his profession and his integrity took him; a professor at Arizona State University teaches film students how to be socially responsible in their work; when professors and students "friend" each other on Facebook, they are moving into uncharted terrain; and a look at how to get what you want in academe (Hint: Incivility is not the best approach). If University College London founder Jeremy Bentham had a grave he'd be spinning in it, thanks to UCL's investments in the arms trade. A review of St John's College: Faith and Education in Western Canada by J. M. Bumsted. More on Tough Liberal: Albert Shanker and the Battles Over Schools, Unions, Race and Democracy by Richard Kahlenberg. Separation anxiety: Are historically black colleges good for blacks? A review of The Michigan Affirmative Action Cases by Barbara A. Perry. Four year plan: University of Delaware students learn that “diversity” means always having to say you’re sorry. Caught in the Web: A look at how the Internet age has posed a new set of challenges to student newspapers. U.S. News and World Report, as part of its expanded rankings business, unveiled its first list of top high schools. Once a common course offering, consumer math is being phased out as school systems raise their expectations of how much math students should know when they graduate. A look at how free online materials could save schools billions.


From Spiked, a review of The Feminine Mistake: Are We Giving Up Too Much? by Leslie Bennetts and Get to Work: A Manifesto for Women of the World by Linda Hirshman. Mommy wars: Is it a tragedy when intelligent women become stay at home parents? We think of sex discrimination in the workplace as being about men v women. What about women giving their female colleagues a hard time? A look at how simple reason helps males evolve more quickly (and more).  A bookshelf of wounded manhood: If you haven't heard, war has been declared on men. From Sociological Research Online, a special section on Changing Femininities, Changing Masculinities; Harry Blatterer (Macquarie): Adulthood: the Contemporary Redefinition of a Social Category; and an essay on Embarrassment as a Key Emotion in Young People Talking About Sexual Health. A review of The Case Against Adolescence: Rediscovering the Adult in Every Teen by Robert Epstein. From Scientific American, an article on the secret to raising smart kids: Don't tell your kids that they are. More than three decades of research shows that a focus on effort—not on intelligence or ability—is key to success in school and in life. More on Diana West's The Death of the Grown-Up. Love in the Time of Dementia: Heartbreak can happen at 80, but probably without the rage against the dying of the light. Taking marriage private: State governments should get out of the matrimony business.


From Business Week, an article on the real costs of saving the planet: Critics say limiting carbon emissions could cost trillions. But a new study suggests the costs are much lower; and a look at an example of the tricks in the climate debate. From Grist, a review of Newt Gingrich's A Contract With the Earth. The other greenhouse gases: Is methane really worse for the environment than carbon dioxide? Green House vs. Greenhouse: To save the environment, imitate mobile homes and go pre-fab. We can disguise environmentally harmful practices and dress them up in words to help ease our consciences, but such practices will have a negative impact on the planet and the quality of life of future generations, no matter how we label them. The head of the world’s top scientific body on climate change, Rajendra Pachauri, has been thrust into the global spotlight after his Nobel win. From NYRB, will slower population growth stop global warming? Allen Schill and Bill McKibben debate; and where wonders await us: Tim Flannery reviews The Deep: The Extraordinary Creatures of the Abyss by Claire Nouvian and The Silent Deep: The Discovery, Ecology and Conservation of the Deep Sea by Tony Koslow. Cold comfort in the Arctic: In September this year, novelist Vikram Seth travelled to the depths of the north polar region as part of an expedition by Cape Farewell, a charity that brings artists and scientists face to face with the effects of climate change. People living in the western Arctic are already getting a taste of the nightmares to come for coastal communities around the world if temperatures increase, sea levels continue to rise and summer ice disappears. Hey, what about us? The plight of polar bears may get most of the attention, but plenty of other species, from walrus and seals to one-celled specks, are also going to see their world change radically. Here's a map of Antarctica, but sliced differently.  Today, countries battle for a piece of the Arctic. Tomorrow? The Moon.


Johann Hari on the plot to rig the 2008 US election. A look at how the Democrats could blow 2008 over national security. Race-baiting on the ballot: Immigration isn't the only explosive racial issue facing voters in the coming election year — the anti-affirmative action movement is pushing 2008 ballot initiatives across the country. Shooting matches: In contrast to the Democrats, the GOP field features an intricate pattern of hostilities as contenders strike at anything that moves. From Salon, from around the country, Ron Paul's followers are descending on New Hampshire to go door-to-door for their man. But what do they really want? (and an interview). A review of McCain: The Myth of a Maverick by Matt Welch. Is Chuck Norris Huckabee's secret weapon? Tina Daunt investigates. Why the GOP won't get behind Huckabee: Look no further than the uber-conservatives who are spitting mad that he's too nice to poor people and foreigners. Getting Religion: A look at Mitt Romney's big speech on his faith. Michael Kinsley on why science can't save the GOP. There is nothing funny about presidential candidates who don't know their Yahoo From Their YouTube. Here are questions for voters and candidates at crunch time. Could the process by which America finances its politics and elects its leaders be undermining its democracy? A review of The Political Brain: The Role of Emotion in Deciding the Fate of the Nation by Drew Westen.


Julie Shapiro (Seattle): A Lesbian Centered Critique of Genetic Parenthood. From The Philosophers' Magazine, a review of Choosing Children: The Ethical Dilemmas of Genetic Intervention by Jonathan Glover. Sex should be secular: The Catholic church is bringing a range of contradictory arguments to bear in its opposition to IVF rights for lesbians and single parents. More and more on David Levy's Love + Sex With Robots: The Evolution of Human-Robot Relationships. The consequences of robot autonomy: As the robot population expands in scope and number, their humanoid characteristics diminish. Chimeraphobia: Anthony Cox on how fear of chimeras is interfering with a rational assessment of DNA research. The introduction to Body-Self Dualism in Contemporary Ethics and Politics by Patrick Lee and Robert P. George. Beyond human nature: Norman Geras reviews The Meaning of Life by Terry Eagleton. A review of Better Never to Have Been: The Harm of Coming into Existence by David Benatar. From Cato Unbound, old people are people too: Aubrey De Grey on why it is our duty to fight aging to the death. A review of Death's Door: Modern Dying and the Ways We Grieve by Sandra M Gilbert. Death in the family: Booth Gardner, a former governor of Washington State who has Parkinson’s, is urgently lobbying for a doctor-assisted-suicide law — his son is among those fighting him every step of the way. Weep for the Grim Reaper: As cremation becomes more popular, funeral homes get burned. From Wired, Scott Carney goes inside India's underground trade in human remains.


From Adbusters, one world, one market: A look at how advertising breaks down cultures. A new issue of Cultural Survival is out, on reparations for indigenous peoples. From American Diplomacy, an article on Easter Island: What to learn from the puzzles? The globe, politically corrected: You say Mumbai, I say Bombay — and other international linguistic incidents. Is it better to live in Iceland than in Norway? The Numbers Guy finds out. For nations, small is beautiful: People tend to treat countries that split up a bit like married couples — it is a sad event, but since the traditional disadvantages of being a tiddly country are disappearing, you are just left with the advantages. A review of Micronations: The Lonely Planet Guide to Home-Made Nations by John Ryan, George Dunford, and Simon Sellars. From Strange Maps, a look at the "Humbead’s Revised Map of the World With List of Population". From the glove compartment to the shelf: A review of books on maps. What is a map? A collection of unusual maps from Maps: Finding Our Place in the World. A review of Cartographia: Mapping Civilizations by Vincent Virga (and more). A review of Historical Atlas of California by Derek Hayes.

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