From The American Interest, an interview with Robert Putnam, author of Making Democracy Work. An interview with Jacob Heilbrunn, author of They Knew They Were Right: The Rise of the Neocons (and a review and more). An excerpt from On the Make: The Hustle of Urban Nightlife by David Grazian (and a review). A review of Sex, Science & Profits: How People Evolved to Make Money by Terence Kealey. A review of Freedom for the Thought That We Hate: A Biography of the First Amendment by Anthony Lewis (and more and more). Moving beyond Gore’s message: A look back (and ahead) at climate change communications. Art is the new activism: Banksy attracts the press attention, but around him is an increasingly influential movement of political artists operating outside the mainstream (and more and more). A review of Affluenza by Oliver James (and more). There is a Nobel Prize-winning alternative to our illogical voting system. Election officials have had no practical way to guarantee a correct ballot count—until now. The introduction to Mathematics and Democracy: Designing Better Voting and Fair-Division Procedures by Steven J. Brams. Fritz Stern on how German history holds a cautionary tale for America. Instead of dumbing down the classics, mass-market popularizations sometimes make them even better. A review of A Natural History of Time by Pascal Richet.


From The Observer Review, a special issue on the political and cultural revolution that took place in 1968. Creative class, dismissed: Jean-Jacques Rousseau articulately rejected the nobility of art; for art students, that's a serious downer. A painful history: Democracies like to think they oppose torture, but they only keep it out of sight. Science 2.0: Wikis, blogs and other collaborative web technologies could usher in a new era of science — or not.  A review of The Spirit of Democracy: The Struggle to Build Free Societies Throughout the World by Larry Diamond. Two excerpts from Tim Harford's The Logic of Life (and more). From Scientific American, a series of articles on the future of physics. Rebels with Causes: Christopher Hitchens, Thomas Paine, and two modern revolutions. Justin Raimondo on why the Beltway libertarians are trying to smear Ron Paul. A Tale of Three Cities: Linked by a shared economic culture, New York City, London and Hong Kong are exemplars and explanations of globalization. A review of Big History: From the Big Bang to the Present by Cynthia Stokes Brown. Thomas Shelling on uncertainty and action on climate change. Scott McLemee reviews Women for President: Media Bias in Eight Campaigns by Erika Falk. Why business ignores the business schools: Managers tend to be practical, proceeding by trial and error: this works, that does not.

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