From The Next American City, an article on the architecture of memory: 9/11 and the litany against forgetting. A review of Torture and Democracy by Darius Rejal. A review of Punishment and Political Order by Keally McBride. A review of Extraordinary Justice: Military Tribunals in Historical and International Context by Peter Richards. A look at how Fear, by Jan Tomasz Gross, has sparked an emotional debate in Poland, where anti-Semitism is not a popular subject. From CHE, a look at why universities have the responsibility to tackle the world's toughest problems. From The Atlantic Monthly, a modest proposal to fix the schools: First, kill all the school boards. What does a progressive tax policy look like? Ezra Klein investigates. A review of The Mighty Wurlitzer: How the CIA Played America by Hugh Wilford (and more). Ending Global Apartheid: An interview with Lant Pritchett on immigration and the least-popular—and most-proven—idea for helping the world's poor. Thomas Pogge on understanding recent trends and political choices on growth and inequality. Frank Rich on the Billary road to Republican victory. From Wired, foreigners keep out! How tech mapping starts to redefine international borders. The manufacturers of Monopoly have launched a competition between 68 world cities in a bid to find 22 cities for a new global version of the board game.
From Vanity Fair, a vast right-wing hypocrisy: Richard Mellon Scaife, billionaire bankroller of conservative crusades, spent heavily to expose Bill Clinton’s "Troopergate", but now Scaife’s divorce is providing another unsavory saga. Robert Samuelson on why capitalists are capitalism's most dangerous enemy; and a look at how the free-marketeers abhor the crutch of the state — until they start limping. An interview with Deborah Cameron, author of The Myth of Mars and Venus: Do Men and Women Really Speak Different Languages? Todd Gitlin on eight questions reporters should ask John McCain. A look at why race and gender do matter. How to talk foreign policy: Democrats need to find a cohesive, defensible way to talk about their foreign policy and how it differs from that of Republicans. More and more on Liberal Fascism by Jonah Goldberg and more on They Knew They Were Right: The Rise of the Neocons. A review of The Cure Within: A History of Mind-Body Medicine by Anne Harrington. From More Intelligent Life, an article about the pleasures of reading Herodotus (and more). An interview with Lee Siegel, author of Against the Machine: Being Human in the Age of the Electronic Mob (and a review). Political animals (yes, animals): Some brainy animal species, besides humans, campaign across sophisticated and far-flung social networks.
From Policy Review, an article on a moral core for US foreign policy; and more on the "March of Freedom": From Reagan to Bush Two presidents, one idea. From Der Spiegel, a special report on Our Hungry Planet and the choice between food and fuel. A look at how to choose among presidential candidates you don't particularly like. Symbolitics as usual: John DiIulio on a guide to non-instant election analysis. What if the Muslim armies hadn’t been stopped at the French border? More on God’s Crucible: Islam and the Making of Europe, 570 to 1215. From Boston Review, all that is given: An article on Hannah Arendt on being Jewish. Fictional figures can be as vivid to us as real people; but just what, exactly, is a character, asks James Wood. Three decades of Suharto's kleptocratic rule are not going to be eradicated easily (and more). Blacklisted by History: The Untold Story of Senator Joe McCarthy and His Fight Against America’s Enemies, a full-throated (and heavily footnoted) defense of Joe McCarthy, is getting attention on the right. Statements made in the media can surreptitiously plant distortions in the minds of millions; learning to recognize two commonly used fallacies can help you separate fact from fiction. An excerpt from Paradoxes of Political Ethics: From Dirty Hands to the Invisible Hand by John M. Parrish. An article on the sex diaries of John Maynard Keynes.