Martin O'Neill (Manchester): Liberty, Equality and Property-Owning Democracy; and Liberal Egalitarian Routes towards Economic Democracy. An interview with Catalan philosopher Xavier Rupert de Ventos: "The reactionary Celine is more interesting than the liberal Rawls". An interview with neoconservative Lawrence Kaplan: "I don't see anything good that has come from this war". The sexiest woman (barely) alive: The female ideal pushed by laddie magazines has become as smooth and lifeless as an iPhone. Here are 5 myths about the best (college) years of your life. An atheist goes undercover to join the flock of mad pastor John Hagee: An excerpt from Matt Taibbi's The Great Derangement. Meet Gus Puryear, Bush's latest villainous nominee for a lifetime judgeship. A review of Daniel J. Flynn’s A Conservative History of the American Left. Is Phyllis Schlafly worthy of an honorary doctorate by Washington U. in St. Louis? An interview with Denis Boyles, author Superior, Nebraska: The Common Sense Values of America’s Heartland. Will we ever get past the cultural wars of the 1960s? Ron Bailey wants to know. Is baseball a global sport? An article on America’s “national pastime” as global field and international sport. Fifty-four years after its publication, Ray Bradbury’s classic dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451 transcends the framework within which it was placed.
From Psychology Today, encounters with the opposite sex skew our psyches in such a special way that reason and bias climb right into bed with each other — in this mode, it sometimes pays to deceive ourselves: Welcome to the paradoxical world of mating intelligence. Does your brain have a mind of its own, or why can't we stick to our goals? Blame the sloppy engineering of evolution. From Prospect, an interview with Duncan Fallowell on his writing strategies, how he met Warhol, and why he is the first travel writer who is not a wanker. Downloading democracy: Tara Brabazon takes a listophile’s delight in a celebration of musical progress. A review of books on how the centre of gravity of English has moved. Seven Pillars of Wisdom was hailed on its first appearance as a historical and literary masterpiece. But this memoir of the Arab revolt, and T E Lawrence's other writings, also offer prescient warnings about western policy in the Middle East. From Soundings, happiness in a society of individuals: Zygmunt Bauman looks at the ways in which ideologies of privatisation shape our desires, and at the reasons they are unlikely to be fulfilled; and Jonathan Rutherford looks at contemporary changes in the practices and cultures of capitalism. By turning NAFTA into a punching bag, Clinton and Obama are ignoring the real questions that free trade raises for America.
From Mute, an essay on the immaterial aristocracy of the Internet: A historical account of the all-too-human actors vying for power over the net. From Ctheory, an article on watching the Posthuman Bildungsroman. They're global citizens, they're hugely rich, and they pull the strings: Call them the superclass. In an extract from his book Global Movement, Magnus Wennerhag outlines how the global justice movement differs from the '68 protests: it is more political and aimed at international institutions and a globalized democracy. Marriage, passion, and the individual: An excerpt from Elizabeth Fox-Genovese's Marriage: The Dream That Refuses To Die (and more). You are not your bookcase: Online profiles and painfully constructed "faves lists" have turned us into a bunch of unwitting snobs. The Original Black Man's Guide to the Press: Ten easy rules for spinning the white man's media. Do "local currencies" really help the communities that use them? An excerpt from Gardens: An Essay on the Human Condition by Robert Pogue Harrison. More and more on Castles, Battles, and Bombs: How Economics Explains Military History by Jurgen Brauer and Hubert van Tuyll. PJ O'Rourke on fairness, idealism and other atrocities: Commencement advice you're unlikely to hear elsewhere. An excerpt from The Cost of Counterterrorism: Power, Politics, and Liberty by Laura K. Donohue.