From National Journal, the Marine Corps is facing big bills to pay for the future force the Corps says it needs; and casino magnate Sheldon Adelson is using his vast fortune to help finance conservative, pro-Israel, and pro-business causes. Does charisma originate in the individual, in the followers, or in the situation? Joseph Nye investigates. An excerpt from Outright Barbarous: How the Violent Language of the Right Poisons American Democracy by Jeffrey Feldmann. An interview with Mary Lefkowitz, author of History Lesson: A Race Odyssey. True pacifists believe all violence is counterproductive — what to do, then, about World War II? A review of The Woman Racket: The New Science Explaining How the Sexes Relate at Work, at Play and in Society by Steve Moxon. Western experts promised Africans that free-market ideology would save them from poverty and famine — now, one African country is showing that sometimes, a little protectionism can work wonders. Ayn Rand 101: A glance at the free market coursework sponsored by BB&T. Big box panic: Why retail giants like Wal-Mart won’t take over the world. Age of consent: It seems we're in a state of cultural cognitive dissonance when it comes to Lolita issues. Everyone in favor, say yargh! Some of the world's earliest democracies flourished aboard pirate ships. More on Jonah Goldberg's Liberal Fascism.
From Mute, Paul Helliwell exhumes the Althusserian preconditions of Jacques Ranciere’s insistently superficial aesthetic politics. From Sens Public, despite the tendency of decennial commemorations to cement the "official version" of May '68, important questions remain unanswered. Scientific American on why the next president needs a powerful science adviser. What does it mean to be "pro-Israel"? The election, and the creation of a new dovish Jewish lobby group, brings the question to the fore. Susan Neiman makes the case for Kant's Critique of Pure Reason as one of the 50 greatest books. The new journal Evolutionary Applications aims to promote the science of "applied evolution". Learn to love the classic New York blood feud: "It’s a bitch to have a billionaire as an enemy". A review of Harpoon: Into the Heart of Whaling by Andrew Darby. The first chapter from China's New Confucianism: Politics and Everyday Life in a Changing Society by Daniel A. Bell. From Arion, Raymond Geuss on Richard Rorty at Princeton. From the University of Chicago Press, an excerpt from The Irony of American History by Reinhold Niebuhr; and an excerpt from Instructions for American Servicemen in France during World War II. A review of books on parenting: Do we push too much, spend too much, fret too much? More on Worst-Case Scenarios by Cass Sunstein.
From New Humanist, Henri Lefebvre, the theoretician of the Paris uprising of 1968, saw that society’s most profound truths were etched on everyday life; while secularists sleep well-funded creationists are on the march in Europe; and religion has always been an election issue in America, but in the current campaign it’s not just the Republicans who are courting the faith vote. From Monthly Review, Fred Magdoff on the world food crisis: Sources and solutions. How to feed the world: Eight leaders in the fight against hunger offer up food crisis action plans. A review of Armageddon in Retrospect: And Other New and Unpublished Writings on War and Peace by Kurt Vonnegut. A review of Wealth, War & Wisdom by Barton Biggs. A look at why it is time to rethink the role of culture and language study in the US. From Scientific American, an article on regulating evolution and how gene switches make life. Meditators always thought happiness could be learned; now scientists are agreeing. Every time a trackworker goes into the tunnels, there’s a chance he won’t come back out: What the world looks like when a 400-ton train is barreling toward you at 30 miles per hour. A review of Body Shopping: The Economy Fuelled by Flesh and Blood by Donna Dickenson. An article on the importance of pronouncing Ban Ki-moon, Kofi Annan and other names correctly.