From Reason, a review of The End of America: Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot by Naomi Wolf and Liberal Fascism by Jonah Goldberg. A review of Sociology in America: A History, ed. by Craig Calhoun. A review of White Protestant Nation: The Rise of the American Conservative Movement by Allan J. Lichtman. A review of Steven Teles's The Rise of the Conservative Legal Movement (and more). From the Claremont Review of Books, an essay on civil rights and the conservative movement. Nastier, noisier, costlier — and better: Why letting judges speak out during political campaigns enhances democracy and serves justice. From Communio, Jorg Splett on freedom as the serenity of letting go. Turning their Backs on Jihad: More and more prominent terrorists are defecting from the cause. Buying into Brand Borat: A look at Kazakhstan’s cautious embrace of its unwanted "son". A look at how charades reveals a universal sentence structure. Long tails and big heads: Why Chris Anderson's theory of the digital world might be all wrong. Facebook never forgets: How all those scandalous photos lingering on the Internet may affect future elections. Self-described CIA "Manchurian candidates" gather to share fractured memories. From The Moscow Times, it was as much by good luck as good judgment that the Cuban missile crisis was resolved.
From CrossCurrents, Gary Dorrien (Columbia): Imagining Social Justice: Cornel West’s Prophetic Public Intellectualism; and revising Night: An article on Elie Wiesel and the hazards of Holocaust theology. From Crisis, James V. Schall on the young tyrant; or how the modern notion of democracy becomes in practice the ancient notion of tyranny. How do you fix a broken society? As conservatism tries to find its moorings after the long wilderness years in Britain and the debacle of George Bush’s presidency, this is becoming the question. Artists have appropriated images from advertising for decades; what happens when the tables are turned? And is art running out of ideas? Artists forced to explain modern art. The reviewers come in from the cold: At Publishers' Weekly, a tradition of anonymity is abandoned; herewith, a brief review of the reviewers. We all produce a rich resource in our homes and then spend millions of dollars to throw it away; a new movement says there are smarter ways to think about waste. Vegetarianism a key ingredient in the new life of peace, compassion and nonviolence. Carl Zimmer on how your brain can control time: The three methods your mind uses to reverse, speed, and even slow the minutes. Where did modern conceptions of heredity come from? A review of Heredity Produced: At the Crossroads of Biology, Politics, and Culture, 1500-1870.
Stale R. S. Finke (Trondheim): American Exceptionalism: Carl Schmitt and the Neoconservative Justification for the Sovereignty of Politics. A video of a detainee being questioned at the US prison camp in Guantanamo Bay has been released for the first time. A review of The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How The War on Terror Turned into a War on American Ideals by Jane Meyer (and more and more and more and more and more and more and an more). Displacing the blame for the human condition: A review of Complaint: From Minor Moans to Principled Protests by Julian Baggini; Credit and Blame by Charles Tilly and Trust: Self-Interest and the Common Good by Marek Kohn. From FT, a review of Apocalypse: Earthquakes, Archaeology and the Wrath of God by Amos Nur, Energy in Nature and Society: General Energetics of Complex Systems by Vaclav Smil, and The Industrious Revolution: Consumer Behavior and the Household Economy, 1650 to the Present by Jan de Vries; an interview with New Yorker editor David Remnick: "We can’t live without the goose prosciutto". From CJR, Arthur Sulzberger Jr. is racing to transform the embattled New York Times for the digital age; is he up to the job? From Vanity Fair, why do people love to hate The New York Times? Times-bashing isn’t just for conservatives anymore. Katharine the Second begins reign at WaPo.