The latest issue of Bookforum is out, including Thomas Frank on The Naked and the Daft: Norman Mailer's chronicle of Chicago '68 points up the pitiful state of contemporary political commentary. From International Viewpoint, has working class consciousness collapsed? What drives market volatility? James Surowiecki investigates. Yoknapatawpha diplomacy: An article on Faulkner, the State Department, and Latin America. A review of Your Government Failed You: Breaking the Cycle of National Security Disasters by Richard Clarke. A review of Christopher Buckley's Supreme Courtship (and more and more). From Harvard International Review, a special issue on Elections: Practicing Politics. The introduction to The Myth of the Rational Voter: Why Democracies Choose Bad Policies by Bryan Caplan. Is "nudging" the answer to the age-old debate about how much the state should do to control people's lives? (and more and more) The Misshapen Mind: How the brain's haphazard evolution left us with self-destructive instincts. A special issue of American Atheist is online. Sex, violence, and the culture war: Where does morality leave off and social science pick up? A review of Bacardi and the Long Fight for Cuba: The Biography of a Cause by Tom Gjelten. A review of Sound Moves: IPod Culture and Urban Experience by Michael Bull.
Fee-Alexandra Haase (CIU): A Model of Mass-Media Text Types: The Empirical Case of Content from the New York Times. A review of Dark Ages: The Case for a Science of Human Behavior by Lee McIntyre. A review of Moral Clarity: A Guide for Grown-up Idealists by Susan Neiman. From the Journal of Philosophy & Scripture, Yii-Jan Singh (Yale): Semen, Philosophy, and Paul. From the Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture, a review of Pagan Theology: Paganism as a World Religion by Michael York. A review of Original Sin: A Cultural History by Alan Jacobs. More on What Would Jesus Deconstruct? by John Caputo. A review of My Father Before Me: How Fathers and Sons Influence Each Other Throughout Their Lives by Michael J. Diamond. A review of Cool Colleges: For the Hyper-Intelligent, Self-Directed, Late Blooming, and Just Plain Different by Donald Asher. Why fluff-over-substance makes perfect evolutionary sense. As Beijing and Moscow flex their muscles, some see a rising tide of authoritarianism, but don’t call it a Cold War. A review of Blindside: How to Anticipate Forcing Events and Wild Cards in Global Politics, and Francis Fukuyama on how the world's bullies are throwing their weight around, but history isn't on their side. An interview with Takis Fotopoulos on "inclusive democracy".
A new issue of Air & Space Power Journal is out. From the Air Force's Strategic Studies Quarterly, Jeffrey Record (AWC): Why the Bush Administration Invaded Iraq: Making Strategy after 9/11. From Acme, Sara Koopman (UBC): Imperialism Within: Can the Master’s Tools Bring Down Empire? From The New Atlantis, Jim Manzi on conservatives, climate Change, and the carbon tax; technology, culture, and virtue: Patrick J. Deneen on Wendell Berry's unnatured man and Wendell Berry on leadership from the bottom; an article on nuclear policy and the presidential election; rethinking public opinion: Thomas Fitzgerald on the problems of polling; a review of Millennial Makeover: MySpace, YouTube, and the Future of American Politics by Morley Winograd and Michael D. Hais (and more); a review of Second Lives by Tim Guest and Coming of Age in Second Life by Tom Boellstorff; and more on Mark Bauerlein' The Dumbest Generation. America has a growing skills problem; public policy should refocus attention to the early years of childhood and away from its current emphasis on the later years. No Subject Left Behind: Diane Ravitch on how to stick up for subjects — history, literature, the arts — that fewer and fewer students get a chance to learn. From Ars Disputandi, a review of The Cambridge Companion to Arabic Philosophy.