Andras Takacs-Santa (HAS): Barriers to Environmental Concern. Surely if baseball, football, basketball, and rock and roll all get to have halls of fame, so should bookstores. A review of A Pragmatist Philosophy of Democracy by Robert B. Talisse. A review of The Ghost of Freedom: A History of the Caucasus by Charles King. A review of Schools of Democracy: A Political History of the American Labor Movement by Clayton Sinyai. An excerpt from Killing Civilians: Method, Madness and Morality in War by Hugo Slim. A review of A War of Frontier and Empire: The Philippine-American War, 1899-1902 by David J. Silbey. Travel is so broadening; it shows you other nations' narrow-mindedness, so that when you get home you can see your own more clearly. A review of Children of the Sun: A History of Humanity's Unappeasable Appetite for Energy by Alfred W. Crosby. A review of Distracted: The Erosion of Attention and the Coming Dark Age by Maggie Jackson. A review of The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism by Andrew Bacevich. His name will always be synonymous with his TV talk show, but there's more to Jerry Springer than spoof operas and fighting dwarfs. A review of Deception in Markets: An Economic Analysis. An interview with Bernard Lewis on the two biggest myths about Islam.
From Idea, Milan Zafirovski (North Texas): Radical Puritanism "Rediscovered": Elements and Legacies of Extremism and Anti-Egalitarianism. Keith J. Gomes (Carleton): An Intellectual Genealogy of the Just War: A Survey of Christian Political Thought on the Justification of Warfare. The Next Front: Seven years after 9/11, John McCain still doesn't get the war on terrorism. The Code of the West: Ryan Lyzza on what Barack Obama can learn from Bill Ritter. From Search, naming moons can be tricky business, especially when the gods get involved; Pleistocene dreams: A radical conservation idea intrigues and frightens an un-wild world; an interview with Daniel Dennett, "dangerous" man, and what happens to religion when it is biologized? From The Walrus, an article on The Other Darwin: The nineteenth-century naturalist gets emotional. A review of Re-engineering Philosophy for Limited Beings: Piecewise Approximations to Reality by William Wimsatt and Evidence and Evolution: The Logic Behind the Science by Elliott Sober. In the not-so-distant future, these six drugs already in the works will change how we live and how we die. Of victims and vixens: An article on the feminist clash over prostitution. English, the omnivorous tongue: A review of The Secret Life of Words by Henry Hitching. Rick Moody reviews The Sacred Book of the Werewolf by Victor Pelevin.
From The Atlantic Monthly, Jeffrey Goldberg on The Wars of John McCain. From Slate, here's an interactive timeline of the lives of Barack Obama. From TNR, Jonathan Chait on how the rich rolled Barack Obama (and how Charlie Gibson has helped); and Jeffery Rosen on how nobody in the Senate has a better record of defending the little guy than Biden. From TAC, a review of The Case Against Barack Obama by David Freddoso and McCain: The Myth of a Maverick by Matt Welch; Radical Chic: Brendan O’Neill on Tibet, the theocracy liberals like; Back in the USSR: Alexander Lukashenko’s Belarus is brutal and oppressive — yet remains unexploited by the economy of haste; and the Asquith Analogy: Let’s remember World War I before launching World War V. A review of Distraction: A Philosopher’s Guide to Being Free by Damon Young. A review of Why We Make Art and Why It Is Taught by Richard Hickman. Are US students getting it? Not according to a new wave of campus magazines that aim to foster healthy ideas and adult discussion about sex. More and more on Charles Murray's Real Education (and an excerpt). Are too many people going to college? America’s university system is creating a class-riven nation, but there has to be a better way. 24/7 school reform: What poor kids really need can’t be taught in a classroom.