From Open Democracy, an article on the end of American capitalism (as we knew it). From Democracy, a review of The Big Squeeze: Tough Times for the American Worker by Steven Greenhouse and (Not) Keeping Up With Our Parents: The Decline of the Professional Middle Class by Nan Mooney. A review of Deer Hunting With Jesus: Dispatches From America’s Class War by Joe Bageant and The Right Talk: How Conservatives Transformed the Great Society into the Economic Society by Mark Smith. The numbers don't lie: Democrats are better for the economy than Republicans. An interview with Chuck Collins, author of Wealth and Our Commonwealth: Why America Should Tax Accumulated Fortunes. From New Humanist, why do women screech when men shout? Sally Feldman explores the sexual politics of the voice; and fathers under fire: Elizabeth Wilson on the new scapegoat. Britt Peterson reviews Senselessness by Horacio Castellanos Moya. Being happy has always seemed like a good idea, but now science, with research to back it up, can finally show us how to get there. A review of The Book of Calamities: Five Questions About Suffering and Its Meaning by Peter Trachtenberg. From Finance & Development, what's the single thing most likely to double living standards in poor countries over the next decade?
From Reason, here's the libertarian case for Obama and McCain. From The Nation, McCain and the POW cover-up: The war hero has long sought to bury information about POWs left behind in Vietnam; and the McCain-Keating Connection: The current banking crisis and McCain's political history should be creating a serious case of deja vu. From New York, a look at why “Wal-Mart moms” may be the key to this election. The man who was Texas: An excerpt from The Big Rich: The Rise and Fall of the Greatest Texas Oil Fortunes by Bryan Burrough. From World Affairs, Andrew Bacevich reviews David A. Bell's The First Total War: Napoleon’s Europe and the Birth of Modern Warfare and James J. Sheehan's Where Have All the Soldiers Gone? The Transformation of Modern Europe. Craig Seligman reviews What Can I Do When Everything’s on Fire? by Antonio Lobo Antunes. From First Things, is Mormonism Christian? Bruce D. Porter and Gerald R. McDermott investigate. Christina Hoff Sommers reconsiders Betty Friedan's The Feminine Mystique. Formula for happiness: Artists design a formula for the 21st century. A review of Shakespeare and Laughter: A Cultural History by Indira Ghose. Here are 3 American border disputes you probably never studied. An economics mystery — why houses cost more in summer — has finally been solved.
Barack Obama, John McCain and the language of race: The discomfort with certain forms of black assertiveness is too deeply rooted in the national psyche to just disappear. Why Obama can't get mad: As much as we want Obama to go off on McCain, angry black men don't become president. A look at how Sarah Palin gave John McCain a license to sin. Letter from Alaska: Palin a maverick? Please. A look at how Palin's experience pales next to 19 recent VPs (and more). Actually, Dan Quayle is looking pretty good right now. Sarah Palin's powerful "First Dude": Todd Palin has exerted unusual influence on his wife's Alaska government; in Washington, their methods would do Bush and Cheney proud. cf. ibid., op. cit., MLA, APA et al.: A review of Documentation: A History and Critique of Attribution, Commentary, Glosses, Marginalia, Notes, Bibliographies, Works-Cited Lists, and Citation Indexing and Analysis by Robert Hauptman. From Discover, how to fall out of a plane and live, and other survival tips. The Treasonous Clerk: James Matthew Wilson on the dead-end of disinterestedness. From TED, Jonathan Drori on why we don’t understand as much as we think we do. An interview with Chris Carlsson, author of Nowtopia: How Pirate Programmers, Outlaw Bicyclists, and Vacant-lot Gardeners are Inventing the Future Today.
A new issue of Econ Journal Watch is out. From New School Economic Review, Cameron Weber and Matthias Thiemann (Columbia): Questioning Development Orthodoxy. Paul Collier on how the United Nations is falling short on helping the poorest countries converge with the rest of mankind. An article on the demise of the Washington news bureau. Could an inner zombie be controlling your brain? Carl Zimmer investigates. Frothing at the latte: Politicians use stereotypes to lampoon and persuade — but what if they’re actually right, and how well does a latte identify political preferences? Robert Eisinger on why the GOP might regret mocking elitism. Sam Harris rips Sarah Palin, and defends elitism. Republicans are from Mars, Democrats are from Venus: Why is every neuropundit such a raging liberal? Beauty and the Brain: Neuroaesthetics promises to reinvigorate science's search for a theory of beauty. From Scientific American, an article on studying the internet to protect our future; and scientists hunting among our genes for the factors that shape intelligence are discovering they are more elusive than expected. The melting of the polar ice cap in recent years is decades ahead of model predictions, raising concern that climate change is proving worse than expected. From Newsweek, an article on the end of MTV’s "Total Request Live" (and more from Slate).