From Human Affairs, Sami Pihlstrom (Tampere): Mortality as a Philosophical-Anthropological Issue: Thanatology, Normativity, and "Human Nature"; and Alexander Kremer (Szeged): Rorty and Normativity. From The Bulletin, how can we reduce the risk of human extinction? An interview with Ray Kurzweil on plans to live indefinitely. From Discover, here are 10 everyday technologies that can change the world. From The Wilson Quarterly, even the most high-minded aid can sometimes do a lot of harm: John R. Miller on Slavery; Holly Yeager on The New Face of Global Giving; Matthew Connelly on Controlling Passions; and G. Pascal Zachary on Humanitarian Dilemmas. Michael Ignatieff reviews Freedom's Battle: The Origins of Humanitarian Intervention by Gary Bass (and more and more and more). From First Principles, an essay on the Americanization of conservatism; and a review of Reclaiming the American Right: The Lost Legacy of the Conservative Movement by Justin Raimondo. From Ovi, an article on the sad saga of American democracy. A review of Our Undemocratic Constitution: Where the Constitution Goes Wrong (and How We the People Can Correct It) by Sanford Levinson. A review of Memo to a New President: The Art and Science of Presidential Leadership by Michael Genovese. A look at how cereal transformed American culture.
From re.press, you can download The Spirit of the Age: Hegel and the Fate of Thinking. Mein Leipzig: An interview with German publisher and bookstore owner Peter Hinke on his city’s distinguished literary legacy. A review of Raymond Williams: A Warrior's Tale by Dai Smith. An interview with Steven Shapin, author of The Scientific Life: A Moral History of a Late Modern Vocation. From Carnegie Council, a discussion on The Strongest Tribe: War, Politics, and the Endgame in Iraq by Bing West. Who was the first president of the United States? Wrong. An interview with Ronald Wright, author of What is America? An interview with Larry Schweikart, author of 48 Liberal Lies About American History. From TAP, a look at how the Dems lost on education; and only by relinquishing some autonomy will teachers finally be able to attain the true professional status they deserve. An interview with Abbie Smith, author of Can You Keep Your Faith in College? A review of Faculty Incivility: The Rise of the Academic Bully Culture and What to Do About It by Darla Twale and Barbara DeLuca. The first chapter from All Politics Is Global: Explaining International Regulatory Regimes by Daniel W. Drezner. That won't be easy: Without a foreign policy reset button, what's next? An interview with Bobby Maddex, editor of Salvo magazine.
From IHE, an interview with Elizabeth Aries, author of Race and Class Matters at an Elite College; and a look at the worst academic careers worldwide: Are things getting so bad that a new kind of ranking is called for? The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood wins a victory against Bratz. From the latest issue of Bookforum, a review of Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us) by Tom Vanderbilt (and more and more and more and more). But they mean well: A review of Have a Nice Day by Justin Webb and In Defence of America by Bronwen Maddox. From Cosmos, it can fly or it can crawl and it waits for no man; Erica Harrison looks at what makes our sense of time tick. An interview with steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal on politics, football, and philanthropy. The Numbers Guy on the most-common English words (and more on making every word count). A look at how the globalization of language will muzzle the nation-state. Contemporary populism and its discontents: A review of David Sirota's The Uprising: An Unauthorized Tour of the Populist Revolt Scaring Wall Street and Washington. From International Viewpoint, an interview with Gilbert Achcar on the decline of US imperialism. Irwin Redlener on how to survive a nuclear attack.
From Capitalism, an article on economic freedom in America: What is economic freedom? Here's an open letter to European leaders on Europe’s banking crisis. From Vanity Fair, Joseph Stiglitz puts forth a clear, commonsense plan to reverse the Bush-era follies and regain America’s economic sanity. From Writ, an article on the rationality of spite: Why the bailouts do, and should, make people angry. The GOP blames the victim: Capitalism sure is fragile if subprime borrowers can ruin it. This is a crisis, but it's also an extraordinary opportunity. Let's admit it, the financial crisis is kind of cool. From Mute, a look at the new and improved Wall Street Journal. A Billion Little Pieces: Get out the Ritalin! It’s the attention deficit democracy — it’s Wall Street to McCain to Letterman to Palin to Couric to Biden to Obama. A review of Obama's Challenge by Robert Kuttner. From Culture11, is Obama intelligent enough to be president? From Salon, who is the real John McCain? From David Foster Wallace to Paul Begala, four authors trace the politician's journey from the liberal's conservative to flip-flopping hack. Emily Bazelon on the un-Hillary: Why watching Sarah Palin is agony for women; and can Palin's sentences stand up to a grammarian? GOP, RIP? Nearly three decades of Republican dominance may be coming to an end. More on Slavoj Zizek's In Defense of Lost Causes.