From Policy Review, Peter Berkowitz on Leviathan Then and Now: The latter-day importance of Hobbes’s masterpiece; and a review of Edmund Burke: Volumes I & II. Kwame Anthony Appiah wants you to turn to philosophy. A review of The Really Hard Problem: Meaning in a Material World by Owen Flanagan. From Dissent, Carlos Fraenkel on teaching Aristotle in Indonesia. From NDPR, a review of French Theory: How Foucault, Derrida, Deleuze, & Co. Transformed the Intellectual Life of the United States by Francois Cusset. A review of Philosophers Without Gods: Meditations on Atheism and the Secular Life. From the latest issue of NPQ, Nathan Gardels on the challenges of non-Western and post-secular modernity; Jurgen Habermas on post-secular society and Regis Debray on God and the political planet. O death, when is thy sting: Some bioethicists reckon that the definition of death is starting to embrace the living; indeed, some reckon that it should. Mysterious DNA found to survive eons of evolution. Do intelligent men have better sperm? A look at how DNA could reveal your surname. From Dissent, zipped trousers, crossed legs, and magical thinking: An article on sex education in the Age of Aids. From Cato Unbound, the proposition that Charles Murray hereby lays before the house is that the BA degree is the work of the devil.
From Harper's, the specter of a no-growth world: A review of The Age of Abundance: How Prosperity Transformed America’s Politics and Culture by Brink Lindsey; The Moral Consequences of Economic Growth by Benjamin M. Friedman; and Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future by Bill McKibben. From TNR, Cass Sunstein on why policymakers need to understand psychology as much as economics to solve the financial crisis. How the philosophies of a physicist, a wizard and a serial killer warned us of this financial crisis. Harold Bloom on how financial panic influenced the philosophies of Ralph Waldo Emerson. Prosperity theology: Can we blame a Christian branch of evangelicalism for the U.S.'s subprime crisis? Looking for someone to blame in the worsening crisis? Let's go back to Bedford Falls. Rampant consumerism nearly killed off civil society, says Benjamin Barber, but the financial crisis offers us a chance to make amends. How we got in over our heads: Johnna Montgomerie argues our high levels of consumer debt derive more from political decisions than from economic conditions. From the John Templeton Foundation, does the free market corrode moral character? Jagdish Bhagwati, Michael Walzer, Tyler Cowen and others respond. Have yourself committed: The market, combined with technology, can help you help yourself.
From LRB, why not eat an eclair? David Runciman reviews Free Riding by Richard Tuck. From Der Spiegel, an interview with Noam Chomsky: "The United States has essentially a one-party system". A look at how our psychology helps politicians bend the truth. Neurologist Robert Burtin explains why you shouldn't believe in political candidates that sound too sure of themselves. New directions in pork: Some little-known tips for reaping Federal pork dollars — hint: Vote against the president. From Gelf, here's a guide to the American electorate: Presenting a taxonomy of political stereotypes. Ezra Klein on undecided voters: Studies show that most actually have chosen a candidate. From Slate, here's the Really Busy Person's Guide to Political Activism: Life-hacking for partisans. How did ACORN become such a controversial organization in national politics? An article on "Red Dawn": Its portrait of Russia is dated, but its portrait of America is timely — and terrifying. A review of 10 Books that Screwed Up the World: And Five Others That Didn't Help by Benjamin Wiker. An article on what right wingers mean when they call Obama a "socialist". Does your subconscious think Obama is foreign? A profile of Andy Martin, the man behind the whispers about Obama. Christopher Hitchens endorses Barack Obama: McCain lacks the character and temperament to be president, and Palin is simply a disgrace.
From Big Think, Princeton professor and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman on why he's not an economic imperialist. From PBS' "NewsHour", an interview with Krugman. Here's a summary of his work at Marginal Revolution. From The Washington Monthly (2001), a look at how economist Paul Krugman became the most important political columnist in America; and from TAP (1992), an essay on the rich, the right, and the facts: Deconstructing the income distribution debate; and from Slate, a collection of his series on the "dismal science". From Economic Principals, how peculiar is it that the leading introductory economics texts scarcely mention the cycles of manias, panics and crashes. From The New Yorker, Louis Menand reviews Txtng: The Gr8 Db8 by David Crystal; Elizabeth Kolbert reviews Emily Post: Daughter of the Gilded Age, Mistress of American Manners by Laura Claridge; and Malcolm Gladwell on Late Bloomers: Why do we equate genius with precocity? From Intelligent Life, an article on the seething genius of "Get Your War On". From Political Affairs, an interview with Billy Bragg. The subtle subversive: Unlike rock's phoney rebelliousness, classical music still has the power to challenge entrenched ideas. From Esquire, an article on Samantha Power and Cass Sunstein, the fun couple of the 21st century.