From TNR, a look at how soldiers really vote: The surprisingly liberal tendencies of US soldiers; Eve Fairbanks on wingnut blowback in reddest America; Jeffrey Rosen on the judicial apocalypse that McCain would usher in; an interview with Brian Moore, the Socialist Party USA's presidential nominee; and Leon Wieseltier on why he's voting for Obama: When McCain picked Sarah Palin, he told the US to go f*ck itself. Reza Aslan, Parag Khanna, Christopher Hitchens, Andrew Bacevich, and many more on (not quite) 101 things Sarah Palin should know about the world. The Right-Wing Primal Scream: Why Republicans are mad as hell at John McCain. A look at how "latte liberals" give other progressives a bad name. A review of The Democrats: A Critical History by Lance Selfa. Getting Bush right: Who will be the next George Bush? Christopher Buckley on electing a punch line (and more and more on this repeat apostate). The future of time: Our obsession with the clock has driven us to refine and control it, but where does that control end? A review of Remix: Making Art and Commerce Thrive in the Hybrid Economy by Lawrence Lessig. The Thing is not your garden-variety periodical: Magazine or a work of art? The art of noise: James MacMillan makes the case for modern classical music. Chivalry and carnage: After decades of neglect, medieval themes are more popular than ever.
The inaugural issue of Cultural Science is out. Look into the far, far future, to the day the cosmos decays into a frozen featureless void: What will happen as the stars wink out and the universe decays away to nothing? From Mute, hey kids, Marx is back, and this time he's being completely misrepresented again; and the Melancholic Troglodytes review two recent books exploring how speculation and risk management, once the preserve of finance, have become defining traits of all facets of contemporary capitalism. In France, nobody cares if leaders are single mothers. An interview with John R. MacArthur, author of You Can't be President: The Outrageous Barriers to Democracy in America. Why do polls always tighten right before an election? Beyond Diebold: A look at 10 ways to steal this election. From Time, a look at 7 things that could go wrong on Election Day. Why those "armies" of lawyers are our last, best hope for an honest Election Day. Peter Dreier and John Atlas on the GOP's blame-ACORN game. The Rationality Project: AJ Jacobs on his quest to ignore his gut instinct. Paper Money: Students with more cash than brains know how to get their term papers written fast. From Silver Lake to suicide: One family's secret history of the Jonestown Massacre. A review of My Life with Che: The Making of a Revolutionary by Hilda Gadea.
From Mercatornet, freedom is a no-brainer: Modern science has made great strides in knowledge of the brain, but our brains are not us. Creationists declare war over the brain: The creationists' battlefront with science has shifted from evolution to neuroscience. A look at why the denial of the right to die is sheer religious primitivism. From Obit, a special series on the morality, legality and personalities of assisted suicide. Fear, death and politics: What your mortality has to do with the upcoming election. To find out if you're fit for the Oval Office, simply take this personality test. Psychology Today bloggers put the presidential candidates to the test. Dear Mr. President: Advice from seven Nobel laureates on fixing the economy. The University of Chicago's Richard Epstein on the Obama he doesn't know. Or for worse: Why American politicians have such rotten marriages? Why relationship sex is boring: The very things that nurture love — comfort, stability, safety — can extinguish sexual desire. From The Guardian, a special report on sex uncovered; and an article on 1000 artworks to see before you die. Most scientists work in universities or corporations, but a plucky or foolhardy few exist outside the system — Susan Blackmore has done both. It turns out the future isn't "Blade Runner", but bicycles, recycling and "smart responsive simplicity" — it's not as bad as it sounds.
From NOVA, a special episode on Hunting the Hidden Dimension, including an interview with Benoit Mandelbrot, a true maverick, and an excerpt from Fractals: The Patterns of Chaos by John Briggs. Philippe Binder argues the unifying theme of complex systems is frustration. From the stages of grief to the stages of moral development, stage theories have little evidentiary support. Are you a closet conservative? Psychologist Sam Gosling has a few surefire ways to find out. From Dark Roasted Blend, a look at the worst time to buy, the best time to enjoy ads. Would a new league of democracies be a good idea? Philip Bobbitt and David Hannay debate. Presidential firepower: How FDR saved capitalism in eight days. Alan Greenspan concedes error on regulation — whoops, there goes decades of Ayn Rand down the drain. From New Left Review, Robert Wade on financial regime change; David Harvey on the right to the city; and Alexander Cockburn reviews Rick Perlstein's Nixonland (and an excerpt at Bookforum). From The L Magazine, a special issue on the election. From GQ, confession of a presidential campaign reporter: Michael Hastings had what for many journalists would be a dream job — covering the presidential race for Newsweek; too bad the dream is very, very far from reality. Amitai Etzioni on what social conservatives owe the Obamas.