Herbert P. Bix (Binghamton): The Russo-Georgia War and the Challenge to American Global Dominance. From In These Times, an article on Russia’s Monroe Doctrine: Cornered by NATO’s expansion, Moscow reasserts its imperial ambitions. From Ceasefire, what is imperialism? We’ve all heard the word, but what does it mean? From Modern Age, here's a psychological profile of Socialist Man; an excerpt from James Kalb’s The Tyranny of Liberalism: Understanding and Overcoming Administered Freedom, Inquisitorial Tolerance, and Equality by Command; Irving Horowitz on Louis Hartz and the liberal tradition; and an article on George Santayana on liberalism and the spiritual life. Inconvenient geopolitical truths: Energy analysts Matthew Hulbert and Tariq Akbar explore the inconvenient truths about politics and oil. Malaria today is as much of an economic challenge as a medical one: A classic instance of what economists call a coordination problem. Rage Against the Ice Cream: A visit to the Ben & Jerry's factory proves two things — the company has been playing down its politics for a while, and no one seems to care. From The Smart Set, the Class of 1250: For Oxford's earliest students, graduation could be a bloody affair; and in the age of the reality TV star, how to explain our strange affection for magicians, jugglers, and ventriloquists?

From Cosmos and History, a special issue on Life Questioning Itself. From The Daily Beast, an article on the star pundits of YouTube. Eric Dezenhall on why Madison Avenue is over. From The Weekly Standard, Matt Labash on the Passion of Dick Cheney: Fishing the Snake River with the vice president. A profile of Toni Morrison: When she speaks, America listens. A review of Have a Nice Day: Behind the Cliches — Giving America Another Chance by Justin Webb and In Defense of America by Bronwen Maddox. A review of Understanding Space-Time: The Philosophical Development of Physics from Newton to Einstein by Robert DiSalle. A review of : Contractarianism in Moral and Political Philosophy by Jean Hampton. To try to keep their flocks, churches are turning to undercover inspectors, who note water stains, dull sermons and poor hospitality. A review of The Hell-Fire Clubs: Sex, Satanism and Secret Societies by Evelyn Lord (and more). An article on the growth of Talking Points Memo: A case study in independent media. Well, excuuuuuse meee! Why humans are so quick to take offense, and what that means for the campaign. From Big Think, a special panel on the future of the global economy. The Great American Road Trip: Father and son tour America, swim in both oceans, and get along too well to sell a book about it.

From The New York Times' "Week in Review", a special issue on the election. From The National, Matthew Power goes on the road with the never-ending presidential campaign of Ralph Nader, where futility is in the eye of the beholder. William Greider on Nader's stubborn idealism. How will history judge Catholics in the 2008 election? Deal W. Hudson wants to know; more on parsing the US Catholic vote; and here's a guide for the perplexed Catholic voter. A review of Contemporary Perspectives on Natural Law: Natural Law as a Limiting Concept. Bruce Reed on why Senate Democrats don't need 60 seats to reach their magic number. American legal conservatives oppose the citation of foreign law, but what about the hallowed practice of citing to Blackstone? From The Atlantic Monthly, Christopher Hitchens reviews The World Is What It Is: The Authorized Biography of V. S. Naipaul by Patrick French; and Virginia Postrel on on how public anxiety over “excessive” consumer debt has a long, and misguided, history. For sale at Neiman Marcus: Yourself, in Legos. Whether it’s through overfishing, new ethical standards, or nanny-state health measures, the following foods may some day soon disappear from menus forever. The world's most outspoken climatologist argues that today's carbon dioxide levels are already dangerously too high — what can we do if he is right?

From Prospect, we used to think that finance performed a useful role, shunting capital to the most profitable outlets — but after the crunch, a new generation of critics are challenging this thesis; and a look at how Merck made a killing. When nobody understands: The electronic age drives some languages out of existence, but can help save others. The west is losing in Afghanistan in part because it misreads its Taliban opponents. Bruce Schneier on the seven habits of highly ineffective terrorists. A look at the 6 most utterly insane attempts to kill a US president. Living la vida Republican: Because at America’s colleges, even the dangerously misguided have a right to be heard. What the free market needs: Without the right political, social and moral institutions, it's just a utopian theory. Obama the Philosopher: Suddenly, Obama's making a pretty good case for why Americans should once again care for one another. Informing as a state of mind: Czechs no longer accept such behavior, and that is a good sign for civil society. Money mags quietly mull "business world's 9/11". From Splice Today, an article on the capital of fashion disasters: A weekend in D.C. sends Manhattanism through the roof; an obituary for the 1980s: The end of retro culture and the ascendance of a generation; and secession maybe not a bad idea: Lincoln's healing efforts aside, perhaps the U.S. should be two separate countries.