From FP, follow adoption through several continents and countless families and lives in this accompanying online photo essay. A review of books on EU-rope’s constitutionalization. Doing democracy right: Why are other countries so much better at conducting elections than we are? A review of The Trial of Donald Rumsfeld: A Prosecution by Book by Michael Ratner. From IRB, a review of You are Here: Exposing the Vital Link Between What We Do and What That Does to Our Planet by Thomas M. Kostigen; and a review of The Fertility Doctor: John Rock and the Reproductive Revolution by Margaret Marsh and Wanda Ronner. From Adbusters, an essay on industrial childbirth: “Revisiting my son’s birth has made me angry”. Why do we tax corporations? Wouldn't it be easier just to tax individuals? A review of Solidarity Divided: The Crisis in Organized Labor and a New Path Toward Social Justice by Bill Fletcher and Fernando Gapasin. From Dissent, Harold Meyerson on Labor and Armageddon. From ResetDOC, an interview with John Judis on Barack Obama, a new Roosevelt. Jason Zengerle on how David Axelrod learned to conquer race. John Nichols on why "socialist" is not an epithet. Daniel Kahneman on two big things happening in psychology today. From TNR, a review of Giordano Bruno: Philosopher/Heretic by Ingrid D. Rowland.
From Forbes, a look at how Wall Street robbed you. Sexual Politics: Election 2008 hasn't just been dirty, it's been downright smutty. From Smithsonian, a series of articles on inspiring individuals making a difference in the fields of science, arts, culture and human behavior. From The Atlantic Monthly, a review of Have You Seen? by David Thomson; an article on the forgotten filmmaker who anticipated our modern media madness; and Virginia Postrel on on the politics of the retouched headshot. From Men's News Daily, how did we get from the founder’s deep suspicion of majority rule to the deification of democracy? An interview with Paul Bloom on happiness, desire, memory, and the chaotic community that lives inside every human mind. A review of Understanding Privacy by Daniel J. Solove. A new generation of digital tracking technologies can now follow your every move, unleashing a world of personalised adverts; embracing these tools may be the only way to save the media from bankruptcy. Information technology is turning into a global “cloud” accessible from anywhere — what does that mean for the way people conduct business? An interview with Blake Gumprecht, author of The American College Town. Jim Holt on how philosophers have explained our sense of humour. The Mason's Apprentice: Our closest single-celled relatives reveal the origins of the stuff that holds us together.
From The Washington Monthly, Jeffrey Leonard on The Plug-in Revolution: A grand plan for America’s energy woes; a review of Turkmeniscam: How Washington Lobbyists Fought to Flack for a Stalinist Dictatorship by Ken Silverstein; a review of War and Taxes by Steven A. Bank, Kirk J. Stark, and Joseph J. Thorndike; and a review of Warrior King: The Triumph and Betrayal of an American Commander in Iraq by Nathan Sassaman. Are al Qa’eda’s leaders — fuelled by resentment of Hizbollah’s appeal — moving to rebrand themselves a “resistance” group? Ed Husain seems to think that all Islamists eventually become terrorists, but why single them out? What about racists, left wing sympathisers, or even people who care about animals and the environment? An article on "voluntourism": See the world — and help conserve it. A review of The World is Curved: Hidden Dangers to the Global Economy by David M. Smick (and two excerpts). Paolo Virno's latest, Multitude, contends that the question of human nature — good or evil? — is suddenly topical, thanks to "immaterial labour"; but, if true, how useful is this insight? From TED, Alison Jackson on a surprising look at celebrity; Alisa Miller on why we know less than ever about the world; Amy Tan digs deep into the creative process; and Al Seckel says our brains are mis-wired — enjoy it!
From LPBR, a review of The Founding Fathers, Popular Culture and Constitutional Law: Who’s Your Daddy? by Susan Burgess; and a review of The Founders' Second Amendment: Origins of the Right to Bear Arms by Stephen P. Halbrook. A review of Give Me Liberty: A Handbook for American Revolutionaries by Naomi Wolf. A review of Left Turn: Forging a New Political Future by Stanley Aronowitz. The Misunderstood Professor: When he suggested in a 1920 treatise that rockets could reach the moon, Robert Goddard sparked a public frenzy. Two excerpts from The Closing of the American Border: Terrorism, Immigration and Security Since 9/11 by Edward Alden. A review of Elisabeth Young-Bruehl's Why Arendt Matters. A review of I Was Wrong: The Meanings of Apologies by Nick Smith. Why do people have paranormal experiences? A team of researchers has been trying to find out. Tim Harford on why it's so hard to get away with blackmail. From Editor & Publisher, yes, newspaper endorsements matter — here is proof; and newspapers weigh alternatives to AP — but do they add up? "There's a seismic shift happening": An interview with Spike Lee on why history is on his side. The Statistical Universe: We look up to an expanse of sky that is billions of light-years in size, but the universe may be far larger than what we are able to see.