From Cosmos and History, a special issue on The Spirit of the Age: Hegel and the Fate of Thinking. From In-Spire, a special issue on The Paradox of Cosmopolitan Right and the Modern State. From Alternatives, Bettina Dahl Soendergaard (Aarhus): The Political Realism of Augustine and Morgenthau: Issues of Man, God, and Just War. A review of White King and Red Queen: How the Cold War Was Fought on the Chessboard by Daniel Johnson. From the International Journal of Conflict and Violence, David J. Harding (Michigan): Neighborhood Violence and Adolescent Friendships. Shamanism, schmamanism: These days, it seems like you can’t throw a rune without it bouncing off the turban-wrapped skull of some bead-draped, hemp-swaddled seeker billing himself a shaman. A review of The Novels of Erich Maria Remarque: Sparks of Life by Brian Murdoch. From LRB, Mahmood Mamdani on the lessons of Zimbabwe; and a review of The Bin Ladens: The Story of a Family and Its Fortune by Steve Coll (and more from Bookforum). Learning to smoke: It's not permitted, it pisses people off, it makes you puke, it confuses you, and it brings clarity, it makes you an outcast, and it helps you meet wonderful strangers — lessons from a man who did the unthinkable. A look at a wave of radical presentations of the Bible, including a manga version and a Lego gospel.
From the European Journal of Legal Studies, Philip Allott (Cambridge): The Opening of the Human Mind; and Michel Troper (Nanterre): The Judicial Power and Democracy. Wilkinson and Posner, dissenting: Two conservative judges challenge Justice Scalia. A review of The Invisible Constitution by Laurence Tribe. An excerpt from U.S. Versus Them by J. Peter Scoblic. Off Base: Is the future of the GOP Scots-Irish or Indian-American? The Paper Chase: Dozens of progressive institutions are clamoring to put their agendas on Obama's desk — will the incoming president actually read them? The curse of neo-totalitarianism: As dangerous as terrorism, the rise of autocratic dictatorship is a grave threat to world peace. A review of A Book of Silence by Sara Maitland. A review of Scrapbooks: An American History by Jessica Helfand. From Governing, in many cities, a big university is becoming the economic engine that a big corporation used to be; and a cover story on the corruption puzzle: Is graft getting worse or are prosecutors out of control? More on The Ascent of Money by Niall Ferguson. Getting crafty: When the times call for handmade, and you say "not by me". A review of Two Planks and a Passion: The Dramatic History of Skiing by Roland Huntford. An interview with Amory Lovins, chairman of the Rocky Mountain Institute, on energy efficiency (and more).
From Foreign Affairs, Robert M. Gates on A Balanced Strategy: Reprogramming the Pentagon for a New Age (and a response by Fred Kaplan); Charles A. Kupchan (Georgetown): Minor League, Major Problems: The Case Against a League of Democracies; Stephen Sestanovich (Columbia): What Has Moscow Done? Rebuilding U.S.-Russian Relations; Barnett R. Rubin (NYU) and Ahmed Rashid (PCIP): From Great Game to Grand Bargain: Ending Chaos in Afghanistan and Pakistan; Marc Lynch (GWU): Politics First: Why Only U.S. Withdrawal Can Spur Iraqi Cooperation; Ivo Daalder (Brookings) and Jan Lodal (Atlantic Council): The Logic of Zero: Toward a World Without Nuclear Weapons; Paul Collier (Oxford): The Politics of Hunger: How Illusion and Greed Fan the Food Crisis; J. Brian Atwood (Minnesota); M. Peter McPherson (NASULGC), and Andrew Natsios (Georgetown): Arrested Development: Making Foreign Aid a More Effective Tool; and after the Crash: An article on helping the U.S. economy right itself. From McSweeney's, Jack Stuef on Niccolo Machiavelli to Nick Jonas the Magnificent. From PopMatters, the so-called “crazy cat lady” seems to be one of few sexist stereotypes that remains alive, well, and somehow immune to politically-correct backlash; and women lawyers, bankers, and presidents? Sure; women rockers? Not just yet.
From Boston Review, David Cole on closing Guantanamo and what to do with detainees, with responses by Joanne Mariner, Eric Posner, and Robert Chesney. From The Bulletin, an article on the future of nuclear energy. From Wishtank, how much oil is actually left? Here's a group of economists on the ideal stimulus plan. Confused by the financial crisis? It may be time to read the books and blogs of economist Tyler Cowen. From Edge, can science help solve the economic crisis? An article on the ethics of science communication on the web. Arundhati Roy on the monster in the mirror: The Mumbai attacks have been dubbed "India's 9/11", and there are calls for a 9/11-style response, including an attack on Pakistan — instead, the country must fight terrorism with justice, or face civil war. Religious people have more babies than non-believers — and not just for the obvious reasons. From News Weekly, an article on the economic consequences of abortion. GR8 Expectations: Remember all those think pieces about the bleak future for the English language in the era of text messaging? From Think Tank, an interview with Ben Stein. They just don't get it: Many Britons — and even some Americans — have a false idea of what the US is really like; are Hollywood and TV to blame? Will the real Tony Clifton please stand up: Who knew that Andy Kaufman's alter ego didn't die with him?