Nancy Fraser (New School): Feminism, Capitalism, and the Cunning of History (doc). From M/C Journal, a special issue on The Revenge of the Still. From TNR, Jonathan Chait on why the Democrats can't govern: Look who's killing Obama's agenda now; let's leave ideology aside for a moment: Is Congress even equipped to handle Obama's ambitious agenda?; William Galston on why Obama needs to focus his agenda if he wants to avoid Jimmy Carter's fate; and Walter Shapiro on why Americans like Big Government — they just don't really know it yet. The United States already resettles more refugees than any other country, but does it owe a special debt to Iraqis? An interview with Luis Moreno Ocampo, the ICC’s lead prosecutor on the Court’s first arrest warrant for a sitting head of state. From Conversations with History, an interview with Martin Wolf on the causes and consequences of the global economic collapse. A review of Hechinger's Field Guide to Ethnic Stereotypes by Curtis and Kevin Hechinger. From PopMatters, one two three excerpts from Apocalypse Jukebox: The End of the World in American Popular Music by Edward Whitelock and David Janssen. Thomas Israel Hopkins reviews Pandora in the Congo by Albert Sanchez Pinol. Watching a mixed-martial-arts event known as the Ultimate Fighting Championship is a sick but seductive experience.
From Cosmos and History, a special issue on "What is Life", including an introduction, Andrew Taggart (Wisconsin): Unbounded Naturalism; Helena N. Knyazeva (RAS): The Riddle of a Human Being: A Human Singularity of Co-evolutionary Processes; Tim Themi (Deakin): How Lacan's Ethics Might Improve Our Understanding of Nietzsche's Critique of Platonism: The Neurosis and Nihilism of a "Life" Against Life; Michael Zimmerman (Colorado): The Singularity: A Crucial Phase in Divine Self-Actualization?; Suzi Adams (Monash): Towards a Post-Phenomenology of Life: Castoriadis' Naturphilosophie; and Murray Code (Guelph): Life, Thought, and Morality: Or, Does Matter Really Matter? A new possibility of life: In their efforts of marketing and conversion, both globalization and the religious are forms of total war disguised as peace. Barbie Latza Nadeau goes behind the co-ed murder scandal. Is it better to get a Pulitzer or the Booker, and does a prize from Barnes & Noble mean more than a Nobel? As cities go from two papers to one, there's talk of zero. Ivars Peterson on rock-paper-scissors for winners. When libertarians cry: Has Pajamas Media betrayed its original mission by going MSM? From PopMatters, a review of a new edition of The Joy of Sex; and it’s only against the red light of "Dirrtiness" that the chastity movement could ever have struck us as fresh.
From Ethics & International Affairs, a roundtable: "Can Democracies Go It Alone?"; a review of Multicultural Odysseys: Navigating the New International Politics of Diversity by Will Kymlicka; a review of The Moral Force of Indigenous Politics: Critical Liberalism and the Zapatistas by Courtney Jung; a review of Democracy Across Borders: From Demos to Demoi by James Bohman; and a review of The End of the West? Crisis and Change in the Atlantic Order. From Culture, an essay on forgetting the obvious: Relearning old lessons from The Great Transformation by Karl Polanyi; and you’ve heard plenty about the financial crisis from the economic and political perspectives — what about the financial crisis as a cultural crisis? The end of universal rationality: An interview with Yochai Benkler, author of The Wealth of Networks: How Social Production Transforms Markets and Freedom. Relax, rich people: Obama's budget is now in play in Congress, and critics are crying "socialism", but the new taxes are hardly radical. How does the Internet shape the informal process of discussion–public discourse? Joshua Cohen investigates. From McSweeney's, here are selected personals from the American Psychiatric Association's dating website. From Cracked, here are the true stories behind 5 famous WTF images. Here are 20 things you didn't know about time.
From New Statesman, a special issue on 1989: The year of the crowd. From Standpoint, how I rewrote Polish history: Adam Zamoyski on how Poland used to be written off as a failed state, but it has survived Nazism and communism to become a model for Europe; and from Treblinka to Tannenberg, a tour through Eastern Poland uncovers the wreckage of German military might. Few regions have been hit harder by the financial crisis than Eastern Europe, with its exposed economies and young democracies; here are five of the region’s worst basket cases. Stefan Wagstyl on how to annoy someone from central or eastern Europe. From TNR, Danielle Allen reviews Democracy and Knowledge: Innovation and Learning in Classical Athens by Josiah Ober; and a review of Augustine and the Jews: A Christian Defense of Jews and Judaism by Paula Fredriksen. A review of Judaism in Biological Perspective: Biblical Lore and Judaic Practices. Colin Fleming reviews The Selected Works of T. S. Spivet by Reif Larsen. From New Scientist, a special section on Tactile Illusions: Seven ways to fool your sense of touch. Terror begins at home: Right-wing militias make handy scapegoats for Democratic presidents. Though the Bacardi distillery is now in Puerto Rico, the family company was Cuban for nearly a century, and the Bacardi family is thinking about making rum there again.