You can download the book The Charmed Circle of Ideology: A Critique of Laclau and Mouffe, Butler and Zizek by Geoff Boucher. The introduction to Is Milton Better than Shakespeare? by Nigel Smith. A review of The Information-Literate Historian: A Guide to Research for History Students by Jenny L. Presnell. A review of Closed Minds? Politics and Ideology in American Universities by Bruce L.R. Smith, Jeremy D. Mayer, and A. Lee Fritschler. Victimology 101 at Yale: While the rest of the university tightens its belt, guess who's exempted from the austerity campaign? Mark Bauerlein reviews David Horowitz's One Party Classroom: How Radical Professors at America's Top Colleges Indoctrinate Students and Undermine Our Democracy (and a response; and more). While it's simplistic (to the point of comedy) to suggest that monster trucks can heal our national divide, they may play a part in better understanding the chasms that divide us. A review of The Spirit Level: Why More Equal Societies Almost Always Do Better by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett (and more and more). Lexicographer Erin McKean’s interactive "Wordnik" is projected to be the largest online dictionary ever. David Greenberg on the folly of the "Hundred Days". History is full of examples of leaders who accomplished improbable things largely because they thought they could — when everyone said they couldn't.
From Slate, Christopher Beam spends a day with Grover Norquist, among the believers; and uncivil union: Does card check kill the secret ballot or not? An article on fantasy baseball as cultural prism. From Campus Progress, here's what you should know about financial lobbyists; and an interview with Mike Lux, author of The Progressive Revolution: How the Best in America Came to Be. A review of Jedediah Purdy's A Tolerable Anarchy: Rebels, Reactionaries, and the Making of American Freedom. A review of The Craftsman by Richard Sennett. Did Levi Strauss realize the havoc his creation would wreak on the modern world? A review of Richard Epstein's Supreme Neglect: How to Revive Constitutional Protection for Private Property. A review of Alain Badiou: Live Theory by Oliver Feltham. E.J. Dionne Jr. on a left of center-right country. The San Francisco Chronicle interviews Laura Albert. Taliban vs. Predator: Are targeted killings inside Pakistan a good idea? An interview with Jacques Bouchard on nuclear power and the challenges of global climate change and nuclear proliferation. A look at why global leaders should have their own brand of vodka. India wants something that no global economic powerhouse should be without: an international symbol for its currency. A stop on the squatters' trail: Where do they come from, where do they go, what's the deal with those tramping street kids?
From Slate, investigate the investigators: Let's look into these unpatriotic Americans who want to prosecute patriotic Americans; why hasn't America been attacked since 9/11, and did Bush administration policies prevent 9/11 from happening again? Timothy Noah on the He-Kept-Us-Safe Theory. An article on France's strange love affair with William Faulkner. From Capitalism, Jared Seehafer on the Republican Party's identity crisis: Jesus Christ or John Galt? (and a response). An interview with The New Yorker’s Elizabeth Kolbert on reporting on climate change (and top 10 myths about sustainability). An article on Benoit Mandelbrot and the wildness of financial markets. Girls, power and mamma: How Silvio Berlusconi became Italy's Superman. Rather than face punishment, credit raters are positioned to profit from the financial mess they helped create. Is the global economic crisis going to lead to another world war? Cracking up: State legislators across the country are filing resolutions declaring state sovereignty just as they did the last time a Democrat won the White House. A review of Mary C. Brennan's Wives, Mothers, and the Red Menace: Conservative Women and the Crusade against Communism. From ResetDoc, an interview with Michael Kazin on the duties of the opposition; and Nadia Urbinati on how dissent reveals a fundamental loyalty to a country, a society or a community.
From Literary Review, Austenmania: A review of Jane's Fame: How Jane Austen Conquered the World by Claire Harman. From The Guardian, from Virgil to, most recently, Roland Barthes, dead authors have had their works published against their wishes — is it right?; and the Situationist arch-rebel Guy Debord has finally been recognised as a "national treasure" in France — but would he have appreciated it? From Slate, were there sex shops in the time of George Washington? No, but there were plenty of brothels; and global motherf*ckers: Does every culture use the suggestion of maternal incest as an insult? Asymmetrical information and hooker-nomics: Assigning a price to a product is always tricky, but what if the product is illegal and the value subjective? From "Ideas", ready, aim, fail: Why setting goals can backfire; and good as gold: What alchemists got right. "American Idol", post-Heidegger: A review of the film "Examined Life". A review of Richard Seymour's The Liberal Defence Of Murder. Are successful people primarily the beneficiaries of luck, timing and cultural legacy? Michael Shermer investigates. From Political Theology, a review of books on ethics and economics. The Mighty Hand: Have you ever noticed how we never find out how our common social problems get solved? An excerpt from The Rape of Mesopotamia: Behind the Looting of the Iraq Museum by Lawrence Rothfield.