From Foreign Policy, Joshua Kurlantzick on The Bourgeois Revolution: How the global middle class declared war on democracy. Peter Berkowitz on Pragmatism, Obama style (and a response by Damon Linker). From The Activist, an article on Christopher Hitchens and the Death of the Left. Sex was more fun in the 1970s: The original Joy of Sex emphasized pleasure; the new version of the book seems like one more manual on how to perform and impress. Pornocalypse Now: It’s in a fog of fake fucking that man is sleepwalking toward an abyss. Jerry Coyne on the adaptive significance of semen flavor. From The Guardian Weekly, an article on French, the language of freedom and a look at Spain's lessons in multilingual teaching. In a stunning result, the winner of the annual Time 100 poll and new owner of the title World's Most Influential Person is moot (and more). I’m sad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore: These days, everywhere you look you see anchors seemingly on the verge of an emotional breakdown. Roger Ebert on the leisure of the theory class. Francis Fukuyama on Mexico and the Drug Wars (and more). Flu's biggest victim: Poor Mexico can’t catch a break. More and more and more on The Art Instinct by Denis Dutton (and more from Bookforum).
From Daedalus, a special issue on reflecting on the humanities. End the University as We Know It: If higher education is to thrive, colleges and universities, like Wall Street and Detroit, must be rigorously regulated and completely restructured. Mark Bauerlein on Gerald Graff's last counsel. From BMCR, a review of Gerald M. Mara's The Civic Conversations of Thucydides and Plato: Classical Political Philosophy and the Limits of Democracy; and a review of Josiah Ober's Democracy and Knowledge: Innovation and Learning in Classical Athens. Joanne Creighton on why we need women's colleges. From Campus Progress, the death of women’s colleges: Single-sex institutions are becoming less and less popular, but they have a long and proud history; and from Cinderella to Spider-Man: Five sexist stereotypes in modern-day films that get to the heart of gender inequalities. An interview with Michelle Goldberg, author of The Means of Reproduction: Sex, Power, and the Future of the World (and a review and more and more and more and an excerpt). From Popular Science, an essay on The Future of the Military — Perhaps. The introduction to Philosophical Essays, Volume 2: The Philosophical Significance of Language by Scott Soames. Gay Thai monks are told to curb their flamboyant behaviour.
Slavoj Zizek (Ljubljana): Architectural Parallax: Spandrels and Other Phenomena of Class Struggle. A review of The Meaning of Sarkozy by Alain Badiou (and more; and more at Bookforum). The introduction to Economists and Societies: Discipline and Profession in the United States, Britain, and France, 1890s to 1990s by Marion Fourcade. From Open Democracy, Esther Duflo, a young French development economist, is reinvigorating her profession by pioneering new anti-poverty strategies focused on experiment and evaluation; and the evidence that unequal societies inflict great damage on the lives and health of their citizens is clear — why does it matter and what can be done? Goran Therborn thinks big. From New York, the wail of the 1%: As the privileged class loses its privileges, a collective moan rises from the canyons of Wall Street (and a response by Chris Lehmann). A review of The Predator State: How Conservatives Abandoned the Free Market and Why Liberals Should Too by James K. Galbraith. An economic bestiary: Macroeconomists need to apply some new lessons and relearn some old ones. From Boston Review, what can faith-based activism do for labor? Nancy MacLean investigates. Joseph Lane on Dick Cheney, the Dark Prince of the Republican Party.
From the latest issue of Logos, a special section on Gaza, Dick Howard (Stony Brook): Obama's Challenges: How to Govern the U.S.; Paola Cavalieri on The Ruses of Reason Strategies of Exclusion; Paul Hockenos on Germany Year 1968: Democratic Turning Point or Annus Terriblis?; experiments in anti-systemic lifestyles: A review essay on Barbara Kingsolver's Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life, Alisa Smith and J.B. Mackinnon's Plenty: Eating Locally on the 100 Mile Diet, Sara Bongiorni's A Year Without "Made in China": Our Family's True Life Adventure in the Global Economy, and Colin Beavan's No Impact Man; a review of Graham Greene: A Life in Letters (and more); and a review of Typecasting: On the Arts and Sciences of Human Inequality by Stuart Ewen and Elizabeth Ewen. From The Atlantic, a special section on The First 100 Days of Barack Obama (and more and more at TAP; and more; and just imagine what would have been: The First 100 Days of John McCain). From The New York Times, a profile of Tim Geithner, member and overseer of finance club. From The National Interest, Barry Eichengreen on The Last Temptation of Risk. From Scientific American, could food shortages bring down civilization? Lester Brown is on the case (and an excerpt). Here's some political science research on party switching.