From The Economist, a special report on the rich. From CT, a review of African Pentecostalism: An Introduction by Ogbu Kalu; and an essay on revivalist Christianity and Global South politics. More and more and more on Dead Aid: Why Aid Is Not Working and How There Is a Better Way for Africa by Dambisa Moyo. An interview with Julia Wertz, author of I Saw You: Comics Inspired by Real Life Missed Connections. Matthew Yglesias reviews Animal Spirits: How Human Psychology Drives the Economy, and Why It Matters for Global Capitalism by George A Akerlof and Robert J Shiller (and more and more and an interview). Why does Star Wars still take over the minds of small boys? Outwards, looking in: Reading David Riesman’s The Lonely Crowd. A review of On Moving: A Writer's Meditation on New Homes, Old Haunts, and Finding Home Again by Louise DeSalvo. A review of Why Animals Matter: The Case for Animal Protection by Erin E. Williams and Margo Demello. The family dog: Why we treat our pets like royalty. Do dogs really look like their owners? Advertising: What's so special about the cover? An excerpt from One Nation Under Dog by Michael Schaffer. A review of books on dogs. The word “iconic”, once used sparingly, is now everywhere. Esquire finds the Best Bars in America.
From Foreign Affairs, how dangerous are the Taliban? Why Afghanistan is the wrong war. An excerpt at The Myth of American Exceptionalism by Godfrey Hodgson (and more; and a review at Bookforum). Michael Scherer on the Obama Foreign Policy Doctrine. From Re-public, Arturo Valenzuela on the interrupted presidencies in Latin America; an article on populism, socialism and democratic institutions in Latin America. Limit the power of presidents, not their term in office: The problem in Latin American democracies is not presidential re-election — the problem is presidentialism. The inbreeding that ruined the Hapsburgs: A study finds the dynasty that dominated Europe for more than 500 years was undone by incest. A look at how the book world is taking on the false idols of our time. College students who are serious about their identification with their institution’s football and men’s basketball teams are more likely than other students to have homophobic and sexist attitudes. The first chapter from The Bounds of Reason: Game Theory and the Unification of the Behavioral Sciences by Herbert Gintis. An interview with Richard Posner, author of A Failure of Capitalism: The Crisis of 2008 and the Descent into Depression. Allan Sloan on structuring the Treasury's bet for a long-term payoff.
From The Futurist, a special issue on how "wild cards" may reshape our future. From Small Wars Journal, professors in the trenches: A series on deployed soldiers and social science academics (and part 2, part 3, part 4 and part 5). A review of Political Tourism and Its Texts: Cultural Spaces by Maureen Moynagh. An article on bombing civilians as an American tradition. TAP compares the "enhanced interrogation" memos to Red Cross accounts of what happened. Predictably irrational: Why bankers would rather work for $0.00 than $500K. From FT, Edmund Phelps on how uncertainty bedevils the best system; and John Kay on how history vindicates the science of muddling through. The prophets of doom: Meet the Cassandras, 14 economists, bloggers, politicians and businesspeople of all political stripes who have become the most strident critics of President Obama's stewardship of the economy. Cass Sunstein is in praise of "trimming". Journalism’s Savior: Why Steven Brill believes his new company can save American media. Jack Shafer on the Great Newspaper Crackup of 1918 — and what to learn from it. Save Us, Sarah Palin: Is Obama weak on aliens and aliens? From Esquire, Todd Palin is the man for America now. Comic Sans, a typeface inspired by comic books, has become a font of ill will.
Edward J. McCaffery (USC) and James R. Hines Jr. (Michigan): The Last Best Hope for Progressivity in Tax. From Cato Unbound, Peter Thiel on the Education of a Libertarian. From Miller-McCune, liberals and conservatives conceive of morality in decidedly different ways; Jonathan Haidt has mapped out their competing ethical universes in hopes they can learn to peacefully coexist; and a review of Robert Faulkner and Susan Shell's America at Risk: Threats to Liberal Self-Government in an Age of Uncertainty. A review of Where Have All the Liberals Gone: Race, Class, and Ideals in America by James R. Flynn. From Rolling Stone, Matt Taibbi on The Class Clowns: Once the masters of evil politics, Republicans have been reduced to half-assed buffoonery, providing comic relief for desperate times. The most dangerous novel in America: An interview with James Wesley Rawles, author of Patriots: A Novel of Survival in the Coming Collapse. Alan Wolfe reviews Reza Aslan's How To Win a Cosmic War. Here's Ken Wilber's take on saving the world through cross-cultural communication. From The New Yorker, a review of Geoff Dyer' s Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi (and an interview at Bookforum). From Portfolio, a rare glimpse behind the green velvet curtain of the most exclusive club in golf, Augusta National.