From Re-public, a special issue on proposals for a progressive governance. From Social Europe Journal, a special issue on social democracy and the good society. Tony Judt on what is living and what is dead in social democracy. A review of Last Exit to Utopia: The Survival of Socialism in a Post-soviet Era by Jean Francois Revel (and more). A review of Why Not Socialism? by Gerry Cohen. The Left’s Future: Sweden’s Social Democrats are still an inspiration for the rest of the European left. Read Stieg Larsson, the bestselling socialist militant: There was nothing false about the Swedish writer's belief in women's rights or anti-fascist campaigning. A review of Edward Carpenter: A Life of Liberty and Love by Sheila Rowbotham. From Monthly Review, Paul Buhle on Marxism, the United States, and the twentieth century. From City Journal, Fred Siegel on 1919 and the betrayal and birth of modern liberalism: Disillusionment with Woodrow Wilson changed the American Left forever. A review of A Bomb in Every Issue: How the Short, Unruly Life of Ramparts Magazine Changed America by Peter Richardson (and more and more and more and more and more). Kevin Mattson reviews The Left at War by Michael Berube (and more and more). Leftists, Liberals and Losers: How and why progressives must unite for real change. From Democracy, William Galston on the courage of our contradictions: A new liberalism must reflect not only on our permanent beliefs, but also on many Americans' reservations about them; and a review of The Future of Liberalism by Alan Wolfe. Pete Seeger is a Communist: Where have all the lefties gone? (and more)


Love in the time of hooking up: For young people, the trend is sex first, dating (maybe) later — is this healthy? One night stands are good for you: Casual sex isn't for everybody, but there is a lot to be learned about yourself through purely physical-based encounters. The sexual revolution has created a generation of braggarts who love to flaunt their sexual prowess; flip the coin, and what you see is men and women anxious not to be seen as sexual have-nots. Joe Carter on sex and the cinema: Movies and the problem of perspective. Leon Marborough on the legal dangers of rough sex. Why can’t politicians just have boring, normal sex? Hookers give the best advice: Spitzer’s hooker Ashley Alexandra Dupre is part of a storied historical trope of smart tarts. From Psychology Today, Ilana Simons on fetishes and clean pencil tips: There's a deep connection between phobias and fetishes; here's the latest in sexual perversions; and get kinky with it: The 10 weirdest sexual fetishes. Christian kink: Why traditional religion and non-traditional sex are a good match. Baltimore is full of anti-sex billboards that say women are the only ones standing between themselves and pregnancy or HIV. Despite the one-child policy, millions of Chinese citizens don't know how to have sex without getting pregnant. Tinkering with libido: Kyle Munkittrick on sex enhancing pills. New research finds love inspires creativity, but thoughts of sex stimulate analytical thinking. A review of Open: Love, Sex and Life in an Open Marriage by Jenny Block. Love’s new frontier: It’s not monogamy, but it’s not cheating or polygamy, either — it’s called polyamory.


A new issue of Open Letters Monthly is out. As of Friday, former President George W. Bush’s “coalition of the willing” formally ceased to exist, leaving only the U.S. military’s 130,000 or so forces in Iraq. Hospital how-to guide: A review of The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right by Atul Gawande. An interview with Steven Landsburg, author of The Big Questions. From Ode, Charles Eisenstein on money and the turning of the age. Inside Obama’s War on Terrorism: Recent threats have put more focus on the battles President Obama faces as a commander in chief fighting a far-flung terror network. Michael Dirda reviews The Year's Work in Lebowski Studies. From Bomb, an interview with Daniel Nester, author of How to Be Inappropriate. Tongue twisters: In search of the world’s hardest language. From The Awl, a special section on the end of the 00’s. When fear makes us superhuman: An excerpt from Extreme Fear: The Science of Your Mind in Danger by Jeff Wise. From The New York Times Magazine, a special issue on The Lives They Lived. Ashis Nandy and the Postcolonial Trap: Because postcolonialism has only one idea, it can easily become oppressive in practice. From Wired, Scott Brown on why some memes never die. That most despised of human specimens: A review of Hidden Talent: The Emergence of Hollywood Agents by Tom Kemper. Joel Kotkin on Obama's Secret Power Base: He’s got a completely different group of people to answer to. Dr. Drew Pinsky uses TV’s most exploitative form (reality TV) to treat the most desperate people (addicts); is this therapy or tabloid voyeurism?


From the American Journal of Economics and Sociology, Daniel Sutter (UTPA): The Market, the Firm, and the Economics Profession; and Wilfred Dolfsma (Groningen) and Patrick J. Welch (SLU): Paradigms and Novelty in Economics: The History of Economic Thought as a Source of Enlightenment. From THES, a review of Economists and Societies: Discipline and Profession in the United States, Britain, and France, 1890s to 1990s by Marion Fourcade. David Warsh on Paul Samuelson’s legacy. Justin Lahart on secrets of the economist's trade: First, purchase a piggy bank. How economics managed to make amends: Economists may have failed to see the financial crisis coming but they have been vindicated by policies that averted another Great Depression. Daniel Gross on the surprising reason why banks are suddenly repaying their TARP funds. How should we tax the bankers? A Financial Transactions Tax is a good idea, just not now. What’s a bailed-out banker really worth? Kenneth Feinberg, Washington’s pay czar, has grappled more than anyone with the question of how much to pay executives at failed companies (and more). Why market sentiment has no credibility: The same markets that so wounded the banking system that it had to be rescued by the taxpayer are now demanding fiscal consolidation as the price of their continued support for governments whose fiscal troubles they have largely caused. It seemed as if the banks and other firms got a $700 billion bonanza and the American taxpayer got the shaft — but along came straight-shooting Harvard professor Elizabeth Warren (and an interview). Brad DeLong on the fairness of financial rescue.

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