Mark A. Smith (Washington): Religion, Divorce, and the Missing Culture War in America. From National Affairs, Henry Olsen on Populism, American Style. Ted Rall on why the Tea Party is a protofascist movement (and more). An interview with Rick Santelli, father of the Tea Party? The Tea Party won't hurt Republicans as much as Democrats hope it will. The Billionaire's Party: David Koch is New York’s second-richest man, a celebrated patron of the arts, and the tea party’s wallet. A review of Rush Limbaugh: An Army of One by Zev Chafets. Horde Mentality: Mark Dery probes the intersection of anti-government paranoids and pop culture’s favorite symbol of doom, zombies. An article on Sarah Palin's struggle with English language. An analysis finds the Supreme Court’s center of gravity under John Roberts has edged to the right. A review of The Battle: How the Fight between Free Enterprise and Big Government Will Shape America's Future by Arthur Brooks (and more and more). A look at the 10 most horrifying, absurd things in the GOP state platforms. GOP Light: How the Democrats lost their way and screwed the working poor. Progressives should be proud of "sewer liberalism": It's on the economy where the real differences between left and right are clear. Less than two years after Bush left office, the public is being much kinder to him in polls — have Obama's problems led Americans to cut W some retrospective slack? (and more)


From Political Science Quarterly, Robert Jervis (Columbia): Why Intelligence and Policymakers Clash; and a review of Enemies of Intelligence: Knowledge and Power in American National Security by Richard Betts. From Edge, a special issue on the science of morality. Colin Robinson on the trouble with Amazon: It's big, cheap and convenient, but does the online bookseller really serve readers' interests? From The New Yorker, what should doctors do when they can’t save your life? Atul Gawande investigates. The tyranny of dating choice: We have more romantic options than ever — is it making us miserable? Martin Wolf on the political genius of supply-side economics. The perils and politics of prosperity: A review of Choice by Renata Salecl. From Bookforum, a review of A Great Unrecorded History: A New Life of E.M. Forster by Wendy Moffat and Concerning E.M. Forster by Frank Kermode (and more at Slate and more at TNR). Volatility, "folk", sexual landscapes: D. Nurkse on translating anonymous lyrics from Medieval Spain. From THES, a review of Obliquity: Why Our Goals Are Best Achieved Indirectly by John Kay; and a review of The Secret World of Doing Nothing by Billy Ehn and Orvar Lofgren. A review of The Oxford Book of Parodies by John Gross. A stone's throw from Stonehenge, archaeologists have found a sister circle, hinting that such temples were once plentiful at the site (and more). From Relevant, an interview with Angelina Jolie on Salt.


From Australia's Policy, open the borders: Chris Berg on how classical liberals should support the free movement of people; we’re all cultural libertarians: Kerry Howley on why freedom is about more than just the absence of government; between classical liberalism and social liberalism: Fred Argy on how social liberals support markets, but also government action to promote a firm safety net and equal opportunity. From Great Britain's Renewal, Roger Backhouse on economists and the rise of neo-liberalism; and a review of books on the making of neo-liberalism. From The American, the social psychology of freedom: Intellectuals routinely give undue weight to people’s ideas, and they tend to believe that ideas cause attitudes, though it is far more often the other way around — consider the natural libertarians. Where do libertarians belong politically? From Cato Unbound, Larry Arnhart on why libertarians need Charles Darwin — they need him because a Darwinian science of human evolution supports classical liberalism (and responses by PZ Myers, Lionel Tiger, and Herbert Gintis and a reply). Rev. Robert Sirico on the moral basis for economic liberty. From Alternative Right, Richard Hoste on Ayn Rand's curious bloodlust; or, all non-Objectivists must be crushed! Ayn Rand's laissez-faire tracts have enjoyed a revival in recent years and continues to influence US finance and politics. From Wonkette, a series on Ayn Rand's Adventures in Wonderland.


A new issue of Catapult is out. From Revolution, Bob Avakian on how there is no "permanent necessity" for things to this way — a radically different and better world can be brought into being through revolution. More on The Brain and the Meaning of Life by Paul Thagard. Our glorious libraries civilise us all: Rowan Pelling defends the world of book-lovers, self-improvers, unfettered imaginations, armchair travellers and generally like-minded souls. From Reconstruction, Darren Jorgensen on the mediocrity of Arthur C. Clarke's science fiction. So far this fiscal year, the federal government is $1 trillion in the red — why this is good news. For the first installment of AK Press's Back Issues, here are two publications archived at the Brown University Library Center for Digital Initiatives: Radical America and Cultural Correspondence. A lively new account of the rebellion led by Spartacus by Peter Stothard reminds reviewer Michael Korda of just how many parallels there are with our own time. Bodybuilders were once movie stars, now they're Jersey Shore punchlines — why did we stop loving brawn? Stop eating meat, save the environment, so the argument goes — but what would really happen if we all went cold turkey? From Amazon's Omnivoracious blog, Mari Malcolm on bookcraft vs. books. A review essay on four books that attempt to explain the attraction of climbing mountains. The insidious cult of celebrity: Why do we worship the people we see in our culture?


From National Affairs, William Schambra on conservatism and the quest for community. A review of Justin Vaisse's Neoconservatism: The Biography of a Movement (and more). More on Running Commentary: The Contentious Magazine That Turned the Jewish Left into the Neoconservative Right by Benjamin Balint. Neoconservatives throw an awesome cocktail party. An interview with Paul Gottfried on economics, neo-cons and the future of the managerial state. People usually don't like it when things that are close to them are attacked for someone else's benefit — so why doesn't everyone join the traditionalists and overthrow the technocrats? Hans-Hermann Hoppe on life on the Right. An interview with Jim and Ellen Hubbard, founders of American Film Renaissance, on why conservatives should engage popular culture. Grisly Mamas: Conservative housewives have the same desire for power and respect that liberal women do — no wonder women comprise half of the Tea Party movement. Ageing lefties in denial: A study is being used to support the theory many educated, middle-aged left-wingers are in fact conservatives who can't admit it. Matt Labash on living like a liberal: It’s hard work, politicizing your whole life. The Liberal Mind: Psychologist Timothy C. Daughtry explains how such a minority (30%) in the United States has been able to impose its politics on the majority (and more). From Zocalo Public Square, is conservatism over?

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