Christopher C. Harmon (NWC): How Terrorist Groups End: Studies of the Twentieth Century (and more). From Strategic Insight, could Al Qaeda’s own strategy to defeat itself actually work? Christopher Fettweis (Tulane): Freedom Fighters and Zealots: Al Qaeda in Historical Perspective. A review of Terrorism and the Economy: How the War on Terror is Bankrupting the World by Loretta Napoleoni. A look at how al-Qaida can fix its magazine, Inspire (and more). An interview with Erick Stakelbeck, on-air correspondent on terrorism and national security affairs for the Christian Broadcasting Network. From FP, a look at the world's worst counterterrorism ideas. Why do industrialised nations suffer fewer but larger terrorist attacks? Mathematics can help us understand how asymmetric war is being waged. Loving the enemy: Al-Qaeda's use of liberal categories is central to its rhetoric on war and justice, writes Faisal Devji. Obama's "secret" war on terrorism: Will using drones to take out al Qaeda suspects in more than a dozen countries help keep America safe? Newsweek goes inside Al Qaeda: Nine years after 9/11, Osama bin Laden’s network remains a shadowy, little-understood enemy — the truth, as revealed by one of its fighters, is both more and less troubling than we think. A review of Modernity, Religion, and the War on Terror by Richard Dien Winfield. Engineering Terror: Why are so many extremists from a single profession?
A new issue of The Futurist is out. From New Internationalist, a special issue of life beyond growth. From the Commonwealth Journal of Local Governance, an article on enhancing aid effectiveness: The case for stronger local government involvement in development; and a review of Finance and Governance of Capital Cities in Federal Systems. From FT, a review of The Case of the Pope: Vatican Accountability for Human Rights Abuse by Geoffrey Robertson (and more); and Pope Benedict XVI is set to beatify John Henry Newman, one of the Vatican’s most inspirational critics, revising his legacy and presenting him as a model of unquestioning allegiance. From The American Scientist, Adam Garfklinke on the frustrations of infrastructure. The cost of maintaining and rebuilding our infrastructure will inevitably rise as a percentage of GDP, even if our infrastructure needs remain constant — and they won’t. Here is everything you wanted to know about national infrastructure banks but were afraid to ask. From Johns Hopkins Magazine, a special issue on happiness. Are leaders born or made? Evolution may be throwing us a curve ball when it comes to picking them in the modern world. A review of What Matters?: Economics for a Renewed Commonwealth by Wendell Berry. More on 50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology: Shattering Widespread Misconceptions About Human Nature. A review of Andy Warhol and the Can that Sold the World by Gary Indiana.
From Philosophy Pathways, an essay on Twentieth-Century Universal Historical Paradigms of the Philosophy of History; and a look at the Identity of the Dead: What does it matter? A review of A Theory of General Ethics: Human Relationships, Nature, and the Built Environment by Warwick Fox. From Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, a review of Pragmatism's Advantage: American and European Philosophy at the End of the Twentieth Century by Joseph Margolis; and a review of Daniel Dennett by David Thompson. A review of The Rewards of Punishment: A Relational Theory of Norm Enforcement by Christine Horne. A review of Philosophical Instruments: Minds and Tools at Work by Daniel Rothbart. From Philosophy TV, Peter Singer and Michael Slote on the ethics of famine relief. From The New York Times's The Stone blog, Galen Strawson on the maze of free will; and how can scientific experiments possibly help us to answer the traditional questions of philosophy? An interview with Joshua Knobe on the new movement known as Experimental Philosophy. Donal DeMarco on Arthur Schopenhauer, architect of the culture of death: Philosophy was born the moment it was discovered that there is a critical difference between appearance and reality. A review of Stoic Ethics: Epictetus and Happiness as Freedom by William O. Stephens. From Talking Philosophy, you can download 42 Fallacies by Michael LaBossiere, a PDF book containing definitions and examples of 42 common fallacies.
A new issue of Catapult is out. Jan Toporowski (SOAS): The Wisdom of Property and the Politics of the Middle Classes. From n+1, a review of Losing My Cool: How a Father’s Love and 15,000 Books Beat Hip-Hop Culture by Thomas Chatterton Williams; and a review of A Short History of Cahiers du Cinema by Emilie Bickerton and The French New Wave: Critical Landmarks. From Failure, an interview with Erik Wesner, author of Success Made Simple: An Inside Look at Why Amish Businesses Thrive; and an interview with Peter H. Gleick, author of Bottled & Sold: The Story Behind Our Obsession With Bottled Water. On Not Returning to Normal: A determination to go on exactly as before is an understandable human response to attack, but it's not the best one. From The Exiled, Ramon Glazov on how Christopher Hitchens robbed Hunter S. Thompson’s grave. Seeing the pet rock as it exists today, we’ve all asked ourselves this controversial and scientifically unproven question: how does a rock become a pet rock? Retiring later is hard road for laborers: A report found one in three older workers has a physically demanding job, complicating a Social Security overhaul. A panel on Ian Bremmer's The End of the Free Market. There goes the neighborhood: Jonathan V. Last on rage against the "breeders". Where have all the monologues gone? Once, all that stood between you and the part you wanted was the right monologue.
From Bookforum's Paper Trail blog, Chris Lehmann chats about his new book Rich People Things: "If you endorse the idea that a great many of our life outcomes are severely delimited by economic forces far over our heads, you’re going up against the sturdy Horatio Alger myth holding that infinite opportunity awaits every plucky self-made individual doggedly pursuing the main chance."
From Monthly Review, Robert McChesney and John Bellamy Foster on Capitalism, the Absurd System: A view from the United States. From Slate, a special series on The United States of Inequality: Timothy Noah on the Great Divergence, the most profound change in American society in your lifetime. The air-conditioned Puritan: Why Americans, and those who are employed to write about them, cannot enjoy holidays. Thomas Geoghegan on America's misguided culture of overwork: Germany's workers have higher productivity, shorter hours and greater quality of life — how did we get it so wrong? An excerpt from Were You Born on the Wrong Continent? How the European Model Can Help You Get a Life by Thomas Geoghegan (and more and more). Every hotel is now another Motel 6: Whatever happened to America’s “service-based” economy? Gone the way of relaxing airplane flights. How DARPA plans to reinvent U.S. manufacturing: DoD research wing wants to make everything from tanks to bombers in "fabs". We have factories sitting idle for lack of workers — low capacity utilization — while at the same time we have workers sitting idle for lack of factories — high unemployment: This is a fucking disaster. Why are Americans passive as millions lose their homes, their jobs, their families, their hopes of justice, and the American dream? A review of Fubarnomics: A Lighthearted, Serious Look at America's Economic Ills by Robert Wright.