From The Exiled, Yasha Levine on how Tea Party Republicans are nothing but Big Government whores, just like their billionaire masters. David Rosen on the strange sexual obsessions driving the Tea Party Movement. Here are six midterm candidates who will ruin your sex life. The Tea Party movement has two defining traits: status anxiety and anarchism. The Party Crashers: Time magazine goes behind the new Republican revival. All the talk of shaking up the establishment notwithstanding, once they take office the Tea Partiers will fit comfortably within the GOP. Is the Tea Party just a big scam? Lefty academics convene in Berkeley to try to make sense of the Tea Party movement. A review of books on the Tea Parties. Confounding Fathers: Sean Wilentz on the Tea Party’s Cold War forebears. The Founding Fathers vs. the Tea Party: Movements that regularly summon the ghosts of the framers end up promoting an uncomfortably one-sided reading of history (and more). A look at 5 constitutional amendments that constitution-loving tea partiers would change. A look at when the Tea Party takes over the comics page. It used to be that a clownish past could disqualify you from office — not anymore, but it still shouldn’t get you elected. From Church & State, a special issue on the resurrection of the Religious Right. An interview with Jeff Sharlet, author of C Street: The Fundamentalist Threat to American Democracy (and more and more). The upstart energy of the Tea Party is beginning to coalesce with the organizing savvy of the religious right — and putting the force of religious zeal behind the Tea Party’s anti-government fanaticism. A look at how nativist militias are getting a Tea-Party makeover. White America has lost its mind: The white brain, beset with worries, finally goes haywire in spectacular fashion. A new white ethno-nationalism of imaginary victimization — something that can only be racism, but can’t publicly be called “racism” — will infect American politics for years to come. The Caucasian Wingnut is most common, or at least started out, in Northern Iran, which isn't necessarily what you'd figure for your garden variety Tea Partier.
Jim Pass, Christopher Hearsey and Simone Caroti (ARI): Refining the Definition of Astrosociology Utilizing Three Perspectives. Conversations With Literary Websites: An interview with Brad Listi of The Nervous Breakdown. A review of Meeting the Enemy: American Exceptionalism and International Law by Natsu Taylor Saito. An article on racial differences in the concept of beauty. Comics between covers: Comedians’ memoirs don’t carry publishing prestige, but the likes of Chelsea Handler, Lewis Black, and Sarah Silverman sell big with their blue-streaked, uncensored riffs on American loser-dom. The Devil's Advocate: Giovanni di Stefano is probably the world’s most controversial lawyer and music producer — he’s defended Saddam Hussein, Slobodan Milosevic, Harold Shipman, and Gary Glitter. Scott Adams on how to write like a cartoonist. Why tequila is a girl's best friend: The discovery that he could make diamonds from Mexico's favourite tipple changed this physicist's life. A Theory of Bribes: The definition of a bribe is rather arcane — it isn't even clear whether they are harmful. Is pure altruism possible?: Is doing good for others simply self-interest of a subtle kind? Final bullet: This is the Gaga Manifesto, pace Dada (and more). What’s the deal with the explosion of prep/ivy style blogs? Here are the results of a poll on the thinkers with the most influence on the European left-of-centre political agenda. Gavin McInnes on Christopher Hitchens, party pooper. Saved by the closet: We've got so much stuff that it's easing the slump. A review of The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires by Tim Wu. The cutting edge: Can stone-tool marks on fossils be distinguished from tooth marks? Blogs and Web magazines are looking more and more alike — what's the difference? An article on reviewing Steve Almond, and reviewing Steve Almond reviewing Steve Almond.
Michael Woolcock (Harvard), Simon Szreter (Cambridge) and Vijayendra Rao (World Bank): How and Why Does History Matter for Development Policy. Can developing countries carry the world economy? Reinventing the Wheel: Why no-tech ancient civilizations still can't catch up. A review of “Was the Wealth of Nations Determined in 1000 BC?” by Diego Comin. A review of The Crisis Caravan: What’s Wrong With Humanitarian Aid? by Linda Polman (and more and more and more). Nicholas N. Eberstadt on the Global Poverty Paradox: Hopes for the achievement of worldwide prosperity have dimmed. A review of Politics as Usual: What Lies Behind the Pro-Poor Rhetoric by Thomas Pogge. Jeffrey Frankel on big ideas from small countries. Grameen Bank and microcredit: The "wonderful story" that never happened. As highlighted by the Millennium Development Goals, measuring development is crucial; Leandro Prados de la Escosura presents a new human development index challenging the UN measure. UN asks countries to put out their welcome mats for refugees. From New Internationalist, a special issue on global migration, including Dinyar Godrej on why we have to hear the stories of those turned away at our borders. Mark Leon Goldberg on the world’s 22 most crisis prone countries. From Foreign Policy, Elizabeth Dickinson on what it costs to run Somalia; and how much turf does the Somali government really control? The New World Order: Tribal ties — race, ethnicity, and religion — are becoming more important than borders. From UN Chronicle, a special issue on achieving global health. As populations age, a chance for younger nations: Populations are getting older faster, which leads to more globalization, which means even older countries (and more and more). Everyone is panicked that the world is aging, but let's stop to consider what such a world could be. Maddison’s forecasts revisited: What will the world look like in 2030? From Carnegie Council, a panel on facing the crises of our time: The United Nations and the United States in the 21st century.
The inaugural issue of the Journal of Social Research and Policy is out. Michael E. Lewyn (Florida Coastal): What Would Coase Do? (About Parking Regulation) Jonathan Cohn on how the recovery act was virtually free of waste, fraud, and abuse — that's too bad. When pressed, Republicans can’t name any spending they want to cut. From New Scientist, take the ultimate intelligence test. Often wrong, but she still has rights: Arundhati Roy has been accused of sedition after claiming Kashmir was not part of India — her comments may be controversial, but the real scandal is the law. Facts about online lovebirds: The trove of dating data at OkCupid offers surprising insights on American sexuality and culture. Robert Reich on soaking the rich for their own good. Taki Theodoracopulos pines for the day when gigolos were He-Men: "Now most of them are effete if not gay". More and more on The Pope Is Not Gay! by Angelo Quattrocchi. By letting Tea Party members speak their mind, ambitious gay reporter Chase Whiteside finds fans, critics, and millions of YouTube views. Suppose you’re an idiot: A review of The Autobiography of Mark Twain: Volume I. The antiliberal defenders of civilization — resisting the Ground Zero mosque — are wrong: Liberalism still offers the best hope for combating extremism. This post has been flagged for controversy — DO NOT READ. Neocon Like Me: John Dolan on how he spent a year in Iraq teaching with the Bush-Cheney crazies. A review of Why not Torture Terrorists? Moral, Practical, and Legal Aspects of the "Ticking Bomb" Justification for Torture by Yuval Ginbar. From The Atlantic Monthly, a special section on Brave Thinkers 2010. The story of a Mad magazine artist: A review of Al Jaffee’s Life and Ongoing Juvenilia by Eddy Portnoy. An interview with Ammon Shea, author of The Phone Book: The Curious History of the Book That Everyone Uses But No One Reads.
Why are Christian movies so bad? A call for Christians to get serious about being artists. A look at how evangelical Christians are reinventing the haunted house. Jordan Ballor on the superiority of Christian hospitals. Sophia Mason writes in defense of dancing. In defense of dating: Why it's ok to let go of the courtship. Taking the missionary position: Is it OK for Christians to date non-Christians? An interview with Michael Coogan, author of God and Sex: What the Bible Really Says (and more). A look the 9 most badass Bible verses. It's a known fact that a good pair of shoes can help lessen the aches and pains of weary feet, but can they promote Christian unity? The following are some fashion must-haves if you want to get the Opus Dei look. An article on why dresses and skirts should be the norm for Catholic women (and a response). Kirstin Vander Giessen-Reitsma on becoming a Diva for Jesus. If all are female in respect to God, what then is the fundamental importance of gender, of sexual identity, to the Christian tradition and experience? The manliness of St. Thomas Aquinas: Donald DeMarco on an illuminating and instructive example of the coincidence of manliness and sanctity. Is it okay for Christians to do yoga? Looking back forty years from the vantage of our belly-baring, pants-drooping, tattooed and lip-ringed society, Philip Yancey finds it hard to resurrect the ethos of the late 1960s at a southern Bible college where gentlemen students wore jackets and ties to dinner each evening and all men stood when a female student approached the table. Life in the Late Republic: Most Rev. Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. on the Catholic role in America after virtue. Kenny Smith on Jesus in Disneyland, the Church of Body Modifications, and postmodern religion in America. A review of To Change the World: The Irony, Tragedy, and Possibility of Christianity in the Late Modern World by James Davison Hunter (and more). A new and improved Christianity: Four reasons that Christianity is going to change the world in new ways. An interview with Becky Garrison, author of Jesus Died for This?: A Satirist’s Search for the Risen Christ (and more).