Hichem Karoui (Paris III): "Conservative Revolution" Against America: The Bush Legacy — Debate About a Doctrine and its Tributaries. Stephen D. Krasner (Stanford): An Orienting Principle for Foreign Policy: The Deficiencies of “Grand Strategy”. From New Politics, a symposium on "The World in Crisis". Infested with people who (like Hillary Clinton) are infatuated with power, Washington has increasingly become a city devoid of people who actually understand power. The Ghost of Munich: Fredrik Logevall and Kenneth Osgood on America's appeasement complex. Why do we keep making the same mistakes? A review of Magic and Mayhem: The Delusions of American Foreign Policy from Korea to Afghanistan by Derek Leebaert. A review of After the Globe, Before the World by RBJ Walker. Grand Strategies: The road to statecraft runs through literature. Three historical myths have been leading American presidents into folly for nearly a century — is Obama wise enough to avoid the same fate? After the Cold War, Francis Fukuyama, Samuel Huntington, and John Mearsheimer each presented a bold vision of what the driving forces of world politics would be; the world in 2010 hardly seems on a more promising track — a reminder that simple visions, however powerful, do not hold up as reliable predictors of particular developments. A review of Monsoon: The Indian Ocean and the Future of American Power by Robert Kaplan (and more and more and more and more). Obama's Top 10 foreign-policy headaches: If the president turns to global affairs after his midterm shellacking, the newly emboldened Republican opposition isn't going to make life easy for him. To understand just how bad the 112th Congress is likely to be for peace on Earth, one has to understand how incredibly awful the 110th and 111th Congresses have been during the past four years and then measure the ways in which things are likely to become even worse. A review of The Turkey and the Eagle: The Struggle for America's Global Role by Caleb Stewart Rossiter.


Simon James (Exeter): Combining the Contributions of Behavioral Economics and Other Social Sciences in Understanding Taxation and Tax Reform. From THES, a review of She's So Fine: Reflections on Whiteness, Femininity, Adolescence and Class in 1960s Music; and Robin Dunbar has to confess he never learned to play an instrument, but that doesn't stop him believing that music should be at the heart of education. A review of God's Own Party: The Making of the Christian Right by Daniel K. Williams. Learning from Tanzania: We could learn from a society that is used to doing without "stuff". Republicans prove to be the masters of campaign cliches. Are conservation biologists wasting their time? Ecologist Hugh Possingham argues that conservationists have made a fetish of monitoring ailing species, and what they should be doing isn’t counting but acting. An interview with Kelly Valen, author of Twisted Sisterhood: Unraveling the Dark Legacy of Female Friendships (and more). Watches and the Watchmaker: What does contemplating time tell us about God? The cautionary tale of a short-lived college: Founders College, in rural South Boston, Va., was pitched as a sort of Great Books college for devotees of Ayn Rand. Candidates trapped in the Panopticon: Updating Mao, political power now grows out of the barrel of a video camera. Experiments in Field Philosophy: More philosophers are working outside the academy to help solve social problems — it's a model that might also help the humanities survive. A review of Whiter Shades of Pale: The Stuff White People Like, Coast to Coast, from Seattle's Sweaters to Maine's Microbrews by Christian Lander. A new family tree for the plague traces its paths out of China. A look at how behavioral science is remaking politics.


Michael J. Fortner (Drexel): Race and Redemption: The Local Roots of Modern Conservatism. From Alternative Right, an article on the infantilization of American conservatism; Richard Spencer on the alternative right in America; and is the Alt Right anti-Semitic? A symposium (and John Derbyshire on the Old Right’s Jewish problem). From Intelligence Report, a special issue on "sovereign citizens" and "Patriot" movements. An interview with Jared Taylor, editor of the American Renaissance. You can download Beating Fascism: Anarchist Anti-Fascism in Theory and Practice for free online. As it turns out, White conservatives don't want to take the lead in preserving what remains of this country's now tenuous White, Anglo-Euro culture. From Time, a cover story on the secret world of extreme militias (and more). From The New American, an article on remembering the life of John Birch. Among the many fascinating figures that emerged from the intellectual culture of Germany’s interwar Weimar Republic, perhaps none is quite as significant or unique as Carl Schmitt (and part 2 and part 3 and part 4). Scott Locklin on a series on social class in America: The lower class, the working class, the middle class, the upper middle class, the upper class, and class war. Essence.com takes a look inside hateful right-wing fringe groups. Downfall of a Satanic Girlieman: Those who live by the smear must be prepared to die by the smear. A review of Encounters: My Life with Nixon, Marcuse, and Other Friends and Teachers by Paul E. Gottfried. A review of Conservatism in America: Making Sense of the American Right by Paul Edward Gottfried. What is it to accept tradition? In an age of checklists, decision trees, and zero tolerance, it's a puzzling notion. Jared Taylor and Andy Nowicki remember Joe Sobran.


Virgil Henry Storr (GMU): Economist as Pastor, Preacher, and Most Importantly, Theologian. Jenara Nerenberg goes inside the United Nations' innovation overhaul: A project called "Global Pulse" is quietly building and taking hold inside one of the world's largest bureaucracies. Once upon a time, and not so long ago in political terms, the Anglo-American world was joined at the hip, and the surgical pin that held the two together was "conservatism"; the recent mid-term election demonstrates that is no longer the case. From Broken Pencil, indie won, now what? When the "indie" aesthetic becomes the mainstream, what happens to "indie"? The safest place in Somalia: Dr. Hawa Abdi took it upon herself to start a civil society on her land, complete with a justice system that imprisons men who beat their wives. The "No Wedding, No Womb" campaign makes a classic mistake: shaming women for their sexuality instead of asking how to improve outcomes for children of single-parent households. North America remains easily the most favored continent both by demography and resources — the political party that harnesses this reality will own the political future. Steve Cohen on the case for anonymous juries: They will improve the integrity of the judicial process. The New Big Tobacco: National Post goes inside Canada’s underground tobacco industry, a five-part series. Most people outside academia are totally unaware of what professors go through to get a single course approved — there are probably a million fabulous pop culture-savvy course proposals out there that get squashed every semester. The age of cheap oil is over: Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed on how there is no time for denial — governments and communities need to start adapting now (and more).


From Radical Philosophy, longing for a greener present: Ross Adams on neoliberalism and the eco-city. There's a new movement that uses intelligent design to cure America's soulless subdivisions — is it possible to make people the moving force in suburban life? Cool suburbs: Across America, many suburbs are becoming vacation-worthy hot spots, with cutting-edge restaurants, great shopping, and plenty of parking. From New Geography, a review of Reinventing the Automobile: Personal Urban Mobility for the 21st Century by William J. Mitchell, Christopher Boroni-Bird, and Lawrence D. Burns; Joel Kotkin on the myth of the back-to-the-city migration — in fact, moving to the suburbs (and beyond) continues. The Obama administration is trying to rein in suburban sprawl — but is it any match for 70 years of unsustainable development? A review of Saltaire: The Making of a Model Town by Neil Jackson, Jo Lintonbon and Bryony Staples. Rob Horning reads Georg Simmel’s 1903 essay “The Metropolis and Mental Life” and thought of a few things that seemed worth mentioning. Poverty grows in suburbs, but social services don't keep up (and more). Shooting the American Dream in suburbia: Bill Owens was seeking a fresh take on suburban life when he spotted a plastic-rifle-toting boy named Richie Ferguson. A look at how Ping-Pong created the American suburb. Owen McShane on why we have to learn to love the subdivision — again. Jeff Speck, author of Suburban Nation, on the 10 worst things about suburban sprawl. Joel Kotkin on suburban nation, urban political strategy. Dixie Square Mall: Urban explorers embrace America's first suburban mall, which lies in ruin south of Chicago.


Christie Hartley (Georgia State) and Lori Watson (USD): Is a Feminist Political Liberalism Possible? Women in the Netherlands work less, have lesser titles and a big gender pay gap, and they love it. An interview with Peter McAllister, author of Manthropology: The Science of Why the Modern Male Is Not the Man He Used to Be. A review of Delusions of Gender: The Real Science Behind Sex Differences by Cordelia Fine. In her Big Think interview, Gloria Steinem sets the record straight about the oft-demonized feminist movement. The Christian Men’s Network will be putting on a conference designed to serve as “a radical revolution calling men to a higher standard of masculinity”. A review of Looking for a Few Good Males: Female Choice in Evolutionary Biology by Erika Lorraine Milam. Women like Sarah Palin are calling themselves "housewives" — what does the term mean? Tabloid Feminist: Antidiscrimination icon Gloria Allred finds a new frontier in trash culture. Let’s rethink masculinity: Real men should be more than breadwinners. A review of Brain Storm: The Flaws in the Science of Sex Differences by Rebecca M. Jordan-Young (and more and more). The latest issue of Wired magazine is sparking heated controversy because of its cover, which show a woman's breasts — and nothing else. From Sargent's Madame X to Michelle Obama, capturing powerful women is always a complex task. From Lad to 4D man: A look at the ever-changing face of modern masculinity. New data is undermining the evidence that has long been proposed to support the eager males/choosy females paradigm. According to the old maxim, a woman’s work is never done — it certainly never counts, a least not by the economic formulae that figure out the wealth of a nation. Paula Lupkin on her book Manhood Factories: YMCA Architecture and the Making of Modern Urban Culture. The rise of women boxers: Why so many women are taking up a controversial sport.


Alessandro Lanteri (EUR): The Economic Ethics of Ezra Pound. Andrew J. Sutter (LPC): Unlimited Growth and Innovation: Paradise or Paradox? A review of Pathologies of Reason: On the Legacy of Critical Theory by Axel Honneth. George Packer reviews George W. Bush's Decision Points. A review of Gray Lady Down: What the Decline and Fall of the New York Times Means for America by William McGowan. From Small Wars Journal, interviews with David Kilcullen and John Nagl on counterinsurgency (COIN) operations. From TED, Denis Dutton on a Darwinian theory of beauty. Beyond understanding: Do the life and work of Ludwig Wittgenstein suggest that the autistic mind and the philosophical mind have something in common? 2010 was a deliciously rich year for language (nom nom!). Tweeting after-hours: Colum Lynch on the U.N.'s undiplomatic blogging community. From The University of Virginia Magazine, in October 1982, a man held his sister and her two children at gunpoint in a train car — just another day at the office for hostage negotiator Gary Noesner; and as a country, the U.S. produces the most trash on earth — where does your garbage go? It was just another day in the life of Ashrita Furman, who holds the ultimate Guinness world record: The record for Guinness world records. Lilia M. Schwarcz on Brazil in the shadow of Lula. Steve Nadis on the hidden universe's geometry. Why democracies despise themselves: Pascal Bruckner on his book Perpetual Euphoria: On the Duty to Be Happy. R U Lovin’ Sarah’s Alaska? From governor to TV star. Chris Lehmann on how our rich culture heroes are shilling perma-adolescence. Swords into plowshares: Here are eight projects that make deadly weapons into something to inspire that desire in all of us.


From Salon, dittoheads, race and denial: When it comes to civil rights history, Rush Limbaugh and fans suddenly like to hide behind liberal Republicans. Mark Lilla reviews books about the Glenn Beck phenomenon. If you believe conservative activists, smart growth is really a global conspiracy to herd Americans into "human habitation zones". The US Constitution as celebrity: The first incarnation of America's Tea Party phenomenon came with the rhetoric of revolution, but a funny thing happened to the movement on the way to Washington (and more). The Tea Party Moron Complex: An excerpt from Matt Taibbi's Griftopia. Irrational Phallus Worship: Amanda Marcotte on the missing link that helps the Tea Party make sense. Post-Tea-Party Nation: If conservatives are going to wield power responsibly, they first have to learn some hard lessons. Destroying the Village: Just how far will Republicans go in opposing Obama? Dick Armey tells Republicans how to avoid the mistakes of the last conservative insurgency. A look at how the Republican Congress will vote on health care, labor, taxes, the environment and more. After mostly lying dormant for two elections cycle, will the culture wars make a comeback in 2012? Give the people what we want: How both parties — but especially Republicans — use and abuse public opinion. From TNR, what do Democrats and progressives stand for? Take your time — it's a tough question. Rebuilding America: Fred Block on how Obama can still turn things around. Is the presidency too big a job? From The Weekly Standard, American Narcissus: Jonathan Last on the vanity of Barack Obama. A review of Crimes Against Liberty: An Indictment of President Barack Obama by David Limbaugh. Obama=Bush? President Obama isn’t the new Carter, but he just might be the new (first) Bush. $#!% Joe Biden Says: Can he raise the rafters like his boss? No, but nobody can flat-out talk like Joe Biden — and these days, everybody's listening.


Benjamin Tucker (FAU): The Ethics of Memory in Thomas Hobbes’ Leviathan. Elizabeth Cooke (Indiana): Poorest in the West: Probing Haiti’s Image in the Wake of the 2008 Hurricane Season. What would the GOP do? Probably nothing that different from what’s being done, and yet — outrage! French professors find life in US hard to resist: A study found that academics constitute a much larger percentage of French emigres than 30 years ago. From NYRB, David Cole on Obama’s torture problem. The neuroscience of time: How do you really know what time it is? Oddball minds of the western world: Almost everything we know about human psychology comes from studying people like us — trouble is, we have a really strange way of thinking. Faking It: Tilly Gifford on supermarket aethetics and their obsession with perfectly formed vegetables. Guilty until proven guilty: How the "War on Terror" is threatening the presumption of innocence. Why fairy tales are immortal: About 50 years ago, critics were predicting the death of the fairy tale, so it shrugged off his help and laughed at its critics. The introduction to After We Die: The Life and Times of the Human Cadaver by Norman L. Cantor. A review of The History of the Social Sciences since 1945. The Attention-Span Myth: Can technology erode something that doesn’t exist? Diseases of affluence: Everywhere Western ideas touch down, people get fatter — urbanization is literally making us sick. Toronto is very close to being one of the leading cultural centres in the world — why should it be dangerous to say this? Video killed the faculty star: In what seems the TMZ-ification of higher education, three separate professors have found themselves the subjects of “gotcha” YouTube segments in recent days.


Claus Dierksmeier (Stonehill): Work: From a Materialistic to a Humanistic Account of Human Labor. From the latest issue of Economic Sociology, Timothy J. Sinclair (Warwick): Credit Rating Agencies and the Global Financial Crisis. From State of Nature, Kenneth Couesbouc on the binary production of wealth; and is there life after capitalism? From NYRB, John Cassidy on the economy: Why they failed. What good is Wall Street? John Cassidy on how much of what investment bankers do is socially worthless. From Marx & Philosophy Review of Books, a review of Green Capitalism: Manufacturing Scarcity in an Age of Abundance by James Heartfield; and a review of The Metaphysics of Capitalism by Andrea Micocci. A review of All the Devils Are Here: The Hidden History of the Financial Crisis by Bethany McLean and Joe Nocera. Is economics a science? It would be, if it weren’t for the people. The first chapter from How Big Banks Fail and What to Do about It by Darrell Duffie. The Broken Machine: A review essay on the story of the Great Recession. John Bellamy Foster on the financialization of accumulation. The Man Who Shattered Our Economy: Former Citigroup CEO Sandy Weill, whose push for radical deregulation of the banking industry did so much to create our financial crisis, seems to be faring quite well in our shattered economy. A review of The Structural Crisis of Capital by Istvan Meszaros. A review of The Enigma of Capital by David Harvey (and more and more). Capitalism and alienation: Capitalism creates a society that robs most people of their creative potential. A review of The New Economics of True Wealth by Juliet Schor. A review of God & Money: The Moral Challenge of Capitalism by Charles McDaniel. The introduction to Economic Lives: How Culture Shapes the Economy by Viviana A. Zelizer.

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