Robert L. Tsai (American): Aryans, Gender, and American Politics. High Country Extremism: A special series on the recent influx of white supremacists and Patriot group members to the town of Kalispell, Montana, which has made the region the hottest flash point of right-wing extremism in the country (and part 2 and part 3 and part 4). From The Occidental Quarterly, Kevin MacDonald on libertarianism and White racial nationalism; and Matt Parrorr on cranks and credibility. An interview with Richard Lynn, a key reference in the literature about human biodiversity. A startling number of white-power candidates are seeking public office; Eve Conant reports on their under-the-radar strategy and David Duke’s White House flirtation (and more). Jack Kerwick on liberty from an intergalactic perspective. "Sovereign" President: Tim Turner says his "Republic for the united States" is all about peaceful change, but recent events have authorities worried. A review of The Rise of the Ku Klux Klan: Right-Wing Movements and National Politics by Rory McVeigh. Youth for Western Civilization, a student group, has grown in its first years of existence, stirring controversy at campuses across the country. Yes Virginia [Dare], there is a “Cultural Marxism”. In a world where things aren't so black and white, any group formed exclusively for white people will almost certainly not last. A review of A Life in the Political Wilderness by Welf Herfurth. Race transformations are becoming easier to perform and surprisingly, white supremacists aren’t jumping for joy. Alex Kurtagic on how White preservationism is dead.


Ellen Lust (Yale): Why Now? Micro Transitions and the Arab Uprisings. Anthony Billingsley (UNSW): Writing Constitutions in the Wake of the Arab Spring: The Challenge of Consolidating Democracy. From the Journal of Democracy, Lucan Way (Toronto): Comparing the Arab Revolts: The Lessons of 1989; and Zoltan Barany (Texas): Comparing the Arab Revolts: The Role of the Military. From The Hedgehog Review, “our revolution is civil”: An interview with Asef Bayat on revolt and change in the Arab world; and whither political Islam and the “Arab Spring”? Ahmed H. al-Rahim investigates. From The National, a review of books on the Arab Spring. On the edge of the Arab Spring: Avoiding the worst of the protests in the region, Jordan is changing anyway. Who said Gaddafi had to go? Hugh Roberts wants to know. A review of Disordered World: Setting a New Course for the Twenty-First Century by Amin Maalouf. Requiem for the Arab Spring: What does history teach us about the Arab Revolutions? Immanuel Wallerstein on the contradictions of the Arab Spring. From The European, do it yourself, Egypt: Democratization in Egypt cannot be successful unless the economic realm is liberalized as well; Arab democratization cannot proceed without economic development — the history of the EU can provide a roadmap for the Arab world; and during the chaos of the early Arab Spring, the protesters in Bahrain became barely audible — this was exactly what the country's hardliners had wished for. A look at the unexpected renaissance of the Arab League.


Peter Wagner (ICREA): The Democratic Crisis of Capitalism: Reflections on Political and Economic Modernity in Europe. A review of States of Credit: Size, Power, and the Development of European Polities by David Stasavage. From Swans, Manuel Garcia, Jr. on Aron, OWS, and Libya: An analysis of the roots of political beliefs, from post World War II and the Paris Intellectuals, to deindustrialization and the Occupy Wall Street movement, and the Libyan Revolution. Hans Georg-Moeller on Niklas Luhmann, the Radical and Occupy Wall Street. From FT, the world’s most prestigious consultancy prides itself on its intellectual prowess and ethical standards, but this year, an insider trading scandal surrounding former McKinsey luminaries has left staff and alumni reeling. Glenn Greenwald on PolitiFact and the scam of neutral expertise (and more at TAP). Before "Airplane!" there were the Airport movies: There's nothing quite like the movies if you want to learn what people's hopes and dreams were during the period in which they were made. A look at how The Boston Globe of 1900 imagined the year 2000. Why do Congresswomen outperform Congressmen? Sarah F. Anzia and Christopher R. Berry on the Jackie (and Jill) Robinson Effect. In different epochs, the hat became a symbol of the dignity of the one wearing it; today, it still survives as a reminder of an ancient vision of courtesy. A look at 7 creepy urban legends that happen to be true.


Moritz Hetzer and Didier Sornette (ETH Zurich): A Theory of Evolution, Fairness, and Altruistic Punishment. The Human Genome Project, then and now: An early advocate of the sequencing of the human genome reflects on his own predictions from 1986. An interview with Aubrey de Grey on how to live forever. Is the brain good at what it does? A review essay. Darwinian philosophy unleashed: A review of Darwin, God, and the Meaning of Life: How Evolutionary Theory Undermines Everything You Thought You Knew by Steve Stewart-Williams. Why do we care about our ancestors? The rise of genetic testing has made genealogy more popular than ever — and transformed our concept of identity. Aki Nikolaidis on cognitive enhancement: Which path will we take? Culture in humans and apes has the same evolutionary roots, researchers show. Life extension offers a desirable alternative to a short life, but what is it that we actually want to extend? After his work on telomeres, which won a Nobel Prize in 2009, Jack W. Szostak took up a new challenge: understanding the origins of life. A review of The Origin of Our Species by Chris Stringer. What would humanity be like without aging? A review of The Postmortal by Drew Magary. Human evolution, no easy fix: Nature seems to have activated a time bomb, and our complexity is only a short-term fix. Paleoanthropologist Tim White on the origins of homo sapiens and what a 4.4 million-year-old skeleton he found in Africa tells us about our common past. A look at 6 mind-blowing ways genetic engineering might save your life.


A book salon on Collision Course: Ronald Reagan, the Air Traffic Controllers, and the Strike that Changed America by Joseph A. McCartin. What's the plural of Texas? Frank Jacobs wants to know. The dangers of a “culture of honor”: Why are Texan men more likely to be aggressive risk takers, prone to accidental death? A review of Henry Clay: The Essential American by David S. Heidler and Jeanne T. Heidler. Timothy Snyder on the Great Plains as the Land of No News: So long as a large swath of the country only exists in retrospect, the people who live there will understandably vote for the party that they regard as conservative. America needs more powerful bureaucrats: No one wants another Hoover, but we should remember that career public servants built this nation's infrastructure. The introduction to The 1970s: A New Global History from Civil Rights to Economic Inequality by Thomas Borstelmann. Do conservatives who attack the New Deal actually know what America gained from it? An excerpt from Michael Hiltzik’s The New Deal: A Modern History. A review of Killer Stuff and Tons of Money: Seeking History and Hidden Gems in Flea-Market America by Maureen Stanton. An excerpt from American Nations: A History of the Eleven Regional Cultures of North America by Colin Woodard (and more and more and more). The spread of start-up America: Why are areas like the South and cities like Pittsburgh and Ann Arbor turning into mini-Silicon Valleys? The inventor of our politics: Jack Rakove reviews James Madison by Richard Brookhiser (and more).


Brian D. Galle (BC) and Kirk J. Stark (UCLA): Beyond Bailouts: Federal Supports for State Rainy Day Funds. From Rolling Stone, Tim Dickinson on how the GOP became the party of the rich: The inside story of how the Republicans abandoned the poor and the middle class to pursue their relentless agenda of tax cuts for the wealthiest one percent. Aliens in Antarctica: How can you tell if a species is a native or an invader? Borrow, borrow, and borrow some more: The Republican and Democrats both have dumb plans to fund the payroll tax cut — this is what they should do instead. In Memoriam: Elisabeth Young-Bruehl. Maharishi Arianna: Atop AOL, hiring and borrowing freely from the old media, a new age news guru is building her grandest temple yet. Should writers be sexier than you? Yes, they should, says Karan Mahajan, to reclaim their place as fabulous cultural heroes. Lindsay Marshall on reading history, Bede’s History. From Stir, the prejudice against Prometheus: It’s worth reflecting on whether the attitudes learnt over the past few decades retain within them the resources for effective opposition. Does inequality matter? An excerpt from Robert H. Frank’s The Darwin Economy. From First of the Month, Eugene Goodheart on the president and his base. Rebooting the Republic: Tea Partiers and Rootstrikers call for a constitutional convention. A review of A Cultural History of Sexuality, Volume 1: A Cultural History of Sexuality in the Classical World.


Katherine M. Franke (Columbia): Public Sex, Same-Sex Marriage, and the Afterlife of Homophobia. Shannon Gilreath (Wake Forest): The Problem of Gay Pornography in a Straight Supremacist System. "A non-event": Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Jim Amos, the face of opposition in the military to lifting the ban on gays serving openly, now acknowledges his concern has proven unfounded. A gay liberationist statement of principle: Shannon Gilreath on why gays should not serve in the United States Armed Forces (and part 2). Equality will come from the Right: Why Andrew Breitbart is a better friend to gays than is the Obama administration. Out in the West: The Mormon Church is going mainstream— and leaving its gay members behind. Where there's gay marriage comes the rise of gay divorce: Is a population that's just warming to gay nuptials ready to see same-sex couples take the rainbow express to Splitsville? There’s a global war against the right of gay people to live and love — we need to fight back. The last closet: When will a gay professional athlete finally come out? A new study finds gay and bisexual men have varied sexual repertoires. Mythbusting: What gay men really do in bed. Still a gay disease in America: Even after thirty years, HIV/AIDS remains out of control, still very much a crisis. Thanks to an ingenious GPS-based app called Grindr, gay men have been hooking up with other guys by whipping out their phones when they're horny; now the tech visionary who founded Grindr is launching a version for straight people.


From Rolling Stone, Jeff Sharlet goes inside Occupy Wall Street: How a bunch of anarchists and radicals with nothing but sleeping bags launched a nationwide movement; and Matt Taibbi on how he stopped worrying and learned to love the OWS protests. Max Blumenthal on how Israeli occupation forces, Bahraini monarchy guards trained U.S. police for coordinated crackdown on “Occupy” protests. Commune plus one: James Panero on Occupy Wall Street and the legacy of the Paris Commune. Occupy Wall Street, 1979: Before there were hashtags, more than a thousand protesters were arrested for trying to shut Wall Street down for a day. The case for taxing the wealthy: The 1% didn’t get there by themselves — Chuck Collins offers a TED Talk on why the wealthy should pay it forward. The Occupy protests have much in common with political movements of the 1840s, 1890s, and 1930s — including a spiritual dimension. The Age of Uncertainty: Sheri Berman on discontent and its failure to effect transformation. Jerome E. Roos on how the year 2011 marks the end of the End of History. An interview with V For Vendetta co-creator David Lloyd about how the Guy Fawkes mask has become an internationally understood symbol of protest, resistance and anarchy. Vijay Prashad on occupying the imagination, cultivating a new politics. Why protest equality? Valery Publius unmasks the deeper motivation of the Occupy movement. From First of the Month, writers comment on OWS. The Storm Troopers of OWS: "Occupying" a public space and blocking its use by the public, however, is an initiation of force (and more). Smithsonian museum collects Occupy Wall Street memorabilia: Cultural timepieces or archival ephemera?


From Google's Think Quarterly, a special issue on people. Karsten Weber (BTU Cottbus): What is it Like to Encounter an Autonomous Artificial Agent? From Policy Review, Jacob Mchangama on the sordid origin of hate-speech laws; and Jay Cost on an unusually clear policy choice on Election 2010: Nationalism through commerce versus egalitarianism through redistribution. From Utne Reader, a special section on 25 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World 2011. The Spectator’s Spectacular Blunder: It is hard to think of a bigger cock-up than the one the magazine’s editor has just made. Errata: New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman’s metaphorical pile-ups, hollow analyses, and factual inaccuracies have garnered him three Pulitzer Prizes, and frighteningly unchecked power. Applied Classics: How Greek philosophy can solve America’s budget crisis. Meet the new Social Darwinists: Newt, Mitt and other GOP candidates are peddling policies based on this discredited justification for inequality. James Marshall Crotty on why Republicans embrace simpletons and how it hurts America. Wikileaks Expose: Yasha Levine on the Kochs, neocons and covert regime change ops. The reluctant celebrities: Two quiet, celebrity-shy professors have reached the top of the economics field — with work that goes far beyond the profession’s usual labels. Building a better bug: Can scientists beat malaria by reengineering the mosquito? A look at Ms. readers’ 100 best non-fiction books of all time.


From Alternet, Sarah Jaffe on how the power of Occupy Wall Street is not just what they're doing, but how they're doing it; and what if they sent in social services to help occupations instead of riot cops to bust heads? Joshua Holland wonders. Malcolm Gladwell says the Occupy movement needs to get more Machiavellian. A philosophy for the protesters: The OWS movement grew out of the philosophical paradox that our financial system could not contain flaws. A look at how Republicans are being taught to talk about Occupy Wall Street. A first year Wall Street analyst writes to the 99 percent: "The finance industry is a scam". A look at how "We are the 99 percent" has joined the cultural and political lexicon. Guernica interviews Kalle Lasn, the editor in chief of Adbusters. The branding of the Occupy Movement: Kalle Lasn, editor of the Canadian magazine Adbusters, did not invent the anger that has been feeding the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations, but he did brand it. Occupy movement becomes part of pop culture, spreading beyond street demonstrations and into a niche a bit more close to home. Cord Jefferson on the black millionaires of Occupy Wall Street. Arundhati Roy talks about why she is drawn to the Occupy movement and the need to reclaim language and meaning. Will Wilkinson on the Occupy movement's enthusiasm and contempt for democracy. Anarchy in the U.S.A.: Matthew Continetti on the roots of American disorder. David Graeber on Occupy Wall Street's anarchist roots: The Occupy movement is one of several in American history to be based on anarchist principles. Life after occupation: From Mobile, Ala., to Chicago, lessons in the importance of holding territory. Occupy the Future: A forum on lessons to be drawn from the Occupy movement.

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