From Modern Age, a review of Majority Rule versus Consensus: The Political Thought of John C. Calhoun by James H. Read; and a review of The Golden Age of the Classics in America: Greece, Rome, and the Antebellum United States by Carl J. Richard. A review of The Declaration of Independents: How Libertarian Politics Can Fix What’s Wrong With America by Nick Gillespie and Matt Welch. A review of The Neoconservative Persuasion: Selected Essays, 1942-2009 by Irving Kristol. From The University Bookman, a symposium on Conservatism and Empire, including Paul Gottfried on how the GOP swallowed the conservative movement; and James Kalb on empire and the crisis of American conservatism. A review of The Reactionary Mind: Conservatism from Edmund Burke to Sarah Palin by Corey Robin (and a response by Robin, and more). Ben Alpers on the Frankfurt School, right-wing conspiracy theories, and American conservatism (and more). Libertarians and conservatives must choose: Competitive enterprise or idolatry of property. Gavin McInnes on ten things to hate about the Right. Sam Tanenhaus on imperial conservatism’s last gasp. Marx’s Tea Party: The populist right has forgotten an older form of class analysis. A review of The Roots of Modern Conservatism: Dewey, Taft, and the Battle for the Soul of the Republican Party by Michael Bowen. The moral foundation of a free society: Craig Biddle on Ayn Rand's theory of rights. Capitalists of the world, unite: Peter Frase on the "capital strike", the right’s favorite strike. James Joyner on the changing definition of "conservative": Since John McCain's defeat in 2008, the right has rejected the people and ideas it once praised. A review of Libertarianism Today by Jacob H. Huebert. Diplomats, demagogues and innocents abroad: Tristan Abbey on why conservatives should resist pressure from within to retreat from world affairs and embrace their diplomatic heritage.
Lynne Rudder Baker (UMass): The Metaphysics of Everyday Life. Deepa Varadarajan (St. John's): A Trade Secret Approach to Protecting Traditional Knowledge. From Humanist Studies and the Digital Age, here are the proceedings of the international symposium, "Francesco Petrarca: From Manuscript to Digital Culture". A review of Can Intervention Work? by Rory Stewart and Gerald Knaus. A video of a horrendous hit-and-run accident in China involving a two-year-old child has sparked outcry in the nation and questions over the price of modernity. More and more and more and more and more and more and more on Steven Pinker's The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined. A review of Supergods: What Masked Vigilantes, Miraculous Mutants, and a Sun God from Smallville Can Teach Us About Being Human by Grant Morrison. Rightbloggers work on the Nixonization of Occupy Wall Street. Nate Silver on the geography of Occupying Wall Street (and everywhere else). A geography lesson for the Tea Party: Even as the movement’s grip tightens on the GOP, its influence is melting away across vast swaths of America, thanks to centuries-old regional traditions that few of us understand. Tea Party Death Trip: Why are some Americans so comfortable letting fellow citizens die? Readers have "discovered" a so-called rogue caption writer for the Globe and Mail; catchy quips from this caption-crusader have been fascinating fans for quite some time but his clever pot-shots directed at the ultra-wealthy seem to have struck a nerve. The Internet Intellectual: Evgeny Morozov reviews Public Parts: How Sharing in the Digital Age Improves the Way We Work and Live by Jeff Jarvis. Harold Pollack on why liberals need to rethink everything they knew about housing policy.
Anna Cesari (Bologna): Oil and Democracy. Melinda Harm Benson (UNM): Are We Addicted to Oil? Lessons from Mental Health. Mahdi Rastad (Illinois): Do Oil Producers Extract More as They Become Richer? A Natural Experiment Using Unanticipated Reserve Discoveries. Issam A.W. Mohamed and Abdelaziz Marhoum (Al-Neelain): Oil, Referendum and the Economic Impacts of Southern Sudan Secession. Abdul Sattar A. Musa (Mustansiriya): The Realty of Iraqi Oil Sector and the Future Options. Erik Voeten (Georgetown) and Michael L. Ross (UCLA): Unbalanced Globalization in the Oil Exporting States. How the West was drilled: From Alberta to the Brazilian Coast, a tour of the new American oil frontier that could eclipse the Middle East. The return of the BP disaster: Oil is resurfacing again not far from the location of the BP Macondo Well off the Gulf of Mexico, 15 months on. A review of The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World by Daniel Yergin (and more and more and more and more and more and more). David Roberts on Fareed Zakaria, Daniel Yergin, and the elite disdain for clean energy deployment (and more). Johnny West on Iraq’s Last Window: Diffusing the risks of a petro-state. Michael T. Klare on America and oil: Declining together? Why the whole idea of the US achieving "energy independence" is a sham that enriches Big Oil and Coal. Is OPEC dead? You'd think that OPEC would be laughing it up right now — all the way to the bank. Russ Baker on what they don’t tell you about oil industry tax breaks. Johann Hari on the deal we dare not turn down: It is coming from the people of Ecuador, led by their President Rafael Correa, and it would begin to deal with two converging crises. A review of Surviving the Apocalypse in the Suburbs: The Thrivalist's Guide to Life Without Oil by Wendy Brown. What is "peak oil", anyway? Brad Plumer investigates.