From Asia Sentinel, can Asia lead in the 21st century? Robert S. Ross on Chinese nationalism and its discontents. In light of the International Atomic Energy Agency report presenting more evidence that Iran is acquiring the know-how and technology to build nuclear weapons, who really believes the Supreme Leader’s avowals? Bad guys vs. worse guys in Afghanistan: Training Afghans to protect their homes and fight the Taliban seems to be working — the problem is that it’s also allowing them to fight their own personal wars. The Ally from Hell: Pakistan lies to us, sponsors militants who attack American troops, and may have knowingly harbored Osama bin Laden — with a friend like this, who needs enemies? From the Asia-Pacific Journal, Sachie Mizohata on Amartya Sen's capability approach, democratic governance and Japan’s Fukushima disaster. A review of Where China Meets India: Burma and the New Crossroads of Asia by Thant Myint-U. Iran should not be attacked, but it is problem #1 (and more). Ignoring the world’s largest democracy: The US and India are natural allies, but Obama has let China and Pakistan get in the way of New Delhi’s importance. China in India's missile range: New Delhi risks upsetting Asia’s delicate weapons balance. Restitching the Subcontinent: How do you solve a problem like Pakistan? A look at the dream or nightmare of “Greater Iran”. Why the new “emphasis on Asia” in U.S. policy? Michael Auslin on the bleak future of Sino-Japanese relations. How much does climate policy depend on China and India? Martin W. Lewis on the complex and contentious issue of Afghan identity; Afghanistan and the ethnolinguanymic state (and more); and the Afghan “graveyard of empires” myth. Stability in Asia is best built on the economy of the region — a new silk route might serve this purpose more effectively than anything else.


From The American Prospect, a belief in American pull-yourself-up-by-your-bootstraps mythology lies at the heart of conservative attacks on the 99 percent; and Robert Kuttner on how "we are the 99 percent" has the virtue of being true as well as mobilizing. Post-Wobegon politics: Benjamin J. Dueholm on Michele Bachmann and the moral recession. Soon voters must decide if Romney is also a man of principle — the facts suggest he is. David Sesions on why evangelicals forgive (Republican) sex scandals. The Occupy Movement's “99 percent” misrepresents global inequality — in fact, the top 20 percent of Americans are part of the world’s richest 1 percent. From New Left Review, Dylan Riley on a cooler look at Tony Judt. Want to attack a policy or proposal without looking like a bad guy? Labeling those behind it as "extreme" or "radical" should do the trick. A look at 5 terrible ideas that solved huge global problems. John Sides on Tea Party racism: Some experimental evidence. Trial of the Will: Reviewing familiar principles and maxims in the face of mortal illness, Christopher Hitchens has found one of them increasingly ridiculous: “Whatever doesn’t kill me makes me stronger.” Intellectuals and Politics: Good politicians don't need to be intellectuals, but they should at least have intellectual lives. A review of Free Ride: How Digital Parasites Are Destroying the Culture Business, and How the Culture Business Can Fight Back by Robert Levine. An excerpt from Top Secret America: The Rise of the New American Security State by Dana Priest and William M Arkin. A faltering economy explains much of the job shortage in America, but advancing technology has sharply magnified the effect, more so than is generally understood. A review of The Moral Brain: Essays on the Evolutionary and Neuroscientific Aspects of Morality.


Alex Stoner and Eric Lybeck (Tennessee): Bringing Authoritarianism Back In: Reification, Latent Prejudice, and Economic Threat. Walter Block (Loyola): David Friedman and Libertarianism: A Critique. Alan Wolfe reviews The Reactionary Mind: Conservatism from Edmund Burke to Sarah Palin by Corey Robin (and more and more and more and more and more). The discrediting of good intentions: Michael Doliner on conservative intellectuals and the invisible hand. Are questions of war and peace merely one issue among many for libertarians? A review of Edmund Burke For Our Time: Moral Imagination, Meaning, and Politics by William Byrne. From CRB, a review of The Conservative Foundations of the Liberal Order: Defending Democracy Against its Modern Enemies and Immoderate Friends by Daniel Mahoney; and a review of The Conservative Assault on the Constitution by Erwin Chemerinsky. Jacob Heilbrunn on the Claremont Institute, Ron Paul, and the state of conservatism. From Breakthrough Journal, Steven Hayward on modernizing conservatism. The greening of conservatism: What ever happened to the Birkenstocked Burkeans? Here is an introduction to a "bleeding heart" history of libertarian thought — and if Herbert Spencer was no Social Darwinist, then what was he, and why have so many people misinterpreted his views? A review of Nozick's Libertarian Project: An Elaboration and Defense by Mark Friedman. What in the hell is a paleo? Paul Gottfried wants to know. The Tea Party, "constitutional conservatives" in name only: The right-leaning populist movement embraces the Founders' vision — except when it comes to national security, civil liberties and foreign affairs. What book is considered to be the opposite of Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged? The Right Word: ConservativeSpeak has so infiltrated the language that we now need a glossary.

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