From Alternative Right, John Bean on a way forward for the British National Party. A review of Hate: My Life in the British Far Right by Matthew Collins. The myth of the polite Englishman: A review of Cruelty and Laughter: Forgotten Comic Literature and the Unsentimental Eighteenth Century by Simon Dickie. War of words between London and Edinburgh over Scotland's future heats up. The Scottish Player: How a Canadian expat became an unlikely kingpin in another country’s ruling separatist party. What if Scotland divorced the UK? Jennifer O'Mahony wonders. From Open Democracy, Scotland and the crisis of the British and European Unions: How do we democratise?; and is Euroscepticism a very English disease? From NYRB, Jeff Madrick on how austerity is killing Europe. Will we be all right in the end? From Foreign Policy, a special report: Can Europe be saved? David Runciman writes about the current European crisis. The Myth of Europe: The euro crisis isn't really about money — it's about the fiction that Europeans ever existed at all. From The American Interest, Francis Fukuyama on European identities (and part 2). More justice through more Europe: An interview with Ulrich Beck. In a new Eurozine focal point, contributors discuss whether the EU is not only broke, but also broken and if so, whether Europe's leaders are up to the task of fixing it. From Eurozine, Pierre Nora on recent history and the new dangers of politicization. War in Europe? Not so impossible. Norman Davies on Europe’s vanished states: There’s as much to learn, if not more, from looking at states that have disappeared (and more).
Susan Ekberg Stiritz and Susan Frelich Appleton (WUSTL): Sex Therapy in the Age of Viagra: "Money Can't Buy Me Love". From the Rutherford Journal, a special issue on Alan Turing, Father of the Modern Computer, by B. Jack Copeland and Diane Proudfoot. The Luddite spirit lives on in people like Kirkpatrick Sale; he tells Alison George why we are on a collision course with technology — and why he now uses a computer. Why are smart people usually ugly? An answer to the Explainer's 2011 Question of the Year. The American Economic Association's annual meeting is red-letter day for "the dismal science" — and dismal it proved. Solitary: 30,000 supermax prisoners in the US are denied any human contact — so how does it affect them? From The New American, Selwyn Duke on the myth of fascism. From the SPLC's Intelligence Report, Bryon and Julie Widner decided to quit the world of hate — but former comrades, and Bryon’s tattoos, made it an uphill struggle; and something is happening on the radical right — extremists are ratcheting up the rhetoric of war. A review of Those Guys Have All the Fun: Inside the World of ESPN by James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales. 10 roads to the end of the Earth: Even in the day of GPS, there are still lost roads — these are the most extreme and isolated passes on the planet. Politics by other means: In Egypt, street protests set the agenda. Ayatollah for a Day: Karim Sadjadpour war-gamed an Israeli strike on Iran — and it got ugly. Gender stealth: Why transgender disclosure is not necessary. An article on 5 logical fallacies that make you wrong more than you think.
C. Christine Fair (Georgetown), Neil A. Malhotra (Stanford), and Jacob N. Shapiro (Princeton): A Religion of Peace? Islam and Support for Political Violence. From Zenit, does conscience collide with papal teaching? Cardinal Newman offers well-founded answer; and an interview with Thomas D. Williams, author of The World As It Could Be: Catholic Social Thought for a New Generation. Jay Rubenstein on crusade vs. jihad: Which is worse? A review of Awakening Islam: The Politics of Religious Dissent in Contemporary Saudi Arabia by Stephane Lacroix. When is self-interest moral? Daniel Finn on a gap in Catholic social teaching. A review of Mohammed and Charlemagne Revisited: An Introduction to the History of a Controversy by Emmet Scott. Patrons and companions: When it comes to the saints, there are two extremes to avoid. A review of Catholicism in Social and Historical Contexts: An Introduction by Curt Cadorette. The vote is mightier than the sword: Islamist political parties are changing their tactics — the future battles will be won at the ballot box. Samuel Gregg on dissenting Catholics’ modernity problem. The introduction to Muhammad's Grave: Death Rites and the Making of Islamic Society by Leor Halevi. Church teaching has shifted away from damnation and now focuses on salvation — is that a good thing? A review of Shi’ism: A Religion of Protest by Hamid Dabashi. A review of The Crisis of Authority in Catholic Modernity. A review of Muhammad and the Believers: At the Origins of Islam by Fred Donner. A review of Why the West is Best: A Muslim Apostate's Defense of Liberal Democracy by Ibn Warraq. Andrea Fernandes on 15 patron saints for modern situations.