Don Adams (Missouri): Becoming American: Native American Influences on Revolutionary Political Thinking. From the International Journal of Intangible Heritage, Benjamin Gratham Aldred (Kendall): "Quaker Sweat" as Intangible Heritage. Go rest, young man: In the late 1800s, anxious and tired male intellectuals (including Theodore Roosevelt) were sent West to rough ride, rope steer and bond with other men. A review of The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Presidents: From Wilson to Obama by Steven F. Hayward. Charles Murray exposes the truth about conservatives — they hate poor people, white and black: More and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more on Charles Murray's Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010. The blue-state trap: Coastal cities and college towns are more alluring than ever, but are they also why the country is so polarized? How the sexual revolution changed America forever: An excerpt from Delirium: How the Sexual Counterrevolution is Polarizing America by Nancy L. Cohen (and more).
A new issue of The Salisbury Review is out. Robert Keith Shaw (Open Polytechnic) and Stephen Dun-Hou Tsai, Ted Yu-Chung Liu, and Mansour Amjadi (Sun Yat-Sen): The Ontology of Entrepreneurship: A Heideggerian Perspective. Rafe Sagarin thinks national security should use the adaptive tactics of nature — can the behaviors that biologists see keep us safer from enemies and disasters? From Reconstruction, a special issue on “something to occupy the time:” Activism and anagnorisis. Lessons for life in 64 squares: Beloved in Armenia, chess becomes a mandatory part of the country’s curriculum. From Wonkbook, you know the deficit hawks — now meet the deficit owls. In Gold We Trust: When the economy goes to pot, we the people place our faith in one indisputably sexy commodity — it's the lone bright spot on Wall Street and a rallying cry for the riotous right. From Ralph, a review of The Anatomy of Addiction: Sigmund Freud, William Halstead, and the Miracle Drug Cocaine by Howard Markel; a review of Dog Days: A Year in the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile by Dave Ihlenfeld; and a review of Lonely Planet's The World's Most Spectacular Routes.
Cedric Ryngaert (Utrecht): The Legal Status of the Holy See. From the Journal of Religion and Society, a special issue on the Catholic intellectual tradition. From Nexus, Philip Coppens on power struggles and murders in the Vatican. The Pope will die within a year: Vatican "assassination fears" revealed. One of the talking points in Rome in recent months has been the growing frailty of Pope Benedict; inevitably, speculation has turned to his likely successor. A review of The Pope's Soldiers: A Military History of the Modern Vatican by David Alvarez. From New Oxford Review, a review of Orthodoxy and the Roman Papacy: Ut Unum Sint and the Prospects of East-West Unity by Adam A.J. DeVille; and will the real Padre Pio please stand up? The introduction to Catholicism and Democracy: An Essay in the History of Political Thought by Emile Perreau-Saussine. From the Journal of Markets and Morality, is some form of secularism the best foundation for Christian engagement in public life? Our bodies are theological: An interview with Christopher West, author of Fill These Hearts: God, Sex, and the Universal Longing (and part 2).