From the International Journal of Business and Social Science, Mary L. Rucker and Theresa I. Myadze (Wright State): Obama, the Obstructionist 112th U.S. Congress and Tea Party Adamantine: A Political Spectacle. From The Washington Monthly, a cover story on the Incomplete Greatness of Barack Obama: He's gotten more done in three years than any president in decades — too bad the American public still thinks he hasn't accomplished anything; a look at Obama's top 50 accomplishments; and Paul Glastris on Clinton's third term. Joshua Green on Barack Obama, "Greatest Gun Salesman in America". Southern voters speculate why Barack Obama won in 2008. Michael Sean Winters on how the ghost of Jerry Falwell conquered the Republican Party. After Harvard, young Mitt Romney rose rapidly in the Mormon Church and made a fortune at Bain Capital; Michael Kranish and Scott Helman report on the collateral damage. If you like painful idiocy, you can watch Ted Nugent discuss politics. From Suite 101, an article on Lyndon LaRouche and the fringe politics of America.
From Intersections, a special issue on the Art and Politics of Moving Bodies in Oceania. From The Guardian, a series on Thomas Aquinas, a father of modernity. While sex purges our genome of harmful mutations and pushes biodiversity, it's a costly exercise for the average organism, so when, and why, did it all begin? The problem(s) with sex: Sex is quite simply a terrible way to reproduce. Is Grover Norquist America's “most powerful man”? James Fallows on the sad and infuriating Mike Daisey case. Political Malpractice, Deficit Edition: Bang-your-head-against-the-wall material about the Obama administration’s “pivot” to deficits. The U.S. cruises toward a 2013 fiscal cliff: As tax cuts expire and spending falls, the economy will be hit with a 3.5% decline in gross domestic demand. The Baffler is back: Founded in 1988 by Thomas Frank and Keith White, and staffed by such bright lights as Matt Weiland, Dave “Diamonds” Mulcahey, Chris Lehmann, Damon Krukowski, and Tom Vanderbilt, The Baffler was one of the two most important zine/journals of the Nineties (1994-2003).
Frederic Megret (McGill): War and the Vanishing Battlefield. Mark Harrison (Warwick): Capitalism at War. Adil Ahmad Haque (Rutgers): Killing in the Fog of War. From Joint Force Quarterly, Dennis M. Murphy (AWC): The Future of Influence in Warfare; and war is a moral force: Peter D. Fromm, Douglas A. Pryer, and Kevin R. Cutright on designing a more viable strategy for the Information Age. A book salon on When The World Outlawed War by David Swanson. David W. Bates on his book States of War: Enlightenment Origins of the Political. The introduction to War Time: An Idea, Its History, Its Consequences by Mary L. Dudziak (and more and more). From Michigan War Studies Review, a review of Barbarous Philosophers: Reflections on the Nature of War from Heraclitus to Heisenberg by Christopher Coker; and a review of Kaboom: Embracing the Suck in a Savage Little War by Matt Gallagher. From Small Wars Journal, an article on natural selection and nature of war. War on the World: How does warfare affect the environment? A look at 5 screw-ups on the battlefield that accidentally won the war.