A new issue of Policy Options is out. A new issue of Inroads is out. A new issue of 49th Parallel: An Interdisciplinary Journal of North American Studies is out. Governor General David Johnston possesses impeccable credentials and old-fashioned charm — plus he is the government’s secret weapon in restoring the power of the monarchy. Last May, Jack Layton led the NDP to the greatest victory in party history; now that he’s gone, will the party be able to maintain its momentum? Sorry, an Order of Canada for Alberta's Ralph Klein is not appropriate. Is Canada becoming a jingoistic petro-state? Magazines' newsstand slide smaller in Canada but that may be good news for U.S. publishers. From Ryerson Review of Journalism, a special section on covering the Canadian North. Unlawful Separation: What’s a Freeman-on-the-Land? Randy Fred thought that life after residential school would be drinking, watching TV and dying — instead, he became the "greatest blind Indian publisher in the world". What's the most Canadian dish? An interview with Dorothy Duncan, author of Canadians at Table: A Culinary History of Canada. Rise of the ethnic aisle: The rise of mainstream ethnic food in grocery stores says a lot about the country.
Jesse Graham (USC) and Brian Nosek and Jonathan Haidt (Virginia): The Moral Stereotypes of Liberals and Conservatives: Exaggeration of Differences Across the Political Divide. An interview with Jonathan Haidt, author of The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion (and more and more and more and more and more and more and more). The Villain: The left hates him, the right hates him even more, but Ben Bernanke saved the economy — and has navigated masterfully through the most trying of times. The empirical sociology of critique: An interview with Luc Boltanski. The evolution of death: Scientists remain surprisingly conflicted about what it means to die — and it has big implications for us all. Why did Obama’s bipartisanship fail? Jonathan Chait investigates. When engineering fails: Henry Petrosky explains our cultural fascination with design disasters — and what the recession means for our safety. Fake orgasms and the Tea Party, or just another political science convention: James Warren on what academia can teach us about politics.
From Free Inquiry, Frank L. Pasquale (Trinity): The Social Science of Secularity; and Tom Flynn (CSH): Who Are These Doubters Anyway? A Look Back at the Demographics of Unbelief; Alan Charles Kors (Penn): The Enlightenment, Naturalism, and the Secularization of Values; Greta Christina on why atheism demands social justice; and a look at why seculars don’t sing. An atheist hero is something to be: An interview with Matthew Chapman, the director of the The Ledge, a thriller featuring Hollywood's first openly atheist hero. Among the Nonbelievers: Atheist activists in Orlando talk separation of church and state, sick kids, and Evil God (and part 2). Can terrestrial religion survive intact in a universe in which innumerable planets orbit other suns? Yes, life without God can be bleak; atheism is about facing up to that. Does it matter whether God exists? The philosopher John Gray has recently been arguing that belief in God should have little or nothing to do with religion. Do atheists need a moral theory to be moral realists? An interview with Penn Jillette on atheism, libertarianism, and why he’d give a random stranger the keys to a Ferrari.