Daniel M. Harrison (Lander) and Larry W. Isaac (Vanderbilt): Social Class and the Southern Civil Rights Movement. From American Studies Journal, a special issue on The South in the Age of Obama, including James C. Cobb (Georgia): Before and After: The 2008 Election and the Second “Solid South”; Daniel P. Franklin (Georgia State): Will the South Rise Again? Monochromatic Politics and Political Clout in the Modern South; Glenn T. Eskew (Georgia State): Barack Obama, John Lewis, and the Legacy of the Civil Rights Struggle; and Dorit Wagner (Mainz): The American South: From Civil Rights Struggle to Civil Rights Tourism. Liberation as death sentence: The casualties of the Civil War should include the many former slaves who died in an epidemic after the Emancipation Proclamation, writes Jim Downs. A review of Southern Horrors: Women and the Politics of Rape and Lynching by Crystal N. Feimster. Even supporters of North Carolina's gay-marriage ban know it won't last 20 years; Ed Winstead reflects on the South, the past, and when legislation plans its own obsolescence. A review of The Real South: Southern Narrative in the Age of Cultural Reproduction by Scott Romine.
Jan Blommaert (Tilburg): The Rhetorical World of George W. Bush. From Digital Culture and Education, a special issue on harnessing digital technologies to challenge the dominant HIV and AIDS paradigm. A radical idea: What if we could make terrorism uncool? Cognac’s identity crisis: Wayne Curtis on how the liquor’s marketing success among both rappers and codgers has blinded consumers to its subtler pleasures. An interview with Peter Dreier, author of The 100 Greatest Americans of the 20th Century: A Social Justice Hall of Fame. Why do conservatives hate public transit? In a word, because it’s public. Female beauty is often defined by the Western fashion elite in Milan or New York, but more and more German magazines are speaking out against it. The U.S. government is a sham, the Federal Reserve is running a secret bond market, global finance is controlled by an “upperworld” of rogue black-ops fixers, and other things that Sam Israel, the Ponzi schemer who cheated investors of $450 million and faked his own suicide, truly believed. A long love affair with magazines: Samir Husni, aka Mr. Magazine, sees a bright future for the objects of his affection.
From Hoover Digest, Peter Berkowitz on a boot camp for citizenship: Civics education must not be indoctrination, but it also must not be overlooked. From Crisis, when rulers fail to rule themselves: James V. Schall on politics, virtue, and the intellect; and personally opposed, but: It is high time to reconsider — how far does the obligation of a politician to further his moral commitments extend? Why every government should keep an empty seat for a philosopher king: Plato was right — the ideal society needs truth-seekers as rulers, but with a twist. A People’s History of Robin Hood: For hundreds of years, he’s fought tax injustice, tyranny, and the seizure of the commons — we still need him today. How dumb can political philosophy get? Carlin Romano wonders. A review of Politics Without Vision: Thinking without a Banister in the Twentieth Century by Tracy B. Strong. Steven Bilakovics on why we hate politics, but love democracy. Matthew Flinders on his book Defending Politics: Why Democracy Matters in the 21st Century (and more and more). The politics of “thinking about politics”: A review of Liberalism and Ideology: Essays in Honour of Michael Freeden.
A new issue of Amsterdam Law Forum is out. Susannah Camic (Wisconsin): Everything is Tax. Elitism in online dictionaries: Free dictionaries on the internet are often bland and incomplete, while those that are complex and exhaustive require a credit card — quality comes at a price. If you think Mitt Romney is too mild, too "golly gee," too Mormon, to survive the shark tank of a modern presidential campaign, his answer is Eric Fehrnstrom. From From n+1, of the 5 million books held at the New York Public Library’s main building, only about 300,000 were requested last year; that means that the rest of them just sat around, taking up space in one of the most prized neighborhoods on the planet. Osama Bin Laden’s papers show he wished Obama would continue Bush’s “war on terror” (and more). From The Washington Monthly, predatory lending still poses a systemic risk to the economy; will Obama's new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau succeed in taming it, or will the agency be strangled in its crib? Mark Judge, now at RealClearBooks, is something of a book snob, but dislikes a lot of people who identify themselves as book fanatics.
From Religions, a special issue on "Between Religion and Ethnicity: Twentieth-Century Jewish Emigres and the Shaping of Postwar Culture", including Daniel Bessneremail (Duke): “Rather More than One-Third Had No Jewish Blood”: American Progressivism and German-Jewish Cosmopolitanism at the New School for Social Research, 1933–1939; Matthias Bormuth (Tubingen): Meaning in History: A Comparison Between the Works of Karl Lowith and Erich Auerbach; David Kettler (Bard) Volker Meja (Memorial): Karl Mannheim’s Jewish Question; and Arie M. Dubnov (Stanford): What is Jewish (If Anything) about Isaiah Berlin’s Philosophy? Jews, the Left and the rest: How political history shapes today's Jewish narratives. From Forward, why are Jews so liberal? Every few years, the question gets asked, often with the unspoken follow-up “and what can we do to change that?” (and more); and Jews are a race, genes reveal: A review of Legacy: A Genetic History of the Jewish People by Harry Ostrer. From Geocurrents, are the black Jews Jewish? A review of Called to Controversy: The Unlikely Story of Moishe Rosen and the Founding of Jews for Jesus by Ruth Rosen.