From H-Net, a review of Settlers, Liberty, and Empire: The Roots of Early American Political Theory by Craig Yirush. Another stab at the constitution: If the U.S. Constitution were being written today, what would you omit, add or clarify? An interview with Sanford Levinson, author of Framed: America’s 51 Constitutions and the Crisis of Governance. The first chapter from The Unheavenly Chorus: Unequal Political Voice and the Broken Promise of American Democracy by Kay Lehman Schlozman, Sidney Verba and Henry E. Brady. Democracy is for amateurs: Eric Liu on why we need more citizen citizens. The government we deserve: Americans are sick and tired of Washington's dysfunctional politics, but it's not Congress they should be angry at — Americans got exactly the system of government they asked for. If there's any nation in the world that is well on the way to meriting the admittedly vague label of “fascist”, surely it is the United States. What’s wrong with rights? Mary Ann Glendon challenges America’s supreme political values. The first chapter from Governing America: The Revival of Political History by Julian E. Zelizer.
A new issue of Civil War Book Review is out. Can the Democrats catch up in the super-PAC game? The Democrats have a distaste for the new rules of the campaign-finance game — but they are playing. From Capitalism, Michael J Hurd on why the neediest are also the greediest; an excerpt from How to Be Profitable and Moral By Jaana Woiceshyn (and Woiceshyn on self interest and the “common good”); and Brian Phillips on how Bernie Madoff was completely selfless. Nihilism is dead: On this most meaningless of anniversaries, Turgenev's Bazarov would not recognize the philosophy he launched. A review of Uncontrolled: The Surprising Payoff of Trial-and-Error for Business, Politics, and Society by Jim Manzi. Swarm theory seems to predict that the larger the social group, the better the resulting group decisions and behaviors; then, with over 300 million of us in the U.S., shouldn’t we only be making brilliant decisions? Horrors we hide: From slaughterhouses to sweatshops, modern society is constructed to let us ignore atrocities. Zine vs. Art: Is there room in the zine world for both the low-price, cut-and-paste zine and the glossy new commodities?
From The Social Contract, KC McAlpin on the rise and demise? of the Latino ethno-nationalists. A review of Life Behind the Lobby: Indian American Motel Owners and the American Dream by Pawan Dhingra. Gram Slattery writes in defense of the ethnic enclave. Help black children, sure; teens, not so much: New research finds support for school projects differs according to the race and age of the recipients. A review of The Rise and Decline of the Redneck Riviera: An Insider's History of the Florida-Alabama Coast by Harvey Jackson. The introduction to Creating a New Racial Order: How Immigration, Multiracialism, Genomics, and the Young Can Remake Race in America by Jennifer Hochschild, Vesla Weaver and Traci Burch. A review of The Afro-Latin@ Reader: History and Culture in the United States. An interview with Erin Chapman, author of Prove It On Me: New Negroes, Sex, and Popular Culture in the 1920s. It has always been difficult to convince Anglo-Americans that they should know more about Latinos. The first chapter from Three Worlds of Relief: Race, Immigration, and the American Welfare State from the Progressive Era to the New Deal by Cybelle Fox.
Terra Lawson-Remer (New School) and Alisa Valderrama (NRDC): Collective Action and the Rules of Surfing. From Anthropology of this Century, a review of The Eurasian Miracle by Jack Goody. The Kilogram, Reinvented: Two difficult experiments are poised to remake one of the world’s most fundamental units. A review of Defending Multiculturalism: A Guide for the Movement. The forgotten 15 per cent: Why has disability dropped off the world’s agenda? A review of Barbaric Civilization: A Critical Sociology of Genocide by Christopher Powell. Fighting Back: Has one state discovered a simple way to combat domestic violence? Sarah Goodyear on the invention of jaywalking. On the origins of the arts: Sociobiologist E.O. Wilson on the evolution of culture. If Obama loses in 2012, what will he do next? Perhaps he'll run again in 2016, or become head of the International Olympic Committee — or just obsessively work out. If you don't bring a knife to a gun fight, I guess you don't bring a fart to a shit-slinging contest. They've become a part of the pop-culture landscape: Sexy, private shots of celebrities (your Scarletts, your Milas) stolen from their phones and e-mail accounts — they're also the center of an entire stealth industry.
From EH.net, a review of Keep from All Thoughtful Men: How U.S. Economists Won World War II by Jim Lacey. Good jobs: Paul Osterman on three reasons there aren’t more. A review of Land of Promise: An Economic History of the United States by Michael Lind (and more). From Dissent, Richard D. Kahlenberg and Moshe Z. Marvit on labor organizing as a civil right. For class warfare, there’s the 1%, and then there’s the 0.1%. Have the rich ever paid a fair share of taxes? (and part 2) Culture, politics and class: William Tabb on getting serious about class dynamics. How much did the financial crisis cost? Where America shopped: By the time Sears realized the danger poised by Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Best Buy Co. and Home Depot Inc., it was too late. Are American unions history? Harold Meyerson wonders (and more). The Great Divergence book: Mark Schmitt and Brink Lindsey and Matt Yglesias and Timothy Noah discuss (and more and more and more). Accusations of class warfare have been flying — who is waging it against whom? From FiveBooks, Michael Lind on American economic history. “Indispensable”: Why the middle class needs unions now more than ever.