From Der Spiegel, was having no copyright law the real reason for Germany's industrial expansion? Over time, blackletter — and Fraktur in particular — came to be associated so closely with German culture, language and literature, that it was considered by many to be “unpatriotic” to use any other type. Since Germany’s elimination from the European football championships, an absurd debate about the national anthem has sprung up in Germany — with dangerously exclusive undertones. Jeff Jurgens on right-wingers and salafists as linked opponents. Together, Germany and France have long been viewed as the motor of European integration; in the midst of the economic crisis, however, old suspicions and rivalries between Europe's two key nations are being reawakened. With skepticism over the euro growing in Germany, several of the country's past foreign ministers are planning an appearance to express their clear support for the common currency. Give up sovereignty: Germany debates whether democracy is compatible with the European project. Right-wing terror case offers authorities a chance at redemption.
Kim Shayo Buchanan (USC): Engendering Rape. Gabriel Markoff (Texas): Arthur Andersen and the Myth of the Corporate Death Penalty: Corporate Criminal Convictions in the Twenty-First Century. Does it matter why women have abortions? Emily Douglas wants to know. From Coast Guard Compass, a special series on a week in the life of the Coast Guard. A review of All About Poop by Kate Hayes. From Intelligent Life, the latest on the series of Big Questions is a simple one, often used rhetorically: what’s the worst that could happen? The end of Gore Vidal: The iconoclastic leftist and novelist discusses the rage that fueled him, and how he felt about his coming end alongside the ruin of America in this interview previously unpublished in English. A review of The Fortunes of Permanence: Culture and Anarchy in an Age of Amnesia by Roger Kimball (and more). So, you want to do a PhD in international law?
Adi Gordon (Cincinnati) and Udi Greenberg (Dartmouth): The City of Man, European Emigres, and the Genesis of Postwar Conservative Thought. Impassioned orator, eloquent statesman, esteemed writer — but who was Edmund Burke the man? From the John Birch Society's New American, Jack Kerwick on William Graham Sumner and the conservative critique of egalitarianism. What does conservatism stand for? Social inequalities and hierarchies can be defended and secured in different ways. Prime time for Paul Ryan’s guru (the one that’s not Ayn Rand): Will Friedrich von Hayek be the Tea Party’s Karl Marx? AmeriCons: A review of Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness: Ten Years of the Claremont Review of Books. A manifesto for right-leaning wonks: Yuval Levin's ambitious statement of purpose ought to be read by every movement conservative in America. Mattson on why conservatism needs the Religious Right. The tears of the sexual left: Whoever thought that “Eat Mor Chikin” would become a secret password and a rallying cry for Western Civilization? Porky Populism: Class war comes to dinner, and conservatives are on the wrong side.
Lucinda Vandervort (Saskatchewan): Sexual Consent as Voluntary Agreement: Tales of “Seduction” or Questions of Law? The newsmagazine world has been turned on its head; yet one weekly publication, The Economist, is arguably more prestigious than at any time in its 169-year history. Monica Potts on five things government does better than you do: Economics assumes people are rational actors in the market, but we know a lot less about how to manage money than we think. Americans tune out Afghan war: It was once President Barack Obama's "war of necessity" — now, it's America's forgotten war. Alan Wolfe on the ridiculous rise of Ayn Rand. How WikiLeaks blew it: Johua Keating on the sad downfall of Julian Assange and his empire of secrets. How to succeed in business without adding value: Private equity firms claim they help create jobs and improve businesses, but that is not the whole truth. I'd never boast about it, but I'm a master of the new art of underbragging — which is why you should envy me.
From Earth, a look at five outstanding questions in earth science. If scientists expect to cure cancer they need to take bigger risks, says biochemist Brent Stockwell. A review of Roald Hoffmann on the Philosophy, Art, and Science of Chemistry. A look at the single theory that could explain emergence, organisation and the origin of life. Lindsay Abrams on science's stilted calibration of human sexuality. The survival of the fittists: Understanding the role of replication in research is crucial for the interpretation of scientific advances. The humanities aren’t a science — stop treating them like one. F=ma: Prosperity isn’t how much you move — it’s how you move it. An excerpt from A Cultural History of Physics by Karoly Simonyi. Dusting off God: A new science of religionsays God has gotten a bad rap. Confessions of a fake scientist: Phil Edwards on what he learned about real science by making fun of it. Areview of The Rocks Don't Lie: A Geologist Investigates Noah's Flood by David Montgomery (and more). Science, such a sweet mystery: It's notwhat science knows, but what it doesn't, that really matters. Laura Kiniry on 8 labs and science relics worth a visit.
Michelle Pace (Birmingham) and Francesco Cavatorta (DCU): The Arab Uprisings in Theoretical Perspective: An Introduction. From The American Interest, Christopher Clary and Mara E. Karlin on the Pak-Saudi nuke, and how to stop it: If Iran does get the bomb, there is a tight logic to military cooperation between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia to match it; and Dov Zakheim on the geopolitics of Scripture: If American power recedes from the Middle East in the advancing post-Cold War era, Israel's strategic circumstances, not least its concern about a nuclearizing Iran, could start to look a lot like they did in Isaiah's time. Are Bibi Netanyahu and Ehud Barak really crazy enough to bomb Iran — against the wishes of the United States and their own people? Aaron David Miller on the Politically Incorrect Guide to U.S. Interests in the Middle East: Sorry, folks — America just doesn't care about freedom or Arab-Israeli peace all that much. A review of The Rise and Fall of Arab Presidents for Life by Roger Owen. Qaddafi's Spawn: Yahia H. Zoubir on what the dictator's demise unleashed in the Middle East. As Islamists across the Arab World continue to enshrine sharia concepts in their constitutions, noted academic Tariq Ramadan asks, are other alternatives available? Just like the region it covers, The Middle East magazine has been through some good times and some bad times.
Steven G. Calabresi and Larissa Price (Northwestern): Monopolies and the Constitution: A History of Crony Capitalism. From The Public Eye, a forum on the "hate" frame in policy, politics and organizing. From the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, here is a study on being in a relationship that others disapprove of. Pyramid Insurance: Why are multilevel-marketing companies making big donations to state attorney-general candidates? Scott McLemee reviews Lone Wolf Terror and the Rise of Leaderless Resistance by George Michael. From RealClearBooks, Mark Judge on why the New Criterion should rock. A desire for higher social status drives pundits to confidently make presidential predictions despite a lousy track record, researchers say. In the late eighties, Jane Pratt practically defined Gen X's confessional voice; now 49, she's den mother to Sassy's journalistic progeny.
James L. Gibson (WUSTL): Public Reverence for the United States Supreme Court: Is the Court Invincible? Judith Resnik (Yale): Building the Federal Judiciary (Literally and Legally): The Monuments of Chief Justices Taft, Warren, and Rehnquist. Constitutional conventions: Adrian Vermeule reviews The Power of Precedent by Michael J. Gerhardt. Simon Lazarus on the conservative legal stars who presaged John Roberts' health care decision. Richard A. Epstein on where Chief Justice Roberts tripped himself up in the health care decision (and more by John Yoo). Robin L. West on Justice Roberts’ America. Herman Schwartz on how the Supreme Court came to embrace strip searches for trivial offenses. Is the Supreme Court un-American? Jeff Nilsson investigates. A review of Constitutional Redemption: Political Faith in an Unjust World by Jack M. Balkin. Grand Prize: Presidents hold power for only a few years, but their judicial appointments shape the country for decades. SCOTUS Spotting: Adam Cohen on how the next president could change the Supreme Court.
From Bookforum.com, Morten Hoi Jensen interviews Martin Amis on his new novel Lionel Asbo. World Hyperinflations: Steve H. Hanke and Nicholas E. Krus supply, for the first time, a table that contains all 56 episodes of hyperinflation, including several which had previously gone unreported. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has attempted to block a Vatican bid to create new web addresses ending in .catholic, arguing that it "cannot demonstrate that it possesses a monopoly over the term Catholic". From Not So Reviews, fuck heroes, root for the villain. Perry Anderson on Indian independence is a most vicious hatchet job and completely gratuitous: it contains no new facts and reviews no new book — so why? Young adult sci-fi is supposed to make us question society — is the current crop of young adult dystopian lit holding up its end of the bargain? Jeff Smith on the 10 reasons Todd Akin is staying in.
From TLS, a review of books on Olympic sports. The modern Olympic Games are an international phenomenon, often criticised for their controlling commercialism; however, they owe their origins to a celebrated novel set in an English public school. The 2012 Olympic Games logo is a true example of how signs can outgrow even unpromising beginnings through cultural re-appraisal. Thucydides in London: Would the ancient Greeks approve of our modern Olympics? From Prospect, why is watching the Olympics so much more pleasurable than watching any other televised sport? This year's Olympics confirmed once again that the medal count can be predicted with great accuracy from four key variables: population, GDP per capita, past performance, and host status; everything else is pretty much noise. Michael Allen on what the Olympics medal tally says about democrats and autocrats. How many gay Olympic athletes were there? With the 2012 Summer Games in London now a wrap, the world’s attention shifts slightly westward to Llanwrtyd Wells, home of the Olympics of weird sports. So now it is Rio de Janeiro’s turn.