Fritz W. Scharpf (Max Planck): Legitimacy Intermediation in the Multilevel European Polity and Its Collapse in the Euro Crisis. Catherine Buchmuller (Fribourg): Democracy and Linguistic Justice in the European Union. Mario Ricciardi (Milan): Political Philosophy in Italy: The Influence of John Rawls. From The Global Journal, Francis Fukuyama interviews Jurgen Habermas on European citizenship. Ioannis Papagaryfallou reviews Critical Theory and Contemporary Europe by William Outhwaite. From Transform!, a special tenth anniversary issue on democracy, the Left and Europe. From New Left Review, order reigns in The Hague: Daniel Finn on the Dutch elections and the Socialist Party. Emma Dowling interviews Katja Kipping, new co-chair of Germany's Left Party, about the European crisis and the direction she wants to take the party. Eleanor Bindman reviews After the Third Way: The Future of Social Democracy in Europe. Freedom and diversity: A review essay by Timothy Garton Ash on Europe’s Muslims and a liberal pentagram for living together. Peter Thompson on eastern Germany, the most godless place on Earth. Let us get political again: the Enlightenment-inspired dream of a technocratic Europe must give way to the Europe of values baptized in the fires of politics.
From Swans, a special issue on the New Age. Rationalizing dishonesty: An interview with Daniel Ariely. Helena Barbagelata Simoes reviews Melancholy and the Otherness of God: A Study of the Hermeneutics of Depression by Alina N. Feld. The Awakening: J.M. Berger on why white nationalists are thrilled with Obama's victory. David Attenborough may have lived the perfect life, travelling the world and seeing its wonders before tourism ravaged them. Slavoj Zizek on why Obama is more than Bush with a human face: His reforms have already touched a nerve at the core of the US ideological edifice. Life in the kitchen may be easier thanks to our love of scientific progress, but at what cost? Although on opposite sides of the planet, Chileans have the same problems that you face in United States: psychics, astrologers, conspiracy theorists, doomsayers, alternative medicine "therapists,” fundamentalist preachers, creationists, and a host of charlatans who prey on the ignorance of people in the streets. Martin W. Lewis on ideological agendas and Indo-European origins: Master race, bloodthirsty Kurgans, or proto-hippies? Romney blames loss on Obama's “gifts” to minorities and young voters.
From Huffington Post, Oliver Stone and Peter Kuznick, co-authors of The Untold History of the United States, on the problem with America's history books. From n+1, a review of Foundations of the American Century: The Ford, Carnegie, and Rockefeller Foundations in the Rise of American Power by Inderjeet Parmar (and more). The photographs that prevented World War III: While researching a book on the Cuban missile crisis, Michael Dobbs unearthed new spy images that could have changed history. A malevolent Forrest Gump: Strom Thurmond's loathsomeness on race obscures his larger role — he was there at all the major choke points of modern conservative history. Beverly Gage reviews Enemies: A History of the FBI by Tim Weiner. By most accounts, economic issues are the real core of politics, and social issues are a distraction — a historian begs to differ: Mark Schmitt reviews All in the Family: The Realignment of American Democracy Since the 1960s by Robert O. Self (and more). The first chapter from Social Trends in American Life: Findings from the General Social Survey since 1972. There's more to the American past than able-bodied pioneers: Scott McLemee reviews A Disability History of the United States by Kim E. Nielsen.
A new issue of The Washington Diplomat is out. From The Hedgehog Review, Benjamin H. Snyder (Virginia): Dignity and the Professionalized Body: Truck Driving in the Age of Instant Gratification; and a conversation between Mike Rose and Matthew Crawford on work and dignity. No conspiracy theory: Andrew Gavin Marshall on how a small group of companies have enormous power over the world. Pamela Haag on the most untrue cliches. Chris Lehmann on Weak Teavangelicals: Despite great efforts, Billy Graham and his flock failed to pull out a Romney win — is the “values voter” era over? "Red Dawn" Rising: As political map goes blue, the right wing’s favorite flick makes a comeback. For the first time, the United Nations has said that access to family planning should be a human right. The goal of the Checklist of Rationality Habits is not to assess how "rational" you are, but, rather, to develop a personal shopping list of habits to consider developing. The man who inspired the Occupy movement: For more than 20 years, Adbusters magazine has been visually subverting capitalism — founder and editor Kalle Lasn outlines his radical new manifesto.
David K. Levine (WUSTL) and Salvatore Modica (Palermo): Conflict and the Evolution of Societies. David Sloan Wilson on how establishing a consensus on human cultures as primarily adapted at the group level will enable human cultural diversity to be studied in the same way as biological diversity. The prince of evolution: An interview with Lee Alan Dugatkin on Peter Kropotkin, anarchism, and cooperation in nature. On first thought, cooperate; on second thought, be selfish. What is war good for? Ask a chimpanzee — Erin Wayman on what apes and monkeys can teach us about the roots of human aggression. Ayn Rand vs. the Pygmies: Did human evolution favor individualists or altruists? Steve Davis on Peter Singer, group selection, and the evolution of ethics. Human change we can believe in: Research suggests that natural selection operates on contemporary humans. Laura Jane Martinis on the death of natural selection: Is there a species, anywhere, with an evolutionary trajectory that has not been affected by humans? Charalambos P. Kyriacou reviews Cells to Civilizations: The Principles of Change that Shape Life by Enrico Coen.