From The New Inquiry, Christine Baumgarthuber on the People’s Kitchen: Does the modern workplace cafeteria owe its existence one 19th-century activist’s effort to feed the laboring multitudes? Magical thinking has a long history of involvement with the global organic agriculture movement, and one of the most influential proponents of such connections was the white supremacist Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925). One bite away from death: Each meal could have been her last, but Adolf Hitler's food taster Margot Wolk lived to tell her story. The Greeks, the French, the Icelanders, and the Germans are the top four cheese consuming nations, but how they refer to their beloved cheese differs from language to language. Asia's lacking pride: Why would emerging countries copy the unhealthy eating habits of the West, when their tradition is so much healthier?
Stephanie A. Alessi (Hastings): The Return of Results in Genetic Testing: Who Owes What to Whom, When, and Why? Morris P. Fiorina on America's missing moderates: Hiding in plain sight. Lions lying down with lambs: Ian Reifowitz has a remarkable story to tell you about forgiveness. Has Obama turned a generation of voters into lifelong Democrats? Molly Ball on the prospects for a new liberal age. Africa Shining: Can India compete with China in an emerging Africa? Brad Plumer on the case for expanding Social Security, not cutting it. Jerome Neu on political emotion: From pride to envy and beyond. Richard Shelton reviews The Mortal Sea: Fishing the Atlantic in the Age of Sail by W. Jeffrey Bolster. What can or should be done about “Nazi transhumanists”? Leaders in Papua New Guinea and other Melanesian nations are showing their support for a free West Papua.
Sara Lahtinen (Stockholm): The Importance of Ambivalence in Cultural Identity Formation. From The Economist, the Nordic countries are reinventing their model of capitalism, says Adrian Wooldridge (and a response at Dissent). Don’t mention the Swedes: A Finnish documentary series has drawn some uncomfortable and controversial conclusions regarding Finland’s national identity. J. Laurence Hare reviews Knut Hamsun: The Dark Side of Literary Brilliance by Monika Zagar. How did Cool Denmark become so hot? Laurie McIntosh reviews Multiple Modernities: A Tale of Scandinavian Experiences by Gunnar Skirbekk. Prisons in Sweden, Norway and Finland have a smaller average inmate population, bigger cells and broader access to social services than jails in English-speaking countries. Night nurseries: Maddy Savage on Sweden's round-the-clock childcare. James Harbeck on the strange Scandinavian pronunciations of common English words.
Nina Glick Schiller (Manchester) and Noel B. Salazar (Leuven): Regimes of Mobility across the Globe. From Swans, Michael Barker on Carl Jung's occult intellectual heritage as based upon the work of Richard Noll (and part 2); and feminism and Jung: An interview with Cynthia Eller, author of Gentlemen and Amazons: The Myth of Matriarchal Prehistory, 1861-1900. Kevin Smokler on why you should revisit the classics from high school. Who rules the republic? Robert Watts Lamon reviews The Ruling Class: How They Corrupted America and What We Can Do About It by Angelo M. Codevilla. The new psychedelic bazaar: The synthetic drugs being invented, refined, and produced today — and often shipped in from China — would have blown Timothy Leary’s mind; who knows what they’re doing to the brains of their users. Enrique Mendizabal on think tanks and universities: A research project proposal.
From Salon, Neil Gross on why conservatives hate college: The right's decades-long war on academia and "liberal professors" is about defining an elite "populists" can oppose. Mark Bauerlein reviews Why Are Professors Liberal and Why Do Conservatives Care? by Neil Gross (and more and an interview). From Minding the Campus, is there a conservative conspiracy to destroy college? In survey of experiences of student affairs professionals, a surprising trend emerges: the alienation of straight white men. The Golf Shot Heard Round the Academic World: The tale of a teed-off philanthropist and the head of Bowdoin College, where identity politics runs wild. What is the difference between Christian seminaries and American universities? Christian seminaries announce that their purpose is to produce committed Christians — American universities do not admit that their primary purpose is to produce committed leftists.