Daniel Drezner (Tufts): Public Intellectuals 2.0. Testosterone is not to blame: Why Hillary Clinton's loss has nothing to do with sexism. End of Empire? This could be the beginning of the end for the world's last superpower. Michael Hirsh on an unnatural disaster: America bears much of the blame for its waning global clout. Send in the latrines: Human excrement is a weapon of mass destruction, transferring diseases such as cholera, meningitis and typhoid. Why are so many Iraq vets committing suicide? And why isn't the Pentagon doing anything to help? Hans Kung on a key ethical question for George Bush's successor: Should a president lie? An excerpt from The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder by Vincent Bugliosi. What’s so scary about evolution? For both Left and Right, a lot. Teaching evolution: Legal victories aren't enough. Why the California Supreme Court did more than legalize gay marriage. Norman Levitt reviews John Alan Paulos’ Irreligion. From Doublethink, kid speechwriters: The Beltway’s best and brightest never stop working — and never take credit; from escort to White House correspondent, the self-styled “Voice of the New Media” Jeff Gannon abides; why a small band of upstart filmmakers is spending six figures on a short film no one will see; how the tale of a girl who bears a shockingly located set of fangs upends the revenge-film formula; and don’t free Hawaii!
From Dissent, Israel at Sixty: An interview with Mitchell Cohen; banned in Red Scare Boston: The forgotten story of Charlie & the MTA; an interview with Pico Iyer, author of The Open Road: The Global Journey of the Fourteenth Dalai Lama; and more on The Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein. Is Barack Obama cynical enough to take on the Republican Machine? Vote like thy neighbor: Why the American electorate is more politically polarized than ever. Ryszard Legutko investigates. From Chronicles, Chilton Williamson, Jr. on liberalism as addiction. From Modern Age, what’s wrong with liberalism? Kindred Spirit: A willful optimism links Obama with "crossover" giants before him. A review of books on World War I. Here's an idea for an alumni magazine: Dig up what your classmates are really doing. To protect sovereignty, or to protect lives? The new notion of global responsibility to alleviate suffering has struggled to win acceptance—and Myanmar will not be the place where it comes of age; but yes, peacekeeping makes sense. From New York, a cover story on the affairs of men: The trouble with sex and marriage. James Cramer, on how to profit from the stock market no matter which candidate wins in November. In the Basement of the Ivory Tower: The idea that a university education is for everyone is a destructive myth; an instructor at a “college of last resort” explains why.
From Wired, Peter Thiel makes down payment on libertarian ocean colonies. Electric Kool-Aid Conservatism: How cloning Tom Wolfe can save right-wing journalism. From The New Yorker, George Packer on the fall of conservatism: Have the Republicans run out of ideas?; Jeffrey Toobin decodes McCain's judicial speech; and is there any hope for the hung over? Joan Acocella investigates. From Boston Review, this ecstatic nation: Learning from Emily Dickinson after 9/11. From Scientific American, a cover story on the ethics of climate change: Pay now or pay more later?; and a look at why grassroots initiatives can't fix climate change. James Wood has some serious blind spots about fiction, writes Delia Falconer. Little League, huge effect: How youth sports shape the economic, academic, and social prospects of Americans. There is a game Americans like to play and a title they like to confer: It's called Worst President of All Time; and more and more and more and more and more and more and more on Rick Perlstein's Nixonland (and an excerpt at Bookforum). Chalmers Johnson reviews Sheldon Wolin's Democracy Incorporated. The Holy Guide to Coital Positions: The Church was OK with sex in the Middle Ages, so long as it was done in a very particular way. A review of New Pragmatists. Why nations fail to act: Loss of feeling after first victim can allow atrocities to occur.
From Telos, a special issue on Culture and Politics in Carl Schmitt, including Benjamin Arditi (UNAM): On the Political: Schmitt contra Schmitt; David Pan (Penn State): Carl Schmitt on Culture and Violence in the Political Decision; Hans Sluga (UC-Berkeley): The Pluralism of the Political: From Carl Schmitt to Hannah Arendt; Christian J. Emden (Rice): Carl Schmitt, Hannah Arendt, and the Limits of Liberalism; Astrid Deuber-Mankowsky (Bochum): Nothing is Political, Everything Can Be Politicized: On the Concept of the Political in Michel Foucault and Carl Schmitt; and Theo W. A. de Wit (Utrecht): Scum of the Earth: Alain Finkielkraut on the Political Risks of a Humanism without Transcendence. From TLS, a review of Michael Howard's Liberation or Catastrophe? Reflections on the history of the twentieth century; a review of Seeing the Face, Seeing the Soul: Polemon’s “Physiognomy” from classical antiquity to medieval Islam; and Austrian politicians want to distance their country from the Fritzl case: literary historians find it harder. More and more on Common Wealth by Jeffrey D Sachs. Richard Morgan on steampunk: Remembering yesterday's tomorrows (and more). From Jewcy, comedy writer Ben Karlin and memoirist-cum-lawyer Elizabeth Wurtzel discuss love, marriage, and getting dumped. Are greatest hits albums just the best, are retrospective compilations really such a bad thing? From TAP, Matt Yglesias argues that Democrats need to embrace liberal internationalism wholeheartedly; a panel of foreign-policy experts responds (and an interview).
From Skeptical Inquirer, the frontal assault on religion by Richard Dawkins in his book The God Delusion, and by others, may mark a new chapter in the warfare of science with theology. From TNR, here's the exclusive story of Hillary's fall, as told by the high-level advisors, staffers, fundraisers, and on-the-ground organizers who lived it. From Scientific American, an article on the orgasmic mind and the neurological roots of sexual pleasure. A review of Dishonorable Passions: Sodomy Laws in America, 1861-2003 by William N. Eskridge Jr. If we really want to explore space, maybe we should sell it off to the highest bidders. From TNR, Jed Pearl remembers Richard Rauschenberg; and Cynthia Ozick reviews The Journey Abandoned: The Unfinished Novel by Lionel Trilling. From Radar, they're naive, self-important, and perpetually plugged in — this is a call to arms against Millennials; and Joel Derfner wants to be the Gayest Person Ever. IQ levels rocketed in the last century, but argument still rages about how our brain power should be tested, and the roles played by genetics, social conditions, culture and even race: Why are some people smarter than others? From LRB, Terry Eagleton reviews Anonymity: A Secret History of English Literature by John Mullan. A review of Patrick Cockburn's Muqtada: Muqtada al-Sadr, the Shia Revival, and the Struggle for Iraq (and more).
From The Atlantic Monthly, how an early gaffe and an excruciatingly long primary season helped Barack Obama find a distinctive voice on foreign affairs; how Silicon Valley made Barack Obama this year’s hottest start-up; and how would Obama’s success in online campaigning translate into governing? Why aren't there more women in science and engineering? Controversial new research suggests: They just aren't interested. More on The Sexual Paradox by Susan Pinker. David Rieff on why he had to lie to his dying mother, Susan Sontag. From New Humanist, as "Sex and the City" totters on to the big screen, Sally Feldman celebrates the agony and the ecstasy of the stiletto; and as festival season begins Andrew Mueller counts off the reasons to avoid them. From IHE, just because China and the Middle East are increasingly important is no reason to drop study of French and German; and looking for an affordable word processor that will also help you stay focused? Scott McLemee goes low-tech. Is our obsession with sincerity in politics a good thing?: David Runciman on why politicians shouldn't always strive to be sincere. Negotiating isn't appeasement: Bush, McCain and other conservatives are on the wrong side of history when they dismiss Obama's foreign policy. The McCain Doctrines: Senator John McCain’s support for the war in Iraq, informed by his experience, is lonely but unwavering.
From New Humanist, an article on the reputation of Tariq Ramadan, the man widely hailed as the saviour of Islam; forget the booze cruise, Sanal Edamuruku on the night a guru tried to kill him live on Indian TV; Winston Fletcher finds that, with a little patience, you can get sozzled in Syria; and Laurie Taylor gets medieval with the cults. The Cult of the Presidency: Who can we blame for the radical expansion of executive power? Look no further than you and me. We are all Kemalists: Turkey's supposedly antagonistic "democratic Islamists" and "authoritarian secularists" are actually cut from the same cloth. Whatever happened to the gentleman? From Utne, a series of articles on the American Dream. From Foreign Policy, an interview with Mohamed El-Erian on the new global economy. A review of The Erotic Phenomenon by Jean-Luc Marion. An article on Indiana Jones as the bad boy of archaeology. Why doesn't evolution discourage suicide? Barney Frank, the rumpled, cantankerous Massachusetts Democrat, has emerged as a key deal-maker in the House. A review of The Purpose of the Past: Reflections on the Uses of History by Gordon S. Wood. While the horror classics of 1968 may have indeed revitalized the genre, few today are aware of these movies' impact on the canon — if they acknowledge them at all. More on Liberty of Conscience by Martha Nussbaum.
From Edge, we are in the very early days of understanding how the Internet can be used for exhibitions. In an era of globalization, no country is immune when the US falls onto hard times; here’s a look at how economies elsewhere will fare. Progressives do have answers to the current economic crisis, they just haven't been given the attention they deserve. A review of The Bolter: The Woman Who Scandalised 1920s Society and Became White Mischief’s Infamous Seductress by Frances Osborne. A review of Will China Fail? The Limits and Contradictions of Market Socialism by John Lee. A review of Imagining Spain: Historical Myth and National Identity by Henry Kamen. A review of Hospital: Man, Woman, Birth, Death, Infinity, Plus Red Tape, Bad Behavior, Money, God, and Diversity on Steroids by Julie Salamon. A review of Dinner with Mugabe: The Man Behind the Monster by Heidi Holland. A review of The Business of War: Workers, Warriors, and Hostages in Occupied Iraq by James A. Tyner. A review of Counselor: A Life at the Edge of History by Ted Sorensen. A review of Inventing Niagara: Beauty, Power, and Lies by Ginger Strand. A review of Daniel Tanguay’s Leo Strauss: An Intellectual Biography. A review of The Innocence Commission: Preventing Wrongful Convictions and Restoring the Criminal Justice System by Jon Gould.
From CT, a review of Pain and Its Transformations: The Interface of Biology and Culture; and a review of Treatment Kind and Fair: Letters to a Young Doctor by Perri Klass. From Econ Journal Watch, why few women in economics? Pop Christianity: A review of Rapture Ready by Daniel Radosh. A review of The Future of the Internet: And How to Stop It by Jonathan Zittrain. More on Augusten Burroughs's A Wolf at the Table. A review of Tintin and the Secret of Literature by Tom McCarthy. The very different events of 1968 and 1989 left a reformed, stronger, more socially liberal capitalism — but now it's in trouble. The first chapter from The Judge in a Democracy by Aharon Barak. Forget about the gaffe: It's the media mindset that makes so much of gaffes that is the real issue. Here are 5 psychological experiments that prove humanity is doomed. Brad DeLong on John McCain and the decline of America. From Seed, the functional elegance of scientific rarefied speak is uniquely captured in one of its most inconspicuous words: "so". A review of Bill Kauffman's Ain’t My America: The Long, Noble History of Anti-War Conservatism and Middle-American Anti-Imperialism. More on A Conservative History of the American Left by Daniel J. Flynn. More and more and more on Jhumpa Lahiri’s Unaccustomed Earth (and an interview at Bookforum).
From National Journal, the Marine Corps is facing big bills to pay for the future force the Corps says it needs; and casino magnate Sheldon Adelson is using his vast fortune to help finance conservative, pro-Israel, and pro-business causes. Does charisma originate in the individual, in the followers, or in the situation? Joseph Nye investigates. An excerpt from Outright Barbarous: How the Violent Language of the Right Poisons American Democracy by Jeffrey Feldmann. An interview with Mary Lefkowitz, author of History Lesson: A Race Odyssey. True pacifists believe all violence is counterproductive — what to do, then, about World War II? A review of The Woman Racket: The New Science Explaining How the Sexes Relate at Work, at Play and in Society by Steve Moxon. Western experts promised Africans that free-market ideology would save them from poverty and famine — now, one African country is showing that sometimes, a little protectionism can work wonders. Ayn Rand 101: A glance at the free market coursework sponsored by BB&T. Big box panic: Why retail giants like Wal-Mart won’t take over the world. Age of consent: It seems we're in a state of cultural cognitive dissonance when it comes to Lolita issues. Everyone in favor, say yargh! Some of the world's earliest democracies flourished aboard pirate ships. More on Jonah Goldberg's Liberal Fascism.