From Democracy Journal, a special section on the 9/11 Decade: America Astray, with contributions by Orlando Patterson, Jessica Stern, Elizabeth Anderson, Corey Robin, and more. From New York, a special issue on the 9/11 Encyclopedia: The 9/11 decade is now over, the terrorists lost — but who won? Introducing 9/11 stories: Six writers look back at a decade of change and conflict. Worst decade ever? The 10 years since the terrorism attacks of 9/11 rank among America’s most troubled. American culture has not changed radically in the years since the attacks — and that may speak well of us. Does the US spend too much on homeland security? From The Guardian, Justin Webb, Pankaj Mishra and Jason Burke pick the 20 best 9/11 books. For some people, the terrorist attacks have been a gold mine. A review of After the Fall: American Literature since 9/11 by Richard Gray. How safe are you? What almost $8 trillion in national security spending bought you. In pursuit of the great 9/11 book: The transformative literary work on the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks has yet to materialize, but the reissued 9/11 Commission Report helps make sense of the events (and more). Simply Evil: A decade after 9/11, it remains the best description and most essential fact about al-Qaida. Paul Theroux on the meaning of 9/11. Did Osama win? Bin Laden hoped to provoke a civilizational war between Islam and the West — and we took the bait. Federal buildings and monuments across the United States are now bomb-proof fortresses — but what's being lost in our relentless pursuit of total safety? Let’s Cancel 9/11: Bury the war state's blank check at sea. From National Geographic, a special section on Remembering 9/11. On 9/11, the West woke up to the threat posed by failed states — but did we actually understand it? The best view in New York belongs to the fearless ironworkers who are stacking the top floors of One World Trade Center.


Fernando Teson (Florida State): The Morality of Targeted Killing. From Poroi, a special issue on Sexing the Colorlines: Black Sexualities, Popular Culture, and Cultural Production. Patrick Garvin on the all-purpose guide to epic movies. Are mercenaries just warriors? Deane-Peter Baker on the morality of guns for hire. Fired (and resigned) journalists extract literary revenge on their former bosses. From The Guardian's The Big Ideas, Judith Butler on Hannah Arendt's challenge to Adolf Eichmann: In her treatise on the banality of evil, Arendt demanded a rethink of established ideas about moral responsibility; and Elisabeth Young-Bruehl on how the capacity for evil can spread like an epidemic: The thoughtlessness of the controversy over Arendt's book on Eichmann only reinforces her point about "the banality of evil" (and more). George Monbiot on the moral case for nuclear power. From Books & ideas, social demotion is a concept which pervades public debate: it evokes the feeling of anxiety expressed by individuals, but it also represents a social and statistical reality which is experienced by members of the different age cohorts born since the beginning of the 1960s. Are smart people getting smarter? Jonah Lehrer investigates. Paid sources and the public's desire for dirt are fueling a hugely profitable, star-stalking culture in Hollywood — here's a stats-based look into that world. Navi Pillay on the shocking reality of homophobic rape. The most complex object in the known universe: With the help of two computer programs, neural cartographers can now chart the brain's difficult web of neural connections faster and more accurately. A review of Heaven on Earth: The Varieties of Millennial Experience by Richard Landes. An interview with Amitav Acharya on the relevance of regions, ASEAN, and Western IR’s false universalisms.


Anke Geertsma (Groningen): Redefining Trauma Post 9/11: Freud’s Talking Cure and Foer’s Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. A review of Reframing 9/11: Film, Popular Culture and the “War on Terror” by Jeff Birkenstein. Joseph Nye on ten years after the mouse roared. Who killed the War on Terror? The government's most controversial post-9/11 policies died years before Osama Bin Laden did — and for good reason. Mary Dudziak on how 9/11 made “History”. You can’t handle the truthiness: Robert Blaskiewicz on a night out with the 9/11 Truth Community. The survivor who saw the future: Howard Lutnick, one of the few at Cantor Fitzgerald to survive the Sept. 11 attacks, has rebuilt his company, and then some. Do ideas matter? Paul Berman investigates, from September 11 to the Arab Spring. Hal Foster on the 9/11 Museum. Edward Cline remembers 9/11 and what might have been. The US detention system since 9/11: Emily Berman and Jonathan Hafetz discuss the President’s detention policy, the Bagram prison in Afghanistan, and the future of habeas corpus. Why is the Middle East still in thrall to 9/11 conspiracy theories? A decade ago, critics predicted that September 11th would change how America thinks and feels — that it remains as restless as ever. Solidarity Squandered: The attacks brought us together until we let them turn us against each other — and damn near everyone else. David Friend on the photographic history of 9/11 in a selection from his book Watching the World Change. From Slate, a series on 9/11 conspiracy theories: Where were you when you heard your first one? Raymond Haberski on Susan Sontag and the 9/11 haze. Visitors are expected to flock to the National September 11 Memorial and Museum when it opens, even as memories of that day fade away. What if the United States' response to the Sept. 11 attacks was a politics of forgiveness and peace? AJ Aronstein on comedy after 9/11: Sincerity and irony.


The Left-Leaning Tower: Why conservatives steer clear of grad school. Left-leaning lecture halls: Universities like to think of their lecture series as extensions of the education that students get in their classrooms — unfortunately, they usually are. Paul Gottfried on character sketches of academic loons. Less academics, more narcissism: The University of California is cutting back on many things, but not useless diversity programs. English professors have long been straying far afield from literary studies, expanding into women’s studies, disability studies, ethnic studies, even fat studies — recently they have migrated into animal studies. In academia, new manifestations of gnosticism, a very old heresy, are found in English departments everywhere. Where trendy is 17th century: "Classical Christian" colleges turn to the Great Books curriculum in order to advance a small but growing sector of higher education. From The Catholic Thing, the historical situation in which we find ourselves — one of opposition to or avoidance of the Catholic nature of Catholic institutions of higher learning — has a long history; and moving the universities to get into the nitty-gritty of being called Catholic is fundamental to the Church’s presence in the larger pagan and agnostic culture. From Catapult, if the resurrection story has the power to shape everything we do, how does it shape the education of ourselves and our children? God is in the basement of the Empire State Building: Dinesh D’Souza, the new president of the city’s only Evangelical college, wants to build a “Christian A-team” — but can the man who says Obama supports radical Muslims persuade students to follow him? Reinventing religious life on campus: Religious identity has largely been replaced by ethnic and racial identities as markers of group membership and solidarity. A review of Thriving at College: Make Great Friends, Keep Your Faith and Get Ready for the Real World! by Alex Chediak.


From Aspeers, Jutta Schulze (Buenos Aires): A “Truth Like This”: Language and the Construction of Power and Knowledge in Vampire Fiction; and Martin Domke (Berlin): Into the Vertical: Basketball, Urbanization, and African American Culture in Early-Twentieth-Century America. Meet the original JWoww and Snooki, would-be stars of Bridge & Tunnel. More and more on 1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created by Charles C. Mann. The the national security state is the biggest threat to American liberty, but the tea party is blind to the danger — and so's the Obama left. The Responsibility of Intellectuals, Redux: Noam Chomsky on using privilege to challenge the state. Peter Singer on the troubled life of Nim Chimpsky. The NYT paywall is out of the gate fast: 281,000 paying digital subscribers in three months show readers will pay for quality news. A review of 100 Plus: How the Coming Age of Longevity Will Change Everything, From Careers and Relationships to Family and Faith by Sonia Arrison (and more). The other health care revolutions: The Affordable Care Act may have gotten all the attention, but American medicine will be transformed even more profoundly by forces that neither the government, insurance companies, nor even doctors themselves can fully tame. A review of Digital Media and Democracy: Tactics in Hard Times by Megan Boler. Footballer Joey Barton is a convicted criminal who's reinvented himself on Twitter, but do his tweets reveal him as a budding philosopher? (and more) With Hugues Lagrange’s book on “the denial of cultures”, culture has again become the focus of poverty studies. One case where market forces actually work: An interview with Roy Baumeister, author of Sexual Economics: A Research-Based Theory of Sexual Interactions, or Why the Man Buys Dinner.


Richard A. Easterlin (USC): The Happiness-Income Paradox Revisited. Daniel A. Farber (UC-Berkeley): Law, Sustainability, and the Pursuit of Happiness. Mariano Rojas (FLACSO) and Joar Vitterso (Tromso): Conceptual Referent for Happiness: Cross-Country Comparisons. Daniel M. Gropper and Jere T. Thorne (Auburn) and Robert A. Lawson (SMU): Economic Freedom and Happiness. From New Scientist, how to be happy (but not too much): A special report on our reasons to be cheerful. Meeting human needs: The good life is the fully human life, says Richard Norman. A review of Exploring Happiness: From Aristotle to Brain Science by Sissela Bok (and more). Teaching Happiness: The prime minister of Bhutan takes on education. A review of God Wants You Happy: From Self-Help to God's Help by Father Jonathan Morris. Happiness in not just a feeling, it is a signal to others about what might make them happier. A review of Flourish: A New Understanding of Happiness and Well-Being and How to Achieve Them by Martin Seligman (and more and more and more). Stefan Sagmeister on seven rules for making more happiness. Does money buy happiness? Robert H. Frank, Justin Wolfers and Daniel Gilbert debate the economics of happiness. We haven’t become happier, the three scholars show in their new study, because we’ve become more unequal. A new and improved recipe for happiness: How a psychologist and Gallup updated Maslow's famous "hierarchy of needs". The pursuit of happiness: Can we have an economy of well-being? Happiness, philosophy and science: Before we can establish a science of happiness, we must agree on what happiness means — philosophy can help. Dan Ariely on how to maximise our prosperity and well-being.


Richard M. Simon (PSU): Habitus and Utopia in Science: Bourdieu, Mannheim, and the Role of Specialties in the Scientific Field. Scientists are often viewed as a homogenous bunch but, from astronomers to zoologists, there are many and varied Tribes of Science; Peter Curran goes on a mission to study their unique cultures. How scientists see each other: A visual depiction across the training stages. From NYRB, a review of Quantum Man: Richard Feynman’s Life in Science by Lawrence M. Krauss and Feynman by Jim Ottaviani. A review of Free Radicals: The Secret Anarchy of Science by Michael Brooks. Why is the philosophy of science under emphasized, or even non-existent throughout K-12 scientific education? The great unknowns: Even our biggest brains can’t crack nature’s knottiest mysteries — some seemingly simply phenomena still lie beyond the veil of human knowledge. There Be Dragons: Timothy McGettigan on science as the realization of fantasy. Physicists are justly proud of the many ways that their achievements have benefited humankind, but building a light bulb or a telephone doesn’t mean that you understand its basic principles. Nobelist Steven Weinberg calls for bigger science, more taxes. Reality Bites: The science-based community once was split between Democrats and Republicans — but not anymore. Here's a glossary of scientific terms as compiled by the GOP candidates. Called anti-science, rightbloggers reply that science is a liberal plot. Given all our discussions about what is, and what is not, science it's time to return to basics — how can you tell if you are a crackpot? Convention of cranks: Why the nineteenth century’s golden age of pseudoscience may be a precursor of our own. Forseeing a Fortean Future: Why the scepticism surrounding Professor Daryl J Bem's positive psi results poses challenges for mainstream science.


David Lametti (McGill): The Virtuous P(eer): Reflections on the Ethics of File Sharing. Issam A.W. Mohamed (Al-Neelain): Totalitarianism, Economic Growth and Corruption. From Rolling Stone, is the SEC covering up Wall Street crimes? Matt Taibbi on how a whistle blower says the agency has illegally destroyed thousands of documents, letting financial crooks off the hook; and an article on Rupert Murdoch's American scandals: All the corruption exposed in England — hacking, political payoffs, dirty cops, hush-money settlements — is also happening here; can science and the truth withstand the merchants of poison? Al Gore on the climate of denial. Jonathan Chait on what the Left doesn’t understand about Obama: Mistakes were made, just not the ones that his liberal critics keep shouting about. From Military Times, Patrick Boniface explains why he believes Alexander was the greatest leader of all time (and a response). The new Race to the Top initiative promises a results-driven model for improving education through testing and accountability, but Diane Ravitch argues that it's just a warmed-over version of No Child Left Behind and will likely harm our most disadvantaged students. What’s so wrong with "parachute journalism"? Nothing, if your ruck is packed with research. Is not knowing English good for business? If the difference between 1911 and 2011 is electricity and computation, then Max Mathews is one of the five most important musicians of the 20th Century. Lone Star Nation: The fierce independence Texans have shown for 175 years is rooted in a unique founding mythology. A review of Adventures in the Orgasmatron: How the Sexual Revolution Came to America by Christopher Turner. A review of Collateral Damage: Social Inequalities in a Global Age by Zygmunt Bauman.


Michael Javen Fortner (Drexel): Rediscovering the Tocquevillian Impulse: Local Politics and American Democratic Practice. Pauline Grosjean (UNSW): A History of Violence: The Culture of Honor as a Determinant of Homicide in the US South. A review of After the Dream: Black and White Southerners since 1965 by Timothy J. Minchin and John A. Salmond. How the air conditioner made modern America: Air conditioning hasn't just cooled our rooms — it's changed where we live, what our houses look like, and what we do on a hot summer night. From New Geography, Joel Kotkin on how Los Angeles lost its mojo. Aaron M. Renn on the shifting geography of black America. Nary a “philosopher king”: The long road from Plato to American politics. The Secret History of Guns: The Ku Klux Klan worked to control guns; the Black Panthers pioneered the pro-gun movement — in the battle over gun rights, both sides have distorted history. New York City goes 0-3 with its new stadiums — why can't Americans build arenas anymore? More and more on The Idea of America by Gordon S. Wood. Who, and where, are America’s composers? The real lives of most composers don't reflect the decades-old stereotypes about their music, craft or who they are. On biking, why can’t the US learn lessons from Europe? How we became a nation of warriors: Over the last century, militarism has warped our foreign policy and our soul — can the budget crisis save them? A look at how more Hispanics in the US are calling themselves Indian. A review of The Real State of America Atlas: Mapping the Myths and Truths of the United States by Cynthia Enloe and Joni Seager. Signs out of time: US historical markers are typically nonconfrontational — except for the fake ones put up by Norm Magnusson along U.S. Interstate 75.


Simon Chesterman (NUS): The Outlook for UN Reform. From Cultural Survival Quarterly, a special issue on Truth Commissions. The Phantom Menace: Phantom states field armies, hold elections, and run economies, yet they inhabit a foggy space between de facto statehood and international legitimacy. Terhi Anneli Jyrkkio (Helsinki): "Other Inhumane Acts" as Crimes Against Humanity. Heikki Patomaki (Finland): Towards Global Political Parties. The Lions of Lagos, the Rotarians of Rawalpindi: How the civic groups that once defined America are thriving abroad, and what it means for us. Fabrice Weissman (MSF): Criminalising the Enemy and its Impact on Humanitarian Action. The comparison of genocides is neither a crude equation nor an equivalence of evil, argues historian Ugur Umit Ungor. Joel P. Trachtman (Tufts): The Crisis in International Law. From This, Linda McQuaig on the United Nations Emergency Peace Service. Olivera Simic (Griffith): Bringing “Justice” Home? Bosnians, War Criminals and the Interaction between the Cosmopolitan and the Local. Why should we help people in need beyond our borders? A review of Cosmopolitan Regard: Political Membership and Global Justice by Richard Vernon. Kenneth Anderson (American): "Accountability" as "Legitimacy": Global Governance, Global Civil Society and the United Nations. A review of Making Sense of Mass Atrocity by Mark Osiel. Joseph W. Dellapenna (Villanova): The Forms of International Law. From Neiman Reports, a special issue on Shattering Barriers to Reveal Corruption. From Cadmus, Andreas Bummel (KDUN): Towards a Global Democratic Revolution; and Jasjit Singh (CAPS): Revolution in Human Affairs: The Root of Societal Violence. From Diplomatic Courier, a series explores the United Nations through the lens of legitimacy (and part 2 and part 3 and part 4).

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