Andy Lamey (UWA): Sympathy and Scapegoating in J. M. Coetzee. From the Journal of Comparative Politics, Neil Collins (Cork): Re-imagining Regulation for Democratic Political Systems: Lessons from Ireland; and Gary Aguiar (SDSU): The Agrarian Basis of Athenian Democracy. A new report says the bailout of GM and Chrysler was illegal — does it matter? From Vanity Fair, Donald L. Barlett and James B. Steele investigate the globalization of the pharmaceutical industry, and the U.S. Government’s failure to rein in a lethal profit machine. A study finds Vikings may have taken a Native American to Iceland. The Deal on DealBook: Andrew Ross Sorkin delivers two things that other Times staffers cannot — a strategy for the Internet, which the entire news business is grappling to find, and an extraordinarily lucrative advertising base, also in short supply (and more). Renovation Hauntings: Can home improvements unleash apparitions? From New York, ten years ago this month, a Supreme Court ruling ushered in George W. Bush as our 43rd president; five (sometime) novelists to imagine the past decade as if the election had gone the other way — America, this is your parallel life. A review of War is Not Over When it’s Over: Women Speak Out From the Ruins of War by Ann Jones. Why on Earth does Slavoj Zizek savage Buddhism at almost every opportunity? A review of Humorists: From Hogarth to Noel Coward by Paul Johnson.


From Mental Floss, here is a crash course in Wikipedia vandalism. Is Wikipedia creative nonfiction? Wannabe Deleted: What does it take before Wikipedia decides to delete someone? The wiki way: Two cyber-gurus take a second look at how the internet is changing the world. A review of Good Faith Collaboration: The Culture of Wikipedia by Joseph Reagle. Marvin Ammori on models for the Internet’s future: Obama-open or Julius-closed. Online comments show how news spreads: Online communication isn't just about photos of cats; it also reveals how information and ideas spread across a network. Undoubtedly, Google and other search engines have become part of everyday life — but are search engines knowledge producers, rather than neutral tools? (and more) We need to have more control over the technologies we use: Are Amazon, Netflix, Google making too many decisions for us? An article on the trouble with Facebook's "See Friendship" feature. How OpenID lost to Facebook Connect in the battle for your online identity. What would happen if Facebook made its data available for research? Arnold Roosendaal on how Facebook tracks and traces everyone, including non-Facebook members. A look at how a Web without tracking technology would be so much worse for users and consumers. A review of Program or be Programmed: Ten Commands for a Digital Age by Douglas Rushkoff.


From The Nation, Melissa Harris-Perry on the misunderestimation of Sarah Palin. From TNR, Jason Zengerle on Bill Kristol's Think Tank Fetish: A complete history of his pseudo-intellectual hackery. Hands up who knows that a major source of Tea Party ideological fervour is long-forgotten 19th-century French economist Frederic Bastiat. "We are at war": David Neiwert on how militias, racists and anti-Semites found a home in the Tea Party. Glenn Beck is only the latest of the deranged people, movements and governments that, inevitably, find their way to anti-Semitism. Richard T. Hughes on the Christian Right in context (in 4 parts). From Patrol, a look at the ten worst Christian media hacks. The Republican base's favorite pundits: Conservative activists name Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck their favorite commentators. A look at 5 right-wing scumbags bankrolling dangerous (and plain weird) conservative causes. From The New Yorker, will John Boehner control the Tea Party Congress? Off the Mark: Conservatives ranting against earmarks are really promoting big government. Michael Lind on why we need Big Business and Big Government: The small-is-beautiful orthodoxy prevents Americans from thinking seriously about job creation and economic growth. Obama’s hold on Big Business: The president has Corporate America right where he wants it. The presidency has become one emergency after another — how should Obama handle it?


A new issue of Utopian Studies is out. Peter Ludlow (Northwestern): The Philosophy of Julian Assange. From Zunguzungu, an article on Julian Assange and the Computer Conspiracy: “To destroy this invisible government”. Teddy White's Ghost: A review of books on the 2008 presidential election. With so much data spinning around us, how can we make sense of it all, and for goodness sake, how can we choose where to focus our attention? A growing field known as information design may have at least part of the answer. A review of Communitas: The Origin and Destiny of Community and Bios: Biopolitics and Philosophy by Roberto Esposito. No Region Left Behind: Has the recent financial crisis provided the necessary impetus for sovereign wealth in Latin America? We knew the revolution wouldn’t be televised, but many of us really hoped it might be on the Internet — now we know these hopes were false: There was no Internet Revolution and there will be no Internet Revolution. A look at what intra- and inter- population genetic variance tells us. From TNR, a slideshow on the most powerful Republicans in Washington (and part 2). If wormholes big enough to fit a human or a spaceship exist, telescopes should be able to detect any wavering starlight the space-time shortcuts cause while moving in front of a distant star. More on Atlantic by Simon Winchester. A review of Showtime: A History of the Broadway Musical Theater by Larry Stempel (and more and more).


Brian Whitworth (Massey) and Alex P. Whitworth (Princeton): The Social Environment Model: Small Heroes and the Evolution of Human Society. A review of The Watchman's Rattle: Thinking Our Way Out of Extinction by Rebecca D. Costa. From The Guardian, a series of guides to the ancient world. Ian Morris explains how Europe's position on the edge of the Atlantic has shaped the west's dominance of recent history, and argues that it is geography which determines the landscape of power. A review of In Search of Civilization: Remaking a Tarnished Idea by John Armstrong. Societies come together slowly, but can fall apart quickly, say researchers who applied the tools of evolutionary biologists to an anthropological debate. The end of the world as we know it cannot be avoided, but it can be predicted. More on Pandora’s Seed: The Unforeseen Cost of Civilization by Spencer Wells. A not-so-distant mirror: Does the 18th century give reason for hope in the 21st? From Al-Ahram, a review of Egyptian Dawn: Exposing the Real Truth Behind Ancient Egypt by Robert Temple. An interview with Brian Clegg, author of Armageddon Science: The Science of Mass Destruction. The introduction to Rethinking the Other in Antiquity by Erich S. Gruen. A review of The World in 2050: Four Forces Shaping Civilization’s Northern Future by Laurence C. Smith. A review of Carthage Must Be Destroyed: The Rise and Fall of an Ancient Civilization by Richard Miles.


David Cole (Georgetown): The Sacrificial Yoo: Accounting for Torture in the OPR Report. From Supreme Court Review, Pamela Karlan (Stanford): Marriage, Method, and the Supreme Court. From NYRB, Robert Darnton wants to deliver three jeremiads, because research libraries are facing crises on three fronts — but thinks Google can save America’s books. From n+1, an animation by Joanna Neborsky on the "What Was the Hipster?" panel. Attention-grabber for Sudan’s cause: John Prendergast has focused the attention of movie stars and President Obama, but will that be enough to head off another bloodbath? From New York, what is a person of basically liberal temperament to make of Afghanistan? James Traub wants to know; and an article on the return of “Get Your War On”: October 2001 saw the beginning of the bombing in Afghanistan and the launch of one satiric, profanity-rich cartoon whose first words were “Oh, yeah! Operation Enduring Freedom is in the house!” A look at four myths that hold back progress in fighting climate change. Why WikiLeaks is bad for scholars: The cumulative effect of governments' likely responses will make it harder for political scientists and historians to piece together how foreign-policy decisions were made. From Obit, a death notice for obituaries? James M. Naughton investigates — and a response by retired obituary writer Jim Nicholson. Joseph Raz reviews The Meaning of Life and Why It Matters by Susan Wolf.


Christine Stanik and Phoebe Ellsworth (Michigan) and Robert Kurzban (Penn): Rejection Hurts: The Effect of Being Dumped on Subsequent Mating Efforts. There are, apparently, five different styles of flirting — an "inventory", if you will. A new study claims men focus on women’s bodies when they’re seeking a quick hookup, but look above the neckline for a long-term mate — it may ring true, but is it Stone Age psychology at work? Individuals expend time and energy seeking out mates, and may have to compete and display for the attention of all — why bother? We all need (a little bit of) sex: Is sex really worth all the effort that we, sexual species, collectively put into it? Like to sleep around? Blame your genes. Despite the stereotypes and bad jokes, intimacy is alive and well in our aging population — and it's time to get comfortable with it. OKCupid's Christian Rudder on gay sex vs. straight sex. Facts about online lovebirds: The trove of dating data at OkCupid offers surprising insights on American sexuality and culture. Stats Appeal: Data turns out to be a sexy draw for a dating site. Take the data out of dating: Online matchmaking is getting better at telling us whom we ought to like — and that's not good. Sex research is alive and going well, even if the actual sex isn’t. Sex columnists finally become a subject of study.


From ARPA, a review of What Were They Thinking? The Politics of Ideas in Australia by James Walter and Tod Moore and Radical Sydney: Places, Portraits and Unruly Episodes by Terry Irving and Rowan Cahill. Fortress Australia: Welcome to Groundhog Day. Ways to claim a country: Gillian Cowlishaw reflects on the settler consciousness of place and origin. The first people in America may have been Australian. Australia is a country blighted by racism, yes, but one also ennobled by Wanja's brand of fighting spirit and invigorating humour. From UN Chronicle, an article on Australia's First People and their social and emotional well-being (and more). From Quadrant, a review of The Last Intellectuals: Essays on Writers & Politics by Peter Coleman; a review of Lazarus Rising: A Personal and Political Autobiography by John Howard; a review of Dangerous Dreamers: The Australian Anti-Democratic Left and Czechoslovak Agents by Peter Hruby; and an article on the Royal Family of Australian Communism. There are some amazing magazines out there: Do we really need the magazine Concealed Carry Handguns in Australia? Embedded anthropology and the intervention: Barry Morris and Andrew Lattas on cultural determinism and neo-liberal forms of racial governance (and more). From Strange Maps, Frank Jacobs on “useless” Australia. In Australia, ethics classes are opposed by religious groups.


A new issue of the American Journal of Economics and Sociology is out. Mary Gergen (Penn State) and Kenneth J. Gergen (Swarthmore): Performative Social Science and Psychology. How does economic theory explain the Hubbert Peak oil model? Oil and the Left: An interview with Imre Szeman. Is ballet over? An excerpt from Jennifer Homans's Apollo's Angels: A History of Ballet (and more and more). Why terrorists blow themselves up: Is the challenge to come up with a reliable profile of the terrorist a matter of life and death for the West? From The Scavenger, veganism is traditionally associated with animal rights, particularly in the West, but plant-based lifestyles can better the human condition too; and it could be observed that much of veganism, as it is known particularly in the West, is associated with upper classes and privileged populations, but veganism at the grassroots is actually potentially most revolutionary. If India and Pakistan were cut from the same geographic and ethnic cloth, with the same parliamentary-style system, why is India held to be a vibrant democracy today and Pakistan a political basket case? Gay Republican Fred Karger is looking at a 2012 presidential run and already setting up shop in early primary states. President Frat Boy: Tucker Max and George W. Bush are basically the same person. Why Tony Kushner is one of the last intellectuals left standing in theater.


A new issue of African American Review is now online. Andre Douglas Pond Cummings (West Virginia): A Furious Kinship: Critical Race Theory and the Hip Hop Nation. Yes, the Tea Party images of Obama as a witch doctor, and Fox News' endless racist antics, are highly problematic, but when it comes to dehumanizing black people, hip-hop wins, hands down. A review of Renewing Black Intellectual History: The Ideological and Material Foundations of African American Thought. Cognitive dissonance and historically black colleges: Should all-black colleges exist in 2010? A review of Because of Race: How Americans Debate Harm and Opportunity in Our Schools by Mica Pollock. A review of Disintegration: The Splintering of Black America by Eugene Robinson. The first chapter from The Imperative of Integration by Elizabeth Anderson. An excerpt from Hubert Harrison: The Voice of Harlem Radicalism, 1883-1918 by Jeffrey B. Perry. A review of At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape, and Resistance — A New History of the Civil Rights Movement from Rosa Parks to the Rise of Black Power by Danielle L. McGuire. Stuff White People Do: How do justice-focused whites fit into the struggle against racism in America? Mark R. Warren on his book Fire in the Heart: How White Activists Embrace Racial Justice. Joseph Crespino analyzes the addition of Strom Thurmond's African American daughter's name to his South Carolina State House statue.

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