Christopher J. Coyne (George Mason): Delusions of Grandeur: On the Creeping Militarization of U.S. Foreign Policy. Ali Khan (Washburn): A Portfolio Theory of Foreign Affairs: U.S. Relations with the Muslim World. Time for a Reset: Jeffrey Herf on American policy and radical Islam. From World Affairs, Eric S. Edelman on The Broken Consensus: America's Contested Primacy. From The American Interest, Peter Berger and Ann Bernstein on the Freedom Consensus: The global economic crisis has convinced many that the Washington Consensus is "out" and the so-called Beijing Consensus is "in" — as it turns out, three countries (India, Brazil, and South Africa) are leading the way to a new paradigm; and A. Wess Mitchell and Jakub Grygiel on the Vulnerability of Peripheries: The United States must disprove the thesis of its decline, now being tested in three global hingepoints. Sy Hersh on the Obama/Bush foreign policies: Why can't America change? Oil or terrorism: Which motivates US policy more? Oops-istan: Stories from inside America’s latest geopolitical fuck-up. From the Globalist, a look at how America is like Imperial Spain (and part 2). William LeoGrande leads a book-bound tour that takes us from the Bacardi dynasty in Cuba to American military interventions in Central America. Michael Horowitz on maintaining American military power in an age of uncertainty. A review of Reforming the World: The Creation of America's Moral Empire by Ian Tyrrell. A review of Zero-Sum Future: American Power in an Age of Anxiety by Gideon Rachman.


The inaugural issue of Agathos: An International Review of the Humanities and Social Sciences is out. From the Journal of Conflictology, David Bueno (Barcelona): Aggressivity, Violence, Sociability and Conflict Resolution: What Genes Can Tell Us. Why the law is a messy haphazard human enterprise: Maybe it wasn’t the ideal subject for cruise ship passengers. Putting poppies in the gas tank: An article on Michael Bester's quest to tap Afghanistan’s taboo biofuel. How great entrepreneurs think: Think inside the (restless, curious, eager) minds of highly accomplished company builders. Major critics speak on how to keep book reviews relevant. Rhetorical devices: A look inside what makes language work. Electrified sand, exploding balloons: The long and colorful history of weather manipulation. From Wired, an article on Getting Things Done guru David Allen and his cult of hyperefficiency. From THES, a review of Sex: Vice and Love from Antiquity to Modernity by Alastair J.L. Blanshard. A look at how the fairy tale is struggling to live happily ever after. Blackwater founder secretly backing Somali militia: Erik Prince supports private security in Africa to override rampant piracy and Islamic radicalism. Why you're probably less popular than your friends: Where averages and individual perspectives diverge. A review of The Origins of Responsibility by Francois Raffoul. A review of That's Offensive! Criticism, Identity, Respect by Stefan Collini. A review of Humorists: From Hogarth to Noel Coward by Paul Johnson (and more). From Thought Catalog, Leigh Alexander on How to Be 1990s; and Juliana & Evan were the 90s Ultimate Power Couple. Everybody Counts: A guy goes door-to-door for the census and discovers democracy. A look at 10 Christian names you don't really hear.


From Fast Company, a look at how YouTube's global platform is redefining the entertainment business. Bruce Gottlieb on the myth of government neutrality: The subtle, obscure, and legalistic ways the government regulates the Internet. Why did Web gross-out culture die? Choire Sicha wants to know. Facebook has given us a new way to vandalize great art. Fresh off its IPO, Demand Media is blanketing the Web with answers to millions of questions you didn't know you had — is that a business? Now public, Demand Media has bigger market cap than The New York Times — but with Google taking aim at "content farms," will it last? The Social Media High School Yearbook: Everyone on the internet is a loser. Twitter, Facebook, and Ten Red Balloons: Christopher Ford on social network problem solving and homeland security. Caught in the web: In the year it turns 21, the internet has come of age — but has it changed us for the better? More and more and more and more and more and more and more on The Net Delusion: The Dark Side of Internet Freedom by Evgeny Morozov. Is there any escaping Facebook? A Tangled Web: Liel Leibovit on the misguided battle against online copyright infringement. Save the Internet by doing nothing: Governments should butt out of Internet regulation, because the Internet will civilize itself. Can Google search our souls? Eureka Lost: Matthew J.X. Malady on how the Internet has destroyed the thrill of the hunt. David Segal on search optimization and its dirty little secrets.


Ihsan Yilmaz (Fatih): Was Rumi the Chief Architect of Islamism? A Deconstruction Attempt of the Current (Mis)Use of the Term "Islamism". Jonathan Rosenbaum on watching Kiarostami films at home. Turkey’s Rules: Ahmet Davutoglu, the tireless, talkative foreign minister, is the architect of a foreign policy designed to (peacefully) restore his country to greatness — but whose side is he really on? Student reporters take on the Mideast beat: Graduate students from the University of Southern California experience the life of the foreign correspondent. The Next Tunisias: Five Arab states that are ripe for revolution. Mohammed Ayoob on the Middle East's Turko-Persian future. The youngest part of the world is also the most chronically underemployed: Reporting from ground zero of Tunisia’s revolutionary rage, Ellen Knickmeyer encounters epic frustration. Iraq’s Last Patriot: Ayad Allawi represented a future that looked like what the United States imagined when it invaded — but his flaws, and America’s mistakes, took that away. The widening protest movement may prove Hegel right in the long term: History is "progress in the consciousness of freedom". A book salon on The People Reloaded: The Green Movement and the Struggle for Iran’s Future by Danny Postel and Nader Hashemi. When freedom is bad for business: How the U.S. invasion made Iraq’s economy worse, not better. How did Abu Dhabi get so rich? An interview with Jo Tatchell, author of A Diamond in the Desert: Behind the Scenes in Abu Dhabi, the World’s Richest City.


A new issue of Vice is out. Suzanne Scotchmer (UC-Berkeley): Ideas and Innovations: Which Should Be Subsidized? A video shows a revolutionary beer-pouring system that fills cups at breakneck speed, using magnets. Business folks need a more equal distribution of wealth and income to continue thriving, but it doesn't seem to be in any businessperson's immediate interest — and in many cases contradicts deeply held beliefs — to make the sort of decisions or support the sorts of government policies that might halt the trend toward more inequality. The DIY Abortion: Two new studies on how American women end their own pregnancies. The Overheated, Oversexed Cult of Bikram Choudhury: At an advanced teacher-training session in San Diego, the inventor of "hot yoga" instructs a new generation of gurus — is he leading them to enlightenment or hosting a giant hookup party? From ColorsLab, a special issue on superheroes around the world. Given all the years you spent writing your book or composing your music or perfecting your play before someone came along and spat on it, it’s extraordinarily difficult to respond to a bad review with grace. Republicans in Congress attack Cass Sunstein, Obama's "regulatory czar," but miss their target. Some people hate the idea of a nanny state, but might actually benefit from a little paternalistic nudge in the right direction. A review of Never Say Die: The Myth and Marketing of the New Old Age by Susan Jacoby (and more and more). The Voynich Manuscript, a book seemingly written in an "alien" language, has stumped scientists and historians for decades — but at least now they have a date. India's only female sumo wrestler is lonely: Hetal Dave has no teammates or fellow female sumo wrestlers with whom to practice.


From The Nation, William Greider on the end of New Deal Liberalism; and Eric Alterman on the new Congress and the coming class war. The most important questions for the economy may be: Why are most workers getting squeezed, and can we help them? More and more on Punching Out: One Year in a Closing Auto Plant by Paul Clemens. How close is America to fiscal crisis? America's leading corporations have found a way to thrive even if the American economy doesn't recover — this is very, very bad news. Undoubtedly, America is a middle class nation — but are there problems in the middle? If ubiquitous human computing pushes the US one more step toward banana republicdom, at least Jonathan Zittrain warned us. The introduction to Debtor Nation: The History of America in Red Ink by Louis Hyman. Sputnikonomics: Should America be funding investments with more debt? It's not the job market: The three real reasons why Americans are more anxious than ever before. What's good for CEOs isn't good for America: Mitt Romney says the United States needs a president with private-sector street cred — here's why he's wrong. A book salon on The Financial Crisis Inquiry Report: Final Report of the National Commission on the Causes of the Financial and Economic Crisis in the United States. As the Right pushes privatization as a solution to the economic collapse, one organization is teaching communities how to defeat corporations. Wall Street’s Dead End: Felix Salmon on why the decline of public markets threatens American capitalism.


Richard H. Pildes (NYU): Is the Supreme Court a "Majoritarian" Institution? Airline Deregulation, Revisited: Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer reflects on the benefits of competition — and its hazards. David Fontana (GW): Comparative Originalism. Eric Posner on why originalism is so popular. Harold Anthony Lloyd (Wake Forest): "Original" Means Old, "Original" Means New: An "Original" Look at What "Originalists" Do. Jonathan Turley on the price of Scalia's political stardom. Lawrence Rosenthal (Chapman): Originalism in Practice. You got stare decisis in my originalism!: You got originalism in my stare decisis! Arnold H. Loewy (Texas Tech): Chief Justice Roberts (A Preliminary Assessment) and A Tale of Two Justices (Scalia and Breyer). A review of The Conservative Assault on the Constitution by Erwin Chemerinsky. Adam Lamparello (Loyola): Bridging the Divide between Justice Breyer's Progressivism and Justice Scalia's Originalism. In the decade since deciding the 2000 presidential election, the Supreme Court has gained a disturbing degree of self-confidence, argues Pamela S. Karlan in her retrospective on Bush v. Gore. William D. Araiza (Brooklyn): Justice Stevens and Constitutional Adjudication: The Law Beyond the Rules. As the youngest leader of the high court in two centuries, Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. has the energy, the intellect, and the votes to reshape our world. Is any part of the constitution unconstitutional? The short answer to the question is: Yes.


A new issue of Pathways is out. Adrian Vermeule and Adriaan Lanni (Harvard): Constitutional Design in the Ancient World. The secret rally that sparked an uprising: Cairo protest organizers describe ruses used to gain foothold against police, the candy-store meet that wasn't on Facebook. Psi-Fi: Jeffrey Kripal on popular culture and the paranormal. Jay Rosen on the “Twitter can’t Topple Dictators” article: It’s a genre that’s starting to get a swelled head about itself. The Wave-Maker: Ken Bradshaw, 58, may be the greatest big-wave surfer ever, but as William Langewiesche learns, he’s not interested in money or fame. A look at how Egyptians and Tunisians collaborated to shake Arab history. Mandatory identification bar checks: An article on how bouncers are doing their job. The uprising against President Hosni Mubarak involved many surprises — here are some you may have missed. From Splice Today, a look at the top 5 networks that have sold their souls and the top 5 networks that have seen the light. Herzliya, Neocon Woodstock: The annual gathering of Israeli and American policy elites was supposed to focus on Iran — then the Egyptian revolution scrambled Israeli conservatives’ worldview. If anyone thinks that the vitriol that Glenn Beck spews on his radio and TV shows can’t stir people to aggressive and hateful action, they should take a look at the postings on his website, the Blaze, about Frances Fox Piven. What not to wear on Fox News: Television has always followed certain sartorial rules on both sides of the Atlantic — the US and UK, however, diverge in their attitude towards some issues, such as cleavage. Porn, pot, and other details: A review of 33 Men: Inside The Miraculous Survival And Dramatic Rescue of The Chilean Miners by Jonathan Franklin.


From McKinsey & Company's What Matters, a special section on cities. From The Atlantic Monthly, Edward Glaeser on How Skyscrapers Can Save the City: Some urban planners and preservationists seem to have a misplaced fear of heights that yields damaging restrictions on how tall a building can be — from New York to Paris to Mumbai, there’s a powerful case for building up, not out (and more and more); and Louis Sullivan, the author of the modernist skyline, is finally getting the recognition he deserves. A review of Triumph of the City: How Our Greatest Invention Makes Us Richer, Smarter, ­Greener, Healthier, and Happier by Edward Glaeser. Were ancient cities sustainable? A new generation of planners and architects is beginning to look at sustainable, human-centered solutions to the creeping suburbs. The Future of the City: Ajit Mohan on balancing competition and accountability and no more instant utopias. The inner city is an idea derived from the study of a small handful of cities as they were several decades ago, but if not “inner city,” then what? Talk directly about rich and poor, racial isolation, and the municipal tax base. Future cities need to hand over the keys: Rather than push for reform within a political system, Paul Romer suggests starting afresh from the outside in order to defeat global poverty. Wide Urban World: Do all cities have neighborhoods? “An ideal city doesn’t exist”: An interview with David Gouverneur. Are cities the best place to live, are suburbs OK? A fight grows in urban planning, with Harvard at the center. A look at the 6 most insane cities ever planned.


From e-flux, Franco Berardi Bifo on exhaustion and senile utopia of the coming European insurrection. From Vanity Fair, long used to tragedy, Ireland suddenly found itself one of the world’s richest nations in the early 2000s, at which point the Irish people, banks, and government did their best to screw things up. "The Nordic Way"? When it comes to things like state versus private ownership or merit versus equality based pay, the Swedes are not especially leftist. Tyler Cowen had a reader ask him a question: why isn't France an economic backwater? Here's why. The most feminist place in the world: After a testosterone-fueled boom and bust, the women of Iceland took charge. The German left’s defence of Europe: While Angela Merkel opts for a narrow definition of the German interest, the opposition champions a return to European collectivism based on leftist values. Slavoj Zizek on how Europe must move beyond mere tolerance. The decimation of indigenous industry in central and eastern Europe has created a low-wage hinterland on the fringes of the highly developed core. Airport security in Europe tends to be more discreet than in the U.S., but an industry group wants to change that. Cross-border marriages are increasing in the EU — but what happens when couples discover that European union does not extend to the divorce courts? Geocurrents takes a look at the Eastern Finnic peoples in world history (and more).

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