From Newsweek, here's a history of bumpy transitions (and more by Mark Penn). How Obama should make his most important presidential appointments. Timothy Noah on Robert Rubin's free ride (and more by Bob Kuttner) Daniel Gross on why Obama has to take over economic policymaking — today. Jeffery Sachs on what Obama needs to do: It's time for a new macroeconomics. The first chapter from The Case for Big Government by Jeff Madrick (and an interview). Larry Bartels says the electorate as a whole may be wiser and more rational than any individual. Relatively speaking, was the 2008 race really that nasty? Larry Sabato says no (and more). What's left to say after this seemingly endless campaign? Poets answer that question, and experts write about some of the undernoticed moments from the past 18 months. From Slate, eight things we won't miss now the election is over: What are we going to talk about now? How to kill time on the Web now that the election's over. From IHE, on historic day, political scientists take the long view. What really happened: A quick look at the election results and exit polls. Educating students about the election means more than simply discussing the issues — savvy teachers know to take students into the spin-zone. Is professors’ liberalism contagious? Maybe not. New conversation, new narrative: An interview with Stanley Fish.
From TAP, Ezra Klein on The Most Unlikely President: Barack Obama's candidacy forced us to confront the worst of our 9/11 fears and our lingering racism (and more and more on the identity politics election); and if history is any guide, the next four years will be shaped by how Obama confronts the Bush administration's abuses of power. Who is Barack Obama? The president-elect's character is hiding in plain sight. David Corn on how Obama is redefining what it means to be American. John Dickerson on how Obama bent the arc of history and on six ways Obama can show he'll be a different kind of president. Joel Kotkin on Obama and the triumph of the creative class. Michael Kinsley on why undivided government won't be as bad as McCain warned it would be. BHL on how Obama arouses a wild yet reasonable hope. Laurence Tribe on morning after pride. From The Root, now that Obama has won, here are five things white people shouldn't do and five things black people shouldn't do. Can we say "Fuck Whitey" if the president is black? Fred Kaplan on six foreign-policy priorities for President Obama. Fareed Zakaria on Obama’s Third Way: Obama can create a new governing ideology for the West. How did we get through the election without an al-Qaida attack? Brother Barack, you can tell 'em now: Let the Global Islamic Conspiracy begin.
From Slate, what should the GOP do now? Tucker Carlson, Ross Douthat, Douglas W. Kmiec, et al debate. From Taki's Magazine, Daniel Larison on GOPocalypse — and the future of the Right; and Austin Bramwell on the closing of the conservative mind and the triumph of mediocrity at NR. An article on the battle ahead for the individualist right. Philip Klein on how conservatism can rise again. Howard Phillips' World: Could the Constitution Party pick up the pieces of the GOP? Here are six ways John McCain can recapture his former glory. Why McCain Lost: He never got the economy right (and more by Alexander Cockburn and Jeffrey St. Clair). What next: Does Sarah Palin have the potential to be the Ronald Reagan of 2012? Bernard-Henri Levy evaluates Sarah Palin: The small-town woman should not be underestimated. Frank Furedi on Obama and the fall of "the silent majority". John Judis on America the Liberal: The Democratic majority, it emerged! Thomas Frank on why conservatism isn't finished — and liberals shouldn't be overconfident. A review of Taking on the System: Rules for Radical Change in a Digital Era by Markos Moulitsas Zuniga; Give Me Liberty: A Handbook for American Revolutionaries by Naomi Wolf; and The Change Manifesto: Join the Block by Block Movement to Remake America by John W. Whitehead.
A new issue of Judgment and Decision Making is out. From The Nation, a special issue on working together for a Green New Deal. An interview with Louis Hyman on writing a book about the history of debt. Could Twitter become terrorists' newest killer app? From Spiked, a review of Dubai: The Vulnerability of Success by Christopher M Davidson. What ever happened to the future? Michael Hanlon takes the long view. Susan George on how we can borrow lessons from the early 1940s to transform our shattered economies and halt runaway climate change. The Hitler Meme: What’s the appeal of Adolf Hitler freaking out? China is becoming the biggest producer of pharmaceutical ingredients in the world — but the F.D.A. inspects just a tiny fraction of China’s drug plants; can we be sure what we’re taking is safe? Can this paper be saved? Pick up a copy of The Washington Times today and, aside from its still vociferously conservative opinion pages, you might mistake it for a regular newspaper. One reason magazines are suffering: Their covers. Get your fix of funny pictures from the life in the military, and show some respect!! Has Homer turned blue? Euan Ferguson looks forward to some post-watershed Simpsons action. The first chapter from The Taylorized Beauty of the Mechanical: Scientific Management and the Rise of Modernist Architecture by Mauro F. Guillen.
From Psychology Today, we think our political stance is the product of reason, but we're easily manipulated and surprisingly malleable. New research suggests that our basic political attitudes, liberal, conservative, or otherwise, are with us at birth — what does this mean for our democracy? From Culture11, an article on the case for voting: Why those grumpy economists who tell you it's irrational to cast a ballot are partly wrong; and a look at the case for not voting: Why we care too much about politics. Paul Waldman on why we vote. Here are 20 things you didn't know about elections. Rick Hansen on three predictions about how the electoral rules might differ next time around. From n+1, here are political memories on elections past. All Roads Lead to Springfield: We're all sick of actual politicians, so here's a roundup of the last two years' campaign in Simpsons clip reel form. A look at why it's time to embrace American culture again. The introduction to A Pinnacle of Feeling: American Literature and Presidential Government by Sean McCann. Barbie '08: Archie Bunker, Mr. Clean, and more of history's greatest fictional presidential candidates. A look at the 6 most insane people to ever run for president. Dem 'crats: A look behind the party's changing labels. From Le Monde diplomatique, an interview with Michael Hardt: "We need to broaden our political possibilities".
From Boston Review, Michael D. Mastrandrea and Stephen H. Schneider on the time to adapt to climate change. A review of Passing the Plate: Why American Christians Don't Give Away More Money by Christian Smith, Michael O. Emerson, and Patricia Snell. Jonathan Power on how America is learning to love the United Nations. The forgotten war: Whenever this country has been at battle throughout its history, that battle has consumed the nation and riveted its people, sometimes uniting them, other times dividing them. The Guardian profiles Marcus du Sautoy, a mathematician who's in his prime. From Vanity Fair, an article on The New York Times’s lonely war. Label Conscious: The Supreme Court gets positively passionate about pre-emption. How does a modern liberal square their progressive social beliefs with being a member of the Roman Catholic church? From The Believer, an article on a decades-long argument between David Hockney and Robert Irwin, artists who’ve never met, and whose core concerns are nearly identical; and an essay on The Lost Twin: The lone, shrunken World Trade Center tower in Oklahoma. A review of Et Tu, Brute? A Short History of Political Murder by Greg Woolf. An interview with Rowan Jacobsen, author of Fruitless Fall: The Collapse of the Honey Bee and the Coming Agricultural Crisis.
From FP, a look at what McCain and Obama didn’t talk about. Ross Douthat and Jonah Goldberg debate the conservative civil war. Reagan and us: Jeffrey Lord on the conservative fight ahead. Jeffrey Hart on why Obama is the new Reagan. Calvin Butts on race relations after Obama. From The Daily Beast, Sean Wilentz talks to Jesse Jackson and civil-rights veterans about their awe of—and tensions with—the Obama campaign; and a "Black President" is of no value to America. Here are five ways we talked about race and identity. A look at how this election could change the meaning of masculinity in America. From TNR, E.J. Dionne, Jr. on how Obama, the first truly 21st century figure in American politics, has transformed the nature of campaigns; in defense of caution: William Galston on why President Obama shouldn't push for too much too fast; and what can we expect from Fox News over the next four years? Lots and lots of anger. A look at why an Obama loss would have been disastrous for the media and political establishment. Jack Shafer on the coming war between Barack Obama and the press corps. A look at how progressive media have really helped stop the spread of dirty political rumors. What should the president-elect study between now and the inauguration? Scott McLemee presents a reading list.
A new issue of Common Ground is out. From TNR, a look at how Simon Cowell saved American democracy. From Archeology, the origin of form was abrupt not gradual: An interview with cell biologist Stuart Newman about the ongoing revolution in evolutionary theory. Could Napoleon have coped in a credit crunch? Our desire to see history through the lives of great men blinds us to the real complexity of politics, business and finance. More on Reinventing Knowledge: From Alexandria to the Internet by Ian F. McNeely. From Economic Principals, who can plausibly be said to be responsible for a mess made mainly on Wall Street? New Scientist ranks methods to save the world. Web journals "narrowing study": Critics warn online publishing reduces academic research to little more than a "popularity contest". Back to the Seventies: A review of Erratic North: A Vietnam Draft Resister’s Life in the Canadian Bush by Mark Frutkin. The introduction to The Nature of Demography by Herve Le Bras. What can "neuroeconomics" teach us about how we think about money? A look at how econ bloggers are gaining clout in financial crisis. The best kind of blogging could lead to a “golden era for journalism”: An article on the state of blogging and the fate of journalism. More on David Runciman's Political Hypocrisy. A review of Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us by Seth Godin.
From Seed, the damnedest lies: The success of fivethirtyeight.com is a credit not only to statistical prowess but also to keen intuition about social habits; and how can evolution explain both the appeal and recent failings of negative campaigning? McJustice: Jeffrey Rosen on liberals' long-feared judicial apocalypse is nigh. From Reason, have libertarians been driven out of the GOP? A review of Taking on the System: Rules for Radical Change in a Digital Era by Markos Moulitsas Zuniga. More on The Numerati by Stephen Baker. Was Pope Pius a moral coward or a saint? One year after re-introducing the Tridentine Mass and two years after the Regensburg address, Benedict XVI's popular new traditionalism has re-ignited the Catholic culture wars. The introduction to A Modern Legal Ethics: Adversary Advocacy in a Democratic Age by Daniel Markovits. I swear I am a patriot: Academics should be paying close attention to the political debates about loyalty to the United States. Jonathan Yardley reviews In Search of Bill Clinton: A Psychological Biography by John Gartner. The introduction to Hubbert's Peak: The Impending World Oil Shortage by Kenneth S. Deffeyes. A review of Belching out the Devil: Global Adventures with Coca-Cola by Mark Thomas. From The Guardian, a look at ten of the best fake deaths. Man's BFF: An article on cloning dogs for love and profit.
From Spiked, a review of Quantum: Einstein, Bohr and the Great Debate About the Nature of Reality by Manjit Kumar; and a review of Bad Science by Ben Goldacre. State capitalism offers the developing world growth without democracy; Joshua Kurlantzick wonders whether the West can still compete. From Slate, Oliver Stone, Bob Woodward, Ron Suskind, and Jacob Weisberg debate Stone's "W". A look at why political cinema is so successful. Fighting with photons: The most famous weapon of science fiction is rapidly becoming fact. From Mercatornet, a look at how Levi's takes raunch a step too far in a new ad campaign; and a pair of jeans can define a man, even more than his watch or mobile — but it’s all too easy to get denim wrong. An interview with Steven Waldman on 21st-century struggles over religion in the public square. From Time, an article on the gay mafia that's redefining liberal politics. From MPI, an article on the difficulties of US asylum claims based on sexual orientation. A review of Let Them In: The Case for Open Borders by Jason L Riley. An interview with Jonathan Fast, author of Ceremonial Violence: A Psychological Explanation of School Shootings (and a review). Sally Kohn on why she loves taxes — and most Americans do, too. Ten ways the world will end: Will it be a solar flare, or a gamma-ray burst? Phil Plait lays out the odds.