Charles Thorpe (UCSD) and Ian Welsh (Cardiff): Beyond Primitivism: Towards a Twenty-first Century Anarchist Theory and Praxis for Science and Technology. From PUP, the introduction to After Anarchy: Legitimacy and Power in the United Nations Security Council by Ian Hurd; and the first chapter from Punishing the Prince: A Theory of Interstate Relations, Political Institutions, and Leader Change by Fiona McGillivray and Alastair Smith. From Ephemera, Jason Del Gandio (Temple): Global Justice Rhetoric: Observations and Suggestions; a review of The Dictionary of Alternatives by Martin Parker, Valerie Fournier and Patrick Reedy (and more); a review of The Resources of Critique by Alex Callinicos; and we are all Communists now: A review of The Beginning of History: Value Struggles and Global Capital by Massimo De Angelis. Strange Maps on a world government plan: Aliens to police USA. Three books from a century ago suggest that then — as now — fear, paranoia and concern over new technology ruled the day. From Prospect, the idea of "good character" sounds old-fashioned and patronising, but it may be the key to some of our most entrenched social problems. Nice day, isn't it: What's the best way to talk to a stranger? From Slate, an slideshow on industrial-strength art: The photographers who found beauty in the factory.
From FP, an interview with Karim Sadjadpour on what Iran wants. Tom Engelhardt on why the US (probably) won't attack Iran. Max Mosely's barrister claims S & M is "harmless and private, and even funny": Is Britain turning into an sadomasochism nation? (and more) Jeffrey Rosen on why a President Obama would need the help of John Roberts to push a progressive agenda. A review of The Cult of Statistical Significance: How the Standard Error Costs Us Jobs, Justice and Lives by Stephen T. Ziliak and Dierdre N. McCloskey. Edge writers react to Chris Anderson's "The End of Theory". From Seed, computers have been responsible for immeasurable progress in physics, but contrary to assumptions, experimentalists are the heavy users. A review of Stuffed & Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System by Raj Patel. Food for Thought: Renewing the culinary culture should be a conservative cause. Praying for health: Religious diversity may be caused by disease. Does anyone know how much oil there is in the world? From Fortune, Brian Hunter brought down Amaranth with disastrous trades on gas; accused of manipulating the markets and called the "destroyer of all worlds" — but is he such a bad guy? More on Amis & Son: Two Literary Generations by Neil Powell. A review of Sex Sleep Eat Drink Dream: A Day in the Life of Your Body by Jennifer Ackerman
From H-Net, a review of Culture and Redemption: Religion, the Secular, and American Literature by Tracy Fessenden; a review of The Forging of Races: Race and Scripture in the Protestant Atlantic World, 1600-2000 by Colin Kidd; and a review of The Deepest South: The United States, Brazil, and the African Slave Trade by Gerald Horne. From Vanity Fair, long before the arrival of Martha Stewart, Ira Rennert, and Lizzie Grubman, the far shores of Long Island represented a certain lifestyle. A review of books on consumer culture. From In These Times, gunning for the prize: An interview with Noam Chomsky. Simon Blackburn reviews Moral Clarity: A Guide for Grown-Up Idealists by Susan Neiman. A review of In Praise of the Whip: A Cultural History of Arousal by Niklaus Largier. A review of The Unthinkable: Who Survives When Disaster Strikes — and Why by Amanda Ripley (and more and an excerpt). What lies beneath: Why fewer Americans believe in hell than in heaven. Does the invisible hand need a helping hand? Samuel Bowles explores the interaction of moral sentiments and self-interest. More on Matt Taibbi’s The Great Derangement. From Business Week, a look at why India will beat China. From Psychology Today, we are quick to judge, fear and even hate the unknown; we may not admit it, but we are all plagued with xenophobic tendencies.
From Economic Principals, David Warsh on the significance of Geneva. Bill Gates on making capitalism more creative. “An uncharacteristically altruistic monument”: An interview with Adam Thirlwell, author of The Delighted States (and a review). And the beat goes off: The strange story of what happened to dancing. Politics, religion and money may be wrestling to control the Olympics, but they’ll never be a match for the sheer drama. A review of Kiss My Math: Showing Pre-Algebra Who's Boss by Danica McKellar. A review of America Between the Wars: From 11/9 to 9/11 by Derek Chollet and James Goldgeier (and more and more). Europeans are greeting Barack Obama as their savior; but how long will the love last if he wins the presidency? From The Boston Globe Magazine, a special issue on The Boomers. A review of books on Hitler and Germany. A review of What Happened to the Children Who Fled Nazi Persecution by Gerhard Sonnert and Gerald Holton. An article on the power of Mao, multiplied, in the pop art of China. A review of Iron Fists: Branding the 20th-Century Totalitarian State by Steven Heller. More on Where Have All the Soldiers Gone? by James Sheehan. Is international justice the enemy of peace? Aryeh Neier wants to know. The first chapter from Does Peacekeeping Work? Shaping Belligerents' Choices after Civil War by Virginia Fortna.
From New Humanist, the 21st century has seen the world rocked by a variety of religious challenges to the secular state; obsessing about culture traps people in their own history, argues Kenan Malik; Trevor Griffiths discovers the true revolutionary spirit of Tom Paine; and from 19th century anti-suffragists to today’s anti-feminists, there's a common link between women who turn against themselves. All things must pass: In a country of transients, what becomes of everything we leave behind? From Truthdig, an article on AIDS and the myth of the oversexed Negro. Here's a list of 5 sex experts who made the world a worse place (to do it). An article on vengeance, calculating the economics of an eye for an eye. From Wired, the documentary "Nerdcore For Life" examines the good, bad and geeky; and Hollywood has finally figured out how to make Web video pay. Who needs the tech IPO? Open source and Facebook have completely changed the economics of Web startups. The rise of digital and conceptual art, and a declining interest in traditional craft skills, is forcing art departments to reinvent themselves. Many of Heraclitus’ maxims may seem like platitudes, simply because they are so well known. More on John Burrow's A History of Histories. Mark Bauerlein on how Theory damaged the Humanities. Phil Hogan finds out what the truth is behind memory loss and if you can avoid it.
From Salon, Glenn Greenwald on vital unresolved anthrax questions and ABC News; and fear and loafing in the Green Zone: Welcome to Baghdad's post-decadent stronghold: Menacing Peruvian mercenaries, Chinese prostitutes, concealed beer and doughnuts — and Iraqis eyeing a foreboding future. More and more on The Dark Side by Jane Meyer. Paul Bloomfield on Iraq: Beyond what's best for us. From The Nation, an article on Rachel Maddow's life and career. Financier and Democratic moneyman Steve Rattner seems to have it all — looks can be deceiving. An excerpt from You Don't Know Me: A Citizen's Guide to Republican Family Values by Win McCormack. McCain's favorite name? A visual guide to the official campaign blogs. From Guernica, an interview with Luc Sante. When lit-crit mattered: A review of Praising It New. The roll call of famous gout sufferers is long and distinguished; it includes Ben Franklin, Henry James and Karl Marx. With his books on the history of books, Nicholas Basbanes has become the foremost chronicler of bibliomania. A review of Reading the OED: One Man, One Year, 21,730 Pages by Ammon Shea. How magicians control your mind: Magic isn't just a bag of tricks — it's a finely-tuned technology for shaping what we see, and now researchers are extracting its lessons. From The New York Times, the Yuppie scum weigh in, 20 years later.
From Reason, an article on the unfortunate case of Herbert Spencer: How a libertarian individualist was recast as a social Darwinist. A review of Herbert Spencer and the Invention of Modern Life by Mark Francis. An article on the myth of the toss-up election. From Scientific American, sleep on it: How snoozing makes you smarter; and making decisions tires your brain: The brain is like a muscle — when it gets depleted, it becomes less effective. If you set aside the incomparable cruelty and stupidity of human beings, surely our most persistent and irrational activity is to sleep. A review of Ahead of the Curve: Two Years at Harvard Business School by Philip Delves Broughton. From Intelligent Life, for the first time, the most interesting architect is a woman, Zaha Hadid (and a look at what she's up against). From Edge, Mark Pesce on hyperpolitics, American style. Independence fray: Does Vermont have what it takes to go it alone? Paul Wolfowitz reviews The Return of History and the End of Dreams by Robert Kagan. Peter Steinfels on uncertainties about the role of doubt in religion. A look at why Islam is unfunny for a cartoonist. Seven years into the war against al Qa’eda, Fawaz Gerges finds the experts deeply divided on the shape and strength of the enemy. Restrictions on foreigners cause a greater loss of wages than racial and sexual discrimination – perhaps greater even than slavery.
From Adbusters, an essay on The Hipster: The Dead End of Western Civilization. From H-Net, from Albion to Austin Powers: A review of Brit-Myth: Who Do the British Think They Are by Chris Rojek; and a review of Equality and the British Left: A Study in Progressive Political Thought, 1900-64 by Ben Jackson. A review of Kafka Comes to America: Fighting for Justice in the War on Terror by Steven T. Wax. From The Hill, here's the latest 50 Most Beautiful People list. The burden of knowing too much history: If, as a westerner, you are going to visit Africa, the earlier in your life you do it, the better. From Smithsonian, an interview with Laurie Anderson. From ScribeMedia, a look at The Future of the Book. The Outsider Artist: Assessing Kay Ryan, our new poet laureate. A review of My Sister, My Love by Joyce Carol Oates (and more). The system is busted, and now many people are experimenting with alternatives: Roberto Mangabeira Unger has long been one of those on the cutting edge of fundamental reform. A review of Iron Fists: Branding the 20th-Century Totalitarian State by Steven Heller. A review of Txting: The Gr8 Db8 by David Crystal (and more). From The Happiness Project, an interview with Tyler Cowen. From The American Scholar, the daily miracle: Life with the mavericks and oddballs at the Herald Tribune.
From Prospect, the received wisdom is that President Bush has been a foreign policy disaster, and that America is threatened by the rise of Asia — both claims are wrong; and a profile of Arianna Huffington: By revolutionising news, might she also be in danger of destroying it? From The New Yorker, a review of White Heat: The Friendship of Emily Dickinson and Thomas Wentworth Higginson by Brenda Wineapple (and more). Malwebolence: Inside the world of online trolls, who use the Internet to harass, humiliate and torment strangers. John Locke as "authoritarian": Here's Leo Strauss' review of Two Tracts on Government. From The Economist, the comedy of the commons: Why it still pays to study medieval English landholding and Sahelian nomadism; and do economists need brains? A new school of economists is controversially turning to neuroscience to improve the dismal science. In defense of casual sex: A new raft of chastity books laments a hookup culture that is hurting young women. Jessica Crispin on what we can learn from 1940s sex-ed classes. Marriage, a history: Long ago, love was a silly reason for a match — how marriage has changed over history. A review of I Don’t: A Contrarian History of Marriage by Susan Squire. Research find men who marry a child's mother parent just as well, if not better than biological fathers.
From Scientific American, between a rock and a hard place: When we are in a pinch, surprising factors can affect our moral judgments. An article on the Antikythera Mechanism: Discovering how Greeks computed in 100 BC (and more). From Miller-McCune, meet the next business guru: Aristotle. From The New Yorker, Jonah Lehrer on The Eureka Hunt: Why do good ideas come to us when they do? The Traffic Guru: An unassuming Dutch traffic engineer showed that streets without signs can be safer than roads cluttered with arrows, painted lines, and lights — are we ready to believe him? An interview with Tom Vanderbilt, author of Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us) (and an excerpt). The government is spending $1 trillion a year to get you to drive more. When the world's best chefs want something that defies the laws of physics, they come to one man: Dave Arnold, the DIY guru of high-tech cooking. Eggs, egos and economics: Gary Day chews over our fascination with foul-mouthed chefs and diet pedants and wonders if their ubiquitous TV presence is a symbol of social harmony. An interview with Chris Fair, author of Cuisines of the Axis of Evil and Other Irritating States: A Dinner Party Approach to International Relations. A review of Drink: A Cultural History of Alcohol by Iain Gately (and a review of Kinsley Amis' How's Your Glass at Bookforum).