From Monthly Review, an article on the ninetieth anniversary of the Russian Revolution: Why socialism did not fail. Good comrades: Stefan Klemp investigates the role of the German postwar criminal justice system in aiding the perpetrators of the Rechnitz massacre. A review of Marxism, Multiculturalism, and Free Speech by Frank Ellis. From Mother Jones, Workers of the World Unite: Unions are going global, so your job doesn't have to; and an article on the 50 year strategy: A new progressive era (no, really!). Is a new conservatism possible? The right is in serious trouble — and not just because of Bush's disastrous presidency. But will it be able to change its reactionary ways? Conservatism's buzz-kill: In theory, Americans like limited government; in practice, they're loath to roll back programs that benefit them. A review of The Death of the Grown-up: How America's Arrested Development Is Bringing Down Western Civilization by Diana West. From Taki's Top Drawer, an article on the wrongs of "rights", and a look at the silence of Father Neuhaus.
From Newsweek, Gangland USA: An interactive map of America's most dangerous gangs. Teenage Wasteland: A night in a police cruiser in a typical American college town reveals the cumulative effects of suburban boredom. From New Politics, Betty Reid Mandell on Homeless Shelters: A Feeble Response to Homelessness. An ounce of prevention: A social program that works, but where's the funding? Barry Schwartz on Bonus Babies: The more society embraces the idea that nobody will do anything right unless it pays, the more true it will become that nobody does anything right unless it pays. Jonathan Chait on how entitlement hysteria has gripped the capital. From National Civic Review, Michael Hamill Remaley and Patty Dineen on constructing a modern democracy one forum at a time; and is everything up to date in Kansas City? Matt Leighninger on why "citizen involvement" may soon be obsolete. A push for plain English: Gobbledygook—it's the stuff of government, maybe its No. 1 export.
From The Nation, a review of Cion and Ways of Dying by Zakes Mda. A review of Other Colours (and more and more), and an interview with Orhan Pamuk: "The art of the novel is anti-political". Reluctant rebel: Orhan Pamuk was tried for his political views, but as Andrew Purcell discovers, literature is his one true passion. Turning novel ideas into inhabitable worlds: Orhan Pamuk, honored by Georgetown, speaks of a power inherent on the page. Has materialism conquered all? An interview with Nadine Gordimer. Let them eat Kafka: Chilean president Michelle Bachelet enlists the literary critics and spreads the literary word.
Ze’ev Levy (Haifa): Emmanuel Levinas and Structuralism. A review of Ernesto Laclau's On Populist Reason. A review of Judith Butler: Live Theory by Vicki Kirby. Distribution of the sensible: A review of The Future of the Image by Jacques Ranciere. From Rain Taxi, an interview with Michael Hardt, co-author of Multitude, on power and social oppression. A review of Liquid Fear, Liquid Times: Living in an Age of Uncertainty; Consuming Life by Zygmunt Bauman. From Ephemera, an interview with Bruno Latour, author of Politics of Nature. The life-force of ideas: The work of the social anthropologist Edwin Ardener remains a fertile source of insight and influence.
From Inkling, a look at the calculus of saying "I love you": Why you should never date a man who knows more math than you. An excerpt from Love and Language by Ilan Stavans and Veronica Albin. The good, the ugly, and the simply awful: Since we expect our celebrities to be beautiful, it's no surprise that we've acquired a clinical, critical eye for fine distinctions of physiology, scrutinizing the form and shape of the human face in Talmudic minuteness. A review of Latin Love Lessons: Put a Little Ovid in Your Life by Charlotte Higgins. From Psychology Today, a look at how sex can be a selfless act—those who are very warm and those who are very cold get around; and sure, we know better than to lie to a partner about our sexual history if it's likely to threaten our health. So why do many of us do it anyway? Children of the Porn: The Supreme Court contemplates lying about porn in the real world. Racist porn stars: There's a tangible streak of racism running through the adult entertainment industry.
From Skeptic, a review of Darwin’s Origin of Species by Janet Browne. A review of Francisco Ayala’s Darwin and Intelligent Design and Philip Kitcher’s Living With Darwin: Evolution, Design and the Future of Faith. A review of Darwin Loves You: Natural Selection and the Re-enchantment of the World by George Levine and Evolution for Everyone: How Darwin's Theory Can Change the Way We Think about Our Lives by David Sloan Wilson (and more). A review of Evolutionary Dynamics: Exploring the Equations of Life by Martin A. Nowak. Why pigs don’t have wings: Jerry Fodor on the case against natural selection. From In These Times, a review of The History of My Shoes and the Evolution of Darwin’s Theory by Kenny Fries. From What is Enlightenment, a special issue on the mystery of evolution, including a brief history of Evolutionary Spirituality. A review of The Jesuit and the Skull: Teilhard de Chardin, Evolution, and the Search for Peking Man by Amir Aczel.
From NPQ, a series of articles on China. From Dissent, back to the future: China gets Beijing and Shanghai ready for the 2008 Olympics and 2010 Expo. From Foreign Policy, the battle of Beijing: What happens when an authoritarian government and thousands of activists go head-to-head at the Olympics? China is about to find out. Despite predictions to the contrary, the Internet has not brought about abrupt political change in China and is not likely to do so anytime soon. Its significance and implications for Chinese society lie elsewhere. Textbook case: Study Marxism, Leninism, Mao Zedong's thought—and Bill Gates. A review of Return to Dragon Mountain: Memories of a Late Ming Man by Jonathan D. Spence. From Derive, the demolition of Star Ferry Pier: Hong Kong has branded itself as "Asia's World City", yet by demolishing historical features to make way for shopping malls and tourist kitsch, it is becoming just another Asian megalopolis.
Alessandro Figus (Malta): Italian Politics at the Crossroads: Nationalism, Separatism or Federalism? Beauty and the feast: With its history as a nation, it is easier to understand modern Italy through its food and women. From L'Espill, in order to understand modern Catalan nationalism, it is necessary to examine the emergence of "anti-Catalanism" in Castilian Spain during the Late Middle Ages and Renaissance. A review of The Basque Country: A Cultural History by Paddy Woodworth. Blacklisted as an uncooperative tax haven for its secretive bank laws, Monaco hopes to prove it is more than a place for the rich and famous to hide their money. But can the principality shake off a reputation for sunny days and shady characters? From Dissent, Mitchell Cohen, Philippe Askenazy, Françoise Gaspard, Nancy L. Green, and Jean-Baptiste Soufron consider how the election of Nicholas Sarkozy reflects a dramatically different France. Film fans will always have Paris: We've all been to the French capital, even if we've never travelled there. Movies have implanted it in our minds. Putting Belgium on eBay? What explains the mega-malaise currently gripping the Flemings and Walloons in Belgium?
The New Global Cinema: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu on why Hollywood must portray point of view of others; and Nathan Gardels and Mike Medavoy on Shock and Awe vs. Hearts and Minds at the movies. A review of Cecil B. Demille and The Golden Calf by Simon Louvish. A review of Otto Preminger: The Man Who Would Be King by Foster Hirsch. Seriously funny: A review of Mere Anarchy and The Insanity Defense by Woody Allen; and Conversations with Woody Allen: His Films, the Movies and Moviemaking by Eric Lax (and more). From Nextbook, the remake of “The Heartbreak Kid” favors bawdiness over sharp-edged satire; a look at the short story on which “The Heartbreak Kid” was based; and now, a major motion picture! What happens to a writer when Hollywood calls? Schmucks with Underwoods: Treated more like factory workers than artists, Hollywood screenwriters — currently threatening to strike — have never gotten much respect. Do they deserve it? A review of The Star Machine by Jeanine Basinger. Who's afraid of Michael Moore? The spirit and humanity of Moore's film-making shames the supine American media (and more). Mr. Bad Taste: Michael Hirschorn, boss of VH1, intellectual columnist, hits jackpot going low with Flavor Flav and Bret Michaels. A review of The Truth is Out There: Christian Faith and the Classics of TV Science Fiction by Thomas Bertonneau and Kim Paffenroth.
From New Politics, Dan La Botz on the Immigrant Rights Movement: Between Political Realism and Social Idealism America has a big problem with illegal immigration, but a big part of it stems from the word "illegal". As a code word for racial and ethnic hatred, it is detestable. A review of Mestizo in America: Generations of Mexican Ethnicity in the Suburban Southwest by Thomas Macias. From Colorlines, before race is resurrected and redefined by biologists, geneticists and biotech firms, social justice advocates must grapple with the issues and add their voices to the debate; and a look at The Rise of the Ghetto-Fabulous Party: Across campuses, white students are donning blackface, drinking 40s and playing at being undocumented immigrants. Just another stupid racist joke—or is it the culmination of two decades of conservative politics at colleges? From Discover, an article on how not to be racist: A rosy outlook on life makes some people immune to racial prejudice. A review of Sellout: The Politics of Racial Betrayal by Randall Kennedy. Who asked him? An article on the irrelevant Rev. Sharpton.