From Telos, a special issue on Culture and Politics in Carl Schmitt, including Benjamin Arditi (UNAM): On the Political: Schmitt contra Schmitt; David Pan (Penn State): Carl Schmitt on Culture and Violence in the Political Decision; Hans Sluga (UC-Berkeley): The Pluralism of the Political: From Carl Schmitt to Hannah Arendt; Christian J. Emden (Rice): Carl Schmitt, Hannah Arendt, and the Limits of Liberalism; Astrid Deuber-Mankowsky (Bochum): Nothing is Political, Everything Can Be Politicized: On the Concept of the Political in Michel Foucault and Carl Schmitt; and Theo W. A. de Wit (Utrecht): Scum of the Earth: Alain Finkielkraut on the Political Risks of a Humanism without Transcendence. From TLS, a review of Michael Howard's Liberation or Catastrophe? Reflections on the history of the twentieth century; a review of Seeing the Face, Seeing the Soul: Polemon’s “Physiognomy” from classical antiquity to medieval Islam; and Austrian politicians want to distance their country from the Fritzl case: literary historians find it harder. More and more on Common Wealth by Jeffrey D Sachs. Richard Morgan on steampunk: Remembering yesterday's tomorrows (and more). From Jewcy, comedy writer Ben Karlin and memoirist-cum-lawyer Elizabeth Wurtzel discuss love, marriage, and getting dumped. Are greatest hits albums just the best, are retrospective compilations really such a bad thing? From TAP, Matt Yglesias argues that Democrats need to embrace liberal internationalism wholeheartedly; a panel of foreign-policy experts responds (and an interview).
From Skeptical Inquirer, the frontal assault on religion by Richard Dawkins in his book The God Delusion, and by others, may mark a new chapter in the warfare of science with theology. From TNR, here's the exclusive story of Hillary's fall, as told by the high-level advisors, staffers, fundraisers, and on-the-ground organizers who lived it. From Scientific American, an article on the orgasmic mind and the neurological roots of sexual pleasure. A review of Dishonorable Passions: Sodomy Laws in America, 1861-2003 by William N. Eskridge Jr. If we really want to explore space, maybe we should sell it off to the highest bidders. From TNR, Jed Pearl remembers Richard Rauschenberg; and Cynthia Ozick reviews The Journey Abandoned: The Unfinished Novel by Lionel Trilling. From Radar, they're naive, self-important, and perpetually plugged in — this is a call to arms against Millennials; and Joel Derfner wants to be the Gayest Person Ever. IQ levels rocketed in the last century, but argument still rages about how our brain power should be tested, and the roles played by genetics, social conditions, culture and even race: Why are some people smarter than others? From LRB, Terry Eagleton reviews Anonymity: A Secret History of English Literature by John Mullan. A review of Patrick Cockburn's Muqtada: Muqtada al-Sadr, the Shia Revival, and the Struggle for Iraq (and more).
From The Atlantic Monthly, how an early gaffe and an excruciatingly long primary season helped Barack Obama find a distinctive voice on foreign affairs; how Silicon Valley made Barack Obama this year’s hottest start-up; and how would Obama’s success in online campaigning translate into governing? Why aren't there more women in science and engineering? Controversial new research suggests: They just aren't interested. More on The Sexual Paradox by Susan Pinker. David Rieff on why he had to lie to his dying mother, Susan Sontag. From New Humanist, as "Sex and the City" totters on to the big screen, Sally Feldman celebrates the agony and the ecstasy of the stiletto; and as festival season begins Andrew Mueller counts off the reasons to avoid them. From IHE, just because China and the Middle East are increasingly important is no reason to drop study of French and German; and looking for an affordable word processor that will also help you stay focused? Scott McLemee goes low-tech. Is our obsession with sincerity in politics a good thing?: David Runciman on why politicians shouldn't always strive to be sincere. Negotiating isn't appeasement: Bush, McCain and other conservatives are on the wrong side of history when they dismiss Obama's foreign policy. The McCain Doctrines: Senator John McCain’s support for the war in Iraq, informed by his experience, is lonely but unwavering.
From New Humanist, an article on the reputation of Tariq Ramadan, the man widely hailed as the saviour of Islam; forget the booze cruise, Sanal Edamuruku on the night a guru tried to kill him live on Indian TV; Winston Fletcher finds that, with a little patience, you can get sozzled in Syria; and Laurie Taylor gets medieval with the cults. The Cult of the Presidency: Who can we blame for the radical expansion of executive power? Look no further than you and me. We are all Kemalists: Turkey's supposedly antagonistic "democratic Islamists" and "authoritarian secularists" are actually cut from the same cloth. Whatever happened to the gentleman? From Utne, a series of articles on the American Dream. From Foreign Policy, an interview with Mohamed El-Erian on the new global economy. A review of The Erotic Phenomenon by Jean-Luc Marion. An article on Indiana Jones as the bad boy of archaeology. Why doesn't evolution discourage suicide? Barney Frank, the rumpled, cantankerous Massachusetts Democrat, has emerged as a key deal-maker in the House. A review of The Purpose of the Past: Reflections on the Uses of History by Gordon S. Wood. While the horror classics of 1968 may have indeed revitalized the genre, few today are aware of these movies' impact on the canon — if they acknowledge them at all. More on Liberty of Conscience by Martha Nussbaum.
From Edge, we are in the very early days of understanding how the Internet can be used for exhibitions. In an era of globalization, no country is immune when the US falls onto hard times; here’s a look at how economies elsewhere will fare. Progressives do have answers to the current economic crisis, they just haven't been given the attention they deserve. A review of The Bolter: The Woman Who Scandalised 1920s Society and Became White Mischief’s Infamous Seductress by Frances Osborne. A review of Will China Fail? The Limits and Contradictions of Market Socialism by John Lee. A review of Imagining Spain: Historical Myth and National Identity by Henry Kamen. A review of Hospital: Man, Woman, Birth, Death, Infinity, Plus Red Tape, Bad Behavior, Money, God, and Diversity on Steroids by Julie Salamon. A review of Dinner with Mugabe: The Man Behind the Monster by Heidi Holland. A review of The Business of War: Workers, Warriors, and Hostages in Occupied Iraq by James A. Tyner. A review of Counselor: A Life at the Edge of History by Ted Sorensen. A review of Inventing Niagara: Beauty, Power, and Lies by Ginger Strand. A review of Daniel Tanguay’s Leo Strauss: An Intellectual Biography. A review of The Innocence Commission: Preventing Wrongful Convictions and Restoring the Criminal Justice System by Jon Gould.
From CT, a review of Pain and Its Transformations: The Interface of Biology and Culture; and a review of Treatment Kind and Fair: Letters to a Young Doctor by Perri Klass. From Econ Journal Watch, why few women in economics? Pop Christianity: A review of Rapture Ready by Daniel Radosh. A review of The Future of the Internet: And How to Stop It by Jonathan Zittrain. More on Augusten Burroughs's A Wolf at the Table. A review of Tintin and the Secret of Literature by Tom McCarthy. The very different events of 1968 and 1989 left a reformed, stronger, more socially liberal capitalism — but now it's in trouble. The first chapter from The Judge in a Democracy by Aharon Barak. Forget about the gaffe: It's the media mindset that makes so much of gaffes that is the real issue. Here are 5 psychological experiments that prove humanity is doomed. Brad DeLong on John McCain and the decline of America. From Seed, the functional elegance of scientific rarefied speak is uniquely captured in one of its most inconspicuous words: "so". A review of Bill Kauffman's Ain’t My America: The Long, Noble History of Anti-War Conservatism and Middle-American Anti-Imperialism. More on A Conservative History of the American Left by Daniel J. Flynn. More and more and more on Jhumpa Lahiri’s Unaccustomed Earth (and an interview at Bookforum).
From National Journal, the Marine Corps is facing big bills to pay for the future force the Corps says it needs; and casino magnate Sheldon Adelson is using his vast fortune to help finance conservative, pro-Israel, and pro-business causes. Does charisma originate in the individual, in the followers, or in the situation? Joseph Nye investigates. An excerpt from Outright Barbarous: How the Violent Language of the Right Poisons American Democracy by Jeffrey Feldmann. An interview with Mary Lefkowitz, author of History Lesson: A Race Odyssey. True pacifists believe all violence is counterproductive — what to do, then, about World War II? A review of The Woman Racket: The New Science Explaining How the Sexes Relate at Work, at Play and in Society by Steve Moxon. Western experts promised Africans that free-market ideology would save them from poverty and famine — now, one African country is showing that sometimes, a little protectionism can work wonders. Ayn Rand 101: A glance at the free market coursework sponsored by BB&T. Big box panic: Why retail giants like Wal-Mart won’t take over the world. Age of consent: It seems we're in a state of cultural cognitive dissonance when it comes to Lolita issues. Everyone in favor, say yargh! Some of the world's earliest democracies flourished aboard pirate ships. More on Jonah Goldberg's Liberal Fascism.
From Mute, Paul Helliwell exhumes the Althusserian preconditions of Jacques Ranciere’s insistently superficial aesthetic politics. From Sens Public, despite the tendency of decennial commemorations to cement the "official version" of May '68, important questions remain unanswered. Scientific American on why the next president needs a powerful science adviser. What does it mean to be "pro-Israel"? The election, and the creation of a new dovish Jewish lobby group, brings the question to the fore. Susan Neiman makes the case for Kant's Critique of Pure Reason as one of the 50 greatest books. The new journal Evolutionary Applications aims to promote the science of "applied evolution". Learn to love the classic New York blood feud: "It’s a bitch to have a billionaire as an enemy". A review of Harpoon: Into the Heart of Whaling by Andrew Darby. The first chapter from China's New Confucianism: Politics and Everyday Life in a Changing Society by Daniel A. Bell. From Arion, Raymond Geuss on Richard Rorty at Princeton. From the University of Chicago Press, an excerpt from The Irony of American History by Reinhold Niebuhr; and an excerpt from Instructions for American Servicemen in France during World War II. A review of books on parenting: Do we push too much, spend too much, fret too much? More on Worst-Case Scenarios by Cass Sunstein.
From New Humanist, Henri Lefebvre, the theoretician of the Paris uprising of 1968, saw that society’s most profound truths were etched on everyday life; while secularists sleep well-funded creationists are on the march in Europe; and religion has always been an election issue in America, but in the current campaign it’s not just the Republicans who are courting the faith vote. From Monthly Review, Fred Magdoff on the world food crisis: Sources and solutions. How to feed the world: Eight leaders in the fight against hunger offer up food crisis action plans. A review of Armageddon in Retrospect: And Other New and Unpublished Writings on War and Peace by Kurt Vonnegut. A review of Wealth, War & Wisdom by Barton Biggs. A look at why it is time to rethink the role of culture and language study in the US. From Scientific American, an article on regulating evolution and how gene switches make life. Meditators always thought happiness could be learned; now scientists are agreeing. Every time a trackworker goes into the tunnels, there’s a chance he won’t come back out: What the world looks like when a 400-ton train is barreling toward you at 30 miles per hour. A review of Body Shopping: The Economy Fuelled by Flesh and Blood by Donna Dickenson. An article on the importance of pronouncing Ban Ki-moon, Kofi Annan and other names correctly.
From CT, a review of Aimee Semple McPherson and the Resurrection of Christian America by Matthew Avery Sutton; and a review essay on the art of biblical interpretation. A look at how Second Life affects real life. Taking your own life is a mortal sin, says the Catholic Church — unless you happen to be a bishop. Making a dictionary of Wapisiana – an indigenous language spoken in South America – was time-consuming, but not as dull as Samuel Johnson declared. From Literary Review, Michael Burleigh reviews The Return of History and the End of Dreams by Robert Kagan; a review of For Your Eyes Only: Ian Fleming and James Bond by Ben Macintyre; and a review of The 60s Unplugged: A Kaleidoscopic History of a Disorderly Decade by Gerard DeGroot. A review of Why Truth Matters by Ophelia Benson and Jeremy Stangroom. From City Journal, Saul Bellow’s prophetic 1970 novel Mr. Sammler’s Planet captured New York’s unraveling and remains a cautionary tale. Why do New Yorkers seem rude? Joan Acocella has a few ideas. Resurrecting Leslie Fiedler, a high priest of pop culture: The legacy of the literature critic is born again in a new collection of his essays. A review of The Magical Chorus: A History of Russian Culture from Tolstoy to Solzhenitsyn by Solomon Volkov. Can the Bill James approach to numbers work in basketball?