From The Economist, an article on the guilty men of Wall Street: Jail time for financial titans? Madeleine Bunting on how the world's poor will pay the price for a crisis sparked by the rich. Three years after the world’s richest countries declared war on poverty, the aid industry is on the brink of disaster. Beyond the abyss: An article on America's economic future after the financial crisis. Death Defying: John Judis on heroism's grip on the political subconscious. Marci Hamilton on the rise and fall of John McCain, as explained by the principles the framers of the Constitution embraced. From The Daily Beast, Michael Kinsley on how to think like John McCain; and Stanley Crouch on how Palin will change the GOP. From IHE, Keith Gandal on why you shouldn't be afraid to study war. Curious about the state of higher education in America? Take a job churning out pages on Shakespeare, Faulkner, and the man one client called "Plah-toe". From Radar, how 21-year-old American college student Amanda Knox was framed for murder. A review of Descartes’ Bones: A Skeletal History of the Conflict Between Faith and Reason by Russell Shorto. From Secular Web, a review of Antony Flew's There is a God; and an article on the human origin of the Bible: How Nicaea defined God with a vote. After two decades of increasingly graphic fare, comic book publishers are once again making superheroes safe for kids.

From Foreign Affairs, the Latter-Day Sultan: An article on power and politics in Iran. Five presidents have treated Iran as a threat — the next needs to think of it as an opportunity. Robert Kaplan on what war with Iran in the Gulf could be like. A look at why Israel wouldn't dare attack Iran. From Salon, the Army says no, but a graphic video and eyewitness testimony indicate that a tank killed two American soldiers. Moises Naim on what the lessons of 9/11 could teach the world about the financial crisis. Foggy Bottom may get the personnel it desperately needs, but if the government’s fancy new test is any indication, the American people may not quite want what they get (and take the Foreign Service Challenge). Republic of Vermont II: Can Green Mountain secessionists pull the plug on statehood? Start-Up Town: The quiet little hippie city of Boulder, Colorado has become a serious technology hub. Lee Siegel on how the idea that great literature can improve our lives is a con as old as literature itself. Enough of "art for art's sake": Let's have some art for the sake of humanity, truth and goodness. An interview with Susan Quilliam on revising the 20th century's most famous sex manual. Porn Maze: Porn has many critics; their days, however, are numbered. More on Men to Boys: The Making of Modern Immaturity by Gary Cross. A review of Long Distance Love: A Passion for Football by Grant Farred.

From Fibreculture, Caroline Bassett (Sussex): New Maps for Old? The Cultural Stakes of 2.0; and John Potts (Macquarie): Who’s Afraid of Technological Determinism? An article on the cooling climate "consensus" of 1970s that never was. From TLS, a look at when geology came of age, and how it changed the way we think about our place in the cosmos. The introduction to Corporate Governance: Promises Kept, Promises Broken by Jonathan Macey. Booklovers turn to Karl Marx as financial crisis bites in Germany. Here's a primer to Karl Marx's guide to the end of capitalism. 100 years of financial disasters: This isn't the first financial meltdown, and it won't be the last. A Capitalist Manifesto: Markets remain our best hope for a better future. The Tao of Poop: The meaning of the ultimate euphemism is anything but simple. A study finds 10 years on, high-school social skills predict better earnings than test scores. Berkeley Breathed explains why he is ending his comic strip "Opus". If Bill Maher and his fellow "new atheists" want to be effective, they need to stop preaching to the choir. From America, is the concept of intrinsic evil helpful to the Catholic voter? Here's a just-in-case guide for reporters just in case Obama collapses. From Frontline, you can watch "The Choice 2008" online. Christopher Hayes on how he committed voter fraud.

From Scientific American, a special report on HIV, 25 years later.  From The Atlantic Monthly, what would you do if your son wanted to be a girl? Some doctors have a new and troubling answer; and a review of books on why women should rule. A review of The Impact of Women in Congress by Debra L. Dodson. If the Bradley Effect has disappeared or at least dissipated, it is worth thinking about why. Two families named McCain: Candidate's kin share a history with descendants of slaves. Gordon Wood reviews The Hemingses of Monticello by Annette Gordon-Reed. Michael Weiss on the spectacularly retro end of the Bush era. It can be emotionally overwhelming to see human flesh in high definition — especially when that flesh belongs to a vice-presidential candidate. The way we elect judges is a sham: It’s time we learned more about these be-robed candidates. More and more on The Freedom Agenda: Why America Must Spread Democracy (Just Not the Way George Bush Did) by James Traub. More on John Stuart Mill: Victorian Firebrand by Richard Reeves. Iceland is on the brink of financial ruin — where did it all go wrong? Michael Weiss on the anti-Semite's favorite Jewish prayer. Europe will only have itself to blame for the collapse of its civilization in the second quarter of this century. How do we show our love for New York? We say it with monsters.