From HIOL: Hispanic Issues On Line, a special issue on debating Hispanic Studies. From Peacework, a special issue on El Salvador. The superpower that never was: There was no single event at which Argentina's path diverged permanently from that of the US, but a series of missteps fit a general pattern. An interview with Joshua Cooper Ramo, author of The Age of the Unthinkable: Why the New World Disorder Constantly Surprises Us and What We Can Do About It (and more and more and more). It's possible to make a few observations about the factions forming on the intellectual right as it adjusts to life in the political wilderness. A review of Rowan Williams' Dostoevsky: Language, Faith and Fiction. Daphne Merkin reviews The Blue Hour: A Life of Jean Rhys by Lilian Pizzichini. A review of Marc Bousquet's How the University Works: Higher Education and the Low-Wage Nation. Searching for Shangri-La: Two visions of the future compete for the soul of China’s western frontier. An interview with Jean Bethke Elshtain, author of Sovereignty: God, State, and Self. From TED, Nate Silver on picking apart the puzzle of racism in elections. From The Chronicle, we ill-serve students by having them study literature through the filter of a school of criticism — let outstanding writing, first and foremost, represent itself.

From The Space Review, a review of License to Orbit: The Future of Commercial Space Travel by Joseph Pelton and Peter Marshall; and an article on revisiting “Tourists in Space”. John Zmirak on the Amazing Catholic Bullshit Generator. Jonathan Israel is perfectly suited to be one of the star guests for the 2008 World Congress of Philosophy, which aimed to rethink philosophy. A review of The American Future: A History by Simon Schama. Supreme Reforms: How the nation's highest court could be improved. The first chapter from Taming the River: Negotiating the Academic, Financial, and Social Currents in Selective Colleges and Universities by Camille Charles, Mary Fischer, Margarita Mooney and Douglas Massey. Card check is dead — unions are surprisingly bad at politics. Leave them kids alone: A review of books on children and parenting. Timothy Garton Ash on how this epochal crisis requires us to resolve the paradox of capitalism (and a look at how Plato can help us). Queer developments: How did Washington miss the generational shift toward gay marriage? An article on natural happiness and the self-centered case for environmentalism. How the Left turned to the Right: Liberal over-sensitivity to the beliefs of others is undermining freedom of speech, giving reactionaries an easy ride.

From First Principles, an article on Charles A. Beard, the Progressive historian as inadvertent conservative; and an excerpt from The Great Books: A Journey Through 2,500 Years of the West’s Classic Literature. A review of In Mortal Hands: A Cautionary History of the Nuclear Age by Stephanie Cooke. A review of Global Catastrophes and Trends: The Next Fifty Years by Vaclav Smil. Daniele Archibugi on the prospects for cosmopolitan democracy. Clout of Africa: A bevy of recent publications suggests that Africa may be in the midst of its own literary boom. Will hedge funds survive? Martin J. Gross investigates. Where the wild things are: We’re about to get a peek at the solar system’s final frontier. The Finnish national epic, the Kalevala, was compiled in the early 19th century from a much older oral tradition — can it possibly have anything to teach the modern reader? Only a handful have ever been found before, but none like her: Her name is Lyuba, a one-month-old baby mammoth. A review of Doctoral Education and the Faculty of the Future by Ronald G. Ehrenberg and Charlotte V. Kuh. The first chapter from Neck Deep: The Disastrous Presidency of George W. Bush by Robert Parry, Sam Parry and Nat Parry. Why the West is Boyle'd: The West still has no idea what kind of trouble it's in.

From The Exiled, meet the horrible new Obama-Era elite, or “All The President’s Middlebrows” (Cass Sunstein, Martha Nussbaum and Samantha Power); and an article on Myron Scholes, Nobel Prize winner, con man and high priest of derivative divinity. From First Things, the problem with our discourse — are you ready for this brilliant insight? — is that some people are jerks and some people are too nice. A review of Islands: A Trip Through Space and Time by Peter Conrad (and more). From Taki's Mag, nature’s points are finite, but nevertheless incredibly subtle and rich — we would be wise not to neglect the wisdom of ages that it reflects; and on stuff white people like: The subtle art of exclusion. Fringe No More: Five extremist parties that, whether it's thanks to the financial crisis or security fears, are quickly finding their way into the mainstream. New Scientist goes inside the tangled world of string theory; and will designer brains divide humanity? Brian Greene on why questions, not answers, make science the ultimate adventure. When times get tough, women get naked? Well, some do, and many others have started to consider it. Where fan mail goes to get answered: Mail Mann is one of a small handful of companies that has taken over a job once handled solely by movie studios.