Robert Gooding (ANU): The State of the Disicipline, The Discipline of the State (from the Oxford Handbooks of Political Science). Coburn vs. the Political Scientists: It would be an enormous mistake to defund political science research. Is Marc Ambinder "hatin’ on poli sci"? John Sides investigates (and more, and Ezra Kelin on the problem with campaign books). Here are some practical suggestions for reporters, bloggers, and others who want to know what's up according to the political scientists. Model Behavior: Political scientists Stephen Majeski and David Sylvan question the usefulness of Bruce Bueno de Mesquita's predictioneering. Jennifer L. Hochschild (Harvard): If Democracies Need Informed Voters, Why Is It Democratic to Expand Enfranchisement? A review of When the People Speak: Deliberative Democracy and Public Consultation by James Fishkin. John Parkinson on how there is more — much more — to “deliberative democracy” than deliberative polling. A review of Bryan Caplan's The Myth of the Rational Voter. The myth of the rational voter: Politics involves much more than the calculations of rational choice theory. Why do people vote? Satoshi Kanazawa investigates (and part 2 and part 3). A review of The Political Gene: How Darwin’s Ideas Changed Politics by Dennis Sewell (and more). Your genes may determine whether you cling furiously to your political beliefs or cast them aside at a shift in the breeze. Andrew Gelman on internal vs. external coherence in political ideology. It's long been noted that power corrupts, but it also makes people hypocrites, too.

From Kulturos barai, whereas in postmodernism, being was left in a free-floating fabric of emotional intensities, in contemporary culture the existence of the self is affirmed through the network itself. Dinty Moore on Mr. Plimpton’s Revenge: A Google Map Essay. Here are sample chapters from A Theory of Enclaves by Evgeny Vinokurov. A review of Our Dark Side: A History of Perversion by Elisabeth Roudinesco. What’s wrong with Muslims? Satoshi Kanazawa on how being Muslim is unlike being anything else in today’s world. Editor & Publisher has resumed publication in print and online following its sale Thursday to Duncan McIntosh Co. Inc. (and more), and Kirkus Reviews is working toward an arrangement with an acquiring company to continue publication. Daniel Gross on why Beijing is making a mistake with Google. From Flavorpill, here's the culture roundup to end all roundups. Driving Miss Lazy: Greg Beato writes in praise of drive-through. Gideon Rachman on why bankruptcy could be good for America. Christopher Hayes reviews Interesting Times: Writings from a Turbulent Decade by George Packer (and more and more). Architecture student Magnus Larsson details his bold plan to transform the harsh Sahara desert using bacteria and a surprising construction material: the sand itself. It’s an unstoppable buzzword, but has professionalism gone too far? Briggs Armstrong has decided that he's going to pay for as many things as is practicable using only two-dollar bills. Love and Death in Indiana: Black, gay professor Don Belton is murdered in cold blood in Bloomington; Scott McLemee looks into a hate crime.

From Cato Journal, David Skarbek and Peter Leeson (George Mason): What Can Aid Do?; and Andrei Shleifer (Harvard): Peter Bauer and the Failure of Foreign Aid. From Newsweek, an article on reasons behind Haiti’s poverty. Joshuia Keating on Haiti, the unluckiest country. Nothing going for them and now the earthquake. The history of Haiti’s vulnerability to natural disasters is long and complex, but the essence of it seems clear enough. The Ghosts of Port-au-Prince: Why is Haiti so haunted? Daniel Erikson investigates. Justin Fox reviews Jared Diamond's Haiti story (and an excerpt form Collapse). How can we ensure that Haiti becomes a functioning nation? Eight experts give their prescriptions (and more by Jeffrey Sachs). Tunku Varadarajan on why Haiti's earthquake is France's problem. Haiti didn't become a poor nation all on its own: Carl Lindskoog on the U.S's hidden role in the disaster. Our role in Haiti's plight: If we are serious about assisting this devastated land we must stop trying to control and exploit it. Haiti, the land where children eat mud: What is the West doing to rescue the "nightmare republic"? To patch up a dying country and call it a rescue would leave Haiti forsaken, and not by God. The UN should relocate to Haiti: Haiti and the world would benefit from UN headquarter's relocation to Port-au-Prince. Averting Disaster: Calamities like the Haiti quake aren't just predictable — they're preventable. Haiti earthquake disaster little surprise to some seismologists. Here's a Haiti Earthquake FAQ. From TED, Lalitesh Katragadda on making maps to fight disaster, build economies.

Martha Nussbaum (Chicago): Roger Williams on Religious Freedom: The Universal Protects the Particular. Janet Nelson (Meredith): Walter Rauschenbusch and the Social Gospel: A Hopeful Theology for the Twenty-first Century Economy. A review of God’s Economy: Faith-Based Initiatives and the Caring State by Lew Daly. A review of A Place at the Table: George Eldon Ladd and the Rehabilitation of Evangelical Scholarship in America by John D'elia. A review of Predestination: The American Career of a Contentious Doctrine by Peter Thuesen. A review of Christian America and the Kindgom of God by Richard Hughes. Sarah Curtis (Monash): Sarah Palin’s JerUSAlem and Pentecostal Faith: A Hysteric Symptom of American Utopianism? From Swans, Michael Barker on the Religious Right and World Vision's "charitable" evangelism. From CT, a review of Boundless Faith: The Global Outreach of American Churches by Robert Wuthnow and The New Shape of World Christianity: How American Experience Reflects Global Faith by Mark Noll; and a review essay on religion in the American South. Amy Sullivan reviews Prophet of Purpose: The Life of Rick Warren by Jeffery Sheler. From Church & State, an interview with Ronald Flowers, co-author of Religious Freedom and the Supreme Court; an interview with Frederick Lane, author of The Court and the Cross: The Religious Right’s Crusade to Reshape the Supreme Court; and an interview with Jay Wexler, author of Holy Hullabaloos: A Road Trip to the Battlegrounds of the Church/State Wars. A review of Reading Jesus: A Writer's Encounter with the Gospels by Mary Gordon (and more).