From Amsterdam Law Forum, William D. Araiza (Brooklyn): Campaign Finance Regulation: The Resilence of the American Model. From The Week, why you should (or shouldn't) be worried by the Supreme Court's new ruling on big business and elections. Who is helped, or hurt, by the Citizens United decision?: A debate. From NYRB, Ronald Dworkin on the "devastating" decision in Citizens United. Money isn't speech and corporations aren't people: The misguided theories behind the Supreme Court's ruling on campaign finance reform. Craig Calhoun on your cousins the corporations (and their rights of free speech). Does corporate money lead to political corruption? What will the Supreme Court's campaign finance ruling really change? Judicial activism from the Right: The Supreme Court's recklessness in the corporate speech case is in sharp contrast to another decision issued the same day. The Supreme Court delivers the goods to corporations — where's the religious opposition now? Chase Foster on what the U.S. Supreme Court's disastrous decision means for you. Hoist your pitchforks: EJ Dionne on how it's time for angry Americans to march on the Supreme Court. The man who took down campaign finance reform: A profile of James Bopp Jr., the conservative lawyer behind the Supreme Court case that will flood elections with corporate cash. Is the likely impact of the campaign finance ruling overblown? The flood of corporate money is already here. How to counter corporate speech: Every American should get a $50 tax credit to donate to a candidate. High-Court Hypocrisy: Dick Durbin's got a good idea.

The inaugural issue of Talent Development and Excellence is out. Robert Delahunty (St. Thomas) and John Yoo (Berkeley): Kant, Habermas and Democratic Peace. From The Brooklyn Rail, wearing me: Rebecca Armstrong on a tale of T-shirts; and an interview with Mark Millhone, author of The Patron Saint of Used Cars and Second Chances. From Axess, a special issue on multiculturalism, including an introduction; an essay on how culture became ideology: There is much that unites "culturalism" on the right and the left; and why imagination is the enemy of tyranny. There appears to be a strong new trend in cultural tourism called grief tourism or thanatourism. Rachel Aviv on Schizophrenic Memoirs: While there are countless autobiographies by writers who have lost their sanity, memoirs of schizophrenia are a rarer breed. From American Sexuality, Kane Race on the queer politics of drugs. From Armed Forces Journal, Ralph Peters on the damage done: The Bush administration discredited crucial strategic concepts. A review of Your Flying Car Awaits: Robot Butlers, Lunar Vacations, and Other Dead-Wrong Predictions of the Twentieth Century by Paul Milo. A review of The Artist, the Philosopher, and the Warrior: The Intersecting Lives of Da Vinci, Machiavelli, and Borgia and the World They Shaped by Paul Strathern. Haiti and the Dominican Republic may share one island but their histories unfolded quite differently. Alex Soojung-Kim Pang on the evil futurists’ guide to world domination: How to be successful, famous, and wrong. Fortune profiles Jon Winkelried, the man who walked away from Goldman Sachs.

From Common Ground, Geoff Olson on the Collective Unconscious 2.0: The mythic imagination’s new operating system. John Gray on the end of a dream: Unreality is the defining feature of the fashionable ideas of the past decade — perhaps only a more serious crisis will overturn these delusive fancies. Martin Wolf on the challenges of managing our post-crisis world. From the Worldwatch Institute, a special report on the State of the World 2010: From Madison Avenue to Mad Max? There is talk now of a Digital Dark Ages brought about either by info-hating nomads or some accident — we are as vulnerable now as Europeans were in the 12th century. Arran Gare (Swinburne): Philosophical Anthropology, Ethics and Political Philosophy in an Age of Impending Catastrophe. From Adbusters, glimpsing the Apocalypse: We live in a mythical era, a time that surpasses legend; and an editorial on Philosophy at Zero Point: Have we reached systemic collapse and civilizational crisis? (and a reponse: Ironicality 101: Adbusters’ war on your little sister’s flannel leggings). More and more and more on Megadisasters: The Science of Predicting the Next Catastrophe by Florin Diacu. Does the sweet tooth for catastrophe scenarios really span eras and continents, or is it just one of our self-defeating Western eccentricities? Apocalypse literature now, and then: Writers have been imagining the end of the world since soon after it began, but today's practitioners deliver a new kind of bleakness. Here's a thought experiment envisioning a civilization recovery plan. Five reasons for optimism: As awful as the times may seem, they also contain seeds of hope.

Suzanne Preston Blier (Harvard): Animalia: the Natural World, Art, and Theory. From Intellectum, an interview with Ernesto Laclau on the uses of populism, why radical democracy has nothing to do with liberalism, and how lack of political competition benefits the far-Right. From Discover, Delthia Ricks on the intellectual property fight that could kill millions. From The Believer, might some new style be necessary, one that’s neither “plain” nor “lyrical” but dissolves the line between all such easy polarities? From The Exiled, Mark Ames on Being Tim Geithner: A brief excursion into the marble-floored mind of our Treasury Secretary; and Cakewalking into Yemen: One more chapter in the decline and dementia of America’s war party. On first looking into Chapman’s Holden: Daniel Stashower on speculations on a murder. Repression's Capital, Europe's Canary: Kafka's home city of Prague has a lot to hide — these unwelcome truths are bad for business. From Double X, a look at how the earthquake killed Haiti's feminist movement. Is aid without climate adaptation a waste of time? All camped out: A look at how Glee became an after-school special. Secularism and multiculturalism: An encounter with Charles Taylor. An interview with Martin Amis on his new book, Philip Larkin's sex life, and why JM Coetzee is no good. Peter Augustine Lawler on our hero Socrates, the introduction to Nalin Ranasinghe’s Socrates in the Underworld: On Plato’s Gorgias. The police suicide problem: Being a cop is a dangerous job and not just for the obvious reasons — suicide kills more officers every year than homicides or accidents at work.

Gordon G. Gallup, Jr., Mary M. Finn, and Becky Sammis (SUNY-Albany): On the Origin of Descended Scrotal Testicles: The Activation Hypothesis. From Scientific American, why do human testicles hang like that? Stacey Grenrock Woods on the case of the disappearing testicle. J R Harding on the case of the haunted scrotum. Ball to the wall: Tony Perrottet on the origins of the Hitler testicle story. "Blue Balls": A diagnostic consideration in testiculoscrotal pain in young adults. A review of Manhood: the Rise and Fall of the Penis by Mels van Driel (and more). Should the definition of micropenis vary according to ethnicity? Intersexuality: Sex is a complicated thing to define. A review of "You've Changed": Sex Reassignment and Personal Identity. What makes a woman? The case of Caster Semenya proves that we simply don't know. A review of How Women Got Their Curves and Other Just-So Stories by David Barash and Judith Eve Lipton. What an anti-climax: G-spot is a myth (and more and more and more). A look at the 6 weirdest things women do to their vaginas. A review of How Sex Works: Why We Look, Smell, Taste, Feel, and Act the Way We Do by Sharon Moalem. From LiveScience, here's a video of an MRI that reveals organs during sex. From top to bottom: Where does sex live in the brain? From maze-like genitalia and terrifying spikes to ornamental handicaps, evolution seems to have found some seriously stupid designs for sex. Sex, one of the great mysteries of evolutionary biology, becomes even more complicated when scientists study it in yeast. There are so many simpler ways to reproduce than sex, so how did such an inefficient system triumph over other reproductive methods? A look at how life without sex works.

Jahangir Amuzegar (MEPC): Iran's Oil as a Blessing and a Curse (reg. req.). Damon Golriz (The Hague): Investment in Social Sciences: Key to a Democratic Iran. A review of The Persians: Ancient, Mediaeval and Modern Iran by Homa Katouzian. A review of A History of Iran: Empire of the Mind by Michael Axworthy. The current turmoil is Iran is not a result of the alleged election fraud, but of thirty years of brutality frustration. Hooman Majd on Iran's Green Movement: It's a civil rights movement, not a revolution. Miller-McCune goes inside the cyberwar for Iran's future. Abbas Milani on Iran's people, Iran's pulpits. A series of political defections and a new poll proves that Ahmadinejad is losing support among the conservatives who once made up his base (and more). Ayatollah Khomeini’s grandsons supporting the reformers, demonstrations in the holy city of Qom? This is a new generation of resistance. In Qom, the site of Iran’s secret uranium-enrichment facility, the Islamic Revolution remains as strong as ever. Iranian regime's days are numbered: An interview with Shirin Ebadi. As Iran returns to the headlines, Robert Irwin considers the range of commentary on the regime and its modern historical context. American foreign policy pundits are the equivalent of what in a different context Martin Luther King Jr called "the white moderates". The Greening of Islam: How the Iranian uprising has transformed Shiism. The music does not remain the same: Can western music foment revolution in Iran? A review of My Prison, My Home: One Woman's Story of Captivity in Iran by Haleh Esfandiari. Doug Ireland reviews Sexual Politics in Modern Iran by Janet Afary.

Turf Warrior: Can Dennis Blair save U.S. intelligence? The all-singing, all-dancing Elizabethan stage: Sexually explicit jigs were a major part of the attraction of the Elizabethan, Jacobean and Restoration stage. An excerpt from Doctoring the Mind: Is Our Current Treatment of Mental Illness Really Any Good? by Richard P. Bentall. From TAC, Andrew Bacevich on how America has an impressive record of starting wars but a dismal one of ending them well. Mark Sarvas on Literary Losers: Long before reviewers tyrannically demanded sympathetic and likable protagonists, literature was reliably populated by leading men of a less bland stripe. Is proposition "no left turn" a right wing conspiracy or the perfect answer to traffic and lung congestion? From Wired, a look at obscure hobbies for obsessive geeks. How the Enquirer exposed the John Edwards affair: The former senator might be your attorney general today if our reporters hadn't stuck with the story. A Pilgrimage to SkyMall: Can a trip to its headquarters make for documentary art, or just a closer look at solar-powered mole repellers? What the pending International Court of Justice decision on Kosovo’s independence will mean for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. How do you say "quickie" in French? Tony Perrottet on Napoleon's frequent (and fast!) lovemaking. Albert-Laszlo Barabasi and James Fowler discuss contagion and the Obama campaign, debate the natural selection of robustness, and ask: Is society turning inward? Damn Orwell: He has the gall to call into question the very notion of writing about pop culture during times of strife, which is to say, at all times.

Rachael Goodman and Cirecie West-Olatunji (Florida): Traumatic Stress, Systemic Oppression, and Resilience in Post-Katrina New Orleans. A review of Ten Hills Farm: The Forgotten History of Slavery in the North by C.S. Manegold (and more). An article on the extraordinary story of the hanging of the black man who owned slaves. Clay Risen reviews We Ain’t What We Ought to Be: The Black Freedom Struggle from Emancipation to Obama by Stephen Tuck and Dark Days, Bright Nights: From Black Power to Barack Obama by Peniel Joseph (and more). A review of The End of White World Supremacy: Black Internationalism and the Problem of the Color Line by Roderick Bush. From PUP, the introduction to Fighting for Democracy: Black Veterans and the Struggle Against White Supremacy in the Postwar South by Christopher Parker; and the introduction to Little Rock: Race and Resistance at Central High School by Karen Anderson. A review of Levittown: Two Families, One Tycoon, and the Fight for Civil Rights in America's Legendary Suburb by David Kushner. A review of Family Properties: Race, Real Estate, and the Exploitation of Black Urban America by Beryl Satter. A review of Liberalism, Black Power, and the Making of American Politics, 1965-1980 by Devin Fergus. A review of The Assassination of Fred Hampton: How the FBI and the Chicago Police Murdered a Black Panther by Jeffrey Haas. An excerpt from The War Before: The True Life Story of Becoming a Black Panther, Keeping the Faith in Prison, and Fighting for Those Left Behind by Safiya Bukhari. The first chapter from African American History for Dummies by Ronda Penrice.

From the Annual Review of Critical Psychology, a special issue on Jacques Lacan, including Carl Cederstrom (Lund): Lacan Goes Business; Calum Neill (Edinburgh Napier): Who Wants to Be in Rational Love?; an interview with Slavoj Zizek; and an interview with Karolos Kambelopoulos, Lacan’s hairdresser for a decade. Misinformation hurts national security: Ronald Noble, secretary general of Interpol, responds to Newt Gingrich and conservative bloggers. A look at the 7 most WTF post-fame celebrity careers. From Anthurium, Elvira Pulitano (Cal Poly): Landscape, Memory and Survival in the Fiction of Edwidge Danticat. The Haiti crisis did not start with the earthquake: An interview with Nicholas Laughlin, editor of The Caribbean Review of Books. Clearing space for the utopian imagination: George Scialabba’s What Are Intellectuals Good For? is a liberal book conservatives can admire. From The Big Money, Marion Maneker on Amazon's self-defeating war on publishers (and an update). From CJR, Adam Federman on Moscow’s new rules: Islands of press freedom in a country of control. From The Progressive, a series of articles on remembering Howard Zinn. The odd world of digital groupies: Doree Shafrir goes inside the bizarre world of extreme internet fandom. The Blair mission: He didn’t lie over WMD — rather, his failings were poor judgement combined with a fatal moral fervour. Dumb-dumb bullets: As a decision-making aid, PowerPoint is a poor tool. From New Geography, an article on suburbs and cul-de-sacs: Is the romance over? A review of Piracy: The Intellectual Property Wars from Gutenberg to Gates by Adrian Johns (and get Piracy free today only from the University of Chicago Press).

From TPM, Luciano Floridi finds you only live twice with Second Life. What happened to Second Life? Not long ago it was everywhere — today you'd be forgiven for asking if it's still going. SimCity Baghdad: A new computer game lets army officers practice counterinsurgency off the battlefield. Research suggests video games can help adults process information much faster and improve their abilities to reason and solve problems and that the art of creating computer games can boot student skills. Your brain's got game: Size of brain region predicts videogame performance, and perhaps more. Here are some surprising statistics about video games, and who exactly is playing them. A review of A Casual Revolution: Reinventing Video Games and Their Players by Jesper Juul. From Prospect, videogames are no longer the preserve of adolescent males in dark bedrooms — their emergence as a social medium is changing the way we work, learn and fight wars; and World of Warcraft has transformed the way we think about videogames and popular culture — but it's also helped to change the way we think about ourselves. The media has labelled them "murder simulators", linked them to depression and held them accountable for childhood obesity — but there's another side to videogames that the mainstream media doesn't seem to want you to know about. Philip K. Dick’s fiction is a defense of the validity of video games because despite the fact that they are not real, his stories argue that there is still something valid in the artificial. A look at 8 horribly misguided "futuristic" video game controllers.