William I. Robinson (UCSB): Theories of Globalization. Alex Evans (NYU), Bruce Jones (Brookings) and David Steven (Demos): Confronting the Long Crisis of Globalization: Risk, Resilience and International Order. From Globalization, Agreement Lathi Jotia (Botswana): Globalization, Education and the Birth of a Democratically Active Global Citizen; and Kathleen R. Smythe (Xavier): The Dangers of Teaching About Globalization. Nayan Chanda (Yale): Runaway Globalization Without Governance. From The Globalist, Stephan Richter on the future of globalism after Copenhagen. A needier era: An article on the politics of global disruption, and how they may change. Globalization on the rocks: David Ransom argues that a corporate shipwreck lies behind the collapse of financial markets. Trade and militarism: Daron Acemoglu and Pierre Yared on the political limits to globalisation. From The National Interest, the increasing disorder of our world will lead eventually to a sort of global ennui mixed with a disturbingly large dose of individual extremism and dogmatic posturing by states. The scary new rich: The global middle class is more unstable and less liberal than we thought. Kidnapping in the developing world is a grim byproduct of globalization, and a strange and shadowy ransom industry has grown to protect and retrieve the victims — but are all the consultants and insurers really just part of the problem? A review of Sonic Boom: Globalization at Mach Speed by Gregg Easterbrook (and more and more and more). In praise of hybridity: Ales Debeljak on globalization and the modern western paradigm. Towards global diversity: The combination of high technology and the market has produced new kind of economy and culture. Globalization unchecked: A look at how Western media suffocates real culture. 


John A. Davis (Conn): Greece in Contemporary English-language Historiographical Perspectives. New research supports the notion that we fixate on enemies, and inflate their power, as a defense mechanism against generalized anxiety. An interview with anthropologist Lionel Tiger on faith and sexual behaviour, why religion comforts us, and how churches act as "serotonin factories". A look at how the emergence of reggaeton has proven problematic, calling into question many notions of race and identity. Why women don't want macho men: New research suggests that women from countries with healthier populations prefer more feminine-looking men; Jena Pincott on the science behind attraction and masculinity, and the future for manly men (and is Arthur Sulzberger a girly-man?). The Prize Lies of a Nazi Tycoon: Alfred Toepfer posed as a peacemaker in postwar Europe and lavished awards on British artists; unknown to them, he played a key role in the Third Reich and helped war criminals flee justice. From Swans, Michael Doliner on a short history of stupidity (and part 2). From St. Austin Review, an article on GK Chesterton, fairy tale philosopher. The Planned Parenthood Federation of America serves a critical role in contemporary society, not as a harbinger of charity and health, but instead as an integral humanitarian tool in capitalism's war against life. China is now laying claim to the Arctic, bringing to six the number of countries vying for rights to the resource-laden region. The US government is cracking down on misleading advertising; shouldn't political propaganda be included in the discussion? Fashion may sound like an odd subject for a futurist to think about, but it's often an indicator of broader cultural trends around sexuality, material technology, gender roles, and money.


The United States mostly lies between the 30th and 45th parallels — now isn't that just the very best of temperate climes? A review of Bargaining for Eden: The Fight for the Last Open Spaces in America by Stephen Trimble. American Pastoral: A review of Ken Burns's works on the National Parks. The phenomenon of public gathering is by no means unique to America, but the contemporary U.S. landscape is full of environments, both built and natural, with an undeniable magnetism for crowds. The easy way to purify our geography: If it's named for a scoundrel, change the namesake. The strange fruit of desperation: How con men and paranoiacs learned to love the Hardin huskow. Jane Ciabattari on Writing the West: The stories told in these books arise from this bitterly inhospitable, starkly beautiful landscape. Welcome to Ecotopia: As the Pacific Northwest goes green, it is becoming more estranged with the rest of the country. In Salt Lake City’s suburbs, the newest great dead American economy lies in wake atop the rumblings of the last one. Why is Joel Kotkin extolling the virtues of suburbia? Immigrants and the Suburban Influx: They used to flock to big cities — that's changing, as the Atlanta suburb of Gwinnett County is discovering. To the people of the small American city of Fort Hood, Texas, war is nothing new. To live in a small town is to be connected, and not electronically or digitally; rather, it means to be connected to people in the flesh, to actual places, to land and buildings, to a common past. Can old-fashioned New England ingenuity solve some of our most intractable global problems? Bill McKibben on how New England can save the world (and part 2). Vermont Libre: Imagine Free Vermont, the Switzerland of North America — but why doesn't Vermont just annex itself to Canada and get it over with?


From the Mises Institute, an essay on a libertarian approach to the ethics and economics of adoption in Haiti — and a defense of orphanages. The Puppet Master and the Apprentice: Ronnie Burkett, one of the world’s great puppeteers finds renewal — for himself and his art form — in mentorship. Behind the consumer agency idea is fiery advocate Elizabeth Warren. The world that Tiger Woods created — golf as a lucrative sport, golf as pop culture — is deep in the rough; can he get it back out? From New Statesman, a special issue on David Cameron and the conservatives. A review of Red Tory: How Left and Right Have Broken Britain and How We Can Fix it by Phillip Blond. Is civility dead, and and if not, are social media trying to kill it? An interview with Tony Judt: "I am not pessimistic in the very long run". Retrieving the idea of progress: Brian O’Connor explains why Adorno is not the enemy of the Enlightenment. Experiments suggest rats are able to cooperate and adjust tactics depending on the strategy of their opponent, when put in a Prisoner’s Dilemma scenario. Capitalists beware: No less a journal than Nature has just published a paper proving conclusively that the human brain is a Communist. What's fascinating in the steady onslaught of new incidences of previous cover-ups of child rape and molestation in the Catholic hierarchy is the notion that the hierarchs tended to see child rape as a sin rather than a crime. Matt Taibbi on how the Catholic Church is a criminal enterprise. A review of How Many Friends Does One Person Need? Dunbar's Number and Other Evolutionary Quirks by Robin Dunbar. You’ve come a long way, maybe?: Nicole Rudick reviews Mom by Rebecca Jo Plant. From Writ, Steve Sheppard on how the torture lawyers broke the law, and why they must be punished.


Not human, not Neanderthal, what is she? Researchers identify possible new human group with DNA from bone (and more and more and more). A look at 6 human character flaws (that saved the species). A caring god would not have designed us like this: A review of Inside the Human Genome: A Case for Non-intelligent Design by John Avise (and more). The first chapter from Genetics For Dummies by Tara Rodden Robinson. It's not just financial markets that experience bubbles, society does too — and the Human Genome Project is a perfect example. Do-it-yourself genetic engineering: In the burgeoning field of synthetic biology, even amateur scientists are building life forms. The real promise of synthetic biology: Scientists are closing in on the ability to make life from scratch, with potential consequences both good and bad. Life's code rewritten in four-letter words: A totally new genetic code has been devised, along with the machinery that could make it a biological reality. Reinventing life: A look at the strange and wondrous science of biological technology. A review of How to Defeat Your Own Clone: And Other Tips for Surviving the Biotech Revolution by Kyle Kurpinski and Terry D. Johnson. DNA meets the distribution channel: Reaching the potential of personalized medicine is as much a matter of logistics as science. A review of Who Owns You: The Corporate Gold-Rush to Patent Your Genes by David Koepsell. Who owns your DNA?: Why patenting genes is a bad idea. A review of Observing Bioethics by Renee Fox and Judith Swazey. How might the new Bioethics Commission operate? Fortunately, we have some idea because its new chair, Amy Gutmann, outlined her views on how bioethics commissions should be run. Henry Louis Gates's latest televised genetic odyssey is rich in emotion but lacking in context.


From Perspectives on Politics, Kristin A. Gossa (Duke) and Michael T. Heaneya (Michigan): Organizing Women as Women: Hybridity and Grassroots Collective Action in the 21st Century. A review of The Women's Movement Against Sexual Harassment by Carrie N. Baker. Does Germaine Greer's Female Ennuch still have balls, can it deliver any important life lessons today? How the "new feminism" went wrong: Germaine Greer's free-thinking female eunuch has been replaced by the desperately self-inventing "Madonna", who looks back in shame at the moment in the 1990s when her generation turned its back on feminism. Girls gone anti-feminist: Is ’70s feminism an impediment to female happiness and fulfillment? Feminism hasn’t failed — in the workplace and the family, it’s only just getting started. A decade ago, Jennifer Baumgardner and Amy Richards published their breakthrough work Manifesta and became energetic leaders of feminism's third wave; now, they're helping a younger generation of women make its way. The state of feminism: A review of Living Dolls: The Return of Sexism by Natasha Walter and The Equality Illusion: The Truth About Women & Men Today by Kat Banyard. A review of Enlightened Sexism: The Seductive Message that Feminism's Work is Done by Susan J. Douglas. Jonah Goldberg on where feminists get it right: Women civilize men — ’nuff said. From Prospect, a look at why feminism favours men (and a response). A review of Glamour: Women, History, Feminism by Carol Dyhouse. A review of One Dimensional Woman by Nina Power. An interview with Stephanie Schriock, the new president of Emily’s List. Good news, bad news: What makes for the most gender-egalitarian country in the world? An interview with Marisa Meltzer, author of Girl Power.


From the bloody civil wars in Africa to the rag-tag insurgiences in Southeast Asia, 33 conflicts are raging around the world today, and it’s often innocent civilians who suffer the most. Bottom-up campaigns to educate seafood lovers and sellers about what species are in trouble haven’t turned the tide yet, but there’s still hope they’ll help. A panel on Civil Resistance and Power Politics: The Experience of Non-violent Action from Gandhi to Present by Adam Roberts. Michelle Kerns on book reviewing as a blood sport. Records from two nearly 100-year-old shipwrecks, the Titanic and the Lusitania, have given researchers new insight into human selfishness and altruism. Not a Tourist: Tom Swick on the evolving role of the travel writer in the age of mass tourism and YouTube. We've all heard of "the greatest generation", but what about the contributions made by Americans born during World War II? Lewis Lapham on the Great White Whale in San Francisco Bay, Or: How the “lively arts” became “the media”. Neera Tanden on why politicians don’t always know what’s good for them. Goo Goo Gaga: It's amazing that a music video like "Telephone" can still have such an impact. The Tenure Tracts: Academics Bradford DeLong, John Holbo and Cosma Shalizi try to sift truth from subterfuge in the blogosphere. Loneliness is a cool iPod: Happiness is a warm album cover. The Clay Mathematics Institute announces that Grigoriy Perelman has won the Millennium Prize for his proof of the century old Poincare Conjecture (and more). A two-week punditry free zone: Today’s ramped-up, around-the-clock political journalists could use a break to clear their heads. Smile ’til it hurts: A "Behind the Music"-like look at the perpetually perky, ideologically-motivated singing phenomenon Up With People.


During the 17th century, Britain witnessed the birth of a consumer society, but, as the number of possessions grew, so did the concept of "taste", a subtle and elusive yardstick by which people advertised their social position and sensibilities — the pursuit of taste encouraged, as it still does, competition and conformity. From food supplements to feng shui kits, which "virtuous" products we buy are really wasteful and useless? According to an emerging line of thinking, there are great benefits in meeting the customer’s needs in creative ways that don’t necessarily entail ownership — why own anything? Sacred Enterprise: Capitalism is not only about money; it's about morality. Why social transformation is not a job for the market: Michael Edwards introduces Small Change: Why Business Won't Change the World. A review of Priceless: The Myth of Fair Value (and How to Take Advantage of It) by William Poundstone (and more). A review of The Value of Nothing: How to Reshape Market Society and Redefine Democracy by Raj Patel (and more and more and more). Individuals who grow up during recessions tend to form life-long beliefs, including that success in life depends more on luck than on effort. Mad Men in the He-Cession: An article on masculinity, macaroni, and mayhem in America's financial panics. The case for economic rights: FDR said it and it holds 66 years later — there are benefits and opportunities every American should expect to enjoy. What’s better about being more equal? For how much longer can the wealthy and wretched of the earth coexist? The choices are bleak — either Care Now or Apocalypse Now. A review of Prosperity Without Growth: Economics for a Finite Planet by Tim Jackson. A review of Free: Adventures on the Margins of a Wasteful Society by Katharine Hibbert.


From Global Media Journal, Victoria Ann Newsom (CSU-LA) and Wenshu Lee (LMU): On Nourishing Peace: The Performativity of Activism through the Nobel Peace Prize; Nicholas Zoffel (Manhattanville) and Sarah McGaffey (SJSU): Contributions to Peace Through Professional Wrestling: Examining the Peacekeeper Performances by the Gender Twisted Women of Lucha Libre Femenil; and Priya Kapoor (PSU): Of Moral Positions and Nuclear War: Novelist Arundhati Roy as Peace Activist. Where the consumer is king: Greg Beato writes in praise of mail-order catalogs. From the University of Chicago Press, you can get Ted Cohen's Jokes: Philosophical Thoughts on Joking Matter as a free e-book. From The Nation, without accountability and adequate support for the victims of sexual violence during the Bosnian war, ethnic fault lines could deepen. Say goodbye to one good job —  and, if you’re lucky, hello to many small ones. What can writers learn from Gawker Media? Gaby Darbyshire explains. A top journalist caught on tape with a pile of cocaine and a party girl named Moomoo, an opposition activist filmed handing over a bribe — Michael Idov on the smear campaign that has Moscow abuzz. Star Wars fans and the sins of George Lucas: The fraught relationship between the filmmaker and the public. From The Weekly Standard, Virginia Postrel reviews Glamour: A History by Stephen Gundle and Glamour in Six Dimensions: Modernism and the Radiance of Form by Judith Brown. The Great Catholic Cover-Up: Christopher Hitchens on how the pope's entire career has the stench of evil about it, and why the Catholic priests who abused children and the men who covered it up must be prosecuted. How I found God and peace with my atheist brother: Peter Hitchens traces his journey back to Christianity.


From In These Times, an article on the troubling history of Tea Party leader Dick Armey (and more). American Tea Party Top 40: Tim Murphy on the smash hits of conservative alienation. A look at how that whole "wingnut" movement will make going to the movies look a lot more like going to a health care protest. Whatever their opinions of the Tea Party movement, scholars say a fight over founding principles can be a good thing. How billionaires Charles and David Koch's money took over Washington — and created the mobs who rant against reform. Jay Newton-Small on 5 reasons Republicans should let go of health care. The health care bill is the government’s biggest attack on economic inequality since it began rising in the 1970s. John Richardson on the next questions we should be asking about health care. While some of the more outlandish rumors about health care reform may dissipate, it is likely that misperceptions will linger for years. What will health care look like in 2020? Pelosi's Moment: The House speaker hasn't been a star, but after passing health care reform, she's earned a spot in history. Health-care reform is the signal liberal achievement of Obama’s presidency — Michael Kazin on why it might also be the last. Douglas Brinkley reviews The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama by David Remnick. Damon Linker on liberalism and the American exception. Two cheers for American exceptionalism: President Obama rejects American exceptionalism in a manner never before seen in an American commander in chief. The Rediscovery of America: Matthew Spalding on the best ground from which to repulse the whole progressive project. Bruce Bartlett on David Frum and the closing of the conservative mind. Reappraising the Right: George Nash on the past and future of American conservatism.

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