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.