From LRB, John Gray reviews The Conservative Party: From Thatcher to Cameron by Tim Bale and Back from the Brink: The Inside Story of the Tory Resurrection by Peter Snowdon; a review of Red Tory: How Left and Right Have Broken Britain and How We Can Fix It by Phillip Blond; John Lanchester on the Great British Economy Disaster; and a review essay on human rights in Great Britain. Deborah, Duchess of Devonshire, regrets the passing of the stiff upper lip, but Christopher Howse wonders if upper lips can't sometimes be too stiff. Why do British comedians not talk about black people, and when is a Hitler moustache funny? From FT, John Lloyd on a social vision for the world after socialism: Capitalism need not conform to Adam Smith’s rules of marketplace behaviour as interpreted by our financial masters of the universe. The sperm lottery: Labour is obsessed with redistribution and the Tories with inheritance tax — what is to be done? Blahspeak: Stefan Collini reviews Unleashing Aspiration: The Final Report of the Panel on Fair Access to the Professions; British Social Attitudes: The 26th Report; and An Anatomy of Economic Inequality in the UK: Report of the National Equality Panel. A review of Is God Still an Englishman?: How We Lost Our Faith (But Found New Soul) by Cole Moreton. A review of Olympic Cities: 2012 and the Remaking of London. Olympic host cities have a poor track record when it comes to urban regeneration, but the 2012 Games can be different — if we allow for a little DIY alongside the big developers. Hari Kunzru on London Underground: Like any large city, London is a place of subcultures, most of which don’t find a place in mainstream lives or in mainstream writing. A review of The English Marriage: Tales of Love, Money and Adultery by Maureen Waller.

Joseph W. Dellapenna (Villanova): Behind the Red Curtain: Environmental Concerns and the End of Communism. From The New York Observer, Leon Neyfakh on the Yaliens among us. From the Annals of Improbable Research, a look at a study on taking a shower in youth hostels and the risks and delights of heterogeneity. Have you read Heidegger's Sein und Zeit? Scott McLemee on a swearing rabbit, or puppy, or whatever it is. Switzerland has been gripped by the story of a senior consultant with light fingers in his genes; Laura Spinney reports from Lausanne. From Dissent, Marcellus Andrews on the political economy of the trapped: There is still hope for a different future, one in which a strong left-liberal party and movement help establish a place for itself by fighting for economic and social justice and slowly building its base. From Uncommon Knowledge, a look back at Christopher Hitchens and William F. Buckley Jr. on the Sixties (and part 2 and part 3 and part 4 and part 5). First Mother Teresa, then Henry Kissinger, now the pope — what is Christopher Hitchens’ problem? The Freeloaders: How a generation of file-sharers is ruining the future of entertainment. Jed Lipinski reviews Milk, Sulphate, and Alby Starvation by Martin Millar. The first chapter from Social Structures by John Levi Martin (and more). Can a resuscitated left-wing publication — a print publication! — thrive in the hostile economic conditions of 2010? The editors of The Baffler are betting it can. A world without planes: Philosopher, writer and recent writer-in-residence at Heathrow airport Alain de Botton imagines a world without aircraft. Theologian Hans Kung says the Catholic Church is in its in worst credibility crisis since Reformation. Rent-A-Front: A new group wages stealth astroturf battle against Wall Street reform.

The first chapter from Forbidden Fruit: Counterfactuals and International Relations by Richard Ned Lebow (and more). The first chapter from The Power of Legitimacy: Assessing the Role of Norms in Crisis Bargaining by Christopher Gelpi. The first chapter from How Enemies Become Friends: The Sources of Stable Peace by Charles A. Kupchan. A review of Dominion from Sea to Sea: Pacific Ascendancy and American Power by Bruce Cumings. A panel on Superpower Illusions: How Myths and False Ideologies Led America Astray — and How to Return to Reality by Jack F. Matlock. America, the fragile empire: Here today, gone tomorrow — could the United States fall that fast? Forget those stories about Japan and Europe outpacing America. An excerpt from Shifting Superpowers: The New and Emerging Relationships Between the United States, China and India by Martin Sieff. A review of Cleo Paskal's Global Warring: How Environmental, Economic and Political Crises Will Redraw the World Map. From The National, for the world’s rising powers, co-operation holds more promise than renewed competition. Gillian Tett on the story of the Brics (and more and more). Obama's Tango: An article on restoring US leadership in Latin America. Henry Nau on Obama’s foreign policy: The swing away from Bush — how far to go? Michael Abramowitz and Lawrence Woocher on how genocide became a national security threat and what Barack Obama should do about it. The Obama Doctrine, Revisited: The administration's effort to transform American foreign policy has been much more successful abroad than it has been at home. The end of diplomacy: Once up a time, Americans achieved great things abroad — no longer (and a response). A short visual history of presidential BFFs, and why Obama needs his own global buddy.

Margaret A. Smith (KSC) and Joseph B. Berger (UMass): Women's Ways of Drinking: College Women, High-Risk Alcohol Use, and Negative Consequences. Lindsay Palmer (UC-Riverside): Gender as the Next Top Model of Global Consumer-Citizenship. From World History Connected, a special issue on women and world history. From Gender Forum, a special issue on eccentricity and gender. Christina Hoff Sommers on equal pay day reality check: The claim that American women as a group face systemic wage discrimination is groundless. Toril Moi on Simone de Beauvoir's The Second Sex (and more and more). Little Grrrls Lost: Angry, anti-capitalist punk girl bands power the economy. Revolution, Girl-Style — Shhh: Riot grrrl moves out of the streets and into the library. More on Girl Power: The Nineties Revolution in Music by Marisa Meltzer. Ready or not, Girl Comics is out. A review of Resistance Behind Bars: The Struggle of Incarcerated Women by Victoria Law. A review of Ariel Gore's Bluebird: Women and the New Psychology of Happiness (and more). Sex and the single black woman: How the mass incarceration of black men hurts black women. Lisa Belkin on what her mother’s new life can teach us about the modern wife. Ursula Le Guin won the Hugo award with a thought experiment in sexual politics, The Left Hand of Darkness, but was she guilty of succumbing to sexism herself? A review of I Am an Emotional Creature: The Secret Life of Girls Around the World by Eve Ensler. The case for open borders: Scott Locklin on foreign replacements for American women. The birth-control pill afforded us great freedom but also the anxiety that comes along with having so much control over procreation. A review of The Lolita Effect: The Media Sexualization of Young Girls and What We Can Do About It by MG Durham.

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of Identity Threat . From Scientific American, an article on the neural advantage of speaking 2 languages. A look at how the transfer of brand names from one language market to another is inherently a tricky business. From On the Human, Terrence Deacon on rethinking the natural selection of human language. Is the world really poorer without Bo? The death of tribal languages is sometimes a good thing, revealing the itchy dynamism of human society. Could written language be rendered obsolete, and what should we demand in return? The puzzling paradox of sign language: It takes longer to sign words than to say them, so how is it possible to sign and speak at the same rate? A review of Lost Languages: The Enigma of the World’s Undeciphered Scripts by Andrew Robinson. They get to me: Psycholingist Jessica Love confesses her strong attraction to pronouns. The many voices of the web: New combinations of human and computer translation are making web pages available in foreign languages. Watch what you're saying! Linguist David Crystal on Twitter, texting and our native tongue. This thing we call language is fragile, it must not be taken for granted, and all of us need to pay careful attention to how we communicate, especially when it comes to the written word. From Triple Canopy, Joe Milutis on the primal violence and utopian trill of the rolled r, the most rrresilient of locutions. Present imperfect: Is the human brain ill adapted for language? Languages use different parts of brain, depending on grammar. The New Klingon: Without so much as a dictionary, Avatar fans are learning how to speak Na'vi. Languages are vanishing — so what? Maybe fewer languages would be better.