An interview with C-SPAN founder Brian Lamb on the tone of political discourse and his channel's impact on government. Boring politics, please: The American political system wasn't built to handle showdowns, culture wars, crises of legitimacy, or bids for total power. From Liberty, politicians from FDR to Obama have promised to free us from “want”; S.H. Chambers wonders if even they know what they mean; and is Scripture statist, or does the Good Book support the redistributionist policies our president claims it does? From TAP, the policy-making process has become an extension of the market battlefield; and from Bear Sterns to BP, there is a reason "bailout" has become the defining word of the era. A look at 6 shocking ways conservatives helped cause the economic destruction of America. What happens when Democrats are "fighting Wall Street with one hand, unions with the other," while Republicans are fighting unions with two hands? Conservatives want to European-ize America? Supposedly, the left is in love with Europe, but have you heard of laissez-faire and the Austrian School? The circle is now complete: No, not really, but there is something in the notion of a liberal-libertarian alliance. GOP Light: How the Democrats lost their way and screwed the working poor. Democrats are on a winning streak — so why are they acting like losers? Against Despair: Michael Tomasky on how our misreading of history harms progressivism today. Bogus, misdirected and effective: The Tea Party movement is steeped in misinformation and denial — but it has a lot to teach the left. Outside a Tea Party: JoAnn Wypijewski on mongrel politics and an American mind. The hand of Drudge heavily influences what is read in the papers, viewed on television and debated in national politics — where is the liberal Drudge?

Torgeir Fjeld (Roehampton): Spectacular Sports as Desire Engine. A year after the Green Movement in Iran, Tamzin Baker, an Iranian-American artist with 44 flags, wonders where to call home. How the hell did Buzz Bissinger — a Pulitzer Prize winner, for chrissakes — fall in love with Twitter? What happens when an anarchist creates rules for football? Laura Spinney heads to Switzerland's International Centre for Research on Anarchism to find out. An article on defining canonical literature: That which is portrayed on fake-book wallpaper. Nathan Destro created a “personal space protector” to keep strangers at a distance. A review of Breadwinners and Citizens: Gender in the Making of the French Social Model by Laura Levine Frader. Gabriel Boylan reviews In Pursuit of Silence: Listening for Meaning in a World of Noise by George Prochnik (and more). You're so predictable: Randomness does not rule our lives, contrary to what scientists had previously assumed. Why do women leave science and engineering? An anatomy of modern frigidity: With young people today caught between a world of advertorial eroticism and a reanimated liberal puritanism, Laurie Penny explores our capitalist erotic orthodoxy and asks what a genuinely sexual counter-culture would involve. More on Intellectuals and Society by Thomas Sowell. Allow yourself to wonder: Are we Earthlings really alone? Despite being hailed by the famed Spanish philosopher Ortega y Gasset as “the most important thinker of the second half of the nineteenth century,” Wilhelm Dilthey remains an obscure figure to the Anglo-American world. Jack Cashill writes a good book, but he's insane. An interview with Barry Chevannes, author of Rastafari: Roots and Ideology. A review of Wisdom: From Philosophy to Neuroscience by Stephen S. Hall.

Sean Noah Walsh (FIU): Masters of Hyperreality: Injustice in the Discourse of Deconstruction. Jan Jagodzinski (Alberta): Struggling with Zizek's Ideology: The Deleuzian Complaint, Or, Why is Zizek a Disguised Deleuzian in Denial? Dan Mellamphy and Nandita Biswas Mellamphy (UWO): What’s the "Matter" with Materialism? Walter Benjamin and the New Janitocracy. From the Journal for Cultural and Religious Theory, Rocco Gangle (Endicott) Messianic Media: Benjamin’s Cinema, Badiou’s Matheme, Negri’s Multitude; and Mark Cauchi (York): The Secular to Come: Interrogating the Derridean "Secular". From the Journal of Aesthetics and Culture, Torkild Thanema and Louise Wallenbergb (Stockholm): Buggering Freud and Deleuze: Toward a Queer Theory of Masochism; and Matthew Mullane (Hiram): The Aesthetic Ear: Sound Art, Jacques Ranciere and the Politics of Listening. From Minerva, Daniel Whitcomb Ambord (LMU): Wrong Turns on the Way to the Graveyard: The Death of Man and the Status of the Subject in Foucault Studies; and Robert Platt (RWU): Ontological Excess and the Being of Language. From Marx & Philosophy Review of Books, a review of Antonio Negri's Reflections on Empire and Empire and Beyond; a review of Jacques Ranciere's The Aesthetic Unconscious; and a review of Heidegger, Work and Being by Todd S. Mei. A review of Badiou and Theology by Frederiek Depoortere. A book review forum on Foucault's Law by Ben Golder and Peter Fitzpatrick. A review of Gilles Deleuze: Image and Text. A review of Philosophy in the Present by Alain Badiou and Slavoj Zizek. An interview with Slavoj Zizek on communism, poststructural theory and his reluctance to play poster boy for the fashionable European left. A review of Living in the End Times by Slavoj Zizek (and more).

Charles Tandy (Fooyin): Entropy and Immortality. From The Independent Review, Dwight Lee (SMU): Why Businessmen Are More Honest than Preachers, Politicians, and Professors; and a review of “Are Economists Basically Immoral?” and Other Essays on Economics, Ethics, and Religion by Paul Heyne. From Wired, an article on the Secret of AA: After 75 years, we don’t know how it works. David Petraeus, America’s favorite general, emerged from Iraq a hero by lowering expectations; Matthew Yglesias on why that tack just might work in Afghanistan. Research suggests the human foetus feels no pain before 24 weeks. The Times of London published utterly untrue stories about the "climategate" emails; now they regret the error. Could Idaho get an all-volunteer state militia that’s out from under any federal control? The Genomic Bodhisattva: An interview with David Pearce, author of The Hedonistic Imperative manifesto. Richard Wolin on misunderstanding the 1960s: The attempt to discredit liberalism by associating it with the purported excesses of the 1960s has been one of the fixtures of American conservatism over the last four decades. Could it be that consumerism and communism are but two sides of the same ideological coin, one which puts paid to the idea of the existence of a private self? From Commentary, a symposium on Obama, Israel and American Jews. How “social” is your biopsychosocial model? A look at how neuroscientists can predict your behavior better than you can. Secret watchdogs: WikiLeaks and similar sites are a check on institutional misbehavior. From the new online magazine Capital New York, the funny thing is that The Epoch Times is actually a big publication; established by followers of Falun Gong, the paper is now an odd fact of New York life, present but not really accounted for.

The launch issue of the Good Men Project Magazine is online. From The New York Review of Magazines, going door-to-door with The Watchtower to spread the good word — Joel Meares on the most widely read magazine in the world; how does The Economist do it? The hottest US newsweekly has an English accent; a look at how The Atlantic finds reinvention and tension online; and Jeff Dooley on how in-flight magazines are surviving and thriving. For those seeking an authentic experience without actual contact, try True West. How to defend a defamation writ? Matilda magazine editor Robbie Swan on keeping an independent publication afloat and fighting legal threats with humour. What happened to the local "luxe" publishers — are they economic casualties or is there a bigger problem with the model? Why VQR is the smartest magazine on the planet and has embraced the future of magazines. Going against stuffy image, University of Chicago students revive provocative magazine Vita Excolatur, aiming to depict thoughtful nudity. After nine years of suspended animation, FEED decideds to put the archives back online. The Seventeen Magazine Project is an attempt to spend one month living according to the gospel of Seventeen magazine. A study finds old media magazines losing share online despite their great brands. A series of magazine covers featuring personalities, historical events, and publications of significance in gay and lesbian history and culture. It is true that a bunch of magazines are closing down, but it this unusual? The Paris Review receives a copy of The Paris Magazine, which bills itself as “The Poor Man's Paris Review” and has appeared exactly four times since its founding in 1967. Does the New York Times need a magazine anymore? Check out the new Tumblr Fuck Yeah, Magazines.

Ali Shehzad Zaidi (SUNY-Canton): The Endless Promise of the United States Declaration of Independence. A review of Almost All Aliens: Immigration, Race, and Colonialism in American History and Identity by Paul Spickard. A review of A Nation of Counterfeiters: Capitalists, Con Men, and the Making of the United States by Stephen Mihm. From History Now, a special issue on shaping the American economy, including Joyce Appleby on enterprise in nineteenth century America; Richard Sylla on the origin, development, and regulation of the U.S. banking system; Brian Murphy on the rise of the stock market, an American institution; an article on robber barons/captains of industry; and Roger E. A. Farmer on economic policy through the lens of history. A century and a half after the first state seceded from the Union, a lively debate over what caused the Civil War continues. John Summers reviews Rebirth of a Nation: The Making of Modern America, 1877–1920 by Jackson Lears. A review of Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition by Daniel Okrent (and more and more and an excerpt on Wayne Wheeler). Scott McLemee on why it’s a good time to have Irving Bernstein’s The Lean Years and The Turbulent Years. A review of Invisible Hands: The Businessmen's Crusade Against the New Deal by Kim Phillips-Fein. A review of Myth and the Greatest Generation: A Social History of Americans in World War II by Kenneth D. Rose. A review of Broke, USA: From Pawnshops to Poverty, Inc. — How the Working Poor Became Big Business by Gary Rivlin. A review of Bye Bye, Miss American Empire: Neighborhood Patriots, Backcountry Rebels, and their Underdog Crusades to Redraw America's Political Map by Bill Kauffman. More and more on Made in America: A Social History of American Culture and Character by Claude Fischer.

Bill Jenkins (Crichton): Barabbas in Literature and Film. Mbaye Lo and Taimoor Aziz (Duke): Muslim Marriage Goes Online: The Use of Internet Matchmaking by American Muslims. Walter Russell Mead on the top ten lessons of the global economic meltdown. It’s alive: How closely can a building emulate nature? Science fiction was once driven by a faith in human ability to change the world; these days, the genre seeks to expose the illusions of everyday life. A review of The Philosophy of Deception. Free Speech and Guns: Legal superstar Eugene Volokh on the Bill of Rights in 2010. A review of At the Edge of the Precipice: Henry Clay and the Compromise that Saved the Union by Robert V. Remini. ACORN was totally vindicated of all wrongdoing — what was that "scandal" all about? An interview with James Tabor, author of Blind Descent: The Quest to Discover the Deepest Place on Earth (and more). A night at the electronics factory: A day in the life of Yuan Yandong, who works a 12-hour shift on a fast, precise assembly line in China; how long can he keep up the killing pace? A review of The Great Oom: The Improbable Birth of Yoga in America by Robert Love and The Subtle Body: The Story of Yoga in America by Stephanie Syman (and more). Dysregulation Nation: Is our inability to control ourselves the defining feature of our time? A look at how Kafka makes you more patriotic. The Life and Times of Skokie: The pristine lawns and perfect sidewalks of this Chicago suburb made it a haven for Holocaust survivors — until the neo-Nazis decided to march. George Soros on how we are just entering "Act 2" of the crisis, and we're totally screwed. The Financial Times interviews Hugo Chavez. During the FIFA World Cup, it's among Earth's most provocative questions: Who's the world's best footballer?

From The Journal of Philosophy, Science & Law, Bernard E. Rollin (CSU): Animal Research, Animal Welfare, and the Three R’s; and Ernest Waintraub (Illinois): An Analysis of the Legal Classification of Animals: Toward a Step-wise Deconstruction of the Property Status of Animals. The Animal-Cruelty Syndrome: Connections are being drawn between animal abuse and other forms of violence. Can physicians who work on humans treat animals, too? An interview with Jane Goodall: "I'm not going to fight for animal rights". A review of Animalkind: What We Owe to Animals by Jean Kazez (and more). A mature posthuman ethics must be committed to the well being of all sentient life, and mature posthuman technology offers the means to deliver that commitment. Across the animal kingdom, the decision of whether or not to be faithful to a mate often comes down to Darwinian considerations. Habeas corpus for animals — why not? A review of Second Nature: The Inner Lives of Animals by Jonathan Balcombe. A review of The Philosophy of Animal Minds by Robert W. Lurz. Psychologists are exploring why some animals can use tools — and why humans can use them so well. Peter Singer reviews Jonathan Safran Foer's Eating Animals. A review of Animal Lessons: How They Teach Us to Be Human by Kelly Oliver. The increasing "humanisation" of our pets: As spending on household animals soars, cats and dogs are receiving ever more extreme attention. From TED, John Kasaona on how poachers became caretakers. Because of environmental change, a growing number of endangered animals are mating with genetic cousins; should conservationists prevent wildlife from crossing the species divide — or protect offspring such as "grizzlars" and "bob-o-lynx"? The dedication to animal welfare unites Arab and American groups.

Satoshi Kanazawa (LSE) and Joanne Savage (American): Why Nobody Seems to Know What Exactly Social Capital Is. Ruediger Frank (Vienna): Money in Socialist Economies: The Case of North Korea. Errol Morris on the Anosognosic’s Dilemma: Something’s wrong but you’ll never know what it is. More and more and more and more on The End of the Free Market by Ian Bremmer. Raising E and Yo: Sociologist Dalton Conely reconsiders his kids' outrageous names — and mines the data for clues to the consequences. Brazilian businesses are buying up U.S. companies — that's a good thing. Everyone needs a village: Why community is more than just a nice idea — it's an essential part of life. An interview with Jeff Yeager, author of The Cheapskate Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of Americans Living Happily Below Their Means. It's been a lot of fun: More and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more on Hitch-22 by Christopher Hitchens. The end of retirement: With economic devastation everywhere, you'll have to keep working longer than you thought — deal with it. Forty-some years ago, three Sixties types dropped out; Harvard magazine drops in on them. An interview with Laurent Dubois, author of Soccer Empire: The World Cup and the Future of France. Daytime TV: Who the hell am I? Considering what makes us tick is all very well, but some actions defy simplistic definition. Eric Peters on the totalitarian world of driver re-education. Want to find your mind? Learn to direct your dreams. Some liberal academics are organizing a collection of short essays to challenge conservative opposition to liberal ideas — is this a scandal? The first chapter from Alibis of Empire: Henry Maine and the Ends of Liberal Imperialism by Karuna Mantena.

From Living Reviews in European Governance, Viktoria Kaina and Ireneusz Pawel Karolewski (Potsdam): EU Governance and European Identity; Robert Ladrech (Keele): Europeanization and Political Parties; and Frank Schimmelfennig (ETH Zurich): Europeanization beyond Europe. Reading Milton Friedman in Dublin: A review of Ship of Fools: How Stupidity and Corruption Sank the Celtic Tiger by Fintan O’Toole. The first chapter from France's New Deal: From the Thirties to the Postwar Era by Philip Nord. From Axess, a special issue in defence of the Enlightenment, including articles on journalists and neutrality, silence on racism and voters taking liberties; and a special issue on the abdication of the elites. The Baltimore of the Baltic: Riga's considerable charms can't always distract from the crumbling infrastructure and frequent squalor — sound familiar? Thirsty and miserable: Henry Langston goes on tour with the English Defence League. Eurabia, Eurabia: A nationalist refrain helps to win electoral gains in Europe. Geoffrey Wheatcroft reviews Pascal Bruckner's The Tyranny of Guilt: An Essay on Western Masochism (and more) and Theodore Dalrymple's The New Vichy Syndrome: Why European Intellectuals Surrender to Barbarism. A 900-year-old taboo: Meet Giorgia Boscolo, Venice's first gondoliera. Can Job Cohen, a Jew who reaches out to Muslims, be the next Dutch prime minister — and a model for Europe? The Eurozone needs a political union, or at least elements of one. When religion and culture part ways: An interview with Olivier Roy on Islam in Europe, from revolutionary milleniarism to Muslim Luthenarianism. From NYRB, a review essay on the corrupt reign of Emperor Silvio. Perfidious Albion again: The British are different, really, but they are stuck with Europe — and it with them.