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.