From Prospect, Cliff North on why we need the Daily Mirror: The original paper of the left-wing working class has its back to the wall — we shouldn't let it go without a fight. Naughty by nature: Why has Britain become so rude? The Homeric Christian: Melvin Schut on Gladstone’s politics of prudence. The leading historians Professors Norman Stone and Jeremy Black discuss how Great Britain might recover its once unique contribution to Western civilisation. Who are the English Defence League and are they fascist? A review of The Enlightened Economy: An Economic History of Britain, 1700-1850 by Joel Mokyr. A review of The Royal Stuarts: A History of the Family that Shaped Britain by Allan Massie. David Cameron is the apotheosis of the postmodern politician: A cloud of unreality and inauthenticity shrouds his every move. Felipe Fernandez-Armesto is unimpressed by some of the Windsor clan. We are outraged by mass murderers such as Derrick Bird, but it is inevitable that occasionally a pathetic loner will be gripped by uncontrollable primitive urges. A review of Understanding the British Empire by Ronald Hyam. Did fornicating farm girls boost the rise of atheism in Britain? Peter Kirwan on the death and rebirth of British tabloids. As politics becomes less tribal, ideas become more important; for the left, think tanks may provide crucial new direction. A look at how Britain said farewell to its Empire. Saying Britons "don't do" languages is a fallacy.


Lauren K. Hal (RIT): A Classical-Liberal Response to the Crisis of Bioethics. Ronald Krebs (Minnesota): The False Promise of the Nobel Peace Prize. From The Pomegranate, a review of A History of Witchcraft: Sorcerers, Heretics and Pagans by Jeffrey B. Russell and Brooks Alexander; a review of Western Esotericism and Rituals of Initiation by Henrik Bogdan; and a review of Goddess As Nature: Towards a Philosophical Thealogy by Paul Reid-Bowen. Lauren Elkin reviews Parisians: An Adventure History of Paris by Graham Robb. The Agent Who Disappeared: One of the top literary agents in New York who represented Saul Bellow and others disappeared amid allegations of missing royalties — now her former client Ted Mooney has a new book out and is going it alone. The Better Business Bureau is worse than useless as a source of honest information for consumers. From h+, an interview with Eliezer Yudkowsky on simplified humanism, positive futurism and how to prevent the universe from being turned into paper clips. Board games have withstood the onslaught of PC consoles, still selling millions worldwide — and one country holds the key to their survival: Germany. The United States' defense-spending habit has been out of control for years — will it ever change? A review of Sweetness and Blood: How Surfing Spread from Hawaii and California to the Rest of the World, With Some Unexpected Results by Michael Scott Moore.


From Peer Review, a special issue on study abroad and global learning and a special issue on undergraduate research. From HNN, John Willingham on James R. Stoner, Jr., the real intellectual at Beck University. What is a Grand Ph.D? Not many people have one, not many people have even heard of it. A review of Higher Learning, Greater Good: The Private and Social Benefits of Higher Education by Walter McMahon. Measured, and found wanting more: International comparisons of universities still have their detractors, but the appetite for them continues to grow. For all the buzz about wikis in higher education, the collaborative tools have gained only modest traction in academe — why? A review of Selling Out: Academic Freedom and the Corporate Market by Howard Woodhouse. A review of For the Common Good: Principles of American Academic Freedom by Matthew W. Finkin and Robert C. Post. From The Huffington Post, here are the ten best (some might say strangest) college slang words from around the country, and the weirdest university research. Few scholarly works can communicate with non-specialists, if they even attempt to — but academics in all fields may need to make their writing more accessible to satisfy demands for impact and interdisciplinarity. There are a number of questions about what academia really values from its (theoretically) most important employees, the professors. What if college tenure dies?


The latest issue of Church and State is out. From The Potomac, a look at what the Dutch masters can tell us about capitalism. The new edition of van Gogh's letters, one of the greatest autobiographies of an artist, provides fresh insight into how his paintings grew out of his writings, and vice versa. Mock Trial: Stephen Morris on how America is helping to whitewash the Cambodian genocide. Advertising is fucked: Why Conde Nast should buy Gawker. How does the CIA know if its intel is any good? Common sense, mostly. Zizek Strikes Again: The most despicable philosopher in the West finds a new reason to put down Gandhi. From Plus!, a series on the role of maths and stats in the biomedical sciences; Shane Latchman on modelling catastrophes; and infinite monkey business: David Spiegelhalter and Owen Smith on understanding uncertainty. From Geocurrents, a look at Somaliland’s quest for recognition (and the Pandora thesis); Somaliland Vs. Puntland (not in the Land of Punt); and an aticle on tourism in Somalia. A couple of guys in a garage changed computer technology — will someone in a basement one day transform biology just as radically? A review of Exhibiting Slavery: The Caribbean Postmodern Novel as Museum by Vivian Nun Halloran. Who killed James Bond? The group's catalogue is not selling, its funding problems have frozen plans for the 007 series — what lies next for the studio that dominated Hollywood's golden age?


From Seed, insects that survive on plant sap alone offer insights into the likely origin and evolution of all multicellular life; and the deep symbiosis between bacteria and their human hosts is forcing scientists to ask: Are we organisms or living ecosystems? From HUP, Victor Fet  and Lynn Margulis tell the story of Symbiogenesis: A New Principle of Evolution by Boris Kozo-Polyansky. Paleoanthropologist Pat Shipman proposes that the interdependency of ancestral humans with other animal species — "the animal connection" — played a crucial and beneficial role in human evolution over the last 2.6 million years. Evolutionary archaeologist Timothy Taylor on the outrageous fortune that made us the dominant ape. A new study finds men are like apes when competing for status. Adventures in very recent evolution: In the last few years, biologists peering into the human genome have found evidence of recent natural selection — in fact, we've evolved in response to agriculture. A four-part series of essays for Scientific American by primatologist Frans de Waal on human nature. David Brooks on the moral naturalists: Scientific research is showing that we are born with an innate moral sense. Are better brains better? Martha Farah and Anjan Chatterjee believe the answer is more complicated than you think. From Killing the Buddha, Robert Jensen on the struggle for the (possible) soul of David Eagleman: A neuroscientist imagines life beyond the brain.


Mark A. Smith (Washington): Religion, Divorce, and the Missing Culture War in America. From National Affairs, Henry Olsen on Populism, American Style. Ted Rall on why the Tea Party is a protofascist movement (and more). An interview with Rick Santelli, father of the Tea Party? The Tea Party won't hurt Republicans as much as Democrats hope it will. The Billionaire's Party: David Koch is New York’s second-richest man, a celebrated patron of the arts, and the tea party’s wallet. A review of Rush Limbaugh: An Army of One by Zev Chafets. Horde Mentality: Mark Dery probes the intersection of anti-government paranoids and pop culture’s favorite symbol of doom, zombies. An article on Sarah Palin's struggle with English language. An analysis finds the Supreme Court’s center of gravity under John Roberts has edged to the right. A review of The Battle: How the Fight between Free Enterprise and Big Government Will Shape America's Future by Arthur Brooks (and more and more). A look at the 10 most horrifying, absurd things in the GOP state platforms. GOP Light: How the Democrats lost their way and screwed the working poor. Progressives should be proud of "sewer liberalism": It's on the economy where the real differences between left and right are clear. Less than two years after Bush left office, the public is being much kinder to him in polls — have Obama's problems led Americans to cut W some retrospective slack? (and more)


From Political Science Quarterly, Robert Jervis (Columbia): Why Intelligence and Policymakers Clash; and a review of Enemies of Intelligence: Knowledge and Power in American National Security by Richard Betts. From Edge, a special issue on the science of morality. Colin Robinson on the trouble with Amazon: It's big, cheap and convenient, but does the online bookseller really serve readers' interests? From The New Yorker, what should doctors do when they can’t save your life? Atul Gawande investigates. The tyranny of dating choice: We have more romantic options than ever — is it making us miserable? Martin Wolf on the political genius of supply-side economics. The perils and politics of prosperity: A review of Choice by Renata Salecl. From Bookforum, a review of A Great Unrecorded History: A New Life of E.M. Forster by Wendy Moffat and Concerning E.M. Forster by Frank Kermode (and more at Slate and more at TNR). Volatility, "folk", sexual landscapes: D. Nurkse on translating anonymous lyrics from Medieval Spain. From THES, a review of Obliquity: Why Our Goals Are Best Achieved Indirectly by John Kay; and a review of The Secret World of Doing Nothing by Billy Ehn and Orvar Lofgren. A review of The Oxford Book of Parodies by John Gross. A stone's throw from Stonehenge, archaeologists have found a sister circle, hinting that such temples were once plentiful at the site (and more). From Relevant, an interview with Angelina Jolie on Salt.


From Australia's Policy, open the borders: Chris Berg on how classical liberals should support the free movement of people; we’re all cultural libertarians: Kerry Howley on why freedom is about more than just the absence of government; between classical liberalism and social liberalism: Fred Argy on how social liberals support markets, but also government action to promote a firm safety net and equal opportunity. From Great Britain's Renewal, Roger Backhouse on economists and the rise of neo-liberalism; and a review of books on the making of neo-liberalism. From The American, the social psychology of freedom: Intellectuals routinely give undue weight to people’s ideas, and they tend to believe that ideas cause attitudes, though it is far more often the other way around — consider the natural libertarians. Where do libertarians belong politically? From Cato Unbound, Larry Arnhart on why libertarians need Charles Darwin — they need him because a Darwinian science of human evolution supports classical liberalism (and responses by PZ Myers, Lionel Tiger, and Herbert Gintis and a reply). Rev. Robert Sirico on the moral basis for economic liberty. From Alternative Right, Richard Hoste on Ayn Rand's curious bloodlust; or, all non-Objectivists must be crushed! Ayn Rand's laissez-faire tracts have enjoyed a revival in recent years and continues to influence US finance and politics. From Wonkette, a series on Ayn Rand's Adventures in Wonderland.


A new issue of Catapult is out. From Revolution, Bob Avakian on how there is no "permanent necessity" for things to this way — a radically different and better world can be brought into being through revolution. More on The Brain and the Meaning of Life by Paul Thagard. Our glorious libraries civilise us all: Rowan Pelling defends the world of book-lovers, self-improvers, unfettered imaginations, armchair travellers and generally like-minded souls. From Reconstruction, Darren Jorgensen on the mediocrity of Arthur C. Clarke's science fiction. So far this fiscal year, the federal government is $1 trillion in the red — why this is good news. For the first installment of AK Press's Back Issues, here are two publications archived at the Brown University Library Center for Digital Initiatives: Radical America and Cultural Correspondence. A lively new account of the rebellion led by Spartacus by Peter Stothard reminds reviewer Michael Korda of just how many parallels there are with our own time. Bodybuilders were once movie stars, now they're Jersey Shore punchlines — why did we stop loving brawn? Stop eating meat, save the environment, so the argument goes — but what would really happen if we all went cold turkey? From Amazon's Omnivoracious blog, Mari Malcolm on bookcraft vs. books. A review essay on four books that attempt to explain the attraction of climbing mountains. The insidious cult of celebrity: Why do we worship the people we see in our culture?


From National Affairs, William Schambra on conservatism and the quest for community. A review of Justin Vaisse's Neoconservatism: The Biography of a Movement (and more). More on Running Commentary: The Contentious Magazine That Turned the Jewish Left into the Neoconservative Right by Benjamin Balint. Neoconservatives throw an awesome cocktail party. An interview with Paul Gottfried on economics, neo-cons and the future of the managerial state. People usually don't like it when things that are close to them are attacked for someone else's benefit — so why doesn't everyone join the traditionalists and overthrow the technocrats? Hans-Hermann Hoppe on life on the Right. An interview with Jim and Ellen Hubbard, founders of American Film Renaissance, on why conservatives should engage popular culture. Grisly Mamas: Conservative housewives have the same desire for power and respect that liberal women do — no wonder women comprise half of the Tea Party movement. Ageing lefties in denial: A study is being used to support the theory many educated, middle-aged left-wingers are in fact conservatives who can't admit it. Matt Labash on living like a liberal: It’s hard work, politicizing your whole life. The Liberal Mind: Psychologist Timothy C. Daughtry explains how such a minority (30%) in the United States has been able to impose its politics on the majority (and more). From Zocalo Public Square, is conservatism over?

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