The introduction to Hard Line: The Republican Party and U.S. Foreign Policy since World War II by Colin Dueck. The war socialism of the American right: Conservatives do not object to Keynesianism — as long as it involves the military. Frat House for Jesus: Peter J. Boyer on The Fellowship and C Street. A look at the top 10 right-wing conspiracy theories. They're with stupid: Anti-intellectualism rears its head. Not only will conservatives continue to lose as long as they persist in indulging creationist fools, they will deserve to do so, for they will be attacking the best of what they claim to conserve. How conservatives and the GOP destroyed the "traditional family" they claim to treasure. When blue-collar pride became identity politics: Remembering how the white working class got left out of the New Left, and why we're all paying for it today. Contrary to stereotypes, there's good evidence that conservatives worldwide are more likely than liberals to have non-vanilla sex lives. The death of conservatism was greatly exaggerated: In 2008 liberals proclaimed the collapse of Reaganism — two years later the idea of limited government is back in vogue. An interview with EJ Dionne on the appeal of conservatism. Jonah Goldberg on his book Proud to Be Right: Voices of the Next Conservative Generation. A look at 10 young right-wingers being prepped to take over the conservative movement. Students can get a good idea of how much they missed in their education by reading 10 Books Every Conservative Must Read: Plus Four Not to Miss and One Imposter by Benjamin Wiker.


Erik Olin Wright (Wisconsin): Understanding Class: Towards an Integrated Analytical Approach. A review of Overhaul: An Insider's Account of the Obama Administration's Emergency Rescue of the Auto Industry by Steven Rattner (and more and more). The Jackass Effect: As Johnny Knoxville and friends release their newest film, has everyone finally wearied of their absurdist, violent, and sublime daredevilry, or is it now in our cultural DNA? An interview with Meredith Maran, author of My Lie: A True Story of False Memory. A look at why 30 is the new 20. The Devil Wears Taupe: Not all the world's dictators are clotheshorses, but as these leaders show, sometimes politics, power, and polyester combine to make fashion magic. Re-Animators: Ever since Steven Spielberg brought Jurassic Park to the big screen, teams of biotechnologists have been working to bring extinct animals back to life. From The Christian Post, John Whitehead on Lady Gaga and the pornification of America. Polygyny can actually be economically beneficial to women because of “Pareto efficiency”. The risks and rewards of royal incest: King Tut’s family was not the only royalty to have close relations among its close relations. You can download the book The Professionalized Self: Learning to Succeed in a Middle-Class World by Melvyn L. Fein. Save the parks, charge more! Some state parks are closing due to budget shortfalls — others are raising their user fees. Why do terrorists blow themselves up? Riaz Hassan on his book Life as a Weapon: The Global Rise of Suicide Bombings.


From Quest, a special issue on Jews in Europe after the Shoah. The Old New Synagogue, built from the stones of Solomon's temple, contains the golem of Prague. A review of In Ishmael’s House: A History of the Jews in Muslim Lands by Martin Gilbert. Christopher Hitchens reviews Trials of the Diaspora: A History of Anti-Semitism in England by Anthony Julius and A Lethal Obsession: Anti-Semitism from Antiquity to the Global Jihad by Robert S. Wistrich (and more). How anti-Semitism helped create Israel: At a desperate moment in World War I, British elites appealed to what they saw as the monolithic, all-powerful forces of "international Jewry" to turn the tide of the conflict — and promised them Palestine. Even as it has served as a cornerstone of the State of Israel, the Law of Return has also been at the epicenter of fierce battles over the identity of the Jewish state. Jay Michaelson on peoplehood vs Israel, the split at the heart of Jewish identity. Of the People: Israeli democracy is strengthening, not weakening — and that might be the problem. Making History: Israeli President Shimon Peres reflects on his mentor, his peace partner, and whether the State of Israel will survive. Good fences: JJ Goldberg on the Israeli Right’s "post-nationalism" excuse. The Jews’ Jews: Anti-Semites paint Jews as different and strange; many Jews do the same to the so-called "ultra-Orthodox". Young Haredi, or ultra-Orthodox men, in Israel have long been protected from the world of violence and gun use that pervades Israeli civil society — no longer.


A new issue of Air And Space Power Journal is out. In Odessa, when someones waterline suddenly breaks, or a house settles oddly, or a family pet goes missing, it is not uncommon for Ukrainians to curse about "those damn catacombs". From The Atlantic Monthly, things haven’t quite worked out as planned for the Baby Boomers: near the end of their watch, America is widely reviled, prosperity seems like a mirage, and things are generally going to hell — what could they do to make amends? (and more on the story of a generation by Gary Trudeau) From RSA Journal, nudge plus networks: Policymakers need to acknowledge the part that social networks play in changing people's behaviour, argues Paul Ormerod, even if it does make their lives more complicated; the internet has transformed the way in which we connect and communicate with others, but how far does online interaction translate into real-world civic engagement? Uncovering the French ban on veils: Is conformity being mistaken for equality? A review of Finders Keepers: A Tale of Archaeological Plunder and Obsession by Craig Childs. The first chapter from Out of Eden: Adam and Eve and the Problem of Evil by Paul W. Kahn. The folks at Next Action Media turn their attention to Christine O'Donnell's recent Delaware primary victory — The Tea Party Express: The Movie. Trial and Eros: When Lady Chatterley’s Lover ran afoul of Britain’s 1959 obscenity law, the resulting case had a cast worthy of P.G. Wodehouse. A review of The Fever: How Malaria Has Ruled Humankind for 500,000 Years by Sonia Shah.


From Big Think, a death in Newark exposes problems with the way we think about sexuality; and despite having different anatomies, men and women seem to be hard-wired to experience sexual pleasure in the same way — but does this translate to a similarity in the brain? Lewis Kelley on the science of sexuality: Evolution is what's making you feel funny. Soon your sexual identity will cause no more thought than the fact that you're right-handed and have brown eyes. Examining infidelity: What makes people cheat? The mind is a very complex thing, but when it comes to sex, it’s really pretty simple — this is your brain on sex. From OkCupid's OKTrends blog, Christian Rudder on the REAL "Stuff White People Like": How are whites, blacks, Asians, or whoever different from everybody else? A look at 10 mating rituals you should be glad humans don’t do. More and more and more and more and more and more on Sex at Dawn: The Prehistoric Origins of Modern Sexuality by Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jetha. A review of Philosophy of Love, Sex, and Marriage: An Introduction by Raja Halwani. A review of Sex: Our Bodies, Our Junk by the Association for Betterment of Sex (and more). Is it OK to date a distant relative? Erik Bryan answers with the help of a flowchart. The Guy/Girl Thing: OK, there seems to be some confusion in Catholic circles about how to handle this whole thorny issue of dating and romance. A deterministic view of sexuality is only part of the multifaceted development of sexuality — socialization is likewise necessary to the development of one’s sexuality.


Sylvain Boulouque (Reims): The Communist Movement and Violence in France: From the First World War to the Cold War. Robert O. Paxton reviews The Shameful Peace: How French Artists and Intellectuals Survived the Nazi Occupation by Frederic Spotts; Art of the Defeat: France 1940–1944 by Laurence Bertrand Dorleac; and Bronzes to Bullets: Vichy and the Destruction of French Public Statuary, 1941–1944 by Kirrily Freeman. In an open letter to President Nicolas Sarkozy of France, an international group of scholars and activists called on France to repay Haiti, its former colony, more than $20 billion that had been “extorted” in the 19th century. The battle for ownership of Le Monde, France's state-subsidised paper of record, has dealt a blow to Sarkozy — could this be a turning point for French politics? Je t'aime, moi non plus: The electorate’s romance with Nicolas Sarkozy is well and truly over — not least because the president no longer seems to know what he wants. A review of books on De Gaulle. Charles in Charge: Why is de Gaulle suddenly back in vogue? From New Left Review, an essay on the changing face of Paris, seen through the eyes of its leading radical publisher. Parisians find playground under the streets: Residents take to an underground network of tunnels and caves to explore city's past, paint murals or throw a party. Not only the urban poor and displaced head for the French countryside — some very determined and creative families have gone back to the land for a better way of life. French Connections: Gallic ingenuity has turned failing farms and rundown chateaus into hidden tourist gems.


The inaugural issue of the Journal of Social Research and Policy is out, including Maarten Berg (Erasmus): Death Penalty and Happiness in States: Was Jeremy Bentham Right?; and Ramona Stone and Sarah Hendrix (Kentucky): Evaluation of an Initiative to Reduce Youth Alcohol Abuse in the “Bourbon Country” of Kentucky. Still Timely: The Lonely Crowd, David Riesman's classic book on the American character, was controversial but prescient. John McWhorter on the evolution of black people on television. Singularity University tries to breed world leaders by immersing students in futuristic concepts; Nicola Jones finds it a heady mix of grand claims, brilliant minds and cool gadgets. The un-reluctant fundamentalist: Michelle Goldberg reviews Nomad: From Islam to America: A Personal Journey Through the Clash of Civilizations by Ayaan Hirsi Ali. Alan Wolfe reviews The Quest for Community: A Study in the Ethics of Order and Freedom by Robert Nisbet. From Edge, here is a statement of consensus reached among participants at the New Science of Morality Conference. Is Obama the Antichrist? Shankar Vedantam on why we believe propaganda. What’s wrong with boycotts: We love to organize them at the first sniff of corporate misbehavior, but are they really the right move? In Karachi, youth culture was Foreign — the privileged among us could visit it, but none of us could live there. A review of Aristocrats: Power, Grace, and Decadence: Britain's Great Ruling Classes from 1066 to the Present by Lawrence James. Atlas Obscura visits Palmyra, a mysterious lost empire of the Silk Road. 


Louise Kelly, Gayle Kerr, and Judy Drennan (QUT): Avoidance of Advertising in Social Networking Sites: The Teenage Perspective. Internet Addiction: What once was parody may soon be diagnosis. More and more and more on Cognitive Surplus by Clay Shirky. Danah Boyd on why privacy is not dead: The way privacy is encoded into software doesn't match the way we handle it in real life. Do we really desire Google to tell us what we should be doing next? Yes, but with some qualifiers. As data volumes continue to grow, it's clear that the Internet's infrastructure needs upgrading; what's not clear is who is going to pay for it — Web activists fear the development of a two-tier Internet, where corporations have priority and dissenting voices get pushed to the margins. Esther Dyson on the future of Internet search. The online state of nature: Why has Internet discourse devolved into a "war of every man against every man"? The Wheel of 4chan: Online forum gets spin from Fox to Anonymous (and more). The myth of online inertia: Rumors of the web's memory are greatly exaggerated. The virtual curmudgeon: Jaron Lanier, a pioneer of virtual-reality technology, has more recently become an outspoken critic of online social media. Larry Greenemeier on re-thinking the Internet with security and mobility in mind. From Vanity Fair, Sean Parker is the hard-partying, press-shy genius of social networking, a budding billionaire, and about to be famous. Mark Zuckerberg opens up: The C.E.O. of Facebook wants to create, and dominate, a new kind of Internet.


From The New Inquiry, Atossa Abrahamian explains why a salon revival may be the best way to fight epistemic closure in the digital age — where the internet is a medium that never forgives, and never forgets. A review of Sartre in Search of an Ethics by Paul Crittenden. From Foreign Policy's Turtle Bay blog, the United Nations takes stock of its diminished influence; and Secretary General Ban Ki-moon takes the high road with drunken Sha Zukang. A review of Walter Benjamin and Bertolt Brecht: The Story of a Friendship by Erdmut Wizisla. Murdoch's Watergate: Jack Shafer on how the U.K. phone-hacking scandal will undo the media mogul. A review of UFOs: Generals, Pilots and Government Officials Go on the Record by Leslie Kean (and a response by Kean — and more). A review of Earth (The Book): A Visitor’s Guide to the Human Race by Jon Stewart and Proofiness: The Dark Arts of Mathematical Deception by Charles Seife. Tea Parties of the World: The populist anti-government movement might be a uniquely American phenomenon, but it's not too hard to find its influence elsewhere. From LRB, the personalisation of names has continued through the era of neo-classicism; in many modern classrooms most children will be identifiable by their first name alone. A review of I Live in the Future & Here's How It Works: Why Your World, Work, and Brain Are Being Creatively Disrupted by Nick Bilton. The Old Adventures of New Christine: ThinkProgress has put together a document compiling what we know about Delaware GOP Senate nominee Christine O’Donnell in her own words.


From Practical Matters, a special issue on ethnography and theology. Benjamin Aldes Wurgaft (UC-Berkeley): Persecution and the Art of Critique: Leo Strauss between Secularism and Religion. Donald Gelpi (UC-Berkeley): In Search of A Method: Charles Sanders Peirce’s Contribution to Theology. Eric Repphun (Otago): Anything in Exchange for the World: Jean Baudrillard, Jacques Derrida, and the Aqedah. A review of Derrida and Theology by Steven Shakespeare. An interview with Anthony Paul Smith and Daniel Whistler, editors of After the Postsecular and the Postmodern: New Essays in Continental Philosophy of Religion (and more). A review of Religion, Metaphysics, and the Postmodern: William Desmond and John D. Caputo by Christopher Ben Simpson. Bertrand Russell versus faith in God: Which comes first, faith or philosophical proof? A review of The Logic of the Heart: Augustine, Pascal, and the Rationality of Faith by James R. Peters. A review of Understanding Faith: Religious Belief and its Place in Society by Stephen R. L. Clark. Can the experience of faith be shared by those unable to believe in the existence of a transcendent God? A review of Political Myth: On the Use and Abuse of Biblical Themes by Roland Boer. From Marx & Philosophy Review of Books, a review of books on Marxism and Christianity. From National Catholic Register, Peter Kreeft on the Left, the Right and Dominus Iesus. Can religion be apolitical?: Is political religion an inevitability, or an aberration? Philosopher Mary Warnock tells Laurie Taylor why religion and politics shouldn’t mix.

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