Christie Hartley (Georgia State) and Lori Watson (USD): Is a Feminist Political Liberalism Possible? Women in the Netherlands work less, have lesser titles and a big gender pay gap, and they love it. An interview with Peter McAllister, author of Manthropology: The Science of Why the Modern Male Is Not the Man He Used to Be. A review of Delusions of Gender: The Real Science Behind Sex Differences by Cordelia Fine. In her Big Think interview, Gloria Steinem sets the record straight about the oft-demonized feminist movement. The Christian Men’s Network will be putting on a conference designed to serve as “a radical revolution calling men to a higher standard of masculinity”. A review of Looking for a Few Good Males: Female Choice in Evolutionary Biology by Erika Lorraine Milam. Women like Sarah Palin are calling themselves "housewives" — what does the term mean? Tabloid Feminist: Antidiscrimination icon Gloria Allred finds a new frontier in trash culture. Let’s rethink masculinity: Real men should be more than breadwinners. A review of Brain Storm: The Flaws in the Science of Sex Differences by Rebecca M. Jordan-Young (and more and more). The latest issue of Wired magazine is sparking heated controversy because of its cover, which show a woman's breasts — and nothing else. From Sargent's Madame X to Michelle Obama, capturing powerful women is always a complex task. From Lad to 4D man: A look at the ever-changing face of modern masculinity. New data is undermining the evidence that has long been proposed to support the eager males/choosy females paradigm. According to the old maxim, a woman’s work is never done — it certainly never counts, a least not by the economic formulae that figure out the wealth of a nation. Paula Lupkin on her book Manhood Factories: YMCA Architecture and the Making of Modern Urban Culture. The rise of women boxers: Why so many women are taking up a controversial sport.

Alessandro Lanteri (EUR): The Economic Ethics of Ezra Pound. Andrew J. Sutter (LPC): Unlimited Growth and Innovation: Paradise or Paradox? A review of Pathologies of Reason: On the Legacy of Critical Theory by Axel Honneth. George Packer reviews George W. Bush's Decision Points. A review of Gray Lady Down: What the Decline and Fall of the New York Times Means for America by William McGowan. From Small Wars Journal, interviews with David Kilcullen and John Nagl on counterinsurgency (COIN) operations. From TED, Denis Dutton on a Darwinian theory of beauty. Beyond understanding: Do the life and work of Ludwig Wittgenstein suggest that the autistic mind and the philosophical mind have something in common? 2010 was a deliciously rich year for language (nom nom!). Tweeting after-hours: Colum Lynch on the U.N.'s undiplomatic blogging community. From The University of Virginia Magazine, in October 1982, a man held his sister and her two children at gunpoint in a train car — just another day at the office for hostage negotiator Gary Noesner; and as a country, the U.S. produces the most trash on earth — where does your garbage go? It was just another day in the life of Ashrita Furman, who holds the ultimate Guinness world record: The record for Guinness world records. Lilia M. Schwarcz on Brazil in the shadow of Lula. Steve Nadis on the hidden universe's geometry. Why democracies despise themselves: Pascal Bruckner on his book Perpetual Euphoria: On the Duty to Be Happy. R U Lovin’ Sarah’s Alaska? From governor to TV star. Chris Lehmann on how our rich culture heroes are shilling perma-adolescence. Swords into plowshares: Here are eight projects that make deadly weapons into something to inspire that desire in all of us.

From Salon, dittoheads, race and denial: When it comes to civil rights history, Rush Limbaugh and fans suddenly like to hide behind liberal Republicans. Mark Lilla reviews books about the Glenn Beck phenomenon. If you believe conservative activists, smart growth is really a global conspiracy to herd Americans into "human habitation zones". The US Constitution as celebrity: The first incarnation of America's Tea Party phenomenon came with the rhetoric of revolution, but a funny thing happened to the movement on the way to Washington (and more). The Tea Party Moron Complex: An excerpt from Matt Taibbi's Griftopia. Irrational Phallus Worship: Amanda Marcotte on the missing link that helps the Tea Party make sense. Post-Tea-Party Nation: If conservatives are going to wield power responsibly, they first have to learn some hard lessons. Destroying the Village: Just how far will Republicans go in opposing Obama? Dick Armey tells Republicans how to avoid the mistakes of the last conservative insurgency. A look at how the Republican Congress will vote on health care, labor, taxes, the environment and more. After mostly lying dormant for two elections cycle, will the culture wars make a comeback in 2012? Give the people what we want: How both parties — but especially Republicans — use and abuse public opinion. From TNR, what do Democrats and progressives stand for? Take your time — it's a tough question. Rebuilding America: Fred Block on how Obama can still turn things around. Is the presidency too big a job? From The Weekly Standard, American Narcissus: Jonathan Last on the vanity of Barack Obama. A review of Crimes Against Liberty: An Indictment of President Barack Obama by David Limbaugh. Obama=Bush? President Obama isn’t the new Carter, but he just might be the new (first) Bush. $#!% Joe Biden Says: Can he raise the rafters like his boss? No, but nobody can flat-out talk like Joe Biden — and these days, everybody's listening.

Benjamin Tucker (FAU): The Ethics of Memory in Thomas Hobbes’ Leviathan. Elizabeth Cooke (Indiana): Poorest in the West: Probing Haiti’s Image in the Wake of the 2008 Hurricane Season. What would the GOP do? Probably nothing that different from what’s being done, and yet — outrage! French professors find life in US hard to resist: A study found that academics constitute a much larger percentage of French emigres than 30 years ago. From NYRB, David Cole on Obama’s torture problem. The neuroscience of time: How do you really know what time it is? Oddball minds of the western world: Almost everything we know about human psychology comes from studying people like us — trouble is, we have a really strange way of thinking. Faking It: Tilly Gifford on supermarket aethetics and their obsession with perfectly formed vegetables. Guilty until proven guilty: How the "War on Terror" is threatening the presumption of innocence. Why fairy tales are immortal: About 50 years ago, critics were predicting the death of the fairy tale, so it shrugged off his help and laughed at its critics. The introduction to After We Die: The Life and Times of the Human Cadaver by Norman L. Cantor. A review of The History of the Social Sciences since 1945. The Attention-Span Myth: Can technology erode something that doesn’t exist? Diseases of affluence: Everywhere Western ideas touch down, people get fatter — urbanization is literally making us sick. Toronto is very close to being one of the leading cultural centres in the world — why should it be dangerous to say this? Video killed the faculty star: In what seems the TMZ-ification of higher education, three separate professors have found themselves the subjects of “gotcha” YouTube segments in recent days.

Claus Dierksmeier (Stonehill): Work: From a Materialistic to a Humanistic Account of Human Labor. From the latest issue of Economic Sociology, Timothy J. Sinclair (Warwick): Credit Rating Agencies and the Global Financial Crisis. From State of Nature, Kenneth Couesbouc on the binary production of wealth; and is there life after capitalism? From NYRB, John Cassidy on the economy: Why they failed. What good is Wall Street? John Cassidy on how much of what investment bankers do is socially worthless. From Marx & Philosophy Review of Books, a review of Green Capitalism: Manufacturing Scarcity in an Age of Abundance by James Heartfield; and a review of The Metaphysics of Capitalism by Andrea Micocci. A review of All the Devils Are Here: The Hidden History of the Financial Crisis by Bethany McLean and Joe Nocera. Is economics a science? It would be, if it weren’t for the people. The first chapter from How Big Banks Fail and What to Do about It by Darrell Duffie. The Broken Machine: A review essay on the story of the Great Recession. John Bellamy Foster on the financialization of accumulation. The Man Who Shattered Our Economy: Former Citigroup CEO Sandy Weill, whose push for radical deregulation of the banking industry did so much to create our financial crisis, seems to be faring quite well in our shattered economy. A review of The Structural Crisis of Capital by Istvan Meszaros. A review of The Enigma of Capital by David Harvey (and more and more). Capitalism and alienation: Capitalism creates a society that robs most people of their creative potential. A review of The New Economics of True Wealth by Juliet Schor. A review of God & Money: The Moral Challenge of Capitalism by Charles McDaniel. The introduction to Economic Lives: How Culture Shapes the Economy by Viviana A. Zelizer.