Robert E. Martin (Centre): The Humanities Dilemma, Postmodernism and Critical Thinking. Stanley Fish on the triumph of the humanities. Study of the best that has been thought and said is under attack — Fred Inglis turns to F.R. Leavis for the ordnance with which to defend the humanities. UNESCO debates the uses and misuses of academic rankings. An interview with Louis Menand, author of The Marketplace of Ideas. From The New Yorker, Louis Menand on why we have college: A review essay (and a response). College? There's an app for that — how USC built a 21st century classroom. Richard Vedder on why university presidents are clueless about the real world. An interview with Naomi Schaefer Riley, author of The Faculty Lounges and Other Reasons Why You Won't Get the College Education You Paid For. Quarantining the PC Pathology: Let’s face it, our noble efforts to detoxify today’s PC-infected university have largely failed and the future looks bleak. Are students a captive audience? The Tenured Radical on constructive disagreement and classroom politics. Opposition to affirmative action has drastically reduced minority enrollment at public universities; private institutions have the power and the responsibility to reverse the trend. Back in the mid 20th century, colleges and universities helped America beat down economic inequality — now they reinforce it. A plea for real-world research: A journalist who turns to academic papers finds more questions than answers. Marx, Pandora and the Tower of Porn: The truth is in here, but so too are countless myths — Colin Higgins on the strange world of the academic library, where cod-antique book curses jostle for shelf space with thieves, tourists and treasures.


From the Journal of Social, Evolutionary and Cultural Psychology, Chato Rasoal (Linkoping) and Jakob Eklund and Eric M. Hansen (Malardalen): Toward a Conceptualization of Ethnocultural Empathy; and Aurelio Jose Figueredo and Dok J. Andrzejczak (Arizona), Daniel Nelson (UBC), and Vanessa Smith-Castro and Eiliana Montero (Costa Rica): Reproductive Strategy and Ethnic Conflict: Slow Life History as a Protective Factor Against Negative Ethnocentrism in Two Contemporary Societies. Beyond Orientalism: A review of Nabil I. Matar's Islam in Britain, 1558-1685, Alastair Hamilton and Francis Richard's Andre du Ryer and Oriental Studies in Seventeenth-Century France, Paula Sutter Fichtner's Terror and Toleration: The Habsburg Empire Confronts Islam, 1526-1850, and Ziad Elmarsafy's The Enlightenment Qur'an: The Politics of Translation and the Construction of Islam. The decline of nudism either means we're all letting it all hang out now, or else we've really gotten more uptight than ever. Tono-Bungay: Michael Dirda on how H.G. Wells's most insightful visions concerned money, ambition, and the human heart.


Neil Siegel (Duke): Free Riding on Benevolence: Collective Action Federalism and the Individual Mandate. Akhil Amar (Yale): The Lawfulness of Health-Care Reform. As physicians change, will the AMA? And the winner is the public sector: In health, education and defense, government programs are more efficient than privatized ones. Stop smearing federalism: From consumer advocacy to gay marriage, liberals routinely embrace federalism, so why do they keep comparing it to slavery? Tom Slee on what is wrong with Government 2.0 (and part 2). Ryan Rafaty on the five smartest Congressional bills you've never heard of. Mea Culpa: From bad pizza to better performance, OMB takes the Domino's approach to accountability. Martin and Susan J. Tolchin on their book Pinstripe Patronage: Political Favors from the Clubhouse to the White House and Beyond. The FCC’s revolving door: Once outrageous, now just mundane. What we don't know can hurt us: Information is the life-blood of public policy, but there's a lot of it missing. Tim Harford’s worry isn’t that the government fails too much — it’s that it fails too little, and too unenthusiastically. Emily L. Chamlee-Wright (Beloit) and Virgil Henry Storr (GMU): Expectations of Government’s Response to Disaster. A review of Deadly Indifference: The Perfect (Political) Storm: Hurricane Katrina, The Bush White House, and Beyond by Michael Brown. Steven G. Morris (NYU): The President as a Lawmaker: The Misuse of Presidential Signing Statements Under the Administration of George W. Bush. As conservative deficit hawks go looking for new targets, expect to hear a lot about outsized federal paychecks. Bancroft, with three old Harvard buddies, has become Washington's go-to law firm for conservative causes. GovTwit hosts hosts the world's largest list of government agencies and elected officials on Twitter.

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