From Anarchist Developments in Cultural Studies, a special virtual issue on the Anarchist Turn Symposium (with videos on Simon Critchley and Judith Butler); and a virtual post-anarchist roundtable: An interview with Jurgin Mumken, Anton Fernendaz de Rota, and Sureyyya Evren (and part 2). Daniel James Sanchez on anarcho-syndicalism, a recipe for ruin. A review of Anarchism and Its Aspirations by Cindy Milstein and Oppose and Propose! Lessons from Movement for a New Society by Andy Cates. A review of Black Flame: The Revolutionary Class Politics of Anarchism and Syndicalism by Michael Schmidt and Lucen van der Walt. Mike King on how not to theorize the alter-globalization movement. George Fish remembers Carl Oglesby, New Left intellectual. Are radical journals selling out? In a world in which capitalism is in crisis, the Left is moribund, activists are slick professionals and rebellion drives sales, Alastair Bonnett envisages a new type of dissident institution. Foucault and the revolutionary self-castration of the Left: Far from posing a counter-hegemonic challenge to the dominant powers in the world, Foucault’s armchair philosophy simply made resistance impossible. God, sex and the Left: An interview with Clive Hamilton (and part 2). Michael Kazin looks back at US leftist movements from abolitionism to Vietnam to see where OWS came from and what it can learn from the past (and more on Kazin). Snobs like us: When did cultural disdain become the province of the left? Rachel Maddow on why liberals are more coherent than conservatives. R.R. Reno on the cosmopolitan conservative: Has American liberalism lost its capacity to govern?

A new issue of continent. is out. Benjamin A. Oppenheim (UC-Berkeley), Juan F. Vargas (Rosario) and Michael Weintraub (Georgetown): Learning How (Not) to Fire a Gun: Combatant Training and Civilian Victimization. An interview with Malcolm Gladwell, academic groupie. Theodore Dalrymple on dictatorship — the wave of the future? The first chapter from Eco-Republic: What the Ancients Can Teach Us about Ethics, Virtue, and Sustainable Living by Melissa Lane. A review of Suicide: The Philosophical Dimensions by Michael Cholbi. Did life begin with a planetary mega-organism? From The Objective Standard, an interview with Alex Epstein, founder of Center for Industrial Progress. People rationalize situations they're stuck with, but rebel when they think there's an out. A review of Visual Storytelling: Inspiring a New Visual Language. George Scialabba on how Christopher Hitchens must often have reflected sardonically on his celebrity. Is Assad crazy? Bruce Bueno de Mesquita and Alastair Smith investigate. From America, an interview with Robert P. George. Julianne Escobedo on why "liberal Hollywood" is a myth. Can science solve — really solve — the problem of beauty? The Texas Rangers and how they made George Bush presidential: An excerpt from Family of Secrets: The Bush Dynasty, America’s Invisible Government and the Hidden History of the Last Fifty Years by Russ Baker. Warning: Health warnings may be hazardous to your health. Did India and China escape the Black Death? Eric Banks on how an unlikely friendship with a Vichy collaborator complicates our understanding of Gertrude Stein. Why did studying intelligence become taboo? Somewhere along the way, the very idea of intelligence became politicized. Here are 5 reasons you don't miss your 20s when they're over.

From Imprimis, Phil Gramm on Reaganomics and the American character. Ralph Waldo Emerson’s famous call to independent thinking gave rise to every faddish movement in America, from birthers to Etsy to Blink — but enough is enough. Mitt Romney calls the United States “The Greatest Nation in the History of the Earth” — is he right? The trouble with keeping America "American": A single turn of phrase that encapsulates the best — and worst — of America has cropped up on the campaign trail, thanks to Mitt Romney. A review of Blue Collar Intellectuals: When the Enlightened and the Everyman Elevated America by Daniel J. Flynn. The end of the end of the frontier: Americans don’t really look for Mexico in Mexico — they look for a more perfect America, at once free of materialism and more conducive to it. David Berreby on Americans, an invented people. Tim De Chant on redrawing the United States of America. An interview with Joseph Schwartz, author of The Future of Democratic Equality: Reconstructing Social Solidarity in a Fragmented United States (and part 2). American Idol: Why early twentieth-century Americans — from anarchists to Baptist ministers — fell for the philosophy of Nietzsche (and more). On tyranny and liberty: Would the Founders approve of the nation we’ve made? The myth of the ’60s: An excerpt from What Really Happened to the 1960s: How Mass Media Culture Failed American Democracy by Edward P. Morgan. A look at 24 things other countries suspect about life in America. Five hidden messages in the American flag: Until 1912, there was no set design for the Stars and Stripes — and so, hidden in older versions of the flag, its makers laid hints of the country's history and quest for identity. Who believes in the American dream? The right says we can't afford it, but progressives have a chance to save the country.