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George Lakoff’s New Happiness: Politics after Rationality (10.1007/s12129-009-9130-x)

John B. Parrott

Dr. Parrott takes a look at modern political reality according to George Lakoff, Berkeley professor of linguistics and cognitive science and progressive intellectual guru to the Democratic Party. Lakoff favors a visceral approach to politics, and Dr. Parrott carefully examines how Lakoff makes extraordinary claims about the way we think by rejecting reason and rationality as they have been understood in the West for over twenty-five hundred years.

Remapping Geography (10.1007/s12129-009-9134-6)

Jonathan M. Smith, Texas A&M University, and Jim Norwine, Texas A&M University

Professors Smith and Norwine take a rowdy tour through “the bawdy saloon of progressive politics, cultural nihilism, and subjective epistemology” to describe how contemporary cultural geography has pulled up a stool and joined the new orthodoxy on campus.

Stimulating Economics (10.1007/s12129-009-9132-8)

King Banaian, St. Cloud State University

Given its wretched performance during the current recession, is the field of market economics due for a strong dose of revisionism? Prof. Banaian sifts the rubble for answers.

Revising Revisionism: A New Look at American Communism (10.1007/s12129-009-9131-9)

Harvey Klehr, Emory University, and John Earl Haynes, Library of Congress

Prof. Klehr and Dr. Haynes explore the efforts of left-wing scholars to transform the history of the American Communist Party into a story of well-intentioned idealists struggling to make America a better place to live. They show that this revisionism cannot stand the test of historical fact.

Solzhenitsyn’s Second Exile (10.1007/s12129-009-9129-3)

Edward E. Ericson, Jr., Emeritus, Calvin College

Prof. Ericson recounts the trajectory of America’s reaction to the life and work of the great novelist and chronicler of Soviet domestic oppression, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, whose reputation appears to be reviving.

Opening the Gates: ReadingThe Gulag (10.1007/s12129-009-9127-5)

Carol Iannone, National Association of Scholars

Academic Questions editor-at-large Carol Iannone shares the story of how reading Solzhenitsyn’s The Gulag Archipelago opened the portal into history and made tangible the terrible truth about life in the USSR.

No More Nice Girls: Feminist Art as Revision (10.1007/s12129-009-9128-4)

Maureen Mullarkey

Ms. Mullarkey traces the ideology, crudity, and absurdity of feminist art, which doesn’t consitute an aesthetic movement, but rather reveals an extreme revisionism of traditional art that is vapid even as it purports to be shocking. She calls for an honest evaluation of the feminist art movement and its revisionist catechism.

A Delinquent Discipline: The Rise and Fall of Criminology (10.1007/s12129-009-9133-7)

Mike S. Adams, University of North Carolina Wilmington

“Why do people commit crime?” In exploring the explanations presented by criminologists, Prof. Adams presents a big-picture review of how the field of criminology has moved from holding the individual responsible for crimes committed to blaming society.

What the West Doesn’t Owe Islam (10.1007/s12129-009-9137-3)

Toby E. Huff, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth

Prof. Huff argues that the contemporary effort to minimize the differences between the Islamic world and the West is a multiculturalist illusion.

Selling Merit Down the River (10.1007/s12129-009-9140-8)

Russell K. Nieli, Princeton University

The River Pilots are at it again. Prof. Nieli dissects Taming the River (Princeton University Press, 2009), the third installment of a defense of racial preferences in higher education that began in 1998 with The Shape of the River, by William Bowen and Derek Bok.

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