The inaugural issue of Eastern Journal of European Studies is out. Scott Nicholas Romaniuk (Carleton): Europe’s "Dual" Challenge: The Shifting Frontiers of NATO and the EU. Eric Engle (Harvard): A Viking We Will Go! Neo-Corporatism and Social Europe. Sanja Ivic (Belgrade): Rethinking EU Citizenship: Towards the Postmodern Ethics of Citizenship. George Soros on the crisis and the euro. Crisis in the EU: There are very real problems with the European project, but the eurozone isn’t going anywhere. Calling time on progress: Europeans thought they were progressing towards an ideal civilisation, but now time is up, and it hurts — can anything perk up Europe? Paul Blokker on confrontations with modernity: Openness and closure in the other Europe. More on Perry Anderson's The New Old World. A review of Moving People, Moving Images: Cinema and Trafficking in the New Europe by William Brown, Dina Iordanova and Leshu Torchin. Dimiter Kenarov on traveling along the Danube into the heart of the new Europe. From Reartikulacija, Stas Kleindienst on European conscience and totalitarianism. Philip Nord on how European socialism isn't as socialist as you might think. The EU is more divided, diverse and polarised than the USA — but in the EU, the lines of tension are forming worryingly close to the political centre. It is a truth universally acknowledged that the US and Europe are radically different, but the facts show that the contrast between the two continents is not particularly dramatic. America's ignorant, narcissistic anti-Europeanism is an embarrassment.
From the inaugural issue on Postmedieval: A Journal of Medieval Cultural Studies, an introduction, Karmen MacKendrick (Le Moyne): The Multipliable Body; and Julian Yates (Delaware): It's (for) You; or, The Tele-t/r/opical Post-human. Online book reviews are plentiful and expanding; it is still under debate, however, whether these online reviews meet the standard of quality of their ink-and-paper ancestors. From The Economist, a special report on gambling. Events such as the World Cup and the Olympics are not the economic juggernauts that their promoters claim they are — how do host nations benefit from them? Goldman Sachs, the world’s pre-eminent investment bank, has more than just image problems to worry about. Going off the grid: A review essay on moving away from the city and living without power, running water, cars and in some cases, companionship. The origins of literacy: Reading may involve unlearning an older skill. The rights of the future?: The present generation cannot easily speak for people yet to be born whose circumstances we cannot know. Oil spills, poverty, corruption: Why Louisiana is America's petro-state. Every oil spill is different, but the thread that unites some major ones is a growing scientific awareness of the persistent damage that spills can do. From TEDGlobal 2010, Laurie Santos on the evolutionary origins of irrationality; and Sebastian Seung on the connectome: Do neural maps define our identity?
From the Journal of Libertarian Studies, Walter E. Block (Loyola): Libertarianism is Unique and Belongs Neither to the Right nor the Left: A Critique of the Views of Long, Holcombe, and Baden on the Left, Hoppe, Feser, and Paul of the Right; Jan Krepelka (Rebecque): A Pure Libertarian Theory of Immigration; Alfred G. Cuzan (UWF): Revisiting "Do We Every Really Get Out of Anarchy?"; and Gene Callahan (SUNY-Purchase): Is There a Distinct and Valid Libertarian Form of Historical Understanding? From The Independent Review, Loren E. Lomasky (Virginia) and Kyle Swan (NUS): Wealth and Poverty in the Liberal Tradition; a review of Prohibitions by John Meadowcroft; a review of You and the State: A Fairly Brief Introduction to Political Philosophy by Jan Narveson; a review of Deleting the State: An Argument about Government by Aeon J. Skoble; and Scott Boykin on Hayek on spontaneous order and constitutional design. Justice and markets: Hayek rejected justice arguments for and against the market, but his reasons do not logically rule out moderating market outcomes. A review of The Myth of Natural Rights and Other Essays by L.A. Rollins. David Gordon reviews Morality, Political Economy, and American Constitutionalism by Timothy P. Roth. From Reason, where do libertarians belong? Brink Lindsey, Jonah Goldberg and Matt Kibbe debate. From Cato Unbound, David Bernstein on a better libertarian approach to antidiscrimination law.
From Butterflies and Wheels, Paula Cerni on the secret of New Age thinking: To judge by the stream of popular texts and movements that mix together self-help and spirituality, we are still living in a New Age; and with what authority does a public philosopher speak? Andrew Taggart on philosophy in the popular imagination: To do philosophy in the public sphere today is to be immediately put on the defensive. Bill Clinton and the Country That Never Was: While most of the world has stopped paying attention to Haiti, he has become the de facto leader of the effort to rebuild the country after the historic earthquake — the problem is, there wasn't much there to begin with. The War Nerd Returns: Be famous or be shot tryin’. In the long term, the Tea Party movement destroys the Republican brand — you can't be a conservative revolutionary. Helpful Explanations: Ryan Broderick on understanding the Gawker v. 4chan thing. Mel Gibson isn't just an angry narcissist: His tirades are the distilled violence, cruelty, and bigotry of right-wing Catholic ideology. From Slate, Jeremy Singer-Vine on what Politico deletes from its articles without telling anyone; and help Jack Shafer find a long-form story to report. From The Nation, a look at the case for Elizabeth Warren to head the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (and more and more). An interview with Keith Gessen, author of Diary of a Very Bad Year: Confessions of an Anonymous Hedge Fund Manager.
Luciana C. Silva and David W. Wright (Georgia): Safety Rituals: How Women Cope with the Fear of Sexual Violence. From International Socialist Review, Dave Zirin on women, gender, and sports; and are men really better athletes? A review of Playing With the Boys: Why Separate is Not Equal by Eileen McDonagh and Laura Pappano. From the Journal of Religion and Society, a special section on women, gender, and religion. Sexual violence is not cultural: Rape is so common in Congo wars that some dismiss it as "cultural" — that is wrong and dangerous. From Radical Philosophy, Lynne Segal on how feminism did not fail. Our houses, our selves: A new crop of books suggests that for women, obsession with real estate is replacing obsession with love and marriage. Sara Libby on the media’s ongoing war on single black women. How does it feel to be a black, female, single problem? Lately, some high-profile women are acting like mean girls — is the fault theirs or ours? A review of Reclaiming the F Word: The New Feminist Movement by Catherine Redfern and Kristin Aune. An excerpt from Click: When We Knew We Were Feminists by Jennifer Baumgardner. The TED conference creates a new venue for the ladies — why not just add more to the main event? A review of Living Dolls: the Return of Sexism by Natasha Walter. Amazon woman or life! Marta Popivoda on a forced decision/discussion of gender "artivist" tactics.