From Ethics & Global Politics, Monique Deveaux (Williams): Normative Liberal Theory and the Bifurcation of Human Rights; Hauke Brunkhorst (Flensburg): Dialectical Snares: Human Rights and Democracy in the World Society; Eduardo Mendieta (Stony Brook): From Imperial to Dialogical Cosmopolitanism?; and Saladin Meckled-Garcia (UCL): Do Transnational Economic Effects Violate Human Rights? A review of Civilising Globalisation: Human Rights and the Global Economy by David Kinley. Roland Burke on his book Decolonization and the Evolution of International Human Rights. A review of Human Rights in the Global Information Society. From Human Rights and Human Welfare, a roundtable on the United Nations and human rights. From World Press Review, Justin Frewen on the state-building woes of the UN. A review of National Responsibility and Global Justice by David Miller. A review of Humanitarianism in Question: Politics, Power and Ethics. From ISR, a review essay on humanitarian imperialism and its apologists. When humanitarianism hurts: If consequences matter and not just intentions, the responsibility to protect is an irresponsible norm — it makes a promise that cannot be fulfilled. Revisiting the Responsibility to Protect: Can a state-centric principle be saved by non-state actors? From New Left Review, Tom Hazeldine profiles the conflict-instigation NGO International Crisis Group and the parallel courses of its Atlanticist advocacy and of Western military aggressions.
From The Smart Set, Jerry DeNuccio on the metaphysics of cutting grass: A tidy lawn is only one reason to mow. Michael Johnson on the delightful Voltaire. From Vanity Fair, persuaded they held the key to great treasure and were targets of a Masonic plot, members of the aristocratic de Vedrines family turned over their lives, fortune, and ancestral chateau to a shadowy “grand master” — then came captivity and torture and a bizarre escape. Lauren Elkin reviews Proust's Overcoat by Lorenza Foschini. In his last book, The Bomb, the late, great historian and former bombardier Howard Zinn examines his troubling actions during WWII (and a look at the case against Howard Zinn). From Stanford Social Innovation Review, David La Piana on The Nonprofit Paradox: Why organizations are so often plagued by the very ills they aim to cure. From Thought Catalog, Nicole Rudick reviews Hannah Hoch's Picture Book. Of whales and aliens: Dorin Sagan on the search for intelligent life on Earth. The Christian religion has succeeded in introducing its point of view into the heart of the so-called “civil calendar” now in use in the greater part of the world — but just what is this point of view? You feel like an adult, going out to a restaurant and paying your own way — and then someone tells you how much you should tip. Conversations with literary websites: An interview with Chad W. Post, director of Three Percent. The story of pink: Photographer Lisa Kessler unpacks the many meanings of a color.
From Wired, Chris Anderson and Michael Wolff declare the Web is dead — long live the Internet (and more and a debate). A moving recap of some of the stuff that predeceased the Web — you may want to bring a handkerchief. The search party: Can Google find its footing in this brave new world? Google and the search for the future: The Web icon's CEO Eric Schmidt on the mobile computing revolution, the future of newspapers, and privacy in the digital age. The young will have to change names to escape their "cyber past", warns Google's Eric Schmidt. Google's chief says privacy is dying, but does the Facebook generation care? From Digital Culture and Education, Kerry Mallan (QUT): Look at me! Look at me! Self-representation and self-exposure through online networks; and Shelia Zimic (Mid Sweden): Not so "techno-savvy": Challenging the stereotypical images of the "Net generation". I tweet, therefore I am: Are Twitter posts an expression of who we are — or are they changing who we are? Peril and Promise: Will social networks change our world, or just reinforce it? A Death on Facebook: Kate Bolick on intimacy and loss in the age of social media. More and more on The Facebook Effect by David Kirkpatrick. Meetup wants to be Facebook for the real world. Meet the fastest growing company ever: Andrew Mason figured out how to inject hysteria into the process of bargain hunting on the Web — the result is an overnight success story called Groupon. Some online commentators are already sounding Chatroulette's death knell, but rumors of the service's demise may be greatly exaggerated.
From 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century, a special issue on Dickens and science. From New Left Review, Lacan enlisted on the side of Jesus, for an ethics of revolutionary goodness: Gregor McLennan reviews books by Terry Eagleton; and can underlying similarities of deep structure and social function be traced in the work of classical European and Chinese writers? Two presidents, two speeches — and a profound question about the American military that has yet to be answered. From the New York Times's Room for Debate, as philosophy departments have come under attack for being costly and impractical, do experimental methods, called "x-phi" by its proponents, offer new horizons for old problems? From Sojourners, an interview with veteran Sunday school teacher Elizabeth Warren on facing down the Goliaths of Wall Street. Multiculturalism and Its Discontents: Why are liberals excusing religious abuses on grounds of cultural relativism? The strength of Obama's long game with Iran: Nicholas Burns, former undersecretary of state for George W. Bush, explains why the current president understands Tehran. What "fact-checking" means online: If the Web has changed what qualifies as fact-checking, has it also changed what qualifies as a fact? Business journalism’s image problem: We aren’t all dashing muckrakers like Stieg Larsson’s Mikael Blomkvist, but untangling the financial crisis isn’t just about catching bad guys.
Mark Auslander (Brandeis): How Families Work: Love, Labor and Mediated Oppositions in American Domestic Ritual. What is it about 20-somethings: They move back in with their parents, they delay beginning careers — why are so many young people taking so long to grow up? (and more) From Slate, an article on the new science on chronically harsh and conflict-ridden households. From The Awl, Melissa Lafsky writes in defense of having children. City or subdivision: Where’s the best place to raise kids? It takes a lifetime to learn how to navigate the topic of children in polite and private conversation — and just as long to unlearn it. More on Peter B. Gray and Kermyt G. Anderson's Fatherhood: Evolution and Human Paternal Behavior. The case for boredom: Adam J. Cox on stimulation, civility, and modern boyhood. A time to teach: What is the best age to instill life lessons? The Boomerang Effect: How did the forever young generation turn into perpetual parents? A review of Poverty and Brain Development During Childhood by Sebastian Lipina and Jorge Colombo. Are children from collectivist cultures more likely to say it's okay to lie for the group? Big Think is promoting some dangerous ideas: Bringing back eugenics; allowing infant euthanasia; and letting kids have sex. A common belief about teenagers is that they implicitly assume that they are invincible or immortal and think little about their own deaths — a new study shows this to be a myth.