From ISR, a review of Lenin’s Political Thought: Theory and Practice in the Democratic and Socialist Movement by Neil Harding; and what do socialists say about democracy? Socialists are for the fullest democracy, whereas capitalism curtails it. From First Things, Elizabeth Scalia on why Marxism always fails. Jiri Pehe and Benedict Seymour debate Marxism: Radical alternative or totalitarian relic? A review of Marx at the Margins: On Nationalism, Ethnicity and Non-Western Societies by Kevin Anderson. You might be a Marxist if you’re class conscious. A review of books by Alex Callinicos on imperialism. The Bolivian Road to Socialism: Mike Geddes argues we can learn from the Bolivian experiences of working in and against the state. From Social Europe Journal, how to answer populism? Robin Wilson discuss how the Left should (not) react to political populism; and Michael Lind on republican liberty and the future of the centre-left. Social democracy is at death's door, writes John Kearne, but an alternative may be emerging. Instead of concurring with the stance of the overall rejection of formal institutions, Nigel Thrift poses the question of “how one can rework institutions and their work ethic in order for them to be appropriate to our times”. A review of Envisioning Real Utopias by Erik Olin Wright. An interview with John Bake, author of Arguing for Equality and co-author of Equality: From Theory to Action.
Daron Acemoglu (MIT), Georgy Egorov (Northwestern), and Konstantin Sonin (CEPR): A Political Theory of Populism. Mathias O. Royce (SMC): The Rise and Propagation of Political Right-Wing Extremism: The Identification and Assessment of Common Sovereign Economic and Socio-Demographic Determinants. From Edge, who gets to keep secrets? The question of secrecy in the information age is clearly a deep social (and mathematical) problem, and well worth paying attention to. Kathryn Schulz on 2010: The year in mistakes. Five years in, gauging impact of Gates grants. Putting the "American business model" in its place: The key to understanding why market economies have outperformed planned societies is not recognition of the ubiquity of greed, but understanding of the power of disciplined pluralism. A review of The Arabs and the Holocaust: The Arab-Israeli War of Narratives by Gilbert Achcar. Cartoonist Darryl Cunningham investigates climate change. The deep pain of awkward silences: Remarks that stop the conversation cold at social gatherings can instantly elicit deep-seated feelings of exclusion. From NYRB, Ahmed Rashid on the way out of Afghanistan. The American Wikileaks Hacker: Jacob Appelbaum fight repressive regimes around the world — including his own. Rachel Botsman says we're "wired to share" — and shows how websites like Zipcar and Swaptree are changing the rules of human behavior.
A new issue of Military Review is out. A new issue of Strategic Studies Quarterly is out. The U.S. Navy has created the world's most powerful cannon, which can fire a 23 pound bullet at seven times the speed of sound — should we cheer this futuristic "railgun"? War Nerd Gary Brecher on the Army’s new shoulder-fired cannon, the XM-25: Gee whiz, how can we be losing with such cool stuff? The big (military) taboo: When the U.S. spends almost as much on arms as every other country in the world combined, we’re overinvesting in our military. What Ike got right: Why his warning against the military-industrial complex still matters (and more). The all-volunteer military has developed into an American version of the French Foreign Legion; a national draft, with a cross-section of all Americans serving, would force leaders to think harder about fighting in Iraq or Afghanistan or elsewhere. You can go strangle yourself with that yellow ribbon, or, here is what I want you to do instead of shaking my hand. How the Pentagon turns working-class men into the deadliest killers on the planet: A book salon on War Is a Lie by David Swanson. Citizen Terrorist: Peter H. Schuck on when Americans wage war on the United States. From Military History, a look at 10 battles that shaped America. The Institute of Heraldry, which allows the secretary of the Army to provide heraldic services to all agencies within the federal government, celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.
Caroline E. Reid (EKU), C. Kamper Floyd (USM) and Valerie Bryan (South Alabama): Social Work, Morally Relevant Properties, and Paternalism: Why Social Workers Need to Know Moral Theory. From New York, for decades, Martin Peretz taught at Harvard and presided over The New Republic — a fierce, if controversial, lion among American intellectuals and Zionists; now, having been labeled a bigot, taunted at his alma mater, and stripped of his magazine, he has found peace in a place where there is little, Israel; and on the trouble with liberty: Libertarians, of both left and right, haven’t been this close to power since 1776 — but do we want to live in their world? The Economist on the rise of the supermarket rag. Chris Lehmann on the Roberts Court: Five easy pro-business terms. The Bible Bee: With enormous cash prizes and endorsements from celebrities like Kirk Cameron, scripture contests are moving out of the church basement and into the limelight. TAP talks to an earmark defender. If robots could talk, would they signal where the food is? Victor Mair first encountered the Bronze Age mummies of China’s Tarim Basin 23 years ago; he and others have been trying to figure out what those people were doing there ever since. Do psychologists make better novelists? What happened when one researcher applied his powers of human understanding to the literary form. A look at 5 reasons why anticonformity is worse than conformity.
Jonathan Zittrain (Harvard): Net Neutrality as Diplomacy. Long Live the Web: Tim Berners-Lee on a call for continued open standards and neutrality. Bruce Gottlieb on net neutrality and the academics who love it (and more and more and more on Tim Wu's The Master Switch). Tech-Tock: Why it’s time to put an end to the net-neutrality debate. New net neutrality rules may allow Obama to claim his campaign pledge on fostering an open internet, but they did little to appease foes, or supporters. From Slate, whose Internet is it, anyway? The FCC's new "net neutrality" rules only muddle the picture; and if the FCC had regulated the Internet: Jack Shafer on a counterfactual history of cyberspace. Routing it right: The survival of the internet’s governing body has come at a price. Jeff Jarvis attacks Germany for fostering Internet privacy. If you want Web privacy, stop being such a freeloader — pay for it. As spammers find their e-mails blocked, they are trying other tactics — expect no respite. Reclaim the cyber-commons: The internet is being captured by organised trolls — it’s time we fought back. Are right-wing libertarian Internet trolls getting paid to dumb down online conversations? Why the kids don't blog and grandma's on Facebook. Blogging peaks, but reports of its death are exaggerated. Matt Yglesias discusses the importance of blogging. An article on the future according to Tim O'Reilly.