Brand New Cadillac: Can we still find the America at the heart of automobiles built by companies that have their roots here? Re-imagining Infrastructure: America is rich in expertise and dollars, but a desperately needed infrastructure renewal depends on something else. Broke Town, USA: Everybody’s suddenly petrified about municipal debt, but the fate of bondholders ought to be the least of our worries. A review of The Great Stagnation: How America Ate All The Low-Hanging Fruit of Modern History, Got Sick, and Will (Eventually) Feel Better by Tyler Cowen (and more and more and more and more). Brad DeLong on how politics is undermining our economy: We could reduce unemployment — if only Washington wanted to. Can organized labor lead a movement to restore broad economic security? It's hard to imagine who else will. Are tiger moms good for the American economy? In the depths of the recession, we were supposed to be in a new era of thrift — so why are Americans spending again? Generation Earn: Are young Americans spendthrift by nature? It's the inequality, stupid: Eleven charts that explain everything that's wrong with America. Probing the depths of the "submerged state": A welter of tax credits, breaks and incentives help Americans out in ways they don’t understand or appreciate — this ignorance could have real consequences in debates about tax reform and deficit reduction (and more and more). Why not a negative income tax? Replace the welfare state with a cash subsidy for the poor. John J. DiIulio Jr. on the value of nonprofits: What would it cost Uncle Sam to replace Catholic agencies?
A new issue of Liminalities is out. Amy J. Sepinwall (Penn): Guilty by Proxy: Expanding the Boundaries of Responsibility in the Face of Corporate Crime. Kerrie Mills revisits fond memories of reading the Guinness Book of World Records as a child (it sure beats "Nightmare on Elm Street"), and the lasting distortion the series has wrought upon her life. Alan Bekhor on God, the West and the scholastic mentality. Lady Gaga’s crazy anthem to biological determinism: The pop megastar’s pro-gay hit "Born This Way" confirms that even this manic queen of reinvention buys into modern notions of fate. When the end of life comes later in life, the consequences are often unexpected — and often painful. The President and the E-Word: When presidents call engineers by their first names, and when they don't. Hugh Hefner, 84 and on the verge of his third marriage, is buying back Playboy Enterprises, because some things are better done in private. From Tikkun, does evolution have a direction? Andrew P. Smith investigates. "Blaming the victim", a phrase originally intended to critique the attribution of social disadvantage to "inherent faults" of black Americans, has since come to mean something else: the condemnation of self-designated "victims" as manipulative. Protocol: Lanie Denslow on diplomacy’s silent and invisible partner. Hostile Object Theory: What is this disconcerting antipathy glimpsed when everyday objects malfunction or break-down and seem, darkly, to want to hurt us? A review of A Genealogy of Evil by David Patterson. The printed world: Three-dimensional printing from digital designs will transform manufacturing and allow more people to start making things. A review of Friend v. Friend: The Transformation of Friendship and What the Law Has to Do with it by Ethan J. Leib.
Noah Weisbord (FIU): Evolutions of the Jus Ad Bellum: The Crime of Aggression. Peter Turchin (UConn): Warfare and the Evolution of Social Complexity: A Multilevel-Selection Approach. Randall Collins (Penn): A Dynamic Theory of Battle Victory and Defeat. Christopher J. Coyne (George Mason) and Adam J. Pellillo (West Virginia): The Political Economy of War and Peace. Matt Motyl (Virginia), Joshua Hart (Union), and Tom Pyszczynski (Colorado): When Animals Attack: The Effects of Mortality Salience, Infrahumanization of Violence, and Authoritarianism on Support for War. From Smells Like Science, an article on chimpanzee warfare, the first part of a series, Why We Fight, about the origins of warfare (and an interview with primatologist John Mitani). Nasty, brutish and not that short: Medieval warfare was just as terrifying as you might imagine. A review of War in an Age of Risk by Christopher Coker. An interview with Jeremy Black on the history of war. A review of Killing in War by Jeff McMahon. A review of Moral Dilemmas of Modern War: Torture, Assassination, and Blackmail in an Age of Asymmetric Conflict by Michael Gross. Survey Says: War is the irrational choice. Ideas of the century: Nancy Sherman on the moral psychology of war (and more). From Cato Unbound, Andrew Mack on A More Secure World. Two recent books cast doubt on the value of the existing laws of war when it comes to safeguarding civilians in an age of unconventional conflict, but the current regulations constitute a firm foundation on which to better protect civilians.