Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos (Westminster): Law, Space, Bodies: The Emergence of Spatial Justice. From Mediations, an interview with Paolo Virno on the Soviets of the Multitude, collectivity and collective work; and what kind of revolution do you want? Reiichi Miura on punk, the contemporary Left, and Singularity. Praxis, theory, and the unmakeable: An interview with Robert Hullot-Kentor, author of Things Beyond Resemblance: Collected Essays on Theodor W. Adorno. A review of The Politics of Literature by Jacques Ranciere. A review of A Thousand Machines: A Concise Philosophy of the Machine as Social Movement by Gerald Raunig. A review of The Persistence of the Negative: A Critique of Contemporary Continental Theory by Benjamin Noys. Instabilities and critical opportunities: Richard Gilman-Opalsky on Guy Debord's contributions to crisis theory. The archives of Guy Debord, father of situationism and author of The Society of the Spectacle, joined the manuscript collections of the National Library of France (the BNF) thanks to funds provided by patrons. The spectacular world of Bill Brown: A review of the NOT BORED! Anthology. A review of Thinking the Impossible: French Philosophy Since 1960 by Gary Gutting. In the “marketplace of ideas,” Marxism and queer studies are often presumed to be divergent and even opposed discourses: A review of Cruising Utoptia: The Then and There of Queer Futurity by Jose Esteban Munoz. A review of On Zizek's Dialectics: Surplus, Subtraction, Sublimation by Fabio Vighi. A review of From Marxism to Post-Marxism? by Goran Therborn. A review of Continental Divide: Heidegger, Cassirer, Davos by Peter E. Gordon. Nevermind Jurgen Habermas and Slavoj Zizek, the eminent postcolonial theorist Achille Mbembe is now on Twitter.
A new issue of Nieman Reports is out. From the new online magazine New Compass, Eirik Eigladan on anti-Semitism, Israel, and the Left; interview with Adam Krause, author of Art as Politics; an interview with Brian Tokar, author of Toward Climate Justice; and a review of First as Tragedy, Then as Farce by Slavoj Zizek. Donald Prothero on his book Catastrophes: Earthquakes, Tsunamis, Tornadoes, and other Earth-Shattering Disasters. Hard (Pseudo) Science: Karen Stollznow on the second coming of the VIBE Machine. The Internet’s Least Helpful Webpages: Lauren Kirchner on how content farms did Japan. The Goldstone Chronicles: There seems to be little coherence in the jurist's volte-face — did he buckle under pressure? Big Picture: Rochelle Gurstein on Middle Eastern upheaval and the promise of American life. Alasdair MacIntyre may be wrong about the details of finance, but he is right on the largest questions of political economy. William Greider on how Wall Street crooks get out of jail free. Why do we care so much about "porn for women"? The media keeps asking what makes for female-friendly smut — too bad there isn't an answer. Ain’t talkin’ 'bout love: David Ensminger on the films of Hal Hartley. The benefits of "pond scum" explained: Here's a story about how "useless" basic research can yield wondrously useful outcomes. A review of That’s Offensive! Criticism, Identity, Respect by Stefan Collini (and more). An interview with Rachel Machacek, author of The Science of Single: One Woman’s Grand Experiment in Modern Dating, Creating Chemistry and Finding Love. Exposing the Elites: Promoting a politics of social pity, today’s super-elites revive an old strategy of coercion. Clicking: Turning online friends into real-world ones is not as simple as it might seem.
Qaddafi Unplugged: An excerpt from The Age of Deception: Nuclear Diplomacy in Treacherous Times by Mohamed ElBaradei. The Clash of the Caliphates: Tony Corn on understanding the real war of ideas. For years, Arab dictators used food subsidies — and cheap bread — to keep their subjects quiet, but when prices rose, the very thing that regimes used to ensure obedience became a symbol and a source of revolution. J.J. Goldberg on how global warming felled Mubarak. Jean-Jacques Jihad: There is a reason leftists and Islamists collaborate: totalitarianism. Bahrain's Base Politics: Alexander Cooley and Daniel H. Nexon on the Arab Spring and America’s military bases. Nick Kimbrell on three great songs from the Arab revolutions' soundtrack. The No-Show: Melik Kaylan on why values should have mattered in Iraq. Nationalism plays a vital role in Egyptian life, and its influence — despite Arab nationalism’s frequent association with dictatorial regimes — could be a key bulwark against religious extremism there. Meanwhile in the Maghreb: How have Algeria and Morocco avoided North Africa’s unrest? The mainstream media don't know what to make of Gene Sharp, the American political thinker who helped inspire the Egyptian revolution. Tony Badran on what everyone got wrong about Bashar al-Assad. Thirteen years after the political reforms, Indonesia is viewed as the most stable democracy in its region — is there something Egypt can learn from the Indonesian example? The post-Communist transitions of Eastern European governments hold some surprising lessons for the fledgling democracies in Egypt and Tunisia. Lessons in liberation from Latin America: Although there are significant historical and cultural differences, four concrete actions taken in the region offer guidance to those seeking a new democratic era in the Middle East.