Paul Rose (OSU): American Sovereign Wealth. From Shareable, an article on Occupy as a new societal model and ways to improve it. From Counterpunch, meet Wal-Mart's Rob Walton, the worst of the One Percent. #OWS, what took so long? Psychologists tie the reluctance to protest Wall Street bailouts to a deep-seated need to justify the status quo. The first chapter from Beyond Our Means: Why America Spends While the World Saves by Sheldon Garon. Made in America, Again: Leaders discuss returning manufacturing to the U.S. in a Prospect roundtable. A review of Debtor Nation: The History of America in Red Ink by Louis Hyman. The red state model is (also) broken: Liberal enclaves face an economic crisis, but federally subsidized conservative areas are just as unsustainable. There's America, and then there's Washington: Does the prosperity of the capital region color the perspectives of the journalists and lawmakers who live there? We are not all created equal: Stephen Marche on the truth about the American class system. The political one percent of the one percent: If you think wealth is concentrated in the United States, just wait till you look at the data on campaign spending (and more). Barbara Ehrenreich and John Ehrenreich on the making of the American 99% and the collapse of the middle class. How Ayn Rand seduced generations of young men and helped make the US into a selfish, greedy nation. Felix Salmon on the plight of the 1%: Remember that, people — if you start agitating to reduce inequality, there might be vomiting. The introduction to America's First Great Depression: Economic Crisis and Political Disorder after the Panic of 1837 by Alasdair S. Roberts. Les Leopold on five ways that financial elites are destroying democracy.
Ronald Inglehart (Michigan) and Pippa Norris (Harvard): The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse: Understanding Human Security. Peter P. Swire and Kenesa Ahmad (OSU): Encryption and Globalization. From CTheory, an interview with William Leiss on intellectual life from the postwar generation to the present moment. A review of The Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade by Andrew Feinstein (and more). From Cabinet, Thomas Keenan and Eyal Weizman on Mengele’s Skull: From witness to object. A review of You Talkin’ to Me? Rhetoric from Aristotle to Obama by Sam Leith. The Neurocritic on the return of physiognomy. Protest and ethics: Scholars explain why certain non-violent protests succeed, while some others do not. Was postmodern architecture any good? Witold Rybczynski on its most important legacy. Maxim Nasab on reviving the lost idea of the urbanized bridge. The Dandy Reissued: Colin McDowell asks if there’s a place for the modern dandy or if he’ll just end up looking comic. A review of The Great Big Book of Horrible Things: The Definitive Chronicle of History’s 100 Worst Atrocities by Matthew White. The figure of one trillion has become increasingly widely used but do we really understand it? Malcolm Gladwell has no idea why The Tipping Point was a hit. Michael Lewis on advice from the 1%: Lever up, drop out. From New York, Ray Kelly has had a remarkable run as NYPD commissioner — but now the problems are piling up. A review of Joseph Epstein's Gossip: The Untrivial Pursuit (and more and more and more). Are you smart enough to know you’re stupid? It could mean the difference between life and death. Do experts slow innovation? Joseph F Coughlin wonders. Cracked.com on the 12 most baffling genres of stock photo, explained.
Andreas Follesdal (Oslo): Federalism. Marco Goldoni (Antwerp): Montesquieu and the "French" Model of Separation of Powers. Barbara Luppi (UNIMORE) and Francesco Parisi (Minnesota): Politics With(Out) Coase. Armin Schafer (MPIfG): Republican Liberty and Compulsory Voting. Olivier Ledoit (Zurich): Choice Democracy. Alon Harel (HUJ) and Moses Shayo (Princeton): Which Preferences Can Democracy Serve? Jurg Martin Gabriel (ETH Zurich): Definitions Matter: Reflections on Political Science Concept Formation. Johann-Albrecht Meylahn (Pretoria): Seeking the Good (Peace) of the Republic: The Violence Against and of Difference in Defining the Public Space. David Wiens (Michigan): Engineering Global Justice: Achieving Success Through Failure Analysis. Eric D. Blumenson (Suffolk): Economic Rights as Group Rights. Rainer Forst (Frankfurt): Transnational Justice and Democracy. From the forthcoming Routledge Companion to the Philosophy of Law, the entry on coercion. An excerpt from Governance Without a State? Policies and Politics in Areas of Limited Statehood. An interview with John Finnis on natural law theory. The introduction to Facing the Challenge of Democracy: Explorations in the Analysis of Public Opinion and Political Participation. Why do people defend unjust, inept, and corrupt systems? Agonism and the Law: A review of Emergency Politics: Paradox, Law, Democracy by Bonnie Honig and Law and Agonistic Politics. Seyla Benhabib on democratic sovereignty and international law. Disrupting Democracy: Keya Dannenbaum on ElectNext, her "OkCupid of Politics", and the future of elections. The first chapter from Ethics in an Age of Terror and Genocide: Identity and Moral Choice by Kristen Renwick Monroe. Are all politics still local? John Sides investigates.
Charles B. B. Blankart (Humboldt): An Economic Theory of Switzerland. Robert A. Kahn (St. Thomas): The Acquittal of Geert Wilders and Dutch Political Culture. Vincenzo Memoli (Milan): Government, Scandals and Political Support in Italy. The first chapter from The Liberty of Servants: Berlusconi's Italy by Maurizio Viroli. Secrets of Sardinia: Life, death and rebirth amongst the mysterious Nuragic peoples of ancient Sardinia. As the continent’s governments drift to the center-right, Denmark is a liberal holdout — on paper, at least. Is it over for Catholic Ireland? The deteriorating relationship between the Vatican and the Irish state is good news for the Republic. White melancholia: Tobias Hubinette and Catrin Lundstrom on mourning the loss of "Good old Sweden". Sangre: Menorca may not be known for producing great thinkers, but that overlooks Albert Camus's Balearic blood. The first chapter from The French Way: How France Embraced and Rejected American Values and Power by Richard F. Kuisel. Europe's Facebook Fascists: Populist parties are sweeping the continent and Facebook — it's time we took them seriously. Legacy of denial: It's time to stop pretending — Freya Klier on the radical right in East Germany. A review of Burned Bridge: How the East and West Germans Made the Iron Curtain by Edith Sheffer. Now defunct by just over two decades, the border between the two Germanys already seems like a surreal relic from a much more distant past. Is Europe a mess because Germans work hard and Greeks are lazy? Alexander the Great or a warrior on a horse: Lookalike statue reignites debate with Greece over Macedonian name as Skopje locals dismiss works as nationalistic kitsch.
A new issue of the Journal of Social Inclusion is out. Susy Frankel (Victoria): The Mismatch of Geographical Indications and Innovative Traditional Knowledge. "We go to sleep and drown our sorrows in consumption": An interview with Roberto Unger on the tragic narrowing of political imagination and the need to generate change without crisis. A review of George F. Kennan: An American Life by John Lewis Gaddis (and more and more and more and more and more and more and more). It was the most elaborate fallout shelter of them all: A once-secret bunker hidden under the luxurious Greenbrier Hotel in West Virginia. Mary Eberstadt reviews A Point in Time: The Search for Redemption in this Life and the Next by David Horowitz (and more). A.C. Grayling reviews Socrates: A Man for Our Times by Paul Johnson. From Vanity Fair, from fashion to housewares, are we in a decades-long design rut? Underlying all donations is a mystery: Why do we give at all? David Ker Thomson on the five dumbest reasons not to support the Occupy movement. A review of The Statues that Walked: Unraveling the Mystery of Easter Island by Terry Hunt and Carl Lipo. A review of One Nation Under Sex: How the Private Lives of Presidents, First Ladies and Their Lovers Changed the Course of American History by Larry Flynt and David Eisenbach. Joanne Mariner on the gap between human rights scholars and human rights professionals. The first chapter from Strings Attached: Untangling the Ethics of Incentives by Ruth W. Grant. A recent Camelot book boomlet can’t help but raise comparisons between JFK and the president once considered his heir, but the most powerful force linking Kennedy and Obama might actually be the reactionary rage that engulfed their presidencies.
A new issue of Armed Forces Journal is out. Deborah N. Pearlstein (Cardozo): The Soldier, the State, and the Separation of Powers. Unfair advantages: Selling asymmetric war at the Unmanned Vehicle Systems Trade Show. From Military Review, a special issue on the Profession of Arms. Getting there is half the battle: Strategic, operational and tactical mobility for U.S. ground forces presents problems more fundamental than any anti-access and area denial efforts by our adversaries. A review of Top Secret America: The Rise of the New American Security State by Dana Priest and William M. Arkin (and more). America’s secret empire of drone bases: A ground-breaking investigation examines the most secret aspect of America's shadowy drone wars and maps out a world of hidden bases dotting the globe. Just warriors: Since mercenaries can serve both good and evil, why are they universally condemned? Why Army officers must write: If the Army wants better thinkers, it should start by educating better writers. The American Way of War: Victor Davis Hanson on five books that examine national security and the technology of death. The New Interventionism: How Obama is changing the way the United States wages war. Special Forces equals Green Berets — got it? A report finds the military blew $1 trillion on weapons since 9/11. A look at how the US military is teaching foreign students that liberals subverted America's Judeo-Christian heritage. As the Marine Corps resets itself after more than 10 years of large-scale combat, Marines will likely find themselves deploying more to exotic locations. A look at 5 soldiers who kicked ass in the face of death (and logic).
Benjamin C. Carpenter (St. Thomas): A Chip Off the Old Iceblock: How Cryopreservation Has Changed Estate Law, Why Attempts to Address the Issue Have Fallen Short, and How to Fix It. E. Paul Zehr on his book Inventing Iron Man: The Possibility of a Human Machine. Why you are not your brain: A brief guide to embodied cognition. Is transhumanism coercive? Forcing humanity to remain relatively stupid and sick doesn't make us freer. A review of The Brain is Wider Than the Sky by Bryan Appleyard. Why aren’t more wealthy people funding aging research? Aubrey de Grey wants to know. Your brain knows a lot more than you realize: Neuroscientist David Eagleman explores the processes and skills of the subconscious mind, which our conscious selves rarely consider. Will whole-genome sequencing create a new liability tsunami for physicians? Philosophy of mind: Laura Weed takes us on a tour of the mind/brain controversy. Kevin Drum on why artificial intelligence is closer than we realize. Massimo Pigliucci on the entanglement between biology and ideology. "Information is cheap, meaning is expensive": An interview with George Dyson on the definition of life, human progress and the importance of cognitive autarchy. Why aren't we smarter already? A look at the evolutionary limits on cognition. Will you live forever — or until your next software release — by uploading your brain into a computer? The future of moral machines: Many think the idea of ethically sensitive machines is a kind of techno-utopian joke, but we are already moving in that direction. A look at how brain-reading devices could kill off the keyboard. Different thinkers come to completely opposite conclusions about the effect that knowledge of the Singularity should have on our investment decisions; here are your options for treating the future seriously.
Edward Green (MSMNYC): The Mind of Adolf Hitler: A Study in the Unconscious Appeal of Contempt. Michelle Madden Dempsey (Villanova): How to Argue About Prostitution. From The Economist, a special section on video games. Night thoughts of a baffled humanist: An excerpt from When I Was a Child I Read Books by Marilynne Robinson. A review of The Puzzle of Left-handedness by Rik Smits. Who won Iraq? Answer: Anyone who stayed out. From Global Post, a special series on Rice 2.0. Can orgasms change the world? Sally Feldman revisits the politics of the climax. From nthposition, nothing to be done: Neil Fitzgerald on a philosophical look at tramps in Paris; and sancta simplicitas, a mouse and the Jesuits: Joe Palmer on deconstructing Krazy Kat. Cruel and unusual idiocy: Can the government get around the Constitution by outsourcing its functions to private contractors? Adam Gopnik on The Lord of the Rings, Twilight, and young-adult fantasy books. Three cheers for income inequality: Richard A. Epstein on how taxing the top one percent even more means less wealth and fewer jobs for the rest of us. Generation X members are “active, balanced and happy” — seriously? The US, the UK and many other countries have become far less equal over the past 30 years; MIT economics professor Daron Acemoglu says it's important we understand how and why this happened, and what it means for our societies. The introduction to Tobacco Capitalism: Growers, Migrant Workers, and the Changing Face of a Global Industry by Peter Benson. Hey, guess what? Debtors' prison is back. The "Great Leaders" were mass murderers: A review of Great Wars and Great Leaders: A Libertarian Rebuttal by Ralph Raico. A review of And Nothing But the Truthiness: The Rise (and Further Rise) of Stephen Colbert by Lisa Rogak.
From Foreign Policy, a special issue on America: How special are we, and what ails America? Christopher Hitchens on how the conservative belief in American exceptionalism has become a matter of faith. A review of Pat Buchanan's Suicide of a Superpower. Is America over? George Packer on inequality and social decline in America. The “American Century” has ended: The Great Recession, the Arab Spring and the euro crisis show how global relations are fundamentally shifting. Immanuel Wallerstein on the United States versus Everybody. From The European, Rick Rowden on how America is losing its global hold onto power; and the hegemony of pop: America's political and military influence might decline, but its culture remains a global point of reference. Why China and Mexico matter: America's future depends on its relations with these two nations. Epitaph for an old bitch gone in the teeth, for a botched civilisation: Doug Dowd on the decline of Imperial America. From FDL, a book salon on Why America Failed: The Roots of Imperial Decline by Morris Berman. The Amerislump is upon us: Just how fast is the United States sinking? A cautionary tale of declinism — and the political bloviation it inspires. From The National Interest, Stephen M. Walt on The End of the American Era. From Reddit, do you think the United States will survive as an entity post collapse, and will Americans flock to Canada, or will they head south where its warmer? Thomas Friedman and Michael Mandelbaum's That Used to Be Us fights the latest upsurge of American declinism to a draw. From Standpoint, Daniel Johnson on the mythology of decline. Ambrose Evans-Pritchard on how world power is swinging back to America. Joseph S. Nye on the decline and fall of America’s decline and fall. Decline in style: If your best days are in the past, America, you have much to learn from Argentina. A review of After America: Get Ready for Armageddon by Mark Steyn.
Anca Parmena Olimid (Craiova): Notes Towards a New Geopolitics in the Balkans: Old National Ideologies Vs. New Religious Beliefs. From Studies of Transition States and Societies, Abel Polese (TLU): Language and Identity in Ukraine: Was it Really Nation-Building?; and Donnacha O Beachain (DCU): Social and Political Perceptions of the Borat Phenomenon in Kazakhstan: Evidence from a Case Study of University Students. Europe’s ugly little dictatorship: Paul Wells on Alexander Lukashenko’s violent, corrupt, economically and morally bankrupt government. From the Oxford Handbook of the Russian Economy, here is the entry on privatization. What happened when Turkmenistan’s President for Life died? Frozen ties: A review essay on Russia. Propagandastan: Why is the Pentagon spending tens of millions of U.S. tax dollars to whitewash the image of Central Asian dictatorships? Life as an expat reaches Latvia: Surprised to find himself living there, Robert Cottrell is even more surprised to find it beguiling. From the Toronto Review, can Kyrgyzstan keep its democracy? Dmitri Trenin on integrating Russia’s post-imperium. Andrew Barnes on how the field of the political-economy of post-communism has evolved over the past 20 years. Martin W. Lewis on mega-nationalist fantasy maps of the Balkans. From Salon, Justin Elliot on Obama’s Central Asian human rights disaster; and dictators rely on D.C. front men: Professors and lobbyists tout Central Asia's autocrats in Washington. From NYRB, Timothy Snyder on Ukraine’s last chance. I like Mostar: are there really no tourists who want to go to Bosnia? James Kirchick on Belarus, the land of no applause. The Civil Archipelago: How far can the resistance to Vladimir Putin go?