A new issue of Hippocampus is out. From the inaugural issue of Bridges: Conversations in Global Politics, Felix Grenier (Ottawa): Conversations in and on IR: Labeling, Framing and Delimiting IR Discipline; Philippe Fournier (UQAM): Michel Foucault's Considerable Sway on International Relations Theory. From Artforum, an interview with David Graeber on the uses and abuses of social and economic theory in the realm of culture. Philanthropy is no alternative to paying tax: It is hard to see why a family struggling to get by should be obliged to contribute to my favourite causes. It's hard out there for a billionaire — which they'll be more than happy to let you know (and more). Bizarro world bullshit: Why we should all root for the Miami Heat. From King Tutankhamen’s tomb to the Rosetta Stone, Egyptology enters the 21st century and proves to be worth further studies. Charles Lane on why Congress should cut funding for political science research (and a response by Henry Farrell and more and more on “defunding the social sciences” news). Obituary: Elinor Ostrom, Nobel Laureate political scientist. A review of The Institutional Revolution: Measurement and the Economic Emergence of the Modern World by Douglas Allen.
From Eurozine, a series of articles on the terror attacks in Norway and their aftermath. Breivik’s monstrous dream and why it failed: As his trial unfolds, Norway exorcises some of its xenophobic demons. A review of The New Quislings: How the International Left Used the Oslo Massacre to Silence Debate About Islam by Bruce Bawer. Whiffs of Jihad: Canadian neo-bagger Mark Steyn wows Aussies with tales of PC persecution. The disappointed lover of the West: David Bromwich reviews Niall Ferguson's Civilization: The West and the Rest. From News Weekly, a review of How Civilizations Die (And Why Islam Is Dying Too) by David P. Goldman (and more); and is culture more powerful than politics? Gregory Wolfe investigates. From Middle East Quarterly, are jihadists crazy? Teri Blumenfeld investigates. The never-ending crusade: No Americans were killed on U.S. soil by Islamic extremists in 2011 — why does Islamophobia persist? Discouraged American soldiers have started wearing patches on their uniforms that mock the Muslim faith. Revolutionary Chic: Alysha Bedig on the niqab as a symbol of freedom.
J. Bradford DeLong (UC-Berkeley): Budgeting and Macroeconomic Policy: A Primer. From Bloomberg Businessweek, will success spoil the Chicago School? Scholars at the University of Chicago took law as a branch of economics — now the dominance of their ideas has triggered a pushback. From FDL, a book salon on James K. Galbraith’s Inequality and Instability: A Study of the World Economy Just Before the Great Crisis. From The International Economy, Richard Katz on government activism: The argument that there are “limits” is highly exaggerated; and six years ago, Benjamin Friedman wrote the important book The Moral Consequences of Economic Growth — how have things changed since then? From Rolling Stone, Matt Taibbi on how Wall Street killed financial reform: It's bad enough that the banks strangled the Dodd-Frank law — even worse is the way they did it, with a big assist from Congress and the White House; on a how accidentally released — and incredibly embarrassing — documents show how Goldman et al engaged in “naked short selling”; and on how the SEC finds taking on big firms “tempting”, but they prefer whaling on little guys.
Kenneth Ching (Regent): Would Jesus Kill Hitler? Bonhoeffer, Church, and State. Fred Kaplan on why the United States can’t win a cyberwar — and our political leaders need to understand this fast. Workers of the World Divide: Bruce Western and Jake Rosenfeld on the decline of labor and the future of the middle class. Alexander Huls on how to enjoy going to the movies again. From The Baffler, David Graeber on flying cars and the declining rate of profit. Failing Better: Morten Hoi Jensen on Ian Hamilton and The New Review. The Heritage Foundation and the Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity have named the recipients of the inaugural Breitbart Awards. Woodward and Bernstein: 40 years after Watergate, Nixon was far worse than we thought. From Obit magazine, a review of The Better End: Surviving (and Dying) on Your Own Terms in Today's Modern Medical World by Dan Morhaim; and revisiting the obit hit piece: When is it OK to bash the dead? A review of Social Understanding: On Hermeneutics, Geometrical Models and Artificial Intelligence by Jurgen Kluver and Christina Kluver. Zineswap is back in goddamn business.
From New Proposals, a special issue on capitalism and indigenous peoples. From Anthropological Notebooks, a special issue: What Place for Indigenous People in Modern States? From Affinities, a special issue on intersections between anarchism, indigenism and feminism. Andrew Curley and Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz on the international indigenous movement for self-determination (and part 2). An interview with Laura E. Matthew, author of Memories of Conquest: Becoming Mexicano in Colonial Guatemala. A review of The Andes Imagined: Indigenismo, Society, and Modernity by Jorge Coronado. Venezuela's indigenous university: The institution, located in 5,000 acres of forestland, teaches ancient wisdom and rights in the modern world. A Malaysian paper has been forced to apologize after publishing a highly controversial report, which accused the Penan tribe of practising incest. More aboriginal tent embassies appearing throughout Australia. How safe are indigenous peoples around the world? This map shows country rankings according to the latest Peoples Under Threat index.
Glenn A. Moots (Northwood): The Protestant Roots of American Civil Religion. Darren E. Grem (Emory): The World of Chick-Fil-A and the Business of Sunbelt Evangelicalism. David L. Schindler (CUA): America's Technological Ontology and the Gift of the Given. From CrossCurrents, James W. Perkinson (ETS): Theology After Obama — What Does Race Have to Do With It? A Racial Prolegomenon to American Theological Production in the Twenty-first Century; and Gary Dorrien (UTS): What Kind of Country? Economic Crisis, the Obama Presidency, the Politics of Loathing, and the Common Good. The Reformed Journal bridged the ethno-religious subculture of Dutch-Calvinist America and the wider academy. The Family International (TFI), a controversial Christian movement known for once using sexual favors to win converts, has launched significant reforms that have stunned cult watchers and followers alike. Does suburbia hurt Christianity? Matt Cochran on how life in the suburbs may blur a true picture of community. Paul Kengor reviews The Man in the Middle: An Inside Account of Faith and Politics in the George W. Bush Era by Timothy S. Goeglein.
Murray S. Y. Bessette (Morehead State): On the Genesis and Nature of Judicial Power. From Anthurium, a special issue on New Work in Caribbean Literary and Cultural Studies. From New York, a cover story on three centuries of New York scandals. The Financial Guns of August: Is it too late to stop Europe's impending economic disaster? John Quiggin wonders. From Krugmania to Draghia: Five ways to save the euro zone. Most economists are not Hegelians, which needless to say is part of their charm: Gary Jason on a new wrinkle on public choice theory. From Air Force magazine, Dik Daso on The Red Baron: More than 100 pilots surpassed Manfred von Richthofen’s kill total, but none earned his fame or notoriety; and the Scourge of the Zeppelins: For almost two years, British airmen were unable to stop the German airships as they bombed England with impunity. A review of The U.S. Senate: From Deliberation to Dysfunction. A review of Flagrant Conduct: The Story of Lawrence v. Texas by Dale Carpenter. PBS zooms in on "The Culture of Reddit". Grooming the globe: Helene Barthelemy on exporting political consultancy.
A new issue of Aestimatio: Critical Reviews in the History of Science is out. Fulvio Mazzocchi (CNR): The Limits of Reductionism in Biology: What Alternatives? A review of Paradox: The Nine Greatest Enigmas in Physics by Jim Al-Khalili. Just when we thought those pesky scientists had stopped messing with the Periodic Table, the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry goes and ratifies another two, livermorium and flerovium. Here are 20 things you didn't know about the Periodic Table. To infinity and beyond: Timothy McGettigan on new frontiers in the science wars. We need to cast off our biological blinkers in the search for life beyond Earth and turn to physics, says cosmologist Charley Lineweaver. A review of Our Magnetic Earth: The Science of Geomagnetism by Ronald Merrill. Massimo Pigliucci on Universal Darwinism and the alleged reduction of biology to chemistry. The entire history of the observable universe, all 13.7 billion years of it, has been for the first time successfully modeled by six scientists using a French supercomputer. A review of The End of Discovery by Russell Stannard.
Otto Argueta (Hamburg): Blocked Democracies in Central America. From Brazilian Political Science Review, Rafael Duarte Villa (USP): Armed Forces in South America: The Ambivalent Dynamics of Civil-military Relations in the Context of the New Democracies; and Gabriela da Silva Tarouco (UFPE): Brazilian Parties According to their Manifestos: Political Identity and Programmatic Emphases. From the Journal of Current Chinese Affairs, a special issue of Latin America's response to China's rise. From Military Review, policy options for a Cuban Spring: Gregory Weeks and Erin Fiorey offer recommendations for U.S. policy options in the eventuality of a "Cuban spring". A review of Cuba Since the Revolution of 1959: A Critical Assessment by Samuel Farber. Who wants to buy Honduras? A small country’s big decision to start from scratch — at least in one city. A review of Economists in the Americas. From Guernica, an interview with Juan Claudio Lechin on the conditions that predicate fascism and the morality of anarchism. Was Pablo Neruda murdered? Chilean courts have decided to reexamine the death of the poet, who some suspect was killed by the Pinochet regime.
A new issue of the European Journal of Tourism Hospitality and Recreation is out. From The Nation, a special issue on The Other America 2012. If Charles Taylor can be tried for war crimes, why not Kissinger? All this talk of a “fiscal cliff” is dangerously misinformed — it’s a “fiscal slope”. Love him or loathe him, Thomas Kinkade was the most widely known American artist of the last 20 years; Scott McLemee surveys his landscape. A review of You Can’t Read this Book by Nick Cohen. Misery index: Low social status is bad for your health — biologists are starting to understand why. From Antiquity, a review essay on archaeologies of seafaring and the sea. An interview with Manuel Lima, author of Visual Complexity: Mapping Patterns of Information. An autoethnographic review of Big Black Penis: Misadventures in Race and Masculinity. In States of Credit, David Stasavage explains why city-states were able to create long-term debt as early as the 13th century, whereas territorial states began to do so only in the 16th century. "I'm sort of fatalistic ... It's in rich peoples' hands now": The last days of The American Prospect?