A new issue of World War 4 Report is out. Bernard Harcourt (Chicago): Fantasies and Illusions: On Liberty, Order, and Free Market. John M. Kang (St. Thomas): Hustler V. Falwell: Worst Case in the History of the World, Maybe the Universe. Why does Wall Street hate Obama? Naivete. The scam Wall Street learned from the Mafia: How America's biggest banks took part in a nationwide bid-rigging conspiracy — until they were caught on tape. The May 2012 issue of American Ethnologist has three open-access articles focused on the Occupy movement. The Chronicle profiles David F. Skrbina, the Unabomber's pen pal. Never ending story: Helen Bamber has been listening to the victims of torture, cruelty and genocide for more than 60 years, but she retains her faith in humanity. From BBC Magazine, why do autocrats do strange things? Wyatt Kash on when government gets things right. David Horowitz is homeless: The 1960s radical decades ago switched his politics, fleeing the New Left to become a conservative provocateur — then the right wing left him behind.
From Cosmos and History, a special issue on the future of philosophy. Carlo Salzani (Monash): The Notion of Life in the Work of Agamben. From Radical Philosophy, Gary Hall on pirate radical philosophy; and what’s left of biopolitics? A review essay. A review of Introduction to Antiphilosophy by Boris Groys (and more and more). Paul Taylor draws upon his first-hand experience of giving a public talk with Slavoj Zizek to show how the media's worst tendencies risk being adopted by audiences who should know better (and part 2). A review of The Faith of the Faithless: Experiments in Political Theology by Simon Critchley (and more). Against all ends: Liam Sprod on Hauntology, Aesthetics, Ontology. A review of Anti-Nietzsche by Malcolm Bull. From The New Inquiry, Adam Kotsko on Quentin Meillassoux and the Crackpot Sublime. From NDPR, a review of Improper Life: Technology and Biopolitics from Heidegger to Agamben by Timothy C. Campbell; a review of Time and Philosophy: A History of Continental Thought by John McCumber; and a review of After Poststructuralism: Transitions and Transformations.
From Ceasefire, the fiction of a free internet: Musab Younis argues that our perception of the "battle for the internet" is skewed by our acceptance of a hierarchical network run in the interests of advertisers. From The Awl, what are the politics of the Internet? Mike Barthel investigates (and part 2). The Web is turning us into narrow-minded drones: How Eli Pariser and Siva Vaidhyanathan convinced a roomful of New Yorkers they’d been brainwashed by the Internet. The Internet has changed many things, but not the insular habits of mind that keep the world from becoming truly connected. Say hello to the real real-time Web: It's not just a buzzword, but a technological shift — the instantly accessible Web. A review of Cloud Time: The Inception of the Future by Rob Coley and Dean Lockwood. From Wired, the man who makes the future: An interview with Marc Andreessen; and meet Steve Crocker, the man who invented the instructions for the Internet. Milo Yiannopoulos on ten people who are wrecking the internet. Scamworld: “Get rich quick” schemes mutate into an online monster. From Big Think, is the Internet becoming the bot net?
Darren Langdridge, Meg Barker, Paula Reavey and Paul Stenner (Open): Becoming a Subject: A Memory Work Study of the Experience of Romantic Jealousy. How corrupt are politicians? Less than you might think. State crime and street crime, two sides of one coin: When society is this corrupt, are the poor entitled to rise up and take what is “theirs”? One was Mark Zuckerberg's Harvard roommate, the other went to Jerry Falwell's Liberty University; together, Joe Green and Jim Gilliam want to democratize the most powerful Internet organizing tools. Lily Rothman on the controversial new “etiquette guideline” that has rocked the world of competitive cheerleading. An unquenchable gaiety of mind: On visits to Cambridge University late in life, Jorge Luis Borges offered revealing last thoughts about his reading and writing. Tyranny of the Judiciary: Under the guise of following the Constitution, our legal elites usurp it. Could the Internet save book reviews? Even as print publications are getting rid of reviewers, websites and podcasts offer new ways of approaching literature. Everything I learned about theology and economics I learned from Cracked.
Stefan Voigt (Hamburg): A Constitution Like Any Other? Comparing the European Constitution with Nation State Constitutions. From the European Journal of International Law, Armin von Bogdandy (Heidelberg): The European Lesson for International Democracy: The Significance of Articles 9 to 12 EU Treaty for International Organizations; and Jurgen Habermas (Frankfurt): The Crisis of the European Union in the Light of a Constitutionalization of International Law. Rosa M. Lastra (LSE): The Evolution of the European Central Bank. Renate Ohr and Mehmet Ozalbayrak (Gottingen): The Euro: A “Must” for Small European States? From Newropeans, the power of taxation is significant in forging a European identity, but if we are to speak of a European identity we need to abandon metaphysical essentialism. Paul Fourier on how the social model is Europe’s solution, not its problem. A “trilemma”: In addressing a crisis, member states can have only two of three things — deep economic integration, democratic politics and autonomy as nation-states. Europe's power relations have shifted — it looks like Germany will no longer be calling the shots in the EU.
Neil H. Buchanan (GWU) and Michael C. Dorf (Cornell): How to Choose the Least Unconstitutional Option: Lessons for the President (and Others) from the 2011 Debt Ceiling Standoff. From First Things, how can we affirm human dignity when liberalism no longer can? Wilfred M. McClay wants to know. Hegemonic heterosexuality: Why are we told that miserable relationships are the romantic ideal? An interview with Alice Pawley, co-editor of Engineering and Social Justice: In the University and Beyond. Ralph Nader's transformation into a dogged spoiler candidate for other spoiler candidates is one of the great weird tales of fringe politics. The Green Team: Katy Steinmetz on Jill Stein’s third-party bid to shake up 2012. From India’s Tehelka, when will we change the way we talk about rape? A special report (and more). One writer says he's figured out 12 basic ingredients for a blockbusting title — can the puzzle really be that easy? A fish story: How an angler and two government bureaucrats may have saved the Atlantic Ocean. Is quiz bowl the ultimate test of smarts or an overblown game of Trivial Pursuit?
Joseph Raz (Columbia): Death in Our Life. Rafe McGregor and Ema Sullivan-Bissett (York): Better No Longer to Be. Brooke Alan Trisel on how best to prevent future persons from suffering: A reply to Benatar. We all believe that death is bad, but why is death bad? On immortal being and nothingness: It may turn out that eternity doesn’t suck at all. Sissela Bok reviews The Mansion of Happiness: A History of Life and Death by Jill Lepore. Life advice: Think more about death. Why you probably won’t experience your own traumatic death. Close Encounters of the Cancer Kind: Is philosophy a preparation for death? An interview with Patrick Stokes, author of "Ghosts in the Machine: Do the Dead Live On in Facebook?" How close is science to being able to scan the contents of a human brain for future use? From Cryonics, Ralph Merkle on the allocation of long term care costs at Alcor. From CMAJ, welcome to the nuances of cryonics; and Michael Monette on the church of cryopreservation, entirely consistent with the basic tenets of medicine, providers argue. From Chronosphere, Mike Darwin on Cryonics: Failure Analysis (and part 2 and part 3 and part 4 and part 5 and part 6).
From H-Net, a review of Settlers, Liberty, and Empire: The Roots of Early American Political Theory by Craig Yirush. Another stab at the constitution: If the U.S. Constitution were being written today, what would you omit, add or clarify? An interview with Sanford Levinson, author of Framed: America’s 51 Constitutions and the Crisis of Governance. The first chapter from The Unheavenly Chorus: Unequal Political Voice and the Broken Promise of American Democracy by Kay Lehman Schlozman, Sidney Verba and Henry E. Brady. Democracy is for amateurs: Eric Liu on why we need more citizen citizens. The government we deserve: Americans are sick and tired of Washington's dysfunctional politics, but it's not Congress they should be angry at — Americans got exactly the system of government they asked for. If there's any nation in the world that is well on the way to meriting the admittedly vague label of “fascist”, surely it is the United States. What’s wrong with rights? Mary Ann Glendon challenges America’s supreme political values. The first chapter from Governing America: The Revival of Political History by Julian E. Zelizer.
A new issue of Civil War Book Review is out. Can the Democrats catch up in the super-PAC game? The Democrats have a distaste for the new rules of the campaign-finance game — but they are playing. From Capitalism, Michael J Hurd on why the neediest are also the greediest; an excerpt from How to Be Profitable and Moral By Jaana Woiceshyn (and Woiceshyn on self interest and the “common good”); and Brian Phillips on how Bernie Madoff was completely selfless. Nihilism is dead: On this most meaningless of anniversaries, Turgenev's Bazarov would not recognize the philosophy he launched. A review of Uncontrolled: The Surprising Payoff of Trial-and-Error for Business, Politics, and Society by Jim Manzi. Swarm theory seems to predict that the larger the social group, the better the resulting group decisions and behaviors; then, with over 300 million of us in the U.S., shouldn’t we only be making brilliant decisions? Horrors we hide: From slaughterhouses to sweatshops, modern society is constructed to let us ignore atrocities. Zine vs. Art: Is there room in the zine world for both the low-price, cut-and-paste zine and the glossy new commodities?
From The Social Contract, KC McAlpin on the rise and demise? of the Latino ethno-nationalists. A review of Life Behind the Lobby: Indian American Motel Owners and the American Dream by Pawan Dhingra. Gram Slattery writes in defense of the ethnic enclave. Help black children, sure; teens, not so much: New research finds support for school projects differs according to the race and age of the recipients. A review of The Rise and Decline of the Redneck Riviera: An Insider's History of the Florida-Alabama Coast by Harvey Jackson. The introduction to Creating a New Racial Order: How Immigration, Multiracialism, Genomics, and the Young Can Remake Race in America by Jennifer Hochschild, Vesla Weaver and Traci Burch. A review of The Afro-Latin@ Reader: History and Culture in the United States. An interview with Erin Chapman, author of Prove It On Me: New Negroes, Sex, and Popular Culture in the 1920s. It has always been difficult to convince Anglo-Americans that they should know more about Latinos. The first chapter from Three Worlds of Relief: Race, Immigration, and the American Welfare State from the Progressive Era to the New Deal by Cybelle Fox.