From History of Intellectual Culture, Hyrum Lewis (BYUI): Whittaker Chambers: The Lonely Voice of Tragedy on the Postwar Right. From Anarchist Studies, Iain McKay on syndicalism, anarchism and Marxism (reg. req.). From Cato Unbound, Matt Zwolinski and John Tomasi on a bleeding heart history of libertarianism. Libertarians and conservatives should not allow their differences to impede political cooperation against the common adversary: egalitarian liberalism (and more). The contradictions of liberals and conservatives: Most Americans who are in the slightest degree politically active or interested incline to one of the two chief political positions common in this country, what we call conservatism or liberalism. Paul Gottfried on his book Leo Strauss and the Conservative Movement in America (and more). From Jacobin, is there a future for socialism? An interview with Dieter Plehwe, co-editor of The Road from Mont Pelerin: The Making of the Neoliberal Thought Collective (and part 2). Liberalism and Marx: An interview with Domenico Losurdo, author of Liberalism: A Counter-History. Harry Cheadle on how to dress like a right-winger.
A new issue of Canada’s C2C Journal is out. Michael Marder and Gary Francione debate the question of plant ethics. From io9, here is a brief history of four letter words. Should amputation be offered as a treatment to people suffering from Body Integrity Identity Disorder? Rebels in Mali have taken the historic city of Timbuktu, a place that has become shorthand in English for anywhere far away — how did this metaphor come about? From Talk to Action, an article on books that should never have been written. Of all the kinds of denial in this world, one of the most dangerous and expensive is the denial of a nation. From Asia Times, Spengler on how zombies remind us that death is social; and Francesco Sisci on zombies in the communism of the mall. Eric Kaufmann on how the future will be more religious and conservative than you think.
Roger Merino (Bath): What is “Post” in Post-Neoliberal Political Economy? Indigenous’ Land Rights and the Extractive Industry in Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador. Kay Mathiesen (Arizona): A Defense of Native American’s Rights Over Their Traditional Cultural Expressions. US should return stolen land to Indian tribes, says United Nations. The southern portions of Canada have been settled and their resources largely depleted; as companies expand their search for precious resources, they must deal with aboriginal people whose land they’re trampling on. The government of El Salvador has moved to constitutionally recognize the existence of the country’s indigenous peoples. In the Amazon, the world’s “most threatened tribe”, the nomadic Awa, faces extinction because of illegal logging and development (and more and more). Scientists have found that Native American populations — from Canada to the southern tip of Chile — arose from at least three migrations, with the majority descended entirely from a single group of First American migrants that crossed over through Beringia.
Volker Hahn (Konstanz): On the Optimal Size of Committees of Experts. Max Abrahms (JHU): The Credibility Paradox: Violence as a Double-Edged Sword in International Politics. From The Awl, Stacey Vanek Smith takes a look at how three people survive living in the middle of nowhere. From the Vatican’s Zenit, if Jesus’ sacrifice for us on the cross is morally good, wouldn’t it also be morally good for someone near death to offer a vital organ to save another’s life? Rachel Carson and JFK, an environmental tag team: Historian Douglas Brinkley shows the extent to which John Kennedy defended Rachel Carson’s work. From Standpoint, don't go to art school if you want to learn to paint; and could Picasso draw better than Raphael? Build an old-fashioned bookstore, if you have money to burn — or consider the new model instead; Scott McLemee looks at the blueprints.
Peter Kemp (Aarhus): The Idea of University in a Cosmopolitan Perspective. Davide Cantoni and Noam Yuchtman on how universities helped transform the medieval world. From H-Net, a review of Twentieth-Century Higher Education: Elite to Mass to Universal. A review of The Constitution Goes to College: Five Constitutional Ideas That Have Shaped the American University by Rodney A. Smolla. Donald Alexander Downs and Ilia Murtazashvili on their book Arms and the University: Military Presence and the Civic Education of Non-Military Students. Anthony Grafton reviews College: What It Was, Is, and Should Be by Andrew Delbanco (and more and more and more and more). Sam Ross-Brown on the college identity crisis. From Prospect, will online learning spell the end of universities? Nick Strohl on the past and future of public higher education. The Ronin Institute is hoping to revolutionize academia by connecting unaffiliated scholars to research funding.
Eduardo M. Penalver and Gregory S. Alexander (Cornell): An Introduction to Property Theory. On the legal treatment of golddiggers: A review of “A Legal Analysis of Romantic Gifts” by Ruth Sara Lee. A review of Why Love Hurts: A Sociological Explanation by Eva Illouz. Nonfiction’s “meta” moment: A review of Metawritings: Toward a Theory of Nonfiction. Turning Japanese, or, how to change your self’s ethnicity in just 1 week. John Paul Leonard, owner/operator of Progressive Press, may be the most progressive publisher in the book business bar none. Inequality dates back to the Stone Age: A new study finds earliest evidence yet of differential access to land. Is the world really becoming smaller? Emanuel Yi Pastreich wonders. On a single New York block, 44th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, lies a century’s worth of social and literary history.
John Bernard Quigley (OSU): Who Admits New Members to the United Nations? (Think Twice Before You Answer) Nneoma Chigozie Udeariry (Westminster): How Effectively has the UN and Regional Organizations Cooperated in the Maintenance of International Peace and Security? From Quadrant, John O’Sullivan on global governance v democratic sovereignty; Keith Windschuttle on Pax Americana and US decline; and beware the global citizen, Patrick McCauley warns. From Global Brief, stateless people, people-less states: Douglas Glover on why the state as organizing framework remains stable, while the people it serves may be (made) vulnerable; and Jeremi Suri on why the state still matters. Lionel Beehner and Joseph Young on the failure of the Failed States Index. The geopolitical fabric with which we have grown up seems to be unraveling in spots, and a new patchwork taking its place in Africa, the Middle East, North and South America, and beyond.
A new issue of State of Nature is out. Lauren A. Newell (Ohio Northern): Happiness at the House of Mouse: How Disney Negotiates to Create the “Happiest Place on Earth”. The Road to Vina del Mar: Corey Robin on a glimpse of Friedrich Hayek’s intimate involvement in the Pinochet experiment and the deep affinities he and his associates saw between his ideas and the regime’s actions. From the Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and Humanities, Lance Strate on how we create the conditions that conditions us. From Conversations with History, an interview with Peter Singer on utilitarianism and its implications for ethical conduct and social change. From Social Evolution Forum, what do the Mississippian and Chinese civilizations have in common? An excerpt from Eric Hoffer: The Longshoreman Philosopher by Tom Bethell (and more and more).
Jeffrey Scott Ray (SMC): Karl Popper and the Call for Academic Discipline. From New Statesman, prominent scientists and thinkers answer two of the biggest questions in their field: is there anything science can't explain, and is there anything it shouldn't try to explain? Science is not about certainty: An interview with Carlo Rovelli on a philosophy of physics. An interview with Stuart Firestein, author of Ignorance: How It Drives Science. The first chapter from The Ultimate Book of Saturday Science: The Very Best Backyard Science Experiments You Can Do Yourself by Neil A. Downie. Paranormal circumstances: An article on Daryl Bem’s quixotic mission to prove ESP exists. Maggie Koerth-Baker on crackpots, geniuses, and how to tell the difference. How to determine if a controversial statement is scientifically true. A review of Science in a Democratic Society by Philip Kitcher (and more).