Murad Nasibov (CSPD): A Mosaic of the Concept of Europeanization? Pablo Cristobal Jimenez Lobeira (CSU): Now Let Us Make Europeans: Citizenship, Solidarity and Identity in a Multicultural Europe. A review of In Another World: Among Europe’s Dying Villages by Tom Pow. Instead of debating the future of Europe, liberals are content with retreating to the fake idyll of the nation-state. Robert D. Kaplan on the divided map of Europe: The Continent’s many identities and fault lines stretch back into the nether centuries of European history. The European atrocity you never heard about: In the largest episode of forced migration in history, millions of German-speaking civilians were sent to Germany from Czechoslovakia and other European countries after World War II by order of the United States, Britain, and the Soviet Union. The Iron Curtain’s Comeback: How the death-strip turned into a biodiversity Eden, and why its story is emblematic of Europe's problems today. From Le Monde diplomatique, a special section on Europe’s contested geography (and more and more and more). From Past Horizons, a look at how Europe was repopulated as the Ice Age ended.
Alasdair Roberts (Suffolk): Why the Occupy Movement Failed. From Swans, Michael Barker on H.P. Lovecraft's alien legacy (and a response). A peculiar type of democratic unity: Geoffrey Schotter on Carl J. Friedrich's strange Schmittian turn or how Friedrich stopped worrying and learned to decide on the exception. Solving happiness: A new type of politics has appeared in the last decade — the politics of well-being. Dan Rothstein is the cofounder of the Right Question Institute, a Cambridge-based nonprofit that exists to promote an idea he’s been nursing for more than a decade — that asking good questions is a life skill far more important than we realize. Instead of differentiating people on the basis of their “religion” (as Christians, Muslims, Hindus, etc.), what if we differentiated people according to their temporal orientation? We could divide people into Pasters, Presentists, and Futurians.
Neil H. Buchanan (George Washington): What Kind of Environment Do We Owe Future Generations? From Popular Science, the battle over climate science: Climate scientists routinely face death threats, hate mail, nuisance lawsuits and political attacks — how much worse can it get? David Berreby on why smart people deny climate change. David Roberts on the “reasonable middle” on climate change; on clean energy as culture war; on how, since most climate communication only reaches partisans, more science will not cure climate skepticism; and on the top five things voters need to know about conservatives and climate change. From New Humanist, a green religion: Anti-science dogma is damaging environmentalism. Environmentalism is not a religion: Of all the blithering nonsense climate deniers throw at the environmental movement, there is perhaps one criticism that does real damage — that "green is the new religion". From Spectrum, what if climate science is wrong? From Dummies.com, here is an environmental science cheat sheet. The Big Heat: Elizabeth Kolbert on why this summer’s heat wave is different.
A new issue of Science Studies is out. Jacob Bard-Rosenberg (Birkbeck): Alarm Clocks, Awakening, and Capitalist Time. Pankaj Mishra on why democracy and capitalism are heading for a breakup. Life in the 12th century was short, brutal, and freakin' awesome: Between monster snails and Doctor Who villains, this 100% accurate illuminated manuscript is certainly illuminating. From The University Bookman, on statesmanship: Bruce P. Frohnen on the case of John Adams (and part 2). Who authenticates the blogged word, the publishers or the readers? Stuart Smithers on the spiritual crisis of capitalism: What would the Buddha do? The crayola-fication of the world: Aatish Bhatia on how we gave colors names, and it messed with our brains (and part 2). Taxes should not rise on the poor, and they should rise a lot on the affluent — but they need to rise on the middle class, too.
Raphael Cohen-Almagor (Hull) and Sharon Haleva-Amir (Haifa): Why Monitor Violent Websites? A Justification. David Ashaolu (Harvard): Combating Cybercrimes in Nigeria. David S. Wall (Durham): The Devil Drives a Lada: The Social Construction of Hackers as the Cybercriminal. For the hack of it: To LulzSec, the guilty and innocent alike are worthy targets. “Hello, I am Sabu”: From a housing project on Avenue D, a hacker mastermind of Anonymous and LulzSec was out to upend many worlds, including his own. Quinn Norton on how Anonymous picks targets, launches attacks, and takes powerful organizations down. This really shouldn’t be news to anyone: Facebook is not an experiment; it’s a jail. The curious case of Internet privacy: Free services in exchange for personal information — that's the "privacy bargain" we all strike on the Web, and it could be the worst deal ever. From Ctheory, Chad Scoville on Web 3.0/NanoWar: The Afterimage of the Surveillance State. The end of the world: David Eaves on the State vs. the Internet. David Eagleman on four ways the Internet could go down.
A new issue of Postcolonial Text is out. Kate Lowe (London): The Global Consequences of Mistranslation: The Adoption of the “Black but” Formulation in Europe, 1440–1650. From The Human Life Review, William B. Maguire on the “trials” and tribulations of mentally impaired plaintiffs. Can we reverse the Stanford Prison Experiment? Impaired visions: Jordan Michael Smith on how Thomas Sowell’s thinking is blinded by partisanship. What ever happened to the Starport, the brainchild of Jim Starry that re-imagined the airport? An interview with Andrew Blackwell, author of Visit Sunny Chernobyl: And Other Adventures in the World’s Most Polluted Places. Derek Thompson on the economic history of the last 2,000 years in 1 little graph. The former colony of Angola has become an unexpected source of jobs and investment for Portugal in the global downturn. I’m (not) sexy and I (don’t) know it.
A new issue of Synthesis: Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences is out. Mark Solovey (Toronto) and Jefferson Pooley (Muhlenberg): The Price of Success: Sociologist Harry Alpert, the NSF’s First Social Science Policy Architect. How do the social sciences resemble and differ from history and the physical sciences? Stop bullying the “soft” sciences: The social sciences are just that — sciences. Andrew Sayer on his book Why Things Matter to People: Social Science, Values and Ethical Life (and more). From Quadrant, Frank Salter on the war against human nature in the social sciences. Paper books in a digital era: How conservative publishers and authors almost killed off books in university social science (and part 2). An interview with Kevin A. Clarke and David M. Primo, authors of A Model Discipline: Political Science and the Logic of Representations. You can download What Anthropologists Do by Veronica Strang. Why a sociology major? Daniel Little explains. A review of Debunking Economics: The Naked Emperor of the Social Sciences by Steve Keen (and more). Archaeology expands beyond traditional scope into other sciences.
Lesley-Ann Daniels (UPF): Segregation and the Onset of Civil War. It's good to have a king: Why did hereditary rulers independently arise in so many cultures? Perhaps because lineage is a sensible basis for selecting leaders. A review of Rome and the Sword: How Warriors and Weapons Shaped Roman History by Simon James. Barbara Fister on what's right with publishing. Too many books, too little time: Audio and e-books help fill the need to get in as much reading as possible in one's limited, mortal lifespan. From Businessweek, Paul M. Barrett on the new republic of porn. What exactly is board diversity and why does it matter? Dan Ariely on plagiarism and essay mills. From Ms. blog, a roundtable discussion with trans-feminist bloggers. Why white is wicked: A review of Fashion and Sustainability: Design for Change by Kate Fletcher and Lynda Grose.
David J. Luban (Georgetown): Military Lawyers and the Two Cultures Problem. From NYRB, William Pfaff on when the Army was democratic. From FDL, a book salon on The Military Industrial Complex at 50 by David Swanson. Jon Meacham on the case for bringing back the draft: The politics of war would be profoundly different if more Americans had a direct connection with the military. The Legend of the Spat-Upon Veteran: It’s a disproven myth, but politicians, keen on dispelling opposition and maintaining militarism, continue to feed the fable. Lyle Jeremy Rubin on how the Left can win the military, and save America’s soul. An excerpt from Bring Me Men: Military Masculinity and the Benign Façade of American Empire, 1898-2001 by Aaron Belkin. He was a proud Marine who survived three brutal tours in Iraq and had plans to redeploy with the national guard, but when 30-year-old Noah Pippin vanished inside Montana’s remote Bob Marshall Wilderness, he left behind a trail of haunting secrets — and a mystery that may never be solved. A look at how the military can change personalities, slightly. Here are 5 things you didn’t know about U.S. Army Special Forces.