From The American Scholar, Michael Dirda on Anglophilia. From Searchlight, where next for the far right? A review of English Nationalism and Euroscepticism: Losing the Peace by Ben Wellings. David Skelton on how Englishness is real. Why has the idea of publicly funded higher education crumbled so quickly in England? An excerpt from Our Corrupt Legal System: Why Everyone is a Victim (Except Rich Criminals) by Evan Whitton. Why do they hate George Galloway so much? The Princes of Wales has been awarded the highest rank in all three military services by the Queen. The sign pointing visitors to London’s 2012 Olympic Site could just as easily read “Dystopia For Rent”. A review of Dial M for Murdoch: News Corporation and the Corruption of Britain by Tom Watson and Martin Hickman. In a forthcoming paper in the Economic History Review, Oxford economic historian Jane Humphries offers a fascinating — and harrowing — overview of child labor during Britain's industrial revolution. Little Britain: Larry Elliott and Dan Atkinson on why the UK is no longer a superpower. Artefact studies in Late Iron Age and Roman Britain: A blast from the past?
Laura L. Rovner (Denver) and Jeanne Theoharis (CUNY): Preferring Order to Justice. From the Journal of Legal Analysis, a symposium on Political Risk and Public Law. From Antiquity, a review of Great Excavations: Shaping the Archaeological Profession; and a review essay on mummies, coffins and a forgotten pharaoh. Does Big Oil have to be evil to survive? It’s a tough business, and someone has to do it — don’t they? A review of Segregation: A Global History of Divided Cities by Carl H. Nightingale. What is, or would be the United States of Europe's place in and relationship to the global society? A review of Moral Theory at the Movies: An Introduction to Ethics by Dean Kowalski. The first chapter from Climbing the Charts: What Radio Airplay Tells Us about the Diffusion of Innovation by Gabriel Rossman. A look at 14 classic distractions for the Internet newcomer.
From Roll Call, Eliza Newlin Carney on campaign finance, the nonprofit world’s new weapon; lobbying rules that were meant to regulate the industry have spawned the emergence of the unlobbyist; and could online advocacy replace K Street’s traditional model? All those millions that America’s billionaires are pouring into super PACs, where do they come from? We can trace a huge chunk of that political cash to the truly massive tax cuts our richest now enjoy. It's a rich man's world: Thomas Frank on how billionaire backers pick America's candidates. Sen. Bernie Sanders on the 26 billionaires buying the 2012 elections. Big donors are a big threat to American democracy: Lawrence Lessig on why we need campaign finance reform. Forty years after Watergate: Pamela Karlan on the decades-long fight against political money. Karl Rove is back, big time. Thanks, Citizens United, for this campaign finance mess we're in: Apologists for this damaging Supreme Court decision are wrong on the facts and the law. Citizens United? Don’t worry your pretty heads about it.
Wayne A. Logan (FSU): Policing Identity. Raphael (Rafi) Bitton (Tel Aviv): Justifying Espionage: The Bridge to Liberalism. Is breaking the law a politically risky act for politicians and other public officials? Frederick Schauer investigates. "The United Shapes" is a map of things states are shaped like. “I want to read 12 history books in one year to know ‘all the things’, what should be on the list?” The evolution of the homepage: Using the WayBack Machine, a look back at how the homepage has changed since the early days of the Internet. A review of Utopias: A Brief History from Ancient Writings to Virtual Communities by Howard P. Segal. John Quiggin on Utopia: The Australian economist and author of Zombie Economics says we need to inspire people with a view of a better society that we can achieve within our available resources. An interview with Jeffery Lay, author of TOPGUN on Wall Street: Why the United States Military Should Run Corporate America.
Ali Rizvi (UBD): A Critique of Modern Philosophy. James Mensch (Charles): Violence and Existence: An Examination of Schmitt's Political Philosophy. From Marx & Philosophy Review of Books, a review essay on Jurgen Habermas. You are all proletariats: A review of Towards a New Manifesto by Theodor Adorno and Max Horkheimer (translated by Rodney Livingstone; Verso 2011). A review of Adorno for Revolutionaries by Ben Watson. A riposte to the Habermases, Rawls and Bidets of the world: A review of Proletarian Nights: Workers’ Dream in Nineteenth Century France by Jacques Ranciere and 1839: The Chartist Insurrection by David Black and Chris Ford. A review of Critical Ecologies: The Frankfurt School and Contemporary Environmental Crises. Rasmus Fleischer on Robert Kurz and the collapse of modernity: A quarter of a century ago, the Nurnberg school of Wertkritik (value-critical theory) emerged as a project to develop a third critical theory, pertinent to the third industrial revolution. Paul Mason and/or Karl Marx: Paul Le Blanc on occupations, insurgencies and human nature.
A new issue of The Washington Diplomat is out. Michael Hauskeller on the moral status of post-persons. Will democracy take root in Myanmar? Joshua Kurlantzick wonders. Your brain, by the numbers: Somehow, the brain is greater than the sum of its parts. Pope Benedict XVI is expected to allow the Society of St. Pius X, a controversial, ultraconservative splinter group, back into the Catholic Church. Pope names composer Hildegard of Bingen a saint. Thanks to the Congressional Drone Caucus, unmanned aerial vehicles may soon be a common sight in American airspace. Should men and women be segregated in professional sports? Adrian Chen on why James Holmes has fans on the Internet. Ludicrous Times op-ed forgets entire year of Wall Street history. A review of Adam and Eve After the Pill: Paradoxes of the Sexual Revolution by Mary Eberstadt. Meet Inaki Osa Goikoetxea, the Michael Jordan of Jai Alai.
From the Journal of Social, Evolutionary, and Cultural Psychology, Lisa M. Dillon and Daniel J. Saleh (Wayne State): Sexual Strategies Theory: Evidence from Homosexual Personal Advertisements; Catherine Salmon (Redlands) and Amy Diamond (Loma Linda): Evolutionary Perspectives on the Content Analysis of Heterosexual and Homosexual Pornography; Peter K. Jonason (Western Sydney), Jeremy Tost (Valdosta State) and Bryan L. Koenig (NUS): Sex Differences and Personality Correlates of Spontaneously Generated Reasons to Give Gifts; and Felipe Nalon Castro, Wallisen Tadashi Hattori, and Fivia de Araujo Lopes (Rio Grande do Norte): Relationship Maintenance or Preference Satisfaction? Male and Female Strategies in Romantic Partner Choice. For thousands of years, human societies have tried to regulate sexual activity; Eric Berkowitz, author of Sex and Punishment, tells us why this should be so. Playing doctor: When it comes to the distant past, there’s a lot we don’t know about what occurred sexually. A review of The War of the Sexes: How Conflict and Cooperation Have Shaped Men and Women from Prehistory to the Present by Paul Seabright (and more and more).