A new issue of Scottish Review of Books is out. Prime Minister David Cameron and Alex Salmond, the Scottish first minister, formally agree to the terms for a referendum on independence for Scotland. The Battle for Britain: Will David Cameron be the prime minister who lost the United Kingdom as we know it? From BBC News, Andrew Black on the Scottish independence referendum and on twelve unresolved questions on Scottish independence. From The Guardian, here is the essential guide to Scottish independence. Indyref tactical voting: there are really five distinct results from this coming referendum, with five distinct outcomes. The UK has become one of the most unfair and unequal societies in the developed world, says Blair Jenkins, Chief Executive of Yes Scotland. With a single yes-no question on independence and a YesScotland campaign opening its doors to all, here’s a new situation. Charles King on how the push for Scottish independence sends a dangerous “go it alone” message. A Unionist lexicon: Paul T Kavanagh on an A-Z of Unionist scare stories, myths and misinformation. Just what credit rating would Scotland have if were to become independent?
Vahid V. Motlagh (WFSF): Shaping the Futures of Global Nonkilling Society. From CRB, Charles Kesler on the crisis of liberalism (and a response). Beyond Imperialism: Have we reached a new stage of capitalism? Greg Rose investigates. Alexander Gorlach reviews The Economics of Good and Evil by Thomas Sedlacek. What does the way you walk say about you? Psychologists explore the outer limits of first impressions. Shahidha Bari reviews Doing Psychoanalysis in Tehran by Gohar Homayounpour. History is just as important as science and engineering when it comes to fostering innovation and helping people to think analytically, says Sarah Dunant. The gas-rich country presents itself as open and modern, but Azerbaijan is not safe for activists and journalists fighting for free speech, says Natasha Schmidt. Don’t fear the fiscal cliff: CEOs may fear the expiration of the Bush tax cuts — but from jobs to home values, average Americans are doing better. Richard Seymour on Venezuela in the 21st century. Small businesses and income taxes: Higher rates on the rich don’t hurt small business hiring. Why CEOs love their jets: Daniel Gross on the distracting perks of flying high.
Ravi Iyer (USC), and Matt Motyl, Shigehiro Oishi, Sophie Trawalter, and Brian A. Nosek (Virginia): How Moral Migration Geographically Segregates and Polarizes Groups. Why are states so red and blue? Steven Pinker on how theories about our right-wing and left-wing mind-sets don't explain why they are tied to geography. Blue states are from Scandinavia, red states are from Guatemala: Jonathan Cohn on a theory of a divided nation. Who really gives? Andrew Gelman on partisanship and charitable giving in the United States. Racial, ethnic and religious bigotry is often planted deep within a society, requiring a determined effort to root it out; however, there is inevitably resistance from forces that benefit from the presumed supremacy of one group over another, writes Lawrence Davidson. An excerpt from Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super-Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else by Chrystia Freeland (and more). Shadia B. Drury on the decay of American democracy. Eliza Gray on the mothership of all alliances: Scientology and the Nation of Islam, America’s two weirdest sects, join forces. Amy Sullivan on the growing Christian movement pushing back against Islamophobia.
From M/C Journal, a special issue on lists, including Ben Highmore (Sussex): Listlessness in the Archive; Darren John Tofts (Swinburne): Why Writers Hate the Second Law of Thermodynamics: Lists, Entropy and the Sense of Unending; and Tom McInnes Lee (UWS): The Lists of W. G. Sebald. From Wired, the decades that invented the future: A series in inventors and inventions. Michael Greenberg on the problem of the New York police. From Cato Unbound, from state to society: Sheldon Richman on how and how not to privatize. Work more, make more? Charles Kenny on the case against long hours. David Ropeik on how the media put us at risk with the way they report about risk. Science confirms the obvious: Rejection can make you more creative. A year ago, nobody knew Jeremy Lin from the Harvard kid in the next cubicle — but now, with a new NBA season about to start, it's proving time: can this soft-spoken boy wonder lead a franchise of his own? Sergey Alferov on Scottish dancing and patterns of gender identity. Piero Scaruffi on the biggest problem of all: The end of the world is coming. Darren A. Wheeler reviews The Politics of Torture by Tracy Lightcap.
Karina Quinn (Latrobe): Blood and Guts in Written on the Body. From The Advocate, a look at the 45 biggest homophobes of the last 45 years. An interview with David Halperin, author of How to Be Gay (and more and more and more). Eliza Gray on how Bradley Manning became a gay martyr. What do homophobic bigots really think? Jesse Bering on how to debunk the most revolting arguments. The meaning of Frank Ocean: When the up-and-coming musician came out, he drew praise from celebrities and his hip-hop collaborators, and revived the question of whether gays have a place in the industry. From Gay and Lesbian Review, Barney Frank on how party polarization is now complete; and John-Manuel Andriote on reclaiming HIV as a “gay” disease. Gay happiness, the new frontier: Are mental and physical health problems really a reaction to bigotry? Charles Kaiser on when The New York Times came out of the closet. Dan Savage on the magazine article that changed everything for gay people. An excerpt from Dan Savage: The First Gay Celebrity by Mark Oppenheimer. Eric Engle on how the gay rights movement has met with remarkable success, but that success is largely confined to the first world.