From Cato Unbound, Alex Tabarrok on why online education works. Do online courses spell the end for the traditional university? John E. Chubb and Terry M. Moe on how online learning poses no threat to the cherished college experience, which it will only change for the better. From master plan to no plan: Aaron Bady and Mike Konczal on the slow death of public higher education. Higher education institutions need to recognise the changing world of publishing, says Rupert Gatti — it's time for academics to take matters into their own hands. Want to change academic publishing? Just say no — companies shouldn't make millions from the free labor of professors. Scholarly publishing's gender gap: Women cluster in certain fields, according to a study of millions of journal articles, while men get more credit. In the humanities, men dominate the fields of philosophy and history. Strategy for American humanities — blow them up and start again: A declining, out-of-touch discipline and its vocational counterpart must merge to offer a thriving third way, argues Toby Miller. In praise of literature: Literary scholar Albert Braz looks back, and ahead, to diagnose the problems facing his field.
Stacey L. Dogan (BU) and Mark A. Lemley (Stanford): Parody As Brand. Tammy Strobel on how you can buy happiness (if you stop buying stuff): Downsizing your life by choice can be a practical way to find big fulfillment in small living. How to fix the TSA: Barbara Peterson on how the U.S. has spent billions on security, and millions of people suffer delays and humiliation at TSA checkpoints, yet our skies remain less than fully safe. Uncovering the truth behind the myth of Pancho Villa, Movie Star: Did the Mexican rebel really sign a contract agreeing to fight his battles according to the ideas of a Hollywood director? Andrew Adonis reviews The End of Politics and the Birth of iDemocracy by Douglas Carswell. In need of help: America’s poor were little mentioned in Barack Obama’s re-election campaign — they deserve better. An interview with Joel Slemrod, co-author of Taxes in America: What Everyone Needs to Know. No one has to tell Samir Husni which magazines out of the thousands that are launched each year will survive the “digital age” and which ones won’t; he just knows — he is Mr. Magazine. Why Husserl? Ask Godel.
A new issue of Aboriginal Policy Studies is out. Susy Frankel (Victoria): Branding Indigenous Peoples' Traditional Knowledge. Matthew L. M. Fletcher (Michigan State): Tribal Membership and Indian Nationhood. Elina Hill (Victoria): A Critique of the Call to "Always Indigenize!" Torivio A. Fodder (Arizona): A Libertarian Framework for Indian Rights. Rutgerd Boelens (Wageningen) et al: Contested Territories: Water Rights and the Struggles over Indigenous Livelihoods. Indianismo and Marxism: Alvaro Garcia Linera on the mismatch of two revolutionary rationales. Ghost Dances on the Great Plains: Before Wounded Knee, Native tribes following an apocalyptic prophet created a new dance that would, they hoped, rid the world of white people. The lost tribe: Isolation or inclusion — can India protect an ancient Andaman tribe on the verge of extinction? A question of relevance: Ahni Sep on the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples. Nicole Latulippe reviews Spaces Between Us: Queer Settler Colonialism and Indigenous Decolonization by Scott Lauria Morgensen. Brenda Parlee reviews Climate, Culture, Change: Inuit and Western Dialogues with a Warming North by Timothy Leduc.
Adrian Vermeule (Harvard): Local and Global Knowledge in the Administrative State. From Bookslut, Elvis Bego writes in defense of short books; and Jill Talbot interviews Dinty W. Moore, editor of The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Nonfiction: Advice and Essential Exercises from Respected Writers, Editors, and Teachers. In a wide-ranging discussion, Almantas Samalavicius and Norman Lillegard consider the dangers of relativism, the crisis of education, pleonexia and the economic crisis, and whether literature should provide moral instruction. Delusions of danger: Why the food movement’s demonization of genetically modified crops isn’t just scientifically baseless — it’s politically stupid. Is hippie hygiene a serious problem? Not if we can all embrace our natural odors. A look at life under occupation: Noam Chomsky on Gaza, the world’s largest open-air prison. Obama, the post-colonial president: With Obama’s election, and again with his reelection, an internalized threshold for subjugated people was breached. Edward Larkin reviews The Cost Disease: Why Computers Get Cheaper and Health Care Doesn’t by William Baumol.
Brian Leiter and Alex Langlinais (Chicago): The Methodology of Legal Philosophy. Edmund Ursin (USD): The Missing Normative Dimension in Brian Leiter's “Reconstructed” Legal Realism. Richard K. Sherwin (NYLS): Leiter's Error: Legal Realism Goes Beyond “Naturalistic Jurisprudence”. John Lunstroth (Houston): The Unity Thesis: How Positivism Distorts Constitutional Arguments. Jeffrey P. Kaplan (SDSU): Unfaithful to Textualism. Ian C. Bartrum (UNLV): Originalist Ideology and the Rule of Law. Diane Marie Amann (Georgia): John Paul Stevens, Originalist. Stephen M. Griffin reviews Jack Balkin’s Constitutional Redemption: Political Faith in an Unjust World and Living Originalism. Founding Fathers, Founding Villains: William Hogeland on the new liberal originalism. Is there a constitution in this text? Stanley Fish on why textualism is a nonstarter in constitutional interpretation — and everywhere else, too. Nothing but freedom: Jeremy Kessler on Anthony Kennedy and the Affordable Care Act. Contempt of Court: Chief Justice John Roberts and his colleagues have shown remarkable disdain for the other branches of government.
Fritz W. Scharpf (Max Planck): Legitimacy Intermediation in the Multilevel European Polity and Its Collapse in the Euro Crisis. Catherine Buchmuller (Fribourg): Democracy and Linguistic Justice in the European Union. Mario Ricciardi (Milan): Political Philosophy in Italy: The Influence of John Rawls. From The Global Journal, Francis Fukuyama interviews Jurgen Habermas on European citizenship. Ioannis Papagaryfallou reviews Critical Theory and Contemporary Europe by William Outhwaite. From Transform!, a special tenth anniversary issue on democracy, the Left and Europe. From New Left Review, order reigns in The Hague: Daniel Finn on the Dutch elections and the Socialist Party. Emma Dowling interviews Katja Kipping, new co-chair of Germany's Left Party, about the European crisis and the direction she wants to take the party. Eleanor Bindman reviews After the Third Way: The Future of Social Democracy in Europe. Freedom and diversity: A review essay by Timothy Garton Ash on Europe’s Muslims and a liberal pentagram for living together. Peter Thompson on eastern Germany, the most godless place on Earth. Let us get political again: the Enlightenment-inspired dream of a technocratic Europe must give way to the Europe of values baptized in the fires of politics.
From Swans, a special issue on the New Age. Rationalizing dishonesty: An interview with Daniel Ariely. Helena Barbagelata Simoes reviews Melancholy and the Otherness of God: A Study of the Hermeneutics of Depression by Alina N. Feld. The Awakening: J.M. Berger on why white nationalists are thrilled with Obama's victory. David Attenborough may have lived the perfect life, travelling the world and seeing its wonders before tourism ravaged them. Slavoj Zizek on why Obama is more than Bush with a human face: His reforms have already touched a nerve at the core of the US ideological edifice. Life in the kitchen may be easier thanks to our love of scientific progress, but at what cost? Although on opposite sides of the planet, Chileans have the same problems that you face in United States: psychics, astrologers, conspiracy theorists, doomsayers, alternative medicine "therapists,” fundamentalist preachers, creationists, and a host of charlatans who prey on the ignorance of people in the streets. Martin W. Lewis on ideological agendas and Indo-European origins: Master race, bloodthirsty Kurgans, or proto-hippies? Romney blames loss on Obama's “gifts” to minorities and young voters.
From Huffington Post, Oliver Stone and Peter Kuznick, co-authors of The Untold History of the United States, on the problem with America's history books. From n+1, a review of Foundations of the American Century: The Ford, Carnegie, and Rockefeller Foundations in the Rise of American Power by Inderjeet Parmar (and more). The photographs that prevented World War III: While researching a book on the Cuban missile crisis, Michael Dobbs unearthed new spy images that could have changed history. A malevolent Forrest Gump: Strom Thurmond's loathsomeness on race obscures his larger role — he was there at all the major choke points of modern conservative history. Beverly Gage reviews Enemies: A History of the FBI by Tim Weiner. By most accounts, economic issues are the real core of politics, and social issues are a distraction — a historian begs to differ: Mark Schmitt reviews All in the Family: The Realignment of American Democracy Since the 1960s by Robert O. Self (and more). The first chapter from Social Trends in American Life: Findings from the General Social Survey since 1972. There's more to the American past than able-bodied pioneers: Scott McLemee reviews A Disability History of the United States by Kim E. Nielsen.
A new issue of The Washington Diplomat is out. From The Hedgehog Review, Benjamin H. Snyder (Virginia): Dignity and the Professionalized Body: Truck Driving in the Age of Instant Gratification; and a conversation between Mike Rose and Matthew Crawford on work and dignity. No conspiracy theory: Andrew Gavin Marshall on how a small group of companies have enormous power over the world. Pamela Haag on the most untrue cliches. Chris Lehmann on Weak Teavangelicals: Despite great efforts, Billy Graham and his flock failed to pull out a Romney win — is the “values voter” era over? "Red Dawn" Rising: As political map goes blue, the right wing’s favorite flick makes a comeback. For the first time, the United Nations has said that access to family planning should be a human right. The goal of the Checklist of Rationality Habits is not to assess how "rational" you are, but, rather, to develop a personal shopping list of habits to consider developing. The man who inspired the Occupy movement: For more than 20 years, Adbusters magazine has been visually subverting capitalism — founder and editor Kalle Lasn outlines his radical new manifesto.
David K. Levine (WUSTL) and Salvatore Modica (Palermo): Conflict and the Evolution of Societies. David Sloan Wilson on how establishing a consensus on human cultures as primarily adapted at the group level will enable human cultural diversity to be studied in the same way as biological diversity. The prince of evolution: An interview with Lee Alan Dugatkin on Peter Kropotkin, anarchism, and cooperation in nature. On first thought, cooperate; on second thought, be selfish. What is war good for? Ask a chimpanzee — Erin Wayman on what apes and monkeys can teach us about the roots of human aggression. Ayn Rand vs. the Pygmies: Did human evolution favor individualists or altruists? Steve Davis on Peter Singer, group selection, and the evolution of ethics. Human change we can believe in: Research suggests that natural selection operates on contemporary humans. Laura Jane Martinis on the death of natural selection: Is there a species, anywhere, with an evolutionary trajectory that has not been affected by humans? Charalambos P. Kyriacou reviews Cells to Civilizations: The Principles of Change that Shape Life by Enrico Coen.