Aaron Winter (Aberty): Race, Empire and the British-American “Special Relationship” in the Obama Era. Duncan Bell (Cambridge): The Project for a New Anglo Century: Race, Space and Global Order. Richard Cullen (Hong Kong): Canada and Australia: A Federal Parting of the Ways; and The Encounter between Natural Resources and Federalism in Canada and Australia. Understanding the role of English in the global blogosphere: Anglophones don’t appear to be interested in materials produced in English from other linguistic spheres. Cutting the British Empire down to size: The “British Empire” was the name given by imperialists in the late 19th century to Britain’s territorial possessions; it was meant to create an image of unity and strength — but such a view is illusory, argues Bernard Porter. Britain has invaded all but 22 countries in the world in its long and colourful history, new research has found (and more). Vernon Bogdanor reviews Unfinished Empire: The Global Expansion of Britain by John Darwin. Sean Gabb writes in defense of English civilization. From Geocurrents, Seth Jackson on the Crown dependencies: What exactly are they?


Elena Gadjanova (Graduate Institute): Taking Ethnic Group Construction Seriously: Towards a Better Understanding of Identity Appeals in Political Campaigns. From New York, are you on it? If so, you're in good company — from Asperger’s to “Asperger’s,” how the spectrum became quite so all-inclusive. Simon Baron-Cohen, the head of the Autism Research Centre at Cambridge University, tells us about myths surrounding autism and Asperger's, and what inspired his own research into the subject. It's no wonder Andrew Breitbart's inheritors disagree about how to carry on his legacy — his charisma masked many inconsistencies. Proust wasn’t a neuroscientist — neither was Jonah Lehrer: The disgraced journalist’s biggest sin had nothing to do with self-plagiarism, or fabricating Bob Dylan quotes. Paul Brighton reviews 101 Ways to Win an Election by Mark Pack and Edward Maxfield. Trademarklawpocalypse: With academics, attorneys, and the public distracted by the raging debate about the use and abuse of copyrights and patents, the quietest sibling of the intellectual property family, trademark law, has been up to no good.


From Edge, Daniel Lieberman on how taking an evolutionary approach to the body gives us insights about how to better use our bodies. Elizabeth Preston on the hazards of being an athletic ape. Saber-Toothed cats, snakes, and carnivorous kangaroos — what are you so scared of? Rob Dunn on the evolutionary legacy of having been prey. Robert Krulwich on how human beings almost vanished from Earth in 70,000 B.C. Erin Wyman on how to retrace early human migrations. Sirio Canis Donnay reviews The Creation of Inequality: How Our Prehistoric Ancestors Set the Stage for Monarchy, Slavery and Empire by Kent Flannery and Joyce Marcus. Who would win in a fight, a modern human or a Neanderthal? When did humans and Neandertals stop having sex? The Neanderthal in my family tree: New genetic evidence shows our ancestors interbred with now-extinct species. Are humans monogamous or polygamous? Archaeologists, anthropologists, and biologists agree — it’s complicated. Modern humans found to be fittest ever at survival, by far: Humans have done more to extend our life expectancy in the last century than during the previous 6.6 million years, since the evolutionary divergence from chimpanzees. State of the species: Does success spell doom for Homo sapiens?


Jenna N. Neumann (Kalamazoo): Habermas's Linguistic Theory Applied to David Mamet's Films: Communicative Action in Action. From Bloomberg Businessweek, a special issue on global warming. Ken Mampel, an unemployed, 56-year-old Floridian, is in large part the creator of the massive Hurricane Sandy Wikipedia page; he's also the reason that, for nearly a week, the page had no mention of climate change. The psychopath makeover: In the name of science, a psychologist visits the hell-with-it-all side of his brain. Prairie populism goes bust as Obama’s Democrats lose the Empty Quarter. From The New Inquiry, Rob Horning on theory cults. Economists design their dream candidate — but could he ever get elected? From The Believer, Eddie is gone: Nicole Pasula on how the life and death of surf legend Eddie Aikau tells a Hawaiian story not found in most guidebooks. Obama's likeliest flip-flops: If the president wins again on Nov. 6, he might fire up an Etch-a-Sketch of his own. An excerpt from Instant: The Story of Polaroid by Christopher Bonanos. Lifting all boats: Gary S. Becker on how the quest for profit improves human welfare.


From TAP, Scott Lemieux on the no-brainer progressive case for Obama: Whether you're a moderate liberal or a democratic socialist, the president is much better on many issues and worse on none (and more by Erik Loomis). Why do white people think Mitt Romney should be president? Tom Scocca on parsing the narrow, tribal appeal of the Republican nominee. David V. Johnson interviews Archon Fung on My Fair Election, his new crowd-sourcing project for U.S. election monitoring. What it will take for Barack Obama to become the next FDR? First, he should let the United States go over the fiscal cliff, then he should push filibuster reform. Don't blame Mitt Romney: A new Republican consensus — the candidate, and the party, have done a pretty good job. Robert W. McChesney on why this isn’t what democracy looks like. Robert Farley on why Hillary is likely to be Democratic favorite in 2016 campaign. From Tikkun, a special section on America Beyond the 2012 Election. Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg on how the animated GIF took over the 2012 Election. The most important memes of our lifetime: What the 2012 campaign has done to Internet humor.

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