Anne Peters (Basel): Are We Moving Towards Constitutionalization of the World Community? Karl-Heinz Ladeur (Hamburg): The Evolution of the Law and the Possibility of a “Global Law” Extending Beyond the Sphere of the State — Simultaneously, a Critique of the “Self‐constitutionalisation” Thesis. From German Law Journal, a special issue on EU Law qua Global Governance Law. Perry Keller Dickson (King's College): Sovereignty and Liberty in the Internet Era. Patricia Mindus (Uppsala): Global Harmony and Rule of Law: An Empirical-Analytic Approach. Eric De Brabandere (Grotius Centre): The Impact of “Supranationalism” on State Sovereignty from the Perspective of the Legitimacy of International Organisations. Jure Vidmar (Oxford): Territorial Integrity and the Law of Statehood. From The European Journal of International Law, Fabrizio Cafaggi (Penn) and David D. Caron (UC-Berkeley): Global Public Goods amidst a Plurality of Legal Orders: A Symposium; and lessons of imperialism and of the law of nations: Andreas Wagner on Alberico Gentili’s early modern appeal to Roman law. John Louth and Merel Alstein on challenges for international law.


Wassim Daher (SMCU): On Democracy: The Logic of the Illogical; and Is the World Developed? David Cole (Georgetown): Where Liberty Lies: Civil Society and Individual Rights after 9/11. From Discover, what will the world be like in 50 years? A special section on the State of the World: 2062. Happiness policy: Claude Fischer examines our current obsession with happiness. How Sandy saved Occupy: The protest movement's disaster-relief efforts have helped it connect with the “99 percent” it had trouble reaching in its Zuccotti Park days. We are the .00018 Percent: Does Earth First! carry the capacity for a justice based approach to overpopulation? Skyler Simmons wants to know. Life after near-death: Laurence Gonzales on why surviving is only the beginning. Why simmering resentment in the hearts of dedicated dorks? Sam Riedel on angry nerds at the point of rebellion. Is stock-picking just another hobby for men? Felix Salmon wonders. From NYRB, David Cole on why it’s time to stop killing in secret. Zachary A. Goldfarb on Obama’s economic philosophy, in 8 charts. Here is the famous Gomberg Map, produced by Maurice Gomberg, of Philadelphia.


A new issue of the International Journal of Zizek Studies is out. From Lacan.com, Slavoj Zizek on Jacques Lacan’s shifting theory of the big Other, on the structure of belief and the mediation of desire, and on the transcendental constitution of reality. YouTubing Theory: What exactly is happening to those videotapes of lectures — and Derrida answering the phone. Adam Shatz reviews Derrida: A Biography by Benoit Peeters (and more). From LSE Review of Books, Emily Coolidge-Toker reviews Derrida Reframed by K. Malcolm Richards; Dafne Muntanyola-Saura reviews Guattari Reframed by Paul Elliott; and Jacob Phillips reviews Heidegger Reframed by Barbara Bolt. Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei on Heidegger’s Mom and the joke of democracy: Fictional notes on the political. Liam Jones interviews Paul J Ennis, author of Heidegger in the Twenty-First Century. Loser Romanticism: David Winters reviews The Art of Philosophy: Wisdom as a Practice by Peter Sloterdijk. The Lady Gaga of philosophy: Jonathan Ree reviews You Must Change Your Life by Peter Sloterdijk. Slippery Sloterdijk: Carlin Romano on the edgy European philosopher, circa 2012. Philosophy with a Southern drawl: Rick Roderick teaches Derrida, Foucault, Sartre and others.


Geert Vissers and Ben Dankbaar (Radboud): Knowledge and Proximity. Man-Li Gu (Monash): Inglehart-Welzel's Traditional vs. Rational Index Revisited: A Comparison between China and the West. Michael Barker interviews Peter Staudenmaier, co-author of Ecofascism Revisited. While it might be hard to imagine in the midst of the ad-soaked holiday season, there was a time — in the 1930s — when advertising faced fierce opposition from the public; then came World War II, and everything changed. From Wag’s Revue, an interview with John Jeremiah Sullivan. “Extremely Thin and Very Well-Dressed:” Pamela Haag on the moral universe according to Vogue. From Kellogg Insight, which government is best? Daron Acemoglu, Georgy Egorov, and Konstantin Sonin on how democracies may not outlast dictatorships, but they adapt better; and why are presidents less effective than prime ministers? Daniel Diermeier, Pohan Fong and Razvan Vlaicu on how using game theory to model political systems leads to surprising insights. Paul Ford reviews Authentic: The Politics of Ambivalence in a Brand Culture by Sarah Banet-Weiser.


From Small Wars Journal, where does the Air Force go from here? Peter Garretson on learning the wrong lessons. From National Defense magazine, a proposal to modernize Air Force spy planes stirs controversy; and Sandra I. Erwin on how the Army is feeling the weight of bureaucratic bloat. Not all that it can be: Winslow Wheeler on the myth of American military superiority. Octavian Manea interviews Janine Davidson on rebalancing the US military. Why doesn't the Army want to be a real Army, and think about its actual tasks? Your favorite Army general actually sucks: Spencer Ackerman interviews Tom Ricks (and more and more on The Generals: American Military Commanders from World War II to Today). A new moral compact: David Barno on a military draft that could actually work. Micah Zenko on why the U.S. military can't predict the next war. Return U.S. military to militia model: Bureaucracies don't go down without a fight — the Pentagon is no different from any mature organization that becomes oversized, wasteful and often ineffective. A senior Defense executive says the industry should step up, “sacrifice something”. From Mental Floss, D.B. Grady on 11 things you might not know about the Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, Army, and Coast Guard.

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