Can the internet really save the world? That may be an exaggeration of the claims made in Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen’s The New Digital Age: Reshaping the Future of People, Nations and Business, but not by much (and more on the dark side of the digital revolution). The new digital state? From counterradicalization to tracking the arms trade, Google is moving onto national governments’ turf. Google has a single towering obsession: It wants to build the Star Trek computer. John Villasenor on Google Glass and the demise of ownership: What the restrictions on resale of the gadget mean for consumers. As Schmidt speaks of caution, Google Glass gets hacked. Can you live without Google? When his account was suspended abruptly, Tienlon Ho felt like he’d been dumped. John Wilkes spent a year negotiating his move to Google, and when he finally agreed to join the company, he still didn't know what he'd be working on.
From Air Force magazine, Rebecca Grant on Iraqi freedom and the Air Force: The Iraq War changed the Air Force in ways large and small. 100 years of flying: Beale AFB's 1st reconnaissance squadron celebrates centennial anniversary. People who beat the odds aren't brilliant, just lucky: Succeeding once or twice on a longshot doesn't make someone a savant — overall, that person's predictions will probably be less accurate than average. From New York, Jonathan Chait on Obama, “leadership”, and magical thinking — and on what Obama can actually do about Congress. DB Grady on 10 things you didn't know about the president's secret army. Monsters and Dragons and Dinosaurs, Oh My: In the area of literary and linguistic studies, they misinterpret, misrepresent, and mistranslate Beowulf to fit their agenda. Ahmet T. Kuru on passive and assertive secularism.
From The American Conservative, for Buckley and Kirk, conservatism was a way of life. Chronicling the conservatives: Derek Turner reviews The Conservatives: A History by Robin Harris. Baby Kristol: Yuval Levin is the right’s new favorite intellectual. Daniel McCarthy on how “fusionism,” the label that stuck to Frank Meyer’s conservative philosophy, is widely misunderstood. Lee Fang on how media-savvy conservative think tanks take aim and fire at progressive power bases in the states. Freedom in the United States: Is there a conservative/libertarian divide? The Ron Paul Institute: The former presidential contender is back, this time as head of a new “institute” for “peace” comprised of anti-Semites, 9/11 truthers, and dictator lovers. On Rand Paul and the Libertarian–Statist Divide: Michael Ames on why establishment Democrats and Republicans fear Rand Paul. Timothy Carney on the case against cronies: Libertarians must stand up to corporate greed.
Hurst Hannum (Tufts), S. James Anaya (Arizona), and Dinah L. Shelton (GWU): International Human Rights: Problems of Law, Policy, and Practice. From Modern Farmer, this is what humane slaughter looks like — is it good enough? Martin Hutchinson on funny money and the super-rich: Is the U.S. Federal Reserve the chief culprit in bringing about the grotesque levels of U.S. income inequality? The hordes of microbes inside your body are your friends: An interview with the synthetic biologist Christina Agapakis. So-called “empowering beauty” campaigns by cosmetics companies aimed at women only reinforce an ugly obsession with appearance. Joshua Keating on what Muslims talk about when they talk about sharia. The introduction to The Global Model of Constitutional Rights by Kai Moller. Does the current mania for austerity make any sense? Ruy Teixeira investigates.
Kirill Chepurin (HSE): Geist, Contingency and the Future of God: Hegel and Meillassoux. Jeremy Arnold (NUS): State Violence and Moral Horror. From Radical Philosophy, Francoise Collin on the name of the Father, “one” of the Mother: From Beauvoir to Lacan. From n+1, a review essay on the work of Etienne Balibar by Bruce Robbins. As the editor of the new journal Resilience: International Policies, Practices and Discourses, David Chandler responds to the “pre-emptive strike” launched against the journal as a neoliberal “corporate-cum-academic dream” in Mark Neocleous’s piece “Resisting Resilience”. Truly liberating: Ben Watson loves Raya Dunayevskaya. Vincent M. Colapietro reviews Philosophical Hermeneutics Reinterpreted: Dialogues with Existentialism, Pragmatism, Critical Theory, and Postmodernism by Paul Fairfield. Derrida’s Perestroika: Peggy Kamuf remembers Derrida's "Specters of Marx" lecture. You can dowload Paradigm Lost: State Theory Reconsidered (2002).