Kalev Leetaru, Shaowen Wang, Guofeng Cao, Anand Padmanabhan, and Eric Shook (Illinois): Mapping the Global Twitter Heartbeat: The Geography of Twitter. Jonathan R. Foltz (Indiana): Leave the Internet Alone: What the F.C.C. Can Do, Market Forces Can Do Better. An Internet sales tax will not restrict your freedom: The web is real life, where people pay their fair share — eBay users should, too. Where have all the leaking sites gone? Remaining WikiLeaks clones offer lessons for the future. Mimi Ito on what teens get about the Internet that parents don't. A thousand words: The Internet has become a place of tremendous hate and rage — but it’ll clean itself up. Cole Stryker on the problem with public shaming: Unmasking racists and trolls on the Internet may feel like justice, but it does not drive social progress. The Twidiocracy: Matt Labash on the decline of Western civilization, 140 characters at a time.
Joanna Diane Caytas (Columbia): Conundrum of an Immigrant: Assimilation versus Cultural Preservation. From Distilled magazine, Sarang Shah on the ascent of technocracy, an ideology of silent radicalism; and Ben Jones on why Hitchens matters: Remembering the moral warrior. Neil Irwin on how inflation is too low almost everywhere on earth. Meet the Israeli Left's new ideas factory. Molly Redden on Bill Kristol's Galactic Empire: The many, many board seats of D.C.'s ultimate operator. Who knew that WikiLeaks was around in 1773? Scott McLemee takes a look at Ben Franklin's role — part Bradley Manning, part Julian Assange. The idea of a basic income for all citizens is often seen as a utopian dream — but the “Alaska Dividend” has existed for more than thirty years, and is immensely popular to this day. Hey, he took my blog post idea!
Takis S. Pappas (Macedonia): Why Greece Failed. Bojan Bugaric (Ljubljana): Europe Against the Left? On Legal Limits to Progressive Politics. Jens Dammann (Texas): The Right to Leave the Eurozone. Josephine A. W. Van Zeben (Indiana): Agenda Research Agenda for a Polycentric European Union. Brussels is not empowered to be a policeman for liberal democracy in Europe, not yet — but should it be? Following recent developments in Hungary and Romania, Jan-Werner Muller argues that it is legitimate for Brussels to interfere in individual member states as a democracy watchdog. George Soros and Hans-Werner Sinn debate the German Question. Ninety years after the March on Rome, fans and worshippers are still drawn to Mussolini’s hometown to commemorate his ideology. Alexander Svitych on why European identity will never work: Case study “EU vs. USSR”. The new European Heritage Label is here.
Houston Wood (Hawaii Pacific): An Invitation to Peace Studies. Farnoosh Rezaee Ahan (Uppsala): Theories on Female Genital Mutilation. Michael Walzer on Syria: What ought to be done? Joseph S. Fulda on the logical source of the evidentiary problems with video/audio-taped evidence: Lessons from the court martial of Captain James T. Kirk. An excerpt from Pink Globalization: Hello Kitty’s Trek across the Pacific by Christine R. Yano. The indiscriminate use of “Nazi” to describe anything to do with German institutions and policies during Hitler’s dictatorship creates a false historical understanding, says Richard Overy. What makes a political winner? Ideology and party platforms are overrated. David A. Nibert explains why veganism is a global imperative, and how we can work around the barriers to this goal thrown up by the capitalist system.
From New York, Jonathan Chait on the truth about legislative dynamics is complicated and depressing — people don’t want to hear it. If Obama went Bulworth, here’s what he’d say. Joe Klein on how putting Benghazi, the IRS’s Tea Party targeting and the Justice Department’s leak-hunting seizure of Associated Press phone records in the same basket is like comparing a mirage to a dishwasher to a diamond — there is no common thread. Democrats, Obama and the IRS can’t say it, so here goes: The only real sin the IRS committed in its ostensible targeting of conservatives is the sin of political incorrectness — that is, of not pretending it needed to vet all the new groups that wanted tax-exempt status, even though it mostly just needed to vet right-wing groups. The scandals are falling apart: When future generations look back on the scandals of our age, it’ll be the unchecked rise in global temperatures, not the Benghazi talking points, that infuriate them.