From Mute, why do English sociologists and politicians find riots so much more explicable when they happen overseas? Nina Power finds an international logic behind “national” expressions of rage. Ian Sinclair on football’s dangerous masculinity. Julie Bindel on how the LibDem party has been overrun by lads and libertines. From TLS, a review essay on Margaret Thatcher by Ferdinand Mount (and more and more). Paul Addison reviews Servants: A Downstairs View of 20th-century Britain by Lucy Lethbridge. Matthew Engel on the British Supreme Court: The most striking fact about this place is its informality — grandeur and remoteness have been swept away. Rebecca Conway on the beauty pageant and British society. UK sights set on world's tax havens (and more). Katie Engelhart on Britain's imperial apology. The incoherence of the British empire: Maya Jasanoff reviews Unfinished Empire: The Global Expansion of Britain by John Darwin. When (if ever) did the Sun finally set on the British Empire?
Sounman Hong (Yonsei): Who Benefits from Twitter? Social Media and Political Competition in the U.S. House of Representatives. Czech Prime Minister Petr Necas announces that he will resign over a spy and bribery scandal involving his government. The authors of the JPMorgan report are arguing for governments to adopt dictatorial-type powers to complete the process of social counterrevolution that is already well underway across Europe. The introduction to The Metamorphoses of Fat: A History of Obesity by Georges Vigarello. Benghazi, immigration, Syria: Rightbloggers smear NSA (and Obama) on everything. Julia Ioffe on President Rand Paul: Watch out, he's becoming a better politician every day (and Jonathan Chait on why Rand Paul distrusts democracy). Can you correct a 300-year-old error? Julian Champkin on Jacob Bernoulli and the foundations of statistics. How do you know when a neighborhood has truly arrived? Look for the telltale signs in three NYC neighborhoods — TriBeCa, Harlem, and Williamsburg.
From The New Yorker, Malcolm Gladwell reviews Worldly Philosopher: The Odyssey of Albert O. Hirschman by Jeremy Adelman (and more by Robert Kuttner). Nicholas Wapshott on Robert Fogel and the economics of good health. Florian Mayneris interviews Esther Duflo on the principles of the experimental method. Daniel Kahneman explains his problem with people using the term “behavioral economics”. Douglas French on why political correctness and economics don’t mix. Daniel Altman on why macroeconomics is going nowhere. Is economics a form of brain damage? Richard Eskow on the trash-talking blood sport of economics. William K. Black on how elite economic hucksters drive America’s biggest fraud epidemics. Should we trust economists? They're fractious, frequently wrong, and have lost much of the public's faith — but their insights are still valuable, as long as you don't expect them to predict the future. And they say economics has nothing useful to teach us.
Melissa Oppenheim (Harvard): The Dark Data Cycle: How the U.S. Government Has Gone Rogue in Trading Personal Data from an Unsuspecting Public. From The New Yorker, the Prism: Jill Lepore on privacy in an age of publicity. Pentagon data shows that 52 percent of military suicides were committed by active-duty servicemembers who had never been in combat. Big Data meets the Bard: John Sunyer on Franco Moretti and a “literary lab” that believes reading with computers is the future. The Gallic gadfly: Pascal Bruckner is fast becoming the leftist intellectual whom conservatives love to quote. From Swans, Michael Barker on the macrobiotic faithful: The legacy of spiritual capitalism within the organic movement (in three parts). Let’s make a baby: Republicans are fretting about birthrates — and whether immigrants can give them the young conservatives they need.
Clare Huntington (Fordham): Staging the Family. Linda C. McClain (BU) and Daniel Cere (McGill): What is Parenthood? Contemporary Debates about the Family. In the past few weeks, there have been a bevy of articles and studies that all point to this news: At long last, the Daddy Wars are coming. Project parenthood: You don’t have to be a Tiger Mother to believe in pushing your children to greater things — but is there a case for letting them find their own way? The case for one: Don't worry about having just one kid — it probably doesn't matter. How did work-life balance in the U.S. get so awful? Because single moms are growing faster. Fox News Fact Check: Is it bad for lower-income kids if Mom has a job outside the home? Steven Mazie on the problem with rich kids. Helena Lee on why Finnish babies sleep in cardboard boxes. Parents often threaten to kick their children out of their homes, and sometimes they even follow through — but is it legal to do so?
Zahra Albarazi (Tilburg): The Stateless Syrians. Lama Abu-Odeh (Georgetown): Egypt's New Constitution: The Islamist Difference. Paul A. Eden (Sussex): Palestinian Statehood: Trapped between Rhetoric and Realpolitik. Marcia A. Grant (Ashesi): Challenges of Introducing Liberal Arts Education for Women in the Middle East. From Ethics and International Affairs, a review essay on the Arab Spring, two years on, by Nader Hashemi. Extreme capitalism of the Muslim Brothers: The neoliberal policy of Egypt’s new president Mohamed Morsi looks very much like a continuation of that of Mubarak. How an American NGO came to Cairo after the revolution hoping to build a democracy, and ended up alienating the very people it was supposed to help. Ahmad Samih Khalidi on Palestine, peoples and borders in the new Middle East map. Aaron David Miller on the myth of the Arab state. How do we know the death toll in Syria is accurate?
From the Jewish Review of Books, Benny Morris reviews Fortress Israel: The Inside Story of the Military Elite Who Run the Country—and Why They Can’t Make Peace by Patrick Tyler. Why should we even care if the government is collecting our data? Kafka, not Orwell, can help us understand the problems of digitized mass surveillance, argues legal scholar Daniel J. Solove (and more). Oversight now: Bruce Ackerman on why Congress needs to go big — and restrict the power of a runaway executive branch. Sam Pizzigati on where Uncle Sam ought to be snooping: Let’s place private corporations with government contracts under surveillance — to make sure no one is getting rich off our tax dollars. “I don’t care much about my image”: John McDermott interviews Bernard-Henri Levy on toppling tyrants and his new “rendezvous with the question of art”. Beyond recognition: Katie Drummond on the incredible story of a face transplant.
Brandon Aultman (CUNY): On the “Flat” Democratic Life: Exploring the Trans Imaginary through Bruno Latour. Sanne van der Hout (Radboud): The Homeotechnological Turn: Sloterdijk’s Response to the Ecological Crisis. Eugene W. Holland (OSU): Deleuze and Guattari and Minor Marxism. Rebecca Gould (Yale-NUS): Laws, Exceptions, Norms: Kierkegaard, Schmitt, and Benjamin on the Exception. Mitchell Dean (CBS): The Prince and the Population: Rethinking the Government of Life. Adam Kotsko on how to read Agamben. Edyta Niemyjska and Michael J. Kelly interview Paul Rabinow, a leading scholar on the philosophy of Michel Foucault. A sample chapter from Philosophical Temperaments: From Plato to Foucault by Peter Sloterdijk. You can download Critical and Effective Histories: Foucault's Methods and Historical Sociology by Mitchell Dean (1994).
Hun Chung (Rochester): Hobbes's State of Nature: A Modern Bayesian Game-Theoretic Analysis. Waller R. Newell on how Plato and Aristotle help us understand the tyranny of Bashar al-Assad. Daniel Drezner on why Obama is arming Syria's rebels: it's the realism, stupid. Peter Ludlow on the real war on reality: Surveillance and deception are not just fodder for the next “Matrix” movie, but a real sort of epistemic warfare. Are savages noble? Ronald Bailey reviews Paleofantasy: What Evolution Really Tells Us About Sex, Diet, and How We Live by Marlene Zuk and The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn from Traditional Societies? by Jared Diamond. Uncapturing the Friedmans: Jesse Friedman spent 13 years in prison as a notorious child rapist — he may soon get an apology. Jordan Weissman on the court ruling that could end unpaid internships for good.
Eric D. Knowles (NYU), Rebecca L. Schaumberg and Brian S. Lowery (Stanford), and Elizabeth P. Shulman (UC-Irvine): Race, Ideology, and the Tea Party: A Longitudinal Study. The introduction to Change They Can't Believe In: The Tea Party and Reactionary Politics in America by Christopher S. Parker and Matt A. Barreto. Jeremy Stahl on how bigoted taunts by the children of GOP honchos have everything to do with politics. Molly Redden on how Michele Bachmann's potential successors are almost as loopy as she is. Ronald Brownstein on why Republicans can get away with ignoring their problems: The GOP can enjoy another strong midterm election in 2014 without doing much more to attract young or minority voters. Noam Scheiber on how Obamacare is killing the GOP: Republicans' obsession with the law will be the party's undoing. Ramesh Ponnuru on a chronic disease: Obamacare won't go away on its own. Kevin Drum on how Republicans just don't care about improving healthcare.