Mark Graham (Oxford): Thai Silk Dot Com: Authenticity, Altruism, Modernity and Markets in the Thai Silk Industry. Daniel F. Vukovich (Hong Kong): Postcolonialism, Globalization, and the Asia Question. Accountability vs. Responsibility: What flaws do conservative Chinese political theorists see in Western democracy compared to their own system? Mong Palatino on assessing the relevance of Southeast Asia’s monarchies. Japan is back: Jonathan Tepperman interviews Shinzo Abe. Mongolian mega-mine set to transform country: Huge project will boost GDP, but some are worried about its environmental impact. Why the game is up for the Kim dynasty: Christian Oliver reviews The Real North Korea: Life and Politics in the Failed Stalinist Utopia by Andrei Lankov. Matthew J Walton on why Myanmar needs a new nationalism. Tom Benner on how gay culture is gaining momentum in Singapore.
Jeremy Waldron (NYU): Ronald Dworkin: An Appreciation. Luis Eslava (Melbourne): “I Feel Like a Dog with the Tail between its Legs”: On the Limits of Protest and Urban Law in Our Decentralized World. Rich Gazan (Hawaii): The Hammer of Hawking: The Impact of Celebrity Scientists, the Intent of Extraterrestrials and the Public Perception of Astrobiology. From TNR, Rachel Levinson-Waldman on the real problem with data mining: Massive data sweeps like the NSA's recently disclosed program are an affont to Democratic values; and is our post-9/11, permanent-war mindset finally fading? Alec MacGillis on how the NSA uproar is good for America — and Obama. Is a democratic surveillance state possible? Mike Konczal wonders. James Mann goes inside the mind of Samantha Power. Fifty years of The New York Review of Books: An interview with Robert Silvers.
From Lip, we know what Plato thought about feminist men, but that was some 2000 years ago — how should we think about it today? Men's upper-body strength predicts their political opinions on economic redistribution, according to new research. A huge study involving over 12,000 participants across 51 cultures from Argentina to Uganda has concluded that men tend to have more varied personalities than women. When men experience sexism: There are some practices and policies that are unfair to men — but this fact should unite men with feminists, not drive them apart. How society’s notion of manhood leads to murder: Diane Anderson-Minshall interviews David McConnell, author of American Honor Killings: Desire and Rage Among Men. Joan Williams on how class anxiety and masculinity fears push men to work longer hours: A work culture in which long hours signal value and status is bad for everyone. If men need a 21st-century role model, how about Jesus Christ?
A new issue of Not Bored! is out (the first since 2009). Slavoj Zizek (Ljubljana): The Role of Chimney Sweepers in Sexual Identity. Matthew D. Henry (Cleveland State) and John L. Turner (Georgia): Across Five Eras: Patent Enforcement in the United States 1929-2006. From ProPublica, Cora Currier, Justin Elliott and Theodoric Meyer on mass surveillance in America: A timeline of loosening laws and practices. If you thought the astounding (and ongoing) revelations about the NSA’s PRISM regime were going to hurt America’s reputation, it appears you were right — Freedom House just made it official. From n+1, Atossa Abrahamian on seasteading: “What if Apple’s genius designers applied their insights on a user experience to build a city that’s as fun to use as an iPad?” What is it about Alex Jones that fools so many young leftists into thinking that he speaks for them?
From The American, progressives, conservatives, and libertarians each have a mythology in which they are the heroes and the other tribes are villains — partisans of these three ideologies even speak different languages. From Talk to Action, Frank Cocozzelli on Thomas Woods, Jr. and the Neo-Confederate Catholic Right; on why nullification matters; and on refuting nullification (and part 2). From Commonweal, Robert Geroux on the dreamworld of libertarianism (and part 2). Michael Kazin on why Woodrow Wilson isn’t celebrated by liberals. Edward Cline on why liberals love Islam. James Piereson reviews The End Is Near and It's Going to Be Awesome: How Going Broke Will Leave America Richer, Happier, and More Secure by Kevin D. Williamson. Michael Lind on the question libertarians just can’t answer: If your approach is so great, why hasn’t any country anywhere in the world ever tried it?
Tom Porter (Manchester): The Limits of Background Justice. Matthew D. Adler (Duke): The Pigou-Dalton Principle and the Structure of Distributive Justice. You can download Arguing about Justice: Essays for Philippe Van Parijs (2011). From the Library of Law and Justice, Samuel Gregg on what is social justice; and responses by Eric Mack and David C. Rose. Catherine Lu reviews Enduring Injustice by Jeff Spinner-Halev. Michael Sandel and AC Grayling discuss markets, morals and justice. Thom Brooks kicks philosophy onto the global streets looking for justice. Mathias Risse reviews Global Justice and Territory by Cara Nine. Nele Kortendiek reviews Justice Globalism: Ideology, Crises, Policy by Manfred B. Steger, James Goodman and Erin K. Wilson. Paul Krugman on where the logic and evidence take you once you adopt a more or less Rawlsian view of social justice — which is exactly what Ben Bernanke did at Princeton.
Leslie Green (Oxford): The Morality in Law. Philosopher Colin McGinn to Leave U. of Miami in wake of misconduct allegations. Brian Leiter on the McGinn case and sexual harassment in academic philosophy. Colin McGinn on morality, reported speech, and “hand job”: A refutation. How the geography of U.S. immigration has changed over time: Back in 1992, most legal immigrants came from Latin America and Europe — nowadays, they tend to come from Asia and Africa. Michael Reeve on the hipster as the postmodern dandy: towards an extensive study. Nathan Deuel on Turkey before the crackdown: Recalling better times in Istanbul. A look at why efforts to bring extinct species back from the dead miss the point. Women politicians deserve more power to craft military policy: Molly Redden on why Tuesday's sexual assault hearing is proof that male veterans shouldn't have a monopoly on such matters.
Adam Lowther (Air) and Jan Kallberg (Texas): Nuclear Deterrence in a Second Obama Term. One world government and the war of tomorrow: In 1950, journalist Vincent Sheean argued that renouncing national sovereignty was the only way to prevent nuclear war. Ali Diskaya reviews Nuclear Weapons in the Information Age by Stephen J. Cimbala. Less is more: Elizabeth Pond on reducing American nuclear missile defense in Europe. On the tenth anniversary of America’s optional war, how ready would Americans be to nuke another country? New documents reveal how a 1980s nuclear war scare became a full-blown crisis. China, India and Pakistan have increased their nuclear weapons by about 10 warheads each in the past year, and other nuclear states appear set on maintaining their arsenals. Humanity imperiled: Noam Chomsky on nuclear weapons and the path to disaster.
Brian Z. Tamanaha (WUSTL): The Third Pillar of Jurisprudence: Social Legal Theory. From Evolutionary Psychology, Michael N. Pham, Todd K. Shackelford, Yael Sela, and Lisa L.M. Welling (Oakland): Is Cunnilingus-assisted Orgasm a Male Sperm-retention Strategy? In spite of what our history books might have taught us, it was the euthycarcinoids that first stepped foot on the “New World” — while giant slug-like mollusks slimed ashore and primitive crustaceans fed along the land/water's edge. Amateur historian John Paul Floyd proves “15th century map” that showed Vikings discovered America before Columbus is a fake. Seyla Benhabib on Turkey’s authoritarian turn. Daron Acemoglu on how development won’t ensure democracy in Turkey. The introduction to Confucianism as a World Religion: Contested Histories and Contemporary Realities by Anna Sun.
Daniel Golebiewski (CUNY): Because the Bible Says So: The Impact of Roman Catholic Doctrines on LGBT Rights. James Kalb on the idea of a Catholic society: What would it mean for society and its institutions, including government, to become Catholic? Contra Sirico: Robert Geroux on libertarianism and the American Catholic Church (and part 2 and part 3). William Peter Blatty, best known as author of the novel and film The Exorcist, says Georgetown is so insufficiently Catholic that Cardinal Donald Wuerl should either force changes or force the institution to stop calling itself Catholic. “The fathers are holy on Sunday, and they’re holy hell on the rest of the week. You just can’t trust those damn Catholics on a Thursday or a Friday”. Valerie Tarico on the alarming rise of Catholic hospitals. Ex-gay porn star Jake Floyd “Genesis” returns to Catholic Church. Robert Royal on The Catholic Thing at five.