From Boston Review, Augusto Pinochet privatized Chile’s higher education and made it the most expensive in the world; now Chileans are fighting to get it back; and Jose Efrain Rios Montt has escaped responsibility for genocide, and so has the United States (and more). Aryeh Neier on Guatemala: Will justice be done? In a leftward-moving region, the iron fist of Honduras’ Porfirio “Pepe” Lobo makes him Obama’s sort of “democrat”. The two faces of Latin America: If you want to see both the potential and the peril in Latin America, you could not do better than to visit Honduras and Colombia. Is Mexico “breaking good”? Kenneth Rogoff wonders. Tomas Hachard on power wars and populism in Argentina. Venezuela’s president has ordered the creation of a new workers’ militia to defend the country’s “Bolivarian revolution” at a time when the government faces economic problems and political turmoil. The answer is Colombia: Nina Martyris on reading Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s morbidity in the happiest country on earth.
Galina Zudenkova (Mannheim): Political Cronyism. Welcome to the Real Space Age: A launching pad in the New Mexico desert for rocket planes will send you into space for $200,000 — it opens later this year. Alejandro Chafuen reviews Think Tanks in America by Thomas Medvetz. Maggie Koerth-Baker on why science needs silly-sounding research. For well over a decade now the United States has been “a nation at war”, but does that war have a name? Good wars, bad wars: A panel on WWII and Vietnam with Dale Maharidge, author of Bringing Mulligan Home: The Other Side of the Good War, and Nick Turse, author of Kill Anything That Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam. Matt von Hippel on earning a PhD by studying N=4 super Yang-Mills, a theory that we know is wrong. Alex Nalbach reviews The Telegraph in America, 1832-1920 by David Hochfelder.
From the latest issue of Krisis, a special section on Axel Honneth's Das Recht der Freiheit (and a reply by Honneth). Gulshan Khan (Nottingham): Critical Republicanism: Jurgen Habermas and Chantal Mouffe. Plamen Makariev (Sofia): Cultural Rights and Deliberative Policy: Beyond Habermas' "Between Facts and Norms". Vito Breda (Cardiff): Constitutional Patriotism: A Reasonable Theory of Radical Democracy? An interview with Jurgen Habermas on discourse theory and international law. Benoit Peeters's biography Derrida contains a short description of the reconciliation of Jacques Derrida and Jurgen Habermas in 1999-2000. Habermas, Adorno, Politics: Gordon Finlayson is the ubercool continental philosopher with Marxist-influenced radical, progressive, non-aligned politics lined up with modern European philosophy and critical theory. J. F. Dorahy on critical theory and its aporias.
Cheryl Saunders (Melbourne): Constitution Making in the 21st Century. From Skeptic, David Hillshafer on the mass murder problem; and Michael Shermer on how preventing highly improbable mass murders like that at Sandy Hook Elementary School is impossible, but there are things we can do to decrease violence. Why does nature form exoplanets easily? Kevin Heng on how the ubiquity of worlds beyond our Solar System confounds us. The introduction to Waiting for Jose: The Minutemen's Pursuit of America by Harel Shapira. The new leaders of global economic growth: Chris Giles and Kate Allen on how China and India now make up almost half of world expansion. Legalize it and they will analyze it: The Humboldt Institute for Interdisciplinary Marijuana Research studies a little-known industry. The lest issue of al Qaeda magazine Inspire celebrates Boston bombings.
From Buzzfeed, McKay Coppins goes inside the meltdown at America’s most conservative, most Christian political consulting firm: Rex Elsass built a Republican empire on his faith — but he found himself battling his closest allies over his immortal soul. Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry on a Reform Conservative manifesto. Josh Barro on how the reformists trying to change the GOP can already claim one significant victory. Peter Beinart on how the term “neoconservative” needs to be retired — why not try “imperialist”? Elliot Abrams on neoconservatism, a good idea that won't go away. Conservatives ask Chris Christie to pick Robert P. George for Senate vacancy. Robert Parry on the source of anti-government extremism. Kevin Drum on a political movement whose primary raison d'etre, one they no longer even bother to conceal, is an almost gleeful immiseration of the poor for the benefit of the rich — how is it that the wealthiest country on earth has come to this?