Patrick Macklem (Toronto): Global Poverty and the Right to Development in International Law. Amanda Lenhardt and Andrew Shepherd (ODI): What Has Happened to the Poorest 50%? From Boston Review, a review essay on fighting global poverty by Pranab Bardhan. Why poor nations aren’t prisoners of their history: Charles Kenny reviews Turnaround: Third World Lessons for First World Growth by Peter Blair Henry. Matthew Yglesias on the best and simplest way to fight global poverty: Giving cash to poor people, no strings attached (and more). Brian Till interviews Paul Farmer on what he’s afraid of, and what’s wrong with the way we do aid. The World in 2030: The United Nations is vowing to end extreme poverty within our lifetimes — here's why that might actually be realistic. People in Norway are freezing to death; thank goodness some generous Africans are sending help — well, sort of.
From ResetDOC, Claus Offe (Hertie): Political Liberalism, Identity Politics, and the Role of Fear; Rajeev Bhargava (CSDS): The Difficulty of Reconciliation; and Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na’im (Emory): The Constant Mediation of Resentment and Retaliation. Ron Fournier on how Obama scandals threaten to kill “good government”: Emerging narrative supports claims that Washington is intrusive, incompetent, untrustworthy and heartless. Sir Martin Rees on how post-humans could colonise other worlds. The people have taken over American politics, and they hate it: The more Americans participate in their political system, the angrier and more disillusioned they become. Michael Walzer looks back on his decades at Dissent. Marty Klein on ten things humanists need to know about sex. Marcus Wohlsen on how our lust for stuff is making the whole world your mall.
Benedikt Fecher (DIW Berlin) and Sascha Friesike (Humboldt Institute): Open Science: One Term, Five Schools of Thought. Peter Hartl (St Andrews): Michael Polanyi on Freedom of Science. Rodney Shackelford on Trofim Lysenko, Soviet ideology, and pseudo-science. From Logos, what is science and why should we care? Alan Sokal investigates; Michael Ruse on democracy and pseudo-science; Margaret C. Jacob on Left, Right and science: Relativists and materialists; Barbara Forrest on rejecting the Founders’ legacy: Democracy as a weapon against science; and Lawrence Davidson on fundamentalist Christians, science, and democracy. When science and religion don't mix: Steve Jones’s attempt to ground the Bible in the physical world has not been universally popular among believers. Can science replace religion in our lives? Nigel Biggar wonders. Sean Carroll on how science and religion can’t be reconciled. Joel Primack on what cosmology can teach us about morality.
Khiara M. Bridges (BU): When Pregnancy is an Injury: Rape, Law, and Culture. From Vice, Grace Wyler is roadtripping with Rand Paul; and Alex Pasternack on how to build a secret Facebook. Hackers vs. suits; or why nerds become leakers: The same personality traits that make people good with computers also make them more likely to defy authority figures and social conventions (and more at Gawker). Josh Marshall on being skeptical of the notion that what Edward Snowden did is awesome just because leaking state secrets is always a heroic act. Doug Daniels on why the IRS should be more aggressive, not less. From The New Inquiry, Rob Horning on the primitive accumulation of cool. From Metanexus, William Grassie on how to be a competent outsider. Altai, identity, politics and history: Seth Wheeler interviews Wu Ming, the collective nom de plume for a band of four radical storytellers.
From The Stone, Jeffrey Frank on how Soren Kierkegaard's strategy of “indirect communication” is not too far removed from the “dog-whistling” of modern political campaigns. Ernie Lepore on a great day for philosophy. David Wolf on why Descartes still matters. From TPM, James Garvey interviews Nigel Warburton, virtual philosopher. Why does France insist school pupils master philosophy? Mark Vanhoenacker on how to sell philosophy: It just needs a product — thought experiments (TXes, if you will) — and a marketing plan. Steve Neumann uses the Food Network reality show Chopped as a springboard for an exploration of the types of individuals and corresponding lifestyles that exist in society. Wi-Phi's mission is to introduce people to the practice of philosophy by making videos that are freely available in a form that is entertaining, interesting and accessible. Lawmakers blame philosophy for recent spate of trolley deaths.