From The American Prospect, Alan I. Abramowitz reviews The Stronghold: How Republicans Captured Congress but Surrendered the White House by Thomas F. Schaller and Latino America: How America’s Most Dynamic Population is Poised to Transform the Politics of the Nation by Matt Barreto and Gary Segura. President Obama on how Fox News teaches the middle class to demonize the poor. Bruce Bartlett on how Fox News changed American media and political dynamics. Ex-Reagan adviser Bruce Bartlett unloads on GOP, lobbyists and the myth of the “moderate Republican”. Jacob Hacker and Paul Pierson on why the GOP hasn’t (yet) paid for its march to the Right. Ryan Cooper on how 2014 doomed the reformocons. David Frum on what Republicans can learn from British conservatives (and more). Jonathan Chait on Reagan, Bush, and the search for a usable Republican past. Andrew Hartman on the neoconservative counterrevolution: In the anti-sixties backlash, neoconservatives were the most formidable intellectual opponents of social progress. Danny Vinik on the bankruptcy of Republican thought: Democrats have a legitimate economic agenda; the GOP has — repeal Obamacare? Conor P. Williams on the surprising way the GOP could actually win the culture war. Conservative lawmakers weigh bid to call for constitutional convention. The case for conservative civil disobedience: Carlos Lozada reviews By the People: Rebuilding Liberty Without Permission by Charles Murray. Daniel J. McGraw on how the GOP is dying off — literally.
From the Kentucky Journal of Equine, Agriculture and Natural Resources, Ryan Pulver (Jackson Kelly PLLC): Sustainable Finance: A Blueprint for Severance Taxes in the Marcellus Shale. Sara R. Farris on the servants of capitalism: Capitalism has always depended on domestic servitude, which still persists today — so why have the women clothing, caring, and cooking for new generations of workers been omitted from its history? A crank theory of Seymour Hersh: To understand the legendary national security reporter, you need to understand an archetype of the intelligence world: the crank. Trevor Timm on how the media’s reaction to Seymour Hersh’s bin Laden scoop has been disgraceful. Paul Farhi on the ever-iconoclastic, never-to-be-ignored, muckraking Seymour Hersh. Sorry, Iraq wasn’t a good faith mistake — it was based on lies. Another blogger — the third this year — is hacked to death in Bangladesh. Alan Wolfe on the erosion of secular revolutions: Anticolonial movements led to fundamentalism, dogmatism, and sexism — why? What Texas brouhaha over military training tells us about the brain: Alex Kingsbury interviews David LaPorte, author of Paranoid: Exploring Suspicion from the Dubious to the Delusional. Bina Venkataraman on the race to preserve disappearing data. Is dad bod evil? “Better Call Saul” if you want discoverable communications: Armen Adzhemyan and Susan M. Marcella on the misrepresentation of the attorney-client privilege on Breaking Bad.
Robert Dodgshon (Aberystwyth): Geography’s Place in Time. Rich Hutchings and Marina La Salle (VIU): Archaeology as Disaster Capitalism. Edvardas Giedraitis (Vytautas Magnus): When I Hear the Word Methodology I Reach for My Revolver. Charlie Hobbs (Texas State) and Gabriel Torres (Notre Dame): The Intertwining of Culture and Nature: Franz Boas, John Dewey, and Deweyan Strands of American Anthropology. Daniel Little on the history of sociology. Sociology as class war: Eve Tushnet on how progressive social scientists want to help poor people but won’t learn from them. Is the field of psychology biased against conservatives? Maria Konnikova investigates. Piercarlo Valdesolo on fixing the problem of liberal bias in social psychology. Gabriel J. Michael (Yale): Who's Afraid of Wikileaks? Missed Opportunities in Political Science Research. Shauna Shames on political science’s gender problem. William J. Kelleher on the Clarke and Primo liberating conception of good work in political science. Economists still think economics is the best.
Fernando Chafim (Campinas): Disciplinary Division of Scientific Labor: Lessons from Critical Naturalism to Economics Imperialism and Pluralism. Thirty under 30: Avital Andrews on the top young thinkers in economics, education, and political science. Ezra Klein on the 3 laws of social science. Suppose, for a moment, you were teaching your college students social theory, but that you were back in 1750 — who would you want your students to have at hand to read? The introduction to The Ant Trap: Rebuilding the Foundations of the Social Sciences by Brian Epstein. Sean Phelan reviews Learn to Write Badly: How to Succeed in the Social Sciences by Michael Billig. The political science research project gone wrong that roiled Montana in the run-up to the November elections has now gotten two elite universities into a heap of legal trouble — and could create all kinds of new headaches for social science researchers. Tell the House to oppose cuts to NSF Social Science in H.R. 1806 (and more).
From Essays in Philosophy, a special issue on Philosophy of Democracy. Candan Turkkan (UMass): Secularization of the Politics of Law: On Roots of Liberal Democracy. David Watkins (Dayton): Institutionalizing Freedom as Non-domination: Democracy and the Role of the State. Pavol Hardos (CEU): “Expert Review”: On Reconciling Politics of Expertise and Democracy. Steffen Ganghof (Potsdam): Reconciling Representation and Accountability: Three Visions of Democracy Compared. Doron Navot (Haifa): Political Corruption, Democratic Theory, and Democracy. Christian Marxsen (Max Planck): The Promise of Global Democracy: The International Impact of Civil Society. From International Studies Review, a review essay on governing global democracy by Steven C. Roach. Josep M. Colomer (Georgetown): World Government is Here. Daniele Archibugi and Marco Cellini (CNR): Democracy and Global Governance: The Internal and External Levers. Democracy floats on currents of change, but is it ever capable of managing them? Jackson Lears reviews The Confidence Trap: A History of Democracy in Crisis From World War I to the Present by David Runciman. The great chastening: For Francis Fukuyama and John Dunn, our democratic crisis is the result of an intellectual failure. Rory Sutherland and Glen Weyl on what bees can teach humans about democracy: There is a system that accounts for intensity of passion as well as idle opinion — hives have used it successfully for millions of years.
Keith Cunningham-Parmeter (Willamette): (Un)Equal Protection: Why Gender Equality Depends on Discrimination. Daan Evers (Groningen) and Natalja Deng (Cambridge): Acknowledgement and the Paradox of Tragedy. Asa Mittman (Cal State-Chico): Are the “Monstrous Races” Races? Office supplies and the story of civilization: Chris Wright interviews James Ward, author of The Perfection of the Paper Clip: Curious Tales of Invention, Accidental Genius, and Stationery Obsession. Decoding Plato: Mark Adams meets with the world’s leading Atlantologist to separate fact from myth. Beenish Ahmed on the shocking rise of female genital mutilation in the United States. Giles Price and Jon Mooallem on Nepal, before and after the earthquake: Confronting nature’s extremes on Everest and in Katmandu. Before billionaires wore hoodies: Hayley Krischer on the forgotten class history of ‘80s youth. Magazine publishing is a dark art, but the world of niche publishing — people who create magazines for necrophiliacs or donkey hobbyists, or for those of us who like to ride really small trains — features its own requirements. John Coyne reviews Corrupt Illinois: Patronage, Cronyism, and Criminality by Thomas J. Gradel and Dick Simpson. Reclaiming the word “spinster”: Jessica Gross interviews Kate Bolick about the single women in history who helped her understand how she could live on her own terms. Honorary spinster: Can I be a “single lady” without being single?
From New Left Review, Joe Trapido on the Democratic Republic of Congo, Africa’s leaky giant. Adam Shatz reviews Congo: The Epic History of a People by David Van Reybrouck. The Mission: Jon Lee Anderson on a last defense against genocide. Moses E. Ochonu on oil militancy, Islamist insurgency, and Nigeria’s crisis of state legitimacy. Dane Erickson on the rise of the African street: Social media-savvy, disaffected urban youth are shaking traditional power structures across Africa — but this isn’t the Sub-Saharan version of the Arab Spring. Waiting for emancipation: Keith Hart on the prospects for liberal revolution in Africa. Did Burundi just have a “good coup”? Alexander Noyes wonders (and more and more and more). Africa’s economy is rising — now what happens to its food? Liberia is free of Ebola, says World Health Organization. Hamilton Nolan on why now is the time to invest in war-torn Somalia. What would a decolonized Somali Studies look like? Safia Aidid on the new Somali Studies. William Gumede on four ways African universities should support democracy. Will Africa produce the “next Einstein”? Jeffrey Marlow investigates. From Open Journal of Philosophy, a special issue on African philosophy and social praxis. Homer in the tropics: Alexander Suebsaeng on teaching classics at Kamuzu Academy in Malawi. Aaron Bady on academe’s willful ignorance of African literature.
Luke A. Boso (USF): Acting Gay, Acting Straight: Sexual Orientation Stereotyping. Yvette Taylor, Emily Falconer and Ria Snowdon (London South Bank): Queer Youth, Facebook and Faith: Facebook Methodologies and Online Identities. Dear straight people: Stop calling my boyfriend and me “cute”. A look at the metro areas with the largest, and smallest, gay populations. Most history is written by straight people, and they don’t have gaydar. President Obama thinks ex-gay conversion therapy should be banned. Cyd Zeigler on five gay college basketball coaches speak from the closet. Rich Juzwiak interviews Michaelangelo Signorile, author of It’s Not Over: Getting Beyond Tolerance, Defeating Homophobia, and Winning True Equality. What was gay? In an increasingly accepting world, homosexual men are all too eager to leave their campy, cruising past behind — but the price of equality shouldn’t be conformity. Don Milligan on capitalism, high camp and the straightening out of homosexuals. Florian Voros (EHESS): Raw Fantasies: An Interpretative Sociology of What Bareback Porn Does and Means to French Gay Male Audiences. Erik Voeten on where acceptance of homosexuality has and has not changed around the world. Gambian dictator Yahya Jammeh on LGBT people: “If you do it here, I will slit your throat”. Swedish activists launch gay-themed sonar system to deter Russian subs.
Alasdair S. Roberts (Suffolk): The Myth of Institutional Rigidity. Lena Gunnarsson (Orebro): Loving Him for Who He Is: The Microsociology of Power. Aviva Shen on why you can’t talk about the Amtrak derailment without talking about our infrastructure crisis. House Republicans aim to cut Amtrak funding the day after Philadelphia derailment: Rebecca Leber on how the GOP has been doing this for years. Twenty-four members of the Ohio House of Representatives — all Republicans — cosponsored a bill introduced last week that would require many Ohio residents to pay an actual poll tax in order to vote. Anomaly detection: Matteo Pasquinelli on the mathematization of the abnormal in the metadata society. Andrew Gelman on the benefits of competition between government agencies: A New York State corruption prosecution reminds us that it's a good thing that government is not a monopoly. Saida Grundy this week may have become the most discussed new assistant professor of the year, without even starting her position. Ana Marie Cox on the reasons why cats still rule the Internet. Northrop Frye, the pre-eminent literary theorist of the 1960s and '70s, went out fashion, yet never really went away; Scott McLemee looks into the afterlife of an original. Inside Big Ag: James McWilliams on the dilemma of the meat industry. Kevin Hartnett on how pigeons need to know just two things to avoid collisions. Toxically pure: Joe Bageant drops out.
From Law and Contemporary Problems, a special issue on law and neoliberalism. John Buschman (Seton Hall): Historical Roots of Faith (in the Market): Neoliberalism Before the “Neo”. Simon Glendinning (LSE): Varieties of Neoliberalism. Simon Springer (Victoria): The Violence of Neoliberalism. Phillip Logan (Temple): Towards a Critical Theory of Neoliberalism Under the State: Chilean Neoliberalism as an Ideal Type. Wolfgang Streeck (Max Planck): Comment on “On History and Policy: Time in the Age of Neoliberalism”. Henry Sebastian (Warwick): Interregnum? Understanding the Non-death of Neoliberalism. John Quiggin on the last gasp of (US) neoliberalism. Will Davies reviews Undoing the Demos: Neoliberalism’s Stealth Revolutionby Wendy Brown. Disfiguring neoliberalism: The introduction to Neoliberalism, Media and the Political by Sean Phelan. You can download Capital at the Brink: Overcoming the Destructive Legacies of Neoliberalism (2014).
Catherine Chaput (Nevada) and Joshua S. Hanan (Denver): Economic Rhetoric as Taxis: Neoliberal Governmentality and the Dispositif of Freakonomics. Soudeh Oladi (New Brunswick): Neoliberalism and Gleichschaltung: A Quest for Alternatives. Wanda Vrasti (Humboldt) and Jean Michel Montsion (York): No Good Deed Goes Unrewarded: The Values/Virtues of Transnational Volunteerism in Neoliberal Capital. Mark Rupert (Syracuse): Articulating Neoliberalism and Far-Right Conspiracism: The Case of the American “Gun Rights” Culture. Love in a time of neo-liberalism: Mary Evans on how, in the harsh world of neo-liberalism, the word “love” has become so devalued it would be better simply not to use it. Nicole Aschoff on Oprah Winfrey, one of the world's best neoliberal capitalist thinkers: Oprah is appealing because her stories hide the role of political, economic and social structures in our lives.
Natsu Taylor Saito (Georgia State): Race and Decolonization: Whiteness as Property in the American Settler Colonial Project. Spencer D. Wood, Joseph T. Jakubek, and Kristin Kellya (Kansas State): You’ve Got to Fight to Be White: The Rural Foundation of the New Militia for Race Control. S.E. Smith on how racist troll Andrew Auernheimer tricked Twitter into promoting white supremacy. White supremacy’s gross symbol: Elias Isquith on what the “the stars and bars” really represent — and why. Being white means never having to say you’re sorry: Chloe Angyal on how the Oklahoma frat scandal exposes a racial double standard. “You can just say it”: Ami Fields-Meyer on what white America can learn from South Africa’s blunt race talk. Stop playing the “race card” card. Michelle Obama on being black: “There will be times when you feel like folks look right past you”. Victor Ray on an open letter to his white grandfather. Sean McElwee on how millennials are more racist than they think: Just look at the numbers (and more). These cops are tired of white people getting freaked out by their black neighbors. Nate Silver on how the most diverse cities are often the most segregated. “I put in white tenants”: DW Gibson on the grim, racist (and likely illegal) methods of one Brooklyn landlord. Where the white people live: Alana Semuels on how self-segregation and concentrated affluence became normal in America. Matthew Yglesias on how Baltimore invented neighborhood segregation. Why white kids in Baltimore get more second chances than black kids. My Baltimore bargain: My corner of the city is an ideal place to live — but the awkward truth is that it is attainable because it’s in a deeply troubled city.