Jessica Ringrose (UCL): Schizo-Feminist Educational Research Cartographies. From BusinessWeek, a special issue on “What is Code?” by Paul Ford. Catherine Rampell on Jeb Bush’s recipe for a better society: Shame. Hillary Clinton, Elizabeth Warren, Angela Merkel, Christine Lagarde: Is a generation of powerful women turning age into an advantage? That 1914 Feeling: Despite good intentions on both sides, it is not certain that a deal will be reached between Greece and its creditors. Matt O’Brien on how Greece’s Groundhog Day may be giving way to Judgment Day. As he readies to run for president and grabs whatever low hanging fruit on the conservative agenda tree he can find, Scott Walker is now planning to strip tenure from professors in the University of Wisconsin higher education system. Professors do live in fear, but not of liberal students — the real threat to job security comes from above, not below. Alex Abad-Santos on why Reddit’s ban on Fat People Hate is ripping it apart. Libertarian magazine Reason is a target of federal subpoena. Niall Ferguson fights back against smear campaign by fact-checkers, facts. This is America’s injustice system at work: The Washington elite’s defense of David Petraeus will make you sick. Britt Peterson on how writers of endangered languages are embracing sci-fi. Former CBO director Douglas Elmendorf will become dean of the Harvard Kennedy School.
From PUP, the introduction to Young Islam: The New Politics of Religion in Morocco and the Arab World by Avi Max Spiegel. Adam Shatz on Kamel Daoud and Algeria, caught between Islamist fervor and cultural flowering. What happens when Islamists lose an election? In the wake of its electoral defeat in October, Tunisia’s Islamist party Ennahda debates its future as a political party and social movement. Stephen Zunes on the contrasting fates of Tunisia and Libya. The introduction to Soft Force: Women in Egypt’s Islamic Awakening by Ellen Anne McLarney. Asaf Sharabi (PAC): Religion and Modernity: Religious Revival Movement in Israel. Can posters and statues incite violence? Thanassis Cambanis on how Lebanon’s Shia and Sunni communities have reached a seemingly small accord — to take down visual propaganda. Tilman Rodenhauser (HEI): International Legal Obligations of Armed Opposition Groups in Syria. Meet the young activists who upended Turkish politics and want a new model for the Middle East. Iran’s “Generation Normal”: Iranian youth — curious, wired and desperate for normality — are forcing change that horrifies their rulers. Fed up with Islam and sectarianism, some Iraqis embrace Zoroastrianism. A Saudi blogger will likely get 50 more lashes — his wife fears he won’t survive them.
From The Monkey Cage, John M. Owen on what history says about the prospects for Islamic democracy. The study of Islam and the “Arab Spring”: Irfan Ahmad interviews Talal Asad. Walter Russell Mead on the plight of the Middle East's Christians: Can the West find a way to preserve the Christian presence in the Middle East — and stave off a “clash of civilizations”? Hakim Khatib on how the story of religious competition and involvement of religion in politics isn’t novel in the Middle East. Is the promotion of violence inherent to any religion? David Nirenberg reviews Fields of Blood: Religion and the History of Violence by Karen Armstrong. David Motadel on defending the faith in the Middle East. Invisible atheists: Ahmed Benchemsi on the spread of disbelief in the Arab world.
A new issue of Interpretation is out. Nina A. Kohn (Syracuse): Vulnerability Theory and the Role of Government. Lea Ypi (LSE): From Realism to Activism: A Critique of Resignation in Political Theory. Makoto Usami (Kyoto): Justice after Catastrophe: Responsibility and Security. Tariq Modood (Bristol) and Simon Thompson (UWE): Defending Strong Contextualism. Andre Nollkaemper (Amsterdam): Power and Responsibility. Georgia Warnke (UC-Riverside): Hermeneutics and Social Identity. Jude Chua (NTU): When Persons with Special Needs Really Aren't Very Special: Leaving Homo Economicus Behind and Getting Everyone What We All Equally Deserve. Sandra Raponi (Merrimack): The Right to Adequate Food as a Human Right. Matt Sleat (Sheffield): If Modus Vivendi is the Answer, What Was the Question (and Was It the Right Question)? Matthew J. Lister (Penn): Self-Determination, Dissent, and the Problem of Population Transfers. Matthew H. Kramer (Cambridge): Political Justification; and Paternalism, Perfectionism, and Public Goods. Xavier Marquez (Victoria): The Irrelevance of Legitimacy. From the Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Political Thought, here is the entry on property by Onur Ulas Ince. Ben Cross on radical democracy, contingency, and the necessity of morality in politics. The introduction to The Birth of Politics: Eight Greek and Roman Political Ideas and Why They Matter by Melissa Lane.
Alex Nading (Edinburgh): Chimeric Globalism: Global Health in the Shadow of the Dengue Vaccine. Zeynep Tufekci on how hope returned to Turkey: Young, digitally savvy activists despaired after the 2013 protests — then they got organized. From Politics/Letters, James Livingston on what is called history at the end of modernity (in 4 parts); and Molly Hannon on Ms. Marvel. The ideology of Caitlyn Jenner: The creed of the self-creating individual too often ends in suicide — as philosopher Eric Voegelin would have warned. D. Travers Scott argues for the historical significance of a viral video and its memes within mediated struggles for Lesbian-Gay-Bisexual-Transgender equality; informed by affect, sound, and media studies, Chris Crocker’s “LEAVE BRITNEY ALONE!” helped form empathy for these populations. The man who helped kill Clintoncare explains why Obamacare can’t be killed. The realest language: Josephine Livingstone on the doomed attempt to create a completely logical, absolutely universal language. Yep, those 20-week abortion bans are a really big deal. The presidential candidate list gets longer: 366 and growing. Glenn Greenwald on the noble post-White House career path of Obama’s core team. From Amy Schumer to John Oliver, how comedians became public intellectuals. Library of Congress chief James H. Billington leaving after nearly 3 decades (and more).
Michael Hauskeller (Exeter): Levelling the Playing Field: On the Alleged Unfairness of the Genetic Lottery. Adriana Warmbier (Jagiellonian): Moral Perfection and the Demand for Human Enhancement. I. Glenn Cohen (Harvard): This is Your Brain on Human Rights: Moral Enhancement and Human Rights. Robert Sparrow (Monash): What We Can — and Can’t — Learn about the Ethics of Enhancement by Thinking about Sport. So this happened: Carl Zimmer on editing human embryos. Antonio Regalado on engineering the perfect baby: Scientists are developing ways to edit the DNA of tomorrow’s children — should they stop before it’s too late? Rapid progress in genetics is making “designer babies” more likely and society needs to be prepared. Michael White on why designer babies aren’t coming anytime soon: Genetically engineered babies raise a host of disturbing, science fiction-worthy ethical questions, but we have a more mundane and much more urgent issue to consider — safety. Don’t fear the CRISPR: Ramez Naam on why genetically engineering humans isn’t so scary. Samuel Arbesman on why our genome and technology are both riddled with “crawling horrors”. Is most of our DNA garbage? Your DNA is nothing special: Chip Rowe on why it’s time to relax about genetic testing. Amazon, Google race to get your DNA into the cloud. David Dobbs on weighing the promises of Big Genomics: Your DNA may be up for sale — and the sale depends on an exaggerated picture of genetic power and destiny. Barbara Ehrenreich on how there ain't no cure for dystopian biology.
From The Atlantic, how education policy went astray: Half a century ago, President Johnson signed a law — now known as No Child Left Behind — that he believed would solve inequality, but achievement gaps have only grown. Issie lapowsky goes inside the school Silicon Valley thinks will save education. George Joseph on how 9 billionaires are about to remake New York’s public schools. Why we put our kids in public school: Jessica Gregg on the case against private education. When a wildlife rehab center regulates charter schools: Marian Wang goes inside the wild world of charter regulation. Emma Brown on how inequitable school funding is called “one of the sleeper civil rights issues of our time”. Thandeka K. Chapman (UCSD) and Jamel K. Donnor (William and Mary): Critical Race Theory and the Proliferation of U.S. Charter Schools. Matt Bruenig on why charter schools won’t solve segregation. Corey Robin on the 1 percent’s white privilege con: Elites hold “conversations” about race, while resegregating our schools. Is desegregation dead? San Francisco gives parents a say in where their children go to school — and that is leading to less diversity. Is neighborhood-based education liberal? Jonathan Chait wonders. Edutopia: Megan Erickson on how education is not a design problem with a technical solution — it’s a social and political project neoliberals want to innovate away. Casey Quinlan on what would actually happen if Rand Paul eliminated the Department of Education.
Alexandre Erler (Anatolia) and Tony Hope (Oxford): Mental Disorder and the Concept of Authenticity. From The New Rambler, Jennifer Nou reviews Social Choice and Legitimacy: The Possibilities of Impossibility by John W. Patty and Elizabeth Maggie Penn; and Kai Spiekermann reviews Wiser: Getting Beyond Groupthink to Make Groups Smarter by Cass Sunstein and Reid Hastie. Marginal Millennials: An open society should absolutely strive to be inclusive — but it too often seems as though young people are marginalizing themselves. The promise of history: Kostis Karpozilos on Syriza and the future of the left. Ben Schwartz on the so-called humor crisis. It’s time to stop solitary confinement: How many more Kalief Browders will it take? Nancy Kendall on how Scott Walker is undermining academic freedom at the University of Wisconsin: A “heartbroken” faculty member on the legislative threat to public education. The Fifth Circuit just stuck a knife in Roe v. Wade. This image perfectly sums up what’s wrong with American health care, according to the Internet. No, Hillary Clinton’s campaign strategy isn’t bad for America. Matt Rozsa on 5 reasons George W. Bush is still one of the worst presidents ever. Bart Zantvoort reviews The Utopia of Rules: On Technology, Stupidity, and the Secret Joys of Bureaucracy by David Graeber (and more). You can download Nonkilling Geography, ed. James Tyner and Joshua Inwood (2011).
From NYRB, who’s afraid of Pope Francis? Garry Wills wants to know; and why the Pope chose Francis. Pope Francis says it’s “pure scandal” that women earn less than men for the same work. Howard Gray reviews Inside the Jesuits: How Pope Francis is Changing the Church and the World by Robert Blair Kaiser. Peter Marshall reviews The Great Reformer: Francis and the Making of a Radical Pope by Austen Ivereigh. Catholic church warms to liberation theology as founder Gustavo Gutierrez heads to Vatican. The most radical part of Francis’ papacy is his embrace of the liberalizing principles of Vatican II — from poverty and sexual ethics to church governance. So what really happened after Vatican II? Massimo Faggioli on how theological fault lines may be on full display during pope’s US visit. Will Pope Francis break the Church? The new pope’s choices stir high hopes among liberal Catholics and intense uncertainty among conservatives — deep divisions may lie ahead. Pope Francis is a Christian, not a Communist: It’s an easy mistake for conservatives to make. Jim Hinch reviews Good Catholics: The Battle Over Abortion in the Catholic Church by Patricia Miller; The Future of the Catholic Church with Pope Francis by Garry Wills; and God’s Own Party: The Making of the Christian Right by Daniel K. Williams. John L. Allen Jr. on getting ahead of the spin on the pope’s environmental encyclical. Maurice Glasman on the popularity and political mastery of Pope Francis. Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig on Pope Francis’s populist war on the devil.
David Wozniak (Eastern Michigan) and Tim MacNeill (UOIT): Lies, Discrimination, and Internalized Racism: Findings from the Lab. Teaching the controversy: Benjamin Anastas on James Baldwin and Richard Wright in the Ferguson era. The worst possible scenario to come out of Baltimore and Ferguson: There is a very real possibility that we get a political backlash, and not social progress. Jamil Smith writes in defense of “uppity-ism”: Michelle Obama urged Tuskegee grads to “rise above the noise” — all black Americans should take her advice. UNC’s Hall of Shame: A Klansman’s name has finally been scrubbed from a campus building — now what? Kate Dries on how to fix a racist frat. Can racism be stopped in the third grade? Lisa Miller on how an experiment at Fieldston, which starts when 8-year-olds are sorted by race, has some very liberal parents fuming. John Archibald on how Alabama taught its children to be racists — and what will it do with science? Yoni Appelbaum on McKinney, Texas, and the racial history of American swimming pools. Emily Badger on how the rise of gated spaces like swimming pools can quietly perpetuate racial tension. Jesse Singal on how racism doesn’t work the way you think it does. Jenee Desmond-Harris on how watching the local news could make you racist. Nothing short of liberation ally-ship isn’t enough: To confront structural racism, we need a politics of solidarity.
Jonathan Anomaly (Duke): Trust, Trade, and Moral Progress. Brian Beutler on Hillary Clinton’s grand strategy to beat the GOP: Take bold positions early and often. Jonathan Chait on an explanation of the Republican dilemma regarding the Obamacare lawsuit, rendered in plain English. Alice Goffman’s On the Run: Fugitive Life in an American City, her heralded book on crime, is disputed. The Marshall Islands, site of largest-ever U.S. nuclear weapons test, sues 9 superpowers including USA. What makes a woman? There is a collision course between feminists and transgender activists. Bryce Covert on our problem with powerful women. Lee McIntyre on the attack on truth: We have entered an age of willful ignorance. Josh Marshall on the unexpected good news from Turkey (and more). Toss your budget: Helaine Olen on why a pillar of personal finance isn’t nearly as essential as we think. Bitcoin isn’t the future of money — it’s either a Ponzi scheme or a pyramid scheme. Forget money — Bitcoin 2.0 is about to disrupt everything else; are regulators ready for it? Alex Litel on how Apple Music is another tech company attempt to please investors by trapping customers. The culture of criticism: Jacob Soll reviews The Enlightenment: History of an Idea by Vincenzo Ferrone. Hostage Camp: Mitch Moxley goes inside the strange world of kidnap and ransom survival schools. The Button is dead, one of the most epic Internet pranks of all time.