A new issue of the Journal of Social Inclusion is out. Susy Frankel (Victoria): The Mismatch of Geographical Indications and Innovative Traditional Knowledge. "We go to sleep and drown our sorrows in consumption": An interview with Roberto Unger on the tragic narrowing of political imagination and the need to generate change without crisis. A review of George F. Kennan: An American Life by John Lewis Gaddis (and more and more and more and more and more and more and more). It was the most elaborate fallout shelter of them all: A once-secret bunker hidden under the luxurious Greenbrier Hotel in West Virginia. Mary Eberstadt reviews A Point in Time: The Search for Redemption in this Life and the Next by David Horowitz (and more). A.C. Grayling reviews Socrates: A Man for Our Times by Paul Johnson. From Vanity Fair, from fashion to housewares, are we in a decades-long design rut? Underlying all donations is a mystery: Why do we give at all? David Ker Thomson on the five dumbest reasons not to support the Occupy movement. A review of The Statues that Walked: Unraveling the Mystery of Easter Island by Terry Hunt and Carl Lipo. A review of One Nation Under Sex: How the Private Lives of Presidents, First Ladies and Their Lovers Changed the Course of American History by Larry Flynt and David Eisenbach. Joanne Mariner on the gap between human rights scholars and human rights professionals. The first chapter from Strings Attached: Untangling the Ethics of Incentives by Ruth W. Grant. A recent Camelot book boomlet can’t help but raise comparisons between JFK and the president once considered his heir, but the most powerful force linking Kennedy and Obama might actually be the reactionary rage that engulfed their presidencies.


A new issue of Armed Forces Journal is out. Deborah N. Pearlstein (Cardozo): The Soldier, the State, and the Separation of Powers. Unfair advantages: Selling asymmetric war at the Unmanned Vehicle Systems Trade Show. From Military Review, a special issue on the Profession of Arms. Getting there is half the battle: Strategic, operational and tactical mobility for U.S. ground forces presents problems more fundamental than any anti-access and area denial efforts by our adversaries. A review of Top Secret America: The Rise of the New American Security State by Dana Priest and William M. Arkin (and more). America’s secret empire of drone bases: A ground-breaking investigation examines the most secret aspect of America's shadowy drone wars and maps out a world of hidden bases dotting the globe. Just warriors: Since mercenaries can serve both good and evil, why are they universally condemned? Why Army officers must write: If the Army wants better thinkers, it should start by educating better writers. The American Way of War: Victor Davis Hanson on five books that examine national security and the technology of death. The New Interventionism: How Obama is changing the way the United States wages war. Special Forces equals Green Berets — got it? A report finds the military blew $1 trillion on weapons since 9/11. A look at how the US military is teaching foreign students that liberals subverted America's Judeo-Christian heritage. As the Marine Corps resets itself after more than 10 years of large-scale combat, Marines will likely find themselves deploying more to exotic locations. A look at 5 soldiers who kicked ass in the face of death (and logic).


Benjamin C. Carpenter (St. Thomas): A Chip Off the Old Iceblock: How Cryopreservation Has Changed Estate Law, Why Attempts to Address the Issue Have Fallen Short, and How to Fix It. E. Paul Zehr on his book Inventing Iron Man: The Possibility of a Human Machine. Why you are not your brain: A brief guide to embodied cognition. Is transhumanism coercive? Forcing humanity to remain relatively stupid and sick doesn't make us freer. A review of The Brain is Wider Than the Sky by Bryan Appleyard. Why aren’t more wealthy people funding aging research? Aubrey de Grey wants to know. Your brain knows a lot more than you realize: Neuroscientist David Eagleman explores the processes and skills of the subconscious mind, which our conscious selves rarely consider. Will whole-genome sequencing create a new liability tsunami for physicians? Philosophy of mind: Laura Weed takes us on a tour of the mind/brain controversy. Kevin Drum on why artificial intelligence is closer than we realize. Massimo Pigliucci on the entanglement between biology and ideology. "Information is cheap, meaning is expensive": An interview with George Dyson on the definition of life, human progress and the importance of cognitive autarchy. Why aren't we smarter already? A look at the evolutionary limits on cognition. Will you live forever — or until your next software release — by uploading your brain into a computer? The future of moral machines: Many think the idea of ethically sensitive machines is a kind of techno-utopian joke, but we are already moving in that direction. A look at how brain-reading devices could kill off the keyboard. Different thinkers come to completely opposite conclusions about the effect that knowledge of the Singularity should have on our investment decisions; here are your options for treating the future seriously.


Edward Green (MSMNYC): The Mind of Adolf Hitler: A Study in the Unconscious Appeal of Contempt. Michelle Madden Dempsey (Villanova): How to Argue About Prostitution. From The Economist, a special section on video games. Night thoughts of a baffled humanist: An excerpt from When I Was a Child I Read Books by Marilynne Robinson. A review of The Puzzle of Left-handedness by Rik Smits. Who won Iraq? Answer: Anyone who stayed out. From Global Post, a special series on Rice 2.0. Can orgasms change the world? Sally Feldman revisits the politics of the climax. From nthposition, nothing to be done: Neil Fitzgerald on a philosophical look at tramps in Paris; and sancta simplicitas, a mouse and the Jesuits: Joe Palmer on deconstructing Krazy Kat. Cruel and unusual idiocy: Can the government get around the Constitution by outsourcing its functions to private contractors? Adam Gopnik on The Lord of the Rings, Twilight, and young-adult fantasy books. Three cheers for income inequality: Richard A. Epstein on how taxing the top one percent even more means less wealth and fewer jobs for the rest of us. Generation X members are “active, balanced and happy” — seriously? The US, the UK and many other countries have become far less equal over the past 30 years; MIT economics professor Daron Acemoglu says it's important we understand how and why this happened, and what it means for our societies. The introduction to Tobacco Capitalism: Growers, Migrant Workers, and the Changing Face of a Global Industry by Peter Benson. Hey, guess what? Debtors' prison is back. The "Great Leaders" were mass murderers: A review of Great Wars and Great Leaders: A Libertarian Rebuttal by Ralph Raico. A review of And Nothing But the Truthiness: The Rise (and Further Rise) of Stephen Colbert by Lisa Rogak.


From Foreign Policy, a special issue on America: How special are we, and what ails America? Christopher Hitchens on how the conservative belief in American exceptionalism has become a matter of faith. A review of Pat Buchanan's Suicide of a Superpower. Is America over? George Packer on inequality and social decline in America. The “American Century” has ended: The Great Recession, the Arab Spring and the euro crisis show how global relations are fundamentally shifting. Immanuel Wallerstein on the United States versus Everybody. From The European, Rick Rowden on how America is losing its global hold onto power; and the hegemony of pop: America's political and military influence might decline, but its culture remains a global point of reference. Why China and Mexico matter: America's future depends on its relations with these two nations. Epitaph for an old bitch gone in the teeth, for a botched civilisation: Doug Dowd on the decline of Imperial America. From FDL, a book salon on Why America Failed: The Roots of Imperial Decline by Morris Berman. The Amerislump is upon us: Just how fast is the United States sinking? A cautionary tale of declinism — and the political bloviation it inspires. From The National Interest, Stephen M. Walt on The End of the American Era. From Reddit, do you think the United States will survive as an entity post collapse, and will Americans flock to Canada, or will they head south where its warmer? Thomas Friedman and Michael Mandelbaum's That Used to Be Us fights the latest upsurge of American declinism to a draw. From Standpoint, Daniel Johnson on the mythology of decline. Ambrose Evans-Pritchard on how world power is swinging back to America. Joseph S. Nye on the decline and fall of America’s decline and fall. Decline in style: If your best days are in the past, America, you have much to learn from Argentina. A review of After America: Get Ready for Armageddon by Mark Steyn.


Anca Parmena Olimid (Craiova): Notes Towards a New Geopolitics in the Balkans: Old National Ideologies Vs. New Religious Beliefs. From Studies of Transition States and Societies, Abel Polese (TLU): Language and Identity in Ukraine: Was it Really Nation-Building?; and Donnacha O Beachain (DCU): Social and Political Perceptions of the Borat Phenomenon in Kazakhstan: Evidence from a Case Study of University Students. Europe’s ugly little dictatorship: Paul Wells on Alexander Lukashenko’s violent, corrupt, economically and morally bankrupt government. From the Oxford Handbook of the Russian Economy, here is the entry on privatization. What happened when Turkmenistan’s President for Life died? Frozen ties: A review essay on Russia. Propagandastan: Why is the Pentagon spending tens of millions of U.S. tax dollars to whitewash the image of Central Asian dictatorships? Life as an expat reaches Latvia: Surprised to find himself living there, Robert Cottrell is even more surprised to find it beguiling. From the Toronto Review, can Kyrgyzstan keep its democracy? Dmitri Trenin on integrating Russia’s post-imperium. Andrew Barnes on how the field of the political-economy of post-communism has evolved over the past 20 years. Martin W. Lewis on mega-nationalist fantasy maps of the Balkans. From Salon, Justin Elliot on Obama’s Central Asian human rights disaster; and dictators rely on D.C. front men: Professors and lobbyists tout Central Asia's autocrats in Washington. From NYRB, Timothy Snyder on Ukraine’s last chance. I like Mostar: are there really no tourists who want to go to Bosnia? James Kirchick on Belarus, the land of no applause. The Civil Archipelago: How far can the resistance to Vladimir Putin go?


A new issue of Postcolonial Text is out. Taiki Takahashi (Hokkaido): Neuroeconomics of Suicide. From Wired, Benjamin Wallace on the rise and fall of Bitcoin. The notion that we can constantly make ourselves better is, in theory, a great idea — but when does it become too much? From Forbes, Steve Denning on the dumbest idea in the world: Maximizing shareholder value. From TED, Kevin Slavin on how algorithms shape our world. During economic hardship, we need to save less and spend more — and rethink our relationship to consumer culture: An excerpt from Against Thrift: Why Consumer Culture Is Good for the Economy, the Environment, and Your Soul by James Livington. A review of I'll Have What She's Having: Mapping Social Behavior by Alex Bentley, Mark Earls and Michael J. O'Brien. From Cato Unbound, Morgan Fox on public opinion, political disconnect, and the marijuana market. From The Village Voice, Jen Doll on How to Be a New Yorker. His Own Private Idaho: Last February, while buying hay, he was cornered by federal agents and arrested for violent crimes tied to the Boston Mob, and the town wondered — who the hell is Jay Shaw? From Fast Company, Neal Ungerleider on Google Earth, foreign wars, and the future of satellite imagery. Threesomes, fishnets, dirty talk, those are the vanilla sorts of fantasies we admit to — then there's the truly filthy porn we actually watch when we're alone. Advertising is a poison that demeans even love — and we're hooked on it. Think of me as evil: Guy Shrubsole on advertisers, ethics, and social engineering. New research confirms that social complexity enriches cognitive growth — could having more Facebook friends actually make you smarter? The 9/11 Truth Movement: Dave Thomas on the the top conspiracy theory, a decade later.


Cynthia Godsoe (Brooklyn): Parsing Parenthood. A new study shows that becoming a father leads to a sharp decline in testosterone. A review of Our Fathers, Ourselves: Daughters, Fathers, and the Changing American Family by Peggy Drexler. It does take a village: A review of Mothers and Others: The Evolutionary Origins of Mutual Understanding by Sarah Blaffer Hrdy. A review of 21st Century Motherhood: Experience, Identity, Policy, Agency. What if the secret to success is failure? Why our children’s success and happiness may depend less on perfect performance than on learning how to deal with failure. What happens when you take three American kids and throw them in a classroom 5,000 miles from home where they can’t speak the language? Acceptance is protection: How can parents support gender nonconforming and transgender children? The Two Year Window: Jonathan Cohn on the new science of babies and brains — and how it could revolutionize the fight against poverty (and more). An interview with Rosalind C. Barnett, author of The Truth About Girls and Boys: Challenging Toxic Stereotypes About Our Children. Beating babies in the name of Jesus: Frank Schaeffer on the shady world of right-wing "discipline" guides. An article on 11 sounds that your kids have probably never heard. Are boys’ brains different from girls’ brains? Scientists debate the question. A review of Ten Ways to Destroy the Imagination of Your Child by Anthony Esolen. Does sport make your kids smarter? From Cracked, a look at 5 terrible things you can't stop your children from doing and 5 parental dick moves you hate (until you're a parent); a letter to parents about the fake "teen crazes" on the news; and 4 signs of adulthood for reluctant grown ups.


From Anarchist Developments in Cultural Studies, a special virtual issue on the Anarchist Turn Symposium (with videos on Simon Critchley and Judith Butler); and a virtual post-anarchist roundtable: An interview with Jurgin Mumken, Anton Fernendaz de Rota, and Sureyyya Evren (and part 2). Daniel James Sanchez on anarcho-syndicalism, a recipe for ruin. A review of Anarchism and Its Aspirations by Cindy Milstein and Oppose and Propose! Lessons from Movement for a New Society by Andy Cates. A review of Black Flame: The Revolutionary Class Politics of Anarchism and Syndicalism by Michael Schmidt and Lucen van der Walt. Mike King on how not to theorize the alter-globalization movement. George Fish remembers Carl Oglesby, New Left intellectual. Are radical journals selling out? In a world in which capitalism is in crisis, the Left is moribund, activists are slick professionals and rebellion drives sales, Alastair Bonnett envisages a new type of dissident institution. Foucault and the revolutionary self-castration of the Left: Far from posing a counter-hegemonic challenge to the dominant powers in the world, Foucault’s armchair philosophy simply made resistance impossible. God, sex and the Left: An interview with Clive Hamilton (and part 2). Michael Kazin looks back at US leftist movements from abolitionism to Vietnam to see where OWS came from and what it can learn from the past (and more on Kazin). Snobs like us: When did cultural disdain become the province of the left? Rachel Maddow on why liberals are more coherent than conservatives. R.R. Reno on the cosmopolitan conservative: Has American liberalism lost its capacity to govern?


A new issue of continent. is out. Benjamin A. Oppenheim (UC-Berkeley), Juan F. Vargas (Rosario) and Michael Weintraub (Georgetown): Learning How (Not) to Fire a Gun: Combatant Training and Civilian Victimization. An interview with Malcolm Gladwell, academic groupie. Theodore Dalrymple on dictatorship — the wave of the future? The first chapter from Eco-Republic: What the Ancients Can Teach Us about Ethics, Virtue, and Sustainable Living by Melissa Lane. A review of Suicide: The Philosophical Dimensions by Michael Cholbi. Did life begin with a planetary mega-organism? From The Objective Standard, an interview with Alex Epstein, founder of Center for Industrial Progress. People rationalize situations they're stuck with, but rebel when they think there's an out. A review of Visual Storytelling: Inspiring a New Visual Language. George Scialabba on how Christopher Hitchens must often have reflected sardonically on his celebrity. Is Assad crazy? Bruce Bueno de Mesquita and Alastair Smith investigate. From America, an interview with Robert P. George. Julianne Escobedo on why "liberal Hollywood" is a myth. Can science solve — really solve — the problem of beauty? The Texas Rangers and how they made George Bush presidential: An excerpt from Family of Secrets: The Bush Dynasty, America’s Invisible Government and the Hidden History of the Last Fifty Years by Russ Baker. Warning: Health warnings may be hazardous to your health. Did India and China escape the Black Death? Eric Banks on how an unlikely friendship with a Vichy collaborator complicates our understanding of Gertrude Stein. Why did studying intelligence become taboo? Somewhere along the way, the very idea of intelligence became politicized. Here are 5 reasons you don't miss your 20s when they're over.

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