Efe Can Gurcan (Montreal): New Regionalisms and Radical Identity Formation in Latin America: Towards an “Alter-global” Paradigm. Miguel Angel Nino-Zarazua (CPRC): Mexico’s Progresa-Oportunidades and the Emergence of Social Assistance in Latin America. From LRB, Perry Anderson on Lula’s Brazil. Can a land route rival the Panama Canal? China and Colombia are talking about building 250 miles of railroad to link Colombia's Atlantic and Pacific coasts. Narco-War Dispatch: The Gulf Cartel releases a brutal video threat against the Zetas. The Plunder of South America: An interview with Andres Dimitriu, co-director of Theomai, an academic journal marked by, among other concerns, resistance to neoliberalism. A Peruvian tomb discovery is deemed "as important as Machu Picchu". Richard Andre on the invisible war against Afro-Colombians. Brazil town’s Nazi twin mystery solved: Why the village of Candido Godoi has so many twins and why Nazis had nothing to do with it. States of Exception: Valerie Kaussen on Haiti’s IDP camps. The Island People: Joshua Foer on the seventh hidden wonder of South America. Brazil’s Potential in the Rousseff Era: Is Brazil’s recent success sustainable over the coming decade? America's backyard is no longer an afterthought — or Washington's to claim. Cano Cristales is the most beautiful, undiscovered river in South America. A review of Being "Dutch" in the Indies: A History of Creolisation and Empire, 1500 - 1920 by Ulbe Bosma and Remco Raben. Why Daniel Ortega will go on ruling Nicaragua: It's the economy, stupid — the erstwhile Marxist commandante is presiding over the fastest growing one in Central America. Barbers and Barbarians: Argentina is one of the places in the world where the hairdo of European “civilization” has most earnestly (and anxiously) been worn.
Rashmi Dyal-Chand (Northeastern): Useless Property. Norman Williams (Willamette): Reforming the Electoral College: Federalism, Majoritarianism, and the Perils of Sub-Constitutional Change. From n+1, we possess ever vaster quantities of mostly accurate facts, and not much sense of what to do with them — data data everywhere, and not a thought to think! Outside of a hedge fund or the CIA, there aren’t too many places where knowledge is power — much of the time, intellectually and politically, knowledge is powerlessness. From Vanity Fair, of the 1%, by the 1%, for the 1%: Joseph Stiglitz on how Americans have been watching protests against oppressive regimes that concentrate massive wealth in the hands of an elite few — yet in our own democracy, 1 percent of the people take nearly a quarter of the nation’s income, an inequality even the wealthy will come to regret. Spillovers from the Arab Revolts: Is Armenia next in line? The odd challenge for Detroit planners: City planners usually work on overseeing growth, but not in Detroit, where the population is declining. George Scialabba reviews Cultures of War: Pearl Harbor/Hiroshima/9-11/Iraq by John Dower. Geocurrents on the Economist’s “Shoe-Thrower’s Index” — a success? James Warren on the potentially revolutionary political role of fried chicken. From the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, Charles Perrow on Fukushima, risk, and probability: Expect the unexpected. A government shutdown can mean a host of changes for the country, from a shuttered Smithsonian to an Internal Revenue Service that stops issuing refund checks. Bruce Grant is charmed and provoked by two posthumous books by British historian Tony Judt. The Link is Broken: An interview with globalisation expert David Held on the future of social justice.
What is the secret to happiness and money? Follow these principles: 1) Buy more experiences and fewer objects. 2) Don't worry about insurance. 3) The frequency of happy events matters more than their intensity. Are happy people dumb? Shawn Achor investigates. Is GDP the right measure of wealth and well-being? Science closes in on the reason rich people are jerks. It is difficult to imagine a more ambitious philosophical project than the one which John Kekes pursues in his book The Human Condition. The corporate pursuit of happiness: A Stanford marketing professor is teaching her students — along with AOL, Facebook, and Adobe — how to find and export joy. Happiness studies, sometimes also called positive psychology, is very trendy in university social-science departments these days — but lately, “fear studies” would seem to be more appropriate. Is happiness overrated? Study finds physical benefits to some (not all) good feelings. A review of What Matters? Economics for a Renewed Commonwealth by Wendell Berry. Mark Vernon on the return of virtue ethics: What is the good life, and how can we know? Psychologised Society: What do we gain and lose from emphasising the individual? The Happynomics of Life: The British case for measuring the happiness of a society, rather than G.D.P. alone, has become compelling. A review of Altruism in Humans by C. Daniel Batson. A review of The Hemlock Cup: Socrates, Athens, and the Search for the Good Life by Bettany Hughes (and more). Condemned to Joy: The Western cult of happiness is a mirthless enterprise. A review of Cultivating Conscience: How Good Laws Make Good People by Lynn A. Stout. A review of Perpetual Euphoria: On the Duty to Be Happy by Pascal Bruckner (and more). Unhappy? Don’t blame the government, it’s probably your marriage.
From Monthly Review, Dan DiMaggio on the loneliness of the long-distance test scorer. We need to begin to explore what an education reveille for radicals, to borrow a phrase from Saul Alinsky, would look like. A review of Montessori, Dewey, and Capitalism: Educational Theory for a Free Market in Education by Jerry Kirkpatrick. The first chapter from Privilege: The Making of an Adolescent Elite at St. Paul's School by Shamus Rahman Khan. The education reform book is dead — long live education reform. Does Teach for America work?: A review of A Chance to Make History: What Works and What Doesn't in Providing an Excellent Education for All by Wendy Kopp (and more). Race to the Bottom: Diane Ravitch says "school reformers" scapecoat teachers, ignore poverty. Teaching Teachers: How well are colleges meeting the challenge? A review of Small Wonder: The Little Red Schoolhouse in History and Memory by Jonathan Zimmerman. The Overselling of Education: We need a better-educated citizenry, but the cure for increasing inequality lies elsewhere. A look at the 5 biggest myths about school vouchers. Homeschoolers like to think of themselves as patriotic trailblazers, but what it really means is they don’t teach their kids about sex, evolution, or global warming. Many teachers see demands to cut their pay, benefits and say in how schools are run as attacks not just on their livelihoods, but on their value — why blame the teachers? Other countries pay their teachers more — and we want to start paying ours less? An ingenious way to get kids to eat healthy: Give cafeterias a psychology lesson. Common curriculum for public schools is supported by bipartisan group. A review of The Same Thing Over and Over: How School Reformers Get Stuck in Yesterday’s Ideas by Frederick M. Hess.
A new issue of the Cato Journal is out. Andras Sajo (CEU): Empathy and Human Rights: The Case of Slavery. From The Village Voice, an interview with Dov Charney, CEO of American Apparel. Joel S. Hirschhorn on why so many Americans hate Obama. Budgetary Hemlock: Nevada seeks to eliminate philosophy. Waitin' for the Syndrome: Frank Jacobs on a rock and roll map of Manhattan. From The University Bookman, a review of Defiant Joy: The Remarkable Life & Impact of G. K. Chesterton by Kevin Belmonte; and an interview with Gary L. Gregg, the Mitch McConnell Chair in Leadership at the University of Louisville. America's Jane Austen dating methods: It is shameful to see America, the once great superpower, basing its dating methods on ye olde British customs. A review of Sexual Injustice: Supreme Court Decisions from Griswold to Roe by Marc Stein. Coolie revolts: An excerpt from The Devil’s Milk: A Social History of Rubber by John Tully. Researchers from Nottingham University Business School say their survey proves it’s time for the city to re-embrace its most famous, albeit probably mythical, hero. A review of I is an Other: The Secret Life of Metaphor and How it Shapes the Way We See the World by James Geary. Robert de Neufville on how gas is still cheap in the US. Richard Holbrooke was famous for negotiating an end to the war in the Balkans in 1995, but he died before he could complete what seemed an impossibly difficult final assignment: bringing peace to Afghanistan and Pakistan. Why do people think they can see ghosts, ghoulies and gods? Richard Wiseman explains. An excerpt from Craving Earth: Understanding Pica — the Urge to Eat Clay, Starch, Ice, and Chalk by Sera Young. Polluters have the tech they need to reduce toxic mercury and make Americans healthier.
Kenneth Vail (Missouri), Matt Motyl (Virginia), Abdolhossein Abdollahi (Limerick), and Tom Pyszczynski (Colorado): Dying to Live: Terrorism, War, and Defending One's Way of Life. Matt Motyl (Virginia) and Tom Pyszczynski (Colorado): An Analysis of the Existential Underpinnings of the Cycle of Terrorist and Counterterrorist Violence and Pathways to Peaceful Resolutions. Robert Braun (Amsterdam): Diffusing Human Bombs: The Role of Cultural Resonance in the Spread of Suicide Terrorism. Al-Qaeda is putting the final touches to plans to recruit, train and launch Western Caucasians in their countries. Jack Goldsmith on how there is no quick way to dispel the legal murk surrounding terror detainees, but these five ideas could let in some light. A review of The Longest War: The Enduring Conflict between America and Al-Qaeda by Peter Bergen (and more and more and more and more). The Hunter Becomes the Hunted: You don't know his name, and you've never seen his face, but this year, as America leaves Iraq for good after eight years of war, we also leave behind a man believed by our military and intelligence agencies to be the best terrorist hunter alive. A review of Osama bin Laden by Michael Scheuer (and more and more). An interview with Matthew Alexander, author of Kill or Capture: How a Special Operations Task Force Took Down a Notorious Al Qaeda Terrorist. Can Al Qaeda survive the revolts? Bruce Riedel on how the revolutions will affect the future of global jihad (and more). Research suggests systematically more foreign attacks on Americans come from nations which are more militarily dependent on US military aid, US arms imports and US personnel stationed there. The Boy from Gitmo: Mohammed Jawad became a man in a military prison — and then we set him free (and more).
Maxine Burkett (Hawaii): In Search of Refuge: Pacific Islands, Climate-Induced Migration, and the Legal Frontier. From the International Journal of Bahamian Studies, Lisa Benjamin (UWI): Climate Change and Caribbean Small Island States: The State of Play. From Antrocom Online Journal of Anthropology, Kerry Bolton on the enigma of the Ngati Hotu. In Macau, a succession saga fit for a casino king. A review of Islanders: The Pacific in the Age of Empire by Nicholas Thomas. Atlas Obscura visits Rockall, the British Empire's last territorial expansion. Why do the world's fattest people live on islands? The Lost Decade: Has Fiji been lost for the past 10 years? From Open Democracy, meet the world’s smallest democratic government. A South Pacific island, under the microscope: Mo‘orea becomes a biodiversity lab as researchers catalogue the DNA of its species. Testing the limits of where humans can live: On an isolated segment of islands in the Pacific Ring of Fire, residents endure volcanoes, tsunamis, dense fog, steep cliffs and long and chilly winters — sounds homey, huh? Joseph Stiglitz on the Mauritius miracle. Caribbean Hangover: Turks and Caicos was poised to become the Monte Carlo of the Caribbean — so how did it end up a tropical hell? Novelist T.C Boyle’s When the Killing’s Done uses California’s Channel Islands to delve into the thorny effort to restore lost habitats, a theme and a locale familiar to our readers. Some men would like to be islands: The hows and whys of seasteading. Mustique Island, in the country of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, rarely makes the news — unless one counts celebrity gossip sheets. From Paris Review, Sam Stephenson writes to managing editor Nicole Rudick from the island of Guam. Caribbean Maritime Disputes: When is an island not an island? An article on the little-noticed dissolution of the Netherlands Antilles. It seems worthwhile to map the potential geopolitical division of the Caribbean entailed by the existence of the ALBA alliance and that of its nemesis, NATO (and more).
Jane Yakowitz (Brooklyn): Tragedy of the Data Commons. D. Wade Hands (Puget Sound): Normative Rational Choice Theory: Past, Present, and Future. Extreme How To Skills: Start here, then move on to more DIY fun — you can do this! Malls of a certain age: Greg Beato on the shopping mall — a look back. How free is your will? A clock face, advanced neurosurgery — and startling philosophical questions about the decision to act. A review of The Novel: An Introduction by Christoph Bode. Protective Bargaining: Thomas A. Kochan on how to prevent the labor wars. Rethinking snow: How we could use the white stuff as architecture — or art. More people than ever before work in call centres in the UK but are they the modern-day equivalents of the factory production line? Weird Science: Nick Pinto on how a bogus child sex trafficking study fooled some of the most respected media outlets in the country. A review of The Oxford Companion to the Book (and more). From McSweeney's, James Warner on the future of books. From the BBC, here is a brief history of time zones. From Big Think, when is a prostitute not a prostitute? Politics by other means: We've allowed the judicial election system to be overrun by politics, and that's bad for democracy. “People publishing their passions” or mass print, one magazine at a time: MagCloud marries print expertise and Cloud services. Hate crimes against people with disabilities are widespread and often involve extraordinary levels of sadism. The power of lonely: What we do better without other people around. Can Tarzan ever escape his own origins in early twentieth-century America, a creation soaked in the racial, gender, and other politics of its time? A review of Making the Social World: The Structure of Human Civilization by John Searle. Anthony Grafton on the Cronon Affair: Wisconsin answers.
Sean E. Mulholland (Stonehill): Hate Source: White Supremacist Hate Groups and Hate Crime. From The Occidental Quarterly, Baird Peterson on why secession is a bad idea for whites (and more). William R Thomas is more than a racist — he's an interesting-conversation-ist, a stands-up-straight-ist, a decent-grooming-ist, a beauty-and-fitness-ist, a pro-literacy-ist. From Alternative Right, our Glenn Beck: An article on Alex Jones and the Alt Right; Richard Spencer on the triumph of Sailerism; and in Toby Ord we are witnesses to over two centuries of liberalism — let’s end it; The Antifa Fad: Michael C. Tuggle on totalitarian anti-fascism; Robert T. Burnham on White Nationalism 2.0: Some might call it progress; and who has a claim to the United States? Alex Kurtagic investigates. An interview with Richard Spencer, editor of Alternative Right. Noble lies are for children: John Derbyshire interviews Jared Taylor, founder and editor of the American Renaissance. That American Renaissance Conference: Peter Brimelow on the War against Whites. Seceding from history: Slavery apologists are using the 150th anniversary of the Civil War to whitewash history. A review of Rabble Rousers: The American Far Right in the Civil Rights Era by Clive Webb. From AEI, Charles Murray on the State of White America. Saint Joe: Patrick Casey on Joseph Sobran and the Tribe. An interview with Kevin MacDonald, professor at CSU-Long-Beach. The SPLC hate group count tops 1,000 as Radical Right expansion continues. They are, some say, the new face of racial oppression in this nation and their faces are white — are whites racially oppressed? (and more) States across the country are considering far-right bills to ban Islamic law — for that, we have hate-group leader David Yerushalmi to thank. Mary Grabar on reading Kant and debating white nationalists. A recent history of violent right-wing extremism: David Holthouse on how neo-Nazis and other white supremacists are most dangerous.
Jedediah S. Purdy (Duke): American Natures: The Shape of Conflict in Environmental Law. Dirk T. G. Rubbelke (BC3): International Support of Climate Change Policies in Developing Countries: Strategic, Moral and Fairness Aspects. Jennifer Krencicki Barcelos and Jennifer Marlow (Washington): Global Warring and the Permanent Dry: How Heat Threatens Human Security in a Warmer World. Fact-free science: How the right is using tactics learned from the left to discredit climate change. Money pollution: Bill McKibben on how the U.S. Chamber of Commerce darkens the skies. Why are Americans so ill-informed about climate change? Earth in the Balance: An article on 7 crucial tipping points. Naomi Klein on why climate change is so threatening to right-wing ideologues. A review of Here on Earth: A New Beginning by Tim Flannery (and more). Enter the Anthropocene: It’s a new name for a new geologic epoch, one defined by our own massive impact on the planet — that mark will endure in the geologic record long after our cities have crumbled. Paul N. Edwards on his book A Vast Machine: Computer Models, Climate Data, and the Politics of Global Warming. If green nukes are even half as promising as their proponents claim, then supporting their development may be our best hope for a sane, sustainable, and abundant energy future. Extreme Measures: Must reporters cite climate change in every article about severe weather? Futurist Ray Kurzweil isn’t worried about climate change. The sky is not falling: We are not facing extinction, and climate change is not killing the planet. David Roberts on what we have and haven’t learned from "Climategate". An interview with Alexis Madrigal, author of Powering the Dream: The History and Promise of Green Technology (and more and more).