From the International Journal of Transdisciplinary Research, H. William Batt (IULV): Tax Regimes That Don't Invite Corruption. Jim Chen (Louisville): Progressive Taxation: An Aesthetic and Moral Defense. Peter Diamond (MIT) and Emmanuel Saez (UC-Berkeley): The Case for a Progressive Tax: From Basic Research to Policy Recommendations. Taxing the 1%: Thomas Piketty, Emmanuel Saez and Stefanie Stantcheva on why the top tax rate could be over 80%. What happens if we soak the rich? Answering this question requires a more realistic view of individual behavior. What might a tax-the-rich-even-less future bring? The land of the kiwi offers one frightful answer. From The Economist, how should governments tax capital? A debate. How much do income taxes affect our behavior? A new study by Christina Romer and the National Bureau of Economic Research has new answers.


The latest issue of the The Journal of Political Philosophy is free online. From Socialist Studies, a special issue on G.A. Cohen. From Political Studies, Laura Valentini (Oxford): In What Sense are Human Rights Political? A Preliminary Exploration; Ronen Shnayderman (Oxford): Liberal vs. Republican Notions of Freedom; and Ines Valdez (UNC): Perpetual What? Injury, Sovereignty and a Cosmopolitan View of Immigration. A review of Public Passion: Rethinking the Grounds for Political Justice by Rebecca Kingston. A text self-consciously realist and never utopian: A review of Lineages of Political Society by Partha Chatterjee. Reconstructing citizenship for the twenty-first century: An interview with Bruce Ackerman. We’re all traditionalists now: There is no such thing as state pluralism, only the domination of one tradition over another in the public sphere, and no such thing as liberalism, if this means a sphere of reason or action that escapes the particularism and exclusivity of tradition. A review of Citizens to Lords: A Social History of Western Political Thought from Antiquity to the Late Middle Ages by Ellen Meiksins Wood.


A new issue of Real-World Economics Review is out. Krist Vaesen (TUE): Cooperative Feeding and Breeding, and the Evolution of Executive Control. From Global Dashboard, why do some countries have so few NGOs? Varian Fry led the effort to save Hannah Arendt, Marc Chagall, and thousands of other European intellectuals from the Nazis — why was he forgotten? Sandy Rios says secular Jews have been "the worst enemies of the country". Sparta in Modern Thought: Politics, History and Culture is the first book for more than 40 years to examine the significant modern influence of this ancient Greek city-state. Fight your fate: Do advances in neuroscience give the lie to free will? Rhetoric from Satan to Twitter: The ancient art of rhetoric is still flourishing. A review of Copyfraud and Other Abuses of Intellectual Property Law by Jason Mazzone. Preliminary results are in from a huge online experiment designed to test a flaw in the way the brain stores memories. Which was the most important U.S. election ever? David Mayhew investigates. Greg Graham on Osama bin Laden, postmodern man.


The Great Rift Valley of East Africa — the birthplace of the human species — may have taken much longer to develop than previously believed. Top ten hominid fantasy finds: You can't predict what the next major hominid discovery will be, but you can daydream about it. Last Neanderthals near the Arctic Circle? Neanderthals are as unprepared for modernity as we are. Understanding H. floresiensis would revolutionise how we view human evolution, yet coming to terms with our miniature cousin is something we’ve yet to do. Mysterious fossils in China may be new human species. A genetic study unravels ancient links between African and European populations. Research suggests Native Americans originated from the Altay Mountains, a small mountainous region in southern Siberia. The first people to settle America may have come from Europe across the Arctic ice, rather than across a land bridge from Siberia to Alaska. The only humans left on Earth: A review of Lone Survivors: How We Came to Be the Only Humans on Earth by Chris Stringe. Researchers uncover 8,000 years of human history hidden in the Middle East.


Frank Schimmelfennig (ETH Zurich): Europeanization beyond Europe. Tommaso Pavone (Chicago): The Dark Side of European Integration: Franco-German Dominance and the Structural Reproduction of Informal Empire. From the Eastern Journal of European Studies, a special issue on post-accession economic development of the new EU members. From Re-public, two special issues on the politics of fear and the rise of far-right extremism in Europe. Is Germany’s euro crisis strategy actually working? The Return of the King: James Poulos on why Europe needs another Napoleon. From First Things, is the European Union a Catholic plot? A review of The Crisis of the European Union by Jurgen Habermas (and more). Jurgen Habermas on bringing the integration of citizens into line with the integration of states. How to be a European (Union) philosopher: By imposing its technocratic vision on its citizens, the European Union is ignoring the existential lives of those who are not in power. Can Europe’s left rebound as economic crisis continues?


The latest issue of Anthropologies is out. Adam Goodwin (Ottawa): Thermodynamics and Human Activity. Survival International has released close-up pictures of uncontacted Indians, exactly a year after aerial photos from Brazil astonished the world. The Illusionist: How Herbert Marcuse convinced a generation that censorship is tolerance and other politically correct tricks. The mystery of the disappearing bees has been solved. Teju Cole on the White Savior Industrial Complex: If we are going to interfere in the lives of others, a little due diligence is a minimum requirement. For high tech companies, going public sucks. Finding Goatse: Adrian Chen on the mystery man behind the most disturbing Internet meme in history. Where language meets activity: A review essay on Language as Dialogue: From Rules to Principles of Probability by Edda Weigand (and an interview). The Sinatra of social science: Pat Moynihan once encountered Nixon in the hall of the White House and said "Mr. President, James Q. Wilson is the smartest man in the United States. The president of the United States should pay attention to what he has to say".


From the AJPS, Michael Bang Petersen (Aarhus): Social Welfare as Small-Scale Help: Evolutionary Psychology and the Deservingness Heuristic; Brad Verhulst and Lindon Eaves (VCU) and Peter Hatemi (Penn State): Correlation not Causation: The Relationship between Personality Traits and Political Ideologies; and an article on biology, ideology, and epistemology: How do we know political attitudes are inherited and why should we care? From Political Psychology, a special issue on the future of political psychology. From Playboy, Neal Gabler on the weird world of biopolitics. Is political ideology a choice, or is it hardwired into us? Sasha Issenberg on the new weird science of hardwired political identity. Erik Voeten on genes and politics. The political Left rolls with the good and the political Right confronts the bad: Connecting physiology and cognition to preferences. Chris Mooney on why the GOP distrusts science: It's not just evolution and climate change — conservatives' trust in science is plummeting across the board (and more and more and more and more and more and more and more on The Republican Brain: The Science of Why They Deny Science — and Reality).


From Homiletic, Joseph N. Evans (Mt. Carmel): Double-Consciousness: The Du Boisian Hermeneutic. An alter-ed perspective on the Bible: Robert Alter has issues with translations of Holy Text. A review of The Bible and the Principles of Yin and Yang by Franklin Hum Yun. From Review of Biblical Literature, a review of Jonathan Loved David: Manly Love in the Bible and the Hermeneutics of Sex by Anthony Heacock; and a review of A Hitchhiker's Guide to Jesus: Reading the Gospels on the Ground by Bruce N. Fisk. A review of The Evolution of Adam: What the Bible Does and Doesn’t Say about Human Origins by Peter Enns. God had a wife, Asherah, whom the Book of Kings suggests was worshiped alongside Yahweh in his temple in Israel, according to Oxford scholar Francesca Stavrakopoulou. How can we be certain that the Gospel accounts contained in the New Testament are both authentic and authoritative? What the Bible could have said: Why doesn't the Bible contain superior medical advice? How to read the Bible the wrong way: What is the role of biblical scholarship for the average Christian trying to find God through the Scriptures? The “Bible Challenge” is a marathon of a read: Effort to read Scripture in a year goes global.


From the latest issue of Journal of Philosophy of Life, Masahiro Morioka (Osaka): Human Dignity and the Manipulation of the Sense of Happiness: From the Viewpoint of Bioethics and Philosophy of Life; Nathan Van Camp (Atwerp): Heidegger and the Question Concerning Biotechnology; and John Shand (Open): The Degradation of Human Relations Through Instant and Ever-present Communication, and the New Etiquette It Requires. Dictator lit: Daniel Kalder on Castro’s clunking Che memoir. School presents challenges globally — in the Arctic, these issues are compounded by language barriers, external teachers and a history of disempowerment. Running on faith: When personal beliefs become political touchstones. Colin McGinn on how the more we look at the brain, the less it looks like a device for creating consciousness — perhaps philosophers will never be able to solve the mystery. It would be disturbingly easy to fake America’s $1 coins — why isn’t the government doing more to prevent it from happening? Celebrity endorsements: When you’re famous, even checks you write to the drugstore have value.


Laurie R. Blank (Emory): Targeted Strikes: The Consequences of Blurring the Armed Conflict and Self-Defense Justifications. From Joint Force Quarterly, Lukas Milevski (Reading): Stuxnet and Strategy: A Space Operation in Cyberspace; Gary D. Brown (USAF): Why Iran Didn't Admit Stuxnet Was an Attack; and a review of Cyberdeterrence and Cyberwar by Martin C. Libicki. From Strategic Forum, Vincent Manzo on deterrence and escalation in cross-domain operations: Where do space and cyberspace fit? Think Again, Cyberwar: Don't fear the digital bogeyman — virtual conflict is still more hype than reality. Sebastian Wuschka (RUB): The Use of Combat Drones in Current Conflicts: A Legal Issue or a Political Problem? I Love You, Killer Robots: Quadrotor drones are amazing and cute and will probably destroy us all. The looming threat of drone warfare must be stopped, but don’t count on our geopolitical leaders to do so, argues Richard Falk. David Cortright on how the accelerating use of drone weapons has opened a new chapter in the history of warfare. A look at how cyber and drone attacks may change warfare more than the machine gun.

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