From Words Without Borders, a special issue on Banned Chinese Writers. From China Left Review, a special issue on Democracy: Critiques and prospects. Rogier Creemers (Oxford): Neo-Liberal Leninism with Chinese Characteristics: China's Complicated Media Governance. Kevin K.S. Tso (Hong Kong): Fundamental Political and Constitutional Norms: Hong Kong and Macau Compared. Are Chinese societies more susceptible or inclined to corruption? Patrick Kim Cheng Low investigates. Inconvenient Truths: Hannibal Rhoades on de-bunking China’s plan to settle nomadic populations. George Walden reviews Tombstone: The Untold Story of Mao's Famine by Yang Jisheng. Cyril Pereira on the dangers of patriotic education: Hong Kong is right to be cautious, as events have shown in China. Waiting for the great eighteenth: On the eve of China’s eighteenth party congress, life in Beijing is changing in increasingly obvious ways. China has hipsters, too: A study of the country's "cultured youth". Hong Kong loves weird English names — they're becoming more common, and they're not getting any less odd. Carrie Gracie on Kublai Khan, China's favourite barbarian.

From Skepsi, a special issue on (De)Parsing Bodies. Charles Eisenstein on why Occupy's plan to cancel consumer debts is money well spent. Maps tell us as much about the societies that produced them as the cities, continents and oceans they represent: Carl Wilkinson reviews A History of the World in Twelve Maps by Jerry Brotton and On the Map: Why the World Looks the Way it Does by Simon Garfield. A post-election honor roll: Ezra Klein on who to trust more now that the election is over. When Adam Kotsko decided to write a book on awkwardness, telling people about the project initially served as an all-purpose gimmick, redefining any awkward situation as “research”. George Scialabba on progress and prejudice. Andrew Potter reviews The Myth of the Muslim Tide: Do Immigrants Threaten the West? by Doug Saunders. Phil Bowermaster on human exceptionalism and why the questions matter. You wouldn't know it by watching the news or reading the paper, but America's banks are on the largest crime spree the country has ever known. Wiley partners with TED: New instructor materials help educators incorporate TEDTalks into curriculum.

A new issue of the International Journal of Zizek Studies is out. C.G. Bateman (UBC): Sovereignty's Missing Moral Imperative. From the Journal for Cultural and Religious Theory, a special issue on the work of Eric Santner, author of The Royal Remains: The People's Two Bodies and the Endgames of Sovereignty. A review of Hermeneutic Communism: From Heidegger to Marx by Gianni Vattimo and Santiago Zabala. From the Marx and Philosophy Review of Books, Joseph Spencer reviews Dialectics and Contemporary Politics: Critique and Transformation from Hegel through Post-Marxism by John Grant; Bryan Smyth reviews The Philosophy of Recognition: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives; and Guy Lancaster reviews The Apprentice’s Sorcerer: Liberal Tradition and Fascism by Ishay Landa. Georgia Warnke reviews Reason, Tradition and the Good: MacIntyre's Tradition-Constituted Reason and Frankfurt School Critical Theory by Jeffery L. Nicholas. The Centre for Applied Philosophy, Politics and Ethics is hosting a conference on “Thinking the political: The work of Ernesto Laclau” from April 10 to April 12, 2013.

A new issue of Philosophy in Review is out. From Boston Review, a forum on debt relief, including a lead essay by Mike Konczal, and responses by Dean Baker, Tamara Draut, Jacob S. Hacker and Nathaniel Loewentheil, and Barbara H. Fried. From New York, John Heilemann on the 2013 Campaign: Now that Obama won the election, the race to decide the future begins; Jonathan Chait on how we just had a class war — and one side won; and Frank Rich on how Republicans are not the only ones afflicted with post-fact syndrome. Advanced analytical methods, based on radioactivity and radiation, have recently revealed that therapeutic dental filling was in use during the Stone Age. Valerie Tarico on why Bible believing Republicans say what they do and actually mean what they say about rape. How Fox News created a new culture of idiots: An excerpt from Assholes: A Theory by Aaron James. Felix Salmon on the problem with the Red Cross. Shock as royal website baldly states: Camilla will never be queen. Martin Stack reviews The Economics of Beer. Will President Obama seize the moment on climate change? (and more)

From Highbrow magazine, Keli Goff on the disturbing rise in hate group activities as elections neared. From The Village Coice, John Surico on how the racist Tweet war against Obama comes to New York. From the John Birch Society’s The New American, James Heiser on how Obama’s reelection is boosting gun stocks and sales. A review of State of White Supremacy: Racism, Governance, and the United States. From e-flux, John Miller on the politics of hate in the USA (in 3 parts). From, are military hate groups on the rise? Ward Carroll investigates. Season Butler reviews Irregular Army: How the US Military Recruited Neo-Nazis, Gang Members, and Criminals to Fight the War on Terror by Matt Kennard. Khaled A Beydoun on how white supremacy is the new national security threat. Robert Killian risked his life to infiltrate the violent subculture of neo-Nazis in Florida; in the end, it cost him dearly. Federal agents arrest dozens of members of the white supremacist Aryan Brotherhood of Texas and charged them with murder, kidnapping, racketeering and conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and cocaine.