Albana Shehaj (Michigan): Post Socialist Slovakia and Albania: Diverging Nationalist Paths. Ruben Durante (Sciences Po), Paolo Pinotti (Bocconi), and Andrea Tesei (Queen Mary): Voting Alone? The Political and Cultural Consequences of Commercial TV. Joan Barcelo-Soler (NYU): The Battle for the Secession: Catalonia Versus Spain. A utopia towards peace? If you haven’t heard of the Andalucian town of Marinaleda or know little of its politics, you should find out. Olga Khazan on the secret to Finland's success with schools, moms, kids — and everything. From NLR, what's become of the German Greens? Joachim Jachnow wants to know. Reluctant hegemon: Germany, now the dominant country in Europe, needs to rethink the way it sees itself and the world. Davide Scarso reviews Living Thought: The Origins and Actuality of Italian Philosophy by Roberto Esposito. When Italians chat, hands and fingers do the talking. France is in the grip of a crisis — as both its economy and European influence weaken, scandal has hobbled its political elite; the country needs drastic overhaul, but President Hollande does nothing but waver and hesitate. Europe’s dirty little secret: Europe prides itself on its democratic credentials — so why is a tiny band of underdog dissidents having such a hard time fighting the continent’s last dictator? Contrary to popular belief, migration from Muslim countries is one reason why Europe is becoming more secular, not less.

From the inaugural issue of International Journal of Social Science Studies, Ricard Zapata-Barrero (Pompeu Fabra): Utopian Political Theory and Migration without Borders; Dafna Shir-Vertesh (Ben-Gurion): Love Has (NO) Boundaries: Researching a Sexual Taboo; and Asnat Dor (YVC): Don’t Stay Out Late! Mom, I’m Twenty-eight: Emerging Adults and Their Parents under One Roof. From Rolling Stone, Janet Reiman on Jahar's World: He was a charming kid with a bright future — but no one saw the pain he was hiding or the monster he would become. Humans are the real threat to life on Earth: An excerpt from Ten Billion by Stephen Emmott. After Zimmerman verdict, NRA says “stand your ground” is a human right. Stuart Thomson on Norm Macdonald’s weird, wonderful Twitter book club. Obamacare skeptics are deluding themselves: Conservatives think the law is unraveling — but implementing the Affordable Care Act is going to be a huge success. From TLS, back to the real: What do we lose when we replace access to manuscripts with digitization? John Marshall on Progressive Senescent Columnist Fogeyism (PSCF), an increasingly common ailment in an aging America. The Ivy League Babbitt: Emily Schrader on the social and political prescience of Harvard’s humanist. The NSA’s massive data center is coming online ahead of schedule — and it's more powerful than you thought.

Stefan Andreasson (Queen’s): Conservatism. Kristopher A. Nelson (UCSD): Embracing the Opposition: The Conservative Appropriation of Liberal Critiques. From The University Bookman, a symposium on Russell Kirk’s The Conservative Mind at six (and more by Gerald Russello on Kirk’s unwritten constitutionalism). From The Utopian, Philip Mirowski on the thirteen commandments of neoliberalism. Can libertarian populism save the Republican Party? There’s a new name being floated around as the solution to the current electoral woes of the GOP — Ross Perot (and more). Friends, students, and colleagues remember one of our finest traditionalist scholars, George W. Carey (1933-2013). Can conservatives reconcile with the United Nations? David Bosco interviews Kenneth Anderson and Brett Schaefer. Jada Thacker on how the concept of “limited government” is Right-wing bunk: Try to find anything remotely like it in the Constitution. Meet the conservatives who campaigned for apartheid South Africa: Grover Norquist, Jack Abramoff and Jeff Flake all spent their early years trying to end the divestment movement. Josh Marshall on keeping it real on “neo-Confederate libertarians”. Rachel Weiner on the libertarian war over the Civil War. “And don’t call me a conservative”: The only thing worse than describing a libertarian policy wonk as a “conservative” is to slash his prose.