Margus Ott (Tallinn): Chinese Refreshment for Contemporary Political Thought: Wuwei, Care, and Democracy. Yuhua Wang (Penn) and Carl F. Minzner (Fordham): The Rise of the Security State. Dilip K. Das (SolBridge): The Role of China in Asia's Evolution to Global Economic Prominence. Ralph Huenemann (Victoria): The World Bank and China: Future Prospects. Michael P. Murray and Guoqing Sun (Bates): The Demand for Space in China. Eliza Strickland on China, the next space superpower. Matt Schiavenza on Sidney Rittenberg, the American who gave his life to Chairman Mao. Peter Day on Nanjiecun, a village that still lives and works as Mao laid down. From The Economist, a flawed system for judging research is leading to academic fraud; and don’t think, just teach: The party purges free thinkers but can it contain free thinking? Noah Smith on why China's global supremacy is not inevitable. From Unmapped, Nick Holdstock on the death of old Kashgar. The burden of empire: After a brutal attack in China, the Communist Party needs to change its policies towards minorities (and more by Nick Holdstock). Zheng Wang on why China’s new rich want to emigrate. Lydia DePillis on how Taiwan is afraid that Chinese movies are becoming too good. Communism is the goal at a commune, but Chinese officials are not impressed. Rachel Lu on China's capital idea: Is it time to move the seat of government away from Beijing? My Missing Mongolia: Some Chinese see uncomfortable parallels between the Crimean referendum and their own history. Daniel Kurtz-Phelan reviews The Contest of the Century: The New Era of Competition with China — and How America Can Win by Geoff Dyer.

From New Proposals: Journal of Marxism and Interdisciplinary Inquiry, a special section on Nature on the Move. Mary Bunch (UWO): The Unbecoming Subject of Sex: Performativity, Interpellation, and the Politics of Queer Theory. David Orozco (Florida State): The Knowledge Police (“This article provides an in depth analysis and critique of the Office of the Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator’s (IPEC’s) efforts to date”). Kathryn Hobson (Bloomsburg): Performative Tensions in Female Drag Performances. From Ink to Inc.: Big-name literary branding isn’t new — look at Twain or Hemingway; but today, even novice writers must nurture a social-media presence — Arianna Huffington, Nate Silver, and Ezra Klein have branded their way to the top of Journalism 2.0. Banking without banks: By offering both borrowers and lenders a better deal, websites that put the two together are challenging retail banks. Light touch: Rachel Cohen on how smart regulation and technological innovation ruined a perfectly good conservative crusade against government. From Media Matters, which '90s Hillary Clinton hater will Fox host next? Ed Kilgore on how rebels on Left and Right are sick of compromise. Rage Against the Machines: Ian Bogost on how the real danger of videogames isn't violence; it's swindling. Michael Lind on how college-educated professionals could doom progressive politics: If there were a real progressive movement in the U.S. it would side with producers against rentiers — of all kinds. You can download Intellectuals and the People by Angie Sandhu (2007).

A new issue of Numeracy is out. The preface to Will You Be Alive 10 Years from Now? And Numerous Other Curious Questions in Probability by Paul J. Nahin. The first chapter from Wizards, Aliens, and Starships: Physics and Math in Fantasy and Science Fiction by Charles L. Adler. Tony Mann reviews Magnificent Mistakes in Mathematics by Alfred S. Posamentier and Ingmar Lehmann. Kevin Hartnett on how the ABC proof is too tough even for mathematicians. From Quanta, sudden progress on prime number problem has mathematicians buzzing; and to settle infinity dispute, a new law of logic. Ben Orlin on headlines from a mathematically literate world. Jo Boaler on the stereotypes that distort how Americans teach and learn math. Luba Vangelova on how 5-year-olds can learn calculus: Why playing with algebraic and calculus concepts — rather than doing arithmetic drills — may be a better way to introduce children to math. Who says math has to be boring? It’s time to overhaul the way math and science are taught. Konstantin Kakaes on how math has to be at least a little boring. Ancient times table hidden in Chinese bamboo strips: The 2,300-year-old matrix is the world's oldest decimal multiplication table. Andy Kiersz on the 17 equations that changed the course of history. Kyle Chayka on 5 hidden algorithms that rule your world, from the NSA to OKCupid. Kevin Poulsen on how a math genius hacked OkCupid to find true love. From, Mark Zegarelli on 10 math concepts you can't ignore.