Suzanne J. Konzelmann (London): The Political Economics of Austerity. Kirsten Forkert (Birmingham City): The New Moralism: Austerity, Silencing and Debt Morality. Britain's five richest families worth more than poorest 20%. Gaby Hinsliff reviews Mammon's Kingdom: An Essay on Britain, Now by David Marquand. Does class still drive British politics? It's how we see ourselves — not how much we earn — that shapes our party loyalties. From Demos Quarterly, the welfare system has been losing public support; Duncan O’Leary argues for the return of the contributory principle — and has a plan for making it happen; and Eric Kaufmann on understanding “white flight”: In much of the country different ethnic groups are becoming better integrated, but in areas of minority concentration the white British population has dropped sharply in recent years — why? Sonia Soans on the death of Stuart Hall: Why blackness is best when it is dead. Martin Amis says white skin still seen as key attribute of being English. From e-flux, the feudal shire that is Britain, or rather England, has never gone away: Nina Power on Rainy Fascism Island. Rise now and be a nation again? Michael Kenny on the politics of Englishness. The reluctant patriot: David Aaronovitch on how George Orwell reconciled himself with England. Britain’s strange identity crisis: The vote on Scotland’s referendum to stay in or leave the United Kingdom will bring major change, either way. Is Cornwall really a foreign country? Christopher Howse admires the architectural jewels of the West Country with the help of Pevsner’s reissued guide. How European are the British? Even Eurosceptics want to live on the continent.


From Speculations, a special issue on aesthetics in the 21st century. Sheeva Azma (Georgetown): Poverty and the Developing Brain: Insights from Neuroimaging. From Contemporary Pragmatism, Erin C. Tarver (Emory): Signifying “Hillary”: Making (Political) Sense with Butler and Dewey. Are American politics redeemable? Matthew Brandon Wolfson on Robert Gates, Hillary Clinton and two memoirs of Washington, DC. From The Monkey Cage, charges on an "imperial presidency" usually center on war and foreign policy — but the newest charges are all about the domestic front; and Justin Vaughn and Jennifer Mercieca on why presidents must play the hero: Presidents have no choice but to promise what they can't deliver. Sean McElwee on how ordinary Americans can influence policy — no super PAC required. Did Marxist philosophy superstar Slavoj Zizekplagiarize a white nationalist journal? (and a response by Zizek) Behind the Santa Maria discovery: How an unlikely Boston historian Samuel Eliot Morison brought Columbus and his lost ship to life. From The Editorial Review, an interview with Susan Ferber, executive editor for American and world history at Oxford University Press (USA); and an interview with Alex Star, senior editor at Farrar, Straus and Giroux. You can download Anarchism: A Very Short Introduction (2004) by Colin Ward. Virginia man plants flag, claims African country, calling it “Kingdom of North Sudan”. Huddled masses yearning to breathe free are the worst!


Michal Marcin Kobierecki (Lodz): Sport in International Relations: Expectations, Possibilities, and Effects. Gottfried Schweiger (Salzburg): What Does a Professional Athlete Deserve? From Physical Culture and Sport: Studies and Research, Milos Bednar (Charles): Ars Vitae and Sport; Emanuele Isidori and Claudia Maulini (Rome) and Francisco Javier Lopez Frias (Valencia): Sport and Ethics of Weak Thought: A New Manifesto for Sport Education; Jerzy Kosiewicz (Josef Pilsudski): Social Sciences and Common Perceptions of Sport; and Mika Hamalainen (Turku): A Situational Theory of Advantages in Sport. On performance-enhancing drugs: Darrin Belousek considers different ethical perspectives on drugs in sport. Mike Jakeman on how to clean up cricket. Why does test cricket run in families? David Papineau wants to know. Barney Ronay reviews Love Game: A History of Tennis, from Victorian Pastime to Global Phenomenon by Elizabeth Wilson. Christopher Beam goes inside the American Football League of China. John B. Judis on ten reasons why baseball is better than soccer. American sports fan saves soccer: Gavin Smythe thinks up new rules for soccer to make it popular around the world. Where should the World Cup go in 2022? Ian Plenderleith on how the US has a convincing bid, and historical precedent may be on its side. The World Cup is political theatre of the highest order: David Goldblatt on the soft power behind the hard results of the global football tournament. Shan Carter and Kevin Quealy look at how fan loyalty changed during the World Cup. Molly Fitzpatrick on embracing the Tour de France, the World Cup’s endearingly weird little brother.

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