Robert-Jan Geerts, Bart Gremmen, Josette Jacobs, and Guido Ruivenkamp (Wageningen): Towards a Philosophy of Energy. As the Acropolis will never be what it was, even after restoration, Greece will never be what it was, nor will the European Union — but for Yanis Varoufakis and his supporters, that’s a good thing. Erin Griffith and Dan Primack on the age of unicorns: The billion-dollar tech startup was supposed to be the stuff of myth — now they seem to be everywhere. Why on earth is IBM still making mainframes? Davey Alba wonders. As tens of millions of unemployed workers say, you can't eat central bank credibility. Chris Lehmann on arrogance and deference at the New York Fed. Kate Davidson on the second most powerful banker in America: Stanley Fischer settles in as Janet Yellen’s No. 2 at Fed. Ta-Nehisi Coates on the Gangsters of Ferguson: Darren Wilson was innocent — if only the city's cops offered their own citizens the same due process he received. David Cole on torture: No one said no. Amid Clinton controversies, Democrats seek alternative. Fulfilling desire: Evidence for negative feedback between men’s testosterone, sociosexual psychology, and sexual partner number. Amanda Marcotte on how the Obamacare fight has always been about race and gender anxiety. Ringling Brothers will stop using elephants by 2018 — your move, SeaWorld. You know who else made jokes about Hitler? Gavriel Rosenfeld believes it’s dangerous to normalize the Nazis. You think your drunk college-age daughters are bad with their iPhones? Imagine them with guns.
The inaugural issue of Governance in Africa is out. Brett O'Bannon (DePauw): Africa: Is There a State? Implications of Statelessness for a State-Centric Human Protection Norm. Caryn Peiffer and Richard Rose (Strathclyde): Why Do Some Africans Pay Bribes While Other Africans Don't? Sylvester Odion Akhaine (Lagos State): Threats to Democracy in Africa. Alarmingly a question being increasingly asked is whether democracy has failed in Africa, or similarly, whether democracy is unworkable or perhaps not suitable for Africa. Landry Signe on four reasons why Burkina Faso’s long-ruling dictator fell. Outgoing Namibian President Hifikepunye Pohamba wins the world's most valuable individual award, the Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership. The people’s protest: Zachariah Mampilly on Sudan from the margins. Douglas H. Johnson on federalism in the history of South Sudanese political thought. Fantasies of federalism: Samuel Moyn reviews Citizenship between Empire and Nation: Remaking France and French Africa, 1945–1960 by Frederick Cooper; and Freedom Time: Negritude, Decolonization, and the Future of the World by Gary Wilder.
Paul Andrew Gwaza (IPCR): Anti-Terrorism and Human Rights Protection in Africa. Christian Madubuko (New England): Environment Pollution: The Rise of Militarism and Terrorism in the Niger Delta of Nigeria. From the Journal of Terrorism Research, a special issue on terrorism and counter-terrorism in Sub-Saharan Africa. T. Christian Miller and Jonathan Jones on the untold story of Firestone, Charles Taylor and the tragedy of Liberia. Government measures have proved inadequate, but communities in Liberia and Sierra Leone are coming up with ways to battle the Ebola virus. Wayetu Moore on how Ebola became the oldest story about Africa. He was a globally renowned expert in tropical diseases, and the hero who ran Sierra Leone’s worst Ebola ward — so why, when Sheik Humarr Khan finally fell ill, was he denied the extraordinary treatments that could have saved him? Helen Epstein on Ebola in Liberia: An epidemic of rumors. Last Ebola patient in Liberia discharged from treatment center. Andy Baker on how media portrayals of Africa promote paternalism: “A wave of criticism has pointed out how American journalists only cover Africa’s outbreaks of disease, disaster and violence, while overlooking the region’s many political and economic success stories”.
Gerald Leonard (BU): Jefferson's Constitutions. Brigham Daniels (BYU) and Blake Hudson (LSU): Our Constitutional Commons. Brian Leiter (Chicago): Constitutional Law, Moral Judgment, and the Supreme Court as Super-Legislature. Ernest A. Young (Duke): Constitutionalism Outside the Courts. Gregory Brazeal (Army JAG): Constitutional Fundamentalism. No, sorry, you’re not a “constitutional conservative”. Michael Bailey (Georgetown) and Matthew L. Spitzer (Northwestern): Appointing Extremists. When Chief Justice John Roberts and his conservative brethren gutted the Voting Rights Act or when they weakened anti-discrimination law they aren’t defying any grand tradition of justice in the Supreme Court of the United States. Ian Millhiser writes in defense of court-packing: When the Supreme Court willfully misreads the Constitution, FDR’s plan doesn’t seem so bad. If you want to understand what’s happened to the Supreme Court, you need to listen to Rand Paul. This SCOTUS destroyed America: Elias Isquith on how Citizens United is ruining more than our elections. David Cole on the Supreme Court’s billion-dollar mistake. Radley Balko on the Supreme Court’s massive blind spot. Richard L. Hasen (UC-Irvine): The Most Sarcastic Justice. The Unsinkable R.B.G.: Ruth Bader Ginsburg has no interest in retiring. The rigorous romantic: Linda Greenhouse on Anthony Lewis on the Supreme Court beat. Scott Lively warns that SCOTUS could unleash the Antichrist.
W. A. Bogart (Windsor): Who Wants a Fat Child? Care for Obese Children in Weight Obsessed Societies. Raluca Petre (Ovidius): Global Structures, Scarce Local Agency: On Teen Magazines in Romania. Life in the Algorithm: The searches we make, the news we read, the dates we go on, the advertisements we see, the products we buy and the music we listen to, the stock market, the surveillance society, the police state, and the drones — all guided by a force we never see and few understand. Jerome Groopman reviews On Immunity: An Inoculation by Eula Biss and Bad Faith: When Religious Belief Undermines Modern Medicine by Paul A. Offit. Why humanity is obsessed with its fur: A review of Plucked: A History of Hair Removal by Rebecca Herzig. Hannah and Me: Jeffrey Goldfarb on understanding politics in dark times. What is wrong with evolutionary psychology? If Obamacare loses at the Supreme Court, it’s Republican states that suffer. Lost city discovered in the Honduran rain forest: In search for legendary “City of the Monkey God”, explorers find the untouched ruins of a vanished culture. The Internet is destroying our brains, and humankind is starting to fight back. Why Google Glass broke: How Google Glass went from the hottest thing in wearable tech to the Edsel of Silicon Valley. Alexa Tsoulis-Reay on what it’s like to be a polyamorous genius: “Having a high IQ doesn’t mean you are going to be successful. It just means your brain works faster”.
Darren Lenard Hutchinson (Florida): “Continually Reminded of Their Inferior Position”: Social Dominance, Implicit Bias, Criminality, and Race. Palma Joy Strand (Creighton): Racism 4.0, Civity, and Re-Constitution. The introduction to The Loneliness of the Black Republican: Pragmatic Politics and the Pursuit of Power by Leah Wright Rigueur. Michael Leo Owens (Emory): The Civic Consequences of “The New Jim Crow” for Black America. Niraj Chokshi on where black voters stand 50 years after the Voting Rights Act was passed. Caprice L. Roberts (Savannah): Remedies, Race and Civil Rights in the Old South. Emily Badger on a stunning reckoning with Mississippi’s past, from a black judge sentencing 3 white men for a lynching. 17 disturbing statistics from the federal report on Ferguson police. Henry Farrell on how Ferguson’s government was run like a racket. Ferguson Inc.: The city's protest movement tries to find a path forward. Noah Berlatsky on why Hollywood needs a black superhero fit for the Ferguson era. “Acting white”: Jenee Desmond-Harris on the most insidious myth about black kids and achievement. Melanie Pinola on how to talk about race with your kids. Roderick Graham (Old Dominion): The Content of Our #Characters: Black Twitter as Counterpublic. Aurin Squire on the end of black respectability politics. Erin Blakemore on Carter G. Woodson, the father of Black History Month. Teju Cole on a true picture of black skin.
Mark S. Bell (MIT): What Do Nuclear Weapons Offer States? A Theory of State Foreign Policy Response to Nuclear Acquisition. Allison Carnegie (Columbia) and Austin Carson (Princeton): The Spotlight's Harsh Glare: Rethinking Publicity and International Order. Alex Chung (Sydney): Postcolonial Perspectives on Nuclear Non-Proliferation. Thomas E. Doyle (Texas State): The Moral Implications of the Subversion of the Nonproliferation Treaty Regime. Rebecca Davis Gibbons on how nuclear nonproliferation is under threat, and so is American national security. The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists moves us 2 minutes closer to Doomsday. Kingston Reif on how to actually prevent a nuclear arms race in the Middle East. Mark Fitzpatrick on the Republican Party vs Iran: Further sanctions would torpedo a deal — even though there's logic to the call. Danger ahead for Obama on Iran: Netanyahu's controversial speech is masking another issue — the president's responsibility to avoid making a bad nuclear deal. Top U.S. negotiator Wendy Sherman: If we get an Iran deal, the world will “judge it as a good thing”. Paul Pillar on an agreement that is good for Israel, bad for Netanyahu. Steven Kull and Shibley Telhami on what Americans really think about an Iran deal. Igor Volsky on the big omission in Netanyahu’s address to Congress. Netanyahu’s speech to Congress makes no sense.
Mitchell N. Berman (Penn): Judge Posner's Simple Law. Zvi H. Triger (COLMAS): “A Jewish and Democratic State”: Reflections on the Fragility of Israeli Secularism. Ebola czar Ron Klain says “This thing isn't over yet” — and the next pandemic could be even worse. From The New Rambler, an online review of books (“high-quality reviews of intellectually ambitious books, in the spirit of The New York Review of Books, The Times Literary Supplement, and the back half of the (old) New Republic”), Martha Nussbaum reviews On Opera and Essays and Reviews 1959-2002 by Bernard Williams. Ben White on the Goldman Sachs primary: It’s Bush vs. Clinton at Wall Street’s wealthiest bank. Sady Doyle on Leonard Nimoy, utopia, and the final frontier. NRA secretly backs group aiming to save elephants now, kill them later. Reanna Alder on how there's no getting off (the grid): Calling a gas-powered engine an “off grid” technology is like “unplugging” from the internet by using cellular data instead of an ethernet cable. You're a luddite? Don't worry, it's human nature. What's in a brand name: Chi Luu on the sounds of persuasion. When was the last time Coca-Cola did anything nice for you? Brands are not your friends. Eli Saslow on the public life and private doubts of Al Sharpton. Are bilingual people smarter than people who speak one language? F-bombs notwithstanding, all languages skew toward happiness: On the universal human bias for positive words.
From Vox, Sarah Kliff on the accidental case against Obamacare: How a lawyer, a law professor, and a libertarian found the Affordable Care Act's secret weakness. Bad faith and bull from ACA critics: In order to properly plumb the depths of the Bad Faith shared by Orin Hatch and his cohorts, we have to examine what this SCOTUS case is really about, what’s at stake, and how ridiculously the ACA’s critics have responded to it. Marty Lederman on “plain meaning”, absurdity, and the (almost forgotten) Gregory/Bond federalism canon, in King v. Burwell. The Supreme Court hears an Obamacare fairytale. The odds that each Justice will vote to destroy Obamacare. Americans are making a big mistake about health care. Ezra Klein on who's getting covered because of Obamacare and how, in one giant chart. The Supreme Court could wreck Obamacare just as the country’s uninsured rate hits a new low. A study details the deadly consequences of gutting Obamacare. Ian Millhauser on how insurance companies are preparing for disaster if the Supreme Court guts Obamacare. Jason Millman on why it would be hard for Obamacare to recover from a Supreme Court loss. Why Republicans can't come up with an Obamacare replacement. Conservatives don't have an Obamacare replacement because they're too busy complaining about Obamacare. Democrats have the wrong idea for their next health care agenda. Jonathan Chait on why the new lawsuit won’t kill Obamacare (and more). Abigail R. Moncrieff on why the Supreme Court will rule in favor of Obamacare. Everything you need to know about the SCOTUS case to cripple Obamacare (and more).
Balazs Szalontai (Wilson Center): Political and Economic Relations between Communist States. Botakoz Kassymbekova (TU Berlin): Leisure and Politics: Soviet Central Asian Tourists Across the Iron Curtain. Zbigniew Wojnowski (Nazarbayev): An Unlikely Bulwark of Sovietness: Cross-border Travel and Soviet Patriotism in Western Ukraine, 1956–1985. Alexei Yurchak (UC-Berkeley): Bodies of Lenin: The Hidden Science of Communist Sovereignty. Michelle Smirnova (Missouri): What is the Shortest Russian Joke? Communism — Russian Cultural Consciousness Expressed Through Soviet Humor. Lisa Hix on the Soviet space dogs who took giant leaps for mankind. The prologue from The Left Side of History: World War II and the Unfulfilled Promise of Communism in Eastern Europe by Kristen Ghodsee. Atila Lukic and Gordan Maslov (Zadar): Did Somebody Say “Transition”? A Critical Intervention into the Use of a Notion. Emanuela Simona Garboni and Silviu Rogobete (Timisoara): Women's Political Participation in Democratization: A Literature Review with Special Emphasis on Central and Eastern European Former Communist Bloc; and Religion and Politics: A Possible Reading of the Current State of Affairs, with an Emphasis on Post-communist/Post-atheist Spaces. Andrew Wood on the closing of the Russian mind: How is it that Russia looped away from the Soviet matrix in the late 1980s, only to recreate so much of it between 1991 and now? (and part 2) Normal countries: Andrei Shleifer and Daniel Treisman on the east 25 years after communism.
Chris A. Kramer (Marquette): Subversive Humor (“An indirect and imaginative route through subversive humor offers a means to raise consciousness about covert oppression and the mechanisms underlying it, reveal the errors of those with power who complacently sustain systematic oppression, and even open those people up to changing their minds”.) How, why and when did Putin decide to build a kleptocratic and authoritarian regime in Russia and what is its future? Maxine David on what Boris Nemtsov's assassination says about Putin's climate of fear (and more). The earth’s rarest metals, and why we need them: Chris Wright reviews Rare: The High-Stakes Race to Satisfy Our Need for the Scarcest Metals on Earth by Keith Veronese. Warren Buffett's annual messages to the shareholders of Berkshire Hathaway are always full of interesting observations about the business world. From skyhook to storyteller: Geoff Edgers on Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the basketball icon, reinvented as culture vulture. Judd Legum on LeBron James Jr. and the professionalization of 4th grade sports. Your snitching gadgets: A new generation of always-listening devices is now collecting practically whatever they can, to increasingly creepy ends. Why are we blaming technology for our lack of focus? We complain that we’ve become addicted to glowing screens, but it’s less the screens themselves than what's behind them that’s the big draw. You will be a different person by the time you reach the end of this article.