Michael Albertus (Chicago) and Victor Menaldo (Washington): Gaming Democracy: Elite Dominance during Transition and the Prospects for Redistribution. Andreas Bergh (Lund) and Christian Bjornskov (Aarhus): Trust, Welfare States and Income Equality: What Causes What? Contrary to popular and academic belief, Adam Smith did not accept inequality as a necessary trade-off for a more prosperous economy. Miles Corak on how Joseph Fishkin’s book Bottlenecks explains why inequality lowers social mobility. James Galbraith on why policy, not capitalism, is to blame for the income divide. Why does inequality grow, and can we do something about it? Mapping a new economy: The geographer David Harvey says fixing inequality will take more than tinkering. Joseph Nevins on the will to wall: What is the work that walls do in a world of staggering inequality? The best of capitalism is over for rich countries — and for the poor ones it will be over by 2060. Filip Spagnoli on income inequality: What’s wrong with it, and what’s not. Tyler Cowen on how income inequality is not rising globally — it's falling: Though the income gap has widened in many individual nations, it has been shrinking globally for most of the last 20 years (and a response by Ryan Avent; a response by Matthew Yglesias; and more and more by Eduardo Porter). The newest trend among the world's ultra-rich — like, royalty-grade, private-plane-owning Scrooge McDuck rich — is to have a butler, but what type of person would willingly give over his life to serving the outrageously moneyed? George Monbiot on how the rich want us to believe their wealth is good for us all (and more). The 1% may be richer than you think, research shows.
Flavia Monceri (UNIMOL): The Nature of the "Ruling Body": Embodiment, Ableism and Normalcy. Jeremie Gilbert (East London): Land Rights as Human Rights: The Case for a Specific Right to Land. Veli-Matti Karhulahti (Turku): Hermeneutics and Ludocriticism. Jonne Arjoranta (Jyvaskyla) and Veli-Matti Karhulahti (Turku): Ludology, Narratology and Philosophical Hermeneutics. Niksa Svilicic (IAR) and Pero Maldini (Dubrovnik): Political Myths and Totalitarianism: An Anthropological Analysis of Their Causal Interrelationship. What will be the dominant ideologies of the 21st century? Thor May wonders. From the forthcoming issue of n+1, Jamie Martin reviews The End of Protest: How Free-Market Capitalism Learned to Control Dissent and The Logic of Discipline: Global Capitalism and the Architecture of Government by Alasdair Roberts; Capitalizing on Crisis: The Political Origins of the Rise of Finance by Greta Krippner; The Globalization Paradox: Democracy and the Future of the World Economy by Dani Rodrik; and Securing the World Economy: The Reinvention of the League of Nations, 1920–1946 by Patricia Clavin. Ezra Klein on why Obama won’t give the Ferguson speech his supporters want. Trayvon Martin’s father has sympathetic advice for Michael Brown’s family (and more). Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on why the coming race war won’t be about race (and a response by David Zirin). Who are the "Revolutionary Communists" allegedly agitating in Ferguson? Michelle Dean on the Revolutionary Communist Party, nowadays largely regarded as crank-ish even by many self-identified Communists, and routinely referred to as a "cult of personality" for its leader Bob Avakian.
From The Daily Dot, Aaron Sankin on what you need to read to understand Ferguson. Mike Brown had marijuana in his system — that changes nothing (and more). German Lopez on how there's no established connection between marijuana and violence. John McWhorter on why there is only one real way to prevent future Fergusons: End the War on Drugs. Nekima Levy-Pounds (St. Thomas): Going Up in Smoke: The Impacts of the Drug War on Young Black Men. Carl L. Hart on how the myth of the “Negro cocaine fiend” helped shape American drug policy. Anders Walker (SLU): The New Jim Crow? Recovering the Progressive Origins of Mass Incarceration. Armin Rick on the prison boom and black-white economic inequality. Christopher Ingraham on charting the shocking rise of racial disparity in our criminal justice system: By 2010, nearly a third of black male high school dropouts aged 25-29 were in prison or otherwise institutionalized. Half of young black men in U.S. have been arrested, a new report shows. Annie Lowrey and Jesse Singal on how there’s a shocking racial divide on crime and trusting the police. Tasneem Raja on 6 good reasons a black person might resist arrest: For black men in America, cooperating with the police isn't such a no-brainer. Wesley Morris on Let’s Be Cops, cop movies, and the shooting in Ferguson. It is time we treat police brutality as a national crisis: Jason Parham interviews Mychal Denzel Smith, Ruby-Beth Buitekant, and Darnell L. Moore. Bernard E. Harcourt, author of Against Prediction: Profiling, Policing, and Punishing in an Actuarial Age, on the exaggerated general perception in the public imagination and among police officers of an association between being African American and being a criminal. Evan McMorris-Santoro on how Ferguson is the beginning of the end for conservatives’ “war on crime”. Black people are not ignoring “black on black” crime: Ta-Nehisi Coates on the politics of changing the subject. Reparations for Ferguson: Ta-Nehisi Coates on how total police control over black bodies has echoes in American history. Redlining and reckoning in Ferguson: Given what’s happening now in Ferguson, Ta-Nehisi Coates’s “The Case for Reparations” demands to be revisited.
From TNR, don't send your kid to the Ivy League: William Deresiewicz on how the nation's top colleges are turning our kids into zombies (and a response on all the Ivy-educated zombies on The New Republic’s masthead). Maureen O’Connor on the New Privilege: Loudly denouncing your privilege. So, does that make William Deresiewicz an entitled little sh—? Carlos Lozada reviews Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life by William Deresiewicz (and more). What cartoons can do: Robert Mankoff on Joshua Rothman on William Deresiewicz’s essay “Don’t Send Your Kid to the Ivy League”. Your criticism of my Ivy League takedown further proves my point. Your defense of “Excellent Sheep” further proves my point. Ezra Klein on how Wall Street recruits so many insecure Ivy League grads. Tyler Kingkade on what everyone gets wrong about where you go to college. Stop blaming colleges for society's problems: For better or worse, the university tends to evolve alongside society, not ahead of it. Kevin Carey on building a better college ranking system — wait, Babson beats Harvard? Diploma mills are almost as old as the university itself — Scott McLemee wonders why there isn't more scholarship on the real problem of fake degrees. Can World of Warcraft save higher education? The latest ed trend seems like something you might have done in middle school. From The Atlantic Monthly, Graeme Wood on the future of college: Brash tech entrepreneur Ben Nelson thinks he can reinvent higher education by stripping it down to its essence, eliminating lectures and tenure along with football games, ivy-covered buildings, and research libraries — what if he's right?
Agnar Sandmo (NHH): Adam Smith and Modern Economics. Julie E. Cohen (Georgetown): The Zombie First Amendment. Ben A. McJunkin (Michigan): Deconstructing Rape by Fraud. Linda C. McClain (BU): Can Religion Without God Lead to Religious Liberty Without Conflict? From The Atlantic, Alexis Madrigal hates the song-as-flowchart meme, and here's why you should, too; and Robinson Meyer on the song-as-flowchart: It's not only great, it's part of the tradition. From New York, at 18, Tavi Gevinson is a fashion veteran — and a Broadway rookie. Is the Islamic State exterminating the language of Jesus? We may be watching the deliberate destruction of Aramaic, unfolding in real time. Amanda Katz on how “YOLO” went from Drake to dictionary. Why do we celebrate International Talk Like a Pirate Day? Megan Garber on the rise of the micro-holiday. The U.N. is going to determine if Hamas and Israel committed war crimes in Gaza — even if they did, what can the U.N. do about it? I watched the Rwandan genocide unfold — we’re making the same mistakes in Iraq: Gen. Romeo Dallaire on the unfolding tragedy. Would Sweden ever extradite Assange to the United States? Elias Groll investigates. For those who grieve dead celebrities, it's like losing a family member. The introduction to American Big Business in Britain and Germany: A Comparative History of Two "Special Relationships" in the 20th Century by Volker R. Berghahn. In 2011, the Justice Department targeted online-poker operators for violating the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act — since then, many guileless amateurs, known to poker pros as “fish”, have been moving back to casinos.
From The Economist, no-knock raids, assault weapons and armoured cars — America’s police use paramilitary tactics too often. Sarah Goodyear on the Fergusons we already forgot: There's no shortage of examples of militarized U.S. policing gone wrong in recent years. Did Congress help create an environment for crisis in Ferguson, Missouri? (and more) Zaid Jilani on how two months ago, Congress had a chance to help prevent the escalating militarization of police. Rep. Hank Johnson's push to curb police militarization gets big boost after Ferguson. Daniel Newhauser on how Congress is not canceling the Pentagon-to-police weapons program anytime soon. Alex S. Vitale on how to end militarized policing: We can undo the policies facilitating police violence in Ferguson. What is the National Guard to do when the police already resemble them? Emily Badger wonders. Kelsey D. Atherton on a spotter's guide to military-grade gear now being used by police tactical equipment without a strategic goal (and more). Here is an illustrated guide to the police presence in Ferguson. A history of police uniforms and why they matter: Aarian Marshall on how uniforms have influenced interactions between cops and citizens since the start of American policing. No, a soldier cop on every corner does not sound great. Martin Patriquin on why the NRA’s silence in the tear-gas wake of Ferguson, Missouri is so telling. From National Review, Charles C. W. Cooke on the Right’s wrong reaction to the Missouri shooting: Many conservatives are giving off the impression that they want to talk about something else; and Rich Lowry on the grossly exaggerated militarization-of-police critique of Ferguson. Has the Right really shifted on police militarization and abuse? Peter Hart wonders. Conservatives still want the parts of police brutality they've always wanted: Physical intimidation of their enemies, and a vicarious feeling of butchitude — they just don't want to pay for it. Rightbloggers try anti-cop angle on Ferguson, but revert to old Ooga-Booga. Officer Darren Wilson, Michael Brown's shooter, is now an online cult hero (and more). The Right’s “race lobby” trash: Simon Maloy on why WSJ’s Ferguson explanation is absurd. Brian Beutler on how the Right-wing response to Ferguson is depressingly predictable.
Avraham Ebenstein (HUJ): Patrilocality and Missing Women. Diane Marie Amann (Georgia): The Post-Postcolonial Woman or Child. Vasuki Nesiah (NYU): Feminism as Counter-terrorism: The Seduction of Power. Daniel L. Hicks (Oklahoma), Joan Hamory Hicks (UC-Berkeley), and Beatriz A. Maldonado (Charleston): Are Female Politicians More Responsive to International Crises? Cecilia Garcia-Penalosa and Maty Konte (Aix-Marseille): Why are Women Less Democratic than Men? Evidence from Sub-Saharan African Countries. Timothy J. Besley (LSE), Olle Folke (Columbia), Torsten Persson (Stockholm), and Johanna Rickne (IFN): Gender Quotas and the Crisis of the Mediocre Man: Theory and Evidence from Sweden. Serena Kutchinsky on how violence against women is Europe’s secret shame. Intimacy that kills: A Pakistani woman brutally murdered by her own family is just one of countless women around the world abused — or worse — by so-called “loved ones”. What do Chinese women want? Lu-Hai Liang investigates. Does Western pressure for gender equality help? Sarah Bush and Amaney Jamal investigate. The failures of the new feminism: Germaine Greer reviews The Vagenda by Holly Baxter and Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett and Everyday Sexism by Laura Bates. Latin lessons in dressing: Bachelet and Rousseff seem to have adopted the Angela Merkel approach to dressing — adopt a uniform. Jude Browne on corporate boards, quotas for women and political theory. Kathleen Geier, Kate Bahn, Joelle Gamble, Zillah Eisenstein and Heather Boushey on how gender changes Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century. You can download Taxation and Gender Equity: A Comparative Analysis of Direct and Indirect Taxes in Developing and Developed Countries, ed. Caren Grown and Imraan Valodia (2010).
A new issue of The European Journal of Humor Research is out. Bernardo Bortolin Kerr (Nottingham): Fantasy, Borges and the Map to the Territory. Veli-Matti Karhulahti (Turku): Hermeneutics and Ludocriticism (“This article introduces the concept of ludocriticism as a practice for evaluating game and videogame artifacts.”). Michael Castle Miller (American): Governing for the Corporations: History and Analysis of U.S. Promotion of Foreign Investment. Hub Zwart (RU Nijmegen): What is Nature? On the Use of Poetry in Philosophy Courses for Science Students. From Re/code, a special series on the new instant gratification economy. Amanda Taub on why most of the people Ebola kills may never actually contract it. What’s in a magazine name? Mr. Magazine wonders. Between Israel and social democracy: Daniel Solomon on Tony Judt’s Jewishness. Will the Federal Reserve still be evil with this nice woman in charge? Itemizing atrocity: Tamara K. Nopper and Mariame Kaba on how for blacks, the “war on terror” hasn’t come home — it’s always been here. Does David Bromwich’s idea of a Burkean left amount to anything more than contempt for Obama? Samuel Moyn reviews Moral Imagination: Essays and The Intellectual Life of Edmund Burke: From the Sublime and the Beautiful to American Independence by David Bromwich (and more at LRB). Shell shocked: Jack Jenkins on the extraordinary story of how one man escaped ISIS. The transparency trap: David Frum on why trying to make government more accountable has backfired. Chiara Bottici on anarchism and feminism: Toward a happy marriage?
Jakob Jan Kamminga (Utrecht): The Moral Content of the Concept of Privacy. Andrew J Roberts (Melbourne): Privacy and Political Theory. Jordan J. Paust (Houston): Can You Hear Me Now? Private Communication, National Security, and the Human Rights Disconnect. From Wired, a cover story on Edward Snowden, the most wanted man in the world. James Der Derian reviews books about Edward Snowden and his audacious revelations about US surveillance excesses and their implications for all private citizens. Edward Snowden urges professionals to encrypt client communications. NSA workers routinely share your nude photos, Snowden says. Conor Friedersdorf on Edward Snowden or the NSA: Who violated your privacy more? Sue Halpern on NSA surveillance: what the government can’t see. From ProPublica, Julia Angwin and Jeff Larson on the NSA revelations all in one chart. Glenn Greenwald and Andrew Fishman on how NPR is laundering CIA talking points to make you scared of NSA reporting. Visit the wrong website, and the FBI could end up in your computer. Andy Greenberg on Morgan Marquis-Boire, the ex-Google hacker taking on the world’s spy agencies. Whistleblowers and traitors: Gabriel Schoenfeld reviews Secrets and Leaks: The Dilemma of State Secrecy by Rahul Sagar. Big Data hopes to liberate us from the work of self-construction — and justify mass surveillance in the process. Slavoj Zizek on how WikiLeaks opened our eyes to the illusion of freedom. From Ctheory, Michael Betancourt on the demands of agnotology-surveillance dynamic. Perri Klass on how Harriet the Spy predicted our surveillance state. Security in numbers: We need everyone to be worried about this stuff, and not just because it will help us get governments to put a leash on the spies — more important is the fact that security isn’t an individual matter.
Anna Korteweg and Phil Triadafilopoulos (Toronto): Is Multiculturalism Dead? Groups, Governments and the “Real Work of Integration”. Adam Bilinski (Florida): Cultural Legacies and Electoral Performance of Ethnic Minority Parties in Post-Communist Europe. Berit Wigerfelt, Anders S. Wigerfelt, and Jenny Kiiskinen (Malmo): When Colour Matters: Policing and Hate Crime. Cas Mudde (Georgia): Fighting the System? Populist Radical Right Parties and Party System Change. Conrad Ziller (Cologne): Explaining Right-Wing Extremist Attitudes: The Role of Personality Traits and Aspects of Parental Socialization. Heil Hipster: Thomas Rogers on the young neo-Nazis trying to put a stylish face on hate. Rachel Monroe reviews A Norwegian Tragedy: Anders Behring Breivik and the Massacre on Utoya by Aage Borchgrevink. The Rise of a Fallen Feather: Szabolcs KissPal on the symbolism of the Turul bird in contemporary Hungary. From The Economist, why flat regions tend to be more right-wing than hilly ones, and other psephological puzzles. Rage against the machine: Mark Leonard on the rise of anti-politics across Europe. Simon Kuper on a portrait of Europe’s white working class. Can equality be legislated? Evidence from Europe suggests that discourses matter as much as political will. J. Lester Feder on the rise of Europe’s Religious Right. Are French Muslims integrated? Depends on what you mean by integration. It is easy to believe that Muslims are having trouble integrating into European societies, however, survey evidence from France indicates that this is less of a problem than commonly suggested — though it’s still not easy being Muslim in Europe, particularly in France. Dina Taha on Muslim minorities in the West: Between fiqh of minorities and integration. Owen Jones on how anti-Jewish hatred is rising — we must see it for what it is.