Thom Brooks (Newcastle): Rethinking Remedial Responsibilities. Thomas Pogge on a world without the poor, not without poverty: Half a million die every year from malnutrition, yet the fate of the world is decided without giving the poor a voice and the result is enduring poverty — the affluent need to face up to the consequences of our actions. Charles Kenny on how the world can buy its way out of poverty for just $100 billion. Partners in Help: Paul Farmer on assisting the poor over the long term. Who represents the poor? Pranab Bardhan on the limits of the NGO movement in global development. Rich country, poor country: The economic divide continues to expand. Inequality and its discontents: Branko Milanovic on why so many feel left behind. Dani Rodrik (Harvard): The Future of Convergence. Across the world, slums are home to a billion people — the rich elite want the shanty towns cleared, but residents are surprisingly determined not to leave. Parks and Poverty: Do protected areas keep people poor? A world without borders makes economic sense: Allowing workers to change location significantly enriches the world economy, so why do we erect barriers to human mobility? Geojunk takes a look at products of forced labor by country. A review of Scarcity and Frontiers: How Economies Have Developed through Natural Resource Exploitation by Edward B. Barbier. The New Green Revolution: Olivier De Schutter and Gaetan Vanloqueren on how twenty-first-century science can feed the world. With the right programs, we can produce enough food for everyone — indeed, by taking the right actions now, we can eradicate starvation. Famine is a crime: Civilization has defeated mass starvation, so why are so many Somalis dying of hunger? A review of Three Famines: Starvation and Politics by Thomas Keneally.
Rosa-Auria Munte (URL): The Convergence of Historical Facts and Literary Fiction: Jorge Semprun's Autofiction on the Holocaust. Carol Hallberg (Thomas Jefferson): Identity Theft: A Brief Overview. From Interface, a special issue on repression and social movements. The debate at Occupy Wall Street — to what end? After nearly two weeks, the movement's members search for a plan — and a meaning. Meta-Protest: CUNY professor Alex Vitale organizes protest to protest the treatment of Occupy Wall Street protesters. Fortunetelling is easy to ridicule, frequently misunderstood, and, for some people, extremely powerful — unfortunately, what’s very tough to predict is what reading futures will do to the person with the cards. A review of The End of Sexual Identity: Why Sex is Too Important to Define Who We Are by Janell Williams Paris. Richard Beck on the Gospel According to Lady Gaga. From FDL, a book salon on Queer Questions Straight Talk: 108 Frank and Provocative Questions it’s Okay to Ask Your Lesbian, Gay or Bisexual Loved One by Abby Dees. If it weren't for a pair of Czech paratroopers, Reinhard Heydrich's name might rank closer to the top of a long list of World War II villains. A review of Where’s the Birth Certificate? The Case That Barack Obama Is Not Eligible to Be President by Jerome R. Corsi. Robert S. Boynton on the New New Journalism, circa 2011. Who’s afraid of Taylor Wilson? At 10, he built his first bomb; at 14, he made a nuclear reactor — now he’s 17. Arnold Schwarzenegger couldn’t stop California’s crash, and now the fight to save the state has fallen to local leaders; Michael Lewis de-briefs the ex-governor and talks to some of those on the new front line. The yogurt made me do it: There's nothing metaphorical about "gut feelings" — bacteria influence our minds.
Scientists have created robots that can make up their own language to describe new places, even ones they haven’t physically experienced. Dominic Basulto on when robots run our nation's farms. As if American workers don’t have it rough enough, with unemployment skyrocketing and jobs moving overseas, now there’s another threat: robots (and more). From Slate, a special series: Will robots steal your job? If you're highly educated, you should still be afraid. Kevin Kelly on the 7 Stages of Robot Replacement. Alexa Clay and Jon Camfield on how robots and social entrepreneurs can work side by side to fix the world. A robot that uses its own reasoning when faced with a task it hasn't completed before has been unveiled. Kevin James Moore on a dream of robot’s rights. You are a robot: Since technology isn't new, why this infatuation with imitating machines now? Us and Them: Robots are being created that can think, act, and relate to humans — are we ready? That's a terrific idea: I can't think of anything to worry about on this score — let's get busy making robots that are self-aware! A look at why we should not build self-conscious robots: "We should not unnecessarily increase the amount of conscious suffering in the universe". From Cyborgology, David Strohecker on robot fetishism, synthetic partners, and phallogocentrism. Challenges for a humanoid robot: If we want to build a real C3PO, we’ll have to make something that can speak and act appropriately to its goals over a wide range of unexpected circumstances. Chatbot tries to talk to itself, things get weird. From Improbable Research, a look at anthropomorphizations in robotics. The Internet is awash in videos of people dancing like robots, but the real gems are the videos of robots dancing like people. Atlas Obscura visits the amazing robots of Wu Yulu. From Cracked.com, a look at the 7 creepiest old school robots; and Scott Meyer on how to correct a mistake that may lead to the ruin of all mankind.
From McKinsey's What Matters, what is the single most important step the U.S. should take to create more jobs? A symposium, including contributions from Bill Clinton, Richard Florida, Jody Lewen, and Matthew Yglesias, among others. Which generation got hurt the most by the recession? The young can't get jobs, the middle-aged are in deep debt, and seniors can't retire. Conflicting Dreams: Josh Eidelson on the strikes that made Boeing a national flashpoint. The attack on unions: Abby Scher on right-wing politics and democratic possibilities. A review of Narcissist Nation: Reflections of a Blue-State Conservative by George Marlin. A review of Be the People: A Call to Reclaim America's Faith and Promise by Carol M. Swain.Ken Cuccinelli, the Attorney General of Virginia, on reasserting federalism in defense of liberty. From Jesus Radicals, what it mean for our political imagination if we were to think that we are, to some genuine degree, living under totalitarianism? A review of Sheldon S. Wolin's Democracy Incorporated: Managed Democracy and the Specter of Inverted Totalitarianism. Jason Plautz on the Oregon county that’s not in the UN. What drives conspiracy theorizing in the United States? A review of Among the Truthers: A Journey Through America’s Growing Conspiracist Underground by Jonathan Kay. Jesse Kornbluth reviews Eric Hoffer’s The True Believer and discusses the nature of all fanatical mass movements. Is democracy as we know it on its way out? A decade ago, only paranoid alarmists would have posed that question — today, it may be an expression of cold, brutal realism. How the political right bullied the Department of Homeland Security into ignoring the threat of right-wing extremism. Is it too soon to speak of the Bush-Obama presidency? Doom: Our economic nightmare is just beginning. Matt Stoller on how America could collapse. Look on the bright side, America: Downgrading your global ambitions could make you a healthier and happier nation.
A new issue of the Southern Poverty Law Center's Intelligence Report is out. From a special series by the journal Rationality, Markets and Morals, Andrew Gelman (Columbia): Induction and Deduction in Bayesian Data Analysis; and Stephen Senn (Glasgow): You May Believe You Are a Bayesian But You Are Probably Wrong. The hijab is the most powerful item of clothing in secular Western society — and the least understood. Historical Amnesias: An interview with Paul Connerton, author of “Seven Types of Forgetting”. Brute force or intelligence: Matthew Lasar on the slow rise of computer chess. Living at the edge of the world: Sharon Blackie on the crofting life and its meaning. Alec MacGillis on the Permanent Candidate: What’s driving Rick Perry? From the Utopian, Ron Tabor on the leadership crisis of the US ruling class. Hayek and Hip-Hop: How a South Bronx conservative shook up the right. Why is Sean Hannity so mad you're having sex? 5 ways conservatives attack sexual freedom. Corey Robin on what the Right really thinks about sex. From New York, the last thing child-welfare supervisor Chereece Bell wanted to see was what happened to 4-year-old Marchella Pierce — the last thing she expected was to go to jail for it. Why political reformers should be careful what they wish for: Once seen as a way to ensure fair elections, closed primaries have become a main contributor to the polarization of American politics. Designing a smarter patient: The hidden influences that sway our medical decisions. Here are 5 mind blowing things crowds do better than experts. The Man With the $16 House: A house in the 'burbs, a swimming pool and something for nothing — Squatter Ken Robinson's living the dream. A review of The Golden Empire: Spain, Charles V, and the Creation of America by Hugh Thomas.
Anna Selmeczi (CEU): From Shack to the Constitutional Court: The Litigious Disruption of Governing Global Cities. Phil Hubbard (Kent): Gender, Power and Sex in the World City Network. Bart M.J. Szewczyk (GWU) and Robert Hutchings (Texas): The Global Future and its Policy Implications: Views from Leading Thinkers on Five Continents, and the Views from Johannesburg, Lagos, and Cairo; the Views from Sao Paolo, Mexico City, and Santiago; and the Views of New Delhi, Istanbul, and Almaty. From Intelligent Life, what is the capital of the world? Choose from among the contenders: Beijing, Delhi, London, New York, Singapore, and Washington D.C., and more. From New Geography, Wendell Cox on Manila and the evolving urban form. Paul Romer on the world's first charter city, in Honduras. Favela futurism, very chic: The future of global innovation is the Brazilian favela, the Mumbai slum and the Nairobi shanty-town. Across Europe, irking drivers is urban policy. A review of Streetlife: The Untold History of Europe's Twentieth Century by Leif Jerram. A review of Olympic Cities: Urban Planning, City Agendas and the World's Games, 1896 to the Present. Steal this veg: Urban agriculture can challenge the priorities of the capitalist city. From Scientific American, a special issue on cities. The mythological city: Whether it is prehistoric paintings on the walls of caves or the graffiti and advertising we see all over the walls of our modern cities, people need to mark out their space, distinguish it from the untamed wilderness. The first chapter from The Spirit of Cities: Why the Identity of a City Matters in a Global Age by Daniel A. Bell and Avner de-Shalit. From Cracked, here are the 5 most extravagant ways cities have been wiped out; and a look at 5 major cities that are going to be destroyed.
A new issue of the Journal of Politics in Latin America is out. Nancy Birdsall (CDG), Nora Lustig (Tulane) and Darryl McLeod (Fordham): Declining Inequality in Latin America: Some Economics, Some Politics. An article on the decline of inequality and poverty in Latin America (and more). Nathan J. Kelly and Jana Morgan (Tennessee): Market Conditioning, Redistribution and Income Inequality in Latin America and the Caribbean. Latin America a "growth miracle"? The World Bank says maybe, and these countries have China to thank. From the Latin American Review of Books, a review of The Allure of Labor: Workers, Race, and the Making of the Peruvian State by Paulo Drinot; and a review of Rebellion and Reform in Bolivia: Class Struggle, Indigenous Liberation, and the Politics of Evo Morales by Jeffery R. Webber. Manuel A. Gomez (FIU): Law, Governance and Social Policies in Venezuela: The Case of Two Bolivarian Misiones. A review of The Struggle for Maize: Campesinos, Workers, and Transgenic Corn in the Mexican Countryside by Elizabeth Fitting. An oil-rich Cuba: Will Cuban oil help change the balance of power in the Americas in the near future? Russell Bither-Terry (UNC): Deepening of Democracy: The Luiz Inacio Lula Da Silva Administration. From Socialist Studies, a review essay on socialism and democracy in Latin America’s left turns. Hispanic Studies Forum: An article on Jose Marti and Normative "American" Culture. A review of Romantic Revolutionary: Simon Bolivar and the Struggle for Independence in Latin America by Robert Harvey. A review of Blackness in the White Nation: A History of Afro-Uruguay by George Reid Andrews. Linda D. Smith (FIU): Rights, Rationality, and Action: Factors that Influence Afrodescendant Social Moments in Latin America.
Ruben Enikolopov (NES): Are Bureaucrats Really Paid Like Bureaucrats? Marvin Eli Kirsh (CSU-LA): A Live Wire: Machismo of a Distant Surface. From Kasarinlan: Philippine Journal of Third World Studies, a special issue on the political economy of ideas. If it bleeds, it leads: Why it took police violence to make the media notice "Occupy Wall Street". Follow no leader: As the demonstrations on Wall Street this past weekend showed, there's a big difference between protesting for a purpose and making noise for its own sake. Making sense of the world: A review of Pattern Theory: The Stochastic Analysis of Real-World Signals by David Mumford and Agnes Desolneux. Colin Woodward on the history of torture and why we can't give it up. When the rapist is a she: A child support case brings to light a man's rape accusation against his high school girlfriend. A review of Breaking up Time: Settling the Borders between the Present, the Past and the Future. The Moocher's Credo: Deconstructing Elizabeth Warren's ode to crab antics that has made her an instant celebrity. Herbert Gintis approves of The Five Thousand Year Leap: Twenty-Eight Great Ideas That Are Changing the World by Willard Cleon Skousen, rabid John Birch Society anti-Communist and much more; and a review of Jurgen Habermas' The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere: "If you like this, you will love root canal work". Max Blumenthal on how an obscure conservative memo reveals the creeping Islamophobic threat to democracy. Frank Rich writes in praise of extremism: What good did bipartisanship ever do anybody? A look at how novelists predict the future with eerie accuracy. Welcome to the Gig Life: The boom in independent work is changing the way we think about jobs and careers.
William E. Abshire (Bridgewater): Violence and the Sacred: Interpretations of Rene Girard in Christian Philosophy and Peace Studies. From Analecta Hermeneutica, a special issue on the Absolute Question. From The Catholic Thing, if we were on the lookout for the most counter-cultural idea in contemporary Christianity to our obsession with freedom, a good choice might be the devotion of Holy Slavery; and can we stop telling God what to do? Sarah Posner on how Breivik’s “cultural analysis” is drawn from the “Christian Worldview”. What’s in a name? Mike Daniels on Christianist or Dominionist. From Jesus Radicals, John D. Rich on symbolic actions for confronting the powers: the Prophets and the Gospels; and how and when does one’s sexual life and practices truly reflect the anarchical teachings of Jesus? A review of The Embrace of Eros: Bodies, Desires, and Sexuality in Christianity. Why doesn't anybody talk about sin? How the push to focus on grace has overshadowed the danger of sin. A Year of Biblical Womanhood: An evangelical blogger is spending 12 months following the Bible's instructions for women — and she's doing it for egalitarian reasons. Nick Spencer on the political Bible: The Bible has a discomfiting tendency to cut across our natural political categories in a profoundly complex manner (and part 2 and part 3 and part 4 and part 5 and part 6 and part 7 and part 8). A review of Walter C. Kaiser Jr.'s Recovering the Unity of the Bible: One Continuous Story, Plan, and Purpose. A review of Forged: Writing in the Name of God — Why the Bible’s Authors Are Not Who We Think They Are by Bart D. Ehrman. From Relevant, all of a sudden, everyone is talking about the afterlife — what should Christians believe? Cybertheology: Just how much does Christian doctrine have in common with the open-source software movement?
Jules Lobel (Pittsburgh): Fundamental Norms, International Law, and the Extraterritorial Constitution. David S. Law (WUSTL) and Mila Versteeg (Virginia): The Declining Influence of the United States Constitution. Allan Erbsen (Minnesota): Constitutional Spaces. Nicholas Stephanopoulos (Columbia): Spatial Diversity. Daniel A. Farber (UC-Berkeley): The Fourteenth Amendment and the Unconstitutionality of Secession. Heather Gerken (Yale): Federalism All the Way Down. Nicholas Quinn Rosenkranz (Georgetown): The Subjects of the Constitution and The Objects of the Constitution. Vinicius Marinho (UFRJ): Constitutional Prophecy. Roger E. Hartley (WCU): Judicial Independence as a Political Argument. Adrian Vermeule (Harvard): Precautionary Principles in Constitutional Law. Arnold H. Loewy (Texas Tech): Rethinking Search and Seizure in a Post-9/11 World. Milan Markovic (Temple): Can Lawyers Be War Criminals? Paulo Barrozo (Boston College): The Foundations of Constitutional Punishment. Robert J. Smith (DePaul): The Geography of the Death Penalty and its Ramifications. Leslie Meltzer Henry (Maryland): The Jurisprudence of Dignity. Death to the Living Constitution: Can "progressive originalism" become the Next Big Thing on the legal left? The Supreme Court’s Painful Season: The next few years of Supreme Court rulings could be brutal for liberals. A review of The Law Is a White Dog: How Legal Rituals Make and Unmake Persons by Colin Dayan. A review of Bong Hits 4 Jesus: A Perfect Constitutional Storm in Alaska's Capital by James C. Foster. Are Americans more litigious? Eric Bennett Rasmusen and J. Mark Ramseyer on some quantitative evidence. Law without (as many) lawyers: Gillian Hadfield on ways to bring more legal services to Americans without requiring vast new armies of expensive lawyers.