The latest issue of The Occupied Wall Street Journal is out. Justin Elliot on the future of Occupy: Four key questions. Amy Dean on OWS and America’s democratic tradition. Objecting or objectified? At Occupy Wall Street women get attention, but not always for their message. Jonathan Topaz on why Occupy Wall Street isn’t particularly revolutionary. What would James Madison do: Would the framers support the OWS movement? How to deal with the police is a point of dispute between Social Democratic Anarchists and Communist Anarchists. Occupy Judaism: The Jews who held a Yom Kippur service at OWS were upholding an American tradition of invoking religion to spur progressive action. The Occupy movement is the latest example of the impact radical action and ideas can have when the system is weak. A look at what the #OccupyTogether encampments can teach society about sustainability. It’s not a hippie thing: Don’t be fooled by the drum circles — today’s protests have more in common with the anti-Hoover 1930s than the antiwar ’60s and ’70s (and more). Jennifer Mercieca writes of American revolutionaries and American occupiers. It has been quite some time after Georges Sorel has proposed the idea of General Strike: Irakli Zurab Kakabadze on OWS and a polyphonic general strike. The 99 Percenters have brought their protest to the Navy. The Vatican confounds conservatives: Will we soon see a distinguished-looking older man in long white robes walking among the OWS demonstrators in Zuccotti Park? From Tea Party Review, here is a conservative lesson from Occupy Wall Street. The American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property “occupies” 7,500 public squares — and goes unreported; and John Ritchie on what he saw at Occupy Wall Street. From the Mises Institute, George Reisman writes in praise of the capitalist 1 percent; and Llewellyn Rockwell on how the state is the 1 percent. Get a Job! Working is (usually) more admirable than protesting.
From The Guardian, a special section on our crowded planet: Global population hits 7 billion. From the Oxford Guide to Treaties, here is the entry on treaty signature. What will happen to Gaddafi's body — will it be used to make a political statement, as the bodies of Bin Laden, Goring and Lenin were? From THES, ahead of Lord Woolf's report on the scandal of the LSE's links with Libya, Christopher Davidson examines the issue of UK university funding by Gulf autocracies in the light of the Arab Spring. "Ten Years Later: Surveillance in the Homeland" is a joint project between truthout.org and ACLU. Sarah Jaffe on how the surveillance state protects the interests of the ultra-rich. The arrival of .XXX begs the question: How much of the internet is actually for porn? There are two Barack Obamas: Harvard Obama and Chicago Obama. After leaving football, historian Taylor Branch emerges as an NCAA critic. One month after Taylor Branch's damning cover story in The Atlantic about the NCAA's shameful exploitation of college athletes — which itself followed a raft of accusations of bribery and foul play — the organization that governs college sports announced "sweeping reform". Does Kim need to keep his nukes to avoid Gaddafi’s fate? John Pilger and Noam Chomsky debate the future of radical media. Five ways to kill a hipster? Claire Martine on a critique of anti-hipsterism. Wrong mission accomplished: Jack Goldsmith on how Dick Cheney reined in presidential power. The engine of capitalism might just be delusional optimism, says Daniel Kahneman — and more on how cognitive illusions blind us to reason. Conservative activist Cliff Kincaid has a new target for populist outrage: Democratic-leaning financier George Soros and he’s got the kooky conspiracy theory diagrams to prove it! Taxing the rich: A guide to the controversy.
Everything you need to know about Occupy Wall Street: David Weigel and Lauren Hepler on a timeline of the movement, from February to today. David Graeber, the anti-leader of Occupy Wall Street: How the anthropologist, activist, and anarchist helped transform a hapless rally into a global protest movement. Dahlia Lithwick on how OWS confuses and ignores Fox News and the pundit class. Occupy and Evolve: Kelly Heresy has been with OWS since Day 1 and was part of the first group to live and work in Liberty Plaza. Matt Taibbi on how Wall Street isn't winning — it's cheating. We are all Occupiers now: Katha Pollitt on the mainstreaming of OWS. Alex Aums and James Broulard on the strange case of #OccupyPhoenix and the search for civic life in the exurbs. The newspaper of Occupy London, The Occupied Times of London, has been launched. Meet the 0.01 Percent: War profiteers. It really, really is 99 vs. 1. Charlie Rose interviews Slavoj Zizek. Democracy is the enemy: Slavoj Zizek on how, so far, the protesters have done well to avoid exposing themselves to the criticism that Lacan levelled at the students of '68 (and more). The stunning victory that OWS has already achieved: In just one month, the protesters have shifted the national dialogue from a relentless focus on the deficit to a discussion of the real issues facing Main Street. How Paul Ryan tried to answer the supercommittee and OWS protesters at the same time. An interview with Doug Henwood on the socially useless Wall Street class. David Harvey on how the party of Wall Street meets its nemesis. "I Am Wall Street": Here is a samizdat anti-Occupy one-pager, first found at Occupy Chicago. Gotcha interviewer portrays OWS as drug-addled farce. Don't diss the drum circles: Danny Goldberg writes in defense of hippies. We’re hoping General Assembly votes MC Moneypenney’s hot new single to be the official anthem of Occupy Wall Street. Here is sex advice from Occupy Wall Street protesters.
Kurt Gerry (NYU): On the Nature of Law: Philosophical Anarchism and Law's Claim to Legitimate Authority. From the inaugural issue of Anarchist Developments in Cultural Studies, Saul Newman (Goldsmith): Voluntary Servitude Reconsidered: Radical Politics and the Problem of Self-Domination; Simon Choat (Kingston): Postanarchism from a Marxist Perspective; Edward Avery-Natale (Temple): "We’re Here, We’re Queer, We’re Anarchists": The Nature of Identification and Subjectivity Among Black Blocs; Alejandro de Acosta on Anarchist Meditations or: Three Wild Interstices Of Anarchy and Philosophy; and Xavier Oliveras Gonzalez (UAB): Denying Anarchic Spaces and Places: An Anarchist Critique of Mosaic-Statist Metageography. A review of Anarchism and Its Aspirations by Cindy Milstein. What does it mean to be an anarchist? Too often associated with mayhem on the streets, for centuries anarchists have actually sought a more ordered society. Saul Newman on the politics of post anarchism. Logistics and Opposition: Alberto Toscano examines the anti-urbanist presuppositions of insurrectionary anarchism, speculating on how the catastrophic destiny of certain technological innovations might instead be turned to different ends. A review of Anarchism and Syndicalism in the Colonial and Postcolonial World, 1870–1940. A look at how the intellectual roots of Wall Street protests lie in academe: Movement's principles arise from scholarship on anarchy. The prince of evolution: Lee Alan Dugatkin on Peter Kropotkin, anarchism, and cooperation in nature (and more). Marxism or anarchism: John Steele on why we need a politics we haven’t got. A review of Anarchism and Education: A Philosophical Perspective by Judith Suissa. A review of Anarchism and Moral Philosophy. Baby, we’re all anarchists now.
Jonathan D. London (CUHK): Historical Welfare Regimes. Ann McGinley (UNLV): Trouble in Sin City: Protecting Sexy Workers' Civil Rights. Jurgen Habermas argues that the tactics adopted by European leaders have sidelined what should be their main priority: the well-being of citizens, established within a democratic framework. Gawker is big immature baby: Why can’t Gawker do nastiness the right way? Jonathan Chait on the ideological fantasies of inequality deniers. A review of Listomania: A World of Fascinating Facts in Graphic Detail. Ban fur? Then why not leather? Debbie Millman on how Starbucks transformed coffee from a commodity into a $4 splurge. The greatest human strength? Believe it or not, it's willpower. Big Think interviews David Linden, author of The Compass of Pleasure: How Our Brains Make Fatty Foods, Orgasm, Exercise, Marijuana, Generosity, Vodka, Learning, and Gambling Feel So Good. What would be wrong with giving people the right to use their food stamps at fast-food places? A review of A Great Leap Forward: 1930s Depression and U.S. Economic Growth by Alexander Field. In five years, over 50 commercial airplanes crashed in loss-of-control accidents — what’s going on? Far from being a heroic amateur as he's so often portrayed Robert Scott championed science and was a victim of cruel luck— and deception. Moody, impulsive, maddening — why do teenagers act the way they do? The joy of unicorns: Frank Lesser on the real reason you never see the mythical one-horned beasts. Did the Founding Fathers screw up? Gridlock in Washington is no accident — it’s built into the Constitution. Parents of a certain age: Is there anything wrong with being 53 and pregnant? The case against summer: P.J. O'Rourke on why Americans vacation their pants off — literally, in the case of middle-age men — but stink at relaxing.
From Cato Unbound, Michael Shermer on liberty and science. Will asking a question get your science paper cited more? Lots of stuff other than content can influence why scientific papers are cited by academics. Harry Collins on his book Gravity’s Ghost: Scientific Discovery in the Twenty-first Century. Free will and quantum clones: George Musser on how your choices today affect the universe at its origin. A review of Intellectual Curiosity and the Scientific Revolution: A Global Perspective by Toby E. Huff (and more). From Spectrum, when the problem is the problem: Finding the right problem is half the solution. A review of Never Pure: Historical Studies of Science as if It Was Produced by People with Bodies, Situated in Time, Space, Culture, and Society, and Struggling for Credibility and Authority by Steven Shapin (and more). Janet D. Stemwedel on evaluating scientific claims (or, do we have to take the scientist’s word for it?). John Horgan on why the “Slow Science” movement must be crushed. A look at terms that have different meanings for scientists and the public. A new discipline emerges: You've heard of the history of science, the philosophy of science, maybe even the sociology of science — but how about the psychology of science? From TED, Ben Goldacre on battling bad science. Skeptical of science: Among other new roles, journalists are becoming more critical of research. The perfect kilogram is getting lighter — can science find a better measure? A review of Knocking on Heaven's Door: How Physics and Scientific Thinking Illuminate the Universe and the Modern World by Lisa Randall. A look at 8 simple questions you won't believe science can't answer.
From German Law Journal, a special issue on legitimacy and the future of the European Court of Human Rights. R. Daniel Kelemen on his book Eurolegalism: The Transformation of Law and Regulation in the European Union. At a time when Europe is equated with sovereign debt and political powerlessness, one should not forget that the foundations for a European citizenship have already been laid; its potential for democracy needs to be interrogated, as do the cultural resources that it can rely on. Research finds the 19th century "Protestant work ethic" may be at the heart of Europe’s North/South debt crisis split. This economic collapse is a "crisis of bigness": Leopold Kohr warned 50 years ago that the gigantist global system would grow until it imploded — we should have listened. From Eurozine, markets and society: Daniel Daianu on how high finance cripples the economy and corrodes democracy. A fiscal union for the euro: Some lessons from history. Euro armageddon is approaching, but it's too boring and complicated to explain. From the New York Review of Books, Jeff Madrick on how to save Europe. Can financial engineering save the euro? John Cassidy investigates. Chart of the day, Euro bailout edition: This, ladies and gentlemen, is how the sausage gets made. Avinash Persaud on how EU's financial transaction tax is feasible, and if set right, desirable. The Greeks are being unfairly maligned by global financiers — the truth is very different. A social engineering idea: France is hoping that new architecture and new theories about how best to house the poor will solve the problems in a hard-luck Paris suburb. Amid all the incoherent "big society" talk, consider Christiania, a democratic Danish community celebrating 40 years of autonomy.
Adam J. Kolber (Brooklyn): Unintentional Punishment. David Jenkins (Copenhagen): Black Holes and Hollow Promises: Citizenship and the Limits of Anglo-American Due Process since 9/11. From The New Republic, a special issue on Who Really Runs Washington. Zipcar and Flexcar started an economic revolution in urbanized America — but how much are we willing to share? From The Nation, Frances Moore Lappe on the food movement, its power and possibilities (and responses by Raj Patel, Vandana Shiva, Eric Schlosser, and Michael Pollan). There is no biological reason to eat three meals a day — so why do we do it? The story of how we got our alphabets: From intricate and beautiful Egyptian hieroglyphs, to wedge-shaped cuneiform imprints from ancient Mesopotamia — our ancestors developed many ways of recording their thoughts and information. Has our violent history led to an evolved preference for physically strong political leaders? Scott McLemee reviews Mary Ann Glendon’s The Forum and the Tower: How Scholars and Politicians Have Imagined the World, from Plato to Eleanor Roosevelt. Once it had to do with awe, now it just means "great" — how did "awesome" conquer the world? People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is suing SeaWorld for keeping slaves — the slaves in this case being 5 killer whales based at its marine parks. Do editorial page endorsements have any effect on election outcomes? Micah Cohen investigates. An experiment finds Richard Dawkins' weasels beat random monkeys to Shakespeare's work. A convict finds freedom overwhelming, starts a fire and heads back to jail. Crime conundrum: Why are rates of violence and theft dropping in the recession? Unless we finally start to honor the American people as individuals, the coming presidential election will miss the point.
Rebecca L. Rausch (Seattle): Reframing Roe: Property over Privacy. Marshall H. Medoff and Christopher Dennis (Cal State-Long Beach): TRAP Abortion Laws and Partisan Political Party Control of State Government. Ezio Di Nucci (Duisburg-Essen): Fathers and Abortion. A look at how states could ban abortion with Roe still standing. The most radical anti-abortion measure in America: Due to the handiwork of a fringe religious activist, Mississippians will soon vote on a ballot initiative that would ban abortion in cases of rape and incest (and more). Why this woman chose abortion at 29 weeks: Dana Weinstein’s fetus could have died after birth or been very severely disabled, yet the GOP still wants to force women like her to carry to term. How America's obsession with abortion hurts families everywhere. Here are 10 things to say to the anti-choice fanatics trying to end access to abortion. A look at how Personhood Mississippi perverts black history to fight abortion. A massive legislative campaign against abortion rights is taking its toll on a woman's right to choose; What Every Woman Should Know is a report by Susie Cagle on the war that's being waged against women's health in the US. Sarah Kliff on how abortion became a political litmus test. Another day, another battle in the GOP's war on Planned Parenthood. Simon van Zuylen-Wood on a radical new ploy to destroy Roe v. Wade — which just might work. From Commonweal, can we talk about abortion? An exchange between Peter Steinfels, Dennis O'Brien, and Cathleen Kaveny (and a response). Sarah Kliff on how the real abortion battle isn’t on the Hill — it’s in the states. Tony Ortega on Scientology and forced abortions: Testimony of an enforcer. Abortion and mental health: Is there sufficient evidence to support a link? Kathy Shaidle on Bill Whatcott, Canada’s kooky Christian crusader. Kevin McGovern on why adoption is better than abortion. An article on how sex-selection abortions continue, and are spreading.
Milan Vaishnav (Columbia): The Market for Criminality: Money, Muscle and Elections in India. Some relief at last for unwed tribal mothers: Sexual exploitation of tribal women continues to haunt Kerala long after literacy should have ended their misery. Eleven situations when rape is okay: Yamini Deenadayalan on bizarre justifications over the years. Falling Man: Manmohan Singh at the centre of the storm. From Outlook India, Pranay Sharma on our selective archive: Understanding why some events are kept alive in our collective consciousness and others interred; and when amnesia is a handy tool: David Ludden on why specific political projects need specific memories to generate national sentiment. Parul Sehgal reviews The Beautiful and the Damned: A Portrait of the New India by Siddhartha Deb (and more). It’s available, it’s not addictive, it’s dirt cheap — morphine is used globally to treat pain, so why do Indian doctors refuse to prescribe it, even in terminal cases, asks Rohini Mohan. Joseph Lelyveld’s new biography of Mahatma Gandhi caused a storm in India even before it was published there; Thomas Weber looks at the book and its critics. A massive biometric project gives millions of Indians an ID. The typewriter lives on in India: India's typewriter culture survives the age of computers in offices where bureaucracy demands typed forms and in rural areas where many homes don't have electricity. From The Caravan, a journey to unravel the truth of one woman’s courageous crossing reveals a social and family history of indentured labour migration from India to the Caribbean; and the firm that once colonised India is now owned by an Indian businessman — can Sanjiv Mehta turn history on its head—and make a tidy profit in the process?