Peeter Selg (Tallinn): Toward a Semiotic Model of Democracy. Leonidas K. Cheliotis (QMUL): For a Freudo-Marxist Critique of Social Domination: Rediscovering Erich Fromm Through the Mirror of Pierre Bourdieu. Raymond Koen (Western Cape): In Defence of Pashukanism. The inaugural issue of Thinking Nature is out, including Paul Ennis (UCD): What did the Early Heidegger Think about Nature?; Tom Sparrow (Slippery Rock): Ecological Necessity; Ted Toadvine (Oregon): Six Myths of Interdisciplinarity; Timothy Morton (UC-Davis): Some Notes Towards a Philosophy of Non-Life; and Ross Wolfe (Chicago): Man and Nature. From the Journal of French and Francophone Philosophy, a special issue on Frantz Fanon's Wretched of the Earth, Fifty Years Later. From the International Journal of Zizek Studies, a special issue on Zizek and Badiou. Mentioning Foucault has become the verbal equivalent of the iconic image of Che Guevara; it’s meant to say: when the time comes, I don’t mind sticking it to The Man — until then, we’re doing just fine. From Metapsychology, a review of Jacques Ranciere: Key Concepts; and a review of Alain Badiou: Key Concepts by A. J. Bartlett and Justin Clemens. George J. Marlin on the anti-Church of Antonio Gramsci. History is what the present is made of: An interview with Matthew Frye Jacobson of Yale's Public Humanities program. A review of The Cambridge Introduction to Emmanuel Levinas by Michael L. Morgan. Toni Negri was professor at the University of Padua, until he was jailed, charged with being leader of Italy’s Red Brigades; he hasn’t lost his sense of humour. A review of Uwe Steiner's Walter Benjamin: An Introduction to His Work and Thought. Bad I.O.U.: John Clark on Badiou’s fidelity to the Event. An interview with David McNally, author of Monsters of the Market: Zombies, Vampires and Global Capitalism.
Jeremy N. Sheff (St. John's): Brand Renegades. From Studies in Social Justice, a special issue on Life Value and Social Justice. From Wonkblog, Ezra Klein has a primer on Occupy Wall Street; an interview with David Graeber, author of Direct Action: An Ethnography; an interview with former-SEIU organizer Stephen Lerner, who planned the legendary Justice for Janitor campaign; and Suzy Khimm on how Occupy Wall Street could succeed. Is Occupy Wall Street a Tea Party for the Left? William H. Gross, managing director of PIMCO, a global investment management firm: "If Main Street is unemployed and undercompensated, capital can only travel so far down Prosperity Road". What became of the Taino? The Indians who greeted Columbus were long believed to have died out, but a journalist's search for their descendants turned up surprising results. To sit or not to sit: Christina Barmon on gendering how we pee. From Bloomberg, a special report on how the Koch Brothers flout the law with secret Iran sales. A review of Monoculture: How One Story is Changing Everything by F. S. Michaels (and more). A look at 7 famous "unsolved" mysteries (science solved years ago). The world's earliest Christian engraving shows surprising pagan elements. From Modern Age, a review essay on the fall of the Berlin Wall. When it comes to politics, is ignorance bliss? Politicians and voters remain information-deficient despite the era of information technology. A Holly Golightly for the Stripper-Embezzlement Age: After the crash, financier Ken Starr was revealed to be one of the greatest hustlers of our time — but he had nothing on his fourth wife, Diane Passage. A look at why tax expenditures are a boring thing you should be outraged about.
Palma Joy Strand (Creighton): Do We Value Our Cars More than Our Kids? The Conundrum of Care for Children. Undescended testicles are among the most common birth defects in the United States; chemicals that we use in plastics and personal care products appear to be the culprit. The Placenta Cookbook: For a growing number of new mothers, there’s no better nutritional snack after childbirth than the fruit of their own labor. Being a parent has many benefits, but could it actually prolong your life? The miracle of birth is that most of us figure out how to mother — more or less. A blood test determines a baby's sex earlier than ever, but at what cost? Rise of the Twins: A Slate special issue on the science, history and culture of multiple births. Femi-nihilism: The most devastating aspect of the feminist agenda is the way it sets mothers at odds with their children and devalues motherhood. The fatherhood myth: Michael Gilding unravels the uncertain data about mistaken paternity. The Gift of Life: J. David Velleman on why children have a right to know and be reared by their biological parents. The Two-Minus-One Pregnancy: “Pregnancy reduction” for women carrying twins opens up an uncharted territory of personal choice. Did human pregnancy evolve because of an infection? Scientists may know why our babies advance so much in the womb. Get out there and make some babies: Jake DiMare argues that for true gender equality, we need more progressive, liberal folks to create more children and raise them up with love, civility and the ability to think critically about their surroundings. From Cracked.com, a look at 7 terrifying things they don't tell you about pregnancy, the 5 most horrible things nobody tells you about babies, and 12 great parenting products for traumatizing your baby.