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.