Shiv Visvanathan (JGU): Interrogating the Nation. Nikola Purkovic (Westminster): What Role Do Nationalisms Play in the (In) Stability of Russia and China? An interview with Ali Ansari, author of The Politics of Nationalism in Modern Iran. Anatol Lieven on chauvinism and idealism in American nationalism. Artem Kaznatcheev on remembering the dangers of nationalism. From Infoshop News, welcome back to the 30s: An article on the rebirth of radical nationalism. Daniel Snowman reviews Histories of Nations: How their Identities Were Forged, ed. Peter Furtado. A review of The Origins of Nationalism: An Alternative History from Ancient Rome to Early Modern Germany by Caspar Hirschi. Andrew F. Smith reviews Collective Identity, Oppression, and the Right to Self-Ascription by Andrew J. Pierce. A review of Multiculturalism: A Critical Introduction by Michael Murphy. An interview with Jens-Martin Eriksen and Frederik Stjernfelt, authors of The Democratic Contradictions of Multiculturalism (and more). A question of identity: The nation-state is shrinking to just a flag, some sports teams and a pile of debts. The Animaniacs song "Nations of the World" names 160 places in less than 2 minutes — can you name them all in 10?
From the Journal of Business Anthropology, a series of contributors on what business anthropology is, what it might become and what, perhaps, it should not be. From Nerve, Lizzie Plaugic on why everyone should be insulted by the term "friend zone". Jacques Morizot reviews Painting Borges: Philosophy Interpreting Art Interpreting Literature by Jorge J.E. Gracia. Dylan Trigg reviews The Unconcept: The Freudian Uncanny in Late-Twentieth-Century Theory by Anneleen Masschelein. From The Montreal Review, Leigh Donaldson on America’s love affair with cars. The realism of Lincoln is just the flip side of the hagiography of Lincoln: Only a country steeped in myths of innocence would find the most conventional and boring kind of realism about politics to be the trumpet blast of Truth, Brave Truth. What happens now that the war on drugs has failed? Benjamin Wallace-Wells wonders. Paul Waldman on why Obama won't be the one to end the war on drugs: It's the inverse of Nixon going to China. Matthew Yglesias is against the grand bargain: A long-term deficit deal is impossible, and the quest for one is hurting the country. Why do grammatical errors turn Jekylls into Hydes? Jessica Love on the liberal grammar fanatic.
A new issue of Prism is out. From Strategic Studies Quarterly, a special section on cyber-warfare, including Martin C. Libicki (RAND): The Specter of Non-Obvious Warfare. Kevin Jon Heller (Melbourne): “One Hell of a Killing Machine”: Signature Strikes and International Law. Jamie L.H. Goodall reviews The Business of War: Military Enterprise and Military Revolution in Early Modern Europe by David Parrott. Brian Donohue on how the Air Force is now openly seeking cyber-weapons. Paul Hockenos reviews Ending Wars Well: Order, Justice and Conciliation in Contemporary Post-Conflict by Eric Patterson. Who will be accountable for military technology? As drones, robots, and even enhanced soldiers take the battlefield, questions of responsibility get more complicated. Erik Voeten on how to improve the drones debate. Five writers, including three veterans, respond to Chris Hedges's provocative essay "War Is Betrayal". Cyber fail: Why can't the government keep hackers out? Because the public is afraid of letting it. Jeff McMahan on rethinking the “just war” (and part 2). You can't go home again: Soldiers aren’t the only veterans of war.
Mark C. Weidemaier (UNC) and G. Mitu Gulati (Duke): A People's History of Collective Action Clauses. Sascha-Dominik Oliver Vladimir Bachmann (Lincoln) and Gerhard Kemp (Stellenbosch): Aggression as “Organized Hypocrisy”? How the War on Terrorism and Hybrid Threats Challenge the Nuremberg Legacy. An interview with Andrew P. Smiler, author of Challenging Casanova: Beyond the Stereotype of the Promiscuous Young Male. Wall Street should hate itself: A Goldman Sachs tell-all gets panned for the wrong reasons, showing how financial journalists are in bed with CEOs. What are a bunch of hipsters doing in Green River, Utah? Stella Ghervas reviews Five Types of Peace: A History of the Plans for Perpetual Peace, 17th - 20th centuries by Bruno Arcidiacono. Tax the churches and give the revenue to hungry children. A review of This Indian Country: American Indian Activists and the Place They Made by Frederick Hoxie. From Boston magazine, what happened to the alternative weekly The Boston Phoenix — and can it rise again? Peter Vigneron investigates. It’s worth being clear about something: Grover Norquist is winning — big time.
Francesco Mezzanotte (Rome3): The Interrelation Between Intellectual Property Licenses and The Doctrine of "Numerus Clausus": A Comparative Legal and Economic Analysis. Mark A. Lemley (Stanford): The Regulatory Turn in IP. John Tehranian (Southwestern): Towards a Critical IP Theory: Copyright, Consecration and Control. Stacey L. Dogan (BU) and Mark A. Lemley (Stanford): Parody As Brand. Christian Peukert (Munich) and Jorg Claussen (CBS): Piracy and Movie Revenues: Evidence from Megaupload. Open access and closed minds: Nalaka Gunawardene on balancing intellectual property and public interest in the digital age. The case of the vanishing policy memo: An influential conservative group released a copyright reform memo that was so smart it had to immediately disavow it. Ryan Tate on how Facebook is trying to debunk a copyright hoax. Apple hopes to take more prisoners in its patent war against arch rival Samsung. Cade Metz on why Microsoft says the patent system is peachy. Alex Tabarrok on ending software patents. The patent, mighty as a sword: Alongside the impressive technological advances of the last two decades, software patents started to be used as destructive weapons, stifling competition.
From the Center for a Stateless Society, Roderick Long on libertarian anarchism: Responses to ten objections; and who owns the benefit? Kevin Carson on the free market as full communism and on libertarianism: What’s going right. Phillip Logan on the libertarian paradox I: Liberty. Paul Kelly reviews Masters of the Universe: Hayek, Friedman, and the Birth of Neoliberal Politics by Daniel Stedman Jones. From Liberty, are Objectivists also libertarians? Russell Hasan wonders. Why is John Galt? Jordan Bloom on the rational self-interest in turning the conservative movement into a cash cow. Do libertarians hate the poor? Laurence M. Vance investigates. Samuel Goldman on the libertarian mind. Matt Ridley goes inside the cold, calculating libertarian mind. Jonathan Chait on the GOP’s libertarian problem: "Let's flee to Galt's Gulch" is not a promising strategy for winning 270 electoral votes. Swing-voting libertarians: David Boaz on how the usual left/right dichotomy ignores a large portion of American voters — those who reject conservative traditions and big-spending liberals alike. Meet Dorian Electra, hip-hop’s “Libertarian Lolita”.
A new issue of News and Letters is out. Sarah Krakoff (Colorado): Inextricably Political: Race, Membership and Tribal Sovereignty. Charles P. Kindregan, Jr. (Suffolk): Pets in Divorce: Family Conflict over Animal Custody. Is there a Jewish gene? Richard C. Lewontin reviews Legacy: A Genetic History of the Jewish People by Harry Ostrer and The Genealogical Science: The Search for Jewish Origins and the Politics of Epistemology by Nadia Abu El-Haj (and more). From Foreign Policy, Joshua Keating on how the new Red Dawn movie is really just a throwback to the ‘80s — the 1880s; before there was Red Dawn, there was Red Napoleon; and could North Koreans ever really invade America? Jorg Friedrich on the rise (and fall) of the Pirate Party. After covering the Kafkaesque nightmare of the Pirate Bay’s current legal predicament and the apparent infowar against pirates in Sweden, it appears that Gottfrid Svartholm — one of the Pirate Bay’s founders — has now been sent to solitary confinement in Sweden. Fuming for two months in a jail cell here, Nakoula Basseley Nakoula has had plenty of time to reconsider the wisdom of making Innocence of Muslims.
From CRB, Ramesh Ponnuru reviews The Case for Polarized Politics: Why America Needs Social Conservatism by Jeffrey Bell. Thomas Dawson interviews Daniel K. Williams, author of God’s Own Party: The Making of the Christian Right. William Doino Jr. on the temptation of secular conservatism. What has movement conservatism accomplished in the last 15 years? The list isn't nearly as long as its boosters would have us think. The Right's Jennifer Rubin Problem: Conservatives lobbied hard to install one of their own at the Washington Post — but it didn't work out as they imagined it would. The New Grand Old Party: The defeat of 2012 is forcing Republicans to rethink what they stand for — what will the new conservatism look like? Revenge of the reality-based community: Bruce Bartlett on his life on the Republican right and how he saw it all go wrong. The new populism of the Right: While the conservative old guard is busy re-arranging deck chairs in the aftermath of 2012, a younger generation of thinkers is arguing that it’s time to embrace the 47 percent.
Adrian Perez (Beloit): Yet Another Path: Another Path: Expanding De Soto's Framework Using Ostrom's Insights. Barbara P. Billauer (IWP): Did God Invent Fibonacci Numbers? From The Christian Post, pastor Mark Driscoll says Twilight is for girls what porn is to boys; and will Russell Crowe portray Noah as an environmentalist wacko? Predicting the future is easier than it looks: Nate Silver was just the beginning — some of the same statistical techniques used by America's forecaster-in-chief are about to revolutionize world politics. From Vanity Fair, William Langewiesche on the dark romance and grim reality of life in the French Foreign Legion. Nerds, stop hating women, please: One comic creator's rant is just the latest example of misogyny in geek culture. Eleven years ago, Pamela Geller declared war on savages who were trying to take over the world — this November, she admits she lost. Asawin Suebsaeng and Dave Gilson have a chart of Almost Every Obama Conspiracy Theory Ever. Hearing someone complain about Notre Dame in 2012 is like having someone call you on a rotary phone and tell you all the reasons you shouldn't like Air Supply (and more).
Carl T. Bogus (Roger Williams): Fighting over the Conservative Banner. Seth Bartee on some of the major thinkers past and present that have defined Intercollegiate Studies Institute and the reach of this organization beyond the halls of academia. Conor Friedersdorf on how conservatives preach diversity of thought without practicing it. James Kalb reviews After Tocqueville: The Promise and Failure of Democracy by Chilton Williamson. Jeff Bloodworth interviews Patrick Allitt, author of The Conservatives: Ideas and Personalities Throughout American History. Mind of the new majority: Michael Brendan Dougherty on how Pat Buchanan is more than a conservative — he’s Nixon meets Spengler. A road not taken: Gerald Russello interviews Michael Brendan Dougherty on Pat Buchanan and the New Majority. Conservative utopia? Jerrod Laber cringes every time he hears about a contemporary problem that is the result of the loss of some quintessentially American ideal. Daniel Sage reviews American Neoconservatism: The Politics and Culture of a Reactionary Idealism by Jean-Francois Drolet. Born losers: Political scientist Corey Robin believes a sense of loss animates modern conservatism.