A new issue of Inside Indonesia is out. From Japan Focus, Mark Selden (Binghamton): Economic Nationalism and Regionalism in Contemporary East Asia. Min Zin (UC-Berkeley) and Brian Joseph (NED): The Opening in Burma: The Democrats' Opportunity. From Solutions, John Richardson and Elizabeth Ong on the improbable resilience of Singapore. The government of Indonesia has responded to UN recommendations to recognize the rights of its indigenous peoples by claiming that none live in Indonesia. Kent Deng reviews Governance in Pacific Asia: Political Economy and Development from Japan to Burma by Peter Ferdinand. Vanishing stocks from dynamite fishing and cyanide threatens centuries-old culture of Sulawesi's gypsy sea people. One of the most persecuted minorities in the world: There has been an escalation in violence against the Muslim Rohinghya people since Burma began its process of democratisation. The world's silliest territorial dispute: Why are China and Japan threatening to go to war over a few uninhabited islands in the East China Sea? All the ingredients for genocide: is West Papua the next East Timor? As Myanmar opens to world, the fate of its forests is on the line.
Andrew Stumpff (Michigan): The Law is a Fractal: The Attempt to Anticipate Everything. Bruce Elmslie (New Hampshire) and Edinaldo Tebaldi (Bryant): Honey, If You Make Me Happier I Won't Cheat on You: The Empirics of Infidelity Revisited. Let's face it: We live in an adulterous society — only hypocrites still claim that high moral codes dominate our love and sex life. From The Public Domain Review, Carl Miller on the strangely troubled life of Digby Mackworth Dolben; and with his enormous range of scholarly pursuits the 17th century polymath Athanasius Kircher has been hailed as the last Renaissance man and “the master of hundred arts”. From AOL Government, Wyatt Kash on how the IRS helps agents deter tax cheats using analytics; and can innovation save the federal government? Dan Verton investigates. The world's oldest undeciphered writing system is close to being cracked thanks to a new technology and online crowdsourcing. An excerpt of Barack Obama in Hawaii and Indonesia: The Making of a Global President by Dinesh Sharma. Robert Zaretsky on how the political legacy of Albert Camus, born almost a century ago, remains volatile.
Robin Kundis Craig (Utah): The Social and Cultural Aspects of Climate Change Winners. From Erasmus Journal for Philosophy and Economics, Fabien Medvecky (Sydney): Valuing Environmental Costs and Benefits in an Uncertain Future: Risk Aversion and Discounting. From Diplomatic Courier, Thomas P.M. Barnett and Steve Keller on the globally crystallizing climate change event and four master narratives: Hobbesian States vs. Nature, Rousseauian General Willfulness, Lockean Greater Bad, and Kantian Categorical Catastrophe. Probable cause: Are scientists too cautious to help us stop climate change? Tom Pyszczynski et al. on how drawing attention to global climate change decreases support for war. Global warming is here to stay — and future warming will likely be on the high side of predictions, researchers conclude. David Roberts on the moral logic of climate communication and on what security experts can teach climate geeks about assessing risk. Inconvenient truths: Alan Ryan asks, how many Sandys will it take for us to change our ways? Roger McCormick reviews The Politics of Actually Existing Unsustainability: Human Flourishing in a Climate-Changed, Carbon Constrained World by John Barry.
Meta G. Carstarphen and Bryan J. Carr (Oklahoma): Superheroes in Popular Culture: Of Community, Identity and Media. Jaishikha Nautiyal (NDSU): The Dark Magic of Ideology: Althusser’s State Apparatuses in J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter. From Foreign Policy, a look at the Top 100 Global Thinkers 2012. From Government Executive, can Obama dodge the second-term trap? The taste for being moral: Thomas Nagel reviews The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion by Jonathan Haidt and Dignity: Its History and Meaning by Michael Rosen. Conservatives can't stop: A new Heritage study echoes Mitt's "47 percent" theme — and gets facts and history wrong. The Neighborhood Effect: 25 years after William Julius Wilson changed urban sociology, scholars still debate his ideas — is anyone else listening? Matthew Yglesias on how Amazon is a black hole threatening to devour Corporate America. One, two or three states: What future for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict? New York magazine interviews Tina Brown. From Wired, Mark Teppo on how a medieval arms race led to swords capable of killing “tin can” knights; and they cracked this 250-year-old code, and found a secret society inside. Humboldt State University, a public university located in one of California's prime pot-growing regions, has formed an academic institute devoted to marijuana.
Hal S. Scott (Harvard): Interconnectedness and Contagion (“This study engages in a detailed analysis of interconnectedness (i.e., the linkage between financial institutions) in the context of the failure of Lehman Brothers in October 2008 and concludes that interconnectedness was not a major cause of the recent financial crisis”). Daniela Gabor (UWE): Learning from Japan (European) Central Banking in Crisis. From FDL, a book salon on Bull by the Horns: Fighting to Save Main Street from Wall Street and Wall Street from Itself by Sheila Bair. Allan H. Meltzer on his book Why Capitalism? Brian Domitrovic reviews Free Market Revolution: How Ayn Rand’s Ideas Can End Big Government by Yaron Brook and Don Watkins. The illusions of conservative economics: Robert M. Solow reviews The Great Persuasion: Reinventing Free Markets since the Depression by Angus Burgin. Alex Moore reviews The Prosperity of Vice: A Worried View of Economics by Daniel Cohen. Richard Wolff on his book Contending Economic Theories: Neoclassical, Keynesian, and Marxian. Deirdre McCloskey on the economics of caring: There's something deeply flawed about an economic system that measures utility but not the attachments we feel to another person, or to one's homeland.
From ProPublica, what effect, if any, did voter ID laws have on the election? Suevon Lee investigates. From National Review, Ramesh Ponnuru on the Republican Party’s problem. Denialists, whiners, and wackjobs: Paul Begala on how there’s more than one way to be a Republican. Martin W. Lewis on the Republican postmodern turn, Silicon Valley, and California’s political transformation (and more on the 2012 election). Adam Hefty on a review of progressive third parties in U.S. elections. Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, Joe R. Feagin, Enid Logan, and Josh Pacewicz on the social significance of Barack Obama, revisited. When the nerds go marching in: Alexis Madrigal on how a dream team of engineers from Facebook, Twitter, and Google built the software that drove Barack Obama's reelection. Unlike Ike, Obama is a Hofstadterish intellectual who takes ideas very seriously as a person if not necessarily in his day job. Welcome to the Obama Haters Book Club — a parallel universe of fear mongering for fun and profit. The search for serious literary fiction for Republicans — what else is there, beyond Atlas Shrugged? After the 2012 election, what's next for Ayn Rand? Assume joke dead: Why is the political class so obsessed with being funny? Alex Pareene wants to know.
Hernando Zuleta (Rosario) and Maria Draganova (AUBG): The Sadness of Bulgaria. James Michael Goodwin (Maryland): The Anal Voice. From The Awl, Jane Hu on a complete history of gerbiling so far. From TNR, Jed Perl on the curse of Warholism. Elizabeth Day on Thomas Quick, the Swedish serial killer who never was. A review of Think-Tanks, Social Democracy and Social Policy by Hartwig Pautz. Matt Taibbi on one interesting thing about Paula Broadwell's Petraeus biography. Sheelah Kolhatkar and Diane Brady on Jack Welch's unretirement. Disconnected port: Britta Soderqvist on recycling Gothenburg's maritime heritage. Sweden's waste-fueled power grid is so efficient it's run out of fuel; there's cash to be made importing rubbish — and a chance for organised crime to muscle in. Learning to love volatility: In a world that constantly throws big, unexpected events our way, we must learn to benefit from disorder, writes Nassim Nicholas Taleb. David Runciman reviews Antifragile: How to Live in a World We Don't Understand by Nassim Nicholas Taleb. Ah yes, another Bigfoot story — and they get picked up by mainstream media.
From The Philosophical Forum, some people feel threatened by the thought that life might have arisen by chance — what is it about “chance” that some people find so threatening? Brooke Alan Trisel on intended and unintended life. From Scientific American, scientists probe human nature — and discover we are good, after all; and shine on you crazy diamond: S.E. Gould on why humans are carbon-based lifeforms. ENCODE: Ed Yong on a rough guide to the human genome. A scientific team sequences 1,092 human genomes to determine standard range of human genetic variation. Malicia Rogue on the genetic fatality of what you are. Not be so identical after all: Even though identical twins supposedly share all of their DNA, they acquire hundreds of genetic changes early in development that could set them on different paths. Do we want “genetically modified children”? Yes, of course! David Wood on the future of human enhancement. Suppose you think that reducing the risk of human extinction is the highest-value thing you can do, and suppose also that you think AI is the most pressing x-risk, in that case, what should you do?
Raphael Cohen-Almagor (Hull): The Failed Palestinian–Israeli Peace Process 1993-2011: An Israeli Perspective. From the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Political Ideologies, the entry on republicanism by Cecile Laborde. From Jacobin, Seth Ackerman on the Twinkie defense, or what does “uncompetitive” mean? The introduction to Beyond Pure Reason: Ferdinand de Saussure’s Philosophy of Language and Its Early Romantic Antecedents by Boris Gasparov. Don’t isolate Ukraine, and watch those neo-fascists. From The Weekly Standard, Sam Schulman on the world’s dumbest conservatives: How to turn a successful majority coalition into a perpetual election-losing machine. Susan F. Martin reviews Foreign Relations: American Immigration in Global Perspective by Donna R Gabaccia. Frank Jacobs on maps as war by other means. A lot of people take their college ball very seriously; one long-standing rivalry was even the subject of two controversial map bunnies. Sarah Kliff on how millions will qualify for new options under the health care law — and most have no idea. Who would win in a rap battle, Adolf Hitler or Darth Vader?
Sohail Inayatullah (Tamkang): Using Macrohistory to Analyze the Alternative Futures of the Arab Spring. Anita Breuer (GDI): The Role of Social Media in Mobilizing Political Protest: Evidence from the Tunisian Revolution. Ahmed Abdel Azim ElShiekh (Alexandria): Between the Signifier and the Signified Falls the Signification: Reflections on the Use of Political Terms in the Egyptian 2011 Events. Ozan O. Varol (Lewis and Clark): The Military as the Guardian of Constitutional Democracy. Younes Abouyoub reviews Food, Farming and Freedom: Sowing the Arab Spring by Rami Zurayk. Power without responsibility: Mokhtar Benabdallaoui on why monarchies weathered the Arab Spring. Patrick Cockburn reviews The Arab Uprising: The Unfinished Revolutions of the New Middle East by Marc Lynch. How a Salafi preacher came for my soul: Graeme Wood on the far-reaching ambitions of Egypt’s rising Islamists. Beware the tyranny of the mob: The growing insecurity of religious and ethnic minorities is one of the biggest problems arising from the Arab Spring — but much can be done to protect them. Luke McDonagh reviews After the Spring: Economic Transitions in the Arab World.