A new issue of The Undercurrent is out. Emanuel Towfigh (NYU): Old Weimar Meets New Political Economy: Democratic Representation in the Party State. From Jacobin, what are the bankers up to? Josh Mason investigates. As Electrical Banana: Masters of Psychedelic Art by Norman Hathaway and Dan Nadel shows, Heinz Edelmann’s story isn’t the only exception to some of the generally held rules of sixties psychedelic art. From The Philosopher, the Bankers’ Ramp: Desmond Cohen on risk, social justice and elusive reforms of financial markets. “Osama bin Laden made me famous”: Bernard Lewis is credited with providing the intellectual firepower for the war in Iraq — now he says he opposed it from the start (and more and more). Mark Leon Goldberg on proof that the UN does not want to control your Internet (and more). Kevin Drum on why Obama caved in on national security. A review of Financing Failure: A Century of Bailouts by Vern McKinley. Why are action stars more likely to be Republican? Save the Cato Institute, save the world: The libertarian think tank is fighting off a hostile takeover by strongly partisan donors — here's why it matters.
A new issue of Human Technology is out. From Culture Machine, a special issue on Digital Humanities: Beyond Computing. The dangers posed by Big Data are real — so is the defense inherent in liberal arts study. Have you heard about Big Data? No? Well, that’s okay, because Big Data has heard about you. From Ars Technica, Casey Johnston on the five technologies that will transform homes of the future. A review of Consent of the Networked: The Worldwide Struggle for Internet Freedom by Rebecca MacKinnon. The most famous name in American innovation today isn’t Apple or Google — it’s DARPA, and here’s why. Where’s -why?: What happened when one of the world’s most unusual, and beloved, computer programmers disappeared. Machine politics: David Kushner on George Hotz, the man who started the hacker wars. A review of Originary Technicity: The Theory of Technology from Marx to Derrida by Arthur Bradley. Bit rot: The world is losing its ability to reconstruct history — better regulation could fix that. A review of The Reputation Society: How Online Opinions Are Reshaping the Offline World.
From Democracy, a symposium on Decision 2024: Our Parties, Our Politics, with contributions by Ruy Teixeira, David Frum, Gary Segura, Nancy L. Rosenblum, and Kevin Drum, among others. "It's even worse than it looks": Tom Mann and Norm Ornstein at U.C. Berkeley on the GOP. Christina Romer on why it’s time for the Fed to lead the fight. Conservatives never liked left-wing, government-run solutions to problems like unaffordable health care and climate change; these days they don't seem to like right-wing, market solutions, either. Peter Orszag on the looming showdown: Come next January, our dysfunctional system will have to function — here’s one possible path toward an outside-the-box budget deal. From The New Yorker, what would Obama do if reelected? Ryan Lizza on the second term. Steer the car, don't blame the road: America's economic future will be determined in America, not Europe. Did Republicans deliberately crash the US economy? It is difficult to imagine Paul Krugman cheering for the Republicans, but there is nothing essentially “leftwing” about his analysis. Sasha Issenberg on Michael Tesler’s theory that all political positions come down to racial bias. Obama or Romney — how about both? Leon Neyfakh wonders.
A new issue of Hippocampus is out. From the inaugural issue of Bridges: Conversations in Global Politics, Felix Grenier (Ottawa): Conversations in and on IR: Labeling, Framing and Delimiting IR Discipline; Philippe Fournier (UQAM): Michel Foucault's Considerable Sway on International Relations Theory. From Artforum, an interview with David Graeber on the uses and abuses of social and economic theory in the realm of culture. Philanthropy is no alternative to paying tax: It is hard to see why a family struggling to get by should be obliged to contribute to my favourite causes. It's hard out there for a billionaire — which they'll be more than happy to let you know (and more). Bizarro world bullshit: Why we should all root for the Miami Heat. From King Tutankhamen’s tomb to the Rosetta Stone, Egyptology enters the 21st century and proves to be worth further studies. Charles Lane on why Congress should cut funding for political science research (and a response by Henry Farrell and more and more on “defunding the social sciences” news). Obituary: Elinor Ostrom, Nobel Laureate political scientist. A review of The Institutional Revolution: Measurement and the Economic Emergence of the Modern World by Douglas Allen.
From Eurozine, a series of articles on the terror attacks in Norway and their aftermath. Breivik’s monstrous dream and why it failed: As his trial unfolds, Norway exorcises some of its xenophobic demons. A review of The New Quislings: How the International Left Used the Oslo Massacre to Silence Debate About Islam by Bruce Bawer. Whiffs of Jihad: Canadian neo-bagger Mark Steyn wows Aussies with tales of PC persecution. The disappointed lover of the West: David Bromwich reviews Niall Ferguson's Civilization: The West and the Rest. From News Weekly, a review of How Civilizations Die (And Why Islam Is Dying Too) by David P. Goldman (and more); and is culture more powerful than politics? Gregory Wolfe investigates. From Middle East Quarterly, are jihadists crazy? Teri Blumenfeld investigates. The never-ending crusade: No Americans were killed on U.S. soil by Islamic extremists in 2011 — why does Islamophobia persist? Discouraged American soldiers have started wearing patches on their uniforms that mock the Muslim faith. Revolutionary Chic: Alysha Bedig on the niqab as a symbol of freedom.
J. Bradford DeLong (UC-Berkeley): Budgeting and Macroeconomic Policy: A Primer. From Bloomberg Businessweek, will success spoil the Chicago School? Scholars at the University of Chicago took law as a branch of economics — now the dominance of their ideas has triggered a pushback. From FDL, a book salon on James K. Galbraith’s Inequality and Instability: A Study of the World Economy Just Before the Great Crisis. From The International Economy, Richard Katz on government activism: The argument that there are “limits” is highly exaggerated; and six years ago, Benjamin Friedman wrote the important book The Moral Consequences of Economic Growth — how have things changed since then? From Rolling Stone, Matt Taibbi on how Wall Street killed financial reform: It's bad enough that the banks strangled the Dodd-Frank law — even worse is the way they did it, with a big assist from Congress and the White House; on a how accidentally released — and incredibly embarrassing — documents show how Goldman et al engaged in “naked short selling”; and on how the SEC finds taking on big firms “tempting”, but they prefer whaling on little guys.
Kenneth Ching (Regent): Would Jesus Kill Hitler? Bonhoeffer, Church, and State. Fred Kaplan on why the United States can’t win a cyberwar — and our political leaders need to understand this fast. Workers of the World Divide: Bruce Western and Jake Rosenfeld on the decline of labor and the future of the middle class. Alexander Huls on how to enjoy going to the movies again. From The Baffler, David Graeber on flying cars and the declining rate of profit. Failing Better: Morten Hoi Jensen on Ian Hamilton and The New Review. The Heritage Foundation and the Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity have named the recipients of the inaugural Breitbart Awards. Woodward and Bernstein: 40 years after Watergate, Nixon was far worse than we thought. From Obit magazine, a review of The Better End: Surviving (and Dying) on Your Own Terms in Today's Modern Medical World by Dan Morhaim; and revisiting the obit hit piece: When is it OK to bash the dead? A review of Social Understanding: On Hermeneutics, Geometrical Models and Artificial Intelligence by Jurgen Kluver and Christina Kluver. Zineswap is back in goddamn business.
From New Proposals, a special issue on capitalism and indigenous peoples. From Anthropological Notebooks, a special issue: What Place for Indigenous People in Modern States? From Affinities, a special issue on intersections between anarchism, indigenism and feminism. Andrew Curley and Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz on the international indigenous movement for self-determination (and part 2). An interview with Laura E. Matthew, author of Memories of Conquest: Becoming Mexicano in Colonial Guatemala. A review of The Andes Imagined: Indigenismo, Society, and Modernity by Jorge Coronado. Venezuela's indigenous university: The institution, located in 5,000 acres of forestland, teaches ancient wisdom and rights in the modern world. A Malaysian paper has been forced to apologize after publishing a highly controversial report, which accused the Penan tribe of practising incest. More aboriginal tent embassies appearing throughout Australia. How safe are indigenous peoples around the world? This map shows country rankings according to the latest Peoples Under Threat index.
Glenn A. Moots (Northwood): The Protestant Roots of American Civil Religion. Darren E. Grem (Emory): The World of Chick-Fil-A and the Business of Sunbelt Evangelicalism. David L. Schindler (CUA): America's Technological Ontology and the Gift of the Given. From CrossCurrents, James W. Perkinson (ETS): Theology After Obama — What Does Race Have to Do With It? A Racial Prolegomenon to American Theological Production in the Twenty-first Century; and Gary Dorrien (UTS): What Kind of Country? Economic Crisis, the Obama Presidency, the Politics of Loathing, and the Common Good. The Reformed Journal bridged the ethno-religious subculture of Dutch-Calvinist America and the wider academy. The Family International (TFI), a controversial Christian movement known for once using sexual favors to win converts, has launched significant reforms that have stunned cult watchers and followers alike. Does suburbia hurt Christianity? Matt Cochran on how life in the suburbs may blur a true picture of community. Paul Kengor reviews The Man in the Middle: An Inside Account of Faith and Politics in the George W. Bush Era by Timothy S. Goeglein.
Murray S. Y. Bessette (Morehead State): On the Genesis and Nature of Judicial Power. From Anthurium, a special issue on New Work in Caribbean Literary and Cultural Studies. From New York, a cover story on three centuries of New York scandals. The Financial Guns of August: Is it too late to stop Europe's impending economic disaster? John Quiggin wonders. From Krugmania to Draghia: Five ways to save the euro zone. Most economists are not Hegelians, which needless to say is part of their charm: Gary Jason on a new wrinkle on public choice theory. From Air Force magazine, Dik Daso on The Red Baron: More than 100 pilots surpassed Manfred von Richthofen’s kill total, but none earned his fame or notoriety; and the Scourge of the Zeppelins: For almost two years, British airmen were unable to stop the German airships as they bombed England with impunity. A review of The U.S. Senate: From Deliberation to Dysfunction. A review of Flagrant Conduct: The Story of Lawrence v. Texas by Dale Carpenter. PBS zooms in on "The Culture of Reddit". Grooming the globe: Helene Barthelemy on exporting political consultancy.