From Rationality, Markets and Morals, Elinor Ostrom (Indiana): Coevolving Relationships between Political Science and Economics. Are political scientists the new pariahs? Paul Krugman on why we regulate: Jamie Dimon and JPMorgan Chase couldn’t make the reason clearer. What makes someone want to start a business? Philipp Koellinger goes in search of the money gene. Global push to guarantee health coverage leaves U.S. behind: China, Mexico and other countries far less affluent are working to provide medical insurance for all citizens — it's viewed as an economic investment. From State of Nature, a selection of commentaries on recent elections in Greece and France. From NYRB, Robert Darnton writes in defense of the New York Public Library. From Newsweek, a cover story by Andrew Sullivan on Barack Obama: The First Gay President. The graduation wars have begun: As thousands of students at Catholic colleges and universities prepare to celebrate their graduation and take their degrees, their campuses are embroiled in controversy over who should and should not be permitted to speak at graduation and receive an honorary degree.
From Conflict and Communication Online, two issues on journalism in war and peace (and part 2). From Pacific Journalism Review, Rukhsana Aslam (AUT): Peace Journalism: A Paradigm Shift in Traditional Media Approach; and Wendy Bacon (UTS): Investigative Journalism in the Academy: Possibilities for Storytelling Across Time and Space. Originally created for military and intelligence purposes, flying drones are becoming an everyday reality in newsrooms thanks to the recent commercial success of technology. The now-influential network Al Jazeera began in the 1970s as a pet project of a tiny nation's unconventional monarchy (and more). From New York, four decades after Watergate, there’s something that still nags at Ben Bradlee about Deep Throat; and Colin Myler, the Daily News’ new editor, knows his enemies at Rupert Murdoch’s New York Post — maybe too well. A review of Left Turn: How Liberal Media Bias Distorts the American Mind by Tim Groseclose. Taking the fight to the Left: Matthew Continetti on combat journalism. The Girl Who Loved Journalists: Eric Alterman on Stieg Larsson’s posthumous gift to an embattled industry.
From the European Journal of International Law, Armin von Bogdandy (Frankfurt) and Ingo Venzke (Amsterdam): In Whose Name? An Investigation of International Courts’ Public Authority and Its Democratic Justification; Stephan W. Schill (Max Planck): W(h)ither Fragmentation? On the Literature and Sociology of International Investment Law; and Rafael Domingo (Navarra): Gaius, Vattel, and the New Global Law Paradigm. From Cadmus Journal, a special issue on Human Capital, including Andreas Bummel on social evolution, global governance and a World Parliament; from European Union to World Union: John McClintock on building effective and democratic global governance; Winston P. Nagan and Garry Jacobs on a new paradigm for global rule of law; Garry Jacobs and Ivo Slaus on limits to growth to limitless growth; John Scales Avery on entropy and economics; and getting risks right: Patrick Liedtke on thoughts about increasing the resilience of the global social and economic system. No globalisation without representation: This is the basis for objecting to the current institutions of global governance.
From Hispanic Issues, a special issue on Hispanic Literatures and the Question of a Liberal Education. Women and children first: Eric Michael Johnson, in conversation with eminent evolutionary biologists Sarah Hrdy and Robert Trivers, explores how Mother Nature and the social network that nurtured our past have been remembered at last (and more). From National Review, Jay Nordlinger on Nobel nuggets (in 5 parts). From The Science Creative Quarterly, waiting to inhale: Why it hurts to hold your breath. Rachel Maddow, the lovable wonk: With the release of her latest book, Drift, MSNBC’s biggest star shows once again why she's captured the liberal imagination (and more and more). Danger in paradise: An article on the hidden hazards of volcano geotourism. An interview with Ben Hellwarth, author of Sealab: America’s Forgotten Quest to Live and Work on the Ocean Floor. Shocking images back up what The Village Voice has been reporting for years: New York City's jails are houses of horror. A review of With the Hand: A History of Masturbation by Mels van Driel. From World Policy Journal, when should language be restricted?
From The Space Review, is this the beginning of the end, or the end of the beginning, of deep space human spaceflight? Charles E. Miller wanders; and Jeff Foust on the long-term vision thing. Big History raises some big questions about our place in the universe and our future trajectory as a species — above all, it forces us to ask: How unique are we humans? Back to the Final Frontier: Neil deGrasse Tyson lays out what it will take for America to remain the leading superpower in space. An excerpt from Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier by Neil deGrasse Tyson. From The National Interest, who should speak for the Earth? Paul Pillar on international and interplanetary relations. The "Wow!" Signal: One man's search for SETI's most tantalizing trace of alien life. Space mogul: David Owen on Richard Branson, Virgin Galactic, and space travel. Does E.T. believe in God? A review of Alone in the Universe: Why Our Planet Is Unique by John Gribbin. Will Oremus on the crazy, awesome plan hatched by billionaires to mine asteroids for platinum. Here are 6 myths everyone believes about space (thanks to movies).
From The New Atlantis, Nicholas Eberstadt on the global war against baby girls. Nadia Diamond-Smith and Malcolm Potts on how a woman cannot die from a pregnancy she does not have. Five surprisingly good places to be a woman: We're always hearing about how swell it is in Sweden — but how about Lesotho and Latvia? From Chronicles of Love and Resentment, Eric Gans on originary feminism. From The Wall Street Journal, has the sexual revolution been good for women? Ann Patchett says yes, and Mary Eberstadt says no — but how do you explain a country that makes an unabashed Catholic social conservative a leading presidential candidate while devouring a reality show about the smuttiest bumping and grinding ever to hit prime time? Kay Hymowitz wonders, while Hanna Rosin writes about sexual freedom and women's success. From Christianity Today, why the hook-up culture is sexist: A review of Girls Uncovered: New Research on What America's Sexual Culture Does to Young Women by Joe McIlhaney and Freda Bush. It’s been almost a half-century since the modern women’s movement began — so why aren’t more women in positions of power?
Max Haiven and Scott Stoneman (McMaster): Wal-Mart: The Panopticon of Time. From The New York Times Magazine, a special issue on the mind. Nepal's fierce Gurkha soldiers find themselves under siege. From Bryn Mawr Classical Review, a review of The Art of the Body: Antiquity and Its Legacy; and a review of Roman Toilets: Their Archaeology and Cultural History. Culture and creature: Zachary Piso on a pragmatic defense of interspecies cosmopolitanism. Debt-ceiling fiasco: House Republicans just reneged on the debt-ceiling deal, making a default in 2013 almost inevitable. Mitt Romney gave the commencement address at Liberty University, best known as the pet project of televangelist Jerry Falwell; here are highlights of its all-encompassing code of conduct (and more on Falwell). From Reason, Shikha Dalmia on 5 reasons why conservatives should root for a Romney defeat; and Mike Riggs and Garrett Quinn on a new dawn for the Libertarian Party (and more on Gary Johnson). From Cracked, a look at 6 fictional places you didn't know actually existed; and the 7 creepiest places on Earth.
A new issue of the US Army's Soldiers is out. A new issue of the U.S. Navy's Proceedings is out. From Air Force magazine, here are the latest Air Force facts and figures from the USAF Almanac. Crosby Hipes (Maryland): The Stigma of Mental Health Treatment in the Military: An Experimental Approach. A review of Citizen Soldier: An Overview of the US Military Reserve Forces by Blaine A. White. Obama’s Secret Army: At a time when many Americans think their government is inept, the "Special Operators" get the job done. When they die, these secret warriors of a secret American war want to buried in veterans cemeteries alongside their American comrades. Suppose they gave a war and only contractors remained: Time for the military to get serious about this issue. Revolutionary reading lists: Zygmunt F. Dembek and Dean Cheng on an attempt to compile the readings that provide insight into the philosophies and tactics of our enemies, past, present, and perhaps future. Descent into deepest ignominy: An article on James J. Carafano and the Heritage Foundation, then and now.
A new issue of the International Journal of Wellbeing is out. Anne C. Gielen (Maastricht) and Jan C. Van Ours (Tilburg): Unhappiness and Job Finding. Chris Barker and Brian Martin (Wollongong): Participation: The Happiness Connection. From Human Ecology Review, Victor Corral-Verdugo, Jose F. Mireles-Acosta, Cesar Tapia-Fonllem and Blanca Fraijo-Sing (Sonora): Happiness as Correlate of Sustainable Behavior: A Study of Proecological, Frugal, Equitable and Altruistic Actions that Promote Subjective Wellbeing. From New Left Review, William Davies on the political economy of unhappiness. A study finds most people with a mental disorder are happy. From Resurgence, the gift of happiness: Robert Holden, a pioneer of happiness research, explains why it still matters; those engaged in activism — including Transition Town projects — are more likely to flourish than those who are not; and a review of What’s Mine is Yours: How Collaborative Consumption is Changing the Way We Live by Rachel Botsman and Roo Rogers. From Cracked, a look at 5 reasons money can buy happiness; and a look at 5 things that make you happier than they probably should.
A new issue of the American Academy of Actuaries’ Contingencies magazine is out. John Thieme (East Anglia): Reading Places: The Geography of Literature. From New York, is there life after modeling? Three top models ponder how to retire gracefully from a ruthless industry; and tyranny of yuks: Jason Zengerle on the social pressures of a comedy-obsessed generation. As a teenager Chris Crocker turned his angst into YouTube gold, most notably with a defence of Britney Spears at her lowest point — now his own rise and fall is the subject of a documentary sure to attract its share of views. Paul Berman reviews Silenced: How Apostasy and Blasphemy Codes Are Choking Freedom Worldwide by Paul Marshall and Nina Shea. Ethan Zuckerman proposes a new unit to measure attention: The Kardashian, an objective exemplar of attention disconnected from merit, talent or reason. You're all suspects now: You are all potential terrorists; it matters not that you live in Britain, the United States, Australia or the Middle East — citizenship is effectively abolished. You’re an Indian feminist? But you don’t live in a ditch!