Charlotte Bartels (FUB): Redistribution and Insurance in the German Welfare State. Alfons J. Weichenrieder and Tasneem Zafar (Frankfurt): Evaluating Real World Income Distributions Behind the Veil of Ignorance: How Risk Averse Do You Have to Be to Prefer Europe Over the US? Clifford Bob (Duquesne): When Rights Become Weapons: Comparative Insights from Political Battles in Europe, the United States and Elsewhere. From Policy Review, Mars and Venus, ten years later: A symposium on Robert Kagan’s “Power and Weakness”, including contributions by Robert Cooper, Daniel Drezner, Mary Elise Sarotte, Justin Vaisse, and more. With friends like these: Europeans still seem eager — not just willing — to believe the worst about us. Dear Mitt: What's this European socialist nightmare you're so afraid of? Trust me, la belle vie ain't that bad. Samuel Gregg on the American Left's European nightmare. Does the American Dream exist only in Europe? Perhaps, but if you think America’s class system is as rigid as Europe’s, then you don’t know an old-fashioned social hierarchy when you see one. Why Europe's long vacations may make economic sense.


Stavros Mavroudeas (Macedonia): The History of Political Economy and Post-Modernism. From the latest issue of the Journal of World-Systems Research, a special section on Flows of Money and People in the World-System. From Economics and Political Weekly, class struggles, ideologies, economic transformations and colonialism: A review essay on Immanuel Wallerstein’s The Modern World-System series of books. From Review of International Political Economy, a review essay on the political economy of small states: Enduring vulnerability? From International Socialism, once more (with feeling) on Marxist accounts of the crisis: A review of Global Slump: The Economics and Politics of Crisis and Resistance by David McNally and Socialist Register 2011: The Crisis This Time; a review of The Crisis of Neoliberalism by Gerard Dumenil and Dominique Levy; and Guglielmo Carchedi goes behind and beyond the crisis. From Swans, a review of books by David Harvey. From New Left Review, against a backdrop of world economic slump, what forces will shape the outcome of contests between a raddled system and its emergent challengers?


From the International NGO Journal, Anja Mihr, Jos Philips, and Isabelle Duyvesteyn (Utrecht): Human Rights NGOs: Imperative or Impermissible Actors in (Post)-Conflict Societies? Rick Perlstein on why Occupy needs to start making demands. Frank J. Vandall on the intellectual foundations of the Occupy Wall Street movement. Insanity and utter ineptness — no other words are more suitable to describe the continued path of austerity imposed by the EU on Spain. Jonathan Chait how Romney simply wants to campaign on the straightforward economic impulse “The economy has been bad under Obama, vote Obama out”; and on Romney’s radical theory of fairness: What Romney calls a distraction is actually the most important issue of the election. At first glance, one does not normally recognize a connection between the commodified adult sex entertainment industry and political science. The church of cryopreservation: Michael Monette on spending eternity in liquid nitrogen (and part 2). Are you bonobo or chimpanzee? Over the next several months, Deni Y. Bechard will blog for Maisonneuve regularly from central Africa as he researches his new book.


From The New Yorker, Lauren Collins on how the Daily Mail conquered England. The world’s most popular online newspaper: How the Daily Mail took the title from The New York Times. From NYRB, Geoffrey Wheatcroft on the truth about Murdoch. From Vanity Fair, Suzanna Andrews uncovers Rebekah Brooks, the woman wrapped in the enigma, the keys to her meteoric rise, and the latest object of her incandescent ambition; after writing two of the most interesting movies of the past several years, Aaron Sorkin has returned to television via HBO, which is premiering his dramatic series The Newsroom next month; and has The Washington Post lost its way? Tenacious: Dana Priest wants to show you how the world works. Inch by Inch: Mort Persky on the art of the newspaper column. Newsrooms may look different today, but their need for speed never wavers. From Neiman Reports, looking back what would they do differently? Six editors take a hard look at newspapers and what it will take for them to stay alive. Are online newspapers the modern day equivalent of 19th century bourgeois cafes for democratic discussions? From The Globe and Mail, where’s Robert Redford when we need him? The newspaper biz used to be so cool.


From Peace, Conflict and Development is out, a special issue on approaches to peace and conflict — what is missing? An issue of Nations and Nationalism is free online, including Rogers Brubaker (UCLA): Religion and Nationalism: Four Approaches; and Farhat Shahzad (Ottawa): Forging the Nation as an Imagined Community. Andras Jakab (Max Planck): Defining the Borders of the Political Community: Constitutional Visions of the Nation. Ronald Maraden Parlindungan Silalahi and Veny Anindya Puspitasari (Bunda Mulia): Linguistic Regulation and Nation Character Building: The Neglected Phase of Development. Carl Mosk (Victoria): Why the Prince Consort Was Right: Nationalism, Economic Development, and Violence, 1800-2000. Nicholas Sambanis (Yale) and Moses Shayo (Princeton): Social Identification and Ethnic Conflict. Mihaela Carausan (NSPSPA): The Survival of the National State in a Globalised World. How empire ruled the world: Compared with the six hundred years of the Ottoman Empire and two millennia of (intermittent) Chinese imperial rule, the nation-state is a blip on the historical horizon. Anna Simons on sovereignty, the ultimate states’ rights argument. Dani Rodrik on the nation-state reborn. Tyler Brule on how national airlines are a country’s brand to the world.


A new issue of the Journal of Indigenous Social Development is out. From NYRB, Ronald Dworkin on why the mandate is constitutional — the real argument. From The Montreal Review, John Pahle on resistance and revision: Toward a new narrative of nonfiction. Markus Krajewski on his book Paper Machines: About Cards & Catalogs, 1548-1929. From Rain Taxi Review of Books, why Iowa? An essay on the Iowa Writer’s Workshop 75th Anniversary Reunion. From Jewish Political Studies Review, Dexter Van Zile updates the ancient infrastructure of Christian contempt: Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center; and Manfred Gerstenfeld on the spiritual and professional development of two Christian founders of an English Holocaust institute. Do the United States and Mexico really want the drug war to succeed? With a mixture of righteous indignation and outrageous prankery, the hacker collective Anonymous has emerged as a surprisingly potent actor in global politics — but what do they actually want, and how should governments respond? The case for a global currency: Would it make more sense to have one currency for the entire world?


A new issue of Meta: Research in Hermeneutics, Phenomenology and Practical Philosophy is out. Kevin B. Anderson (UCSB): Marcuse’s and Fromm’s Correspondence with the Socialist Feminist Raya Dunayevskaya: A New Window on Critical Theory. From the 2012 Telos Conference “Space: Virtuality, Territoriality, Relationality”, Gary Shapiro on reading Nietzsche with Schmitt; and Matt Applegate on a virtual topography of the Manifesto. From Fast Capitalism, Gerry Coulter (Bishop’s): Jean Baudrillard’s Karl Marx: Productivist Ideology and the Future of the Left; and Baudrillard in the 21st Century (and After). Born-again Communism, or simply, Love Doctrine: The time of Imperial-White-Eurocentric-Patriarchal ideology is over — but there is a new wave coming which is non-white and non-male. A review of Hermeneutic Communism: From Heidegger to Marx by Gianni Vattimo and Santiago Zabala (and more). Inside the factory, and out: A review of Representing Capital: A Reading of Volume One by Fredric Jameson. From News and Letters, Ron Kelch on Absolute Negativity, Occupy and Situationists.


Arnab Chakladar (Carleton): Language, Nation and the Question of Indian Literature. From Outlook, special issues on sex in India and on aromas in India. Shikha Dalmia on the tragic truth about India's caste system: Untouchables cling to it because they have few other choices. Siddhartha Deb on how India's elite is blinded by a cultish belief in progress. A review of Talking Back: The Idea of Civilization in the Indian Nationalist Discourse by Sabyasachi Bhattacharya. What next for Nagaland? After more than 60 years of bloodshed, recent moves suggest that the Nagas are inching towards a possible breakthrough. Fifty years after the liberation of Goa from Portuguese rule, the loss of regional identity and culture figures repeatedly in its introspection. The victims of the 2002 anti-Muslim pogrom in Gujarat are still to get justice but are determined to continue the fight. From Tehelka, the 14th century cathedral in Paris has been in the safe hands of Joachim Irudayanathan for seven years; Adeline Bertin meets the Indian who holds the keys to Notre Dame; and no #@&%? Please, we’re Indian. Such a fall: Mumbai University, once an iconic institution, has lost its way.


A new issue of Strategic Studies Quarterly is out. From Peace, all his life Gene Sharp has studied ways of fighting effectively without violence — now that he is regarded, at 83, as the brains behind the Arab Spring, people are taking his strategies seriously (and more). Mission from God: Josh Kron on the upstart Christian sect driving Invisible Children and changing Africa. From Foreign Policy, a look at the top 10 trends in global freedom. The return of sovereignty: Michael Ignatieff reviews Sovereign Equality and Moral Disagreement by Brad R. Roth. From Vice, Swedish feminists are so bored they’re telling men how to sit on the bus; and should being a racist dick on the Internet be illegal? A review of Before and Beyond Divergence: The Politics of Economic Change in China and Europe by Jean-Laurent Rosenthal and R. Bin Wong. A review of Why Europe Grew Rich and Asia Did Not: Global Economic Divergence, 1600-1850 by Prasannan Parthasarathi. The living word: Peter Ludlow on how the meanings of the words we use are constantly changing, even as we speak. Conor Friedersdorf on why Tom Friedman is America's perfect centrist pundit.


Peter Tiersma (Loyola) and Lawrence M. Solan (Brooklyn): The Language of Crime. From the International Journal of Criminology and Sociological Theory, Kristine Levan (Plymouth State), Katherine Polzer (TCU), and Steven Downing (UOIT): Media and Prison Sexual Assault: How We Got to the “Don’t Drop the Soap” Culture. From In-Spire, Stephen Riley (Sheffield Hallam): Hegel and the Normative Foundations of Criminal Justice. From Tikkun, a series of articles on restorative justice, including Mikhail Lyubansky on how super is Superhero Justice? From The New Yorker, Adam Gopnik on the scandal of America’s teeming prisons. From Governing, how game theory is reinventing crime fighting: Elected officials across the nation from both political parties have begun to examine ways to replace a tough corrections policy with a smart one. A review of The Collapse of American Criminal Justice by William Stuntz. The Gray Box: An investigative look at solitary confinement. The end of the for-profit prison era? A nationwide campaign to stem investments in private corrections companies is gathering steam.

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