The inaugural issue of the Journal for Occupied Studies is out. From International Socialism, Megan Trudell on the Occupy movement and class politics in the US. Participants in OWS talk about what’s inspired them about the protests — and what they hope for the movement’s future. Vanity Fair’s oral history of OWS shows how the spark was lit in Zuccotti Park as a disparate, passionate mix of activists, celebrities, and accidental protesters changed the national conversation. C. Wright Mills would have loved OWS. How to make Occupy catch on: To build a fairer economy, we need to reclaim time-tested progressive narratives. Is a politically ambitious New York lawyer trying to turn #OWS into the Tea Party Express? You’d expect the RCP/LM to be instinctively against OWS, as the sect is pro-corporate, pro-capitalism, viscerally anti-Left, but most important of all always takes contrarian positions; however, the virulence of its loathing of the Occupy movement is extraordinary even by sect standards. The Occupy movement may be in retreat, but its ideas are advancing. What happened to Occupy Wall Street? The anti-corporate movement may be out of the headlines, but it's keeping itself busy (and more).
From TNR, a review of Rule and Ruin: The Downfall of Moderation and the Destruction of the Republican Party, From Eisenhower to the Tea Party by Geoffrey Kabaservice (and more). Sam Tanenhaus reviews books on the Tea Party. A wave of books anatomizes the Tea Party Movement. An interview with "recovering liberal" Elizabeth Price Foley, author of The Tea Party: Three Principles. Gus Garcia-Roberts on Victoria Jackson's excellent Tea Party adventure. Re-branding the Right: The Tea Party and its sympathizers are virtually one and the same as another highly visible political movement with low approval ratings — the Christian Right. Michael Kazin on the end of the Christian Right (and a response). Right-wingers have no compassion: A former Republican Senate Congressional staffer on why right-wingers think people without insurance deserve to die. For the last 40 years, the right's sexual paranoia has warped our politics; an expert explains how to change that. 2012 or Never: Republicans are worried this election could be their last chance to stop history — this is fear talking, but not paranoia.
From Philament, a special issue on Monstrosity. From Qualitative Studies, Rachel Demerling (McMaster): Resisting Stigma, Embracing Solidarity: An Ethnographic Study of Shopaholics Anonymous; and Sune Qvotrup Jensen (Aalborg): Othering, Identity Formation and Agency. Man as machine: A peculiar experiment inspired by the Enlightenment sheds light on the age-old question of what makes us human. An open letter to Bruce Springsteen REM, Wilco and Arcade Fire on President Obama. North Korea to suspend uranium enrichment and let in IAEA inspectors — but at what cost? The social conservative subterranean fantasy world is exposed, and it's frightening. Darpa Warns: Your iPhone is a military threat. Can you identify The Onion headlines on this list? Pamela Haag on the collapse of parody, and what it means. Give me some space: A study looks at responses to table spacing in restaurants. The spice theory: There is something primitive and inexplicable about liking or not liking, and that’s what puts it in the dumb domain of causation, not the higher realm of reasons.
Now that the SOPA and PIPA fights have died down, and Hollywood prepares their next salvo against internet freedom with ACTA and PCIP, it’s worth pausing to consider how the war on piracy could actually be won. Our weirdness is free: Gabriella Coleman on the logic of Anonymous — online army, agent of chaos, and seeker of justice. The most prolific hacker on the Internet is a one-handed shadow. Rex Hammock on how just because you can make money from something doesn’t mean you should, and other rules of the web. Meet the Yahoo Boys: Researchers in Nigeria have managed to conduct detailed interviews with 40 of the country's infamous "419 scam" email spammers. Evgeny Morozov on the Information Welfare State: The "right to be forgotten" doesn't go far enough — we need mandatory insurance to protect online reputations. Once, we stored our photos and other mementos in shoeboxes in the attic; now we keep them online — that puts our stuff at the mercy of companies that could decide to throw it away, unless Jason Scott and the Archive Team can get there first. A look at the 7 most annoying hidden agendas on the Internet.
Andrew Friedman (Friedman): Kagame’s Rwanda: Can an Authoritarian Development Model be Squared with Democracy and Human Rights? Pascah Mungwini (South Africa): "Philosophy and Tradition in Africa": Critical Reflections on the Power and Vestiges of Colonial Nomenclature. From the Journal of Pan African Studies, Julian Kunnie (Arizona): Richard Wright’s Interrogation of Negritude: Revolutionary Implications for Pan Africanism and Liberation; and the global presence of African civilizations: An interview with Runoko Rashidi. Stelios Michalopoulos and Elias Papaioannou on the long-run effects of the Scramble for Africa. Can family planning programs reduce high desired family size in sub-Saharan Africa? The Pan-African University has been officially launched. A review of Inventing Africa: History, Archaeology and Ideas by Robin Derricourt. English has been the medium of instruction in most of Namibia's classrooms for nearly 20 years, but with teachers shown to be failing in competency tests, calls for change are mounting. A review of Warfare in Independent Africa by William Reno.
Paolo Buonanno (Bergamo), Ruben Durante (Sciences Po), and Giovanni Prarolo and Paolo Vanin (Bologna): On the Historical and Geographic Origins of the Sicilian Mafia. Yxta Maya Murray (Loyola): The Pedagogy of Violence. From the International Journal of Humanities and Social Science, Paul Longley (ANU): Literary and Cartographic Projections; Steven Aicinena (UTPB): Bubba Goes to a Tennis Tournament; and Mordechai Gordon (Quinnipiac): What Makes Humor Aesthetic? Our own worst enemies: For screen villains, the black-and-white, “us versus them” era is over — welcome to the uneasy age of us versus ourselves. The Lost Party: The strangest primary season in memory reveals a GOP that’s tearing itself apart. “Liberals are disgusting”: Julian Savulescu writes in defence of the publication of “After-Birth Abortion: Why Should the Baby Live?” From Smithsonian, where did dragons come from? Dungeons and Dragging It Along: A fifth edition of Dungeons & Dragons attempts to unite disparate factions of fans. A look at how Homeland Security kept tabs on Occupy Wall Street. Irina Uriupina is an antinatalist, apparently.
Gerhard Meisenberg (Ross): Secularization and Desecularization in Our Time. Jacob Felson (William Paterson): The Effect of Religious Background on Sexual Orientation. In a world where the supernatural is threatened with extinction, the sacred may survive in the lands of fairies, fantasy and fable. From Kairos, here is a short overview of the faith of Jesus Christ and the Antichrist. Christian Jihad: A review of Laying Down the Sword: Why We Can’t Ignore the Bible’s Violent Verses by Philip Jenkins. From Commonweal, Nazi racism and the Church: How converts showed the way to resist; and when is self-interest moral? Daniel Finn on a gap in Catholic Social Teaching. Life without God: Sam Harris interviews Tim Prowse, a pastor who left his faith and career in 2011. The evolutionary significance of religion: 2012 promises to be a pivotal year for proponents of group selection and multi-level selection theory. Chuck Colson takes on the Spaghetti Monster. D'oh my God: This year, The Simpsons celebrate their 25th birthday and their 500th episode — Andrew Mueller pays homage to the family we can all believe in.
From In These Times, liberal snobs and Wall Street bankers: A third way between America’s cliched class narratives comes from an unlikely source — former George W. Bush speechwriter David Frum. Stop feeling sorry for the middle class — they’re doing just fine. A mess on the ladder of success: The new divide in America is between a smaller mobile class and one that can’t quite pack up and go. The Fracturing of Pennsylvania: In Amwell Township, Pa., the dividing line is between those who are getting rich and those who are paying the price. Josh Rothman on an unexpected cost of income inequality: self-deception. Relative poverty: William Bole on the indignity of gross inequality. Income inequality is accelerating fastest at the top — who are the 0.1%? Radical solutions to economic inequality: If only Americans today were as open-minded about leveling the playing field as we were 100 years ago. Plutocracy or democracy? How bad policies brought us new Gilded Age. The .000063% Election: Ari Berman on how the politics of the super rich became American politics. Britt Peterson on why it matters that our politicians are rich.
A new issue of The Public Journal of Semiotics is out. A new issue of The Semiotic Review of Books is out. From New York, smart talk has never been such a valuable commodity — it’s spawned conferences like TED, Davos, and now a slew of upstart competitors; it has made the eighteen‑minute TED lecture a viral online phenomenon — but are we running out of things to say? War is corroding the souls of some Sarah Palin fans: On her Facebook page, an alarming number are openly calling for atrocities, mass murder, even the nuclear annihilation of a whole region. Greed isn't good: Research suggests wealth could make people unethical. A drug that wakes the near dead: A surprising drug has brought a kind of consciousness to patients once considered vegetative — and changed the debate over pulling the plug. Haterade: What are the long-term effects of being called an intolerant hack, a feminazi, a despicable pig, and a stupid little twit on a daily basis? The closing of the public square: A review of Liberty’s Refuge: The Forgotten Freedom of Assembly by John Inazu and Speech Out of Doors: Preserving First Amendment Liberties in Public Places by Timothy Zick.
June Carbone (Missouri) and Naomi Cahn (GWU): Red v. Blue Marriage. Carolyn McConnell (Washington): What's in a Name? The Case for the Disestablishment of Marriage. Brien K. Ashdown (Hobart and William Smith), Jana Hackathorn (Murray State) and Eddie M. Clark (SLU): In and Out of the Bedroom: Sexual Satisfaction in the Marital Relationship (and a response). Stephanie Coontz on mating games: Changing rules for sex and marriage. Kate Manne (Harvard): Love Actually. The introduction to The Paradox of Love by Pascal Bruckner (and more on seduction). Love and death: Romantic love needs the promise of a future to survive — but that future must have an end. Everything I needed to know about modern love I learned from the Oxford English Dictionary quarterly updates. Ruth Sarah Lee (Harvard): A Legal Analysis of Romantic Gifts. Does online dating really work? It has not only shed its stigma, it has surpassed all forms of matchmaking other than meeting through friends. A look at the terrible thrill of looking at the ugliest people on dating websites. The single life: Some people never find the love of their lives — and live to tell about it.