A new issue of the International Review of Scottish Studies is out. Julie Danskin (Dundee): The "Hotbed of Genius": Edinburgh’s literati and the Community of the Scottish Enlightenment. Thomas Brochard (Aberdeen): Exile and Return from the Far North of Scotland from the Reformation to the Revolution. From Scottish Left Review, a special issue on Independence. The coming battle of Britain: Colin Liddell on the secret coalition that will ensure Scottish independence. Free Scotland: Gerry Hassan on why the Scots want independence. Braveheart in the 21st century: Thomas Ricks on the U.S. security stakes in Scottish independence. Just as Labour and the left had to analyse and even empathise with Thatcherism post-1983, so Labour and unionists are faced with a similar set of challenges in Scotland today. Although the SNP has made major gains in recent years in many parts of Scotland, it has done poorly in others, such as the Shetland and Orkney Islands. A medieval fishing village is believed to have been found in the Outer Hebrides after a tip-off from an islander (and more). When Macbeth met Hamlet: Scotland could go Scandinavian, first and foremost by the sheer power of Gestalt psychology. A peculiar Scottish disorder is described in the Scottish Medical Journal.
Francois Tanguay-Renaud (York): Basic Challenges for Governance in Emergencies. From the Journal of Articles in Support of the Null Hypothesis, Clementine Bry (Savoie), Fabrice Gabarrot (Blaise Pascal) and Claudia Toma (Louvain): The Blond, The Dumb and the Ugly: Does Self-Stereotyping Mediate Prime-to-Behavior Effects? Simon Springer (Otago): Anarchism! What Geography Still Ought to Be. Jason Malikow on the legacy of the anarchist “Black Bloc” as political actor. From Adbusters, a special issue on the Big Ideas of 2012. Ezra Klein on how Harvard’s liberal-arts failure is Wall Street’s gain. David Dobbs on what an autopsy looks like — and why you need one. Noam Scheiber on the memo that Larry Summers didn’t want Obama to see. Playboy interviews Paul Krugman. Cormac McCarthy on the Santa Fe Institute’s brainy halls. Offence goes viral: Richard King on the ever-increasing power of "offendedness" in public debate. William Saletan on Mitt Romney’s abortion record: flip-flop or conversion? Pakistan pushed ahead with its surprise demolition of the compound where U.S. commandos killed Osama bin Laden last year.
From Guernica, Anthony Kammer on why the return of libertarianism shouldn’t shock you. From Liberty, Bruce Ramsey on Garet Garrett, a great libertarian. Theocratic libertarianism: Quotes from Gary North, Ludwig von Mises Institute scholar. Peter Thiel made a fortune investing in the right ventures at the right time — so why is he investing millions in Ron Paul's doomed presidential campaign? From The New Yorker, Nicholas Lemann on Ron Paul’s hostility to government; and Kelefa Sanneh on Ron Paul’s unique brand of libertarianism. From Swans, Manuel Garcia on why voting for Ron Paul is stupid for Leftists. Bill Weinberg on left-libertarians, the last of an ancient breed. Is libertarianism fundamentally about competition or about property? David Friedman offers a libertarian thought experiment in which the concept of law is determined by the marketplace. George Monbiot on why libertarians must deny climate change: As soon as it encounters environmental issues, the ideology of the new right becomes ensnared in its own contradictions; and how rightwing libertarians have turned “freedom” into an excuse for greed and exploitation. Yasha Levine on great moments in libertarian history: The ancient Sumerian word for “libertarian” was “deadbeat”, “freeloader”.
From the International Journal of Emerging Techologies and Society, Danielle Couch, Pranee Liamputtong and Marian Pitts (La Trobe): Online Daters and the Use of Technology for Surveillance and Risk Management. Gladden J. Pappin (Harvard): Liberty, Technology, and the Advent of Social Networking. Rachel Lee (UCLA): Haptics, Mobile Handhelds, and Other "Novel" Devices: The Tactile Unconscious of Reading across Old and New Media. Introducing the iFactory: Apple reinvented gadgets — now it should reinvent how gadgets are manufactured. An interview with Edward Jung, the CTO of Intellectual Ventures, who believes we need a new model of innovation to solve our biggest problems. The four stages of introducing new technologies: Futurist Brian David Johnson explains how society moves from fear to acceptance of smartphones, computers, and other advances. Earth Station: Alexis Madrigal on the afterlife of technology at the end of the world. An interview with Peter-Paul Verbeek, author of Moralizing Technology: Understanding and Designing the Morality of Things.
A new issue of Praesidium is out. Elizabeth de Freitas (Adelphi): Parkour and the Build Environment: Spatial Practices and the Plasticity of School Buildings. From the International Journal of the Commons, a special issue on the 20th anniversary of the publication of Governing the Commons: The Evolution of Institutions for Collective Action by Elinor Ostrom. The Michael Walzer Affair: An excerpt Unjust Honoris Causa: Chronicle of a Most Peculiar Academic Dishonor by Aleksandar Jokic and Milan Brdar. What makes us human? In major new books, an economist, a philosopher, an evolutionary biologist and two psychologists offer compelling and very different answers. The evolution of gossip: How dishing got dirty. From Tehelka, where do capitalism and democracy go from here? Thomas Friedman and Pratap Bhanu Mehta in conversation with Shoma Chaudhury. High Society: Medical marijuana is set to arrive in DC this summer, but the drug is already a much bigger part of upper-middle-class life here than you might think. Is solving nonprofits' challenges as easy as creating a map?
David Ellerman (UC-Riverside): Is Wall Street Capitalism Really "The Model"? An interview with Julia Ott, author of When Wall Street Met Main Street: The Quest for an Investor's Democracy. Occupy the SEC: Moving from the campsite to the weeds of regulatory reform. The worst regulation in history? Jeffrey Friedman and Wladimir Kraus on the Recourse Rule. The mathematical equation that caused the banks to crash: The Black-Scholes equation was the mathematical justification for the trading that plunged the world's banks into catastrophe. From The International Economy, is the era of financial globalization over, or at least about to begin a significant reversal? A symposium of views. The end of Wall Street as they knew it: After surprisingly successful financial reform, public vilification, and politics that have turned against them, the Masters of the Universe are masters no longer (and more). Matt Taibbi on why Wall Street should stop whining. OWS and the downfall of the smartest guys in the room: Sarah Leonard unmasks the financial elite's intellectual pretensions.
A new issue of Socio-Legal Review is out. From Tehelka, should India give up its parliament? Shashi Tharoor wonders. From NYRB, Pankaj Mishra on Indians against democracy. The failed promise of once beloved Manmohan Singh: Ram Guha assesses the many failings of a man once projected as India's best prime minister. The Cult of Mayawati: Love her or hate her, India's polarizing political superstar is a force to be reckoned with. What is India? India is a country of mostly immigrants who came to the country over the past 10,000 years. Siddhartha Shome on the New India versus the global green Brahmins. If only the rest of the world could emulate the Government of Rajasthan in India in adopting public policies to promote the commons. Is India’s government killing its economic miracle? India’s current retail economy might be imperfect, but it works as a shock absorber — Bhavdeep Kang on the pitfalls of opening India to big retail (and more). From Guernica, is the dearth of world-class museums in India part of the tragic legacy of empire? A look at 5 things you can learn about India from their action movies.
From Twentieth Century Communism (reg. req.), Brigitte Studer on 1968 and the formation of the feminist subject. From Janus Head, Rolf von Eckartsberg and Elsa von Eckartsberg (Duquesne): Social and Electronic Immortality; and Amy E. Taylor (Duquesne): Body and Technology: Reframing the Humanistic Critique. From Arts and Opinion, class and the caste system: Robert J. Lewis writes in defense of inequality; and keep the faith: An interview on being and transexuality. Sami Ahmad Alsmadi and Ibrahim Alnawas on consumer rights today: Are they in business or out of business? A review of 1494: How a Family Feud in Medieval Spain Divided the World in Half by Stephen R. Bown. Based on the idea that tourism and of course management are sources of alienation, some scholars see in Paul Virilio an enemy who should not be academically rivaled but silenced. A review of Monsters and their Meanings in Early Modern Culture: Mighty Magic by Wes Williams. From Cracked, a look at the 5 biggest benefits of growing up fat; and an article on the 7 stupidest things that make people proud.
The future is a virus: Not literally, of course, but if we think about the future as something that infects us, we gain a new perspective on our world. A look at 5 ways the world will change radically this century. Human civilisation "will collapse" unless greed culture is stopped, report warns. Crossing the line as civilization implodes: Joe Romm on the Heartland Institute, Peter Gleick and Andrew Revkin. Apocalypse Soon: Prophecies of impending doom, based on hard science as well as Scripture, abound — where does our appetite for retribution come from? Waiting for the end of the world: Lots of people think the apocalypse is coming, and a crop of luxury fallout shelters are taking reservations. National Geographic's Doomsday Preppers explores the lives of otherwise ordinary Americans who are preparing for the end of the world as we know it. Joshua Holland on how right-wing conspiracy theories may pose a genuine threat to humanity. A review of Apocalypse for Beginners by Nicolas Dickner. Dylan Hughes on how to dress for the Apocalypse. Here are 10 real survival guides for one very fake Apocalypse.
From TAP, a special section on money and elections. Citizen Bopp: Meet the lawyer on a crusade to topple all limits on the role of money in politics. David Weigel on why Super PACs are good for democracy: They’ve made the race for the White House a lot more fair. From The New Yorker, Ryan Lizza on the Obama Memos and how Washington changed the President; and Joe and Debbie: Can Obama win Middle America? Why Obama will embrace the 99 Percent: Any Republican who cannot connect with the white working class is going to have trouble in the Electoral College. Obama, Explained: Longtime analyst of the presidency James Fallows takes the measure of our 44th president, with a view to history. Winning the Future: Obama’s reelection chances are looking good right now, but the next nine months are full of storm clouds. As toxic as this year’s Republican primary has been, it’ll look downright tame once the general election gets going; Joe Hagan goes inside the Democratic and Republican smear machines as they gear up for the most vicious campaign in history. The "other" political parties of the US: It's not just Democrat or Republican — dozens of third-party candidates are also running for president this fall.