Susanne Lechner and Renate Ohr (Goettingen): The Right of Withdrawal in the Treaty of Lisbon: A Game Theoretic Reflection on Different Decision Processes in the EU. Ionel Cioara (Oradea): Lisbon: The End of Utopia? From the Romanian Journal of European Affairs, Andras Inotai (IWE): Remarks on the Future of the European Union: Domestic and Global Challenges Ahead; and an article on strategic thinking in the EU: Aspiration or reality? Felix Roth (CEPS), Lars Jonung (DG ECFIN), and Felicitas Nowak-Lehmann (Goettingen): The Enduring Popularity of the Euro Throughout the Crisis. From NYRB, George Soros on how to save the euro (and more). "The firepower is there": An interview with Klaus Regling, the head of the European Financial Stability Facility (EFSF). Mihaela Carausan (NSPSPA): A Brief Apology to the National State in Europe; and Is European Union at the Heart of Citizens' Identity? Geetha Garib (Tilburg): Why Do We Feel European? Social Mechanisms of European Identity. Where is Europe? You might as well ask, "what is Europe?"
Thomas Allmer (UTI): Critical Surveillance Studies in the Information Society. From Soundings, Stuart Hall on the neoliberal revolution: Thatcher, Blair, Cameron — the long march of neoliberalism continues. The greediest among us in 2011 probably haven’t been any greedier, as a gang, than any greedy of the recent past — they just seem that way. A review of Celebritize Yourself: The Three Step Method to Increase Your Visibility by Marsha Friedman. Tom Freston's $1 Billion Revenge: Ex-Viacom chief helps Vice become the next MTV. It's ok to have a point: A defense of literature with an agenda. An article on how slavery led to modern capitalism. Dinner, movie, and a Dirty Sanchez: Dating these days is not a bed of roses — it's more like a bed in which a man tries to reenact his favorite YouPorn clip on the first date. Consultancy rock: Rob Horning on the solace of sociological distance in the music of Rush. John Steele Gordon on how the Dow distorts the history of Wall Street. Richard Marsden on Saddam Hussein and Capital’s moral defeat.
Timothy J. Lensmire (Minnesota): Laughing White Men. Terry L. Besser (Iowa State): A Test of Nordic Exceptionalism: The Association of Ethnic Heritage and Religion with Social Capital and Civic Engagement in Small U.S. Towns. A review of Black Fire: One Hundred Years of African American Pentecostalism by Estrelda Y. Alexander. How race shaped American party politics: It's a given that the GOP attracts more whites and the Democrats attract more blacks, but it wasn't always so. A review of The Machinery of Whiteness: Studies in the Structure of Racialization by Steve Martinot. Teaching privilege to the privileged: Letta Page on “whiteness studies”. Belmont and Fishtown: An excerpt from Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010 by Charles Murray (and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more). Racists vs. Imperialists: Tim Wise contends that history matters in his new book, Dear White America. A review of Hillbilly Nationalists, Urban Race Rebels, and Black Power: Community Organizing in Radical Times by James Tracy and Amy Sonnie. In a study released recently, two Manhattan Institute researchers heralded the “end of the segregated century” (and more).