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”.