From Lapham’s Quarterly, a special issue on family. Mariana Pargendler (Getulio Vargas): The Rise and Decline of Legal Families. Joshua Wilt (Northwestern): Normal Families Facing Unique Challenges: The Psychosocial Functioning of Multiracial Couples, Parents and Children. Darren Rosenblum (Pace): Unsex Mothering: Toward a New Culture of Parenting. Chloe Taylor (Alberta): Foucault and Familial Power. Why French parents are superior: While Americans fret over modern parenthood, the French are raising happy, well-behaved children without all the anxiety. A French dad and an American mom discuss the controversial parenting book Bringing Up Bebe: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting by Pamela Druckerman (and more). Ruth Franklin on why no book will fix what’s wrong with American parenting. Laura McKenna on explaining Annette Lareau, or, why parenting style ensures inequality. Ron Taffel on the decline and fall of parental authority. What is family really? Anna Brix Thomsen says family is fascism. From The New Yorker, is procreation immoral? Elizabeth Kolbert on the case against kids.
Jaishikha Nautiyal (NDSU): The Dark Magic of Ideology: Althuser’s State Apparatuses in J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter. Luis Da Vinha (Coimbra): Accessing the Conceptual "Goodness" of Geographic Mental Maps for Foreign Policy Analysis. Erik Loomis on the strange, fascinating history of the vibrator. The rise and fall of eunomia: An allegorical story on what international law might become in a world where non-state actors have an increasingly prominent role. From NYRB, can Italy change? An interview with Alastair Smith, co-author of The Dictator’s Handbook: How Bad Behaviour is Almost Always Good Politics. How can the U.N. be heard in a crowd of dramatic titles? Not with a title like Afghanistan's Troubled Transition: Politics, Peacekeeping, and the 2004 Presidential Election. Were the Sixties radical? Andrew Hartman wonders. Foreign Policy goes inside the Ivory Tower. Thinking of donating clothes to Africa, buying shoes so that someone else can have a pair (or just go a day without shoes), and how about buying charity products or visiting impoverished nations to volunteer? Please reconsider.
From the International Journal of Transdisciplinary Research, H. William Batt (IULV): Tax Regimes That Don't Invite Corruption. Jim Chen (Louisville): Progressive Taxation: An Aesthetic and Moral Defense. Peter Diamond (MIT) and Emmanuel Saez (UC-Berkeley): The Case for a Progressive Tax: From Basic Research to Policy Recommendations. Taxing the 1%: Thomas Piketty, Emmanuel Saez and Stefanie Stantcheva on why the top tax rate could be over 80%. What happens if we soak the rich? Answering this question requires a more realistic view of individual behavior. What might a tax-the-rich-even-less future bring? The land of the kiwi offers one frightful answer. From The Economist, how should governments tax capital? A debate. How much do income taxes affect our behavior? A new study by Christina Romer and the National Bureau of Economic Research has new answers.