From Labor Notes, Mischa Gaus on how bankruptcy has returned as a tool to crack unions; and can labor organize the unemployed? Jenny Brown wonders. Jared Bernstein on the case for full employment. The boast that American workers are naturally superior to other workers and would therefore “win” in any fair competition is problematic at best and at worst a pander to our national delusion of exceptionalism. 40-hour work week: One hundred fifty years of research proves that shorter work hours actually raise productivity and profits and overtime destroys them — so why do we still do this? A review of Ronald Reagan, the Air Traffic Controllers, and the Strike That Changed America by Joseph A. McCartin. Terminal sickness: Phillip Longman and Lina Khan on how a thirty-year-old policy of deregulation is slowly killing America's airline system — and taking down Cincinnati, Memphis, and St. Louis with it. How the rich took over airport security: Security checks were one of America's most democratic places — until rich passengers got their own speedy lines.
A new issue of Philosophy in Review is out. Derek H. Alderman (ECU), Terri Moreau (London), and Stefanie Benjamin (South Carolina): The Andy Griffith Show: Mayberry as Working-Class Utopia. From The New Atlantis, a special issue on the stem cell debates and the inaugural report of the Witherspoon Council on Ethics and the Integrity of Science. The best musical instrument: There are 14 or 15 musical instruments in an orchestra, three or four in most rock bands — but which is the king? The man with the big ideas: Jonah Lehrer, a rising star of popular science who has opened up the laboratory to the everyday reader, takes on the question of creativity. A review of The Crisis of Zionism by Peter Beinart (and more and more and more and more and more and more). David Carr on the life and death of Andrew Breitbart. The very public resignation of a Goldman Sachs executive exposes what most already new: The firm is morally bankrupt. Jeremy Fernando on how Kim Jong Il’s death did not take place.
Adam Rosen (Pratt): Retrieving the Power of the Question: Aristotle's Inquiries Concerning Sexual Difference. Elaine Craig (Dalhousie): Troubling Sex: Towards a Theory of Sexual Integrity. Julie A. Greenberg (Thomas Jefferson): Intersexuality and the Law: Why Sex Matters. From Gender Forum, a special issue on sex(uality), gender and pornography, including Stefan Offermann (Cologne): Dildos and Cyborgs: Feminist Body Politics and Porn from the 1970s to Posthumanism; Johanna Schorn (Cologne): Subverting Pornormativity: Feminist and Queer Interventions; and Samuel Horn (Colgne): Fragments of Fear and Power: On the Pornographic Construction of Masculinity. From the Jerusalem Review of Legal Studies, a special issue on Rae Langton’s Sexual Solipsism: Philosophical Essays on Pornography and Objectification. A review of Assuming a Body: Transgender and Rhetorics of Materiality by Gayle Salamon. A review of Sex Before Sexuality: A Premodern History by Kim Phillips and Barry Reay. An interview with Hanne Blank, author of Straight: The Surprisingly Short History of Hetrosexuality (and more and more and more).