From Slate, the extreme right-wing parties winning across the continent have one thing in common — they want to withdraw from the world. Europe's far right goes mainstream: Does it mean multiculturalism is a failure? From The New Federalist, what hope is there for European democracy? Delors, Solana, Beck, Cohn-Bendit and others on creating a bottom-up Europe: We want to establish a counter model to the Europe of elites and technocrats, and re-establish its political creativity and legitimacy. Michael Sivy on 4 ways the euro could fail: All courses of action appear to lead to an eventual financial crisis of some sort, but moderate progrowth policies are the best bet to minimize the damage. Are there any alternatives to austerity? Six ideas for fixing Europe. The euro is killing southern Europe: What Spain (and Portugal, and Greece, etc.) could learn from Argentina’s successful default and devaluation. Times are very tough, but the future of Greece may not be as bad as it looks. Your tweetable fact: A monetary union might make more sense for every nation starting with the letter "M" than it does for the euro zone. Just how historically implausible was the euro zone? The truth is, radical as it may be in theory, the EU is hugely unsexy in practice.
The inaugural issue of the Journal of Ethnographic Theory is out, on the g-factor of anthropology: Archaeologies of kin(g)ship. Alex de Waal (Tufts), Jens Meierhenrich (LSE), and Bridget Conley-Zilkic (Tufts): How Mass Atrocities End: An Evidence-Based Counter-Narrative. Jack Balkin on why the health-care mandate is clearly a tax — and therefore constitutional. Far too slow to make headline news, desertification is nevertheless putting the lives of more than one billion people at risk, and sooner or later, will require the urgent attention of the international community. Max Berger on why Occupy can't — and shouldn't — become the progressive Tea Party. “I want to be like Jesus”: Cornel West is a self-proclaimed prophet who believes in the virtues of love and justice — but in his own life, he can’t seem to find either. It is, of course, quiet possible for a film about cryonics to be good — even great — and still be bad for it; Freezing People is Easy offers substantial possibilities for both of those elements to be in play. Does American democracy still work? Brad DeLong wonders. Will Smith tries cheerleading and finds that it's not all about pompoms.
A new issue of Open Journal of Philosophy is out. Jonathan Allen Green (Northwestern): Hume's “False Philosophy” and the Reflections of Common Life. From Purlieu, Jared Bly (North Texas): From Counterfeiting to Convalesence: An Essay on Nietzsche's Coinage; Jesus Zamora-Bonilla (UNED): Positivism is a Humanism (A Liberal Manifesto); and an interview with J. Baird Callicott, a foundational thinker within environmental philosophy and ethics. From the latest issue of Plato, Georgia Mouroutsou (Humboldt): The Allegory of the Cave: The Necessity of the Philosopher’s Descent; Satoshi Ogihara (Tohoku): The Choice of Life in the Myth of Er. From The Philosopher, Jim Danaher on Plato’s Cave and the bicameral brain. Cambridge University’s Philip Allott on first understanding Plato's Republic. A review of Virtue and Politics: Alasdair MacIntyre's Revolutionary Aristotelianism. Julian Friedland on why philosophy is not a science (and more). From the Journal of Nietzsche Studies, a review of books on Nietzsche. A look at how Averroes’s writings on Aristotle shaped Western philosophy as we know it.