A new issue of Lacan.com’s The Symptom is out. From Regulation, a special issue on William A. Niskanen. From Edge, William Poundstone explains “Iterated Prisoner’s Dilemma Contains Strategies That Dominate Any Evolutionary Opponent” by William H. Press and Freeman J. Dyson. A review of Water: Asia’s New Battleground by Brahma Chellaney. Patricia Leavy on the top 4 reasons Americans should care about the hard v. soft science debate. From The New Yorker, Ezra Klein on why Republicans oppose the individual health-care mandate. From the Human Life Review, William Murchison on the theology of ObamaCare. Health care is a privilege: Jonathan Chait on what the GOP won’t admit. Brian Beutler on what the Supreme Court could do to Obamacare. Real people, real problems: Jonathan Cohn on the stakes of the Obamacare lawsuit. James Fallows on 5 signs the United States is undergoing a coup. Masculinity in the movies: On the big screen, Christian men are rougher and tougher than ever. An interview with Charlotte Witt, author of The Metaphysics of Gender.
Louis Michael Seidman (Georgetown): On Constitutional Disobedience. Mila Sohoni (NYU): The Idea of "Too Much Law". Adam J. Kolber (NYU): Smooth and Bumpy Laws. Steve Durden (Florida Coastal): I Am Textualism. From Policy Review, Joel Alicea (Harvard): Forty Years of Originalism; and Peter Berkowitz reviews Living Originalism by Jack M. Balkin. Analytic jurisprudence established: The first chapter from Gerald J. Postema's Legal Philosophy in the Twentieth Century: The Common Law World. From The New Yorker, Jill Lepore on the Supreme Court and the struggle for judicial independence. Justice for sale: Lincoln Caplan on how big money is overwhelming judicial elections and corroding our confidence in the courts. Judges try to work with facts which have been vetted by both sides; now, Supreme Court justices spend time Googling around, looking for facts to support their opinions. A review of Cosmic Constitutional Theory: Why Americans Are Losing Their Inalienable Right to Self-Governance by J. Harvie Wilkinson III. First, Let’s kill all the law schools: A review of Schools for Misrule: Legal Academia and an Overlawyered America by Walter Olson.
From World History Connected, a special issue on re-conceptualizing Asia in world history. From Culture Unbound, a special issue on Shanghai Modern: The Future in Microcosm? A review of Looking for Balance: China, the United States, and Power Balancing in East Asia by Steve Chan. The Vietnam Solution: How a former enemy became a crucial U.S. ally in balancing China’s rise. Spengler on Japan's lost libido and America's asexual future. Anna Brix Thomsen on how the secret of North Korea is within you. China’s Crisis: A family scandal exposes the Communist system. A review of The Party: The Secret World of China’s Communist Rulers by Richard McGregor. Mongolia is not yet the new Qatar: A country with fragile institutions and a GDP per capita of $3,000 is about to be hosed with billions of dollars. The end of the Asian miracle: The investment guru who coined the term "emerging markets" returns from Asia, finds that the slowdown is real. Jeremy Fernando on how Kim Jong Il’s death did not take place. The first chapter from The Everlasting Empire: The Political Culture of Ancient China and Its Imperial Legacy by Yuri Pines.
A new issue of Poroi is out. From n+1, Twitter’s formal properties bend, simultaneously, in opposite directions: toward the essential but also the superfluous, the concise but also the verbose. Tsunami mystery: Who is Meri Yulanda? The girl who came home hardly resembled the girl who washed away. E.O. Wilson on evolution and our inner conflict: The human species' vexing combination of "sin" and "virtue" may be better explained by the two extreme evolutionary forces that created us. Paul Krugman and Robin Wells review The Escape Artists by Noam Scheiber, Pity the Billionaire by Thomas Frank and The Age of Austerity by Thomas Byrne Edsall. William Grassie on energy solutions from the perspective of Big History. “I'm not your wife!”: A new study points to a hidden form of sexism. From Human Events, Jason Mattera on the top 10 Hollywood hypocrites. Diplomacy on ice: Mika Mered on the fragile geopolitics of Antarctica. Saga of the Northwest Passage: Allan Woods on discovering evidence of an ill-fated mission in the frigid waters of the Arctic. Aging U.S. flags given a dignified goodbye.
From the Graduate Journal of Social Science, a special issue on critical whiteness studies methodologies. From Critical Race and Whiteness Studies, Kevin J. Burke (Notre Dame): The Village in the City: Critical Race Theory, Schooling, and a Life. From Big Think, why were the Melungeons surprised by their African roots? “Lowest difficulty setting”: John Scalzi on straight white males. What’s the matter with white people? As the GOP loses its grip, it's got one loyal constituency — will white America go down with the ship? The silly panic over a minority white nation: Claims that whites will be a minority by 2050 are historically outworn. Matthew Yglesias on the myth of majority-minority America: Will more Hispanics and Asians become “White”? “White America Has Lost Its Mind” Revisted: Where are those crazy white folks now? Razib Khan on white supremacy and white privilege, same coin. From conservative.org, what judge will rule that today’s complex diverse world economy requires students to learn how to interact with white males? Menachem Rosensaft on white nationalism, a scourge that won't go away.
From Common-place, a review of Before the Revolution: America's Ancient Pasts by Daniel K. Richter; a review of The Politics of Fashion in Eighteenth-Century America by Kate Haulman; and a review of The Revolutionary Generation, Nature, and the Shaping of the American Nation by Andrea Wulf. Daniel Wickberg on the present and future of American intellectual history. A review of What WE Have Done: An Oral History of the Disability Rights Movement by Fred Pelka. From Boston Review, a forum on the Port Huron Statement at 50. Battleground America: Jill Lepore on the insanity of our gun laws. A look at the the most hilariously paranoid things you can buy on the NRA website. What ever happened to the American arcade? The last tower: Ben Auten on the decline and fall of public housing. Michael J. Lewis on the decline of American monuments and memorials. Robert Moffit on why Congress must confront the administrative state. How Americans lost trust in our greatest institutions: It's not just Washington — across the country, citizens' faith in their city halls, newspapers, and churches is fading.
A new issue of the Journal of Conflictology is out. Patrick Baert (Cambridge) and Alan Shipman (Open): Transforming the Intellectual. From News and Letters, a special issue on counter-revolution's rise and the need for a total philosophy. The Celtic Mind: Bradley J. Birzer on how Adam Smith and Edmund Burke saved civilization. Has there ever been any survey conducted among those who lock themselves in the bathroom inquiring how they spend their time? Charles Simic wants to know. White supremacy ideology and corporate control: Keith Harmon Snow challenges the use and abuse of the "Genocide" label to expose the Western involvement, manipulation and propaganda behind war crimes, crimes against humanity, mass rape, and policies that promote ethnic divisions, poverty and starvation. Legalize Skyscrapers: Washington, D.C.’s height restrictions are bad for the nation’s capital and terrible for America. Meet Jason Silva, the fast-talking, media-savvy "performance philosopher" who wants you to love the ecstatic future of your mind. Ouiser Boudreaux on the most awful dudes in online dating in the whole world, trying to seduce you by telling you that you're a bitch.
Chris Heathwood (Colorado): Could Morality Have a Source? D. Gene Witmer (Florida): On Making Everything Boring. The inaugural issue of Thought: A Journal of Philosophy is free online. From Synthesis Philosophica, a special issue on Questions of Identity. From the Journal for the History of Analytical Philosophy, Alexander George (Amherst): Opening the Door to Cloud-Cuckoo-Land: Hempel and Kuhn on Rationality. A review of A Brief History of Justice by David Johnston. From Kant Studies Online, Luigi Caranti (Catania): The One Possible Basis for the Proof of the Existence of the External World: Kant’s Anti-Sceptical Argument in the 1781 Fourth Paralogism. The first chapter from Logic: The Laws of Truth by Nicholas J. J. Smith. Plastic Surgery for the Monadology: Graham Harman on fascinating points of similarity and difference between Leibniz's Monadology and Heidegger's “The Thing”, two of the greatest short works in the history of philosophy. Philosophy's Western bias: Not even ancient Greece can claim to be the true home of philosophy — so why do we persist in our Eurocentric delusion?
A new issue of the Journal of Critical Globalisation Studies is out. Alex Prichard (LSE): Anarchy, Anarchism and International Relations. Madeline Weld (PIC): Deconstructing the Dangerous Dogma of Denial: The Feminist-environmental Justice Movement and its Flight from Overpopulation. A review of Ian Bremmer’s Every Nation for Itself: Winners and Losers in a G-Zero World. We're all poorer when we seek Kim Kardashian's take on poverty. From the Fletcher Forum of World Affairs, Alex de Waal, Jens Meierhenrich, and Bridget Conley-Zilkic on how mass atrocities end — an evidence-based counter-narrative. An interview with Jean-Francois Bayart on globalization, subjectification, and the historicity of state formation. From Policy Review, Mark Dybul Peter Piot and Julio Frenk on reshaping global health: Time for a structural and philosophical shift. Michael Ignatieff on reimaging a global ethic. Our Daily Bread: The Essential Norman Borlaug is a multivolume biography that chronicles the microbiologist and his Nobel Prize-winning work to thwart starvation. What’s the best way to foment unrest in a foreign country? A how-to guide.
A new issue of Cartographic Perspectives is out. Stephen B. Smith (Khazar): The Geographic Origins of Strategic Culture. From Approaching Religion, a special issue on Rethinking the Enlightenment. The accusation “you are not living in the real world” is always either ideological, narcissistic, or a poorly phrased attempt to say something else. Jed Perl on how Hilton Kramer got lost in the culture wars. Eating like a caveman: A passing fad or the diet of the future? A review of The Event of Literature by Terry Eagleton. New “social discovery” apps try to engineer chance encounters — could they spoil true serendipity? A review of Infinite Jest: Caricature and Satire from Leonardo to Levine by Constance C. McPhee and Nadine M. Orenstein. Far from disappearing, Glenn Beck has only expanded his influence and multi-media empire since leaving Fox News last year (and more). Is it really essential that every human being be labeled “male” or “female” in accordance with his or her biological sex? An interview with James W. Hall, author of Hit Lit: Cracking the Code of the Twentieth Century’s Biggest Bestsellers.