From The Weekly Standard, a review of Sovereignty or Submission: Will Americans Rule Themselves or be Ruled by Others? by John Fonte. A review of Bowing to Beijing: How Barack Obama is Hastening America’s Decline and Ushering a Century of Chinese Domination by Brett M. Decker and William C. Triplett II. George Scialabba reviews Morris Berman’s three-volume survey of America's decline The Twilight of American Culture, Dark Ages America, and Why America Failed (and an interview). The economic waning of America: A review of Time to Start Thinking: America in the Age of Descent by Edward Luce and Better, Stronger, Faster: The Myth of American Decline and the Rise of a New Economy by Daniel Gross (and more and more and more and more). From whynationsfail.com, there is much talk of failure of the US economy and institutions — but tangible signs of that failure are few; and there are clear and present dangers for US institutions, but there are reasons for optimism: we have been here before, and rebounded. "That's not really destroying America": An interview with Claude Fischer about his new column for Boston Review, "Made in America".
A new issue of Studies in Sociology of Science is out. Jefferson D. Pooley (Muhlenberg): The History of Communication Research. From Culture Unbound, special sections on Fashion, Market and Materiality and on Policies, Government and the Creative Industries. Crossing the Line: A Village Voice Media special report on Freedom Under Fire. A look at how U.S. military suicides now exceed deaths in Afghanistan. Pentagon soon to spend more on vets’ benefits than active personnel, study says. Here is a list of people known as the father or mother of something. From California magazine, a special issue on piracy and the business of patents, cyber grift, the lawless seas, and more. Why do we need sluts? Utsab Nath wonders. From The New Inquiry, Adam Kotsko on why we love sociopaths. Research shows that the smarter people are, the more susceptible they are to cognitive bias. From Rationally Speaking, David Kyle Johnson on the Simulation Hypothesis and the problem of natural evil (in 4 parts). Ok, do it: Teach me how to "get" art. Rush drummer Neil Peart denounces Ayn Rand: I’m a “bleeding heart libertarian”.
Ghassan Hage (Melbourne): Dwelling in the Reality of Utopian Thought. Patrick Baert (Cambridge): The Sudden Rise of French Existentialism: A Case-study in the Sociology of Intellectual Life. From Constellations, a special issue on Claude Lefort. From Critical Approaches to Discourse Analysis Across Disciplines, a special issue on Critical Perspectives on Ideology, Identity, and Interaction. From Ctheory, Nathan Van Camp (FWO): From Biopower to Psychopower: Bernard Stiegler's Pharmacology of Mnemotechnologies; and a review of Grey Ecology by Paul Virilio. A review of Wittgenstein’s Antiphilosophy by Alain Badiou. A review of The Beach beneath the Street: The Everyday Life and Glorious Times of the Situationist International by McKenzie Wark. An interview with Simon Critchley, author of The Faith of the Faithless. Big Think's May 2012 Book of the Month is Less Than Nothing: Hegel and the Shadow of Dialectical Materialism by Slavoj Zizek. Humanity is OK, but 99% of people are boring idiots: Is Slavoj Zizek a genius with the answers to the financial crisis, or the Borat of philosophy?