What most people want (but usually do not say) is more mobilization by the groups they support and less by the groups they oppose: Matt Grossmann on his book The Not-So-Special Interests: Interest Groups, Public Representation, and American Governance (and more). Research suggests voters who know the parties’ platforms are more likely to support Democrats. Everyone agrees American politics have become completely polarized; perhaps more remarkable is another change: over the past half-century, the two parties completely switched roles, with the GOP turning into rebels and the Democrats defending the status quo. From Mother Jones, Andy Kroll on the down and dirty history of secret spending, PACs gone wild, and the epic four-decade fight over the only kind of political capital that matters; Kevin Drum on the GOP's 10-year campaign to gin up voter fraud hysteria — and bring back Jim Crow at the ballot box; and a look at the quick way to end the vote-fraud wars: A National ID card. The Mega Millions Solution: Would thousands line up to vote if they knew they had a chance of winning money?
Cary Coglianese and Evan Mendelson (Penn): Meta-Regulation and Self-Regulation. From The Fibreculture Journal, a special issue on Networked Utopias and Speculative Futures. The UN report “World Economic and Social Survey 2012: In Search of New Development Finance” proposes an international tax to raise more than $400 billion annually for development and global challenges such as fighting climate change. From Businessweek, Peter Coy on the case for way more mandates. Life without sex: Rachel Hills on the third phase of the asexuality movement. A review of Creating Wine: The Emergence of a World Industry, 1840-1914 by James Simpson. Post-colonial killing fields: Conrad Black on the world picture, after independence. A review of Maps of Utopia: H.G. Wells, Modernity and the End of Culture by Simon J. James. Kenneth Waltz is not crazy, but he is dangerous: Nuclear weapons in the Middle East. From The Royal Forums, here are news from the latest Royal genealogy threads. Following Barclays' scandal, Joseph Stiglitz says “send bankers to jail”. Soccer and the key to the universe: You didn’t have to look very hard to read the fortunes of Europe in the Euro 2012 tournament.
From Academe, here is the annual report on the economic status of the profession, 2011-12. A new issue of the AAUP Journal of Acadmic Freedom is out. From Academe blog, John K. Wilson interviews Norman Finkelstein about his thoughts on the 5th anniversary of being denied tenure by DePaul University (and more by Matthew Abraham and more by Peter Kirstein and an interview with Alan Dershowitz). From Minding the Campus, Ron Lipsman on the coming decline of the academic left; and here is a survival guide for the Right in Leftist academia. From The Humanist, was it fair to expel a conservative Christian counseling student who refused to discuss relationship issues with a gay student? Boondoggle U: With taxpayers struggling to support the University of California, why did the state build a tenth campus in the middle of nowhere? Robert Birgeneau, the man who kept Berkeley from sinking as California slashed its budget, will step down this year; he tells Zoe Corbyn how disaster was averted even though huge challenges remain. Harvard decides its doctorate in education, the country’s oldest Ed.D. program, will be a Ph.D. — does the shift raise broader questions about the degree the university is ending? Paul Trowler on rethinking academic tribes and territories.