Baogang He (Deakin): Four Models of the Relationship between Confucianism and Democracy. Stephan Feuchtwang (LSE): Civilization and its Discontents in Contemporary China. Paul Stempel (USAF): The Soul of the Chinese Military: Good Order and Discipline in the People's Liberation Army. Alexander Vuving (APCSS): What is China Rising To? Assessing China's and America's Primacy Potentials. From the Journal of Current Chinese Affairs, a special issue on Global Flows with Chinese Characteristics. China's continuing rise has put virtually every Western power on alert, but it would be a big mistake to see Chinese State Capitalism as inevitable. An interview with Tom Mullaney, author of Coming to Terms With the Nation: Ethnic Classification in Modern China. A review of Tiger Head, Snake Tails: China Today, How It Got There and Where It is Heading by Jonathan Fenby. Alan Moran on why the rise of China is the real End of History. Caroline S. Hau on becoming “Chinese” — but what “Chinese”? — in Southeast Asia. One billion fans, one terrible team: Why is China’s national soccer team so bad?
David Price (St. John’s): The Unnatural Creature: How the Production of Knowledge Reflects Western Cultural History in Frankenstein. From Religion and Gender, a special issue on gender and religiosity in multicultural societies. A review of Shock Value: How a Few Eccentric Outsiders Gave Us Nightmares, Conquered Hollywood, and Invented Modern Horror by Jason Zinoman. A review of A Short History of Diaries: From Pepys to Blogs by Alexandra Johnson. From Not So Reviews, Mike Brown on Zizek and the age of advertising; Jason Muller on the irony of indie; and Robert Hainault on why Tories take cocaine. Science fiction, science fact: Does infinity exist? The greatest threat to our freedom: Of all the dangers to the freedom of the American people, Jacob G. Hornberger would rank the enemy-combatant doctrine as the greatest. From Cosmopolitan Journal, an article on exploring conflict as a source of peace in Kant. Why do we say that someone is “hot”?
From New Humanist, thinking machines, eternal life, space colonisation, neon bunnies — no, not science fiction but soon-to-be-realised science fact, according to a new generation of futurologists; but who are they, and can they be serious? The strange neuroscience of immortality: Kenneth Hayworth wants to plastinate his brain and have it uploaded to a computer to achieve an immortal consciousness — is he brilliant, crazy, both? The posthuman mind: An interview with Joel Rudinow, author of Invitation to Critical Thinking. Bionic brains and beyond: High-tech implants will soon be commonplace enhancements under our skin and inside our skulls, making us stronger and smarter. The introduction to The Machine Question: Critical Perspectives on AI, Robots, and Ethics by David J. Gunkel. A review of Robot Ethics: The Ethical and Social Implications of Robotics. A look at what's problematic about transhumanism from the perspective of a Catholic worldview. An interview with Michael Anissimov on the Singularity. Welcome to the Hybrid Age: We are on the verge of living in a human-technology civilization.
Tristan Nguyen (WHL): Are Extreme Events Still Insurable? Explaining the Role of Government in Insurance Solution. A special Randomness versus Stupidity issue of the Annals of Improbable Research is now online. From Swans, Paul Buhle on the unending (C.L.R. James) saga. Spanning thirty-odd years of academic endeavour, Jairus Banaji’s Theory as History is a collection of essays exploring the role of labour and exploitation within the wider research programme of historical materialism. Institutionalized, punitive hysteria: Laura Agustin on specialness of (some) sexual crimes. How Amazon survives the state: In a world of convoluted rules, capitalism finds ways to get goods cheaply to the people who want them. Bonfire of the Cliches: There is a problem with the relationship between literature and business, but it’s not the one you think.
Maria Alejandra Vanney (Austral): Do We Need Jerusalem “and” Athens? A Straussian Reflection on the Role of Religion and Medievalism. From TLS, a review of The War on Heresy: Faith and Power in Medieval Europe by RI Moore. The development of relations between Christians and Jews in the 50 years since Vatican II's Nostra aetate was the focus of a conference hosted by the Pontifical Angelicum University. From Christian Century, why would Jews vandalize a Holocaust memorial? From PUP, the introduction to The Jewish Jesus: How Judaism and Christianity Shaped Each Other by Peter Schafer. Why does the Catholic League's William Donohue feel he can dump on Jews with impunity? A review of The Jewish Gospels: The Story of the Jewish Christ by Daniel Boyarin. From Forward, what should Jews call the Christian Bible? A review of The Immoral Bible: Approaches to Biblical Ethics by Eryl W. Davies.
Christoph Deutschmann (Max Planck): Capitalism, Religion, and the Idea of the Demonic. From Kellogg Insight, a special issue on healthcare. The world’s most expensive male prostitute: Loved by aristocrats and immortalized in literature, Denham Fouts remains virtually unknown in his own hometown. From The Baffler, oh, the pathos: Eugenia Williamson on "This American Life". Quite likely the worst job ever: The remarkable work of a pioneering British journalist provides us with a window into the lives of the men who made their living from combing for treasures in London's sewers. It’s the bane of manly existence everywhere: to be a cuckold — or so the story goes: A review of “Religion As a Means to Assure Paternity” by Beverly Strassman et. al. A review of The Intelligence Paradox: Why the Intelligent Choice Isn’t Always the Smart One by Satoshi Kanazawa.
Hiroshi Motomura (UCLA): Who Belongs?: Immigration Outside the Law and the Idea of Americans in Waiting. Rick Su (SUNY-Buffalo): The States of Immigration. Daniel J. Hopkins (Georgetown): One Language, Two Meanings: Partisanship and Responses to Spanish. Chad G. Marzen (Florida State): Hispanics in the Heartland: The Fremont, Nebraska Immigration Ordinance and the Future of Latino Civil Rights. Francine J. Lipman (UNLV): The “Illegal” Tax. What part of “illegal” do you not understand?: If you’re really opposed only to illegal immigration, then surely you won’t object if Congress changes federal immigration law to make it easier for people to come to the United States, right? The Anchor: Forget Rachel, Bill, Anderson, and Sean — the broadcaster who will most determine the 2012 elections is Jorge Ramos. A review of Latino Catholicism: Transformation in America’s Largest Church by Timothy Matovina (and more).