Susan J. Linz and Yu-Wei Chu (MSU): Weber, Marx, and Work Values: Evidence from Transition Economies. Collapse as crucible: Tony Wood on the reforging of Russian society. From Geocurrents, a special series on Siberia; and Asya Pereltsvaig on “Divided Russia” maps and xenophobic nationalist views. Russia’s intellectuals look for the exit: More are complaining that they cannot work, or even think, in the increasingly repressive country. End of the affair: Why Russian liberals no longer look up to America and the West as a model. An interview with Stephen Collier, author of Post-Soviet Social: Neoliberalism, Social Modernity, Biopolitics. The Rise and Fall of a Russian Energy Baron: The formidable duo of Putin and Sechin take aim at powerful energy clans — but whose interests are they really defending? Don’t be fooled: Russia Today is trash. If authoritarianism is a relic of a pre-democratic age, Putinism, like the late regime of Putin’s friend Silvio Berlusconi, is not authoritarian. Andranik Migranyan on Pussy Riot’s Pyrrhic victory. Nitsuh Abebe on why Pussy Riot is big in America, but not Russia. What does the Pussy Riot sentencing mean for Russia's opposition?


From Living Reviews in Democracy, Timm Beichelt (EUV): The Research Field of Democracy Promotion; and Rinaldo Kuhne (Zurich): Media-induced Affects and Opinion Formation: How Related and Unrelated Affects Influence Political Opinions. A 3-D printed house: The applications of such rapid-fire housing are endless: affordable housing for the poor; “extraterrestrial buildings constructed from in situ materials”; emergency FEMA-style housing, and the like. Calls for a Western intervention in northern Mali, now being called “Africa’s Afghanistan,” rely on logical fallacies and ignore recent history. Inarticulate by choice: Elisabeth Lasch-Quinn on the decline of letter writing and the future of the intellectual past (and a response). Mark Leon Goldberg on why Beyonce is teaming up with the United Nations. Researchers unravel twenty-five-year-old riddle of buckyball formation.


Hershey H. Friedman (Brooklyn) and Linda Weiser Friedman (Baruch): Humor and the Omniscient God. The Scatological Luther: A review of “Martin Luther’s Humor” by Eric W. Gritsch. Who is Christwire really mocking, anyway? Thomas G. Long on the absurd in worship. Overboard: Geez sends rogue disciple on a Christian cruise. From Relevant, why won't God hurry up? Sometimes we need help making sense of why we keep waiting on God; and is there room for erotica in Christianity? Sex sells, even in Christian bookstores. Gerald Hiestand on evangelicals, premarital sexual ethics, and a grocery list. Girls Gone Mild: An article on the top 10 Christian fashion tips. Called to party: Why Christian hospitality looks less like fine china and more like a dance party in your living room. Rob Goodman on how the Bible is not a diet plan. Digesting Grace: Why the food we eat matters to God. Todd Bentley, a pastor who heals people by kicking them in the face, is surprisingly popular. From The Christian Post, Greg Stier on a look at 10 ways to be cool though Christian and on why you should not slap, mock or treat the bride of Christ with disrespect.


From Almatourism, Rossella Belluso (Sapienza): The Geographic Landscape as Cultural Heritage in the Post-modern Age. From BusinessWeek, a special “Interview Issue” lets leaders in business, politics, economics, and finance reveal something about themselves — in their own words. With the Affordable Care Act here to stay, what are the prospects for Medicaid, employer-based insurance, and single-payer? Andrea Louise Campbell examines the upcoming political battles over health care. So where do we stand now, in 2012?: An excerpt from Slavoj Zizek’s The Year of Dreaming Dangerously. Are you an optimist or a pessimist? (and part 2 and part 3). What injustice do we accept today that will seem outrageous in 20 years? Michael Kinsley wonders (and part 2). The most important election since 1932: Jeff Madrick on why an Obama victory is critical.


R. George Wright (Indiana): What Counts as “Speech” in the First Place? Bill Reader (Ohio): Free Press vs. Free Speech? The Rhetoric of “Civility” in Regard to Anonymous Online Comments. Ashley Messenger (NPR): The Problem with New York Times, Inc. v. Sullivan. From Quadrant, Richard Allsop on the difficult history of free speech; and Nicholas Hasluck on freedom of expression in a world of vanishing boundaries. John Paul Stevens reviews The Harm in Hate Speech by Jeremy Waldron (and more and more and more and more and more). From NDPR, a review of The Virtues of Mendacity: On Lying in Politics by Martin Jay. Is there a First Amendment right to beg for change? Freedom by association: Michael W. McConnell on how neglect of the full scope of the First Amendment diminishes our rights. Does “Gay Inc.” believe in free speech? In the battle over gay rights, dissent during wartime isn't always tolerated. The introduction to When the State Speaks, What Should It Say? How Democracies Can Protect Expression and Promote Equality by Corey Brettschneider.

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