Tom Medvetz (UCSD): “Scholar as Sitting Duck”: The Cronon Affair and the Buffer Zone in American Public Debate. A review of Crazy U by Andrew Ferguson and In the Basement of the Ivory Tower: Confessions of an Accidental Academic by Professor X. Welcome to College Insurrection, aimed to give conservative and libertarian student writers a larger platform and audience. If you didn’t know any better, you might think that the main thing conservatives learn in college English classes is how to complain about college English classes. From Radical Notes, Raju J Das on academia as a site of class struggle. 25 years later, Allan Bloom is just as misunderstood and necessary as ever. Richard Thompson on the conservative pushback on campus. A survey finds that social psychologists admit to anti-conservative bias. It might not be seismic, but there is a shift in academia away from the faddish and back towards the traditional. Jonathan B. Imber on misunderstanding intellectual diversity. Agnotology, the art of spreading doubt, distorts the scepticism of research to obscure the truth — areas of academic life have been tainted by the practice.
Rebecca Adler-Nissen (Copenhagen): Diplomacy as Impression Management: Strategic Face-Work and Post-Colonial Embarrassment. From Standpoint, Daniel Johnson on the Wise Orientalist and the Flying Dutchman. Jed Pearl on the wildly overrated Andy Warhol. Foxy Ladies: Why one network applies so much makeup. An interview with Joan Walsh, author of What's the Matter With White People? Why We Long for a Golden Age That Never Was. Reverend Billy on Occupy and 350.org: You come down here and embrace! A review of Sincerity: how a moral ideal born five hundred years ago inspired religious wars, modern art, hipster chic, and the curious notion that we ALL have something to say (no matter how dull) by R. Jay Magill, Jr. Tom Vanderbilt on the single most important object in the global economy — the pallet.
David Pilling reports on the rise of a new generation of Japanese — wanting to think for themselves but struggling for independence. Thitinan Pongsudhirak on calming the Asia-Pacific. Ethnic Chinese at last see a new future opening up in Indonesia. Multibillionaire loses his fortune: Prince Jefri Bolkiah of Brunei has a taste for fast cars, beautiful women, and the ostentatious spending of vast wealth that may not have been his own. Where nationalism still matters: Guy Sorman on how Asia’s simmering political tensions defy conventional wisdom. North Koreans in South Korea: Sonia Ryang is in search of their humanity. The violence against minorities in Indonesia has reached new, terrible heights; while Islamist hardliners target Christians and supporters of the Islamic Ahmadiyya, the state turns a blind eye. The myth about Singapore is that economic growth can take place in an authoritarian state unhindered. Nationalism makes a comeback: Ethan Epstein on Japan’s new islands. Tensions in the South China Sea are ratcheting up. What’s behind North Korea’s strange architecture? When the chips are down: U.S. casinos discover Macau's murky side.
Lucinda Vandervort (Saskatchewan): Sexual Consent as Voluntary Agreement: Tales of “Seduction” or Questions of Law? Paul H. Edelman (Vanderbilt): The Myth of the Condorcet Winner. From Random House of Canada’s new online magazine Hazlitt, Hari Kunzru on Werner Herzog: The director is present; Chris Randle on the Gothamist Movement: From Deco to dystopian — an architectural survey of Batman comics and movies; and Linda Besner on the quiz book as Bible: Quizzes — be they Civil War or Tintin themed — promise answers in this life, highly knowable answers. The New York Review of Magazines reviews Yes! magazine. Has intellectual history had a Kuhnian Revolution? Dead celebrities fared better and better against other dead persons as the twentieth century progressed. A review of Bioethics: All that Matters by Donna Dickenson. If you see posts floating around the Twittersphere that the Navy SEAL who killed Osama bin Laden is dead, don’t believe it.
From The Atlantic Monthly, the presidential debates this year may well determine the election's outcome — James Fallows on how they might unfold. Stanley Kurtz on how Obama is robbing the suburbs to pay for the cities. Brian Tashman on the craziest Obama conspiracy theory gets even crazier. Like a Boss: When it comes to being a rich guy, Mitt Romney should own it. Ezra Klein on the best case and the worst case against the Obama administration. From The Washington Times, Wes Vernon reviews The Communist: Frank Marshall Davis: The Untold Story of Barack Obama's Mentor by Paul Kengor; and Jay Cost reviews The Corruption Chronicles: Obama's Big Secrecy, Big Corruption, and Big Government by Tom Fitton. Roger Berkowitz on Grover Norquist and the Muslim takeover of America. Schmooze or lose: Obama doesn’t like cozying up to billionaires — could it cost him the election? (and more) An interview with Michael Grunwald, author of The New New Deal: The Hidden Story of Change in the Obama Era (and more). Here are excerpts from The Gamble: Choice and Chance in the 2012 Presidential Election by John Sides and Lynn Vavreck.