Jonathan Havercroft (Oklahoma): Was Westphalia "All that"? Hobbes, Bellarmine, and the Norm of Non-intervention. Is the world too big to fail? Noam Chomsky on the contours of global order (and Imani Perry reviews A New Generation Draws the Line: Humanitarian Intervention and the “Responsibility to Protect”). From democratic peace theory to forcible regime change: The revival of neo-Kantian theories of universal peace has led to intellectual justification of foreign "interventions" whose results have nothing to do with democracy. An interview with Jean Bricmont on humanitarian interventionism, Iran, Israel and the non-aligned nations. Alex Kane on 5 countries the U.S. is royally screwing over: From the drug war to the war on terror, the US is wreaking havoc around the globe. From TNI, Robert W. Merry on the wrong turn in US foreign policy; an interview with Zbigniew Brzezinski on US decline, the 2012 presidential campaign and more; Leslie Gelb on the elusive Obama Doctrine; and James Kitfield on Mitt Romney's neocon puzzle. Stephen Walt on the top ten things that would-be foreign policy wonks should study.
Larry Alexander (USD): Can Self-Defense Justify Punishment? From Technology Review, an interview with Fred Wilson on why the collapse of venture capital is good. Doctor Who? Terry Allen on the corporations behind WebMD’s friendly, free advice. Beyond a joke: Robert Provine on the truth about why we laugh. From gentrification to occupation: Martha Rosler on the artistic mode of revolution. Kim Atkins reviews The Virtues of Our Vices: A Modest Defense of Gossip, Rudeness, and Other Bad Habits by Emrys Westacott. A mathematical look at the Electoral College: John Allen Paulos on how one candidate could become president with only 11 votes. Former CIA Chief Michael Hayden says Obama’s War on Terror is the same as Bush’s, but with more killing. Getting it on: Hunter Oatman-Stanford on the covert history of the American condom. From Foreign Policy, Thomas Ricks on how Iraq is still more violent than Afghanistan and David Kenner on how Syria is more violent than Iraq at its worst. From PopMatters, Karen Zarker interviews Harry Shearer on his new book Can't Take a Hint. Gary Belsky on how gamification will soon rule the business world.
From e-flux, Boris Groys is under the gaze of theory: Critical theory criticizes not only philosophical contemplation, but any kind of contemplation, including aesthetic contemplation; and after the last man: Elizabeth A. Povinelli on images and ethics of becoming otherwise. Structuralism's Samson: Jacques Derrida’s infamous 1966 appearance at Johns Hopkins tore down the temple of structuralism. A review of The Young Derrida and French Philosophy by Edward Baring. Spectres of Derrida: Richard Kreitner on Occupy Wall Street and the politics of deconstruction. From 3:AM, an interview with Lee Braver on Heidegger, Wittgenstein, Derrida (and a review of Groundless Grounds: A Study of Wittgenstein and Heidegger). From Radical Philosophy, on technoreformism: Tom Bunyard reviews The Decadence of Industrial Democracies by Bernard Stiegler; and the future is subhuman: Keith Ansell-Pearson reviews Anti-Nietzsche by Malcolm Bull. From LARB, Adam Kotsko on how to read Zizek. Thomas Riggins is coming to grips with Zizek. My First Critical Theory ABC: HiLobrow on a series of alphabetical rhymes, for kiddies, about capital-T Theory.
A new issue of Grounded Theory Review is out. Philipp Genschel (JUB) and Thomas Rixen (Bamberg): The International Tax Regime: Historical Evolution and Political Change. Danny Postel on Iran, the Left and the Non-Aligned Movement: A guide for the perplexed. If you went outside and lay down on your back with your mouth open, how long would you have to wait until a bird pooped in it? Cato Shrugged: John Allison, the new president of the Cato Institute, wants to remake the think tank in Ayn Rand’s image. Could Mitt Romney become the first unbaptized, unmarried, non-Christian POTUS? From Big Think’s new blog “E pur si muove”, Satoshi Kanazawa on the return of the ugly, racist pseudoscientist with a small penis. Gilbert King on Hayes vs. Tilden, the ugliest, most contentious presidential election ever. A review of The Black Hole of Empire: History of a Global Practice of Power by Partha Chatterjee. Mike Konczal on monetary policy explained with animated gifs. From Less Wrong, Scott Alexander Siskind on the worst argument in the world; and Stuart Armstrong on AI timeline predictions: are we getting better? Frank Graham Jr. reviews What a Plant Knows: A Field Guide to the Senses by Daniel Chamovitz.
Tammy C. Ayres and Yvonne Jewkes (Leicester): The Haunting Spectacle of Crystal Meth: A Media-created Mythology? From FDL, a book salon on Marijuana Legalization: What Everyone Needs To Know by Jonathan Caulkins, Mark Kleiman, and Angela Hawken. Robert Joe Stout on why government wants the war on drugs to fail. What position should the Church adopt in relation to the use of drugs in society? Joseph Vinson on a Christian defense of decriminalization. Richard Posner calls for legalizing marijuana. The drug laws in this country are broken; something has got to give when we are making federal judges cry in horror at the sentences they have to give. For decades, the government banned medical studies of the effects of LSD — but for one longtime, elite researcher, the promise of mind-blowing revelations was just too tempting. A review of Smoke Signals: A Social History of Marijuana by Martin A. Lee (and more). Mike Riggs on the 5 dumbest drug laws in America. Led by the Mexican poet, an historic caravan of victims of the War on Drugs is wending its way through the US. If you're looking for a war to oppose it should be the drug war in Mexico. Research suggests heavy use of cannabis at young age may lower intelligence.