A new issue of Scottish Left Review is out. Richard S. Kay (Connecticut): Changing the United Kingdom Constitution: The Blind Sovereign. From Standpoint, Andrew Gimson on the strange death of the English gentleman. Jonathan Derbyshire interviews Stuart Hall: “We need to talk about Englishness” (and a response by Richard Seymour). Is Scotland really the social democratic country it proclaims? From OUP, the introduction to Making Thatcher’s Britain by Ben Jackson and Robert Saunders. A review of Inside the Department of Economic Affairs: Samuel Brittan, the Diary of an “Irregular”, 1964-6. “Broken Britain” is the current expression of enduring prejudices on the Right — how does it fit within the context of British conservatism and what does it tell us about David Cameron's Conservatives? The Union Jack is one of the few flags that seems to disrupt its own bounds. Small island with huge ambitions: Two private companies are now offering tourist trips to the Moon, using their own ships — one is Excalibur Almaz, in the Isle of Man (and more). From Jacobin, Richard Seymour on the politics of magical capitalism. Tony Mckenna on why the criminalisation of squatting is a deeply political act.
A new issue of The Washington Diplomat is out. From Hilobrow, is there an art to surveillance, an art hidden, as befits the territory; lurking in limbo until it is suspected, detected and released? From Jacobin, from Blackbeard to Kim Dotcom, has piracy been a radical force? Gavin Mueller investigates. Michael Finkel on the quiet hell of extreme meditation: A journey into and beyond the challenges of total silence. Rafael Melo on why he’s not a Buddhist (and part 2). A new study finds clients want real love from sex workers. How and why do myths arise? Robert Segal explains. The evolution of depression: Sierra Bellows on how depression might — or might not — be a biological adaptation. Career antics: Julia Braun Kessler on anthropologists, aging, and a crack at the celebrity circuit. Sabine Heinlein on the changing face of Park 51. Stephanie Caldwell on the rise and fall of the daytime soap. We don’t need no stinking warrant: David Kravets on the disturbing, unchecked rise of the administrative subpoena. Monopolies for monks: A schismatic monastery sues an Orthodox archbishop over copyrighted religious texts.
A new issue of Qualitative Sociology Review is out. Zachary M. Schrag (George Mason): The Case Against Ethics Review in the Social Sciences. Peter Taylor-Gooby on the state of social science: Only itself to blame? An interview with Steve Doig, Knight Chair in Journalism at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University, on the convergence between journalism and social science. Parsons, Althusser and Foucault were once demigods of the social sciences, but is there still room for them in the 21st century? An excerpt from Taking It Big: C. Wright Mills and the Making of Political Intellectuals by Stanley Aronowitz (and more). George Orwell, call your office: Intellectuals, especially in the social sciences, have a nasty habit of thinking that, “This is the way the world should be, therefore this is the way the world can be”. From Edge, a new kind of social science for the 21st century: An interview with Nicholas A. Christakis; an interview with Daron Acemoglu on the world through institutional lenses; and an interview with Cesar Hidalgo: “What is value? What is money?” A review of Real Social Science: Applied Phronesis, ed. Bent Flyvbjerg, Todd Landman and Sanford Schram.
Francois Tanguay-Renaud (Osgoode): Criminalizing the State. From Red Pepper, booktopia: Josie Long picks the eight books she'd take to the ends of the earth with her. From Bookforum, an interview with talks to Chris Hayes, author of Twilight of the Elites: America After Meritocracy. A review of Sex at Dusk: Lifting the Shiny Wrapping from Sex at Dawn by Lynn Saxon. WorldNet Daily continues to pump out outrageous propaganda: The far-right website, when it’s not busy claiming soybeans cause homosexuality, is a leading source of baseless conspiracism. From The American Scholar, Priscilla Long remembers her friend Stephen Jay Gould; and Jessica Love on the psychology of swearing: Could cursing be good for us? A review of Inside Jokes: Using Humor to Reverse-engineer the Mind by Matthew M. Hurley, Daniel C. Dennett, and Reginald B. Adams Jr. Is beauty as significant to political science as categories such as sexuality, power, and death? Raymond Tallis on the case for assisted dying: Acting in the name of religion, a small and unrepresentative number of believers are inflicting needless suffering on others. Does gallows humor among physicians encourage accusations of murder and euthanasia?
From Religion Dispatches, parent, prophet, con-man, spy: Who was Rev. Moon? Philip Jenkins on how we became obsessed with cults: Small religious groups like the Rev. Sun Myung Moon's Unification Church were once feared and hated. Who's your theologian? Why theology debates have gone from debating ideas to debating the people who came up with them. David Sessions on the illusory promise of apolitical theology. Bryan Roberts on 7 things Christians need to remember about politics. The mythical Catholic vote: Charles Molineaux on the harmful consequences of political assimilation. David Clayton on the Institute for Catholic Culture, an organisational model for the New Evangelisation. Influential church historian Diarmaid MacCulloch said he believes that Christianity faces a bright future but predicts that the Roman Catholic Church will undergo a major schism over its moral and social teaching. Three recent books expose the cultural captivity of the church to Western ideas about sexuality. A review of Holy Misogyny: Why the Sex and Gender Conflicts in the Early Church Still Matter by April DeConick.