Thomas W. Volscho (CUNY-Staten Island) and Nathan J. Kelly (Tennessee): The Rise of the SuperRich: Power Resources, Taxes, Financial Markets, and the Dynamics of the Top 1 Percent, 1949 to 2008. Peter K. Enns (Cornell), Nathan J. Kelly (Tennessee), Jana Morgan (Tennessee), Thomas Volscho (CUNY-Staten Island), Christopher Witko (SLU): Conditional Status Quo Bias and Top Income Shares: How U.S. Political Institutions Beneﬁt the Rich. Inequality and Its Perils: Emerging research suggests that the growing gap between rich and poor harms the U.S. economy by creating instability and suppressing growth. Jacob S. Hacker on the institutional foundations of middle-class democracy. Feast of fools: Lewis H. Lapham on how American democracy became the property of a commercial oligarchy. Maureen Tkacik on the radical right-wing roots of Occupy Wall Street. Ranjit S. Dighe reviews Land of Promise: An Economic History of the United States by Michael Lind (and more). John Steele Gordon, author of An Empire of Wealth: The Epic History of American Economic Power, on economic lessons from American history.
A new issue of Common Voices is out. From Less Wrong, Eliezer Yudkowsky on the useful idea of truth, the first post of a new sequence on Highly Advanced Epistemology 101 for Beginners. They retort, you decide: Robert on the dark art of presidential debate prep. There oughta be a law, Clausen’s Law: the proclaimed importance of an election is directly proportional to the desperation of the speaker. The introduction to Sword of Zen: Master Takuan and His Writings on Immovable Wisdom and the Sword Taie by Peter Haskel. How capitalism can save art: Camille Paglia on why a new generation has chosen iPhones and other glittering gadgets as its canvas. Jon Hubbard, Republican Arkansas legislator, says slavery may “have been a blessing” in new book. Jonathan Derbyshire on the Enlightenment values of Eric Hobsbawm. Reclaiming Politics: Michael Gecan on solving problems Washington won’t. From The Caravan, Jonathan Shainin on a guide to the jargon and minutiae of a US presidential election. Shale gas, speaker fees, sophism: David V. Johnson on Fareed Zakaria and the failure of thought leadership. Shinhya Yamaka and John B. Gurdon have jointly won the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine; this is not only a giant leap for science, it is a giant leap for mankind — Yamanaka and Gurdon have shown how science can be done ethically.
A new issue of Speculations is out. Christian Garland (Warwick): Negating that Which Negates Us: Marcuse, Critical Theory and the New Politics of Refusal. David Backer reviews On Critique: A Sociology of Emancipation by Luc Boltanski. From e-flux, Mladen Dolar on Hegel and Freud: If absolute knowledge and the unconscious still function as unplaceable excesses, what could be their link? Scott McLemee reviews The Philosopher's Touch: Sartre, Nietzsche, and Barthes at the Piano by Francois Noudelmann. Michael Wilkinson reviews Under Weber’s Shadow: Modernity, Subjectivity and Politics in Habermas, Arendt and Macintyre by Keith Breen. From Figure/Ground Communication, an interview with Douglas Kellner, a “third generation” critical theorist in the tradition of the Frankfurt Institute for Social Research. Hegel and the shadow of dialectical materialism: Adam Jasper reviews Less Than Nothing by Slavoj Zizek. Thomas Riggins is coming to grips with Zizek. Benjamin Kunkel on the unbearable lightness of Slavoj Zizek’s communism. Joshua Shaw reviews Facing Nature: Levinas and Environmental Thought. More on Introduction to Antiphilosophy by Boris Groys.
A new issue of First of the Month is out. From the latest issue of Daedalus, Diana C. Mutz (Penn): The Great Divide: Campaign Media in the American Mind. Steve Coll reviews No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama bin Laden by Mark Owen. The art and science of Nobel Prize prediction: How Thomson Reuters analyst David Pendlebury makes impressively accurate predictions of who will win. When foreign words and native accents meet: Jessica Love on the politics of saying it right. Don’t vote, compromise: Noah Berlatsky on The Economist and mindless ideological bipartisanship. Is copyright reform possible?: Pamela Samuelson reviews William Patry’s How to Fix Copyright and Jason Mazzone’s Copyfraud and Other Abuses of Intellectual Property Law. John Cotter interviews John Summers and Chris Lehmann on The Baffler. An ambitious $1 billion project aims to drill a hole all the way to Earth's mantle. Sex, money, red states and blue states: Cultural generalisations are dangerous — sometimes, however, statistical relationships are so strong that it is worth pondering their significance. Georgia’s next leader is Bidzina Ivanishvili, a billionaire zookeeper with albino rapper children.
From Foreign Affairs, who watches the drones? Omar S. Bashir on the case for independent oversight. Shane Harris on the brave new battlefield: With the rise of drones, human beings may no longer be essential to the conduct of war. Is the marginal cost of a drone strike too low? Erik Voeten investigates. Gabriella Blum on technology and the future of violence: How should our defense strategy evolve in a world of easily accessible mini-drones, lethal nanobots, and DIY warfare? Glenn Greenwald on how new research shows the terrorizing impact of drones in Pakistan, false statements from US officials, and how it increases the terror threat. Targeted killing, pro and con: Joshua Foust on what to make of U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan. An interview with Hugh Gusterson on the legal, political, and cultural implications of drone warfare and targeted killing. What's not wrong with drones? Rosa Brooks on the wildly overblown case against remote-controlled war. Are “moral robots” the future of war or dystopian fiction? Don Troop on how some resist the hypothesis that using machines with an "artificial conscience" would result in fewer civilian deaths.