From the Center for a Stateless Society, Roderick Long on libertarian anarchism: Responses to ten objections; and who owns the benefit? Kevin Carson on the free market as full communism and on libertarianism: What’s going right. Phillip Logan on the libertarian paradox I: Liberty. Paul Kelly reviews Masters of the Universe: Hayek, Friedman, and the Birth of Neoliberal Politics by Daniel Stedman Jones. From Liberty, are Objectivists also libertarians? Russell Hasan wonders. Why is John Galt? Jordan Bloom on the rational self-interest in turning the conservative movement into a cash cow. Do libertarians hate the poor? Laurence M. Vance investigates. Samuel Goldman on the libertarian mind. Matt Ridley goes inside the cold, calculating libertarian mind. Jonathan Chait on the GOP’s libertarian problem: "Let's flee to Galt's Gulch" is not a promising strategy for winning 270 electoral votes. Swing-voting libertarians: David Boaz on how the usual left/right dichotomy ignores a large portion of American voters — those who reject conservative traditions and big-spending liberals alike. Meet Dorian Electra, hip-hop’s “Libertarian Lolita”.
A new issue of News and Letters is out. Sarah Krakoff (Colorado): Inextricably Political: Race, Membership and Tribal Sovereignty. Charles P. Kindregan, Jr. (Suffolk): Pets in Divorce: Family Conflict over Animal Custody. Is there a Jewish gene? Richard C. Lewontin reviews Legacy: A Genetic History of the Jewish People by Harry Ostrer and The Genealogical Science: The Search for Jewish Origins and the Politics of Epistemology by Nadia Abu El-Haj (and more). From Foreign Policy, Joshua Keating on how the new Red Dawn movie is really just a throwback to the ‘80s — the 1880s; before there was Red Dawn, there was Red Napoleon; and could North Koreans ever really invade America? Jorg Friedrich on the rise (and fall) of the Pirate Party. After covering the Kafkaesque nightmare of the Pirate Bay’s current legal predicament and the apparent infowar against pirates in Sweden, it appears that Gottfrid Svartholm — one of the Pirate Bay’s founders — has now been sent to solitary confinement in Sweden. Fuming for two months in a jail cell here, Nakoula Basseley Nakoula has had plenty of time to reconsider the wisdom of making Innocence of Muslims.
From CRB, Ramesh Ponnuru reviews The Case for Polarized Politics: Why America Needs Social Conservatism by Jeffrey Bell. Thomas Dawson interviews Daniel K. Williams, author of God’s Own Party: The Making of the Christian Right. William Doino Jr. on the temptation of secular conservatism. What has movement conservatism accomplished in the last 15 years? The list isn't nearly as long as its boosters would have us think. The Right's Jennifer Rubin Problem: Conservatives lobbied hard to install one of their own at the Washington Post — but it didn't work out as they imagined it would. The New Grand Old Party: The defeat of 2012 is forcing Republicans to rethink what they stand for — what will the new conservatism look like? Revenge of the reality-based community: Bruce Bartlett on his life on the Republican right and how he saw it all go wrong. The new populism of the Right: While the conservative old guard is busy re-arranging deck chairs in the aftermath of 2012, a younger generation of thinkers is arguing that it’s time to embrace the 47 percent.
Adrian Perez (Beloit): Yet Another Path: Another Path: Expanding De Soto's Framework Using Ostrom's Insights. Barbara P. Billauer (IWP): Did God Invent Fibonacci Numbers? From The Christian Post, pastor Mark Driscoll says Twilight is for girls what porn is to boys; and will Russell Crowe portray Noah as an environmentalist wacko? Predicting the future is easier than it looks: Nate Silver was just the beginning — some of the same statistical techniques used by America's forecaster-in-chief are about to revolutionize world politics. From Vanity Fair, William Langewiesche on the dark romance and grim reality of life in the French Foreign Legion. Nerds, stop hating women, please: One comic creator's rant is just the latest example of misogyny in geek culture. Eleven years ago, Pamela Geller declared war on savages who were trying to take over the world — this November, she admits she lost. Asawin Suebsaeng and Dave Gilson have a chart of Almost Every Obama Conspiracy Theory Ever. Hearing someone complain about Notre Dame in 2012 is like having someone call you on a rotary phone and tell you all the reasons you shouldn't like Air Supply (and more).
Carl T. Bogus (Roger Williams): Fighting over the Conservative Banner. Seth Bartee on some of the major thinkers past and present that have defined Intercollegiate Studies Institute and the reach of this organization beyond the halls of academia. Conor Friedersdorf on how conservatives preach diversity of thought without practicing it. James Kalb reviews After Tocqueville: The Promise and Failure of Democracy by Chilton Williamson. Jeff Bloodworth interviews Patrick Allitt, author of The Conservatives: Ideas and Personalities Throughout American History. Mind of the new majority: Michael Brendan Dougherty on how Pat Buchanan is more than a conservative — he’s Nixon meets Spengler. A road not taken: Gerald Russello interviews Michael Brendan Dougherty on Pat Buchanan and the New Majority. Conservative utopia? Jerrod Laber cringes every time he hears about a contemporary problem that is the result of the loss of some quintessentially American ideal. Daniel Sage reviews American Neoconservatism: The Politics and Culture of a Reactionary Idealism by Jean-Francois Drolet. Born losers: Political scientist Corey Robin believes a sense of loss animates modern conservatism.
A new issue of Inside Indonesia is out. From Japan Focus, Mark Selden (Binghamton): Economic Nationalism and Regionalism in Contemporary East Asia. Min Zin (UC-Berkeley) and Brian Joseph (NED): The Opening in Burma: The Democrats' Opportunity. From Solutions, John Richardson and Elizabeth Ong on the improbable resilience of Singapore. The government of Indonesia has responded to UN recommendations to recognize the rights of its indigenous peoples by claiming that none live in Indonesia. Kent Deng reviews Governance in Pacific Asia: Political Economy and Development from Japan to Burma by Peter Ferdinand. Vanishing stocks from dynamite fishing and cyanide threatens centuries-old culture of Sulawesi's gypsy sea people. One of the most persecuted minorities in the world: There has been an escalation in violence against the Muslim Rohinghya people since Burma began its process of democratisation. The world's silliest territorial dispute: Why are China and Japan threatening to go to war over a few uninhabited islands in the East China Sea? All the ingredients for genocide: is West Papua the next East Timor? As Myanmar opens to world, the fate of its forests is on the line.
Andrew Stumpff (Michigan): The Law is a Fractal: The Attempt to Anticipate Everything. Bruce Elmslie (New Hampshire) and Edinaldo Tebaldi (Bryant): Honey, If You Make Me Happier I Won't Cheat on You: The Empirics of Infidelity Revisited. Let's face it: We live in an adulterous society — only hypocrites still claim that high moral codes dominate our love and sex life. From The Public Domain Review, Carl Miller on the strangely troubled life of Digby Mackworth Dolben; and with his enormous range of scholarly pursuits the 17th century polymath Athanasius Kircher has been hailed as the last Renaissance man and “the master of hundred arts”. From AOL Government, Wyatt Kash on how the IRS helps agents deter tax cheats using analytics; and can innovation save the federal government? Dan Verton investigates. The world's oldest undeciphered writing system is close to being cracked thanks to a new technology and online crowdsourcing. An excerpt of Barack Obama in Hawaii and Indonesia: The Making of a Global President by Dinesh Sharma. Robert Zaretsky on how the political legacy of Albert Camus, born almost a century ago, remains volatile.
Robin Kundis Craig (Utah): The Social and Cultural Aspects of Climate Change Winners. From Erasmus Journal for Philosophy and Economics, Fabien Medvecky (Sydney): Valuing Environmental Costs and Benefits in an Uncertain Future: Risk Aversion and Discounting. From Diplomatic Courier, Thomas P.M. Barnett and Steve Keller on the globally crystallizing climate change event and four master narratives: Hobbesian States vs. Nature, Rousseauian General Willfulness, Lockean Greater Bad, and Kantian Categorical Catastrophe. Probable cause: Are scientists too cautious to help us stop climate change? Tom Pyszczynski et al. on how drawing attention to global climate change decreases support for war. Global warming is here to stay — and future warming will likely be on the high side of predictions, researchers conclude. David Roberts on the moral logic of climate communication and on what security experts can teach climate geeks about assessing risk. Inconvenient truths: Alan Ryan asks, how many Sandys will it take for us to change our ways? Roger McCormick reviews The Politics of Actually Existing Unsustainability: Human Flourishing in a Climate-Changed, Carbon Constrained World by John Barry.
Meta G. Carstarphen and Bryan J. Carr (Oklahoma): Superheroes in Popular Culture: Of Community, Identity and Media. Jaishikha Nautiyal (NDSU): The Dark Magic of Ideology: Althusser’s State Apparatuses in J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter. From Foreign Policy, a look at the Top 100 Global Thinkers 2012. From Government Executive, can Obama dodge the second-term trap? The taste for being moral: Thomas Nagel reviews The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion by Jonathan Haidt and Dignity: Its History and Meaning by Michael Rosen. Conservatives can't stop: A new Heritage study echoes Mitt's "47 percent" theme — and gets facts and history wrong. The Neighborhood Effect: 25 years after William Julius Wilson changed urban sociology, scholars still debate his ideas — is anyone else listening? Matthew Yglesias on how Amazon is a black hole threatening to devour Corporate America. One, two or three states: What future for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict? New York magazine interviews Tina Brown. From Wired, Mark Teppo on how a medieval arms race led to swords capable of killing “tin can” knights; and they cracked this 250-year-old code, and found a secret society inside. Humboldt State University, a public university located in one of California's prime pot-growing regions, has formed an academic institute devoted to marijuana.
Hal S. Scott (Harvard): Interconnectedness and Contagion (“This study engages in a detailed analysis of interconnectedness (i.e., the linkage between financial institutions) in the context of the failure of Lehman Brothers in October 2008 and concludes that interconnectedness was not a major cause of the recent financial crisis”). Daniela Gabor (UWE): Learning from Japan (European) Central Banking in Crisis. From FDL, a book salon on Bull by the Horns: Fighting to Save Main Street from Wall Street and Wall Street from Itself by Sheila Bair. Allan H. Meltzer on his book Why Capitalism? Brian Domitrovic reviews Free Market Revolution: How Ayn Rand’s Ideas Can End Big Government by Yaron Brook and Don Watkins. The illusions of conservative economics: Robert M. Solow reviews The Great Persuasion: Reinventing Free Markets since the Depression by Angus Burgin. Alex Moore reviews The Prosperity of Vice: A Worried View of Economics by Daniel Cohen. Richard Wolff on his book Contending Economic Theories: Neoclassical, Keynesian, and Marxian. Deirdre McCloskey on the economics of caring: There's something deeply flawed about an economic system that measures utility but not the attachments we feel to another person, or to one's homeland.