Andrew Wilkins (Roehampton): Pedagogy of the Consumer: The Politics of Neo-liberal Welfare Reform. Matthew Charles on the ongoing attack on mass education in England. An interview with Peter Hitchens, author of The War We Never Fought: The British Establishment's Surrender to Drugs. From Standpoint, Ed Miliband sees himself as the heir to Disraeli — not only is he nothing of the sort, but he doesn't appear to have read the One Nation Tory's best-known speech; and with the possible exception of Iain Duncan Smith Owen Paterson is the only senior British Tory who could easily win election if he stood on a Republican ticket in America. Catherine Mayer on how British Conservatives are not very conservative by U.S. standards. Anne Applebaum on what British Conservatives can teach the GOP. Alan Hughes will be celebrating the death of Thatcher. The outing of a Right-wing rocker: Daniel J. Flynn on how the Olympics' opening night star Frank Turner becomes, overnight, a class enemy. Anders Aslund on a Swedish lesson for Ed Balls. A century after his birth, the self-described “Tory anarchist” John Enoch Powell is still capable of arousing devotion or detestation. Jon Cruddas reviews Bloody Nasty People: the Rise of Britain’s Far Right by Daniel Trilling (and more).
From New Left Review, a new global depression? An interview with Richard Duncan, author of The Dollar Crisis: Causes, Consequences, Cures. "Big Organic": Wenonah Hauter looks at the big corporations who own your favorite organic brands. A look at why Walmart is freaking out over a Black Friday labor strike. On World Toilet Day, UN expert highlights links between lack of sanitation and persistent poverty. Fabio Liberti on why we need the Council of Europe. Republicans always talk tough about not raising taxes — now they know they have to cut a deal. Melanie Tannenbaum on we can’t blame everything on powerful men. Michael Koplow on how not to wage war on the Internet. The tunnels of Gaza are a lifeline of the underground economy but also a death trap; for many Palestinians, they have come to symbolize ingenuity and the dream of mobility. Phil Shannon reviews The Statue of Liberty: A Transatlantic Story by Edward Berenson. Are the controversial Toronto Zoo penguins not gay after all?
From Editor and Publisher, Nu Yang on how Web analytics are shaping advertising dollars and the newsroom; and Rob Tornoe on what newspapers can learn from hyperlocals. James Srodes reviews Whatever Happened to the Washington Reporters, 1978-2012 by Stephen Hess. How do you convey to the world the American ideal of free speech, for example? Abderrahim Foukara does it daily as Al Jazeera's bureau chief in Washington. An article on the new Al Jazeera: More ESPN, less CNN. As traditional news organizations struggle, nonprofit journalism outlets are playing an increasingly important role — but will the money be there to enable them to go the distance? Caitlin Johnston on what BuzzFeed’s evolution says about the future of longform journalism. Josh Stearns on the case for unity among non-profit, community, and public media. Goodbye, alt-weeklies: Papers like The Village Voice once defined urban cool; their time is gone — and so is part of each city's soul. Peter Canby on fact-checking at The New Yorker: An excerpt from The Art of Making Magazines: On Being an Editor and Other Views from the Industry. The local news now brought to you by drones: A program dedicated to exploring the role of unmanned systems in news gathering issues its first report from the field.
From Humanitas, Bruce P. Frohnen (Ohio Northern): Lawless America: What Happened to the Rule of Law; and Michael P. Federici (Mercyhurst): More Than “Parchment Barriers”: The Ethical Center of American Constitutionalism. When economists talk economics, some of them talk rubbish — few mean it as plainly, as directly, as Alexi Savov. From h+, author “Singularity Utopia” on Simulated Universe Nonsense (The Penguin Argument). Matthew Feeney reviews How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed by Ray Kurzweil. Trapped by European-style socialism and I love it: Maybe working moms can have it all — in France. From boom to bust: Andrew Lawrence takes a look at prelapsarian Lance Armstrong and his long, hard fall from grace. Now’s the time to fix the filibuster: The stars are aligning for filibuster reform and changing the Senate's stupidest rules. The next panic: Europe’s crisis will be followed by a more devastating downturn, likely beginning in Japan. You may think you know everything about everything, but The Onion Book of Known Knowledge would beg to differ.
From The Utopian, Ron Tabor on Marxism’s attitude toward the nature of truth and the veracity of human knowledge. Paul Thomas on his book Karl Marx. “These petrified relations must be forced to dance”: An interview with Dick Howard, author of The Specter of Democracy: What Marx and Marxists Haven’t Understood and Why. Matthew Wood reviews Marx and the Alternative to Capitalism by Kieran Allen. G.B. Taylor on seven Left myths about capitalism. From Links: International Journal of Socialist Renewal, Marta Harnecker on conquering a new popular hegemony. Fascism, Maoism and the Democratic Left: Jairus Banaji explores cultures of resistance that are hostile to democracy. A review of The Devil in History: Communism, Fascism and Some Lessons of the Twentieth Century by Vladimir Tismaneanu. From New English Review, Fergus Downie on the final crisis of the Left. From artificial scarcity to material abundance: Dennis Chapman on instantiating socialism. Staying Home: Norman Geras on G.A. Cohen and the motivational basis of socialism. Whatever became of the class struggle? Lawrence Nannery wants to know.
A new issue on Hard News is out. From luxury magazines to hard-hitting TV news channels, India’s media have never had it so good — but are they missing the real story? From FT Magazine, a special issue on India. Douglas Galbi on views of India from the ancient Islamic world. Ananya Vajpeyi reviews Riot Politics: Hindu-Muslim Violence and the Indian State by Ward Berenschot. After the blackout: As India’s growth rates hit the buffers, the poor are sinking beneath a tide of seeming government indifference to their plight as politicians focus on looking after their cronies. India’s feckless elite: Sadanand Dhume on how its political class may not be up to the task of leading India toward prosperity. India’s party people: In pubs, clubs and karaoke bars, young Indians are enjoying their freedom, but they also face a backlash from police — and worried parents. Separated from his older brother at a train station, five-year-old Saroo Munshi Khan found himself lost in the slums of Calcutta; nearly 20 years later, living in Australia, he began a painstaking search for his birth home, using ingenuity, hazy memories, and Google Earth.
From The Washington Monthly, Obama’s game of chicken: Lina Khan on the untold story of how the administration tried to stand up to big agricultural companies on behalf of independent farmers, and lost. How to survive societal collapse in suburbia: Preparing for a world stripped of conveniences has always appealed to cranks and extremists, but can it be sold as plain common sense? Genetic testing can explain many things — is your sexual orientation one of them? Diane Anderson-Minshall investigates. Is love a choice? Having a preference that you did not choose is the precondition for a meaningful choice; to put it another way, the basis of free choice is choosing whatever it is you prefer, not choosing your preferences. How to live without irony: If life has become an endless series of sarcastic jokes and pop references, a competition to see who can care the least, we've made a collective misstep (and more). To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the UN Guided Tours, UN News Centre takes a closer look at the work of those at the heart of presenting the UN to the public, the UN tour guides. Wikipedia has a list of fictional diseases.
Michael W. Campbell (King’s): Being Human: Fine-Tuning Moral Naturalism (Dissertation). Alex Silk (Michigan): “Ought” and “Must”: Some Philosophical Therapy. Kyle Swan (NUS) and Kevin Vallier (BGSU): The Normative Significance of Conscience. John Oberdiek (Rutgers): The Moral Significance of Risking. Antti Kauppinen (TCD): What Moral Intuitions Are and Are Not. Joseph Raz (Oxford): Is There a Reason to Keep Promises? Kieran Oberman (UCD): Is Theft Wrong? Kamuran Godelek reviews Understanding Moral Obligation: Kant, Hegel, Kierkegaard by Robert Stern. Kevin Vallier reviews Contractualism and the Foundations of Morality by Nicholas Southwood. From 3:AM, David Enoch is a groovy moral philosopher who has written a book called Taking Morality Seriously because he does and thinks we should too; and Richard Kraut broods constantly on Ancient philosophy and ethics, thinks utilitarianism, Kantian and neo-Kantian Rawlsianism are hedonistic and faulty, thinks Aristotle very relevant and thinks goodness figures large in our everyday thinking. Will Crouch on the most important unsolved problems in ethics. Want to dominate the game? Set your morals aside.
Daniel Beland (Saskatchewan) and Mitchell A. Orenstein (Northeastern): International Organizations as Policy Actors: An Ideational Approach. After democracy: For now, though, it is at least possible to stop speaking democratese, predicated upon the supposedly compatible faiths in the individual and the people and the concomitant hatred of everything undermining such faith. $5 watches vs. $5 cups of coffee: The battle for 29th Street might portend the future of the global economy. From Improbable Research, “most” — what does it mean, mostly? From Curve, Kim Hoffman on Kam Kardashian, the lesbian sister they didn’t tell you about. Vice has had a gay guide and a lesbian guide already, so in an effort to include the entire LGBT spectrum, they now have a transgender guide — bisexuals, you're just gonna have to read the gay guide and the lesbian guide and combine them in your head. Did Cornel West go too far — again? Rachel Hymann reviews The Map of the System of Human Knowledge by James Tadd Adcox. Ehud Yaari on how to end the war in Gaza: What an Egypt-brokered cease-fire should look like. Good news: The next 50 years are going to be amazing.
A new issue of Parameters is out. Milena Sterio (Cleveland State): The United States’ Use of Drones in the War on Terror: The (Il)Legality of Targeted Killings Under International Law. Antulio J. Echevarria (AWC): What Is Wrong with the American Way of War? From Joint Forces Quarterly, a special section on cyberwarfare. From FDL, a book salon on Mind Wars: Brain Science and the Military in the 21st Century by Jonathan D. Moreno. Hacking the next war: Cyber security is an ultra-modern challenge, but we could learn a lot about it by examining how pre-modern European city-states managed their defenses. A review of Ethics and War: An Introduction by Steven P. Lee. Oscar Arias on imagining a post-military world (and part 2). An invasion of unmanned aerial vehicles — drones to you — is on its way, but these flying robots are here to help, not enslave the human race. M. Sornarajah reviews A History of the Laws of War by Alexander Gillespie. Sarah Wanenchak on war games and war stories. Will the apocalypse arrive online? Karen Greenberg on how fear of cyber attack could take down your liberties and the constitution. John Arquilla on 10 books that are better than The Art of War.