Aaron Winter (Aberty): Race, Empire and the British-American “Special Relationship” in the Obama Era. Duncan Bell (Cambridge): The Project for a New Anglo Century: Race, Space and Global Order. Richard Cullen (Hong Kong): Canada and Australia: A Federal Parting of the Ways; and The Encounter between Natural Resources and Federalism in Canada and Australia. Understanding the role of English in the global blogosphere: Anglophones don’t appear to be interested in materials produced in English from other linguistic spheres. Cutting the British Empire down to size: The “British Empire” was the name given by imperialists in the late 19th century to Britain’s territorial possessions; it was meant to create an image of unity and strength — but such a view is illusory, argues Bernard Porter. Britain has invaded all but 22 countries in the world in its long and colourful history, new research has found (and more). Vernon Bogdanor reviews Unfinished Empire: The Global Expansion of Britain by John Darwin. Sean Gabb writes in defense of English civilization. From Geocurrents, Seth Jackson on the Crown dependencies: What exactly are they?
Elena Gadjanova (Graduate Institute): Taking Ethnic Group Construction Seriously: Towards a Better Understanding of Identity Appeals in Political Campaigns. From New York, are you on it? If so, you're in good company — from Asperger’s to “Asperger’s,” how the spectrum became quite so all-inclusive. Simon Baron-Cohen, the head of the Autism Research Centre at Cambridge University, tells us about myths surrounding autism and Asperger's, and what inspired his own research into the subject. It's no wonder Andrew Breitbart's inheritors disagree about how to carry on his legacy — his charisma masked many inconsistencies. Proust wasn’t a neuroscientist — neither was Jonah Lehrer: The disgraced journalist’s biggest sin had nothing to do with self-plagiarism, or fabricating Bob Dylan quotes. Paul Brighton reviews 101 Ways to Win an Election by Mark Pack and Edward Maxfield. Trademarklawpocalypse: With academics, attorneys, and the public distracted by the raging debate about the use and abuse of copyrights and patents, the quietest sibling of the intellectual property family, trademark law, has been up to no good.
From Edge, Daniel Lieberman on how taking an evolutionary approach to the body gives us insights about how to better use our bodies. Elizabeth Preston on the hazards of being an athletic ape. Saber-Toothed cats, snakes, and carnivorous kangaroos — what are you so scared of? Rob Dunn on the evolutionary legacy of having been prey. Robert Krulwich on how human beings almost vanished from Earth in 70,000 B.C. Erin Wyman on how to retrace early human migrations. Sirio Canis Donnay reviews The Creation of Inequality: How Our Prehistoric Ancestors Set the Stage for Monarchy, Slavery and Empire by Kent Flannery and Joyce Marcus. Who would win in a fight, a modern human or a Neanderthal? When did humans and Neandertals stop having sex? The Neanderthal in my family tree: New genetic evidence shows our ancestors interbred with now-extinct species. Are humans monogamous or polygamous? Archaeologists, anthropologists, and biologists agree — it’s complicated. Modern humans found to be fittest ever at survival, by far: Humans have done more to extend our life expectancy in the last century than during the previous 6.6 million years, since the evolutionary divergence from chimpanzees. State of the species: Does success spell doom for Homo sapiens?
Jenna N. Neumann (Kalamazoo): Habermas's Linguistic Theory Applied to David Mamet's Films: Communicative Action in Action. From Bloomberg Businessweek, a special issue on global warming. Ken Mampel, an unemployed, 56-year-old Floridian, is in large part the creator of the massive Hurricane Sandy Wikipedia page; he's also the reason that, for nearly a week, the page had no mention of climate change. The psychopath makeover: In the name of science, a psychologist visits the hell-with-it-all side of his brain. Prairie populism goes bust as Obama’s Democrats lose the Empty Quarter. From The New Inquiry, Rob Horning on theory cults. Economists design their dream candidate — but could he ever get elected? From The Believer, Eddie is gone: Nicole Pasula on how the life and death of surf legend Eddie Aikau tells a Hawaiian story not found in most guidebooks. Obama's likeliest flip-flops: If the president wins again on Nov. 6, he might fire up an Etch-a-Sketch of his own. An excerpt from Instant: The Story of Polaroid by Christopher Bonanos. Lifting all boats: Gary S. Becker on how the quest for profit improves human welfare.
From TAP, Scott Lemieux on the no-brainer progressive case for Obama: Whether you're a moderate liberal or a democratic socialist, the president is much better on many issues and worse on none (and more by Erik Loomis). Why do white people think Mitt Romney should be president? Tom Scocca on parsing the narrow, tribal appeal of the Republican nominee. David V. Johnson interviews Archon Fung on My Fair Election, his new crowd-sourcing project for U.S. election monitoring. What it will take for Barack Obama to become the next FDR? First, he should let the United States go over the fiscal cliff, then he should push filibuster reform. Don't blame Mitt Romney: A new Republican consensus — the candidate, and the party, have done a pretty good job. Robert W. McChesney on why this isn’t what democracy looks like. Robert Farley on why Hillary is likely to be Democratic favorite in 2016 campaign. From Tikkun, a special section on America Beyond the 2012 Election. Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg on how the animated GIF took over the 2012 Election. The most important memes of our lifetime: What the 2012 campaign has done to Internet humor.
From Political Theology, Michelle Gonzalez on Religion in the 2012 Presidential Election; Brian J. Auten reviews The End of Evangelicalism? Discerning a New Faithfulness for Mission — Towards an Evangelical Political Theology by David E. Fitch; and Andrew D. Walsh reviews The Tea Party and the Remaking of Republican Conservatism by Theda Skocpol and Vanessa Williamson. Vanessa Williamson on the Tea Party and the remaking of Republican conservatism. An interview with Phyllis Schlafly: “Obama is working to build one nation under coercive secularism”. The philosophers have spoken: With over 1800 votes cast, the philosophers have made clear their choices for President. From The Platypus, an interview with Cornel West and Carl Dix on Election 2012. James W. Ceaser on the Businessman and the Intellectual: Despite endless debate about the issues, the presidential contest comes down to character. Democracy is rule by everybody: rule by the ignorant — this is not ideal, but the alternatives (rule by Marxist technocrats, for example, or by military thugs) are worse. From GeoCurrents, here are Martin W. Lewis’s video lectures on the “History and Geography of U.S. Presidential Elections”, a Stanford Continuing Studies course from the Fall 2008.
A new issue of International Journal of Bahamian Studies is out. Ross B. Emmett (Michigan State): Of Talk, Economics, Love and Innovation. Martin Shuster (Hamilton): Language and Loneliness: Arendt, Cavell, and Modernity. Stuart Farrimond on why popular culture is obsessed with zombies. If you studied the liberal arts in an American college anytime after 1980, you were likely exposed to what is universally called Theory; if so, you belong to what might be called the Theory Generation — and it has recently become evident that some of its members have been thinking back on their training. From Significance magazine, is a probable event inevitable? Michael Mernagh investigates. Complicated, hidden costs are always better than simple, open costs: Thanks to conservatives, it's all but impossible to pass a simple, effective policy these days. Joseph Stromberg on a brief history of the Teleprompter: How a makeshift show business memory aid became the centerpiece of modern political campaigning.
Samuel Moyn (Columbia): Judith Shklar on the Philosophy of International Criminal Law. Bjorn Ostbring (Lund): Isaiah Berlin and the Liberal Dilemma of Education. John Oberdiek (Rutgers): The Ideal of Justice. Nicholas Vrousalis (Cambridge): Why Marxists Should Be Interested in Exploitation. Robert C. Hockett (Cornell): The Libertarian Welfare State. Matt Zwolinski reviews The Cambridge Companion to Nozick's Anarchy, State, and Utopia, ed. Ralf M. Bader and John Meadowcroft. David J. Riesbeck reviews Plato, Aristotle and the Purpose of Politics by Kevin M. Cherry. The genetics of politics: Slowly, and in some quarters grudgingly, the influence of genes in shaping political outlook and behaviour is being recognised. Rudolf Schussler reviews The Order of Public Reason: A Theory of Freedom and Morality in a Diverse and Bounded World by Gerald Gaus. Virginia Held reviews When the State Speaks, What Should It Say?: How Democracies Can Protect Expression and Promote Equality by Corey Brettschneider. If I ruled the world: Michael Sandel on why it is time to restore the distinction between good and gold.
Jennifer Lin (JHU): Active Eating: Spinozist Ontology and the Practice of Self-Discipline (Dissertation). Enza Zabbini (Bologna): Cultural Routes and Intangible Heritage. From Ephemera, a special issue on Professions at the Margins. Who is Fethullah Gulen? Claire Berlinski on the controversial Muslim preacher, feared Turkish intriguer — and “inspirer” of the largest charter school network in America. Stephen L. Carter wants to take the Senate away from voters. Contemplating death doesn’t necessarily lead to morose despondency, fear, aggression or other negative behaviors, as previous research has suggested. Defining the middle: Steve Thorngate on the rhetoric and reality of class. From Capitalism magazine, Edward Cline on the deer crossing principle of social policy. Bob Pondillo on the most dangerous short film in America. Matthew P. Maher reviews Land Battles in 5th Century B.C. Greece: A History and Analysis of 173 Engagements by Fred Eugene Ray. Economics 101: Charles Michael Andres Clark on why starving the government won’t work.
From Time, E.J. Dionne Jr. on the case for Barack Obama; and Rich Lowry on the case for Mitt Romney. From Reason, Mike Godwin on the libertarian case for Barack Obama, Robert Poole on the libertarian case for Mitt Romney, and Nick Gillespie on the libertarian case for Gary Johnson. John Wilson interviews Ian Reifowitz, author of Obama's America: A Transformative Vision of Our National Identity. From NYRB, Joseph Lelyveld on the likely winner. Roger Bybee on Citizens United and the “right” to intimidate employees on voting. Mysterious documents found in a meth house reveal the inner workings of a dark money conservative group. Jean Hardisty reviews Steep: The Precipitous Rise of the Tea Party. Here's where we have arrived as a country: We are so polarized that even compromise has become a partisan issue. Alan Wolfe on the (foreign) language of American politics. Sean Craig interviews Sasha Issenberg, author of The Victory Lab: The Secret Science of Winning Campaigns (and more). From Harvard Political Review, Matt Shuham on the professor as pundit: What happens when Veritas meets the campaign trail? It’s not pretty.