From NYRB, Ian Buruma reviews Ways of Forgetting, Ways of Remembering: Japan in the Modern World by John W. Dower and Strong in the Rain: Surviving Japan’s Earthquake, Tsunami, and Fukushima Nuclear Disaster by David McNeill and Lucy Birmingham. The world’s largest “debtor” is now the world’s largest creditor: Ellen Brown on the myth that Japan is broke. Dilemmas of a frontier island in the East China Sea: Forty years after they were “normalized,” relations between Japan and China are so abnormal that events planned to celebrate the anniversary in September had to be scrapped. Billions in hidden riches for family of Chinese leader: It is unclear how much Prime Minister Wen Jiabao, who has staked a position as a populist and a reformer, knows about the $2.7 billion in assets his family has amassed. George Dvorsky on the unintended consequences of China’s one-child policy. World's most popular blogger: Duncan Hewitt on Han Han, the enfant terrible of Chinese letters, makes enemies as he conquers the world literature stage. Evan Osnos on why China captures our imagination — and why we want to change it.
Andrew Kent (Fordham): Do Boumediene Rights Expire? From the eJournal of eDemocracy and Open Government, a special issue on Digital Citizenship and Activism. John Lingan chats with Ted Leo about the “weird small business" of indie music. Priit Tinits on how tragedies shape our voting. The Hunt for “Geronimo”: President Obama saw it as a “50–50” proposition; Admiral Bill McRaven, mission commander, knew something would go wrong — so how did the raid that killed bin Laden get green-lighted? The MJ of Dwarves: Jahmani Swanson is the best little-person basketball player on the planet — and he's just getting started. Fix the debt, destroy the recovery: Robert Kuttner unpacks the economics and the politics of our country's growing austerity lobby. The legal arm of the Christian Right: Brian Tashman goes inside the American Center for Law and Justice. What can the height of a person tell us about them and their children? Linsay Gray wonders. Joel Kotkin on the rise of post-familialism: Humanity’s future? Kochworld: To see how the Koch brothers’ free-market utopia operates, look no further than Corpus Christi.
A new issue of The Reasoner is out. Jimmy Licon (SFSU): Sceptical Thoughts on Philosophical Expertise. Jonathan Head (Keele): Pessimism and Philosophy Today. Spare a thought for philosophy: Will Bordell interviews A.C. Grayling. From Figure/Ground Communication, an interview with John Lysaker on the nature of the self and human well-being. S. G. Lofts reviews The Origins of the Philosophy of Symbolic Forms: Kant, Hegel, and Cassirer by Donald Phillip Verene. From 3:AM, Arif Ahmed is a seriously funky philosopher who has never stopped feeling the thrill; and Jerry Fodor is the sharp-shooting killer-app in the philosopher of mind, the Dirty Harry of non-universal modularity, LOT, and representational theories of the mind. Robert Guay reviews Introductions to Nietzsche, ed. Robert Pippin. Carrie Figdor interviews Jill Gordon, author of Plato’s Erotic World: From Cosmic Origins to Human Death. John Dupre reviews Thomas Nagel’s Mind and Cosmos: Why the Materialist Neo-Darwinian Conception of Nature is Almost Certainly False. Will Crouch on how to be a high impact philosopher. George Dvorsky on 8 great philosophical questions that we’ll never solve.
Daniel Sell (Capital): The United States’ Policy of Targeted Killing and the Use of Force: Another Exception to the United Nations Use of Force Regime. From Playboy, an interview with Stephen Colbert. Healthcare economics: An interview with Jonathan Gruber. Political sentiment and predictable returns: Jawad M. Addoum and Alok Kumar examine the impact of changing political environment on the stock market and find that as the political climate changes, there are systematic shifts in the portfolio compositions of investors, which generates predictable patterns in stock returns. Congratulations, but we need to talk: An open letter from PopSci to President Obama about science and the future. Addled by books: Morten Hoi Jensen reviews Dublinesque by Enrique Vila-Matas. When and to where? Joanna Wasik on leaving Guantanamo after Habeas, Release, or Transfer. From Jacobin, J. W. Mason writes in defense of David Graeber’s Debt. Rob Horning on the metaphor of “microfame” and what sort of ideological work it performs. The long game: Andrew Klavan on three areas the Right should address, financially and intellectually.
Jeffrey Rogers Hummel (SJSU): Deadweight Loss and the American Civil War: The Political Economy of Slavery, Secession, and Emancipation. From Jacobin, Charlie Post (BMCC): The Civil War Reconsidered; and the War of Northern Aggression: Leading Civil War historian James Oakes challenges the new orthodoxy about how slavery ended in America. From World Socialist Web Site, Tom Mackaman interviews historian James McPherson on 150 years since the Emancipation Proclamation. Ed Voves reviews Lincoln’s Hundred Days: The Emancipation Proclamation and the War for the Union by Louis P. Masur. Samuel Graber reviews Mightier Than the Sword: Uncle Tom's Cabin and the Battle for America by David S. Reynolds. America's simple-minded obsession with the Confederate flag: Journalists love to recycle old cliches about the rebel banner — but its days as an official symbol of Southern pride are rapidly coming to an end. Why do so many Southerners think they're the only real Americans? Let's not pretend that condescension is unique to the North. Southerners and Gs: Charles C. W. Cooke on surprisin’ twists in the history of English pronunciation.