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.