Shiv Visvanathan (JGU): Interrogating the Nation. Nikola Purkovic (Westminster): What Role Do Nationalisms Play in the (In) Stability of Russia and China? An interview with Ali Ansari, author of The Politics of Nationalism in Modern Iran. Anatol Lieven on chauvinism and idealism in American nationalism. Artem Kaznatcheev on remembering the dangers of nationalism. From Infoshop News, welcome back to the 30s: An article on the rebirth of radical nationalism. Daniel Snowman reviews Histories of Nations: How their Identities Were Forged, ed. Peter Furtado. A review of The Origins of Nationalism: An Alternative History from Ancient Rome to Early Modern Germany by Caspar Hirschi. Andrew F. Smith reviews Collective Identity, Oppression, and the Right to Self-Ascription by Andrew J. Pierce. A review of Multiculturalism: A Critical Introduction by Michael Murphy. An interview with Jens-Martin Eriksen and Frederik Stjernfelt, authors of The Democratic Contradictions of Multiculturalism (and more). A question of identity: The nation-state is shrinking to just a flag, some sports teams and a pile of debts. The Animaniacs song "Nations of the World" names 160 places in less than 2 minutes — can you name them all in 10?
From the Journal of Business Anthropology, a series of contributors on what business anthropology is, what it might become and what, perhaps, it should not be. From Nerve, Lizzie Plaugic on why everyone should be insulted by the term "friend zone". Jacques Morizot reviews Painting Borges: Philosophy Interpreting Art Interpreting Literature by Jorge J.E. Gracia. Dylan Trigg reviews The Unconcept: The Freudian Uncanny in Late-Twentieth-Century Theory by Anneleen Masschelein. From The Montreal Review, Leigh Donaldson on America’s love affair with cars. The realism of Lincoln is just the flip side of the hagiography of Lincoln: Only a country steeped in myths of innocence would find the most conventional and boring kind of realism about politics to be the trumpet blast of Truth, Brave Truth. What happens now that the war on drugs has failed? Benjamin Wallace-Wells wonders. Paul Waldman on why Obama won't be the one to end the war on drugs: It's the inverse of Nixon going to China. Matthew Yglesias is against the grand bargain: A long-term deficit deal is impossible, and the quest for one is hurting the country. Why do grammatical errors turn Jekylls into Hydes? Jessica Love on the liberal grammar fanatic.
A new issue of Prism is out. From Strategic Studies Quarterly, a special section on cyber-warfare, including Martin C. Libicki (RAND): The Specter of Non-Obvious Warfare. Kevin Jon Heller (Melbourne): “One Hell of a Killing Machine”: Signature Strikes and International Law. Jamie L.H. Goodall reviews The Business of War: Military Enterprise and Military Revolution in Early Modern Europe by David Parrott. Brian Donohue on how the Air Force is now openly seeking cyber-weapons. Paul Hockenos reviews Ending Wars Well: Order, Justice and Conciliation in Contemporary Post-Conflict by Eric Patterson. Who will be accountable for military technology? As drones, robots, and even enhanced soldiers take the battlefield, questions of responsibility get more complicated. Erik Voeten on how to improve the drones debate. Five writers, including three veterans, respond to Chris Hedges's provocative essay "War Is Betrayal". Cyber fail: Why can't the government keep hackers out? Because the public is afraid of letting it. Jeff McMahan on rethinking the “just war” (and part 2). You can't go home again: Soldiers aren’t the only veterans of war.
Mark C. Weidemaier (UNC) and G. Mitu Gulati (Duke): A People's History of Collective Action Clauses. Sascha-Dominik Oliver Vladimir Bachmann (Lincoln) and Gerhard Kemp (Stellenbosch): Aggression as “Organized Hypocrisy”? How the War on Terrorism and Hybrid Threats Challenge the Nuremberg Legacy. An interview with Andrew P. Smiler, author of Challenging Casanova: Beyond the Stereotype of the Promiscuous Young Male. Wall Street should hate itself: A Goldman Sachs tell-all gets panned for the wrong reasons, showing how financial journalists are in bed with CEOs. What are a bunch of hipsters doing in Green River, Utah? Stella Ghervas reviews Five Types of Peace: A History of the Plans for Perpetual Peace, 17th - 20th centuries by Bruno Arcidiacono. Tax the churches and give the revenue to hungry children. A review of This Indian Country: American Indian Activists and the Place They Made by Frederick Hoxie. From Boston magazine, what happened to the alternative weekly The Boston Phoenix — and can it rise again? Peter Vigneron investigates. It’s worth being clear about something: Grover Norquist is winning — big time.
Francesco Mezzanotte (Rome3): The Interrelation Between Intellectual Property Licenses and The Doctrine of "Numerus Clausus": A Comparative Legal and Economic Analysis. Mark A. Lemley (Stanford): The Regulatory Turn in IP. John Tehranian (Southwestern): Towards a Critical IP Theory: Copyright, Consecration and Control. Stacey L. Dogan (BU) and Mark A. Lemley (Stanford): Parody As Brand. Christian Peukert (Munich) and Jorg Claussen (CBS): Piracy and Movie Revenues: Evidence from Megaupload. Open access and closed minds: Nalaka Gunawardene on balancing intellectual property and public interest in the digital age. The case of the vanishing policy memo: An influential conservative group released a copyright reform memo that was so smart it had to immediately disavow it. Ryan Tate on how Facebook is trying to debunk a copyright hoax. Apple hopes to take more prisoners in its patent war against arch rival Samsung. Cade Metz on why Microsoft says the patent system is peachy. Alex Tabarrok on ending software patents. The patent, mighty as a sword: Alongside the impressive technological advances of the last two decades, software patents started to be used as destructive weapons, stifling competition.