From the University of Virginia Magazine, a special section on 17 Days in June: From Resignation to Reinstatement. Shiny happy periodicals — read all about it: Fred Inglis on the horn-blowing and the hoopla, the cant and the can-do spirit of the glossy world of official university magazines. How corrupt are Ivy League admissions? Ron Unz on the myth of American meritocracy (and a response). Master of the examined life: Paula Marantz Cohen on teaching what colleges don’t. Inspiration from The Teaching Professor: After 25 years, a newsletter on teaching and learning in academe is still going strong. Todd Landman is the world’s first visiting professor of performance magic. Is student debt a gift or a curse? Philosophy lovers, prepare to be outraged: Should science majors pay less for college than art majors? Roderick T. Long reviews The Victims' Revolution: The Rise of Identity Studies and the Closing of the Liberal Mind by Bruce Bawer (and more). Are “hookups” replacing romantic relationships on college campuses? Emily Esfahani Smith reviews Sex and God at Yale: Porn, Political Correctness, and a Good Education Gone Bad by Nathan Harden.
Philip Balsiger (EUI): Competing Tactics: How the Interplay of Tactical Approaches Shapes Movement Outcomes on the Market for Ethical Fashion. Numidas Prasarn on the evolution of fashion as a signifier. How did "fix the debt" become "protect the Bush tax cuts"? A group devoted to reducing the deficit shouldn't embrace the irresponsible tax cuts that created most of it. From The Hairpin, Stella Forstner writes a series on her experience with Scientology. Kevin Kelly on the average place on Earth. Stacy Edgar reviews Politics in Deeply Divided Societies by Adrian Guelke. Creating a global language archive: For most of us, the language we speak is like the air we breathe — but what happens when we wake up and find that our air is going extinct? "Merchants of Death": Jonathan Grant on the international traffic in arms. Ron Paul's farewell speech in Congress lays bare his hatred for "pure democracy," and love of oligarchy. From Books and Culture, David Lyle Jeffrey on beauty in an ugly time: Rouault and Chagall. Stephen T. Asma writes in defense of favoritism (and more). Here is an open letter to Mauro E. Mujica, chairman of U.S. English Inc.
Robert S. Erikson and Olle Folke (Columbia) and James M. Snyder (Harvard): A Gubernatorial Helping Hand? How Governors Affect Presidential Elections. Spencer Overton (GWU): The Participation Interest. Did Obama reset the electoral map? Lincoln, liberty and two Americas: One-party control in a majority of the states may allow the pursuit of wildly partisan agendas — what will that do to the nation as a whole? John Patrick Leary on how concerns over declining “civility” in politics distract us from the meaningful disagreements that we need to have. Eric Horowitz on why personal attacks are good politics. Taking the fight outside: Can presidential appeals to the American public break Washington gridlock? The unilateralist manifesto: Timothy Noah on eight ways Obama can jam through his agenda without Congress. Paul Volcker on what the new president should consider. Erik Opsal on three ways to fix our democracy. Bruce Bartlett on how our long-term fiscal future is better than it looks. Move over economists: Barry Schwartz why we need a council of psychological advisers. Is Grover Norquist pushing the New World Order? Many right-wing extremists loathe Norquist because they think he is a secret Muslim and Muslim Brotherhood operative. Can Grover Norquist be considered an “enemy of the state”?
Machiko Kanetake (Amsterdam): The UN Zero Tolerance Policy's Whereabouts: On the Discordance between Politics and Law on the Internal-External Divide. From Catapult, a special issue on First World Problems. From NYRB, Elizabeth Drew on how, despite their considerable efforts, the Republicans were not able to buy or steal the election after all; and Mark Danner on how, and what, Obama won. Micah Zenko on Dempsey's Paradox: The world is getting less violent — so why do we feel so threatened? Jeffrey Winters argues that oligarchy is timeless, but varying in its forms; for him, the political power of billionaires in democracies represents a transformation towards “civil oligarchy”. Barry Schwartz on what it means to be rational: Don't rely on economic analysis to learn about human rationality; if we want to build just and prosperous societies, we must look elsewhere for guidance. What brand is your therapist? Lori Gottlieb on psychotherapy’s struggle to sell itself. Urging economists to step away from the blackboard: A 101-year-old Nobel winner, Ronald Coase wants to launch a journal for economic thought, not just data. A UN Twitter typo has global dimensions.
A new issue of The Philosophers’ Magazine is out. The inaugural issue of the Nordic Wittgenstein Review is out, including Alex Davies (King’s College): How to Use (Ordinary) Language Offensively; Thomas McNally and Sinead McNally (TCD): Chomsky and Wittgenstein on Linguistic Competence; and Todor Polimenov interviews Gottfried Gabriel on the relationship between analytic and continental philosophy. Torfinn Thomesen Huvenes reviews Experimental Philosophy: An Introduction by Joshua Alexander. From 3:AM, Chris Weigel is a groovy philosophical firebrand who burns her armchair alongside xphi’s pyromaniac Josh Knobe; Herman Cappelen is one groovaciously pugnacious philosophical dude; Roy Sorensen is the madhatter at the philosophical tea-party, the grooviest jive of them all; and Richard Moran digs Sartre as essential, unfairly bad-mouthed and like John Lennon. Rupert Read on his book A Wittgensteinian Way with Paradoxes. Whoa, dude, we’re not inside a computer right now: Johannes Niederhauser interviews Massimo Pigliucci, author of Answers for Aristotle. Rick Pimentel on reasons to love philosophy.