From Studies of Transition States and Societies, Dragos Adascalitei (Mannheim): Welfare State Development in Central and Eastern Europe: A State of the Art Literature Review; and Jelena Helemae and Ellu Saar (Tallinn): Estonia: Highly Unequal but Classless? Klondike in Lapland: Renate Nimtz-Koster on how mining companies are swarming to Finland's far north. “Exploitation of Arctic resources will happen”: An interview with Norway's foreign minister Espen Barth Eide on the dangers of resource extraction. Knut Olav Amas on the Norwegian public sphere after Breivik. Anti-Semitism in Parliament: Hungary's far-Right rhetoric reaches new dimension. All roads lead to Berlin: Germany is no longer Europe’s most troublesome player — it’s now an indispensable nation. Markha Valenta on the moral sadism of the Dutch state. Gilles d'Aymery on the French political circus — it's not a pleasant sight. Roma activist Valeriu Nicolae departs for Euro-Narnia, a parallel world ruled over by the mighty Baroslan whose inhabitants discuss in strange and wonderful terms remedies for the Roma problem. Get your garlic, crosses and stakes ready: a bloodsucking vampire is on the loose in Serbia.
A new issue of OnEarth magazine is out. From Judgment and Decision Making, Arne Roets (Ghent), Barry Schwartz (Swarthmore), and Yanjun Guan (Renmin): The Tyranny of Choice: A Cross-cultural Investigation of Maximizing-satisfising Effects on Well-being; Ruty Keinan and Yoella Bereby-Meyer (Ben-Gurion): "Leaving It to Chance": Passive Risk Taking in Everyday Life; and Helena Szrek (Porto), Li-Wei Chao (Penn), Shandir Ramlagan (HSRC), and Karl Peltzer (Limpopo): Predicting (Un)healthy Behavior: A Comparison of Risk-taking Propensity Measures. Gavin McInnes on 10 white people problems. Religion, politics, and Election 2012: Rob Boston on who won, who lost, and what it means for Church State separation. Dug in for the duration: Philippe Descamps on Azeris versus Armenians 20 years later. Robert Talisse interviews Corey Brettschneider, author of When the State Speaks, What Should it Say?: How Democracies can Protect Expression and Promote Equality. Eduardo Porter on how combating inequality may require broader tax. An interview with longtime sex columnist Dan Savage on fatherhood, ethics, politics and freedom.
A new issue of the Journal of Terrorism Research is out. Christine Mele (Florida State): Choosing Sides: Terrorism, Counter-Terrorism, and Social Goods Provision. William E. Scheuerman (Indiana): Barack Obama's War on Terror. Rivka Weill (IDC Herzliya): Law as a Bargaining Strategy for Dealing with Terrorist Kidnapping. From German Law Journal, a special issue on terrorism. Samuel Arbesman on the probabilities of large terrorist events. What if we can't catch terrorists in America because there aren't any? John Mueller wonders. A review of Find, Fix, Finish: Inside the Counterterrorism Campaigns That Killed Bin Laden and Devastated Al Qaeda by Aki Peritz and Eric Rosenbach. Does “See Something, Say Something” do nothing? Dwyer Gunn on the case against the anti-terrorism staple. Robert F. Worth reviews The Last Refuge: Yemen, al-Qaeda, and America’s War in Arabia by Gregory D. Johnsen and High-Value Target: Countering Al Qaeda in Yemen by Edmund J. Hull (and more). Jason Wiseman on why suicide terrorism is rational and what this means for counter-terrorism officials. Jacob Phillips reviews Terrorism: A Philosophical Enquiry by Anne Schwenkenbecher. John Arquilla on what the Vikings can teach us about terrorism.
A new issue of the Journal for Communication and Culture is out, including Jason Gao (Birmingham): A Bourdieusian Study of the Use of Media by Chinese Public Intellectuals. Manuel Possolo (Stanford): Morals Legislation after Lawrence: Can States Criminalize the Sale of Sexual Devices? Gun control, RIP: Brian Doherty reviews Living With Guns: A Liberal’s Case for the Second Amendment by Craig R. Whitney. How do we reduce gun crime when Americans already own nearly 300 million firearms? Maybe by allowing more people to carry them. Hipsters and hamster balls: When it comes to arts and culture, evangelicals don’t know their Adele’s from their Elmo’s. #Kony2013: Benjamin Runkle on why the manhunt is taking so long — and how it can succeed. Justin Dett on the Vice guide to business school. “Wake up from your mechanistic, Cartesian dream!”: Cornel West and Nobel Prize-winning economist George Akerlof talk markets and morality (and more). From Buzzfeed, Chris Stokel-Walker on the inside story of Pong and the video game industry's Big Bang. Jon Cheese on 5 popular jokes that only make people want to punch you.
From Crisis, Brian Jones on cultivating the Catholic mind. Why can’t Catholics speak English? Michael Brendan Dougherty. John Flynn reviews The Seven Big Myths About the Catholic Church by Christopher Kaczor. From Catholic World Report, saints who smoked, popes who puffed, and others who snuffed: John B. Buescher on a history of Catholicism and tobacco; and Catholics and evangelicals: An interview with Kenneth J. Collins, author of Power, Politics, and the Fragmentation of Evangelicalism. Can Catholics have the assurance of salvation? Dan Delzell wonders. Why does good creativity happen to bad people? D.C. Innes on the puzzle of creative infidels. John M. Grondelski on how the spread of pornography is a new pastoral challenge for confessors, but there is another moral issue deserving to be taken seriously — that issue is masturbation. At the Ohio Supreme Court, a teacher claims an "academic freedom" right to push creationism in public school. For a new theme park, Creationists (with a little help from a geneticist, some Amish men, and generous tax breaks) are building a replica of Noah’s ark — exactly as God instructed.
Anne Peters (Basel): Are We Moving Towards Constitutionalization of the World Community? Karl-Heinz Ladeur (Hamburg): The Evolution of the Law and the Possibility of a “Global Law” Extending Beyond the Sphere of the State — Simultaneously, a Critique of the “Self‐constitutionalisation” Thesis. From German Law Journal, a special issue on EU Law qua Global Governance Law. Perry Keller Dickson (King's College): Sovereignty and Liberty in the Internet Era. Patricia Mindus (Uppsala): Global Harmony and Rule of Law: An Empirical-Analytic Approach. Eric De Brabandere (Grotius Centre): The Impact of “Supranationalism” on State Sovereignty from the Perspective of the Legitimacy of International Organisations. Jure Vidmar (Oxford): Territorial Integrity and the Law of Statehood. From The European Journal of International Law, Fabrizio Cafaggi (Penn) and David D. Caron (UC-Berkeley): Global Public Goods amidst a Plurality of Legal Orders: A Symposium; and lessons of imperialism and of the law of nations: Andreas Wagner on Alberico Gentili’s early modern appeal to Roman law. John Louth and Merel Alstein on challenges for international law.
Wassim Daher (SMCU): On Democracy: The Logic of the Illogical; and Is the World Developed? David Cole (Georgetown): Where Liberty Lies: Civil Society and Individual Rights after 9/11. From Discover, what will the world be like in 50 years? A special section on the State of the World: 2062. Happiness policy: Claude Fischer examines our current obsession with happiness. How Sandy saved Occupy: The protest movement's disaster-relief efforts have helped it connect with the “99 percent” it had trouble reaching in its Zuccotti Park days. We are the .00018 Percent: Does Earth First! carry the capacity for a justice based approach to overpopulation? Skyler Simmons wants to know. Life after near-death: Laurence Gonzales on why surviving is only the beginning. Why simmering resentment in the hearts of dedicated dorks? Sam Riedel on angry nerds at the point of rebellion. Is stock-picking just another hobby for men? Felix Salmon wonders. From NYRB, David Cole on why it’s time to stop killing in secret. Zachary A. Goldfarb on Obama’s economic philosophy, in 8 charts. Here is the famous Gomberg Map, produced by Maurice Gomberg, of Philadelphia.
A new issue of the International Journal of Zizek Studies is out. From Lacan.com, Slavoj Zizek on Jacques Lacan’s shifting theory of the big Other, on the structure of belief and the mediation of desire, and on the transcendental constitution of reality. YouTubing Theory: What exactly is happening to those videotapes of lectures — and Derrida answering the phone. Adam Shatz reviews Derrida: A Biography by Benoit Peeters (and more). From LSE Review of Books, Emily Coolidge-Toker reviews Derrida Reframed by K. Malcolm Richards; Dafne Muntanyola-Saura reviews Guattari Reframed by Paul Elliott; and Jacob Phillips reviews Heidegger Reframed by Barbara Bolt. Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei on Heidegger’s Mom and the joke of democracy: Fictional notes on the political. Liam Jones interviews Paul J Ennis, author of Heidegger in the Twenty-First Century. Loser Romanticism: David Winters reviews The Art of Philosophy: Wisdom as a Practice by Peter Sloterdijk. The Lady Gaga of philosophy: Jonathan Ree reviews You Must Change Your Life by Peter Sloterdijk. Slippery Sloterdijk: Carlin Romano on the edgy European philosopher, circa 2012. Philosophy with a Southern drawl: Rick Roderick teaches Derrida, Foucault, Sartre and others.
Geert Vissers and Ben Dankbaar (Radboud): Knowledge and Proximity. Man-Li Gu (Monash): Inglehart-Welzel's Traditional vs. Rational Index Revisited: A Comparison between China and the West. Michael Barker interviews Peter Staudenmaier, co-author of Ecofascism Revisited. While it might be hard to imagine in the midst of the ad-soaked holiday season, there was a time — in the 1930s — when advertising faced fierce opposition from the public; then came World War II, and everything changed. From Wag’s Revue, an interview with John Jeremiah Sullivan. “Extremely Thin and Very Well-Dressed:” Pamela Haag on the moral universe according to Vogue. From Kellogg Insight, which government is best? Daron Acemoglu, Georgy Egorov, and Konstantin Sonin on how democracies may not outlast dictatorships, but they adapt better; and why are presidents less effective than prime ministers? Daniel Diermeier, Pohan Fong and Razvan Vlaicu on how using game theory to model political systems leads to surprising insights. Paul Ford reviews Authentic: The Politics of Ambivalence in a Brand Culture by Sarah Banet-Weiser.
From Small Wars Journal, where does the Air Force go from here? Peter Garretson on learning the wrong lessons. From National Defense magazine, a proposal to modernize Air Force spy planes stirs controversy; and Sandra I. Erwin on how the Army is feeling the weight of bureaucratic bloat. Not all that it can be: Winslow Wheeler on the myth of American military superiority. Octavian Manea interviews Janine Davidson on rebalancing the US military. Why doesn't the Army want to be a real Army, and think about its actual tasks? Your favorite Army general actually sucks: Spencer Ackerman interviews Tom Ricks (and more and more on The Generals: American Military Commanders from World War II to Today). A new moral compact: David Barno on a military draft that could actually work. Micah Zenko on why the U.S. military can't predict the next war. Return U.S. military to militia model: Bureaucracies don't go down without a fight — the Pentagon is no different from any mature organization that becomes oversized, wasteful and often ineffective. A senior Defense executive says the industry should step up, “sacrifice something”. From Mental Floss, D.B. Grady on 11 things you might not know about the Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, Army, and Coast Guard.