James G. McGann (Penn): Chinese Think Tanks, Policy Advice and Global Governance. Few in the West are aware of the drama unfolding in today’s “epicenter of global labor unrest”; a scholar of China exposes its tumultuous labor politics and their lessons for the Left. Totalitarianism, famine and us: A review essay by Samuel Moyn on China. Does Alexis de Tocqueville have anything to say to the current generation of Chinese leaders? The introduction (by Daniel A. Bell) to A Confucian Constitutional Order: How China's Ancient Past Can Shape Its Political Future by Jiang Qing. Copycat cities: The People's Republic is building life-size European villages, but not for the reasons you think. China is building a brand new green city from scratch: Chengdu Tianfu District Great City is supposed to be a prototype that can be replicated elsewhere throughout China. Bang Shin reviews Ghetto at the Center of the World: Chungking Mansions, Hong Kong by Gordon Mathews. Red China's rise of rock 'n' roll: Mao's Cultural Revolution tuned out rock to the masses, but its popularity is now striking a chord in communist China. Luke McDonagh reviews How China Became Capitalist by Ronald Coase and Ning Wang. Evan Osnos on the top ten myths about China in 2012.
Lamar Pierce (WUSTL), Michael S. Dahl (Aalborg) and Jimmi Nielsen (Aarhus): In Sickness and in Wealth: Psychological and Sexual Costs of Income Comparison in Marriage. From Adbusters, a special issue on the Big Ideas of 2013. What does “the cover of Time” mean? UNESCO adds another seven items to list of intangible cultural heritage. Rituals bind us, in modern societies and prehistoric tribes alike — but can our loyalties stretch to all of humankind? Harvey Whitehouse wants to know. Greg Beato on how capitalism made the Christmas tree better: Originally intended as an antidote to commercialism, the Christmas tree soon had the opposite impact. From The Nation, L.R. Runner on how to save the Democratic Party: The time has come for a showdown between the reformist and accommodationist wings of the party (and responses). Guns, game, and control: Who are America’s hunters? From Strange Maps, it’s a question on the minds of many, this gift-giving season: What do you get someone who already has everything? A chunk of Antarctica. Beware Green Lantern thinking in gun policy coverage: The president isn’t as powerful as you think.
Alberto F. Alesina, Stelios Michalopoulos, and Elias Papaioannou (NBER): Ethnic Inequality. Gil S. Epstein and Erez Siniver (Bar Ilan): Can an Ethnic Group Climb Up from the Bottom of the Ladder? Tanya Kateri Hernandez (Fordham): The Value of Intersectional Comparative Analysis to the “Post-Racial” Future of Critical Race Theory: A Brazil–U.S. Comparative Case Study. Melting pots and salad bowls: What is the future of assimilation in America? Josh Trapani reviews Living Color: The Biological and Social Meaning of Skin Color by Nina Jablonski. Emily S. Lee on Merleau-Ponty and philosophy of race. Is the Constitution colorblind? Edward J. Erler investigates. Eona Bell reviews Histories of Social Studies and Race: 1865-2000. Osagie K. Obasogie reviews Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics, and Big Business Recreate Race in the Twenty-first Century by Dorothy Roberts. The tech world is brimming with optimism for our augmented-reality future — but what will happen when flawed, prejudiced people get their hands on these tools? Yes, racism is waning — but it’s critical to understand what kinds of bigotry persist and why.
Mark B. Melter (Gonzaga): The Kids Are Alright; It's the Grown-Ups Who Scare Me: A Comparative Look at Mass Shootings in the United States and Australia. Now that the election is over, it's time for liberals to start worrying about Obama's misdeeds again. From FT, John McDermott goes to lunch with Tyler Cowen: The “infovore” and author of An Economist Gets Lunch explains his sure-fire way of hunting down cheap, tasty food. Patrick McGuire on how cowards are blackmailing young women to death on the Internet. From "Operation Wetback" to Newtown: Mak Ames traces the hick fascism of the NRA. The targeted slurs of the everyday media against socialism — often via history — are commonplace but rarely are they as pointed and mired in historical distortions as those advanced in the recent BBC series Andrew Marr’s History of the World. From Wired, a look at the 15 Most Dangerous People in the World (and more). Facebook and Google know that we value conformity more than our privacy: Laurie Penny reviews Julian Assange's Cypherpunks. The curtains are closing on the Julian Assange Show. Must every tragedy be a lesson? Consider Jesus, says Barnabas Piper.
From H-Net, Annessa Babic reviews Bring Me Men: Military Masculinity and the Benign Facade of American Empire, 1898-2001 by Aaron Belkin; and Tal Tovy reviews The American Culture of War: A History of U.S. Military Force from World War II to Operation Iraqi Freedom by Adrian R. Lewis. A look at how drones are changing the Top Gun culture of the Air Force. Secrecy and sexual assault in the military: Richard Wolinsky interviews Helen Benedict. Sexual abuse, adultery, misconduct, suicide — the military knows it has a morality problem. General principles: Dexter Filkins on the legacy of David Petraeus. Victor Davis Hanson on a short history of amorous generals. From Stars and Stripes, forever after: Megan McCloskey on a warrior wounded, a family challenged. Gregg Zoroya on the race to save troops with horrific injuries. A group of former Army and Marine Corps officers has followed in the footsteps of fellow Harvard alumnus Mark Zuckerberg by launching a social media website. It’s not an exaggeration to say Clementine Fujimura helped write the book on military anthropology. No sex in barracks? Permission to speak freely, sir. Donning history: Uniform collectors keep Air Force heritage alive. Tony Perry on how military dogs are feeling the stress of combat duty, too.