Andrew Reynolds (UNC): Representation and Rights: The Impact of LGBT Legislators in Comparative Perspective. Hennie Weiss reviews The Right to Be Parents LGBT Families and the Transformation of Parenthood by Carlos A. Ball. Research finds that same-sex unions are happier than heterosexual marriages — what can gay and lesbian couples teach straight ones about living in harmony? The gay retiree utopia: Mickey Rapkin on the booming business of LGBT retirement communities. Leon Neyfakh on how Boston powered the gay rights movement: In the 1970s, a small, staid city laid the intellectual groundwork for the change to come. Ancient gay history is really just yesterday; Clayton Coots was one of countless closeted men who didn’t live long enough to see this moment. Rachel Arons on the queerness of Liberace. Daniel D’Addario on the waning power of Dan Savage. Should straight actors play gay roles? J. Bryan Lowder on the curious case of gayface.
Pavlos Eleftheriadis (Oxford): Democracy in the Eurozone. Aidan Regan (EUI): Political Tensions in Euro-Varieties of Capitalism: The Fiscal Crisis of the Democratic State in Europe? From German Law Journal, a special issue on Regeneration Europe. From Cato Journal, a special issue on Europe's Crisis and the Welfare State: Lessons for America. From FT, a special series on European manufacturing. The problem is not Eurozone discipline but the financialisation of everything: Stuart A Brown and Chris Gilson interview Saskia Sassen. Are nearly a quarter of European young people unemployed? No, fewer than 10 per cent are. It is time to defend the EU: John McCormick why Europe matters. A Latin empire against the German dominance? An interview with Giorgio Agamben on the endless crisis as an instrument of power — apparently, he had been misunderstood. Visiting Brussels soon? A new museum offers a peek into the future to see how the European dream died.
Stuart Minor Benjamin (Duke): Algorithms and Speech. A new issue of The Washington Diplomat is out. Arika Okrent on 29 answers to the question “What is a human being?” Tim Murphy on how the Internet is actually surprisingly good at fighting crime. The arms trade treaty: Sergio Finardi, Brian Wood, Peter Danssaert, Ken Matthysen on building a path to disarmament. Surfonomics 101: A good break has a value that ripples out into the surrounding community — but calculating that cost can be tricky. From TLS, a review essay on Polybius by Mary Beard. Why is everyone else so stupid? Ajit Varki and Danny Brower ask the difficult question. The introduction to Tesla: Inventor of the Electrical Age by W. Bernard Carlson. Adam Morton reviews Evil and Moral Psychology by Peter Brian Barry. Dustin Koski and Sam Jackson on the 5 most incredibly badass acts of nonviolence.
From New Compass, has David Harvey become a libertarian municipalist? Sveinung Legard wonders. Defenders of print: The Oakland-based anarchists at AK Press are calling shit on capitalism through the power of print. Is anarchism socialist or capitalist? Aeon J. Skoble reviews Anarchy and Legal Order: Law and Politics for a Stateless Society by Gary Chartier. Paint bombs: Kelefa Sanneh on David Graeber’s The Democracy Project and the anarchist revival (and more and more). From The Anvil Review, Critila on Zizek’s gamble, and ours. On why Dr John Drury is a collaborationist asshole: Tom Nomad reviews Cop-Out: The Significance of Aufhebengate by Sam FantoSamotnaf. From Modern Success, an interview with Noam Chomsky, everyday anarchist. Getting there: Stephen R. Shalom interviews Michael Albert, co-author of Occupy Strategy.
A new issue of Homeland Security Affairs is out. Adriaan van Klinken (Leeds): Imitation as Transformation of the Male Self: How an Apocryphal Saint Reshapes Zambian Catholic Men. John Danaher on the species-relativist argument: Do different species have different values? Yes and No: Roger Berkowitz on the “split the difference” approach to the banality of evil. Peter Coy on Bernanke's heir apparent Janet Yellen, a bird of a different feather? From The Globalist, relax! China isn't taking over the world (yet) — but why doesn't China want the world to view it as a model? From Distilled magazine, David Dessin on the different faces of monotheism. Joseph Stiglitz on how globalisation isn't just about profits — it's about taxes too. From Anamnesis, Coyle Neal on the community of friends in Apollonius’ Argonautika.
From Himal Southasian, a special section on farms, feasts, famines, including food writer Suman Bolar on the ins and outs of her profession — eat, drink, write. Selling to the world, not feeding it: Paul Wallich on everything you always wanted to know about Big Ag. The Hunger Game: Nick Saul on how food banks may compound the very problems they should be solving. Should we eat more insects? The U.N. thinks so. The saga of the flaming zucchini: Jenny Uglow reviews Consider the Fork: A History of How We Cook and Eat by Bee Wilson. Dear American Consumers: Please don’t start eating healthfully — sincerely, the Food Industry. Michael Pollan on why the family meal is crucial to civilisation. How to really eat like a hunter-gatherer: Ferris Jabr on why the paleo diet is half-baked. Is spaghetti and meatballs Italian? Why we love “cronuts”: Ben Zimmer on the devilish pull of the food portmanteau.
Patrick Macklem (Toronto): Global Poverty and the Right to Development in International Law. Amanda Lenhardt and Andrew Shepherd (ODI): What Has Happened to the Poorest 50%? From Boston Review, a review essay on fighting global poverty by Pranab Bardhan. Why poor nations aren’t prisoners of their history: Charles Kenny reviews Turnaround: Third World Lessons for First World Growth by Peter Blair Henry. Matthew Yglesias on the best and simplest way to fight global poverty: Giving cash to poor people, no strings attached (and more). Brian Till interviews Paul Farmer on what he’s afraid of, and what’s wrong with the way we do aid. The World in 2030: The United Nations is vowing to end extreme poverty within our lifetimes — here's why that might actually be realistic. People in Norway are freezing to death; thank goodness some generous Africans are sending help — well, sort of.
From ResetDOC, Claus Offe (Hertie): Political Liberalism, Identity Politics, and the Role of Fear; Rajeev Bhargava (CSDS): The Difficulty of Reconciliation; and Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na’im (Emory): The Constant Mediation of Resentment and Retaliation. Ron Fournier on how Obama scandals threaten to kill “good government”: Emerging narrative supports claims that Washington is intrusive, incompetent, untrustworthy and heartless. Sir Martin Rees on how post-humans could colonise other worlds. The people have taken over American politics, and they hate it: The more Americans participate in their political system, the angrier and more disillusioned they become. Michael Walzer looks back on his decades at Dissent. Marty Klein on ten things humanists need to know about sex. Marcus Wohlsen on how our lust for stuff is making the whole world your mall.
Benedikt Fecher (DIW Berlin) and Sascha Friesike (Humboldt Institute): Open Science: One Term, Five Schools of Thought. Peter Hartl (St Andrews): Michael Polanyi on Freedom of Science. Rodney Shackelford on Trofim Lysenko, Soviet ideology, and pseudo-science. From Logos, what is science and why should we care? Alan Sokal investigates; Michael Ruse on democracy and pseudo-science; Margaret C. Jacob on Left, Right and science: Relativists and materialists; Barbara Forrest on rejecting the Founders’ legacy: Democracy as a weapon against science; and Lawrence Davidson on fundamentalist Christians, science, and democracy. When science and religion don't mix: Steve Jones’s attempt to ground the Bible in the physical world has not been universally popular among believers. Can science replace religion in our lives? Nigel Biggar wonders. Sean Carroll on how science and religion can’t be reconciled. Joel Primack on what cosmology can teach us about morality.
Khiara M. Bridges (BU): When Pregnancy is an Injury: Rape, Law, and Culture. From Vice, Grace Wyler is roadtripping with Rand Paul; and Alex Pasternack on how to build a secret Facebook. Hackers vs. suits; or why nerds become leakers: The same personality traits that make people good with computers also make them more likely to defy authority figures and social conventions (and more at Gawker). Josh Marshall on being skeptical of the notion that what Edward Snowden did is awesome just because leaking state secrets is always a heroic act. Doug Daniels on why the IRS should be more aggressive, not less. From The New Inquiry, Rob Horning on the primitive accumulation of cool. From Metanexus, William Grassie on how to be a competent outsider. Altai, identity, politics and history: Seth Wheeler interviews Wu Ming, the collective nom de plume for a band of four radical storytellers.