John Yoo (UC-Berkeley): Lincoln at War. Darren Patrick (York): The Matter of Displacement: A Queer Urban Ecology of New York City's High Line. Pope Francis has a few thoughts about the global economy — Neil Irwin adds these 13 charts. Erik Voeten on bargaining theory and the Iran deal: What can bargaining theory tell us about the latest agreement with Iran? Noreen Malone on why Michelle Obama is a feminist, not a "feminist's nightmare". Stewart Patrick on Machiavelli, still shocking after five centuries. The shocking lesson of The Prince isn’t that politics demands dirty hands, but that politicians shouldn’t care: Michael Ignatieff reviews books on Machiavelli. How to stop the fighting, sometimes: Bringing an end to conflicts within states is vexatious — but history provides a guide to the ways that work best. Peter Lewis reviews On Paper: The Everything of Its Two-Thousand-Year History by Nicholas Basbanes. How pop culture helped win the Cold War: James Bond had a bigger role in winning the Cold War than you might think, argues historian Dominic Sandbrook. What goes on in our minds when we see someone naked? Matthew Hutson on how the more we see of a person's body the stupider they seem. Jonathan Coppage on the dawning age of the algorithmic assistant. Jordan Zakarin on the amazing origin story of Max Landis, a Hollywood wonder boy learning to use his powers for good, not evil.
Anna Carabelli (Piemonte Orientale) and Mario A. Cedrini (Turin): Globalization and Keynes's Ideal of a “Sounder Political Economy between All Nations”. Mohammad Amin (World Bank) and Simeon Djankov New Economic School (NES): Democracy and Regulatory Reforms. William F. Shughart II and Diana Weinert Thomas (Utah State): What Did Economists Do? Euvoluntary, Voluntary, and Coercive Institutions for Collective Action. Manuel Worsdorfer (Frankfurt): Von Hayek and Ordoliberalism on Justice. Richard Bronk (LSE): Hayek on the Wisdom of Prices: A Reassessment. Roger D. Congleton (West Virginia): The Contractarian Constitutional Political Economy of James Buchanan. Alexander William Salter (George Mason): James Buchanan and Contractarian Anarchy. Vlad Tarko (George Mason): The Role of Ideas in Political Economy. Peter J. Boettke (George Mason): What Should Classical Liberal Political Economists Do?; and Milton and Rose Friedman’s Free to Choose and its Impact in the Global Movement Toward Free Market Policy: 1979-2003. David Gauthier (Pittsburgh): Achieving Pareto-Optimality: Invisible Hands, Social Contracts, and Rational Deliberation. Luis Boscan reviews Inventing the Market: Smith, Hegel and Political Theory by Liza Herzog. From Rationality, Markets and Morals, Danny Frederick on why social contract theory should be abandoned. Paul Weithman reviews Property-Owning Democracy: Rawls and Beyond, ed. Martin O'Neill and Thad Williamson.
Eugenia Demuro (ANU): Examining “Latinidad” in Latin America: Race, “Latinidad” and the Decolonial Option. Eugenia Demuro (ANU): The Lost Steps Revisited: The Critique of Western Modernity and the Search for Authenticity. Tomb of the Vulture Lord: Roger Atwood on how a king’s burial reveals a pivotal moment in Maya history. Uros people of Peru and Bolivia found to have distinctive genetic ancestries. From A Contracorriente, David Laraway (BYU): Back to the Future: Salvador Allende's Steampunk Chile; and football, history and politics in Chile: Matthew Brown reviews Citizens and Sportsmen: Futbol and Politics in 20th-Century Chile by Brenda Elsey. From the latest issue of the Caribbean Review of Books is out, David Knight Jr. reviews The Purloined Islands: Caribbean-US Crosscurrents in Literature and Culture, 1880–1959 by Jeff Karem. Anthony Peter Spanakos on Latin America's Left: Between demos and kratos. Pablo Brum on Jose Mujica and Uruguay's "Robin Hood guerrillas". Fernando Lucena on the last ever interview with the leaders of Peru's Shining Path guerrilla army. Who's to blame for Peru's gold-mining troubles? Stephanie Boyd investigates. Michelle Bachelet will be the next president of Chile — what this means for the country, however, is less clear. A report finds that Latin America remains the most unequal and most insecure region in the world. Santiago Arcos Veintimilla on La Cienega, Ecuador's childless village (and more). Americans may have the constitutional right to pursue happiness, but Venezuela now has a formal government agency in charge of enforcing it.
Ingar Solty (York): The Crisis Interregnum: Considerations on the Political Articulation of the Global Crisis — from the New Right-Wing Populism to the Occupy Movement. Robert Clowes (UNL): The Reality of the Virtual Self as Interface to the Social World. From TNR, a cover story by T.A. Frank on how America's least-favorite city has become television's favorite subject. Alan Ryan (re)considers Aristotle and Machiavelli. Amy Lerman on what Medicare can teach us about the future of Obamacare. Samir Husni on the global world of magazines: “There is not that much difference in the way readers and users migrate between platforms and formats for content,” says John Relihan, CEO, Media24 Magazines, South Africa. Matthew Fuhrmann on the case for optimism: Convincing Iran to settle for nuclear latency may require some concessions from the United States — but this isn't surprising. What will the "new normal" for America be? Brad DeLong on a series of scenarios. Paul Krugman on a permanent slump: The new normal for our economy may be a state of mild depression. Guess what was discovered beneath Antarctica's massive ice sheet? The last thing the continent needs is an active volcano. While far from a dictatorship, the United States has employed a number of paranoid tactics that delegitimize its democracy — this phenomenon is on display in the fictional TV series "Homeland," which depicts hysterical CIA agents in a hysterical country.
Chris Thompson (Uppsala): Embracing the Extreme: Norwegian Black Metal and the Use of History (scroll way down). Tressie McMillan Cottom (Emory): Reading Hick-Hop: The Shotgun Marriage of Hip Hop and Country Music. Bill D. Fordice (Luther): Exploring Wholeness in Music Teachers’ Lives. From the Journal of Pan African Studies, a special issue on trends in contemporary African hip hop. Philip Kennicott on how an effort to popularize classical music undermines what makes orchestras great. Leah Sottile on finding happiness in angry music: There’s something cleansing about engaging with emotions we might not usually let ourselves feel. Mark Oppenheimer on why you should stop forcing your kids to learn a musical instrument (and a response and a reply). Just how much of musical history has been lost to history? Valuable original recordings and rare tapes have vanished over the years — a process that Jack White and the National Recording Preservation Foundation are looking to stop. The introduction to Assimilate: A Critical History of Industrial Music by S. Alexander Reed. Max Blau on how Spotify engineered the new music economy. Rosemary Golding on music and the “Mickey Mouse” degree debate. We are all Eurotrash now: From Miley Cyrus to Arcade Fire, how the disco beats of Berlin conquered the world. Joe Coscarelli on the tragic history of the Yellow Dogs, Iran’s indie-rock hope in Brooklyn. Did JFK’s death make Beatlemania possible? Jack Hamilton wonders. Daniel D’Addation on how white artists profit from mocking hip-hop. Felix Salmon on GoldieBlox, the Beastie Boys, fair use, and the cult of disruption.
Steven Klein (Chicago): A Cynical Turn: Max Weber and Hannah Arendt on Value, Domination, and Political Economy. Bryan-Paul Frost (Louisiana): The Case for Kojeve in His Dispute with Leo Strauss. Attila Gyulai (HAS): Between Tropology and Persuasion: Carl Schmitt’s Account of Rhetoric Reconsidered. James Nichols (Claremont McKenna): Why an End to History? Gregory T. Russell (Oklahoma): Voegelin as Philosopher and Realist: The Western Crisis and World Politics. John Laursen (UC-Riverside): Michael Oakeshott, Wendy Brown, and the Paradoxes of Anti-moralism. Zhang Guodong (Fujian Jiangxia): A Critical Interpretation of Leo Strauss’ Thoughts on Machiavelli. Andrew Arato (New School): Lefort, the Philosopher of 1989; Political Theology and Populism; and Multi-Track Constitutionalism Beyond Carl Schmitt. David M. Rasmussen (Boston College): The Emerging Domain of the Political. Nora Willi (Illinois): Surrender: An Essay on the Theory of Sovereignty and Alternative Possibilities. Steven B. Smith on two books about the legacy of Leo Strauss. Shmuel Lederman reviews Prophecy and the Perfect Political Order: The Political Theology of Leo Strauss by Haim O. Rechnitzer. What exactly did Arendt mean by “the banality of evil,” and is it really the case that she would say a whistleblower should simply turn herself in after the deed? Mark Lilla on Arendt and Eichmann: The new truth. Margarethe von Trotta’s biopic of Hannah Arendt is a film about ideas that remains intellectually detached from them.
The inaugural issue of the International Journal of Solution-Focused Practices is out. D. Wendy Greene (Samford): A Multidimensional Analysis of What Not to Wear in the Workplace: Hijabs and Natural Hair. Peek inside your own brain: Peter Hildebrand on the rise of DIY neuroscience. The Internet didn’t change sex: Tracy Clark-Flory interviews Sallie Tisdale, author of Talk Dirty to Me: An Intimate Philosophy of Sex. On filibuster, Obama's a master criminal; on Iran, he's Neville Chamberlain, say Rightbloggers. No, the failure of Obamacare would not lead to single-payer. Elizabeth Drew on Obama: The first term did it. Katharina Lotzen and Harald Wiese review Jane Austen, Game Theorist by Michael Chwe. The coming tech-lash: The tech elite will join bankers and oilmen in public demonology, predicts Adrian Wooldridge. Gross Domestic Freebie: James Surowiecki on G.D.P. in the age of free. Here’s why you really don’t want a strip club next door: A new spatial analysis of sexually oriented businesses finds crime is indeed higher in their wake. A study finds bad behavior gets “paid forward” more than good. Is hacking the future of scholarship? Once scholars begin — and the day is coming — hacking devices to find out more about influential people, the courts and the academic community will be faced with privacy decisions to make. You can download Philosophy of Information: An Introduction by The PI Research Network.
Gerard Caprio Jr. (Williams): Financial Regulation after the Crisis: How Did We Get Here, and How Do We Get Out? Tabea Bucher-Koenen and Michael Ziegelmeyer (Max Planck): Once Burned, Twice Shy? Financial Literacy and Wealth Losses During the Financial Crisis. Did robotraders know the financial crisis was coming? Harry Cheadle on the invisible algorithmic ecology of the stock market. The Wall Street Code: Goldman Sachs/UBS "quant" turned whistle blower Haim Bodek says the stock market is rigged. Never saw it coming: Alan Greenspan on why the financial crisis took economists by surprise. From HBR, Justin Fox on what we’ve learned from the financial crisis. From The Economist, what can we learn from the Depression? Robert Skidelsky on four fallacies of the Second Great Depression. Phillip Swagel on the beginning of the end of the financial crisis. Brad DeLong reviews After the Music Stopped: The Financial Crisis, the Response, and the Work Ahead by Alan Blinder. Alan Pyke on why a credit downgrade for the biggest banks is great news for taxpayers. Street cop: Can the S.E.C. control the financial industry? Big finance is a problem, not an industry to be nurtured: To bring down our debt levels, we cannot avoid shrinking the financial sector, says Dirk Bezemer. Wall Street isn’t worth it: John Quiggin on why cutting the banks down to size is good policy and good politics. Financial reform is about to catch a second wind — and Elizabeth Warren is ready to ride it. Anna Merlan on Benjamin Lawsky, the man who picked a fight with Wall Street.
Kathy Lynn (Oregon) and Kyle Powys Whyte (MSU): Indigenous Peoples, Climate Change and the Government-to-Government Relationship. Andrew Dayton and Barbara Rogoff (UC-Santa Cruz): “On Being Indigenous” as a Process. Alex Bernick (Emory): Reburying an Injustice: Indigenous Human Remains in Museums and the Evolving Obligations to Return Remains to Indigenous Groups. Arturo Arias (Texas): Indigenous Women at War: Discourses on Revolutionary Combat. Implications of a historical anomaly: Modern westerners often see indigenous people as weird or exotic — a look at history shows why they’re not the strange ones. How many uncontacted tribes are left in the world? Brazil’s Indian affairs department, FUNAI, has released rare footage of an uncontacted tribe living in the heart of Brazil’s Amazon rainforest. Brazil wants to tear down an indigenous museum to put up a parking lot. Indigenous peoples in Brazil have lost their patience — promised more land decades ago, they have recently begun forcing the issue by occupying farms and ranches. Return to the rainforest: A son's search for his Amazonian mother. Building connections across decolonization struggles: Indigenous and Afrikan activists have much to gain from joining forces — making demands on the state won’t do; to win, we must struggle for autonomy. From the new Indigenous Nationhood Movement, for our nations to live, capitalism must die. Idle No More is back: Bilal Ahmed on maple leaf multiculturalism. The new manifest destiny: Kent Blansett on a brief political history of the Idle No More movement. Elissa Washuta on America’s wrongheaded obsession with “vanishing” indigenous peoples.
Josh Chafetz (Cornell): Whose Secrets? (A response to David Pozen's “The Leaky Leviathan: Why the Government Condemns and Condones Unlawful Disclosures of Information”). Margaret Jane Radin (Michigan): Boilerplate: A Threat to the Rule of Law? America's best-paid fairy-tale writer: John Gray reviews David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell. The end of the filibuster: John Rawls belly laughs and a justice failure is corrected. Twilight of the Guardian Angels: Born in the crucible of seedy 1970s New York, does Curtis Silwa’s red-bereted band of citizen crime busters have a place in post-Giuliani, post-Bloomberg NYC? Slavery, Katrina and Watergate — Paul Rosenberg on the right’s obsession with exaggerating: To unburden historical guilt, the right uses trumped-up charges against liberals, their form of blame-shifting. What happens when a professor tries to use philosophy to prevent suicide: Adam Plunkett reviews Stay: A History of Suicide and the Philosophies Against It by Jennifer Michael Hecht. Tim Harford on how a universal income is not such a silly idea: The concept of paying people to sit around has an upside. Intellectual biography, empirical sociology and normative political theory: Damian Omar Martinez interviews Tariq Modood. The IPO of you and me: Kevin Roose on how normal people are becoming corporations. The introduction to Conflicts in the Knowledge Society: The Contentious Politics of Intellectual Property by Sebastian Haunss.