Haifeng Huang (UC-Merced): A War of (Mis)Information: The Political Effects of Rumors and Rumor Rebuttals in an Authoritarian Country. Roderic Broadhurst (ANU): The Legacy of the Bo Xilai Trial: How Corruption and Its Suppression Threaten China's Future. From n+1, Rebecca Liao on China’s constitutional crisis. From NYRB, a review essay on China by Ian Johnson. Gideon Rachman reviews The China Choice: Why We Should Share Power by Hugh White. Adam Minter explores China's central role in the world's vast global recycling trade. John Knight on five reasons why China has the most interesting economy in the world. A letter from a Chinese forced-labor camp is found in Kmart Hallowe'en decorations. Christopher Beam on his day in the world's biggest building — a Chinese mall you've never heard of. Hayes Brown on the relaxation of China’s infamous “one-child” policy. China's building cities so fast, people don't have time to move in. Why do international students go to China? Andrys Onsman investigates. Eliza Filby on teaching China's Anglophiles. Why are hundreds of Harvard students studying ancient Chinese philosophy? Christine Gross-Loh wonders. It’s OK if your kid isn’t fluent in Chinese yet. Forget prophecy and wisdom — using the I Ching is a weirdly useful way to open your mind to life’s unexpected twists. Andaleeb Akhand on explaining the longevity of the Chinese world order. Daniel Bell on why we must measure national harmony: The ideal is as universal as freedom, fairness, and happiness.
Kenneth Williams (South Texas): Justice or Peace? A Proposal for Resolving the Dilemma. From Viewpoint, a special issue on workers. Who’s good at forecasts? A look at how to sort the best from the rest. David Miranda is nobody’s errand boy: When Glenn Greenwald’s 28-year-old Brazilian partner was detained in London this summer while transporting documents related to the bombshell Edward Snowden story, many assumed he was unfairly roped into a situation he didn’t understand — that couldn’t be further from the truth. West faces challenge in moving Syrian chemical arms through battlefields. Brandon Keim on why laws restricting soda sales make perfect scientific sense. Kevin Drum on Larry Summers, secular stagnation, and the Great Investment Drought. Of course Tim Geithner is joining a private equity firm: The former treasury secretary's next move is intended to preserve his dignity — it won't. Should human dignity be upheld at all costs? Jasper Doomen wonders. The first chapter from The Alzheimer Conundrum: Entanglements of Dementia and Aging by Margaret Lock. "I'm not a pseudoscientist!": Deepak Chopra and Jerry Coyne battle over what "science" really means. How many people born in the 1800s are still alive? Anna Baddeley on how the Public Domain Review demonstrates the power of digital curation: With so much literary content available for free online, it's a relief when someone cherry-picks the things worth reading. This is not your father's Wall Street Journal.
Andrew Ascherl (New Mexico): Infrapolitics and the (Non)Subject: On Ethics, Politics, and Radical Alterity. Harry Walton (Edinburgh): The Constitution of the Subject in the Works of Michel Foucault. Simone Gustafsson (Melbourne): “Outside of Being”: Animal Being in Agamben’s Reading of Heidegger. Maebh Long (USP): Derrida Interviewing Derrida: Autoimmunity and the Laws of the Interview. Walter Edward Hart (Texas A&M): What Would Foucault Do? Rethinking Thinking in Sociology. From Radical Orthodoxy, Cyril O'Regan (Notre Dame): Hegel, Sade, and Gnostic Infinities; and Neil Turnbull interviews Philip Goodchild on Deleuze, Marx, and the extent of the theological. Tom Bartlett on Paul de Man's many secrets: A biography two decades in the making reveals what the renowned theorist concealed. Christopher Chitty on Foucault’s Addendum: Finally published, Foucault’s lecture notes from 1970–71, his first year teaching at the College de France, demolish the caricatures of his thought. Will Self takes a walk through the banlieues of Paris and is astonished by the prescience of Guy Debord's 1967 masterpiece The Society of the Spectacle, which so accurately describes “the shit we're in”. Vice travels to Ljubljana, Slovenia, to meet superstar Communist philosopher and cultural theorist Slavoj Zizek. 120 minutes with Slavoj Zizek: Interrogating cinema, pornography, and the surveillance state with the pervert philosopher (and more). “Cut the Balls”, Zizek parody mocks critical theorist.
Neville Morley (Bristol): History as Political Therapy. Professions and publics: James Herbert on three views of doing history. History without end: Stuart Whatley on reading purpose back into time. Ben Alpers on how the past may not be as usable as we once thought. Why is the study of history so peculiar? Axel Kristinsson investigates. Daniel Johnson on the decline and fall of the history men: Historical awareness is no longer seen as the cornerstone of a good education — we are falling victim to cultural amnesia. Scott K. Taylor on historians and the problem of miracles: Historians, like most academics, are a secular lot — is this a bias that prevents a deeper understanding of religious history? Dan Allosso on the temptation of historical fiction. If you believe what David Barton says about the founding of this country, than you are either a mark or a fool, but probably both. Robert Paul Wolff on how to do history (and part 2). Larry Cebula writes an open letter to the historians of the 22nd century: Sorry for all the stuff. Simon Schama is a man always making history. MacArthur “genius” Robin Fleming on using archaeology to write history, wants historians to stop being afraid of science. Tim Lacy on going meta on historical thinking. This is what happens when historians overuse the idea of the network. The newly translated The Allure of the Archives ponders and celebrates archival research — Scott McLemee thinks it's a classic. You can download Whose History? Engaging History Students through Historical Fiction by Grant Rodwell.
Luigi Zingales (Chicago): Preventing Economists' Capture. From GQ, Jeanne Marie Laskas goes inside the world of the double-crossing fake hitman. It came from an Egyptian tomb — well no, actually, it didn’t, but once a myth lurches into life, there’s no stopping it. Jerry Coyne on how pseudoscientist Rupert Sheldrake is not being persecuted, and is not like Galileo. Hi honey, I'm home: Autumn Whitefield-Madrano on makeup and cohabitation. Peter Savodnik goes inside Lee Harvey Oswald's lost Soviet days. From The Christian Post, Joe Beam on dealing with a spouse's sexual past (or your own). Dick Cheney is an even bigger monster than you thought: Listen to the man with a taxpayer-funded new heart wax indifferent to the life of his donor. Enter the grifters: Rogue “insurance” providers are telling customers they've found a way to get around Obamacare regulations and still sell “junk” insurance policies. Obamacare is having one huge success nobody knows about — making other health-care programs better. They’ve learned nothing: Betraying any knowledge of political science, media embarrasses itself with a phony frenzy — here's how bad it was. Politico Magazine looks like an in-flight magazine — critics pounce. Andrew Sullivan expands The Daily Dish with monthly subscription-only magazine called Deep Dish. Lane Brown on the last culture guide you’ll ever need. Alli Reed on the 5 weirdest side effects of moving to a new country.
What is an American conservative? Patrick Deneen investigates. Zombie apocalypse or marginal revolution? Jason Kuznicki on Nick Land, neo-reactionaries, and the heterotic society. Gracy Olmstead on searching for a truly compassionate conservatism. Rick Perlstein on the Right and pyramid schemes (and part 2, part 3, and part 4). Libertarians are very confused about capitalism: Elites didn't get rich off of some “free market” — here's why libertarians should back radical wealth redistribution. Amanda Marcotte on contraception extremism and the Right-wing bubble. Do libertarians need God? Apologist Jay Richards says theism necessary for freedom, human rights. Phyllis Schlafly has some serious concerns about U.S. immigration: Beware of polygamous Muslim immigrants on welfare bringing Sharia law. Sean McElwee on Ayn Rand’s vision of idiocy — understanding the real makers and takers: Sorry, but making a profit off something that's useless to society is not morally superior to helping others. Meet the right-wing group masquerading as a mainstream nonprofit — but pushing extremist laws across the country. The Republican ignorance of economics appears to be far more dangerous than previously believed. Do Republican presidents kill babies? Conservatives confident America rejecting Obamacare, ready for every-man-for-himself care. Sorry, John Stuart Mill was not a libertarian. Is IKEA the new model for the conservative movement? Jane Meyer investigates. A poll finds conservatives more offended by rainbow flag than Confederate flag.
Leonid Grinin and Anton L. Grinin (Volgograd Center): Macroevolution of Technology. Neil M. Richards and Jonathan H. King (WUSTL): Three Paradoxes of Big Data. A T. Kingsmith (York): Virtual Roadblocks: The Securitisation of the Information Superhighway. From The Atlantic Monthly, why did it take so long to invent the wheelbarrow, and have we hit peak innovation? James Fallows on the 50 greatest breakthroughs since the wheel and what they reveal about imagination, optimism, and the nature of progress; and who will tomorrow's historians consider today's greatest inventors? Leading figures in technology, science, medicine, and design offer suggestions. Is sensory deprivation an escape from or toward the fatigue and distractions of the digital life? Neima Jahromi investigates. Surrender your eyeballs: Get ready for the tech industry's war to control your every waking moment. The end of the Internet? The government collects our texts and emails — Karrie Jacobs wonders why we’re so surprised. Evgeny Morozov on the real privacy problem: We need a civic solution, because democracy is at risk. Dan Terzian on rethinking the Fifth Amendment and encryption: A call to consider constitutional values. Jane Chong on the security burden shouldn't rest solely on the software user. Russian software Nginx is taking over the Internet. Timothy B. Lee on how Robert Morris, a grad student trying to build the first botnet, brought the Internet to its knees. Cade Metz on Solomon Hykes, the man who would build a computer the size of the entire Internet.
Darren Palmer and Ian J Warren (Deakin): Global Policing and the Case of Kim Dotcom. As mourning came to Newtown, so did an outpouring of sympathy and money — which has sometimes made the mourning even harder. From Crazy Facts, due to name confusion, staff of the Slovak and Slovenian embassies meet once a month to exchange wrongly addressed mail. Today the airport security checkpoint is being remade by one of the greatest forces on Earth: the power of corporate branding. James C. Scott reviews The World until Yesterday: What Can We Learn from Traditional Societies? by Jared Diamond. An Argentine car mechanic adapted a method to retrieve a cork from a wine bottle to develop a device that could be used to save a baby stuck in the birth canal. The evolution of beauty: What makes for a beautiful visage, and why, may have been discovered accidentally on a Russian fur farm. Timothy B. Lee on how the Google Books ruling is a huge victory for online innovation. Kaya Genc on Turkey’s glorious hat revolution. What kind of person wants to become the world's fastest cucumber eater? Sarah Sloat on the “officially amazing” people who try to break Guinness World Records. Morality, secret to popularity: A new study suggests it’s less important to be friendly than to be good. Gary Sernovitz on the improbable story behind America's fracking billionaires. Why do all local TV ads look like they were made in 1970?
Ricardo Perlingeiro (UFF): Recognizing the Public Right to Healthcare: The Approach of Brazilian Courts. Aeyal Gross (Tel Aviv): Is There a Human Right to Private Health Care? No, Obama didn't lie to you about your health care plans: Dean Baker on how the claim that President Obama lied in saying that people could keep their insurance looks like another Fox News special. From Wonkblog, Sarah Kliff on how the White House’s Obamacare fix is about to create a big mess; on how insurers are furious about the White House’s new Obamacare plan; and on how the backlash to the Obamacare fix has already started. From TNR, Jonathan Cohn on three keys to the Obamacare tweaks and five reasons a Congressional fix will be destructive; and attention, scared liberals: Resisting pressure to tweak the law now is in your political interest later — here's why. A clever P.R. stunt, a stalling tactic, an act of retribution, the genuine possibility of transition assistance for some, and a large political and substantive gamble: Brian Beutler on how Obama’s remedy is a justified comeuppance for carriers who defaulted beneficiaries into obscenely expensive plans, which they characterized as “comparable” to the canceled coverage, without apprising them of their options, and blamed the whole disruption on Obamacare. Jonathan Chait on how “the shorthand explanation for what’s going on here is that everybody — the insurance companies, members of Congress, and Obama — is bullshitting”. It’s a trap: Josh Barro on the real government takeover of health care.
Frederik F. Rosen (DIIS): The Eternal One: The Vision of Centralized Authority in Global Governance Studies and the Lack of a True Beyond? Peter Manifold (DTI): Theoretical Analysis of Global Governance: Realist Perspectives on the Foundations of the United Nations. Raffaele Marchetti (LUISS): Beyond the UN: A World Federal Government? Nancy Birdsall writes in defense of world government. A seat on the United Nations Security Council is not always attractive for states — Erik Voeten explains why. Mark Leon Goldberg on why Security Council elections matter and on what Americans think when they think of the United Nations. Gustavo Flores-Macias and Sarah Kreps on why the rise of China makes the U.S. even lonelier at the UN. When it can’t use troops, the UN’s last peacekeeping tool is its moral voice — what is that worth in the real world? Richard Gowan wonders. Did the U.N. just win its first real war? Colonel Sultani Makenga, the leader of Congo's brutal M23 rebel group, has surrendered. The UN’s Valerie Amos: Advocate for victims of the world’s crises. From The Nation, Andrew Gilmour on Dag Hammarskjold, statesman of the century. Richard Gowan on Ban Ki-moon, Zen master of twitter. Behind the scenes at the UN: Warren Hoge interviews Edie Lederer, the Associated Press chief correspondent at the United Nations. We don't have to worry about asteroids now that the UN is on the case.