From Radical Philosophy, John Roberts on the two names of communism. From ResetDOC’s Intercultural Lexicon series, Andrew Arato on civil society, constitution, and revolution. Non-market socialism: Pratyush Chandra interviews Anitra Nelson, editor of Life Without Money: Building Fair and Sustainable Economies. From New English Review, Emmet Scott on how Western liberals helped create radical Islamism; Fergus Downie on the language of decline: Liberalism can prepare the way for that which is its own negation: the artificial, mechanized or brutalized control which is a desperate remedy for its own chaos; and a look at why the Left frequently is Right and vice versa. Victor Amela interviews Gianni Vattimo: "Only weak communism can save us". The introduction to The Second Red Scare and the Unmaking of the New Deal Left by Landon R. Y. Storrs. Brendan Sheehan on what he learned from Marx. From Irish Left Review, Gavin Mendel-Gleason on Left-unity. Michael Lebowitz on socialism for the 21st century: Re-inventing and renewing the struggle. The dignity of communism: A review of The Communist Hypothesis by Alain Badiou.
Chris Cunneen (James Cook): Restorative Justice, Globalisation and the Logic of Empire. Carter Dillard (Emory): What is the Primary Right? Taken, made, jotted, foot, or head: Notes are necessary interventions between the things we read and the things we write. From Cato Unbound, Derek Khanna on the way forward on copyright reform (and an interview). The “Mr. Magazine Manifesto 2013″: Publishing is believing and 12 other mantras of wisdom. The US and Europe should be glad to be led by a bunch of can-kickers: It's kept Obama and the euro from the cliff edge — what Bismarck called the art of the possible is now a key political skill. If someone says he thinks the deficit is the most important issue facing the country, but he doesn’t think it’s important enough to merit raising another dollar in taxes, he probably doesn’t really think the deficit is all that important an issue. Consider the Cheeto: Sara Davis on how the simple pleasures of junk food are more complex than they appear. Apocalypse tips, from Antibiotics to Zombies: A worrier's primer on how to steal a car, build an igloo and live on rabbit (eat the organs, too).
Borderlines: Right across the globe, countries are changing shape — Simon Kuper examines how shifting borders are affecting our world. No more blank spaces: Tom Fort reviews On the Map: Why the World Looks the Way It Does by Simon Garfield (and more and more and more). Maria Popova on how we use maps and globes: An illustrated guide from 1968. Researchers reveal a new and improved biogeographical map which they hope will become the new baseline for ecological and evolutionary studies as well as conservation efforts. The places you’ll go: James Fallows interviews Google’s Michael Jones on the future of mapping, the allure of geography, and why you’ll never be lost again. What are you looking at: Sometimes the most interesting and important stuff in the world can’t be found on any map — no matter how technical-magical. Linda Colley reviews Round About the Earth: Circumnavigation from Magellan to Orbit by Joyce E. Chaplin. Greenland by way of a drainpipe: Frank Jacobs on accidental cartography; what would an ideal Poland have looked like? That depends on your definition of ideal, of course; and it’s always Chile in Norway: The five types of territorial morphology. Canada and Denmark reach agreement on the Lincoln Sea Boundary.
A new issue of Toska is out. Nikolay Marinov (Yale): Coups and Democracy. From Caribbean Beat, residents of tiny Petite Martinique in the Grenadine chain are like one big extended family, says Antonia MacDonald; and Internet memes offer idle entertainment, but Janine Mendes-Franco suggests they can also give serious social commentary. Not in 500 years has the world seen such revolutionary change as it is now witnessing: the Internet, genetic engineering, mass migration, climate change, worldwide economic dislocation, a new global elite, and more — yet our leaders don’t seem to take any of it seriously. Eric Lach on a history of the prepper paradise known as The Citadel (and more). Adieu, Aaron: He was a prodigy, a hacker, and a Robin Hood of knowledge — Scott McLemee recalls a friend who died too young. From Death Star petitions to AMAs: Angela Watercutter on great moments of Obama’s meme presidency. The 2012 Global GoTo Think Tank Report has been released. Do “the good rich” exist? Their ideas and platform are incredibly popular, so why are they on the verge of collapse? Ruth Margalit on why the Israeli Left is lost (or maybe not).
From Boston Review, "the day Wikipedia went dark": Edward Lee remembers the January 18, 2012, online protests against the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and whether they saved the free and open Internet once and for all. The new monopolies: Have America's big Internet companies become too powerful? Google has revolutionised the way we holiday, shop, work and play; now, with Knowledge Graph, it plans to radically transform the way we search the internet — again. Wikipedia's Sandbox is a place for folks to test their editing skills before making real changes to the site, and now there's a Tumblr that captures all their weird, experimental edits. These are the unwritten rules of Facebook. John Semley is against Tumblr: The microblogging site now rivals Facebook and Twitter in reach and influence, but it represents everything wrong with the online echo chamber. Did an 11-year-old really create his own social network? The science of why comment trolls suck: Chris Mooney on how the online peanut gallery can get you so riled up that your ability to reason goes out the window. Even a rocker can be bullied: Amanda Palmer's blog post seeks advice on dealing with the trolls — and some moving answers flood in. Luke McKinney on the 5 types of sociopath invented by the Internet.
Vidhya Ramalingam (ISD): Far Right Extremism: Trends and Methods for Response and Prevention. Marco Valbruzzi reviews Good Italy, Bad Italy: Why Italy Must Conquer its Demons to Face the Future by Bill Emmott. Desmond Lachman on how the IMF's courageous new chief Christine Lagarde is saving Europe. Are the Nordic countries really less innovative than the US? Mika Maliranta, Niku Maattanen, and Vesa Vihriala investigate. An interview with Doug Saunders, author of The Myth of the Muslim Tide. After Bill Gates and Carlos Slim comes Amancio Ortega, who built the world's largest fashion empire, Zara — he's difficult to know, impossible to interview, and incredibly secretive. Conservative politicians in Germany are outraged after one of their own, Family Minister Kristina Schroder, suggested that God might not have a gender. Ilan Greenberg on Moldova's democratic moment. William Waddell reviews In the Shadow of the General: Modern France and the Myth of De Gaulle by Sudhir Hazareesingh. The global rise of a regulatory superstate in Europe: How does Europe exercise world power? Isn't doing it away from military battlefields a truly modern form of global leadership? (and part 2)
Dana Badulescu (UAIC): Frontiers and Contemporary Thinking: Zygmunt Bauman and Salman Rushdie. Scott R. Peppet (Colorado): Prostitution 3.0? Gary Wills on the thing that makes the South the distillation point for all the fugitive extremisms of our time, the heart of Say-No Republicanism, the home of lost causes and nostalgic lunacy. Ayn Rand is for children: George Saunders understands what Rand fans won't — Objectivism is more young adult fantasy than political philosophy. After “the end of big government liberalism”: The complexity of the problems government faces, and of the solutions it devises, is a growing problem — so while the debate over the size of the welfare state is mostly concluded, the debate over its increasing sprawl is more necessary than ever (and a response). Jennifer Senior on why you truly never leave high school: New science on its corrosive, traumatizing effects. Is it even worth exploring the possibility that the next four years could see the beginnings of a genuinely progressive New Deal for America? Oh noes!!: Phil Mickelson (R-Golf) might retire, citing (incorrectly) tax hikes on top 1% — boo-hoo.
Michael C. Blumm and Aurora Paulsen (Lewis and Clark): The Public Trust in Wildlife. What the frack? Imre Szeman on combustible water and other late capitalist novelties. Thank you for fracking: There's a gold rush going on right now — man is breaking the earth, looking for natural gas, just as we always have. After 40 years, has recycling lived up to its billing? Hector Tobar reviews Nature Wars: The Incredible Story of How Wildlife Comebacks Turned Backyards into Battlegrounds by Jim Sterba. Brad Plumer on what four more years of the Obama Administration means for environmental policy. Chris Foreman on justice movements and why they fail the environment and the poor. George S. Hawkins on how the Clean Water Act has been a success, but it’s out of date and producing diminishing returns — here’s how we modernize it. In Stephen R. Kellert’s new book Birthright: People and Nature in the Modern World, he reminds us that we humans are dependent on nature now more than ever. Mark Lynas on changing his mind about GMOs: “I discovered science, and in the process I hope I became a better environmentalist” (and more). Can Obama tackle climate change in his second term?
Caitlin E. Borgmann (CUNY): Roe v. Wade's 40th Anniversary: A Moment of Truth for the Anti-Abortion-Rights Movement? From Human Life Review, a symposium on the 40th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Abortion as a blessing, grace, or gift: Valerie Tarico on a renewed conversation about reproductive rights. The people’s choice: Jeffrey Toobin on Roe v. Wade at forty. In one case, the middle class are the bad guys and in the other case they’re the good guys. Building Mega: Ars’ pre-launch interview with Kim Dotcom — new service is bulletproof, says Dotcom, the most lawyered-up startup ever. An unnamed woman tortured to death by rape in Delhi and the death of Aaron Swartz: Today we are faced with recent martyrdoms in India and in the United States that have potentially global consequences, and illustrate the limited but continuing relevance of the English Legal Tradition in our world. 23-year old Kim Suozzi undergoes cryonic preservation after successful fundraising campaign. When Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. marched on Washington, he demanded jobs; J. Phillip Thompson looks back at King's fight for economic justice and what it means today.
Mark Anthony Frassetto (Georgetown): Firearms and Weapons Legislation up to the Early 20th Century. Do Matthew Lang (Xavier): Guns Affect Crime? Evidence Using a Direct Measure of Firearms. Deniese Kennedy-Kollar (Molloy) and Christopher A.D. Charles (Monroe): Hegemonic Masculinity and Mass Murderers in the United States. The unbearable invisibility of white masculinity: David J. Leonard on innocence in the age of white male mass shootings. Chris Lehmann on the year of the white-guy meltdown: Boehner’s f-bomb, LaPierre’s rant — have the white men in power simply lost it? From TPM, take the Red Dawn fantasy out of the equation, and we’ll have no problem coming up with a sensible gun policy in America (and more and more). Rick Perlstein on how the NRA became an organization for aspiring vigilantes (and part 2). From Capitalism magazine, Michael J Hurd on why rage, not reason, governs support of gun control — and all things Leftist. From ProPublica, Suevon Lee on five federal policies on guns you’ve never heard of. Can cities ban assault weapons on their own? In gun control debate, little talk of “stand your ground”.