A new issue of International Journal of Qualitative Methods is out. Michael Murphy (RHUL): A Sketch of a Cosmopolitan Approach to the Social Sciences. Michael Guggenheim and Monika Krause (Goldsmiths): How Facts Travel: The Model Systems of Sociology. Randall J. Jones (UCO): The Theoretical Value of Forecasting in Political Science. Eric S. Schliesser (Ghent): Adam Smith and Anti-Mathematics. Patrick Baert (Cambridge): Positioning Theory and Intellectual Interventions. Gary King (Harvard): Restructuring the Social Sciences: Reflections from Harvard’s Institute for Quantitative Social Science. An interview with Harvard’s Gary King on data, social science and media connections. Michael Hudson reviews The Social Economics of Thorstein Veblen by David Reisman. From Academe, Roberto J. Gonzalez reviews Weaponizing Anthropology: Social Science in Service of the Militarized State by David H. Price (and more); and Ellen Marakowitz reviews Ethical Imperialism: Institutional Review Boards and the Social Sciences, 1965–2009 by Zachary M. Schrag. Raju J Das on thinking/writing theoretically about society. Reza Javaheri on fighting for the social sciences in Iran.
Pakistan’s leaders received a powerful one-two punch Tuesday as the Supreme Court ordered the arrest of the prime minister in a corruption case and a firebrand cleric led thousands of protesters in a second day of anti-government demonstrations in the capital. Joshua Spivak on why Democratic presidents keep choosing Republicans as their defense chiefs. “Survival of the wrongest”: David H. Freedman on how personal-health journalism ignores the fundamental pitfalls baked into all scientific research and serves up a daily diet of unreliable information. Scared of genetically modified food? It might be the only way to feed the world. How game theory explains Washington's horrible gridlock: Mohamed A. El-Erian on why Congress can't even reach a mini-bargain — and why kicking the can down the road will remain the most likely outcome. Is the global economic establishment taking a progressive turn? William Greider on how a recent conference at the influential Peterson Institute began to acknowledge inhumanities that globalization boosters have long ignored. Why are conservatives obsessed with making women breed?
Robert L. Tsai (American): The Politics of Hate. Antonis Vradis (LSE): The Right Against the City. Mariona Lloret (UPF): Populism, Fascism and Caudillismo in the United States: The Case of Huey P. Long. From the inaugural issue of Fascism: Journal of Comparative Fascist Studies, Roger Griffin (Brookes): Studying Fascism in a Postfascist Age: From New Consensus to New Wave?; Nigel Copsey (Teesside): Fascism Studies (and the “Post-Fascist” Era): An Ideal Meeting Ground?; Wim van Meurs (Radboud): The Wall in Fascism Studies; Sven Reichardt (Konstanz): Violence and Consensus in Fascism; and Marjan Schwegman (KNAW): Questioning Fascism. Ian Thomson reviews Fascist Voices: An Intimate History of Mussolini’s Italy by Christopher Duggan (and more). Il Duce calendars and beer mugs: Mussolini cult alive and well in Italy. Julia Gronnevet covers the trial of mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik in Oslo and writes about her courtroom experience. The 12-year-old son of neo-Nazi Jeffrey Hall is accused (and found guilty) of shooting his father to death in May 2011 — the case hinges on whether the boy knew his actions were wrong when he pulled the trigger.
From Wired, an advanced and well-orchestrated computer spy operation that targeted diplomats, governments and research institutions for at least five years has been uncovered by security researchers in Russia. Academic paper largely clears President Obama of blame over failure to pass climate legislation through Congress: Theda Skocpol accuses the DC-based environmental groups of political malpractice, saying they were blind to extreme Republican opposition to their efforts. Ezra Klein on the most depressing graphic for members of Congress: Ever wanted to be in Congress? This slide will make you reconsider. The United Nations backs French military intervention in Mali (while the US may provide airlift for operations, but no ground troops). Warren Ellis fixes gun control in America — with drones. Hunter Walker on the men who want to build an armed castle commune for “patriots”. Kevin Drum on lead and crime: A linkfest. One of the things about the Wall Street Journal editorial that makes it so consistently entertaining is that its supply-side enthusiasts are so bad at their jobs they don’t even know how to do propaganda right.
From Transhumanity, Eric Schulke on why we owe the pursuit of indefinite life extension to our ancestors; Marios Kyriazis on bio-philosophical arguments for human biological immortality: There will be no reason that denies “non-ageing” — but “if they say no”?; the mere possibility of life extension causes anxiety in people who hear of it and want to “punish” the messenger; David Pearce on humans and intelligent machines: Co-evolution, fusion or replacement?; Dirk Bruere writes in praise of the Borg: “Resistance is futile – you will want to be assimilated!”; although we may merge, be absorbed by or voluntarily become that new species it will inevitably lead to the extinction of the current Human genome and phenotype, not to mention the more vague “Human mentality”; and from humanism to transhumanism: It is now clear that humans are not the end of evolution, but just the beginning of a conscious and technological evolution. John Matson interviews Cameron Smith on how multigenerational space exploration missions and colonization might change the human genome and thus shape human evolution. The Great Filter theory suggests humans have already conquered the threat of extinction.