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.