From The Nation, a forum on American unions: Can labor be saved? Two attempts to reimagine the relationship between business and society: John Lloyd reviews The Locust and the Bee: Predators and Creators in Capitalism’s Future by Geoff Mulgan and Firm Commitment: Why the Corporation is Failing Us and How to Restore Trust In It by Colin Mayer. Who pays the corporate income tax? Bruce Bartlett investigates. From debtor’s prison to debtor nation: Steve Fraser on the politics of debt in America. An excerpt from A Nation of Deadbeats: An Uncommon History of America's Financial Disasters by Scott Reynolds Nelson. Richard D. Wolff on how capitalism becomes questionable. Noah Smith on why the end of growth wouldn't be be the end of capitalism. Barbara and John Ehrenreich on the death of the yuppie dream: The rise and fall of the professional-managerial class.
Ernesto Verdeja (Notre Dame): The Political Science of Genocide: Outlines of an Emerging Research Agenda. Beyond Barbados: The Caribbean island is turning to its rich history in a bid to attract tourists seeking more than white sand and rum punch. From The Nation, David Cole on what's wrong with Obama's drone policy: The White House evidently believes it can kill us in secret and never own up to the fact; and even if we like President Obama, do we want him to be a one-man death panel? Katha Pollitt on how America doesn’t torture — it kills. Mark Ames on American Assassination for Dummies. From The Museum of Ridiculously Interesting Things, what is this thing? A series. Black is beautiful: Lisa Hix on why black dolls matter. Sam McNerney on the Sartre Fallacy, or being irrational about reason. Meet Fairfax Man, the World’s Second Worst Superhero.
From Technology Review, Ray Kurzweil plans to create a mind at Google — and have it serve you (and more). From Transhumanity, Mark Waser on the “wicked problem” of existential risk with AI (artificial intelligence). Colin Allen reviews The Machine Question: Critical Perspectives on AI, Robots, and Ethics by David J. Gunkel. Killer instinct: Advances in neuroscience and technology could lead to the mind becoming the ultimate weapon. Stephen Pincock on the rise of the (mini) machines: Mimicking nature, nanotechnology is creating machines that can self-assemble and take charge of their environment. Our robot children: At what point will we trust robots to kill? Killer robots must be stopped, say campaigners: “Autonomous weapons”, which could be ready within a decade, pose grave risk to international law. The age of moral machines: An interview with Josh Storrs Hall on nanotech, AI and the Singularity.
Anders Walker (SLU): Strange Traffic: Sex, Slavery and the Freedom Principle. From The Atlantic Monthly, Ta-Nehisi Coates on the emancipation of Barack Obama: Why the reelection of the first black president matters even more than his election; and how the White House is like a prison: Over the years, the president's home has attracted an astonishing array of negative reviews from its residents. Roger Berkowitz on federalism and the crisis of politics. From Vice, a look at how Cracked.com is full of lies. How beautiful is too beautiful? Studies suggest that physical perfection isn’t always advantageous. As Japan’s tsunami debris washes up on the BC coast, beachcombers consider the meaning of the refuse. The Princess and the Trolls: Camille Dodero on the heartrending legend of Adalia Rose, the most reviled six-year-old girl on the Internet.
Eyal Benvenisti (Tel Aviv) and Amichai Cohen (Ono): War is Governance: Explaining the Logic of the Laws of War from a Principal-Agent Perspective. Yael Ronen (HUJ): Treaties and Armed Conflict. Thomas Chadefaux (ETH Zurich): War as an Investment and Early Warning Signals for War in the News. Laia Balcells and Stathis N. Kalyvas (Yale): Does Warfare Matter? Severity, Duration, and Outcomes of Civil Wars. Eric Talbot Jensen (BYU): Future War, Future Law. Can dark tourism ever be a good thing? Ruth Stokes considers whether holidaying in war and disaster zones is ever justified. From Social Evolution Forum, is war creative? Peter Turchin investigates. Max Wind-Cowie on how dying in war is special. Harry van der Linden reviews Kant and the End of War: A Critique of Just War Theory by Howard Williams. Onward, secular soldiers, marching as to war.
Randy Barnett (Georgetown): Who Won the Obamacare Case (and Why Did so Many Law Professors Miss the Boat)? Josh Blackman (South Texas): Popular Constitutionalism and the Affordable Care Act. Jonathan H. Adler (CWRU): The Future of Health Care Reform Remains in Federal Court. Roger D. Congleton and Rinaldo Pietrantonio (WVU): The Electoral Politics of Complex Healthcare Systems. Louise Sheiner (FRB): Why the Geographic Variation in Health Care Spending Can't Tell Us Much about the Efficiency or Quality of Our Health Care System. From Time, a cover story on why medical bills are killing us. Jonathan Cohn on how technology is about to revolutionize health care — how far will automation go, and will doctors still be necessary? Douglas Holtz-Eakin and Avik Roy on the future of free-market healthcare. How to survive the ObamaCare Apocalypse: Conservative book publishing has a new favorite product — American Care Act survival guides.
From Anthropologies, a special issue on the neoliberalized, debt-plagued, low wage, corporatized university. Derek Thompson on why smart poor students don't apply to selective colleges (and how to fix it). Ronald C. Den Otter reviews Mismatch: How Affirmative Action Hurts Students It's Intended to Help, and Why Universities Won't Admit It by Richard Sander and Stuart Taylor Jr. Jenny Choi on why Wall Street beats public service and how to change that. Daniel B. Klein on the tribes that hire the PhDs. From Imprimis, Nathan Harden on Man, Sex, God, and Yale. From National Review, are frat brothers natural conservatives? For many, the Greek system may offer a respite from liberal academia. For conservatives, bad news from the campus. Jon F. Wilkins writes in defense of the independent academic lifestyle. From OUP, maybe academics aren’t so stupid after all.
From The Guardian, a series by Gordon Lynch on Emile Durkheim and religion, the very idea. Is there any point to attending an atheist church? It’s irrational to be religious: An excerpt from The World Until Yesterday by Jared Diamond. Foolishness: Stephen Bullivant on how nonbelievers challenge Christians to take faith seriously. From Eagle Forum, an interview with Rodney Stark on how religion benefits everyone, including atheists. Gary Gutting on the way of the agnostic: Even if it falls short of knowledge, religion can be an important source of understanding. Peter Berger on religion as an activity engaged in by consenting adults in private. David Conway on the “nones” and American liberty. What next for the atheist church? An interview with Sanderson Jones. Victor Stenger on why science and religion cannot be reconciled.
Barak Orbach (Arizona): How Antitrust Lost Its Goal. Jonathan B. Baker (American): Economics and Politics: Perspectives on the Goals and Future of Antitrust. Archaeology of revolutionary knowledge: Muhammad Idrees Ahmad: reviews Pankaj Mishra’s From the Ruins of Empire: The Intellectuals Who Remade Asia. Michael W. Clune on the quest for permanent novelty: Artists have created some of their most powerful works by exploring our yearning for ever-fresh sensation. Manfred McDowell reviews Hillbilly Nationalists, Urban Race Rebels, and Black Power: Community Organizing in Radical Times by Amy Sonnie and James Tracy. At least 35 small pyramids, along with graves, have been discovered clustered closely together at a site called Sedeinga in Sudan. Tom Engelhardt on the Pentagon as a global NRA: For Washington, there is no arms control abroad.
Edward Alden (CFR): Winning the Next Immigration Battle: Amnesty, Patrols, and the Future of U.S. Borders. George T. Diaz reviews Militarizing the Border: When Mexicans Became the Enemy by Miguel Antonio Levario. Michael Dear on his book Why Walls Won’t Work: Repairing the US-Mexico Divide. Peter Skerry on splitting the difference on illegal immigration. Dominique Bregent-Heald reviews Migrants and Migration in Modern North America: Cross-Border Lives, Labor Markets, and Politics. Do illegal immigrants actually hurt the U.S. economy? There’s no such thing as an illegal immigrant: The US has a well-functioning system of guest workers, whether or not it’s enshrined in law. A SPLC report suggests a federal guestworker program encourages employers to exploit workers and violate human and civil rights. Gavin O'Toole reviews Borderline Slavery: Mexico, United States, and the Human Trade.