Tamara Belinfanti (NYSL): Beyond Economics: Behavioral Dynamics in Pay for Performance. Clare McGlynn (Durham): John Stuart Mill on Prostitution: Radical Sentiments, Liberal Proscriptions. Geoffrey Baym (UNC-Greensboro): Political Media as Discursive Modes: A Comparative Analysis of Interviews with Ron Paul from Meet the Press, Tonight, The Daily Show, and Hannity. From n+1, methoxetamine, methiopropamine, ethylphenidate, etizolam, benzofuran, camfetamine, pentedrone — who can keep up? The merchants can give you the best customer service in the world, but the one thing they can’t do is explain the effect of these drugs and how much you might want to swallow. A word comes opportunely into play: Words are weapons — and they often tell us remarkably little about the underlying ideas.
Muhammad Haniff Hassan (NTU): War, Peace or Neutrality: An Overview of Islamic Polity’s Basis of Inter-state Relations. From New Left Project, Ronen Palan on the New Dependency Theory. Teaching about the end of the world: Victor Asal, Justin Conrad, Steve Sin, and Paul G. Harwood on the challenges of teaching about the impact of nuclear weapons on international relations to students who were born after the cold war. The rule of more: Philip Stephens reviews The Great Convergence: Asia, the West, and the Logic of One World by Kishore Mahbubani (and more), The End of Power: From Boardrooms to Battlefields and Churches to States, Why Being In Charge Isn’t What It Used to Be by Moises Naim, and Intelligent Governance for the 21st Century: A Middle Way Between West and East by Nicolas Berggruen and Nathan Gardels. Brett Daniel Shehadey on going beyond a human framework of international relations.
Nick Bostrom (Oxford): Existential Risk Prevention as Global Priority. Sarudzayi M. Matambanadzo (Tulane): The Body, Incorporated. Ramaa Vasudevan (Colorado State): “Libor”ing Under the Market Illusion. Identical twins William and Chris Cormier weathered lives of transience, financial woe, and run-ins with the law by relying on their preternatural bond — but when the body of Florida journalist Sean Dugas was found buried in their Winder backyard, that bond was seemingly broken. Dennis C. Rizzon reviews The Scientific Sherlock Holmes: Cracking the Case with Science and Forensics by James O'Brien. Poor crackers over at Stormfront reduced to lowly pledge drive/mommyblogging in effort to keep hate alive. Justin Nobel on the true story of history's only known meteorite victim: Ann Hodges was hit by a meteorite in her Alabama home in 1954.
Shannon Weber (UCSB): What’s Wrong with Be(com)ing Queer? Biological Determinism as Discursive Queer Hegemony. Sarah Radtke (Ryerson) and Maryanne L. Fisher (Saint Mary’s): An Examination of Evolutionary Themes in 1950s - 1960s Lesbian Pulp Fiction. From The Advocate, Matthew Breen on the gayest cities in America, 2013. Victor Minichiello reviews Touching Encounters: Sex, Work, and Male-for-Male Internet Escorting by Kevin Walby. Do today’s gays have it too easy? Twenty years ago, gays were united and politicized by AIDS — the new gay generation barely remembers it. Michael Abernethy reviews Pray the Gay Away: The Extraordinary Lives of Bible Belt Gays by Bernadette C. Barton. Hollywood can't handle gay sex: Tinseltown supports LGBT rights everywhere but the big screen. Andrew Sullivan on how we’re slowly getting a sense of how many TGBQLX people there are in America — i.e. how many homosexuals, lesbians and transgenders there are in the population.
Benjamin Selwyn (Sussex): Karl Marx, Class Struggle and Labour-Centred Development. Bhaskar Sunkara on why the ideas of Karl Marx are more relevant than ever in the 21st century. Lenin vs "Leninism": Sandra Bloodworth attacks the persistent myths and misconceptions about “Leninism” with an examination of Lenin's writings and activities as he struggled to build a revolutionary party. From Roar, what role for revolutionary theory and practice? Matan Kaminer takes Jerome Roos to task for resurrecting obsolete prejudices. In defence of permanent revolution: Dominic Alexander reviews How Revolutionary Were the Bourgeois Revolutions? by Neil Davidson. Paul Buhle on Marxism today: What could Marxism look like, in only a few years, amid occupations, the global struggle for an end to wars and toward a radical democratization and ecologically sustainable economy?
A new issue of Electronic Green Journal is out. Fred Magdoff (Vermont): Global Resource Depletion: Is Population the Problem? John Copeland (Notre Dame): Good Pollution. Raghav Gaiha (Delhi), Kenneth Hill (Harvard), Ganesh Thapa, and Varsha S. Kulkarni (Indiana): Have Natural Disasters Become Deadlier? From the new online magazine Ensia, are migrations going extinct? Jeremy Leon Hance on saving nature’s greatest spectacle. Russell Baker reviews Nature Wars: The Incredible Story of How Wildlife Comebacks Turned Backyards into Battlegrounds by Jim Sterba. Some scientists think that James Lovelock's Gaia theory is nuts, but the public love it — could both sides be right? Peter Blair reviews How to Think Seriously About the Planet: The Case for an Environmental Conservatism by Roger Scruton (and more and more and more).
The inaugural issue of the Journal of Law and Courts is free online. Linda S. Mullenix (Texas): Carnival Cruise Lines, Inc. v. Shute: The Titantic of Worst Supreme Court Decisions. Sonja West (Georgia): The Monster in the Courtroom. Timothy Zick (William and Mary): The Cosmopolitan First Amendment: Protecting Transborder Expressive and Religious Liberties. Jeremy Rabkin reviews America's Unwritten Constitution: The Precedents and Principles We Live By by Akhil Reed Amar. Obama is wrapping himself in the Constitution, finally: Republicans thought they had a monopoly on Constitutional originalism — not anymore. Kevin Gutzman reviews Framed: America’s 51 Constitutions and the Crisis of Governance by Sanford Levinson. Anthony M. Kennedy on the Constitution and its promise. Andrew Munro on 5 staples of the legal system that statistics say don't work.
Elizabeth F. Emens (Columbia): Compulsory Sexuality. From The Believer, leaving the witness: A young Jehovah’s Witness travels to China and finds her own religious freedom; and reincarnation in exile: What happens when a monastic system is forced, after eight hundred years, to encounter the temptations of the twenty-first century? Exploiting Reader’s Digest’s iconic brand is the latest strategy for its private equity owners, who put the 91-year-old publisher into bankruptcy to shed $465 million in debt as consumers shift to electronic media. Recently, a printing house refused to print a novel set to be published by Tyrant Books because they found it “obscene”, which seems extremely lame — there are still such things as obscene books? Watching people with absolute self-confidence embarrass themselves is entertaining — and cruel.
Heoma Gladys Worlu (Port Harcourt): Female Genital Mutilation and Widowhood Practice: Strategy for Social Control. Faraha Nawaz (Flinders): Global Gender Justice in 21st Century: Lessons and the Way Forward. Marissa Dean and Karen Laidler (Hong Kong): A New Girl in Town: Exploring Girlhood Identities Through Facebook. Nicole Shephard reviews The Becoming of Bodies: Girls, Images, Experience by Rebecca Coleman. Miriam David's reflections on her career as a scholar and feminist inspired her to interview a range of female academics about their paths to the getting of wisdom — and the pivotal role feminism has played in their lives. Stephanie Coontz on why gender equality stalled. Feminism fizzles: Where is Betty Friedan when we need her? The “bitch” was onto something: Andi Zeisler on a re-reading of Betty Friedan’s The Feminine Mystique (and more).
Ian Ramsay (Melbourne): SSRN and Law Journals: Rivals or Allies? Pavlos Eleftheriadis (Oxford): Global Rights and the Sanctity of Life. From Modern Times, Wayne Schutsky on the myth of American political freedom. A genetic code for genius: In China, a research project aims to find the roots of intelligence in our DNA; searching for the supersmart. Continuity at the top: Popes, presidents, CEOs and prime ministers — which organization has had the least turnover in leadership? Ezra Klein on 10 great points from David Leonhardt’s Here’s the Deal. Ta-Nehisi Coates interviews Harold Pollack, a man who helped make the misuse of firearms a public health issue, on the social trends driving American gangs and gun violence. Alan Johnson reviews Jewishness and the Critique of Zionism by Judith Butler. Meet Chesty, the puppy who will become the next Marine Corps mascot.