Vanessa MacDonnell (Ottawa): The Constitution as Framework for Governance. Joseph Blocher (Duke): Selling State Borders. Ian Kivelin Davis (Illinois): Political and Economic Regulation of North American Public Spheres: Institutional Reception of Al Jazeera in Canada and the United States. Alexander Tallchief Skibine (Utah): Hot Pursuit into Indian Country: What Are the Limits? Andrew Epstein interviews Frederick E. Hoxie, author of This Indian Country: American Indian Activists and the Place They Made. Welcome to Blockadia: The corporate push to construct tar-sands pipelines is transforming the environmental movement across North America by increasing the involvement of local residents and normalizing the use of direct action. Spending like there's no tomorrow: Why don’t Canadians save more of their resource wealth?
From Ethics and Global Politics, a special issue on prospects and challenges for teacher education in the age of globalization from a cosmopolitan perspective. The nudgy state: Joshua E. Keating on how five governments are using behavioral economics to encourage citizens to do the right thing. The five personality traits considered universal to all humans may not be so universal after all, according to a study of an isolated indigenous group in Bolivia. A look at how ethnic inequality is associated with lower GDP per capita, worse living conditions, and lower levels of education. From the Wilson Quarterly, why wait for democracy? Larry Diamond on how, one after another, arguments that non-Western countries are not “ready” for democracy have been upended by experience (and more). Egalitarian planet: Hank Pellissier on six proposals to elevate society by reducing disparity.
Keith Banting and Will Kymlicka (Queen’s): Is There Really a Retreat From Multiculturalism Policies? New Evidence from the Multiculturalism Policy Index. From the Washingtonian, Jeffrey Goldberg may be the most influential US journalist writing on Israel and the broader Middle East, but his hotheaded attempts to referee the debate have made him the most polarizing journalist in town — who died and made him Moses? Rod Cooper Richard A. Epstein, and Stephen Haber on how the patent troll gets a bad rap — guarding and managing intellectual property helps everyone. What, if anything, is wrong with surveillance, and why value privacy? Tom Sorrell answers these questions in conversation with Nigel Warburton. From Know Your Meme, a post on Meme Elitism. A new report funded by the Russell Sage Foundation offers an unprecedented analysis of the Occupy Wall Street movement.
Francisco A. Delgado and Diego C. Cueto (ESAN): The Shamans of Wall Street: A Real Conundrum in Finance: Why Systematically Poor Performing Asset Managers Survive? From National Affairs, Eric Posner and E. Glen Weyl are against casino finance. Andrew G Haldane on how too-big-to-fail is far from gone despite years of reform efforts. Will banks finally be brought to heel? John Quiggin wants to know. Why isn't Wall Street in jail? Financial crooks brought down the world's economy — but the feds are doing more to protect them than to prosecute them. Why bankers don't go to jail: Bill Moyers interviews Matt Taibbi. Is Wall Street profiting from political insider information? The trouble with Wall Street: Michael Lewis reviews Why I Left Goldman Sachs: A Wall Street Story by Greg Smith. Chris Arnade on the real and simple equation that killed Wall Street.
Nabamita Dutta (Wisconsin) and Sanjukta Roy (World Bank): The Changing Face of Culture: Gauging the Impact of a Free Media. W. Kuan Hon and Christopher Millard (Queen Mary): Cloud Computing vs. Traditional Outsourcing: Key Differences. From The Public Domain Review, Richard Lines on the erotic dreams of Emanuel Swedenborg. The Islamist party of the Jihad Organization and Jama'a al-Islamiya has said the ways of dealing with banditry specified in the Quran must be applied to Black Bloc members, which means they must be killed. From Semionaut, Kourosh Newman-Zand on modern Orientalism. Greg Beato on how graffiti empowers big government: While advocates present graffiti as a liberating force, graffiti has also given local governments a pretext to expand their coercive powers. Dorion Sagan on the first ejaculation in Earth’s history.
Roland Boer (Newcastle): Towards an Akairological Politics: Rereading Negri on the Biblical Book of Job. Nyhamar de Oliveira (PUCRS): Heidegger, Reification and Formal Indication. Alan D. Schrift reviews The Adventure of French Philosophy by Alain Badiou. Hollis Phelps on his book Alain Badiou: Between Theology and Anti-theology. Rijad Custovic review Badiou's Deleuze by Jon Roffe. Nathan Jun reviews Returning to Revolution: Deleuze, Guattari and Zapatismo by Thomas Nail. Slavoj Zizek, a philosopher to sing about: The Slovenian thinker, who provokes both right and left with his discourses on society and humanity, is now an inspiration for four new operas. Ke$sha meets Zizek in the GIF Tumblr you never knew you needed. You can download Profiles in Contemporary Social Theory, ed. Anthony Elliott and Bryan S. Turner (2001).
A new issue of Terrain.org is out. Robert R. M. Verchick (Loyola): Disaster Justice: The Geography of Human Capability. The man who killed Osama bin Laden is screwed: For the first time, the Navy SEAL who killed Osama bin Laden tells his story — speaking not just about the raid and the three shots that changed history, but about the personal aftermath for himself and his family. Is “birth control sabotage” illegal? C. Christopher Smith reviews Not Your Mother’s Morals: How the New Sincerity is Changing Pop Culture for the Better by Jonathan Fitzgerald. “The rich guy is hiring lawyers to take something away from the poor guy in order that the rich guy can carry on spreading his message of how the govt should not be permitting the kind of control such that the rich guy can hire lawyers in order to take something away from the poor guy. Which is practically zen”.
From Zocalo, was it inevitable that human beings came to exist on Earth? We could prove this definitively if we were to meet space aliens who looked just like us, with a fossil record just like ours, says Neil Shubin. From Skeptic, Michael K. Gainer on the physics of UFOs: How realistic is it for spacecraft to travel interstellar distances to Earth? (and more). Who should extraterrestrials speak to? Alternately, if Earthlings were space bound and found a pre-spaceflight civilization, who should talk to them? Crazy far — to the stars, that is; will we ever get crazy enough to go? Internet visionary Esther Dyson is ready for liftoff. Frank White on the time for a world space policy. Sky mining: Robin McKie on how exploiting off-Earth resources could pave the way for human exploration of the Solar System. Dan Allosso on the history of our place in the universe.
From CRB, Robert Royal on Vatican II at 50. Michael Frassetto reviews The War on Heresy by R.I. Moore. James Gaston on Catholic culture: What is it and why should we care about it? John Flynn reviews Married Priests? Thirty Crucial Questions about Celibacy. From Crisis, James Kalb on how we ignore sex at our peril. Mike Fenn on Wikipedia for the Weird: List of Sexually Active Popes. From Journalist’s Resource, an entry on Pope Benedict XVI and the Roman Catholic Church: Research and background data. Church in crisis: Pope Benedict polarized more than unified. Ex-Benedict: Will he still be infallible, will he get a pension? All your papal questions, answered. Catholic Left looks for an opening with a new pope. In American politics, the Vatican looms smaller now, but it still looms. A pope retires for first time in 6 centuries, Internet has field day.