Peter Vonich (AFA): Constitutional Corruption: The Aftermath of Citizens United v. FEC. Eoin Carolan (UCD): Making Government Work for the 99% (and the 47%)?: Why We Need to Rethink the Separation in the Separation of Powers. Kurt Thurber on how to fix the American political system. From Wonkblog, Ezra Klein interviews Steven Teles, author of Kludgeocracy: The American Way of Policy; why Congress can’t seem to get anything done: Dylan Matthews interviews George Tsebelis, author of Veto Players; and John Sides on why gerrymandering is not what’s wrong with American politics. Nate Cohn on why Obama is wrong: Gerrymandering isn't to blame for the GOP fever — the real culprit is much simpler. John Sides and Eric McGhee on how redistricting didn’t win Republicans the House. 50 states redrawn: Neil Freeman on electoral college reform (fifty states with equal population).
Mitsuharu Vincent Okada (Hawaii): The Plight of Ainu, Indigenous People of Japan. From World Affairs, Robert Park on North Korea’s overlooked atrocities; and Joel Brinkley on South Korea’s youth: Fearless or bored? Frenemies Forever: China and North Korea share a real bond — but for how long? The Pandora’s Box of sovereignty conflicts: Lionel Fatton on far-reaching regional consequences of Japan’s nationalization of the Senkakus. Powder keg in the Pacific: Will China-Japan-U.S. tensions in the Pacific ignite a conflict and sink the global economy? There is an opportunity to fill in the G-zero world with new structures not invented in Washington, but that will take leadership and foresight from Japan and Asia more broadly. Namrata Goswami and Jenee Sharon on time to bridge Sino-Indian border differences. James R. Holmes on the top 5 navies of the Indo-Pacific.
A new issue of The Humanist is out. P. S. Ruckman Jr. (Rock Valley): The Study of Mercy: What Political Scientists Know (and Don't Know) About the Pardon Power. From Commentary, Michael Gerson and Peter Wehner on how to save the Republican Party. Samantha Buchalter on tattoos as intellectual property: No laser removal without removal of legal protections. From NPR, a special series on Puerto Rico, a disenchanted island. From Newtopia, the Platonist on Sunset Blvd: Hiram K. Jones the Western Wonder. From LSE Review of Books, Susannah Wilcox reviews Land by Derek Hall. Can the human race survive? Robert de Neufville investigates. From Counterpunch, who will step up to defend the Constitution? Dave Lindorff on why Obama should be impeached. Dan Nosowitz on how kids are still drawing 1900s idea of what dinosaurs looked like.
From Foreign Affairs, an interview with General Stanley McChrystal on his memoir My Share of the Task. From Small Wars Journal, modern warfare is a thinking officer’s game: Jonathan A. Bodenhamer on why the U.S. military needs more leaders with technical educations; and Benjamin Kohlmann on intellectual curiosity and the military officer. This is your military on drugs: In today's armed forces, performance-enhancing drugs are as common (and legal) as combat boots. Navy Times has won an important ruling in its legal challenge to force U.S. Strategic Command to release investigative reports into an allegedly abusive Navy official. First came the flying saucers, and now another Air Force experiment has shed some light on a past space endeavor — except this time, it was to be at the expense of the moon. Airman Challenge gives you a chance to try your hand at U.S. Air Force missions in an interactive online game.
A new issue of Rhizomes is out. From Guernica, Marie-Helene Westgate interviews Melissa Febos on her dominatrix memoir, teaching sexuality in literature, and what it takes to make a great sex scene; waging war on sex workers: Zoe Schlanger interviews the journalist and former sex worker Melissa Gira Grant on what feminists get wrong about prostitution; and the training camp where Stasi once learned to catch secrets with sex is a now free-love commune, but even free love isn’t easy — meet a radical community’s jealous lovers. To Joe Scarborough and the whole team of anti-debt television personalities, calibrating out the ideal terms of debt reduction is like calibrating out how much to spend fighting Hitler. Are the Republicans beyond saving? Elizabeth Drew wants to know. A new King of Magazines emerges.
Peter Chow-White (Simon Fraser) and Sandy Green, Jr. (CSU-Northridge): Data Mining Difference in the Age of Big Data: Communication and the Social Shaping of Genome Technologies from 1998 to 2007. Barbara J. Evans (Houston): The First Amendment Right to Speak about the Human Genome. Jonathan Xavier Inda (Illinois): For Blacks Only: Pharmaceuticals, Genetics, and the Racial Politics of Life. What is bioinformatics? Mark Ragan explains. How many species had their genomes sequenced? Thanks to cheaper, faster sequencing, we can look at any genome. Could Obama’s genetic code be used against him? It’s time to stop obsessing about the dangers of genetic information: People are smarter and more resilient than ethics debates give them credit for. Can they patent your genes? Epigenetics: New research suggests that people's experiences, not just their genes, can affect the biological legacy of their offspring.
David W. Opderbeck (Seton Hall): The Problem with Neurolaw. Lisa Heinzerling (Georgetown): Undue Process at the FDA. From Britannica, Gregory McNamee on the geography of the supermarket. Does language shape thought? John McWhorter on the pernicious persistence of a linguistic theory. Mary Mycio on the world’s oldest pornography: It’s at least 3,000 years old, and it’s bi-curious. Ben Alpers on the three-fifths clause and the founding in contemporary public discourse. On February 7th, Mississippi officially became the last of the Civil War states to ratify the amendment abolishing slavery in the United States. Ezra Klein on the best reason to worry about the deficit. Adam D. Moore reviews Unpopular Privacy: What Must We Hide? by Anita Allen. Why aren’t more countries run by economists? Because everyone hates economists— economists are the worst.
F. H. Buckley (George Mason): American Exceptionalism. Is the United States just like other nations? Patriotism, to quote George Bernard Shaw, "is your conviction that this country is superior to all others because you were born in it"; the same may be said of American exceptionalism. James V. Schall on American un-exceptionalism. R. Ward Holder and Peter B. Josephson on American exceptionalism re-envisioned: Barack Obama’s Second Inaugural Address. Are Americans as special as Obama says? Alicia P.Q. Wittmeyer wonders. Wendy McElroy on the tension within American exceptionalism. Glenn Greenwald on the premises and purposes of American exceptionalism: That the US is objectively "the greatest country ever to exist" is as irrational as it is destructive, yet it maintains the status of orthodoxy. BioShock Infinite: American exceptionalism to get its day in court.
Donna M. Vandiver, Scott Bowman, and Armando Vega (Texas State): Music Piracy Among College Students: An Examination of Low Self-Control, Techniques of Neutralization, and Rational Choice. From nonsite, a special issue on music. Anti-Semitism in Western music: David Nirenberg reviews The Music Libel Against the Jews by Ruth HaCohen. Can the origins of music be studied at all? Craig Hayes reviews Black Sabbath and Philosophy: Mastering Reality. John Covach on taking pop music seriously. Matt Smith-Lahrman interviews Preston Lauterbach, author of The Chitlin’ Circuit and the Road to Rock ‘n’ Roll. Yesteryear's alt-rockers are growing old in exactly the same ways as the 1970s dinosaurs they once mocked — why that's not a bad thing. Research suggests our love of music and appreciation of musical harmony is learnt and not based on natural ability.