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.
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?