Abdulla Galadari (MIT): World University: Bringing Higher Education Closer to Humanity. From china.org, ranking of rich alumni triggers debate: The compiler of a controversial list of rich alumni said the ranking helps promote entrepreneurial education at universities. Michele Lamont and Anna Sun on how China's elite universities will have to change. A new Russian technical university has high aspirations. On Her Majesty's scholarly service: For centuries Regius chairs were the gift of kings, tools of statecraft and the preserve of ancient universities — but that has changed, most recently with the addition of 12 new professorships, as Richard J. Evans relates. From Roar, Thomas Friedman may praise the emancipatory potential of online university courses, but are they really capable of producing more than docile workers?
Daniel Kuchler (SUNY-Albany): The Grammar of Republican Political Theory: A Critical Discussion of Arendt and Habermas. David Dyzenhaus (Toronto): Freedom Under an Order of Public Law: From Hobbes Through Hayek to Republicanism. Eoin Carolan (UCD): Recovering the Republic? Democratic Representation and the Theory of Mixed Government. Liberty before liberalism and all that: Quentin Skinner is a deep-fried political historian who thinks all the time about the philosophy and history of liberty from Ancient Roman times through to the present. Mark Fisher reviews Machiavelli, Hobbes, and Rousseau by John Plamenatz. Taking back the economy: Philip Pettit on the market as a Res Publica. A North Star for hard times: The key principle of civic republicanism is to minimise domination wherever it is found; the Zapatero governments in Spain showed how this idea can shape the policies of nation states.
From Americana, a special issue on Multidisciplinary Approaches to American Literature, Philosophy, and Art, including Marius Jucan (Babes-Bolyai): Susan Sontag: Experiencing Radicalism as Authenticity; and Gabriel C. Gherasim (Babes-Bolyai): Looking Back for the Future: President Harrison and the Backlash of Idealism in American Politics. From The Spark, an article on the crisis of the capitalist economy. From Transhumanity, David A. Kekich on the most important person in the world (will be whoever donates $5 billion to cure aging); and Hank Pellissier on this list of 30 billionaires: Which one will end aging and death? Japan's whaling industry is "dead in the water" and cannot survive without huge taxpayer subsidies, according to a study. Conservative causes go global: In promoting global causes, conservative and liberal NGOs can find strange bedfellows.
From the Fletcher Forum, a special issue on challenges to American foreign policy in the second Obama administration; and Amitai Etzioni (GWU): The Devolution of American Power. From Foreign Affairs, lean forward: Stephen G. Brooks, G. John Ikenberry, and William C. Wohlforth write in defense of American engagement; and pull back: Barry Posen on the case for a less activist foreign policy. From Asia Sentinel, Khanh Vu Duc on the state of America's foreign affairs. As we draw closer to the withdrawal in Afghanistan promised at the close of 2014, a look back at America's longest war. Hillary Clinton vowed to make women’s rights a cornerstone of US foreign policy — how did she do? Some inconvenient truths: Stephen M. Walt on the top five truths you won't hear any U.S. official admit. Curt Jones on anti-Americanism: Who's to blame?
A new issue of Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Studies is out. Renee Lettow Lerner (GWU): Thomas Nast's Crusading Legal Cartoons. From the Web Journal of Current Legal Issues, Elizabeth Spelman on the legality of the Israeli naval blockade of the Gaza Strip. Justin Dowdal interviews Robert McChesney, cofounder of the media reform network Free Press (with John Nichols of The Nation). Simon Johnson on the political importance of Elizabeth Warren. Suzanne Muchnic reviews Painted Bodies: African Body Painting, Tattoos and Scarification by Carol Beckwith. Stuart Elden reviews Kant: Natural Science. Ascension Island is a remote, volcanic island that Darwin, Hooker, and the Royal Navy shaped into a thriving, artificial ecosystem. Mark Weisbrot on Japan's fiscal stimulus: Yes, there is such a thing as a free lunch. Washington man forced to visit Baltimore, survives.
From Life’s Little Mysteries, why haven't all primates evolved into humans? Human awareness of our own minds and others' is unlike that of any other animal — but why did consciousness evolve? Amid speculation over a Jurassic Park-like return, the question remains: Why did Neanderthals vanish in the first place? Aztec conquest altered genetics among early Mexico inhabitants, new DNA study shows. What has allowed humans to thrive? E.O. Wilson on the riddle of the human species. Austin Considine on how determinism and its enemies are still waging war over the soul of science. Marlene Zuk on misguided nostalgia for our paleo pasts: We may not feel particularly well-suited to our age, but evolutionary science suggests it's time to get our heads out of our caves. Brandon Keim on the surprising ways humans continue to evolve. Chip Walter on how the human race will come to an end — what's next?
Thomas M. Poole (LSE): Reason of State: Whose Reason? Which Reason? Alexander Radygin and Revold Entov (Gaidar Institute): Failures of the State: Theory and Policy. Bruce Cahan reviews Owning Our Future: The Emerging Ownership Revolution by Marjorie Kelly. From Counterpunch, an interview with Marshall Sahlins on his resignation from the National Academy of Sciences after the election of Napoleon Chagnon to the NAS (and more from Survival International). Did Democrats get lucky in the Electoral College? Nate Silver on how the tendency of Democrats to cluster in urban areas has harmed them in the House of Representatives, but not in the Electoral College. From BPS Research Digest, was Proust really a neuroscientist? Philip Ball on the curse of cursive. Jeff Spross on how the debt everyone is freaking out about does not exist.
Bojan Bugaric (Ljubljana): Europe Against the Left? On Legal Limits to Progressive Politics. Alexandre Afonso (King’s College) and Ioannis Papadopoulos (Lausanne): Right-Wing Populism, Party Polarisation and Welfare State Reforms in Switzerland (1994-2010). Daniel Strand on the iron pipe of Swedish neo-fascism. Italian lessons: Baskar Sunkara reviews The Tailor of Ulm: Communism in the Twentieth Century by Lucio Magri. From TLS, do countries have a DNA? George Walden reviews L’Ame des nations by Alain Minc. Mohammed Haddad and Ben Piven on the rise of Europe's far-right voices. Massimo Mangilli-Climpson reviews The Fascist Party and Popular Opinion in Mussolini’s Italy by Paul Corner. Here is the text of a European Antifascist Manifesto. Meet the nihilist-anarchist network bringing chaos to a town near you.
Jessica Dixon Weaver (SMU): Grandma in the White House: Legal Support for Intergenerational Caregiving. Beth Burkstrand-Reid (Nebraska): Dirty Harry Meets Dirty Diapers: Masculinities, At-Home Fathers, and Making the Law Work for Families. Rosemarie Tong reviews Why Have Children? by Christine Overall. Do two-parent families help children get ahead in life? The surprising answer: not everywhere. Lenore Skenazy argues that when it comes to children, we have gone too far in the pursuit of safety at all costs. Almost all parents fall woefully short of their lofty child-rearing goals in some way or another; it's not ideal — but sometimes, it's okay. What do grown children owe the mothers and fathers who made their childhood a living hell? DINKs, DILDOs, and other readers respond to Joel Kotkin and Harry Siegel’s Newsweek story about America’s declining birthrate and offer their reasons for remaining child-free. Charlotte Witt on baby boxes and the right to know our origins.