From The Atlantic, Peter Osnos on the enduring myth of the “free” Internet: We somehow have come to believe that information is free, but people with Internet access pay substantial sums to get it — sums many can't afford. Massimo Pigliucci on how information doesn’t want to be free. Michael V. Copeland on why the Internet needs a Plan B. Stop pretending cyberspace exists: Treating the Internet as a mythical country makes us dumber. Is smart making us dumb? A revolution in technology is allowing previously inanimate objects — from cars to trash cans to teapots — to talk back to us and even guide our behavior; but how much control are we willing to give up? The Quantified Man: Klint Finley on how an obsolete tech guy rebuilt himself for the future. Mark Hurst on the Google Glass feature no one is talking about. Goodbye MSN, messenger of the nineties: you completed me.
A new issue of Latin American Review of Books is out. From Americas, a special issue on the best and worst practices in natural resource extraction in Latin America. Would Marx be an extractivist? In Latin America strategies are still being advanced focused on mining, hydrocarbons and monoculture, despite the fact that this means repeating the role of suppliers of raw materials and of civic resistance (and more). Rainbow coalition: A gay rights revolution is sweeping across the Americas — it's time for Washington to catch up. Whose free press? Latin American presidents have attempted to regulate by law the content of media owned and controlled by a very few private individuals, and to reduce the concentration of that ownership. The Latin American exception: Greg Grandin on how a Washington global torture gulag was turned into the only gulag-free zone on Earth. You can download Latin American Critical Thought: Theory and Practice.
Pelin Kesebir (Colorado) et al.: Ideological Consistency across the Political Spectrum: Liberals are More Consistent but Conservatives Become More Consistent When Coping with Existential Threat. Mark J. Brandt (Tilburg), Christine Reyna (DePaul), John R. Chambers (Florida), Jarret Crawford (CNJ), and Geoffrey Wetherell (DePaul): The Ideological-Congruence Hypothesis: Intolerance Among Both Liberals and Conservatives. Why the Left is sometimes Right: Fergus Downie examines the crossovers between supposed ideological enemies. The stereotype of aged conservatives and liberal youth is wrong — it's the president you grow up with who affects your voting for life. Liberals like what’s new, also in the supermarket: An interview with Vishal Singh of NYU. Lee Harris on how a cause is to politics what fanaticism is to religion — a plague to be avoided at all costs.
Luke McDonagh (LSE): Copyright, Contract and Consequences. From First Things, Gilles Bernheim on homosexual marriage, parenting, and adoption: The Chief Rabbi of France says what we often forget to say; and David Bentley Hart on is, ought, and nature’s laws. Tempted to read just one more email before you sleep? Don't. Ross Douthat and the young Marx: Evan Burger on why Marx loved work — and we should, too (and a response). From Guernica, Matthew Cunningham-Cook interviews Patricia Williams on dissent, privatization, and the future of racial equity; and Katherine Dykstra interviews Emily Bazelon on the evolution of Internet bullying, resilience of underdogs, and the promise of today’s teens. The Napoleon Chagnon Wars flare up again in anthropology. Marc Ambinder on the 5 secret code words that define our era.
Jeanet Sinding Bentzen (Copenhagen): Origins of Religiousness: The Role of Natural Disasters. Elizabeth Shuler (Wyoming): A Balancing Act: A Discussion of Gender Roles Within Wiccan Ritual. Even in this globalized, secular age, the religion you belong to still has major effects on how likely you are to have taken a turn in bed before marriage. Are religious people more charitable, generous, and altruistic than atheists? Anything but a saint: Researchers dispell the myth of altruism and generosity surrounding Mother Teresa. Lucille Cormier reviews Breaking Their Will: Shedding Light on Religious Child Maltreatment by Janet Heimlich. In Iran and the USA, the “religious person” has a similar personality. Brian R. Clack reviews Contemplating Religious Forms of Life: Wittgenstein and D. Z. Phillips by Mikel Burley.
David Pozen (Columbia): The Leaky Leviathan: Why the Government Condemns and Condones Unlawful Disclosures of Information. From the new blog The High Horse: A Blog about Think Tanks Ethics and Governance, Marie Gryphon Newhouse interviews Thomas Carothers on balancing research with engagement in Washington, DC. From Think Tank Watch, a look at the Best New Think Tanks established in the past 24 months; and a list of Think Tank Power Couples. Heath Brown interviews Daniel McCool, editor of The Most Fundamental Right: Contrasting Perspectives on the Voting Rights Act. Maria Richardson Gonzalez-Arechiga interviews William Deresiewicz, recipient of the Nona A. Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing. Brian R. Gumm on the political eschatology of Les Miserables. How much more does taking the subway cost today? Brent Cox investigates.
The inaugural issue of Stability journal is out, including Roger Mac Ginty (Manchester): Against Stabilization; Nat J. Colletta (New College): Interim Stabilisation in Fragile Security Situations; Alexandra Trzeciak-Duval and Erwin van Veen (OECD): Globalisation with a Twist: Stability, Volatility and Fragility All in One. Seth Kaplan on what the OECD does not understand about fragile states. From Peace Policy, Ernesto Verdeja on identifying and stopping genocide. When it comes to R2P are the institutions designed some 60 years ago still the best way to represent the “international community”? Adrian Franco reviews The Emergence of Humanitarian Intervention: Concepts and Practices in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries. Europe may be the last superpower (don’t laugh!): They probably aren’t the best choice for the world’s policeman, but they may be the only one we’ve got (and more).
Hans Van Kippersluis (EUR) and Titus J. Galama (RAND): Why the Rich Drink More But Smoke Less: The Impact of Wealth on Health. From Metanexus, the four dimensions in the Great Matrix of Being give us four ways of measuring reality — by time, by scale, by energy density flow, and by thresholds of emergent complexity; all phenomena can be located within this Matrix. Against political imagination: Kiel Brennan-Marquez on how there is intellectual life after Rorty, and it is not just listless afterlife (and more). The man behind the column: An interview with David Brooks. Kathryn Jean Lopez interviews James V. Schall on the pope, friendship, and why we still need Plato. Frank Jacobs on one of cartography’s most persistent myths: mapmakers of yore, frustrated by the world beyond their ken, marked the blank spaces on their maps with the legend Here be monsters.
Jerry Z. Muller (CUA): Capitalism and Inequality: What the Right and the Left Get Wrong. Leslie Garvey reviews The Rich Don't Always Win: The Forgotten Triumph over Plutocracy that Created the American Middle Class 1900-1970 by Sam Pizzigati. USA, USA!: America now has less class mobility than most of Europe. Joseph Stiglitz on equal opportunity, our national myth (and more). Taxing away inequality: Emmanuel Saez and David Grusky discuss income inequality, taxation, and rent-seeking. Dylan Matthews on how the ultra-rich are pulling away from the “merely” rich. Want to tackle income inequality? You need to go after capital gains. Richard Epstein writes in praise of income inequality: You cannot make the poor richer by making the rich poorer. From Capitalism magazine, thank the 1%: Instead of taxing the 1% more, we should thank them. John Tamny on the life enhancing, unrelenting brilliance of income inequality.
Dorothy E. Roberts (Penn): Prison, Foster Care, and the Systemic Punishment of Black Mothers. Tiger moms versus helicopter: Jane Shilling on the multimillion-pound industry devoted to telling you how to raise your child. An excerpt from Why Have Kids? A New Mom Explores the Truth About Parenting and Happiness by Jessica Valenti. Pamela Gwyn Kripke on why it’s better to be raised by a single mom. Passionate mothering and its discontents: Julie Stephens reviews Women Who Opt Out: The Debate Over Working Mothers and Work-Family Balance and The Demands of Motherhood: Agents, Roles and Recognition by Lisa Smyth. Whatever your mom ate, you like: Children’s food preferences start before birth. The Mommy Worry Wars: Anxiety doesn’t make it harder to get pregnant or have a healthy baby. Mary McCarthy on top ten reasons she hates mommybloggers: The term is condescending, dismissive, and oh-so-Internet-five-minutes ago.