Elizabeth Dale (Florida): From Opera to Real Democracy: Popular Constitutionalism and Web 2.0. Helen Zerlina Margetts, Peter John, Scott A. Hale, and Stephane Reissfelder (Oxford): Leadership Without Leaders? Starters and Followers in Online Collective Action. Gema M. Garcia Albacete (UAM) and Yannis Theocharis, Will Lowe, and Jan W. Van Deth (Mannheim): Social Media Mobilisation as a Prompt for Offline Participation? Analysing Occupy Wall Street Twitterers’ Offline Engagement with the Movement. Sara El-Khalili (AUC): Social Media as a Government Propaganda Tool in Post-revolutionary Egypt. Tom Slee on Identity, Institutions, and Uprisings: There is a theoretical side to the “Facebook Revolution” debate about the role of digital technologies in the 2011 “Arab Spring” uprisings, and it boils down to two ways of looking at things: the micro and the macro.
Linda Greenhouse and Reva Siegel (Yale): Backlash to the Future? From Roe to Perry. From Harper’s, we need a shadow CBO: Jeff Madrick on the trouble with the Congressional Budget Office’s long-term budget projections. The military's Chicken Littles want you to think the sky is falling — don't believe them: America has never been safer. Mary and the Zombies: Is a purely physical, scientific account of subjective experience possible? How adulthood is like high school all over again: Michelle Van Loon on why Churches need to recognize the awkward teenager inside each of us. Of lawyers and salesmen: What's the difference between a vacuum cleaner salesman and a politician? Jerry Brito on the promise and the pitfalls of White House petitions. Daphne Liddle on the significance of Stalingrad: 19 November 1942 is the most important date in the world history of anti-fascist struggle and arguably the most important date in human history so far.
A new issue of InterActions is out. Victor Pitsoe and Moeketsi (South Africa): Foucault’s Discourse and Power: Implications for Instructionist Classroom Management. From Education Review, Rebecca Tarlau on Freire in theory and practice: A review essay on Paulo Freire: The Man from Recife by James Kirylo; Oded Gurantz reviews Finnish Lessons: What Can the World Learn From Educational Change In Finland? by Pasi Sahlberg; Kevin Currie-Knight reviews The American Model of State and School by Charles L. Glenn; and Stephanie Cawthon reviews Schooling in the Workplace: How Six of the World's Best Vocational Education Systems Prepare Young People for Jobs and Life by Nancy Hoffman. Felix Salmon on how to get people excited about education. Why do Eastern and Western kids learn differently? John Cheese on 5 pieces of advice every high school graduate should get.
Cass Sunstein (Harvard): Originalism V. Burkeanism: A Dialogue over Recess. From Aeon, the ecology of Pooh: Adults may feel exiled from the intensity and sweetness of childhood places — but perhaps there are surprising ways home; and they were mouldy, unread and long out of date — so why did Julian Baggini feel so bad about burning his Britannicas? Scott McLemee remembers Toussaint Louverture: The Story of the Only Successful Slave Revolt in History — A Play in Three Acts by C.L.R. James. Washington is not the wealthiest area in America: The press would have you believe it is, but the statistics tell a different story. The father of all men is 340,000 years old: We had thought that all men share a common male ancestor who lived within the last 140,000 years, but one African American man has broken the mould. Sarah Williams Goldhagen on the revolution at your community library: New media, new community centers.
Elizabeth L. Hillman (UC-Hastings): Outing the Costs of Civil Deference to the Military. Forgetting we’re at war: Wendy Christensen on the gap between U.S. civilians and the military. Fundamentalist forces: Rob Boston on a new report that highlights ongoing church-state problems in America's military. The frontlines of feminism: Is the end of the combat exclusion rule a win for all women? Wanted: PhDs who can win a bar fight — how to reform the Pentagon for “light footprint” interventions. Gabriella Blum on the new model Army: Tiny weapons that creep and crawl and think for themselves — this is our future. Military Moneyball: Everyone is applying the lessons from Michael Lewis's book — even U.S. forces. Ever wonder what a Navy SEAL has in his survival kit in case he finds himself stranded in enemy territory?
Francis Fukuyama (Stanford): What is Governance? (and responses) John Peters (Laurentian): The Remaking of Leviathan: The State and Public Sector Reform in Advanced Capitalist Countries. Timothy K. Kuhner (Georgia State): The Democracy to Which We are Entitled: Human Rights and the Problem of Money in Politics. Imer B. Flores (Georgetown): The Problem of Democracy in Contexts of Polarization. From the Journal of Public Deliberation, a special issue on the spread of participatory budgeting across the globe. Paul Brighton reviews Elite Statecraft and Election Administration: Bending the Rules of the Game? by Toby S. James. Ryan Rylee interviews Arend Lijphart, author of Patterns of Democracy: Government Forms and Performance in Thirty-Six Countries. Dennis Shen reviews Intelligent Governance for the 21st Century by Nicolas Berggruen and Nathan Gardels.
From The Huffington Post, Michael Calderone on The American Conservative, the Right's most unorthodox magazine. Nicholas Adams on why theologians hate Hegel. From Roar, the revolutionary is dead; long live the revolution! Jerome Roos on Hugo Chavez. The Eternal Comandante: Jens Gluesing and Mathieu von Rohr on Hugo Chavez's complicated legacy. Bob Woodward's recent flap reveals a grotesquely swollen ego fed by 40 years of hero worship; Max Holland asks, why is this man an American icon? From Ethnography.com, Tony Waters and Razib Khan debate Max Weber, Cavalli-Sforza, ethnicity, and population genetics. From Lifehacker, Alan Henry on how to avoid sounding like an idiot when discussing politics. Shocker: Civil rights agency did not discriminate against conservatives, whites.
From First Things, Hans Boersma reviews What Is Marriage? Man and Woman: A Defense by Sherif Girgis, Ryan T. Anderson, and Robert P. George. Why does my kid freak out? Melinda Wenner Moyer on the totally legitimate reasons your animal child just threw spaghetti in your face. The New Dad Mag: Here's to the dads who never miss a playdate and always roll their jeans just so. Thou Shall Have More Kids: Jen Pollock Michel writes in defense of bigger families and smaller budgets. Why are our kids useless? Because we're smart. Clancy Martin on weird parents, normal children: Does looking to the past help us become better parents? Don't call Him “Mr. Mom”: Quit patronizing — it's OK for dads to be dads. Volcanic feelings of love and hate are part of being a parent: it's dangerous to pretend otherwise. Kenny Luck on the recipe for Godly male leadership in the family.
From Prospect, who are the world’s top thinkers? Joshua Green on why big banks are right to fear Elizabeth Warren. From The Weekly Standard, Michael S. Doran reviews Tested by Zion: The Bush Administration and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict by Elliott Abrams. Aaron David Miller on Israel's demographic destiny: Israel can be Jewish, democratic, or a state in control of the Palestinian territories — choose two. Greenland gives power back to former ruling party. A pope for all Christians: Why believers of all stripes should care about the new head of the Catholic Church. From The Umlaut, Paul Krugman is brilliant, but is he meta-rational? Joshua Keating on the cult of Krugman. From UN Dispatch, Nicholas Slayton on 4 things Rand Paul missed in his drone filibuster. From Vice, what do hate groups think of Jennifer Lawrence? Jamie Lee Curtis Taete investigates.
Francine J. Lipman (UNLV): Access to Tax InJustice. Anne Alstott (Yale): Updating the Welfare State: Marriage, the Income Tax, and Social Security in the Age of the New Individualism. Kimberly J. Morgan (GWU): America's Misguided Approach to Social Welfare: How the Country Could Get More for Less. Michael Tanner (Cato): The American Welfare State: How We Spend Nearly $1 Trillion a Year Fighting Poverty — and Fail. Stay afraid: Jacob G. Hornberger on how fear sustains the welfare state. Ed Morrissey on why Republicans should defend the welfare state. From National Affairs, Robert Rector and Jennifer A. Marshall on the unfinished work of welfare reform. From New Politics, whatever happened to welfare? Betty Reid Mandell wonders. When public is better: Robert Kuttner on how the problem is not too much government, but too passive a government.