A new issue of Air and Space Power Journal is out. Luis Paulo Bogliolo (LSE): Rethinking Military Necessity in the Law of Armed Conflict. Iver Gabrielsen (King’s College): Why Did Violence Decline During the US “Surge” in Iraq? The guerrilla myth: Unconventional wars are our most pressing national security concern — they're also the most ancient form of war in the world; Max Boot on the lessons of insurgency we seem unable to learn (and more from Foreign Affairs). Justin Green reviews Max Boot's Invisible Armies: An Epic History of Guerrilla Warfare from Ancient Times to the Present. Is war civilized? Daniel A. Vell reviews The Verdict of Battle: The Law of Victory and the Making of Modern War by James Q. Whitman. Dylan Matthews on everything you need to know about the drone debate, in one FAQ. Tal Tovy reviews Arc of Empire: America's Wars in Asia from the Philippines to Vietnam by Michael H. Hunt and Steve Levine.
From The Nation, a new pope — African, Latin American, woman, nice guy — will change nothing: If the Catholic Church is to change, the first thing that needs to happen is no pope, and certainly not an infallible one. The liberals against affirmative action: With most cases before the Supreme Court, liberals would contemplate a 5-to-4 decision with dread — but the affirmative action case comes with a fascinating wrinkle. One year later, LRA leader Joseph Kony is still at large — but the controversial viral video has changed America’s relationship to the International Criminal Court. Paul Krugman says progressives worry too much about being respectable. It ain’t necessarily so: Justin Schwartz on the misuse of “human nature”' in law and social policy and bankruptcy of the “nature-nurture” debate. Joshua Keating introduces FP's new blog, War of Ideas.
From National Affairs, can the American Dream be saved? Stuart M. Butler wants to know. A dying civilization: Morris Berman on how the American Way of Life has no moral center. Here's what you should know about wealth inequality: It's worse than Americans want it to be, much worse than they think it is, and it's increased over the last few decades. From Wonkblog, is slow growth America’s new normal? Jim Tankersley wonders, and Ezra Klein on a few reasons to be optimistic about the U.S. economy. Michael J. Hurd on the case for optimism about America. Victor Davis Hanson on America's bright future. The state of America’s well-being: A valuable measurement tool called American Human Development Index (AHDI) sheds light on investments that will save taxpayers money and reduce US debt, while ensuring American competitiveness in a global economy.
Sam Erman (Smithsonian): Citizens of Empire: Puerto Rico, Status, and Constitutional Change. Is the filibuster unconstitutional? The Founding Fathers might not approve of today's Senate. Scott McLemee reviews Captain America and the Nationalist Superhero: Metaphors, Narratives, and Geopolitics by Jason Dittmer. The Post-Gladwellian Paradox: Stan Tsirulnikov on why intuitive is the new counterintuitive. How Timbuktu saved its books: Tristan McConnell goes behind the rescue of Mali’s historic manuscripts. The end of the Earth: For decades the very word Timbuktu seemed to convey a place that time forgot. Russian scientists say they've found “unclassified life” in Antarctic Lake. Kate Shellnutt on the problem with Christians doing the “Harlem Shake”. From Gangnam Style to the Harlem Shake, Olivia Cvitanic on why we just can’t resist a dance craze.
From Wired, Robert McMillan interviews Victor Mayer-Schonberger and Kenneth Cukier, author of Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think (and more and more and more). For advocates of “big data”, the answers to problems lie in the questions we ask online — but will evidence send us in the right direction? Evgeny Morozov on the curse of “You May Also Like”: Algorithms and “big data” are good at figuring out what we like — and that may kill creativity. The past several years have seen virtually no meaningful debate over the rapidly growing presence of big data — and unless we act quickly, the brief window of opportunity to shape the contours of data accessibility may close as well. Should we use big data to punish crimes before they're committed? Spurious correlations everywhere: Geoffrey Pullum the tragedy of big data. A CIA analyst predicts the groovy Big Data world of the future in 1962.
Jonathan Olson (FSU): The Quest for Legitimacy: American Pentecostal Scholars and the Quandaries of Academic Pursuit. From Journalist’s Resource, a research roundup on affirmative action in university admissions. Price of a bad review: A university librarian finds himself sued for questioning the quality of an academic press. Blow up Media Studies: Emma Park reviews Blow Up the Humanities by Toby Miller. No sanctuary in the ivory tower: Why didn’t MIT defend Aaron Swartz? Chris Lehmann investigates. Nicole Allan and Derek Thompson on the myth of the student-loan crisis: Are rising debt levels really a cause for national panic? The Dean of Corruption: Cecilia Chang, the St. John’s fund-raiser who committed suicide after her epic fraud was exposed, tried to keep her superiors happy with gifts of watches, vacations, custom suits, and fine wine — it worked, for a while.
From Crisis, Anthony Esolen on how the modern state causes the problems it pretends to fix. Bruce P. Frohen reviews The Common Good of Constitutional Democracy: Essays in Political Philosophy and on Catholic Social Teaching by Martin Rhonheimer. A pathology of democracy: Dario Fernandez-Morera reviews The Servile Mind: How Democracy Erodes the Moral Life by Kenneth Minogue. Kenneth B. Mcintyre reviews Oakeshott on Rome and America by Gene Callahan. John Kekes reviews A Companion to Michael Oakeshott. How should a conservative interact with popular culture? The new “friendlier face” of conservatism is an old-school homophobe: You may not know the name Rod Dreher, but you will. Brad DeLong on American conservatism’s crisis of ideas (and “Conservatives believe that people should suffer for bad decisions, but not necessarily the ones who made the bad decisions”).
James Wood Forsyth Jr. (USAF): What Great Powers Make It: International Order and the Logic of Cooperation in Cyberspace. Robert J Vallerand (UQAM): The Role of Passion in Sustainable Psychological Well-being. Sandra Ristovska reviews Sensible Politics: The Visual Culture of Nongovernmental Activism. The introduction to Neuro: The New Brain Sciences and the Management of the Mind by Nikolas Rose and Joelle M. Abi-Rached. The pros and cons of cryonics: Terminally ill patients are opting to freeze their bodies post-mortem in hopes of being revived in the future. Nick Holdstock reviews The Myth of Wu Tao-tzu by Sven Lindqvist. Al Burian on Berlin’s suicide-proof nuclear fallout shelters. Ron Rosenbaum reviews The Barbarous Years: The Peopling of British North America: The Conflict of Civilizations, 1600-1675 by Bernard Bailyn.
From Slate, Matthew Yglesias on how Penney CEO and former Apple retail czar Ron Johnson thought he could reinvent the department store — instead he’s destroying it. From TNR, a bite from the Apple Store: Lydia DePillis on what JCPenney's failed imitation says about retail — and identity; and what happens to Mac fanatics when the brand bums them out? Don’t believe Apple: The company got great PR when its Chinese supplier unveiled a new worker policy — the full story's more complicated. Alfredo Lopez on Microsoft and Google’s pathetic, revealing and frightening war. Instead he’s destroying it. From Fortune, a look at 7 most admired companies that fell off the map: In 1983, they were some of the most admired companies in the world — so what went wrong?
From Low Countries Historical Review, a special issue on the philosophy of history. From Mute, Marina Vishmidt interviews Silvia Federici on her extensive contribution to feminist thought and recent work on debt activism. Throw the bums out: John Judis on why populists are dominating politics in Europe and the United States. “SkepDoc” Harriet Hall reviews The Right Chemistry: 108 Enlightening, Nutritious, Health-Conscious and Occasionally Bizarre Inquiries into the Science of Everyday Life by Joe Schwarcz. From New Statesman, an interview with Paul Kennedy: "It’s my contention that the story of the 'middle people' hasn’t been told". Dorothy Kronick reviews Comandante: Hugo Chavez’s Venezuela by Rory Carroll and We Created Chavez: A People’s History of the Venezuelan Revolution by George Ciccariello-Maher.