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.
From Transhumanity, is the “technological singularity” plausible? Extropia DaSilva wonders. The world’s most eminent sociologist, Anthony Giddens, highlights the technological singularity. Could more than one singularity happen at the same time? Rick Searle wants to know. Selena Erkızan on science fiction and the future of human beings: Imagination, evolution and the anthropocentric myths. David Roden on Aristotelian posthumans. Gennady Stolyarov on common misconceptions about transhumanism: Is it a cult that seeks to destroy humanity? Adam Ford interviews IEET Executive Director James J. Hughes. The Age of Enhancement: Technology is starting to give us superpowers once reserved for comic-book heroes. A look at why it could be a war crime to use biologically enhanced soldiers. Homunculism: Colin McGinn reviews How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed by Ray Kurzweil.
Yuval Feldman (Bar-Ilan): Behavioral Ethics Meets Behavioral Law and Economics. From Aeon, when we peer into the fog of the deep future what do we see — human extinction or a future among the stars? From Contents magazine, chance is a good librarian: An interview with Alberto Manguel, author of The Library at Night (and more). From International Viewpoint, Terry Conway on socialist feminism: Hidden from history. Cyber Fail: The Obama administration's approach to cyber security has been a disaster. You could say that this has been the winter of David Barton's discontent. From Vice, Sarah Jaffe on the history of Scabby the Rat. James K. Glassman on how Dow 36,000 is attainable again. Mission unaccomplished: Peter Van Buren on why the invasion of Iraq was the single worst foreign policy decision in American history.
Alexander C. Krueger-Wyman (Virginia): Collective Bargaining and the Best Interests of Basketball. Howard M. Wasserman (FIU): The Economics of the Infield Fly Rule. Ross E. Davies (George Mason): Baseball Players, Owners, Unions, and Trusts: The Roots and Rise of the Major League Baseball Players Association. On February 7, 2013, the National Museum of the American Indian hosted a day-long symposium on Racist Stereotypes and Cultural Appropriation in American Sports. America could rule rugby, if only it tried; for proof, like no further than Carlin Isles, the sport's fastest man. Which sport is most immune to Moneyball? Even the experts at the MIT Sloan conference couldn't agree. Nicholas Burkhart and Dylan Welsh on the legalization of sports gambling: An irreparable harm or the beginning of unprecedented growth?
Richard Houessou (IREEP): How to Make Governments More Responsive in Africa? From Pambazuka News, a special issue on Western Sahara: Africa's last colony revisited. What is colonial science? Alice Conklin reviews Africa as a Living Laboratory by Helen Tilley and Professer l’Empire by Pierre Singaravelou. Africa’s circular politics: Following the deeply destructive experience of colonialism, Africans must rethink their approach to modernization. Is this the century of Africa's rise? The Sub-Saharan Scenario: Sub-Saharan Africa is on the rise, but don't celebrate yet. The inexorable end of the Africa story: Is all the excitement about the future of Africa's economy really justified or is it mostly just a commodities story? “The growth and GDP numbers are guesses”: Iain Marlow interviews Morten Jerven, author of Poor Numbers: How We Are Misled by African Development Statistics and What to Do About It.