Peter L. Lindseth (Connecticut): European Solidarity and National Identity: An American Perspective. Ethnic Studies: The education system in the Presevo Valley reflects the complex ethno-politics of southern Serbia, and the wider Balkans. How the influx of new global elites is changing the face of Europe: New wealth, especially from China and Russia, is having a dramatic impact on European tourism, cities and traditional rural havens. Martin Ehl on the nationalist paradox: Even the region’s nationalists need foreign investment to make ends meet. Michel Lallement reviews The Road to Social Europe: A Contemporary Approach to Political Cultures and Diversity in Europe by Jean-Claude Barbier. Erik Voeten on culture and European integration. Do Germans accept public figures with foreign roots? A politician who asked this question about Vietnamese-born Vice Chancellor Philipp Rosler has critics calling him racist.
David A. Anderson (Texas): Transnational Libel. Adam Okulicz-Kozaryn (Rutgers): “Freedom From” and “Freedom To” Across Countries. What stands in the way of a Republican revival? Republicans. John Dean on ending Republican Party obstructionism: Follow the California model. From The Progressive, Sarah Jaffe interviews Chris Hayes. John Henzel on debunking the myth of North Korean attention-seeking. Still true after 40 years: Voters prefer cuts in theory, spending in practice. Daron Acemoglu and James A. Robinson review The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn from Traditional Societies? by Jared Diamond. Ben Birnbaum on the end of the two-state solution: Why the window is closing on Middle-East peace. From The Baffler, Anne Elizabeth Moore on Marketpiece Theater: Nicholas Kristof and Milton Friedman rescue the world.
A new issue of Freethought Today is out. Allison Samuels interviews Joshua DuBois, former head of the White House faith office. From Forward, how many American Jews are there? Michael Sean Winters on America’s Catholic moment, and its new breed of Catholic politicians. Michael Muhammad Knight on the problem with white converts: You’d think that two white American guys embracing Buddhism and Islam in the age of colonialism could have become awesome champions of antiracism and solidarity with oppressed peoples — but no. Are conservative churches really winning by being more Orthodox? Or, one more reason for journalists to be better versed in U.S. religion. Left, Behind: Robyn Ross on the hidden progressive Christian community of Texas. Is veganism a religion under anti-discrimination law? An Ohio federal district court says perhaps.
Ryan S. Killian (Pepperdine): They Doth Protest Too Much: A Historical Demonstration that Wal-Mart's Critics Have it All Wrong. From n+1, Ben Merriman on the matter with Kansas, again. From Dissent, an expedient alliance? Meredith Tax on the Muslim Right and the Anglo-American Left (and a response). The Bad-Boy Brand: Lizzie Widdicombe on the rise of Vice Media. William E Scheuerman explains why Obama's mediocre humanitarian record in the "war on terror" deserves our critical scrutiny and how US presidential government's latent monarchist attributes have generated far-reaching policy and legal continuities between Bush and Obama. You might ask, “Does an ethical dilemma really exist with someone interacting with free-roaming cats?” Indeed one does — the following story provides a case in point. Reddit's Explain Like I'm 5 gets its own webseries.
Thomas Nail (Denver): Deleuze, Occupy, and the Actuality of Revolution. David R Cole (UWS): Traffic Jams: Analysing Everyday Life Using Deleuze and Guattari. From New Left Project, Samuel Grove interviews Andrew Robinson on the political philosophy of Gilles Deleuze (and part 2). John Protevi reviews Political Theory after Deleuze by Nathan Widder. Ashley Bohrer reviews Jacques Ranciere’s Althusser’s Lesson. Richard Fitch reviews Thinking the Impossible: French Philosophy since 1960 by Gary Gutting. Daniel Tutt reviews Difficult Atheism: Tracing the Death of God in Contemporary Continental Thought by Christopher Watkin. Slavoj Zizek on the three events of philosophy. Rebecca Rothfeld on why we slober over Slavoj Zizek: Or, how to be incomprehensible and relevant at the same time. You can download Everyday Life and the State by Peter Bratsis (2006).
Ian St John reviews Land of the Seven Rivers: A Brief History of India’s Geography by Sanjeev Sanyal. The idea of Indians: Karuna Mantena reviews Righteous Republic: The Political Foundations of Modern India by Ananya Vajpeyi. There’s no place like India — which is precisely why its politics and economy are such a contradictory, beautiful mess. Confessions of a disillusioned libertarian: Will the political class of India step up or will the Indians themselves need to reform government and rid it of corruption? Democracy masculine: How do we neutralise the cultures of masculinism that are bred in our families, stalk our streets? Confronting the rules of rape: Shuddhabrata Sengupta on how a new generation of women stakes its claim to freedom. Joanne Manaster visits an India full of science and engineering. Can India become a great power? India’s lack of a strategic culture hobbles its ambition to be a force in the world.
Joseph Burke and Catherine Ruth Pakaluk (Ave Maria): The Contraceptive Revolution Revisited: A Neo-Classical Model of Sex and Fertility. From Dissent, Jeffrey C. Isaac on public inquiry and democracy: Should the National Science Foundation fund political science research? A world without Jews: Adam Kirsch reviews Anti-Judaism: The Western Tradition by David Nirenberg. An interview with Jeffrey Miron on why prohibition is more dangerous than selling drugs in supermarkets. David Kamin on the Congress-Does-Nothing Deficit Reduction Plan: How “bracket creep” (the good kind) could make the long-term fiscal outlook better than everyone thinks. Brookings launches a "Mini-CIA". Sure, digital humanists can count how often Huckleberry Finn says "ain't", but that's not the point; Scott McLemee looks at a caricature — and the real thing.
John W. Morehead reviews The Islamophobia Industry: How the Right Manufactures Fear of Muslims by Nathan Lean. WorldNetDaily’s Joseph Farah on his friendship with Rand Paul and why Ron Paul isn't a Christian. When you start hearing others on the Right warning about the dangers posed by Common Core, this is what they are talking about — and you can thank Glenn Beck. Phyllis Schlafly on how globalists are trying to coopt America. John Podhoretz on how it’s time to get serious: “Barack Obama is a serious man. The professional and political right needs to be as serious as he is to make sure the Age of Obama ends with him”. John Podhoretz and Jonah Goldberg believe disingenuous conservative pundits are doing irreparable harm to their movement — so who are they? The destruction of freedom keeps happening in America, and yet, somehow, not happening — it perpetually lies just over the horizon, close enough to keep refreshing the supply of right-wing paranoia.
Samuel W. Buell (Duke): Is the White Collar Offender Privileged? “I don’t think she deserved the Nobel”: Anirudh Bhattacharyya interviews Genevieve Chenard, one of the authors of the scathing paper which has triggered a fresh appraisal of Mother Teresa. Elahe Izadi on why politicians need to beware of the meme. Video games mean losing, so why play? Leon Neyfakh interviews Jesper Juul, author of The Art of Failure. Is Fred Phelps gay? A former Westboro Baptist Church member says maybe. Gay men, straight women — what’s the attraction? New research suggests at least part of the answer lies in their ability to give one another trustworthy mating advice. Adam Liptak on how the disproportionate power enjoyed in the Senate by small states is playing a growing role in the political dynamic on issues as varied as gun control, immigration and campaign finance.
A new issue of Journal of Humanistic Mathematics is out. Is mathematics about to die? More precisely, are we rapidly approaching a time when progress in mathematics effectively comes to an end? Matt Jones on 5 things you won't believe math can predict. An eternity of infinities: Ashutosh Jogalekar on the power and beauty of mathematics. Is mathematics behind our attraction to beauty? Ian Stewart on the hardest math problem in the world. Rachel Thomas and Julia Hawkins on imagining a planet made of mathematics. What is the answer to that stupid math problem on Facebook? The first chapter from Invisible in the Storm: The Role of Mathematics in Understanding Weather by Ian Roulstone and John Norbury. Should business be allowed to patent mathematics? A long-running philosophical debate is being rehashed in the world of business, and big money is at stake, says Stephen Ornes.