Kimuli Kasara and Pavithra Suryanarayan (Columbia): When Do the Rich Vote Less than the Poor and Why? Explaining Turnout Inequality Across the World. From ThinkProgress, a symposium on The Haves and the Have-Nots: A Brief and Idiosyncratic History of Global Inequality by Branko Milanovic (and part 2 and part 3). Jason Hickel on the truth about extreme global inequality: The richest 300 people on earth have more wealth than the poorest 3 billion — almost half the world’s population. Lynn Stuart on the 10 worst people on Forbes 2013 Billionaires list. Global poverty is declining and may be eradicated altogether in some countries in the next 20 years, a new study by the University of Oxford has found. From The Globalist, Branko Milanovic on inequality and democratic capitalism. How can workers of the world really unite? Kris Notaro wants to know.
Claudio Corradetti (Oslo): What Does Cultural Difference Require of Human Rights? From Aeon, the discovery of a microscopic world shook the foundations of theology and created modern demons; and science can’t stop talking in terms of “purposes”, but if the universe cares about us, it has a funny way of showing it. From io9, what is the purpose of the Universe? Here is one possible answer; and how does the Anthropic Principle change the meaning of the universe? From The New Inquiry, a collection of eight critical essays on Harmony Korine’s Disneyland dystopia Spring Breakers. How we got here: In part one of a three part series, Katie Peyton discusses the origins of the Occupy movement in The Occupy Handbook. “Politics is not an easy thing”: An interview with Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard. Canberra: Deathly dull at 100?
Matthew J. Lindsay (Baltimore): Immigration, Sovereignty, and the Constitution of Foreignness. Robert S. Chang (Seattle): The Invention of Asian Americans. Gregory Ablavsky (Penn): The Savage Constitution. How do you define American? If Elizabeth Smart was America’s daughter, who is Dashad “Sage” Smith? Conor Friedersdorf on the horrifying effects of NYPD ethnic profiling on innocent Muslim Americans. How did the lone cowboy hero become such a potent figure in American culture? Eric Hobsbawm follows a trail from cheap novels and B-westerns to Ronald Reagan. There is a battle raging over what America will look like in 21st century. Is America really being overrun by right-wing militants? White Indians: No minority presence in the US is more reassuring, or less likely to get angry or acknowledge your antiblack racism. What is the stereotypical “real American”? Hispanics, the New Italians: We already know a great deal about how Latinos are faring with the challenge of assimilation — they are meeting it.
Brett M. Frischmann (Yeshiva): Two Enduring Lessons from Elinor Ostrom. From The Economist, a special section on cars. How important is friendship? Aristotle’s advice is to have only as many friends as you can share joys and sorrows with. Ben Judah argues that Putin’s ruling model is no longer functioning and identifies five ”traps” the Russian government now faces. From Roar, Jerome Roos on the dangerous dreams of Slavoj Zizek: His misplaced tribute to Thatcher and his diatribe against direct democracy reveal the dangerous messianic tendencies of his “radical” philosophy. Synthetic nitrogen was born 100 years ago; it’s why half of us are alive. Brian McClendon on cartography’s new golden age. A new university to be named after Barack Obama. Why do we care more about other people's sex lives than our own? Alarm over vanishing frogs in Caribbean.
Jessica Dorsey and Christophe Paulussen (ICCT): Boundaries of the Battlefield: A Critical Look at the Legal Paradigms and Rules in Countering Terrorism. A Few Bad Men: Max Abrahms on why America doesn't really have a terrorism problem (and more). Was the Boston bombing a case of anomie? Daniel Keeran wonders. More like Sandy Hook than 9/11: John Judis interviews Olivier Roy on the nature of modern terrorists. From Slate, is Boston like Columbine? The Tsarnaev brothers seem more like the Columbine killers than al-Qaida; and why should I care that no one’s reading Dzhokhar Tsarnaev his Miranda rights? Isaac Chotiner on why we should be p.c. after an attack: It's not about not offending — it's about protecting. “Killing an Arab” isn't Pamela Geller's favorite song by The Cure. The social web was ablaze today with news that a large group of Reddit users had teamed up to track and locate Waldo, the spectacled man in a striped red sweater who evaded capture for 25 years.
From First Monday, a special issue on understanding social media monopolies, including Jodi Dean (HWS): Society Doesn't Exist. Bernie Hogan (Oxford): Pseudonyms and the Rise of the Real-Name Web. Margot E. Kaminski (Yale): Real Masks and Real Name Policies: Applying Anti-Mask Case Law to Anonymous Online Speech. Laura Lagone (Fordham): The Right to Be Forgotten: A Comparative Analysis. How a social network dies: Robert McMillan on the Friendster autopsy. Simon Kuper on how social media improved writing: Texts, blogs, emails and Facebook posts are affecting other kinds of writing — mostly for the good. Joseph Stromberg on how a computer program can learn all about you from just your Facebook likes. Smart technology and the sort of big data available to social networking sites are helping police target crime before it happens — but is this ethical? Social media is just too disruptive, according to a prominent jihadist theoretician — it's killing off the traditional jihadi web forum.
From The National Interest, is liberal interventionism dead? John Allen Gay wants to know; Naazneen Barma, Ely Ratner, and Steven Weber on the mythical liberal order; Leon Hadar on the arrogance of universal democracy; and lessons from the British Empire: Jordan Michael Smith reviews Unfinished Empire: The Global Expansion of Britain by John Darwin. Andrew Hobbs reviews The Rise and Fall of Early American Magazine Culture by Jared Gardner. Brad Plumer on eight facts about terrorism in the United States. Institutional Investor’s alpha is out with its annual ranking (The Rich List) of top hedge fund earners, which always provokes meditation on our upper class — Doug Henwood on money porn. Jonathan Chait on how America’s crappy political system killed background checks (and more). Don't like what happened to the gun bill? Blame the Senate, not just the senators.
Carl F. Minzner (Fordham): China at the Tipping Point? The Turn Against Legal Reform. Peter K. Yu (Drake): Five Oft-repeated Questions About China's Recent Rise as a Patent Power. From the latest issue of Dissent, a special section on China. Will the Chinese be supreme? Ian Johnson reviews Eclipse: Living in the Shadow of China’s Economic Dominance by Arvind Subramanian, The Rise of China vs. the Logic of Strategy by Edward N. Luttwak, and Restless Empire: China and the World Since 1750 by Odd Arne Westad. Superpower: An insight into the growth era of China. Zhang Jun and Gary H. Jefferson on China’s hidden democratization. China says it is improving the lives of ethnic minorities in Inner Mongolia — don't be fooled. Is China’s one-child policy really to blame for personality changes? An interview with James McGann on the 2012 Go To Report and Chinese think tanks.
From TNR, did our founders' lack of foresight doom gun control? Alec MacGillis on the tyranny of small states in the undemocratic Senate; and the gun-control push basically died — could the president have done anything to have it turn out differently? The IMF is now among the leading advocates of easy money and avoiding excessive austerity — it is quite a reversal. Is capitalism moral? Steven Pearlstein on the free market vs. the welfare state. Shut up savers: James Surowiecki on the myth of the “war on savers”. Heroes are never in short supply in a catastrophe, of course, but neither are cowards and egoists and creeps who have decided to wallow in melodrama and fear, restless miserablists whose only mile-markers in life are the tragedies that have befallen them. Pretty please politicize the Boston Marathon bombing. The National Digital Public Library has been launched.
From The Philosophers Magazine, Hilary Lawson on going back to big thinking in philosophy; and captive audience: Alan Smith on the highs and lows of teaching philosophy in prison. Is there any connection between philosophy and running? Mark Rowlands, who began running to exercise his pet wolf, thinks there is. Dead philosophers are cool: Paula Cerni reviews Philosophy Bites Back by David Edmonds and Nigel Warburton. Justin E. H. Smith on Immanuel Kant and his man-servant Lampe. Colin McGinn has no time for interviews because he’s too busy writing his books, practicing his backhand and doing the philosophical stuff. Jay Jeffers on philosophy as conceptual border patrol. A year of Praxis: Steven Mazie on what philosophy teaches us about politics, rationality and the pursuit of happiness. Michael Pereira reviews Philosophy in Children’s Literature. If you’re not that familiar with PhiLOLZophy, here’s a description.