From The New Inquiry, Christine Baumgarthuber on the People’s Kitchen: Does the modern workplace cafeteria owe its existence one 19th-century activist’s effort to feed the laboring multitudes? Magical thinking has a long history of involvement with the global organic agriculture movement, and one of the most influential proponents of such connections was the white supremacist Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925). One bite away from death: Each meal could have been her last, but Adolf Hitler's food taster Margot Wolk lived to tell her story. The Greeks, the French, the Icelanders, and the Germans are the top four cheese consuming nations, but how they refer to their beloved cheese differs from language to language. Asia's lacking pride: Why would emerging countries copy the unhealthy eating habits of the West, when their tradition is so much healthier?
Stephanie A. Alessi (Hastings): The Return of Results in Genetic Testing: Who Owes What to Whom, When, and Why? Morris P. Fiorina on America's missing moderates: Hiding in plain sight. Lions lying down with lambs: Ian Reifowitz has a remarkable story to tell you about forgiveness. Has Obama turned a generation of voters into lifelong Democrats? Molly Ball on the prospects for a new liberal age. Africa Shining: Can India compete with China in an emerging Africa? Brad Plumer on the case for expanding Social Security, not cutting it. Jerome Neu on political emotion: From pride to envy and beyond. Richard Shelton reviews The Mortal Sea: Fishing the Atlantic in the Age of Sail by W. Jeffrey Bolster. What can or should be done about “Nazi transhumanists”? Leaders in Papua New Guinea and other Melanesian nations are showing their support for a free West Papua.
Sara Lahtinen (Stockholm): The Importance of Ambivalence in Cultural Identity Formation. From The Economist, the Nordic countries are reinventing their model of capitalism, says Adrian Wooldridge (and a response at Dissent). Don’t mention the Swedes: A Finnish documentary series has drawn some uncomfortable and controversial conclusions regarding Finland’s national identity. J. Laurence Hare reviews Knut Hamsun: The Dark Side of Literary Brilliance by Monika Zagar. How did Cool Denmark become so hot? Laurie McIntosh reviews Multiple Modernities: A Tale of Scandinavian Experiences by Gunnar Skirbekk. Prisons in Sweden, Norway and Finland have a smaller average inmate population, bigger cells and broader access to social services than jails in English-speaking countries. Night nurseries: Maddy Savage on Sweden's round-the-clock childcare. James Harbeck on the strange Scandinavian pronunciations of common English words.
Nina Glick Schiller (Manchester) and Noel B. Salazar (Leuven): Regimes of Mobility across the Globe. From Swans, Michael Barker on Carl Jung's occult intellectual heritage as based upon the work of Richard Noll (and part 2); and feminism and Jung: An interview with Cynthia Eller, author of Gentlemen and Amazons: The Myth of Matriarchal Prehistory, 1861-1900. Kevin Smokler on why you should revisit the classics from high school. Who rules the republic? Robert Watts Lamon reviews The Ruling Class: How They Corrupted America and What We Can Do About It by Angelo M. Codevilla. The new psychedelic bazaar: The synthetic drugs being invented, refined, and produced today — and often shipped in from China — would have blown Timothy Leary’s mind; who knows what they’re doing to the brains of their users. Enrique Mendizabal on think tanks and universities: A research project proposal.
From Salon, Neil Gross on why conservatives hate college: The right's decades-long war on academia and "liberal professors" is about defining an elite "populists" can oppose. Mark Bauerlein reviews Why Are Professors Liberal and Why Do Conservatives Care? by Neil Gross (and more and an interview). From Minding the Campus, is there a conservative conspiracy to destroy college? In survey of experiences of student affairs professionals, a surprising trend emerges: the alienation of straight white men. The Golf Shot Heard Round the Academic World: The tale of a teed-off philanthropist and the head of Bowdoin College, where identity politics runs wild. What is the difference between Christian seminaries and American universities? Christian seminaries announce that their purpose is to produce committed Christians — American universities do not admit that their primary purpose is to produce committed leftists.
Ruth Irwin (AUT): Welcome to the Anthropocene. Christopher Cox (Portland State): Orthodox Sovereignty and Oligopoly Capital in the Decline of Anthropocene Man. From Discover, Tom Yulsman on scenes from the Anthropocene: The polar paradox (and part 2); on a visual journey to the Anthropocene; and on the art of the Anthropocene: A Mondrianesque depiction, the Scythe, and the sound of ice melting. If there is one tenet for conservation biologists and environmentalists to live by in the age of the Anthropocene, it would be this pearl of wisdom from the ecologist Daniel Botkin. From Generation Anthropocene, historian, author, and urban park ranger Jenny Price makes her case for throwing out the well-tread “save the planet” mantra. The term Anthropocene not only doesn’t help us stop this culture from killing the planet — it contributes directly to the problems it purports to address; can I suggest, “The Age of the Sociopath”?
Paul A. Gowder Jr. (Iowa): Equal Law in an Unequal World. With nearly limitless funds from the Qatari royals and plans to hire up to 700 staffers, Al Jazeera America will launch in 45 million U.S. homes in July, but it needs a star and a clean slate, says David Freedlander. Maggie Koerth-Baker sheds light on the Black Death. 18 academic papers about '90s TV shows: If we can learn about the ancient Romans by studying their drinking songs, surely we can learn about ourselves by studying our TV shows. Land of the K, Home of the W: Frank Jacobs on America's radio nations. The American mind: Sam Tanenhaus on how the historian Garry Wills has written better than anybody else about modern America. Rats in a maze: Wayne Curtis on how walking shapes our minds — maybe. Pauli Poisuo the 4 worst things people are making with 3D printers.
Claudio Corradetti (Oslo): The Frankfurt School and Critical Theory. Caroline Kamau (Birkbeck): On Erich Fromm: Why He Left the Frankfurt School. Daniel Chernilo (Loughborough): Jurgen Habermas: Modern Social Theory as Postmetaphysical Natural Law. Kevin Anderson (UCSB): Resistance versus Emancipation: Foucault, Marcuse, Marx, and the Present Moment. From Ceasefire, in the first instalment of a new eight-part series, Andrew Robinson introduces Walter Benjamin and Critical Theory. From The Guardian’s How To Believe blog series, Peter Thompson on the Frankfurt school (part 1 and part 2 and part 3). Piotr Stalmaszczyk reviews Hannah Arendt: A Critical Introduction by Finn Bowring. Peg Birmingham reviews Arendt and Adorno: Political and Philosophical Investigations. Jade Montserrat reviews Adorno Reframed by Geoffrey Boucher. You can download Critical Theory and Social Justice, ed. Alessandro Pinzani and Milene Consenso Tonetto.
Adam Hosein (Colorado): Immigration and Freedom of Movement. Do we wear masks? To say we are only ourselves in one situation is as nonsensical as saying water is only itself when liquid. Monika Krause reviews Think Tanks in America by Thomas Medvetz. Is speaking English a civic duty? Ingrid Piller wonders. Artem Kaznatcheev on games, culture, and the Turing test (and part 2). Alexander Nazaryan reviews One Nation Under Stress: The Trouble With Stress as an Idea by Dana Becker. John Heilpern interviews Andrew Sullivan: One of America’s top political voices takes a big gamble with his Daily Dish. U.S. out of Vermont: Move over, Texas — in the Green Mountain State, it’s leftists who want to secede. Eudaimonia in America: Robert T. Miller on a pragmatic defense of American liberalism in response to Alasdair MacIntyre and Patrick Deneen.
Gabriel J. Michael (GWU): Anarchy and Property Rights in the Virtual World: How Disruptive Technologies Undermine the State and Ensure that the Virtual World Remains a “Wild West”. From The Baffler, the meme hustler: Evgeny Morozov on Tim O’Reilly’s crazy talk (and more and more and more and more and more on Evgeny Morozov's To Save Everything, Click Here: The Folly of Technological Solutionism). With Google Glass, predictive analytics get intimately personal, shaping behavior by overwriting the reality wearers perceive. Keith Kleiner interviews Ray Kurzweil on his first two months at Google. Were the Luddites right? Ronald Bailey on smart machines and the prospect of technological unemployment. David Pescovitz interviews Douglas Rushkoff, author of Present Shock. Robert C. Scharff reviews Ethics in Technology: A Philosophical Study by Topi Heikkero.