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).