Eric Royal Lybeck (Cambridge): The Ideological Organization of University Systems: A Theoretical Framework. From The American Scholar, how to do what you do? Paula Marantz Cohen on how the life of a professor isn’t what it used to be. Smart, poor kids are applying to the wrong colleges: How an information mismatch is costing America’s best colleges 20,000 low-income students every year. Jordan Weissmann on how Washington could make college tuition free (without spending a penny more on education). The online university of spam: Andrew Leonard on how a bizarre email from BachelorsDegreeOnline.com exposed the sleazy side of for-profit college recruitment. Does the rise of the “massive open online course” spell the end of the university as we know it? Keith Devlin on MOOCs and the problem with instructional videos. From TNR, will online education dampen the college experience?
David B. Kopel (Denver) and Trevor Burrus (Cato): Sex, Drugs, Alcohol, Gambling, and Guns: The Synergistic Constitutional Effects. Is cultural evolution a Darwinian process? Massimo Pigliucci wonders. Willem Levelt on a history of psycholinguistics in the pre-Chomskyan era. What can Scotland learn from Latin America? As the debate about the constitution picks up, that’s probably not a question which many are asking. Ai Weiwei and Pussy Riot: Joshua Keating on the case for obnoxious dissidents. Art without market, art without education: Anton Vidokle on the political economy of art. Stupidity, organizations, and the combination of stupidity and organizations all receive consideration in a new study. Mathew Maavak on class warfare, anarchy and the future society: Is the middle class forging a Gramscian counter-hegemonic bloc worldwide?
C. Raja Mohan (ORF): Emerging Geopolitical Trends and Security in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, the People's Republic of China, and India (ACI) Region. Tran Truong Thuy (CESS): China, ASEAN, US in the South China Sea: Rebalancing the Triangle. Thanh Nguyen, Parmendra Sharma, and Eduardo Roca (Griffith): Rethinking the Role of the State in Finance: Some Lessons from Vietnam's “Socialist” System. Julie Le Baron on how a remote Laotian village became Asia's Cancun. Graham Allison and Robert D. Blackwill on Lee Kuan Yew, Grand Master of Asia. As owners are sought for unidentified photographs from Dutch Indonesia’s lost colony, Simon Kuper argues that western colonial nostalgia is finally being challenged by brutal facts. William Pesek on how the magazine-cover curse takes on a new meaning in Asia. Arc of Crisis 2.0: The sudden recognition of the Indian Ocean’s centrality is anything but a new phenomenon.
Hans Gersbach and Maik T. Schneider (ETH Zurich): On the Global Supply of Basic Research. From TLS, a review essay on the work of Tony Judt by Geoffrey Wheatcroft. Mark Fenske on why the best ideas spring up in the shower. Who wants to save a junkie? Drug overdoses now kill more people than car accidents in this country — an expanded use of Narcan would radically change that. Is anti-Semitism unique? Kenneth L. Marcus reviews Antisemitism: A Specific Phenomenon by Clemens Heni. Noam Scheiber on how gerrymandering has been great for GOP congressmen, but poison for the party nationally. From GQ, by day they work as computer programmers and stock boys and academics, but at night they are known as urban explorers; the Brooklyn Bridge, London's Shard, Notre Dame — each structure is an expedition waiting to happen.
Jim Reid (LSU): Call to the Bullpen: How the 2012 MLB Draft Shows Why the NCAA Must Make a Change to its Bylaws. From Mother Jones, Ian Gordon goes inside Major League Baseball’s Dominican sweatshop system: Teen shortstop Yewri Guillen died the day the Nationals were supposed to ship him to America — has MLB learned from the tragedy? Puerto Rico’s surprising run to the finals of the World Baseball Classic has sent the team surging up the global rankings. Since the late nineties, baseball has devised highly specific formulas for crafting lineups and judging players, but keeping the arm of a pitcher from a career-ending injury remains a mysterious, semi-mystical, and very fraught process. What's to love about baseball? Baseball is neither poor, nasty, brutish nor short — at least, if sports fans have their way. Josh Davidson on Jacques Barzun’s guide to baseball. James R. Henderson on baseball and the fine tuning argument.