Mikyoung Kim (HCU): Human Rights, Memory and Reconciliation: Korea-Japan Relations. From The Asia-Pacific Journal, Peter Hayes and Roger Cavazos on North Korean and US nuclear threats: Discerning signals from noise; and Ruediger Frank on why now is a good time for economic engagement of North Korea. Joseph Camilleri on North Korea’s month of bluster: Is there method in its “madness”? Joseph S. Nye, Jr. on our Pacific predicament: If America isn’t careful, rising nationalisms in China and Japan may “pivot” it into a strategic typhoon. Gilbert Rozman on the book National Identities and Bilateral Relations: Widening Gaps in East Asian and Chinese Demonization of the United States. Jean-Pierre Lehmann on the China-Japan-Korea triangle: It is no exaggeration to say that much of the planet's future will be determined by how things evolve in Northeast Asia.
From Artforum, Julian Stallabrass reviews The Culture of Curating and the Curating of Culture(s) by Paul O’Neill and Thinking Contemporary Curating by Terry Smith. Brooklyn, the Brand: How the borough — with its local, back-to-the-basics lifestyle — morphed from landmass to global phenomenon. From Catapult, how has living in this environment altered the way we think about time, for better or worse? Colonialism’s last stand: Christopher Silvester reviews Small Wars, Far Away Places: The Genesis of the Modern World, 1945-1965 by Michael Burleigh. Why dictators don't like jokes: Pro-democracy activists around the world are discovering that humor is one of the most powerful weapons in the fight against authoritarianism. Anna Macdonald on how the arms trade treaty may point a way forward for the UN (and more at World Policy blog).
From Guernica, the meaning of choice: Barbara J. Miner on what Milwaukee, home of the nation’s oldest school voucher system, can teach us about desegregation, measuring school success, and decoding the rhetoric of “school choice”. Testing the limits: Patrick Michels on a Texas mother’s radical revolt against standardized tests. Robert L. Hampel reviews Exam Schools: Inside America’s Most Selective Public High Schools by Chester Finn, Jr. and Jessica Hockett. From TNR, Nora Caplan-Bricker on the trouble with boys-only schooling: Advocates say parents should be able to choose single-sex public schools — it's not clear if that's a good choice; and Atlanta's school scandal isn't local: Daniel Denvir on how the education reform movement's "no excuses" mantra leads to cheating. Robin West on Michelle Rhee’s costly agenda: Does sacrificing teachers help struggling kids?
From The Baffler, David Graeber on a Practical Utopian’s Guide to the Coming Collapse. From n+1, too much sociology: Think back to the first time you heard someone casually talk of “cultural capital” at a party, usually someone else’s inglorious pursuit or accrual of it. From New York, an interview with Robert Silvers on the poetry of Twitter, hiding the Pentagon Papers, and how his journal of ideas emerged from the flood of “little magazines” as possibly the unlikeliest success story in publishing. Resisting resilience: Mark Neocleous on an epidemic of “resilience-speak”. From Curator, Alex Miller Jr. writes in defense of pompous asses (and a response). Jonathan Haidt on freedom and fairness: The new culture war is about economic issues, and the side that better sells its idea of fairness will have the upper hand. And now, by popular demand, Robert Paul Wolff on God (and part 2 and part 3).
Jessica A. Levinson (Loyola): The Original Sin of Campaign Finance Law: Why Buckley v. Valeo is Wrong. Michael W. McConnell (Stanford): In Defense of Citizens United. Samuel Issacharoff and Richard H. Pildes (NYU): Bush v. Gore and the Constitutional Right to Vote. Garrick B. Pursley (Florida State): The Campaign Finance Safeguards of Federalism. Jonathan Rauch on campaign finance: Raise spending limits, increase transparency. Yes, we have to reform the rules of campaign finance — but we can’t tie our hands in the meantime. From Democracy, a special section on Winning the Voting Wars. In the wake of Citizens United, big campaign donors are buying off not only politicians, but also the local news networks that cover them. The voting wars within: Is the Department of Justice too biased to enforce the Voting Rights Act? David A. Graham on why black people have to wait twice as long to vote as whites.