From The Latin American Review of Books, Gavin O'Toole reviews Latin America’s Turbulent Transitions: The Future of Twenty-First Century Socialism by Roger Burbach, Michael Fox and Federico Fuentes (and more). Tom Hennigan reviews Civil Society and the State in Left-led Latin America: Challenges and Limitations to Democratization by Barry Cannon and Peadar Kirby. Did Chavez create Venezuela, or did Venezuela create Chavez? Alfredo Papadakis wonders. What will happen to Venezuela now that Hugo Chavez is dead? Brazil’s academic capitalism vs Venezuela’s populism: Latin America is beginning to fall into two distinct higher education camps. Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson on the political origins of populism in Latin America. Fight your way through mangrove swamps shoulder-to-shoulder with bearded guerrillas clad in the olive green of Fidel Castro and Ernesto “Che” Guevara — your mission: Topple 1950s Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista.
From BusinessWeek, a special How To issue. Which makes us more miserable: inflation or unemployment? Dartmouth economist David G. Blanchflower finds that high unemployment causes a lot more misery than a comparable amount of inflation. Managing our feelings is an important life skill but is it really a form of intelligence? From Saturday Evening Post, William Jeanes on the worst 10 1/2* vice presidents. Hacktivists as gadflies: For those whose real crime is outsmarting the authorities, severe punishment awaits. How to Be a Stuffed Animal: Frances Stonor Saunder on taxidermy in American museums. Stilled life: Emily M. Keeler on how the morbid craft of taxidermy still exerts a powerful lure. How did we get into this mess? Michael P. McKeating on the legacy of Postmodernism. Memo to recent college grads: Big data jobs are your future.
From GQ, the Pope and the spy who loved him: Sean Flynn digs around the Vatican's strange, cloistered world and unravels a cloak-and-dagger scandal that's a lot more layered than the Church would have you believe — and that may be just the beginning. William Bole reviews The Vatican Diaries: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Power, Personalities and Politics at the Heart of the Catholic Church by John Thavis. During the 2013 papal conclave the Catholic church has been criticised for failing to give an adequate voice to the global south, which now garners a majority of Catholics; Nicolas Boccard applies concepts from voting theory to inquire whether the south and the north are equal in the eye of the church. Why can’t demographers agree about how many Catholics are in the United States? Gary Gutting on being Catholic: Can reflective and honest intellectuals actually believe in the church's teachings?
From Capitalism magazine, Edward Cline proposes a Twenty-Eighth Amendment: “Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of production and trade”. Why does Greenland’s election have global implications? Mike Duncan and Jason Novak on a brief, opinionated history of taxes in America. Eugenia Williamson on Ira Glass’s fact problem. Anne Kim on three ways to bring manufacturing back to America: The much-ballyhooed “in-sourcing” trend is real enough — but it won’t amount to much unless Washington acts. Ron Paul Curriculum is launched by Reconstructionist Gary North and neo-Confederate Thomas Woods. Are Americans anxious because their country is so rich, and are academics depressed because they are so damn smart? Bringing them back to life: The revival of an extinct species is no longer a fantasy — but is it a good idea?
David Eickhoff (Freiburg): Constructivism and the Bomb: Social Theory of International Politics and Two-Level Game Theory Applied to the Negotiations over Iran's Nuclear Programme. Ward Wilson on five myths about nuclear weapons. Russ Wellen reviews Five Myths About Nuclear Weapons by Ward Wilson. Is nuclear arms control dead? David Hoffman wants to know. Ron Rosenbaum on how Obama could reduce the risk of nuclear war right now. Marina Koren on the top ten cases of nuclear thefts gone wrong: These thieves would have gotten away with it too, if it hadn’t been for those meddling anti-smuggling authorities. Does nuclear superiority matter? Erik Voeten wonders. Darpa wants to help you survive a nuclear disaster. Tom Nichols on why it’s time to change America’s atomic arsenal.