Kimuli Kasara and Pavithra Suryanarayan (Columbia): When Do the Rich Vote Less than the Poor and Why? Explaining Turnout Inequality Across the World. From ThinkProgress, a symposium on The Haves and the Have-Nots: A Brief and Idiosyncratic History of Global Inequality by Branko Milanovic (and part 2 and part 3). Jason Hickel on the truth about extreme global inequality: The richest 300 people on earth have more wealth than the poorest 3 billion — almost half the world’s population. Lynn Stuart on the 10 worst people on Forbes 2013 Billionaires list. Global poverty is declining and may be eradicated altogether in some countries in the next 20 years, a new study by the University of Oxford has found. From The Globalist, Branko Milanovic on inequality and democratic capitalism. How can workers of the world really unite? Kris Notaro wants to know.
Claudio Corradetti (Oslo): What Does Cultural Difference Require of Human Rights? From Aeon, the discovery of a microscopic world shook the foundations of theology and created modern demons; and science can’t stop talking in terms of “purposes”, but if the universe cares about us, it has a funny way of showing it. From io9, what is the purpose of the Universe? Here is one possible answer; and how does the Anthropic Principle change the meaning of the universe? From The New Inquiry, a collection of eight critical essays on Harmony Korine’s Disneyland dystopia Spring Breakers. How we got here: In part one of a three part series, Katie Peyton discusses the origins of the Occupy movement in The Occupy Handbook. “Politics is not an easy thing”: An interview with Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard. Canberra: Deathly dull at 100?
Matthew J. Lindsay (Baltimore): Immigration, Sovereignty, and the Constitution of Foreignness. Robert S. Chang (Seattle): The Invention of Asian Americans. Gregory Ablavsky (Penn): The Savage Constitution. How do you define American? If Elizabeth Smart was America’s daughter, who is Dashad “Sage” Smith? Conor Friedersdorf on the horrifying effects of NYPD ethnic profiling on innocent Muslim Americans. How did the lone cowboy hero become such a potent figure in American culture? Eric Hobsbawm follows a trail from cheap novels and B-westerns to Ronald Reagan. There is a battle raging over what America will look like in 21st century. Is America really being overrun by right-wing militants? White Indians: No minority presence in the US is more reassuring, or less likely to get angry or acknowledge your antiblack racism. What is the stereotypical “real American”? Hispanics, the New Italians: We already know a great deal about how Latinos are faring with the challenge of assimilation — they are meeting it.
Brett M. Frischmann (Yeshiva): Two Enduring Lessons from Elinor Ostrom. From The Economist, a special section on cars. How important is friendship? Aristotle’s advice is to have only as many friends as you can share joys and sorrows with. Ben Judah argues that Putin’s ruling model is no longer functioning and identifies five ”traps” the Russian government now faces. From Roar, Jerome Roos on the dangerous dreams of Slavoj Zizek: His misplaced tribute to Thatcher and his diatribe against direct democracy reveal the dangerous messianic tendencies of his “radical” philosophy. Synthetic nitrogen was born 100 years ago; it’s why half of us are alive. Brian McClendon on cartography’s new golden age. A new university to be named after Barack Obama. Why do we care more about other people's sex lives than our own? Alarm over vanishing frogs in Caribbean.
Jessica Dorsey and Christophe Paulussen (ICCT): Boundaries of the Battlefield: A Critical Look at the Legal Paradigms and Rules in Countering Terrorism. A Few Bad Men: Max Abrahms on why America doesn't really have a terrorism problem (and more). Was the Boston bombing a case of anomie? Daniel Keeran wonders. More like Sandy Hook than 9/11: John Judis interviews Olivier Roy on the nature of modern terrorists. From Slate, is Boston like Columbine? The Tsarnaev brothers seem more like the Columbine killers than al-Qaida; and why should I care that no one’s reading Dzhokhar Tsarnaev his Miranda rights? Isaac Chotiner on why we should be p.c. after an attack: It's not about not offending — it's about protecting. “Killing an Arab” isn't Pamela Geller's favorite song by The Cure. The social web was ablaze today with news that a large group of Reddit users had teamed up to track and locate Waldo, the spectacled man in a striped red sweater who evaded capture for 25 years.