From Swans, student debt or freedom: Assume debt for diplomas chasing prosperity, or maximize freedom of action by staying debt-free? Doug Henwood on the economic consequences of student debt. Can you MOOC your way through college in one year? An academic with Impostor Syndrome: What it's like to live with the constant fear of being discovered to be a fraud. From Mother Jones, yes, liberals rule the ivory tower, but why? David Graeber, a scholar of the radical left, can't find a job — maybe American anthropology departments aren't as liberal as you think. A question of academic freedom: A Notre Dame history shows that it’s nothing new for faculty to speak their minds — and cause a stir. Jordan Weissmann on the ever-shrinking role of tenured college professors: For almost 40 years, we've been witnessing the rise of the adjuncts.
Nick Bostrom (Oxford): Existential Risk Prevention as Global Priority. From Say No to Life, is it moral to be happy in a world of suffering? L'affair Richard Falk should teach us that engagement helps make institutions like the Human Rights Council better, while a policy of blanket hostility backfires. From Businessweek, how did the world's rich get that way? Luck, says Charles Kenny. Steven Mazie on how governments really are good for something. Josh Wilburn reviews Plato's Erotic World: From Cosmic Origins to Human Death by Jill Gordon. Garance Franke-Ruta on why big cities make media liberal — and why the Koch brothers can't do anything about it. How a drug get its name: Street names aside, who comes up with crazy non-words like Zyrtec, tenofovir and Xeljanz? Erik Loomis on holding corporations responsible for workplace deaths.
From The Globalist, Amy Zalman makes the case that there are three distinct forms of terrorism — Hybrid, Multi-motivational and Narrative Terrorism. Testosterone, narrative, and theater: TNT, if you will — that’s the truly critical and explosive mix inside the terrorist’s mind. Robert Beckhusen on how studying extremist psychology can help prevent another bombing. The Tsarnaev brothers hail from a beautiful corner of the world that has known little beyond war, exile, anger, and grief. In the seconds after the explosions came an answer to an ancient question — are we by nature good, or bad? With the implementation of a state of military siege against the population of Boston last week, the American ruling class has crossed a historical, legal and political Rubicon. The most popular Boston bombing conspiracy theories are ripped off from Hollywood action films. From Russia!, Sean Guillory on a Tsarnaev Conspiracy Theory Simulacrum. #FreeJahar: When conspiracy theorists and One Direction fans collide.
A new issue of Fascism is out, including Nigel Copsey (Teesside): “Fascism but with an open mind”: Reflections on the Contemporary Far Right in (Western) Europe; and Manuel Mireanu (CEU): The Spectacle of Security in the Case of Hungarian Far-Right Paramilitary Groups. Dalibor Rohac on conspicuous frugality: Is cheap the new cool? David M. Maas reviews The Bible, Rocks and Time: Geological Evidence for the Age of the Earth by Davis A. Young and Ralph F. Stearley. Peter Schweiger on “History as Myth: On the Appropriation of the Past in Tibetan Culture”. Anashri Pillay reviews Children’s Socio-Economic Rights, Democracy and the Courts by Aoife Nolan. From Caribbean Business, when you’re talking about rum, how much does the Caribbean really matter? Yemeni Farea al-Muslimi loves America, hates al-Qaeda, and says drone strikes make them stronger.
Maria Francisca Carneiro (Parana): Law and Proportions: Interdisciplinary and Semiotic Foundations for an Idea of Justice. Daniela Cammack (Harvard): Plato and the Construction of Justice. Jacob Weinrib (Toronto): Permissive Laws and the Dynamism of Kantian Justice. John Tasioulas ‏(UCL): HLA Hart on Justice and Morality. Steven R. Ratner (Michigan): Ethics and International Law: Integrating the Global Justice Project(s). Loren King (Wilfrid Laurier): Concepts, Conceptions, and Principles of Justice. Luis Cabrera reviews Justice, Institutions and Luck: The Site, Ground, and Scope of Equality by Kok-Chor Tan. David A. Crocker reviews Habilitation, Health, and Agency: A Framework for Basic Justice by Lawrence C. Becker. Equality of opportunity: Steven Mazie on Obama’s Rawlsian vision. Edward Luce interviews Michael Sandel on his global lectures, Obama and education’s new frontiers. Michael Sandel’s famous Harvard course on Justice launches as a MOOC.