Tracey Holzhueter (York): Can You Hear Me Now? How Neutrality Provided Switzerland with a Strong National Identity Within the European Union. Sveinung Legard interviews Robert Ogman, author of Against the Nation: Anti-National Politics in Germany (and more). Dresden, Nazi-free: Moritz Wichmann on the new politics of German civil disobedience. Sazana Capriqi on how gender divisions, deeply rooted in myth and in society, have spelled more violence and suffering for the Balkans than any concrete benefit. Europeans exhibit unity only in the face of a dire threat: Tony Barber reviews Europe: The Struggle for Supremacy, 1453 to the Present by Brendan Simms (and more). Jennifer Thomson reviews Morality Politics in Western Europe: Parties, Agendas and Policy Choices. Governments now answer to business, not voters; mainstream parties grow ever harder to distinguish — is democracy dead?
Heather Gerken (Yale): Exit, Voice, and Disloyalty. From The Nation, a special issue on the Gilded City: Bloomberg's New York. Bruce Bartlett on the trouble with dynamic scoring. If people could immigrate anywhere, would poverty be eliminated? Some economists are pushing for "open borders". Scott McLemee reviews Mad Men, Mad World: Sex, Politics, Style and the 1960s. John Danaher on revisiting Thomas Nagel on the absurdity of life (and part 2). Elizabeth Drew on Obama and the myth of arm-twisting. Samuel George on the message from Latin America: Austerity, then growth. Reinhart and Rogoff aren’t the problem — the Republican Party is. Eulogy for the blog: As The New York Times moves to eliminate theirs, we should remember its golden age. The atheist who strangled me: In which Sam Harris teaches me Brazilian jiu-jitsu and explains why violence is like rebirth.
Perry Mehrling (Columbia), Zoltan Pozsar (U.S. Treasury), James Sweeney (Credit Suisse), and Daniel H. Neilson (INET): Bagehot was a Shadow Banker: Shadow Banking, Central Banking, and the Future of Global Finance. From Rolling Stone, Matt Taibbi on the Biggest Price-Fixing Scandal Ever: The second huge financial scandal of the year reveals the real international conspiracy — there's no price the big banks can't fix. John Keane on a short history of banks and democracy. Regulatory Rockstar: Elizabeth Warren is using her Senate seat to grill those who let the big banks off the hook. Matthew Yglesias reviews The Bankers’ New Clothes by Anat Admati and Martin Hellwig. Neil Irwin on 10 shocking things you probably didn’t know about central banking. Has financialization gone too far? Robert Solow on how to save American finance from itself.
Makoto Usami (Tokyo Tech): Global Justice: From Responsibility to Rights. James Fallows talks with space entrepreneur Eric Anderson about the next wave of space exploration. The disaster network: Twelve years after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, news and comfort travels faster. Why was Paul Krugman so wrong? Everyone's favorite Nobel-winning Keynesian is no longer gravely deluded on the global economy — how much can we trust him now? The economic argument is over — Paul Krugman has won. Marty Klein on George W. Bush, the man who tried to ruin sex. We all know scrotal testicles evolved to keep sperm cooler than the rest of the body, but evolutionary psychology’s activation hypothesis explains so much more. “Patriotism is when you make sacrifices that benefit me. Socialism is when I make sacrifices that benefit you”.
Martha Albertson Fineman (Emory): Feminism, Masculinities, and Multiple Identities. Jamie R. Abrams (Louisville): Enforcing Masculinities at the Borders. Why is the social shaping of masculinity not an urgent policy issue? Cynthia Cockburn and Ann Oakley on the cost of masculine crime. Andrea Castillo on the problems with “patriarchy”: How does a system that was supposedly created for the domination of men fail so miserably to save such a large number of its prized specimens from such dreadful outcomes? Jaclyn Friedman on Toxic Masculinity: If we want to end the pandemic of rape, it’s going to require an entire global movement of men willing to do the hard work of interrogating the ideas they were raised with. Why are terrorists so often men? Tamerlan Tsarnaev was performing a kind of masculinity through public destruction. America's military-masculinity complex is generating violence on a mass scale — at home.