From Renewal, Jonathan Rutherford on the first New Left, Blue Labour and English modernity. From Prospect, the relentless charm of Nigel Farage: Edward Docx on the secret of Ukip’s success. Is anti-racism anti-English? UKIP leader Nigel Farage's Scottish misadventure last week raises important questions about racism, Englishness and English nationalism. Recent calls for “renewed” identities in the UK mean little so long as they fail to assess the role of the state in a multicultural society — it is easier to be a global citizen when you are confident in the fulfilment of your rights as a national citizen. John Cruddas reviews The British Dream: Successes and Failures of Post-War Immigration by David Goodhart. Making the going good for getting out: Robert Henderson suggests some ways in which the No side can maximize its chances of winning the referendum on EU membership.
The latest issue of Steampunk magazine is out. From Philosophy Now, what’s so bad about being a zombie? Dien Ho asks if you’d be better off undead; and fortune-tellers and causation: Sean Moran won’t be palmed off by talk of backwards causation. Matthew Philips on how the deficit is shrinking — and nobody cares. From Arrested Development to Dr. Who, how binge watching is changing our culture. United Nations tells Ron Paul to shove his lawsuit right up his ass. Michael Kazin on how unions got on board with immigration reform. From Breakthrough, a debate on obesity and the overweight. Ken Silverstein on the secret donors behind the Center for American Progress and other think tanks: Washington institutions esteemed for their independent scholarship don't disclose donations from corporations and foreign governments. Jan Dumolyn and Jelle Haemers on the five most common insults and slogans of medieval rebels.
Peter J. Boettke (George Mason): Fearing Freedom: The Intellectual and Spiritual Challenge to Liberalism. Charles Hill on a Burke for our time: He was an eighteenth-century Irish statesman, but Edmund Burke still has plenty to say today. Josh Barro, the loneliest Republican: Jonathan Chait on what to make of the 28-year-old columnist's contempt for the GOP — and its would-be reformers (and more by Ezra Klein and more by Mike Konczal). Aaron Leonard reviews Becoming Right: How Campuses Shape Young Conservatives by Amy J. Binder and Kate Wood. Senator Mike Lee on what conservatives are for. Matt Zwolinski on six reasons libertarians should reject the non-aggression principle (and more). John Samples reviews Devouring Freedom: Can Big Government Ever Be Stopped? by W. James Antle III.
A new issue of e-flux is out. Cass Sunstein (Harvard): The Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs: Myths and Realities. From Logos, Stephen Eric Bronner on why utopia must remain utopian. Filthy and violent it may be, but life is still precious for the world's street children — can you look them in the eye? John Quiggin on how austerity has been tested, and it failed. Wealth of Negations, grammatical naysayers have brought out a second acerbic edition glossarising the crisis of language in the crisis of the capital labour relation of this early accursed 21st century. Rick Searle on the ethics of a simulated universe. Amina Tawasil on why “1 + 1” is more than an equation. Bruce Bartlett on Proposition 13, 35 years later. Stop hating on the IRS: It does as good a job chasing tax cheats as we let it. Who will stick up for the IRS? Kevin Drum wants to know. Mad about the IRS mess? Blame Congress.
Kara W. Swanson (Northeastern): The End of Men, Again. A marriage mystery: Why aren't more wives outearning their husbands? Man-pleasing and feminism: How much is too much when it comes to “dressing for him”? From The Atlantic Monthly, Benjamin Schwarz on the rise and fall of charm in American men: Few possess it, and few want to — explaining men's ambivalent relationship with an amoral virtue; and Karen vs. Kevin: Nicole Allan on the persistence of pro-male gender bias. Unexcited? There may be a pill for that: Daniel Bergner on the pharmaceutical quest to give women a better sex life (and more and more). Don't “shrink it and pink it” if you want to appeal to women: Emma Sinclair reviews The Daring Book for Boys in Business by Jane Cunningham and Philippa Roberts. What if gender roles in advertising were reversed?
The latest issue of Plato: The Internet Journal of the International Plato Society is now out. David Chalmers (ANU): Why Isn't There More Progress in Philosophy? From the Journal for the History of Analytical Philosophy, Andreas Vrahimis (Cyprus): "Was There a Sun Before Men Existed?": A. J. Ayer and French Philosophy in the Fifties. Do novels tell us anything about the ethical life that analytic philosophy cannot? Liam Burrell wonders. From 3:AM, Edouard Machery is a killer cool philosopher working on the cutting edge of interfaces between analytic philosophy, psychology, xphi and cognitive science; and David Papineau is still roving in the deep philosophical waters even though he knows that he’ll never know everything. Ben Laurence reviews Constructivism in Practical Philosophy. Julian Baggini interviews Daniel Dennett: “You can make Aristotle look like a flaming idiot”.
Emily Beaulieu (Kentucky): Political Parties and Perceptions of Election Fraud in the US. Race, intelligence, and genetics for curious dummies: Ta-Nehisi Coates interviews Neil Risch, author of "Assessing Genetic Contributions to Phenotypic Differences Among 'Racial' and 'Ethnic' Groups". Kimberley Fletcher reviews Boilerplate: The Fine Print, Vanishing Rights, and the Rule of Law by Margaret Jane Radin. Mary Valle reads some phenomenal material by an organization called National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality. Justin Fox on seven fun facts about corporate taxes. From ProPublica, Kim Barker and Justin Elliott on six facts lost in the IRS scandal. The president’s secret political philosophy is apparently rooted in seventeenth-century Rotterdam: Mark Schmitt reviews Out of Many, One: Obama and the Third American Political Tradition by Ruth O’Brien.
Engy Abdelkader (Penn): “Savagery” in the Subways: Anti-Muslim Ads, the First Amendment, and the Efficacy of Counterspeech. Seval Yildirim (Whittier): Global Tangles: Law, Headcoverings and Religious Identity. For years Saif Rahman has been an agnostic and an ex-Muslim activist — so why is he thinking of calling himself a cultural Muslim? From Big Think, Derek Beres on how to convert a Muslim to Jesus (or not). Two popes and a primate: David Brakke on the changing face of global Christianity. From The American Conservative, Andrew Doran on how the Iraq War became a war on Christians — and why supporting Syria's rebels may extinguish Christianity in its oldest environs (and more). Given that the 12 apostles were all of Middle Eastern origin, born round about the year 0, how come they all had common English names?
Jeremy Patrick (Southern Queensland): The Curious Persistence of Blasphemy: Canada and Beyond (Dissertation, April 2013). Jon Lovett on life lessons in fighting the culture of bullshit: What politics taught me that current graduates need to know. Hugo Schwyzer on how masturbation is at the root of the culture wars. David Sessions on the fascist history behind Dominique Venner’s suicide at Notre Dame. Unwittingly participating in the Panopticon: Anyone want to place a wager on how many months it will be after the XBox One is released before there's a "XBox Spying" scandal? It doesn’t matter whether it’s actually illegal — in fact, it’s actually worse because it’s probably legal. Politically, if not substantively, Obama’s speech represents a watershed moment: For the first time in the post-9/11 world, the domestic political threat in the war on terror comes from the left rather than the right.
From LRB, Thomas Jones reviews The Carbon Crunch: How We’re Getting Climate Change Wrong — and How to Fix It by Dieter Helm, Earthmasters: The Dawn of the Age of Climate Engineering by Clive Hamilton, and The City and the Coming Climate: Climate Change in the Places We Live by Brian Stone. Scientists agree on climate change — so why doesn’t everyone else? The climate-change wars begin this summer: Jonathan Chait on how the big partisan fight of the summer will not be over scandals. Ramez Naam on seven reasons why China may be the world leader in fighting climate change. There are therapists who specialize in managing environmental anxiety, but you know what? Let me suffer — I’m not sure I deserve to be psychologically comfortable on this front.