From VQR, Jesse Dukes on the growing evangelical population in Latin America. The Vatican is in a bind about the Mexican cult of Santa Muerte. Flavie Halais on pacifying Rio: What's behind Latin America's most talked about security operation. Robert Valencia on how the Latin American press is losing its voice. Jandira Queiroz, Fernando D’Elio and David Maas on the “ex-gay” movement in Latin America. George Garcia Quesada reviews Marx and Freud in Latin America: Politics, Psychoanalysis, and Religion in Times of Terror by Bruno Bosteels. Experimenting on good governance: Across a swath of Latin America a quiet experiment is taking shape. Ilan Stavans on Latin America in the world today. Oscar Montealegre on the Latin American decade in motion.
From the latest issue of Philosophy and Public Affairs, the late Ronald Dworkin on A New Philosophy for International Law; Joseph Heath (Toronto): The Structure of Intergenerational Cooperation; Avihay Dorfman (Tel Aviv) and Alon Harel (HUJ): The Case Against Privatization. Alissa Quart on adventures in neurohumanities: Applying neuroscience to the study of literature is fashionable — but is it the best way to read a novel? Carlos Lozada reviews Simpler by Cass Sunstein and Citizenville by Gavin Newsom. What baby names say about everything else: Social scientists turn to names to understand changing tastes, class, and how ideas spread. The cartography of bullshit: Siddhartha Mitter on Max Fisher’s map of the world’s most and least racially tolerant countries. Duke University Press announces the launch of Transgender Studies Quarterly. The journal The New Atlantis turns ten this week.
Thomas Nail (Denver): Deleuze, Occupy, and the Actuality of Revolution. Kathleen Cole (UCSB): Power is Everywhere: Social Inequality from Discursive Formations to Patterns of Activation. From Synthesis Philosophica, Lenart Skof (Primorska): Two Recurrences of an Idea: On Political and Ethical Vicissitudes of Democracy: Towards a Politics of Nonviolence; Betul Cotuksoken (Maltepe): Anthropontology as a New Kind of Ontology; and Ahu Tuncel (Maltepe): The Ontology of Zoon Politikon. Duane H. Davis reviews Early Twentieth-Century Continental Philosophy by Leonard Lawlor. Christopher Watkin interviews Mathew Abbott, author of The Figure of This World: Agamben and the Question of Political Ontology. Nick Skiadopoulos on the Real vs Zizek. Samuel Grove interviews Colin Wright, author of Badiou in Jamaica: The Politics of Conflict.
Stephen Schulhofer (NYU): Oversight of National Security Secrecy in the United States. From the Asia-Pacific Journal, Peter Dale Scott on America’s Unchecked Security State: The Toxic Legacy of J. Edgar Hoover’s Illegal Powers and The Continuity of COG Detention Planning, 1948-2001. From LARB, Andrew Scull reviews The Book of Woe: The DSM and the Unmaking of Psychiatry by Gary Greenberg and Hippocrates Cried: The Decline of American Psychiatry by Michael Alan Taylor; and William Flesch reviews Phi: A Voyage from the Brain to the Soul by Giulio Tononi. Stephen Benedict Dyson on the political science of Star Trek. Elizabeth Drew on why Obama is not Nixon. From The New Yorker, a word from our sponsor: Jane Mayer on David Koch and public television. Michele Pridmore-Brown reviews Like A Virgin: How Science Is Redesigning the Rules of Sex by Aarathi Prasad.
The quest for imperfection: To tech enthusiasts, the world is a problem waiting to be solved through progress — but what if many of us are quite content to live imperfectly? The One-Person Product: Marco Arment on David Karp and Tumblr. Felix Salmon on why Yahoo-Tumblr makes sense. Back from the dead, AOL is reinventing itself as a media company. David Goldman on Shodan, the scariest search engine on the Internet. Over salad and club sandwiches at his $24m rented mansion in New Zealand, “hacker king” Kim Dotcom tells David Pilling that his crazy days are behind him. The man who “nearly broke the internet”: Sven Olaf Kamphuis is accused of global cybercrime, but Spanish police found him in a squalid flat with his name on the letterbox. The Underhanded C Contest is a little different — it calls on software developers to create something that's deliciously malicious. Ever wonder what an internet troll is like in person? Mother Jones met one in his lair.
Daniel Sutter (Oklahoma) and Daniel J. Smith (Troy): Soviet Sports and the Efficiency of Central Planning. From Fletcher Forum, a photo essay on countries of the former Soviet Union. After being uncovered by Soviet archaeologists, ancient mysteries revealed in Turkmen desert sands. Ethan Pollock reviews Stalin’s Think Tank: The Varga Institute and the Making of the Stalinist Idea of World Economy and Politics, 1927-1953 by Kyung Deok Roh. Derek Mead on Petr Mikhailovich Borisov, the Soviet scientist who dreamed of melting the Arctic with a 55-mile-long dam. A proposed new law has Moldova’s Russian speakers fearing the end of bilingualism, while members of other ethnic groups worry they could lose their languages entirely. Asya Pereltsvaig on Stalin’s ethnic deportations and the gerrymandered ethnic map.
From Study of Changing Societies, a special issue on corruption. Dina Francesca Haynes (New England Law): The Celebritization of Human Trafficking. Lisa Margonelli on how the trailer park could save us all: A healthy, inexpensive, environmentally friendly solution for housing millions of retiring baby boomers is staring us in the face — we just know it by a dirty name. The Left Bank in the Vieux Carre: Charles Jeanfreau reviews Dixie Bohemia: A French Quarter Circle in the 1920s by John Shelton Reed. A bad day for Jason Richwine is a good day for his white nationalist editor, Richard Spencer. Felix Salmon on why Jamie Dimon needs a boss. Rome's Cassandra: Paul Baumann on George Weigel, the neoconservative leading the fight over the legacy of Vatican II in the American Church. Signature required? Technology has made signing our names a farce.
Edward J. Erler (CSU-San Bernardino): The Second Amendment as an Expression of First Principles. Aimee Elizabeth Kaloyares (Southern): Annie Get Your Gun? An Analysis of Reactionary Gun Control Law and Their Utter Failure to Protect Americans from Violent Gun Crimes. Founding Firearms: Pam Karlan argues that Justice Antonin Scalia appears to abandon his originalist views when discussing guns and the Second Amendment. Is the N.R.A. Un-American? One of our traditions — throwing off the shackles of a government that has overstepped its bounds — is at odds with another, the one that accepts the results of elections. The right to bear blades: Daniel Engber on how we regulate Americans' other favorite weapon: the knife. Here are 5 mind-blowing facts nobody told you about guns.
From the latest issue of Dissensus, Sophie Bourgault (Ottawa): Prolegomena to a Rehabilitation of Platonic Moderation. The “Fucking Hipster” Show: Anthony Galluzzo on mocking hipsters in the service of capital. An odd assortment of heroes and villains all claimed to have been humbled in recent times — but how can it be that triumph and disaster both have the capacity to humble those who experience them? From The New Yorker, after Rana: James Surowiecki on Western companies and Bangladesh’s factory fire; and the baby in the well: Paul Bloom on the case against empathy. Boehner accidentally explains why his deficit position is phony. From LRB, is Wagner bad for us? Nicholas Spice wonders. Colin Farrelly on empirical ethics and the duty to extend the "biological warranty period". A look at how the rising sea is already a threat in the Caribbean region.
Peter E. Robertson and Longfeng (Western Australia): On the Existence of a Middle Income Trap. Erkan Goren (Oldenburg): How Ethnic Diversity Affects Economic Development. Todd Mitton (BYU): The Wealth of Subnations: Geography, Institutions, and Within-Country Development. Is there a curse of resources? Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson on the case of Cameroon. James Stewart on growth for low-income countries. Stephan Schmidt interviews Lorenzo Fioramonti, author of Gross Domestic Problem: The Politics Behind the World’s Most Powerful Number. Lorenzo Ferrari reviews The Poorer Nations: A Possible History of the Global South by Vijay Prashad. Three charts show how the world could end extreme poverty by 2030. Charles Kenny on why ending extreme poverty isn't good enough. If poverty ends, then what? Daniel Altman on why aid organizations should focus on making rich people happy, not making poor people less hungry.