Kalev Leetaru, Shaowen Wang, Guofeng Cao, Anand Padmanabhan, and Eric Shook (Illinois): Mapping the Global Twitter Heartbeat: The Geography of Twitter. Jonathan R. Foltz (Indiana): Leave the Internet Alone: What the F.C.C. Can Do, Market Forces Can Do Better. An Internet sales tax will not restrict your freedom: The web is real life, where people pay their fair share — eBay users should, too. Where have all the leaking sites gone? Remaining WikiLeaks clones offer lessons for the future. Mimi Ito on what teens get about the Internet that parents don't. A thousand words: The Internet has become a place of tremendous hate and rage — but it’ll clean itself up. Cole Stryker on the problem with public shaming: Unmasking racists and trolls on the Internet may feel like justice, but it does not drive social progress. The Twidiocracy: Matt Labash on the decline of Western civilization, 140 characters at a time.
Joanna Diane Caytas (Columbia): Conundrum of an Immigrant: Assimilation versus Cultural Preservation. From Distilled magazine, Sarang Shah on the ascent of technocracy, an ideology of silent radicalism; and Ben Jones on why Hitchens matters: Remembering the moral warrior. Neil Irwin on how inflation is too low almost everywhere on earth. Meet the Israeli Left's new ideas factory. Molly Redden on Bill Kristol's Galactic Empire: The many, many board seats of D.C.'s ultimate operator. Who knew that WikiLeaks was around in 1773? Scott McLemee takes a look at Ben Franklin's role — part Bradley Manning, part Julian Assange. The idea of a basic income for all citizens is often seen as a utopian dream — but the “Alaska Dividend” has existed for more than thirty years, and is immensely popular to this day. Hey, he took my blog post idea!
Takis S. Pappas (Macedonia): Why Greece Failed. Bojan Bugaric (Ljubljana): Europe Against the Left? On Legal Limits to Progressive Politics. Jens Dammann (Texas): The Right to Leave the Eurozone. Josephine A. W. Van Zeben (Indiana): Agenda Research Agenda for a Polycentric European Union. Brussels is not empowered to be a policeman for liberal democracy in Europe, not yet — but should it be? Following recent developments in Hungary and Romania, Jan-Werner Muller argues that it is legitimate for Brussels to interfere in individual member states as a democracy watchdog. George Soros and Hans-Werner Sinn debate the German Question. Ninety years after the March on Rome, fans and worshippers are still drawn to Mussolini’s hometown to commemorate his ideology. Alexander Svitych on why European identity will never work: Case study “EU vs. USSR”. The new European Heritage Label is here.
Houston Wood (Hawaii Pacific): An Invitation to Peace Studies. Farnoosh Rezaee Ahan (Uppsala): Theories on Female Genital Mutilation. Michael Walzer on Syria: What ought to be done? Joseph S. Fulda on the logical source of the evidentiary problems with video/audio-taped evidence: Lessons from the court martial of Captain James T. Kirk. An excerpt from Pink Globalization: Hello Kitty’s Trek across the Pacific by Christine R. Yano. The indiscriminate use of “Nazi” to describe anything to do with German institutions and policies during Hitler’s dictatorship creates a false historical understanding, says Richard Overy. What makes a political winner? Ideology and party platforms are overrated. David A. Nibert explains why veganism is a global imperative, and how we can work around the barriers to this goal thrown up by the capitalist system.
From New York, Jonathan Chait on the truth about legislative dynamics is complicated and depressing — people don’t want to hear it. If Obama went Bulworth, here’s what he’d say. Joe Klein on how putting Benghazi, the IRS’s Tea Party targeting and the Justice Department’s leak-hunting seizure of Associated Press phone records in the same basket is like comparing a mirage to a dishwasher to a diamond — there is no common thread. Democrats, Obama and the IRS can’t say it, so here goes: The only real sin the IRS committed in its ostensible targeting of conservatives is the sin of political incorrectness — that is, of not pretending it needed to vet all the new groups that wanted tax-exempt status, even though it mostly just needed to vet right-wing groups. The scandals are falling apart: When future generations look back on the scandals of our age, it’ll be the unchecked rise in global temperatures, not the Benghazi talking points, that infuriate them.
Sara Aronchick Solow and Barry Friedman (NYU): How to Talk About the Constitution. Jack M. Balkin (Yale): Must We Be Faithful to Original Meaning? S. L. Whitesell (Penn): The Church of Originalism. Lawrence Lessig (Harvard): What an “Originalist” Would Understand “Corruption” to Mean: The 2013 Jorde Lecture. Kiel Robert Brennan-Marquez (Yale): The Constitutional Idealism of John Roberts. The Roberts Supreme Court is the most business-friendly court since World War II. Michael Avery and Danielle McLaughlin on how conservatives captured the law: From modest academic roots, the Federalist Society has become a major force in scholarship, politics, and policy. Joshua Hawley on making the Supreme Court safe for democracy. The United States can’t be the world’s courthouse: Eric Posner on why the Supreme Court just killed off a whole category of human rights suits.
From M/C Journal, a special issue on mining. Jack M. Balkin (Yale): Verdi's High C. La nouvelle trahison des clercs: When scholars sell out, the consequences are grave. David Dayen on Newark's terrible new foreclosure fix idea: Activists in the city think eminent domain can save their neighborhoods. Consciousness after death: Brandon Keim on strange tales from the frontiers of resuscitation medicine. Ned Resnikoff on when the union’s the boss: While some level of personal sacrifice on the part of union organizers is inevitable, that can’t justify rendering them powerless over their own workplace conditions. James V. Schall on avoiding “prosperous wickedness”. Abnormal is the new normal: Why will half of the U.S. population have a diagnosable mental disorder? A look at 5 basic facts of life (that were made up by marketing campaigns).
From Immortal Life, will indefinite life extension arrive in 20 years, 50 years, never?; and in the future, with immortality, will there still be children? UC Riverside philosophy professor John Martin Fischer has received a $5-million grant to study immortality, but don't expect any ghost hunting or seances. How humans will respond to immortality: Austin Considine interviews John Fischer. How can I live forever? Gennady Stolyarov on what does and does not preserve the self. To attain immortality, humanity must become an emotionally honest species. Will “meatbag” bodies ever be immortal? Franco Cortese on longer life vs. unlimited life. Franco Cortese on immortality: Bio or cyber, does it matter? Killing deathist cliches: “Death gives meaning to life” is meaningless. Life, why bother? Rhys Southan reviews David Benatar’s Better Never to Have Been: The Harm of Coming into Existence.
Anita L. Allen (Penn): An Ethical Duty to Protect One's Own Information Privacy? From The Washington Monthly, why are U.S. Border Patrol agents shooting into Mexico and killing innocent civilians? John Carlos Frey investigates. A trip to Japan in sixteen minutes: In 1944, the self-imposed exile Sadakichi Hartmann died dreaming of the perfume concert that failed to take him home. Will a tattoo ever hang in the Louvre? Meet the unconventional art historians trying to discover what it means for an image to be marked on the body. Deng Xiaoping and Margaret Thatcher, kindred spirits: Michael Kimmage reviews Strange Rebels: 1979 and the Birth of the 21st Century by Christian Caryl. I am not a Zizek tote bag: Alice Bell on branding and the abstraction of social life. North Carolina needed 6,500 farm workers — only 7 Americans stuck it out.
Kyle Koeppe (George Mason): The Ugly as Political: Black Metal and Adorno. From PopMatters, anatomy of a viral smash: Dave Whitaker on Bauuer's “Harlem Shake”; Geoff Nelson on the rise and fall of the Strokes; and Colin McGuire writes in defense of opening acts. The ladies sing the blues: Isha Singh Sawhney on the new sounds of female playback singers. Jamilah King on the trouble with Justin Timberlake’s appropriation of black music. The Beatles thawed the Cold War more efficiently than missiles or diplomacy: James McNair reviews How The Beatles Rocked the Kremlin by Leslie Woodhead. Rock and roll is (mostly) noise pollution — and now book publishing is choking on it, as rock enters its “memoir” phase. Matthew Breen interviews Tegan and Sara on leaving a political record. Randy Rieland on eight new things we've learned about music. Jason Iannone on the 6 least hip Internet references in song lyric history.