From Wired, a special issue celebrates the magazine’s 20th anniversary. 40 years of icons: Jesse Hicks on the evolution of the modern computer interface. From Popular Science, a look at how the most powerful supercomputer of 2009 is already obsolete. Joel Mokyr reviews The American Technological Challenge: Stagnation and Decline in the 21st Century by Jan Vijg. What happened to the Internet productivity miracle? John Cassidy wonders. From IEET, David Brin on technologies that might change everything. Jathan Sadowski reviews Infinite Progress: How the Internet and Technology Will End Ignorance, Disease, Poverty, Hunger, and War by Byron Reese. The Delete Squad: Right now the rules of what you can — and can't — say on the internet are being rewritten by twenty-something tech executives; cross your fingers. David Wong on 6 new kinds of anxiety the Internet gave us.
Gordon Graham (PTS): Political Philosophy and the Dead Hand of History. Ari Kohen (Nebraska): Tumbling Political Theory. Fran Moran (NJCU): Fascist Pizza and the Lyceum Bakery: Remix, Mash-Up, and Student Generated Mixed Media in an Introductory Political Theory Course. Thom Brooks (Durham): In Defence of Political Theory: Impact and Opportunities. From the International Journal of Multicultural Education, Masakazu Matsumoto (Shimane): Political Theorizing and Policy Implications: The Case of a Rawlsian Approach to Multicultural Education. A Theory of Justice, the Musical imagines philosopher John Rawls as a time-traveling adventurer. Kye Barker reviews Hannah Arendt and Political Theory: Challenging Tradition by Steve Buckler. Larry Arnhart on Hobbesian political philosophy as empirical science.
Deepak Lal (UCLA): Is the Washington Consensus Dead? Kate Hakala on 10 reasons why hookup culture isn't leaving a generation unhappy and unfulfilled. This is the new face of American sadism: the unconcealed burst of joy at the thought that pain is going to be inflicted on someone weak and helpless. Futurlawma: Justin Wales on 21st century solutions to 31st century problems. Ben Thompson on the “Badass of the Week”. The man who invented the predator: Before he designed the world’s most feared drone, Abraham Karem was just trying to get a robot to stay in the air. How can we explain why cognitive biases are not wiped away by natural selection? Petr Gocev on the evolution of good and evil. Through the mirror: Eric Hayot on Claude Levi-Strauss. If the Koch brothers want to pay too much for newspapers, let them. Will we ever see the end of “the end of?” Carlos Lozada wants to know.
A new issue of Inside Indonesia is out. Brandon Levy (Houston): The Status of Women in the People's Republic of China. The Trillion-Dollar Bureaucrat: He may be the most important central banker in the world — but is China's Zhou Xiaochuan really in charge? Ethan Devine on what Americans should understand about Japan's 1990s economic bust. Neil Irwin on why Japan is the most interesting story in global economics right now. Pankaj Mishra on how democracy kills in Indonesia and Pakistan. Against the Brahmins: Pankaj Mishra has little time for elite bromides about Asia’s glorious rise. The rise of global civilization: Robert W. Merry interviews Kishore Mahbubani, author of The Great Convergence: Asia, the West and the Logic of One World. Who rules Singapore? Murray Hunter on the only true mercantile state in the world. Stephen Minas reviews Lee Kuan Yew: The Grand Master’s Insights on China, the United States, and the World.
David S. Schwartz (Wisconsin): High Federalism: Marijuana Legalization and the Limits of Federal Power to Regulate States. From Jacobin, Jeremy K. Kessler on the Last Lost Cause: Was the mid-century dominance of southern Democrats essential to the defeat of Hitler and the triumph of American democracy? Robert Skidelsky on what Keynes actually meant when he said, “in the long run, we are all dead”. Throwing out the mismatch baby with the paleo-bathwater: Robert O. Deaner and Benjamin M. Winegard review of Paleofantasy: What Evolution Really Tells Us about Sex, Diet, and How We Live by Marlene Zuk. From Crime Library, Gary C. King on cannibalism and the strange case of Nathaniel Bar-Jonah. Authors are hungry for translators and translators desperate for recognition — the new website Authors and Translators attempts to align their desires.
Mark Rienzi (CUA): God and the Profits: Is There Religious Liberty for Money-Makers? Kevin Hartnett on how Evangelical Christianity and conservative politics don't have to go together. Barney Jopson meets the US Christian creationists aiming to construct a new Noah’s ark in the hills of Kentucky. From Time, Elizabeth Dias on the rise of evangelicos. Kristian Petersen interviews James Wellman, Jr., author of Rob Bell and A New American Christianity. David Platt, Francis Chan, Shane Claiborne, and now Kyle Idleman are dominating the Christian best-seller lists by attacking our comfortable Christianity — but is “radical faith” enough? R.R. Reno on religion and public life in America. The first chapter from After Cloven Tongues of Fire: Protestant Liberalism in Modern American History by David A. Hollinger. Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn: Jesus was the “original hipster”.
David Adam Friedman (Willamette): Micropaternalism. From Buzzfeed’s longform BuzzReads, Joe Flood goe inside America's elite search and rescue dog training center; and Natasha Vargas-Cooper goes deep inside the biggest little dildo factory in America. The Dean of Dissent: Michael Walzer on drones, democracy, and his retirement. Proof that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev had assimilated? He spoke black. Jett Heer on sex, economics, and austerity: The real meaning of Niall Ferguson’s John Maynard Keynes-was-gay jibe — and why Keynes is so threatening to conservative economists and moralists alike. If you get a PhD, get an economics PhD. When it comes to the distribution of the tax burden, what matters most are metrics like poverty, not inequality and, when it comes to reducing inequality, we should be looking for tools beyond the tax system.
From Jacobin, Shawn Gude on the industrial classroom: In resisting standardized testing, today’s teachers are part of a rich tradition of struggle against dehumanization in the workplace. Extreme education: Ron Paul teams with “stoner” Gary North to indoctrinate home-school kids. Mary McConnell reviews Homeschooling in America: Capturing and Assessing the Movement by Joseph Murphy and The Year of Learning Dangerously: Adventures in Homeschooling by Quinn Cummings. Heather Brady on the U.S.’s low standards for teacher training. Is this the best education money can buy? At Avenues, the $85 million bet on for-profit schooling is meeting its first real test — parents. The Politic examines Teach For America and the revolving door of public education. Kara Crabb on myths about science education: Why is there a distinction between science, art, and religion? Robert Evans on 5 things it turns out you were right to hate about school.
William E. Foster (Washburn): Partisan Politics and Income Tax Rates. Why would anyone ever want to run for Congress? Shane Goldmacher on how Democratic and Republican officials cajole potential candidates into signing on for constant stress, ceaseless fundraising, and the danger of losing your job every two years. The next Elizabeth Warren: In fighting lousy, overpriced Internet providers, Susan Crawford has found a populist crusade for our time. The most powerful vice president since the last vice president: Joe Biden is history's most powerful veep — just like all the others. Should Martin O’Malley be president? The governor of Maryland is a long shot for the White House — and the best manager in government today. Norm Ornstein on the myth of presidential leadership: Many Washington pundits are critical of the president’s ability to wrangle concessions out of Congress, but they forget that his power has limits.