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.