A new issue of the Journal of Terrorism Research is out. Thomas Hegghammer (FFI): Should I Stay or Should I Go? Explaining Variation in Western Jihadists' Choice between Domestic and Foreign Fighting. Peter J. Phillips (USQ): The Theory of the Rise of the Lone Wolf Terrorist: Diseconomies to Scale and Terrorism at the Smallest Scale of Production. Dawinder S. Sidhu (New Mexico): Lessons on Terrorism and “Mistaken Identity” from Oak Creek, with a Coda on the Boston Marathon Bombings. Nationalism, madness, and terrorism: Liah Greenfeld on how a key to the Tsarnaevs’ behavior may perhaps be found in developments in England 500 years ago. Preventive measures: Hendrik Hertzberg on the costs of counterterrorism. Liane Hartnett reviews Liberal Terror by Brad Evans. Is the war on terrorism over? David S. Maxwell on unconventional warfare. Peter Bergen on how Bush's war on terror is over.
Roland Paris (Ottawa): Afghanistan: What Went Wrong? Ian Murphy on Bill Maher and the Evangelical Left: The Left has become the Right, and the Right has gone totally insane. From Sydney Review of Books, will any of us be read in fifty years? Brian Castro on literature and fashion. Congressmen propose the mother of all voting rights protections. This is how the NRA ends: A bigger, richer, meaner gun-control movement has arrived. From California Literary Review, a list of the 100 Greatest Gangster Films. Neuroscientist Susan Greenﬁeld talks about her quest to cure Alzheimer’s, how the internet is rewiring our minds and her knack for attracting heat. From Standpoint, Roger Kimball on why Maureen Dowd is overrated and Robert Low on why Melanie Phillips is underrated; and have you heard the one about Auschwitz? Far more than an exercise in oy-veying and kvetching, the Jewish joke is a vital strategy for survival in a bleak and hostile world.
Owen M. Fiss (Yale): The Democratic Mission of the University. Rebecca Gould (Yale-NUS): Open-Sourcing the Global Academy: Aaron Swartz’s Legacy. From Minding the Campus, David Wilezol on how elite colleges drive income inequality; and what happened to the great state universities? James Piereson wants to know. Can venture capital deliver on the promise of the public university? Bob Meister writes an open letter to Daphne Koller, co-founder and co-president of Coursera. Aaron Bady on the MOOC Moment and the end of reform. There’s nothing more boring or conventional than a textbook, but two hundred years ago they were as cutting-edge as a MOOC, and augured a revolution in the way we think about knowledge. Daniel Luzer reviews College (Un)bound: The Future of Higher Education and What It Means for Students by Jeffrey J. Selingo.
From 4strugglemag, a special issue on resisting sexism, homophobia and transphobia. From The Umlaut, J Arthur Bloom on paleo against the world (and a response and more). Obstruct this: After four years of Senate obstruction, Obama finally makes his move. Where does identity come from? A fascinating new neuroscience experiment probes an ancient philosophical question and hints that you might want to get out more. This summer is looking like it might bring the British far-right and those who oppose them into contact on a regular basis. The conservative plan to starve government has paid off with the IRS scandal: The more we learn about the IRS vetting of conservative groups, the less it looks like an abuse of power than something much more mundane — a beleaguered agency with too few resources to handle its work-load. Eric Horowitz on how your social status influences the way you’re judged.
A new issue of Common-place is out. Aaron Robert Gott (FSU): Due Process, Neutrality, and Booze. The hard facts collected by “a numbers man” over the course of his career yield an irrefutable conclusion: More guns equals more dead people. The world once dreamt American dreams — who or what will rise up to fill the imagination void? Is your state's highest-paid employee a coach? (Probably) Jed Kolko on where Americans look for vacation homes. Still the Redeemer Nation: The ceaseless quest for redemption in politics and culture is one of the chronic infirmities of American national life — but God forbid we should ever give it up. For all the legacies that American politics has bequeathed to the world, one that rarely gets acclaim is its linguistic legacy. An excerpt from The Jet Sex: Airline Stewardesses and the Making of an American Icon by Victoria Vantoch. Steve Shapiro on 6 sacred icons of American culture that aren't even American.