From Foreign Policy, a special issue on Failed States. The Supreme Court issued six rulings yesterday — here’s what they said (and more by Scott Lemieux). 15 years of Ars: Cyrus Farivar on the individuals who redefined gaming, music, and tech policy — considering John Carmack (Quake III), Tim Wu (net neutrality), Shawn Fanning (Napster). Mansfield Frazier on how the Trayvon circus begins and why it could get ugly. Kate Redburn on Google and the liberal man’s burden: As Silicon Valley is learning, “pinkwashing” is the perfect tool for political misdirection. From LARB, what makes Hong Kong special? Jeffrey Wasserstrom wonders. Ian Reifowitz on the Right-wing "civil war" over immigration: Free Republic vs. Wall Street Journal. Two things happened in Boston on Marathon Monday: One was a violent crime and an act of terror, and the other its opposite — Sean Flynn recounts the harrowing, heroic minutes when those two worlds collided. If the protests in Brazil are about any one thing, it’s the agony of urban poverty, and it’s not just Brazil — Janine di Giovanni on the looming crisis facing global cities. Katie McDonough interviews Alan Chambers, President of Exodus International, on the future of the “ex-gay” movement. With secrets or embarrassing reports, Pentagon says there's nothing to see. [Intern, give this humor piece a title by noon at the latest.]
From Anthropologies, a special issue on confronting race and racism. From Guernica, a special issue on race in America. Ellen D. Katz (Michigan): A Cure Worse than the Disease? Robert Parrish (Elon): How Quickly We Forget: The Short and Undistinguished Career of Affirmative Action. Wendy Parker (Wake Forest): Recognizing Discrimination: Lessons from White Plaintiffs. Rebecca Gould (Yale-NUS): Jim Crow in the Soviet Union. James H. Dee reviews Race: Antiquity and Its Legacy: Ancients and Moderns by Denise Eileen McCoskey. John Lewis's long fight for voting rights: Nearly five decades after Bloody Sunday in Selma, he’s in the fight of his life, as the Supreme Court threatens to overturn his signature achievement. Steven Hill on how the Voting Rights Act hurts Democrats and minorities. Cedric Johnson and Mel Rothenberg on black politics in the age of Obama. From FDL, a book salon on Homophobia in the Black Church: How Faith, Politics, and Fear Divide the Black Community by Anthony Stanford. Should blacks collect racist memorabilia? Henry Louis Gates Jr. wonders. Eric Horowitz on the hazards of debating race and inequality.
From Diplomatic Courier, Vahram Ayvazyan on Putin’s Russia vs. a Russians’ Russia. How much does Vladimir Putin love annoying the West? This much. Daniil Kotsyubinsky on Putin’s divorce and the alpha tragedy of the beta male. Mark Adomanis on what it means to be “pro-Putin”. Victor Pelevin, Russia's hottest satirical novelist, takes on the anti-Putin opposition. From pump to Putin: Neil Buckley reviews Wheel of Fortune: The Battle for Oil and Power in Russia by Thane Gustafson. Whose idea was it to build a winter resort in the warmest part of Russia? Mikhail Loginov on Russia's paedophile hunters. Tom Peeping on why Russians are the scariest white people. Racism in Russia: Ilyana Ovshieva on how Moscow capitalizes on xenophobia. Sean Guillory on migrants and Russia’s split national identity. Communist-era justifications for bigotry don't make sense anymore — so why is Russia so homophobic?
From NYRB, Haleh Esfandiari on President Hassan Rouhani, Iran’s man in the middle; and Martin Wolf on how austerity has failed. President Obama is announcing major new climate plans Tuesday — a chart explains why. Hawaii Sen. Brian Schatz on winning on climate: “These people have to be ridiculed”. Edward Snowden in Moscow, Twitter erupts — en route to Cuba, and then Ecuador — but why Ecuador? (or maybe not) Was Tamerlan Tsarnaev a double agent recruited by the FBI? Peter Dale Scott investigates. From The Baffler, Heather Havrilesky on Fifty Shades of Late Capitalism; Hussein Ibish on the United Sades of America; and Slavoj Zizek is camera shy, blah blah blah blah blah blah. From Marginal Revolution, Tyler Cowen on emerging markets, hitting a wall; and Matt Ridley covers patents and the Tabarrok Curve. Alex Ruthrauff on six steps that Paula Deen could take to retool her image and revive her career. From The Washington Monthly, Kathleen Geier on the secret of Costco’s success revealed! (hint: no MBAs need apply) Jesus Diaz on Wozniak on Jobs' biopic: “Young Steve wasn't a saint”.
From The New Atlantis, a special section on the evolution of human nature, including Randal R. Hendrickson on Steven Pinker and reason’s progress against violence; Micah Mattix on just-so storytelling and the “art instinct”; Whitley Kaufman on the moral paradoxes of sociobiology; and Peter Augustine Lawler on the surprisingly traditional values of evolutionary psychologists. Allen Frances on Charles Darwin, the greatest psychologist. Did sexual selection and culture interact in the evolution of human height? Research suggests our early human ancestors thought grass was delicious. A new discovery of ancient diet in China shatters conventional ideas of how agriculture emerged. Rhitu Chatterjee on why humans took up farming. Why become a farmer? If you think about it, why humans switched from hunting and gathering to agriculture is a big, big puzzle. First farmers were also inbred: Missing teeth suggest sex with close relatives helped bind early farming communities together.
Matt Lamkin (Stanford): Cognitive Enhancements and the Values of Higher Education. From Expositions, a special issue on ethics education. Jenny Davis on how the legitimacy and usefulness of academic blogging will shape how intellectualism develops. Academic journals have also come under attack recently, from scholars who charge that they are too quick to publish flashy, headline-generating results, which ultimately end up being disproven. David Rosen reviews Priests of Our Democracy: The Supreme Court, Academic Freedom and the Anti-Communist Purge by Marjorie Heins. Should everyone go to college? Mike LaBossiere wonders. Margaret Foster on college’s raison d’etre: British literature or software engineering? No-confidence: Rebecca Nathanson on John Sexton and what kind of university we want NYU to be. NYU neatly embodies everything wrong with higher education in America. Two-thirds of college students think they’re going to change the world.
Alberto Asquer (SOAS): The Governance of Big Data: Perspectives and Issues. From The Jury Expert, Nathan Weber (Flinders) and Tim Perfect (Plymouth): Why Telling a Witness That It’s OK to Say They Don’t Know Is Good for Justice. Marshall Poe interviews Prasannan Parthasarathi, author of Why Europe Grew Rich and Asia Did Not: Global Economic Divergence, 1600-1850. From The American Scholar, John V. Fleming, author of The Dark Side of the Enlightenment, on what’s to be gained today by studying the Age of Reason; and Pacifique Irankunda on playing at violence: Having grown up amid the horrors of Burundi’s civil war, a young man is bewildered by the American lust for warlike video games. Jim Pasztor on moral hazard and dangers to market stability. A note to Turkey’s prime minister, among others: Winning elections is not enough. Matt Shea on uncovering the "truth" among the conspiracy theorists at the 2013 Bilderberg Fringe Festival.
The inaugural issue of the Journal of Practical Ethics: A Journal of Philosophy, Applied to the Real World is now out. Henrik Lundberg (Gothenburg): Philosophical Thought and Its Existential Basis: The Sociologies of Philosophy of Randall Collins and Pierre Bourdieu. Erik Angner (George Mason): Is Empirical Research Relevant to Philosophical Conclusions? From 3:AM, Joel David Hamkins is a maths/logic hipster, melting the logic/maths hive mind with ideas that stalk the same wild territory as Frege, Tarski, Godel, Turing and Cantor; and Jennifer Lackey is the rootin’ tootin’ jive falutin’ philosopher of testimony and social epistemology. David Wall reviews Constructing the World by David J. Chalmers. Philosophy is a big tent kind of thing: There is a world of difference between being philosophical, being a proper philosopher, and being a professional philosopher. Name five women in philosophy — bet you can't: Tania Lombrozo on the mysterious underrepresentation of women in philosophy.
A new issue of The Atlantic Monthly is out. Dunja Larise (Science Po): State, Democracy and Ethnicity in Global Political Economy. Bouncing back may be tough, but so are we. Alison Bass reviews The Book of Woe: The DSM and the Unmaking of Psychiatry by Gary Greenberg and Saving Normal: An Insider’s Revolt Against Out-of-Control Psychiatric Diagnosis, DSM-5, Big Pharma, and the Medicalization of Ordinary Life by Allen Frances. From Culture Wars, Alexander Zubatov on the ascendancy of the ass-backwards masses and how we can still turn it around. An excerpt from If A, Then B: How the World Discovered Logic by Michael Shenefelt and Heidi White. From Political Theology, welcome to the Desert of the Real, once more. Political motivation and piracy: Douglas Guilfoyle on what history doesn’t teach us about law. From Five Books, an interview with Gideon Rachman on the world since 1978.
Chad R. Carlson (Eastern Illinois): The Reality of Fantasy Sports: A Metaphysical and Ethical Analysis. Andre Douglas Pond Cummings (Indiana Tech): Junior Seau, Head Trauma, and the NFL's Concussion Problem. With the Washington Redskins finally relevant on a national stage, Dave Zirin argues that Dan Snyder can no longer hide from the bigotry of his team's name. How does the NHL promote safety and allow players to smash each other in the face with their fists? John Rawls was a pretty serious baseball fan — he was just way better at philosophy. The national pastime may be past its time — but those who think it’s boring need to think again. Brazil as the world's 22nd best team: The 2014 hosts are in a stunning slump. Kevin Flixer reviews The Secret Lives of Sports Fans: The Science of Sports Obsession by Eric Simons. If colleges do not act soon to resolve the tensions between commercialism and education in athletics programs, a resolution will be imposed upon them (and more).