Patrick Macklem (Toronto): Global Poverty and the Right to Development in International Law. Amanda Lenhardt and Andrew Shepherd (ODI): What Has Happened to the Poorest 50%? From Boston Review, a review essay on fighting global poverty by Pranab Bardhan. Why poor nations aren’t prisoners of their history: Charles Kenny reviews Turnaround: Third World Lessons for First World Growth by Peter Blair Henry. Matthew Yglesias on the best and simplest way to fight global poverty: Giving cash to poor people, no strings attached (and more). Brian Till interviews Paul Farmer on what he’s afraid of, and what’s wrong with the way we do aid. The World in 2030: The United Nations is vowing to end extreme poverty within our lifetimes — here's why that might actually be realistic. People in Norway are freezing to death; thank goodness some generous Africans are sending help — well, sort of.
From ResetDOC, Claus Offe (Hertie): Political Liberalism, Identity Politics, and the Role of Fear; Rajeev Bhargava (CSDS): The Difficulty of Reconciliation; and Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na’im (Emory): The Constant Mediation of Resentment and Retaliation. Ron Fournier on how Obama scandals threaten to kill “good government”: Emerging narrative supports claims that Washington is intrusive, incompetent, untrustworthy and heartless. Sir Martin Rees on how post-humans could colonise other worlds. The people have taken over American politics, and they hate it: The more Americans participate in their political system, the angrier and more disillusioned they become. Michael Walzer looks back on his decades at Dissent. Marty Klein on ten things humanists need to know about sex. Marcus Wohlsen on how our lust for stuff is making the whole world your mall.
Benedikt Fecher (DIW Berlin) and Sascha Friesike (Humboldt Institute): Open Science: One Term, Five Schools of Thought. Peter Hartl (St Andrews): Michael Polanyi on Freedom of Science. Rodney Shackelford on Trofim Lysenko, Soviet ideology, and pseudo-science. From Logos, what is science and why should we care? Alan Sokal investigates; Michael Ruse on democracy and pseudo-science; Margaret C. Jacob on Left, Right and science: Relativists and materialists; Barbara Forrest on rejecting the Founders’ legacy: Democracy as a weapon against science; and Lawrence Davidson on fundamentalist Christians, science, and democracy. When science and religion don't mix: Steve Jones’s attempt to ground the Bible in the physical world has not been universally popular among believers. Can science replace religion in our lives? Nigel Biggar wonders. Sean Carroll on how science and religion can’t be reconciled. Joel Primack on what cosmology can teach us about morality.
Khiara M. Bridges (BU): When Pregnancy is an Injury: Rape, Law, and Culture. From Vice, Grace Wyler is roadtripping with Rand Paul; and Alex Pasternack on how to build a secret Facebook. Hackers vs. suits; or why nerds become leakers: The same personality traits that make people good with computers also make them more likely to defy authority figures and social conventions (and more at Gawker). Josh Marshall on being skeptical of the notion that what Edward Snowden did is awesome just because leaking state secrets is always a heroic act. Doug Daniels on why the IRS should be more aggressive, not less. From The New Inquiry, Rob Horning on the primitive accumulation of cool. From Metanexus, William Grassie on how to be a competent outsider. Altai, identity, politics and history: Seth Wheeler interviews Wu Ming, the collective nom de plume for a band of four radical storytellers.
From The Stone, Jeffrey Frank on how Soren Kierkegaard's strategy of “indirect communication” is not too far removed from the “dog-whistling” of modern political campaigns. Ernie Lepore on a great day for philosophy. David Wolf on why Descartes still matters. From TPM, James Garvey interviews Nigel Warburton, virtual philosopher. Why does France insist school pupils master philosophy? Mark Vanhoenacker on how to sell philosophy: It just needs a product — thought experiments (TXes, if you will) — and a marketing plan. Steve Neumann uses the Food Network reality show Chopped as a springboard for an exploration of the types of individuals and corresponding lifestyles that exist in society. Wi-Phi's mission is to introduce people to the practice of philosophy by making videos that are freely available in a form that is entertaining, interesting and accessible. Lawmakers blame philosophy for recent spate of trolley deaths.
A new issue of Public Diplomacy is out. Teemu Ruskola (Emory): Canton is Not Boston: The Invention of American Imperial Sovereignty. Rosa Brooks (Georgetown): Democracy Promotion: Done Right, a Progressive Cause. Melinda Haring on reforming the democracy bureaucracy: Washington's democracy promotion community is a mess — here's how to fix it. Jordan Michael Smith on why Kennan matters. Do presidents really steer foreign policy? Joseph Nye says they can — but mainly by doing things other than what we want and expect from them (and an excerpt from Presidential Leadership and the Creation of the American Era). From American Diplomacy, Susan R. Johnson, Ronald E. Neumann and Thomas R. Pickering on how presidents are breaking the U.S. Foreign Service; and Curt Jones on a Guide for the Aspiring Imperialist. When it comes to selling guns to shady regimes, the United States is still firmly No. 1.
Nikolay Marinov (Yale) and Hein E. Goemans (Rochester): Coups and Democracy. Brian D. Earp, Olga A. Wudarczyk, Bennett Foddy, and Julian Savulescu (Oxford): Addicted to Love: What Is Love Addiction and When Should It Be Treated? From Wonkblog, Ezra Klein on how no one really believes in “equality of opportunity”; and surprise! When the rich get richer, taxes go lower. Can humans survive? Five mass extinctions have nearly wiped out life on earth — the sixth is coming. From Buzzfeed, Evan McMorris-Santoro on Deputy White House Chief of Staff Mark Childress, the most powerful man in the White House you’ve never heard of. Kevin Hartnett interviews Larry Hunter, the Cassandra of digital privacy: Thirty years ago, one man saw what the Internet was about to take away. As climate changes, one species faces extinction by becoming exclusively female.
Jessica Flanigan (Richmond): Charisma and Moral Reasoning. Paul Cliteur (Leiden): The Rudi Carrell Affair and its Significance for the Tension between Theoterrorism and Religious Satire. Lisa Elkins Goodman on the Jesus Mystery: Was the “original” Jesus a pagan god? P. Sufenas Virius Lupus on why he is an Antinoan Celtic Syncretistic Polytheistic Pagan. Is yoga a religion? Evangelical Christians in California tried to ban yoga in schools, so where is the line between the body and the soul? For seekers of all kinds on the Upper East Side, Logos is also a cozy bookshop with a lumpy recliner and a black cat named Boo Boo. Are Christian/religious people poor tippers? If a slain Muslim war hero had expressed the same views about other religions as Chris Kyle did, a profile of him would have called him an Islamist. How do religions manage to change their mind? Neuroscientist Kathleen Taylor says religious fundamentalism could be treated as a mental illness.
A new issue of Ducts is out. I. Glenn Cohen and Travis G. Coan (Harvard): Can You Buy Sperm Donor Identification? An Experiment. From Edge, blood is their argument: A special event on Napoleon Chagnon, with Steven Pinker, Richard Wrangham, Daniel C. Dennett, and others. From The Atlantic, Conor Friedersdorf on the irrationality of giving up this much liberty to fight terror: When confronted by far deadlier threats, Americans are much less willing to cede freedom and privacy; and all the infrastructure a tyrant would need, courtesy of Bush and Obama: More and more, we're counting on having angels in office and making ourselves vulnerable to devils. Kieran Healy on using metadata to find Paul Revere. Louis Proyect on George Scialabba, the best since Gore Vidal. Scottie Hughes on why Michele Bachmann should lead the IRS. Patrick McGuire on how the Rob Ford scandal is just like The Wire.
A new issue of Human Technology is out. Ian Brown (Oxford): The Global Online Freedom Act. From TNR, Chris Hughes on how Big Data is not our master: Humans create technology — humans can control it. Niccolo Tempini reviews “Raw Data” is an Oxymoron. Open sourcers build “Google Search for Big Data”. Brad Stone goes inside Google's secret lab. Mat Honan knew he never wanted to leave Google Island — even if he could. Meet the two-world hypothesis and its havoc: Evgeny Morozov reviews The New Digital Age by Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen (and more). How the internet is using us all: Michael Saler reviews Evgeny Morozov’s To Save Everything, Click Here and Jaron Lanier’s Who Owns the Future? (and more and more and more) Michael Riley on how the U.S. government hacks the world. In today’s world, web developers have it all: money, perks, freedom, respect — are coders worth it?