Mark Graham (Oxford): Thai Silk Dot Com: Authenticity, Altruism, Modernity and Markets in the Thai Silk Industry. Daniel F. Vukovich (Hong Kong): Postcolonialism, Globalization, and the Asia Question. Accountability vs. Responsibility: What flaws do conservative Chinese political theorists see in Western democracy compared to their own system? Mong Palatino on assessing the relevance of Southeast Asia’s monarchies. Japan is back: Jonathan Tepperman interviews Shinzo Abe. Mongolian mega-mine set to transform country: Huge project will boost GDP, but some are worried about its environmental impact. Why the game is up for the Kim dynasty: Christian Oliver reviews The Real North Korea: Life and Politics in the Failed Stalinist Utopia by Andrei Lankov. Matthew J Walton on why Myanmar needs a new nationalism. Tom Benner on how gay culture is gaining momentum in Singapore.
Jeremy Waldron (NYU): Ronald Dworkin: An Appreciation. Luis Eslava (Melbourne): “I Feel Like a Dog with the Tail between its Legs”: On the Limits of Protest and Urban Law in Our Decentralized World. Rich Gazan (Hawaii): The Hammer of Hawking: The Impact of Celebrity Scientists, the Intent of Extraterrestrials and the Public Perception of Astrobiology. From TNR, Rachel Levinson-Waldman on the real problem with data mining: Massive data sweeps like the NSA's recently disclosed program are an affont to Democratic values; and is our post-9/11, permanent-war mindset finally fading? Alec MacGillis on how the NSA uproar is good for America — and Obama. Is a democratic surveillance state possible? Mike Konczal wonders. James Mann goes inside the mind of Samantha Power. Fifty years of The New York Review of Books: An interview with Robert Silvers.
From Lip, we know what Plato thought about feminist men, but that was some 2000 years ago — how should we think about it today? Men's upper-body strength predicts their political opinions on economic redistribution, according to new research. A huge study involving over 12,000 participants across 51 cultures from Argentina to Uganda has concluded that men tend to have more varied personalities than women. When men experience sexism: There are some practices and policies that are unfair to men — but this fact should unite men with feminists, not drive them apart. How society’s notion of manhood leads to murder: Diane Anderson-Minshall interviews David McConnell, author of American Honor Killings: Desire and Rage Among Men. Joan Williams on how class anxiety and masculinity fears push men to work longer hours: A work culture in which long hours signal value and status is bad for everyone. If men need a 21st-century role model, how about Jesus Christ?
A new issue of Not Bored! is out (the first since 2009). Slavoj Zizek (Ljubljana): The Role of Chimney Sweepers in Sexual Identity. Matthew D. Henry (Cleveland State) and John L. Turner (Georgia): Across Five Eras: Patent Enforcement in the United States 1929-2006. From ProPublica, Cora Currier, Justin Elliott and Theodoric Meyer on mass surveillance in America: A timeline of loosening laws and practices. If you thought the astounding (and ongoing) revelations about the NSA’s PRISM regime were going to hurt America’s reputation, it appears you were right — Freedom House just made it official. From n+1, Atossa Abrahamian on seasteading: “What if Apple’s genius designers applied their insights on a user experience to build a city that’s as fun to use as an iPad?” What is it about Alex Jones that fools so many young leftists into thinking that he speaks for them?
From The American, progressives, conservatives, and libertarians each have a mythology in which they are the heroes and the other tribes are villains — partisans of these three ideologies even speak different languages. From Talk to Action, Frank Cocozzelli on Thomas Woods, Jr. and the Neo-Confederate Catholic Right; on why nullification matters; and on refuting nullification (and part 2). From Commonweal, Robert Geroux on the dreamworld of libertarianism (and part 2). Michael Kazin on why Woodrow Wilson isn’t celebrated by liberals. Edward Cline on why liberals love Islam. James Piereson reviews The End Is Near and It's Going to Be Awesome: How Going Broke Will Leave America Richer, Happier, and More Secure by Kevin D. Williamson. Michael Lind on the question libertarians just can’t answer: If your approach is so great, why hasn’t any country anywhere in the world ever tried it?