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?