From Mute, why do English sociologists and politicians find riots so much more explicable when they happen overseas? Nina Power finds an international logic behind “national” expressions of rage. Ian Sinclair on football’s dangerous masculinity. Julie Bindel on how the LibDem party has been overrun by lads and libertines. From TLS, a review essay on Margaret Thatcher by Ferdinand Mount (and more and more). Paul Addison reviews Servants: A Downstairs View of 20th-century Britain by Lucy Lethbridge. Matthew Engel on the British Supreme Court: The most striking fact about this place is its informality — grandeur and remoteness have been swept away. Rebecca Conway on the beauty pageant and British society. UK sights set on world's tax havens (and more). Katie Engelhart on Britain's imperial apology. The incoherence of the British empire: Maya Jasanoff reviews Unfinished Empire: The Global Expansion of Britain by John Darwin. When (if ever) did the Sun finally set on the British Empire?
Sounman Hong (Yonsei): Who Benefits from Twitter? Social Media and Political Competition in the U.S. House of Representatives. Czech Prime Minister Petr Necas announces that he will resign over a spy and bribery scandal involving his government. The authors of the JPMorgan report are arguing for governments to adopt dictatorial-type powers to complete the process of social counterrevolution that is already well underway across Europe. The introduction to The Metamorphoses of Fat: A History of Obesity by Georges Vigarello. Benghazi, immigration, Syria: Rightbloggers smear NSA (and Obama) on everything. Julia Ioffe on President Rand Paul: Watch out, he's becoming a better politician every day (and Jonathan Chait on why Rand Paul distrusts democracy). Can you correct a 300-year-old error? Julian Champkin on Jacob Bernoulli and the foundations of statistics. How do you know when a neighborhood has truly arrived? Look for the telltale signs in three NYC neighborhoods — TriBeCa, Harlem, and Williamsburg.
From The New Yorker, Malcolm Gladwell reviews Worldly Philosopher: The Odyssey of Albert O. Hirschman by Jeremy Adelman (and more by Robert Kuttner). Nicholas Wapshott on Robert Fogel and the economics of good health. Florian Mayneris interviews Esther Duflo on the principles of the experimental method. Daniel Kahneman explains his problem with people using the term “behavioral economics”. Douglas French on why political correctness and economics don’t mix. Daniel Altman on why macroeconomics is going nowhere. Is economics a form of brain damage? Richard Eskow on the trash-talking blood sport of economics. William K. Black on how elite economic hucksters drive America’s biggest fraud epidemics. Should we trust economists? They're fractious, frequently wrong, and have lost much of the public's faith — but their insights are still valuable, as long as you don't expect them to predict the future. And they say economics has nothing useful to teach us.
Melissa Oppenheim (Harvard): The Dark Data Cycle: How the U.S. Government Has Gone Rogue in Trading Personal Data from an Unsuspecting Public. From The New Yorker, the Prism: Jill Lepore on privacy in an age of publicity. Pentagon data shows that 52 percent of military suicides were committed by active-duty servicemembers who had never been in combat. Big Data meets the Bard: John Sunyer on Franco Moretti and a “literary lab” that believes reading with computers is the future. The Gallic gadfly: Pascal Bruckner is fast becoming the leftist intellectual whom conservatives love to quote. From Swans, Michael Barker on the macrobiotic faithful: The legacy of spiritual capitalism within the organic movement (in three parts). Let’s make a baby: Republicans are fretting about birthrates — and whether immigrants can give them the young conservatives they need.
Clare Huntington (Fordham): Staging the Family. Linda C. McClain (BU) and Daniel Cere (McGill): What is Parenthood? Contemporary Debates about the Family. In the past few weeks, there have been a bevy of articles and studies that all point to this news: At long last, the Daddy Wars are coming. Project parenthood: You don’t have to be a Tiger Mother to believe in pushing your children to greater things — but is there a case for letting them find their own way? The case for one: Don't worry about having just one kid — it probably doesn't matter. How did work-life balance in the U.S. get so awful? Because single moms are growing faster. Fox News Fact Check: Is it bad for lower-income kids if Mom has a job outside the home? Steven Mazie on the problem with rich kids. Helena Lee on why Finnish babies sleep in cardboard boxes. Parents often threaten to kick their children out of their homes, and sometimes they even follow through — but is it legal to do so?