A new issue of Hoover Digest is out. Lauren Miyoko Baker (Yale) et al: Whose Diversity Counts? The Politics and Paradoxes of Modern Diversity. From New Left Review, Perry Anderson on deadlocks of American politics viewed within a longer optic, as outcomes of interlocking determinants — regime of accumulation, sociological shifts, cultural mutations, catalytic minorities — within an all-capitalist ideological universe. From Lacan.com, Slavoj Zizek responds to Noam Chomsky. White people believe the justice system is color blind — black people really don’t. Alice Crary and W. Stephen Wilson on the faulty logic of the “math wars”: The “reform” strategy for teaching math that has taken American schools by storm lacks a claim to the progressive values that are its chief selling point. Always low wages: Meet the billionaires who run Walmart. Conservatives gear up for war to keep top women's rights attorney off the bench. A User's Guide to Democratic Transitions: Isobel Coleman and Terra Lawson-Remer on a how-to guide for reformers around the world. Jonathan Chait on how Detroit really is like America. Read the memos of Groundswell, the new Right-wing strategy group planning a "30 front war": Ginni Thomas, Allen West, and a crew of conservative activists and journalists have formed a hush-hush coalition to battle progressives — and Karl Rove.
A new issue of Real-World Economics Review is out. Nahshon Perez (Bar Ilan): Law and Economics as Political Theory: Two Internal Critiques. D. Wade Hands (Puget Sound): The Individual and the Market: Paul Samuelson on (Homothetic) Santa Claus Economics. Peter Temin (MIT): The Rise and Fall of Economic History at MIT. Scott D. Scheall (Arizona State): Slaves of the Defunct: The Epistemic Intractability of the Hayek-Keynes Debate. Gale M. Lucas (USC), Mathew D. McCubbins (Duke), and Mark B. Turner (Case Western): Can We Build Behavioral Game Theory? M. Shahid Alam (Northeastern): Constant Returns to Scale: Can the Neoclassical Economy Exist?; and Commodities in Economics: A Brief History. Martin Sandbu reviews Money: The Unauthorised Biography by Felix Martin. Polly Cleveland reviews The Surprising Design of Market Economies by Alex Marshall. Louis Hyman writing the history of capitalism: A new generation of scholars is rewriting the story of capitalism by shaking off the old assumptions of both the Left and Right. Hans Despain reviews Contending Economic Theories: Neoclassical, Keynesian, and Marxian by Richard D. Wolff and Stephen A. Resnick. We live like gods, and we don’t even know it: Tom Streithorst on post-scarcity economics. Beyond debt and growth: Alejandro Reuss interviews Robert Pollin, co-director of the Political Economy Research Institute. Diane Coyle on the economist as outsider.
A new issue of Himal Southasian is out. A new issue of The South Asianist is out. From Outlook India, a special issue on the world's 25 smartest Indians. Gayatri Parameswaran on how a traditional practice of courtship draws controversy in modern Bhutan. From spot-fixing to big-hitting showmanship: How India has transformed cricket into a whole new ball game. Has Pakistan's intelligence agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) infiltrated US think tanks? Justin T. Pfeifer reviews Modern South Asia: History, Culture, Political Economy by Sugata Bose and Ayesha Jalal. Spoils of victory: Sinhala extremism finds new targets in Sri Lanka. Priyanka Borpujari interviews Noam Chomsky: “What is striking in India is the indifference of the privileged”. If you have casual sex, you are legally married: The Madras High Court ruling has far-reaching consequences for young couples living on a tumultuous sexual landscape. Martin W. Lewis on Bhutan’s paradoxical development. Is India the next global bad boy? Ed Gerwin wonders. David Gilmour reviews An Uncertain Glory: India and Its Contradictions by Jean Dreze and Amartya Sen. Happy and you know it? Debt and discontent are growing in Bhutan. This is the story of the Joint Entrance Examination, the yearly attempt to pick out the ten thousand most intelligent students in a country of 1.2 billion people. Reverse Partition: Jared Dmello on the plausibility of reunification of the Indian subcontinent.
A “preview issue” of the new Brooklyn Quarterly is out. Cass Sunstein (Harvard): Constitutional Personae. From New York, Jonathan Chait on the anarchists of the House: The Republican Congress is testing a new frontier of radicalism — governmental sabotage; and what if everything we’ve come to think of as American is predicated on a freak coincidence of economic history, and what if that coincidence has run its course? Benjamin Wallace-Wells wonders. Bicycles are the new conservative enemy: The rise of bike-sharing programs has created an unlikely new target in the culture wars. Eolas, the grandaddy of patent trolls, has its ass handed to it by a court, finally. Alan Johnston on a gay island community created by Italy's Fascists. Christopher Mims on how 3D printing will explode in 2014, thanks to the expiration of key patents. John Paul Stevens reviews Bending Toward Justice: The Voting Rights Act and the Transformation of American Democracy by Gary May. Mining and corruption in Guinea: Patrick Radden Keefe on how Israeli billionaire Beny Steinmetz wrested control of one of Africa’s biggest prizes. Erik Loomis on the environmental and human health effects of outsourcing garment production to Bangladesh (and more). Don’t send Summers to the Fed, says Felix Salmon. Republican spending mania has gotten nothing but worse; they've gone from fanaticism to — what comes after fanaticism?
A new issue of Anarchist Developments in Cultural Studies is out. From the latest issue of Anarchist Studies, whose streets? Michael Truscello and Uri Gordon on anarchism, technology and the petromodern state; Ben Brucato (RPI): Toward a Peak Everything: Postanarchism and Technology Evaluation Schema for Communities in Crisis; and John Duda (Johns Hopkins): Cybernetics, Anarchism and Self-organisation. From Linchpin, an article on the nature of militancy. Slavoj Zizek on the limits of spontaneous self-organization and autonomous zones, and the reinvention of the state. Noam Chomsky comments on Zizek, Lacan and the use of theory in general. From The State, non-practicing mystery cultist m1k3y on anarchist futurism and the lie of history (and part 2 and part 3). Cheerleaders for anarchism: Nikil Saval reviews Two Cheers for Anarchism: Six Easy Pieces on Autonomy, Dignity, and Meaningful Work and Play by James C. Scott (and more and more), The Democracy Project: A History, a Crisis, a Movement by David Graeber (and more), and Everyday Revolutions: Horizontalism and Autonomy in Argentina by Marina A. Sitrin. An interview with Paul Cudenec, author of The Anarchist Revelation. The poststructural anarchist: Todd May interviewed by Richard Marshall. An anarchist critique of anarcho-statism; or refuting "anarcho"-capitalism by means of "anarcho"-capitalism.
Michael J. Perry (Emory): The Morality of Human Rights. Jeremy Waldron (NYU): Human Rights: A Critique of the Raz/Rawls Approach. Jeremy K. Kessler (Yale): The Invention of a Human Right: Conscientious Objection at the United Nations, 1947-2011. Jubril Agbolade Shittu (Babcock): Sovereignty, Human Rights and the Global Land Grab. Going global with a twist: Olivier Beys on making human rights a universal tool. Competitive suffering: As we focus on a particularly appalling human rights problem within its own context, we must remember the old labor slogan that “an injury to one is an injury to all”. Human rights, past their sell-by date: It is activists, not states who will make a difference in future — but western-led rights organizations may have seen their day. Adam Lupel on debating the use of force: When should we intervene to stop mass atrocities? Prophet without honors: Raphael Lemkin helped make genocide illegal — so why haven't you heard of him? Lucas Van Milders reviews Rwanda and The Moral Obligation of Humanitarian Intervention by Joshua James Kassner. Is this the face of a new global human rights movement? Controversial son of Venezuela’s elite Thor Halvorssen brings a Cold War sensibility to the chaotic 21st century. The introduction to Human Rights in the Constitutional Law of the United States by Michael J. Perry.
Here are the inaugural issues of Horror Studies (January 2010); Philosophy of Photography (March 2010); the Journal of Scandinavian Cinema (October 2010); the Journal of European Popular Culture (November 2010); Punk and Post-Punk (September 2011); the Journal of Applied Journalism and Media Studies (March 2012); Ubiquity: The Journal of Pervasive Media (September 2012); and the Journal of New Zealand and Pacific Studies (April 2013). From New York, a special section on Sex: Theory and Practice. Slow ideas: Atul Gawande on why innovations don’t always catch on. In climbing income ladder, location matters: A study finds the odds of rising to another income level are notably low in certain cities, like Atlanta and Charlotte, and much higher in New York and Boston. Pramit Bhattacharya on everything you wanted to know about the Sen-Bhagwati debate. Matthew Yglesias on how Nate Silver's amazing election forecasting method is also incredibly simple (and more). Obama speech, Trayvon protests lure Rightbloggers into another week of hilarious minority outreach. Tyler Cowen on wealth taxes: A future battleground. A look at how to block the royal baby news on Facebook, Twitter. In a just world, this innocent child would be going up for adoption, since its family would have been imprisoned for crimes against humanity. Lee Billings on the best way yet to talk to aliens (if they’re out there).
From Aeon, trying to resolve the stubborn paradoxes of their field, physicists craft ever more mind-boggling visions of reality. The dirty secret of evolution is that it's a lot more like the game of Mousetrap than you might think: An excerpt from Cosmic Apprentice: Dispatches from the Edges of Science by Dorion Sagan. From 3:AM, Jonathan Bain is an ice cool philosopher of physics; and Tim Maudlin is the Tekken Revolution of the philosophy of physics. Jim Stein interviews Brian Clegg, author of Dice World: Science and Life in a Random Universe. Mark O’Connell reviews The Science Delusion: Asking the Big Questions in a Culture of Easy Answers by Curtis White. Daniel Clery goes inside the most expensive science experiment ever. Serena Golden interviews Scott L. Montgomery, author of Does Science Need a Global Language? English and the Future of Research. Leonard Susskind on string theory and using maths to explain the universe. Dominique Lambert on why science needs Catholicism. Richard Marshall. Is teaching “junk science” protected by academic freedom? Physicist Carlo Rovelli looks at free will, determinism, quantum theory and statistical fluctuations. The past is key to the future: Historical observations strengthen modern science. Science's hunt for a unifying account of how the world works requires us to entertain everything from hidden dimensions to multiple universes — but are these ideas based on fact or fiction? It's a no-brainer: The government should be spending money on science that nobody else wants to fund.
Mathijs Pelkmans (LSE): Post-Soviet Space and the Unexpected Turns of Religious Life. Caucasian connection: Kelly Moffitt on how the Boston Marathon bombing was covered by media in the Caucasus, Central Asia and Russia. A pleasant post-apocalypse: Central Asia is, both defiantly and tragically, a land without a narrative. Richard Marshall interviews David Bakhurst, author of Consciousness and Revolution in Soviet Philosophy: From the Bolsheviks to Evald Ilyenkov. The Soviet Union had its Gulag — it also had its seaside resorts: The same government that threw its citizens into labor camps also gave them vacations and places to spend them, some of them lavish. Central Asia and the horse: An excerpt from The History of Central Asia: The Age of the Steppe Warriors by Christoph Baumer. From Pushkin to Putin: Mikhail Shishkin on the sad tale of democracy in Russia. Central Asia's most important city is not in Central Asia, it's in China — welcome to Urumqi. Russian schools to teach Putin’s version of history. Joel Krupa reviews Fragile Empire: How Russia Fell In and Out of Love With Vladimir Putin by Ben Judah. Amnesty raps post-Soviet states for renditions.
From Anamnesis, Richard Reinsch (Liberty Fund): A Constitution in Full: Modern Political Tendencies and the American Departure; and Joseph R. Stromberg (Independent Institute): Orestes Brownson and the Mystical Body of the Union. From the first edition of the Encyclopędia Britannica, a table of remarkable Eras and Events. Public Intellectual, immigrant, activist: Roger Bromley on the many lives of Stuart Hall (and more). Justin Fox on the case for paying people more. Peter Ludlow on the strange case of Barrett Brown: Amid the outrage over the NSA's spying program, the jailing of journalist Barrett Brown points to a deeper and very troubling problem. Iveta Cherneva on Bulgaria’s Twitter revolution. Nerds and cat ladies alike should have stopped with their laser pointer keychains and questioned: "Are laser pointers illegal?" According to a new study, the answer in most cases is yes. John Halle on Tim Wise’s game. Prepare for the worst: Seth Stein LeJacq on how we generally agree that the big medical problems should be left to the professionals, but that wasn’t the case in seventeenth-century Britain, where domestic healing was the norm. Jacob Phillips reviews Bakhtin Reframed by Deborah J. Haynes. Marina Simakova on decoding democracy: Who’s next in this Pussy Riot marketing quest? Marc Tracy on why the hipster vote is meaningless in New York City. The CIA wants to control the climate!!!!11!