Marcello Di Paola (LUISS): Wittgenstein Gone Wild. Sarah Schindler (Maine): Banning Lawns. Carter Dillard (Emory): What Is the Primary Right? A Manifesto for Rewilding the World: How a mass restoration of ecosystems offers us hope where there was little hope before (and more). Alan Thornett on population and the environment: time for a rethink. Reuters exposed: Publication openly hostile to climate coverage, top editor doubts climate science. In Arming Mother Nature, Jacob Darwin Hamblin argues that environmentalism is rooted in cold war plans to abuse nature for military ends. Is perennial thinking the solution to conquer world hunger while saving the environment? The International Center for Climate Governance has just released the first-ever ranking of the most world-renowned think tanks that conduct research in the field of climate change economics and policy. Michael Munger on recycling: can it be wrong, when it feels so right? A conversation with Ted Nordhaus, the head of a green think tank who thinks that environmentalism is dead, nuclear energy and gas are alive, and maybe the conservatives had it right all along. The culture of nature: George Monbiot on how the ignorance and philistinism of those who attack nature lovers knows no bounds. Bruno Latour on the political theology of nature. 25 years after Exxon Valdez oil spill, company still hasn't paid for long-term environmental damages.
From Numeracy, a special issue on financial literacy. Ciprian Bogdan (Babes-Bolyai): Intersubjectivity and Techno-science: Jurgen Habermas. From Vice, Chris Gethard on learning about humanity on public transportation; and will charging people money to have kids save the world from overpopulation? Joseph Cox investigates. David Derbyshire on how wine-tasting is junk science. Jenn Abelson on Western Sahara: Why Africa’s last colony can’t break free. Bruce Bartlett on “financialization” as a cause of economic malaise. Sheila Bair on everything the IMF wanted to know about financial regulation and wasn’t afraid to ask. Vince Miklos on maps of vast empires that no longer exist. 40 years after Roe, doctors warn that reproductive rights are in grave danger. Why are the intellectuals’ views on self-interest wrong? Janna Woiceshyn wonders. The Speaker is mute but not unintelligible: Jennifer Senior on what John Boehner is thinking. James Ishmael Ford on a few words in favor of Jezebel: Is Jezebel the baddest of the bad girls of the Bible? From LARB, Kaya Genc interviews Thomas Roueche and Izzy Finkel: Turkey is just a thread that ties all these interesting ideas together. From Brooklyn Magazine, Kristin Iversen on how casual sex became a privilege of the rich. Here is the Dummies.com page on “Human Differences: Culture, gender, and sexuality”. Want to star on Reality TV? Here's how.
A new issue of Parameters is out, with special sections on drones, nuclear weapons and grand strategy. Daniel Drezner (Tufts): Military Primacy Doesn’t Pay (Nearly As Much As You Think). Duncan Bell (Cambridge): Before the Democratic Peace: Racial Utopianism, Empire, and the Abolition of War. War is destruction — so why, asks MG Zimeta, does the “existential threat” of an airborne toxic event in Syria and beyond, instil such horror. Why are we so afraid of chemical weapons? In tomorrow’s wars, battles will be fought with a 3-D printer. Julia Muravska reviews Cyber War Will Not Take Place by Thomas Rid. From RAND Review, in a series of essays, authors draw on the historical record of "minimalist international interventions", conducted on behalf of partner governments, to identify the kinds of limited efforts that could offer the greatest promise for Afghanistan and other countries in the years ahead. David Francis on the end of the military industrial complex. From the new Defense One, Shawn Brimley on why the next QDR is the last chance for sanity; Sam Brannen on building a better soldier-diplomat; and Gregory D. Foster on why the Founding Fathers would object to today’s military. How West Point and Annapolis are like East Berlin: Bruce Fleming reviews Carved from Granite: West Point Since 1902 by Lance Betros. Who serves in the U.S. Military? Asya Pereltsvaig maps enlisted troops and officers.
Stephen Pearson (Ohio): The Last Bastion of Colonialism: Appalachian Settler Colonialism and Self-Indigenization. From Preservation, a look at America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places. Greg Freiherr on Alaska’s crash epidemic: How technology and an FAA regional office ended it. Ben Schiller on mapping the most hate-filled places in America. Frack to the future: Can small-town North Dakota survive an oil boom? The case for regional immigration: Leon Neyfakh on a bold new proposal — send American newcomers where they’re needed. The introduction to Small-Town America: Finding Community, Shaping the Future by Robert Wuthnow. Scott Galupo on how Atlantic City embraces monkey on its back. Robert D. Kaplan on an homage to the Lower 48. Nicole Flatow on how several Colorado counties want to form 51st state to avoid environmental protections. Edward McClelland on how white people killed Detroit: Racial division, suburban exodus and a barren tax base have left one solution — make the suburbs merge with the city. Robert Greene reviews The Death and Life of Main Street: Small Towns in American Memory, Space, and Community by Miles Orvell. Goodbye, Miami: By century's end, rising sea levels will turn the nation's urban fantasyland into an American Atlantis — but long before the city is completely underwater, chaos will begin. Wiki Wormhole: Explore a list of every U.S. city nickname.
A new issue of Health and Human Rights is out. Donald A. Brown (Widener): Agenda 21 Is Evil: The Agenda 21 Disinformation Campaign in the United States: An Ethical Critique of an Attack on Sustainability. James C. Cooper (George Mason): Privacy and Antitrust: Underpants Gnomes, the First Amendment, and Subjectivity. From RAND Review, Coreen Farris, Terry L. Schell, and Terri Tanielian on how military sexual assault inflicts physical, psychological, financial pain. Jonathan Cohn on why Obamacare's individual mandate can't wait. From New York, Mark Jacobson on Anthony Weiner, Huma Abedin and the strange (and quite possibly successful) candidacy of a punch line. Elizabeth Warren and John McCain want Glass-Steagall back — did we lose something when we abandoned the bill that kept commercial and investment banks separated? Modest debut of Atlas may foreshadow age of “robo sapiens”. Nuclear war: Alec MacGillis on why filibuster reform matters. Sahil Kapur on why Texas Republicans aren’t trusted to protect minority voters. Why 1978 was the best year ever: A new study of global wealth says prosperity peaked in the 1970s, and we have been heading downhill since (and more). Anastasia Christman on the 5 biggest myths about federal contractors. Fred Barnes on Republican attorneys general: the unsung heroes in challenging the Obama agenda. A new device forces drivers to face up to their indiscriminate honking.
From NYRB, Kenneth Roth on rethinking surveillance; and Aryeh Neier on spying on Americans: A very old story. An interview with Cesar Hidalgo on what your e-mail habits reveal. We call it TMI but philosopher Anita Allen thinks it might be something else as well: unethical. If everyone has something to hide, then it’s not surveillance that is the problem: As we move into a world with less privacy, we are going to need fewer and more lenient laws, or else society will grind to a halt. Timothy B. Lee on what can go wrong when the government builds a huge database about Americans. Stephen J. Schulhofer on what’s really at stake in the NSA data sweeps. Conor Friedersdorf on the problem with the “privacy moderates”. Hendrik Hertzberg on the NSA, the “encroaching police state”, and the system. Pratap Bhanu Mehta on how Snowden’s revelations highlight the moral decline of America. There is a new agency in Washington that is working to make sure the government’s anti-terrorism efforts do not ride roughshod over Americans’ civil liberties. The doubters are wrong: Edward Snowden is a game-changer. From In These Times, Louis Nayman writes in defense of PRISM: By delegitimizing the government, the Left is doing the Tea Party’s dirty work; and where will the next generation of Americans draw the line on surveillance? Lynn Stuart Parramore on 6 insidious ways surveillance changes the way we think and act.
A new issue of Cosmos and History is out. Andrew Robinson and Athina Karatzogianni (Hull): Schizorevolutions vs. Microfascisms: A Deleuzo-Nietzschean Perspective on State, Security, and Active/Reactive Networks. Sercan Tas (Bogazici): Modernity, Camp and "Homo Sacer" in Giorgio Agamben. No one wants to be here: John Douglas Millar interviews McKenzie Wark on media theory and critical theory. From Radical Philosophy, Simon Morgan Wortham on the Nietzschean origins of Lazzarato’s indebted man. Christopher Watkin reviews Jean-Luc Nancy by Marie-Eve Morin. Megan O’Branski reviews In the Beginning, She Was by Luce Irigaray. Ever wondered what Slavoj Zizek is like in person? If you guessed a misanthropic weirdo who thinks vegetarians are degenerates and keeps his underwear in his kitchen, you would be both oddly specific and correct. Alain Badiou is making a movie about Plato with Brad Pitt and Sean Connery. International journals, they’re giving them to everybody these days — the International Journal of Zizek Studies, Baudrillard Studies, and now, Badiou Studies; unfortunately, there is currently no International Journal of Deleuze or Ranciere Studies, because there is no justice in this world. Foucault on obscurantism: “They made me do it!”
Lindsay F. Wiley (American): Shame, Blame, and the Emerging Law of Obesity Control. Phillip Metaxas and Andrew Leigh (ANU): The Predictive Power of Political Pundits: Prescient or Pitiful? In Egypt, the “deep state” rises again: Meetings between generals and opposition leaders show the workings of an assortment of forces that wield tremendous influence. Steven Sotloff on the Muslim Brotherhood's legitimate grievances. From Businessweek, Sheelah Kolhatkar on why hedge funds are for suckers. D.C. Council approves “living wage” bill over Wal-Mart ultimatum. Johannah King-Slutzky writes in defense of the Man-Child: Not only do I not have a problem with Man-Children, but I think I might be one. Speak softly and carry a nuclear stick: Sarah Binder on how as much as the “nuclear option” is bandied about in the press in recent years, the path to majority cloture for reforming Senate rules remains rocky — but a determined and extremely frustrated majority might just do it. Jason Cherkis and Zach Carter on Mitch McConnell's 30-Year Senate legacy (and more by Jonathan Chait). In praise of cynicism: It's claimed that at the age of 44 our cynicism starts to grow — but being cynical isn't necessarily a bad thing, argues Julian Baggini (and test how cynical you are). Sex, death, race and class and politics: Scott McLemee rounds up forthcoming university press books sure to start an argument.
John L. Watts (Texas Tech): Tyranny by Proxy: State Action and the Private Use of Deadly Force. Gordon A. Crews, Angela D. Crews, and Catherine E. Burton (Marshall): The Only Thing That Stops a Guy with a Bad Policy is a Guy with a Good Policy: An Examination of the NRA’s “National School Shield” Proposal. Jeannine Bell (Indiana): The Puzzles of Racial Extremism in a “Post-Racial” World. From Social Evolution Forum, Peter Turchin on the strange disappearance of cooperation in America (and part 2). Howard Schuman and Stanley Presser on the gun control paradox. Robert Atkinson and Michael Lind on how Econ 101 is killing America: Forget the dumbed-down garbage most economists spew — their myths are causing tragic results for everyday Americans. Scott Lemieux on how the Zimmerman acquittal isn't about "stand your ground" — it's worse than that. How Fox News Fools: Jonathan Phillips and Eric Mandelbaum explain the psychology behind Fox’s use of distractions to shut down critical thinking. Welcome to the American dystopia: Part Orwellian security state, part Huxley wonderland and part "Matrix", America is three dystopias in one. Zimmerman's not guilty — but Florida sure is. DD writes in from Wisconsin: “As I told in friend in Tampa today though, if you’re ever in a heated argument with anyone, and you’re pretty sure there aren’t any witnesses, it’s always best to kill the other person”.
Rey Hernandez-Julian (Metropolitan State College of Denver) and Kurt W. Rotthoff (Seton Hall): Are Big-Time Sports a Threat to Student Achievement? Another Look at the Differences between Men and Women. Mary Anne Franks (Miami): How to Feel Like a Woman, or, Why Punishment Is a Drag. Valorie K. Vojdik (Tennessee): Sexual Violence Against Men and Women in War: A Masculinities Approach. From the latest issue of the Journal of Social, Evolutionary, and Cultural Psychology, Kyungok Sim (SUNY-Albany): The Relationship between Sex-typical Body Shape and Quality Indicators. Lily Hiott-Millis on the gender book everyone should read. Are women better babysitters? Surveys show that people trust women more than men as caregivers. Until men are also expected to take time away from work to be with children, workers of both genders face a vicious cycle. Richard Dorment on why men still can’t have it all. What men want, America delivers: From Robin Thicke's latest songs to abortion restrictions around the country, America's all about men's desires. Women worldwide know less about politics than men (and a response). What stereotypes do Europeans of today hold about men and women's intuition? Andrew Hartman on masculinity and the culture wars. Connecting on Wall Street: Are male and female financial analysts evaluated on the basis of different criteria?