Hendrik Pekarek (Humboldt): Germany's Circumcision Indecision: Anti-Semitism or Legalism? From The Economist, a special report on the Arab spring. South Sudan's 2nd birthday: Two years after independence, world's newest nation still struggling with growing pains. The war of the words: How Republicans and Democrats use language. Revising your writing again? Blame the Modernists — Craig Fehrman on how self-editing became the first commandment of literature. Are some problems too big for democracy? David Berreby wonders. Hedge funds can now advertise — Dan Primack on what it really means. Joshua Keating on CNN and the Problem with the “Egypt or Trayvon” question. Samantha Allen on CounterPunch and the war on the transgendered: Regarding anti-trans rhetoric as legitimate erases the experiences of an entire class of people. These anti-abortion bills are outrageous, but do any have a real shot at being held up in court? Juan Cole on why Aljazeera’s conspiracy theory about Obama and Egypt is brainless mush. Stephen Moss on AD Harvey, the man behind the great Dickens and Dostoevsky hoax. The incredible position of many conservatives is that the government should be handing out money to people because they run a farm, but should not hand out money to people who happen to be poor. Greg Sargent on sabotage governing. Welcome to the most boring news event ever.
Massimo Fichera (Helsinki): Schmitt and the New World Order: A View from Europe. Susanna Mancini (Bologna): The Tempting of Europe, the Political Seduction of the Cross. David Edward (Edinburgh): The Moral Case for Europe. Dorte Sindbjerg Martinsen (Copenhagen): Welfare States and Social Europe. Ozgur Yalcın (METU): Social Policy in European Union: Is There Any Welfare State? Joanna Diane Caytas (Columbia): Karl Popper and Conspiracy Theories in Polish Political Thought. The introduction to Weimar Thought: A Contested Legacy. David Auerbach reviews The Crisis of the European Mind: 1680-1715 by Paul Hazard. Pavlos Eleftheriadis reviews Philosophy and Resistance in the Crisis: Greece and the Future of Europe by Costas Douzinas. From DRB, does Europe exist? Enda O’Doherty wonders. An elusive dream: While Americans have always rallied around their country in times of crisis, Europeans have abandoned the dream of a united Europe. Jason Farago on why the European Union is still worth celebrating (really) — if only for the fall of cultural barriers. Behind the flag-waving, there are hints of hesitation among Europe’s nationalists. Lessons from Lagarde: The IMF makes clear that the euro zone as a whole needs reform. Andrew Watt on why Left-wing advocates of an end to the single currency are wrong. Richard Sicotte reviews Europe and the Maritime World: A Twentieth Century History by Michael B. Miller.
A new issue of the Journal for Public Deliberation is out. Loren King (Wilfrid Laurier): Seeing Like a Theorist. Mark C. Modak-Truran (Mississippi): Legitimation. Re'em Segev (HUJ): Moral Rightness and the Significance of Law: Why, How and When Mistake of Law Matters. Frank J. Garcia (BC): Between Cosmopolis and Community: Globalization and the Emerging Basis for Global Justice. Anca Gheaus (Sheffield): The Feasibility Constraint on the Concept of Justice. What’s the point of political philosophy? Alex Worsnip reviews Justice for Earthlings by David Miller. George W. Rainbolt reviews International Law as Social Construct: The Struggle for Global Justice by Carlo Focarelli. Chantal Mouffe and Rainer Forst discuss “Inclusive Democracy: On the Relationship Between Democracy and Justice”. A roundtable with Rainer Forst on "Towards a Critical Theory of Transnational Justice", with James Tully, Mattias Kumm, Antje Wiener, and Anthony F. Lang. Christine Korsgaard delivers the Pufendorf Lectures 2013 at Lund University, Sweden, on "The Natural History of the Good". Emily Coolidge Toker reviews Simone de Beauvoir and the Politics of Ambiguity by Sonia Kruks. Kimberley Brownlee is the philosophical jig-jiving jaw-jaw of civil disobedience. From The University Bookman, Pedro Blas Gonzalez on human nature, allegory, and truth in Plato’s Republic (and part 2).
A new issue of New Politics is out. From Daedalus, Douglas S. Massey (Princeton): America's Immigration Policy Fiasco: Learning from Past Mistakes. From PS: Political Science and Politics, a special section on Louis Fisher is free online. From Guernica, Patrick Wrigley on how the protests in Turkey, and the government’s response, highlight a problem more complex than a single micro-managing autocrat; and waiting for Ataturk: Jennifer MacKenzie on Taksim, tear gas, and loving a tyrant because he feeds you. Hazem Kandil om the end of Islamism. From Crooked Timber, Rich Yeselson, John Ahlquist and Margaret Levi debate “fortress unionism”. Forget Rachel McAdams, Paul Krugman is the “mean girl” of economics. Marisa Linton, author of Choosing Terror: Virtue, Friendship, and Authenticity in the French Revolution, on what we can learn from the French Revolution. Scott McLemee on fall and winter scholarly books. Jack Shafer writes in praise of tabloid TV. Political violence and privilege: Matthew Harwood on why violent right-wing extremism doesn’t scare Americans. From The New Inquiry, Moira Weigel and Mal Ahern on further materials toward a theory of the man-child: Left theory’s response to the feminization of labor has been to cry for mommy. Jimmy Stamp on the evolution of the treble clef. Harrison Wolf on GettyCritics: Pointing out flaws in stock photography.
Charli Carpenter (UMass): Beware the Killer: Robots Inside the Debate over Autonomous Weapons. Rosa Brooks (Georgetown): Be Careful What You Wish For: Changing Doctrines, Changing Technologies and the Lower Cost of War. Samuel Issacharoff and Richard H. Pildes (NYU): Drones and the Dilemma of Modern Warfare. William Funk (Lewis and Clark): Deadly Drones, Due Process, and the Fourth Amendment. Abigail R. Hall and Christopher J. Coyne (George Mason): The Political Economy of Drones. Andrew Erickson and Austin Strange (NWC): China Has Drones — Now What? When Beijing Will and Won't Use Its UAVs. Does the United States fully understand what it has wrought through the use of armed drones? The Drone War: Allison McCann, Evan Applegate, Lisa Charlotte Rost, and Josh Begley on a comprehensive map of lethal U.S. attacks. Why is Obama still blasting militants after he announced new drone rules? Because the rules are a joke. Drones are too slow to kill terrorists: John Arquilla on President Obama's magical thinking about how to defeat al Qaeda. Drones for Jesus: David Swanson on the evangelist for drone warfare. The Navy successfully landed a drone the size of a fighter jet aboard an aircraft carrier for the first time Wednesday, showcasing the military’s capability to have a computer program perform one of the most difficult tasks a pilot is asked to do.
Froswa Booker-Drew (Antioch): Social Capital: Friend or Foe in the Lives of Two Prominent Incarcerated Individuals. Frank Rudy Cooper (Suffolk): We Are Always Already Imprisoned: Hyper-Incarceration and Black Male Identity Performance. The shame of three strikes laws: While Wall Street crooks walk, thousands sit in California prisons for life over crimes as trivial as stealing socks. How should inmates be released from prison? An assessment of parole versus fixed sentence regimes. From Mother Jones, a special report on America's 10 worst prisons. Nearly 1 in 100 Americans is incarcerated — but how well can journalists cover prisons if they can’t get past the gates? Andrew Cohen on one of the darkest periods in the history of American prisons: Recent lawsuits and Justice Department investigations have uncovered grotesque abuses of mentally ill inmates at state and local prisons — yet Washington refuses to investigate allegations of similar mistreatment at federal penitentiaries. From Vice, Bert Burykill on how there’s no sex in prison showers. Which is safer, city streets or prison? Nicola Twilley interviews Alyse Emdur, author of Prison Landscapes. Could fighting ex-con discrimination be a conservative cause? Alec MacGillis wonders.
Sinead O'Donnell Dunn (GSA): The Appropriation of Falafel as the “National Dish of Israel” and Palestinian National Identity: An Exercise in the Application of Postcolonial Methodology. From The Washington Monthly, Phillip Longman on how the U.S. spends $13 billion a year subsidizing graduate medical education — yet almost all of this money winds up producing the wrong kinds of doctors in the wrong places, with America’s most elite teaching hospitals being the worst offenders; Haley Sweetland Edwards on the shadowy cartel of doctors that controls Medicare; and Candice Chen on a day in the life of a primary care doctor. From The Straddler, the consultant we deserve: James Comerford and Dan Monaco on Barack Obama and the American enterprise; and Kim Ghattas on her book The Secretary: A Journey With Hillary Clinton from Beirut to the Heart of American Power. From LRB, trouble in paradise: Slavoj Zizek on the global protest; and what’s in it for Obama? Stephen Holmes reviews The CIA, a Secret Army and a War at the Ends of the Earth by Mark Mazzetti. The new warrior cop is out of control: An excerpt from Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America's Police Forces by Radley Balko. Andrew Sullivan on a redder and bluer world. Racists love Ron and Rand Paul for some reason. It’s weird how often the folks with a “passion for freedom” end up being involved in neo-Confederate and white supremacist politics.
From Democracy, Timothy Noah on how economic policy isn’t just another front in the culture war — we must champion both fairness and efficiency regardless of popular whim; Jordan Michael Smith reviews Losing the Center: The Decline of American Liberalism, 1968-1992 by Jeffrey Bloodworth; and Elbert Ventura on how the conservative assault on government workers is in full swing — progressives are doing too little to fight back. David Harsanyi on the Left's phony defense of freedom: The NSA scandal didn't just reveal PRISM — it also exposed serious hypocrisy in the Democratic Party. Andrew Levison and Ruy Teixeira on why the Democrats still need working-class white voters: For all the excitement about left-leaning demographics, a real majority party needs better numbers among blue-collar whites. Generation Leftover: Jeffrey St. Clair on the silent death of the American Left. Far from posing a progressive alternative, the Democratic Party represses the revolutionary energy of workers to keep them firmly within the system. Walter Williams on understanding liberals and progressives. What’s Left: Have progressives abandoned every cause save gay marriage? (and part 2) Bhaskar Sunkara on how liberalism — including much of what’s published in The Nation — seems well-intentioned but inadequate; the solution lies in the re-emergence of American radicalism.
Steven A. Samson (Liberty): Global Governance: The Ideological Kenosis of the West. Josep Colomer (Georgetown): Global Governance: Types of Goods and Institutional Rules. Gianluigi Palombella (Parma): Global Legislation and its Discontents. Alan O. Sykes (NYU): When Is International Law Useful? Johan Karlsson Schaffer (Oslo): Deliberative Democracy in Transnational Governance: Agency, Representation and Legitimacy. Giovanni Finizio (Torino): The Democratization of the United Nations. Anna Spain (Colorado): The U.N. Security Council's Duty to Decide. Dan Smith on the UN High Level Panel’s Post-2015 Development Agenda and the Millennium Development Goals. Andrea O Suilleabhain on how small states bring big ideas to the United Nations. Martin Hearson reviews Divided Nations: Why Global Governance is Failing and What We Can Do About It by Ian Goldin (and more and more). Do we need new global institutions? Ian Goldin wonders. You can download Global Democracy and its Difﬁculties, ed. Anthony J. Langlois and Karol Edward Soltan (2009). Mark Leon Goldberg on why Angelina Jolie means so much to the United Nations.
Moshe Yanovskiy (Gaidar Institute): Rebuilding the Democracy of the Taxpayer. From the inaugural issue of Symposium Magazine: Where Academia Meets Public Life, Carnegie Mellon’s Ariel D. Procaccia on how game theory is useful, except when it is not; how do bad numbers get into circulation in our political discourse, and how do they stay there, even after being refuted? Columbia’s Andrew Gelman investigates; and Rice’s Rick K. Wilson on the war on social science: Congress is heading into dangerous territory as it decides what basic scientific research should be. From Foreign Affairs, Adam Posen reviews The Alchemists: Three Central Bankers and a World on Fire by Neil Irwin; and Brad DeLong reviews After the Music Stopped: The Financial Crisis, the Response, and the Work Ahead by Alan S. Blinder. From Edge, who and/or what as fresh and new at Sci/Foo 2013? Meet Reggie Walton, the chief justice of America’s secret supreme court. Why are testicles kept in a vulnerable dangling sac? It’s not why you think. Stuart A. Reid on the education of Rand Paul: In today’s GOP, he’s what passes for moderate. Roger Berkowitz on misreading Eichmann in Jerusalem: Hannah Arendt's dispatches from Adolf Eichmann's trial did not portray him as a robotic bureaucrat, but as a fanatical “joiner” convinced he was serving a higher good. Truckin’: Chris Bertram on ten years of the blog Crooked Timber.