Five years after launch, ProPublica’s Stephen Engelberg and Richard Tofel reflect on the nonprofit’s early days, getting readers involved in investigations, and the health of nonprofit journalism. Is Marty Baron the man to fix The Washington Post? The paper's new executive editor avoids new-media buzzwords, abhors self-promotion, and espouses traditional journalistic values. A new kind of activist journalism: Jan Schaffer on when finding solutions are part of journalists’ job, too. The Citizen Journalist: George Packer on the fast, fun career of Andrew Breitbart. Meagan Hatcher-Mays read the Daily Mail — everything that a self-identified feminist and crusader for social justice ought to despise — because she’s a Monster. "What part of Politico do you not understand?": Isaac Chotiner interviews John F. Harris and Jim VandeHei on the dark art of driving the conversation. Columbia J-School looks to shed “old school” image with curriculum revamp. Selling out for sponsored content: Michael Serazio on how publishers of sponsored content are playing fast and loose with credibility, the “unique value proposition” journalism has to offer. Sushi, muffins, and hipsters: Noreen Malone on a complete guide to gentrification in The New York Times.
Joshua C. Hall and Marta Podemska-Mikluch (Beloit): Teaching the Economic Way of Thinking Through Op-Eds. From Conversations with History, Harry Kreisler interviews Gary S. Becker. Steven F. Hayward reviews Masters of the Universe: Hayek, Friedman, and the Birth of Neoliberal Politics by Daniel Stedman Jones and The Great Persuasion: Reinventing Free Markets since the Depression by Angus Burgin. From the APSA Organized Section on Political Economy, tributes to four recently deceased giants of political economy: James Buchanan, Albert Hirschman, William Niskanen, and Elinor Ostrom. From This View of Life, a special issue on evolution and economics and the emerging new paradigm for improving public policy. David Sloan Wilson on a good social Darwinism: Evolution has transformed all we know about how humans behave, compete and co-operate — when will economics catch up? From the Distributist Review, almost the entire field of economics is dominated by the idea of scarcity and the resulting mandate for economic efficiency — but what if these foundational principles of economics are in fact incorrect? Anna Grodecka reviews Behavioural Economics and Finance by Michelle Baddeley. From Dummies.com, here is an Econometrics Cheat Sheet.
Jeremy Waldron (NYU): Jurisprudence for Hedgehogs. Simon C. Estok (Sungkyunkwan): Cannibalism, Ecocriticism, and Portraying the Journey. Sebastian Benthall on “Weird Twitter”. Elizabeth Warren tackles Wall Street: The reform-minded senator talks tough, and she knows where the bodies are buried. Wanted — Macho Men with Mustaches: Nicole Pasulka on how the Village People brought regulars from New York City’s gay bars into the hearts and homes of mainstream America. Can a coup ever be democratic? Joshua Keating investigates. Laura Dean on why marginalizing the Muslim Brotherhood is a mistake. The rise of smart beta: Terrible name, interesting trend in fund management. Terminal cartography: Frank Jacobs on a world map of death. From TLS, from setting the table to town-planning, the daily choice of circular over perpendicular in prehistoric — and modern — societies is a religious and political act. How FDR hurt Jewish would-be immigrants: Ira Katznelson reviews FDR and the Jews by Richard Breitman and Allan J. Lichtman. Help, I'm a racist and I don't want to be: Admitting it is the first step, but it's not enough — what you do at this important juncture matters. Mob of democrats: Egypt isn’t the only country where elected leaders are being ousted in the name of democracy. Maggie Severns and Asawin Suebsaeng on the 5 biggest bros and 5 biggest hipsters in Congress.
From the Journal of Terrorism Research, Joe Stroud (Edinburgh): The Importance of Music to Anders Behring Breivik. From Commentary, Terry Teachout on how Hitler destroyed German music. More than 30 years after it started, is Christian metal still a thriving underground scene or a decaying corpse? Keith Kahn-Harris goes looking for signs of life amongst the devout undead. Jesse carey on 8 signs you were in a Christian rock band. Rock for Republicans: David Masciotra on how the GOP misunderstands John Mellencamp’s heartland ethic. The Miseducation of Stan Veuger: Jeb Lund and Jay Friedman on conservatives' hilarious attempt to appropriate rap music. Is punk rock just urban folk music? John L. Murphy reviews Left of the Dial by David Ensminger. Camille Doder on the story of the 450-pound rapper who loved Waffle House too much. David Hadju on why George Jones ranks with Frank Sinatra and Billie Holiday: The music of George Jones is an argument against the intellect, a case for art made without the mediating influence of the mind. An excerpt from Sounds of War: Music in the United States During World War II by Annegret Fauser. "Friday" singer Rebecca Black is actually kind of good now. Alan Krueger on how the music industry explains inequality. Michael Hirschorn on why pop stars rule the world and movie stars hardly matter.
A new issue of Studies of Transition States and Societies is out. From Studies in Social Justice, a special issue on Justice after Violence: Critical Perspectives from the Western Balkans. From Synthesis Philosophica, a special section on philosophical trends in Southeast Europe. Tsveta Petrova on why recent converts to democracy in Eastern Europe are uniquely qualified to support transitions elsewhere. The "Natural Albania" campaign is a further attempt to put a merger with Kosovo in the political agenda. Tihomir Loza on two decades of the Balkans tribunal: In its 20 years, has the court furthered reconciliation, and was it even supposed to? When a country actually is wiped off the map: For many the decomposition of Yugoslavia into its constituent republics in the early 1990s was anything but smooth. Driving through postwar Yugoslavia was nearly impossible, but a young poet and his new wife struggled through the desolate landscape to Athens. A star pupil flunks out: Slovenia’s status as a post-communist standout was built on a shaky foundation. Europe’s new frontier: Croatia’s European Union membership offers hope for others — but does Europe really need to expand? “Refeudalisation” in the Balkans and the danger to the EU: Western Europe must beware of what the Balkan’s accession would mean for the rest of the Union.
A new issue of e-flux is out. Glenn Boyle and Scott Rademaker (Canterbury): Are Bureaucrats Really Paid Like Bureaucrats? From ResetDOC, Charles Taylor on interculturalism or multiculturalism; Kwame Anthony Appiah on misunderstanding cultures: Islam and the West; and Alessandro Ferrara on hyperpluralism and the multivariate democratic polity. Ice, Ice, Baby: Meagan R. Marold on the division of frozen embryos at the time of divorce. Brad Plumer interviews Cass Sunstein on how government regulations could be a lot simpler. Vassar Unzipped: Laura Jacobs explores why Mary McCarthy’s The Group still dazzles as a generational portrait, falters as fiction, and blighted McCarthy’s life. Gary Marcus on the problem with the neuroscience backlash. An Arctic Norwegian town that once lived in fear of the Red Army has flourished thanks to an influx of Russians who freely cross the NATO member’s border to shop, work and get married. In defense of fan-made parodies: Kelly Witwicki Faddegon on how the extortionate use of copyright law infringes on democratic culture. Does this study prove Malcolm Gladwell was right about social media and revolutions? Russian magazine names Putin most eligible bachelor. From Dummies.com, Beth Bartolini-Salimbeni on 5 useful Italian hand gestures.
From the Christian Post, Napp Nazworth interviews Tom Krattenmaker, author of The Evangelicals You Don't Know: Introducing the Next Generation of Christians; why is Christianity losing in America? Michael Craven wants to know (and part 2); beware of Bible McNuggets: John Stonestreet on when reading the Bible can be spiritually unhealthy; and do the Bible and Atlas Shrugged share common ground? Alex Murashko interviews Mark David Henderson, author of The Soul of Atlas: Ayn Rand, Christianity, a Quest for Common Ground. Alicia J. Batten reviews The Political Aims of Jesus by Douglas E. Oakman. Christian leaders have always been misogynists: Valeri Tarico on the 20 most vile quotes from leaders of the church, from St. Benedict to Pat Robertson. Can Christians get along with America? Bakery owners and a high school valedictorian take a stand for religion, in very different ways. Adam Joyce reviews Francis Spufford’s Unapologetic: Why Christianity Makes Surprising Emotional Sense. The Left and Jean-Jacques Rousseau: William Haun on why religious liberty became controversial. How do I know I’m saved? An excerpt from Stop Asking Jesus into Your Heart by J.D. Greear. The New Theist: Nathan Schneider on how William Lane Craig became Christian philosophy's apostle to the skeptics. An interview with Stephen J. Stein, editor of the Cambridge History of Religions in America.
From the inaugural Jacobin Book Club, a seminar on Leo Panitch and Sam Gindin’s magnum opus, The Making of Global Capitalism: The Political Economy of American Empire. Forced and child labor are embedded in the 21st-century economy — what’s Washington doing about it? Joseph Chamie on how the US could be the world’s most populous country: By opening immigration door, the US could fuel rise of population and power. Daniel W. Drezner on why America's foreign-policy community needs a vacation. Andrew O’Hehir on America’s split personality: Paranoid superstate and land of equality. WTF is wrong with Americans? Willie Osterweil wants to know. Terry Eagleton on how Americans' forthrightness is both their most admirable and their most dangerous attribute. From the Library of Law and Liberty, Frank Buckley on a new critique of American exceptionalism (and more). Rethinking American Exceptionalism: America is certainly exceptional, but that isn’t necessarily something to be proud of. If you see something: Missy Beattie on American narcissism. Leaning Away: David Rothkopf on why America is the real failed state. Is America heading for the same fate as the Roman empire? Edward Luce reviews Balance: The Economics of Great Powers from Ancient Rome to Modern America by Glenn Hubbard and Tim Kane. Kenneth Thomas on how U.S. median wealth is only 27th in the world.
Max Hartshorn, Artem Kaznatcheev and Thomas Shultz (McGill): The Evolutionary Dominance of Ethnocentric Cooperation. Unconventional wisdom: John Summers was wrong for most magazines; that made him perfect for The Baffler. Snowden and Assange targeted by mysterious hacker The Jester: The “patriot” hacktivist cyberattacked an Ecuadorean stock exchange on Monday — wait till you hear his plan to flush the WikiLeaks founder out of the country's embassy. Michael Dorf on the troubling emergence of novelty-skepticism on the Supreme Court. Ex-Chad ruler Hissene Habre charged with crimes against humanity. The fallacy of human freedom: Robert W. Merry reviews John Gray’s The Silence of Animals: On Progress and Other Modern Myths. Conor Friedersdorf on the case against universal national service. Ted, white and blue: Steve Hendrix on how Ted Nugent has rocked politics. Michael A. Lewis on deciding abortions by the toss of a coin. From The Boston Globe’s “Ideas”, cross this line and I’m gonna do nothing: Simon Waxman on the strange truth about ultimatums; and researchers know “time affluence” makes us happier, but time isn’t bendable — or is it? Mark Kleiman is the go-to guy on issues related to drug policy. Will think tanks become the universities of the 21st century? Alejandro Chafuen wonders (and more). Especially heinous: Carmen Maria Machado on 272 views of Law & Order SVU.
Kevin Bruyneel (Babson): The American Liberal Colonial Tradition; and The Trouble with Amnesia: Collective Memory and Colonial Injustice in the United States. From the latest issue of The Hedgehog Review, a special section on the American Dream, including Jim Cullen (Fieldston): Problems and Promises of the Self-Made Myth; Paul A. Cantor (Virginia): The Apocalyptic Strain in Popular Culture: The American Nightmare Becomes the American Dream; and Joseph E. Davis interviews Jonathan Rieder, author of Gospel of Freedom: Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Letter from Birmingham Jail and the Struggle That Changed a Nation. Michael Taube reviews Native Americans: Patriotism, Exceptionalism, and the New American Identity by James S. Robbins. David Azerrad on the Declaration of Independence and the American creed. From Cracked, John Cheese on the 4 types of people on welfare nobody talks about; and J.F. Sargent on 5 insane laws written specifically to harass poor people. Aristocracy in America: Paul A. Cantor on Mark Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn — “how could such a classic story of America be so dark and misanthropic?” As we do the hullabaloo about George Washington, fireworks, the Declaration of Independence — all that Americana — let’s recall that hyphenated Americans, with all their supposedly traditional food and music and humor and pride, were also made in America.