Carl Mosk (Victoria): Contested Identities: Secularism and Economic Development in the Contemporary World. Meltem A. Aran (Development Analytics): How Turkey's AK Party Lost the Median Voter: A Social and Distributional Analysis of AKP Policies under Erdogan. Ingar Solty (York): The Crisis Interregnum: Considerations on the Political Articulation of the Global Crisis from the New Right-Wing Populism to the Occupy Movement. Richard J. White (Sheffield Hallam): Towards a Post-Occupy World: The Importance of Recognising "Post-capitalist" Spaces in "Capitalist" Society. The ground shakes in the country of inequalities and paradoxes: Luiz E. Soares on Brazil. Is Chile the next Brazil? A new protest movement picks up where the student mobilizations of 2006 left off. Behzad Yaghmaian on what unites Turkey's and Iran's youth. What happened to Occupy? Doug Rossinow on the divided left and the demise of a movement. Alexander Key on why Turkey is Occupy not Spring. The Middle-Class Revolution: All over the world, argues Francis Fukuyama, today's political turmoil has a common theme — the failure of governments to meet the rising expectations of the newly prosperous and educated (and more by Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson). Brazil is a stable and growing democracy — and we’re not going to take it any more. Ezra Klein interviews Ruchir Sharma on why the protests in Turkey, Brazil and Egypt shouldn’t surprise you. In Brazil, Turkey, and Chile, protests follow economic success, illustrating the high price of progress. Muqtedar Khan on the clash of cultures from Istanbul to Cairo. Travis Waldron on how Brazil’s Olympic and World Cup dreams turned into a nightmare. Justin AK Helepololei on the Do-It-Yourself Theory of Occupy Wall Street and Spain’s 15M. Middle-class militants: James Surowiecki on Brazil’s revolt in the midst of relative prosperity. The end of Turkey's Europeanization: Has Turkey fully abandoned its push to join the European Union?
From M/C Journal, a special issue on the cookbook. Adam J. Hoffer (Wisconsin) and George R. Crowley (Troy): Did You Say that Voting is Ridiculous?: Using South Park to Teach Public Choice (“The episode titled, ‘Douche and Turd,’ demonstrates the near-zero value of an individual vote). From 3:AM, Richard Marshall on Ernest Gellner’s Islamic Nietzscheans. Eric Schnurer on the secret to cutting government waste: Savings by a thousand cuts. It only takes about 42 minutes to learn algebra with video games? Keith Devlin investigates. From New Left Project, Sam Clevenger on why E.P. Thompson matters: Theory, academia, and political activism. Samuel Hughes on the purple passion of Michael Smerconish: Can an unpredictably centrist talk-show host with a yen for “nothing” really have an impact on the national discourse? From C2C, David Seymour on the Richard Florida-Joel Kotkin dust-up reprised. Michael Grabell on the temp workers who power giant corporations are getting crushed. From Jackson Free Press, do we still need to talk about race? Yes and no. A new "c-word": John McWhorter on the ludicrous debate over the word "cracker" in the Trayvon Martin trial. From TNR, a series of articles on a Second-Term Recovery Guide. Marc Abrahams on disgust with Disgust, and where’s McGinn? Chris Fox on the 6 most WTF scientific theories about existence.
Ariadne Labs, a new think tank founded by Atul Gawande, aims to solve end of life issues. The American way of death: Hallmark cards show a new candour about terminal sickness. Scott McLemee reviews The Longevity Seekers: Science, Business, and the Fountain of Youth by Ted Anton. Don’t hold your breath: Will Oremus on why science won’t save us from old age anytime soon. If you want to live longer, do nothing: If intervening in the aging process with current biomedical science has any positive effect at all, it will be far too small to worry about — it’s far more likely to harm us. Oxford academics Nick Bostrom and Anders Sandberg pay to be cryogenically preserved so they can be “brought back to life in the future”. From The Believer, Alex Mar on how transhumanist FM-2030 Fereidoun Esfandiary envisioned a world in which humans were limited by nothing not even death; and Matt Bieber interviews Todd May, author of Death. Mark Alfino reviews The Oxford Handbook of the Philosophy of Death. Brad Frazier reviews Death by Shelly Kagan. Filip Matous interviews Stephen Cave, author of Immortality: The Quest to Live Forever and How It Drives Civilization. Russian billionaire Dmitry Itskov plans on becoming immortal by 2045. B. J. Murphy on why immortality is not a waste of time. From Immortal Life, Eric Schulke and Violetta Karkucinska on how death costs the world a lot of opportunity; and Giovanni Santostasi on why defeating aging and death is the most important and urgent goal for humankind.
Elisabet Puigdollers Mas (CatDem): Can Rawlsians Deliver Gender Equality? Jess Butler (USC): For White Girls Only? Postfeminism and the Politics of Inclusion. From TLS, a review essay on the future of feminism by Paul Seabright. Erick Erickson, meet my wife: Jonathan Cohn on the truth about female breadwinners. At the crossroad of evolutionary psychology and feminism: Kelly D. Cobey and Viktoria R. Mileva review Evolution's Empress: Darwinian Perspectives on the Nature of Women. Feminism doesn't need to be scary: Jennifer Keishin Armstrong and Heather Wood Rudulph, authors of Sexy Feminism: A Girl's Guide to Love, Success, and Style, on how feminism is relevant, sexy, and fun to boot. Fuck the high road: Jessica Valenti on the upside of sinking to their level — "Sometimes, you've got to feed the trolls". Sarah Elsie Baker reviews Consuming Underwear: Fashioning Female Identity by Christiana Tsaousi. Laura Vanderkam goes on a journey through the checkout racks: Comparing women's magazines, then and now, shows how much America has changed. Can women's magazines do serious journalism? Some people don't think so. Spare Rib co-founder Rosie Boycott has joined the team planning to relaunch the 70s radical feminist magazine online and in print later this year.
Cynthia Lee (GWU): Making Race Salient: Trayvon Martin and Implicit Bias in a Not Yet Post-Racial Society. From HiLobrow, a 25-part series in which editor Joshua Glenn, who from 1990–93 published the zine Luvboat Earth and from 1992–2001 published the zine/journal Hermenaut, bids a fond farewell to his noteworthy collection of zines, which he recently donated to the University of Iowa Library’s zine and amateur press collection. Can government play Moneyball? John Bridgeland and Peter Orszag on how a new era of fiscal scarcity could make Washington work better (and a response). Manuel Garcia on how Tony Judt's 20th century history books explain the political and economic exclusion that prompted Edward Snowden. When privacy jumped the shark: Americans are too busy sharing personal information to care if the government is listening in — it might even flatter them. Hart Williams on the treasonous shame of Forbes magazine. From Prospect, Daniel Steinmetz-Jenkins on Raymond Aron, 30 years on. What explains the Republican Party’s intransigence? Jamelle Bouie investigates. Laura D’Andrea Tyson on the myriad benefits of a carbon tax. My Weekend at Adolf’s: Vegas Tenold on a weekend of mysterious rendezvous, pizza, Sieg Heils and bloody heads with America's Nazi party. Would smell as sweet: Frank Jacobs on geo-popularity of given names.
From Contexts, Charles Kurzman, Dalia F. Fahmy, Justin Gengler, Ryan Calder and Sarah Leah Whitson examine different aspects of the Arab Spring revolts. Western misconstructions of the Tunisian Revolution: Why was the 2011 Tunisian revolution perceived in France as a rerun of 1789, and why did Tunisian revolutionaries identify with an "Arab Spring" couched in terms of the European revolutions of 1848? Historian Guillaume Mazeau parses these mirrored constructs and how we view and skew revolutionary temporalities. Running from the Arab Spring: Syria isn't the only place with a refugee problem. Were the demonstrations in Egypt the largest mass protest in human history? An open letter by the Egyptian activist collective “Comrades from Cairo”: From Taksim to Tahrir, from Bulgaria to Brazil, we fight the same struggle against oppressive state structures that benefit only a tiny wealthy elite. Martina Sabra interviews Amel Grami: “The Arab revolutions have triggered a male identity crisis”. Shibley Telhami on his book The World Through Arab Eyes: Arab Public Opinion and the Reshaping of the Middle East. Molly Patterson reviews Is There a Middle East? The Evolution of a Geopolitical Concept. What is "Arabic" today, and is it really even a single thing?
A new issue of Africa Spectrum is out. Christopher Williams (Tufts): Explaining the Great War in Africa: How Conflict in the Congo Became a Continental Crisis. Is The Hague racist? The African Union claims the International Criminal Court is a racist institution hunting down Africans because of the color of their skin. Africa rising? Experts fill in the blanks on the state of politics in Africa. The foreword by Nadine Gordimer from Ruth First and Joe Slovo in the War Against Apartheid by Alan Wieder. South Africa’s University of KwaZulu-Natal to make Zulu language compulsory for all students. A House Divided: Eve Fairbanks on why the students at one prominent South African university, once a model of racial harmony, chose to resegregate. From autocracy to kleptocracy to dynastic oligarchy in 50 years: Shailja Patel on Kenya’s three tribes. Welcome to Mogadishu: Katrina Manson spent six days in May in the notoriously dangerous capital of Somalia — she found a city bursting back to life and a people full of hope. Life after warfare: Adam Rogers on how a digital map could help revive Mogadishu. Somaliland is a real country, according to Somaliland. Is Africa finally on Obama's agenda? The terror diaspora: Nick Turse on the U.S. military and the unraveling of Africa. Africa's turn: An interview with Senegal's president Macky Sall on democracy, development, regional security, and Obama.
Charles Blattberg (Montreal): Hannah Arendt as Peter Pan. What is the political equilibrium when insect-sized drone assassins are available? Tyler Cowen wonders. Born this way: Scientists may have found a biological basis for homosexuality — that could be bad news for gay rights. Maybe bowling alone isn’t so bad: Ray Fisman on how the prevalence of civic associations in Weimar Germany may have sped the rise of the Nazis. Kenyan poachers make a killing: Glen Johnson on how East African ivory and rhino horn continue to be in high demand, despite international efforts. Terry Eagleton reviews The Frontman: Bono (In The Name of Power) by Harry Browne. Terry Eagleton takes a snide turn, picks a fight with America: Geoff Nicholson reviews Across the Pond: An Englishman’s View of America. Chris Masiano on how Machiavelli doesn’t belong to the 1 percent: The Prince is oft-quoted on Wall Street, but its author was a hero of the working class who despised elites. Jonathan Chait on how Glenn Greenwald is Ralph Nader. Brad DeLong on what to do with the hypertrophied financial sector. John Judis on how not all interventions are imperialist: On Syria, the Left has forgotten its history. A look at 4 recent scandals that are (almost) too crazy to be true.
From the Heritage Foundation, Joseph Postell, Robert E. Moffit, and Todd F. Gaziano on how to limit government in the age of Obama. From Doublethink, Ken Silva on libertarians in small town Republican politics. Emma Elliott Freire reviews The End Is Near and It’s Going to Be Awesome: How Going Broke Will Leave America Richer, Happier, and More Secure by Kevin Williamson. Robert Parry on the marriage of libertarians and racists. The practice of handing over cash to turn out votes used to be an urban Democratic specialty — are rural Republicans getting in on the fun? While liberals are deploying behavioral science with stunning results, conservatives have failed to follow up on their success three decades ago with the psychology of “broken windows” — here are several policy initiatives with which to begin. Chris Kluwe on what’s wrong with Ayn Rand and libertarians. The Free State Project grows up: Garrett Quinn on how libertarians are changing the face of New Hampshire. Grow up, libertarians: Your philosophy is superficial, juvenile nonsense — here's what you should focus on instead. Seriously, what's the matter with Kansas? Mark Binelli on how gun nuts, anti-abortion zealots and free-market cultists are leading the state to the brink of disaster.