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.