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.