A new issue of Cosmos and History is out. Andrew Robinson and Athina Karatzogianni (Hull): Schizorevolutions vs. Microfascisms: A Deleuzo-Nietzschean Perspective on State, Security, and Active/Reactive Networks. Sercan Tas (Bogazici): Modernity, Camp and "Homo Sacer" in Giorgio Agamben. No one wants to be here: John Douglas Millar interviews McKenzie Wark on media theory and critical theory. From Radical Philosophy, Simon Morgan Wortham on the Nietzschean origins of Lazzarato’s indebted man. Christopher Watkin reviews Jean-Luc Nancy by Marie-Eve Morin. Megan O’Branski reviews In the Beginning, She Was by Luce Irigaray. Ever wondered what Slavoj Zizek is like in person? If you guessed a misanthropic weirdo who thinks vegetarians are degenerates and keeps his underwear in his kitchen, you would be both oddly specific and correct. Alain Badiou is making a movie about Plato with Brad Pitt and Sean Connery. International journals, they’re giving them to everybody these days — the International Journal of Zizek Studies, Baudrillard Studies, and now, Badiou Studies; unfortunately, there is currently no International Journal of Deleuze or Ranciere Studies, because there is no justice in this world. Foucault on obscurantism: “They made me do it!”
Lindsay F. Wiley (American): Shame, Blame, and the Emerging Law of Obesity Control. Phillip Metaxas and Andrew Leigh (ANU): The Predictive Power of Political Pundits: Prescient or Pitiful? In Egypt, the “deep state” rises again: Meetings between generals and opposition leaders show the workings of an assortment of forces that wield tremendous influence. Steven Sotloff on the Muslim Brotherhood's legitimate grievances. From Businessweek, Sheelah Kolhatkar on why hedge funds are for suckers. D.C. Council approves “living wage” bill over Wal-Mart ultimatum. Johannah King-Slutzky writes in defense of the Man-Child: Not only do I not have a problem with Man-Children, but I think I might be one. Speak softly and carry a nuclear stick: Sarah Binder on how as much as the “nuclear option” is bandied about in the press in recent years, the path to majority cloture for reforming Senate rules remains rocky — but a determined and extremely frustrated majority might just do it. Jason Cherkis and Zach Carter on Mitch McConnell's 30-Year Senate legacy (and more by Jonathan Chait). In praise of cynicism: It's claimed that at the age of 44 our cynicism starts to grow — but being cynical isn't necessarily a bad thing, argues Julian Baggini (and test how cynical you are). Sex, death, race and class and politics: Scott McLemee rounds up forthcoming university press books sure to start an argument.
John L. Watts (Texas Tech): Tyranny by Proxy: State Action and the Private Use of Deadly Force. Gordon A. Crews, Angela D. Crews, and Catherine E. Burton (Marshall): The Only Thing That Stops a Guy with a Bad Policy is a Guy with a Good Policy: An Examination of the NRA’s “National School Shield” Proposal. Jeannine Bell (Indiana): The Puzzles of Racial Extremism in a “Post-Racial” World. From Social Evolution Forum, Peter Turchin on the strange disappearance of cooperation in America (and part 2). Howard Schuman and Stanley Presser on the gun control paradox. Robert Atkinson and Michael Lind on how Econ 101 is killing America: Forget the dumbed-down garbage most economists spew — their myths are causing tragic results for everyday Americans. Scott Lemieux on how the Zimmerman acquittal isn't about "stand your ground" — it's worse than that. How Fox News Fools: Jonathan Phillips and Eric Mandelbaum explain the psychology behind Fox’s use of distractions to shut down critical thinking. Welcome to the American dystopia: Part Orwellian security state, part Huxley wonderland and part "Matrix", America is three dystopias in one. Zimmerman's not guilty — but Florida sure is. DD writes in from Wisconsin: “As I told in friend in Tampa today though, if you’re ever in a heated argument with anyone, and you’re pretty sure there aren’t any witnesses, it’s always best to kill the other person”.