Frank J. Thompson (Rutgers): The Administrative Presidency and Fractious Federalism: Lessons from Obamacare. Elizabeth Weeks Leonard (Georgia): Crafting a Narrative for the Red State Option. It’s really “Democratic Care”, not “Obamacare”: Obamacare is less about what Obama wanted, and more about what the Democratic Party wanted. Tom Miller on conservative health-care reform. Creating a new responsibility: David Warsh on the Affordable Care Act. Annie-Rose Strasser and Tara Culp-Ressler on 20 questions you have about Obamacare but are too afraid to ask. Megan McArdle on 11 pieces of Obamacare conventional wisdom that shouldn’t be so conventional. Rutgers student John Connelly says Sen. Ted Cruz misused his name to denounce the ACA. Igor Volsky has the complete guide to the GOP’s three-year campaign to shut down the government. Republicans need to compel Obama to accept their agenda, not in spite of the fact that the voters rejected it at the polls but precisely for that reason. Jonathan Rauch on rescuing compromise: A funny thing happened on the way to legislative gridlock and fiscal meltdown in the past few years. Your false-equivalence guide to the days ahead: James Fallows on a kind of politics we have not seen for more than 150 years. Steve Pearlstein on how Obama can win the debt standoff in 3 steps. Rebels without a clue: This may be the way the world ends — not with a bang but with a temper tantrum. Brad Plumer on everything you need to know about how a government shutdown works. Josh Marshall on broken windows, broken states. Kevin Drum on a quick one-sentence reminder of what this is all about.
A new issue of Behemoth is out. Mark Newman (Stockholm): An Anthropological Perspective on the Coca-Cola Company. Marja Schuster (RKH): Hermeneutics as Embodied Existence. We may be decades away from cloning Bigfoot, but two new books on cryptozoology show that the truth is out there — Scott McLemee wants to believe. On the second annual Golden Goose Awards: John Sides on how federal funding of scientific research produces unexpected successes. From Contemporary Sociology, Ronald Weitzer reviews nine important books on sex work published since 2000. Supercomputers help solve a 50-year homework assignment: Calculation related to question of why the universe is made of matter. Is there a word for that? We have long invented language to fill gaps in our vocabulary, but not all coinages are created equal. David Rosen reviews Spying on Democracy: Government Surveillance, Corporate Power, and Public Resistance by Heidi Boghosian. Watch more, know more: Tina Bettels on TV news and foreign affairs. Reviewers on Amazon and posters on martial arts bulletin boards have long suspected that Taming the Tiger, the dramatic Christian conversion story of Tony Anthony, who claims to be a kung fu world champion, is a fake — but now an inquiry led by the Evangelical Alliance has agreed with them. Skinny jeans and cocaine: Why cocaine users tend to be skinny and why it won’t last forever.
Bear Braumoeller (OSU): Is War Disappearing? John Fabian Witt (Yale): Two Conceptions of Suffering in War. Allan Dafoe (Yale), Jonathan Renshon (Wisconsin), and Paul Huth (Maryland): Reputation and Status as Motives for War. Jon Simons (Indiana): The In/Visibility of Peace: Or "When Did You Last Go to See a Peace Movie?" From Anthropologies, a special issue on anthropology and war. Robert D. Sloane reviews The Verdict of Battle: The Law of Victory and the Making of Modern War by James Q. Whitman. Is there a war instinct? David P. Barash on how many evolutionists believe that humans have a drive for waging war — but they are wrong and the idea is dangerous. Is war really in decline? Wait 150 years after the last major war to know for sure. Neither Hobbes nor Rousseau: Larry Arnhart on the Lockean way in the evolution of war and peace. Walking loudly and carrying a big stick: Micah Zenko on why women are less inclined to start wars. Jacob Heilbrunn on the case for Norman Angell: He said that economic interdependence had made war obsolete; four years later, World War One turned him into a laughingstock — yet his later career saw him abandon many of his own illusions. Douglas A. McDonnell and Evan V. Symon on 6 of the most heartwarming stories ever (happened in wars). John Siebert on the top 10 reasons why there is hope for peace on earth.
Margaret Boyd (Stonehill): “I Love My Work But”: The Professionalization of Early Childhood Education. From The New York Times Magazine, a special issue on education. John Cook on the simple solution to the public schools crisis: Ban private schools. Abolish public schools: Kevin Carey reviews Ron Paul’s The School Revolution. Felix Salmon on why charitable donations to public schools are OK. Only a few countries are teaching children how to think: A review of The Smartest Kids in the World: And How They Got That Way by Amanda Ripley. My daughter’s homework is killing me: Karl Taro Greenfeld on what happens when a father, alarmed by his 13-year-old daughter's nightly workload, tries to do her homework for a week. American schools are failing nonconformist kids: Elizabeth Weil writes in defense of the wild child. New evidence: Nora Caplan-Bricker on how there is no science-education crisis. Olivia Blanchard on why she quit Teach for America: “Five weeks of training was not enough to prepare me for a room of 20 unruly elementary-schoolers”. The two faces of American education: Andrew Delbanco reviews Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America’s Public Schools by Diane Ravitch and Radical: Fighting to Put Students First by Michelle Rhee. Robert L. Hampel reviews Testing Wars in the Public Schools: A Forgotten History by William J. Reese. Test our children well: Ezekiel J. Emanuel on why American schools need more testing, not less.
A new issue of Psychological Thought is out. Paul Babbitt (Southern Arkansas): Bullshit, Politics, and the Democratic Power of Satire. Margo Kaplan (Rutgers): Sex-Positive Law. From The Baffler, they pretend to think, we pretend to listen: Ken Silverstein on liberalism in the tank. Bryan Bender on how many D.C. think tanks are now players in partisan wars. A newly released secret opinion shows surveillance courts are even worse than you knew. Mark Thoma on the real reason for the fight over the debt limit. Counterintuitively, the best way for Congress to prevent Obama from bombing Syria may be to unanimously authorize him to do just that; similarly, Putin's best way to prevent a bombing of Syria may be by promising not to veto a UN resolution authorizing the bombing of Syria. Henry Blodget on how the selfish Ayn Rand business philosophy is ruining the US economy. Obama: The law's harshest critics will eventually embrace Obamacare, call it something else. Paul Berman on wny Bill de Blasio should embrace democratic socialism in New York City. David Mikics reviews Isaac and Isaiah: The Covert Punishment of a Cold War Heretic by David Caute. It's a neo-conservative nightmare: In Iran and China, Western sexual values are bringing about real change. From Roar, what would real democracy look like? Camilla Hansen wonders. Joshua Mostafa reviews Against World Literature: On the Politics of Untranslatability by Emily Apter.
Joseph E. Uscinski and Joseph Parent (Miami): American Conspiracy Theories. A nation of truthers: Jesse Walker, author of The United States of Paranoia, lays out five conspiracy theories (and more and more and more). A brief history of conspiracy theories: Throughout our history, Americans have been sure someone was plotting against us. The Area 51 truthers were right: The government misled us about Area 51 for decades — why aren't we outraged? David Suzuki on how conspiracy theories fuel climate change denial and chemtrail beliefs. A look at how conspiracy theorists are more focused on discrediting official accounts than proposing their own. Derek Beres on the conspiracy of conspiracy theorizing. Josh Marshall on health care reform and the brilliant and notorious “Kristol Memo”, the initial manifesto of manufactured gridlock as a political strategy that now rules our national politics. Sandy Rios uses Kenya massacre to promote birther conspiracy theories. Thomas Pynchon on 9/11: American literature’s greatest conspiracy theorist finally addresses his country’s greatest trauma. You can’t handle the truther: CIA agents plot the 9/11 attack on the Twin Towers and Pentagon. Francis Wilkinson on why Benghazi conspiracy theories don't catch on. Larry Klayman, the conservative attorney and birther who called for a coup against President Barack Obama earlier this month, has scheduled what he's describing as a "day of reckoning". Erika Eichelberger on the 7 craziest Obamacare conspiracy theories and why they're wrong.
Jeremy Waldron (NYU): International Law: “A Relatively Small and Unimportant” Part of Jurisprudence? Miles Kahler (UC-San Diego): Rising Powers and Alternative Modes of Global Governance. Kelli K. Garcia and Lawrence O. Gostin (Georgetown): One Health, One World: The Intersecting Legal Regimes of Trade, Climate Change, Food Security, Humanitarian Crises, and Migration. William Felice (Eckerd): Global Citizenship and Moral Interdependence: Protecting Individual Positive Identity and Ecological Balance. Mark S. Berlin (UC-Irvine): The Worldwide Criminalization of Genocide in Domestic Legal Systems. Sean D. Murphy (GWU): What a Difference a Year Makes: The International Court of Justice's 2012 Jurisprudence. Eric Posner on Assad and the death of the International Criminal Court: The failure to prosecute him will be the end for the ICC’s brand of global justice (and more). Jim Arkedis on it's time for a new United Nations: The struggle to find a diplomatic solution on Syria within the Security Council exposed the need for a new global decision-making body. Why has President Obama failed to close the gap between the U.S. and the rest of the world in the United Nations? Some data and some answers. Jure Vidmar on his book Democratic Statehood in International Law: The Emergence of New States in Post-Cold War Practice.
Boris Gershman (American): The Economic Origins of the Evil Eye Belief. Dilara Uskup (Chicago): The Damnation of Women, the Redemption of Black Folk. From Bad Subjects, a special issue on the political, social, and cultural aspects of craft and folk art. Liar liar pants on fire, political honesty: Sarang Shah on the importance of being truthy. Out of the deep: From Atlantis to Noah’s Ark, we have long been drawn to stories of submerged lands — what lies beneath the flood myths? Pakistan’s earthquake was so violent it created this new island in the Indian Ocean. From The New Criterion, Kenneth Minogue on the self-interested society: Societies are all imperfect, but self-interested societies fare far better than any of their counterparts; and William Logan is against aesthetics: Part of the burden of being a critic means that you should reject Aesthetic Statements. Can this couple work it out? Iain McGilchrist on science vs. humanities. Stephen G. Gilles and Nelson Lund on insurance as gun control: A liability insurance mandate for firearm owners may pass constitutional muster, but its effect on violent crime would be modest. The Brooklyn Quarterly blog is live. Could Occupy Wall Street fund a nonviolent militia with $1 million? Someone tell Ted Cruz the Obamacare War is over. Jacob Barnett, boy genius: Diagnosed with severe autism as a child, Barnett is now 15 and one of the world’s most promising physicists.
From The Economist, America’s income inequality is growing again — time to cut subsidies to the rich and invest in the young; and the American Dream, RIP? A review of Average Is Over: Powering America Beyond the Age of the Great Stagnation by Tyler Cowen. Meet the Flexians: A new professional class of movers and shakers — people who serve overlapping roles in government, business, and media with smiling finesse — is controlling the flow of power and money in America; anthropologist Janine Wedel is bent on making us understand just how dangerous this new normal can be. Zachary R. Mider on how Wal-Mart’s Waltons maintain their billionaire fortune. David Cay Johnston on how billionaires get around the estate tax. When and why America’s rich protest: David Cay Johnston reviews Rich People’s Movements: Grassroots Campaigns to Untax the One Percent by Isaac William Martin. What's an acceptable ratio of CEO pay to worker pay? Derek Thompson on the simplest income inequality policy: Raising taxes on investment income. Just how wrong is conventional wisdom about government fraud? Entitlement programs, from food stamps to Medicare, don't see unusually high cheating rates — and the culprits are usually managers and executives, not "welfare queens". Sarang Shah on corporate socialism: Soviet-style central planning is alive and well in corporate America.
From the Journal of French and Francophone Philosophy, a special issue on Julia Kristeva. Marta Resmini (K.U.Leuven): Truth in Politics: Audience Democracy vs. Parresia. Daniel Nichanian (Chicago): Arguing with Unresponsive Institutions: Jacques Ranciere's Critique of Ontology and the Expansion of Democratic Possibilities. Colby Dickinson (Loyola): The Profanation of Revelation: On Language and Immanence in the Work of Giorgio Agamben. From Speculations, a special issue on Speculative Realism, including Adam Kotsko (Shimer): A Very Dangerous Supplement: Speculative Realism, Academic Blogging, and the Future of Philosophy; and John Mullarkey (Kingston): How to Behave Like a Non-Philosopher, or, Speculative Versus Revisionary Metaphysics. Ishay Landa reviews The Rebirth of History: Times of Riots and Uprisings by Alain Badiou. Continental philosophy in the pellucid register: Taylor Carman is the go-to guy on 19th and 20th century European philosophy. Daniel Coffeen how to read philosophy. Philosophy’s film: Nico Baumbach reviews Cinema by Alain Badiou. From Critical-Theory.com, a look at 13 things you didn’t know about Deleuze and Guattari (and part 2); Connor Syrewicz writes in defense of obscurantism; a Redditor offers best profanity-laced explanation of Foucault ever; and a look at 5 great introductory theory and philosophy lecture series freely available online (and books).