Constantinos Alexiou and Joseph Nellis (Cranfield): Is There Life After “Death” for the Greek Economy? Christmas in Thessaloniki: Arnon Grunberg on life in the long shadow of Greece’s economic collapse, as related by five citizens of the nation’s second-largest city. The barbarism of reason: John Gray on the Notebooks of Leopardi — the first full translation of a reclusive Italian poet’s philosophical “hotchpotch” is a major event in the history of ideas. When evil was a social system: Christopher Caldwell on the moral burdens of living under communist rule in Eastern Europe. The reluctant giant: Ullrich Fichtner on why Germany shuns its global role. The reign in Spain is mainly on the wane? Bob Colacello on King Juan Carlos’s controversies. Alexander Stille on why the French are fighting over work hours. Leo Tolstoy so admired the Doukhobors, a remote pacifist sect in the highlands of Georgia, he tried to shield them from the modern world — now only 500 of them remain. Forty years ago, squatters in Copenhagen set up the “free zone” of Christiania inside an old military base — the main drag is now a drug market called Pusher Street, but against all odds, and with a little help from the establishment, Christiania is doing just fine. Denmark is considered the happiest country — you'll never guess why. The New Barons: Michal Kus, Stephan Russ-Mohl, and Adam Szynol on power, politics, and media. Chantal Mouffe on how most countries in Europe are in a post-political situation.
Alicja Khatchikian (Vienna): Performance and Gender in Almodovar's Bodies. From Capitalism Nature Socialism, an editorial by David Correia: “Fk Jared Diamond”. From The Awl, why is America turning to shit? Yasmin Nair wants to know. Although perhaps best known for co-founding the Encylopedie, Philipp Blom argues for the importance of Diderot’s philosophical writings and how they offer a pertinent alternative to the Enlightenment cult of reason spearheaded by his better remembered contemporaries Voltaire and Rousseau. Why aren't there more female libertarians? Nora Caplan-Bricker investigates. The world's worst graffiti, in pictures: A satirical new art book, Wanksy: Interpreting a Graffiti Virtuoso, takes a massive swipe at everyday graffers, and by extension our entire society for humouring artists like Banksy. Josh Marshall on a fascinating conglomeration of hucksterism, right-wing paranoia, secular eschatology all from one pasty dude selling something called the "Patriot Survival Plan" — it's all in a video, which is epically crazy and yet hard to stop watching. Hate for a new generation: Young white supremacists gather in D.C. to talk Ayn Rand, race and IQ, economic collapse. Corey Robin on when Richard Nixon met Karl Polanyi. From NYRB, Alan Rusbridger on the Snowden leaks and the public. Will Silicon Valley finally get mad about the NSA’s MUSCULAR program?
Michelle Louise Wirth (Penn State): The State of Daddy Issues. Chantelle Feldhaus and Chantelle Van den Heever (North-West): The Sexual Orientation of a Parent as a Factor When Considering Care. Samantha Brennan and Bill Cameron (Western Ontario): How Many Parents Can a Child Have? Philosophical Reflections on the "Three Parent Case". Jessica Grose on how celebrating surrogate motherhood too excessively is dangerous, too. Richard V. Reeves, Isabel Sawhill and Kimberly Howard on the parenting gap: The first two years of life are crucial — we need to help lower-income parents do better and demand that they do. Ethical Parenting: If your kids are watching you try to be the best parent you can be (and they are), they will likely see you lie, plot, and even cheat for their benefit — so are you doing them more harm than good? Breaking down motherhood myths: An interview with Kate Hopper, author of Ready for Air: A Journey through Premature Motherhood. Moms and dads both want to spend time with their kids — why do moms spend more? Marshall Poe interviews Gayle Kaufman, author of Superdads: How Fathers Balance Work and Family in the 21st Century. Why aren't there more stay-at-home dads? Tim Napper wonders. Donna Peach reviews Diversity in Family Life: Gender, Relationships and Social Change by Elisabetta Ruspini. Eric Yosomono, Rev. Les Crowley, Ryan Menezes on 6 foreign parenting practices Americans would call neglect.
From fifteeneightyfour blog, Donald T. Critchlow on a who’s who of when Hollywood was Right, why some Reagan supporters did not support Goldwater in 1964, why Barry Goldwater fell out with Ronald Reagan, and what the Left and the Right can learn from Hollywood politics. Lawrence Freedman on how Reagan’s Southern strategy gave rise to the Tea Party. From Salon, Josh Eidelson interviews Frances Fox Piven on the Tea Party and slaveholder ideology; and Theda Skocpol on what drives the angry right. Is the Tea Party racist? Ask some actual, out-of-the closet racists. Peter Beinart on Sam’s Club Republicans vs. the Tea Party. Even if the Tea Party flames out, right-wing populism could hobble America for decades. Reading from Left to Right: A symposium on American Dreamers and The Reactionary Mind. Jeremy Varon reviews A New Dawn for the New Left: Liberation News Service, Montague Farm, and the Long Sixties by Blake Slonecker. Peter Beinart on the rise of the New New Left (and more and more). From Jacobin, Evan Burger on a selfish Left: The Left doesn’t need a renewed emphasis on morality; and Chris Maisano on social democracy for our time. Jonathan Cohn on how liberals have won a lot — here's one reason. Liberalism’s greatest critic: Gerald Russello reviews For the Republic: Political Essays by George Scialabba. The Nationalist Left rises: Post-1960s progressives have been captured by a spirit of militarism. Cole Carter on how a revived utopianism will amount to nothing if the left doesn’t change the way it relates to the American people.
A new issue of the Journal of Business Anthropology is out. Margaret E. Peters (Yale): Open Trade, Closed Borders: Immigration Policy in the Era of Globalization. From New Formations, a conversation with AAAAARG, Chto Delat?, I Cite, Mute, and Neural (Jodi Dean, Sean Dockray, Alessandro Ludovico, Pauline van Mourik Broekman, Nicholas Thoburn, and Dmitry Vilensky), practitioners of independent political media, focusing on the diverse materialities of independent publishing associated with the new media environment; and #MySubjectivation explores some of the implications changes in the media landscape, including those associated with the development of corporate social media and social networks such as Twitter and Facebook, have for the ways in which theorists and philosophers create, perform and circulate research and knowledge. From Jacobin, Ramon Glazov goes behind the bizarre ideology that fuels Adbusters. Kevin Drum on the real-world consequences of Obama Derangement Syndrome. Rightbloggers say Obamacare website can't ever be fixed, might's well give up right now. Jonathan Cohn on Obamacare's worst-case scenarios. “If you like your plan, you can keep it” — well, not exactly. Obamacare is radically changing the individual insurance market — and that's a very good thing (and more). When should a young writer write for free? Daniel D’Addario wonders.
A new issue of Lyceum is out. Jake Nebel (Oxford): Status Quo Bias, Rationality, and Conservatism about Value. J. Adam Carter and Emma C. Gordon (Edinburgh): A New Maneuver Against the Epistemic Relativist. Josh May (UAB): Skeptical Hypotheses and Moral Skepticism. Deflationism and Wittgenstein: Paul Horwich interviewed by Richard Marshall. Restoring F. P. Ramsey: David Papineau on why Wittgenstein’s one-time friend and nemesis might now be remembered as the greatest philosopher of the twentieth century. Kevin Mulligan reviews The Evolution of Modern Metaphysics: Making Sense of Things by A. W. Moore. Kevin Hartnett wonders. L.A. Paul is a deep howdy of metaphysics. Massimo Pigliucci on three and a half thought experiments in philosophy of mind. The first chapter from Would You Kill the Fat Man? The Trolley Problem and What Your Answer Tells Us about Right and Wrong by David Edmonds. Nigel Warburton on how philosophy should be conversation, not dogma — face-to-face talk about our place in the cosmos and how we should live. Raam P. Gokhale on People for the Ethical Treatment of Ethics: A Dialogue on the Nature and Basis of Ethical Discourse. Ariane Lange on 12 types of food improved by famous philosophers. A blockbuster about Plato, starring Brad Pitt? Paul Redding on why philosophy is not a “ridiculous” pursuit — it is worth funding. The latest issue of Philosopher’s Annual is out, on the ten best articles published in philosophy each year.
From Neiman Lab, an oral history of the epic collision between journalism and digital technology, from 1980 to the present. Michael Wolff on the New York Times' identity crisis: A painful rift is developing between editors and executives over a new vision of the newspaper as a distributor of digital “product”. Sorry, Jeff Bezos, the news bundle isn’t coming back. New York Post Mortem: Steve Fishman on a (somewhat premature) newspaper autopsy. Stop press: We need to save journalism, not newspapers. Hal Varian on the economics of the newspaper business. It costs a lot, but investigative reporting can save lives, and non-profits lead the way in producing high-quality, in-depth stories — so who's going to pay for them? The unfortunate fact is that online journalism can’t survive without a wealthy benefactor or cat GIFs. Jay Rosen on the limits of investigative journalism: How two media accounts of the intrusive security state led to different political outcomes. Kids won’t read investigative journalism, but maybe they’ll play a videogame with the same message. A look at how Facebook is an important news source for people who don't care about news. This man decides what you read: Can Chartbeat CEO Tony Haile save journalism? David Folkenflik discusses Rupert Murdoch's politics, his broken promises and how he changed the media. Is Glenn Greenwald the future of news? Here’s what a conversation with him reveals.
Micah Newman (Tarleton): A Realist Sexual Ethics. Here are sample pages from The Library: A World History by James W.P. Campbell and Will Pryce. Fabio Acerbi on why John Chortasmenos sent Diophantus to the Devil: Paleographical and mathematical arguments establish that Chortasmenos’ invective against Diophantus for the difficulty of a problem refers not to problem 2.8, which triggered Fermat’s “last theorem”, but to the far more difficult 2.7. Alec MacGillis on how the Tea Party and Wall Street are even closer than we thought. Is pain a functional necessity? Khannea Suntzu wonders. Marty Sullivan figured out how the world’s biggest companies avoided billions in taxes — here’s how he wants to stop them. Obamacare rate shock and premium joy: Now it's real. Yes, Obama is a Rockefeller Republican. Marijuana is America's next political wedge issue. Rise of the mayors: Leon Neyfakh on how a once-ceremonial job became a powerful force in American politics. Crosswalk Empire: Michael Schaffer on why liberals will miss Michael Bloomberg and the era's other imperial centrist mayors. Heart of snarkness: Media empires like Vice and celebrities like Anthony Bourdain are reporting from the world’s most misunderstood countries — is this just repackaged sensationalism? Teddem Yee on the 5 most incredible scenes ever preserved by fossils. One, doh!, three: Homer Simpson is a math genius — really!
Mauro Gilli Sr. (Northwestern) and Andrea Gilli (EUI): Attack of the Drones: Should We Fear the Proliferation of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles? Caren Myers Morrison (Georgia State): Dr. Panopticon, or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Drone. Rosa Brooks (Georgetown): Drones and the International Rule of Law. David W. Opderbeck (Seton Hall): Drone Courts. Say what you want about drones — they're perfectly legal: Just because they are more technologically advanced than other weapons doesn't mean they violate international law. The sound of terror: Nasser Hussain on the phenomenology of a drone strike. Michael W. Lewis on drones, actually the most humane form of warfare ever. Drone makers gather to defend their much-maligned machines: Cora Currier files a dispatch from the conference of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems. Abby Haglage on six key parts of a new report that may change your view on drones. Kenneth Anderson and Benjamin Wittes on three deep flaws in two new human-rights reports on U.S. drone strikes. Drone strikes kill innocent people — why is it so hard to know how many? Malala’s other message: Why drones aren’t working. Kenneth Anderson on the case for drones. Global consensus grows for greater transparency on drone civilian deaths. No, drones are not “useless” in most wars. UN experts call for more US transparency on drones. Alex Pasternack on “Wounds of Waziristan”, the story of drones as told by the people who live under them.
Mohamed Hamchi (Batna): For the Sake of the Mediterranean, De-Securitize the Arab Spring. From the Journal of Democracy, Nathan Brown (GWU): Tracking the "Arab Spring": Egypt’s Failed Transition; and Steven Heydemann (Georgetown): Tracking the "Arab Spring": Syria and the Future of Authoritarianism. Nearly three years after Tunisians rose up, most Arab dictators remain in power — why did the Middle East's season of ferment deliver so little change? Meet the man who co-opted democracy in the Middle East: Now that the Arab Spring has been turned into a totally owned subsidiary of the Saudi royal family, it is time to take note of Prince Bandar bin Sultan. A new brain trust for the Middle East: Where will the region find fresh ideas for its future? A plan takes root. Where a moustache can mean life or death: Easily identified by trademark facial hair, Kakai Kurds in northern Iraq live under constant threat. From World Affairs, Oray Egin on Syria, Iran, and Kurdish independence. In Syria, code language defies surveillance: Joshua J. Friedman on how people communicate when the government is watching. Laura Dean on the unluckiest people on Earth: Syrians refugees thought Egypt would be safe — they were wrong. Isaac Chotiner on how Syria is going to become Al Qaedastan (and three other myths about Obama's Syria foreign policy). Jonathan Marks reviews Tocqueville in Arabia: Dilemmas in a Democratic Age by Joshua Mitchell. Martin W. Lewis on Robin Wright’s audacious remapping of the Middle East.