Alex Rogers on Utah Senator Mike Lee, the man behind the shutdown curtain. Roy Edroso on Rightbloggers' shutdown post-mortem: Hope, despair, conspiracy theories. Did race play a role in shutdown? Michael Tesler on how Republicans' votes on the shutdown deal were associated with racial attitudes in their districts. Jonathan Chait on how the shutdown was not a failed strategy — it wasn’t a strategy at all. Paul Krugman on the damage done. What was “essential” and what wasn’t: Mattea Kramer and Jo Comerford on the government shutdown in perspective. Robert Reich on what to expect during the cease-fire. George Packer on how the Republicans are still winning. Wait, Republicans now want Obamacare to function? Aside from any policy details, Republicans really want to stick it to Obama; keeping in place policies Obama hates makes them happy, irrespective of the content of those policies — that is a real form of leverage. Jon Lovett on how the GOP slowly went insane: The current moment in politics came about slowly, not suddenly, but it doesn't make it any less of a national emergency. Simon Johnson on the long march of the American Right. Heath Brown interviews Robert Horwitz, author of America’s Right: Anti-Establishment Conservatism from Goldwater to the Tea Party. Can Rand Paul learn to tell the truth? The Kentucky senator and presidential hopeful has charisma, fundraising power, and new ideas — now if can only resolve his sticky habit for bending the facts.


From Health and Human Rights, a special issue on realizing the right to health through a framework convention on global health. Jacques E. C. Hymans and Ronan Tse-Min Fu (USC): World Society, Professional Bureaucracy, and Democratization. Joshua M. Pryor (Hawaii): Visions of Globalization: Inequality and Political Stability (Dissertation). Benjamin Jerry Cohen (UCSB) and Tabitha M. Benney (Utah): What Does the International Currency System Really Look Like? Katherine Taken Smith, Hannah Michelle Martin, and Murphy Smith (Murray State): Human Trafficking: A Global Multi-Billion Dollar Criminal Industry. ILO says global number of child labourers down by a third since 2000. The first chapter from The Price of Rights: Regulating International Labor Migration by Martin Ruhs. Colin Kidd reviews Exodus: Immigration and Multiculturalism in the 21st Century by Paul Collier. When did globalisation start? Economists argue about whether it began 20, 200 or 2,000 years ago. An excerpt from Ninety Percent of Everything: Inside Shipping, the Invisible Industry That Puts Clothes on Your Back, Gas in Your Car, and Food on Your Plate by Rose George (and more). Big may not be better for most countries: The world has been rebuilt according to small nations’ dreams. And now for some good news: This might be the golden age of vice, but people are getting richer, freer, and more connected every day.


From Scholar and Feminist Online, a special issue on Life (Un)Ltd: Feminism, Bioscience, Race. From Reconstruction, Danuta Fjellestad and Maria Engberg on a concept of post-postmodernism or Lady Gaga’s reconfigurations of Madonna; and how did I write that? A series of reflections on singularity in the creative process. Felix Salmon on the IMF and sovereign bankruptcy; and is JPMorgan being unfairly singled out? Neil Irwin on everything you need to know about JPMorgan’s $13 billion settlement. Sonia Tsuruoka on slum tourism and its discontents. Kevin Roose on the real consequences of JPMorgan Chase’s big payout; and on how Silicon Valley’s secessionist movement is growing. How to avoid bankers in your nativity scene: Honor Clerk reviews The Ugly Renaissance: Sex, Disease and Excess in an Age of Beauty by Alexander Lee. Barry Ritholtz on how Americans have lost virtually all of our constitutional rights. Why blockbusters are taking over the arts: Harvard’s Anita Elberse on why the “long tail” is not where the money is. From Boston Review, David Palumbo-Liu on the public intellectual as provocateur. What does "cool" even mean in 2013? Carl Wilson on a monthlong series on the history and future of cool. Networking down the ages: David Bodanis reviews Writing on the Wall: Social Media — The First 2,000 Years by Tom Standage. Ben Branstetter on why Mark Zuckerberg is a conservative (and why that matters).


From TNR, Jed Perl on when Conde Nast was a force for good; and how the New Yorker cover became Twitter gold: The legendary magazine alters its DNA for the Internet era. Hamish Mckenzie on Aeon, the best magazine on the Internet. Little mag, big ideas: Edirin Oputu on how The New Inquiry’s revenue model might be the future of little magazines. Quartz, a web-only business publication, turns one year old (and part 2). Jon Lund on why tablet magazines are a failure. The number of magazine launches is dropping, but the market for bookazines — high-priced one-shot special issues costing $10 or more — is on the rise. Mr. Magazine interviews David Carey, president of Hearst Magazines, on why he continues to launch new magazines; Nancy Gibbs, new editor of Time: “There’s always going to be room for a newsweekly”; Suzanne Boyd, editor in chief, Zoomer: “Print will always be the mothership of magazines”; and David Granger, editor of Esquire, on print, digital and the future of journalism (and more). A magazine with no Photoshop whatsoever? Yes, it finally exists. The Economist rethinks “lean forward, lean back” model. Alan Scherstuhl on how People and How to Deal With Them magazine was as bizarre as it is forgotten. Would you buy the magazine that funds heroin use? Sebastian Gabe investigates. Literally the best thing ever: Kim O’Connor on a year in the life of Rookie magazine. Wouldn’t you buy this magazine? A little makeup could really jazz up some of our other covers, says Scott Feschuk. An interview with Tyler Brule, founder of Monocle.


Gerasimos T. Soldatos (AUA) and Erotokritos Varelas (Macedonia): On the Nexus between Religion and Politico-Economics. Benjamin Hertzberg (Harvard): Comprehensive Deliberation: Democratic Reasoning Across Religious Difference. Michele Margolis (MIT): The Reciprocal Relationship between Religion and Politics: A Test of the Life Cycle Theory. Michele Margolis (MIT): Don't Lose Control: How Partisanship and the Political Landscape Shape Religious Beliefs. Isabelle Engeli (Ottawa) and Lars Thorup Larsen and Christoffer Green-Pedersen (Aarhus): How Religion Becomes Political: A Comparative Study of Religion and Morality Policy. Douglas Casson (St. Olaf): Coffeehouse Civility and the Problem of Religious Hate Speech. Andrew Koppelman (Northwestern): “Freedom of the Church” and the Authority of the State. Gila Stopler (ACLB): The Challenge of Strong Religion in the Liberal State. Jason Klocek (UC-Berkeley): State Repression and Religious Disorder. Benjamin L. Berger (York): Religious Diversity, Education, and the “Crisis” in State Neutrality. Jonathan T. Chow (Macau): Religious Norm Contestation and its Consequences. Scott McLemee reviews Religion Without God by Ronald Dworkin. The first chapter from Big Gods: How Religion Transformed Cooperation and Conflict by Ara Norenzayan. What's so damn special about religion, anyway? Kenneth Einar Himma reviews Why Tolerate Religion? by Brian Leiter.


Jack Samuel (Pittsburg): It Doesn’t Matter What You “Meant”: The Pragmatic Topography of Sexist Slurs. Corey Rayburn Yung (Kansas): Rape Law Fundamentals. From The State, from special economic zones, to libertarian seasteading colonies, to private islands, there seems to be an undercurrent of political fantasy — but what would it actually take to start a Temporary Autonomous Zone (TAZ)? Evangelicals and Israel: Robert W. Nicholson on what American Jews don't want to know (but need to). Benjamin Wallace-Wells on the state of Assange: He’s a cartoon, a megalomaniac, an irresistible Hollywood subject — and a crucial historical figure. Sarah Ellison on where Julian Assange lies in wait and what he’s planning next. From TPM, Cathy Reisenwitz on how revenge porn is awful, but the law against it is worse, and a response by Amanda Marcotte (and more). Richard Falk on the Chomsky/Vltchek worldview. What the French Revolution taught us about genius: Darrin McMahon on how the idea of genius became the basis for political power. In The Graphic Canon, comic artists reimagine dozens of classic works of literature, philosophy, and religion; the result, says creator Russ Kick, is like The Norton Anthology with pictures, drawn by an army of emerging artists who provide their personal — and sometimes unexpected — gloss on the world's great books. Why do we eat popcorn at the movies? Natasha Geiling investigates.


Julie A. Nelson (Tufts): Would Women Leaders Have Prevented the Global Financial Crisis? Richard Robb (Columbia): Epistemology and the Financial Crisis. Claude Fischer on political responses to the crash. Here are the papers from the Finance and the Wealth of Nations Workshop. Brad DeLong on the Great Depression from the perspective of today, and today from the perspective of the Great Depression (and more). Is the “too big to fail” problem too big to solve? Jack Guttentag analyzes three different approaches commonly brought up in discussions about taxpayer bailouts of firms considered “too big to fail”. How Jamie Dimon’s getting away with it: Why the biggest fines in regulatory history are no problem for JPMorgan Chase’s CEO. The Tea Party thinks it hates Wall Street — it doesn’t: When it comes to financial regulation, there are no substantial issues on which Tea Party Republicans differ from Wall Street. From BusinessWeek, Joel Stein on how the dream of Occupy Wall Street is alive in Portland; and Drake Bennett interviews David Graeber on the movement's future. What world bankers fear most: Much of the conversation at this year's IMF and World Bank meetings will be about slowing emerging markets, the dysfunctional U.S. government, and spreading inequality. On the new Wall Street, boring is better. Lawrence Summers reviews The Map and the Territory: Risk, Human Nature, and the Future of Forecasting by Alan Greenspan (and more by Steven Pearlstein, and more by Brad DeLong).


From The Daily Dot, now 10 years old, 4chan is the most important site you never visit (and more); and Cooper Fleishman on 4chan's 10 most important contributions to society; Aaron Sankin on how libertarian philosophy drove the Web's biggest black market; Chase Hoffberger writes in defense of Silk Road; and Patrick Howell O'Neill on how this is not the end of the Deep Web. Matt Buchanan on advertising and the end of Instagram's sincerity. Simon Owens on the battle to destroy Wikipedia's biggest sockpuppet army. BuzzFeed's brazen, nutty, growth plan: Until recently, BuzzFeed's global ambitions were held in check because its "listicles" are in English — but now, the posts will be translated by foreign-language learners. Farhad Manjoo on how the Facebook News Feed changed everything — media, advertising, politics, and us. Natalia Rojas has mapped the profile photos of Facebook's 1,267,191,915 (and counting) users on just one web page. Tim Sampson on why Twitter can't win its war on spam. This tool lets you stalk Twitter users to teach them a lesson about privacy. All is fair in love and Twitter: Nick Bilton on the sweet, innocent ideas and ruthless power plays that created Twitter. Two-hit wonder: Jack Dorsey, of Twitter, is now making big money at Square — and is out to prove that he’s more than a lucky man. Walter Frick on how Twitter’s leadership drama explains its success.


David Gamage (UC-Berkeley) and David Louk (Yale): Government Shutdowns, the New Fiscal Politics, and the Case for Default Budgets. From Vanity Fair, a special section on The New Establishment 2013: 50 Titans Disrupting Media, Technology, and Culture. Sarah Binder on deal-making in a polarized Congress. An interview with Adrian Tomine, artist of everyone’s favorite New Yorker covers. Joe Coscarelli on how Robert Costa became the golden boy of the government shutdown. Art Brodsky on the abomination of ebooks: They price people out of reading. Ezra Klein on eight questions that will decide whether Obamacare is a success. Breaking black: Zachary Roth on the right-wing plot to split a school board. Stop blaming the tea party, it’s the moderate Republicans’ fault — they could have ended the shutdown at any time. The secret of scale: Peter Murray on how powerful civic organizations like the NRA and AARP build membership, make money, and sway public policy. Obama beat the hostage-takers — now he has to fight the fiscal scolds: Alec MacGillis on the fecklessness of Washington's professional budget alarmists. If He Hollers Let Him Go: Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah on the political, personal, and familial reasons for Dave Chappelle’s return home to Yellow Springs, Ohio. Gordon Wood and Scott D. Gerber debate the Supreme Court and the uses of history. “Jolly Old Law”: Christa Rautenbach on the sex worker who sued her pimp for unfair dismissal. Henry Farrell on why Glenn Greenwald’s new media venture is a big deal. RIP: Norm Geras.


From Scottish Left Review, a special issue on “A Year to Go”. Alyson JK Bailes and Baldur Thorhallsson (Iceland) and Rachael Lorna Johnstone (Akureyri): Scotland as an Independent Small State: Where Would It Seek Shelter? Joel Mokyr (Northwestern) and Morgan Kelly and Cormac O'Grada (UCD): Precocious Albion: A New Interpretation of the British Industrial Revolution. From Soundings, Stuart Hall and Alan O’Shea on common-sense neoliberalism. From Renewal, beyond living with capitalism: Duncan Weldon on the Labour Party, macroeconomics, and political economy since 1994; and Ben Jackson and Martin O’Neill interview Jacob Hacker on the politics of predistribution. Why did a British tabloid call Ed Miliband’s dad an evil, Jewish Marxist “who hated Britain”’? (and more) From Prospect, David Herman on Ralph Miliband — it’s complicated; and on why the Daily Mail is not antisemitic: These pieces add up to a vicious slur on a dead man, but they are not antisemitic, and in these darkening times, we should not be too quick to cry wolf; Jessica Abrahams on how to dress like a political wife; and Serena Kutchinsky on why it’s time to ban Bridget Jones. Clive Martin on reasons London is the worst place ever. How British are you? Media Mole solves your national identity crisis. What do you see when you look at England? Charles Moore reviews England’s 100 Best Views by Simon Jenkins. Is Great Britain really a “small island”? Anna Meisel investigates.

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