Josef Montag (Mendel) and Tomas Sobek (Masaryk): Should Paris Hilton Receive a Lighter Prison Sentence Because She's Rich? Evidence from a Survey Experiment. Robert Rigg (Drake): Are There No Prisons? Mental Health and the Criminal Justice System in the United States. Jay Borchert (Michigan): Denying Liberty: The Failure to Extend Lawrence v. Texas to Prisons and Prisoners. From Contexts, after serving a long prison sentence for murder, Bruce was released into a world he no longer knew — over ribs and shortbread, he shares the story of his re-entry and his passion for food; and Charis Kubrin explains the big — and problematic — picture for those who have served their time, but will now be put to new tests on the outside. Nicholas Clairmont explores the religious prisoner's dilemma. Matt Stroud understands there’s no money to be made in selling ads alongside prison journalism, so he considers himself lucky to be paid at all. Joaquin Sapien on how the ongoing effort to end prison rape hits a new snag. From NYRB, David Kaiser and Lovisa Stannow on the shame of our prisons: New evidence. Paul Waldman on six charts that explain why our prison system is so insane. With 2.3 million people incarcerated in the US, prisons are big business: Meet the corporations who are profiting off our prison system. The U.S. ranks 1st in locking people up. Doran Larson on why Scandinavian prisons are superior: “Open” prisons, in which detainees are allowed to live like regular citizens, should be a model for the U.S.


Lovorka Gruic-Grmusa (Rijeka): The Transformations in the Understanding of Temporality in Postmodern Literature. From The National Interest, Franz-Stefan Gady on lust, a hidden influence on foreign policy. To ousted boss Jose Bustani, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons was seen as an obstacle in Iraq. Experts needed; knowledge optional: Chris Lehmann on how the Beltway media embraced a fake Syria expert. Felix Salmon on Barack Obama vs zombies. Andrew Sullivan on the tea party as a religion. Michael Tomasky on how the Senate debt ceiling deal won’t mean this chaos is over — far from it. Matthew Yglesias on what's next for the federal budget. Andrew Rudalevige on overcoming the violence of faction: The Framers worried about factions and anarchy — what's old is new again. Lionel Rolfe on why Obama will go down in history as one of our greatest presidents. Emily Yoffe to college women: Stop getting drunk (and Ann Friedman to college men: Stop getting drunk). Jay Rosen on why Pierre Omidyar decided to join forces with Glenn Greenwald for a new venture in news (and more). From Cabinet, Aaron Schuster on a philosophy of tickling: A sensation between physics and metaphysics; and D. Graham Burnett on relational economics: Tabua and the question of currency. The Los Angeles Times will no longer publish letters from climate change deniers. Chris Bailey on 100 incredible things he learned watching 70 hours of TED talks.


Verlan Lewis (Cambridge): The Fallacy of Essential Ideological Constructs in American Political Science. What is ideology? It is more than just the sum total of our own individual political beliefs — an ideology is, in some ways, like a coalition of ideas. Dan Balz on the deep-seated roots of divisive U.S. politics. Are our political beliefs encoded in our DNA? Thomas B. Edsall investigates. The evolutionary roots of partisanship: A review of Our Political Nature: The Evolutionary Origins of What Divides Us by Avi Tuschman (and a look at why racist people tend to be conservative). Do people get their politics from their parents? A new study says conservatives react more strongly to insults than liberals. Want to reduce polarization? You need to improve political journalism. From Pacific Standard, what’s the appeal of angry, polarized media? A new sociological study suggests watching or listening to shows that confirm our political prejudices help us feel like part of a community; and people hold negative views of political and social activists, and their unwillingness to associate with such people dampens the likelihood of changing their behavior. What do liberals and conservatives look for in a date? New research suggests that people even solve math problems differently if their political ideology is at stake. Dylan Matthews on how people argue with research they don’t like: If you ever need to rebut a study whose conclusion you don't like, just follow this simple flowchart. Want to win a political debate? Try making a weaker argument.

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