Patrick McKinley Brennan (Villanova): The Liberty of the Church: Source, Scope, and Scandal. Meet the Catholic extremists who could shatter the church: The Society of St. Pius X has a past of Fascist sympathy and worse. Michael Joseph Gross on the Vatican’s Secret Life: Despite headlines about a powerful “gay lobby” within the Vatican, the Catholic Church’s gay cardinals, monks, and other clergy inhabit a hidden netherworld. Torn bread: Kaya Oakes on communion in a woman’s hands. Is the Catholic Church a force for good in the developing world? Michael P. Orsi reviews Papal Economics: The Catholic Church on Democratic Capitalism, from Rerum Novarum to Caritatis in Veritate by Maciej Zieba. Pope Francis calls capitalism “a new tyranny” and very explicitly called on global leaders to act on poverty and growing inequality, and lays out mission statement, tells priests not to be defeatist “sourpusses”. Here is a quiz to see whether you can distinguish statements by Pope Francis from statements by Karl Marx. From The Week, Peter Weber on 5 ways the pope is resuscitating the Catholic Church; and is Pope Francis on the Mafia's hit list? The Pope has angered Italy's crime lords with his corruption crackdown. John L. Allen Jr. reviews Bergoglio's List: The Untold Story of the People Saved by Francis during the Dictatorship by Nello Scavo. John Cornwell reviews Pope Francis: Untying the Knots by Paul Vallely. Jonathan Freedland on why even atheists should be praying for Pope Francis. The new Pope, Francis: great guy — still, the best thing that this nice Pope could do would be to dismantle the Catholic Church.
Ozgur Evren (NES) and Stefania Minardi (HEC Paris): Warm-Glow Giving and Freedom to Be Selfish. Ban Brynne Alexis Sharafi (Cal State-Dominguez Hills): American Multiculturalism, French Universalism, Antiblackness, and the French Headscarf. From ACME: An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies, a special issue on educational struggles. The Nazi anatomists: Emily Bazelon on how the corpses of Hitler's victims are still haunting modern science — and American abortion politics. Is this America’s own Pussy Riot trial? US climate activist Reverend Billy faces one year in jail for bank protest. Seth Colter Walls reviews We Have Only This Life to Live: The Selected Essays of Jean-Paul Sartre, 1939–1975. What's the point of literary magazines? It's true that many cannot survive from sales — but this argument can be made about all art. Despite US opposition, UN approves rights to privacy in the digital age. William Davies on the tyranny of intermediaries. Digital delta: Two men from different fields are teaming up to create the future of mapping in one of most biologically diverse wildernesses on Earth. George Musser on what happens to Google Maps when tectonic plates move. From Knowledge@Wharton, an interview with social activist Anna Hazare: “The first task is to remove corruption”. Jeffrey Rosen on how Clarence Thomas does not share the Founding Fathers' view of corruption. Thanks, Internet — you killed the mystery of the music bargain bin.
Lauren Prather (Stanford): Fighting Poverty at Home and Abroad: Explaining Attitudes Towards Redistribution. Alexander Hertel-Fernandez (Harvard) and Jeffrey B. Wenger (Georgia): Policy Information and the Polarization of American Social Policy Preferences. H. Luke Shaefer (Michigan) and Kathryn Edin (Harvard): Rising Extreme Poverty in the United States and the Response of Federal Means-Tested Transfer Programs. Paul Buhle reviews A Freedom Budget for All Americans by Paul LeBlanc and Michael D. Yates. Mike Konczal on why the government should spend more each year. Colin Gordon on Social Security by the numbers. The Great American Ripoff: Joshua Holland on the high cost of low taxes. Want a real overhaul of the tax code? Here's an elegant way to end the 1 percent’s free ride and mitigate poverty — in one land tax. Should the government pay everyone a basic income? Steven Mazie investigates. Tressie McMillan Cottom on FAFSA federal student aid: Benefits go to the middle class, not the poor. On the myths of economic growth and the state’s role in innovation: Fred Block reviews Mass Flourishing: How Grassroots Innovation Created Jobs, Challenge, and Change by Edmund Phelps. Timothy Shenk reviews The Great Persuasion: Reinventing Free Markets since the Depression by Angus Burgin. Capitalism redefined: Nick Hanauer and Eric Beinhocker on what prosperity is, where growth comes from, why markets work — and how we resolve the tension between a prosperous world and a moral one.
Ann Reed (North Dakota): Diaspora Tourism: The Heritage of Slavery in Ghana. From Pambazuka News, a special issue on reimagining another Africa: Food security, economic freedom and self-organising; and is Africa really rising? Ama Biney wonders. Timothy Spangler on a journey into Zimbabwe’s postcolonial subconscious. Is Africa really a drunken continent? The price of precious: Jeffrey Gettleman on how the minerals in our electronic devices have bankrolled unspeakable violence in the Congo. Stelios Michalopoulos and Elias Papaioannou on national institutions and subnational development in Africa. From the new Women Change Worlds blog, Beatrice Achieng Nas on poverty and the rural African girl. No need to dig: Many of Africa’s fastest-growing economies have not relied on oil or mining. Sharif Abdel Kouddous on Western Sahara, a land under occupation: For nearly four decades, Sahrawis have struggled for independence from Morocco — there are growing fears of a return to arms. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay wars that the deteriorating violence in the Central African Republic (CAR) may spin out of control, further destabilizing the country. Amanda Sperber on the Central African Republic’s death spiral (and more). An excerpt from Africa's Moment by Jean-Michel Severino and Olivier Ray. The not-so-great professor: Howard W. French on Jeffrey Sachs' incredible failure to eradicate poverty in Africa. Where to from here for the African PhD? Karen MacGregor wonders.
John Yoo (UC-Berkeley): Lincoln at War. Darren Patrick (York): The Matter of Displacement: A Queer Urban Ecology of New York City's High Line. Pope Francis has a few thoughts about the global economy — Neil Irwin adds these 13 charts. Erik Voeten on bargaining theory and the Iran deal: What can bargaining theory tell us about the latest agreement with Iran? Noreen Malone on why Michelle Obama is a feminist, not a "feminist's nightmare". Stewart Patrick on Machiavelli, still shocking after five centuries. The shocking lesson of The Prince isn’t that politics demands dirty hands, but that politicians shouldn’t care: Michael Ignatieff reviews books on Machiavelli. How to stop the fighting, sometimes: Bringing an end to conflicts within states is vexatious — but history provides a guide to the ways that work best. Peter Lewis reviews On Paper: The Everything of Its Two-Thousand-Year History by Nicholas Basbanes. How pop culture helped win the Cold War: James Bond had a bigger role in winning the Cold War than you might think, argues historian Dominic Sandbrook. What goes on in our minds when we see someone naked? Matthew Hutson on how the more we see of a person's body the stupider they seem. Jonathan Coppage on the dawning age of the algorithmic assistant. Jordan Zakarin on the amazing origin story of Max Landis, a Hollywood wonder boy learning to use his powers for good, not evil.
Anna Carabelli (Piemonte Orientale) and Mario A. Cedrini (Turin): Globalization and Keynes's Ideal of a “Sounder Political Economy between All Nations”. Mohammad Amin (World Bank) and Simeon Djankov New Economic School (NES): Democracy and Regulatory Reforms. William F. Shughart II and Diana Weinert Thomas (Utah State): What Did Economists Do? Euvoluntary, Voluntary, and Coercive Institutions for Collective Action. Manuel Worsdorfer (Frankfurt): Von Hayek and Ordoliberalism on Justice. Richard Bronk (LSE): Hayek on the Wisdom of Prices: A Reassessment. Roger D. Congleton (West Virginia): The Contractarian Constitutional Political Economy of James Buchanan. Alexander William Salter (George Mason): James Buchanan and Contractarian Anarchy. Vlad Tarko (George Mason): The Role of Ideas in Political Economy. Peter J. Boettke (George Mason): What Should Classical Liberal Political Economists Do?; and Milton and Rose Friedman’s Free to Choose and its Impact in the Global Movement Toward Free Market Policy: 1979-2003. David Gauthier (Pittsburgh): Achieving Pareto-Optimality: Invisible Hands, Social Contracts, and Rational Deliberation. Luis Boscan reviews Inventing the Market: Smith, Hegel and Political Theory by Liza Herzog. From Rationality, Markets and Morals, Danny Frederick on why social contract theory should be abandoned. Paul Weithman reviews Property-Owning Democracy: Rawls and Beyond, ed. Martin O'Neill and Thad Williamson.
Eugenia Demuro (ANU): Examining “Latinidad” in Latin America: Race, “Latinidad” and the Decolonial Option. Eugenia Demuro (ANU): The Lost Steps Revisited: The Critique of Western Modernity and the Search for Authenticity. Tomb of the Vulture Lord: Roger Atwood on how a king’s burial reveals a pivotal moment in Maya history. Uros people of Peru and Bolivia found to have distinctive genetic ancestries. From A Contracorriente, David Laraway (BYU): Back to the Future: Salvador Allende's Steampunk Chile; and football, history and politics in Chile: Matthew Brown reviews Citizens and Sportsmen: Futbol and Politics in 20th-Century Chile by Brenda Elsey. From the latest issue of the Caribbean Review of Books is out, David Knight Jr. reviews The Purloined Islands: Caribbean-US Crosscurrents in Literature and Culture, 1880–1959 by Jeff Karem. Anthony Peter Spanakos on Latin America's Left: Between demos and kratos. Pablo Brum on Jose Mujica and Uruguay's "Robin Hood guerrillas". Fernando Lucena on the last ever interview with the leaders of Peru's Shining Path guerrilla army. Who's to blame for Peru's gold-mining troubles? Stephanie Boyd investigates. Michelle Bachelet will be the next president of Chile — what this means for the country, however, is less clear. A report finds that Latin America remains the most unequal and most insecure region in the world. Santiago Arcos Veintimilla on La Cienega, Ecuador's childless village (and more). Americans may have the constitutional right to pursue happiness, but Venezuela now has a formal government agency in charge of enforcing it.
Ingar Solty (York): The Crisis Interregnum: Considerations on the Political Articulation of the Global Crisis — from the New Right-Wing Populism to the Occupy Movement. Robert Clowes (UNL): The Reality of the Virtual Self as Interface to the Social World. From TNR, a cover story by T.A. Frank on how America's least-favorite city has become television's favorite subject. Alan Ryan (re)considers Aristotle and Machiavelli. Amy Lerman on what Medicare can teach us about the future of Obamacare. Samir Husni on the global world of magazines: “There is not that much difference in the way readers and users migrate between platforms and formats for content,” says John Relihan, CEO, Media24 Magazines, South Africa. Matthew Fuhrmann on the case for optimism: Convincing Iran to settle for nuclear latency may require some concessions from the United States — but this isn't surprising. What will the "new normal" for America be? Brad DeLong on a series of scenarios. Paul Krugman on a permanent slump: The new normal for our economy may be a state of mild depression. Guess what was discovered beneath Antarctica's massive ice sheet? The last thing the continent needs is an active volcano. While far from a dictatorship, the United States has employed a number of paranoid tactics that delegitimize its democracy — this phenomenon is on display in the fictional TV series "Homeland," which depicts hysterical CIA agents in a hysterical country.
Chris Thompson (Uppsala): Embracing the Extreme: Norwegian Black Metal and the Use of History (scroll way down). Tressie McMillan Cottom (Emory): Reading Hick-Hop: The Shotgun Marriage of Hip Hop and Country Music. Bill D. Fordice (Luther): Exploring Wholeness in Music Teachers’ Lives. From the Journal of Pan African Studies, a special issue on trends in contemporary African hip hop. Philip Kennicott on how an effort to popularize classical music undermines what makes orchestras great. Leah Sottile on finding happiness in angry music: There’s something cleansing about engaging with emotions we might not usually let ourselves feel. Mark Oppenheimer on why you should stop forcing your kids to learn a musical instrument (and a response and a reply). Just how much of musical history has been lost to history? Valuable original recordings and rare tapes have vanished over the years — a process that Jack White and the National Recording Preservation Foundation are looking to stop. The introduction to Assimilate: A Critical History of Industrial Music by S. Alexander Reed. Max Blau on how Spotify engineered the new music economy. Rosemary Golding on music and the “Mickey Mouse” degree debate. We are all Eurotrash now: From Miley Cyrus to Arcade Fire, how the disco beats of Berlin conquered the world. Joe Coscarelli on the tragic history of the Yellow Dogs, Iran’s indie-rock hope in Brooklyn. Did JFK’s death make Beatlemania possible? Jack Hamilton wonders. Daniel D’Addation on how white artists profit from mocking hip-hop. Felix Salmon on GoldieBlox, the Beastie Boys, fair use, and the cult of disruption.
Steven Klein (Chicago): A Cynical Turn: Max Weber and Hannah Arendt on Value, Domination, and Political Economy. Bryan-Paul Frost (Louisiana): The Case for Kojeve in His Dispute with Leo Strauss. Attila Gyulai (HAS): Between Tropology and Persuasion: Carl Schmitt’s Account of Rhetoric Reconsidered. James Nichols (Claremont McKenna): Why an End to History? Gregory T. Russell (Oklahoma): Voegelin as Philosopher and Realist: The Western Crisis and World Politics. John Laursen (UC-Riverside): Michael Oakeshott, Wendy Brown, and the Paradoxes of Anti-moralism. Zhang Guodong (Fujian Jiangxia): A Critical Interpretation of Leo Strauss’ Thoughts on Machiavelli. Andrew Arato (New School): Lefort, the Philosopher of 1989; Political Theology and Populism; and Multi-Track Constitutionalism Beyond Carl Schmitt. David M. Rasmussen (Boston College): The Emerging Domain of the Political. Nora Willi (Illinois): Surrender: An Essay on the Theory of Sovereignty and Alternative Possibilities. Steven B. Smith on two books about the legacy of Leo Strauss. Shmuel Lederman reviews Prophecy and the Perfect Political Order: The Political Theology of Leo Strauss by Haim O. Rechnitzer. What exactly did Arendt mean by “the banality of evil,” and is it really the case that she would say a whistleblower should simply turn herself in after the deed? Mark Lilla on Arendt and Eichmann: The new truth. Margarethe von Trotta’s biopic of Hannah Arendt is a film about ideas that remains intellectually detached from them.