Leonid Grinin and Anton L. Grinin (Volgograd Center): Macroevolution of Technology. Neil M. Richards and Jonathan H. King (WUSTL): Three Paradoxes of Big Data. A T. Kingsmith (York): Virtual Roadblocks: The Securitisation of the Information Superhighway. From The Atlantic Monthly, why did it take so long to invent the wheelbarrow, and have we hit peak innovation? James Fallows on the 50 greatest breakthroughs since the wheel and what they reveal about imagination, optimism, and the nature of progress; and who will tomorrow's historians consider today's greatest inventors? Leading figures in technology, science, medicine, and design offer suggestions. Is sensory deprivation an escape from or toward the fatigue and distractions of the digital life? Neima Jahromi investigates. Surrender your eyeballs: Get ready for the tech industry's war to control your every waking moment. The end of the Internet? The government collects our texts and emails — Karrie Jacobs wonders why we’re so surprised. Evgeny Morozov on the real privacy problem: We need a civic solution, because democracy is at risk. Dan Terzian on rethinking the Fifth Amendment and encryption: A call to consider constitutional values. Jane Chong on the security burden shouldn't rest solely on the software user. Russian software Nginx is taking over the Internet. Timothy B. Lee on how Robert Morris, a grad student trying to build the first botnet, brought the Internet to its knees. Cade Metz on Solomon Hykes, the man who would build a computer the size of the entire Internet.
Darren Palmer and Ian J Warren (Deakin): Global Policing and the Case of Kim Dotcom. As mourning came to Newtown, so did an outpouring of sympathy and money — which has sometimes made the mourning even harder. From Crazy Facts, due to name confusion, staff of the Slovak and Slovenian embassies meet once a month to exchange wrongly addressed mail. Today the airport security checkpoint is being remade by one of the greatest forces on Earth: the power of corporate branding. James C. Scott reviews The World until Yesterday: What Can We Learn from Traditional Societies? by Jared Diamond. An Argentine car mechanic adapted a method to retrieve a cork from a wine bottle to develop a device that could be used to save a baby stuck in the birth canal. The evolution of beauty: What makes for a beautiful visage, and why, may have been discovered accidentally on a Russian fur farm. Timothy B. Lee on how the Google Books ruling is a huge victory for online innovation. Kaya Genc on Turkey’s glorious hat revolution. What kind of person wants to become the world's fastest cucumber eater? Sarah Sloat on the “officially amazing” people who try to break Guinness World Records. Morality, secret to popularity: A new study suggests it’s less important to be friendly than to be good. Gary Sernovitz on the improbable story behind America's fracking billionaires. Why do all local TV ads look like they were made in 1970?
Ricardo Perlingeiro (UFF): Recognizing the Public Right to Healthcare: The Approach of Brazilian Courts. Aeyal Gross (Tel Aviv): Is There a Human Right to Private Health Care? No, Obama didn't lie to you about your health care plans: Dean Baker on how the claim that President Obama lied in saying that people could keep their insurance looks like another Fox News special. From Wonkblog, Sarah Kliff on how the White House’s Obamacare fix is about to create a big mess; on how insurers are furious about the White House’s new Obamacare plan; and on how the backlash to the Obamacare fix has already started. From TNR, Jonathan Cohn on three keys to the Obamacare tweaks and five reasons a Congressional fix will be destructive; and attention, scared liberals: Resisting pressure to tweak the law now is in your political interest later — here's why. A clever P.R. stunt, a stalling tactic, an act of retribution, the genuine possibility of transition assistance for some, and a large political and substantive gamble: Brian Beutler on how Obama’s remedy is a justified comeuppance for carriers who defaulted beneficiaries into obscenely expensive plans, which they characterized as “comparable” to the canceled coverage, without apprising them of their options, and blamed the whole disruption on Obamacare. Jonathan Chait on how “the shorthand explanation for what’s going on here is that everybody — the insurance companies, members of Congress, and Obama — is bullshitting”. It’s a trap: Josh Barro on the real government takeover of health care.
Frederik F. Rosen (DIIS): The Eternal One: The Vision of Centralized Authority in Global Governance Studies and the Lack of a True Beyond? Peter Manifold (DTI): Theoretical Analysis of Global Governance: Realist Perspectives on the Foundations of the United Nations. Raffaele Marchetti (LUISS): Beyond the UN: A World Federal Government? Nancy Birdsall writes in defense of world government. A seat on the United Nations Security Council is not always attractive for states — Erik Voeten explains why. Mark Leon Goldberg on why Security Council elections matter and on what Americans think when they think of the United Nations. Gustavo Flores-Macias and Sarah Kreps on why the rise of China makes the U.S. even lonelier at the UN. When it can’t use troops, the UN’s last peacekeeping tool is its moral voice — what is that worth in the real world? Richard Gowan wonders. Did the U.N. just win its first real war? Colonel Sultani Makenga, the leader of Congo's brutal M23 rebel group, has surrendered. The UN’s Valerie Amos: Advocate for victims of the world’s crises. From The Nation, Andrew Gilmour on Dag Hammarskjold, statesman of the century. Richard Gowan on Ban Ki-moon, Zen master of twitter. Behind the scenes at the UN: Warren Hoge interviews Edie Lederer, the Associated Press chief correspondent at the United Nations. We don't have to worry about asteroids now that the UN is on the case.
Raffaele Marchetti (LUISS): Global Migratory Policies: Neither Closed nor Open Borders. From TNR, Mariah Blake on the fall of the House of Moon: Sex rituals, foreign spies, Biden offspring, and the Unification Church's war-torn first family (and more). Jonathan Chait on how Elizabeth Warren can bring Wall Street’s nightmare to life. Freud does Disney, by William L. Benzon. Carol Blum reviews World Population Policies: Their Origin, Evolution, and Impact by John May. Are there too many people? Whatever the answer, we need a population policy. Crowded planet: Andrew D. Blechman interviews Alan Weisman, author of Countdown: Our Last, Best Hope for a Future on Earth? Arthur M. Cohen, Carrie B. Kisker, and Florence B. Brawer on how the economy does not depend on higher education. David Abulafia reviews The Story of the Jews: Finding the Words 1000BCE – 1492CE by Simon Schama. Allison Schrager on why the US needs to retire daylight savings and just have two time zones — one hour apart. The U.S. needs to retire Daylight Savings Time and just have 19 time zones — nine minutes apart. Chris Lehmann on the Age of Amazon: Has Jeff Bezos thrust us into a nightmare version of a consumer utopia? Professor Griff, the Illuminati and your fallen heroes: The downfall of Tupac Shakur does mirror what happens to many of our best leaders — they either become the villain or die before they can become the villain.
From Reconstruction, a special issue on politicized (re)productions of gender. In a world where men and masculinity are valued above women and femininity and the voice of god sounds like a man, can there be any sense of justice? I’m not a feminist but: These American teens look up to their strong mothers and believe in equal rights — so why won’t they use the F-word? Noah Berlatsky on what Joss Whedon gets wrong about the word “feminist”. From New Left Project, it is perhaps one of the most used terms in feminist discourse, but the concept of patriarchy has a history that we need to address; and pornography, patriarchy and liberalism: Bob Brecher on re-reading Andrea Dworkin. From New York, what does manhood mean in 2013? Ann Friedman investigates. The Masculine Mystique: For the past decade, the Men's Rights Movement has been gaining traction on the Internet — and growing ever more radical in its attacks on feminists. A good men’s rights movement is hard to find: Jaclyn Friedman on how the rise of men's rights activists is hurting women — and men. In response to the rampant misogyny of the Internet, feminists are putting "misandry" on shirts, hats and jewelry. How Jezebel smashes the patriarchy, click by click: An interview with the website's founder, Anna Holmes, on Photoshopped models, encyclopedic thinking, and why she couldn't care less about male readers (and more and more). Lisa Wade on power, Mickey Mouse, and the infantilization of women. A look at the 20 worst gender-specific products possible.
Manjeet Ramgotra (SOAS): India's Republican Moment: Freedom in Nehru's Political Thought. Anindya Chaudhuri (Westat India): Public Policy in India. S. N. Balagangadhara, Esther Bloch, and Jakob De Roover (Ghent): Rethinking Colonialism and Colonial Consciousness: The Case of Modern India. Mudit Kapoor and Shamika Ravi (ISB): Why so Few Women in Politics? Evidence from India. Sarbapriya Ray (Calcutta) and Ishita Aditya (Burdwan): Revisiting the Law Regarding Prohibition of Violence Against Women in India. Amartya Sen on India’s women — the mixed truth. Bram De Ridder interviews Ambassador Neelam Deo on her career in the IFS and beyond. Saif Khalid on how activists launch "Dark is Beautiful" campaign to counter deep-rooted bias towards lighter complexion. Dan Kedmey on what DNA testing reveals about India’s caste system. Why can't Hinduism rid itself of fake gurus? Shikha Dalmia on how this "flaw" may be the price of avoiding dogmatism. He’s not the son of God: An article on atheism in India. The meaning of Sachin: The impending retirement of India's most famous cricketer warrants national introspection. Abhirup Bhunia on the emergence of two Indias: India’s urban middle class turns away from the public sector. Sraboni Bhaduri on thumbprinting a brand: Indian consumers tend to suffer guilt attacks whenever they “selfishly” consume something individually all by themselves. Raghuram Rajan on the case for India. The story of connected history: Roland Lardinois reviews Is Indian Civilization a Myth? by Sanjay Subrahmanyam.
Joel Reidenberg (Princeton): The Data Surveillance State in the US and Europe. From World History Connected, a forum on Jesuits and world history. Erik Wemple reads a pile of books by cable talk-show hosts so you don’t have to. David Dayen on how frustrated blogger Duncan Black made expanding Social Security a respectable idea. American writers are self-censoring, PEN survey finds: 73 percent of respondents are more worried about government surveillance now than they ever have been. Alex Fletcher reviews On Resistance: A Philosophy of Defiance by Howard Caygill. Thanksgiving in Mongolia: Ariel Levy on an adventure and a heartbreaking loss. Rightbloggers find gloom in wins by McAuliffe and de Blasio — and even in Christie's. What's to stop the NSA from being used to rig U.S. elections? Imagine what Richard Nixon might have done with these surveillance tools. Jonathan Chait on George Will and monetary policy. The nuke that might have been: Being plentiful and cheap, thorium is the only fuel that stands a chance of generating electricity as cheaply as burning coal — as such, it is the only fuel capable of weaning the world off the biggest single polluter of all. Jonathan Cohn on how Bill Clinton's Obamacare comments are wrong. The NSA might know everything but it is not all powerful — in a world without privacy, our spies are not exempt. His life aquatic: A practical tiny sub can dive as deeply as 3,300 feet. Harvard professor Niall Ferguson can't get Paul Krugman out of his mind.
Ingo Elbe (Oldenburg): Between Marx, Marxism, and Marxisms: Ways of Reading Marx’s Theory. From Mediations: Journal of the Marxist Literary Group, Imre Szeman (Alberta): Conscience and the Common; Max Haiven (NSCAD): Finance Depends on Resistance, Finance is Resistance, and Anyway, Resistance is Futile; Sarah Brouilette (Carleton): Antisocial Psychology; Evan Mauro (UBC): The Death and Life of the Avant-Garde: Or, Modernism and Biopolitics; Matthew MacLellan (Alberta): Capitalism’s Many Futures: A Brief History of Theorizing Post-Capitalism Technologically; and Robert Pippin reviews Less Than Nothing: Hegel and the Shadow of Dialectical Materialism by Slavoj Zizek. From Against the Current, Adaner Usmani on Marxism and "Subaltern Studies". Retrospective on the origins of world-systems analysis: Gregory P. Williams interviews Immanuel Wallerstein. Simon Hardy's long essay Destruction of Meaning is a welcome contribution to a Marxist analysis of media and communication. Jeffrey C. Isaac reviews The Communist Horizon by Jodi Dean. By refusing to treat Marx as our contemporary, Jonathan Sperber has brought him back to life. “Shut up! He might hear you!”: E. Wayne Ross and Greg Queen on teaching Marx in social studies education. With interest in Ralph Miliband’s work high after the Mail’s attack, could Marxism regain academic ascendency? asks Martin McQuillan. For those too young to remember the Cold War but old enough to be trapped by the Great Recession, Marxism holds new appeal. The Washington Post picked its top American Communists — Wonkblog begs to differ.
Mattias Kumm (NYU): Constitutionalism and the Cosmopolitan State. Gianluigi Palombella (Parma): Global Legislation and its Discontents. Robert L. Howse (NYU) and Ruti Teitel (NYLS): Does Humanity Law Require (or Imply) A Progressive Theory of History? (And Other Questions for Martti Koskenniemi). Prasanta K. Pattanaik (UC-Riverside) and Yongsheng Xu (Georgia State): Freedom and Its Value. Arie Rosen (NYU): Two Logics of Authority: Reason and Fiat in Modern Law. Felix Gerlsbeck (Columbia): “Above All, Try Something”: Can Experimental Political Authority Be Justified? Jacob Weinrib (NYU): Authority, Justice, and Public Law: A Unified Theory. Fred Frohock (Miami): Slouching Toward Realpolitik: Public Reason as Political Morality. David Ingram (Loyola): Reconciling Positivism and Realism: Kelsen and Habermas on Democracy and Human Rights. Guglielmo Verdirame (King's): Human Rights in Political and Legal Theory. Tim Hayward (Edinburgh): Human Rights vs Property Rights. Christopher Meckstroth (Cambridge): Could Kant Support Human Rights? Kant's Arguments and Their Contemporary Relevance. Joseph Raz (Oxford): On Waldron's Critique of Raz on Human Rights. Jeremy Waldron (NYU): Civility and Formality. Samuel Moyn reviews Dignity, Rank, and Rights by Jeremy Waldron (and more) and Dignity: Its History and Meaning by Michael Rosen (and more). Law as a leap of faith: John Gardner is a big beast of legal philosophy.