From Vanity Fair, Kurt Eichenwald on the truth about Obamacare and how it solves the suffering of the insured. Colin Gordon on the irony and limits of the Affordable Care Act. Dylan Scott on what really happens to people whose insurance is “canceled” because of Obamacare (and more). Jonathan Chait on why letting everyone keep their health-care plan is a terrible idea. Why not just postpone the launch? Garance Franke-Ruta on why it's too late to delay Obamacare (and more). Kevin Drum on the lesson of Obamacare: Sabotage works. Alan Wolfe on the paranoid style, then and now: Can Richard Hofstadter's insights of a half-century ago help us understand today's radical right? Cass Sunstein how the Alger Hiss case explains the Tea Party. The strategies pursued by Ted Cruz and Rand Paul could help determine whether the Tea Party remains at war with the GOP establishment or is eventually integrated. What if progressives took a page from the Tea Party? Bhaskar Sunkara wonders. Elizabeth Drew on Tom Foley and Washington: When decency prevailed. Robert W. Merry on the slow death of American democracy. From Salon, sorry, Jon Stewart, you’re not “just a comedian”: The Daily Show needs to stop pretending he's simply another late-night jokester — and own his real influence; and lazy pundits “double down” on “game-changing” “narratives”: Thomas Frank on how the political media's non-stop “debates” poison democracy because “thinkers” speak in empty, exhausted cliches. 25 years later, “The Simpsons” is still one of television’s premier political pundits, at least as far as U.S. presidents are concerned.
From Comparative Literature and Culture, a special issue on literacy and society, culture, media, and education. Peter S. Menell (UC-Berkeley): This American Copyright Life: Reflections on Re-Equilibrating Copyright for the Internet Age. The introduction to Enigmas of Identity by Peter Brooks. Willing the impossible: An interview with Judith Butler, author of Parting Ways: Jewishness and the Critique of Zionism. Greenland opens the door to uranium and rare earths extraction. From the New York Times Book Review, a special issue on books on technology. Steve Fuller on how Right and Left are fading away — the real question in politics will be: do you look to the earth or aspire to the skies? Please stop comparing health insurance to car insurance. You can't learn about morality from brain scans: Thomas Nagel on the problem with moral psychology. Why is it always a white guy: Michael Kimmel on the roots of modern, violent rage. Are things actually looking up in the Middle East? Patrick Smith wonders. Goodbye to romance: What comes after a dream writing job? Destroying the right to be left alone: Christopher Calabrese and Matthew Harwood on how the NSA isn’t the only government agency exploiting technology to make privacy obsolete. From Slate, an investigation of all things cool. The first book in the subfield of Hello Kitty studies, Pink Globalization explores Kitty’s kawaiipolitik. Long forgotten, J. Redding Ware was a philologist of slang and detective-fiction pioneer — Scott McLemee looks into Ware Studies.
From Cato Unbound, Terence Kealey on the case against public science. Erin Biba on why the government should fund unpopular science — it's a no-brainer. The STEM crisis is a myth: Forget the dire predictions of a looming shortfall of scientists, technologists, engineers, and mathematicians. Why are there still so few women in science? The answer has more to do with “The Big Bang Theory” than with longstanding theories about men’s so-called natural aptitude. Lauren Rankin on when a black female scientist gets called an “urban whore”. From Citizen Science Quarterly, spare a thought for the scientist. Erin Biba on how the way the U.S. teaches science doesn’t work. How well do mature and emerging nations capitalize on science? Hundreds of open access journals, including those published by industry giants Sage, Elsevier and Wolters Kluwer, have accepted a fake scientific paper in a sting operation that reveals the “contours of an emerging wild west in academic publishing” (and more). From The Economist, trouble at the lab: Scientists like to think of science as self-correcting — to an alarming degree, it is not; and how science goes wrong: Scientific research has changed the world — now it needs to change itself. Kevin Hartnett on defining the difference between real science and pseudoscience. From The New Atlantis, a symposium on science, technology, and religion; science and non-science in liberal education: Harvey C. Mansfield on the confidence of scientists and the need for philosophy; and Raymond Tallis on Thomas Nagel’s defiance of the materialist mainstream.