Haifeng Huang (UC-Merced): A War of (Mis)Information: The Political Effects of Rumors and Rumor Rebuttals in an Authoritarian Country. Roderic Broadhurst (ANU): The Legacy of the Bo Xilai Trial: How Corruption and Its Suppression Threaten China's Future. From n+1, Rebecca Liao on China’s constitutional crisis. From NYRB, a review essay on China by Ian Johnson. Gideon Rachman reviews The China Choice: Why We Should Share Power by Hugh White. Adam Minter explores China's central role in the world's vast global recycling trade. John Knight on five reasons why China has the most interesting economy in the world. A letter from a Chinese forced-labor camp is found in Kmart Hallowe'en decorations. Christopher Beam on his day in the world's biggest building — a Chinese mall you've never heard of. Hayes Brown on the relaxation of China’s infamous “one-child” policy. China's building cities so fast, people don't have time to move in. Why do international students go to China? Andrys Onsman investigates. Eliza Filby on teaching China's Anglophiles. Why are hundreds of Harvard students studying ancient Chinese philosophy? Christine Gross-Loh wonders. It’s OK if your kid isn’t fluent in Chinese yet. Forget prophecy and wisdom — using the I Ching is a weirdly useful way to open your mind to life’s unexpected twists. Andaleeb Akhand on explaining the longevity of the Chinese world order. Daniel Bell on why we must measure national harmony: The ideal is as universal as freedom, fairness, and happiness.
Kenneth Williams (South Texas): Justice or Peace? A Proposal for Resolving the Dilemma. From Viewpoint, a special issue on workers. Who’s good at forecasts? A look at how to sort the best from the rest. David Miranda is nobody’s errand boy: When Glenn Greenwald’s 28-year-old Brazilian partner was detained in London this summer while transporting documents related to the bombshell Edward Snowden story, many assumed he was unfairly roped into a situation he didn’t understand — that couldn’t be further from the truth. West faces challenge in moving Syrian chemical arms through battlefields. Brandon Keim on why laws restricting soda sales make perfect scientific sense. Kevin Drum on Larry Summers, secular stagnation, and the Great Investment Drought. Of course Tim Geithner is joining a private equity firm: The former treasury secretary's next move is intended to preserve his dignity — it won't. Should human dignity be upheld at all costs? Jasper Doomen wonders. The first chapter from The Alzheimer Conundrum: Entanglements of Dementia and Aging by Margaret Lock. "I'm not a pseudoscientist!": Deepak Chopra and Jerry Coyne battle over what "science" really means. How many people born in the 1800s are still alive? Anna Baddeley on how the Public Domain Review demonstrates the power of digital curation: With so much literary content available for free online, it's a relief when someone cherry-picks the things worth reading. This is not your father's Wall Street Journal.
Andrew Ascherl (New Mexico): Infrapolitics and the (Non)Subject: On Ethics, Politics, and Radical Alterity. Harry Walton (Edinburgh): The Constitution of the Subject in the Works of Michel Foucault. Simone Gustafsson (Melbourne): “Outside of Being”: Animal Being in Agamben’s Reading of Heidegger. Maebh Long (USP): Derrida Interviewing Derrida: Autoimmunity and the Laws of the Interview. Walter Edward Hart (Texas A&M): What Would Foucault Do? Rethinking Thinking in Sociology. From Radical Orthodoxy, Cyril O'Regan (Notre Dame): Hegel, Sade, and Gnostic Infinities; and Neil Turnbull interviews Philip Goodchild on Deleuze, Marx, and the extent of the theological. Tom Bartlett on Paul de Man's many secrets: A biography two decades in the making reveals what the renowned theorist concealed. Christopher Chitty on Foucault’s Addendum: Finally published, Foucault’s lecture notes from 1970–71, his first year teaching at the College de France, demolish the caricatures of his thought. Will Self takes a walk through the banlieues of Paris and is astonished by the prescience of Guy Debord's 1967 masterpiece The Society of the Spectacle, which so accurately describes “the shit we're in”. Vice travels to Ljubljana, Slovenia, to meet superstar Communist philosopher and cultural theorist Slavoj Zizek. 120 minutes with Slavoj Zizek: Interrogating cinema, pornography, and the surveillance state with the pervert philosopher (and more). “Cut the Balls”, Zizek parody mocks critical theorist.