From The Nation, Lee Fang on the invisible hand of business in the 2012 election: Recently filed tax returns shed light on some of the dark money that flooded the campaign season. Ian Millhiser on the shady trick Justice Scalia plans to use to inject even more big money into elections. Rick Perlstein on getting down to Big Business: A conservative American romance (and part 2 and part 3); and on the Grand Old Tea Party: Why today's wacko birds are just like yesterday's wingnuts (and more). What killed England's anti-debt Country Party? Matthew Wolfson on how this forgotten chapter in history shows how the Tea Party will collapse. Alex Henderson on how the GOP is literally killing its voters. Think Republicans have been making fools of themselves? Blame Michael Needham, a 31-year-old tearing apart the Heritage Foundation. Even though they know impeachment would fail in the Senate, some House GOPers are still weighing their options. House Republicans say: What GOP crisis? Right-wingers not only root for straight white Christian males, they expect people who aren't straight white Christian males to root for straight white Christian males — add these things all together, and you get a political party that looks like it's engaged in interest group politics for straight non-Hispanic white Christians. Republican staffers and candidates are taking classes to learn how not to offend women, stop throwing around terms like "legitimate rape". The Right wing has its own Upworthy and you won't believe how well it's doing.


Michael Loadenthal (George Mason): Jah People: The Cultural Hybridity of White Rastafarians. Mark S. Fleisher (Case Western): Homosexuality as Pathogen: A Historically Informed Critique of the Theories of Sexual Violence in Prison as Manifested in the Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003. Alice Robb on how our IQs are climbing, but we’re not getting smarter. Un-people: Dahlia Lithwick on how the conservative crusade to declare everything a “person” — corporations, fertilized eggs — will have disastrous consequences. Geoffrey Wheatcroft on the use and abuse of Munich: The 1938 conference between Chamberlain and Hitler is misunderstood — and the blowhards who constantly evoke its memory are dangerous. Charlotte Laws on her dangerous war against Is Anyone Up?’s Hunter Moore, the most hated man on the Internet. Stopping suicide: Jennifer Michael Hecht on why ending one's life must be categorically rejected, whether on religious or secular grounds. The pope makes enemies: Brad DeLong on Thursday absolute idiocy weblogging. Tom Scocca on Dave Eggers, BuzzFeed, and our culture of smarm. Superheroes are a bunch of fascists: Richard Cooper on how today's comic-book movies are all about superior beings dominating everybody else — where's the left-wing superhero? Alan Moore talks about Fashion Beast, Jacques Derrida and modern superheroes. Cannibal habits of the common tourist: Rolf Potts on Dennis O’Rourke’s “Cannibal Tours”, 25 year later.


Gary King (Harvard): Restructuring the Social Sciences: Reflections from Harvard’s Institute for Quantitative Social Science. Marisa Ramirez (San Luis Obispo), Joan T. Dalton (Windsor), Gail McMillan (VPI), Max Read (UBS), and Nancy H. Seamans (Georgia State): Do Open Access Electronic Theses and Dissertations Diminish Publishing Opportunities in the Social Sciences and Humanities? From Sage Connection, an article on open access future in the humanities and social sciences. Mary Sue Coleman on lessons from the humanities and social sciences. Teaching with literature makes social sciences come alive: Students get deeper insights when writers and poets such as Dickens and Neruda are on the syllabus, David Aberbach argues. Scott McLemee reviews Learn to Write Badly: How to Succeed in the Social Sciences by Michael Billig. Robert Dingwall on why social science education is as important as STEM. David Banks on selling the social sciences: Can social scientists do more and better things for the world working in Silicon Valley than the Ivory Tower? From Books and Ideas, Philippe Descola writes in praise of social sciences. Henry Farrell on why Elizabeth Warren cares about funding the social sciences. Social scientists hit back at grant rules: Researchers seek to fend off restrictions on National Science Foundation grant programmes. Robert Cialdini explains how social science can inform policy. Adam Gurri on how the golden age of social science has begun. There are jobs in social science — 'nuff said.

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