From The Economist, a special report on how Britain has lost its global swagger — it needs to abandon its separatist dreams and rediscover its open, trading heritage; and Great Britain or Little England? Fingers crossed that the country will choose wisely (and more). From Open Democracy, do the Scots really hate the English? Adam Ramsay investigates; and dear England, please listen to what the Scots are actually talking about. Robin McGhee on Orwell’s Anglomania: George Orwell was a romantic — his politics represents the clang of his aspirations against the cold steel of reality. From Scottish Review of Books, George McKechnie on nationalism and the BBC; and shopping for Tartan: Richard Holloway reviews Scotland the Brave: A Scottish-American Mosaic by W. B. Carnochan. Henry Hitchings on what happens when the British stop being polite and start getting real: Intimacy and the decline of manners in society. Louis Pattinson on the beautiful dystopian hell of a post-riot Britain. Niki Seth-Smith on how the pro-independence Scots who want to turn their country into a socialist utopia. Nicola Shulman reviews Sorry! The English and Their Manners by Henry Hitchings. Tom de Castella and Sam Judah on Scottish independence: What would it mean for the rest of the UK? (and more) An England of the mind: Gabriel Roberts reviews The Making of the English Landscape by W.G. Hoskins. Is cheekiness a truly British concept? Will Self on how Jamie Oliver represents everything wrong with contemporary Britain. What would the union jack look like if the Scottish bit were removed?
From Public Seminar, for Edward J. Snowden and Chelsea Manning (formerly Bradley), heroes of transnational publicity: Nancy Fraser is against anarchism. The refusal of Republican states to accept Obamacare's Medicaid expansion surely ranks as one of the most sordid acts in recent American history. Rightbloggers (some of them, anyway) pay tribute to their new friend, Dead Nelson Mandela. If Nelson Mandela really had won, he wouldn't be seen as a universal hero: Slavoj Zizek on how Mandela must have died a bitter man — to honour his legacy, we should focus on the unfulfilled promises his leadership gave rise to. Bryan Caplan on the evil in plain sight: Will our descendants ever look back on us with contempt for our blatant wickedness? Kate Marshall reviews Alien Phenomenology, or, What It’s Like To Be a Thing by Ian Bogost. Emily Shire on how period pride takes pop culture by storm: From songs to T-shirts, artists are embracing menstruation in all its bloody glory. Kataryna Wolczuk and Roman Wolczuk on what you need to know about the causes of the Ukrainian protests. Paul Krugman on the punishment cure: The Republican response to the unemployed is a mix of callousness and bad economics. What was Greek to them? Mary Beard reviews The Riddle of the Labyrinth: The Quest to Crack an Ancient Code by Margalit Fox. Stop demonising McMansions, says Steve King.
Rishabh Shrivastava (UPES): Surveillance: From History Till Present. Steven Friedland (Elon): The Third Amendment, Privacy and Mass Surveillance. Jon M. Peha (Carnegie Mellon): The Dangerous Policy of Weakening Security to Facilitate Surveillance. Peter M. Shane (OSU): The NSA and the Legal Regime for Foreign Intelligence Surveillance. Keep spying on foreigners, NSA: They have no right to privacy from U.S. surveillance — and they shouldn’t. From The New Yorker, Ryan Lizza on the State of Deception: Why won’t the President rein in the intelligence community? Nicholas Weaver on how our government has weaponized the Internet — here’s how they did it. Martha Mendoza on techies vs. NSA: Encryption arms race escalates. The empires strike back: After being swept up in the furore over government spying on their customers, some of America’s biggest tech companies are finally mounting a rearguard action. Google, Yahoo, Facebook, and Twitter have a new lobbying target — the NSA. System and conscience: Yochai Benkler on NSA bulk surveillance and the problem of freedom. Saving the Net from the surveillance state: Glenn Greenwald speaks up. Conor Friedersdorf on how surveillance-state insiders try to discredit NSA critics. After 30 years of silence, original NSA whistleblower Perry Fellwock looks back. A survey of American writers finds government surveillance is having a chilling effect on freedom of expression. From Infoshop, here’s an antagonist’s guide to destroying the surveillance state. You can't beat politics with technology, says Pirate Bay cofounder Peter Sunde.