Andrey Shcherbak (HSE): Nationalism in the USSR: A Historical and Comparative Perspective. Beate Roessler (Amsterdam): Authenticity of Cultures and of Persons. Giulia Piccolino (Pretoria): Ultranationalism, Democracy and the Law: Insights from Cote d’Ivoire. Here are the papers from a conference on Cosmopolitan Conditions for Legitimate Sovereignty, and sample chapters from Cosmopolitanism versus Non-Cosmopolitanism: Critiques, Defenses, Reconceptualizations, ed. Gillian Brock. #RussianMarch: National holiday hijacked by nationalists. Paul R. Pillar on the age of nationalism: Nation-states, and conflicts centering on them, remain the defining features of our time. Paul Collier on how nationalism threatens racism, not war. Should countries be more like families? Roger Scruton on why democracies must learn to compromise to ensure their survival. Igor Pakovic on how Serbian nationalists disrupted Kosovo's first local elections. Should nations stay within their historical boundaries, or change as their populations do? Charles Crawford on how Kosovo is a cautionary tale. Sonia Gable and Ray Mount on identity, the new nationalist idea. Parag Khanna on the end of the nation-state. Neil Irwin on how nationalism makes for bad economics, ECB edition. The introduction to The Kanak Awakening: The Rise of Nationalism in New Caledonia by David Chappell.
Ernesto Oyarbide (Oxford): The Many Uses of Virtue: Aristotelian Echoes in Matthew Arnold's Culture and Anarchy. From The Washington Post, who had the worst year in Washington? Chris Cillizza investigates. Shifting Horizons: Lance Gilliam on Gadamer and the question of authorial intent. North Korea is deleting history: Tens of thousands of articles have disappeared down an Orwellian memory hole. Rightbloggers wish America a miserable War on Christmas, again. Your boss wants to be Nate Silver: Employers are developing powerful new statistical tools to judge the value of workers — here's why you should worry. Heidegger in France: Jonathan Derbyshire on Nazism and philosophy. It's the fundamentals, stupid: Ed Kilgore on how elections aren't determined by short-term “game changes”. "Corporatism" is the latest hysterical Right-wing accusation: Mike Konczal on the secret history of a smear. About 100 hundred days after the installation of the new left-wing government, the Albanian twentieth century is slowly seeping in through the cracks of the cleptocratic system that held the country together for the past eight years. Pope Francis' crackdown on Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate alarms traditionalists. Give me amendments or give me death: Emma Roller and David Weigel go inside the secretive campaign by state legislators to pass conservative amendments in 34 states and rewrite the Constitution.
Daniel Hausman (Wisconsin): Motives and Markets in Health Care. Amitabh Chandra and Jonathan Holmes (Harvard) and Jonathan S. Skinner (Dartmouth): Is this Time Different? The Slowdown in Healthcare Spending. Katie Keith, Kevin W. Lucia, and Christine Monahan (Georgetown): Nondiscrimination Under the Affordable Care Act. From RAND Review, a special section on ramifications of health reform: Seven areas where the Affordable Care Act will alter the health insurance landscape. Can Obamacare handle last-minute enrollments? The good news is, they're preparing now. Eric Patashnik and Julian Zelizer on five myths about the future of Obamacare. Scott Lemieux on the Affordable Care Act v. the Heritage Plan: A comparison in chart form. From TNR, Republicans are right: Obamacare is redistribution — but here's how it really works; and the Obamacare flaw that worries me the most: Jonathan Cohn on one real problem with Obamacare. Jonathan Chait on how conservative health-care policies do not exist in any real form — call it the “Heritage Uncertainty Principle”. Grover Norquist and Patrick Gleason on the Republican answer to Obamacare. North Carolina legislator Bob Rucho believes Obamacare is worse than terrorists, Stalin, Hitler combined. Obamacare is Obama's Katrina, Iraq, Vietnam, apartheid, and Civil War combined: Ryan Kearney on a comprehensive list of every historical analogy made to Obamacare. When even as fanatical an ideological cadre as Ted Cruz’s speechwriter blurts her desperation to join Obamacare, it suggests that conservatives have deeply miscalculated.