Marius Constantin Cucu and Oana Elena Lenta (Stefan cel Mare): Philosophical Pragmatism in the Digital Era. Tim Jacquemard, Alan F. Smeaton, and Bert Gordijn (DCU): Lifelogs and Autonomy. David Roberts on how the personal (technology) is political. Juli L. Gittinger (McGill): Is There Such a Thing as “Cyberimperialism”? Rex Troumbley (Hawaii): Colonization.com: Empire Building for a New Digital Age. Xanadu as phalanstery: Rob Lucas reviews Who Owns the Future? by Jaron Lanier. Guy Patrick Cunningham reviews Rewire: Digital Cosmopolitans in the Age of Connection by Ethan Zuckerman. Jathan Sadowski on the “digital native”, a profitable myth. When websites peek into private lives: Using personal data for research has vast benefits, says OkCupid founder Christian Rudder. The reason to fear Facebook and its ilk is not that they violate our privacy — it is that they define the parameters of the grey and mostly invisible technological infrastructure that shapes our identity. How much should you know about how Facebook works? Adrienne LaFrance wonders. Twitter claims a 90 percent accuracy rate for the clever techniques it uses to learn the gender of any given user; Glenn Fleishman reports on the company's disconcerting new analytics tools, the research behind them, and how large a pinch of salt they come with. Should Twitter, Facebook and Google executives be the arbiters of what we see and read? Glenn Greenwald wonders. Emily Bell on why we can’t let tech giants, like Facebook and Twitter, control our news values. Sarah Perez on how social media is silencing personal opinion — even in the offline world (and more). Rob Horning on how the silence of the masses could be social media.
Jessica Litman (Michigan): Fetishizing Copies. Manfred F.R. Kets de Vries (INSEAD): The Shaman, the Therapist, and the Coach. Ana-Raquel Moniz (Coimbra): The Rulemaking Power of Administrative Agencies: Crisis of Legality, Rule of Law, and Democracy. Miranda Yaver (Columbia): When Do Agencies Have Agency? Bureaucratic Noncompliance in the EPA. From Reconstruction, a special issue on Spatial Literary Studies. Last things: Steffen Woll on the zombie phenomenon as a mediator between American apocalypticism and postmodernism. Could drones finally expose one of the country’s most secretive industries? Tara Culp-Ressler investigates. Drones outpacing rules as popularity soars in New York. A revolutionary drone-based delivery network is being tested — in Bhutan. From the forthcoming International Encyclopedia of Geography: People, the Earth, Environment, and Technology, here is the entry on the state by Sami Moisio and Bernd Belina. The point is not that colonialism didn’t happen, or was inconsequential; the point is that colonialism wasn’t the only thing of consequence that did: Aaron Bady interviews Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi. Reagan aide Douglas MacKinnon wants the South to secede and form an anti-gay “Reagan” nation. Why I’ve just deleted Uber from my phone: Sarah Lacy on the horrific trickle down of Asshole culture. Sheldon Wolin's the reason I began drinking coffee: Corey Robin on politics, vision, and “inverted totalitarianism”. Even developers agree this ultraviolent video game goes too far. Tracking the trackers: Ben Terris on what it’s like to have the most mind-numbing job in a campaign. At newspapers, putting the squeeze on an elite subscriber corps. BuzzFeed comes not to bury newspapers, but to improve on them.
Amy J. Sepinwall (Penn): Conscience and Complicity: Assessing Pleas for Religious Exemptions in Hobby Lobby’s Wake. S.I. Strong (Missouri): Religious Rights in Historical, Theoretical and International Context: Hobby Lobby as a Jurisprudential Anomaly? Frederick Mark Gedicks (BYU): One Cheer for Hobby Lobby: Improbable Alternatives, Truly Strict Scrutiny, and Employee Burdens. Brett McDonnell (Minnesota): The Liberal Case for Hobby Lobby. Vincent J. Samar (Chicago-Kent): What Impact the Supreme Court’s Recent Hobby Lobby Decision Might Have for LGBT Civil Rights? Marc O. DeGirolami (St. John's): Constitutional Contraction: Religion and the Roberts Court. Jason Iuliano (Harvard): Do Corporations Have Religious Beliefs? Kathryn E. Kovacs (Rutgers): Hobby Lobby and the Zero-Sum Game. Amy J. Sepinwall (Penn): Corporate Piety and Impropriety: Hobby Lobby's Extension of RFRA Rights to the For-Profit Corporation. Kent Greenawalt (Columbia): The Hobby Lobby Case: Controversial Interpretive Techniques and Standards of Application. Kara Loewentheil (Columbia): Satanists, Scott Walker, and Contraception: A Partial Account of Hobby Lobby's Implications for State Law. Jack Jenkins on how Satanists are testing the limits of religious freedom in Oklahoma. Politics, the Dark Lord, and Hobby Lobby: Greg Stevens interviews with Lucien Greaves of the Satanic Temple. Religious conservatives finally admit what they really want out of Hobby Lobby. Can this class be saved? Mark Chancey on the Hobby Lobby public school Bible curriculum. The ongoing Hobby Lobby battle: Who else can get an exemption? Here is a letter written by a group of corporate law professors at the University of California, Berkeley, on Hobby Lobby and closely held corporations. Katha Pollitt on why it’s time to repeal the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
A new issue of the African Human Rights Law Journal is out. From Filosofia Theoretica: Journal of African Philosophy, Culture and Religions, a special issue on African philosophy. From the inaugural issue of the Rift Valley Review, Christopher Clapham (Cambridge): Why is the Horn Different? Dani Rodrik (IAS): An African Miracle? Implications of Recent Research on Growth Economics. Abdi Zenebe Meskela (Hargeisa): The Quest of the African State for Viability: Democracy and Development for National Integration in Africa. Makau W. Mutua (SUNY-Buffalo): Typologies of Scholarship on Africa. Marshal N Mapondera (ZILS): Exploring the Challenges of Preserving the Right to Cultural Expression in Contemporary African Society. Tom Juma and Ken Oluoch (Moi): The “African-State” Sovereignty in the 21st Century on Spotlight: Building Paradigms. Jonathan Powell (UCF): An Assessment of the “Democratic” Coup Theory: Democratic Trajectories in Africa, 1952-2012. Kevin Coffey (UCD): Why African States Supported the ICC: Equality Not Exceptionalism in International Law. Summer Lindsey (Columbia) and Monica Toft (Oxford): Reporting Rape in Congo: A Unique or Paradigmatic Case? Godwyns Ade' Agbude (Covenant): African Politics and Hegel’s Concept of the State; and The Humanistic Imperative in African Politics. Maxim L. Pinkovskiy (FRB) and Xavier Sala-i-Martin (Columbia): Africa is on Time. From The Monkey Cage, are conflicts over citizenship inevitable in Africa? Edmond J. Keller on what five African cases teach us about identity politics and belonging in Africa; and what influence do women wield in African governments? Leonardo Arriola and Martha Johnson investigate. Does Botswana deserve its reputation as a stable democracy? Amy Poteete investigates. Ali Mazrui, scholar of Africa who divided U.S. audiences, dies at 81. As Ebola ravages West Africa, Twitter loses interest.
Curt S. Dunkel, Lauren A. Summerville, Eugene W. Mathes, Sean N. Kesserling, Seth D. Yockey, Simon D. Reeve and Jacob M. Stolmeier (Illinois): Using the Prisoner’s Dilemma Task to Examine the Cooperative and Social Effectiveness Hypotheses of the General Factor of Personality. Edward L. Rubin (Vanderbilt): Hyperdepoliticization. Frank Jacob (Wurzburg): Blood, Tits and the Modern Depiction of Antiquity — Sparatcus: Blood and Sand and the Display of a Historical Myth. Roger Berkowitz (Bard): Drones and the Question of "The Human". Alexis Madrigal goes inside Google's secret drone-delivery program. Are drones the future of advertising? Aaron Sankin investigates. Have a drone? Check this map before you fly it. How can we reconcile the following apparent truths: “Sherlock Holmes doesn’t exist” and “Sherlock Holmes was created by Conan Doyle”? The culture wars are back, and this time, everyone can win. There are tales and tall tales, and the tallest tales of all were told by Louis de Rougemont. Are these the 12 types of millennials? Ad network's research tries to get more specific about Gen Y. Dylan Byers on a D.C. mystery: Jeff Bezos’ plan for The Washington Post. Nothing in God’s creation is ever as good as it once was, but The Washington Post is coming pretty close. Michael W. Wagner on 9 things the best political reporters do. Jackie Spinner on the big conundrum: Should journalists learn code? Bill Gates on the world's most interesting vegetable and the love life of plants. Andy Cush on the creepy 4chan successors behind Gamergate's pathetic war. VK Kunwor on the kukri (khukuri) knife of the Gurkhas — a historical description 1793- 2014.
From the Boston Globe, Michael Blanding on the lie that charted New England’s future: John Smith’s map changed the world, especially the parts he made up. Susan Schulten on the story behind the ancient map that invented red and blue states: The country was just as polarized 125 years ago — except the colors were upside down. From Wonkblog, Emily Badger on a century of change in the nation’s capital, in maps; and on the states that have the worst roads in America. A US map on the most common cause of death that they keep covering up. Tagalog in California, Cherokee in Arkansas: What language does your state speak? Dennis Mersereau on how these simple maps show how little of the United States is populated. Which states are givers and which are takers, and is that even the correct way to frame the question? Christianity is by far the largest religion in the United States, but what is the second-largest religion in each state? EA Weiss on why creating Six Californias is 6 disasters waiting to happen. Break up the states: Michael Lind on the case for the United Statelets of America. The surprising places we go when we leave the cities we’re from: Every county in America, viewed through its domestic migration patterns. This interactive map shows the wealthiest person in each state. What states have the most government workers? Rani Molla investigates. From Vox, Max Fisher on 3 maps that explain America; and Ezra Klein on what maps of America get wrong. A look at what viral maps get wrong about America. Here are 19 maps that will blow your mind and change the way you see the world, top all-time, you won’t believe your eyes, watch. Sometimes you just need to step back and take a good, long look for yourself — that’s why we just put 700 red dots on a map.
Alex Prichard (Exeter): Ontological Anarchy and the Emergence of Politics. Mary L. Dudziak (Emory): Legal History as Foreign Relations History. Judith G. Kelley (Duke) and Beth A. Simmons (Harvard): The Power of Performance Indicators: Rankings, Ratings and Reactivity in International Relations. Anna Cornelia Beyer (Hull): Happiness, Equality and IR. Charlotte Epstein (Sydney): The Postcolonial Perspective: An Introduction. Can international relations be explained with a singular theory? Shagun Gupta wonders. David M. McCourt (Sheffield) and Daniel J. Levine (Alabama): (Why) Does Pluralism Matter in the Study of International Politics? AC Beyer (Hull): Kenneth Waltz: His Life and Thought in his Own Words. Who are the top international-relations specialists? Surprise — scholars have a very different view than policymakers do. Henry Kissinger is among the most important realists in the history of international relations theory, but in World Order he has outed himself as a constructivist. Laura Sjoberg on the unwritten rules of IR, and Megan MacKenzie on the unwritten rules of American IR? (or, things American IR scholars don’t always know about “doing” IR “in the rest of the world”). Stephen M. Walt on how to get a B.A. in International Relations in 5 minutes: Skip the seminars and the student debt — here's everything you'd actually remember after four years. Ningchuan Wang (SCAU): The Currency of Fantasy: Discourses of Popular Culture in International Relations. From Existential Comics, the board game Risk is a game of conquest, a game of philosophy. You can download Aesthetics and World Politics by Roland Bleiker (2009).
From the inaugural issue of the Journal of Tourism Futures, Craig Webster (Nicosia) and Stanislav Ivanov (IUC): Geopolitical Drivers of Future Tourist Flows. Bill Wringe (Bilkent): Perp Walks as Punishment. Jennifer W. Reynolds (Oregon): Breaking BATNAs: Negotiation Lessons from Walter White. Julia Douthwaite (Notre Dame): Martyrdom, Terrorism, and the Rhetoric of Sacrifice: The Cases of Marat, Robespierre, and Loiserolles. From the Journal of French and Francophone Philosophy, Max Hantel (Rutgers): Toward a Sexual Difference Theory of Creolization. Jeffrey Frank reviews On His Own Terms: A Life of Nelson Rockefeller by Richard Norton Smith. Sanford F. Schram (Hunter): Occupy Precarity. Dan Zahavi (Copenhagen): Is the Self a Social Construct? Wayne Foord (QUB): The Peaking of Liberal Democracy: Energy Scarcity, Food Security, and Insurgent Governance. Should we ban states and cities from offering big tax breaks for jobs? If we wanted to end the "economic development wars" once and for all, the only way to do it would be through national law — but is that a good idea? Jonathan Chait on how the GOP is trying to woo, suppress, minority vote. The truth is that there is no war between nerds and bros, because neither category truly exists. Bryce Covert on how it would actually be very simple to end homelessness forever. These are the grammar rules you don't need to follow: Jesse Singal interviews Steven Pinker, author of The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person's Guide to Writing in the 21st Century. Henry Farrell on how “explainer journalism” can do a better job at explaining. Legacy media: Frederic Filloux on the lost decade in six charts.
Stephan Zivec (Dusseldorf): The Borders of Europe. Daniel Innerarity (UPV): Does Europe Need a Demos to Be Truly Democratic? Patrick McCusker (KU Leuven): The Paradox of Unity in Diversity: An Examination of the Democratic Legitimacy of the European Union. Peter L. Lindseth (UConn): Equilibrium, Demoi-cracy, and Delegation in the Crisis of European Integration. Wim J. M. Voermans (Leiden): Implementation: The Achilles Heel of European Integration. Carlos Closa (Zaragoza): Troubled Membership: Dealing with Secession from a Member State and Withdrawal from the EU. Geza Toth and Aron Kincses (HCSO) and Zoltan Nagy (Miskolc): The Changing Economic Spatial Structure of Europe. Mihail Caradaica (SNSPA): European Union in the Age of Neo-Liberalism. Neil Walker (Edinburgh): The Philosophy of European Union Law. Dimitry Kochenov (Groningen): Europe's Crisis of Values. Russell Foster (Newcastle): Through a Glass, Darkly: The Symbols of European Empire. Miroslav N. Jovanovic (UN) and Jelena Damnjanovic (Novi Sad): Geopolitics of the European Union: Are Steps Backward the Way Forward? Cian C. Murphy (King's College) and Acosta Arcarazo (Bristol): Rethinking Europe's Freedom, Security and Justice. From the German Law Journal, a special issue on EU citizenship. From Public Seminar, have Europeans learned from the 20th century for the 21st? Jeffrey Goldfarb wonders; Siobhan Kattago on memory and civic participation in Europe; and Irit Dekel on sleepwalking into the future: Is there a European memory creating a sense of belonging and encouraging civic participation? Simon Hix and Stuart Wilks-Heeg on how the European media drives different views of the EU. Matthew Yglesias on 38 maps that explain Europe. The future of Europe: Gregor Peter Schmitz interviews George Soros. Slavoj Zizek on how only a radicalised left can save Europe.
From the Center for Economic and Policy Research, Dean Baker GDP and the public sector: “We should not imagine that we have an economy sitting out in space to which the government adds to or subtracts from. This is a silly myth that unfortunately carries considerable weight in policy debates”. Luck and a little mystery: Jared Bernstein on why the economy grows faster under Democratic presidents. By analyzing all the things that shape our economy, we’re gaining a better understanding of it. From Vox, Matthew Yglesias on the most important chart about the American economy you'll see this year; and on what the Olive Garden breadsticks battle teaches us about American capitalism. Two bodies: Edward E. Baptist on his book The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism. The first chapter from Between Slavery and Capitalism: The Legacy of Emancipation in the American South by Martin Ruef. Hurricane Katrina wrought havoc on New Orleans but, nine years later, is there a silver lining to be found? Asad L. Asad on what hurricanes can teach us about socioeconomic mobility. Jeremy Ashkenas and Alicia Parlapiano on how the recession reshaped the economy, in 255 charts. When workers own their companies, everyone wins: Sean McElwee on how a very old economic model could help the new economy. Avi Asher-Schapiro on how “sharing economy” companies like Uber shift risk from corporations to workers, weaken labor protections, and drive down wages. Meanwhile, in the annals of citizenship: David Warsh on how US capitalism seems to be taking another turn. Made in America, again: James Fallows on how three big trends that could shape the future of high-tech manufacturing — and the middle class.