Aaron J. Saiger (Fordham): What We Disagree About When We Disagree About School Choice. Preston C. Green (UConn), Bruce D Baker (Rutgers), and Joseph Oluwole (Montclair State): Having it Both Ways: How Charter Schools Try to Obtain Funding of Public Schools and the Autonomy of Private Schools. Morgan Anderson (Georgia State): Philosophical Flaws of Common Core: A Rawlsian Perspective. “The Common Core may actually fail”: Josh Eidelson interviews American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten on Christie, Rhee, and for-profit testing “gag order”. From Radical Pedagogy, Arianne Robichaud interviews Noam Chomsky on education. David Morris on how what’s good for Bill Gates turns out to be bad for public schools. From Education Review, Michael W. Apple reviews Public Education Under Siege, ed. Michael Madison Katz and Mike Rose; and Connie Schaffer reviews Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America’s Public Schools by Diane Ravitch. Say goodbye to public schools: Diane Ravitch warns some cities will soon have none (and more and more and more). Matthew Yglesias on the myth of "public" schools: “This is a housing policy problem masquerading as an education policy one”. Some cities are promising free college to high school students — does it work? How high schools condition students to accept their lot: Richard D. Kahlenberg reviews Class Rules: Exposing Inequality in American High Schools by Peter W. Cookson Jr. Katie Halper in the 7 most absurd things America's kids are learning thanks to the conservative gutting of public education. Kathryn Joyce on the homeschool apostates: They were raised to carry the fundamentalist banner forward and redeem America — but now the Joshua Generation is rebelling.
The inaugural issue of Global Education Review is out. Amanda Jager (McGill): Educating for Autonomy: A Case for the Broader Acceptance of Homeschooling within Liberal Democratic Societies. Omar Guerrero-Orozco (UNAM): Methodology in Public Administration. Has higher education recreated the conditions that led to sophistry's rise? In ancient Athens, reviews could make tutors' reputations and there was fierce competition between educators — sound familiar? Arguably one of the most extraordinary scientific publications of all times, Sidereus Nuncius turned Galileo into the brightest new star of Western science; four centuries later, a faked copy of this book has disarmed a generation of Galileo experts, and raised a host of intriguing questions about the social nature of scholarly authentication, the precariousness of truth, and the revelatory power of fakes. Four evocative new trends happening on the newsstand today and a staunch one that never changes — a Mr. Magazine report from the field. Can watching TV improve your health? Maggie Gram on how public health wonks have figured out how to influence Hollywood writers — don’t call them, they’ll call you. “Made Up People”: Jennifer Crane and Claire Sewell on an interdisciplinary approach to labelling and the construction of people in post-war history. Tom McCarthy on the mapmaker's conundrum. Leigh Cowart on Ebola as nature’s most perfect killing machine: How has a virus with such a modest body count so fiercely captured the darkest corners of our imagination?
A new issue of Interface: A Journal for and about Social Movements is out. V. Upadhyay (IIT-Delhi): What Happened to the Left Alternative? Ingar Solty (York): Is the Global Crisis Ending the Marriage of Capitalism and Liberal Democracy? (Il-)Legitimate Political Power and the New Global Anti-Capitalist Mass Movements in the Context of the Internationalization of the State. James K. Rowe and Myles Carroll (Victoria): Reform or Radicalism: Left Social Movements from the Battle of Seattle to Occupy Wall Street. Daniel de Zeeuw (Amsterdam): Engaged Withdrawal: Occupying Politics Beyond Politics. Sheetal D. Agarwal, W. Lance Bennett, Courtney N. Johnson, and Shawn Walker (Washington): A Model of Crowd-Enabled Organization: Theory and Methods for Understanding the Role of Twitter in the Occupy Protests. Morgan Gibson (Queensland): The Anarchism of the Occupy Movement. Puneet Dhaliwal reviews Marxism and Social Movements. Language as power: Ian Hill on the terminology of contemporary mass movements. From New Left Review, what social forces are likely to challenge the supremacy of capital in the coming decades? Goran Therborn assesses potential bases of resistance — from traditional communities overrun by the global market to factory workers and an expanding yet amorphous middle class. From the forthcoming Handbook of Political Citizenship and Social Movements, the entry on Resource Mobilization Theory and Social and Political Movements by Bob Edwards and Melinda D. Kane. Kimberly Cowell-Meyers on how Sweden’s Feminist Initiative has lessons for social movements elsewhere. What is the function of the social movement academic? Tom Brock investigates.
A new issue of Critical Reviews of Latin American Research is out. Jose H. Bortoluci and Robert S. Jansen (Michigan): Toward a Postcolonial Sociology: The View From Latin America. Erin Graff Zivin (USC): Beyond Inquisitional Logic, or, Toward an An-archaeological Latin Americanism. Matiias Bargsted, Juan Carlos Castillo, and Nicolas M. Somma (UC-CL): Political Trust in Latin America. Naomi Roht-Arriaza (Hastings): After Amnesties Are Gone: Latin American National Courts and the New Contours of the Fight Against Impunity. Roberto Laver (Harvard): Judicial Independence in Latin America and the (Conflicting) Influence of Cultural Norms. Juan Cristaldo and Lorena Silvero (UNA): Maps of Our Shared Territory. Tanya Golash-Boza (UC-Merced) and Eduardo Bonilla-Silva (Duke): Rethinking Race, Racism, Identity and Ideology in Latin America. From the International Journal of Multicultural Education, a special issue on Globalization and Educational Equity in Latin America. Hispano-skepticism, classical liberalism, and popular historiography: Robert Patrick Newcomb reviews Guia Politicamente Incorreto da America Latina by Leandro Narloch and Duda Teixeira. The rich are running Latin America and why that matters: Noam Lupu and Nicholas Carnes on how democracies all over the world are disproportionately run by rich politicians — and that makes a difference. Prominent Latin American writer Eduardo Galeano recently disavowed his anti-globalization stance — most Latin Americans were way ahead of him, embracing globalization and their former colonial masters. The antidote to politics: Belying dictators and craven presidents, the beautiful game has long given Latin America a sense of self-belief. For Brazil fans, a debacle even worse than 1950. Brazil fans turn on President Dilma Rousseff amid World Cup failure.
Agner Fog (DTU): Can a Collapse of Current Economic Empires Be Predicted? Vincent F. Ialenti (Cornell): Adjudicating Deep Time: Revisiting the United States’ High-Level Nuclear Waste Repository Project at Yucca Mountain. Hanoch Dagan (Tel Aviv): The Utopian Promise of Private Law. Christian List (LSE): Three Kinds of Collective Attitudes. George K. Yin (Virginia): The Most Critical Issue Facing Tax Administration Today — And What to Do About It. Ross B. Emmett (Michigan State): Malthus, the Slave Trade, and the Civilizing Effect of the Preventive Checks. From Cosmos and Taxis: Studies in Emergent Order and Organization, a special issue on Michael Oakeshott. The Survivor: Glenn Thrush on how Eric Holder outlasted his (many) critics. The Wall Street Journal’s Dorothy Rabinowitz calls Eric Holder the most "racially polarizing" AG ever — from Dred Scott to slavery, here's his competition. “Keep Calm and Carry On” conquered the world, but it was too mundane for World War II. Is Gerry Adams an Irish Nelson Mandela? Donald M. Beaudette and Cas Mudde wonder. Hisham Rana: “I have noticed parallels like this for more than 13 years. I am glad #HobbyLobby has brought everyone up to speed”. George Dvorsky on why believing in astrology is not as harmless as you think. Josh Levin on Andy Sidaris, the man who invented sports television’s “honey shot”. Whatever happened to the UFC? Tim Marchman wonders. Books to read while the algae grow in your fur: Cosma Shalizi reviews The Political Ideas of Leo Strauss by Shadia B. Drury.
From Common-place, a special issue on the conference “The American Revolution Reborn”. Liam O'Melinn (Ohio Northern): Our Discrete and Insular Founders: American “Degeneracy” and the Birth of Constitutional Equality. Thomas A. Foster on his book Sex and the Founding Fathers: The American Quest for a Relatable Past. Thomas Jefferson was a Muslim: Abbas Milani reviews Thomas Jefferson's Qur'an: Islam and the Founders by Denise A. Spellberg. If only Thomas Jefferson could settle the issue: The official transcript of the Declaration of Independence may contain an errant period that contributes to what one scholar calls a “routine but serious misunderstanding” of the document. Inevident Truths: Patrick Woods on why current international norms and policies may not have supported the American Revolution. The real story of American independence: Elias Isquith interviews Gerald Horne, author of The Counter-Revolution of 1776: Slave Resistance and the Origins of the United States of America. Timothy Taylor on the economic underpinnings of the U.S. Revolutionary War. 1776, not just the Revolution: Claudio Saunt on how we forget that across a continent, the future United States was being shaped in other ways. What if America had lost the Revolutionary War? Uri Friedman on a Fourth of July thought experiment. Was there in fact an American Revolution at the end of the eighteenth century? Clearly, this is a question that generates much controversy. Robert Tsai on why Americans love to declare independence: The 1776 Declaration was only the first; what we learn from the long history of splinter constitutions, manifestos, and secessions that followed. Ben Schreckinger on why there will never be another American revolution: Our bars are too loud, our cafes too quiet.
Serhiy Kudelia (Baylor) and Taras Kuzio (Alberta): Nothing Personal: Explaining the Rise and Decline of Political Machines in Ukraine. Natalya Domina (Western Ontario): My Little Futuristic Prison: Thoughts on the Crimean Sanatorium Druzhba, a Simultaneously Utopian and Dystopian Project. From e-flux, Oleksiy Radynski on Maidan and beyond, part II: The cacophony of Donbas; and Ekaterina Degot on a text that should never have been written? Jasmina Tesanovic ventures into the "Palace of Corruption" where deposed Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych partied and gloried in graft while the #Euromaidan raged on his doorstep. From TNR, Linda Kinstler on how Kiev's Maidan is still occupied, and it's become a darker, more dangerous place lately; eastern Ukraine has been a mafia state for years — can Kiev break the cycle of violence?; Russia and Ukraine really have no idea what's going on along the border; and Josh Kovensky on how Putin can still invade Ukraine whenever he pleases — and he's hoping the West won't notice. Is anyone in charge of Russian nationalists fighting in Ukraine? Documents show how Russia’s troll amy hit America: Max Seddon on the adventures of Russian agents like The Ghost of Marius the Giraffe, Gay Turtle, and Ass — exposed for the first time. From Red (Team) Analysis, Helene Lavoix on war and peace in Ukraine: Hope, outrage and fortitude (and part 2). Sergii Leshchenko on why Ukraine's new president needs to get fellow oligarchs to stop being so corrupt. From New Left Review, an interview with Volodymyr Ishchenko on Ukraine’s fractures. Slavoj Zizek on why both the left and right have got it wrong on Ukraine. Marcela Escobari on Ukraine’s real problem, in four graphs. Explaining Ukraine is a pain; it stays mainly just the same.
The inaugural issue of Barents Studies is out. Marica Spalletta (USCM) and Lorenzo Ugolini (UCSC): Fashion/Social Advertising: What Happens When Fashion Meets Social Issues. Benjamen Franklen Gussen (Auckland): The State is the Fiduciary of the People. Peter J. Boettke and Liya Palagashvili (George Mason): James Buchanan's Contributions to Constitutional Political Economy, Institutional Analysis, and Self-Governance. Richard E. Wagner (George Mason): James Buchanan's Public Debt Theory: A Rational Reconstruction. Andrew M. Bailey (Yale-NUS): You Needn’t be Simple. Gus P Gradinger and Bart J. Wilson (Chapman): The Clash of Aristocratic and Bourgeois Virtues in The Wire. Rosemary Corbett (Bard): Meta-data, Same-Sex Marriage and the Making of "Terrorists". The trials of Entertainment Weekly: Anne Helen Petersen on one magazine's 24 years of corporate torture. Mike Sacks on 18 things you learn after interviewing 80 or so comedy writers. Ezra Klein on how Transformers 4 is a master class in economics. Two of the world’s most powerful women of finance sat down for a lengthy discussion on the future of monetary policy in a post-crisis world: U.S. Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen and International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde. Welcome to the age of self-love: Brendan O'Neill on how it's the perfect cause for our narcissistic times. Marcus Wohlsen on how 40 years on, the barcode has turned everything into information.
Chandan Kumar Jha and Sudipta Sarangi (LSU): Social Media, Internet and Corruption. Sebastian Valenzuela and Daniel Halpern (PUC) and James Katz (BU): Facebook, Marriage Well-being and Divorce: Survey and State-level Evidence from the United States. Robin Rymarczuk and Maarten Derksen (Groningen): Different Spaces: Exploring Facebook as Heterotopia. Javier Sajuria (UCL): Are We Bowling at All? An Analysis of Social Capital in Online Networks. Paul Leonardi and Samantha Meyer (Northwestern): Social Media as Social Lubricant: How Ambient Awareness Eases Knowledge Transfer. Here are tips for not being an ass on social media. Clicking their way to outrage: On social media, people proudly trumpet their ethical outrage toward anyone or anything that has rubbed them the wrong way. With social media, the compelling opportunities for self-expression outstrip the supply of things we have to confidently say about ourselves. Research suggests being ignored on Facebook is psychological hell. The science behind #ThrowbackThursday: Elizabeth Winkler on why we derive special pleasure from the act of remembering the past. Benjamin F. Jackson on censorship and freedom of expression in the age of Facebook. Dylan Matthews on 7 things you told Facebook without even realizing it. Facebook says it's sorry — we've heard that before. Steven Levy goes inside the science that delivers your scary-smart Facebook and Twitter feeds. Can an algorithm solve Twitter's credibility problem? Adrian Chen investigates. A eulogy for Twitter: The beloved social publishing platform enters its twilight. Miri Mogilevsky on a brief history of the war between Reddit and Tumblr. The first chapter from A Social Strategy: How We Profit from Social Media by Mikolaj Jan Piskorski.
Zachary D. Liscow (Yale): Reducing Inequality on the Cheap: When Legal Rule Design Should Incorporate Equity as Well as Efficiency. Roy Van der Weide and Branko Milanovic (World Bank): Inequality is Bad for Growth of the Poor (But Not for that of the Rich). Harry Stein on how the government subsidizes wealth inequality. Hamilton Nolan on the paucity of the pro-inequality argument. Paul Krugman on inequality denial: It persists because there are groups with a strong interest in creating a fog of doubt. Joseph Stiglitz on the myth of America’s golden age: “What growing up in Gary, Indiana, taught me about inequality”; and on why inequality is not inevitable. Lina Khan and Sandeep Vaheesan on how America became uncompetitive and unequal. David Leonhardt on how inequality has been going on forever, but that doesn’t mean it’s inevitable. Could politics trump economics as reason for growing income inequality? Eduardo Porter on the politics of income inequality. Growing apart: Colin Gordon on a political history of American inequality. Robert Reich on how to shrink inequality. Addressing wealth disparities: Goldburn P. Maynard Jr. on reimagining wealth taxation as a tool for building wealth. Life, liberty and the pursuit of property: Sean McElwee on how the solution to America’s growing inequality may lie in democratizing company ownership. “Bloodiest thing the world has seen”: Elias Isquith interviews David Cay Johnston, author of Divided: The Perils of Our Growing Inequality. Class in America: Seven writers, editors, and thinkers discuss how class divides Americans today and what we can do to fix America's inequality problem — a symposium.