Joseph Fishkin and William E. Forbath (Texas): The Anti-Oligarchy Constitution. Nathan J. Kelly (Tennessee) and Thomas Volscho (CUNY): The Politics of Oligarchy: Taxation, Financial Regulation, Power Resources, and the Super-Rich in the United States, 1918-2012. The last time fatcats tanked the economy, the backlash was huge — why didn't that happen this time? John B. Judis on explaining the power of 21st century plutocracy. In today’s America, a rising tide lifts all yachts. From Salon, free markets killed capitalism: Thomas Frank interviews Barry Lynn on Ayn Rand, Ronald Reagan, Wal-Mart, Amazon and the 1 percent’s sick triumph over us all; and Elias Isquith interviews Matt Taibbi, author of The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap (and more). Nick Hanauer on how the pitchforks are coming — for us plutocrats. Kevin Mahnken on the most interesting dynasty in American politics today: The Ricketts clan has clashing passions — and designs on greater power. The Sun Valley "Summer Camp for Billionaires" is boring as hell. Conspiracy of the plutocrats: Sean McElwee interviews Gabriel Zucman on how the world's wealthiest are scamming governments for trillions. As people get richer, they are more likely to feel entitled, to exploit others, and to cheat — that extends to politics too. Robert Reich on the rise of the non-working rich. Today's wealthy are far more likely to have inherited their fortunes — here's why that's going to doom our politics. Hamilton Nolan on how paying taxes is patriotic, dodging taxes is unpatriotic. Wealthier New Yorkers aren’t fleeing the city for tax havens, a study says. A fancy Upper West Side building will have a separate door for poor people. Are calls for income redistribution based on envy or justice?
Par Engstrom (UCL): The Inter-American Human Rights System and U.S.-Latin America Relations; and Regional Human Rights Governance: The Case of the Inter-American Human Rights System. Salvador Herencia Carrasco (HRREC): Public Interest Litigation in the Inter-American Court of Human Rights: The Protection of Indigenous Populations and the Gap between Legal Victories and Social Change. Benjamin Mason Meier (UNC) and Ana Ayala (Georgetown): The Pan American Health Organization and the Mainstreaming of Human Rights in Regional Health Governance. Andy Baker and David Cupery (Colorado): Anti-Americanism in Latin America: Economic Exchange, Foreign Policy Legacies, and Mass Attitudes toward the Colossus of the North. Gavin O'Toole reviews The Empire Trap: The Rise and Fall of US Intervention to Protect American Property Overseas, 1893-2013 by Noel Maurer. John M. Ackerman on how the border crisis is America's chance to repent for past mistakes in Central America. From Vox, a Central America expert explains the root causes of the migrant crisis. The Western hemisphere in the global economy: The introduction to Re-mapping the Americas: Trends in Region-making, ed. W. Andy Knight, Julian Castro-Rea, and Hamid Ghany. Thomas E. McNamara on the United States and Latin America: Individuals and institutions. Peter Hakim on the future of inter-American relations. As South Americans flock to Miami, their influence has transformed the city’s once recession-dampened downtown, enriched its culture and magnified its allure for businesses. Retirees eye lower cost of living in Latin America: Retirees are attracted to the warm weather, good medical care and proximity to the USA. Rep. Steve King says Obama should impose Christendom on Latin America like Columbus.
From e-flux, a special issue on “The End of the End of History?”, including Oxana Timofeeva on the end of the world: From Apocalypse to the end of history and back; James T. Hong on the nationalist thing which thinks: Notes on a genealogy of ultranationalism; Lawrence Liang on ultranationalism: A proposal for a quiet withdrawal; and is the world sleeping, sleepless, or awake or dreaming? Zalmay Khalilzad and Kenneth M. Pollack on how to save Iraq: This is the best, or the least bad, solution to the current crisis. Who is to blame for Iraq’s problems? To understand the current situation in Iraq, look at U.S. policies prior to the 2003 invasion. How does a belief in immortality affect the way we live now? John Martin Fischer wonders. Critical responses to the tragedy of Gaza: Why do those who are highly critical of Israeli actions in Gaza and the West Bank, ignore the terrorist tactics of Hamas, and why is it that those who are concerned with Palestinian terrorism ignore deeply problematic qualities of the order of things in Israel today? Joshua Keating on how Twitter is changing how the media covers the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Israeli professor Mordechai Kedar suggests rape as “terror deterrent”. Kevin Hartnett on the “awesome” filter for your face. Amazon is the scariest part of the CIA's new Amazon cloud storage. Homophobia, racism and the Kochs: Mark Ames on how San Francisco’s tech-libertarian “Reboot” conference is a cesspool. This Subreditt tells you exactly how ugly you are. Meet Executive Order 12333: The Reagan rule that lets the NSA spy on Americans. The revenge of the lawn: Mark Dery charts America's ecocidal obsession with nice grass.
From the New York Times Magazine, Michael Sokolove on the trials of Graham Spanier, Penn State’s ousted president. The coup that failed: Talbot Brewer on how the near-sacking of a university president exposed the fault lines of American higher education. Avoiding disastrous presidencies: Ry Rivard reviews Presidencies Derailed: Why University Leaders Fail and How to Prevent It by Stephen Joel Trachtenberg, Gerald B. Kauvar and E. Grady Bogue. There’s the war on college, and then there’s Rick Perry’s war on the University of Texas. Nicholas Lemann on the soul of the research university. From Polymath, a special issue on being a professor (and part 2). The teaching class: Rachel Riederer on how teaching college is no longer a middle-class job, and everyone paying tuition should care. What do college professors do all day? Lisa Wade investigates. Adjuncts aren't just teaching college kids, they're trying to keep them together: Sarah Marshall on the unique privilege of being young, white, female, and relateable. Joshua Rothman on fixing the PhD: To really respond to the crisis, they will have to do something unthinkable — turn good students away. Should I go to grad school? Jessica Loudis interviews Sheila Heti (and more and more). More on 100 reasons not to go to graduate school: “There is no getting ahead”. From Workplace, a special issue on the new academic labor market and graduate students. Jordan Weissmann on the unending horror of the humanities job market, in one chart. When Ph.D.s realize they won’t be professors: Josh Dehaas on how young academics struggle with the transition from school to work. What can you do with a humanities Ph.D., anyway? Elizabeth Segran on how the choice to leave academia does not have to mean life as a barista.
Sarah E. Light (Penn): Valuing National Security: Climate Change, the Military, and Society. Victor Byers Flatt and Heather Payne (UNC): Not One without the Other: The Challenge of Integrating U. S. Environment, Energy, Climate, and Economic Policy. Warwick McKibbin (ANU), Adele C. Morris (Brookings), and Peter Wilcoxen (Syracuse): The Economic Consequences of Delay in U.S. Climate Policy. Ezra Klein on 7 reasons America will fail on climate change (and a response). Ryan Cooper on the case for optimism on climate change: Things look bad, but they could change quickly. Hamilton Nolan on why a carbon tax is our only hope. Justin Gillis on a price tag on carbon as a climate rescue plan. Henry Paulson on why we need to tax carbon dioxide emissions to protect our economy (Earth to Hank Paulson: Who do you think you're talking to?). Matthew Yglesias on the deafening silence of "reform conservatives" on climate change. Dear conservatives, you are 100 percent wrong that climate action will kill the economy. Fighting climate change with taxpayer dollars isn't a fight against freedom — it's a fight against the end of the planet. Greg Page, the chairman of the largest private company in America, just told the 1 percent to worry about climate change. A look at how the NRDC finds itself in the awkward position of not being able to claim full credit for what probably ranks as the most important policy triumph ever recorded by an American advocacy organization. Obama's new rules for coal plants are a B.F.D. — the ensuing political fight may be even bigger. Trish Kahle on rank-and-file environmentalism: Labor is often considered hopelessly reactionary on the environment — but democratic unions can fight for both jobs and the planet.
Neuvic Kalmar Malembanie (Howard): Black Identity, Past, Present and Future. Cristina Mislan (Penn State): From Latin America to Africa: Defining the "World Revolution" in The Black Panther; and An "Obedient Servant": Internationalizing and Capitalizing on Blackness in Marcus Garvey's Negro World. Dan Markel (FSU), Michael McCann (New Hampshire), and Howard M. Wasserman (FIU): Catalyzing Fans (“This paper proposes the development of Fan Action Committees (“FACs”), which, like their political counterpart (PACs), could mobilize and empower fans to play a larger role in the decision-making associated with which ‘production teams’ the talent will work”). From The New Yorker, Evan Osnos on the Biden agenda: Reckoning with Ukraine and Iraq, and keeping an eye on 2016; and Malcolm Gladwell on Kim Philby and the hazards of mistrust. Hayes Brown on 5 ways to punish Russia if it played a role in the Malaysian plane crash. From TNR, Ben Birnbaum and Amir Tibon on the explosive, inside story of how John Kerry built an Israel-Palestine peace plan — and watched it crumble; and Yishai Schwartz on why Israel's deadly invasion of Gaza is morally justified. Can a person be ignorant and intelligent at the same time? Edo Shonin and William Van Gordon wonder. Why the Middle Ages are still with us: Nicholas Vincent reviews The Modern Origins of the Early Middle Ages by Ian Wood. Leon Neyfakh on what playfulness can do for you: Research discovers the many benefits of being a goofball. Rebecca Rojer on the world according to Modern Monetary Theory. John Sides interviews Peter Schuck, author of Why Government Fails So Often, and How It Can Do Better.
Joan Petersilia (Stanford) and Francis Cullen (Cincinnati): Liberal but Not Stupid: Meeting the Promise of Downsizing Prisons. Patrice A. Fulcher (Atlanta’s John Marshall): The Double Edged Sword of Prison Video Visitation: Claiming to Keep Families Together While Furthering the Aims of the Prison Industrial Complex. Elizabeth Bennion (BYU): Banning the Bing: Why Extreme Solitary Confinement Is Cruel and Far Too Usual Punishment. We know solitary confinement annihilates the minds of its victims, but what does it do to the rest of us? Lisa Guenther wonders. What happens to life sentences if our lifespan is radically extended? Rebecca Roache on future punishment. Jessica Pishko reviews Burning Down the House: The End of Juvenile Prison by Nell Bernstein. Nicole Flatow on how private companies are profiting from threats to jail the poor. Hamilton Nolan on how private prisons are getting rich by abusing illegal immigrants. Annie-Rose Strasser on the companies that just promised to pull 60 million dollars from private prisons. John Pfaff on why the conventional wisdom on prison growth is wrong, and where we can go from here. Keith Humphreys on the five myths of American incarceration. Emily Badger on how there’s little evidence that fewer prisoners means more crime; and on the meteoric, costly and unprecedented rise of incarceration in America. Brennan Hughes on cultural anthropology's insights into mass incarceration and victimless crime. Paul Romer on the great crime wave and the tragedy of mass incarceration. Incarceration Nation: America’s love affair with mass incarceration is a well-documented phenomenon. Robert Evans and Cedric Coleman on horrifying things you didn't (want to) know about prison. Prisons are terrible, and there’s finally a way to get rid of them. Salomon Orellana on how a third party could reduce incarceration in the US.
A new issue of Liberal Arts in Russia is out. Kira Ilina (HSE): The Academic Study in the 1990s and 2000s of the History and Practice of Awarding Academic Degrees and Titles in Russia. Bruce Etling, Hal Roberts, and Robert Faris (Harvard): Blogs as an Alternative Public Sphere: The Role of Blogs, Mainstream Media, and TV in Russia's Media Ecology. From Stasis, Artemy Magun (EUSP): The Russian Protest Movement of 2011–2012: A New Middle-Class Populism; and Anna Zhelnina (EUSP): “Hanging Out,” Creativity, and the Right to the City: Urban Public Space in Russia before and after the Protest Wave of 2011–2012. Alexander S. Skorobogatov (HSE): A Provocative Event, Media, and Religious Choice: The Pussy Riot Case as a Natural Experiment. Sophie Pinkham reviews Words Will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot by Masha Gessen. Dmitry Kiselev is redefining the art of Russian propaganda: Joshua Yaffa on how nobody exploits basic human insecurity and fear quite like Putin's favorite TV host. Slawomir Sierakowski on Putin’s Cold New World. Tunku Varadarajan in the best way to punish Putin: No World Cup. Abby D. Greutman on Putin and business: Good or bad? Anastasia Denisova on how Vladimir Putin’s divorce story was constructed and received, or when the president divorced his wife and married the country instead. The back door: Quinn Norton on how a hacker helped ProPublica expose Russia’s secret infusions of cash to the embattled Syrian government. Max Seddon goes down the rabbit hole with Russia’s mysterious leakers: A series of sensational leaks have made the Anonymous International a hot topic for Kremlinologists, but who are they?
Benjamin Bagley (Vassar): Loving Someone in Particular. Alberto Alemanno (HEC Paris) and Kristian Cedervall Lauta (Copenhagen): The L’Aquila Seven: Re-Establishing Justice after a Natural Disaster. From Slate, Joshua Keating and Chris Kirk create the Middle East Friendship Chart. Jan Mieszkowski on watching war, with popcorn. What happens when an unrecognized country experiences a revolution? The president of Abkhazia Alexander Ankvab was forced to flee the capital after thousands of angry protesters seized the presidential administration headquarters and national TV station. The IRS isn’t going to bother the Tea Party anymore — it can’t. Christopher Ingraham on 7 papers, 4 government inquiries, 2 news investigations and 1 court ruling proving voter fraud is mostly a myth. Henry Petroski on the rise and fall of the pocket protector: Designed to keep shirts clean and tools handy, this ubiquitous invention declined into a social stigma but rebounded as a symbol of nerd pride. Rep. Keith Ellison wants to make union organizing a civil right. Julia Ioffe meets Igor Bezler, the Russian rebel who said, "We have just shot down a plane": His nickname is "Demon" — that's all you need to know. Carlos Slim calls for a three-day working week. Tasneem Raja on how child migrants have been coming to America alone since Ellis Island — and no, we didn't just send them packing. Here is the latest issue of The FIFA Weekly. Why we need new and better moments of collective pride now the World Cup is over.
Maxwell Murphey (UC-Riverside): The Unity of Reason and the Metaphysics of Freedom. Adriano N. De Brito (Unisinos): Naturalism versus Philosophy? Marc Fleurbaey (Princeton) and Alex Voorhoeve (LSE): On the Social and Personal Value of Existence. Allan Hazlett (Edinburgh): Truthfulness without Truth. Don Fallis (Arizona): Frankfurt Wasn't Bullshitting! Niels Skovgaard Olsen (Constance): Philosophical Theory-Construction and the Self-Image of Philosophy. Thomas Grundmann (Cologne): Doubts about Philosophy? The Alleged Challenge from Disagreement. Do philosophers talk nonsense? Ian Dearden on an inquiry into the possibility of illusions of meaning; and have philosophical accusations of talking nonsense been treated with unmerited respect? Dreams of reason: Anthony Gottlieb interviewed by Richard Marshall. Philosophy is not dead: Steven Yates on a vision of the discipline's future. Could “national philosophy” be strictly defined research object? From Pop Music and Philosophy, Joseph Len Miller on an example of the distinction between metaphysics ("I'm sexy") and epistemology ("and I know it"); and who says rappers don't know philosophy? Google gets a philosopher to decide who gets "forgotten". Reason and romance, the world’s most cerebral marriage: Derek Parfit and Janet Radcliffe-Richards believe that philosophy should guide behaviour — their marriage shows that it can. What do philosophers do, outside of academia, that is? Rebecca J. Rosen wonders. Have you ever thought you could be just like Aristotle, if you just had the right push? A look at how to become a philosopher. After 54 votes, Germany wins The Critique's philosophy world cup with 18 votes; in second place is Greece with 15 votes (and more).