Daniel De Kadt (MIT) and Melissa Sands (Harvard): The Natural Limits of Segregation and Re-Integraton: The Case of Post‐Apartheid South Africa. Jason Hickel (LSE): "Xenophobia" in South Africa: Order, Chaos, and the Moral Economy of Witchcraft. Does South Africa have a fascism problem? An ascendant populist movement is shining a light on government corruption; in response, the ruling ANC is resorting to slurs to remind voters that it is the party of the people. From The Monkey Cage, Laura Seay and Kim Yi Dionne on the long and ugly tradition of treating Africa as a dirty, diseased place; and in Eastern Congo, economic colonialism in the guise of ethical consumption? Documenting proximity: Mathematician Anjan Sundaram, destined for a plum job in finance, drops everything to become a freelance journalist in war-torn Congo. Peter Dizikes on the overlooked history of African technology: New book explores the confluence of innovation, hunting, and nature in Zimbabwe. Tamba Nlandu on the dilemma of African football. Will the pro-poor writers please stand up? Africa needs a deluge of liberation theology, even a flurry of potent anti-capitalist polemics to plug the void occasioned by post-nationalist tendencies in contemporary literature. Is polygyny a slave to history? Alicia P.Q. Wittmeyer on how the slave trade patterns of centuries ago are still shaping African marriages today. By the end of the century, almost half the world’s children may be African — can it survive such speedy growth? From VoxEU, what is driving the “African growth miracle”? Margaret McMillan investigates. Ylan Q. Mui on why Africa will remain an economic powerhouse despite the Ebola virus. A Tale of Two Africas: As West African countries try to battle Ebola, countries such as Uganda provide a model for improved detection and prevention.
Justin B. Biddle (Georgia Tech): Inductive Risk, Epistemic Risk, and Overdiagnosis of Disease. Ross E. Davies (George Mason): Thanks for the Thanks: An Appreciation of the Author Note. Cecilia Tohaneanu (Dimitrie Cantemir): Some Remarks on the Controversial Idea of PR Ethics. John Tehranian (Southwestern): Playing Cowboys and Iranians: Selective Colorblindness and the Legal Construction of White Geographies. Matthew Yglesias on how venture capital is a terrible investment, but it may be good for America. Gilbert Owuor Olala on adherence to handwashing procedures: A comparative study of male and female students. Exploding world, cheap oil: Geopolitical crises abound, but oil producers are still pumping — and pumping more than the world needs. Suzy Khimm on how DC’s conservative elite view liberals (and Jonathan Chait on how a Gawker rant portended the end of freedom in America). Alcohol is still the deadliest drug in the United States, and it’s not even close. It's time to take back our aging, smelly bodies: Martha C. Nussbaum on why it's important to resist shame and disgust. Is "all sex all the time" the real liberal agenda? Heritage Foundation's Canadian-born expert on America's founding principles warns that "year-round sports" is leading us toward a dystopia of sexy authoritarianism. Thanassis Cambanis on the jihadi hunters: A new generation of self-made experts is tracking extremists through their online activity — and rewriting the rules of intelligence in the process. Brothers from another planet: Chris Lehmann on how there’s still a great deal of value in re-envisioning the fraternal world we have lost, and revisiting just how we have lost it.
Jay Jennings (Temple): The Prejudice Paradox: How Religious Motivations Explain the Complex Relationship between Religion and Prejudice. Douglas Ambrose (Hamilton): Religion, Nationalism and American Identity: Reflections on Mark Noll’s America’s God. Matthew R. Miles (BYU): Social and Political Exclusion: How America's Religious Interact with Open Atheists. Jack Jenkins on why all of the atheists in Congress are closeted. Why aren’t more Americans atheists? Turns out it has nothing to do with science — and everything to do with politics. Jack Jenkins on the politics of every major U.S. religion, in one chart. The introduction to The Politics of Evangelical Identity: Local Churches and Partisan Divides in the United States and Canada by Lydia Bean. A look at how white evangelicals think they're discriminated against more than blacks, Jews, and Muslims. The Evangelical Persecution Complex: Alan Noble on the theological and cultural roots of a damaging attitude in the Christian community. If democracy is a crime under Religious Right’s Biblical law, what is the punishment? Frederick Clarkson wants to know. Were there dinosaurs on Noah’s Ark? Jeffrey Goldberg visits Kentucky's creationist museum, a conservative base in the culture war. Aniruddha Das and Stephanie Nairn (McGill): Conservative Christianity, Partnership, Hormones, and Sex in Late Life. What happens when evangelical virgin men get married? Secular female sociologist Sarah Diefendorf found out. Andrea Bennett and Kim Fu on how when young Mormons are sent around the world to attract new adherents to the Church, sometimes they end up questioning their own faith. When “do unto others” meets hookup culture: Conor Friedersdorf on how Christians could talk to America about sex.
Asger Sorensen (Aarhus): Approaching Political Philosophy through the Critique of Liberalism. Samuel Arnold (TCU): Putting Liberty in its Place: High Liberalism Without the Liberalism. Matt Sleat (Sheffield): Realism, Liberalism and Non-Ideal Theory: or, Are There Two Ways to Do Realistic Political Theory. Fuat Gursozlu (Loyola): Political Liberalism and the Fate of Unreasonable People. Mats Volberg (York): Persons as Free and Equal: Examining the Fundamental Assumption of Contemporary Liberal Political Philosophy. Linda C. McClain (BU): Against Agnosticism: Why the Liberal State Isn't Just One (Authority) Among the Many. Enzo Rossi (Amsterdam): Is There Such a Thing as Liberalism? Wojciech Sadurski (Sydney): Legitimacy of Law in a Liberal State: The Contours of Public Reason. David Ellerman (UC-Riverside): Does Classical Liberalism Imply Democracy? Peter Ferguson (Melbourne): Prospects for a Post-Growth Liberal Society. Edward Hall (LSE): Contingency, Confidence and Liberalism in the Political Thought of Bernard Williams. We shouldn't forget liberalism's religious roots: David Marquand reviews Inventing the Individual: The Origins of Western Liberalism by Larry Siedentop and Liberalism: The Life of an Idea by Edmund Fawcett (and more). Edmund Fawcett on reclaiming liberalism: Liberalism is not dead — its ideals are more important than ever — but it must change radically to survive in the future. Robin L. West reviews When the State Speaks, What Should it Say? How Democracies Can Protect Expression and Promote Equality by Corey Brettschneider and Ordered Liberty: Rights, Responsibilities, and Virtues by James E. Fleming and Linda C. McClain. From the forthcoming International Encyclopaedia of Social and Behavioural Sciences, here is the entry on Liberalism by Richard Bellamy. From the forthcoming Encyclopedia of Political Thought, here is the entry on liberty by John Filling. Abram M. Shulsky on liberalism’s beleaguered victory: Could it be that liberalism spawns counter-ideologies because of its very own nature?
Weixia Gu (Hong Kong): 15 Years of the Handover: The Rise, Discontent, and Positive Interaction of Cross-Border Arbitration in Hong Kong with Mainland China. Saray Ayala (Carlos III) and Nadya Vasilyeva (UC-Berkeley): Extended Sex: An Account of Sex for a More Just Society. Ljupcho Stojkovski (Saints Cyril and Methodius): Philosophical and Moral Justification of Humanitarian Intervention. Is war innate or a modern human invention? Carolyn Y. Johnson investigates. Brian Beutler on why Democrats shouldn't seek revenge for Republican redistricting — they should offer this deal instead. Releasing images of beheadings signals that even as the Islamic State group suffers battlefield losses, it is holding on to its edge in the propaganda war; U.S. officials say that's the only way the militants can continue to maintain support and attract new recruits. Libertarians who oppose a militarized police should support gun control — but they don't, of course. Erick Erickson increasingly finds conflict between his faith and some conservative discourse. Are the Pauls Ebola truthers? Josh Marshall investigates. With Ebola, mass quarantine is back: Medical historian Howard Markel on what it means to return to a medieval public health strategy. Here are seven things we now know about how the world has handled Ebola. The vehemently pro-life Todd Kincannon argues that anyone who contracts Ebola should be summarily executed. Stephen Fry on why the whole of Europe is looking at Estonia with hope. Lunch with the FT: John Paul Rathbone interviews Roberto Mangabeira Unger. Village Voice Media cancels the Rightbloggers column forthwith for budgetary reasons. Kevin Karn on why universal poverty is the only sensible choice for humanity.
Gregg Strauss (Duke): Why the State Cannot “Abolish Marriage”. Meg Mary Margaret Penrose (Texas A&M): Unbreakable Vows: Same-Sex Marriage and the Fundamental Right to Divorce. Steve Sanders (Indiana): Is the Full Faith and Credit Clause Still “Irrelevant” to Same-Sex Marriage? Toward a Reconsideration of the Conventional Wisdom. Jeremiah A. Ho (UMass): Weather Permitting: Incrementalism, Animus, and the Art of Forecasting Marriage Equality after U.S. v. Windsor. Amanda Wallner (UCLA): LGBT Advocacy: What is the Next "Marriage Equality"? Ryan Conrad (Concordia): Damn Right We're Here to Destroy Marriage! The history of an early American same-sex marriage: Sylvia Drake and Charity Bryant were a married couple living in Vermont in 1807. A major new study finds kids raised by same-sex couples are “healthier and happier”. One third of gay newlyweds are over 50 — that's revealing some fascinating things about modern marriage. Edmund White reviews Forcing the Spring: Inside the Fight for Marriage Equality by Jo Becker; Redeeming the Dream: The Case for Marriage Equality by David Boies and Theodore B. Olson; and Law and the Gay Rights Story: The Long Search for Equal Justice in a Divided Democracy by Walter Frank. Much of what you hear about the purpose of marriage is ahistorical; Lisa L. Spangenberg on what the institution was traditionally fit for. With the Supreme Court’s refusal earlier Monday to hear a series of cases on same-sex marriage, the movement for LGBT rights has taken a completely unexpected turn: Gay people can now get legally married in more states than where they are legally protected from job discrimination. Emily Badger on what the Supreme Court said today by not saying anything at all on gay marriage. Dahlia Lithwick on the right outcome for the wrong reasons.
David Nelken (King's College): Contesting Global Indicators. Philippe De Lombaerde (UNU): New Directions in Globalization Indices. Bryane Michael (Hong Kong): The Upcoming Four Trillion-Dollar Infrastructure Gold Rush. Dandeson Panda (Maryland) and Rosamond E. Panda (Delaware): Ethics and Global Marketing in the 21st Century. Sol Picciotto (Lancaster): Is the International Tax System Fit for Purpose, Especially for Developing Countries? Benjamin Levin (Harvard): Inmates for Rent, Sovereignty for Sale: The Global Prison Market. Laurie R. Blank (Emory): The Use of Force Against Pirates. Abdulmalik M. Altamimi (Leeds): Can the WTO Rules Be Efficiently Breached for Welfarist Objectives? Jason D'Cruz (SUNY-Albany): Displacement and Gratitude: Accounting for the Political Obligation of Refugees. From Contexts, selling people: A forum on human trafficking. Salil Shetty on thirty years of broken promises: Three decades ago the world's governments vowed to stamp out torture — but it's still alive and well. Every culture looks for creative inspiration to other cultures, but is there a point when this is just outright theft? Quality time: Why shrinking populations may be no bad thing. Sailors were the original global labor force: Rebecca Onion interviews Marcus Rediker, author of Outlaws of the Atlantic: Sailors, Pirates, and Motley Crews in the Age of Sail. The secret lives of lost shipping containers–and the lives they support: Every year, thousands of shipping containers are lost to the briny deep — Maggie Koerth-Baker on the strange new homes they create for marine creatures. Guess which country does the most good for the planet? The Good Country Index measures how much each of 125 countries contributes to the planet (and more). 2013 was the worst year in modern history for humanitarian crises — 2014 is now even worse.
Firat Bilgel (Okan) and Brian D. Galle (BC): Paying for Altruism: The Case of Organ Donation Revisited. David Berliner (ULB): Are Anthropologists Nostalgist? The revenge of Rand Paul: The Senator has fought to go mainstream with the ideology that he shares with his father — how far can that strategy take him? “Abortion. We need to talk about it”: An excerpt from the forthcoming Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights by Katha Pollitt. Tim Parks on the books we talk about (and those we don’t). On risk and personal belief: Susan McCallum-Smith reviews On Immunity: An Inoculation by Eula Biss (and more and more: “This book empathizes with anti-vaxxers, who don't deserve empathy”). Out of control: Lena H. Sun, Brady Dennis, Lenny Bernstein, Joel Achenbach on how Ebola sped out of control. “This will get worse before it gets better”: How America's top public health expert Thomas Frieden sees the Ebola crisis. Krystal Ball and Anne Thompson on how the NRA is making the Ebola crisis worse. Popular on Amazon: Caitlin Dewey on wildly misleading self-published books about Ebola, by random people without medical degrees. Max Fisher on the insane conspiracy theories of Naomi Wolf. Massimo Pigliucci on philosophy and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Andrew Gelman on why the Fed’s quantitative easing is like the Pirates winning the World Series. Robert Gebeloff and David Leonhardt on the growing blue-state diaspora: Many Americans born in blue states have moved to red states since 2000, helping Democrats in national elections. “I am not a spy. I am a philosopher”: Ramin Jahanbegloo on spending 125 days in an Iranian prison. “Sounds like you’re not always on the internet, Plume”.
Carol Pauli (Texas A&M): Transforming News: How Mediation Principles Can Depolarize Public Talk. Andrew Bossone on the thankless work of a “fixer”: Foreign journalists know they’d be lost, or even dead, without the locals they hire, but do they give them credit back home? Derek Thompson on why audiences hate hard news — and love pretending otherwise. Can publicly financed journalism ever be honest? Hamilton Nolan wonders. Cory Bergman on how to make breaking news matter again. Julianne Werlin reviews The Invention of News: How the World Came to Know About Itself by Andrew Pettegree. Journalism is still serious, just different: David Carr and Andrew Lack talk about how technology is making media more interesting. Corey Pein on Amway Journalism: Like uninsured New Agers afflicted by terminal illness, journalists facing the collapse of their industry are turning in desperation to faith healers, quacks, and hucksters of all sorts. Frank Rose on how the smartphone ushered in a golden age of journalism. Last call: Clay Shirky on the end of the printed newspaper. John Herrman on the weird near future of news. If we are all journalists now, what happens to the privileges journalists used to claim? Padraig Reidy wonders. Old newspapers, new value: J.S. Makkos on how 30,000 antique New Orleans newspapers listed on Craigslist found a home. John Quiggin on how we can no longer assume that a story is true because it appears in the paper. Who knew we were living in the golden age of investigative journalism? Anya Schiffrin wonders. Mathew Ingram on how journalism is doing just fine, thanks — it’s mass-media business models that are ailing; but is it the best of times? No, but it’s not the worst of times either. Jill Geisler on what breaking news reveals about your newsroom culture. Kara Swisher is Silicon Valley’s most feared and well-liked journalist — how does that work?
William Aspray, Melissa G. Ocepek and George Royer (Texas): America Eats Out: An Interdisciplinary Study of American Eating Habits from Colonial to Modern Times. Jonathan Deutsch reviews How America Eats: A Social History of US Food and Culture by Katherine Leonard Turner. Anna North on how the latte can tell us a lot about how America thinks about food, work and money. Roberto A. Ferdman on how America fell out of love with canned tuna. Jennifer Jensen Wallach (North Texas): How to Eat to Live: Black Nationalism and the Post-1964 Culinary Turn. Ezra Klein and Susannah Locke on 40 maps that explain food in America. Roberto A. Ferdman on how the American diet has failed. Cheese and crackers, a meal for the ages: Packing your kids off to school with Lunchables? You’ve got centuries of company. Who can really afford to eat healthy in the U.S.? Katey Troutman investigates. Tara Culp-Ressler on how the wealth gap between rich and poor Americans is affecting our diets. Mark Bittman on the true cost of a burger. Prison to table, the other side of the Whole Foods experience: Trish Kahle on how the pretty image of Whole Foods’ good labor practices has been ripped away, and now customers are getting a glimpse at the ugly reality beneath it. Food festivals are revolting: These modern-day bacchanals showcase the worst features of American life. For years, long windy menus were the fad, Americans are finally growing tired of all the clunky, and often confusing, food lists, and restaurants seem to be taking note. Ann Gibbons on the evolution of diet: Some experts say modern humans should eat from a Stone Age menu — what's on it may surprise you. Elizabeth Kolbert on how the Paleolithic life style got trendy. If you were an inmate, you'd want to keep kosher, too: Alie Robb on the fascinating hidden meanings of prison food. Chipotle wannabes find D.C. the perfect place for have-it-your-way cuisine. Jennifer Steinhauer on Sam Kass, the Obamas’ Foodmaster General.