Jack Michael Beermann (BU): Government's Obligation to Provide for the Health, Safety and Welfare of Its Citizens. Judea Pearl (UCLA): The Curse of Free-Will and the Paradox of Inevitable Regret. Robert J. Currie Schulich (Dalhousie): The Protection of Human Rights in the Suppression of Transnational Crime. Danny Rye (Birkbeck): The Concept of Power in the Analysis of Organisations with Social and Political Goals. From the Appendix, a special issue on “Futures of the Past”, about how past generations have reckoned their collective futures. Civics at the cineplex: John F Settich on how Americans learn democracy at the movies. Britt Peterson on the long strange journey of “uber”: The company of the moment picked a name with a very pungent history. Stan Nadel reviews Antisemitism and the American Far Left by Stephen H. Norwood. West Africans are finally receiving the same experimental Ebola drug given to Europeans. Jason Millman on why the drug industry hasn’t come up with an Ebola cure: The tough economic reality of funding treatment for “neglected” diseases. The “Asshole Effect”: Sarah Burnside reviews The Life of I: The New Culture of Narcissism by Anne Manne. Todd C. Frankel on the men and women behind “the most amazing economics site in the world”: FRED started as a modest newsletter — it's now every wonk's secret weapon. Greg Howard on how America is not for black people. Google’s company's attempt to "disrupt" the car industry with self-driving cars is an embrace of the status quo — we need innovation in mass transit instead. Glass, Darkly: Someone is keeping an eye on the future.
Has the “libertarian moment” finally arrived? Robert Draper on how Rand Paul and the libertarians could win young voters for the G.O.P. — if the party doesn’t shut them down. If Ron Paul is Nirvana, who is everyone else? Rightbloggers revel in "libertarian moment", which suspiciously resembles conservative whenever. Jonathan Chait on how libertarians snookered the New York Times Magazine. Ed Kilgore on how the so-called “libertarian moment” is engineered by the Christian Right. There aren’t many freedoms more fundamental than the freedom to walk to your grandmother’s apartment, as Michael Brown was doing, without getting shot by a representative of the government, so why aren’t libertarians talking about Ferguson? Paul Waldman wonders. Jonathan Martin reviews The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan by Rick Perlstein (and more and more and more and more and more and more and more). John Quiggin on Reagan and the Great Man in history. From Salon, Heather Parton on why Right-wing “populism” is a joke: Here's what it really means when they speak to “the American worker”; and Michael Lind on the Right’s phony reformers: Why “reformicons” really stand for crony capitalism. Michael Brendan Dougherty on how the Tea Party became as corrupt as the Beltway it loathes. Norm Ornstein on the existential battle for the soul of the GOP. Who won the Republican civil war? It depends what winning means. A puckish new brand of right-wing radical subverts the postmodern power machine each day over Twitter and RSS for fun and praxis — it’s a real hoot to watch: Andrea Castillo on a gentle introduction to neoreaction.
Hanan Harif (HUJ): The Revival of the Orient, Pan-Semitism and Pan-Asianism within Zionist Discourse. Raphael Cohen-Almagor (Hull): Reconciling Liberalism and Judaism? Human Rights in Israel. Eyal Lewin (Ariel): The Clash of Civil Religions: A Paradigm for Understanding Israeli Politics. Maoz Rosenthal (IDC): Keep Your Enemies Close and Your Friends Closer: Israeli Governments' Duration 1948-2013. Orna Ben-Naftali (COMAS) and Rafi Reznik Tel Aviv): The Astro-Nomos: On International Legal Paradigms and the Legal Status of the West Bank. Ziv Bohrer (Bar-Ilan): Lawyers in Warfare: Who Needs Them? Frances Kamm (Harvard): Taking Just War Seriously in Gaza. Is Israel fighting a just war in Gaza? Jeff McMahan on how grasping the ethics of the crisis requires us to properly understand the concept of proportionality. Is Israel’s military action in Gaza morally defensible? Peter Singer on ethics in Gaza. Michael Walzer on why Israel must defeat Hamas, but also must do more to limit civilian deaths. Reporters have finally found Hamas — what took so long? For all the hype, does Israel's Iron Dome even work? Paul Mason on why Gaza will prove to be a game-changing event. Yishai Schwartz on how the Gaza war will end. From the Stanford University Press blog, views on Gaza: Scholars reflect on the recent intensification of Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Alex Cocotas on a portrait of an Israeli peace protest. Is Zionism a feeling, or an idea? Jonathan Chait on an important intellectual cleavage among Zionists. Should American Jews refrain from criticizing Israel until this round of fighting is over? Emily Bazelon and Ruth Margalit debate. Tim Murphy on how the Gaza conflict has become New York’s great conversational taboo. Read this before you post about Gaza on Facebook.
Idris Fassassi (Harvard): Understanding the International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosecutor through the Game of Chess. Kimmo Eriksson, Daniel Cownden, Michael Ehn, and Pontus Strimling (Stockholm): “Altruistic” and “Antisocial” Punishers Are One and the Same. Maria Cubel and Santiago Sanchez-Pages (Barcelona), Ana Nuevo-Chiquero (Sheffield), and Marian Vidal-Fernandez (UNSW): Do Personality Traits Affect Productivity? Evidence from the Lab. Toby H. Birnbaum and Hershey H. Friedman (Brooklyn): Job: Lessons in Leadership from One of the Bible's Most Tragic Figures. From TNR, Paul Berman on the rise and fall of a radical journalist: History handed Alexander Cockburn a great opportunity, but he blew it (and a response by George Scialabba). Don’t let your children grow up to be farmers: Local food may be celebrated, but those of us who do the work aren’t making any money. Sahil Kapur on the enormous, unbelievable stakes for the Supreme Court in 2016. From Low-tech Magazine, how sustainable is digital fabrication? Kris De Decker investigates. Ezra Klein on the irony of Barack Obama's presidency in one sentence. Libby Nelson on the genocide 6,000 miles away: America's Yazidis watch and wait, fearing the worst. The introduction to Aboutness by Stephen Yablo. How we all got trolled: Supporters of Internet freedom rallied around weev before he went to prison; now that the hacker is out, he’s douchier — and maybe scarier — than ever. A look at 7 social issues Robin Williams brought to the screen. David Weigel on the forgettable liberal politics of Robin Williams.
Lindsey Smith (Alabama): African American Voting Rights in Alabama: The New Social Contract. From TNR, Jason Zengerle on the New Racism: This is how the civil rights movement ends. Christopher Ingraham on why the House Republican caucus can afford to write off minority voters: 95% of Republican House districts are majority-white. Research suggests how segregation benefits the tea-party movement. The constitutional politics of race: Calvin J. TerBeek reviews Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism and Wrecked the Middle Class by Ian Haney Lopez. Dean Starkman on the $236,500 hole in the American Dream: The wealth gap between black and white families is greater than ever. Peter Frase on gentrification and racial arbitrage. Ted Thornhill (Earlham): “If People Stopped Talking about Race, It Wouldn't be a Problem Anymore”: Silencing the Myth of a Color-Blind Society. Rhys Southan on white privilege discourse and status anxiety. White people be like “There's no such thing as white privilege”. “Swaggy”: Scott Interrante on Justin Bieber, masculine anxiety, and signifiers of blackness. Nancy Dowd (Florida): Unfinished Equality: The Case of Black Boys. Jabari Asim (Emerson): Shooting Negroes. Police officers are more likely to shoot black men, studies suggest. Emily Badger on when police departments don’t look like the cities they’re meant to protect. Andre M. Perry on Michael Brown: Yet another reminder that police see even unarmed black people as thugs. Brittney Cooper writes in defense of black rage: Michael Brown, police and the American dream. National Review flips “days since last racist rant” sign back to 0. Don Franzen interviews Lisa Bloom, author of Suspicion Nation: The Inside Story of the Trayvon Martin Injustice and Why We Continue to Repeat It.
Sony Pellissery (NLSIU): Anthropology's Contribution to Public Policy. David Berliner (ULB): Are Anthropologists Nostalgist? From HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory, how does anthropology know? A special section on ethnographic knowledge and the aporias of intersubjectivity; a colloquium on the ontological turn in French philosophical anthropology; new takes on old anthropological themes: Eight anthropologists working in various parts of Asia, Africa, and Latin America reflect on the concept of remote areas; and that's enough about ethnography: Tim Ingold on reasserting the value of anthropology as a forward-moving discipline dedicated to healing the rupture between imagination and real life. Craig Shrimpton on anthropology and the question of the political. Theory can be more than it used to be: Dominic Boyer on how theory is used in anthropology and the human sciences today. From Savage Minds, Alex Posecznick on the Anthropologist as Scholarly Hipster (in 5 parts). Creative endeavor: Anthropologist Anand Pandian studies Tamil filmmaking to understand human creativity. Samuel Gerald Collins on utilizing our own experiences to reflect on Big Data as a technological imaginary: Why do we think it’s desirable to collect all of the data, and what do we imagine the truth of the whole to be? Why anthropologist Grant McCracken is scared of big data. Intel’s sharp-eyed social scientist: Genevieve Bell, an anthropologist at Intel who leads a globe-trotting team, is trying to learn what consumers want most in their future electronics. Drake Baer on why companies are desperate to hire anthropologists. An article on teaching four-field anthropology to 3rd and 4th grade students.
Zachary Elkins (Texas), Tom Ginsburg (Chicago), and James Melton (UCL): Imagining a World Without the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Sheilagh Ogilvie and Andre W. Carus (Cambridge): Institutions and Economic Growth in Historical Perspective (and part 2). Early mod philosophy: Lisa Downing interviewed by Richard Marshall. Hermeneutics and philosophy: The introduction to the forthcoming Routledge Companion to Philosophical Hermeneutics by Jeff Malpas. Thomas Rogers on Berlin's Berghain, the secretive, sex-fueled world of techno's coolest club. As anyone who’s struggled to start a band, get shows, record music, and become a certified rock star knows, coming up with a name is half the challenge — a linguistic take on how we name bands today. Jessica Valenti on the case for free tampons: The cost of a product that half the world’s population needs multiple times a day, every month for approximately 30 years, is simply too much. The anti-court court: David Cole reviews Uncertain Justice: The Roberts Court and the Constitution by Laurence Tribe and Joshua Matz, In the Balance: Law and Politics on the Roberts Court by Mark Tushnet, and Scalia: A Court of One by Bruce Allen Murphy. The great historic house museum debate: Ruth Graham on the surprising fight over a quirky, dusty, and endangered American institution. Laurence Ball on the Great Recession’s long-term damage. The extremism of the Republican Party may have precipitated Obama’s confidence in unilateralism; to think that the cycle will end here, and that a future president won’t claim more expansive and disturbing powers to selectively enforce the law, requires an optimism not borne out by history.
Darren L. Hutchinson (Florida): “Not Without Political Power”: Gays and Lesbians, Equal Protection, and the Suspect Class Doctrine. Katie R. Eyer (Rutgers): Lessons from Sex and Illegitimacy. Yuvraj Joshi (Yale): The Trouble with Inclusion. Carolyn D'Cruz (La Trobe): Commemorating Homosexual: Rethinking Experience and the Disaffected through the Legacies of the Gay Liberation Movement. Michael Johnson (Washington State): The It Gets Better Project: A Study in (and of) Whiteness in LGBT Youth and Media Cultures. Jenny Graves on how our genes could make us gay or straight. What if gay-rights advocates’ “born this way” argument is wrong? Why your rigid “born this way” stance won’t cure homophobia: Stop crucifying people who say they chose to be gay — they're not the enemy. It's OK to choose to be gay: Rick Perry said homosexuality is like alcoholism — he's wrong, but the LGBT movement could learn something from his ignorance. Amy Sohn on the homophobia generation gap. It's not just Frozen: Most Disney movies are pro-gay. Why are Americans more accepting of gays and lesbians than bisexuals and cross-dressers? Eric Sasson wonders. Allan Pero reviews After Queer Theory: The Limits of Sexual Politics by James Penney. Uncovered papers show past government efforts to drive gays from jobs. Straight shooters: Marin Cogan on gay gun-rights activists. Timothy J. Burger goes inside George W. Bush’s closet. Is Grindr putting gay men back in the closet? Sex without fear: The new pill that could revolutionize gay life is reawakening old arguments. Only spinning forward: Alex Kalamaroff on the commercial viability of LGBTQ literature.
A new issue of Himal Southasia is out. Neilesh Bose (St. John’s): Hiding the Nation in the Global: Modern Intellectual History and South Asia. S. Honchell reviews Midnight’s Descendants: A History of South Asia since Partition by John Keay. Knox Thames and Sahar Chaudhary on shrinking religious freedom in South Asia. Neil Bhatiya on why South Asia is so vulnerable to climate change. The 17 elements of a (bad) South Asian novel: Cliches about family, heritage, culture and dead grandmothers drives author Jabeen Akhtar crazy when reading novels about Indians, Pakistanis, Sri Lankans or Bangladeshis. How did the clothes you're wearing get to you? Lindsay Poulton, Francesca Panetta, and Jason Burke on trace the human cost of the Bangladeshi garment industry in video, words and pictures. Battling for a safer Bangladesh: Rival factions of retailers are trying to prevent another catastrophic collapse or fire, but they don’t see eye to eye. After Rana Plaza: Despite international accords to protect Bangladesh’s garment workers after thousands of deaths from building collapses, little has changed in the country’s factories. J.S. Tissainayagm on why Sri Lanka is severing ties between Tamils at home and abroad. Batting for survival: A review of Wounded Tiger: A History of Cricket in Pakistan by Peter Oborne. Is India following in Pakistan’s footsteps? Adnan Naseemullah and Gilles Verniers investigate. Priyamvada Gopal on Narenda Modi’s transformation from international outcast to India’s prime minister: What will happen now that he’s won? (and more) Annihilation of Caste: Neha Sharma on the Indian general elections, Arundhati Roy, and the secular ideal. Jon Dorschner on the Indian election: Historic but not the magic bullet.
Babette Babich (Fordham): On Schrodinger and Nietzsche: Eternal Return and the Moment. Elizabeth F. Cohen (Syracuse): Citizenship and the Law of Time in the United States. Cynthia van der Heyden (Ghent): U.S. Citizenship: Tool or Reward? Towards a New Understanding of Citizenship Policies. Elizabeth M.B. Woods (SOAS): Dancing to Different Drums: Why Belly Dancing is Not Self-Orientalist. One of liberalism's greatest defenders doesn't deserve his obscurity: Adam Kirsch on the pathos of Stefan Zweig and his overdue revival. Michelle N. Meyer and Christopher Chabris on why psychologists’ food fight matters: “Important findings” haven’t been replicated, and science may have to change its ways. Steve Almond on why you should stop watching football: Even for casual fans, the evidence about the destructive forces of the game have become too clear to ignore. Melissa Dahl on how we do judge female politicians on their looks. Robert Tracinski on what the Left gets wrong about constitutionalism. A liberal’s call to real liberty: Moshe Z. Marvit reviews The Fight for the Four Freedoms: What Made FDR and the Greatest Generation Truly Great by Harvey J. Kaye. As humans, we search for ways to escape reality; for centuries, magicians have fucked our minds in the blink of an eye — Ferdinando Buscema tells us how. The truth about our wi-fi society: Andrew Leonard on what the quest for constant connection really means. Peter Buston and Marian Wong on why some animals forgo reproduction in complex societies. Menno Schilthuizen on what the sex lives of animals can tell us about our own.