Derek Fincham (South Texas): How Law Defines Art. Douglas Groothuis (Denver): A Critique of Ken Wilber. ISIS is trying to sell the body of U.S. hostage James Foley for $1 million. Adam Serwer on how the CIA torture report lets American leaders off the hook: The Senate’s long-awaited report on Bush-era torture techniques puts too much blame on the CIA, and not enough on the American political leadership. “Corrupt, toxic and sociopathic”: Elias Isquith interviews Glenn Greenwald on torture, CIA and Washington’s rotten soul. Torture is a culture — releasing the Senate report is a way of fighting it. We will never know whether torture works — that shouldn't matter. “Strip out the torture and terrorism” and statist meat inspections are also tyranny. Matthew Yglesias on why Elizabeth Warren is going to war with Obama over Antonio Weiss. Elizabeth Warren is risking a government shutdown to stop Wall Street — President Obama should join her. Democrats can win the South again — here's a simple strategy for Hillary 2016. Claire Groden on why the debate over sexual assault needs to move beyond the campus. Betsy Woodruff on the most-read conservative media you’ve never heard of: A new generation of conservative news sites are mixing clickbait with Obama bashing to rake in huge audiences. Philip Bump on why Matt Drudge and Lucianne Goldberg still rule the conservative media roost. Michel Foucault is usually thought of as an intellectual hero of the left — but it turns out he's far more useful for the right. Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro is this year's winner of China's Confucius Peace Prize, portrayed by organizers as an alternative to the Nobel Prize, which they see as biased against China.
From NYRB, why is American teaching so bad? Jonathan Zimmerman reviews The Teacher Wars: A History of America’s Most Embattled Profession by Dana Goldstein (and more and more and more); Building a Better Teacher: How Teaching Works (and How to Teach It to Everyone) by Elizabeth Green Norton (and more and more); and Getting Schooled: The Reeducation of an American Teacher by Garret Keizer. Teacher tenure has little to do with student achievement, economist Jesse Rothstein says. Dean Baker on the blame teachers game: Has anyone heard of the South? Peter Hart on the big problem with Time's teacher-bashing cover story. Education is at the centre of any national project — but are teachers agents of equality, or are they too often forced to be the opposite? S.E. Smith goes inside the real world of Teach for America. Teach for America has faced criticism for years; now it’s listening — and changing. This school paid teachers $125,000 a year — and test scores went up (and more). Teachers want you to know: We don't get summers off. Will computers ever replace teachers? Justin Reich wonders. Gunnar Wray on the wisdom of a cool substitute high school teacher. From Narratively, a special issue on Teachers vs. Students. Max Ehrenfreund on a surprising new argument against using kids’ test scores to grade their teachers. Amy Crawford on the poor neglected gifted child: Precocious kids do seem to become high-achieving adults — why that makes some educators worried about America’s future. Violent and legal: Heather Vogell on the shocking ways school kids are being pinned down, isolated against their will. Leyla Bravo-Willey on why teaching kids "grit" works: A teacher testifies.
From TNR, Molly Mirhashem on how a bogus scientific study becomes Internet fact; and Alice Robb on the duck penis paradox: Is too much Internet pop science drowning out the serious stuff? Roald Hoffmann on the tensions of scientific storytelling: Science depends on compelling narratives. The enduring scariness of the mad scientist: Cari Romm on why people still find Dr. Frankenstein and company so unsettling — and what that reveals about the public's relationship to science. Declan Fahy on Hollywood’s newest hero stereotype: The scientist. The face of science: Sam Kean on how Albert Einstein became a celebrity. John Travis on Twitter's science stars. Alexandra Ossola on how too many kids quit science because they don't think they're smart. Women don't stick with the sciences — here's why. Science has a sexual assault problem: Female scientists conducting field research are under threat — and often from their own team. Wendy Williams and Stephen Ceci on how academic science isn't sexist. Do you know Elise Andrew? The creator of the Facebook page “I fucking love science” is journalism’s first self-made brand (and more). “Stand back, I'm going to try science”: Gavin Edwards interviews Randall Munroe, author of What If? From Wonkblog, what’s a bigger driver of science denial, politics or religion? To untangle the relationship, let's turn to the data. The provocative case of liberals denying science: whether the evolutionary history of human beings has an important influence on our present day behavior. Coral Davenport on why Republicans keep telling everyone they’re not scientists: The refrain from Republicans is a stopgap between two politically untenable positions — the denial of climate change and the embrace of policies to address it. Sarah Palin says climate change is the new eugenics. Chris Mooney on how tea partiers and traditional Republicans are split on science. Maggie Severns on the next battle in the war on science: The GOP Congress is ready to attack science agency funding in 2015.
A new edition of Arctic Yearbook is out. Megan A. Dean (Georgetown): You Are How You Eat? Femininity, Normalization, and Veganism as an Ethical Practice of Freedom. Tonino Griffero (Rome): Who's Afraid of Atmospheres (and of Their Authority)? Tejas N. Narechania (Columbia): Patent Conflicts. Ted M. Sichelman (San Diego): Are Patent Trolls “Opportunistic”? Helen Reece (LSE): Debating Rape Myths. Samantha Allen on how to be a “perfect” rape victim. If Lebron's #icantbreathe T-shirt bothers you, you are probably a racist. Whites are more confident than ever that their local police treat blacks fairly. Democrats and the South: There are only 50 states, a party can't abandon 9 of them. Ed Kilgore on why it's time for Democrats to stop agonizing over the South. Meet James Mitchell, CIA's post-9/11 torture architect. Fox News wants you to ignore the torture report because “America is awesome” — and no one is reading the CIA torture report, so we turned it into 11 fun memes. A staggering map of the 54 countries that reportedly participated in the CIA’s rendition program. Did the Senate just open the U.S. up to ICC prosecution? (and more) On shooting the messenger: Brett Max Kaufman on where the government’s recurring argument that the messengers, rather than the message, are liable for the violent consequences of national disgraces, breaks down. From the Pew Research Center, Katerina Eva Matsa and Michael Barthel on The New Republic and the state of niche news magazines. Tom Kludt on the three-month countdown for The New Republic time bomb. Steven Attewell on why devolution is a terrible idea for the Left. It’s a dog’s afterlife: Pope Francis hints that animals go to heaven.
G. Edward White (Virginia): Toward a Historical Understanding of Supreme Court Decision-Making. Douglas Rice (Mississippi) and Christopher J. Zorn (Penn State): The Evolution of Consensus in the U.S. Supreme Court. What’s broken in the Supreme Court, and how to fix it: Lauren Kirchner interviews Erwin Chemerinsky, author of The Case Against the Supreme Court (and more and more). Seeking facts, justices settle for what briefs tell them. Michael F. Salamone (Washington State): Community and Persuasion: The Influence of the Federalist Society on the Supreme Court. The echo chamber: Joan Biskupic, Janet Roberts and John Shiffman on a small group of lawyers and its outsized influence at the U.S. Supreme Court. Norm Ornstein on how activist judges undermine the constitution: Checks and balances are an essential part of the American system — but so too is respect for Congress in interpreting laws. Eric Segall on how Supreme Court justices are not really judges: They don’t take the law seriously enough. Olivier Roeder on why the best Supreme Court predictor in the world is some random guy in Queens. A. E. Dick Howard (Virginia): The Changing Face of the Supreme Court. Yale, Harvard, Yale, Harvard, Yale, Harvard, Harvard, Harvard, Columbia: Dahlia Lithwick on the thing that scares her most about the Supreme Court (and more). Ruth Bader Ginsburg is an American hero: She's staying put — and has some choice words for young feminists. RonNell Andersen Jones (BYU): Media Politicization of the United States Supreme Court. The Obama Brief: The President considers his judicial legacy. Jill Lepore on the Great Paper Caper: Someone swiped Justice Frankfurter’s papers — what else has gone missing?
Carole J. Lee (Washington): Asian Americans, Positive Stereotyping, and Philosophy. Donald Sterling’s model minority: Hua Hsu and Richard Jean So on what the Clippers owner’s love of Koreans reveals about racism in America. The introduction to The Color of Success: Asian Americans and the Origins of the Model Minority by Ellen Wu. Harvard under fire: Does the university impose silent quotas against Asian-Americans? (and more) Amy Uyematsu on how old Asian American poets never die. Stop fetishizing me: Why being an Asian woman in the dating world has never been harder. Elaine Teng on how there’s finally a movie that captures what it's like to be Asian American. All-American Girl at 20: E. Alex Jung on the evolution of Asian Americans on TV. E. Alex Jung on an in-depth cultural analysis of Asian male TV characters getting some action. Elisabeth Donnelly interviews Alex Tizon, author of Big Little Man: In Search of My Asian Self, on Asian-American masculinity, “post-racial” American, and writing about penis size. Phoenix Tso on how Asian men are angry. Cracking the bamboo ceiling: Can Asian American men learn from Lean In? Following Ferguson: Julianne Hing on how Asian Americans can choose “invisibility, complicity, or resistance”. From The Monkey Cage, did Asian Americans switch parties overnight? Taeku Lee investigates; and Karthick Ramakrishnan on what 2014 does — and does not — tell us about Asian Americans’ voting. Why I just can't become Chinese: Eric Liu on how the contributions of Chinese Americans underscore a great U.S. advantage — and the limits of China's rise. The Kitchen Network: Lauren Hilgers on America’s underground Chinese restaurant workers.
Ozan O. Varol (Lewis and Clark): Revolutionary Humor. Brian Leiter (Chicago): Marx, Law, Ideology, Legal Positivism. Senate report: We tortured prisoners, it didn't work, and we lied about it. An insane narrative: Intelligence officials say the publication of the Senate's torture report will motivate attacks on Americans — let's think about the logic required for this to be true. From ThinkProgress, Igov Volsky on the 5 most damning revelations from the CIA’s report on Bush-era torture; on 17 disgraceful facts buried in the Senate's 600 page torture report; and on why Dick Cheney is really freaking out about the new torture report. Anthony Romero on pardoning Bush and those who tortured: It’s the last hope of accountability for abuses in the war on terror. Let’s not kid ourselves: Most Americans are fine with torture, even when you call it “torture”. Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig on the personal and the political: Individual narratives have their place in progressive struggles, but Rolling Stone’s controversial article shows why they have to be wedded to a wider analysis. Meet the divisive blogger who says he outed Rolling Stone’s “Jackie” — wait, did clowntroll blogger Chuck Johnson shit on the floor one time? (and more) Matthew Yglesias on 5 new magazines with small circulations and big ideas. Choire Sicha on the top 40 hot takes on The New Republic. From Salon, Luke Brinker on Chris Hughes’ morally bankrupt liberalism: The Facebook prince shows his true colors; and enough with the f*ing rich kids: Jim Sleeper on how our entitled, spoiled 1 percent is destroying everything. James Kirchick on the rise and fall of Chris Hughes and Sean Eldridge, America’s Worst Gay Power Couple. If Obamacare's biggest problem is Jon Gruber, Obamacare is doing great.
Seva Gunitsky (Toronto): Corrupting the Cyber-Commons: Social Media as a Tool of Autocratic Stability. Ethan Zuckerman on the Internet's original sin: It's not too late to ditch the ad-based business model and build a better web. Do rich people have their own Internet? S.E. Smith investigates (and a brief history of social networks for millionaires). James Cook interviews Hayden Hewitt, the man behind LiveLeak, the Islamic State's favourite site for beheading videos. Dennis Mersereau on the ultimate tutorial for writing slimy Internet hoaxes. The trolls among us: If you want to comment on this article, you shouldn’t be allowed to be anonymous. George Giannoumis on the web as a site of intractable governance. Micah Singleton on how everyone hates learning new things and it's ruining the Internet. World Wide Web inventor Timothy Berners-Lee slams Internet fast lanes: “It’s bribery”. Haterz gonna hate: Martha C. Nussbaum on how there are limits to what the law can do to police cyberabuse. Clive Thompson on a sad fact of life: It’s actually smart to be mean online. Farhad Manjoo on the fall of the banner ad, the monster that swallowed the web. Readers are quick to use the label to castigate publications — what is clickbait, and what isn't? Julian Assange on why Google is not what it seems. Harry Halpin reviews When Google Met Wikileaks by Julian Assange. From the NYRB, a review essay on the creepy new wave of the Internet by Sue Halpern. Taylor Hatmaker on social apps, the saddest places on the Internet. S.E. Smith on how Facebook ruined your Twitter feed. Livia Gershon on seven ways online advertising may change the world. Matt Rozsa on how Ayn Rand became an Internet superstar. The Internet is broken, and shellshock is just the start of our woes. Rumors of the Internet's death have been greatly exaggerated.
Ahmed Sabry Abou-Zaid (EIU) and Tesa E. Leonce (Columbus State): Religious Pluralism, Yet a Homogenous Stance on Interest Rate: The Case of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Roberta Rosenthal Kwall (DePaul): The Myth of the Cultural Jew. Alice Robb on what happens when Hasidic Jews join the secular world. Don Waisanen and Linda Weiser Friedman (Baruch) and Hershey H. Friedman (Brooklyn): What’s So Funny About Arguing with God? A Case for Playful Argumentation from Jewish Literature. Benjamin Brown (HUJ): Jewish Political Theology: The Doctrine of Da'at Torah as a Case Study. Christian evangelicals push aliyah — and Jews are concerned. Matthew John Paul Tan (De Paul): Christian Prayer as Political Theory. Robert Osburn (Minnesota) and Ksenafo Akulli (Ohio State): Does Christianity Aggregate or Distribute Power? A Historical and Analytical Assessment of Christianity as a Power Distribution Mechanism. Shawn Lazar (VU): Can Christians Wield the Sword? Hamidreza Ayatollahy (ATU): The Modern Man's Need for Justice: Pioneer Role of Islam and Christianity in Establishment of Social Justice. M. A Muqtedar Khan (Delaware): What is Enlightenment? An Islamic Perspective. Jan-Peter Hartung (SOAS): What Makes a Muslim Intellectual? On Pros and Cons of a Category. From TLS, what makes Islam unique? A review essay by Jonathan Benthall. The introduction to Ancient Religions, Modern Politics: The Islamic Case in Comparative Perspective by Michael Cook. In Jewish and Islamic holidays, a reminder of commonalities. Paul Elie interviews Karen Armstrong, author of Fields of Blood: Religion and the History of Violence. Berlin thinks it is making religious history as Muslims, Jews and Christians join hands to build the House of One, a synagogue, a church and a mosque under one roof.
Hanna Filipczyk (Nicolaus Copernicus): Why is Tax Avoidance Immoral? Ethics, Metaethics and Taxes. Andrew Smith (Drexel): In Defense of Homelessness. Sara Rankin (Seattle): A Homeless Bill of Rights (Revolution). From HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory, a special section on How Forests Think: Toward an Anthropology beyond the Human by Eduardo Kohn. From the Baffler, L.A. Kauffman on the disruption this time; and Willie Osterweil on Hollybaba’s Blockbusters: If movies can tell us anything about the internal lives of typical film industry executives, it’s that they like to feel like the most important people in any room, like they’re doing everyone else a favor by granting a meeting. Laurence Tribe, one of the nation’s most respected constitutional scholars, sells out to nation’s largest coal company. From The Mississippi Valley Historical Review (Dec., 1951), David W. Noble on The New Republic and the Idea of Progress, 1914-1920 (free access at JSTOR Daily). Here is a dialogue on a focus group from the Unfogged commentariat on the New Republic. Is livestreaming the future of media, or the future of activism? Adrian Chen reports from Ferguson, and your laptop screen. Time to dump Dixie: With Mary Landrieu’s ignominious exit, the Democrats will have lost their last senator in the Deep South, and that’s a good thing — they should write it off because they don’t need it. If you have ever wondered why Justin Bieber has turned out to be such a little shit, you need to look no further than his father. Dylan Scott on how the Right-wing media finally Benghazified Obamacare. Tom Tomorrow on the Right-wing lessons learned. An article in Sunday Styles will do more for Bolshevism in America than an entire issue of @jacobinmag.