Rodney K. Smith (Thomas Jefferson): Solving the Concussion Problem and Saving Professional Football. Mackenzie Ryan (BGSU): An Analysis of National Football League Fandom and Its Promotion of Conservative Cultural Ideals About Race, Religion, and Gender (2012). Scott Strednak Singer (Temple): Tim Tebow: Advertising A Sexually Active Virginity. Austin Powell on the legacy of Tim Tebow in 1 priceless photo. Marc Tracy on how the Miami Dolphins new 2013 helmet is replacing the radical art of the old logo. Denver Bronco John Moffit quits because, you know, Noam Chomsky (and more and more). Tim Murphy on how a secret government sweetheart deal for Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder wrecked a great park ranger’s career (and more and more on the Redskins). Why are we subsidizing such a hugely profitable sport? Nick Gillespie on how football is a waste of taxpayers’ money. Will women bring down the NFL? While a Super Bowl winner will soon be crowned, a shadow of a controversial settlement will hang over this match-up — this is a story about science, sports, corporations and power. For the first time in the history of college sports, athletes are asking to be represented by a labor union, taking formal steps to begin the process of being recognized as employees (and more). Joel Anderson on how Grambling State University got the world’s attention by boycotting its own football game. John V. Lombardi on fixing big-time college football. Merging heavy and healthy: Julianne Wyrick on the football player diet. Allen St. John and Ainissa G. Ramirez on how the football got its shape and why its shape determines outcomes of the game. Allen Barra reviews Newton's Football: The Science Behind America's Game by Allen St. John and Ainissa G. Ramirez. Electric football champion Adrian Baxter hopes to keep game alive.
Sylvain Dessy and Safa Ragued (Laval): Whither the Progressive Tax? Sara Protasi (Yale): Loving People For Who They Are (Even When They Don't Love You Back). Justin E. H. Smith (Paris): Natives, Nature, and Natural Slavery. Jan Goldstein writes in praise of the variegated life. Louis Menand on the prisoner of stress: What does anxiety mean? While we rightly recall today the heroism of Pete Seeger in refusing to make the blacklist a career — indeed, sacrificing his career in order to unmake the blacklist — we have to ask ourselves how many of us would have chosen the path he did. The Post Office should just become a bank: David Dayen on how Obama can save USPS and ding check-cashing joints. Nipplegate at 10: Rich Juzwiak on how Justin won Superbowl XXXVIII, and how Janet lost. What will be Ben Bernanke's political legacy? Sarah Binder on how Bernanke bequeathes a more transparent but also a more politically dependent Federal Reserve. A kingdom in Queens: Nine decades after its founding, a gathering place for one of Europe's most overlooked ethnic groups still entertains with Hofbrau, Krainerwurst and even the occasional quinceanera. From Russia!, an article on the spirit of perestroika on music albums covers. The Atlanta Braves’ long nightmare is finally over: The baseball team has announced that it will move out of its downtown stadium, Turner Field, after a whopping 16 years and move to the greener pastures of suburban Cobb County.
Eric M. Zolt (UCLA): Inequality in America: Challenges for Tax and Spending Policies. Wagner A. Kamakura (Rice): What Happened to the American “Middle Class”? Class and Consumption in America. From the Stanford Center, here is their first annual National Report Card on Poverty and Inequality. Dylan Matthews interviews Lane Kenworthy, a sociologist who has a plan to make America more like Sweden (and more and more, and the introduction to Social Democratic America). From The Atlantic Monthly, Anne-Marie Slaughter on how the U.S. economy does not value caregivers; and Barbara Ehrenreich on how it is expensive to be poor. Should we raise the minimum wage? Jordan Weissmann on 11 questions and answers. Full employment gives people jobs — but it also gives them power. Want to help the middle class? Don’t kill corporate taxes — whether abolishing the corporate income tax will mostly benefit shareholders or workers is an empirical question. Michael Lind on how the young elite rise in Washington, D.C.: The White House engages in blatant class discrimination by allowing One Percenters to subsidize it. Josh Marshall on socioeconomic acrophobia. If things are as awful as we think they are, why hasn’t there been a broader revolt? Matt Miller wants to know (and more). Robert Reich on why there’s no outcry. Paul Ryan is wrong: Wealthiest Americans are not “makers”, they’re mercenary takers. Rachel Pearson on Texas’ other death penalty: A Galveston medical student describes life and death in the so-called safety net. John Cassidy on ten ways to get serious about rising inequality. Tom Perkins was right: We do hate the rich — and for good reason (and more by Alex Pareene).
Aleksandar Marsavelski (Zagreb): The Crime of Terrorism and the Right of Revolution in International Law. Colin J. Beck and Emily Miner (Pomona): Who Gets Designated a Terrorist and Why? Michael Brown (NMBU): The Illegitimacy of the Freedom Fighter and the Terrorist. Tim Krieger and Daniel Meierrieks (Freiburg): The Rise of Market-Capitalism and the Roots of Anti-American Terrorism. Ekrem Ersen Emeksiz (CUNY): International Terrorism Financing. Sybille Reinke de Buitrago (Leuphana): Media Discourse on Jihadist Terrorism in Europe. Nicholas Schmidle on the ambitions of the Pakistani Taliban's new chief. The next Bin Laden: Michael Hirsch on al-Qaida's new strategic mastermind, Abu Musab al-Suri, a red-haired, blue-eyed former mechanical engineer born in Aleppo in 1958 as Mustafa Setmariam Nasar. The jihadists may have gone too far: From Baghdad to Beirut, a growing backlash against the most extreme of the jihadists may change the course of civil wars in Syria and Iraq. Owen Bennett-Jones reviews Decoding al-Qaida’s Strategy: The Deep Battle against America by Michael Ryan and The Terrorist’s Dilemma: Managing Violent Covert Organisations by Jacob Shapiro. What happens when an Al Qaeda suspect is detained at sea? Wells Bennett investigates. Foreign jihadists aren’t as big a threat to the West as you might think: Most foreign jihadis do not commit terrorist acts upon returning home. 108 terrorist memoirs, analyzed: Yes, terrorists write autobiographies — and when they do, they can accidentally reveal some weaknesses of their enterprise. The Al-Qaeda Switchboard: Could phone surveillance have prevented 9/11? $0.60 for cake: Al-Qaida records every expense.
Katherine A. Valentine (Singapore Management) Norman P. Li (Gottingen), and Lars Penke (St Andrews): Judging a Man by the Width of His Face: The Role of Facial Ratios and Dominance in Mate Choice at Speed-Dating Events. Petya Y. Puncheva-Michelotti and Marco Michelotti (ESC Rennes): The New Face of Corporate Patriotism: When Domestic Corporate Ownership Fails to Serve the Nation. Jennifer Bennett Shinall (Vanderbilt): What Happens When the Definition of Disability Changes? The Case of Obesity. “You work until you die”: Harold Pollack goes inside America’s fragmented safety net for the disabled. Katherine Harvey reviews A Social History of Disability in the Middle Ages by Irina Metzler. The first chapter from Oxygen: A Four Billion Year History by Donald E. Canfield. Dianne Timblin reviews The Scientific Sherlock Holmes: Cracking the Case with Science and Forensics by James O’Brien; and Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes by Maria Konnikova. Stop listening to rich people: Just because you’re a successful businessman doesn’t mean your policy ideas make any sense. With "Obama's pot dealer beaten to death for farting in gay lover's face", The Daily Mail may reasonably claim to have created the second-best newspaper headline in human history. Adam Martin on Nazis, slavery, lynchings, and more overblown modern analogies. Chasing A-Rod: The struggle between Major League Baseball and one of its greatest hitters over steroids is total war — fought with six-figure payoffs in the tanning salons and strip malls of South Florida.
From Popular Music, Travis D. Stimeling (West Virginia): Narrative, Vocal Staging and Masculinity in the “Outlaw” Country Music of Waylon Jennings; and Anne Desler (Hull): History without Royalty? Queen and the Strata of the Popular Music Canon. Devon Powers (Drexel): Lost in the Shuffle: Technology, History, and the Idea of Musical Randomness. Audra Schroeder on how Spotify helped reinvent mixtape culture. David Daley interviews David Byrne: “Do you really think people are going to keep putting time and effort into this, if no one is making any money?” From The Awl, did the CIA propagate rock 'n' roll? Adam Krause investigates. From Forward, Seth Rogovoy on the secret history of Paul McCartney, the Jewish Beatle: Why Macca is like Fab Four member of tribe; and on the secret Jewish history of Aerosmith: Mel Brooks and Jewish drummer forged hard rock history. And She Was: Lindsay Zoladz on the story of the greatest girl group you've never heard of. Juliet Jacques on The Sex Pistols and the collapse of the consensus: This is the moment at which punk rock moves from the underground to the mainstream. Jessica Hopper on how selling out saved indie rock. Art Edwards on why you actually love Hootie and the Blowfish, Alanis Morissette, Bush and the Dave Matthews Band. Jesus Brotons on how Els Masturbadors Mongolics brought punk to fascist Spain. An interview with members of the Pixies on the perks of being veteran artists, and the downsides of social media. “I’m not some cock-hungry groupie”: Rosemary Lucy Hill on women negotiating the rock groupie stereotype. Elias Isquith on how Supertramp got involved with one of the weirdest 9/11 truther conspiracies ever. Adam Tod Brown on 10 great songs by the worst bands of all time.
Benjamin E. Goldsmith (Sydney), Yusaku Horiuchi (Dartmouth), and Terence Wood (ANU): Doing Well by Doing Good: The Impact of Foreign Aid on Foreign Public Opinion. From American Diplomacy, Walter Roberts on U.S. public diplomacy: A look to the past; and Thomas Pickering on U.S. public diplomacy in troubled times. Do ambassadors matter? These days, they're mostly salespeople for American business. Kurt Campbell reviews American Statecraft: The Story of the US Foreign Service by J Robert Moskin. Frederick Black reviews Empire of Ideas: The Origins of Public Diplomacy and the Transformation of U.S. Foreign Policy by Justin Hart. The World According to Zbig: Charles Gati interviews Zbigniew Brzezinski. David Rohde on how John Kerry could end up outdoing Hillary Clinton. Only foreign policy can rescue Obama's second term: John Judis on why he needs a deal in Iran or Israel/Palestine. Ted Galen Carpenter on Congress' worst-of-both-worlds approach to foreign policy. Richard S. Grossman on why foreign policy must be more ideological than economic policy. Gregorio Bettiza on religion and American foreign policy in the context of the postsecular turn in world politics and the social sciences. Steve Dobransky on the critical ascension of rare earth elements in global politics and U.S. national security. Jordan Robertson on a new twist in international relations: The Corporate Keep-My-Data-Out-of-the-U.S. Clause. Joshua M. Pryor on global hemp prohibition and American foreign policy. Bruce Jentleson on crowd-sourcing American foreign policy: Here's a sampling of ideas from 21,000 students enrolled in a massive online course on foreign policy.
W. Kip Viscusi (Vanderbilt) and Joel C. Huber and Jason Bell (Duke): The Private Rationality of Bottled Water Drinking. Zanita E. Fenton (Miami): Bastards! And the Welfare Plantation. Eric O. Silva (Georgia Southern): Levels of Disagreement Over Contested Practices (“An analysis of letters to the editor written about two contested practices (American Indian mascots and the exclusive teaching of evolutionary theory) uncovers three analytically distinct levels of disagreement”). Sara McClelland (Michigan) and David M. Frost (Columbia): Sexuality and Social Policy. Felix Salmon on why the irrelevance of Davos is good news. Hayes Brown on 4 ways Tunisia is now more progressive than the United States. Good riddance: A nasty disease, Dracunculiasis, is about to be history. “The greatest catastrophe the world has seen”: R.J.W. Evans reviews books on World War I. Of identity, property and other forms of tyranny: Sukumar Muralidharan on the nation and its citizens. This is your language on cannabis: As marijuana goes legit, our words for it are changing, too. Matthew Yglesias on four great reasons for Congress to stop focusing on deficit reduction. While 2013 may have been dominated on the surface by a large, notable failure, in many ways it was a year of underplayed success for Obama. Jonathan Chait on why Obama pretended he can take economic action. The introduction to Cultures in Motion, ed. Daniel T. Rodgers, Bhavani Raman and Helmut Reimitz. David Oliver on Ky Harlin, BuzzFeed’s secret weapon.
Arthur Saniotis (Adelaide): Remaking Homo: Ethical Issues on Future Human Enhancement. Gavin Rae (AUC Egypt): Heidegger’s Influence on Posthumanism: The Destruction of Metaphysics, Technology and the Overcoming of Anthropocentrism. Brave New World, Plato’s Republic, and our scientific regime: Matthew J. Franck compares the utopian visions of Huxley and Plato. Andy Miah reviews Better Humans? Understanding the Enhancement Project by Michael Hauskeller (and more). New era of fast genetic engineering: A simple, very powerful method is making genome editing much easier and faster — prepare for a revolution in biology and medicine. Biotechnology and other life sciences promise to transform our health, identity, even our brains — should we be worried? Life as we grow it: Breanna Draxler on the promises and perils of synthetic biology. Thomas Damberger on transhumanism and the being of man. George Dvorsky on why you should upload yourself to a supercomputer. Kamil Muzyka on how immortals and posthumans will require regular maintenance. Are we too close to making Gattaca a reality? Ferris Jabr wonders. Atheist voices and their writings have paved the way for us, and now the 21st Century will bring the age of transhumanism to the forefront of society. Russell Blackford on his book Humanity Enhanced: Genetic Choice and the Challenge for Liberal Democracies. Anyone calling for an end to politics, whether via secession or technocracy or singularity, either has no understanding of how human societies work (the generous interpretation) or has an authoritarian streak itching to show itself (the less-generous version).
Toby Handfield (Monash): Genealogical Explanations of Chance and Morals. Martin J. O'Malley (Jena): Value Ethics: A Meta-Ethical Framework for Emerging Sciences in Pluralistic Contexts. Kate Manne (Cornell): On Being Social in Metaethics. Kelly McCormick (Washington and Jefferson): Anchoring a Revisionist Account of Moral Responsibility. David S. Oderberg (Reading): The Morality of Reputation and the Judgment of Others. Kevin Patrick Tobia (Oxford) and Gretchen B. Chapman and Stephen Stich (Rutgers): The Effects of Cleanliness and Disgust on Moral Judgment; and Cleanliness is Next to Morality, Even for Philosophers. Kevin Kimble (CCU): Moral Dilemmas that Matter. Ezio Di Nucci (Duisburg-Essen): Trolleys and Double Effect in Experimental Ethics. The first chapter from Would You Kill the Fat Man? The Trolley Problem and What Your Answer Tells Us about Right and Wrong by David Edmonds (and more and more). From the latest issue of Revue d’etudes benthamiennes, a symposium on David Phillips's Sidgwickian Ethics. Teemu Toppinen reviews Meaning and Normativity by Allan Gibbard. Is morality ethical? Wayne Schroeder wonders. The introduction to How We Hope: A Moral Psychology by Adrienne M. Martin. This column will change your life: why are ethicists so unethical? Giving 101: Christine Gross-Loh on Peter Singer’s Princeton practical ethics course that teaches students to be less selfish. Robert W. Wallace reviews The Limits of Altruism in Democratic Athens by Matthew R. Christ.