Jeren Guzman (UPR): Para Baila’ y Revolucionar? Salsa as Political Discourse. Alexis Anja Kallio and Heidi Partti (Sibelius): Music Education for a Nation: Teaching Patriotic Ideas and Ideals in Global Societies. Will Studdert (Kent) “The Death of Music”: The Nazis’ Relationship with Jazz in World War II. Danny Downing (Hull): Defending the Realm: National Identity, Heritage and Nationalism in Black Metal. Noah Berlatsky on fascism and black metal: The mainstream is interested in the first, but not the second. Tom Jacobs goes inside the head of a headbanger: New research suggests that, for some fans, heavy metal music fills deep-seated psychological needs. Music as medicine: Researchers are exploring how music therapy can improve health outcomes among a variety of patient populations. Kim Kankiewicz on the recurring dreams of marching band alums: Why is it that, even years after packing up their instruments, many marching band members experience the same anxiety-inducing nightmares? From Religions, a special issue on music and spirituality. Brendan I. Koerner on how there really is a conference where nerds study videogame music. The haunting music that takes you back 1,800 years: Expert records “100% accurate” version of song as heard in ancient Greece. Kelsey D. Atherton on using folk music to track human migration. Research suggests evidence of ancient human history is encoded in music's complex patterns. The Last Symphony: John Halle on how today’s elite lacks the patience and culture for classical music. Requiem: Classical music in America is dead. Accordions — so hot right now: Once considered glamorous and sexy, then forgotten, the instrument is making a comeback.

Raffaele Marchetti (LUISS): Modes of Governance for the Global Commons. Andre Broome (Warwick): Crisis and Reform in Global Economic Governance. Daniel Drache (York): The Return of the Public Domain after the Triumph of Markets: Revisiting the Most Basic of Fundamentals. John C. Coffee Jr. (Columbia): Extraterritorial Financial Regulation: Why E.T. Can't Come Home. Lukas Haffert and Philip Mehrtens (Max Planck): From Austerity to Expansion? Consolidation, Budget Surpluses, and the Decline of Fiscal Capacity. Josiah Ober and Barry R. Weingast (Stanford): Is Development Uniquely Modern? Athens on the Doorstep. Gunes Gokmen (NES): Are Cultural Differences a Barrier to Trade? Hakan Yilmazkuday (FIU): Forecasting the Great Trade Collapse. Jac C. Heckelman (Wake Forest) and Andrew T. Young (WVU): How Global Is Globalization? Dani Rodrik on how the paradox of globalisation is that pushing it too far undermines its own institutional foundations. Alexander Svitych on the end of globalization and renaissance of the welfare state. The introduction to Issues and Actors in the Global Political Economy by Andre Broome. Simon Johnson on the rich country trap. Deepak Nayyar on developing countries in the world economy. Who should lead the global economy? Harold James and Domenico Lombardi wonder. Dani Rodrik on the real heroes of the global economy. In 2001 the world began talking about the Bric countries — Brazil, Russia, India and China — as potential powerhouses of the world economy; now there’s talk of the "Mint" countries — Mexico, Indonesia, Nigeria and Turkey — as emerging economic giants.

Simon Stern (Toronto): The Trial of Dorian Gray. Joseph Carroll (Missouri): Dutton, Davies, and Imaginative Virtual Worlds: The Current State of Evolutionary Aesthetics. Philip Serracino-Inglott investigates. From TNR, Jonathan Cohn on how policy journalism is having its moment (and more and more). Hate Obama, love Obamacare: How a skeptical Ohio family found plenty to like in health care reform. Paul Campos on states with the highest percentage of people who don’t pay any taxes. Brad Plumer on five big questions about the massive chemical spill in West Virginia. "Me vs. Us" vs. "Us vs. Them": We evolved to cooperate with just one tribe — but we live in a world of many. Rich smell: OECD, the forum for rich countries, issues an overdue mea culpa. All I needed to know about life I learned from “Dungeons & Dragons”. When do awful thoughts, shared with complete strangers, become criminal actions? Robert Kolker on the troubling case — in every direction — of Gilberto Valle, the “cannibal cop”. Chris Christie falls, Ben Carson rises. The psychology of hunger: Amid the privations of World War II, 36 men voluntarily starved themselves so that researchers and relief workers could learn about how to help people recover from starvation. The caveman’s home was not a cave: Jude Isabella on how our picture of man’s early home has been skewed by modern preconceptions. Hackers who brought down websites facing jail time bankers who brought down world economy still free.

Joshua Foa Dienstag (UCLA): When a Man Loves a Robot: Blade Runner's Humanism. America’s android obsession: We're fascinated by beings that act or look human but aren't, but a lot has changed since "Blade Runner". From The Atlantic Monthly, James Somers on the man who would teach machines to think: Douglas Hofstadter, the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Godel, Escher, Bach, thinks we've lost sight of what artificial intelligence really means — his stubborn quest to replicate the human mind; and all can be lost: Nicholas Carr on the risk of putting our knowledge in the hands of machines. Walter Frick on how algorithms won’t replace managers, but will change everything about what they do. The robots are here: Not only are they taking our jobs — they’re harbingers of a new libertarian age, says Tyler Cowen. Will robots take our jobs or will aging wreck the economy? Lydia DePillis on eight ways robots stole our jobs in 2013 (and more: “They aren't taking our jobs quickly enough”). How close are we to getting virtual assistants like Samantha in Her? Jordan Larson on Her and the complex legacy of the female robot (and more). Would you have sex with a robot? Greta Christina wants to know. Why robot sex could be the future of life on earth: If self-replicating machines are the next stage of human evolution, should we start worrying? From The American Prospect, when robots take over, what happens to us? Paul Waldman interviews James Barrat, author of Our Final Invention: Artificial Intelligence and the End of the Human Era (and more). George Dvorsky on why a superintelligent machine may be the last thing we ever invent.

Karl Widerquist (Georgetown) and Grant McCall (Tulane): Prehistoric Myths in Modern Political Philosophy. Mauro Caraccioli (Florida): The Difference that Nature Makes: Empire and Natural History in Contemporary Political Theory. David Hunter Walsh (Rutgers): Fact and Power in the Social Sciences: A Different Argument for the Necessary Role of Political Theory. From the latest issue of Political Concepts, Avital Ronell (NYU): Authority; Andreas Kalyvas (New School): Constituent Power; Jacques Lezra (NYU): Enough; and Richard J. Bernstein (New School): Violence. From the final issue of The Art of Theory, a series of interviews with Elizabeth Anderson, Corey Brettschneider, Michael Walzer, and Bernard Yack. Jeanne L. Schroeder reviews The Rule of the Clan: What an Ancient Form of Social Organization Reveals About the Future of Individual Freedom by Mark S. Weiner. The introduction to The Confidence Trap: A History of Democracy in Crisis from World War I to the Present by David Runciman (and Runciman on the trouble with democracy and democracy’s dual dangers). Is democracy a Western idea? Diego Von Vacano on what we can learn from non-Western political thought about the global potential of democracy. The introduction to Confucian Perfectionism: A Political Philosophy for Modern Times by Joseph Chan. Do political philosophers know that their world is mostly make-believe? Christopher Fear goes down the rabbit hole (and a response).

Justin Fox (WUSTL) and Richard Van Weelden (Chicago): Hoping for the Best, Unprepared for the Worst. Mark Shirk (Maryland): Beyond Pirates, Terrorists, and Mercenaries: Towards a Relational Understanding of Violence and Threat. Philip Stephens on the grab for Greenland: The world’s great powers have the Arctic’s natural resources and trade routes in their sights. Soft-focus time for celebrity offspring: You didn’t have to be the son or daughter of somebody famous to be written about in the New York Times Magazine during 2013, but it helped. Going the distance: David Remnick goes on and off the road with Barack Obama. Witzkrieg: Mark Bryant looks at those elusive masters of Nazi propaganda, the German cartoonists of the Second World War. From TNR, would you feel differently about Snowden, Greenwald, and Assange if you knew what they really thought? Sean Wilentz wonders. Jonathan Chait on how deficit scolds are holding the unemployed hostage. Lydia DePillis on how toilet paper explains the world. From FT, is it OK to do nothing? In our achievement-orientated culture there is a danger of construing as “nothing” any activity without a clear end-product; and should we be more stoic? Rightbloggers continue outreach to women with "Lena Dunham is Ugly" campaign. If you celebrate MLK Day by denouncing affirmative action, yewww might be a conservative. No, Jane Austen was not a game theorist: William Deresiewicz on how using science to explain art is a good way to butcher both.

Erol Akcay (UPenn), John A. Ferejohn (NYU), and James D. Fearon, Joan Roughgarden, and Barry R. Weingast (Stanford): Biological Institutions: The Political Science of Animal Cooperation. From Metapsychology, Robert William Fischer reviews Cooperation and Its Evolution, ed. Kim Sterelny, Richard Joyce, Brett Calcott, and Ben Fraser; and William Simkulet reviews The Connected Self: The Ethics and Governance of the Genetic Individual by Heather Widdows. Is morality hardwired? Laura Miller reviews Just Babies: The Origins of Good and Evil by Paul Bloom (and more). Did God make these babies moral? Paul Bloom on how Intelligent Design's oldest attack on evolution is as popular as ever. Science proves Louis C.K. is right: New studies show the "equality bias" in kids turns out to be a lot like a famous Louis CK joke about kids and toys. Beyond the paleo: Allen Buchanan and Russell Powell on how our morality may be a product of natural selection, but that doesn’t mean it's set in stone. David Dobbs on the social life of genes: Your DNA is not a blueprint — day by day, week by week, your genes are in a conversation with your surroundings; and on how the selfish gene is one of the most successful science metaphors ever invented — unfortunately, it’s wrong (and more). Selfish genes made me do it (and part 2). Survival of the selfish: Kyle O'Shea on natural selection and the myth of altruism. Why can't we all just get along? Robert Wright on the uncertain biological basis of morality. Kathy Benjamin on 5 unfortunate biases hard coded into your DNA.

Thom Brooks (Durham): Alcohol, Risk and Public Policy. Andrew Wilkins (Roehampton): Libertarian Paternalism: Policy and Everyday Translations of the Rational and the Emotional. From Social Policy and Society, a special section on “New” Welfare in Practice: Trends, Challenges and Dilemmas. Mark Pitchford on neo-Nazis, the Catholic Church and council property. Tom Mills interviews Mark Blyth, author of Austerity: The History of a Dangerous Idea (and part 2). Matt Qvortrup on an overview of the legal issues pertaining to the possible secession of Scotland from the United Kingdom. The economics of Scottish independence may be doubtful but the cultural momentum is strong. Chris Pierson reviews Making Capitalism Fit for Society by Colin Crouch (and more). Ray Edwards examines the contemporary career of Baroness Warsi as a gauge of the moral temperature of the British political system. Is the ladette culture resulting in more women with broken noses? Charlotte Porter investigates. You can still be jailed for being a republican, government confirms, and it remains illegal to even “imagine” overthrowing the Queen. An excerpt from Marcus Chown's What A Wonderful World, on capitalism, its history, its myths, and why change is needed to correct our “disembedded” economy. Kenan Malik writes in defence of diversity: Those who warn of the devastating effects of modern immigration need to brush up on their history. Peter Wilby on Paul Dacre of the Daily Mail: The man who hates liberal Britain. You can download Radical Future: Politics for the Next Generation, ed. Ben Little (2010).

Cass Sunstein (Harvard): Choosing Not to Choose. Sjoerd Beugelsdijk and Mariko J. Klasing (Groningen): Cultural Diversity. Why have investors given up on the real world? Kevin Drum on higher government spending on infrastructure vs. higher inflation. Seeds of doubt: John Judis on how Harry Truman's concerns about Israel and Palestine were prescient — and forgotten. The introduction to Buzz: Urban Beekeeping and the Power of the Bee by Lisa Jean Moore and Mary Kosut. Justin Moyer on the case against the Google Doodle. From The Historical Society blog, Elliot Brandow writes in praise of (electronic) serendipity. Kenneth Roth an a cartoon that helps Americans imagine drones from the Yemeni perspective. Francie Diep on a fascinating hypothesis: The whole idea of species doesn't apply to certain organisms. P. W. Buchanan on waiting around to die: Why does physical pain seem like a more acceptable reason than mental pain when considering the ethics of suicide? From Skeptic, Ingrid Hansen Smythe on the stuff of nightmares: James Van Praagh and the Afterlife. Digging too deep: Josh Levin on how Grantland’s expose of a trans con artist privileged fact-finding over compassion. Jamie Fuller on the menagerie of lesser-known experts: A compendium of the more esoteric specialists cited by reporters past and present. You can download Human Geography: People, Place, and Culture by Erin H. Fouberg, Alexander B. Murphy, and Harm J. de Blij (2012).

Jed Odermatt (Leuven): Between the Law and Reality: “New Wars” and Internationalised Armed Conflict. Richard Adams (UNSW) and Chris Barrie (ANU): The Bureaucratization of War: Moral Challenges Exemplified by the Covert Lethal Drone. Sam Osborne (ANU): Reining In Repugnancy: The Doctrine of Targeted Killing. Bruno S. Frey (Zeppelin): Well-Being and War. Lucy Fisher reviews Brains and Bullets: How Psychology Wins Wars by Leo Murray. Mark Thompson on the rules of drone warfare: Sometimes what's written down isn't always what happens. Michael Bonura reviews War in Social Thought: Hobbes to the Present by Hans Joas and Wolfgang Knobl. Count on war to build a society: History reportedly is written by the victors — in the future, those accounts may be written in equation form and not sentences. Greta Morris reviews Imperial Designs: War, Humiliation and the Making of History by Deepak Tripathi. Erik Voeten interviews Peter W. Singer, co-author of Cybersecurity and Cyberwar: What Everyone Needs to Know. From FDL, a book salon on War Time: An Idea, Its History, Its Consequences by Mary L. Dudziak; and a book salon on War No More: The Case for Abolition by David Swanson. Bas van der Vossen reviews The Ethics of Preventive War. Does war have its own logic after all? Antulio J. Echevarria wonders. David Kilcullen on how warfare is changing in 3 ways. Peter Turchin on war before civilization (and more). Ian Morris on once and future warfare. Humanity is becoming increasingly less violent, with one exception — religious violence.