A new issue of E Magazine is out. Simon Caney (Oxford): Two Kinds of Climate Justice: Avoiding Harm and Sharing Burdens. Michael Loadenthal (George Mason): The Earth Liberation Front: A Social Movement Analysis. Geoff Berry (PIA): The Utopian Dreaming of Modernity and its Ecological Cost. Torben C. Rick (NMNH), Patrick V. Kirch (UC-Berkeley), and Jon M. Erlandson and Scott M. Fitzpatrick (Oregon): Archeology, Deep History, and the Human Transformation of Island Ecosystems. Susana Sanz-Caballero (UCHCEU): Children’s Rights in a Changing Climate: A Perspective from the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. How much should we value nature's benefits to people? That question is causing a fundamental rift within the discipline. Pilita Clark reviews Foreclosing the Future: The World Bank and the Politics of Environmental Destruction by Bruce Rich. Climate change will force Pacific Islanders to flee — should the U.S. be forced to take them in? Nora Caplan-Bricker wonders. Isaac Chotiner on how there's one big difference between GMO skepticism and climate-change denial. The introduction to Rethinking Private Authority: Agents and Entrepreneurs in Global Environmental Governance by Jessica F. Green. Jeffrey Ball on ending energy subsidies: Environmental no-brainer, political no-winner. Mark Leon Goldberg interviews Todd Wilkinson, author of Last Stand: Ted Turner’s Quest to Save a Troubled Planet. Climate change madness: The fate of the planet now depends on Kickstarter. Former energy secretary Steven Chu on climate, politics and his toughest decisions. A look at why solar radiation management geoengineering and democracy won't mix.
James Angel and Douglas M. McCabe (Georgetown): The Ethics of Payments: Paper, Plastic, or Bitcoin? Kendra Koivu (New Mexico): Organized Crime and the State: The Political Economy of Illicit Markets. The three leakers and what to do about them: David Cole reviews Secrets and Leaks: The Dilemma of State Secrecy by Rahul Sagar and Fighting for the Press: The Inside Story of the Pentagon Papers and Other Battles by James C. Goodale. Would America be a better place if its public figures behaved like Francois Hollande, Segolene Royal, Valerie Trierweiler, Nicolas Sarkozy, Jacques Chirac and Francois Mitterrand, and if its people took as relaxed a view of sex as the French do? Make journalists testify: Eric Posner on why the press is wrong to demand a reporter’s privilege for James Risen. Lindy West on why we must not shut up about how women are treated on the Internet. With a community of creators uncomfortable with the value of virality, an audience content to watch grainy dashcam videos, and platforms that discourage sharing, is a hit-machine for audio possible? From TPM, a look at the sheer level of attempted sabotage down at the ground level in GOP-run Obamacare rejectionist states. Jonathan Chait on the death of the death of Obamacare. Alice Robb on the four stages of fame: How celebrities learn to accept — and regret — their popularity. What to do with old airports? To landscape architects, it's a delightful question. Felix Salmon on when patient money is big money.
From the Journal of Politics in Latin America, Felipe Amin Filomeno (UFSC): How Argentine Farmers Overpowered Monsanto: The Mobilization of Knowledge-users and Intellectual Property Regimes; and Gilles Serra (CIDE): Demise and Resurrection of a Dominant Party: Understanding the PRI’s Comeback in Mexico. Are Mexico's Zapatista rebels still relevant? Twenty years after the uprising, activists say Zapatistas have influenced radical movements around the world. Benjamin T. Smith on teachers, education reform, and Mexico’s Left. The challenge of global capitalism and the political recipes to get out of the crisis: Raffaele Marchetti interviews Joao Pedro Stedile of the Movimento dos Trabalhadores Rurais Sem Terra (MST). Ellen Brown on public banking in Costa Rica: A remarkable little-known model. The introduction to We Created Chavez: A People's History of the Venezuelan Revolution by George Ciccariello-Maher (and on ten theses on Venezuela, the commune, and the state). Natalia C. Del Cogliano and Mariana L. Prats on the future of Kirchnerism in Argentina. Rosie Gray on how Ecuador rebrands itself as the home of Internet freedom — meanwhile, an “ongoing assault” on the press. George Anglitoiu on Cuba, the yesterday island of failed communism. When did Cuba stop being sexy? Glimmers of hope in Guatemala: Stephen Kinzer reviews From Silence to Memory: Revelations of the Archivo Historico de la Policia Nacional. From Public Books, Anthony Peter Spanakos on Latin America's Left: Between demos and kratos.
Teemu Lyytikainen and Janne Tukiainen (VATT): Voters are Rational. Giri Parameswaran (Haverford): Misinformed Voters and the Politics of the Slippery Slope. Adrian Miroiu (SNSPA): Experiments in Political Science: The Case of the Voting Rules. Eric A. Posner and E. Glen Weyl (Chicago): Voting Squared: Quadratic Voting in Democratic Politics. Michael D. Martinez (Florida): The Resurgent American Voter, 1996-2012. Guy-Uriel E. Charles (Duke) and Luis E. Fuentes-Rohwer (Indiana): State's Rights, Last Rites, and Voting Rights; and The Voting Rights Act in Winter: The Death of a Superstatute. Keith G. Bentele and Erin E. O'Briena (UMass): Jim Crow 2.0? Why States Consider and Adopt Restrictive Voter Access Policies (and more: “factors tied to voting restriction bills are ‘basically all racial’”). Geoff Kennedy reviews Wrestling with Democracy: Voting Systems as Politics in the Twentieth-Century West by Dennis Pilon. The first chapter from Who Votes Now? Demographics, Issues, Inequality, and Turnout in the United States by Jan E. Leighley and Jonathan Nagler. Americans want to fire their congressmen — here’s why they won’t. On the face of it: Maria Konnikova on the psychology of electability. The IRS moves to limit dark money, but enforcement still a question. Seth Masket on what to do about campaign finance: Unlimited political contributions are the new reality — once we accept that maybe we can start to figure out the complicated relationship between money and politics. Eyes on the courts: Richard Hansen on why 2014 will be pivotal for voting rights.
Anca Gheaus (Sheffield): Could There Ever Be a Duty to Have Children? William Mazzarella (Chicago): Totalitarian Tears: Does the Crowd Really Mean It? From TNR, the filibuster does not protect minority interests and other reasons to reject supermajority requirements: Adrian Vermeule reviews Counting the Many: The Origins and Limits of Supermajority Rule by Melissa Schwartzberg; and John Judis on how big monopolies are now free to ruin the Internet: The terrible consequences of a court's FCC ruling (and more). When youth ruled the earth: Many paleoanthropologists believe that for most of history it is young people who were in charge. The conspiracy spending bill: Alex Pareene on how Congress is broken in part because many of its members listen to, and believe, crazy people. “We’re all-in, and we’re happy we are”: Chief executives for some of the country's biggest insurers are upbeat about Obamacare's future, despite the health law's troubled rollout (and more). The Clintons keep a favor file of saints and sinners: An excerpt from HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton by Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes. From The North Star, Mark Fisher on exiting the Vampire Castle; and from the Vampire Castle to Duck Dynasty: Michael Rectenwald on the ideals of identity politics and how it functions. Each day 19,000 children die from preventable, poverty-related causes; for the vast majority of these children, their early death means that they will never have the chance to take up smoking.
The inaugural issue of the Journal of Analytic Theology is out, including William J. Abraham (SMU): Turning Philosophical Water into Theological Wine (and a response by Marc Cortez and a reply by Abraham); and Eleonore Stump (SLU): Athens and Jerusalem: The Relationship of Philosophy and Theology. From Themelios, Michael J. Ovey (Oak Hill): From Moral Majority to Evil Disbelievers: Coming Clean about Christian Atheism; and Gerald R. McDermott (Roanoke): Will All Be Saved? Jennie Cain reviews Dialogues between Faith and Reason: The Death and Return of God in Modern German Thought by John H. Smith. James G. Murphy reviews The Golden Cord: A Short Book on the Secular and the Sacred by Charles Taliaferro. George Scialabba reviews Is God Happy? Selected Essays by Leszek Kolakowski. James V. Schall on what is impossible to God. Tara Isabella Burton on why you should study the lost liberal art of theology, even if you don't believe in God. Helen De Cruz on her qualitative study of attitudes and religious motivations of philosophers of religion. R.R. Reno on the Christian intellectual. When religion had a mind: Peter E. Gordon reviews Philosophical Religions from Plato to Spinoza: Reason, Religion, and Autonomy by Carlos Fraenkel. God’s existence theorem is correct: Two mathematicians formalized the work of Kurt Godel. Alan Jacobs reviews Unapologetic: Why, Despite Everything, Christianity Can Still Make Surprising Emotional Sense by Francis Spufford.
Elizabeth Keyes (Baltimore): Obscured But Not Gone: Race and Immigration Reform. Jack Strauss (Denver): Immigration and Job Creation: Which Comes First? Laura Miller reviews Dreadful Deceit: The Myth of Race from the Colonial Era to Obama’s America by Jacqueline Jones. Online dating shows us the cold, hard facts about race in America. Asya Pereltsvaig on the New York Times “Immigration Explorer” interactive map. Meet Gursant Singh, the Sikh man who wants to arm his turbaned brothers. What does an American look like? The majority of us — even those of us who oppose racism and embrace the idea that the U.S. is a nation of immigrants — hold the belief that America = white. A Pew study finds that native-born Americans are more likely to commit crimes than immigrants. Some cultural groups are superior: Maureen Callahan reviews The Triple Package: How Three Unlikely Traits Explain the Rise and Fall of Cultural Groups in America by Amy Chua and Jed Rubenfeld. Is the United States a racial democracy? Jason Stanley and Vela Weaver investigate. Who belongs in Fremont, Nebraska? The city of Fremont reopens debate on its anti-immigration ordinance. Joseph Epstein on the Late, Great American WASP: The old U.S. ruling class had plenty of problems, but are we really better off under today's meritocracy? Lise Funderburg on the changing face of America: We’ve become a country where race is no longer so black or white. Why the U.S. is so good at turning immigrants into Americans: Jason DeParle reviews Exodus: How Migration Is Changing Our World by Paul Collier. Emma Aguila and John Godges on how truly comprehensive immigration reform would span the migrant labor lifecycle.
From the Journal of Social, Evolutionary, and Cultural Psychology, Daniel J. Kruger, Michelle Wehbe, Shelby Lewis and Shana’e Clark (Michigan), Maryanne L. Fisher (St. Mary’s) and Sarah L. Strout (Dominican): Variation in Women's Mating Strategies Depicted in the Works and Words of Jane Austen; Malcolm M. Dow (Northwestern) and E. Anthon Eff (Middle Tennessee State): When One Wife is Enough: A Cross-Cultural Study of the Determinants of Monogamy; Trond Viggo Grontvedt and Leif Edward Ottesen Kennair (NUST): Age Preferences in a Gender Egalitarian Society; and Manuela Thomae (Open) and G. Tendayi Viki (Kent): Why Did the Woman Cross the Road? The Effect of Sexist Humor on Men's Self-reported Rape Proclivity. Michael Serazio on Apple's new ad: Don't worry about jobs, follow your passion. From Jacobin, Miya Tokumitsu on how “do what you love” is the mantra for today’s worker — why should we assert our class interests if, according to DWYL elites like Steve Jobs, there’s no such thing as work? From New York, Jennifer Senior on why adolescence is more brutal for parents than teenagers. Adrian Carrasquillo and Tracy Clayton on the mysterious disappearance of Avonte Oquendo. Peter Van Buren on 10 myths about NSA surveillance that need debunking. Jonathan Chait on how marriage is the Republican answer to inequality. Ignore the Republicans: Obamacare is doing fine. A U.N. report finds that the global private security industry is booming. From The Nation, a look at fifteen Millennial movements to watch this spring.
From The Guardian, Clare Carlisle on Bertrand Russell: philosopher, mathematician and optimist. Rebecca Newberger Goldstein on the vindication of Spinoza, the most lovable of philosophers. Martin Cohen reviews If A then B: How the World Discovered Logic by Michael Shenefelt and Heidi White. Socrates as management consultant: Julie Conti on why executives are embracing philosophy. Why are hundreds of Harvard students studying ancient Chinese philosophy? The professor who teaches Classical Chinese Ethical and Political Theory claims, "This course will change your life". Chinese philosophy lifts off in America. You can download A History of Philosophy in America 1720-2000 by Bruce Kuklick (2002). Luke Muehlhauser interviews Scott Aaronson on philosophical progress. How can we end the male domination of philosophy? Jonathan Wolff wonders (and a response by Mary Midgley). Carol Hay on a feminist Kant. Drake Baer on the workday secrets on the world’s most productive philosophers: Haters gonna hate, thinkers gonna think, philosophers gonna philosophize. When Socrates met Phaedrus: Simon Critchley on eros in philosophy. John Emerson on where philosophy and sex both went wrong. Woody Allen, P.D. James, and Bernard Williams walk into a philosophy book. Play the game: Jack James on rebellious pseudo philosophy; and on stadium philosophers: Marketing Philosophy 101. Begging the question: MG Piety on education and philosophy. Michael H.G. Hoffmann on why the presentation of arguments in logical form has advantages.
A new issue of Studies of Transition States and Societies is out, including Raj Kollmorgen (Bremen): Theories of Postcommunist Transformation: Approaches, Debates, and Problems of Theory Building in the Second Decade of Research. From Names, Anastasiya Astapova (Tartu): De-abbreviations: From Soviet Union to Contemporary Belarus. Sergiu Gherghina (Frankfurt) and George Jiglau (Babe-Bolyai): Outside the Government: Why Ethnic Parties Fail to Join the Post-Communist Cabinets. Andras Laszlo Pap (CEU): Street Police Corruption: A Post-Communist State of the Art. Michal Valco (Zilina): Communism as a Christian Heresy: A False and Failed Prophecy of an Ideology. Linda Kinstler on what the supermarket collapse in Latvia tells us about a country at a crossroads. Paul Mutter on Belarus, North Korean Europe (and more). Does Europe need Ukraine? Anton Shekhovtsov on how the Ukrainian revolution is European and national. Germany spends more than 20 million euros per year on helping ethnic Germans living in Eastern Europe as "an expression of special historical responsibility" for their suffering after World War II. Dalibor Rohac on the rise and decline of Slovak libertarianism. Scenes from a revolution: Dick Virden on Romania after the fall. Tim Judah goes to Sarajevo to see how it has coped with the memory of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand down the decades. Robert Baker on poor Albania — after communism. Daniel M. Knight reviews Macedonia: The Political, Social, Economic and Cultural Foundations of a Balkan State. Flailing capital of Kitsch: The Macedonian government has spent huge sums turning its capital, Skopje, into a neo-baroque architectural nightmare.