The inaugural issue of UNU Peace and Progress is out. Alex De Waal (Tufts): Reinventing The World Peace Foundation. Jack M. Balkin (Yale): Old School/New School Speech Regulation. From Talking Philosophy, Mike LaBossiere on sexbots, sex and consequences. Glenn Beck's most hated scholar, Frances Fox Piven, on the right's deplorable strategy to win more white votes. Noam Scheiber on the rise of the anti-government Left: Why Elizabeth Warren is more radical than Bill de Blasio — and has more national appeal, too. Matthew Wolfson on statistics and languages: Julio Lemos and Fabricio Gerardi on the power of n-grams. Bad news: Jill Lepore on the life and opinions of Roger Ailes. If Roger Ailes is so powerful, why is Obama president? We know more details than ever about how vile the Fox boss is — yet we keep overstating his power. The Paratext's the Thing: For many in media studies, the irritating distractions have become the main attractions. Once a RINO to Rightbloggers, Chris Christie finally earns respect with his bridge to Benghazi. Republican millionaire Ron Unz has a compelling case for a $12 minimum wage, and he’s taking it directly to California voters. From The Guardian, are there qualities you can have in too much abundance, such as too religious, too happy, too ethical, or too intelligent? Don't believe the (marijuana) hype: What most people think they know about marijuana — especially media columnists — is just years of unscientific, paranoid, and even racist government propaganda.
Mathijs Pelkmans (LSE): A Wider Audience for Anthropology? Political Dimensions of an Important Debate. Maite Maskens (ULB) and Ruy Blanes (Bergen): Don Quixote’s Choice: A Manifesto for a Romanticist Anthropology. David Berliner and Laurent Legrain (ULB) and Mattijs Van de Port (Amsterdam): Bruno Latour and the Anthropology of the Moderns. Christopher Howard (Massey): Imagining Post-anthropocentric Anthropology. Dawid Kobialka (Adam Mickiewicz): Time Travels in Archaeology: Between Hollywood Films and Historical Re-enactment? Dawid Kobialka (Adam Mickiewicz): Archaeology Through the Lens of Sherlock Holmes. James L. Flexner (ANU): Historical Archaeology, Contact, and Colonialism in Oceania. Bruce Bradley (Exeter) and Michael Collins (Texas State): Imagining Clovis as a Cultural Revitalization Movement. From the Journal of Ethnographic Theory, a symposium on Marshall Sahlins (and a response by Sahlins). Todd Meyers interviews Paul Rabinow on the logic of anthropological inquiry. Why is anthropology not a public science? Keith Hart wonders. Justin E. H. Smith defends anthropology as science and advocacy — against both the postmodern turn and the simplistic scientism of Napoleon Chagnon. Peter d'Errico on George Stocking, the man who forced anthropologists to respect native cultures. Anthropologist Jason Pine immersed himself with Missouri meth users — it turns out hillbilly heroin is more like hillbilly Adderall. Carole McGranahan on conference chic, or, how to dress like an anthropologist.
Joff Bradley (Toyo): Is the Otaku Becoming-Overman? Charles Yuji (Osaka): Why Has Japan's Massive Government Debt Not Wreaked Havoc (Yet)? To illustrate just how woeful Japan’s fiscal conditions are now, one merely has to look at how they were in March 1945. Forget the PS4 — here’s what’s really saving the Japanese economy. An interview with Anne Allison, author of Precarious Japan. Satish Tandon on going backwards in Japan: Say goodbye to a system that was equitable and among the fairest in the world. Kozo Kiyota and Tetsuji Okazaki on industrial policy and productivity: The case of import quota removal during post-war Japan. Japan is still not owning up to its dark history: Kenneth Courtis on why Prime Minister Abe’s fourth arrow should be a credible national apology. Reflections 68 years on: Yuki Tanaka on how to address an irresponsible state. Self-defence can look menacing: An article on Japan’s national-security strategy. Can a shriveled Japan defend itself? J. Berkshire Miller investigates. Have Murakami’s novels eased political tension in East Asia? Dennis Abrams wonders. Joseph Nye on the return of Japan. Sean Richey on how Japan’s enduring political inequality just won’t go away. Danielle Wiener-Bronner on how Japan keeps executing prisoners without giving them any warning. Japanese mafia rounds up homeless men to clean up Fukushima. Alexis Agliano Sanborn on why Tokyo's Two Towers embody shift “from modern to postmodern”. Koji Mizoguchi, author of The Archaeology of Japan, finds that a simple interest in the world around us is the starting point for archaeological inquiry.
From the inaugural issue of the Journal of Performance Magic, Ian Saville (Middlesex): The Development of Socialist Magic: Reflections on the Place of Power and Ideology in Magic Performance. From The Midway Review, Colin Bradley delineates the point of the humanities; Joshua Trubowitz discusses love with Martha Nussbaum; Michael Begun demystifies our need for narratives; and Jon Catlin defends mere words in history. Andrew Arato on Hannah Arendt, constitutionalism and the problem of Israel/Palestine. You probably rely on the federal government a lot more than you think you do: The American political system has developed an unusual way of meeting citizens' needs while attempting to hide the fact that it is doing so. Is the EU adopting a double-standards approach toward Israel and the Palestinian Territories? Lorenzo Kamel investigates (and part 2). Bush lawyer John B. Bellinger wants post-9/11 war authorization revised. Victoria Turk on too much gaming can make you see things. From The Morning News, Nikkitha Bakshani on brief interviews with very small publishers. Why is Stalin seen as relatively more acceptable than Hitler? Peter Singer investigates. The literary world gained a valuable new addition with the launch of new literary journal THEM, which focuses on the work of transgender writers. Millionaires run our government — Nicholas Carnes on why that matters (and more). Who are the poorest politicians in Congress? Nora Caplan-Bricker investigates.
The War on Poverty turns 50: Mike Konczal on three lessons for liberals today (and more and more). If you dismiss the War on Poverty simply because poverty is still high, then you’re not making a serious argument. Dylan Matthews on everything you need to know about the war on poverty. Jonathan Cohn on how to measure whether LBJ's War on Poverty worked. Igor Volsky on racism, sexism, and the 50-year campaign to undermine the War on Poverty. Paul Krugman on the War over Poverty (and more). Matthew Yglesias on the state of anti-poverty policy in America. Michael B. Katz on how America abandoned its “undeserving” poor: With poverty on the rise in the late 1970s, Reagan conservatives waged war on the needy — and won. GOP leaders want to “own” the issue of fighting poverty; the challenge: Republican voters don’t think poverty is much of a priority. Why does the GOP suddenly “care” about the poor? Alex Pareene on how it's an easy way to look compassionate without changing any policies. Conservatives don’t want to talk about income inequality — that’s why we should. Jonathan Chait on that awkward moment when Republicans have to hurt the poor before they can love them. Robert Reich on why the Republican’s old divide-and-conquer strategy — setting working class against the poor — is backfiring. Why do we care whether the poor work? Claude S. Fischer wants to know. Gordon Haber reviews The American Way of Poverty: How the Other Half Still Lives by Sasha Abramsky. Why aren’t the 90% more vocal for policies that would support them?
Richard Bellamy (UCL): The Theories and Practices of Citizenship. Eric Gordon and Jessica Baldwin-Philippi (Emerson) and Martina Balestra (Cornell): Why We Engage: How Theories of Human Behavior Contribute to Our Understanding of Civic Engagement in a Digital Era. Susan A. Bandes (DePaul): Emotion and Deliberation: The Autonomous Citizen in the Social World. Ambrose Kessy (Dar Es Salaam): Decentralization and Citizens' Participation: Some Theoretical and Conceptual Perspectives. Ian Reilly (Concordia) and Megan Boler (Toronto): The Rally to Restore Sanity, Pre-politicization, and the Future of Politics. From the Journal of Public Deliberation, a symposium on New Ideas on Public Deliberation from Young Scholars, including Jeffrey C. Swift (NCSU): The People’s Lobby: A Model for Online Activist Deliberation; and Timothy J. Shaffer reviews We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For: The Promise of Civic Renewal in America by Peter Levine. Trench democracy: Albert W. Dzur on participatory innovation in unlikely places. Josh Tauberer believed the government should just give him the data he needed to create GovTrack, his website to help people follow the progress of Congressional legislation — when the powers-that-be said No, he went out and got it anyway. Why not "opt out" of government control? From bootlegging to working off the books, we've done it many times before, and it's getting ever-easier to exit the system. Feral politics: Matthew Flinders on searching for meaning in the 21st century.
Christopher A.D. Charles (UWI): Saggy Pants and Exposed Underwear: The Politics of Fashion and Identity Transactions. Colin J. Beck (Pomona): Revolutions: Robust Findings, Persistent Problems, and Promising Frontiers. Caroline Mala Corbin (Miami): Abortion Distortions. Anti-abortion Republicans are largely quiet as Israel adopts liberal abortion law. Is Robert Gates’ book a White House betrayal, or bonanza for democracy? Kalev Leetaru on King Snowden and the fall of Wikileaks: The whistleblower refugee has dominated the media — and displaced Julian Assange. In the future, most people will live in a total surveillance state — and some of us might even like it. From Salon, “surveillance breeds conformity”: Natasha Lennard interviews Glenn Greenwald on why privacy matters and his hope for his new venture; one code to rule them all: Andrew Leonard on how big data could help the 1 percent and hurt the little guy — what happens when they get it wrong?; and fire the owners and nationalize all sports: Alex Pareene on how full communism is the only solution to dumb owners. From Town and Country, Kevin Conley on the 10 Richest CEO Exit Packages of All Time (one warning: 9 out of 10 record holders are either bald or gray). Whitney Mallett on personal ads: In an online milieu where everyone markets themselves, net artists have made selling out its own medium. Marian Tupy on human progress: Not inevitable, uneven, and indisputable. From Practical Ethics, is networking immoral? Ned Dobos wonders.
From The American Scholar, Jim Hinch on how Evangelical Christianity in America is losing its power — what happened to Orange County’s Crystal Cathedral shows why. Tiffany Stanley interviews Molly Worthen on the intellectual civil war within Evangelicalism. What kind of God? Annelin Eriksen and Ruy Blanes review When God Talks Back: Understanding the American Evangelical Relationship with God by Tanya Luhrmann. Who wants a Christian America? Jay Livingston looks at the results of a recent YouGov survey. New Life after the fall of Ted Haggard: Patton Dodd on how the megachurch healed — by remembering what it means to be the local church. The Prophet: Meet Dave Ramsey, the most important personal finance guru in America, as millions of people follow his biblically inspired advice (and more). From Alternet, the gospel of selfishness in American Christianity: Amanda Marcotte on how the philosophers of selfishness came to use Christianity as their cover story; meet the Right-wing Christian companies trying to impose their values on their workers; and CJ Werleman on how Rev. Billy Graham taught the Republican Party to sacrifice the poor on the altar of big-business, and on why the Christian Right believes it has once-in-a-decade chance to impose its radical worldview on America. Steven Mazie on John Locke, President Bush and the Jesus pushers. Hollis Phelps on Frank Schaefer, Phil Robertson and the myth of Christian unity. Philip Yancey on hip Christian books: Sampling a new genre. Erin S. Rodenbiker on Kanye West, evangelist of the 21st century.
John Latsis and Constantinos Repapis (Oxford): A Model Intervenes: The Many Faces of Moral Hazard. Is there one economic model to rule them all? Mark Thoma investigates. The introduction to Fortune Tellers: The Story of America's First Economic Forecasters by Walter A. Friedman. At last, a serious presentation and defense of modern macroeconomic theory: Herbert Gintis reviews Big Ideas in Macroeconomics: A Nontechnical View by Kartik B. Athreya. Matthew Yglesias on how freshwater macroeconomics has failed the market test. Do economists ever get it right? George Economides and Thomas Moutos want to know. Matthew Klein on fixing what's wrong with Economics 101. Maxine Montaigne on how economics must reform, but data can’t tell us everything. Does it matter whether or not economics is a “science”? Allison Schrager wants to know. Must we give up understanding to secure knowledge in economics? Alex Rosenberg and Tyler Curtain want to know. Who made economics: how did political economy and its successors ascend to this position of prestige in the social sciences? Mike Konczal on how colleges are teaching economics backwards. Dani Rodrik on economics as craft. Eric Schliesser on the “art” of economics. Mark Carrigan on how economists are horrible people. An economists' Oscar Wilde: Martin Walker reviews The Memoirs of Walter Bagehot by Frank Prochaska. Adam Oliver on launching his new book Behavioural Public Policy, and how behavioural economics are affecting public policy. From nudging to budging: Katie Smith on behavioural economic-informed regulation of the supply side. Cass R. Sunstein on the behavioral economist at the movies.
Benjamin I. Sachs (Harvard): The Unbundled Union: Politics Without Collective Bargaining. Sympathy for the Devil: What’s interesting is that while Nietzsche spectacularly fell from “grace” following the catastrophic appropriation of his philosophy by Hitler, thirty years after her death, Ayn Rand is enjoying something of a renaissance as the acid tongued, endlessly sober toast of America’s Tea Party. Sure, he’s not quite Edward Snowden when it comes to the international importance of his stash, but what Guccifer lacks in gravitas, he makes up for in bold-faced quantity. Puerto Rico’s population loss is getting a flood of attention from mainland media outlets. The CIA’s lawyer: Steve Coll reviews Company Man: Thirty Years of Controversy and Crisis in the CIA by John Rizzo. Libertarians are pushing us over a cliff: Alex Halperin interviews Thom Hartmann, author of The Crash of 2016. Though Pastor Robert Jeffress insists that he doesn't think that President Obama is the Antichrist, he does make the assertion that Obama's policies are opening the door for the Antichrist in his newest book, Perfect Ending. Reid Cherlin on the HuffPo-ization of the Right: Come for the Obama bashing, stay for the busty slideshows and viral videos. Here’s the challenge the White House faces in telling Obamacare success stories: Try to picture a headline that says, “Obamacare does what it’s supposed to do”. Ta-Nehisi Coates on what it means to be a public intellectual. TEDx speaker Benjamin Bratton gives priceless talk about how TED Talks are worthless.