Laurie R. Blank (Emory): Debates and Dichotomies: Exploring the Presumptions Underlying Contentions About the Geography of Armed Conflict. Boaz Atzili and Joseph K. Young (American): For Better and Worse: Border Fixity, State Capacity, and the Geography of War. Sarah E. Light (Pennsylvania): The Military-Environmental Complex. Scott K. Taylor on weather and war, reconsidered: What the calamities of the seventeenth century can teach today’s scholars about climate change, war, and policy-making. Kyle W. Fonay on guerrilla warfare: Two takes, Mao vs. Guevara. Shawn Brimley reviews Out of the Mountains: The Coming Age of the Urban Guerrilla by David Kilcullen. It once ruled the seas with the most powerful navy ever assembled, now Great Britain wants to dominate the next frontier of warfare: cyberspace (and more and more). What would a real cyberwar look like? Dark warnings exaggerate and distort the real risks. Is cyberwar really war? One thinker believes we’ve got it wrong — and that our category error could have real and dangerous consequences. Arthur Holland Michel interviews Peter W. Singer, author of Cybersecurity and Cyberwar: What Everyone Needs to Know. Drones in theory and in practice: Jeremy Davis reviews Killing by Remote Control: The Ethics of an Unmanned Military. Don Franzen reviews Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control by Medea Benjamin (and am interview). Robert Evans and Brandon Bryant on 6 myths about drone warfare you probably believe.
From Salon, Ronald Reagan and the occultist: Mitch Horowitz on how the Gipper's warm "morning in America" worldview was directly shaped by his reading of occult thinker Manly P. Hall. The Congressman who went off the grid: Roscoe Bartlett spent 20 years on Capitol Hill — now he lives in a remote cabin in the woods, prepping for doomsday. Inside the Right-wing love affair with conspiracy theories: CJ Werleman on explaining how the right-wing echo chamber feeds off of paranoid stories that have no basis in reality. Voucher-mania: Why the right is diseased (and out of ideas). How propaganda can slowly repair the image of an utterly disgraced public figure like George W. Bush. Matthew Brandon Wolfson reviews Days of Fire: Bush and Cheney in the White House by Peter Baker. Jim Newell on how New Hampshire Republicans are, in fact, pseudo-libertarian gun nuts. George J. Marlin reviews Tea Party Catholic: The Catholic Case for Limited Government, a Free Economy, and Human Flourishing by Samuel Gregg (and more on why Max Weber was wrong). From The American Conservative, Daniel McCarthy on why the Tea Party can’t govern: A populist spin can’t save purely negative principles. GOP reformers stop being polite to Tea Party, start getting real. Beth Reinhard on the Return of the Welfare Queen: Republicans are launching a class war with racial undertones — and hurting the poor whites they'll need to win in 2014. The Republican Party is not a suicide pact: Just because the numbers currently look bad for a party doesn't mean that they're fixed in stone — parties can react, which, in the long run, is what makes them competitive. Roy Edroso on the 10 dumbest Rightblogger ideas of 2013, part 2.
A new issue of Almatourism is out. Anya Bernstein (Harvard): An Inadvertent Sacrifice: Body Politics and Sovereign Power in the Pussy Riot Affair (and more). From The New York Times Magazine, a special issue on The Lives They Lived: A celebration of public and private lives, and of the moments — intimate, historic, unexpected — that shaped them. From Rolling Stone, Jesse Myerson on five economic reforms millennials should be fighting for (and Dylan Matthews on five conservative reforms millennials should be fighting, and Brian Beutler on the right’s latest freakout and why they’re crying “communism”). Here is the Mr. Magazine 2014 Manifesto: Print is the future of digital in 14 points. As Obamacare sign-ups surge, so does conservative rage. Alexis Madrigal on how Netflix reverse engineered Hollywood (and more by Felix Salmon) Medicaid expansion is a stealth success, and that's just fine. October marked the 70th anniversary of the mass breakout from Sobibor death camp; Althea Williams recalls an extraordinary event that is today largely forgotten. Jonathan Chait on how Obamacare will neither collapse, nor will Republicans accept its legitimacy, but the nature of their opposition will instead slowly morph; and on how Democrats can force Republicans to help the unemployed. Guarani Indian leader and film-star Ambrosio Vilhalva murdered. Intercontinental Cry magazine (“in support of the Indigenous Peoples movement”) temporarily suspends publication due to a lack of funds.
Dariusz Jemielniak (Kozminski) and Davydd J. Greenwood (Cornell): Wake Up or Perish: Neo-Liberalism, the Social Sciences, and Salvaging the Public University. Nathan Goetting (Adrian): Racism by Degrees: Fisher v. University of Texas and the Fate of Diversity in American Education. How “race neutrality” can save affirmative action: James M. Glaser and Timothy J. Ryan on Americans’ surprising commitment to fairness. Benjamin Winterhalter on the real reason law schools are raking in cash: The profession's in crisis, but the schools don't care — they're steeped in a toxic, hyper-capitalist worldview. The Great Stratification: Jeffrey J. Williams on how the changing role of the professor has created a huge new subclass of academic worker. Andrea Peterson on how one publisher is stopping academics from sharing their research. Could digital college textbooks become free in the USA? This North Carolina campus was meant to show off the future of online education — it hasn't gone according to plan. Academics who defend Wall Street reap reward (and Felix Salmon on the non-scandal of Scott Irwin and Craig Pirrong). Cura te ipsum: Alex Rosenberg on how the problems of the humanities are self-inflicted wounds well recognized by their colleagues in other faculties. Who takes MOOCs? Surprising new data on what's supposed to be the future of higher ed. Hillel is cracking down on open debate, and it's scary: John Judis on what the campus organization's big rupture means for American Jews.
Dora L. Costa (UCLA): Health and the Economy in the United States, from 1750 to the Present. George Skouras (LIWT): The Commons, Capitalism, and the Constitution. Re-make “Made in America”: Jon Greenfield and Woodrow W. Clark on community real estate construction and sustainable development. Why are children working in American tobacco fields? Gabriel Thompson on how young farm workers are falling ill from “green tobacco sickness” while the industry denies it and government lets it happen. Paul Buchheit on 7 rip-offs corporations and the wealthy don't want you to know about. David Sirota on how Wall Street — not pensioners — wrecked Detroit. Your assumptions about welfare recipients are wrong: The stereotype of people on welfare is that they spend the money unwisely, but the data proves otherwise. And then inequality happened: Anat Shenker-Osorio on how Obama’s language left no one to blame. Alec MacGillis on how the war against income inequality suffered a big loss in Seattle. Redistribute wealth? No, redistribute respect. Read this study if you want to argue for a higher minimum wage: The media treat it as a political ploy — it has a serious intellectual case, too. What happens when you raise the minimum wage in a down economy? Matthew Yglesias on why taxing the rich is great. Long on straw men and conspiracy theories: Roger Lowenstein reviews Guardians of Prosperity: Why America Needs Big Banks by Richard X. Bove. Do the hustle: James Surowiecki on con artists and the American Dream. Doug Bandow on how Americans are living better than they have at any point in human history.
From a special issue of Behemoth: A Journal on Civilisation on Illegal Markets, Criminal Organizations, and Political Violence, Letizia Paoli (LINC): Searching for the Determinants of Organized Crime: Some Preliminary Reflections; and Thomas Welskopp (Bielefeld): Bottom of the Barrel: The US Brewing Industry and Saloon Culture Before and During National Prohibition, 1900–1933. From AJPS, Rick K. Wilson on the Seven Deadly Sins of Publishing. From the latest issue of 4strugglemag, Ward Churchill on Lynne Stewart and the perversion of compassionate release. Is the NSA a fascist tyranny? Mike LaBossiere wonders. From the Army Times’ Outside the Wire blog, Toni Rico on a controversial billboard: What’s the problem with this photo? DJ Pangburn on how Nixon had it right: The government should be wiretapped. From Politico, Maggie Haberman on Hillary Clinton's shadow campaign. We need to talk about TED: Science, philosophy and technology run on the model of American Idol — as embodied by TED talks — is a recipe for civilisational disaster. Could ad hominem arguments sometimes be OK? Evan McMorris-Santoro and Ruby Cramer on one progressive group’s shameless plan to take over the world. Emily Atkin on everything you wanted to know about the “polar vortex”. You won’t believe these Weather Channel headlines: By naming winter storms and creating viral web content, The Weather Channel has transitioned into the modern media age.
Noah Sachs (Richmond): Climate Change Triage. Daniel Osberghaus (ZEW): Prospect Theory, Mitigation and Adaptation to Climate Change. Can geoengineering slow climate change? Johann Grolle interviews David Keith. Brad Plumer on one problem with geoengineering: Once you start, you can’t really stop. Gambling with civilization: Paul Krugman reviews The Climate Casino: Risk, Uncertainty, and Economics for a Warming World by William D. Nordhaus. William D. Nordhaus, the father of climate-change economics, says good policies must lie somewhere between wrecking the economy and wrecking the world. What's in it for U.S. to cut greenhouse gas emissions? The game of climate whac-a-mole will hit the tropics first. Eric Holthaus and Ritchie King on how to fix global warming before it’s too late. What surprises could climate change have in store for us? Brad Plumer on the National Research Council’ new report, "Abrupt Impacts of Climate Change: Anticipating Surprises". Industry-funded Cambridge astrophysicist Willie Soon helps sow climate-change doubt, adds to partisan divide. Joe Kloc on why Reddit's science forum needed to ban climate deniers. Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers on the government scandal that shows the people have to take radical action to prevent climate change. How do you get people to give a damn about climate change? Obama’s second term is all about climate change: Jonathan Chait on the president's kind-of-secret agenda (and more). National Geographic maps our coastline after we melt all Earth’s ice, raising seas over 200 feet.
Was the Weimar Republic a “democracy without democrats”? Konstantin Sietzy on democracy vs. nationalism. Did the Allies liberate Europe from Fascism? Many leftists would say no. Geert Wilders and Marie Le Pen plan Right-wing populist faction in EU Parliament. Bulgaria is on the verge of collapse, and Right-wing extremism is on the rise. Is fascism returning to Europe? Social democracy, the radical Left and the spectre of populism: Giorgos Katsambekis interviews Philippe Marliere on European politics. Katy Fox-Hodess on Greece’s fascist threat: The fascist Golden Dawn party has drawn Greece’s ruling party further right — and opened space for deeper austerity measures (and more). Think the Tea Party is crazy? Europe's rising neo-fascism is a taste of what's coming if austerity prevails in America. Europe’s cup of tea: It’s not just here that the right has gone “wacko” — it isn’t interested in governing effectively in Europe, either. Dominique Moisi on why European conservatives must shun alliances with far-right forces. Contrary to popular perceptions, Euroskeptics and the far right have lost as often as they have gained in recent elections. Should extremist parties be banned? As Robert Jackson put it, the constitution is not “a suicide pact”. As Europe swings to the right, BBC journalist Nick Fraser asks: is the EU worth saving? From Aleteia, is an old specter haunting Europe? Some people want to ditch democracy and bring back dictatorship — and they're absolutely serious (and a response: Which fascism is in fashion in Europe? Kirk Kilpatrick wonders). Meet Dieudonne M’bala M’bala, the French comedian behind soccer's antisemitism controversy (and more).
From PS: Political Science and Politics, a symposium on the Politics of the Superhero. From Interpersona, Mercedes Tappe, Lisamarie Bensman, Kentaro Hayashi, and Elaine Hatfield (Hawaii): Gender Differences in Receptivity to Sexual Offers: A New Research Prototype; Stephen Reysen (Texas A&M) and Iva Katzarska-Miller (Transylvania): Playing Moderately Hard to Get; and Andrew Dix (Middle Tennessee State): A New Era of Courtship: Let Me Contemplate Our Speed-Date to Determine the Interconnectedness of Conversation and Physical Attraction. The war over Wolf of Wall Street: Does Scorsese's would-be masterpiece glorify greed and debauchery or attack them, and how do we know for sure? Canadian libricide: Tories torch and dump centuries of priceless, irreplaceable environmental archives. From The Believer, Sarah Marshall revisits the myths and media narratives behind the off-ice melodrama of Tonya Harding, Nancy Kerrigan, and the 1994 winter Olympics. Can physicists find time travelers on Facebook? Two researchers just completed what was perhaps the most comprehensive search for people from the future so far. Bruce Barcott on the Great Marijuana Experiment: As Washington and Colorado create rules and regulations for selling legal marijuana, in many other cities across the country pot arrests are near record highs. Dick Metcalf, a longtime columnist for Guns & Ammo, questioned when the regulation of guns became infringement of the right to bear arms — he was quickly fired, squelching any debate.
Jane E. Fountain (UMass): On the Effects of e-Government on Political Institutions. Christian R. Grose (USC): Field Experimental Work on Political Institutions. From The American Interest, Francis Fukuyama on the decay of American political institutions: We have a problem, but we can’t see it clearly because our focus too often discounts history. Alex Seitz-Wald on a how-to guide to blowing up the constitution: With America paralyzed by government gridlock, maybe it's time to admit that our political system doesn't work anymore — what if we start over? From The Monkey Cage, is there political gridlock in Congress, or are we holding it to the wrong standards of legislative output? Sarah Binder investigates. Don’t mistake this for gridlock: Tyler Cowen on how the American political system allows for more change than its current reputation suggests. We can work it out: Political scientists prescribe strategies for fixing a dysfunctional Congress. In the absence of favorable party configurations in Congress, and lacking the ability to use public opinion to pressure legislators, presidents should consider an alternative strategy to going public; at the core of this strategy is quiet negotiations — the opposite of going public, what we may term “staying private”. David Weigel on John Podesta and the Imperial Presidency. Nathan Blumenthal and Xavier Jackson on 5 ways U.S. democracy is more rigged than you think.