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.