David Golumbia (VCU): Commercial Trolling: Social Media and the Corporate Deformation of Democracy. Matthew W. Hughey (Mississippi State) and Jessie Daniels (Hunter): Racist Comments at Online News Sites: A Methodological Dilemma for Discourse Analysis. The year megaplatforms ruled the Internet: John Herrman on the web we lost, the web we deserve, and the web we want. Twitter is for narcissists, Facebook is for egotists: New research shows Twitter isn't just for narcissists. Lydia DePillis on how click farms are the new sweatshops. The Stream is fun and fast, but don't you miss the sense of an ending? Leon Neyfakh on the botmaker who sees through the Internet: Darius Kazemi’s little creations are funny, poignant, popular — and a sly commentary on how the Web is organizing our lives. The message to aspiring video makers on YouTube is clear, and seductive: Attract an audience, build your brand — but success, let alone stardom and wealth, remains elusive. Andrew Leonard on Facebook’s fatal weakness: Why the social network is losing to Amazon, Apple and Google. I did not sign on for the #outrage: Twitter has become a combat zone that fills me with dread — when did the Internet turn into such a minefield? This is Facebook’s Internet, and the media is just attempting to find a way to sustain itself in it. Dominic Pettman on the Tumblrst Tumbl ever Tumbld: or, how I found the Angel of History trapped on the flypaper of social media. Matthew J.X. Malady has discovered the Internet's most Internet sentence: No other sentence better captures the ethos of the web.
Henry Hansmann (Yale): All Firms are Cooperatives — And So Are Governments. Michael L. Perlin (NYLS) and Alison J. Lynch (DRNJ): “Love is Just a Four-Letter Word”: Sexuality, International Human Rights, and Therapeutic Jurisprudence. "I don't see the president as an intellectual at all": Isaac Chotiner interviews Michael Ignatieff, author of Fire and Ashes: Success and Failure in Politics. Michael White on the genetics of global warming: As climates continue to change, so does the DNA of the species around us. Your genome is a post-apocalyptic wasteland: It's way more than just a twisted ladder. Is junk DNA really junky? Sam Kean on the delicious, religious debate over what most of our genome is good for. Kissing cousins: The genetic contribution Neanderthal man made to modern humanity is clearer. In the darkness of Dick Cheney: Mark Danner reviews In My Time: A Personal and Political Memoir by Dick Cheney, with Liz Cheney; and Heart: An American Medical Odyssey by Dick Cheney and Jonathan Reiner, with Liz Cheney. Evgeny Morozov on the mindfulness racket: The evangelists of unplugging might just have another agenda. Britt Peterson on the amazing endangered languages of Russia: Despite nods to diversity in Sochi, more than 130 different languages in the country are now imperiled, say experts. Barra O Seaghdha reviews Ireland in the World Order: A History of Uneven Development by Maurice Coakley. Colin Kidd reviews The Republic: the Fight for Irish Independence 1918-1923 by Charles Townshend. Morris P. Fiorina on the only thing worse than gridlocked political parties that can't enact their agenda: Unfettered parties that can.
From Radical Orthodoxy, an American politics of paradox: Steve Knepper on the legacy of Wilson Carey McWilliams. Now what, Left wing? George Scialabba on how it’s possible the solution for the left wing won’t be found in a magazine. Daniel Hannan on the Right side of history: Why liberals are conflicted over patriotism and western values. Sam Tanenhaus and Jim Rutenberg on Rand Paul’s mixed inheritance. Why do Appalachians love Clinton and hate Obama? Jonathan Chait investigates. Daniel DiSalvo reviews The Revolt Against the Masses: How Liberalism Has Undermined the Middle Class by Fred Siegel. Conservative religious thinkers and their intellectual crusades: Chris Lehmann reviews Apostles of Reason: The Crisis of Authority in American Evangelicalism by Molly Worthen and The Twilight of the American Enlightenment: The 1950s and the Crisis of Liberal Belief by George M. Marsden. Ed Kilgore on the vast shredding of America's moral fiber: The conservative theory of economic desert is preposterous. The tide is rising for America’s libertarians: The new spirit in a rising climate of anti-politics has become an attitude, rather than a movement. Charles R. Kesler on the Tea Party, conservatism, and the constitution. Eric Posner on the paranoid libertarian and his enemy, the angry liberal: Two characters the government can’t afford to ignore, however irrational they are. Loyola New Orleans debates the views of Walter Block, a libertarian faculty member who argues that most civil rights laws are wrong. This Nixon as liberal construction is wrong — and it is dangerous because it distracts us from creating the change we want. Twilight of the Right: Alan Pell Crawford on how when conservatism became a movement, it lost its soul. Psychologists find that getting liberals to agree really is like herding cats.
Ngaire Woods, Alexander Betts, and Devi Sridhar (Oxford) and Jochen Prantl (NUS): Transforming Global Governance for the 21st Century. Nancy Birdsall, Christian Johannes Meyer, and Alexis Sowa (CGD): Global Markets, Global Citizens, and Global Governance in the 21st Century. Andreas Follesdal (Oslo): Subsidiarity and the Global Order; and Competing Conceptions of Subsidiarity. Christos A. Frangonikolopoulos (Aristotle) and Filippos Proedrou (ACT): Global Governance and Cosmopolitan Democracy: Bridging the Gap between Proponents and Opponents. Jonathan W. Kuyper (Stockholm): Designing Institutions for Global Democracy: Flexibility Through Escape Clauses and Sunset Provisions. Caleb Young (Oxford): Cooperation-based Internationalism and Global Justice. Fabian Schuppert (QUB): Collective Agency and Global Non-Domination. Joshua D. H. Karton (Queen's): International Arbitration Culture and Global Governance. Dirk Messner and Alejandro Guarin (DIE) and Daniel Haun (Max Planck): The Behavioural Dimensions of International Cooperation. Simon Chesterman (NUS): The Appointment of Executive Heads of International Organizations. From the forthcoming Blackwell Encyclopedia of Political Thought, here is the entry on International Institutions by Turkuler Isiksel. Pascal Lamy and Ian Goldin on rethinking international institutions. Why are international institutions more popular than domestic institutions? Erik Voeten investigates. Akbar Rasulov on why it is not a good idea to think of treaties as contracts: A critique of the domestic analogy.
Isabel Lofgren (EGS): Philosophy and Desert Islands: What We're Really Thinking About When We Travel to a Desert Island. From the Journal of Martial Arts Anthropology, a special forum on the Philosophy of Martial Arts; Sylwester Czopek (Rzeszow): Prehistoric Cultures of Warriors or Warriors of Prehistoric Cultures?; and Wojciech J. Cynarski interviews Wojciech Pasterniak on the possibilities of spiritual sports training. Gosh, you mean there's a good reason Obamacare is so complicated? CBO teaches Republicans the lesson that governing is hard. A tale of two countries: While politicians in Kiev are scared to mention federalisation because of its separatist undertones, in reality it is already happening. From The Baffler, John Summers reports from “The People’s Republic of Zuckerstan” — once known as the liberal community of Cambridge, Massachusetts, now a playground for startup science and tech professionals. Ted Polhemus on why “youth” is an outdated myth. Sultan Moulay Ismail of Morocco, "The Bloodthirsty", reputedly sired hundreds of children and perhaps more than a 1,000; now computer simulations suggest this could have been possible if the ruler had sex about once a day for 32 years. Tom Perkins is winning: The rich already vote more. How the tables have turned: Gay tolerance is again a wedge issue — this time against Republicans. Sochi’s bleak future: A look back at former Olympic hosts reveals why the Russian city could be in deep trouble. Is Pussy Riot’s music actually any good? Digby Warde-Aldam wonders.
From Methode, a special issue on Free Will: Thirty Points of View. Joshua May (UAB): On the Very Concept of Free Will. Manuel Vargas (San Francisco): If Free Will Doesn't Exist, Neither Does Water; and How to Solve the Problem of Free Will. Jennifer Matey (FIU): Can Blue Mean Four? Alfred Mele (FSU): Free Will and Neuroscience. Could quantum mechanics save the soul, and in the light of 20th century physics, is free will plausible? Sam McNerney on the illusion of conscious will. Herbert Gintis reviews Touching a Nerve: The Self as Brain by Patricia S. Churchland. From PUP, the introduction to Developmental Neuroscience: A Concise Introduction by Susan E. Fahrbach. Safecracking the brain: Virginia Hughes on what neuroscience is learning from code-breakers and thieves. From The Atlantic Monthly, Paul Bloom on the war on reason: Scientists and philosophers argue that human beings are little more than puppets of their biochemistry — here's why they're wrong. Eran Asoulin reviews Explaining the Computational Mind by Marcin Milkowski. Pumping dust: John Jeffery and Todd K. Shackelford review Daniel C. Dennett’s Intuition Pumps and Other Tools for Thinking and Nicholas Humphrey’s Soul Dust: The Magic of Consciousness. Brandon Keim on Christof Koch’s radical theory of how networks become conscious. Sorry religions, human consciousness is just a consequence of evolution: Krishna Andavolu interviews Michael Graziano, author of Consciousness and the Social Brain. Consciousness is the greatest mystery in science; don’t believe the hype — the Hard Problem is here to stay. Is Google wrecking our memory? Nope — it’s much, much weirder than that. R. Douglas Fields on how to erase bad memories.
Theodore Eisenberg (Cornell): Four Decades of Federal Civil Rights Litigation. Phoebe A. Haddon (Maryland): Has the Roberts Court Plurality's Colorblind Rhetoric Finally Broken Brown's Promise? Sahar F. Aziz (Texas A&M): The Blinding Color of Race: Elections and Democracy after Shelby. George A. Rutherglen (Virginia): The Origins of Arguments Over Reverse Discrimination: Lessons from the Civil Rights Act of 1866; and Title VII as Precedent: Past and Prologue for Future Legislation. Michael Kazin on why the Civil Rights Act was not as important as you think: It was the battles that came after it that really defined its impact. Want to realize the Civil Rights Act's dream? Apply it to union rights, too — just as it became unacceptable to fire some due to race, it became OK to boot them for organizing a union. Pat Buchanan argues that it’s time for America to get rid of civil rights laws — all of them. Ian Haney-Lopez on how conservatives hijacked “colorblindness” and set civil rights back decades. Josh Marshall on top ten teachings of Dr. King according to the Tea Party. Chief Justice Roberts was right: Amel Ahmed on how to fix the Voting Rights Act. Peter Beinart on why the Republican push for black voters is (mostly) doomed to fail: As long as the GOP is pushing voter-ID laws that make it harder for African Americans to vote, the party's appeal to identity politics will come up short. Joscha Legewie on racial profiling in stop-and-frisk operations: How local events trigger periods of increased discrimination. Driving While Black: “Stop and frisk” isn’t just a reality in New York City — new data shows how police target African Americans on highways across America. Farai Chideya on traveling while black.
From the forthcoming The European Crisis and the Transformation of Transnational Governance: Authoritarian Managerialism versus Democratic Governance, ed. Christian Joerges and Carola Glinski, Ming-Sung Kuo (Warwick): The Moment of Schmittian Truth: Conceiving of the State of Exception in the Wake of the Financial Crisis. From The Intercept, Glenn Greenwald on how covert agents infiltrate the Internet to manipulate, deceive, and destroy reputations. German burnout: Anna Katharina Schaffner on nineteenth-century exhaustion, twenty-first-century disengagement and other German theories of tired minds. From The Baffler, Alex Pareene practices journalism on the New York Times’ DealBook. Christina Ortiz on 5 ways drones could come to your rescue. Daniel A. D’Aniello, the co-founder and chairman of the Washington-based private equity giant Carlyle Group, is contributing $20 million to the right-leaning American Enterprise Institute. “This is a war on gay people”: Ugandan newspaper publishes identities of "200 Top Homos". From Full Stop, an interview with Astra Taylor, author of The People’s Platform: Taking Back Power and Culture in the Digital Age. Ukraine crisis: Interim President Olexander Turchynov warns of “separatism” risk. Felix Salmon on why it’s time for Bill Gross to retire. Is it mean to debunk lies about Obamacare? Finding a person made worse off by a huge, complex social-policy reform still in its first months in a gigantic country ought to be simple, yet the Republican Party has continuously failed to achieve even in the modest task which was its charge.
Antonio Sanchez-Bayon (UCJC): Freedom of Religion at Large in American Common Law: A Critical Review and New Topics. Christopher C. Lund (Wayne State): Rethinking the “Religious Question” Doctrine. Caroline Mala Corbin (Miami): Corporate Religious Liberty: Why Corporations Are Not Entitled to Religious Exemptions. Can a pluralistic commonwealth endure? Brian McCall reviews The Political Problem of Religious Pluralism and Why Philosophers Can't Solve It by Thaddeus J. Kozinski. Zachary R. Calo reviews The Tragedy of Religious Freedom by Marc O. Degirolami. Gabriel Arana on “religious liberty”, the next big front in the culture wars. T.F. Charlton on “accidental activism” and redefining religious liberty. These "religious freedom" bills are the new Stand-Your-Ground laws: Eric Sasson on how Arizona's proposed law would have frightening unintended consequences. Until the whole is leavened: Kevin D. Williamson on religious freedom for the butcher and baker, not just the bishop (and more) Jillian Rayfield on how “religious liberty” is just another word for discrimination. Scott Lemieux on why it's not illiberal to defend fundamental rights: Making everyone a conscience onto themselves isn't liberalism, but anarchy. Ed Kilgore on how the “religious liberty” campaign may be backfiring for conservatives. Looking back, 2013 is likely to be remembered as the final collapse of the old, confrontational Religious Right in favor of a less partisan, more pragmatic approach. Reagan’s Christian revolt: George M. Marsden on how conservatives hijacked American religion. Can the evangelical church embrace gay couples? A new wave of thinkers says yes and is looking to Scripture for support.
Michael Di Gregorio (McMaster): Aristotle's Political Psychology: Rhetoric, Affect, and International Relations. Juan Fernando Palacio (St. Gallen): Was Geopolitics Born 60 Years Before Mahan and Mackinder? The Forgotten Contribution of Friedrich List. Stephen Turner (USF): Weber's Foray into Geopolitics. Carsten Rauch and Iris Wurm (Frankfurt): “From Disharmony to Harmony”: A Typology of Great Power Concerts. Stephan M. Haggard (UCSD): Liberal Pessimism: International Relations Theory and the Emerging Powers. From Duck of Minerva, a symposium on The End of IR Theory. A.C. McKeil on international relations as historical political theory. Why do policy makers hate international relations scholarship? Henry Farrell investigates. David Armitage on his book The Foundations of Modern International Thought. Dangerous neighborhoods: Doug Gibler and Alex Braithwaite on why the “Democratic Peace” may have more to do with geography than democracy. You can download The Clash of Civilizations Twenty Years On, ed. J. Paul Barker. From Theory Talks, an interview with Siba Grovogui on IR as theology, reading Kant badly, and the incapacity of Western political theory to travel very far in non-Western contexts; and an interview with Pinar Bilgin on non-Western IR, hybridity, and the one-toothed monster called civilization. Stephanie Carvin on the seven deadly sins of foreign policy: Lust, sloth, and wrath are even worse when states do them — right, Machiavelli? The Fox and the Hedgehog: Randy Borum on contrasting approaches to anticipating the environment.