Irene Hadiprayitno (Leiden): Poverty. Nobuo Yoshida, Hiroki Uematsu, Carlos E. Sobrado (World Bank): Is Extreme Poverty Going to End? An Analytical Framework to Evaluate Progress in Ending Extreme Poverty. From Law, Ethics and Philosophy, Kasper Lippert-Rasmussen (Aarhus): Global Injustice and Redistributive Wars; and Thomas Pogge (Yale): Poverty and Violence. Karen Simbulan (Erfurt): The Ethics of Global Poverty: Who is responsible? A Critique of Thomas Pogge’s Politics as Usual. Benjamin E. Goldsmith (Sydney), Yusaku Horiuchi (Dartmouth), and Terence Wood (ANU): Doing Well by Doing Good: The Impact of Foreign Aid on Foreign Public Opinion. Andrea Civelli and Andrew W. W. Horowitz (Arkansas) and Arilton Teixeira (FUCAPE): Is Foreign Aid Motivated by Altruism or Self-Interest? A Theoretical Model and Empirical Test. Is aid a roadblock to development? Chris Blattman reviews The Great Escape: Health, Wealth, and the Origins of Inequality by Angus Deaton (and more). Three myths on the world's poor: Bill and Melinda Gates call foreign aid a phenomenal investment that's transforming the world. “Capitalism did not eradicate smallpox”: Ezra Klein interviews Bill Gates on the "three myths" that block progress for the poor. The aid debate is over: William Easterly reviews The Idealist: Jeffrey Sachs and the Quest to End Poverty by Nina Munk (and more). From Project Syndicate, Angus Deaton on weak states, poor countries; and Kaushik Basu on reason and the end of poverty. What is poverty? The existence of absolute poverty today points to the indifference of many in the rich world. Jessica Benko on the hyper-efficient, highly scientific scheme to help the world’s poor.


Dan Glenday (Brock): Professional Wrestling as Culturally Embedded Spectacles in Five Core Countries: The USA, Canada, Great Britain, Mexico and Japan. David Hollanders (Tilburg) and Ferry Koster (EUR): Aging and the Politics of the Welfare State. Israel Issi Doron (Haifa): Ageism: Justice and Social Policy. Robin Feldman (Hastings) and W. Nicholson Price (Harvard): Patent Trolling: Why Bio and Pharmaceuticals are at Risk. Ben Burroughs (Iowa): Obama Trolling: Memes, Salutes, and an Agonistic Politics in the 2012 Presidential Election. Robots aren't here yet, but that doesn't mean they never will be. Caity Weaver on how America's clowns are dying. Amusing ourselves to death still? Jeffrey Goldfarb on media monstration, the politics of small things, and "The Daily Show". The new domestics: Forget the butler and the ladies’ maid — those who serve today’s super-rich are more likely to have titles like videographer, curator and horticulturist. The Dark Money Man: Kim Barker and Theodoric Meyer on how Sean Noble moved the Kochs’ cash into politics and made millions. Ruth Graham on how a new wave of fetal-protection measures creates a collision in American law — and exposes a moral conundrum. PopFront introduces Marxist Mixtape with Allen Ginsberg’s “The Ballad of the Skeletons”, featuring Paul McCartney, Lenny Kaye and Philip Glass. From the Center for New Revenue, Pat Oglesby on how not to tax marijuana. Danny Postel and Nader Hashemi on using force to save starving Syrians. A refugee from the Democratic Republic of North Korea who spent six years in one of that nation's harshest gulags has shared his chilling illustrations of its conditions with the UN High Commission on Human Rights.


Jarret Crawford and Sean Modri (CNJ) and Matt Motyl (Virginia): Bleeding-Heart Liberals and Hard-Hearted Conservatives: Subtle Political Dehumanization through Differential Attributions of Human Nature and Human Uniqueness Traits. Curtis Holland (Northeastern): An Empirical Analysis of the Structuration of American Ideologies About Economic Justice. David C. Kimball, Bryce Summary, and Eric C. Vorst (Missouri): Political Identify and Party Polarization in the American Electorate. From a series on political polarization at The Monkey Cage blog, Alan I. Abramowitz on how race and religion have polarized American voters; Hans Noel on how ideological activists constructed our polarized parties: Intellectuals and activists created modern liberalism and conservatism — then the parties followed suit; are Fox and MSNBC polarizing America? Today’s changing media environment mostly affects those voters who are already committed partisans; Morris P. Fiorina and Samuel Abrams, authors of Disconnect: The Breakdown of Representation in American Politics, on how Americans aren’t polarized, just better sorted; if polarization is an American problem, why is it higher in other countries?; and can young voters break the cycle of polarization? To understand what might break a politics of polarization and stalemate, we need to look to the youngest voters. Henry Farrell on the not-quite-as-depressing psychological theory that explains Washington: Partisan blinkers can have benefits in the right context. Andrew Gelman on political values and scientific attitudes: People feel they have coherent attitudes, even though correlations are low when you consider specific survey responses.

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