Pavlina Tcherneva (Bard): Full Employment: The Road Not Taken. This is what a job in the U.S.’s new manufacturing industry looks like. Automation alone isn’t killing jobs: Tyler Cowen on how the long-term unemployed are now burdened by complex interactions of technology, education and market demand. Are class interests perpetuating high unemployment? Paul Krugman on oligarchs and money. Tom Slee on how the “sharing economy” invokes vague leftist sentiments while moving towards more precarious employment. There’s an old saying that the working class’s ultimate weapon is withholding labor through slowdowns and strikes; by that measure, the U.S. working class has been effectively disarmed since the 1980s. Jake Rosenfeld on politics in our non-union age (and more by Sarah Jaffe). How can unions win? David Burr Gerrard investigates. Not your grandpa’s labor union: As “employee” and “employer” become hazy categories, experiments in worker advocacy are replacing unions as we’ve known them. Behold, Target's brand new cheesy anti-union video. Marietta Poshi on how Walmart creates poverty. From Democracy, Jason Furman on poverty and the tax code: Tax credits have arguably done more to reduce poverty than programs have — it’s time to expand them once again; and Monica Potts reviews The American Way of Poverty: How the Other Half Still Lives by Sasha Abramsky. Jared Bernstein on how aid to the poor is also an investment. George Packer on the Right's new “welfare queens”: The middle class. Mike Konczal on the voluntarism fantasy: Conservatives dream of returning to a world where private charity fulfilled all public needs, but that world never existed — and we’re better for it (and James Kwak on how there’s no substitute for the government).
The inaugural issue of Porn Studies is free online. Adam Lamparello (Indiana Tech): Citizens Disunited: McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission. From Cabinet, making up Hollywood: Sasha Archibald on Max Factor and the invention of modern cosmetics; and spin doctors: Christopher Turner interviews Simon Schaffer on the fantasy of perpetual motion. From Vox.com, Ezra Klein on how politics makes us stupid. Jonathan Chait on how to understand politics in the Obama era, when everything is secretly about race. If a right to health care is argued in the Supreme Court, does anybody hear it? W. David Koeninger wonders. The Supreme Court declines an early look at a constitutional challenge to the National Security Agency's bulk collection of millions of Americans' telephone records. Rightbloggers defend Mozilla CEO Eich — not for free speech, but against gays. Is friendship still possible under nihilistic conditions? Paul van Tongeren on Kant, Nietzsche and the idealization of friendship into nihilism. Helaine Olen on the quest to improve America’s financial literacy is both a failure and a sham. Jesse Singal on why our earthquake scale is a disaster. Pay Congress more — seriously: Alex Pareene on the case for making them rich. Why cities work even when Washington doesn't: James Fallows on the case for strong mayors. To hell and back: How nations torn apart by atrocity or civil war can stitch themselves together again. Yes, writing languages for “Game of Thrones” is a real job.
The latest issue of the Annual Review of Critical Psychology is devoted to critical work around the world. Augustine Brannigan (Calgary): Stanley Milgram’s Obedience Experiments: A Report Card 50 Years Later. Eyal Zamir (HUJ): Loss Aversion: An Overview. Rachael A. Carmen, Glenn Geher, Daniel J. Glass, Amanda E. Guitar, Terry L. Grandis, Laura Johnsen, Melvin M. Philip, Rebecca L. Newmark, Grant T. Trouton, and Briana R. Tauber (SUNY-New Paltz): Evolution Integrated Across All Islands of the Human Behavioral Archipelago: All Psychology as Evolutionary Psychology. Research suggests it's easier than you think to get people to commit bad deeds. Daniel Tutt reviews Enjoying What We Don’t Have: The Political Project of Psychoanalysis by Todd McGowan. Psychologists’ effort to end aid to military interrogations falls short: APA failed to ban interrogation aiding, but gathered enough support to bolster efforts further. From TNR, your self is located in your chest: Psychologists search for the subjective location of the self — some say it's in the torso, others say it's in the eyes; a little narcissism is good for you: Alice Robb interviews Elizabeth Lunbeck, author of The Americanization of Narcissism; and you probably think the most important historic event of your lifetime happened when you were in your twenties. At what moment do you finally become yourself? New psychological research considers whether you are ever really comfortable with your own taste. Chelsea Whyte on how a face map of mixed feelings could help AIs understand us. Don’t worry be happy: Jeremy Safran on the dark underside of positive psychology.