Asa Palviainen (Jyvaskyla): National Identity and a Transnational Space: The Strength of Tradition in a Time of Change. Ganzi Isharaza (Leeds): Examining the Relevance of National Borders in a Globalized World. Olivier Walther (Southern Denmark) and Denis Retaille (Bordeaux): Rethinking Borders in a Mobile World: An Alternative Model. Liam Anderson (Wright): Ethnofederalism in Comparative Perspective. Boris Bizumic (ANU): Who Coined the Concept of Ethnocentrism? Sergio Fabbrini (LUISS): Navigating the Murky Waters of Nationalism: Why Europeans Have to Consider the American Experience. A Brief Report. Richard Arneson (UCSD): Is Patriotism Immoral? Michael S. Kochin (Tel Aviv): Education after Freedom. Paul Anderson (Pompeu Fabra): Scotland and Catalonia: A Tale of Two Nations, from Devolution to Independence? Asya Pereltsvaig on Brittany, another independence-seeking European region. Basil Chulev on the invention of the "Slavic" fairytale. Jean A. Stuntz reviews Borders: A Very Short Introduction by Alexander C. Diener and Joshua Hagen. Hanna Clutterbuck reviews Nations: The Long History and Deep Roots of Political Ethnicity and Nationalism by Azar Gat. The entropy of nations: If Adam Smith were a physicist and alive in the 21st century he might be tempted to compare people or nations to molecules and to replace the phrase "hidden hand" with "thermodynamic process". John O’Sullivan on the case for nationalism. Self-determination, a right in three parts: Emily Catherine Davis on exploring the history of the principle and the legitimacy of claims to the right by persons, states, and dependent peoples in international law.
From BMC Medical Ethics, Yasuko Takezawa (Kyoto) et al: Human Genetic Research, Race, Ethnicity and the Labeling of Populations: Recommendations Based on an Interdisciplinary Workshop in Japan. From n+1, most of us, understandably, are more concerned with economics on the personal scale of budgets and paychecks and debt and less interested in economics on the corporate scale of interstate commerce or monopolies or taxable presences — Amazon’s violation of the spirit (if not the letter) of American tax and anti-monopoly laws is abstract; one’s rent, phone bill, spending money, student loan payments, a lot less so. Cliven Bundy betrays Rightbloggers, forcing them to denounce (some of) his crazy ideas. Alexis Madrigal and Adrienne LaFrance on a guide to (and history of) a contested idea: If net neutrality is so important, why is it so controversial? (and more) Ryan Singel on how the FCC plans to save the Internet by destroying it: An explainer. Carlos Lozada on how to write a Thomas Piketty think piece, in 10 easy steps. Kerry says Israel is headed toward "apartheid" — this was not a savvy thing to say, but that doesn't mean it was wrong. High plains moochers: At the heart of the Cliven Bundy standoff was a perversion of the concept of freedom. This is modern racism’s face: Carolyn Edgar on how Sterling and Bundy aren't vestiges of another time — they are the embodiment of Paul Ryan and Michele Bachmann's ideas (and more). Michael Tomasky on Donald Sterling and the neverending fantasy of “Democrat” racism. Ned O'Gorman on going beyond the democratic “experience” of an archive.
George S. Rigakos and Aysegul Ergul (Carleton): The Pacification of the American Working Class: A Time Series Analysis. Is the workplace prison or sanctuary? From dark 19th-century quarters to Silicon Valley playground, the office has long divided opinion. Sophie McBain in why we should all be working less. Catherine Rampell on treating wage theft as a criminal offense. Ben Casselman on how the biggest predictor of how long you’ll be unemployed is when you lose your job. Manufacturing is doing great, but not for workers — here’s what that means. Annie Lowrey on how the recovery has created far more low-wage jobs than better-paid ones. People think we're in a recession — don't blame them. Why is the recovery so agonizingly slow? Mark Thoma wants to know. The road to recovery: Tom Streithorst on the state of the economy and how to fix it. 50 years into the War on Poverty, hardship hits back. Disgorge the cash: J.W. Mason on how capitalists are self-sabotaging because they're always looking to cash out. Joshua Hanan and Justin Eckstein on the American debt crisis and Twitter. In this new gilded age, we should remind ourselves of a central guiding purpose of America’s original antitrust law, and use it no less boldly. James Surowiecki reviews Fortune Tellers: The Story of America’s First Economic Forecasters by Walter A. Friedman. The government was crucial after all: Jeff Madrick reviews The Entrepreneurial State: Debunking Public vs. Private Sector Myths by Mariana Mazzucato and Doing Capitalism in the Innovation Economy: Markets, Speculation and the State by William H. Janeway. David Cay Johnston on why Thomas Jefferson favored profit sharing.