David Karol (Maryland): Depolarization? Party Coalitions and the Politics of Gun Control: 2000-2012. From Mother Jones, a special report on Newtown: One Year After. Lauren Kirchner on mapping the laws, lobbying, and life-altering consequences of guns. Guns in America after Newtown, by the numbers: There have been 26 school shootings since Sandy Hook, and more than 30,000 have died by way of gun violence. The resistance of sheriffs in Colorado to enforcing certain gun laws is raising questions about whether tougher rules passed since Newtown have a muted effect in parts of the nation where gun ownership is common. Robert Draper goes inside the power of the N.R.A.: It has been a year since the Newtown shootings, federal gun laws haven’t changed — here is why. Gun activists have a new craze and it’s more dangerous than you think: The new front line in the battle over gun rights is "open carry" — Matt Valentine on why it has psychologists deeply concerned. Print your weapon: Christopher Brauchli on the battle over invisible guns. Colin Woodward on how the battle lines of today's debates over gun control, stand-your-ground laws, and other violence-related issues were drawn centuries ago by America's early settlers. From GQ, how in the world did a family of squirrel-eating, Bible-thumping, catchphrase-spouting duck hunters become the biggest TV stars in America? Drew Magary toured the Louisiana backwater with Phil Robertson and the Duck Dynasty gang to find out. Drew Millard interviews Ted Nugent on freedom, America, and killing shit. Pro football isn't pro-gun enough for Guns & Ammo.
Fridrik Mar Baldursson (Reykjavik) and Richard Portes (LBS): Gambling for Resurrection in Iceland: The Rise and Fall of the Banks. Mahama Tawat (ECMI): The Birth of Sweden's Multicultural Policy: The Primacy of Olof Palme's Ideas. Gyorgy Simon Jr. (Corvinus): The Swedish Model in the Context of Modern Economic Growth. From Social Evolution Forum, Peter Turchin on getting to Norway, and on paradoxes of the Nordic model (and part 2). Nick Haekkerup on how the American Dream comes to life in Denmark. From Occupy.com, Steve Rushton on how Nordic Europe is guarding the commons; on how Iceland's ALDA movement seeks a roadmap toward systemic change; and on the wisdom of the Icelandic crowd-sourcers. One country saved its Jews — were they just better people? Michael Ignatieff on the surprising truth about Denmark in the Holocaust. Cockblocked by redistribution: Katie J.M. Baker on a pick-up artist in Denmark. Rosie Goldsmith on Iceland, where one in 10 people will publish a book (and more). It's official: Iceland is the best place in the world to be a woman. Is Scandinavia female friendly? Nima Sanandaji wonders. Steve Vickers on Vrango, an island with a rescue plan. Police in Iceland kill a man for the first time ever. A look at why violent crime is so rare in Iceland. Why does Sweden have so many billionaires? High taxes and a generous welfare state are no barrier to Nordic riches. Helen Vatsikopoulos on how TV shows like Borgen put Denmark on the map. Scandinavian style: Sophie Pinkham reviews My Struggle by Karl Ove Knausgaard. John Emerson on sexual customs of the Icelanders. Sweden's refugee policy sets high standard, offering Syrian asylum seekers permanent residence and a chance to resettle. Ryan Jacobs on why so many Icelanders still believe in invisible elves. The newest portrait of the Danish royal family was unveiled to the public to a chorus of screams.
Ronald Mendoza de Jesus (Emory): Invention of the Death Penalty: Abolitionism at its Limits. Jacob Held (UCA): The Problem with the Problem of Pornography: Subordination, Sexualization, and Speech. Sex in the Senate: Todd S. Purdum on Bobby Baker's salacious secret history of Capitol Hill. James Delingpole writes in defence of cocaine: If you can handle your drink, why should your self-control desert you with other drugs? The introduction to Occultism in a Global Perspective by Henrik Bogdan and Gordan Djurdjevic. A lion of the Left wing celebrates six decades: Dissent magazine connects with younger readers (and more). The U.S. District Court decided that the NSA's collection of phone metadata is likely unconstitutional — what does that mean? Five ways Republicans screwed up in 2013, according to conservative Benjamin Brophy. The worst thing ever written: Adi Robertson on the terrible, wonderful weirdness of fake fanfiction. Noam Scheiber on the question at the heart of the Democratic schism: No one quite knows how to define "populism" — which is good news for vested interests who want to attack reform. The weird science of in-laws: Leon Neyfakh on what experts know about the family relationship with no rules. What happened to the study of American history? Emily Bloch interviews David McCullough. Left hook: David Weigel on how a few liberal activists got the mainstream media to cover a “war” they made up (and more).
The economic populists have it right: Paul Krugman on why inequality matters. John Sides on how the filibuster has helped create income inequality: Anti-majoritarian rules and gridlock complicate Obama's fight against economic inequality. There are really no arguments left that are actively on the side of high inequality aside from simpleminded libertarian fantasies that economic capitalism is neutral by definition, and therefore everyone automatically gets what they deserve. Matthew Yglesias on ten theses on growth, employment, and inequality, and on capital inequality — it's bigger and a bigger deal than labor inequality. Just two sentences make Americans as pro-welfare as Danes: A social science experiment suggests that attitudes about welfare depend on stereotypes but can be changed by even a small amount of information. Here’s how the safety net has — and hasn’t — reduced poverty in the U.S. Of course the safety net redistributes income — that’s why it works. Should we raise the minimum wage? Jordan Weissmann on 11 questions and answers. Is service work today worse than being a household servant? David Cay Johnston investigates. Kathleen Geier on what social science says about the impact of unemployment on well-being: it’s even worse than you thought. There is neither coast nor interior, nor border, nor breed, nor birth: Brad DeLong on Victor Davis Hanson, who sits in a plutocrat-funded coastal institution that for 54 years has been waging an intellectual war — with considerable success — to make America more unequal, with a smaller and less effective government.
Andrey Shcherbak (HSE): Nationalism in the USSR: A Historical and Comparative Perspective. Beate Roessler (Amsterdam): Authenticity of Cultures and of Persons. Giulia Piccolino (Pretoria): Ultranationalism, Democracy and the Law: Insights from Cote d’Ivoire. Here are the papers from a conference on Cosmopolitan Conditions for Legitimate Sovereignty, and sample chapters from Cosmopolitanism versus Non-Cosmopolitanism: Critiques, Defenses, Reconceptualizations, ed. Gillian Brock. #RussianMarch: National holiday hijacked by nationalists. Paul R. Pillar on the age of nationalism: Nation-states, and conflicts centering on them, remain the defining features of our time. Paul Collier on how nationalism threatens racism, not war. Should countries be more like families? Roger Scruton on why democracies must learn to compromise to ensure their survival. Igor Pakovic on how Serbian nationalists disrupted Kosovo's first local elections. Should nations stay within their historical boundaries, or change as their populations do? Charles Crawford on how Kosovo is a cautionary tale. Sonia Gable and Ray Mount on identity, the new nationalist idea. Parag Khanna on the end of the nation-state. Neil Irwin on how nationalism makes for bad economics, ECB edition. The introduction to The Kanak Awakening: The Rise of Nationalism in New Caledonia by David Chappell.
Ernesto Oyarbide (Oxford): The Many Uses of Virtue: Aristotelian Echoes in Matthew Arnold's Culture and Anarchy. From The Washington Post, who had the worst year in Washington? Chris Cillizza investigates. Shifting Horizons: Lance Gilliam on Gadamer and the question of authorial intent. North Korea is deleting history: Tens of thousands of articles have disappeared down an Orwellian memory hole. Rightbloggers wish America a miserable War on Christmas, again. Your boss wants to be Nate Silver: Employers are developing powerful new statistical tools to judge the value of workers — here's why you should worry. Heidegger in France: Jonathan Derbyshire on Nazism and philosophy. It's the fundamentals, stupid: Ed Kilgore on how elections aren't determined by short-term “game changes”. "Corporatism" is the latest hysterical Right-wing accusation: Mike Konczal on the secret history of a smear. About 100 hundred days after the installation of the new left-wing government, the Albanian twentieth century is slowly seeping in through the cracks of the cleptocratic system that held the country together for the past eight years. Pope Francis' crackdown on Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate alarms traditionalists. Give me amendments or give me death: Emma Roller and David Weigel go inside the secretive campaign by state legislators to pass conservative amendments in 34 states and rewrite the Constitution.
Daniel Hausman (Wisconsin): Motives and Markets in Health Care. Amitabh Chandra and Jonathan Holmes (Harvard) and Jonathan S. Skinner (Dartmouth): Is this Time Different? The Slowdown in Healthcare Spending. Katie Keith, Kevin W. Lucia, and Christine Monahan (Georgetown): Nondiscrimination Under the Affordable Care Act. From RAND Review, a special section on ramifications of health reform: Seven areas where the Affordable Care Act will alter the health insurance landscape. Can Obamacare handle last-minute enrollments? The good news is, they're preparing now. Eric Patashnik and Julian Zelizer on five myths about the future of Obamacare. Scott Lemieux on the Affordable Care Act v. the Heritage Plan: A comparison in chart form. From TNR, Republicans are right: Obamacare is redistribution — but here's how it really works; and the Obamacare flaw that worries me the most: Jonathan Cohn on one real problem with Obamacare. Jonathan Chait on how conservative health-care policies do not exist in any real form — call it the “Heritage Uncertainty Principle”. Grover Norquist and Patrick Gleason on the Republican answer to Obamacare. North Carolina legislator Bob Rucho believes Obamacare is worse than terrorists, Stalin, Hitler combined. Obamacare is Obama's Katrina, Iraq, Vietnam, apartheid, and Civil War combined: Ryan Kearney on a comprehensive list of every historical analogy made to Obamacare. When even as fanatical an ideological cadre as Ted Cruz’s speechwriter blurts her desperation to join Obamacare, it suggests that conservatives have deeply miscalculated.
Ho Fai Chan and Benno Torgler (QUT) and Bruno S. Frey and Jana Gallus (Zurich): Does the John Bates Clark Medal Boost Subsequent Productivity and Citation Success? Ranadeb Chaudhuri and Charles Trzcinka (Indiana), Zoran Ivkovich (Michigan State), and Joshua Matthew Pollet (Illinois): What a Difference a Ph.D. Makes: More than Three Little Letters. The world has changed: Aditya Chakrabortty on how mainstream economics is in denial (and a response). Why study economics? An excerpt from Foundations of Economics by Andrew Gillespie. John Kay on economics in the real world: Most people completing degrees in economics won't have read these books, but they should. Wendy Carlin on how economics explains our world, but economics degrees don’t: The curriculum is increasingly remote from what the experts now know. Actually, economists can predict financial crises. Ingrid Robeyns on economics as a moral science. Economics is inextricably tied to moral behavior, though few economists will say that — it’s time someone did. Kate Bahn on lady economists in an economan's world. Must we reconstruct all of economics? Paul Krugman on new thinking and old books revisited. The next big thing you missed: Marcus Wohlsen on how big-data men David Soloff and Joe Reisinger rewrite government’s tired economic models. Jeroen Van Bouwel on microfoundations and macrofoundations. Jeffrey Sachs on why we need a new macroeconomics. Mark Thoma on how economists can tame irrational exuberance.
From Social Text, Debra Rae Cohen (SC) and Michael Coyle (Colgate): “Police and Thieves”: Citation as Struggle in the Punk Cover Song; and a special dossier on Cruising Utopia to commemorate Jose Esteban Munoz. People who are comfortable with eating meat, should be equally comfortable with killing animals, thinks UK artist John O'Shea. From The Politic, Jacek Oleszczuk interviews Seymour Hersh on Syria, Snowden and Obama. Lifehacking: Steven Poole is against the insufferable cult of productivity. From The Nation, what does the American Studies Association’s Israel boycott mean for academic freedom? Michelle Goldberg investigates (and more by Ari Kelman and more by Alex Lubin). On American campuses, there are two lefts: Michael Kazin on how an idiotic Israel boycott obscures real progress in campus activism. From Vice, James Franco on Richard Prince, Roland Barthes, and remythologizing the myth of the cowboy. Pope must decide what to do with disgraced Legion of Christ movement. The fall of the house of Tsarnaev: A five-month Globe investigation offers new insights into the two suspects in the Marathon bombings and their deeply dysfunctional family. Ta-Nehisi Coates on Mandela and the question of violence: One should never lose sight of why America preaches nonviolence to some people while urging other people to arms. Ted Cruz manages to get even more repulsive: Joan Walsh on why he's the worst.
Lauren Rhue (NYU): The Pins that Bind: Preference Affirmation, Social Norms, and Networks on Pinterest. Emanuela Todeva (Surrey) and Donka Atanasova Keskinova (Plovdiv): The Studies of Blogs and On-Line Communities: From Information to Knowledge and Action. Andrew Tutt (Yale): The New Speech. Censored by Google: Joel Whitney on how the search giant is becoming the Web’s unofficial policeman. What is “evil” to Google? Ian Bogost on speculations on the company's contribution to moral philosophy. Can Facebook, Twitter and Youtube change the world? Jun Valila reviews The Emerging Role of Social Media in Political and Regime Change by Rita Safranek. Paul Ford on the hidden technology that makes Twitter huge. Jeff Elder goes inside a Twitter robot factory: Fake activity, often bought for publicity purposes, influences trending topics. Shaun Randol interviews Nick Bilton, author of Hatching Twitter: A True Story of Money, Power, Friendship, and Betrayal. My Facebook page may be part of my identity, but can it give me a virtual afterlife? Facebook is for grandparents: Jonathan Saragossi on what we need in a next-gen social network. Why are so many social media managers dipshits? Mark Copyranter Duffy wants to know. David Rolph on defamation by social media. From The Kernel, James Cook on the woman trapped on the internet, and on what it’s like to be “YouTube famous”; and Jeremy Wilson on the creepy world of “cappers”, and on the vilest sites on the internet. Is the Internet trustworthy? Chris Syme wonders. Harry Cheadle on how the Internet is a giant lie factory. Hadley Freeman on how the Elan Gale internet hoax sums up all that is rotten about our online lives.