A new issue of Cosmos and History is out. Sarah Brouillette (Carleton): Unesco and the Book in the Developing World. Paolo Chiocchetti (King’s College): Filling the Vacuum? The Development of the Partisan Radical Left in Germany, France and Italy, 1989-2013. Harold James warns that Europe’s fringes apppear determined to escape into the past. From the THR blog, and who is a person? Philip Lorish on the problem with Hobby Lobby (and part 2). Veiled Pensioners of the Mystic Sofa: The great mystery of Freemasonry — and of all these other slowly expiring fraternal societies — is not the profundity they convey across the centuries, but the way they slam together the sacred and the profane in a train wreck of confused symbolism. Steven Chu and Yi Cui describe how an overhaul of the unglamorous battery will jump-start a shift to renewable energy. From American Scientist, the quest for randomness: Scott Aaronson on how determining whether numbers truly can have no pattern has implications for quantum mechanics, not to mention the stock market and data security. The lesson from a hoax: People are gullible and lazy and prefer comforting, easily found, and easily assimilated information to reliable information — that’s why librarians are always fighting a losing battle. Anthony Faiola on how the new land of opportunity for immigrants is Germany. What’s God got to do with religion? Charles Mathewes reviews Religion Without God by Ronald Dworkin. Chandra Swope on the chapel of a godless society — an architectural thesis. The Civil Rights Act is 50 years old: These two pictures were taken 50 years apart — behold our progress.
From National Review, let your Right brain run free: For too long, conservatives have ceded the popular culture to the Left. The conservative countercultural revolt is on its way: Adam Bellow 21 conservative writers to read at the beach. Adam Kirsch on the Tea Party’s new front in the American culture wars: Literature (and more). Rightbloggers take back the culture with anti-feminist Tumblr, religious film reviews, etc. Ezra Klein on the revenge of the conservative nerds. David Weigel on the conservative publishing trend of the moment, and on the secret world of campus conservative journalism. Is ratfucking journalism dead? Adam Weinstein burrows a ways down the China-bound rabbit hole of assorted recent conservapundit foul-ups. Ashley Feinberg on 7 conservative alternatives to the Internet's most popular sites. The new .gop domain is now available and has already bloomed into a virtual almanac or archipelago of The Crazy. The Big Lobotomy: Paul Glastris and Haley Sweetland Edwards on how Republicans made Congress stupid. Republicans always listen to the Pentagon — except when it says climate change is real. The Supreme Court may have laid the groundwork for a constitutional crisis if Republicans win control of the Senate in the November elections, creating the possibility of a stalemate between the executive and legislative branches when it comes to keeping the government operational. A Brookings study finds one political party is actively working to make government fail (guess which one). Conservative commentator Ann Coulter is saying that when it comes to midterm elections, it is better to vote for “crap-ass Republicans” than any Democrats.
Noopur Raval (Jawaharlal Nehru): The Encyclopedia Must Fail: Notes on Queering Wikipedia. Andreea D. Gorbatai (UC-Berkeley): The Paradox of Novice Contributions to Collective Production: Evidence from Wikipedia. Carl Miller on how Wikipedia is a masterclass in digital democracy. Mona Chalabi on the 100 most-edited Wikipedia articles. Rex Hammock on how John Seigenthaler changed Wikipedia. For this author, 10,000 Wikipedia articles is a good day's work: In Sweden, Sverker Johansson and his “bot” have created 2.7 million articles; some purists complain. This machine kills trolls: Jesse Hicks on how Wikipedia’s robots and cyborgs snuff out vandalism. Cory Doctorow on how Wikipedia can become a no-asshole-zone. Four Wikipedia editors have been named in a $10 million lawsuit by a Canadian businessman over changes made to his page. Jessica Pressler on love and drama at the Wikipedia conference. With Twitter's help, watch Congress edit Wikipedia. Why won't Wikipedia ban propaganda on its Russian site? Josh Kovensky on how Russians have bought the Kremlin line — and they're acting on it. The “right to be forgotten” debate heats up as censorship hits Wikipedia. Wikimedia slams “right to be forgotten” ruling, creates page for Wikipedia link removal notices. This Wikipedia page doesn't care about your “right to be forgotten”. You know how every now and then a design studio releases a proposal for a redesign of Wikipedia? Well, the Wikimedia Foundation's own design team has just release a prototype for a complete visual overhaul of Wikipedia — for real this time. Wikipedia takes a long, hard look in the mirror. WikiPeaks: The popular online encyclopedia must work out what is next. Sorry Wikipedia: YouTube says it's the new encyclopedia.
Jack Michael Beermann (BU): Government's Obligation to Provide for the Health, Safety and Welfare of Its Citizens. Judea Pearl (UCLA): The Curse of Free-Will and the Paradox of Inevitable Regret. Robert J. Currie Schulich (Dalhousie): The Protection of Human Rights in the Suppression of Transnational Crime. Danny Rye (Birkbeck): The Concept of Power in the Analysis of Organisations with Social and Political Goals. From the Appendix, a special issue on “Futures of the Past”, about how past generations have reckoned their collective futures. Civics at the cineplex: John F Settich on how Americans learn democracy at the movies. Britt Peterson on the long strange journey of “uber”: The company of the moment picked a name with a very pungent history. Stan Nadel reviews Antisemitism and the American Far Left by Stephen H. Norwood. West Africans are finally receiving the same experimental Ebola drug given to Europeans. Jason Millman on why the drug industry hasn’t come up with an Ebola cure: The tough economic reality of funding treatment for “neglected” diseases. The “Asshole Effect”: Sarah Burnside reviews The Life of I: The New Culture of Narcissism by Anne Manne. Todd C. Frankel on the men and women behind “the most amazing economics site in the world”: FRED started as a modest newsletter — it's now every wonk's secret weapon. Greg Howard on how America is not for black people. Google’s company's attempt to "disrupt" the car industry with self-driving cars is an embrace of the status quo — we need innovation in mass transit instead. Glass, Darkly: Someone is keeping an eye on the future.
Has the “libertarian moment” finally arrived? Robert Draper on how Rand Paul and the libertarians could win young voters for the G.O.P. — if the party doesn’t shut them down. If Ron Paul is Nirvana, who is everyone else? Rightbloggers revel in "libertarian moment", which suspiciously resembles conservative whenever. Jonathan Chait on how libertarians snookered the New York Times Magazine. Ed Kilgore on how the so-called “libertarian moment” is engineered by the Christian Right. There aren’t many freedoms more fundamental than the freedom to walk to your grandmother’s apartment, as Michael Brown was doing, without getting shot by a representative of the government, so why aren’t libertarians talking about Ferguson? Paul Waldman wonders. Jonathan Martin reviews The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan by Rick Perlstein (and more and more and more and more and more and more and more). John Quiggin on Reagan and the Great Man in history. From Salon, Heather Parton on why Right-wing “populism” is a joke: Here's what it really means when they speak to “the American worker”; and Michael Lind on the Right’s phony reformers: Why “reformicons” really stand for crony capitalism. Michael Brendan Dougherty on how the Tea Party became as corrupt as the Beltway it loathes. Norm Ornstein on the existential battle for the soul of the GOP. Who won the Republican civil war? It depends what winning means. A puckish new brand of right-wing radical subverts the postmodern power machine each day over Twitter and RSS for fun and praxis — it’s a real hoot to watch: Andrea Castillo on a gentle introduction to neoreaction.
Hanan Harif (HUJ): The Revival of the Orient, Pan-Semitism and Pan-Asianism within Zionist Discourse. Raphael Cohen-Almagor (Hull): Reconciling Liberalism and Judaism? Human Rights in Israel. Eyal Lewin (Ariel): The Clash of Civil Religions: A Paradigm for Understanding Israeli Politics. Maoz Rosenthal (IDC): Keep Your Enemies Close and Your Friends Closer: Israeli Governments' Duration 1948-2013. Orna Ben-Naftali (COMAS) and Rafi Reznik Tel Aviv): The Astro-Nomos: On International Legal Paradigms and the Legal Status of the West Bank. Ziv Bohrer (Bar-Ilan): Lawyers in Warfare: Who Needs Them? Frances Kamm (Harvard): Taking Just War Seriously in Gaza. Is Israel fighting a just war in Gaza? Jeff McMahan on how grasping the ethics of the crisis requires us to properly understand the concept of proportionality. Is Israel’s military action in Gaza morally defensible? Peter Singer on ethics in Gaza. Michael Walzer on why Israel must defeat Hamas, but also must do more to limit civilian deaths. Reporters have finally found Hamas — what took so long? For all the hype, does Israel's Iron Dome even work? Paul Mason on why Gaza will prove to be a game-changing event. Yishai Schwartz on how the Gaza war will end. From the Stanford University Press blog, views on Gaza: Scholars reflect on the recent intensification of Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Alex Cocotas on a portrait of an Israeli peace protest. Is Zionism a feeling, or an idea? Jonathan Chait on an important intellectual cleavage among Zionists. Should American Jews refrain from criticizing Israel until this round of fighting is over? Emily Bazelon and Ruth Margalit debate. Tim Murphy on how the Gaza conflict has become New York’s great conversational taboo. Read this before you post about Gaza on Facebook.
Idris Fassassi (Harvard): Understanding the International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosecutor through the Game of Chess. Kimmo Eriksson, Daniel Cownden, Michael Ehn, and Pontus Strimling (Stockholm): “Altruistic” and “Antisocial” Punishers Are One and the Same. Maria Cubel and Santiago Sanchez-Pages (Barcelona), Ana Nuevo-Chiquero (Sheffield), and Marian Vidal-Fernandez (UNSW): Do Personality Traits Affect Productivity? Evidence from the Lab. Toby H. Birnbaum and Hershey H. Friedman (Brooklyn): Job: Lessons in Leadership from One of the Bible's Most Tragic Figures. From TNR, Paul Berman on the rise and fall of a radical journalist: History handed Alexander Cockburn a great opportunity, but he blew it (and a response by George Scialabba). Don’t let your children grow up to be farmers: Local food may be celebrated, but those of us who do the work aren’t making any money. Sahil Kapur on the enormous, unbelievable stakes for the Supreme Court in 2016. From Low-tech Magazine, how sustainable is digital fabrication? Kris De Decker investigates. Ezra Klein on the irony of Barack Obama's presidency in one sentence. Libby Nelson on the genocide 6,000 miles away: America's Yazidis watch and wait, fearing the worst. The introduction to Aboutness by Stephen Yablo. How we all got trolled: Supporters of Internet freedom rallied around weev before he went to prison; now that the hacker is out, he’s douchier — and maybe scarier — than ever. A look at 7 social issues Robin Williams brought to the screen. David Weigel on the forgettable liberal politics of Robin Williams.
Lindsey Smith (Alabama): African American Voting Rights in Alabama: The New Social Contract. From TNR, Jason Zengerle on the New Racism: This is how the civil rights movement ends. Christopher Ingraham on why the House Republican caucus can afford to write off minority voters: 95% of Republican House districts are majority-white. Research suggests how segregation benefits the tea-party movement. The constitutional politics of race: Calvin J. TerBeek reviews Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism and Wrecked the Middle Class by Ian Haney Lopez. Dean Starkman on the $236,500 hole in the American Dream: The wealth gap between black and white families is greater than ever. Peter Frase on gentrification and racial arbitrage. Ted Thornhill (Earlham): “If People Stopped Talking about Race, It Wouldn't be a Problem Anymore”: Silencing the Myth of a Color-Blind Society. Rhys Southan on white privilege discourse and status anxiety. White people be like “There's no such thing as white privilege”. “Swaggy”: Scott Interrante on Justin Bieber, masculine anxiety, and signifiers of blackness. Nancy Dowd (Florida): Unfinished Equality: The Case of Black Boys. Jabari Asim (Emerson): Shooting Negroes. Police officers are more likely to shoot black men, studies suggest. Emily Badger on when police departments don’t look like the cities they’re meant to protect. Andre M. Perry on Michael Brown: Yet another reminder that police see even unarmed black people as thugs. Brittney Cooper writes in defense of black rage: Michael Brown, police and the American dream. National Review flips “days since last racist rant” sign back to 0. Don Franzen interviews Lisa Bloom, author of Suspicion Nation: The Inside Story of the Trayvon Martin Injustice and Why We Continue to Repeat It.
Sony Pellissery (NLSIU): Anthropology's Contribution to Public Policy. David Berliner (ULB): Are Anthropologists Nostalgist? From HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory, how does anthropology know? A special section on ethnographic knowledge and the aporias of intersubjectivity; a colloquium on the ontological turn in French philosophical anthropology; new takes on old anthropological themes: Eight anthropologists working in various parts of Asia, Africa, and Latin America reflect on the concept of remote areas; and that's enough about ethnography: Tim Ingold on reasserting the value of anthropology as a forward-moving discipline dedicated to healing the rupture between imagination and real life. Craig Shrimpton on anthropology and the question of the political. Theory can be more than it used to be: Dominic Boyer on how theory is used in anthropology and the human sciences today. From Savage Minds, Alex Posecznick on the Anthropologist as Scholarly Hipster (in 5 parts). Creative endeavor: Anthropologist Anand Pandian studies Tamil filmmaking to understand human creativity. Samuel Gerald Collins on utilizing our own experiences to reflect on Big Data as a technological imaginary: Why do we think it’s desirable to collect all of the data, and what do we imagine the truth of the whole to be? Why anthropologist Grant McCracken is scared of big data. Intel’s sharp-eyed social scientist: Genevieve Bell, an anthropologist at Intel who leads a globe-trotting team, is trying to learn what consumers want most in their future electronics. Drake Baer on why companies are desperate to hire anthropologists. An article on teaching four-field anthropology to 3rd and 4th grade students.
Zachary Elkins (Texas), Tom Ginsburg (Chicago), and James Melton (UCL): Imagining a World Without the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Sheilagh Ogilvie and Andre W. Carus (Cambridge): Institutions and Economic Growth in Historical Perspective (and part 2). Early mod philosophy: Lisa Downing interviewed by Richard Marshall. Hermeneutics and philosophy: The introduction to the forthcoming Routledge Companion to Philosophical Hermeneutics by Jeff Malpas. Thomas Rogers on Berlin's Berghain, the secretive, sex-fueled world of techno's coolest club. As anyone who’s struggled to start a band, get shows, record music, and become a certified rock star knows, coming up with a name is half the challenge — a linguistic take on how we name bands today. Jessica Valenti on the case for free tampons: The cost of a product that half the world’s population needs multiple times a day, every month for approximately 30 years, is simply too much. The anti-court court: David Cole reviews Uncertain Justice: The Roberts Court and the Constitution by Laurence Tribe and Joshua Matz, In the Balance: Law and Politics on the Roberts Court by Mark Tushnet, and Scalia: A Court of One by Bruce Allen Murphy. The great historic house museum debate: Ruth Graham on the surprising fight over a quirky, dusty, and endangered American institution. Laurence Ball on the Great Recession’s long-term damage. The extremism of the Republican Party may have precipitated Obama’s confidence in unilateralism; to think that the cycle will end here, and that a future president won’t claim more expansive and disturbing powers to selectively enforce the law, requires an optimism not borne out by history.