Martin Gilens (Princeton) and Benjamin I. Page (Northwestern): Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups, and Average Citizens. Sungmun Choi (KIPF): Do Interest Groups Reward Politicians for Their Votes in the Legislature? Evidence from the Recent Financial Crisis. Jennifer Heerwig (Harvard) and Katherine Shaw (Cardozo): Through a Glass, Darkly: The Rhetoric and Reality of Campaign Finance Disclosure. Renata Strause and Daniel P. Tokaji (OSU): Building a Record for the Next Court (prepared for the symposium “The Future of Campaign Finance Reform"). Anthony Johnstone (Montana): Outside Influence. Amitai Etzioni (George Washington): Political Corruption in the United States: A Design Draft. Patrick Eoghan Murray (UCLA): Friends with Benefits: Measuring Corruption in Politics after Citizens United. Jonathan Rauch on the case for corruption: Why Washington needs more honest graft. What do you do when you have so much money you don't know what to do with it anymore? A look at how the super-rich spend a ton of money on politics these days. A new experiment shows how money buys access to Congress. The rich are dominating campaigns; Adam Bonica and Jenny Shen on why that’s about to get worse. John Sarbanes on how to put everyday citizens in charge of financing campaigns: Introducing the "Government by the People Act". Is this the super PAC to end all super PACs? Lawrence Lessig launches Mayday PAC. Seth Masket on how “fixing” campaign finance is only making it worse. Mark Schmitt on why a constitutional amendment wouldn’t really limit the power of money in politics. Noam Scheiber on the one way to harness Silicon Valley's self-interest for the good of the country: Tech moguls are the last best hope for campaign finance reform.
Virgilio A. Rivas (PUP): Derrida and Zizek: On the intersections of Differance and Parallax, from Eating Well to the Necessity of Idiocy. From the International Journal of Zizek Studies, Lisa Banu (Purdue): Design and Shit: Reality, Materiality and Ideality in the works of Jean Baudrillard and Slavoj Zizek; and Robert St. Clair (William and Mary): The Bomb in (and the Right to) the City: Batman, Argo, and Hollywood’s Revolutionary Crowds. Zizek and education: An excerpt from “The Threshold of the Zizekian: Notes Towards a Zizekian Pedagogy” by Daniel Tutt. Slavoj Zizek on the anger in Bosnia, but this time the people can read their leaders' ethnic lies. Fat-free chocolate and absolutely no smoking: Slavoj Zizek on why our guilt about consumption is all-consuming. Slavoj Zizek comments on Thomas Piketty's Le Capital au XXIe siecle. Is Slavoj Zizek a US propaganda psyop? Stuart Jeffries on a critical theoretic Marxist dialectical analysis of the World Cup song: “What's going on here is what Slavoj Zizek calls fetishistic disavowal”. The slow death of originality? Mark Carrigan on thoughts on the self-plagiarisation of Slavoj Zizek. As if writing copy for Abercrombie & Fitch wasn’t enough, a recent article by Slavoj Zizek in Playboy Magazine is circulating around the internet. “If you don’t give me any of your shitty papers you get an A”: Slavoj Zizek fans and haters can finally agree on something — he probably doesn’t like any of you. Please stop worshipping Slavoj Zizek, the superstar professor who calls students “boring idiots” (but before we pile on Zizek, we probably ought to consider the source). The last laugh: Marc Farrant reviews Zizek's Jokes by Slavoj Zizek (and more).
Dagmar Rita Myslinska (Charlotte): Racist Racism: Complicating Whiteness through the Privilege and Discrimination of Westerners in Japan. Kieran Setiya (Pittsburgh): The Mid-Life Crisis (“Argues that philosophy can solve the mid-life crisis”) Guido Franzinetti (UNIPMN): “Nazional-Popolare”: A Footnote on the Lexicon of Nationalism. No, Bernie Sanders should not run for president: Charles Davis on why his challenge is a waste of time. It’s time to recognize that we negotiate with terrorists, just like everyone else does. Most conservatives aren't arguing that the U.S. should have left Bowe Bergdahl behind, but it's the inescapable conclusion of their opportunistic critique. Conservatives are searching for new reasons not to save the planet. Max Ehrenfreund on how coal companies have bigger problems than the Obama administration. From ThinkProgress, one day after U.S. announces emissions target, China says carbon cap is on the way; and Josh Israel on how major companies distance themselves from U.S. Chamber of Commerce campaign against Obama’s climate plan. Neil deGrasse Tyson reveals his grand theory of climate change denialism: People will finally believe the science when they begin to lose their wealth. That’s a mighty nice climate change plan, America, but now the question is: Will it survive 2016? Noah Smith on five more ways to fight global warming. When driverless cars crash, who’s to blame? Brian Fung on how the rise of autonomous vehicles creates a tricky legal gray area. Michaele L. Ferguson reviews Playing the Whore: The Work of Sex Work by Melissa Gira Grant. Robert Darnton on how a world digital library is coming true. Impeach Barack Obama: Allen B. West on how his unilateral negotiations with terrorists represent high crimes and misdemeanors.
Ezio Di Nucci (Duisburg-Essen) and Filippo Santoni de Sio (TUDelft): Who’s Afraid of Robots? Fear of Automation and the Ideal of Direct Control. David Gunkel (NIU): The Rights of Machines: Caring for Robotic Care Givers. Cameron Hamilton (Georgia State): On the Possibility of Robots Having Emotions. From the inaugural issue of Intervalla, a special section on social robots and emotion: Transcending the boundary between humans and ICTs. “How do robots have sex?” sounds like the set-up line for a bad joke; using robots to model an evolutionary conundrum. Would you fuck a robot? You would probably fuck a robot. Something any man can be proud of: The humble sperm has inspired a new robot, the MagnetoSperm — or “bro-bot”. Ryan Jacobs on how the elderly fear their future robot friends will corrupt children. From the International Journal of Machine Consciousness, a collective review of the books Aristotle's Laptop: The Discovery of Our Informational Mind by Igor Aleksander and Helen Morton and Consciousness and Robot Sentience by Pentti O. Haikonen. Are the robots about to rise? Google's new director of engineering Ray Kurzweil thinks so. US military begins research into moral, ethical robots, to stave off Skynet-like apocalypse. Who’s afraid of killer robots (and why)? Cory Doctorow on why it is not possible to regulate robots: We regulate machines, from drills to defibrillators, but what distinguishes a power-drill from a robot-drill? Researchers have invented insect-sized robots that can swarm together and build just about anything. Evan Selinger on how the emerging “Internet of Things” is turning us into robots. Forget robots — we’ll soon be fusing technology with living matter. Researchers put robots in conversation, and the result is somewhere between romantic bickering and dorm-room existentialism.
Sinkwan Cheng (CUHK): Terrorism, Hegel, Honneth ("how Hegel and Honneth’s theory of recognition would seem to lend support to insurgent terrorists’ struggle for the right to self-determination”). Gabriela Pohl (Southern Queensland): A New Picture for Understanding Terrorists’ Opportunities and Choices When Media Coverage is a Desired Payoff. Bart Husslage, Peter Borm, Twan Burg, Herbert Hamers, and Roy H. A. Lindelauf (Tilburg): Ranking Terrorists in Networks: A Sensitivity Analysis of Al Qaeda's 9/11 Attack. Umbreen Javaid and Nighat Noureen (Punjab): An Insight into the Philosophical Dynamics of Al-Qaeda. David Skillicorn (Queen's) and Edna F Reid (James Madison): Language Use in the Jihadist Magazines Inspire and Azan. Assaf Moghadam on Al Qaeda's innovative middle managers: Fighting terrorism requires more than targeting leaders. Asawin Suebsaeng on how the State Department is actively trolling terrorists on Twitter. On faking blackness, dickriders, basic training, and the sad fabulist and wannabe-warrior-of-Islam, Nicholas Teausant: Daveed Gartenstein-Ross on the lies American jihadists tell themselves. Hakan Cem Cetin on the war on terrorism: What went wrong in Afghanistan? Explosive claims about Pakistan and Osama Bin Laden: Isaac Chotiner interviews Carlotta Gall, author of The Wrong Enemy: American in Afghanistan, 2001-2014. Did the U.S. trade 5 Taliban terrorists for an Army deserter? And what will Obama trade for the three other Americans being held in Afghanistan? Fred Kaplan on what people don’t understand about the Bergdahl deal: America negotiates with terrorists, these were not terrorists, and this could be the start of something big. Actually, sometimes terrorism does work: The popular adage that governments “do not negotiate with terrorists” appears to be untrue, at least in civil war.
Daphna Hacker (Tel-Aviv): Disappointed “Heirs” as a Socio-Legal Phenomenon. Kees Bastmeijer (Tilburg) and Tina Tin (ASOC): Antarctica, a Wilderness Continent for Science: The “Public's Dream” as a Mission Impossible? From Law, Ethics and Philosophy, Joanna Firth (Oxford): What’s So Shameful about Shameful Revelations? 1p Book Review: Nige reviews How to Be an Alien by George Mikes. Danny Vinik on Ron Fournier's elitist bias in one sentence. Michael Schapira interviews Paul Buhle, author of Bohemians: A Graphic History. Low self-esteem is good for you: Anneli Rufus on how we’ve been too successful at making people feel good. Dylan Matthews on the case for abolishing the TSA. From the Journal of Applied Hermeneutics, twins philosophically separated at birth? Tom Strong reviews Groundless Ground: A Study of Wittgenstein and Heidegger by Lee Braver. How the cosmos will meet its demise: An excerpt from Nothing: Surprising Insights Everywhere from Zero to Oblivion. Don't buy the “sharing economy” hype: Airbnb and Uber are facilitating rip-offs. Did Sy Hersh aid Syria with unprofessional journalism? Muhammad Idrees Ahmad on Syria, Sy Hersh, and the art of mass-crime revisionism. Docile and disciplined: Justene Musin on what it takes to become America’s Next Top Model. It makes you feel very lucky that a thinker of the caliber of Quin Hillyer chose to bless us with an essay on the very most vital issue of them all: the fundamental right of white male conservatives to use language that is egregiously offensive to others. Rightbloggers talk conservative "reform", but who's listening?
Michael W. Wara (Stanford): Building an Effective Climate Regime While Avoiding Carbon and Energy Stalemate. Georges Alexandre Lenferna (Washington): Betting on Climate Failure: The Ethics and Economics of Fossil Fuel Divestment. John C. Berg (Suffolk): Leave It in the Ground: Science, Politics, and the Movement to End Coal Use. Chris Hayes on the new abolitionism: Avoiding planetary disaster will mean forcing fossil fuel companies to give up at least $10 trillion in wealth. Cutting back on carbon: Saving the planet would be a lot cheaper than you’d think. Jonathan Chait on how the politics of climate change this summer will be worse than Obamacare’s. Obama makes his bid to become the environmental president. Juliet Eilperin and Steven Mufson on everything you need to know about the EPA’s proposed rule on coal plants. Ryan Koronowski on 8 things you should know about the biggest thing a president’s ever done on climate change. From TNR, a look at why enviros are saying such nice things about the new EPA rules; and how the politics of climate change regulations aren't anything like Obamacare. Obama’s climate change regulations are less ambitious than what Republicans were proposing in 2008. Jamie Fuller on how environmental policy became partisan: Environmental policy wasn't always this divisive (and more). Key Steiger on refuting the Right on climate. We have entered a new frontier of climate skepticism — not mere skepticism about climate scientists’ consensus view, but a meta-skepticism that climate scientists even believe it at all. New polling has an answer to the question of what term is better for climate hawks to use: “global warming” or “climate change”.
A. B. Atkinson (Oxford) and Salvatore Morelli (Naples): Chartbook of Economic Inequality. Vidya Atal (Montclair State): The Big Mac Index and Real-Income Disparity. Marcelo Medeiros and Pedro H. G. F. Souza (IPEA): The Rich, the Affluent and the Top Incomes: A Literature Review. From Science, a special issue on the science of inequality. Mark Thoma on why economists are finally taking inequality seriously. Kate Ward on economic inequality: Can theology say something new? Eduardo Porter interviews Branko Milanovic, author of The Haves and the Have-Nots, on narrowing inequality. Communists have seized the IMF: A new paper from the IMF makes the case for quasi-socialist policies — or at least a lot more redistribution of income. Demography, growth and inequality: A generation of old people is about to change the global economy — they will not all do so in the same way. Equality and singularity: Roger Berkowitz reviews The Society of Equals by Pierre Rosanvallon. A matter of life and death: Andrew Blackman reviews The Killing Fields of Inequality by Goran Therborn. Nearly 20 percent of capital in the world’s two biggest economies is sitting idle — are we saving too much? Larry Bartels on how the U.S. is a world leader in class conflict over government spending. David Leonhardt and Kevin Quealy on how the American middle class is no longer the world’s richest (and more). Christopher Ingraham on more reasons why the U.S. is the best place to be rich. Alexander E.M. Hess, Vince Calio and Thomas C. Frohlich on countries with the widest gap between rich and poor. The world's first trillionaire could emerge within 25 years, forecasters claim, with Bill Gates widely seen as the frontrunner.
A new issue of Image and Narrative is out. Marcia Gallo (UNLV): The Parable of Kitty Genovese, the New York Times, and the Erasure of Lesbianism. Nico Voigtlander (UCLA) and Hans-Joachim Voth (Zurich): Highway to Hitler. From VoxEU, Thomas Piketty responds to FT. From 3:AM, Richard Marshall interviews Elizabeth Camp on metaphors and minds; and Susan Schneider on mental lives and Fodor’s lot. Signe Cane interviews David Chalmers and Andy Clark, authors of “The Extended Mind”. Jorgen Dyrstad and Tomas Midttun interview David Chalmers on the problem of consciousness and the nature of philosophy. Andrew Cuomo has a real problem on his left flank — good: The Working Families Party's challenge to the Democratic governor is what an organized political left looks like. Jeremy Greenfield on how the Amazon-Hachette fight could shape the future of ideas: While the bookseller and publisher are battling over mundane business specifics, the state of publishing hangs in the balance. Shinseki wasn't the problem: "Taxpayers get what they fucking pay for". The Elliot Rodger story, in the long run, might be a more important moment for men than for women. Financial hazards of the fugitive life: Tyler Cowen reviews On the Run: Fugitive Life in an American City by Alice Goffman. Floats like a vulture: Instead of rescuing forgotten truths, neocons like Charles Krauthammer devise novel fallacies. What made the Big Bang bang: Nearly 35 years ago, Alan Guth figured out what made the Big Bang bang — finally, there’s evidence. FIFA is facing fresh allegations of corruption over its controversial decision to award the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.
Justin Remes (Oakland): “That Man Behind the Curtain”: Atheism and Belief in The Wizard of Oz. C'Zar Bernstein (FSU): Is God's Existence Possible? David Kyle Johnson (King’s): Why Religious Experience Can't Justify Religious Belief; and Justified Belief in Miracles is Impossible. Steven Douglas Smith (San Diego): Is God Irrelevant? Steven Kettell (Warwick): Faithless: The Politics of New Atheism. Carl Mosk (Victoria): Is There a Religion Trap? Atheism, Agnosticism, and Innovation. Gary Gutting interviews Louise Antony, editor of Philosophers Without Gods: Meditations on Atheism and the Secular Life. Can merit be found in the “defective father hypothesis"? Stephen Padilla on a psychology of atheism. Emma Green on the intellectual snobbery of conspicuous atheism: Beyond the argument that faith in God is irrational — and therefore illegitimate. There are more reasons than ever why God isn't necessary: An excerpt from Mental Biology: The New Science of How the Brain and Mind Relate by W.R. Klemm. From TNR, a failed argument for God: Jerry Coyne reviews The Experience of God: Being, Consciousness, Bliss by David Bentley Hart; how religious people keep trying to say God and science are compatible — and they keep being wrong; how atheists could learn a lot from religious people about how to win debates; and on the atheists' case for fighting poverty: Religiosity, social dysfunction linked in Pew study. Why do many religious believers want to silence atheists? Greta Christina wants to know. Julian Baggini reviews Atheists: The Origin of the Species by Nick Spencer. God is dead, what next? Alasdair Craig on searching for meaning in the age of atheism.