Kal Raustiala (UCLA) and Christopher Jon Sprigman (NYU): How Can Brands Flourish in the Knockoff Kingdom? What China Tells Us about the Bad — and Good — Effects of Luxury Goods Counterfeiting. Toby Stuart (UC-Berkeley) and Yanbo Wang (BU): Who Cooks the Books in China, and Does it Pay? Davide Cantoni (Munich), Yuyu Chen (Peking), David Yufan Yang (Stanford), Noam Yuchtman (UC-Berkeley), and Y. Jane Zhang (UST): Curriculum and Ideology (“We study the causal effect of school curricula on students’ stated beliefs and attitudes”.) Tom Rendall (Macau): “What About Their Parents?”: Teaching the Western Classics to Students in China. Manuel Perez Garcia (RUC): From Eurocentrism to Sinocentrism: The New Challenges in Global History. Solving China’s schools: Ian Johnson interviews Jiang Xueqin. How bad is China's moral crisis? Even China's 2-year-olds are manipulative nihilists. Ross Perlin reviews Heart of Buddha, Heart of China: The Life of Tanxu, a Twentieth Century Monk by James Carter; Ecclesiastical Colony: China’s Catholic Church and the French Religious Protectorate by Ernest P. Young and The Missionary's Curse and Other Tales from a Chinese Catholic Village by Henrietta Harrison. Can stand-up comedy succeed in China? Some of the country's top comics are experimenting with a new brand of edgy, boundary-testing humor. James Andrew Lewis on five myths about Chinese hackers. From China Daily Show, a look at how to review a book on China. From TNR, when 0748 means “go die": Christopher Beam in the secret messages inside Chinese URLs; and meet China's Tony Robbins: The predatory gospel of China's most popular motivational speaker.

From Meta, a special issue on the New Realism and Phenomenology. Amanda Rees (York): Exploring Nature: Geographies of Science’s History. Lt. General Daniel Bolger writes the first after-action report on the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq: Why we lost. Inside the secret world of pro wrestling: Garrett Martin on the media’s complicated relationship with a controversial sport. The real, shameful story behind “Don’t give up the ship!”: Tom Halsted goes behind the iconic American slogan, a military loss—and a PR win. From NYRB, Sue Halpern reviews No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the US Surveillance State by Glenn Greenwald; The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man by Luke Harding; and The NSA Report: Liberty and Security in a Changing World by the President’s Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies: Richard A. Clarke, Michael J. Morell, Geoffrey R. Stone, Cass R. Sunstein, and Peter Swire. Attention Democrats: Stop promising not to raise middle class taxes. Simon Ings reviews The Story of Pain: From Prayer to Painkillers by Joanna Bourke (and more: “the history of pain is racist, sexist, and classist”). The shape of things: Maps are no longer simply pieces of paper pointing us in the right direction but a visual framework for our ideas about the world and about ourselves. Republicans finally admit why they really hate Obamacare. Elizabeth Drew on how the time has come to talk about “the Beltway”. That story about Irish babies buried in a septic tank was shocking — it also wasn't entirely true.

From CJR, Dean Starkman on the Great Story: In the run-up to the Great Recession, accountability journalism saw the story that access journalism missed. The Front Page 2.0: In most hand-wringing debates about the future of newspapers, high-quality journalism is seen as doomed by the Internet; Michael Kinsley begs to disagree. Who cares if it’s true? Modern-day newsrooms reconsider their values. Derek Thompson on why audiences hate hard news — and love pretending otherwise. Marc Anderssen thinks the news business is about to grow 1,000 percent. Optimism is the only option: The Washington Post’s Marty Baron on the state of the news media. Journalism and the CNBC Effect: Steven Waldman reviews The Watchdog That Didn’t Bark: The Financial Crisis and the Disappearance of Investigative Journalism by Dean Starkman. Felix Salmon is against beautiful journalism. Nine weeks to launch Vox — it’s easier to go downhill than up. Rebecca Onion on newspapers, a brief interlude in a multimedia world: History shows that today’s information free-for-all is the norm. Madder than hell: James Parker on how Network anticipated contemporary media. Matthew Yglesias on how The New York Times lost the internet, and how it plans to win it back. As financial pressures force newspapers to close or make cuts, college journalism students are picking up the slack in many communities. David Carr: Anyone trying to predict the future of journalism “is going to get clobbered”. Will John Henry save the Boston Globe? Maybe, but his ambitions are much grander. Justin Fox on a new golden age for media: An era of investment in the news business is upon us — will it last?

Fabienne Peter (Warwick): The Epistemic Circumstances of Democracy. Xavier Landes (Copenhagen): The Normative Foundations of (Social) Insurance: Technology, Social Practice and Political Philosophy. Noelle McAfee (Emory): The Affective Dimensions of Public Will Formation. Oscar Garza (Bath): From the Idea of Justice to the Idea of Injustice: Mixing the Ideal, Non-Ideal and Dynamic Conceptions of Injustice. Miodrag A. Jovanovic (Belgrade): A Justification of “Militant Democracy”: Moral Truths and the Game-Like Character of Democracy. Ayelet Shachar (Toronto) and Rainer Baubock (EUI): Should Citizenship Be for Sale? Chris Armstrong (Southampton): Natural Resources: The Demands of Equality. Candice Delmas (Clemson): Samaritanism and Political Legitimacy. Jeremy Waldron (NYU): Accountability: Fundamental to Democracy. Liora Lazarus (Oxford): The Right to Security. Aaron Maltais (Stockholm): Political Obligations in a Sea of Tyranny and Crushing Poverty. From The Ethics Forum, a book symposium on Pablo Gilabert’s From Global Poverty to Global Equality: A Philosophical Exploration and Mathias Risse’s On Global Justice. From Crooked Timber, a book symposium on Joseph Carens’s The Ethics of Immigration. Epistemology and democracy: Robert B. Talisse and Scott F. Aikin are the dynamic duo of 3Quarksdaily, thinking about the social nature and political significance of argument. Chris Bertram on teaching Rawls after Piketty. Should we care about inequality? Let’s ask a philosopher — here is what the venerable Jean-Jacques Rousseau can tell us (and a “response” by Jean-Francois de Saint-Lambert). Theo Hobson on a series on Jean-Jacques Rousseau — as relevant as ever. Brian Leiter on hot topics in political philosophy: Is global justice still "hot", and if not, what is?

Michael G. Bennett (Northeastern): Celebrity Politicians and Publicity Rights in the Age of Obama. C. Peter Timmer (Harvard): Food Security in Asia and the Pacific: The Rapidly Changing Role of Rice. From The Economist, a special report on business in Asia. Simon Maloy on man’s man Erick Erickson — and his sad, terrifying existence: Why is it that alpha male Erickson keeps losing to the emo feminists and men who cry? There are more museums in the US than there are Starbucks and McDonalds — combined. Starbucks goes to college: Starbucks wasn’t looking ahead, it was looking backward, mimicking an older model of labor-management relations. It seems that, at least as far as the research goes, it’s far healthier to think like Tigger than like Eeyore. Danny Vinik on how Greg Mankiw's newest defense of the one percent is just as wrong as all his others. Prisoners of knowledge: James Fallows on standing up to warmongering D.C. The absolutist: Ted Cruz is an unyielding debater — and the far right’s most formidable advocate. The gap between a past and a present merits chronic rehabilitation — nostalgia can end only by describing the gap with two techniques: sentimentalism or destruction. Leon Neyfakh on how amusement parks hijack your brain: They’re perfectly engineered to push psychological buttons you didn’t even know you had — here’s how. Welcome to the future of work: The New Republic on a new content series, including Bryce Covert on how taking a vacation may actually save your career: Workaholism is hurting the American economy. Is there hope for the survivors of the drug wars? Criminalized and discarded, falling at the bottom of every statistic, they want something better.

Alda Carvalho (ISEL), Carlos Pereira dos Santos (ISEC), and Jorge Nuno Silva (FCUL): Mathematics of Soccer. Ozgur Dirim Ozkan (METU): Perception of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Qualification to FIFA World Cup 2014 by Different Ethnic Groups. In his 35-year presidency of Real Madrid, Santiago Bernabeu transformed a middling team into the greatest club of the 20th century. The end of the World Cup as we know it: Club soccer has surpassed the international version of the sport in just about every way — better pay, better players, better teams. Jacqueline S. Gehring on how the left and the right talk differently about the ethnicity of German soccer players. Uri Friedman on why Americans call soccer “soccer”. Eric Wills reviews Why Soccer Matters by Pele. The introduction to Beautiful Game Theory: How Soccer Can Help Economics by Ignacio Palacios-Huerta. The cyborg era begins at the World Cup. A philosopher's theory of soccer fandom: Simon Critchley on why there is no such thing as a bad World Cup. James Dawson on why the World Cup is not a reliable political football. The beautiful data set: Ignacio Palacios-Huerta on how the World Cup can help test economic theories. Why did Borges hate soccer? Shaj Mathew on how mass culture was anathema to the Argentine writer. Omer Aziz on how the World Cup doesn’t bring people together — it tears them apart. Pele, Cruyff, Best, Maradona, Zidane — and Pindar: Brian Cummings on football’s offer of hope against experience, and its roots in a classical past. David Runciman on why goalkeepers don’t catch the ball. How much do Americans really hate soccer? Nicholas Hune-Brown wonders. The not-so-beautiful game: As it becomes trendy, soccer is losing its old frisson of hooliganism. Poor, poor pitiful you: Nick Paumgarten on diving at the World Cup. Aaron Gordon on how the U.S. military shaped American soccer.

Jure Vidmar (Oxford): The Scottish Independence Referendum in an International Context. Bernard Ryan (Leicester): At the Borders of Sovereignty: Nationality and Immigration Policy in an Independent Scotland. Jonathan Freedland reviews Scotland’s Future: Your Guide to an Independent Scotland by the Scottish Government and The Road to Independence? Scotland in the Balance by Murray Pittock. Scotland, yes or no: From Glasgow to Coldstream, voters are approaching the independence question with a seriousness unknown among the self-mocking English. It’s fUK by name, fUKd by nature. John McDermott reviews Independence: An Argument for Home Rule by Alasdair Gray and My Scotland, Our Britain: A Future Worth Sharing by Gordon Brown (and more and more and more). Tom Gallagher on the madness of late-stage nationalism: Alex Salmond wants to lead Scotland into independence on September 18 — or does he? Tom Coles reviews Yes: The Radical Case for Scottish Independence by James Foley and Pete Ramand. Jonathan Wills on how most of the Act of Union would survive Scottish “independence”. Should Scotland leave the UK? Tyler Cowen investigates (and more). Schroedinger's Kingdom: Charlie Stross on the Scottish political singularity explained. So what happens when Scotland votes yes? Cameron's quit, the Queen is furious, the Shetlands have taken all the oil and the Scottish economy is tanking. Scots are divided over independence, and its economic costs. Marek Jaworski on how the best currency for an independent Scotland would be Norway’s krone. Scotland's Vikings go own way in independence vote. J.K. Rowling under fire from Scottish nationalists. If the UK were an African country: Was Great Britain a mistake?

Adam Wallwork (Chicago): The Morality of Achilles: Anger as a Moral Emotion. Henry Farrell on cross-national intelligence and national democracy. Daniel W. Drezner on what’s wrong with the Pentagon’s plan to thwart the zombie apocalypse. Obama has two options on Iraq — both are terrible. Barry Posen on the case for doing nothing in Iraq: The same people who got us into this mess want America to “do something” — ignore them. Someone is spilling ISIS’s secrets on Twitter. Tyler Cowen on how the lack of major wars may be hurting economic growth (and more and more). Peter Beinart on a unified theory of Hillary: To understand what kind of president she would be, consider that her greatest successes and worst failures have the same explanation. Has the world gone entirely mad? Rightbloggers' impeachment smorgasbord has something for everyone. Eleanor Margolis on Dov Charney, Terry Richardson, and the misogynistic truth about hipster cool. What's the penalty for pundits who get it wrong? Barry Ritholtz wants to know. Beth Spencer on ammosexuals: “The combination of deadly weapon + low intelligence + severe impulse control problems will inevitably = disaster”. Why pot is the new pizza: A look at the economics of home-delivered marijuana. Caysey Welton on what it takes to launch a fake news site. Beware politicians pining for “political life itself”: These men of ideas — what Theodore White called “action intellectuals” — tend to look for that life in the most deadly of places. Nicholas Thompson on why Elon Musk just opened up all of Tesla's patents.

From Gigaom, giants behaving badly: Google, Facebook and Amazon show us the downside of monopolies and black-box algorithms. Henry Farrell on the case that might cripple Facebook: A ruling from Europe's highest court may have devastating consequences for Facebook, Google and Microsoft. Max Rivlin-Nadler on the crazy parties Microsoft doesn’t want you to know it’s having: Twerking, dirt bike racing, men on horseback — the strange, wild world of ragers secretly sponsored by Microsoft. Gideon Lewis-Kraus on one startup’s struggle to survive the Silicon Valley gold rush. “Let’s, like, demolish laundry”: Silicon Valley is in a bubbly race to wash your clothes better, faster, and cooler — this is not a metaphor, unless, you know, it is. Nathan Deuel on the land of milk and money: Is Tech 2.0 boon or bust for quality of life in the Bay Area? There’s a new job category in San Francisco, though it’s probably a low-paying one: private security guard for the Google bus. Kevin Roose on the tech sector’s new, urban aesthetic; on what Silicon Valley doesn’t get about government tech; and is Silicon Valley the future of finance? Kevin Roose wonders. What you need to know about Alibaba, the Chinese company shaking up Wall Street and Silicon Valley. From The Baffler, Corey Pein on how mouthbreathing Machiavellis dream of a silicon reich. From Salon, who talks like FDR but acts like Ayn Rand? Easy — Silicon Valley's wealthiest and most powerful people; death of a libertarian fantasy: Andrew Leonard on why dreams of a digital utopia are rapidly fading away; and coming soon: An unholy alliance between the GOP and Silicon Valley. Nitasha Tiku interviews Larry Lessig on why you should have faith in Silicon Valley.

From Law and Contemporary Problems, a special issue on the practices of the International Criminal Court. Geoffrey M. Heal (Columbia) and Jisung Park (Harvard): Feeling the Heat: Temperature, Physiology and the Wealth of Nations. Richard A. Bales (Ohio Northern) et al: A Comparative Analysis of Labor Outsourcing. Lucas Melgaco (Vrije): Security and Surveillance in Times of Globalization: An Appraisal of Milton Santos’ Theory. Tor Krever (LSE): Dispensing Global Justice. Zelda Van der Velde (Tilburg) and Rianne Letschert (IVI): Collective Victimisation of Stateless Peoples: The Added Value of the Victim Label. Jonas Tallberg (Stockholm): Transparency and Openness. And still they come: Balancing the interests of migrant workers and the countries they live in. Uncontained: Trade is the weakest link in the fight against dirty money. When medicines don’t work anymore: The executive director of the South Centre warns that unless a global action plan is launched to tackle the crisis, we are facing a future in which antibiotics will no longer work. Ivan Krastev on why the world is filled with failed protest movements: The insurgencies are anti-political at their base. A review of The Dollar Trap: How the U.S. Dollar Tightened Its Grip on Global Finance by Eswar S. Prasad (and more). Eric Jones reviews Cotton: The Fabric that Made the Modern World by Giorgio Riello. Several countries in Southeast Asia are among the world’s worst to work in, with workers suffering from regular rights violations, according to a new labor rights index. You can download Creative Districts around the World, ed. Lenia Marques and Greg Richards.