Benjamin Remy Chabot (FRB) and G. Mitu Gulati (Duke): Santa Anna and His Black Eagle: The Origins of Pari Passu? From the inaugural issue of Critical Studies in Men's Fashion, Sharon Peoples (ANU): Embodying the Military: Uniforms; Diane Maglio (Berkeley): Peacocks in the Sands: Flamboyant Men’s Beachwear 1920–30; Kevin Matthews and Joseph H. Hancock (Drexel) and Zhaohui Gu (Xi’an Polytechnic): Rebranding American Men’s Heritage Fashions through the Use of Visual Merchandising, Symbolic Props and Masculine Iconic Memes Historically Found in Popular Culture; and Andrew Reilly and Eirik J. Saethre (Hawaii): The Hankie Code Revisited: From Function to Fashion. David Picard on chasing one’s inner South Pole. “Are you ready to have your phone tapped by the CIA?”: Andrew O’Hagan on ghosting Julian Assange. Stay put, young man: Americans used to be exceptional for how often they moved — but that once-powerful source of both efficiency and upward mobility is now in steep decline. Betsy Mason on mapping America's restless interstate migration without a map. Greg Afinogenov on Russia under Putin: In Russia, the reality is that the organized far right is a sideshow to what is really going on. The first chapter from The Oil Curse: How Petroleum Wealth Shapes the Development of Nations by Michael L. Ross. God called them to adopt, and adopt, and adopt. Why did the Schaibles let their children die? It was God’s will. Jim Russell on how global Dublin is killing rural Ireland.
Timothy J. Demy, Demetri Economos, and Jeffrey M. Shaw (NWC): Historical and Social Constructs of Technology: Contexts and Value for the Contemporary World. Jeff Malpas (Tasmania): The Fourfold and the Framework: Heidegger's Topological Critique of Technology. Charalampos Kokkinos (EAP): The Signification of Objects in the Context of a Critical Examination of Technological Civilization: An Interdisciplinary Approach; and Technology and Contemporary Human Condition: Cultural Expansion and Technological Intervention through Politics? Without government the market fails and fails badly: Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson on what the Simon-Ehrlich debate reveals about technological change. Harry Bentham reviews Radical Abundance: How a Revolution in Nanotechnology Will Change Civilization by K. Eric Drexler. Robert D. Priest reviews The Romantic Machine: Utopian Science and Technology after Napoleon by John Tresch. The trouble with Moore's Law determinism: Your life is not 1,024 times as changey as it was ten years ago (and more on the status of Moore's Law: It's complicated). Despite claims to the contrary, the storage media in wide use today — CD-ROMs, spinning hard drives, flash memory, etc. — aren’t very durable; old-fashioned paper has done very well by comparison. Paul Waldman on technology's invisible future: When technology gets so advanced, it disappears. Larry Downes on how the faster a new technology takes off, the harder it falls. Farhad Manjoo on how to survive the next wave of technology extinction. Interstellar Hard Drive: All your precious data, everything you’ve created and every memory you’ve captured and stored, is etched on a hard disk somewhere on Earth; back it up all you want — it won’t matter if the planet goes.
From the inaugural issue of State, Religion and Church, Christopher Stroop (RANEPA): The Russian Origins of the So-Called Post-Secular Moment: Some Preliminary Observations; and Dmitry Uzlaner (RANEPA): The Pussy Riot Case and the Peculiarities of Russian Post-Secularism. John Cai Benjamin Weaver (Tampere): "Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Keeping Russia Closeted": A Biopolitical Analysis of Non-normative Sexualities in Russia. Outside the Olympics, pressure on gay Russians grows. Meara Sharma interviews Masha Gessen on Putin, anti-queer campaigns, and the “personal catastrophe” of exile. Anne Applebaum reviews Words Will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot by Masha Gessen. Julia Ioffe on Russia, where one day, you criticize the Kremlin, the next you come downstairs to find a 200-pound sculpture of a penis chained to your car. How to understand Russia’s Arctic strategy: After years of viewing the Arctic primarily in military terms, today Russia sees it as potential source of economic growth and development. Thomas Remington on 10 explanations for Russia’s coming fiscal squeeze — and spending more on Sochi than all other winter Olympics combined is only part of one of them. Graeme Robertson and Sam Greene Putin and the creative class: Who loves him, who hates him, and who couldn’t care less? From NYRB, Timothy Snyder on fascism, Russia, and Ukraine. From Crooked Timber, not just geopolitics: Antoaneta Dimitrova on the institutional background to Ukraine’s problems; and Erin Baumann on a problem like Viktor. Is it time for Ukraine to split up? Alexander Motyl thinks the country would be better off if it were partitioned. Sarah Kendzior on the day we pretended to care about Ukraine: What does our addiction to disaster porn say about us?
Levi Cooper (Bar-Ilan): The Assimilation of Tikkun Olam. Jonathan Rossing (IUPU): Critical Race Humor in a Postracial Moment: Richard Pryor's Contemporary Parrhesia; Trumping Tropes with Joke(r)s: The Daily Show Plays the Race Card; and Prudence and Racial Humor: Troubling Epithets. Matthias Remenyi (FU Berlin): Death as the Limit to Life and Thought: A Thanatological Outline. From Playboy, Jeff Bercovici interviews Nick Denton on Gawker, crowdsourcing and Kinja. James Kwak on the prosecution that isn’t happening. Conservative group tries to get back to its policy roots: Heritage Action hosts first Conservative Policy Summit after drawing fire from the House Republican leadership. Elizabeth Warren vs. the neoliberals: Michael Lind on the battle over Americans’ retirement security. John Nauright on selling nations to the world through sports: Mega-events and nation branding as global diplomacy. From First Things, Dana Gioia on the Catholic writer today. Wolfgang Grassl on how diversity is not a Catholic value. Lisa Appignanesi reviews Stay: A History of Suicide and the Philosophies Against It by Jennifer Michael Hech. Hillary vs. the 99%: Michael I. Niman on the looming battle for the soul of the Democratic Party. Forget the GDP: Some states have found a better way to measure our progress. ADHD does not exist: An illness cannot be defined by it's symptoms, but for decades, that's what's happened. David Weigel on the Wonderful World of Koch, and the good it does for Republicans. A major contribution in understanding human society: Herbert Gintis reviews A Natural History of Human Thinking by Michael Tomasello.
A new issue of Philosophy in Review is out. Narve Strand (NTNU): From Sufficient Reason to Ordinary Language Use: The Path of Philosophy after Kant. Stephen Wigmore (Warwick): Enriching Contemporary Intuitionism from the Continental Tradition. Alex Worsnip (Yale): Disagreement about Disagreement? What Disagreement about Disagreement? From Liber Amicorum Pascal Engel (ed. Julien Dutant, Davide Fassio and Anne Meylan), Erik J. Olson (Lund): Engel vs. Rorty on Truth; Nenad Miscevic (CEU): Philosophy as Literature: The Non-argumentative Tradition in Continental Philosophy; Carola Barbero (Turin): Can We Solve the Paradox of Fiction by Laughing at It?; Maurizio Ferraris (Turin): “Happiness Is Overrated: It’s Better to Be Right”: On Truth as Emergence; and Timothy O’Hagan (East Anglia): Philosophy in a Dark Time: Martin Heidegger and the Third Reich. The introduction to The Historical Turn in Analytic Philosophy, ed. Erich H. Reck. The introduction to The Oxford Handbook of The History of Analytic Philosophy, ed. Michael Beaney. Chauncey Maher reviews Richard Rorty: From Pragmatist Philosophy to Cultural Politics. From 3:AM, interviews with Stephen Darwall, Peter Ludlow, Susanna Schellenberg, Susanna Siegel, and Timothy Williamson. Roger Scruton reviews Bernard Williams: Essays and Reviews 1959-2002. The study of whiteness as a critique of philosophical thought: Christoph Novak on the white bias in Sartre’s early philosophy. Cafe Philosophique: Beatrice Popescu interviews with Lou Marinoff on being a “philosophical practitioner”. George Dvorsky on 9 philosophical thought experiments that will keep you up at night.
From the Journal of Critical Mixed Race Studies, Winthrop D. Jordan (Mississippi): Historical Origins of the One-Drop Racial Rule in the United States; Daniel McNeil (DePaul): Slimy Subjects and Neoliberal Goods: Obama and the Children of Fanon; Guy Emerson Mount reviews The United States of the United Races: A Utopian History of Racial Mixing by Greg Carter; and Michele Elam reviews Transcending Blackness: From the New Millennium Mulatta to the Exceptional Multiracial by Ralina L. Joseph. Carlos Andres Perez Hernandez (Tartu): The Constitutive Role of Emotions in the Discursive Construction of the “People”: A Look into Obama’s 2008 “Race Speech”. Ta-Nehisi Coates on how Black America talks to the White House. Jarvis Tyner on how African-American struggles are key in the fight for progress. Richard Thompson Ford on the simple falsehoods of race: The old debate between W.E.B. Du Bois and Booker T. Washington lives on, but the terms have been flipped on their heads. Thomas J. Sugrue on how there is no figure in recent American history whose memory is more distorted and words more drained of content than Martin Luther King. Betty DeRamus on going beyond the Black History Month hit parade. Mary-Alice Daniel on the history white people need to learn: Anyone who wants "white history month" should learn instead about how whiteness has been used to discriminate. Paul Berman on the true story of America's first black female slave novelist: The once-unidentified writer of The Bondwoman's Narrative, and a stunning story that goes from North Carolina to revolutionary Nicaragua to the free North.
Stephan Lewandowsky, John Cook, and Klaus Oberauer (Western Australia) and Michael Marriott-Hubble (Climate Realities Research): Recursive Fury: Conspiracist Ideation in the Blogosphere in Response to Research on Conspiracist Ideation. Anthony Masino (ETSU): DOMA: How Tax Compliance Post Windsor Has Created a Fiscal Time Bomb for Jurisdictions that Deny Same-Sex Marriages. Anthony C. Infanti (Pittsburgh): Big (Gay) Love: Has the IRS Legalized Polygamy? Charles Korsmo (Case Western): Market Efficiency and Fraud on the Market: The Promise and Peril of Halliburton. “Everything suckism”: Nico Lang von the self-fulfilling prophesy that ensures everything sucks. From NYRB, can privacy be saved? A review essay on surveillance and privacy by David Cole. Live and let leak: Jack Shafer on state secrets in the Snowden era. Joshua Tucker on what you need to know about Ukraine. Julia Ioffe on how the Ukraine protests are Vladimir Putin's worst nightmare. Is there opportunity in art history? Felix Salmon wonders. Nilanjana Roy on how Indian intellectuals are being bullied by Right-wing extremists. Andrew K. Knoll reviews Why Hell Stinks of Sulfur: Mythology and Geology of the Underworld by Salomon Kroonenberg. Pain and progress: Is it possible to make a nonaddictive opioid painkiller? Nathan Coppedge on the Manifesto of Sophology: “This movement did not yet exist in Wikipedia, so I decided to start it myself”. Jacob Silverman on 14 worst case scenarios involving Google's growing robot army.
Ronald J. Gilson (Stanford) and Reinier Kraakman (Harvard): Market Efficiency after the Financial Crisis: It's Still a Matter of Information Costs. Daron Acemoglu and Simon Johnson (MIT), Amir Kermani (UC-Berkeley), James Kwak (UConn), and Todd Mitton (BYU): The Value of Connections in Turbulent Times: Evidence from the United States. Wendy Gerwick Couture (Idaho): Around the World of Securities Fraud in 80 Motions to Dismiss. James Jacobs (NYU): Is Labor Union Corruption Special? The One Percent Solution: Reuven S. Avi-Yonah and Ariel Siman on why the tax returns of publicly traded US corporations should be made public and how this can be achieved without legislation. Philip Mirowski’s Never Let a Serious Crisis Go to Waste seeks to discredit economic explanations of the crisis, but in so doing discounts any possible political alternatives to neoliberalism. Is growth getting harder, and if so, why, and what can we do about it? Brad DeLong on a reader's guide to the techno-growth stagnation arguments of Robert Gordon, Tyler Cowen, and Brink Lindsey. Lost decades, secular stagnation, gloomy growth prospects are in the news: To understand the outlook, better first be clear about the recent past. Ben White on how Washington beat Wall Street (and Mike Konczal on how Washington has not defeated Wall Street yet — here are four remaining fights). The paradoxical genesis of too-big-to-fail: Thomas S. Umlauft on how distrust towards big banks led to TBTF. After Chattanooga: Rich Yeselson on examining the roots of the United Auto Workers’ defeat at Volkswagen’s Chattanooga plant. In its minimum-wage report, the CBO places its thumb on the scale.
Irene Hadiprayitno (Leiden): Poverty. Nobuo Yoshida, Hiroki Uematsu, Carlos E. Sobrado (World Bank): Is Extreme Poverty Going to End? An Analytical Framework to Evaluate Progress in Ending Extreme Poverty. From Law, Ethics and Philosophy, Kasper Lippert-Rasmussen (Aarhus): Global Injustice and Redistributive Wars; and Thomas Pogge (Yale): Poverty and Violence. Karen Simbulan (Erfurt): The Ethics of Global Poverty: Who is responsible? A Critique of Thomas Pogge’s Politics as Usual. Benjamin E. Goldsmith (Sydney), Yusaku Horiuchi (Dartmouth), and Terence Wood (ANU): Doing Well by Doing Good: The Impact of Foreign Aid on Foreign Public Opinion. Andrea Civelli and Andrew W. W. Horowitz (Arkansas) and Arilton Teixeira (FUCAPE): Is Foreign Aid Motivated by Altruism or Self-Interest? A Theoretical Model and Empirical Test. Is aid a roadblock to development? Chris Blattman reviews The Great Escape: Health, Wealth, and the Origins of Inequality by Angus Deaton (and more). Three myths on the world's poor: Bill and Melinda Gates call foreign aid a phenomenal investment that's transforming the world. “Capitalism did not eradicate smallpox”: Ezra Klein interviews Bill Gates on the "three myths" that block progress for the poor. The aid debate is over: William Easterly reviews The Idealist: Jeffrey Sachs and the Quest to End Poverty by Nina Munk (and more). From Project Syndicate, Angus Deaton on weak states, poor countries; and Kaushik Basu on reason and the end of poverty. What is poverty? The existence of absolute poverty today points to the indifference of many in the rich world. Jessica Benko on the hyper-efficient, highly scientific scheme to help the world’s poor.
Dan Glenday (Brock): Professional Wrestling as Culturally Embedded Spectacles in Five Core Countries: The USA, Canada, Great Britain, Mexico and Japan. David Hollanders (Tilburg) and Ferry Koster (EUR): Aging and the Politics of the Welfare State. Israel Issi Doron (Haifa): Ageism: Justice and Social Policy. Robin Feldman (Hastings) and W. Nicholson Price (Harvard): Patent Trolling: Why Bio and Pharmaceuticals are at Risk. Ben Burroughs (Iowa): Obama Trolling: Memes, Salutes, and an Agonistic Politics in the 2012 Presidential Election. Robots aren't here yet, but that doesn't mean they never will be. Caity Weaver on how America's clowns are dying. Amusing ourselves to death still? Jeffrey Goldfarb on media monstration, the politics of small things, and "The Daily Show". The new domestics: Forget the butler and the ladies’ maid — those who serve today’s super-rich are more likely to have titles like videographer, curator and horticulturist. The Dark Money Man: Kim Barker and Theodoric Meyer on how Sean Noble moved the Kochs’ cash into politics and made millions. Ruth Graham on how a new wave of fetal-protection measures creates a collision in American law — and exposes a moral conundrum. PopFront introduces Marxist Mixtape with Allen Ginsberg’s “The Ballad of the Skeletons”, featuring Paul McCartney, Lenny Kaye and Philip Glass. From the Center for New Revenue, Pat Oglesby on how not to tax marijuana. Danny Postel and Nader Hashemi on using force to save starving Syrians. A refugee from the Democratic Republic of North Korea who spent six years in one of that nation's harshest gulags has shared his chilling illustrations of its conditions with the UN High Commission on Human Rights.