From Synesis, a special issue on Historical and Social Constructs of Technology: Contexts and Value for the Contemporary World. From The New Atlantis, Mark Blitz (Claremont McKenna): Understanding Heidegger on Technology; and Robert Herritt on when technology ceases to amaze. The introduction to Illusions of Freedom: Thomas Merton and Jacques Ellul on Technology and the Human Condition by Jeffrey M. Shaw. Christie Barakat on how technology affects the brain. Ryan Rigney on why online games make players act like psychopaths. The average tech worker now makes $291,497 in San Mateo County. Is Silicon Valley about to turn San Francisco’s South of Market (SoMa) region into the new Versailles? Gregory Ferenstein on why Silicon Valley billionaires are obsessed with Burning Man. Is Burning Man really full of tech billionaires? Grover Norquist goes to Burning Man. A line is drawn in the desert: At Burning Man, the tech elite one-up one another. Noam Scheiber on how Silicon Valley is ruining "sharing" for everybody. Kevin Roose on what Silicon Valley’s favorite word says about tech priorities. Joel Stein writes in defense of the Silicon Valley tech bro (and the reports of Silicon Valley’s unpopularity have been greatly exaggerated). Noah Smith on how Silicon Valley can solve the big problems. Once in a long while, you come across something that reminds you that, yes, Silicon Valley is still doing some very worthwhile things. Matthew Schnipper on the rise and fall and rise of virtual reality: In the wake of Facebook’s purchase of Oculus VR, can this revolutionary technology triumph anew? Andrea Caumont on the hype cycle of emerging technologies. Welcome to the Everyman’s App Store — or, as some have put it, Idiocracy.

Matthew Gould (Westminster) and Matthew D. Rablen (Brunel): Equitable Representation in the Councils of the United Nations: Theory and Application. The introduction to Democracy at the United Nations: UN Reform in the Age of Globalisation, ed. Giovanni Finizio and Ernesto Gallo. Christian Bueger (Cardiff): Making Things Known: Epistemic Infrastructures, the United Nations and the Translation of Piracy. Matthew Reynolds on how critics of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency in Palestine don't have their facts straight. Isobel Roele (Cardiff): Illiberal or Incorrigible? Identifying Public Enemies in the Twenty-First Century (“The UN Security Council is deadlocked over action to ease the humanitarian crisis in Syria. This paper suggests that one of the reasons lies in the foreign policy strategy of the Russian Federation.”). Scott Sheeran on how the U.N. Security Council veto is literally killing people: It's time to reform this broken system. United Nations Security Council 101: Peter Nadin on the origins, powers, instruments and activities of this premier forum in international politics; on what the UN Security Council is not; and on ideas for its reform. Juan C. Duque, Michael Jetter, and Santiago Sosa (EAFIT): UN Interventions: The Role of Geography. Jeni Whalan (UNSW): Partial Peace: The Politics of Taking Sides in UN Peacekeeping. William J. Durch and Michelle Ker on Police in UN Peacekeeping: Improving selection, recruitment, and deployment. The introduction to How Peace Operations Work: Power, Legitimacy, and Effectiveness by Jeni Whalan. Christopher McCrudden (QUB): Human Rights, Southern Voices, and “Traditional Values” at the United Nations. Why the UN? Atossa Araxia Abrahamian on how an attack on the UN is an assault on an institution that, while imperfect, was created to save lives on both sides of a conflict. The U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) urges the US to halt the excessive use of force by police after the fatal shooting of Mike Brown.

Marta Soniewicka (Jagiellonian): How Dangerous Can the Sterilized Needle Be? Torture, Terrorism, and the Self-Refutation of the Liberal-Democratic State. Peter J. Phillips (Southern Queensland): Geographic Profiling of Lone Wolf Terrorists: The Application of Economics, Game Theory and Prospect Theory. Lee Jarvis (East Anglia) and Michael Lister (Oxford Brookes): State Terrorism Research and Critical Terrorism Studies: An Assessment. Preparing for war with Ukraine’s fascist defenders of freedom: On the frontlines of the new offensive in eastern Ukraine, the hardcore Azov Battalion is ready for battle with Russia — but they're not fighting for Europe, either. Kostyantyn Fedorenko and Andreas Umland on ten (un)easy steps to save Ukraine: Towards a paradigm shift in Western approaches to Kyiv’s Europeanization efforts. Anne Applebaum on how war in Europe is not a hysterical idea. Annie Lowrey on how Obamacare is saving thousands of lives — and Americans will always hate it. Kevin Drum on how it looks like Obamacare is here to stay. From Boston Review, Paul Bloom on how most people see the benefits of empathy as too obvious to require justification — this is a mistake; and responses by Peter Singer, Barbara H. Fried Leslie, Simon Baron-Cohen, Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig, and more. Hamilton Nolan on one weird trick for making ponderous white liberals useful. Francis Fukuyama on political order and political decay. Internet Archive posts millions of historic images to Flickr: Dating from 1500 to 1922, these images are now free and searchable. Richard Falk on the ascent of Ahmet Davutoglu as Turkish Foreign Minister, and Now Prime Minister.

Rachel Elizabeth Lopez (Drexel): The Judicial Expansion of American Exceptionalism. Hershey H. Friedman and Miriam Gerstein (Brooklyn) and Paul Fenster (Kean): American Exceptionalism or Declinism: Lessons in Leadership and Ethics from the Twelve “Minor” Prophets. Jason Edwards (Bridgewater State): Exceptionally Distinctive: President Obama's Complicated Articulation of American Exceptionalism. John Holbo on American exceptionalism, a double-edged word. Peter Beinart on the end of American exceptionalism: The attitudes they say make America special — religiosity, patriotism, and mobility — are fading, and it has nothing to do with Barack Obama. Christopher Ingraham on eight surprising new findings on American exceptionalism. Winthrop's warning: Rosa Brooks on how politicians and pundits misread “city on a hill” and butcher the real meaning of American exceptionalism. Brook Wilensky-Lanford on the dangerous lies we tell about America's founding: Myths may comfort us, but facts are our best weapon against Tea Party perversions. Tea Party’s embarrassing irony: Elias Isquith on how its ideal nation rejects basic American beliefs. Andrew C. McCarthy reviews American Betrayal: The Secret Assault on Our Nation's Character by Diana West. John Gray on the moral philosophy of Captain America. The instinct to applaud boot-strapping and the comeback kid is as American as apple pie — so why does schadenfreude make us feel so good? The mobility myth: James Surowiecki on the American dream and American reality. Chris Wallace on the winner-takes-all society: Competition drives our sports, our arts, and our lives — it doesn't need to be that way. Derek Thompson on the myth that Americans are busier than ever. Americhrome: Graham T. Beck on how America elects to paint itself.

Clifford Bates (Warsaw): The Centrality of Politeia for Aristotle’s Politics: Aristotle’s Continuing Significance for Social and Political Science; and The Centrality of Politeia for Aristotle’s Politics: Part II – The Marginalization of Aristotle’s Politeia in Modern Political Thought. Remigiusz Rosicki (Poznan): On the Political Dimension of Political Science: A Few Words about Political Dimension as the Final Judgment and Reasoning. Where to debunk (political) science findings? Even if you discover that a published finding is wrong, publishing a correction is not that straightforward nor always appreciated. Many political scientists produce replications during graduate training — what can be done with this knowledge? All that is published does not replicate: A survey finds that many attempts to replicate in political science do not succeed. The mainstream media trope about the social sciences that I would like to kill with fire: Daniel W. Drezner writes in defense of "stark modelings, ziggy graphs and game theory". Political scientists propose new ways to engage policy makers and the public. Is there a need to redefine political science in this age of intellectual aristocracy? John Raymond Jison investigates. Boer Deng on why conservative politicians don’t like political science. From The Monkey Cage, can there be an ethical Middle East political science? Marc Lynch on how our primary ethical commitment as political scientists must be to get the theory and the empirical evidence right; and on political science after Gaza: Political scientists are about to get a whole lot of interesting new research questions on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict (and more). A look at the top 10 ways to mess with political scientists. Petition approved: In 2015, APSA will have a Class and Inequality Section. Fires disrupt political scientists: Scholars at APSA were forced to evacuate their rooms Friday night — but meeting one another in pajamas didn't stop them from tweeting. The James Q. Wilson Collection at the RAND Library: James Q. Wilson, the late political scientist known as the co-creator of the "broken windows" criminology theory, bequeathed to the Pardee RAND Graduate School in October 2012 an archive of all of his papers, books, articles and commentaries.

Adam Feltz (MTU) and Florian Cova (Geneva): Moral Responsibility and Free Will: A Meta-Analysis. Lee Jarvis (East Anglia) and Stuart Macdonald and Lella Nouri (Swansea): The Cyberterrorism Threat: Findings from a Survey of Researchers. Ben Saul and Kathleen Heath (Sydney): Cyber Terrorism. The Islamic State's Terror Laptop of Doom: Buried in a Dell computer captured in Syria are lessons for making bubonic plague bombs and missives on using weapons of mass destruction. For Ukrainian voters, key is policy preferences, not native language or ethnicity, of candidates. Katie Zavadski on how Russia is opening another front against Ukraine. Ukraine Today aims to clarify Russian media misinformation: Media mogul Igor Kolomoisky has his sights set high for the 24-hour news channel. Erwin Chemerinsky on how the Supreme Court protects bad cops. Acting white, or acting affluent? Lisa R. Pruitt reviews Acting White? Rethinking Race in “Post-Racial” America by Devon Carbado and Mitu Gulati. You might not have known it, but all those episodes of The Simpsons were just secret economics lessons. Dennis Mersereau on five events college-bound freshmen are too young to remember. The embodied mind: Linda Heuman interviews Evan Thompson, author of Waking, Dreaming, Being: Self and Consciousness in Neuroscience, Meditation, and Philosophy. The fetish: Roland Boer on Marx and the aufhebung of religion. Seeds of doubt: Michael Specter on an activist’s controversial crusade against genetically modified crops. Mexican woman Leandra Becerra Lumbreras to become oldest ever person at 127 — and says chocolate is her secret to long life.

Alica Kizekova (Bond): Australian National Identity and the Asian Century. Gabriel Solis (Illinois): The Black Pacific: Music and Racialization in Australia and Papua New Guinea. To win the White Australia Game, players had a specific goal: To "Get the Coloured Men Out and the White Men In”. From Arena, Lorenzo Veracini on why Settler Australia needs refugees. Ancient and modern matter: Bronwyn Lay on what law ignores. Shake-up on Opium Island: Tasmania, big supplier to drug companies, faces changes. Is Australia losing its empathy? Stereotyping, rife in today’s political debate, means we fail to see the real individuals behind the labels we impose on them. Steven White (Griffith): British Colonialism, Australian Nationalism and the Law: Hierarchies of Wild Animal Protection. To what extent does the retention of the monarchy as Head of State keep Australia in a condition of political adolescence? Sarah Burnside on why “American” is a bad word in Australia. What if baby Superman had landed in the Australian Outback instead of Midwest America? Damon Young wonders. Neil J. Foster (Newcastle): Christian Youth Camp Liable for Declining Booking from Homosexual Support Group. Lynne Chester (Sydney): Dissecting the Conjunction of Capitalism's Environmental, Energy, and Economic Crises: The Example of One Liberal Market-Based Economy. Are we too wealthy, do we demand an unsustainable and unrealistic quality of life, does our desire to be wealthy place too much pressure on the economy and on the environment, and is it possible that we may have to think about accepting less? Robyn Annear on puzzling the purpose of Australian literary magazines. Australia's prime minister Tony Abbott is unpopular — but it's not just his creepy wink. From Crazy Facts, ex-Prime Minister of Australia Bob Hawke once held the world-speed record for beer drinking. You'll never see Australia the same way again.

From The Washington Post, Moody’s has downgraded dozens of universities over the last year: In credit ratings for colleges and universities, the downgrades far outnumber the upgrades; does Uncle Sam make money lending to students? Max Ehrenfreund investigates; and Colman McCarthy on how adjunct professors fight for crumbs on campus. John Quiggin on how discussion of the various crises in American higher education seems like a mass of irreconcilable contradictions. Tressie McMillan Cottom on the university and the company man: “What if the crisis in higher education is related to the broader failures that have left so many workers struggling?” Rich students complete their college degrees; working-class students like Vanessa Brewer usually don’t — can the University of Texas change her chances of success? Generation later, poor are still rare at elite colleges. The “1 percent” isn’t America’s biggest source of inequality — college is. Henry Farrell interviews Suzanne Mettler, author of Degrees of Inequality: How the Politics of Higher Education Sabotaged the American Dream (and more). Peter N. Kirstein reviews Why Public Higher Education Should be Free: How to Decrease Cost and Increase Quality at American Universities by Robert Samuels. Welcome to the Washington Monthly College Guide and Rankings; unlike U.S. News and World Report and similar guides, this one asks not what colleges can do for you, but what colleges are doing for the country. Nationalize the Ivy League: Chris Lehmann on why we need to go further than the meritocratic reforms proposed by William Deresiewicz. Are elite colleges bad for the soul? Nathan Heller reviews Excellent Sheep by William Deresiewicz. My fantasy commencement address: Michael R. Strain on things we never tell 22-year-olds — but should.

Charlotte Garden (Seattle): Meta Rights. Ueli Staeger (SOAS): The Arab Uprisings, Globalisation and Postmodernity. Saitya Brata Das (Jawaharlal Nehru): The Gift of the World: A Note on Political Theology. Lars G. Tummers (EUR) and Philip Rocco (UC-Berkeley): Policy Implementation Under Stress: How the Affordable Care Act’s Frontline Workers Cope with the Challenges of Public Service Delivery. Andrew Robinson and Athina Karatzogianni (Hull): Schizorevolutions vs. Microfascisms: A Deleuzo-Nietzschean Perspective on State, Security, and Active/Reactive Networks. Alta Grobbelaar (UFS): The Evolution, Development and Influence of Boko Haram: A Critical Terrorism Study. Philipp Holtmann (TRI): Terrorism and Jihad: Differences and Similarities. Gordon Wood reviews Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality by Danielle Allen (and more). Steven Hahn reviews The Problem of Slavery in the Age of Emancipation by David Brion Davis. Bypassing the bankers: William D. Cohan on how peer-to-peer lending is changing the way consumers get loans. Women of Fox have no problem with catcalls: “Let men be men”. Michelle Rindels and Jacques Billeaud on how gun tourism has grown in popularity in recent years (and more). Ayn Rand's capitalist paradise is now a greedy land-grabbing shitstorm. Some Southern members of Congress apparently haven’t gotten over the Civil War". David Berlin on chimes of freedom: Were the ’60s really so special? A product of the war on terror, Communications Management Units (CMUs) have cut hundreds of Americans — most of whom are Muslim — off from the outside world, often by labeling their acts of dissent "terrorism".

Christian Downie (UNSW): Three Ways to Understand State Actors in International Negotiations: The Case of Climate Change in the Clinton Years (1993-2000). Robert V. Percival (Maryland): Presidential Power to Address Climate Change in an Era of Legislative Gridlock. Sarah Anderson (UCSB) et al: Mobilization, Polarization, and Compromise: The Effect of Political Moralizing on Climate Change Politics. Brian Berkey (Stanford): Climate Change, Moral Intuitions, and Moral Demandingness. Charles C. Mann on how to talk about climate change so people will listen. Diana Liverman on how to teach about climate without making your students feel hopeless. Will a social movement rise up against global warming? Robert Jay Lifton on the climate swerve. Stop obsessing about global warming: Amartya Sen on how environmentalists are ignoring poor countries' needs. Joe Strupp on why The Washington Post is running a series of editorials on the "existential threat" of climate change. The president has a new strategy to forge a climate change accord — but what about escalation? Obama’s climate deal doesn’t need the Senate. Rebecca Leber on how GOP extremism isn't just hurting America — it's hurting our planet; and on how we're stuck with the global warming "hiatus" myth for years to come. Robert Frank on shattering myths to help the climate. Even if you stupid libtards are right, environmentalism is futile and we should just all prepare for an earlier-than-expected deliverance unto the loving arms of Jesus. No arguments seem to sway right-wing politicians and commentators in the United States and Australia, says John Quiggin — will we have to wait for demography to do its work? Eduardo Porter on reducing carbon by curbing population.