Ernesto Longobardi (Bari): The Crisis of Economic Governance in the European Union. Andreas Langenohl (Giessen): Collateralized Polities: The Transformation of Trust in Sovereign Debt in the Wake of the Eurozone Crisis. Eilis Ferran (Cambridge): The Existential Search of the European Banking Authority. Arvind Ashta (CEREN): The Greek Crisis, Symptoms, Analysis, Diagnosis and Prescription: What the European North owes the European South. Michael Burda on dispelling three myths on economics in Germany. Brutish, nasty and not even short: Wolfgang Streeck on the ominous future of the eurozone (and more). Graciela Laura Kaminsky on the eurozone crisis: Looking back to the future. The first chapter from Europe’s Orphan: The Future of the Euro and the Politics of Debt by Martin Sandbu. Wolfgang Munchau on how enlargement and the euro are two big mistakes that ruined Europe.
Dalibor Rohac on the conservative’s case for the European Union: Those of us who believe in freedom and free markets must defend Brussels from the Euroskeptic onslaught. The baby, the bathwater and the European Union: As pundits opine on where the EU has gone wrong, they are missing one of the EU’s greatest accomplishments.
David Wilson and Mohammed Rahman (Birmingham City): Becoming a Hitman. Karl Marx famously claimed that history repeats itself twice, first as tragedy, then as farce; sadly, the recent parliamentary elections in Poland seem to show that actually the opposite can happen as well. With Ben Carson’s truthiness in question, Rightbloggers rage against “liberal media”. Suzy Khimm on why Ben Carson’s problem with the truth really matters. Is Ben Carson’s very bad week about to catch up with him? Carson, Rubio, Cruz: The more GOP sees ’em, the more they like ’em. Jeb is flailing — it’s a surprisingly pleasant thing to watch. Politics as reality TV: Matthew Jordan on how ratings-driven presidential debates are weakening American democracy. Is cultural appropriation always wrong? Parul Sehgal wants to know. The tree of life gets a makeover: Schoolroom kingdoms are taking a backseat to life’s supergroups. Cheryl Eddy on the 5 scariest cults in modern history. Miles Klee on 14 popular baby names totally ruined by Urban Dictionary. Bad news, animal lovers: SeaWorld isn’t really ending its killer whale show.
From The Nation, David Zirin on three lessons from University of Missouri president Tim Wolfe’s resignation: The administrators created a world in which universities revolve socially, politically, and economically around the exploited labor of football — now let them reap what they sow. Yale students erupt in anger over administrators caring more about free speech than safe spaces. A clash between administrators and students at Yale went viral — why that is unfortunate for all concerned: Daniel Drezner on the trouble with 21st century campus politics. Conor Friedersdorf on the new intolerance of student activism. Fredrik deBoer on how college students have forgotten how to fight the system: Wesleyan activists’ response to a newspaper column on Black Lives Matter reflects a broader, worrying shift on campuses.
From The Atlantic Monthly, Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt on the coddling of the American mind: In the name of emotional well-being, college students are increasingly demanding protection from words and ideas they don’t like; here’s why that’s disastrous for education — and mental health (and more and more). That’s not funny: Today’s college students can’t seem to take a joke. David Barnhizer (Cleveland State): “FIRE Away”: I Have No Right to Not Be Insulted. April Kelly-Woessner on how Marcuse made today’s students less tolerant than their parents. Scott A. Bass and Mary L. Clark on how the gravest threat to colleges comes from within.
Adam Lamparello (Indiana Tech): Promoting Inclusion through Exclusion: Higher Education’s Assault on the First Amendment. Nadine Strossen on free expression: An endangered species on campus? (and more) Geoffrey R. Stone and Will Creeley on restoring free speech on campus. Higher education’s real censors: Corey Robin on what we’re missing in the debate over trigger warnings and “coddled” students. Libby Nelson on why trigger warnings are really so controversial, explained. Complaining, censorious, and over-sensitive, university students are destroying their own institutions — wait, seriously, people think that?
Matt S Whitt (Duke): Other People’s Problems: Student Distancing, Epistemic Responsibility, and Injustice.The University of Illinois has reached a tentative settlement with Steven G. Salaita, the professor whose job offer at the Urbana-Champaign campus was revoked last year after anti-Israel tweets drew observers’ scorn. Should your political beliefs be protected by college discrimination policies? Jesse Benn on how the inclusions of political and intellectual diversity are both tactics straight from the playbook of conservative polemicist David Horowitz.
From Boston Review, Robert L. Kehoe on football on the corporate campus: The NCAA is no exception in the world of big-money higher education. College football isn’t about college, and it’s barely about football — it’s about money. Mark Kram on how college football is awash in billions of dollars. Should Division I football and men’s basketball student-athletes be paid? Colin Shaffer investigates. Cracking the cartel: Don’t pay college athletes (and a response). Harry G. Hutchison (George Mason): Monopsony Power, Collective Bargaining and College Football. Knight commission hears 3 visions for stabilizing college sports. Rohan Nadkarni on how college athletes avoid criminal charges. Maybe college football doesn’t affect presidential elections after all — a hyped study from 2012 now doesn’t look so good. Meme people: Brian Curtis on the meaning of college football viral fan shots.
Dusko Prelevic (Belgrade): Zombies Slap Back: Why the Anti-Zombie Parody Does Not Work. This man is the most dangerous political operative in America: Steve Bannon runs the new vast right-wing conspiracy — and he wants to take down both Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush. An excerpt from Killing The Messenger: The Right-Wing Plot to Derail Hillary and Hijack Your Government by David Brock. Can anyone ever truly trust David Brock? It’s time to retire the PC Police: Malcolm Harris on how ending political correctness is a bad joke in a country with real rights violations to worry about. Tina Amirtha on dystopia, death, and the growing popularity of dark tourism. On the 20th anniversary of the death of French philosopher Gilles Deleuze, the LARB invited several Deleuze scholars to reflect on the continued importance of Deleuze’s life and work today. David Roberts on what critics of the Keystone campaign misunderstand about climate activism. Queer fascism: Why white nationalists are trying to drop homophobia.
Sacha Golob (King’s College): Heidegger’s Ethics. Kyle Curran (Queen’s): Nature Enframed: Technology and Heidegger’s Environmental Thinking. Tere Vaden (Tampere): Good Revolutions Gone Bad: Zizek’s Critique and Praise of Heidegger’s Nazism. On Heidegger’s Black Notebooks: A philosopher's commitment to fascism raises controversy — again; Scott McLemee is scandalized. Who deleted what from Heidegger’s works, and who knew about it? The German geist dwells nowhere: Paul A. Kottman and Omri Boehm on the turmoil surrounding Heidegger’s Black Notebooks. Jean Grondin (Montreal): Heidegger’s Notebooks and What They Teach Us about Being and Time. What to make of Heidegger in 2015? Santiago Zabala wonders. Bernard-Henri Levy on reading Heidegger: You have no other choice — either read Heidegger, despite everything, or tell yourself that philosophy ends at Kant's “limit”, Hegel’s “totality”, or Bergson’s “recovery”.
From Vox, Matthew Yglesias on how Democrats are in denial — their party is actually in deep trouble; and Lee Drutman on how Democrats really are in big trouble for the foreseeable future: America may be in a reinforcing feedback loop of growing inequality and Republican rule (and more). John Cassidy on Obama and the G.O.P.’s Red Sea. Molly Ball on how liberals are losing the culture wars: Tuesday’s elections, which hinged on social issues such as gay rights and pot, call into question Democrats’ insistence that Republicans are out of step with the times. How did the Democrats become favorites of the rich? The party now depends as much on affluent voters as on low-income voters. Suzy Khimm on why Hillary Clinton doesn’t need to be likable or a “real person”: She just needs to convince Democrats that she’s Republicans’ fiercest enemy. Here comes the Berniebro: Look, there is a systemic crisis occurring — on Facebook. Time to slice the Bernie boils: If you are Bernie, working for Bernie, or planning to vote Bernie, you are not the hip, millennial-pulling campaign you think you are.
A new issue of Orbit: Writing Around Pynchon is out. Soha Turfler (New Mexico): Language Ideology and the Plain-Language Movement: How Straight-Talkers Sell Linguistic Myths. Amartya Sen on how women’s progress outdid China’s one-child policy. You have no idea how badass Trudeau’s Defence Minister really is. Ben Carson, the humblebragging instrument of God: Carlos Lozada binge-read five of the GOP candidate’s books and found two deep faiths — in his medical skills, and in God’s frequent intervention in his life. Donald Trump wooed key GOP donors Sheldon Adelson, Paul Singer, and the Kochs — and when they all spurned him, he bad-mouthed his rivals for seeking their support. Shuttered: Irin Carmon on the end of abortion access in red America. Amy Littlefield on the day she learned aborted fetuses aren’t people. The point of a health-care system isn’t to spend as little money as possible on it. Jon Michaud on the tangled cultural roots of Dungeons and Dragons.
Camilla Guldahl Cooper (Oslo): Rules of Engagement Demystified: A Study of the History, Development and Use of ROEs. SEAL Team 6’s secret history of quiet killings and blurred lines: The unit best known for killing Osama bin Laden has been converted into a global manhunting machine with limited outside oversight. If you’re lying about being a Navy SEAL, this man will catch you. Just as our cops are becoming soldiers, our soldiers are becoming cops. Why is the American military so bad at teaching others how to fight? The United States is training militaries with dubious human rights records — again. Andrew Liptak reviews The Modern Mercenary: Private Armies and What They Mean for World Order by Sean McFate (and more). Can the U.S. military halt its brain drain? The Pentagon worries its rigid personnel system is driving away the officers it will need for the conflicts of the 21st century. Can the Pentagon do business with Silicon Valley? E. B. Boyd investigates. Military experience isn’t preparing veterans for private success: It may be less about training and more about ethos — you already chose honor over money.
A map shows how enormous US military spending really is. Scott Beauchamp on the US military’s trillion-dollar boondoggle: Faulty fighter planes show the defense industry’s focus is “industry”, not “defense” (and more). Kelley Vlahos on how Republican primaries create more Pentagon pork. Bernie Sanders is right — America spends too much money on its military. Yes, America’s military supremacy is fading (and we should not panic). Adam Reiffen on a civilian’s guide to the U.S. military.
Taunya Lovell Banks (Maryland): Colorism Among South Asians: Title VII and Skin Tone Discrimination. When “Nikhil” becomes “Nik”, and “Piyush” becomes “Bobby Jindal”: Indian Americans aren't ashamed of our heritage — we just want to go easy on the barista. Esther Yu-Hsi Lee on the damaging effects of the “model minority” myth. Hiding black behind the ears: Roberto C. Garcia on Dominicans, blackness, and Haiti. Thad Moore on why the Latino boom that built Univision could ultimately hurt it. Latinos are now the majority in California — will Hollywood change to reflect that? Even as longevity increases across the rich world, uneducated white Americans are living sicker and dying earlier. Whatever happened to German America? Erik Kirschbaum on how the country’s largest national ethnic group completely disappeared from its culture. Most diverse neighborhood in US welcomes you in Alaska: Just a walk down the street of this Anchorage suburb shows you what future of this country can look like. Anna Holmes on America’s “postracial” fantasy. Amanda Taub on the real reason Americans fight about identity politics.