Steven Klein (Chicago): A Cynical Turn: Max Weber and Hannah Arendt on Value, Domination, and Political Economy. Bryan-Paul Frost (Louisiana): The Case for Kojeve in His Dispute with Leo Strauss. Attila Gyulai (HAS): Between Tropology and Persuasion: Carl Schmitt’s Account of Rhetoric Reconsidered. James Nichols (Claremont McKenna): Why an End to History? Gregory T. Russell (Oklahoma): Voegelin as Philosopher and Realist: The Western Crisis and World Politics. John Laursen (UC-Riverside): Michael Oakeshott, Wendy Brown, and the Paradoxes of Anti-moralism. Zhang Guodong (Fujian Jiangxia): A Critical Interpretation of Leo Strauss’ Thoughts on Machiavelli. Andrew Arato (New School): Lefort, the Philosopher of 1989; Political Theology and Populism; and Multi-Track Constitutionalism Beyond Carl Schmitt. David M. Rasmussen (Boston College): The Emerging Domain of the Political. Nora Willi (Illinois): Surrender: An Essay on the Theory of Sovereignty and Alternative Possibilities. Steven B. Smith on two books about the legacy of Leo Strauss. Shmuel Lederman reviews Prophecy and the Perfect Political Order: The Political Theology of Leo Strauss by Haim O. Rechnitzer. What exactly did Arendt mean by “the banality of evil,” and is it really the case that she would say a whistleblower should simply turn herself in after the deed? Mark Lilla on Arendt and Eichmann: The new truth. Margarethe von Trotta’s biopic of Hannah Arendt is a film about ideas that remains intellectually detached from them.
The inaugural issue of the International Journal of Solution-Focused Practices is out. D. Wendy Greene (Samford): A Multidimensional Analysis of What Not to Wear in the Workplace: Hijabs and Natural Hair. Peek inside your own brain: Peter Hildebrand on the rise of DIY neuroscience. The Internet didn’t change sex: Tracy Clark-Flory interviews Sallie Tisdale, author of Talk Dirty to Me: An Intimate Philosophy of Sex. On filibuster, Obama's a master criminal; on Iran, he's Neville Chamberlain, say Rightbloggers. No, the failure of Obamacare would not lead to single-payer. Elizabeth Drew on Obama: The first term did it. Katharina Lotzen and Harald Wiese review Jane Austen, Game Theorist by Michael Chwe. The coming tech-lash: The tech elite will join bankers and oilmen in public demonology, predicts Adrian Wooldridge. Gross Domestic Freebie: James Surowiecki on G.D.P. in the age of free. Here’s why you really don’t want a strip club next door: A new spatial analysis of sexually oriented businesses finds crime is indeed higher in their wake. A study finds bad behavior gets “paid forward” more than good. Is hacking the future of scholarship? Once scholars begin — and the day is coming — hacking devices to find out more about influential people, the courts and the academic community will be faced with privacy decisions to make. You can download Philosophy of Information: An Introduction by The PI Research Network.
Gerard Caprio Jr. (Williams): Financial Regulation after the Crisis: How Did We Get Here, and How Do We Get Out? Tabea Bucher-Koenen and Michael Ziegelmeyer (Max Planck): Once Burned, Twice Shy? Financial Literacy and Wealth Losses During the Financial Crisis. Did robotraders know the financial crisis was coming? Harry Cheadle on the invisible algorithmic ecology of the stock market. The Wall Street Code: Goldman Sachs/UBS "quant" turned whistle blower Haim Bodek says the stock market is rigged. Never saw it coming: Alan Greenspan on why the financial crisis took economists by surprise. From HBR, Justin Fox on what we’ve learned from the financial crisis. From The Economist, what can we learn from the Depression? Robert Skidelsky on four fallacies of the Second Great Depression. Phillip Swagel on the beginning of the end of the financial crisis. Brad DeLong reviews After the Music Stopped: The Financial Crisis, the Response, and the Work Ahead by Alan Blinder. Alan Pyke on why a credit downgrade for the biggest banks is great news for taxpayers. Street cop: Can the S.E.C. control the financial industry? Big finance is a problem, not an industry to be nurtured: To bring down our debt levels, we cannot avoid shrinking the financial sector, says Dirk Bezemer. Wall Street isn’t worth it: John Quiggin on why cutting the banks down to size is good policy and good politics. Financial reform is about to catch a second wind — and Elizabeth Warren is ready to ride it. Anna Merlan on Benjamin Lawsky, the man who picked a fight with Wall Street.
Kathy Lynn (Oregon) and Kyle Powys Whyte (MSU): Indigenous Peoples, Climate Change and the Government-to-Government Relationship. Andrew Dayton and Barbara Rogoff (UC-Santa Cruz): “On Being Indigenous” as a Process. Alex Bernick (Emory): Reburying an Injustice: Indigenous Human Remains in Museums and the Evolving Obligations to Return Remains to Indigenous Groups. Arturo Arias (Texas): Indigenous Women at War: Discourses on Revolutionary Combat. Implications of a historical anomaly: Modern westerners often see indigenous people as weird or exotic — a look at history shows why they’re not the strange ones. How many uncontacted tribes are left in the world? Brazil’s Indian affairs department, FUNAI, has released rare footage of an uncontacted tribe living in the heart of Brazil’s Amazon rainforest. Brazil wants to tear down an indigenous museum to put up a parking lot. Indigenous peoples in Brazil have lost their patience — promised more land decades ago, they have recently begun forcing the issue by occupying farms and ranches. Return to the rainforest: A son's search for his Amazonian mother. Building connections across decolonization struggles: Indigenous and Afrikan activists have much to gain from joining forces — making demands on the state won’t do; to win, we must struggle for autonomy. From the new Indigenous Nationhood Movement, for our nations to live, capitalism must die. Idle No More is back: Bilal Ahmed on maple leaf multiculturalism. The new manifest destiny: Kent Blansett on a brief political history of the Idle No More movement. Elissa Washuta on America’s wrongheaded obsession with “vanishing” indigenous peoples.
Josh Chafetz (Cornell): Whose Secrets? (A response to David Pozen's “The Leaky Leviathan: Why the Government Condemns and Condones Unlawful Disclosures of Information”). Margaret Jane Radin (Michigan): Boilerplate: A Threat to the Rule of Law? America's best-paid fairy-tale writer: John Gray reviews David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell. The end of the filibuster: John Rawls belly laughs and a justice failure is corrected. Twilight of the Guardian Angels: Born in the crucible of seedy 1970s New York, does Curtis Silwa’s red-bereted band of citizen crime busters have a place in post-Giuliani, post-Bloomberg NYC? Slavery, Katrina and Watergate — Paul Rosenberg on the right’s obsession with exaggerating: To unburden historical guilt, the right uses trumped-up charges against liberals, their form of blame-shifting. What happens when a professor tries to use philosophy to prevent suicide: Adam Plunkett reviews Stay: A History of Suicide and the Philosophies Against It by Jennifer Michael Hecht. Tim Harford on how a universal income is not such a silly idea: The concept of paying people to sit around has an upside. Intellectual biography, empirical sociology and normative political theory: Damian Omar Martinez interviews Tariq Modood. The IPO of you and me: Kevin Roose on how normal people are becoming corporations. The introduction to Conflicts in the Knowledge Society: The Contentious Politics of Intellectual Property by Sebastian Haunss.
Steven L. Willborn (Nebraska): Labor Law and the Race to the Bottom. From The American Prospect, a special section on the state of work in the age of anxiety, including Harold Meyerson on the 40-year slump; and have we reached a stage at which technology is destroying more jobs than it's creating? Rick Wartzman wonders. Kevin Drum on why technology is going to destroy the middle class. From The Monkey Cage, John S. Ahlquist and Margaret Levi on the decline of union membership and what it means for politics; and what are the implications of the AFL-CIO’s expanding membership criteria? Alec MacGillis on a rare win for organized labor — just don't talk about it. Anny Lowrey on how long-term joblessness is now one of the defining realities of the American work force. Mike Konczal on the tea party’s assault on workers: It is the tea party's impact at the state level that will probably be with us the longest. Derek Thompson on how the workforce is even more divided by race than you think. Organized labor is in trouble — Damon Silvers is supposed to think of a way out. Beyond fast food strikes: Trish Kahle on why the Left shouldn’t write off low-wage strikes. Stephen Gandel on why Wal-Mart can afford to give its workers a 50% raise. Barry Ritholtz on how McDonald's and Wal-Mart became welfare queens. Lisa Graves on Corporate America’s new scam: Industry P.R. firm poses as think tank Employment Policies Institute.
Jean-Louis Marin-Lamellet (Lyon): What’s the Matter with Benjamin O. Flower? Populism, Antimonopoly Politics and the “Paranoid Style” at the Turn of the Century. JFK conspiracy theories are alive and well, according to Gallup poll. Fifty years after JFK’s assassination, another wave of conspiracy theories has arrived — little-known professor John McAdams has spent his last 20 years fighting the skeptics. Fred Kaplan on why the best conspiracy theories about JFK’s assassination don’t stand up to scrutiny. Fifty years later after the JFK assassination, a complicit media still covers up for the security state — we need to reclaim our history. Who killed JFK? Fifty years on, slew of new books add fuel to conspiracy fire. Conspiracy theorists aren’t really skeptics: William Saletan on the fascinating psychology of people who know the real truth about JFK, UFOs, and 9/11 (and more). John Cassidy writes a word in favor of JFK conspiracy theories. Adam Gopnik on the assassination of JFK, fifty years later (and a response by Josh Ozersky on the big problem with calling people "conspiracy theorists"). Photos show Kennedy hatred in 1960s Dallas looks a lot like Obama hatred today. Skeptics gone wild: Saul Elbein on navigating America’s conspiracy theory culture. Benjamin Wallace-Wells on the truly paranoid style in American politics. Joe Coscarelli interviews Alex Jones, America’s leading (and proudest) conspiracy theorist. Five things they don’t want you to know: Jesse Walker on the myths about the paranoid tales we tell.
Arvind Magesan (Calgary) and Eik Leong Swee (Melbourne): Is Happiness Really a Warm Gun? The Political Consequences of US Weapons Sales. From Boston Review, what are radicals good for? Lindsey Gilbert interviews George Scialabba, author of For the Republic. Is ObamaCare actually too conservative for Americans? Peter Weber wonders. From TNR, a series of articles on JFK. The avalanche of books marking the 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination is both too much and not enough. Jill Abramson on Kennedy, the elusive president (and more). Adam Clymer on how the President Kennedy students learn about today is not their grandparents’ JFK (and more). Here is a stabilized, interpolated, panoramic footage of JFK's assassination. Do you really remember where you were when JFK was shot? Jason Zengerle on the race that broke the Cheney family: What happened when a gay sister came between Liz Cheney and a Senate seat. Ezra Klein on nine reasons the filibuster change is a huge deal (and more and more). Sarah Binder on what the Senate will be like when the nuclear dust settles. Jonathan Chait on why Democrats partially nuked the filibuster. Imaginary Jews: Anthony Grafton on the strange history of antisemitism in Western culture. Tyler Malone interviews Simon Critchley, co-author (with Jamieson Webster) of Stay, Illusion!: The Hamlet Doctrine. Rob Horning on games of truth and Foucault.
From Buzzfeed, why Twitter just turned itself inside out: Clicking is dead, scrolling is king — John Herrman on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and the fight for the ultimate feed. Two new books look at familiar, diverting facets of life online; Scott McLemee tries to garner them some attention. Atossa Araxia Abrahamian on A Small World, the socialite network. If you plug Twitter into a digital avatar, can you live forever? BJ Mendelson on how to get a Wikipedia page and make it stick. What did you used to do with all the time you're now spending online? The Thought Catalog revolution: Daniel D-Addarion on how trolling took over the Internet. Evan Williams, who helped create companies like Blogger and Twitter, is setting his sights on longer-form writing with a new blogging platform, Medium. Socialize social media: A manifesto, by Benjamin Kunkel. Where does your Wikipedia donation go? Outgoing chief Sue Gardner warns of potential corruption. JD Rucker on how the death of Digg still lingers for former power users. Jamie Bartlett on 4chan and the role of anonymity in the meme-generating cesspool of the web. Riding the hashtag in social media marketing: Gary Vaynerchuk, a social media marketer, pounces on any trend — tweeted or otherwise — in his quest to sell, sell, sell. Maria Konnikova on the psychology of online comments. A math genius with dementia took his own life, but he left behind this website. Eric Limer on 11 of the weirdest sites on the Internet.
Edward (Ted) A. Parson (UCLA): Climate Engineering in Global Climate Governance: Implications for Participation and Linkage. David E. Winickoff (UC-Berkeley) and Mark B. Brown (Cal State-Sacramento): Time for a Government Advisory Committee for Geoengineering Research. Obama asks federal agencies to “prepare” for climate change — here’s what that means. Is it too late to prepare for climate change? Elizabeth Kolbert wonders. Kevin J. Noone on problem solving in the Anthropocene. Ezra Klein on Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse’s lonely war against climate change. What happened after Congress passed a climate change law? Very little. Joshua Tucker on the fundamental political challenge of climate change: The inherent political difficulties in enacting climate change legislation, and why grandchildren may be part of the solution. Brad Plumer on how the world is failing at its climate goals, in one giant chart. Jennifer Jacquet on how delayed gratification hurts climate change cooperation. Eric Posner on how you can have either climate justice or a climate treaty — not both. Annie Lowrey on the inequality of climate change. Stephan Richter on climate change as terrorism against the people: In view of the typhoon in the Philippines, has the United States misplaced its global priorities? Poor countries walk out of UN climate talks as compensation row rumbles on. What is the Anthropocene, and are you living in it? Annalee Newitz investigates. Roy Scranton on learning how to die in the Anthropocene.