From Political Theology, “no justice, no peace”: Vincent Lloyd on the tragedy of Ferguson. From The Christian Post, “the soul of the white church has yet to be ashamed”: Austin Channing on how the white church still doesn't get the danger of being black. From ENS, what should the Episcopal Church be doing about Ferguson? From Tikkun, Craig Wiesner on how Jesus died with his hands up, too. Jay Michaelson on why Jews should care about Ferguson. Ellie Hall goes inside the world of white Ferguson on Facebook: The exchanges of predominantly white commenters reveal frustration, and a deep cultural divide. From Boing Boing, Tom Craver on a future dictator's guide to disrupting protests: Watching the small-town cops of Ferguson play GI Joe with their Army-surplus machine-guns is scary enough — but what happens when the tech-smarts of Google trickles down to the Barney Fifes of America? California mayor urges cops to wear body cameras after Ferguson. Another Missouri shooting, caught on tape, proves it's time to outfit police with cameras. Julianne Hing on the case for body-mounted cameras on cops. Sara Libby on how even when police do wear cameras, don't count on seeing the footage (and more). AJ Vicens on why putting body cameras on cops is hardly a cure-all for abuses. You want to put an end to police brutality and other examples of injustice? Then embrace sousveillance laws. Jesse Singal on how eyewitness accounts in Ferguson — and everywhere else — are very flawed. Emily Wax-Thibodeaux and DeNeen L. Brown on Ferguson protesters: The peaceful, the elders, the looters, and the “militants”. Rich Lowry is against the Ferguson mob. What should protesters be demanding in #Ferguson? From TNR, when does the Ferguson story end? At least two things probably need to happen first; and Ferguson can learn a lot from the Cincinnati race riots of 2001: We've been here before — a solution exists. Ferguson is about to become just another forgotten Google trend; the question is: When? Jared Keller on how Fresh Prince of Bel-Air anticipated Ferguson more than 20 years ago.
The latest issue of The International Journal of Illich Studies is out. Adam M. Gershowitz (William and Mary): Google Glass While Driving. Maurice Yolles (John Moores) and Gerhard Fink (IACCM): Personality, Pathology and Mindsets: Part 1 - Agency, Personality and Mindscapes; Part 2 - Cultural Traits and Enantiomers; and Part 3 - Pathologies and Corruption. Michael Robbins reviews Atheists: The Origin of the Species by Nick Spencer. Roger Scruton's quotes on nonsense: Richard Dawkins, original sin, Islamism and more. Gershom Gorenberg on why it's time to stop “managing” the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and just end it. After James Foley execution, war reporters ask if stories are worth dying for. Even the Islamists of ISIS are obsessing over Ferguson: They're hoping to use black disenchantment as a recruiting tool. What do Iraq’s Sunni Arabs have in common with Ferguson, Mo., African-Americans? Juan Cole investigates. Tom Koch, author of Disease Maps: Epidemics on the Ground, on Ebola and the “new” epidemic. No, No, Nine-Ettes: The 90s-nostalgia boomlet that blossomed last year — online, across the cable dial, and in the fashion pages — says as much about the future as it does about the decade of Seinfeld and the Starr Report, of Gingrich and grunge. What’s up with that: Nick Stockton on why it’s so hard to catch your own typos. Clare Chambers reviews Our Bodies, Whose Property? by Anne Phillips. Slot-machine science: Brad Plumer on how casinos get you to spend more money.
From The American Reader, guns, sugar, prisons, war: The Dow Jones has worked around the death of Michael Brown — Ferguson exposes an economy where kids are commodities, whether dead or in jail. Protest in Ferguson pushes Taser’s stock higher. Cops shoot people dead every day — why did Ferguson become such a huge deal? Brentin Mock on why Michael Brown had the right to stand his ground. Victoria Law on remembering the black women killed by police politics. “Sounds familiar”: Shana L. Redmond on the revolution in #Ferguson. The community college that serves Ferguson, Mo., has high aspirations — but low graduation rates. One black city council member is not nearly enough; in a study of city councils, only one place in America had a greater representational disparity than Ferguson, Missouri. Ian Millhiser on the most important reform Ferguson can enact to give its black residents a voice. Missouri Republican Matt Wills thinks registering people to vote in Ferguson is “disgusting”. Fox News contributor Keith Ablow calls Eric Holder “reprehensible, a dismissible human”. Justice for Michael Brown rests almost entirely in the hands of this one man. History says Ferguson police officer likely won't be charged for shooting. A Ku Klux Klan group claims it is around Ferguson and fundraising for Darren Wilson. The “Support Darren Wilson Group” has raised $129,000, but what is it supporting? Derrick Clifton on 3 things Darren Wilson supporters don't understand about Ferguson. Wayne Allyn Root says Obama is using Ferguson to start a race war, declare martial law. “Have you noticed that what is happening to citizens in Ferguson is the EXACT NRA NIGHTMARE they've predicted, but they are TOTALLY SILENT?” It’s racism, not “principled conservatism”: Paul Rosenberg on the South, civil rights, GOP myths and the roots of Ferguson. White supremacy’s latest round: Falguni A. Sheth on retracing the real history of Ferguson. In defense of looting: Willie Osterweil on how for most of America’s history, one of the most righteous anti-white supremacist tactics available was looting. "Looting tourism": From anarchists to Tibetan monks, here are some of the outsiders joining protests in Ferguson.
From the Upshot, Neil Irwin, Claire Cain Miller and Margot Sanger-Katz on America’s racial divide, charted. Todd Purdum on why Obama can’t go there: The first African-American to run the country is constrained from addressing the nation’s original sin in anything but the loftiest, most dispassionate terms. Riots, confrontations, violence and disorder don’t always, or even usually, make things better— they sometimes makes things worse; but police violence, racism and radical social inequality are not going to be ended just by voting for the US Democratic Party, or even by a black president. Paul Waldman on what libertarians and conservatives get wrong about Ferguson: The next time you hear someone say that power should be devolved as far as possible to the state and local level, remember that those lower levels of government are often where the worst problems are. If you're a libertarian, you have a problem: You can have your guns, or you can have your minimal state, but you can't have both — it would be interesting to debate which is worse, the Nanny State, or the Military State. Whenever an unarmed young black man is shot dead by the police, white conservatives determined not to feel guilty flock to one news source for their absolution: National Review. On the far right, folks like the always predictably horrible David Horowitz say we need to look at Michael Brown's rap lyrics to decide whether he deserved to be shot. Josh Kovensky on the craziest conspiracy theories about Ferguson. Officer Darren Wilson’s online support group is as classy as you’d expect. This is what happens when we turn professional check-writers into pundits.
Joseph Rhodes (Penn State): The Atheistic Voice. Trevor Pugh and Andrew Johnston (Sheffield): How Neoclassical Economics Developed Without a Theory of Money. A. Peter McGraw and Lawrence Williams (Colorado) and Caleb Warren (Bocconi): The Rise and Fall of Humor: Psychological Distance Modulates Humorous Responses to Tragedy. Alasdair S. Roberts (Suffolk): No Simple Fix: Fiscal Rules and the Politics of Austerity. Alan Levinovitz on the mystery of Go, the ancient game that computers still can’t win. Martin Krygier reviews The Sacredness of the Person: A New Genealogy of Human Rights by Hans Joas. Prostitution and the internet: How new technology is shaking up the oldest business. You are not nearly scared enough about Ebola: Experimental drugs and airport screenings will do nothing to stop this plague — if Ebola hits Lagos, we're in real trouble. Anthony Gierzynski on how Harry Potter shaped the political culture of a generation: Our entertainment does shape our politics. Aki Peritz on what we can deduce about ISIS from James Foley’s beheading. From The AAG Review of Books, B. L. Turner reviews The Bet: Paul Ehrlich, Julian Simon, and Our Gamble over the Earth's Future by Paul Sabin; and Robert Voeks reviews Cannabis: Evolution and Ethnobotany by Robert C. Clarke and Mark David Merlin. Eve Epstein and Leonora Epstein on why your first concert is the greatest moment of your adolescence. Why do we listen to our favourite music over and over again? Because repeated sounds work magic in our brains, says Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis. The introduction to Rednecks, Queers, and Country Music by Nadine Hubbs.
From Vox, Amanda Taub on 9 essential facts about Ferguson and the shooting of Michael Brown. Tell the world the facts: Just as intriguing as the story is the continuing battle over who gets to tell it, says Jabari Asim. In a situation hostile to traditional reporting, the crowdsourced, phone-enabled network of information that Twitter provides has proved invaluable. Mikki Kendall on how social media changed the conversation on #Ferguson. Watch how the Twitter conversation of #Ferguson spread across America: It almost looks like a nuclear war played out on the Internet. Sarah Kessler on "Hands Up, Don't Shoot" and the growing power of protest memes. With just a small adjustment, the lyrics to Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young’s “Ohio” that went viral over the airwaves over four decades ago still hold truth today. Ferguson images evoke Civil Rights era and changing visual perceptions. John Herrman on fifty years ago last month. Peniel E. Joseph on how Ferguson has exposed a civil rights generational divide. Ferguson rebellion's rejection of leadership is frustration for some, inspiration for many. Cathy Lisa Schneider on the historical echoes of the tragic events unfolding in Ferguson. Max Fisher on how we'd cover Ferguson if it happened in another country. The Ferguson Spring: Can you tell the difference between the Missouri town where Michael Brown was killed and some of the world's most volatile uprisings? (and more) Ayatollah Ali Khamenei schadenfreudes all over the U.S. for Ferguson protests (and more from Egypt). In the time-honored tradition of “whataboutism”, many Russian commentators have gleefully used Ferguson as yet another example of American moral turpitude (and more). Hayes Brown on how the world's most repressive regimes delight in U.S. crack down in Ferguson.
Michael Albertus (Chicago) and Victor Menaldo (Washington): Gaming Democracy: Elite Dominance during Transition and the Prospects for Redistribution. Andreas Bergh (Lund) and Christian Bjornskov (Aarhus): Trust, Welfare States and Income Equality: What Causes What? Contrary to popular and academic belief, Adam Smith did not accept inequality as a necessary trade-off for a more prosperous economy. Miles Corak on how Joseph Fishkin’s book Bottlenecks explains why inequality lowers social mobility. James Galbraith on why policy, not capitalism, is to blame for the income divide. Why does inequality grow, and can we do something about it? Mapping a new economy: The geographer David Harvey says fixing inequality will take more than tinkering. Joseph Nevins on the will to wall: What is the work that walls do in a world of staggering inequality? The best of capitalism is over for rich countries — and for the poor ones it will be over by 2060. Filip Spagnoli on income inequality: What’s wrong with it, and what’s not. Tyler Cowen on how income inequality is not rising globally — it's falling: Though the income gap has widened in many individual nations, it has been shrinking globally for most of the last 20 years (and a response by Ryan Avent; a response by Matthew Yglesias; and more and more by Eduardo Porter). The newest trend among the world's ultra-rich — like, royalty-grade, private-plane-owning Scrooge McDuck rich — is to have a butler, but what type of person would willingly give over his life to serving the outrageously moneyed? George Monbiot on how the rich want us to believe their wealth is good for us all (and more). The 1% may be richer than you think, research shows.
Flavia Monceri (UNIMOL): The Nature of the "Ruling Body": Embodiment, Ableism and Normalcy. Jeremie Gilbert (East London): Land Rights as Human Rights: The Case for a Specific Right to Land. Veli-Matti Karhulahti (Turku): Hermeneutics and Ludocriticism. Jonne Arjoranta (Jyvaskyla) and Veli-Matti Karhulahti (Turku): Ludology, Narratology and Philosophical Hermeneutics. Niksa Svilicic (IAR) and Pero Maldini (Dubrovnik): Political Myths and Totalitarianism: An Anthropological Analysis of Their Causal Interrelationship. What will be the dominant ideologies of the 21st century? Thor May wonders. From the forthcoming issue of n+1, Jamie Martin reviews The End of Protest: How Free-Market Capitalism Learned to Control Dissent and The Logic of Discipline: Global Capitalism and the Architecture of Government by Alasdair Roberts; Capitalizing on Crisis: The Political Origins of the Rise of Finance by Greta Krippner; The Globalization Paradox: Democracy and the Future of the World Economy by Dani Rodrik; and Securing the World Economy: The Reinvention of the League of Nations, 1920–1946 by Patricia Clavin. Ezra Klein on why Obama won’t give the Ferguson speech his supporters want. Trayvon Martin’s father has sympathetic advice for Michael Brown’s family (and more). Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on why the coming race war won’t be about race (and a response by David Zirin). Who are the "Revolutionary Communists" allegedly agitating in Ferguson? Michelle Dean on the Revolutionary Communist Party, nowadays largely regarded as crank-ish even by many self-identified Communists, and routinely referred to as a "cult of personality" for its leader Bob Avakian.
From The Daily Dot, Aaron Sankin on what you need to read to understand Ferguson. Mike Brown had marijuana in his system — that changes nothing (and more). German Lopez on how there's no established connection between marijuana and violence. John McWhorter on why there is only one real way to prevent future Fergusons: End the War on Drugs. Nekima Levy-Pounds (St. Thomas): Going Up in Smoke: The Impacts of the Drug War on Young Black Men. Carl L. Hart on how the myth of the “Negro cocaine fiend” helped shape American drug policy. Anders Walker (SLU): The New Jim Crow? Recovering the Progressive Origins of Mass Incarceration. Armin Rick on the prison boom and black-white economic inequality. Christopher Ingraham on charting the shocking rise of racial disparity in our criminal justice system: By 2010, nearly a third of black male high school dropouts aged 25-29 were in prison or otherwise institutionalized. Half of young black men in U.S. have been arrested, a new report shows. Annie Lowrey and Jesse Singal on how there’s a shocking racial divide on crime and trusting the police. Tasneem Raja on 6 good reasons a black person might resist arrest: For black men in America, cooperating with the police isn't such a no-brainer. Wesley Morris on Let’s Be Cops, cop movies, and the shooting in Ferguson. It is time we treat police brutality as a national crisis: Jason Parham interviews Mychal Denzel Smith, Ruby-Beth Buitekant, and Darnell L. Moore. Bernard E. Harcourt, author of Against Prediction: Profiling, Policing, and Punishing in an Actuarial Age, on the exaggerated general perception in the public imagination and among police officers of an association between being African American and being a criminal. Evan McMorris-Santoro on how Ferguson is the beginning of the end for conservatives’ “war on crime”. Black people are not ignoring “black on black” crime: Ta-Nehisi Coates on the politics of changing the subject. Reparations for Ferguson: Ta-Nehisi Coates on how total police control over black bodies has echoes in American history. Redlining and reckoning in Ferguson: Given what’s happening now in Ferguson, Ta-Nehisi Coates’s “The Case for Reparations” demands to be revisited.
From TNR, don't send your kid to the Ivy League: William Deresiewicz on how the nation's top colleges are turning our kids into zombies (and a response on all the Ivy-educated zombies on The New Republic’s masthead). Maureen O’Connor on the New Privilege: Loudly denouncing your privilege. So, does that make William Deresiewicz an entitled little sh—? Carlos Lozada reviews Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life by William Deresiewicz (and more). What cartoons can do: Robert Mankoff on Joshua Rothman on William Deresiewicz’s essay “Don’t Send Your Kid to the Ivy League”. Your criticism of my Ivy League takedown further proves my point. Your defense of “Excellent Sheep” further proves my point. Ezra Klein on how Wall Street recruits so many insecure Ivy League grads. Tyler Kingkade on what everyone gets wrong about where you go to college. Stop blaming colleges for society's problems: For better or worse, the university tends to evolve alongside society, not ahead of it. Kevin Carey on building a better college ranking system — wait, Babson beats Harvard? Diploma mills are almost as old as the university itself — Scott McLemee wonders why there isn't more scholarship on the real problem of fake degrees. Can World of Warcraft save higher education? The latest ed trend seems like something you might have done in middle school. From The Atlantic Monthly, Graeme Wood on the future of college: Brash tech entrepreneur Ben Nelson thinks he can reinvent higher education by stripping it down to its essence, eliminating lectures and tenure along with football games, ivy-covered buildings, and research libraries — what if he's right?