James R. Martel (SFSU): What Equality Would Actually Look Like: Lessons from Anarchist Spain on Equality, Temporality and the Art of the Possible. John Howard (King's): Palomares Bajo. The Genius of El Cid: How the Spanish superhero — outnumbered and under siege — broke out of Valencia, crushed a Muslim army, and inspired Christian crusaders. An interview with Javier Fernandez Sebastian on the Ibero-american world as another political powerhouse for modernity during the Revolution Age, thanks to the analysis of the history of concepts in the English and Portuguese speaking Atlantic. In its criticism of the democratic deficit in Spain, has the 15M movement challenged Philip Pettit’s theory of republicanism which gave its intellectual authority to Zapatero’s government? The philosopher draws his own conclusions on the movement and the crisis it stems from. How history will judge Zapatero: Many will remember Spain’s socialist prime minister for his mishandling of the economic crisis, but his legacy in other areas — particularly social reform — is substantial. From Books and Ideas, Jeanne Moisand on protectionism and the birth of Catalanism. The Basque separatist group Eta says it has called a "definitive cessation" to its campaign of bombings and shootings. A review of Sovereignty and the Stateless Nation: Gibraltar in the Modern Legal Context by Keith Azopardi. Can a Spanish rival out-compete Facebook? Spanish social-networking site Tuenti is going global with a model that emphasizes quality connections over quantity. Alternative cannabis economy: Nick Buxton examines the experience of cannabis social clubs in Spain. For generations, two families in Majorca have laid competing claims to the legacy of 19th century composer Frederic Chopin — and to the piano on which he composed some of his greatest works. Atlas Obscura visits the Josep Pujiula Labyrinth, a wonderland replication in progress by one persistent man.


A new issue of Air and Space Magazine is out. Containing Outrage: Alasdair Roberts on how police power tames the Occupy movement. The first chapter from The Terror of History: On the Uncertainties of Life in Western Civilization by Teofilo F. Ruiz (and more). From The Brooklyn Rail, Walter Benn Michaels on the beauty of a social problem. Doug Henwood on fleshing out the corporate person. The think-tank archipelago: Adam Curtis on how libertarian think-tanks crippled thinking. A review of Common Sense: A Political History by Sophia Rosenfeld. When politicians misspeak, should we care? A review of The Pursuit of Laziness: An Idle Interpretation of the Enlightenment by Pierre Saint-Amand. What defines life satisfaction for consumers living in poverty? Fig leaves and falsehoods: Pace Thomas Aquinas, sometimes we need to deceive. Harold Meyerson on why we need Occupy Wall Street: The protest has at last brought on a national discussion about income inequality. The return of law and order politics: As city after city confronts Occupy protestors, conservatives are trying to make civil unrest into an anti-Obama campaign issue. Protesters re-occupy Zuccotti Park. Will Wilkinson on why big government is bad for democracy. The Wilson Quarterly on how Stuxnet changed the world. “Bullying” may be the accepted term for kid-on-kid brutality, but it’s seldom used among kids themselves. A review of books on G.K. Chesterton. If Westerns allegorise a mythical space of gradual resolution and order, the western all'italiana explodes the American dream of stabilising prosperity with excessive violence and explicit anti-colonial themes. A review of Potato: A History of the Propitious Esculent by John Reader. The voice in the machine: Is lifelike synthetic speech finally within reach? The dream of a laptop-powered "knowledge class" is dead; blame the economy — and the Web.


Sylvia Wenmackers (Groningen): Philosophy of Probability: Foundations, Epistemology, and Computation. Given enough time and intelligence, could a person literally invent all of modern mathematics from scratch using only a pen and paper? Alex Bellos on his book Here's Looking at Euclid: A Surprising Excursion Through the Astonishing World of Math. Can math beat financial markets? Mathematical models help assess risk, but woe betide those who think math can predict stock market gains and losses. An excerpt from The Quants: How a New Breed of Math Whizzes Conquered Wall Street and Nearly Destroyed It by Scott Patterson. Quant trading: How mathematicians rule the markets. The magical mind of Persi Diaconis: The science of mathematics and the art of magic are closely related, particularly in one Stanford classroom. The first chapter from Magical Mathematics: The Mathematical Ideas that Animate Great Magic Tricks by Persi Diaconis and Ron Graham. What’s in a number? Lots — if the number is 19. This is not a carrot: Maarten McKubre-Jordens on paraconsistent mathematics. Keith Devlin on the first arithmetic textbook in the Western world. A review of Number-Crunching: Taming Unruly Computational Problems from Mathematical Physics to Science Fiction by Paul J. Nahin. A look at five historic female mathematicians you should know. Smithsonian profiles Philippa Fawcett, the woman who bested the men at math. "We hate math", say 4 in 10 — a majority of Americans. The introduction to A Mathematical Nature Walk by John A. Adam. David Bressoud on quantitative literacy versus mathematics. The special trick that helps identify dodgy stats: Using Benford's law, forensic statisticians can spot suspicious patterns in the raw numbers, and estimate the chances figures have been tampered with. A look at 7 questions you didn't know could be answered with math.


From the European Journal of American Studies, Melinda Russell (Carleton): I (Don’t) Hear America Singing: The List of Songs Americans Should Know and Sing; Mokhtar Ben Barka (Valenciennes): The Christian Nation Debate and the U.S. Supreme Court; and a special issue on Postfrontier Writing. Abraham U. Kannof (Emory): Dueling Nationalities: Dual Citizenship, Dominant and Effective Nationality, and the Case of Anwar Al-Aulaqi. Mark P. Orbe (WMU) and Darlene K. Drummond (Miami): Competing Cultural Worldviews in the United States: A Phenomenological Examination of the Essential Core Elements of Transnationalism and Transculturalism. David C. Wilson (Delaware): American Pride and Prejudice: Public Opinion on the Meaning of Obama’s Election as President. A review of The Myth of American Religious Freedom by David Sehat. A review of Dreaming of Dixie: How the South Was Created in American Popular Culture by Karen Cox. Pinpointing DNA ancestry in Africa: Most African Americans hail from just 46 ethnic groups, research shows (and more). From the Saturday Evening Post, Aaron Rimstidt on America’s weirdest museums. New Confederacy Rising: Theo Anderson on testing, once again, whether this nation can long endure. Robert Putnam and David E. Campbell’s American Grace follows up on Tocquevillean themes, exploring the contemporary American religious landscape to understand, in the words of the subtitle, “how religion divides and unites us” (and more). The concept of "un-American" activities has existed almost as long as America, but does anyone know what it means? A review of American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America by Colin Woodard (and more). Martin W. Lewis on same-sex couples and Native American communities. Return of the Dust Bowl: Geoscientists predict a dry, dusty future for the American West.


A new issue of Regulation is out. Benjamin Hansen (Oregon) and Gregory J. DeAngelo (RPI): Life and Death in the Fast Lane: Police Enforcement and Traffic Fatalities. Yemima Ben-Menahem (HUJ): The Causal Family: The Place of Causality in Science. Frances Fox Piven, the professor Glenn Beck loves to hate, speaks with Cornel West on how the radical right helped her define her politics and why she’s gloomy about America’s future. An excerpt from Glenn Greenwald's With Liberty and Justice for Some: How the Law Is Used to Destroy Equality and Protect the Powerful (and more). Which side are they on? How cops really feel about the Occupy Wall Street protests. Rightbloggers get behind Newt Gingrich, this month's next President of the United States. Battle of the historians: Niall Ferguson and Pankaj Mishra are having a spat — is it time for them to step outside and settle it once and for all? The Ask Me Anything session with astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson was so illuminating and inspiring that it's already prompted talk of a monthly series. The Anthropologists’ Hour: David Warsh on David Graeber. What if academics were as dumb as quacks with statistics? From Monthly Review, Samir Amin on the democratic fraud and the universalist alternative; and John Bellamy Foster on Samir Amin at 80: An introduction and tribute. How not to be a dogmatic fundamentalist: It's not how strong our views are, or how vigorously we defend them, but how open we are to others changing our mind. A review of History in the Discursive Condition: Reconsidering the Tools of Thought by Elizabeth Deeds Ermarth. X-Men ethics class: Why help the weak if it thwarts evolution? A study reveals why Dems and Republicans like different films — and which actors each side absolutely refuses to pay to see.


Marcelo Thompson (Hong Kong): In Search of Alterity: On Google, Neutrality, and Otherness. From LRB, a review of The Googlisation of Everything (and Why We Should Worry) by Siva Vaidhyanathan; In the Plex: How Google Thinks, Works and Shapes Our Lives by Steven Levy; and I’m Feeling Lucky: The Confessions of Google Employee Number 59 by Douglas Edwards. The birth of the Google Translate era: The rise of new technology is changing the way we think about language and the world — an expert explains how. At Google X, a clandestine lab that many employees do not know exists, engineers and robotics experts are tackling a list of 100 shoot-for-the-stars ideas that eventually might not seem so far-fetched. Amazon, the company that ate the world: Jeff Bezos’ new tablet, the Kindle Fire, is cheap, pretty, and puts Amazon in perfect position to take a bite out of Apple — and every online transaction you make. An excerpt from One Click: Jeff Bezos and the Rise of Amazon.com by Richard L Brandt. From Wired, Jeff Bezos owns the Web in more ways than you think; and can "serendipity" be a business model? Consider Twitter. From New York, Twitter is building a machine to convert 140 characters on Barack Obama, Ashton Kutcher, narcissism, the struggle for human freedom, and Starbucks into cash — and quick, before its moment passes. Vive le tweet: Here is a map of Twitter's languages. Is Facebook becoming a digital cemetery? The world's largest social media platform may be the first mass e-grave. A core anxiety: Fear and trembling on the social networks. You are not your name and photo: The real power of Christopher “moot” Poole’s message about reclaiming identity is that it’s not just about fighting what doesn’t work; it’s about building and supporting what does. Technorati's State of the Blogosphere 2011 report is now out.


David Adam Stott (Kitakyushu): Would An Independent West Papua Be A Failing State? From Vice, Ian Booth traverses the bowels of Papua New Guinea; and warias, come out and plaaayayay: Muslim Indonesian transvestites are persecuted but beautiful. From Vox, will India overtake China in the next decade? From TED, Yasheng Huang compares China to India, and asks how China's authoritarian rule contributed to its astonishing economic growth — leading to a big question: Is democracy actually holding India back? A review of Tibet: A History by Sam van Schaik. Showtime in Bhutan: Druk Superstar, Bhutan’s idol-esque talent show, is a celebration of the old and an opportunity for the modern and upwardly mobile. In Burma, where all meaningful progress towards democracy seemed to have stalled, signs of change from the days of the junta are starting to emerge — might it yet be Aung San Suu Kyi’s finest moment? They call it "the voyage of the damned", but thousands still want to try it: Sri Lankan refugees in India are ready to do anything to escape their camps. The Pakistani Cabinet voted last week to normalize trade relations with India by granting the country "most favored nation" status — it's the latest thawing in relations between the longtime foes. Filipino maids for export: Twelve percent of the Philippines’ GDP comes as remittances from nationals abroad — many of those are maids, sent all over the world into domestic service to support their children back home. While overseas Filipino workers help the economy stay afloat, their families back home pay a high price. The Defector’s Tale: Kim Kwang Jin goes inside North Korea’s secret economy. Throughout the modern era, issues of nationalism and national identity have lain at the heart of intellectual debate in Japan, but the contours of the debate have repeatedly changed over time. Why 2012 will shake up Asia and the world: Can Washington move from Pacific power to Pacific partner?


A new issue of The Futurist is out. From the IMF's Finance and Development, a special issue on inequality. Daniel D. Martin and Janelle L. Wilson (Minnesota): A Tool in the Kit: Uses of Bullshitting among Millennial Workers. Geography matters: Vassilis Monastiriotis on the impact of austerity and the path to recovery. From Books and Ideas, Cristelle Terroni on the rise and fall of alternative spaces. The psychology of advertising: Do ads with facts work better than ads that appeal through emotion and aspiration? Steve Pearlstein on the epic global leadership fail. From TLS, a review essay on the beastly Aleister Crowley. An interview with Nancy Berns, author of Closure: The Rush to End Grief and What It Costs Us. An interview with Molly Jane Quinn and Jenna Talbott, authors of It’s Lonely in the Modern World: The Essential Guide to Form, Function, and Ennui from the Creators of Unhappy Hipsters. Here are 7 reasonable explanations for looking like a hipster. Stopping Iran without bombing Iran: Why is Mitt Romney pretending his plan for Iran is different than Obama's? How Europe could take the U.S. down: The world isn't ready for Credit Crunch 2.0 — another banking panic is the perfect recipe for another recession. A look at 6 places that are shockingly easy to break into. Will Wilkinson on the political economy of puppetry. Empire building: The Koch brothers have bankrolled a broad attack on progressive government programs — their grandfather’s history in Texas helps explain why. Truthtelling: Roger Berkowitz on democracy in an age without facts. The top 10 books lost to time: Great written works from authors such as Shakespeare and Jane Austen that you'll never have a chance to read. Demonology is not simply the study of demons, but of noise's assault on signal — a media theory avant la lettre, writes Eugene Thacker.


From the latest issue of Logos, Christine Kelly on Generation Threat: Why the youth of America are occupying the nation; and a special section on the Occupy Wall Street movement, with essays by Stanley Aronowitz, Benjamin Barber, Stephen Eric Bronner, Jeff Madrick, Richard Wolin, and more. From Harper's, an interview with Slavoj Zizek. What would Emma do? An interview with Vivian Gornick, author of Emma Goldman: Revolution As a Way of Life, on the psychology of radicals and the OWS protests. From the John Birch Society's The New American, Jack Kerwick on two libertarianisms and OWS. Is the Vatican about to Occupy Wall Street? Peter Berger wonders. Jeff Sharlet on how the OWS movement discovered its bliss. The all-consuming presidential election season looms — how will Occupy respond? Tom Joad on why the 100% should support the Occupy movement. Sarah Leonard on OWS and the downfall of the smartest guys in the room. Whatever happened to discipline and hard work? America’s traditional, pro-wealth cultural vision is showing wear and tear, which may explain why criticisms made by OWS protesters have resonance. Kids Today: OWS is part of a major shift in ethical behavior among young people. Occupy Your Block: Protest without ever stepping foot in Zuccotti Park. A look at how the Occupy movement is inspiring unions to embrace bold tactics. Jeffrey Sachs on the new progressive movement: As before in history, the moment has arrived when people just can’t take it anymore. Will Occupy Wall Street lead to a new culture war? Arthur Brisbane on how OWS has proved to be a difficult, sprawling story to report. An article on Occupy Wall Street as a source of diverse editorial content. The branding of OWS: The director of the first Occupy TV ads talks to Salon about the battle over the protest movement's brand. Meet the ad men behind Occupy Wall Street.


Michael L. Perlin (NYLS): Tangled Up in Law: The Jurisprudence of Bob Dylan. From Portal, terpsichorean architecture: A special issue on writing about music. Horns, harps, and hubcaps: J. Bryan Lowder on why the classical orchestra needs some new instruments. A review of Behind Bars: The Definitive Guide to Music Notation by Elaine Gould. Paul Simon's Graceland is more about remaining white than it is about becoming black. Does the cover of Rolling Stone mean anything anymore? From PopMatters, revisionist history: William DeGenaro on Hair Metal’s proto-Punk roots; a review of Dirty South: Outkast, Lil Wayne, Soulja Boy, and the Southern Rappers Who Reinvented Hip-Hop by Ben Westhoff; are these the new faces of Classic Rock?; and Nevermind nostalgia: A special section on the music of 1991, 20 years later. Black Metal Nation: How Norway spawned the world’s most violent rightwing metalheads. Jan Swafford on a grand tour of contemporary music: All the new noise explained. So, what does it sound like when doves cry? Jay Electronica and the Art of Listening: A review of Understand Rap: Explanations of Confusing Rap Lyrics You and Your Grandma Can Understand by William Buckholz. Everything Old: Our obsession with musical nostalgia is strangling pop. Stat of the Day: 92% of top ten Billboard songs are about sex. Here is a comparison between The Complete Idiot's Guide To Music Theory vs Music Theory For Dummies. The revolution will not be Spotified: A look at the role popular music had played in helping people survive tough times in the past, and what role it is playing in the struggles of today. From Cracked, a look at 5 famous hidden song meanings (that are total b.s.). Here are 5 bizarre dark sides to modern orchestras.

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