Stefano Petrucciani (Rome): Rethinking Critical Theory. From Middle East Report, Rochelle Davis (Georgetown): Culture as a Weapon System; Laleh Khalili (SOAS): The New (and Old) Classics of Counterinsurgency; and Noura Erakat (Georgetown): BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement) in the USA, 2001-2010. Camus and Sartre were two different men who travelled briefly together, only to fight bitter battles later — yet they left us richer. The Closers: Maria Streshinsky on how the pros shut down a failing bank. From Archaeology, could Google Earth help us stop looting? From The Medieval Review, a review of Byzantine Slavery and the Mediterranean World by Youval Rotman; a review of God's War: A New History of the Crusades by Christopher Tyerman; a review of City and Cosmos: The Medieval World in Urban Form by Keith D. Lilley; a review of Medieval Dress and Fashion by Margaret Scott; and a review of Merlin: Knowledge and Power through the Ages by Stephen Knight. From New Internationalist, a special issue on Iraq: 7 Years Later. The Evolution of Goldman Sachs: The fraud allegations against them have tarnished the reputation of the firm, but how exactly did they get to this point? A review of The Warsaw Ghetto: A Guide to the Perished City by Barbara Engelking and Jacek Leociak. The Big Jewcy 100 celebrates people doing amazing things. From the MAA, Colm Mulcahy on Mathematical Idol 2010; and exercise your mind daily with MinuteMath. Doing science in the past: The comparative method of historical science helps to explain Haiti's poverty. Walt Disney, Reanimated: A new museum prompts reappraisal of a culture-shaking artist and entrepreneur. Creating Paradise: What can individuals do to solve social problems?
Nani Indrajani T. and Anggie Angeline (Petra Christian): The Types of Argument Structure Used by Hillary Clinton in the CNN Democratic Presidential Debate. Are voters truly sophisticated and rational decision makers? Apparently not — their choices are heavily influenced by superficial, nonverbal cues, such as politicians' appearance. Aaron Renn on the referendum voting: Democracy or disease? Scientists design a more efficient democratic voting system. A review of Numbers Rule: The Vexing Mathematics of Democracy, from Plato to the Present by George G. Szpiro. Saved by the crown: What monarchs offer modern democracy. A review of The Political Morality of Liberal Democracy by Michael J. Perry. From Liberty, Brian Gladish on marketing morality: Competition brings better results in business — why wouldn't it do so in the judiciary as well? Civil servants can make decisions that are better for the long-term good of the country than elected officials can, right?: A review of The Logic of Discipline by Alasdair Roberts. Why not license politicians seeking public office? A panel on Filibustering: A Political History of Obstruction in the House and Senate by Gregory Koger. From CJR, embrace the wonk: Greg Marx on a new opportunity for reporters and political scientists (and more: What if political scientists covered the news?); and more lessons from political science: How understanding the horse race can keep us from obsessing over it. From The Monkey Cage, is 538.com good for political science? For his "Political Science Senior Capstone" course during the spring semester of 2010, Northeastern's Michael Tolley had his students explore the major areas of research and scholarship in political science about the presidency of George W. Bush; some of the papers are now online.
From Mediaspace, Ken Feil (Emerson): Sex, Comedy and Controversy: Kiss Me, Stupid, What’s New, Pussycat?, New Hollywood, and Metropolitan Taste; Kenneth Chan (UNC): The Shaw-Tarantino Connection: Rolling Thunder Pictures and the Exploitation Aesthetics of Cool; and scholars on the subject of Genre in contemporary Cinema and Media Studies. A review of Fault Lines: How Hidden Fractures Still Threaten the World Economy by Raghuram Rajan (and more and more). A look at how Exile on Main St. killed the Rolling Stones. Why can't I feel what I see: What is the happiness that has eluded our generation? The genius of Jackie Chan: He's a cinematic artist on par with Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton. A review of 20th Century Travel: 100 Years of Globe-Trotting Ads. From History Now, a special issue on the Great Depression. An interview with Morris Dickstein, author of Dancing in the Dark: A Cultural History of the Great Depression (and more at Bookforum). Christopher "moot" Poole on the case for anonymity online. Successor states to an empire in free fall: Theories with wonderful names are emerging to describe our post-postmodern culture and society — Alan Kirby is fascinated by the "cultural dominant's" shadow. A review of A Brief History of Nakedness by Philip Carr-Gomm. All the dead are vampires: Michael Sims on a natural-historical look at our love-hate relationship with dead people. Rich people things: Chris Lehmann on Los Angeles compound fever. Beyond Dan Brown's The Lost Symbol: Sarah Breger on the true story of Jews and Freemasons. Why misogynists make great informants: How gender violence on the Left enables state violence in radical movements. A review of Revolutionaries: A New History of the Invention of America by Jack Rakove (and more and more).
The inaugural issue of Review of Economics and Institutions is out. Andres Marroquin (UFM): Economic Anthropology: Past and Future. The first chapter from Innovation, Intellectual Property, and Economic Growth by Christine Greenhalgh and Mark Rogers. The first chapter from Economic Sociology: A Systematic Inquiry by Alejandro Portes. An interview with Ian Ayres on inequality. Breacher of the Peace: A profile of Daron Acemoglu. Monsters in the market: In today’s exchanges, strong programs prey on weak ones, humans are hard to find, and the SEC struggles to keep up. A review of The Invention of Enterprise: Entrepreneurship from Ancient Mesopotamia to Modern Times. An article on maximum wage, an idea whose time has come. More on The Spirit Level: Why More Equal Societies Almost Always Do Better. Joseph Stiglitz reviews Keynes: The Return of the Master by Robert Skidelsky. Paul Volcker on how the time we have is growing short. A review of The Blood Bankers: Tales from the Global Underground Economy by James S. Henry. The Pay Problem: Jay Lorsch and Rakesh Khurana on why it's time for a new paradigm for executive compensation. The sad state of financial economics teaching: A review of The Economics of Money, Banking and Financial Markets by Frederic S. Mishkin. The Squam Lake Report, a book that represents the consensus of 15 leading economists offers, prescriptions to avert another financial collapse. Nouriel Roubini and Ian Bremmer debate the real meaning of political and economic problems throughout the world. A review of Are the Rich Necessary? Great Economic Arguments and How They Reflect Our Personal Values by Hunter Lewis (and more). Economists think they are invulnerable and intellectually superior — we all suffer for it.
From The Minnesota Review, an interview with Marc Bousquet on labor practices in higher education; a review of Save the World on Your Own Time by Stanley Fish; and a review essay on class, culture, and the decline of the university. Richard Kahlenberg on five myths about college admissions. Everyone remembers their first, especially English professors; Michael Erard confronts a student he busted for cheating — and who caused him to completely rethink plagiarism. A review of The Company He Keeps: A History of White College Fraternities by Nicholas L. Syrett. Learning by Degrees: Is college worth it? Louis Menand investigates (and more on The Marketplace of Ideas). A review of DIY U: Edupunks, Edupreneurs, and the Coming Transformation of Higher Education by Anya Kamenetz (and more). NYU President John Sexton is set to open a new campus in Abu Dhabi, expand aggressively at home, and turn his school into a global franchise; next stop: China. UC-Berkeley's Michael Burawoy on a new vision of the public university. Shamus Khan on how need-blind admission ignores the plight of poverty. Wesleyan’s freshman orientation program is not at all a program designed to teach students to throw the words “Racist” and “Homophobic” around like candy — it’s so, so much worse than that. A look at the most legendary college pranks. From Al-Ahram, academia is often seen as the preserve of the critic — it is an empty freedom if society is not transformed via the efforts of criticism. What turns US students' heads? An urban vibe, celebrity alumni, top sports teams, high-profile leaders — oh, and academic reputation; Jon Marcus runs through the student checklist. A look at how Harvard hampers admissions at all top colleges. Whatever happened to the Group of 88 Duke faculty members?
Robert Higgs (Independent Institute): Crisis and Leviathan: Observations Amid the Current Episode. From More Than Thought, Chia-Yen Chang (ASU): The Psychological Development of Harry Potter in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter Series. An interview with Scott Korb, author of Life in Year One: What the World Was Like in First-Century Palestine. The Why-Worry Generation: Did boomer parents actually do something right? From Al-Ahram, an interview with Noam Chomsky, speaking of truth and power. More and more on books about the Dreyfus affair. The Memory Doctor: William Saletan on the future of false memories. Why did "nerd" become a dirty word? Psychologist David Anderegg wants to do away with America’s anti-intellectual labels. A review of Ancient Greece: A History in Eleven Cities by Paul Cartledge. A look at 7 awesome things that suck if mixed with anything else. A review of Weimar Germany: Promise and Tragedy by Eric Weitz. A review of Weimar Germany. From Military magazine, Lt. Col. Simon L. “Spider” Webb USMCR on another day in the office. From Intelligent Life, Will Smith learns a new skill: Cage-fighting. She loves politics, God and apple pie — does it get any more American that gay activist Chrissy Gephardt? From Ghetto to Glamour: How American Jews toppled Paris couture and redesigned the fashion industry. Smearing TR: A review on books on Theodore Roosevelt. From Labor Notes, how do we win strikes again? An interview with Peter Olney, organizing director of the Longshore and Warehouse Union (and more); and after a year of disappointment and defeat, where are the pitchforks? Cycling's mystery man shows his face: After years of anonymous opinion on the blogosphere, "Bike Snob" Eben Weiss finally reveals his identity (and an interview).
From VQR, Abbie Fentress Swanson on the World Cup and fandom from afar. Playing for the world: Vanity Fair does soccer. Rabih Alameddine on how soccer helps us remember the people we’ve lost. Football clubs have a unique power to build communities, but their owners are only interested in money — let's put the national sport back in the hands of its supporters. A dear friend to capitalism: The World Cup is another setback to any radical change — the opium of the people is now football. The categorical imperative to put the ball in the net: A review of Soccer and Philosophy. It's not, generally speaking, a good idea to read too much into a Nike commercial. Here are 5 things you don’t know about North Korean soccer. Ian Syson on locating soccer in Australian cultural life. Stereotypes fall as traditional power Germany deals with injuries, personal conflicts and changing game. An article on the resurrection of Diego Maradona. Despite an ever growing tide of immigration from soccer-frenzied Latin America, Hispanic representation on the US national team has not kept pace. A review of Chasing the Game: America and the Quest for the World Cup by Filip Bondy (and more). Will soccer ever make it in America? The sport is mostly of elite interest in the States (and more). From Think Progress, a look at the right-wing war against soccer. The "right wing noise machine" attack on soccer reflects "racism and imperial arrogance", suggests Dave Zirin in The Nation — does he have a point? Most countries think of the World Cup as a football tournament — what's our problem? Once, it was only a game but now sport is a never-ending drama, a soap opera watched all over the world — how did sport get so big? The 2018 World Cup: A self-inflicted blow to hopes of hosting football’s global party.
Paul Stasi (SUNY-Albany): The Permeable Border Between Us and Them: Cinema, 9/11 and Radical Politics. The freegan establishment: How a group of Dumpster-diving, currency-scorning, society-rejecting outcasts came to embrace homeownership in Buffalo — sort of. From Foreign Affairs, a review of The Cambridge History of the Cold War. From Frontline, a review essay on how the United States misled Russia over NATO expansion eastward amid Europe's worries over German reunification. The introduction to The Other Alliance: Student Protest in West Germany and the United States in the Global Sixties by Martin Klimke. Are the Ten Commandments really the basis for our laws? Dick Cheney's Last Laugh: The Deepwater Horizon disaster raises new questions about the Bush administration's secret energy task force. Mind over mass media: Technologies such as Twitter, e-mail and PowerPoint are far from making us stupid — they are keeping us smart. Nassim Nicholas Taleb is one of the great wiseguys or wisemen of the moment — quite possibly both. From The Tablet, maybe American liberal Zionism simply isn't worth saving. How twenty-somethings mate now: Three (very Jewish) rabbis' daughters, inhabiting a multicultural, radically new world, dish about their non-Jewish partnering. Is your mother a prostitute? Asking an NFL prospect such a question is one measure of the lack of respect that athletes must endure. Field of Dreams: Lewis Laphman on the CIA and other adventures in American sports. NG-Uh-O: David Rieff on the trouble with humanitarianism. You don't know how much you know: Most of our skills are like riding a bike; we have no idea how they work — that innate knowledge has some very important and bizarre consequences.
From On the Human, Elliot Sober on common ancestry and natural selection. Research suggests all present-day life arose from a single ancestor (and more). David Sloan Wilson on why evolution is of consequence to everyone. Oldest human species found: New species H. gautengensis walked, swung, played with fire? A review of Cro-Magnon: How the Ice Age Gave Birth to the First Modern Humans by Brian Fagan. The murder of Otzi the Iceman is perhaps the most challenging cold case in history. Were the ancestors of today's Native Americans really the first people to set foot in the New World? One Mexican-American person’s genome shows just how little is known about human genetic diversity in the Americas. From Counterfire, Neil Faulkner on a Marxist History of the World: The evolutionary development of modern humans from apes to socially co-operative human beings (and part 2 and part 3). Drug addiction? Blame it on evolution: Drugs may once have been essential to our survival. The first chapter from Anthropology For Dummies by Cameron Smith and Evan Davies. A decade later, the primary goal of the $3 billion Human Genome Project remains largely elusive. Olivia Judson on the Human Phenome Project. Should this be the last generation? Peter Singer investigates (with one two three four responses and more by Singer). Robert Anderson (SAC): Human Life and Its Value: Would You Want to Be a Brain in a Cyborg? Humans are so yesterday: The Singularity movement sees a time when human beings and machines will merge and overcome illness and perhaps death. Cecile Muller and Daniel Shepherd (Auckland): Attitudes towards Reproductive Technologies for Humans. Humanity will thank heaven Craig Venter is playing God: Spare us the parade of ethicists and clerics.
From Finance and Development, a special section on Asia's growing influence: Asia is moving into a leadership role in the world economy. From Beijing Review, China's aspiration to build the best universities in the world will take a long time to come to fruition; and is China repeating Japan's mistakes? Economists disagree over whether foreigners should be allowed to invest in stock index futures (and more and more). Christopher Buckley takes a stroll around Hanoi, a buzzing city coming to grips with its war-torn, colonial past, its Communist present, and a whole lot of oncoming traffic. Temp Nation: A series on the demise of "lifetime employment" in Japan. A review of Everything Is Broken: A Tale of Catastrophe in Burma by Emma Larkin (and more). Speak Korean, the language of love: Foreigners in South Korea take language lessons for many reasons, among them to meet a mate. A review of The Art of Not Being Governed: An Anarchist History of Upland Southeast Asia by James C. Scott (and more at Bookforum). The introduction to Japan Transformed: Political Change and Economic Restructuring by Frances McCall Rosenbluth and Michael F. Thies. Should you teach your kids Chinese? While China’s rise is real, Chinese is in no way rising at the same rate. In the cause of happiness: In a nascent democracy like Bhutan, the media is perceived as having a very different role to play, one that is socially committed. NLD and the Politics of Boycott: How the decision by Burma's main opposition party will affect the country's political process. An article on exploring Japanese popular culture as a soft power resource. A federal resettlement program for Burmese Karen sees 4,000 refugees starting new lives in Canada. From 3:AM, Ronald Kelts on why "Cool Japan" is over.