From Alternative Right, where Calvin meets Mao: A look at the origins and nature of political correctness; Alex Kurtagic on women as a measure of credibility; and Andy Nowicki on '80s Synthpop and white culture. Steven Sailer on Republican sports fans and the affirmative action they cheer for. A review of White Identity: Racial Consciousness in the 21st Century by Jared Taylor (and more and more and more and more and more and more). The Nietzschean Prophecies, 200 years of nihilism: An excerpt from The Radical Tradition: Philosophy, Metapolitics and the Conservative Revolution. An interview with Louis Andrews, originator of the Stalking the Wild Taboo project. Mel Ayton on how hate groups influenced racist killer Joseph Paul Franklin. Jeff Hall’s young children were raised in a home where white supremacism was embraced; now one of them has been charged with his murder (and more). The only hope for freedom’s survival is stalwart, independent, courageous people defending liberty one State at a time — and Chuck Baldwin believes that the mountain states are the last best hope for freedom in North America. The Geography of Hate: America's racist groups concentrate in certain regions — and their presence correlates with religion, McCain votes, and poverty. Stetson Kennedy is perhaps the most tenacious and neglected champion of human rights currently roaming this godforsaken planet, and the first man to infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan. Hanging up the white sheets: The Ku Klux Klan says it's giving up cross burnings in favor of the ballot box.


Walt Vanderbush (Miami-Ohio): Good Neighbor Imperialism: U.S.-Latin American Relations under Obama. A review of No Higher Law: American Foreign Policy and the Western Hemisphere since 1776 by Brian Loveman. A review of The Big Ditch: How America Took, Ran, and Ultimately Gave Away the Panama Canal by Noel Maurer and Carlos Yu. Bigger means better for Panama Canal: A bigger Panama Canal means more jobs, company savings and growing exports. A review of Dismantling Democracy in Venezuela by Allan Brewer-Carias. The hubbub surrounding Cuba’s small Jewish community these days does not faze Yakob Berezniak Hernandez. Although not without its critics, tourism in Rio's slums is helping to bring attention to afflicted areas, engaging and employing residents, and reversing negative stereotypes. Curbing foreign ownership of farmland: As international food prices continue to soar, land purchases by foreign investors face ban in much of Latin America. Elected in 2009, leftist Mauricio Funes became the first Salvadoran president to apologize for government death squads; Dara Kerr investigates the massacre and subsequent cover-up, the U.S. role in the killings, and the backdrop for an unprecedented apology. A review of Living Standards in Latin American History: Height, Welfare, and Development, 1750-2000 by Ricardo D. Salvatore. Don Fitz on the Latin American School of Medicine (ELAM) today. On the outside, the San Antonio prison on Margarita Island looks like any other Venezuelan penitentiary, but venture inside and you'll see how far the rabbit hole goes. Andres Velasco on Latin America’s glossed decade. Peru is accused of plotting to allow exploitation of ancient tribe's land. All four parts of "Black in Latin America" by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., can now be watched online, courtesy of PBS. Mexicans vs. Mexico: Jorge Castaneda explores contradictions between character and country (and more and more). Cuba's young radicals aim to reinvent the island's politics.


A new issue of Lost magazine is out. Utpal M. Dholakia (Rice): How Businesses Fare with Daily Deals: A Multi-Site Analysis of Groupon, Livingsocial, Opentable, Travelzoo, and BuyWithMe Promotions. It’s still the economy, stupid: Fourteen million Americans remain out of work, a waste of our greatest resource — Bill Clinton has more than a dozen ideas on how to attack the jobs crisis. The Story of O shocked readers worldwide with its sadomasochistic love affair written in a style "too direct, too cool, to be that of a woman". What makes First Things First Things? First Things editor R.R. Reno wants to know. The Trinity Sisters: Many of America’s most powerful women went to a college you’ve never heard of. All work and no pay: The dirty secret of the jobless recovery. From the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, a report on Understanding the Long Term Budget Projections. Smooth-Talking SOBs: David Weigel on what the rich guys and corporate types in Aspen think of Obama. Has liberalism entered a Post-Obama Era? Mark Schmitt investigates. A review of James Boyle's The Public Domain: Enclosing the Commons of the Mind.


Ora John Reuter (Columbia): The Origins of Dominant Parties: A Cross-National Investigation. Tommaso Pavone (Michigan): Do More Parties Make for Happier Voters? Democratic Satisfaction and Party Representation Across Thirty-Six Democracies. Carlo Prato and Bruno H. Strulovici (Northwestern): Direct Democracy, Political Delegation, and Responsibility Substitution. Birthright: Jonathan Bernstein on the case for lowering the voting age to zero. From Forum: Qualitative Social Research, a special issue on biography and politics. Joseph T. Ripberger, Geoboo Song, Matthew Nowlin, and Hank C. Jenkins-Smith (Oklahoma) and Michael D. Jones (Harvard): Reconsidering the Relationship between Cultural Theory, Political Ideology, and Political Knowledge. Jan-Emmanuel De Neve (LSE): Personality, Childhood Experience, and Political Ideology. Conventional wisdom holds that people tend to drift rightward as they age — but as Michael Tomasky suggests, ideological migration can involve a shift from right to left as well. The way you vote may reflect the way you eat: Political views say a lot about the food choices a person makes. Bertrand Claude Lemennicier (IRGEI) and Palanigounder Duraisamy (Madras): Who Is Really Corrupt: Voters or Politicians? A review of In Defence of Politicians (In Spite of Themselves) by Peter Riddell. From Cracked, a look at the 6 most childish things ever done in Congress. Politics is a Vocation: From Cicero to Edmund Burke, the truly admirable statesmen have been both wise philosophers and practical politicians, according to Mary Ann Glendon, president of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences.


William H. Starbuck (NYU): The Constant Causes of Never-Ending Faddishness in the Behavioral and Social Sciences. Fred Eidlin (Tartu): Reconciling the General and the Unique: Area Studies, Case Studies, and History versus Generalizing Social Science. Niccolo Leo Caldararo (SFSU): The Psychic Unity of Mankind: The Origins of Anthropology, the Anti-Slavery Movement and Cultural Relativism. Alberto Vanolo (Turin): The Border between Core and Periphery: Geographical Representations of the World System. The introduction to Durkheim and the Birth of Economic Sociology by Philippe Steiner. Rejecting Double Blind: Economics association and political science journal abandon what has been dominant form of peer review in social sciences. The prophet redeemed: Tom Nairn reviews Ernest Gellner: An Intellectual Biography by John A. Hall. Alan Wolfe reviews Lawrence Scaff's Max Weber in America (and more). An interview with Peter Baehr, author of Hannah Arendt, Totalitarianism, and the Social Sciences. Gabrielle Wood on the growing population of spiritual aspirants in the 21st century: Could social scientists empower them with information needed to make choices in the "spiritual marketplace"? From Contexts, an article on "embedded sociologists". How to be a public intellectual: An interview with Herbert Gans on making academic research — sociology in particular — relevant. Harvey Mansfield on sociology and other "Meathead" majors. A look at how the social sciences face an uphill battle proving their worth to Congress.


Neve Gordon (Ben-Gurion): Democracy and Colonialism. Karen E. Bravo (Indiana): On Making Persons: Legal Constructions of Personhood and Their Nexus with Human Trafficking. Running away from "Mama Grizzly": Are well-off progressives standing in the way of a real movement for economic justice? Driving the Limit: Are wealthy nations maxed out on travel? From NYRB, Joanne Landy and Thomas Harrison on repression in Bahrain. John Boehner likes to say that the United States is “broke, going on bankrupt,” but we’re not broke — not at all. A review of Inside Scientology: The Story of America's Most Secretive Religion by Janet Reitman. From bomb-bearing balloons to the Global Hawk: Ed Darack on a brief history of unmanned aircraft. John Hayman on homosexuality as a survival advantage for early man. Immanuel Wallerstein on the political quandary of Barack Obama. Here are 10 reasons why Japan's door to the top job keeps on revolving — and why his successor will need unwavering guts. A review of Hugh Trevor-Roper: The Biography by Adam Sisman.


Nico Voigtlander (UCLA) and Hans-Joachim Voth (UPF): Persecution Perpetuated: The Medieval Origins of Anti-Semitic Violence in Nazi Germany (and more). The anthology Philosemitism in History shows that "Jew lovers" have often been just a shade better than anti-Semites — and sometimes no better at all. Here there is a why: Primo Levi's Holocaust experiences informed his outlook but did not define or constrain it. A review of Simon Wiesenthal: The Life and Legends by Tom Segev. Studying the 1961 Adolf Eichmann trial provided a reminder to Deborah E. Lipstadt that it’s always crucial to confront Holocaust denialism, whether among Nazis in the immediate postwar years or from Mahmoud Ahmadinejad today (and more). The Zeitgeist movement is the first Internet-based apocalyptic cult, centered around a doomsday-proclaiming film and an ideology filled with classic anti-Semitic tropes. Israel Shamir is a slippery Holocaust-doubter whose anti-Semitic, anti-Israel views are — in the age of WikiLeaks — finding a new audience (and part 2). Eve Garrard on Richard Kuper on the working definition of anti-Semitism. While the term "holocaust", with its great evocative power, is never far from the headlines, the "H-word" and other terms associated with WWII have been creeping into the public discourse with an alarming frequency.


From a special issue of Religions on spirituality and health, Jeremy P. Cummings and Kenneth I. Pargament (BGSU): Medicine for the Spirit: Religious Coping in Individuals with Medical Conditions; Arndt Bussing (Witten) Harold G. Koenig (Duke): Spiritual Needs of Patients with Chronic Diseases; and Carol J. Lysne (ITP) and Amy B. Wachholtz (UMass): Pain, Spirituality, and Meaning Making: What Can We Learn from the Literature? From Homiletic & Pastoral Review, Kevin G. Rickert on the divine will and human freedom: A Thomistic analysis. The introduction to Collectivistic Religions: Religion, Choice, and Identity in Late Modernity by Slavica Jakelic. Why do prayers go unanswered? Adam Hamilton looks at the question you've always been afraid to ask. Are coincidences so great that God must be responsible? The birth of religion: We used to think agriculture gave rise to cities and later to writing, art, and religion — now the world’s oldest temple suggests the urge to worship sparked civilization. Finding the sacred in the secular: Can atheists be spiritual? Atheists and religious fanatics are equally wrong about God, argues William Egginton in In Defense of Religious Moderation. Did god create the laws of physics? Richard Elliott Friedman and Shawna Dolansky on the Bible: As relevant (and misunderstood) as ever. The Journal of Men, Masculinities and Spirituality sends word of a new monograph that minimizes modesty: “The Patriarch’s Nuts: Concerning the Testicular Logic of Biblical Hebrew” by Roland Boer. Howard Kainz on secularism’s victory through osmosis.


David Alan Sklansky (UC-Berkeley): Confined, Crammed, and Inextricable: What The Wire Gets Right. Wolfgang Streeck (Max Planck): Institutions in History: Bringing Capitalism Back In. From Reason, an interview with Stewart Rhodes, founder of Oath Keepers. From Details, even though a jury found him not guilty, Kevin Driscoll must now live with one of the last indelible taints in society — the rape accusation. From FDL, a book panel on Crashing the Tea Party: Mass Media and the Campaign to Remake American Politics by Paul Street and Anthony DiMaggio. Too hard for science? Seeing if 10,000 hours make you an expert. From Swans, a tribute to the engine that became the nation's promise to a dead and visionary president's goal: the F-1 rocket engine, an authentic testament to human ingenuity and perseverance (and part 2). Sex, shame, and military might: What "character issues" come into play involving an individual’s complicity in the maintenance of blood-fueled imperium? After the 2008 election, conservatives learned to talk about race and gender — but not race and gender equality. It took a Miami New Times reporter just eight days and $399 in cash to obtain a high school diploma from the InterAmerican Christian Academy — using coursework completed by an 8-year-old girl.


From Unbound, Janet Halley (Harvard): Behind the Law of Marriage (I): From Status/Contract to the Marriage System. Amy Littlefield on a radical view of marriage. Our newlywed money dilemma: We just got married — how should we manage our finances? Thinner wife, happier marriage: Researchers find marriages tend to be more satisfying for both spouses when the wife is thinner than the husband. Redefining marriage: Nothing said in the public debate over marriage seems to touch on what it actually means. To the exclusion of all others: In a liberal society, is polygamy still intolerable? No objections: Nancy F. Cott on what history tells us about remaking marriage. An excerpt from Spousonomics: Using Economics to Master Love, Marriage, and Dirty Dishes by Paula Szuchman and Jenny Anderson (and more and more and more and more and more). Multiple wives, substandard lives: Polygyny has mainly negative consequences for women, children, and unmarried young men — and is linked to violence among nations. A review of Untying the Knot: Marriage, the State, and the Case for their Divorce by Tamara Metz. Dana Adam Shapiro interviewed dozens of divorced people about the end of their relationships; the result is a treasure trove of heartbreak and infidelity — and a fictional film ironically titled “Monogamy”. Declining marriage rates among millennials just mean they take it more seriously. Women have called the shots at home for millions of years, scientists claim. A review of Marriage Confidential: The Post-Romantic Age of Workhorse Wives, Royal Children, Undersexed Spouses, and Rebel Couples Who Are Rewriting the Rules by Pamela Haag.

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