Tim Rakow (Essex): Risk, Uncertainty and Prophet: The Psychological Insights of Frank H. Knight. From IEET, it turns out to be incredibly difficult to make good guesses about the future. The three works under consideration here have nothing to do with anything in the news now but, taken together, they tell us enough about where we are — it isn’t good. Michael Schuman on why every government should be like Hong Kong's. From 4strugglemag, Shaka Zulu, chairman on the NABPP, on the foundations of Pantherism. When the paranormal becomes political: A close encounter with Jeff Peckman. From Radical Philosophy, capitalist epics: David Cunningham on abstraction, totality and the theory of the novel. Now that the fervor over Park51, the so-called “Ground Zero mosque”, has died down somewhat, we can actually step back, take a look around, and consider: the shitstorm that just passed through town is a familiar one (and more). From New Politics, Barry Finger on why socialists should be deficit hawks. If you like radicalizing students, you'll love this. From NYRB, can we create a National Digital Library? Robert Darnton wonders; and Bill McKibben on how very little gets written about public radio: This reflects public radio’s smooth professionalism — it’s gotten so good at its basic task that it’s taken for granted, a kind of information utility. From TAP, a look at how Citizens United gave political parties even more reason to concentrate on interest groups and the rich; even with moderate tax increases, the rich find ways not to pay; and more on Chris Lehmann's Rich People Things (and more). At a time when C. P. Snow's "two cultures" of art and science seem to be drifting further apart, Oliver Sacks remains a one-man bridge between them. A look at 6 secret monopolies you didn't know run the world.


From Penn Gazette, through music and a grassroots organization for girls, ethnomusicologist Jennifer Kyker is making things happen in Zimbabwe. From Himal Southasian, an article on Neil Nongkynrih, India’s leading and perhaps only opera composer; and the absurd condemnation of Western classical music as "alien" led to its calamitous decline in India, which is only now being reversed. Kaushiki Chakraborty Desikan is the next big thing in Hindustani classical music — and the subject of both fanfare and angry jibes. A review of Why Mahler?: How One Man and Ten Symphonies Changed Our World by Norman Lebrecht. The Communist Manifesto Oratorio: No commemoration has ever been so unusual as that of Czech composer-pianist Erwin Schulhoff, who actually set the Manifesto to music in 1932. Mark Lindley on Marx and Engels on music. From Socialist Standard, Pete Seeger is now in his 90th year; his songs have always been better than his politics. A review of Bob Dylan in America by Sean Wilentz (and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more). Hey, hey, Bob Dylan, I wrote you a letter — about seein' your world of people and things. A look at how Bruce Springsteen helped make being a working class rebel cool again. Punk Rock Republicans: There's actually a grand tradition of members of musically radical musicians taking rightward political turns. The inherent conservatism of hip-hop: Most rappers are so conservative, they could easily belong to the Republican Party. Insane Clown Posse: America's nastiest rappers in shocking revelation — they've been evangelical Christians all along. Peter Mandaville on the rise of Islamic Rap: On the streets of Britain, hip hop jabs at Muslim politics. After her Jewish childhood in the West Bank, Invincible became a rapper in Detroit — now she’s fighting for social justice in unexpected ways. Straight Outta Comp 101: Language dork Sam Anderson finally falls in love with rap (and a history of rap as literature). Kevin Young reviews The Anthology of Rap by Adam Bradley and Andrew DuBois — a book rife with transcription errors; why is it so hard to get rap lyrics right? (and more)


Gayatri Sarin (Macalester): Economics: The Precocious Social Science. Nathan Berg (Texas): Behavioral Economics. Peter J. Boettke (George Mason): The Tasks of Economics Education. An article on envy as the foundation of capitalism. Economics was founded by moral philosophers, and links between the two disciplines remain strong — so why won’t economists make judgments on the gap between rich and poor? A review of Literature and the Economics of Liberty by Paul Cantor and Stephen Cox (and more). Hayek plus Sen rings a bell: A review of Socialism after Hayek by Theodore Burczak. A review of John Holloway's Crack Capitalism. Evolution, ethics, and the market: Does capitalism encourage people to treat each other better? A new report highlights the individual psychological decision making factors that play a role in economic downturns. Is capitalism a spiritual failure? Chris Lehmann on the fraudulent case for the benefits of wealth inequality. The Ig-Nobel Prize for Economics: Should companies promote people at random? The X factor of economics: Why can’t economists agree on whether the Fed should take action? Human behavior is partly to blame. What's the real problem, economics or economists? From HBR, what if Lehman Brothers had been Lehman Sisters? Making religion of economics: The arguments of market fundamentalists don't fit the facts of our economy, so they ignore the facts. Roger Backhouse on his book The Puzzle of Modern Economics: Science or Ideology. A review of Karl Polanyi: The Limits of the Market by Gareth Dale. A review of The Upside of Irrationality by Dan Ariely. A review of How They Blew It: The CEOs and Entrepreneurs Behind Some of the World’s Most Catastrophic Business Failures by Jamie Oliver and Tony Goodwin.


James R. Hollyer and B. Peter Rosendorff (NYU): Why do Authoritarian Regimes Sign the Convention Against Torture? From M/C Journal, a special issue on Pig: A Scholarly View, including Peta S Cook (Tasmania) and Nicholas Osbaldiston (Melbourne): Pigs Hearts and Human Bodies: A Cultural Approach to Xenotransplantation; Arhlene Ann Flowers (Ithaca): Swine Semantics in U.S. Politics: Who Put Lipstick on the Pig?; Lee McGowan (QUT): Piggery and Predictability: An Exploration of the Hog in Football’s Limelight; and Adele Wessell (Southern Cross): Making a Pig of the Humanities: Re-centering the Historical Narrative. The Believer presents the Declaration on the Notion of “The Future” by The International Necronautical Society: Admonitions and Exhortations for Cultural Agents of the Early-To-Mid-Twenty-First Century. Will the New York Times Styles section please change its name to the New York Times Bogus Trend section? From HiLobrow, iconicity ain't what it used to be — and neither is statue-toppling. Can you be too good-looking for your own good? The debate we should be having: Austerity is perverse economics and self-defeating politics — here are sensible alternatives. Leaks: Steve Coll on the ethics of Julian Assange and WikiLeaks. Duff McDonald on why Elizabeth Warren could be Obama’s best hope to get the masses back on his side. Astrophotographer grabs a snapshot of the darkest possible sky. Bloopers are bloopers, but the study of bloopers is Theory — it can also tell us a little about the ways that we're all essentially essentialists. What's in the Swift Boat crowd's bag of last-minute tricks? Nonstop robo-calls, for starters — meet one of the nation's top GOP telemarketers. The Perfect Stride: Can Alberto Salazar straighten out American distance running?


James Hollyer and B. Peter Rosendorff (NYU) and James Raymond Vreeland (Georgetown): Democracy and Transparency. Mark Fenster (Florida): Seeing the State: Transparency as Metaphor. Ilya Somin (GMU): Deliberative Democracy and Political Ignorance. Their own facts: How basic misunderstandings about government benefit the right. The stupidity of crowds: The trouble isn’t too many bad politicians, it’s too many voters. The first chapter from Cultivating Conscience: How Good Laws Make Good People by Lynn Stout. Mark Lilla on the nation we have, not the nation we wish for. Almost the worst thing anybody can call you today is an "elitist" — elites, it seems, are downright un-American. "We the people": Walter Benn Michaels on the tea parties, the GOP and the elites. A short history of the activists that started the groups that helped create the movement that became the Tea Party. Tea Party Hypocrites: Which states talk cuts, love federal spending. Is the tea party movement like a pyramid scheme? A review of The Whites of Their Eyes: The Tea Party’s Revolution and the Battle over American History by Jill Lepore (and more and more and more and more and more). Conservatives are resurgent; is their conservatism authentic? Late for the tea party: Conservative pundits rush to catch up. Superficial observers for two decades have treated Rush Limbaugh as a cutup, a frat boy, a brawler with a barroom gift for getting people to listen — the facts are otherwise and have never been hidden. Why does the right hate George Soros? Just two years into his term, some 46 books demonizing the president have been published. Contrary to Gingrich and D’Souza, there is nothing foreign or exotic about the struggle to be free — anticolonialism is something Americans and Africans have in common.


Jan-Werner Muller (Princeton): Re-Imagining Leviathan: Schmitt and Oakeshott on Hobbes and Political Order. A review of Terrorism and the Ethics of War by Stephen Nathanson. A review of The Age of Empathy: Nature's Lessons for a Kinder Society by Frans de Waal. An article on 12 ancient landmarks on the verge of vanishing. Can negative publicity help? The research says yes — under the right circumstances. Lawless Courts: Immigration judges who flagrantly disregard the law are sheltered by a secretive system. Did scientist Marc Hauser get a raw deal? (and more) Unleash the dogs of capitalism: What should come after disarmament — how about tax policy? Optical illusions are more than just a bit of fun; Beau Lotto is finding out what tricking the brain reveals about how our minds work. Behold, the next media titans: Apple, Google, Facebook, Amazon, Slate on the anniversary of Garry Trudeau's comic strip. An interview with Bill Bryson: “Have you ever seen Glenn Beck in operation? It’s terrifying”. First, it was gold, now, Glenn Beck is promoting another way to prep for disaster, freeze-dried food — is there a method to his endorsements? A review of The Peacock and the Buffalo: The Poetry of Nietzsche. A look at Debtors Anonymous and living a debt-free life. Should humanities programs be saved at public universities that are hard pressed to meet the needs of all sorts of students? Choosing a mate, selecting a chair: A design researcher suggests people look for the same qualities in products as they do in their partners. Leadership and Love: Do we really need to love the people we work with? Trial lawyers like Tony Buzbee got rich putting the screws to corporate America, but in the wave of gulf-spill litigation, they’re struggling to not get cut out of the action. What is a copy? An excerpt from In Praise of Copying by Marcus Boon.


From Flowtown, a chart of the evolution of the geek. The merchants of cool invade the Internet: Has geekdom officially jumped the shark? From Gizmodo, why do so many self-proclaimed geeks hold so much disdain for so-called hipsters? Hipster-hate blogs are multiplying, but who are these much-maligned trendies, and why do people find them so irritating? Being a hipster is an excellent and wonderful thing! Rob Horning on misguided hatred for the “hipster on food stamps”. Hasidim and Hipsters can’t be friends — but maybe they can eat together. Researchers tap the indie marketplace to learn more about hipsters, who don’t think of themselves as hipsters despite their obvious hipsterness. A review of Stuff Hipsters Hate: A Field Guide to the Passionate Opinions of the Indifferent by Brenna Ehrlich and Andrea Bartz. Substance over style: Hipster bible Vice magazine is making documentaries about war zones. A point system to get a handle on who the hippest hipster is: Who is the biggest celebrity hipster? Christian Lorentzen on the hipster that never was. What was the hipster? Mark Grief on a critical history of our era’s most controversial archetype (and more). Phoebe Connelly reviews What Was The Hipster? A Sociological Investigation. From Adbusters, Wayne Spencer on consumable youth rebellion: Teds, mods, rockers, hippies, skinheads, punks, hipsters, now what?; and the activist's dilemma: It’s time to start matching our sentiments to our actions. Avatar activism: Pop culture has now become the basis for a participatory approach to world activism — Harry Potter fans for gay rights in the US, Palestinians protesting with their traditional keffiyahs over skins painted blue after Na’vi people. Humanitarian activists' refusal of politics, combined with their willingness to identify with politics, elicits scorn from human-rights critics. Do volunteers make things worse? Volunteer programs often offer little social value — instead they're a form of poverty voyeurism.


From IHE, long road to open access: An effort by leading research universities to rethink the economics of scholarly journals has an underwhelming first year, and experts caution against expectations of quick change; and measuring scholarly influence by citations made sense once — Scott McLemee looks at the emerging alternatives. The new National Research Council (NRC) rankings of doctoral programs for 2005-06 is out — while some are excited about the data, many are pummeling the ratings (and more by Brian Leiter). Puff unto others: Felipe Fernandez-Armesto deplores scholarly reviewing's tarnished golden rule. Putting a price on professors: Should public universities care how much their faculty contribute to the bottom line? Honor among scholars: What is its place in academe in relation to wisdom and gain? Martha Nussbaum fears our critical culture is under attack, with democracy itself coming under threat; Matthew Reisz thinks her case is overstated (and more). Advancing the frontiers of knowledge is at the core of the academy, but the crossing of established disciplinary boundaries is often resisted — how does a band of pioneers stake its claim to novel territory, counter sceptics, win converts and establish itself? The Nutty Professor: What has become of the eccentrics in the ranks of our professors? In professor-dominatrix scandal, the University of New Mexico feels the pain (and more). The Ultimate Power Hobby: Bankers, lawyers, executives jockey to teach a university class, play professor. Who is the online you? Zoe Corbyn surveys the world of academics' personal websites. A cartoon criticizing college websites resonates more deeply than many designers might like. Many universities now offer substantial portions of their courses online, a sign of the direction in which the “open education” movement is headed. YouTube U. beats YouSnooze: Most students, sitting in those large halls, are lost or bored, or both — now, with on-demand course content, there's a better way.


Steven R. Ratner (Michigan): From Enlightened Positivism to Cosmopolitan Justice. Diego H. Rossello (Northwestern): Hobbes and the Wolf-Man: Melancholy and Animality in Modern Sovereignty ("Homo homini lupus, man is a wolf to man, remains one of the most well-known and often quoted dictums in the tradition of political theory... Contrary to conventional wisdom, I suggest that this brief passage directs our attention to lycanthropy: an acute melancholic syndrome which 17th century physiologists thought could turn humans into animals".) The Last Patrol: In the heart of Taliban country, the paratroopers of 2 Charlie begin their final mission, braving snipers, IEDs, and the unrelenting sun. From Philosophy.tv, Simon Keller and Valerie Tiberius debate well-being and social psychology. From Forbes, a special report on the most powerful people on Earth. From The Economist, a special report on smart systems. The Progressive Change Campaign Committee site had a list of 95 candidates, all Democrats, listed on netneutralityprotectors.com as pledged supporters of Net Neutrality — all of them lost. A review of books on French revolutions. Margaret Mead's bashers owe her an apology: A review of The Trashing of Margaret Mead: Anatomy of an Anthropological Controversy by Paul Shankman. Are religious believers and atheists doomed to angry arguments, or is it just the Internet? A review of The Way of the Panda: The Curious History of China’s Political Animal by Henry Nicholls. The Artificial Economy of Expat Living: The open secret of any foreign intervention — military, humanitarian, economic — is what happens when the expats swarm into a capital city; the result is a distortion of the local economy, and at worst a complete disaster. Jacques Ranciere on racism and a passion from above.


Anthony D'Amato (Northwestern): Israel's Air Strike Against the Osiraq Reactor: A Retrospective (1996). Robert A. Caplen: The "Charlie Brown Rain Cloud Effect" in International Law ("I apply the metaphor of Charlie Brown, the Charles Schulz comic strip character who seems to always travel with a rain cloud permanently hovering atop him, to a peculiar phenomenon in international law and foreign relations that affects only one nation: Israel".) Giovanni Distefano (Neuchatel): Some Remarks on the United Nations and Territorial Sovereignty in the Occupied Palestine Territories. Historical Fiction: Dore Gold on why Israel is not a colonialist state. From Dissent, Gadi Taub on settler anti-Zionism. Most of Israel’s Arab children attend poorly-performing segregated public schools — what can be done and what does it mean for Israel’s future? Despite the headlines, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has little impact on most Israelis' everyday lives. The Israeli-Palestinian peace talks: Can Israel now say boo to America? Inside the bubble: A review of When They Come for Us We'll be Gone: The Epic Struggle to Save Soviet Jewry by Gal Beckerman (and more and more and more and more and more). Falling far from the family tree: Descendants of Trotsky and Begin share the passion, but not the politics, of their famous forebears. From Commentary, a review of The Unspoken Alliance: Israel’s Secret Relationship with Apartheid South Africa by Sasha Polakow-Suransky. A review of The Myths of Liberal Zionism by Yitzhak Laor. Is Gideon Levy the most hated man in Israel or just the most heroic? (and more). The introduction to How to Cure a Fanatic by Amos Oz. The Unconsoled: George Packer on David Grossman’s Israel trail. Pioneers: A mix of passion and tradition makes Israel a classical-musical superpower.

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