Age of the Unicorn: Doug Henwood on how the Fed tried to fix the recession, and created the tech bubble. Is Silicon Valley in another bubble, and what could burst it? The fintech boom: Should you trust Silicon Valley with your money? Erin Griffith on how Silicon Valley and Wall Street are falling out of love with each other. Beware: Evgeny Morozov on how Silicon Valley’s cultists want to turn you into a disruptive deviant. A theory of technology: If the State of Things makes you feel anxious, maybe you’re right to feel that way? Sanjena Sathian on the C-suite groomers of Silicon Valley. Why doesn’t Silicon Valley hire black coders? Howard University fights to join the tech boom. Hacking the pipeline: Charlie Warzel and Brendan Klinkenberg on how black colleges are taking tech’s diversity issue into their own hands. Sam Biddle on how white people control all the power in Silicon Valley. S.E. Smith on Silicon Valley’s labor uprising: Unions are spreading like wildfire through tech’s low-wage workforce.
From The Atlantic Monthly, Hanna Rosin on the Silicon Valley suicides: Why are so many kids with bright prospects killing themselves in Palo Alto? Dispossessed in the Land of Dreams: Monica Potts on how those left behind by Silicon Valley’s technology boom struggle to stay in the place they call home. Extreme wealth and absolute squalor: Alan Pyke on homelessness in Silicon Valley.
Wesley M. Oliver (Duquesne): Bill Cosby, the Lustful Disposition Exception, and the Doctrine of Chances. Thomas Wright on Trump’s 19th century foreign policy: His views aren’t as confused as they seem — in fact, they’re remarkably consistent and they have a long history (and more). The conservative media insist Barack Obama’s executive orders on gun control are simultaneously useless and a menace to liberty. Pamela Burger on women’s groups and the rise of the book club. Readers of romance fiction enjoy tales of alpha males and forced seduction — could they still be considered feminists? The sinister message behind the slogan that seduced the nation: Keep Calm and Carry On has become ubiquitous — how did a cosy, middle-class joke assume darker connotations? From Star Wars to Starship Troopers, science fiction has had a tremendous impact on American political life.
A new issue of Masculinities Journal is out. Kristi Allain (St. Thomas): “Real Fast and Tough”: The Construction of Canadian Hockey Masculinity. Michiel Baas (NUS): The New Indian Male: Muscles, Masculinity and Middle Classness. Nora Goerne (Lisbon): “Picture an Arab Man” and “Mectoub”: New Western Representations of Arab Masculinities. Anna Cooper (UC-Santa Cruz): Representative Men: Moral Perfectionism, Masculinity and Psychoanalysis in Good Will Hunting. Why is the Marvel universe — and the geeks who love it — still obsessed with aggressive hypermasculinity? Semih Sapmaz reviews The Other Guy: Media Masculinity Within the Margins by Derek A. Burrill. Meredith Talusan on Eddie Redmayne’s complicated masculinity. Michelle Walks (UBC): Masculine Pregnancy: Butch Lesbians’, Trans Men’s and Genderqueer Individuals’ Experiences.
Steffen Keck (Vienna) and Wenjie Tang (IE): Gender Composition and Group Confidence: The Perils of All-Male Groups. The meme-ification of misandry: Charlotte Shane on why ironic hatred of men isn’t enough. Kate Manne (Cornell): What is Misogyny? A Feminist Analysis. Masculinity is an anxiety disorder: David J. Schwartz on breaking down the Nerd Box. Is this crazy anti-feminist rumor the Platonic ideal of the Men’s-Rights Internet? At the vanguard of the “men’s movement”: Elizabeth Winkler interviews Anne-Marie Slaughter. From Deadspin, a series on the 1987 book The Modern Man’s Guide to Life.
James Grimmelmann (Maryland): Copyright for Literate Robots. Phoebe Maltz Bovy on the tyranny of the beauty routine. Race without class: Paul Street on the “bougie” sensibility of Ta-Nehisi Coates. Why precisely is Bernie Sanders against reparations? Ta-Nehisi Coates wonders. Matt Bruenig on the political valence of reparations. Republicans argue over who is greater threat: Conservative intellectuals fear Donald Trump will spell the end of conservatism, while the cadre in Washington fears Ted Cruz will build a new party machine and bypass them (and more). Bernie Sanders wants to be this year’s hope and change candidate. So what would happen if Bernie Sanders won? Paul Krugman on how change happens: Idealism is nice, but it’s not a virtue without tough minded realism. Danielle Paquette on why you should always buy the men’s version of almost anything. The Bundys think they are preserving democracy by occupying Oregon’s Malheur refuge, but they are undermining it.
Adeniyi Semiu Basiru (Lagos): Globalisation and the State: Implications for the State of Human Rights in Africa. “Protest is always hopeful”: Kim Yi Dionne, Adam Branch and Zachariah Mampilly examine the third wave of popular protest in Africa. From The Economist, the young continent: With fertility rates falling more slowly than anywhere else, Africa faces a population explosion. For a growing Africa, hope mingles with fear of the future: Will a baby boom pull the world’s poorest continent into the center of global affairs? Ernesto Zedillo on Africa at a fork in the road: Taking off or disappointment once again? Oscar Mateos (Ramon Llull): From “Tragedy” to “Miracle”? Africa in the New Multipolar Context.
Jimoh Ezekiel Oseni (OOU) and Elizabeth Oseni (Babcock): Theoretization of Africapitalism Concept. Africa is often seen as an appendage of the Western capitalists in terms of development experience — why is it largely influenced by rich dominant families, cartels, nations and regions? Why Africa isn’t rising: James Gibney reviews The Looting Machine: Warlords, Oligarchs, Corporations, Smugglers, and the Theft of Africa’s Wealth by Tom Burgis. Stelios Michalopoulos and Elias Papaioannou on the long-run effects of the “Scramble for Africa”. Pierre Englebert on the “real” map of Africa: Redrawing colonial borders.
Robert Bohm and Ozgur Gurerk (RWTH Aachen) and Hannes Rusch (Giessen): What Makes People Go to War? Defensive Intentions Motivate Retaliatory and Preemptive Intergroup Aggression. From The National Interest, Robert Farley on the most horrific war of all time: Russia vs. Germany; and what might spark World War III, and how would it escalate into a global conflict? Here are five potential scenarios: none likely, but all possible. Andrew J. Bacevich revisits Randolph Bourne, a forgotten WWI-era prophet, who said “War is the health of the state”. From TNR, is war photography beautiful or damned? Jordan G. Teicher reviews War Is Beautiful: The New York Times Pictorial Guide to the Glamour of Armed Combat by David Shields (and more); and Susie Linfield on what war photographs leave out: Without understanding the politics of the war, we cannot understand the photographs.
Dara Lee Luca (MPR), Emily Greene Owens (Cornell), and Gunjan Sharma (World Bank): Can Alcohol Prohibition Reduce Violence Against Women? Imani Gandy on how false narratives of Margaret Sanger are being used to shame black women. Scott McLemee reviews Beautiful Terrible Ruins: Detroit and the Anxiety of Decline by Dora Apel. Lost on the outlaw seas: Anoosh Chakelian on the dangerous treatment of staff on superyachts. Florida experts debunk the transgender “bathroom predator” myth. Great people in history have done horrible things — should we stop honoring them, and who gets to decide? Chris Lehmann ‏on the warm amniotic lure of the Oval Office press tank. Renegade scientist Robert Trivers is lauded as one of our greatest thinkers — despite irking academia with blunt talk and bad manners. Allen Brown on why it’s scary that the Mall of America can crush dissent.
What kind of man spends millions to elect Ted Cruz? Robert Mercer is one of the wealthiest, most secretive, influential, and reactionary Republicans in the country. Ted Cruz’s howitzer: Equal parts drill sergeant, data junkie, brawler, and entrepreneur, Jeff Roe will do anything to win — just watch. With less than two weeks until the Iowa caucuses, a newly formed outside group has launched with the mission of taking down Ted Cruz. Are Republicans so afraid of Ted Cruz that they’ll let Donald Trump win? Jeet Heer on how Donald Trump’s tribalist brand of Christianity is winning votes but dividing the faithful. Michael Brendan Dougherty on how Sam Francis, an obscure adviser to Pat Buchanan, predicted the wild Trump campaign in 1996.
Being less crazy than Donald Trump does not make Marco Rubio “moderate”. Poor little rich boy runs into real estate trouble: Ken Silverstein on Senator Marco Rubio’s three houses, various lady friends, assorted con artist pals and piles of unexplained income. The travails of Jeb Bush’s presidential campaign can be seen as perhaps the last, wheezing gasp of the WASP power structure. David Leonhardt on why 2016 is different from all other recent elections.
Paul Russell (Gothenburg): Hume’s Philosophy of Irreligion and the Myth of British Empiricism. From the forthcoming The United Nations Security Council: From the Cold War to the 21st Century, ed. David Malone, Bruno Stagno Ugarte, and Sebastian Von Einsiedel, here is the entry on the Arab-Israeli conflict by Markus E. Bouillon. Will the Oregon militiamen ever be brought to justice? Displaced employees of Oregon idiots’ new home finally speak out. 2015 was the hottest year on record, by a stunning margin; we actually broke the record for breaking records. John Bellamy Foster on Ellen Meiksins Wood: Some personal recollections. Meagan Day on how the Koch family’s Nazi ties are more entrenched than you think: A long association with Holocaust deniers is even uglier than their Third Reich connections. Jordan Teicher on the run-down Arctic mining town Putin wants to be a resort.
James A. Coffman (MDI) and Donald C. Mikulecky (VCU): Global Insanity Redux. “Ungoverned space”: Janosch Prinz on the concept that puts humanitarian aid in the firing line of the War on Terror. Links between slavery, environmental damage are cause for hope: Ellen Wulfhorst reviews Blood and Earth: Modern Slavery, Ecocide and the Secret to Saving the World by Kevin Bales. How do you stop intractable conflict? Ana Swanson on how so many of the world’s people live in so little of its space. The end of the Malthusian nightmare: Robin Harding on how falling fertility opens a new stage in human history, with greater control of our destiny. Thanassis Cambanis on broken nations and the perils of dysfunction: Forget about windows — what do you do when an entire way of running a country stops working? Every country’s debt, mapped. Neil Irwin on how to make sense of plummeting global markets. Battered, bruised and jumpy: The whole world is on edge.