From the Boston Globe, Beth Wolfensberger Singer on the skills to get that college acceptance letter. It doesn't matter if your kid doesn't get into Harvard: Using the mind as a means to acquire a corner office is very different from enjoying intellectual activity for its own sake. Confessions of a Harvard Gatekeeper: Ivy League admissions are a sham. After flood of requests, elite colleges begin destroying admissions records. Why is so much of our discussion of higher ed driven by elite institutions? Beth McMurtrie on the rich man’s dropout club: Whatever happened to the teenage entrepreneurs whom Peter Thiel paid to forgo college? Robert Reich on why college isn’t (and shouldn’t have to be) for everyone. Mark Thoma on the best investment the U.S. could make — affordable higher education. Piketty to U.S: Fix your student debt crisis. The introduction to Student Loans and the Dynamics of Debt by Brad J. Hershbein and Kevin M. Hollenbeck. Monica Potts on how a radical student debt strike tugs at your heart- — but it's not the answer. “I was a professor at four universities. I still couldn’t make ends meet”: One former adjunct describes a system that's untenable. Phoebe Maltz Bovy on why adjunct professors shouldn’t expect students to care about their terrible jobs. Sarah Kendzior on academia’s 1 percent. Anger and activism greet plan to shut Sweet Briar College, “as a result of insurmountable financial challenges”. Ben Branstetter on how the death of for-profit colleges is coming.
Joseph Baker (East Tennessee State): A Social Anthropology of Ghosts in Twenty-First-Century America. Fifty percent of Americans believe in some conspiracy theory — here’s why. For a rich country, America is unusually religious and optimistic. Timothy P. O'Neill (John Marshall): America the Eusocial. Guns, sex and arrogance: Sahana Singh hated everything about America — until she moved here. Witches and guns: Alycia Michelle Wilson on the intersection between Wicca and the Second Amendment. Kay Steiger on how the United States is getting more tolerant of everyone (except racists). A data genius computes the ultimate American road trip. Books that made America: Adam Begley reviews The Republic of Imagination: A Case for Fiction by Azar Nafisi. Was Charlie Chaplin's Tramp un-American? The fall and rise of individualist pragmatism in America: Adam Kirsch reviews The Age of the Crisis of Man by Mark Greif. Rising individualism in the United States over the last 150 years is mainly associated with a societal shift toward more white-collar occupations, according to new research. Dara Lind on 35 maps that explain how America is a nation of immigrants. John Cassidy on how the biggest threat to America’s future is America. Requiem for American exceptionalism: If the United States no longer seems so different from other developed nations, and if perhaps it never did, then it has lessons to learn from them.
Shmuel Nili (Yale): Dangerous Health? Nietzsche’s Physiological Discourse between Nuremberg and Jerusalem. Melissa Deckman (Washington College): Annie Get Your Gun? Women, Guns, and the Tea Party. Anne Helen Petersen on the trouble with “It Girls”: We’ve used the term for nearly a century — but what does it tell us about the way we label women and their work? Where the bodies are buried: Gerry Adams has long denied being a member of the I.R.A. — but his former compatriots claim that he authorized murder. Why no one likes a realpolitik foreign policy: The United States is using military force to help Iran in one country and thwart Iran in another — this seems like a strange way to run foreign policy. William D. Carrigan and Clive Webb on when Americans lynched Mexicans. A study finds lighter-skinned black and Hispanic people look smarter to white people. Facebook is eating the Internet: This version of Facebook is one where it is no longer just a single factor in our lives but the overarching context that consumes everything beneath it. Who are the Huthis, where did they come from, and where are they going? Meet the group that now rules Yemen. KKK Imperial Wizard Bill Wilkinson found in Belize insists he isn't racist. Stephanie Simon on how, in the high-stakes world of American education, Pearson makes money even when its results don’t measure up.
Peter Binipom Mpuan (Twente): Human Identity in a Cyborg Future: Philosophical Anthropology and Medical Nanorobotics. Joanna Diane Caytas (Columbia): Transhumanism: A Function of Hybrid Nanomaterials? Anthony Lack (JCHS): Posthuman Dignity in a Transhuman World. Woody Evans (Texas): If You See a Cyborg in the Road, Kill the Buddha: Against Transcendental Transhumanism. As the world draws closer and closer to the day of Christ’s return, Britt Gillette takes a look at transhumanism in Bible prophecy. Matt Frohlich on why transhumanism needs to establish a meaning to life. Thomas D. Philbeck (WEF): Onscreen Ontology: Stages in the Posthumanist Paradigm Shift. Woody Evans (Texas): Because I am the Goddamn Batman: Liberty, Authority, and Posthuman Superheroes. Why are (some) transhumanists such dicks? From Humanamente, a special issue on reframining the debate on human enhancement. Ioana Cerasella Chis (Birmingham): The Emergence of Cybernetic Organisms and the Transformation of the Concept of “the Human”. Elena Colombetti (Sacro Cuore): Contemporary Post-Humanism: Technological and Human Singularity. Philip K. Dick was right, we are becoming androids: The deep problem, for Dick, wasn't that mechanisms might become more manlike — it's that men might be reduced to mechanisms. Gary Marcus on teaching robots to be moral. Erik Sofge on why artificial intelligence will not obliterate humanity.
Mark Dincecco (Michigan): The Rise of Effective States in Europe. Isaac Nakhimovsky (Yale): A Republic of Cuckoo Clocks: Switzerland and the History of Liberty. Gabor Halmai (Eotvos Lorand): An Illiberal Constitutional System in the Middle of Europe. Pal Czegledi (Debrecen): Is an Anti-Capitalistic Mentality Cultural? The Case of Hungarians Inside and Outside Hungary in the World Values Survey. Veronika Dumbrovska and Dana Fialova (Charles): Tourist Intensity in Capital Cities in Central Europe: Comparative Analysis of Tourism in Prague, Vienna and Budapest. Lorenzo Zucca (King’s College): A Secular Manifesto for Europe. Is it time for the Jews to leave Europe? Renewed vitriol among right-wing fascists and new threats from radicalized Islamists have created a crisis, confronting Jews with an agonizing choice. “Risk has gotten greater”: German Jews advised against wearing kippah. Susan Dominus on the National Front’s post-Charlie Hebdo moment: France’s ultranationalist fringe party isn’t so fringe anymore. Two charts that show one way French socialism works surprisingly well. Santiago Zabala and Gianni Vattimo on European (Union) nihilism. Tobias Jones on the murder that has obsessed Italy, and the investigation that will reach its climax later this year. Marjorie Kehe on why Italians are so proud of — and yet unhappy with — their own country.
The inaugural issue of Sociology of Race and Ethnicity is out. Elissa Philip Gentry and W. Kip Viscusi (Vanderbilt): The Fatality and Morbidity Components of the Value of Statistical Life. Herlander Alves Elias (Beira Interior): An Ecology of Brands, Art and Control: The New Age of Homo Cypiens. Arne Dietrich (AUB): The Mythconception of the Mad Genius. Clive Thompson on how genius is more common than you think. Republicans are responsible for Netanyahu now — Speaker Boehner, care to comment on his race-baiting? Democracy Alliance, an influential coalition of the biggest liberal donors, is quietly distancing itself from the national Democratic Party and planning to push its leaders — including Hillary Clinton — to the left. Justin Davidson on the rise of the mile-high building. The economy, like arithmetic, is not complicated; even if Robert Samuelson does not understand it. Climate denial is immoral, says Katharine Jefferts Schori, head of US Episcopal Church (and more). Ted Cruz compares climate change activists to “flat-Earthers” — where to begin? Ted Cruz is signing up for Obamacare — that's not hypocritical, but it is heartless. “People and their problems are a renewable resource:” Dan Savage and Dear Prudence on advice giving and sex. Ivan Crozier reviews The Classification of Sex: Alfred Kinsey and the Organization of Knowledge by Donna J. Drucker and How Sexual Desire Works: The Enigmatic Urge by Frederick Toates. How did sex become so boring? Once a political act, it's now all about self-discovery.
Alberto Bernabe (John Marshall): Do Parents Have a Duty to Supervise Their Children’s Use of the Internet? Anca Gheaus (Sheffield): Unfinished Adults and Defective Children: On the Nature and Value of Childhood. Toby Rollo (UBC): The Nightmare of Childhood, Part I: Progress, Modernity and Misopedy and Part II: Misopedy as Structure and Process. Linda C. McClain (BU): Is There a Way Forward in the “War Over the Family”? Deborah Dinner (WUSTL): The Divorce Bargain: The Fathers' Rights Movement and Family Inequalities. Livia Gershon on a threat to “traditional marriage” in the 1920s. What Ruth Bader Ginsburg taught me about being a stay-at-home dad: Ryan Park puts his former boss’s ideals into practice. The grandparent deficit: Susanna Schrobsdorff on how fertility isn’t the only biological clock. Matthew Yglesias on 7 things becoming a parent taught him he was right about all along. Sarah Kollmorgen on how you weren’t born a narcissist — your parents made you one. Jennifer Senior on how we live in an age of irrational parenting. Jennifer Breheny Wallace on why children need chores: Doing household chores has many benefits — academically, emotionally and even professionally. Clemens Wergin on the case for free-range parenting. Tracy Moore on godless parents are doing a better job. Is it “selfish, shallow, and self-absorbed” not to have kids? Meghan Daum on her new book about childlessness.
Wim Muller (Manchester): China: An Illiberal, Non-Western State in a Western-Centric, Liberal Order? Tobias ten Brink (Frankfurt): The Challenges of China's Non-Liberal Capitalism for the Liberal Global Economic Order. China is creating a new economic world order right under the West’s nose. Rocco DiCicco (American): The Battle for Rare Earth Elements: A Case Analysis of China's Fight to Protect its Most Precious Natural Resources. Ming Du (Lancaster): Explaining China's Tripartite Strategy Towards the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement. China is on a crazy mission to build artificial islands — what the hell is it up to? Look how quickly China is building its island bases out of nothing. John Hardy (ANU): The Return of Revisionism. Lydia DePillis on one way China still really, really needs the U.S. Is China’s 1929 moment coming? Even though China's economy is still growing more than 7 percent, its debt bubble is looking rather ominous. The Coming Chinese Crackup: The endgame of communist rule in China has begun, and Xi Jinping’s ruthless measures are only bringing the country closer to a breaking point. Han Dongfang (CLB): A Vision of China's Democratic Future. From New Left Review, Wang Chaohua on the Party and its success story. Ketty Loeb (Washington): China's New Social Governance. Nadang Zevson on Chinese harmonism: A critique. Noah Guiney interviews Michael Schuman, author of Confucius and the World He Created. What is wrong with Chinese universities? Tanith Carey on how Chinese success in education comes at a high cost. China's version of “An Inconvenient Truth” went viral — now the government is cracking down.
Ramon Lobato (Swinburne): The Paradoxes of Piracy. Richard E. Wagner (George Mason): Gordon Tullock: A Maverick Scholar of Law and Economics; and Gordon Tullock: A Conspectus on His Life's Work. Sarah Clark Miller (Penn State): The Moral Meanings of Miscarriage. Beneath the clinic wars, the hidden history of miscarriages. In the future, says Tesla founder Elon Musk, traditional cars will be a thing of the past — in fact, he argues, none of us will be allowed to drive. Let’s start with the money shot: “Mr. Zuckerberg goes to great lengths to protect the privacy of his personal life”. Facebook wants to be the new World Wide Web, and news orgs are apparently on board (and here are 6 questions raised by Facebook’s reported deal with publishers). Brigid Schulte on how black and Latina women scientists sometimes mistaken for janitors. Brian Beutler on the fascinating, faulty logic behind Ted Cruz's naked appeal to white America. Ted Cruz's birthplace matters — but not for the reason you think. Claire Groden on how there's only one Republican candidate for President whom you should take seriously — and it's not Ted Cruz. “Corporations have begun to displace individuals as the direct beneficiaries of the First Amendment”, law professor John C. Coates writes in a provocative new study. Danielle Paquette on the Angelina Jolie effect: When a sex symbol removes her ovaries to prevent cancer, women more likely to follow.
Carina Fourie (Zurich): Sufficiency of Capabilities, Social Equality, and Two-tiered Health Care Systems. Peter Molk (Willamette): The Ownership of Health Insurers. David Orentlicher (Indiana): Medicaid at 50: No Longer Limited to the “Deserving” Poor? Lindsay F. Wiley (American): Health Law as Social Justice. Wendy K. Mariner (BU): Health Insurance is Dead; Long Live Health Insurance. Livia Gershon on how subtle subsidies shaped U.S. health care. Sarah Kliff on all-payer rate setting: America’s back-door to single-payer?; and on why medical errors in America kill more people than AIDS or drug overdoses. This is why you shouldn’t believe that exciting new medical study. Ronald D. Rotunda (Chapman): King v. Burwell and the Rise of the Administrative State. CBO: Obamacare subsidies will cost 20 percent less than expected. Judd Legum on 5 embarrassing predictions about what Obamacare would do to the economy. Tara Culp-Ressler on the truth about how Obamacare is faring. Obamacare is 5 years old, and Americans are still worried about death panels. On Obamacare's five-year anniversary, Republicans still lack an alternative. Jonathan Chait on why Republicans will never, ever have a real health-care plan, in 7 charts. Ted Cruz is going on Obamacare. Obamacare is what's wrong with American politics — and what's right with it. The TWIHL Podcast: Listen to Frank Pasquale, Nicolas Terry and their guests discuss the most pressing issues in health law and policy.