George Ciccariello-Maher (Drexel): Building the Commune: Insurgent Government, Communal State. Jennifer Cyr (Arizona): From Cartelization to Collapse: The Demise of the Venezuelan Party System and Its Consequences. Meet Ricardo Hausmann, the academic “hitman” who infuriates Venezuela's president. Nicolas Maduro is facing a new threat from an unlikely place: old-school leftists who accuse him of betraying the socialist legacy that carried him to power. Martin Nilsson (Linnaeus): Bolivia Under the Left-Wing Presidency of Evo Morales: Indigenous People and the End of Postcolonialism? Miguel A. Buitrago (Hamburg): Bolivia's Ambivalent Process of Change. John Otis on how Bolivia's vice president used media to control his image — and that of the government. Climate change concerns push Chile to forefront of carbon tax movement. Deforestation in Brazil is surging again — after years of decline. Jeroen Dewulf (UC-Berkeley): New Man in the Tropics: The Nietzschean Roots of Gilberto Freyre’s Multiracial Identity Concept. Osmundo Pinho (UFRB): The Black Male Body and Sex Wars in Brazil. Diego Azzi on the limits of the “social pact” in Brazil. The decline of the Sarney political family opens the way for a shift in Brazil. When neo-fascism was power in Argentina: Federico Finchelstein on an anniversary few want to remember. Robert Farley on the long shadow of the Falklands War: “Why did Argentina pick a fight with a country that had nuclear weapons?” A look at how South American nations struggle to find new economic model.
Peter H. Huang and Corie Lynn Rosen (Colorado): The Zombie Lawyer Apocalypse (“This article uses a popular cultural framework to address the near-epidemic levels of depression, decision-making errors, and professional dissatisfaction that studies document are prevalent among many law students and lawyers today”.) Do France’s intellectuals have a Muslim problem? Robert Zaretsky on Houellebecq, Charlie Hebdo, and the French struggle to understand how 5 million citizens fit into the Fifth Republic. French hate speech laws are less simplistic than you think; in truth, all liberal democracies forbid some speech. Tim Parks on the limits of satire. Charlie Hebdo meets The Interview: A. Carl LeVan on what political science has to say about issues raised in contemporary political satire. The problem for conservative health reformers is that for all the plans floating around, there's little evidence Republicans care enough about health reform to pay its cost. Why do so many Americans hold views that are completely at odds with, and completely unaffected by, actual experience? Paul Krugman on hating good government. Scott Kaufman on 12 statements by Martin Luther King Jr. you won’t see conservatives post on Facebook. What is it about hackers and sexy selfies? Martin Hirst wonders. Girls goes to Iowa, humiliation ensues: Erin Keane on why pop culture hates MFA programs.
A new Oxfam report says half of global wealth held by the 1%. Meet the 80 people who are as rich as half the world. From the Center for American Progress, the report of the Commission on Inclusive Prosperity, by By Lawrence H. Summers and Ed Balls: Nations need to ensure both that economic growth takes place and that it is broadly shared. From the British Journal of Sociology, a special issue on Thomas Piketty's Capital in the Twenty-First Century. Why have weddings and houses gotten so ridiculously expensive? Blame inequality. In case you wondered why CEOs in the United States make so much money. Is unearned income acceptable? The rich get rich through wealth extraction, not wealth creation — it’s time that was put to an end. President Obama finally has his Piketty moment (and more). David Kamin (NYU): How to Tax the Rich. Charles Kenny on why America needs an exit tax. Richard M. Bird (Toronto): Global Taxes and International Taxation: Mirage and Reality. Danny Vink on how Americans have no idea how regressive their state and local taxes are. Eric J. Brunner and Stephen L. Ross (Conn) and Becky K. Simonsen (Columbia): Homeowners, Renters and the Political Economy of Property Taxation. Arthur J. Cockfield (Queen's): David Foster Wallace on Tax Policy, How to Be an Adult, and Other Mysteries of the Universe. Five critiques of Arthur Laffer's supply-side model show tax cuts as junk economics.
From the Electronic Journal of Contemporary Japanese Studies, Joselito Jimenez (Osaka): Irregular Migration and the Democratisation Process: A Postregular Challenge to the Nation State; Mitsutoshi Horii (Shumei): Why Do the Japanese Wear Masks? A Short Historical Review; and Motoko Tanaka (Miyazaki Sangyo-keiei): Trends of Fiction in 2000s Japanese Pop Culture. Linus Hagstrom and Karl Gustafsson (SIIA): Japan and Identity Change: Why It Matters in International Relations. From e-flux, mutation of the triad: Sabu Kohso on totalitarianism, fascism, and nationalism in Japan. Kristin Surak on the new Japanese nationalism: The nationalist pride and neoliberal economics peddled by Shinzo Abe promise only cheap escape from Japan’s problems. Japan's economy is in a recession — and the U.S. is making the same mistakes. Japan is boosting its economy with a simple idea you won't believe we're not trying. These three words could save Japan’s economy. Paul Krugman apologizes to Japan. Ian Buruma on the Coca-Colonization of Japan. From The Economist, an article on the sad tale of Japan's electronics companies: Eclipsed by Apple — can they recover? Japan’s birth rate problem is way worse than anyone imagined. It is important that women can combine work and family obligations, we don't need more kids: Japan edition. Achieving the 21st century “depopulation dividend”: Peter Matanle on Japan as the world’s research laboratory for a more sustainable future. Why does Tokyo have a rate of homelessness 67 times lower than the largest American city?
Samantha Buckingham (Loyola): A Tale of Two Systems: How Schools and Juvenile Courts are Failing Students. Atoning for a genocide: Diyarbakir, Turkey, once at the center of the Armenian genocide, is trying to make amends — Raffi Khatchadourian reports from his grandfather’s home town. Ashlee Vance on Elon Musk's plan to build a space Internet. Eric Holder bars local and state police from using federal law to seize cash, cars and other property without warrants or criminal charges, the most sweeping check on police power to confiscate personal property since the seizures began three decades ago as part of the war on drugs. Helicopters don’t pay for themselves: Leon Neyfakh on why Eric Holder’s civil forfeiture decision won’t stop civil forfeiture abuse. James McAuley on how there's a model for how France should treat its Muslims — it's how France treats its Jews. Andrew Hammond on Al Qaeda and Islamic State: A deadly rivalry. When ideologies tangle: Borzou Daragahi reviews Confronting Political Islam by John Owen. Todd Krainin interviews Glenn Greenwald on surveillance, reporting, and new fault lines in American politics. Mark A. Rothstein on the moral challenge of Ebola. The museum of the revolution and the museum of modernist art are meeting places for the politician and the artist fighting against the limitations of time and place; we are dealing with a paradoxical phenomenon of avant-garde museology.
Brian Amos and Michael P. McDonald (Florida): Racial Voting and Geography in the United States. Nick J. Sciullo (Georgia State): Richard Sherman, Rhetoric, and Racial Animus in the Rebirth of the Bogeyman Myth. Quayshawn Spencer (Penn): A Radical Solution to the Race Problem. Ted C. Thornhill (Earlham): “If People Stopped Talking about Race, It Wouldn’t be a Problem Anymore”: Silencing the Myth of a Color-Blind Society. Prudence Carter, Mariella Arredondo and Russell Skiba (Indiana), and Mica Pollock (UCSD): You Can’t Fix What You Don’t Look At: Acknowledging Race in Addressing Racial Discipline Disparities. The measuring sticks of racial bias: Even when we have good intentions, we discriminate in ways big and small, as many studies have shown. Sean McElwee on how millennials are less racially tolerant than you think. From Richard Wright’s Bigger Thomas to Ferguson’s Michael Brown: Edward Carson on the reality of indignant forces in post-racial America. From Boston Review, a forum on Ferguson, including an opening essay by Glenn C. Loury on how Michael Brown shouldn't be a poster child for social justice movements, with responses by Danielle Allen, Harold Pollack, Melissa Nobles, and Doug Henwood, among others.
Sam Han (NTU): The White World: The Problem of European Universalism in W.E.B. Du Bois’ Writings on Colonialism. Lewis Gordon (Conn): Race, Theodicy, and the Normative Emancipatory Challenges of Blackness. Lewis Gordon (UConn): Black Existence in Philosophy of Culture. Kehinde Andrews (BCU): Towards a Black Radical Independent Education: Black Radicalism, Independence and the Supplementary School Movement. Christopher J. Lebron (Yale): Between Roots and Routes: On Paul Gilroy’s The Black Atlantic. Barnor Hesse (Northwestern): Escaping Liberty: Western Hegemony, Black Fugitivity. The introduction to The Age of Garvey: How a Jamaican Activist Created a Mass Movement and Changed Global Black Politics by Adam Ewing. Emily Dawson (UCL): “Not Designed for Us”: How Science Museums and Science Centers Socially Exclude Low-Income, Minority Ethnic Groups. How did Western culture get from Shakespeare’s Caliban to Bill Cosby’s Dr. Cliff Huxtable? Bill Benzon on race in the symbolic universe. Christopher A.D. Charles (West Indies): Racial Socialization, Black Identity Transactions, Beauty and Skin Bleaching. Can the anti-racist struggle keep up with racism's capacity to reinvent itself again and again? Yes — we can "recall" anti-racism and adjust it.
Ben Trott (Duke): A Spinozist Sort of Solidarity: From Homo-Nationalism to Queer Internationalism. James E. Parco (Colorado College): Don't Ask, Don't Tell: Evolution and Demise. Michael Boucai (SUNY Buffalo): Glorious Precedents: When Gay Marriage was Radical. Tara Helfman (Syracuse): U.S. v. Windsor and the Judicial Politics of the Roberts Court. Zachary Robert Herz (Columbia): Price's Progress: Sex Stereotyping and Its Potential for Antidiscrimination Law. Anna Storti (Maryland): (Re)Conceptualizing the Normative: A Glimpse into the Radical Potential and Ultimate Failure of Queer Politics. An interview with Ryan Conrad, editor of Against Equality: Queer Revolution, Not Mere Inclusion. Rich Juzwiak on Sam Smith's fucked-up gay conservatism. From the new Encyclopedia of Political Thought, here are the entries on Queer Theory and LGBT Politics by C. Heike Schotten. Jacob W. Glazier (West Georgia): Only A Trickster Can Save Us: Hypercommandeering Queer Identity Positions. Larry Van Meter (Arkansas): Homophobia and Homoeroticism the John Wayne Way. Does gay male culture have a misogyny problem? Eric Sasson investigates. Are gay men entitled to be proud? Alexios Arvanitis wonders. Festivalizing sexuality: Jodie Taylor on discourses of “pride”, counter-discourses of shame. Samantha Allen on how San Francisco's gay culture is dying. The introduction to There Goes the Gayborhood? by Amin Ghaziani (and more).
Mark Denbeaux, Jonathan Hafetz, Joshua W. Denbeaux, and Joseph Hickman (Seton Hall): Guantanamo: America’s Battle Lab. Susan Ariel Aaronson (GWU): Why Trade Agreements are Not Setting Information Free: The Lost History and Reinvigorated Debate over Cross-Border Data Flows, Human Rights and National Security. Should we oppose the intervention against ISIS? Most U.S. leftists say yes, but voices we rarely hear — Kurds and members of the Syrian opposition — have more ambiguous views. The resurgence of the Leftist public intellectual: Daniel Tutt reviews The Left Hemisphere: Mapping Critical Theory Today by Remzig Keucheyan. From Public Seminar, Jessica R. Benjamin on the Discarded and the Dignified: From the Failed Witness to “You are the Eyes of the World” (in 6 parts). Jenny Oser, Jan E. Leighley and Ken Winneg on how people who don't just vote but participate in politics in other ways are different from both nonvoters and ordinary voters. The Ron Paul Institute says the Charlie Hebdo massacre, like 9/11, was a false flag operation. France will recover from the Paris attacks — will French Muslims? Gun nuts simulate Paris shooting, get shot by simulated terrorists. Vox got no threats for posting Charlie Hebdo cartoons, but dozens for covering Islamophobia. “Why History Will Eviscerate Obama”: Scott Lemieux brings you the annotated Christopher Caldwell. I'm so, so glad this guy exists, Roger Ver.
Nicholas Maxwell (UCL): Can Scientific Method Help Us Create a Wiser World? David Bosworth (Washington): Conscientious Thinking and the Transformation of the Modern Sciences. Mark B. Brown (CSU-Sacramento): Politicizing Science: Conceptions of Politics in Science and Technology Studies. Michael Strevens (NYU): Scientiﬁc Sharing: Communism and the Social Contract (“This paper investigates what Robert Merton called science’s “communist” norm, which mandates universal sharing of knowledge, and uses mathematical models of discovery to argue that a communist regime may be on the whole advantageous and fair to all parties, and so might be implemented by a social contract that all scientists would be willing to sign”). Russian science is amazing, so why hasn’t it taken over the world? Leon Neyfakh interviews Loren Graham on why we should all worry about a great power’s failure to convert on its knowledge. Lorraine Daston on wonder and the ends of inquiry. What scientists really do: Priyamvada Natarajan reviews Curiosity: How Science Became Interested in Everything by Philip Ball and Ignorance: How It Drives Science by Stuart Firestein. How scientific inquiry works: Seamus O’Mahony reviews Are We all Scientific Experts Now? by Harry Collins. Carolyn Y. Johnson on how a glut of postdoc researchers stirs quiet crisis in science. Life outside the lab: Sometimes, the brightest stars in science decide to leave — Nature finds out where they go.
Jessie Handbury (UN): Are Poor Cities Cheap for Everyone? Non-Homotheticity and the Cost of Living Across U.S. Cities. From TNR, glimpses of a ghetto-free future: Segregation is steadily declining — but whites still live in the least diverse neighborhoods; and the suburbs are not just for white people anymore. Can the birthplace of the Black Panthers gentrify without displacement? Susie Cagle on how Oakland wants you to stop calling it the “next Brooklyn”. Can you gentrify Camden, New Jersey, America’s poorest, most dangerous city? Kevin Hartnett on gentrification: White people following white people. Annalee Newitz on how this is what gentrification really is. Emily Badger on how life in the suburbs means something very different for whites and blacks. The suburb of the future is here: Henry Grabar on how one city avoided the worst of suburbanization and revealed the path toward sustainable urban development. Are you lying about where you’re from? Jordan Sargent on the real borders of your city. Don't say you're from the city if you're really from the 'burbs: It's untrue, it's annoying, and it completely kills the conversation. Charles Marohn on the conservative case against the suburbs. Urban ideologies: How liberal or conservative are America’s cities? Liberals live in cities and that's bad for liberalism: Jonathan Cohn on how the structure of the Senate puts urban states at a disadvantage. Derek Thompson on why middle-class Americans can't afford to live in liberal cities.