Eric Hartman (Kansas State) and Antoinette Hertel (St. Joseph’s): Clearer Thinkers, Better People? Unpacking Assumptions in Liberal Education. Who needs a liberal education? Gilbert Meilaender on why we should stop pretending that the liberal arts are important frosting on the cake of an education that is in fact designed for other purposes. An excerpt from Beyond the University: Why Liberal Education Matters by Michael Roth. Why Scott Samuelson teaches Plato to plumbers: Liberal arts and the humanities aren't just for the elite. The humanities aren’t obscure, arcane or irrelevant — they awaken our souls, influence how we think about inequality, and help us adapt to a changing world. The enemies, and friends, of the humanities: Mark Bauerlein on why deconstructionists defended the Canon. Digital humanities and the end of (close) reading: Daniel Moore reviews Distant Reading by Franco Moretti. Science is not about certainty: Carlo Rovelli on how the separation of science and the humanities is relatively new — and detrimental to both. Going underground: Raphael Allison on rock bands, the academy as subculture, and staving off the crisis in the humanities. The morbid fascination with the death of the humanities: Benjamin Winterhalter on why professors, librarians, and politicians are shunning liberal arts in the name of STEM. It's the end of the humanities as we know it — and I feel fine. Kevin Allred on why he teaches a university course on Beyonce. What can you do with a degree in watching TV? Hope Rees interviews Anne Helen Petersen, a media-studies professor who is leaving academia to write for the Internet. This chart shows what jobs you're likely to get with your college major. What's your major? Quoctrung Bui on 4 decades of college degrees, in 1 graph.

Stephen Marrin (James Madison): Why Intelligence Analysis has Limited Influence on American Foreign Policy. John Borek (Walden): Developing an Understanding of Analytic Tradecraft in the Intelligence Community. Kenneth D. Chestek (Wyoming): Of Reptiles and Velcro: The Brain's “Negativity Bias” and Persuasion. Micah K. Jensen (Georgetown): Public Opinion Gender Gaps among Sexual Minorities. David Robinson (Glasgow): Basic Colours in the Bible. Paternalism 2.0: American employers are rethinking their role in workers’ health care after Obamacare. Ending college sexual assault: Can Obama’s new campaign bring change? Alan Feuersept on the rise and fall of Jimmy Cournoyer, the biggest pot dealer in New York City history. When is a thing more than just a thing? John Semley reviews Event: A Philosophical Journey Through a Concept by Slavoj Zizek. Here is a Master thesis from 1950 titled “A Survey of the Economic Philosophy of Herbert Hoover” by Delbert E. Rice, Jr. Where I’m from: Aisha Harris on how a trip to Kenya changed the way she thinks about the terms African-American and black American. Have you watched this airstrike in Iraq? Daniel Altman on how to get away with almost anything: How evildoers benefit from the world's ADD. Murtaza Hussain on how Obama's best hope against ISIS was just killed, so let's make friends with Iran. 5 questions about the war against ISIS that no one should be embarrassed to ask. Graeme Wood on the three types of people who fight for ISIS: A breakdown of the most evil group on the planet. Armed and “innocent”: Mia Bloom on how terrorist groups are institutionalizing the recruitment of children. Robert Farley on what looks like a clusterfuck.

Daron Acemoglu (MIT), James A. Robinson (Harvard), and Thierry Verdier (PSE): Can't We All Be More Like Scandinavians? Asymmetric Growth and Institutions in an Interdependent World. The introduction to Cross and Scepter: The Rise of the Scandinavian Kingdoms from the Vikings to the Reformation by Sverre Bagge. Stumbling on Scandinavia: Margaret Lesser on William and Mary Howitt, the innocents abroad who chanced to become pioneers of translation. Economists have found the closer a nation is to the genetic makeup of Denmark, the happier that country is. If working is a lifestyle choice in Norway, why do so many more people choose this lifestyle there than in the US? Jason Kafraian on Norway’s gargantuan sovereign wealth fund, by the numbers. Jessica Grose on what it’s like for a working mom in Oslo, Norway. Little emperors: In Sweden, a backlash against the rule of children. Petri J. Kajonius and Anna M. Daderma (University West): Exploring the Relationship Between Honesty-Humility, the Big Five, and Liberal Values in Swedish Students. Signe Bremer (Uppsala): Penis as Risk: A Queer Phenomenology of Two Swedish Transgender Women's Narratives on Gender Correction. Everyone thinks Sweden has a sky-high suicide rate — it doesn’t. Sweden stands out as a country where the return of capital has not automatically translated into a return of inherited wealth. Petter Nilsson on Sweden without illusions: In the upcoming Swedish elections, despite continued popularity for the country’s welfare state, Left prospects are bleak. From FP, meet Carl Bildt, the Swedish foreign minister who isn't afraid to say what he means — especially if it's about what Washington gets wrong. Putin's Nordic Shadow: Why Finland and Sweden need to stop pretending they are neutral and join NATO already.

Timothy Weaver (Louisville): The Emergent Neoliberal Order in American Political Development. Wallace Katz (Stony Brook): Inequality and the American Ruling Class That Does Not Rule. Jan Zilinsky (Chicago): Learning about Income Inequality: What is the Impact of Information on Perceptions of Fairness and Preferences for Redistribution? Mark Thoma on why the rich should call for income redistribution. Thomas Edsall on the expanding world of poverty capitalism. Money in the bank: The story of pro wrestling in the twentieth century is the story of American capitalism. In New York City, apartments are both expensive and hard to come by; among the many ways to address this problem, here is one that should please almost everyone — make rich people live in the fucking apartments they own. Neil Irwin on why the middle class isn’t buying talk about economic good times. This isthmus of a middle state: A great deal of ideological insight into contemporary America can be achieved simply by meditating on the phrase “middle class”. Working anything but 9 to 5: Jodi Kantor on how scheduling technology leaves low-income parents with hours of chaos. Is a hard life inherited? Meet Rick Goff of Yamhill, Oregon — his life story is a study in the national crisis facing working-class men. Why did the economy cease to reward work? Harold Meyerson on William Lazonick’s seminal essay on U.S. corporations, “Profits Without Prosperity”. Work and worth: What someone is paid has little or no relationship to what their work is worth to society. Who stole the four-hour workday? Nathan Schneider wonders. Matthew Yglesias on how American prosperity was built on slavery and torture: All that cotton and the factories it fueled didn't come from nowhere.

Stephanie K. Pell (Stanford) and Christopher Soghoian (Yale): Your Secret Stingray's No Secret Anymore: The Vanishing Government Monopoly Over Cell Phone Surveillance and Its Impact on National Security and Consumer Privacy. Tanya Asim Cooper (Alabama): Racial Bias in American Foster Care: The National Debate. Sascha-Dominik Oliver Vladimir Bachmann (Bournemouth): Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17: The Day Russia Became a State Sponsor of Terrorism. Recent events in Ukraine are only the latest test of one’s foreign-policy chops; calls abound for U.S. intervention in one place after another, but with Iraq in shambles, intervention has become a tougher sell — and that’s a good thing. Michael Singh on the Islamic State's triple threat. Jack Jenkins on the book that really explains ISIS (Hint: It’s not the Qur’an). A look at what we found on the Islamic State's Laptop of Doom: Screenshots from a jihadi's personal computer. Defeating ISIS: Brian Katulis, Hardin Lang, and Vikram Singh on an integrated strategy to advance Middle East stability. Daniel W. Drezner on what political science can tell us about combating the Islamic State. Jaeah Lee on the data that shows cops kill black people at a higher rate than white people. "Mandated paid maternity leave? You don't understand that to be a huge transfer of resources from unmarried men to everyone else?" DARPA may have a way to stop Ebola in its tracks — if only the U.S. had the boldness to try it. From Vanity Fair, a look at The New Establishment 2014 (and Annie Lowrey on why disruptors are always white guys). Ezra Klein on the 9 most important facts about the 2014 election. Are unions dead? Jonathan Cohn interviews Rich Yeselson, labor strategist and expert. Jeffrey Kluger on why narcissists have more sex: Evolution favors the manipulative and self-absorbed.

Andrew Scahill (Georgetown): Serialized Killers: Prebooting Horror in Bates Motel and Hannibal. Dunja Opatic (Zagreb): Zombies in Revolt: The Violent Revolution of American Cinematic Monsters (“This paper unveils the revolutionary potential incarnated in the post-9/11 transformed figure of the cinematic zombie. It is my contention that zombies, through their cinematic (r)evolution, came to embody Deleuze and Guattari’s vision of the nomad war machine”.) Erin M. Kearns and Joseph K. Young (American): If Torture is Wrong, What About 24? Torture and the Hollywood Effect. Myc Wiatrowski (Indiana): Chuck versus the American Hero: Interrogating the Dialectic Rhetoric of Masculinities in Contemporary American Cultural Discourses. Andrew Sharp on an outsider’s guide to loving college football. From Mo’ne Davis to Michael Sam, the culture wars have invaded the sports world. Please stop trolling Jennifer Aniston's womb. It's time to end the debate over whether Angelina Jolie is a “movie star”. From Vogue, Patricia Garcia on how we’re officially in the era of the big booty. Andi Zeisler on the post-VMAs pop cultural comedown: How did we go from “FEMINIST” to the “Fappening”? Caity Weaver on how Taylor Swift and Katy Perry hate each other — a theory and timeline. Kelsey McKinney on why almost every Top 40 song is between 3 and 5 minutes long. A Whig history of pop music: J. Arthur Bloom reviews Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! The Story of Pop Music from Bill Haley to Beyonce by Bob Stanley (and more). Emily Temple on bad poets of pop culture: A brief survey. Elisabeth Donnelly on why book criticism and literary culture needs a poptimist revolution. Alyssa Rosenberg on the literary theory idea that explains how we talk about pop culture. The Naysayers: Alex Ross on Walter Benjamin, Theodor Adorno, and the critique of pop culture. Charlie Jane Anders on 7 deadly sins of talking about pop culture.

From Ameriquests, a special issue on Quebec in the Modern World. Zack Taylor (Toronto): If Different, Then Why? Explaining the Divergent Political Development of Canadian and American Local Governance. Wayne Sumner (Toronto): Hate Speech: North and South. Teresa Hernandez (FIU) and Robert W. McGee (Fayetteville State): The Ethics of Accepting a Bribe: A Comparative Study of Opinion in the USA, Canada and Mexico. Genoveva Millan Vazquez de la Torre, Juan Manuel Arjona Fuentes, and Luis Amador Hidalgo (Loyola Andalucia): Tourism Development in Heritage Sites: The Case of Tequila, Mexico. Lost in translation: On immigration, drugs, and virtually every other pressing policy issue, why can’t the United States and Mexico stop talking past each other? Matt DeHart, a former U.S. soldier seeking asylum in Canada, claims he’s wanted for working with Anonymous; the U.S. says he may be a spy — and more. Dreaming of NAFTA: Tejano star Selena represented the cultural promise of a more open U.S. Mexico border; her death presaged the ultimate fate of that dream. Can Tim Hortons sell Americans on Canadian breakfast? John Handley reviews Alternative North Americans: What Canada and the United States Can Learn from Each Other by David T. Jones. From the Canadian magazine Maclean's, America dumbs down: The U.S. is being overrun by a wave of anti-science, anti-intellectual thinking — has the most powerful nation on Earth lost its mind? Why America’s two neighbours don’t get along: Canada and Mexico share the fortune, or misfortune, of a border with the world’s most powerful country, which looks down on both of them. The Man Without a Mask: William Finnegan on how the drag queen Cassandro became a star of Mexican wrestling.

The inaugural issue of SOAS Law Journal is out. Bruce Caldwell (Duke) and Leonidas Montes (Adolfo Ibanez): Friedrich Hayek and His Visits to Chile. Amitai Etzioni (George Washington): No More Land Wars? George J. Mitchell on how the prospect of Israeli and Palestinian peace may seem more distant than ever — but a two-state solution is still the only path forward. Peter Bergen and David Sterman on how the ISIS threat to U.S. mostly hype. Katie Zavadski on the female recruiters of ISIS. Robert Coalson on how a famous Soviet dissident foreshadowed Putin's plan — in 1990: If the Kremlin is taking its cues from Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Eastern Ukraine is only a first step to "rebuilding Russia". From Vox, Sarah Kliff on 8 facts about violence against women everyone should know; and Alex Abad-Santos on why everyone should read the powerful stories of abuse and survival in #whyistayed and #whyileft. Did Eichmann think? Roger Berkowitz reviews Eichmann Before Jerusalem: The Unexamined Life of a Mass Murderer by Bettina Stangneth. Finally, Wall Street gets put on trial. Why can’t Obama fix the world? David Remnick wonders. Matt S. Whitt reviews The Ethics of Immigration by Joseph Carens. Why do newspapers keep publishing op-eds by John McCain? Looking back at the Arizona senator's track record, it's hard to see why anyone still treats him as a source of insight into what will happen next in geopolitics. Can the Coase theorem help us avoid fights on planes? The economics of reclining your airplane seat aren’t so simple. Travis Waldron on 10 big questions for the start of the 2014 NFL season.

From the Journal of Social Research and Policy, a special issue on Between Wealth and Well-Being: Consumption, psychology and quality of life. Stephan Humpert (Leuphana): Gender Differences in Life Satisfaction and Social Participation. Jonathan Phillips (Yale), Sven Nyholm (Cologne), and Shen-yi Liao (NTU): The Good in Happiness. Virginia E. Harper Ho (Kansas): The Pursuit of Happiness with Chinese Characteristics. Steven Luper (Trinity): Life's Meaning. Sean P. Wojcik and Peter H. Ditto (UC-Irvine): Motivated Happiness: Self-Enhancement Inflates Self-Reported Subjective Well-Being. Mikko Myrskyla (LSE) and Rachel Margolis (Western Ontario): Happiness: Before and After the Kids. Sebastiano Bavetta (Palermo), Dario Maimone (Messina), Peter Miller and Pietro Navarra (Penn): Autonomy, Political Freedom, and Happiness. Amitai Etzioni (George Washington): Politics and Culture in an Age of Austerity. Charles Murray on advice for a happy life. Though the practical applications of happiness are still at the early stages, Japanese environmental thought-leader Junko Edahiro is looking to spread the idea of happiness as a policy tool within Japan and throughout the world. Many shoppers, whether they buy material items or life experiences, are no happier following the purchase than they were before, according to a new study. Does a higher minimum wage make people happier? Michael Krassa and Benjamin Radcliff investigate. If you have won the lottery, or if you plan to do so, please keep reading this column. Here’s how much of your own happiness is under your control. Ester Bloom on why big data can’t buy you happiness: Does a by-the-numbers advice column really give advice? Timothy N. Bond and Kevin Lang on using happiness scales to inform policy: Strong words of caution.

A new issue of the International Journal on Criminology is out. A new issue of Solon is out. James Q. Whitman (Yale): The Transition to Modernity. Adam S. Zimmerman (Loyola): The Corrective Justice State. Rick Sarre and Colette Langos (South Australia): Policing Young People: Can the Notion of Police Legitimacy Play a Role? Stephen P. Garvey (Cornell): Authority, Ignorance, and the Guilty Mind. Thom Brooks (Durham): What is Wrong about the “Criminal Mind”? From The Conversation, welcome to Biology and Blame, a series of articles examining historical and current influences on the notion of criminal responsibility. James G. Stewart (UBC): Complicity. Markus D. Dubber (Toronto): Histories of Crime and Criminal Justice and the Historical Analysis of Criminal Law. Roni M. Rosenberg (Carmel): Between Killing and Letting Die in Criminal Jurisprudence. Paul J. Larkin Jr. (Heritage): Public Choice Theory and Overcriminalization. Daniel Epps (Harvard): The Consequences of Error in Criminal Justice. Kenneth W. Simons (BU): Punishment and Blame for Culpable Indifference. Gary S. Becker and Bernard E. Harcourt (Chicago) and Francois Ewald (CNAM): Becker and Foucault on Crime and Punishment. Anthony J. Sebok (Yeshiva): Normative Theories of Punitive Damages: The Case of Deterrence. Paulo Barrozo (BC): Reconstructing Constitutional Punishment. Markus D. Dubber (Toronto): Paradigms of Penal Law. Darryl K. Brown (Virginia): Penal Modernism in Theory and Practice. Emma Kaufman and Mary Bosworth (Oxford): The Prison and National Identity: Citizenship, Punishment and the Sovereign State. Elena Kantorowicz (Erasmus): Can Imprisonment Be Cheaper? The Law and Economics of Private Prisons. Stephen Machin and Olivier Marie on lessons from the economics of crime.