From Public Seminar, for Edward J. Snowden and Chelsea Manning (formerly Bradley), heroes of transnational publicity: Nancy Fraser is against anarchism. The refusal of Republican states to accept Obamacare's Medicaid expansion surely ranks as one of the most sordid acts in recent American history. Rightbloggers (some of them, anyway) pay tribute to their new friend, Dead Nelson Mandela. If Nelson Mandela really had won, he wouldn't be seen as a universal hero: Slavoj Zizek on how Mandela must have died a bitter man — to honour his legacy, we should focus on the unfulfilled promises his leadership gave rise to. Bryan Caplan on the evil in plain sight: Will our descendants ever look back on us with contempt for our blatant wickedness? Kate Marshall reviews Alien Phenomenology, or, What It’s Like To Be a Thing by Ian Bogost. Emily Shire on how period pride takes pop culture by storm: From songs to T-shirts, artists are embracing menstruation in all its bloody glory. Kataryna Wolczuk and Roman Wolczuk on what you need to know about the causes of the Ukrainian protests. Paul Krugman on the punishment cure: The Republican response to the unemployed is a mix of callousness and bad economics. What was Greek to them? Mary Beard reviews The Riddle of the Labyrinth: The Quest to Crack an Ancient Code by Margalit Fox. Stop demonising McMansions, says Steve King.

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