Cathrine Hasse and Stine Trentemoller (Academia): Cultural Work Place Patterns in Academia. Rex J. Pjesky (West Texs A&M) and Daniel Sutter (Troy): Does the Lack of a Profit Motive Affect Hiring in Academe? Evidence from the Market for Lawyers. The myth of the millionaire college dropout: In the latest assault on higher education, Michael Ellsberg paints a misleading picture of the road to riches without a college degree. Do the humanities really need to be protected from the encroachment of the sciences? From Accuracy in Academia, Malcolm A. Kline on 100 arguments against tenure (and part 2 and part 3). Distracted by activism: If faculty members in education (and many other disciplines) want to influence public policy, they have no choice but to look beyond traditional academic publishing. Matt Ivester's clean slate: The creator of JuicyCampus, a controversial anonymous gossip site, re-brands himself as an enemy of cyberbullying and a champion of "digital citizenship". The wonderful wizard of US: Felipe Fernandez-Armesto is bewitched by the methods of an Arkansas teacher. Robert Weissberg writes in defense of bad teaching. Not feeling the kinship: Anthropologists debate whether their discipline is divided into humanities and science tribes, and wonder why they can’t all get along. Academics from physicists to experts on Scandinavian culture are crafting stand-up comedy routines based on their work — but this is no joke.

Zephyr Teachout (Fordham): The Historical Roots of Citizens United v. FEC: How Anarchists and Academics Accidentally Created Corporate Speech Rights. If you could travel back in time, what would be your destination?: America, c. 15,000 BC: Lucy Kellaway argues that if you want to live with equality and good health, you need to be a hunter-gatherer; Japan, 784-1185: The Heian era woos Robert Guest with its devotion to high art, love poetry and casual sex; Russia, 1870s-1900s: Pre-revolutionary Russia may have been tough, but for Arkady Ostrovsky it can't be beaten for art, ideas and fiery politics; Princeton, 1949: J.M. Ledgard opts for a sense of freedom, possibility and run-ins with Albert Einstein; and early childhood: For Ann Wroe, life is best when the world is simple, new and there to be discovered. In the 19th century, Baudelaire struggled with the private/public divide — in the 21st, we all do. Written on the wall: Roger Gastman on a tumultuous year, told through the scrawls and murals of the people living through it (and more and more). An interview with Barbara Will, author of Unlikely Collaboration: Gertrude Stein, Bernard Fay, and the Vichy Dilemma. The United Nations launches a social media campaign to encourage people to get involved in the global human rights movement. Want to keep track of Santa this Christmas? There’s an app for that. Here is a list of 7 obnoxious behaviors that should be punishable by death.

From New Books in History, an interview with Andrew Curran, author of The Anatomy of Blackness: Science and Slavery in an Age of Enlightenment. From CRB, a review of A Slaveholders’ Union: Slavery, Politics, and the Constitution in the Early American Republic by George William Van Cleve and The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery by Eric Foner; and a review of Abolition: A History of Slavery and Antislavery by Seymour Drescher. Clay Risen reviews Red Summer: The Summer of 1919 and the Awakening of Black America by Cameron McWhirter. As America celebrates the 50th anniversary of John Griffin's Black Like Me, a writer recalls more recent scenarios that Griffin would have found only too familiar. Peter C. Myers reviews Disintegration: The Splintering of Black America by Eugene Robinson; Freedom is Not Enough: The Moynihan Report and America’s Struggle over Black Family Life — LBJ to Obama by Harold James; and Race, Wrongs, and Remedies: Group Justice in the 21st Century by Amy L. Wax. A review of Injustice: Exposing the Racial Agenda of the Obama Justice Department by J. Christian Adams. What does it mean to be black? Gwen Ifill reviews Who’s Afraid of Post-Blackness? by Toure and Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America by Melissa V. Harris-Perry. Patrice Evans on how to build the ultimate black comedian — and an interview on his book Negropedia: The Assimilated Negro’s Crash Course on the Modern Black Experience.

Huafang Li (American): Less Corruption Without Democracy: Does China’s Decentralization Differ from Other Former Communist Countries? As regions such as Xinjiang and Guangdong get richer and more powerful, it may be harder to govern from Beijing. A review of Who's Afraid of China? The Challenge of Chinese Soft Power by Michael Barr. A review of American Wheels, Chinese Roads: The Story of General Motors in China by Michael J. Dunne. A review of Ancient Chinese Thought, Modern Chinese Power. Chris Campbell on the "China Rule" and the cult of Confucius. Are China’s rulers getting religion? Meet the New Mao: It may be time to concede that China’s leader-in-waiting, Xi Jinping, is not the moderate that many have assumed. A review of Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China by Ezra Vogel (and more and more and more and more). When it was revealed that the grandson of the late Chinese leader Mao Zedong was teaching at a college in Guangzhou, it unleashed a barrage of comment in China over the appointment of "celebrity professors". China’s Fox News: Meet Global Times, the angry Chinese government mouthpiece that makes Bill O'Reilly seem fair and balanced. An interview with David Bandurski on monitoring changes in China’s media. Just as everyone who moves to San Diego considers learning how to surf, nobody comes to Hong Kong without considering some entrepreneurial endeavor.

J. Alexis Galan Avila (EUI): The Fragmentation of (International) Law and the Limits of Modern Systems Theory. From The Missouri Review, a look at why MFA rankings are useless (could they be useful?). Iowa Writers' Workshop director Curtis Sittenfeld on why critics of MFA programs have it wrong. Christopher Hitchens on how the Republican presidential candidates are benefiting from their “gaffes”: They’re not unforgivable, just imprudent. Why does this pig Jason Barker have a job at the New York Fed? Bloomberg reports that as Treasury secretary, Hank Paulson gave a potentially lucrative heads-up to hedge fund managers — should we be outraged? The government and the big banks deceived the public about their $7 trillion secret loan program— they should be punished. It seems unavoidable that some European countries will have to support other EU member states, yet Europe finds itself in an unfortunate bind: fiscal integration is unsustainable, and fiscal minimalism is unwanted. 5 ways to save Europe: The fallout from its fast-approaching financial meltdown would hurt the US. Eurodoom: The terrifying new theory that the European economic crisis could devastate the US. Habermas, the Last European: A philosopher's mission to save the EU. The introduction to The Virtues of Our Vices: A Modest Defense of Gossip, Rudeness, and Other Bad Habits by Emrys Westacott. A look at the best public restroom in America.

The latest issue of Philosophy in Review is out. Larry Alexander (USD): Deontological Constraints in a Consequentialist World: A Comment on Law, Economics and Morality. Ezio Di Nucci (Duisburg-Essen): The Doctrine of Double Effect and the Trolley Problem. Brian Leiter (Chicago): The Boundaries of the Moral (and Legal) Community. Joseph Raz (Columbia): Value: A Menu of Questions. Santiago Zabala (Barcelona): Being in the University: Philosophical Education or Legitimations of Analytic Philosophy? From the European Journal of Pragmatism and American Philosophy, a special issue on a contemporary reassessment of William James, a century later. Can philosophers give us any insights into what is going on when belief systems clash? An interview with Peg O'Connor, author of On the Rocks Is a Form of Life: Philosophy and Addiction. A review of What Should I Do? Philosophers on the Good, the Bad, and the Puzzling by Alexander George. Mike Alder explains why mathematicians and scientists don’t like philosophy but do it anyway. An interview with J.M. Bernstein on humiliation, mutual dependency and why “who we are is not up to us”. Are moral judgements simply relative to culture? Paul Boghossian suggests that moral relativism is an untenable position. An interview with Raymond Geuss. Of all the things you might imagine you’d find in a professional philosopher’s toolkit, a rubber duck might not be the first to spring to mind. An interview with professor emeritus of philosophy John Perry, winner of a 2011 Ig Nobel Prize.

From Boston Review, a symposium on why regime change doesn’t work: Our interventions in Iraq and Afghanistan came after more than a hundred attempts at regime change all over the world, producing civil war and failing to promote democracy — even with the removal of Muammar Qaddafi, our Libya expedition shows we haven’t learned our lesson (and a series of responses). Inside Obama's War Room: How he decided to intervene in Libya – and what it says about his evolution as commander in chief. A review of State vs. Defense: The Battle to Define America’s Empire by Stephen Glain (and more). 5 principles critical to successful nation-building: A review of Jeremi Suri's Liberty's Surest Guardian: American Nation-Building from the Founders to Obama (and more and more). Inside the world's largest embassy: Welcome to the Vatican-sized US Embassy in Baghdad, home to a $2 million dead lawn and the world's worst bar scene. Anatol Lieven reviews Marvin Kalb and Deborah Kalb's Haunting Legacy: Vietnam and the American Presidency from Ford to Obama and Dov S. Zakheim's A Vulcan’s Tale: How the Bush Administration Mismanaged the Reconstruction of Afghanistan. A review of Intelligence and U.S. Foreign Policy: Iraq, 9/11, and Misguided Reform by Paul R. Pillar. Breaking: Nobody knows what to do about Pakistan. What's the United States up to in Asia? From Military Times, a special report by Sean D. Naylor on The Secret War in Africa. Here are 6 b.s. myths you probably believe about America's "enemies".

Joel F. Murray (UC-Davis): Death and Taxes: How the Late 20th Century Transformation of American Political Culture Ended a 70-Year Political Consensus on the Estate Tax. A review of Joshua Rubenstein’s Leon Trotsky: A Revolutionary’s Life (and more). Nathalie Tocci and Koen Vlassenroot on collapsing "government", emerging "governances". Fire researchers have shattered dozens of arson myths in recent years, yet American courts continue to convict people who are likely innocent of the crime. A review of The Price of Civilization: Reawakening American Virtue and Prosperity by Jeffrey D. Sachs (and more and more and more and more and more and more and more). Scientists who model ethnic violence find that in Switzerland, separation is key to peace. An interview with Diana Lobel, author of The Quest for God and the Good: World Philosophy as a Living Experience. As the "Arab Spring" turns to fall and New York's "Occupy Wall Street" protest continues to draw international headlines, a new model of social and political protest has emerged. Alex Klein on the well-intentioned lie that led to Occupy Wall Street’s downfall. From Martha’s Vineyard Arts and Ideas, an interview with Tony Horwitz, author of Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid that Sparked the Civil War (and more). On billionaires, secretaries and taxes: The better way to reform the tax code, and make it a bit more progressive, is to go back to an old idea — a progressive consumption tax.

Peter J. Boettke (George Mason), Alexander Fink (Leipzig) and Daniel J. Smith (Troy): The Impact of Nobel Prize Winners in Economics: Mainline vs. Mainstream. A review of Roads to Wisdom: Conversations with Ten Nobel Laureates in Economics by Karen Ilse Horn. John B. Davis (Marquette): Pluralism and Anti-Pluralism in Economics: Homo Economicus and Religious Fundamentalism. A review of Material Markets: How Economic Agents Are Constructed by Donald MacKenzie. Nudge thyself: Economists have more to learn from the natural sciences if they are to claim a realistic model of human behaviour. Worldly philosophers wanted: When economists tackle small problems, they lose any vision about what the economic system should look like. Econometrician Mark Thoma explains what he does, and why there’s such a battle of ideas (and models) in economics. Economists at Harvard and MIT have just released what they claim to be the crystal ball of economics: a model for predicting a nation’s future growth more accurately than any other techniques out there. Why economic models are always wrong: Financial-risk models got us in trouble before the 2008 crash, and they're almost sure to get us in trouble again. Economics has met the enemy, and it is economics. Economics is fun: Daniel Hamermesh explains how his discipline creeps into all kinds of unlikely areas. "Do not pass Go, do not collect $200": Saul Levmore on monopolies as an introduction to economics.

A new issue of the Khazar Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences is out. Alexi Gugushvili (EUI): Material Deprivation, Social Class and Life Course in the Balkans, Eastern Europe and Central Asia. From the Journal of International Security Affairs, a special section on Russia. The growing bonds between central Asian states and China have a human-rights cost for Uyghurs across the region. I do (not): An article on bride-napping in Kyrgyzstan. Why is the Orthodox Church of Russia reclaiming the castles and churches of former East Prussia, now the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad, appropriated in 1917? From Slate, Joshua Kucera on Kazakhstan's rapid rise and uncertain future. The former Soviet republics: 15 siblings with little in common. Vladimir Putin wants to create a "Eurasian Union" to integrate the independent republics of the former USSR into a single economic — and eventually political — super-state. Jacob Heilbrunn writes in defense of Vladimir Putin. A review of Popular Support for an Undemocratic Regime: The Changing Views of Russians by Richard Rose, William Mishler and Neil Munro. Has “once-democratic” Ukraine finally joined her Slavic siblings Belarus and Russia in a retreat to authoritarianism? The Georgian Parliament votes to recognize the 19th-century killings and deportations of ethnic Circassians by czarist Russia as genocide. In need of a vodka tonic: Can Russia admit it has a problem? A look at 5 unintentionally hilarious Soviet versions of good ideas.