From The Stone, Jeffrey Frank on how Soren Kierkegaard's strategy of “indirect communication” is not too far removed from the “dog-whistling” of modern political campaigns. Ernie Lepore on a great day for philosophy. David Wolf on why Descartes still matters. From TPM, James Garvey interviews Nigel Warburton, virtual philosopher. Why does France insist school pupils master philosophy? Mark Vanhoenacker on how to sell philosophy: It just needs a product — thought experiments (TXes, if you will) — and a marketing plan. Steve Neumann uses the Food Network reality show Chopped as a springboard for an exploration of the types of individuals and corresponding lifestyles that exist in society. Wi-Phi's mission is to introduce people to the practice of philosophy by making videos that are freely available in a form that is entertaining, interesting and accessible. Lawmakers blame philosophy for recent spate of trolley deaths.


A new issue of Public Diplomacy is out. Teemu Ruskola (Emory): Canton is Not Boston: The Invention of American Imperial Sovereignty. Rosa Brooks (Georgetown): Democracy Promotion: Done Right, a Progressive Cause. Melinda Haring on reforming the democracy bureaucracy: Washington's democracy promotion community is a mess — here's how to fix it. Jordan Michael Smith on why Kennan matters. Do presidents really steer foreign policy? Joseph Nye says they can — but mainly by doing things other than what we want and expect from them (and an excerpt from Presidential Leadership and the Creation of the American Era). From American Diplomacy, Susan R. Johnson, Ronald E. Neumann and Thomas R. Pickering on how presidents are breaking the U.S. Foreign Service; and Curt Jones on a Guide for the Aspiring Imperialist. When it comes to selling guns to shady regimes, the United States is still firmly No. 1.


Nikolay Marinov (Yale) and Hein E. Goemans (Rochester): Coups and Democracy. Brian D. Earp, Olga A. Wudarczyk, Bennett Foddy, and Julian Savulescu (Oxford): Addicted to Love: What Is Love Addiction and When Should It Be Treated? From Wonkblog, Ezra Klein on how no one really believes in “equality of opportunity”; and surprise! When the rich get richer, taxes go lower. Can humans survive? Five mass extinctions have nearly wiped out life on earth — the sixth is coming. From Buzzfeed, Evan McMorris-Santoro on Deputy White House Chief of Staff Mark Childress, the most powerful man in the White House you’ve never heard of. Kevin Hartnett interviews Larry Hunter, the Cassandra of digital privacy: Thirty years ago, one man saw what the Internet was about to take away. As climate changes, one species faces extinction by becoming exclusively female.


Jessica Flanigan (Richmond): Charisma and Moral Reasoning. Paul Cliteur (Leiden): The Rudi Carrell Affair and its Significance for the Tension between Theoterrorism and Religious Satire. Lisa Elkins Goodman on the Jesus Mystery: Was the “original” Jesus a pagan god? P. Sufenas Virius Lupus on why he is an Antinoan Celtic Syncretistic Polytheistic Pagan. Is yoga a religion? Evangelical Christians in California tried to ban yoga in schools, so where is the line between the body and the soul? For seekers of all kinds on the Upper East Side, Logos is also a cozy bookshop with a lumpy recliner and a black cat named Boo Boo. Are Christian/religious people poor tippers? If a slain Muslim war hero had expressed the same views about other religions as Chris Kyle did, a profile of him would have called him an Islamist. How do religions manage to change their mind? Neuroscientist Kathleen Taylor says religious fundamentalism could be treated as a mental illness.


A new issue of Ducts is out. I. Glenn Cohen and Travis G. Coan (Harvard): Can You Buy Sperm Donor Identification? An Experiment. From Edge, blood is their argument: A special event on Napoleon Chagnon, with Steven Pinker, Richard Wrangham, Daniel C. Dennett, and others. From The Atlantic, Conor Friedersdorf on the irrationality of giving up this much liberty to fight terror: When confronted by far deadlier threats, Americans are much less willing to cede freedom and privacy; and all the infrastructure a tyrant would need, courtesy of Bush and Obama: More and more, we're counting on having angels in office and making ourselves vulnerable to devils. Kieran Healy on using metadata to find Paul Revere. Louis Proyect on George Scialabba, the best since Gore Vidal. Scottie Hughes on why Michele Bachmann should lead the IRS. Patrick McGuire on how the Rob Ford scandal is just like The Wire.


A new issue of Human Technology is out. Ian Brown (Oxford): The Global Online Freedom Act. From TNR, Chris Hughes on how Big Data is not our master: Humans create technology — humans can control it. Niccolo Tempini reviews “Raw Data” is an Oxymoron. Open sourcers build “Google Search for Big Data”. Brad Stone goes inside Google's secret lab. Mat Honan knew he never wanted to leave Google Island — even if he could. Meet the two-world hypothesis and its havoc: Evgeny Morozov reviews The New Digital Age by Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen (and more). How the internet is using us all: Michael Saler reviews Evgeny Morozov’s To Save Everything, Click Here and Jaron Lanier’s Who Owns the Future? (and more and more and more) Michael Riley on how the U.S. government hacks the world. In today’s world, web developers have it all: money, perks, freedom, respect — are coders worth it?


Mark Graham (Oxford): Thai Silk Dot Com: Authenticity, Altruism, Modernity and Markets in the Thai Silk Industry. Daniel F. Vukovich (Hong Kong): Postcolonialism, Globalization, and the Asia Question. Accountability vs. Responsibility: What flaws do conservative Chinese political theorists see in Western democracy compared to their own system? Mong Palatino on assessing the relevance of Southeast Asia’s monarchies. Japan is back: Jonathan Tepperman interviews Shinzo Abe. Mongolian mega-mine set to transform country: Huge project will boost GDP, but some are worried about its environmental impact. Why the game is up for the Kim dynasty: Christian Oliver reviews The Real North Korea: Life and Politics in the Failed Stalinist Utopia by Andrei Lankov. Matthew J Walton on why Myanmar needs a new nationalism. Tom Benner on how gay culture is gaining momentum in Singapore.


Jeremy Waldron (NYU): Ronald Dworkin: An Appreciation. Luis Eslava (Melbourne): “I Feel Like a Dog with the Tail between its Legs”: On the Limits of Protest and Urban Law in Our Decentralized World. Rich Gazan (Hawaii): The Hammer of Hawking: The Impact of Celebrity Scientists, the Intent of Extraterrestrials and the Public Perception of Astrobiology. From TNR, Rachel Levinson-Waldman on the real problem with data mining: Massive data sweeps like the NSA's recently disclosed program are an affont to Democratic values; and is our post-9/11, permanent-war mindset finally fading? Alec MacGillis on how the NSA uproar is good for America — and Obama. Is a democratic surveillance state possible? Mike Konczal wonders. James Mann goes inside the mind of Samantha Power. Fifty years of The New York Review of Books: An interview with Robert Silvers.


From Lip, we know what Plato thought about feminist men, but that was some 2000 years ago — how should we think about it today? Men's upper-body strength predicts their political opinions on economic redistribution, according to new research. A huge study involving over 12,000 participants across 51 cultures from Argentina to Uganda has concluded that men tend to have more varied personalities than women. When men experience sexism: There are some practices and policies that are unfair to men — but this fact should unite men with feminists, not drive them apart. How society’s notion of manhood leads to murder: Diane Anderson-Minshall interviews David McConnell, author of American Honor Killings: Desire and Rage Among Men. Joan Williams on how class anxiety and masculinity fears push men to work longer hours: A work culture in which long hours signal value and status is bad for everyone. If men need a 21st-century role model, how about Jesus Christ?


A new issue of Not Bored! is out (the first since 2009). Slavoj Zizek (Ljubljana): The Role of Chimney Sweepers in Sexual Identity. Matthew D. Henry (Cleveland State) and John L. Turner (Georgia): Across Five Eras: Patent Enforcement in the United States 1929-2006. From ProPublica, Cora Currier, Justin Elliott and Theodoric Meyer on mass surveillance in America: A timeline of loosening laws and practices. If you thought the astounding (and ongoing) revelations about the NSA’s PRISM regime were going to hurt America’s reputation, it appears you were right — Freedom House just made it official. From n+1, Atossa Abrahamian on seasteading: “What if Apple’s genius designers applied their insights on a user experience to build a city that’s as fun to use as an iPad?” What is it about Alex Jones that fools so many young leftists into thinking that he speaks for them?

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