Andrey Shcherbak (HSE): Nationalism in the USSR: A Historical and Comparative Perspective. Beate Roessler (Amsterdam): Authenticity of Cultures and of Persons. Giulia Piccolino (Pretoria): Ultranationalism, Democracy and the Law: Insights from Cote d’Ivoire. Here are the papers from a conference on Cosmopolitan Conditions for Legitimate Sovereignty, and sample chapters from Cosmopolitanism versus Non-Cosmopolitanism: Critiques, Defenses, Reconceptualizations, ed. Gillian Brock. #RussianMarch: National holiday hijacked by nationalists. Paul R. Pillar on the age of nationalism: Nation-states, and conflicts centering on them, remain the defining features of our time. Paul Collier on how nationalism threatens racism, not war. Should countries be more like families? Roger Scruton on why democracies must learn to compromise to ensure their survival. Igor Pakovic on how Serbian nationalists disrupted Kosovo's first local elections. Should nations stay within their historical boundaries, or change as their populations do? Charles Crawford on how Kosovo is a cautionary tale. Sonia Gable and Ray Mount on identity, the new nationalist idea. Parag Khanna on the end of the nation-state. Neil Irwin on how nationalism makes for bad economics, ECB edition. The introduction to The Kanak Awakening: The Rise of Nationalism in New Caledonia by David Chappell.

Ernesto Oyarbide (Oxford): The Many Uses of Virtue: Aristotelian Echoes in Matthew Arnold's Culture and Anarchy. From The Washington Post, who had the worst year in Washington? Chris Cillizza investigates. Shifting Horizons: Lance Gilliam on Gadamer and the question of authorial intent. North Korea is deleting history: Tens of thousands of articles have disappeared down an Orwellian memory hole. Rightbloggers wish America a miserable War on Christmas, again. Your boss wants to be Nate Silver: Employers are developing powerful new statistical tools to judge the value of workers — here's why you should worry. Heidegger in France: Jonathan Derbyshire on Nazism and philosophy. It's the fundamentals, stupid: Ed Kilgore on how elections aren't determined by short-term “game changes”. "Corporatism" is the latest hysterical Right-wing accusation: Mike Konczal on the secret history of a smear. About 100 hundred days after the installation of the new left-wing government, the Albanian twentieth century is slowly seeping in through the cracks of the cleptocratic system that held the country together for the past eight years. Pope Francis' crackdown on Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate alarms traditionalists. Give me amendments or give me death: Emma Roller and David Weigel go inside the secretive campaign by state legislators to pass conservative amendments in 34 states and rewrite the Constitution.

Daniel Hausman (Wisconsin): Motives and Markets in Health Care. Amitabh Chandra and Jonathan Holmes (Harvard) and Jonathan S. Skinner (Dartmouth): Is this Time Different? The Slowdown in Healthcare Spending. Katie Keith, Kevin W. Lucia, and Christine Monahan (Georgetown): Nondiscrimination Under the Affordable Care Act. From RAND Review, a special section on ramifications of health reform: Seven areas where the Affordable Care Act will alter the health insurance landscape. Can Obamacare handle last-minute enrollments? The good news is, they're preparing now. Eric Patashnik and Julian Zelizer on five myths about the future of Obamacare. Scott Lemieux on the Affordable Care Act v. the Heritage Plan: A comparison in chart form. From TNR, Republicans are right: Obamacare is redistribution — but here's how it really works; and the Obamacare flaw that worries me the most: Jonathan Cohn on one real problem with Obamacare. Jonathan Chait on how conservative health-care policies do not exist in any real form — call it the “Heritage Uncertainty Principle”. Grover Norquist and Patrick Gleason on the Republican answer to Obamacare. North Carolina legislator Bob Rucho believes Obamacare is worse than terrorists, Stalin, Hitler combined. Obamacare is Obama's Katrina, Iraq, Vietnam, apartheid, and Civil War combined: Ryan Kearney on a comprehensive list of every historical analogy made to Obamacare. When even as fanatical an ideological cadre as Ted Cruz’s speechwriter blurts her desperation to join Obamacare, it suggests that conservatives have deeply miscalculated.

Ho Fai Chan and Benno Torgler (QUT) and Bruno S. Frey and Jana Gallus (Zurich): Does the John Bates Clark Medal Boost Subsequent Productivity and Citation Success? Ranadeb Chaudhuri and Charles Trzcinka (Indiana), Zoran Ivkovich (Michigan State), and Joshua Matthew Pollet (Illinois): What a Difference a Ph.D. Makes: More than Three Little Letters. The world has changed: Aditya Chakrabortty on how mainstream economics is in denial (and a response). Why study economics? An excerpt from Foundations of Economics by Andrew Gillespie. John Kay on economics in the real world: Most people completing degrees in economics won't have read these books, but they should. Wendy Carlin on how economics explains our world, but economics degrees don’t: The curriculum is increasingly remote from what the experts now know. Actually, economists can predict financial crises. Ingrid Robeyns on economics as a moral science. Economics is inextricably tied to moral behavior, though few economists will say that — it’s time someone did. Kate Bahn on lady economists in an economan's world. Must we reconstruct all of economics? Paul Krugman on new thinking and old books revisited. The next big thing you missed: Marcus Wohlsen on how big-data men David Soloff and Joe Reisinger rewrite government’s tired economic models. Jeroen Van Bouwel on microfoundations and macrofoundations. Jeffrey Sachs on why we need a new macroeconomics. Mark Thoma on how economists can tame irrational exuberance.

From Social Text, Debra Rae Cohen (SC) and Michael Coyle (Colgate): “Police and Thieves”: Citation as Struggle in the Punk Cover Song; and a special dossier on Cruising Utopia to commemorate Jose Esteban Munoz. People who are comfortable with eating meat, should be equally comfortable with killing animals, thinks UK artist John O'Shea. From The Politic, Jacek Oleszczuk interviews Seymour Hersh on Syria, Snowden and Obama. Lifehacking: Steven Poole is against the insufferable cult of productivity. From The Nation, what does the American Studies Association’s Israel boycott mean for academic freedom? Michelle Goldberg investigates (and more by Ari Kelman and more by Alex Lubin). On American campuses, there are two lefts: Michael Kazin on how an idiotic Israel boycott obscures real progress in campus activism. From Vice, James Franco on Richard Prince, Roland Barthes, and remythologizing the myth of the cowboy. Pope must decide what to do with disgraced Legion of Christ movement. The fall of the house of Tsarnaev: A five-month Globe investigation offers new insights into the two suspects in the Marathon bombings and their deeply dysfunctional family. Ta-Nehisi Coates on Mandela and the question of violence: One should never lose sight of why America preaches nonviolence to some people while urging other people to arms. Ted Cruz manages to get even more repulsive: Joan Walsh on why he's the worst.

Lauren Rhue (NYU): The Pins that Bind: Preference Affirmation, Social Norms, and Networks on Pinterest. Emanuela Todeva (Surrey) and Donka Atanasova Keskinova (Plovdiv): The Studies of Blogs and On-Line Communities: From Information to Knowledge and Action. Andrew Tutt (Yale): The New Speech. Censored by Google: Joel Whitney on how the search giant is becoming the Web’s unofficial policeman. What is “evil” to Google? Ian Bogost on speculations on the company's contribution to moral philosophy. Can Facebook, Twitter and Youtube change the world? Jun Valila reviews The Emerging Role of Social Media in Political and Regime Change by Rita Safranek. Paul Ford on the hidden technology that makes Twitter huge. Jeff Elder goes inside a Twitter robot factory: Fake activity, often bought for publicity purposes, influences trending topics. Shaun Randol interviews Nick Bilton, author of Hatching Twitter: A True Story of Money, Power, Friendship, and Betrayal. My Facebook page may be part of my identity, but can it give me a virtual afterlife? Facebook is for grandparents: Jonathan Saragossi on what we need in a next-gen social network. Why are so many social media managers dipshits? Mark Copyranter Duffy wants to know. David Rolph on defamation by social media. From The Kernel, James Cook on the woman trapped on the internet, and on what it’s like to be “YouTube famous”; and Jeremy Wilson on the creepy world of “cappers”, and on the vilest sites on the internet. Is the Internet trustworthy? Chris Syme wonders. Harry Cheadle on how the Internet is a giant lie factory. Hadley Freeman on how the Elan Gale internet hoax sums up all that is rotten about our online lives.

Corey Lee Wrenn (Colorado State): Abolition Then and Now: Tactical Comparisons Between the Human Rights Movement and the Modern Nonhuman Animal Rights Movement in the United States; A Critique of Single-issue Campaigning and the Importance of Comprehensive Abolitionist Vegan Advocacy; and The Role of Professionalization Regarding Female Exploitation in the Nonhuman Animal Rights Movement. From Rolling Stone, Paul Solotaroff on animal cruelty: The price we pay for cheap meat. Nora Caplan-Bricker on how Hollywood's animal-cruelty problem must look familiar to the NFL and U.S. military. Activists accuse Walmart of condoning torture of pigs by pork suppliers. Can artificial meat save the world? Traditional chicken, beef, and pork production devours resources and creates waste — meat-free meat might be the solution. Lawsuits could turn chimpanzees into legal persons (and more). Key states where the illegal ivory trade flourishes have pledged to take urgent measures to try to halt the illicit trade and secure elephant populations across Africa. While we mostly worry about animals going extinct, many are multiplying by dangerous proportions — here are 11 of the most invasive. Max Knoblauch on the Planet of the Octopuses: What animal species is most likely to rise up and overthrow humans? Animals have friends, enemies, allies and life-long companions — human relationships aren't so unique after all. Do animals have orgasms? Well, probably, but how can you tell? There you have it: Science doesn't know what it is cats do to make us love them.

Aurora Plomer (Sheffield): Human Dignity and Patents. Jake Linford (Florida State): Unilateral Reordering in the Reel World. Aziza Ahmed (Northeastern): “Rugged Vaginas” and “Vulnerable Rectums”: The Sexual Identity, Epidemiology, and Law of the Global HIV Epidemic. The first chapter from Running Randomized Evaluations: A Practical Guide by Rachel Glennerster and Kudzai Takavarasha. Jason Mark on Chevron’s revenge: Oil giant pursues a “scorched earth” campaign against its most dogged critic, Steven Donziger. Brad Plumer on how Republicans are winning the broader battle over discretionary spending. What happens when we define some people as more human than others? Jeremy Adam Smith interviews Susan Fiske about the new science of racism. Eve Fairbanks on the dark spot of Nelson Mandela's legacy: Is he responsible for South Africa's leadership crisis? Leon Neyfakh on donor-advised funds — where charity goes to wait: $45 billion of American philanthropic money has been given — but not received. David Lowery says Silicon Valley must be stopped, or creativity will be destroyed. Obama’s shutdown critics look like morons after budget deal: Obama's successful leadership from October brought an end to GOP hostage-taking. Tea Party loses again: NYU grad students defy obstruction in precedent-setting 98% union vote. Evan V. Symon and Matthew Kohlmorgen on 5 lost documents that shatter your image of famous people.

Kelly Goldsmith and Caroline Roux (Northwestern) and Ravi Dhar (Yale): When Altruism Trumps Self-Interest: The Effect of Donation Incentives on Motivation. Kevin Patrick Tobia reviews Moral Tribes: Emotion, Reason, and the Gap between Us and Them by Joshua Greene. Charles Montgomery on why we're sometimes kind without reason: Our brains are constantly, subtly being primed in fascinating ways by our physical surroundings. What makes humans capable of horrific violence? Tom Bartlett on a small group of psychologists say they are moving toward answers. From Public Seminar, Emanuele Castano on the attack on empathy; who’s afraid of Sigmund Freud? Jeremy Safran on the rise, fall, and possible resurrection of psychoanalysis in the United States; and what’s left after penis envy? Chiara Bottici wonders. How does lust affect the way we think about people? Paul Bloom investigates. When people with Highly Superior Autobiographical Memory — those who can remember what they ate for breakfast on a specific day 10 years ago — are tested for accuracy, researchers find what goes into false memories. Nick Brown smelled bull: A plucky amateur dared to question a celebrated psychological finding — he wound up blowing the whole theory wide open. Nadja Dwenger, Dorothea Kubler, and Georg Weizsacker investigate the possibility that a decision-maker prefers to avoid making a decision and instead delegates it to an external device, e.g., a coin flip. Jeffrey Marlow on why you aren’t as creative as you’d like to think.

Pablo A. Mitnik, Erin Cumberworth, and David B. Grusky (Stanford): Social Mobility in a High Inequality Regime. David Callahan on the single best argument against inequality: Inequality undermines growth and hurts everyone. Eduardo Porter on rethinking the rise of inequality. John Cassidy on U.S. inequality in six charts. Zoe Carpenter on how inequality is (literally) killing America. No class warfare, please, we’re Americans: Neil deMause on what we talk about when we talk about inequality. Are computers making society more unequal? Joshua Rothman interviews Tyler Cowen, author of Average Is Over. The future of inequality: John McDermott reviews The Great Escape: Health, Wealth, and the Origins of Inequality by Angus Deaton, The American Way of Poverty: How the Other Half Still Lives by Sasha Abramsky, and Average Is Over: Powering America Beyond the Age of the Great Stagnation by Tyler Cowen. John Podesta is starting a research center in Washington to investigate the causes and effects of growing economic inequality, to be called the Washington Center for Equitable Growth and housed at the Center for American Progress (and more by Brad DeLong). Sorry, neoliberals — inequality is driven by greed, not technology: A new study shows low wages are really caused by low minimum wage, weakened unions and the effects of globalization. Thomas O. McGarity on what Obama left out of his inequality speech: Regulation. Dylan Matthews on how the government is the only reason U.S. inequality is so high.