Tom Pepinsky's "Notes on Long Form Research Blogging." I was a little surprised to see Tom's characterization of political-science scholar-blogs as "dissemination mechanism[s] for existing work." I think a lot of us, as well as the bloggers that he links to as examples, use the medium to work out ideas via short-form pieces. My World Politicsreview essay came into existence at the Duck, as well as some book chapters I've done on empires and liberalism. Kindred makes the same point in comments at Tom's place. Nonetheless, long-form research blogging is a different animal, and Tom has interesting things to say about his experience doing it.
Speaking of Kindred, here's his take on Corey Robin's attempt to connect Austrian economic thought to Nietzsche.
I've been deficient in serving your delicious, piping-hot links. I apologize. And to make matters worse, I have a very small selection of links today. But you can take solace in knowing that these are hand-crafted, artisanal links--the type of linkage that would make Henry Kissinger envious.
I really, really like Perspectives on Politics, but I just want to say that I really, really wish that political science had journals like Journal of Economic Perspectives and Journal of Economic Literature. What do I mean? Accessible, high-quality, review and summation articles that communicate effectively to both experts and general audiences (including laymen).
Dan Trombly on the efficacy of US intervention in Syria.
Jay Ulfelder wants to restrict our use of the term "state" to, as best as I can tell, sovereign-territorial entities. His intentions are good--break unilinear understandings of state (trans)formation--but his methods are wrong: they simply re-inscribe an association between "state" and the Weberian ideal type of the "modern state."
I've been generally appalled by the lack of a paperback release for Stacie Goddard's excellent Indivisible Territory and the Politics of Legitimacy: Jerusalem and Northern Ireland. Amazon is currently selling the harback version for under $20, so I strongly suggest buying a copy.
Speaking of deals, Nick Kiersey and Iver B. Neumann (eds) Battlestar Galactica and International Relations has been discounted to $14.95 on Kindle. The occasion? Edward James Olmos discovering the book and tweeting Nick about it. The volume includes chapters by many Ducks, including PTJ, Charli Carpenter, and, well, me.
Very persuasive: I spent three hours yesterday on the tarmac at O'Hare delayed by an FAA furlough hold as a result of sequestration -- passed the time reading Mark Blyth's Austerity: The History of a Dangerous Idea -- scathing rebuke of neoliberalism.
Pavel Podvig demolishes "SDI ended the Cold War" claptrap. Key graf: "The evolution of the Soviet attitudes toward SDI suggests that the main factor that contributed to the ending the confrontation of the Cold War was the willingness of the United States and the Soviet Union to engage in a dialogue on reduction of their nuclear forces. The only result that the SDI program was able to achieve in the context of confrontation was to embolden those in the Soviet Union who defined security in confrontational terms and benefited from this kind of understanding."
Deepak Sarma at Racialicious writes about "Being Brown After the Boston Bomb Blast." (Hey the dudes who did it turned out to be white. Brown and black people can chill now right? right?? Those false early reports about "dark skinned" suspects were just an honest mistake... Yeah, let's move on...)
Speaking of minstrel shows, has the desi coolie evolved into the nebbish and accentless "American" who fills the minority quota on 'Merican tee-vee? Is "the most successful minority in US history" the beneficiary of pervasive anti-black racism? Have DuBois' fears of Indians' allegiances come true? And is this new found "acceptance" being translated into refashioning US foreign policy? In other words is IACPA becoming the new AIPAC? (Not quite...)
Spencer Kornhaber trashes Tom Cruise's latest sci-fi flick, Oblivion, for failing to ask any serious moral or ethical questions, particularly about weaponized drone warfare. (By the way, when did the Pakistani tribal belt become our vision of the future?)
Even more well off people will be able to exempt themselves from TSA's airport security theater thanks to Visa credit cards. Well, it's not like potential hijackers could afford the annual fee or first-class tickets anyway. Oh wait...
Do you enjoy being frisked, finger printed, and rapiscanned at airports? Then you'll be delighted to know that Homeland Security will be expanding its use of biometrics to US immigration offices. Already a citizen? Great! Because the FBI is planning to amass data on US citizens gathered by law enforcement authorities. The NYPD has already been collecting biometric data since 2010. No, there's nothing to worry about, because everyone knows how professional and totally unracist the NYPD is about conducting surveillance.
America's stalwart ally, Israel, would like to retain its right to discriminate against certain categories of Americans entering the holy land in exchange for the US granting Israelis visa-free access to the US. Israel regularly discriminates against Americans who happen to be Muslim or Arab, as well as Americans who happen to be critical of Israel or supportive of Palestinian rights. Who will be the first American politician to sell out their fellow American citizens? (Right answer... It's a tie!: Barbara Boxer and Roy Blunt)
Ahh, the Muslim Question in America. So vexing... So not about Muslims at all.
The hunger strike at Guantanamo continues. Guards are now placing strikers in solitary confinement and force feeding - echoes of Maze Prison and other hell holes. Force feeding is, of course, a form of torture. And self-inflicted hunger is the weapon of the weakest of the weak.
ISA News: Congratulations to Dan and Patrick! They will be involved with ISQ -- ISA's flagship publication for the next five years. Dan has been selected as the lead editor, Patrick as the web editor. Congrats!