Gary Minda (Brooklyn): Freedom and Democracy in a World Governed by Finance: Habermas and the Crisis in Europe — A Free Labor Response. From Lapham’s Quarterly, a special issue on intoxication. From Figure/Ground Communication, Andrew Iliadis interviews McKenzie Wark, author of Telesthesia: Communication, Culture and Class. Eric Posner on why the president has the power to raise the debt ceiling on his own — and if Congress won’t act, he should use it. Are we really losing humanity? Ian Shaw on the future of killer robots. Kris De Decker on how to make everything ourselves: Open modular hardware. Rob Brooks on new ideas about the evolution of homosexuality. Have we lost the War on Drugs? After more than four decades of a failed experiment, say Gary Becker and Kevin Murphy, the human cost has become too high — it is time to consider the decriminalization of drug use and the drug market. Ishaan Tharoor on why Al Jazeera’s entry into the U.S. is a good thing. Let’s face it — new arrivals are draining the economy: An editorial by guest author Gerald Mueller, the Strom Thurmond Chair of Conservative Thought at the University of Cascadia.

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