Adam Mossoff (George Mason): How Copyright Drives Innovation in Scholarly Publishing. From Anthropologies, a special issue on health matters. America’s terror courts will continue to exist because they spare U.S. officials from public accountability: Jane Mayer reviews The Terror Courts: Rough Justice at Guantanamo Bay by Jess Bravin. Is China more democratic than Russia? On paper, Russia’s political system is an impressive reproduction of Western representative democracy, while the Chinese system remains an unreconstructed autocracy — the reality of the situation is much more complex, says Ivan Krastev. Is welfare spending, as Republicans now claim, the largest item in the federal budget? Only if you make up a new definition for welfare. Fuzz Hogan on the irrational exuberance of the snark market: Copping an attitude is still profitable, but signs of froth are everywhere.

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