From Ethics and Global Politics, a special issue on activist political theory and the challenge of global justice. Matthew H. Kramer (Cambridge): Conceptual Analysis and Distributive Justice. Philip Pettit (ANU): Freedom and Other Robustly Demanding Goods. Liav Orgad (IDC-Herzliyah): Liberalism, Allegiance, and Obedience: The Inappropriateness of Loyalty Oaths in a Liberal Democracy. Patrick McKinley Brennan (Villanova): “The Pursuit of Happiness” Comes Home to Roost? Same-Sex Union, the Summum Bonum, and Equality. Jason Sorens (Dartmouth): Civil Libertarianism-Communitarianism: A State Policy Ideology Dimension. Matthew Jones (Canterbury): Rorty’s Post-Foundational Liberalism: Progress or the Status Quo? Justin Weinberg (South Carolina): The Practicality of Political Philosophy. Jeffrey Friedman (Texas): Freedom Has No Intrinsic Value: Liberalism and Voluntarism. Ricardo Mendonca (UFMG): The Conditions and Dilemmas of Deliberative Systems. Emily Gill (Bradley): Persuasion and Equal Citizenship in the Liberal Democratic Polity. Frank Lovett (WUSTL): Machiavelli, Civic Virtue, and the Problem of Stability. Francis Fukuyama reviews The Garments of Court and Palace: Machiavelli and the World that He Made by Philip Bobbitt. John Gray on what Machiavelli knew: It’s a delusion to believe, as the western powers do, that law can ever supplant politics — and in politics, achievable and worthwhile ends justify the means.