Jeremy Waldron (NYU): The Principle of Proximity. Corey L. Brettschneider (Brown): The Value Theory of Democracy. Scott Anderson (UBC): The Enforcement Approach to Coercion. You can download the book Normative Interests and Chosen Obligations by David Owens. The introduction to Liberalism without Perfection by Jonathan Quong. The first chapter from The Real World of Democratic Theory by Ian Shapiro. What is a good life? An excerpt from Justice for Hedgehogs by Ronald Dworkin. From the Jerusalem Review of Legal Studies, a symposium on Will Kymlicka’s book Multicultural Odysseys; and a symposium on Adrian Vermeule’s Law and the Limits of Reason. The first chapter from Michael Oakeshott's Skepticism by Aryeh Botwinick. What we owe the audacious Athenians: Andre Glucksmann on the original birth of freedom. Could we plausibly believe in the fundamental tenets of classical liberalism and, at the same time, support the state’s raising of immigration barriers? Ed Rooksby on liberal citizenship, socialism and the state. A review of Measuring Justice: Primary Goods and Capabilities. Mark Lilla on China’s strange interest in Leo Strauss and other Western philosophers. More on A Brief History of Liberty by David Schmidtz and Jason Brennan. Michael Sandel explains why justice is at the heart of contemporary political debate. A review of Contemporary Debates in Political Philosophy.
The inaugural issue of Scope Magazine is out. From Foreign Affairs, Clay Shirky on the political power of social media; do the tools of social media make it possible for protesters to challenge their governments? Malcolm Gladwell argues that there is no evidence that they do; and Stephen Cook and Jared Cohen answer questions about the protests in Tunisia. Here’s an idea for a new website – I love politicians.com. From The L Magazine, is obsessive "curation" ruining Brooklyn? Tom McCormack wants to know. From e-flux, a special issue on Idiot Wind: On the Rise of Right-Wing Populism in the US and Europe, and What It Means for Contemporary Art by Paul Chan and Sven Lutticken. Their own private Europe: American conservatives have long used the myth of a failing Europe to argue against progressive policies in America. The new world of porn is revealing eternal truths about men and women. Is democracy good for peace? Limited democracies and weak dictators may escalate conflicts. Here are four reasons why Egypt’s revolution is not Islamic. The slow-photography movement asks what is the point of taking pictures? Eric Alterman on how Marty Peretz undermined liberalism: As editor-in-chief of The New Republic, Martin Peretz spread the virus of liberal self-hatred. Charlie Rose is the anti-Twitter: The US talk-show host has made his name with his easy-but-serious interview technique. Brains and Brawn: Does weight lifting make you smarter?
Kyla Tienhaara (RIN): A Tale of Two Crises: What the Global Financial Crisis Means for the Global Environmental Crisis. Today, engineers are capable of radical, large-scale climate manipulation; Erika Engelhaupt investigates the global management strategies they are designing to control temperature spikes on Earth. Only recently have economists begun thinking systematically about directed technical change as a major weapon against global warming. How fences could save the planet: As politicians get bogged down in debating complicated strategies to fight climate change, Mark Stevenson meets an Australian accountant with an amazingly simple idea. John Carey on calculating the true cost of global climate change. Thomas Schelling on the economics of global warming: Melting glaciers, rising incomes, and food. Does helping the planet hurt the poor? No, if the West makes sacrifices, says Peter Singer. From Monthly Review, John Bellamy Foster on capitalism and degrowth — an impossibility theorem; Fred Magdoff on ecological civilization; and a review of Blackout: Coal, Climate and the Last Energy Crisis by Richard Heinberg. Scientists say that 2010 topped the temperature and precipitation charts, providing fresh evidence that global warming is real. Dire prediction for the Year 3000: Even if humans stop producing excess carbon dioxide in 2100, the lingering effects of global warming could span the next millennia. Can we trust climate models? Increasingly, the answer is "yes".
Why aren't US students rioting over crazy tuition hikes like college kids in Europe? An interview with Edward J. Carvalho and David B. Downing, authors of Academic Freedom in the Post 9/11 Era. The fruits of Californication: The Golden State's mix of public planning, spin-off innovation and private excellence has made it one of the global academy's powerhouses — but funding cuts threaten the University of California's pre-eminence and the precious balance of an interconnected system. The assault on ethnic studies is unwise and undemocratic. Boxing proves a hit for French sociologist: The experience of being a novice boxer in a gym in Chicago encouraged Loic Wacquant to punch out a book. The New UN University: It’s not exactly Model UN, but since November the United Nations has given colleges a new way to work with the organization. Stop defending the liberal arts: Mary Crane cares deeply about disciplines that feel under attack, but thinks they would be better served by focusing on improving them. Universities throughout the world are becoming part of a global community — is this "McDonaldisation" a negative phenomenon? Jonathan Fitzgerald on God, money, and power beneath the Empire State Building. The perils of unleashing students' skepticism: Doubt can become a Frankenstein that turns on its creator. Does pushing higher education for everyone actually make it tougher for poor students to enter the middle class?
Graeme D. Orr (Queensland): A Fetishised Gift: The Legal Status of Flags. From The Economist, a debate: How does inequality matter? Tiny houses are seen as an antidote to rampant consumerism — what a crock! Nudge on Trial: Cass Sunstein defends the White House against a Republican attack. From Improbable Research, Marcel D. Waldinger, the go-to man for restless genital insights, also has insights about men who are allergic to their own semen; and Ig Nobel Prize winner Paul Bosland has bred yet another surprising jalapeno pepper. State of the World: Will 2011 be the next 1989? It was 350 years ago that Oliver Cromwell was convicted of treason and posthumously beheaded — but who was this reluctant republican and could he be the greatest politician in British history? A review of Lying and Deception: Theory and Practice by Thomas L. Carson. On public investment, Republicans again show they aren't serious. From Dissent, Peter Dreier on Glenn Beck’s attack on Frances Fox Piven. From Papyrus to iPad: Nicholas Carr on the evolution of reading. Obama's impossible dilemma in Egypt: Should America support the country’s president or its people? Bernard-Henri Levy has been indicted and faces trial January 28th, in Paris, for "Crimes Against the Intellect". Few are aware of the Coast Guard’s contributions to the success of the World Maritime University. From Esquire, is James Frey the most important writer in America?
Did you ever wonder why there are so few fundamental differences between Obama and Bush? Michael Lind on the five worldviews that define American politics. Stealing the Constitution: Garrett Epps goes inside the right's campaign to hijack our country's founding text — and how to fight back. A review of Defiance of the Patriots: The Boston Tea Party and The Making of America by Benjamin L Carp. A review of Revival: The Struggle for Survival Inside the Obama White House by Richard Wolffe. White Flight: President Obama’s path to a second term may rely on states shaped by the same social forces he embodies (and more). All politics is cultural: Cultural not economic vocabularies separate liberals and conservatives. Peter Feld on the political de-branding of America. There be dragons: The allure and danger of the Tea Party movement. The practice of politics: We talk about "change" as something systemic, when we actually just want the policy pendulum to swing back our way. A review of George W. Bush and the Redemptive Dream: A Psychological Portrait by Dan P. McAdams. Stanley Fish reviews America by Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith, and Flag by Sarah Palin. What we're dealing with: The forums at and emails from Tea Party Nation betray the group's fundamentally twisted nature. From FDL, a book salon on Too Much Crazy by Tom Tomorrow. Tea Partyers don't actually care about "liberty" — but will the fact that they don't even want to end the drug war end their love affair with the libertarian elite? Obama’s speech problem: The president, it turns out, is not a great communicator.
A new issue of The Caravan is out. From Outlook India, a special issue on the Reforms Vicenary: 1991-2011. The jury is still out on this one. The ABC of the 2G Scam: Much has been said about the telecom scam, but little has really been understood. A review of India Calling: An Intimate Portrait of a Nation's Remaking by Anand Giridharadas. A review of Makers of Modern India by Ramachandra Guha, The Rediscovery of India by Meghnad Desai and India: A Portrait by Patrick French (and more and more). From the latest issue of Bookforum, the Don of Delhi: With his eye for the exotic, William Dalrymple has become India's authority on its Mughal past. The Literary Raj: For all their posturing and weighty pretences, the Indian elite’s life of letters is still strangely beholden to the British. A literary festival sparks a fierce debate about Britain's colonial legacy — and shows that Indian authors have much to offer the world. Despite criticism of the festival’s cofounder William Dalrymple, the Jaipur festival continues to draw big crowds for another year of stunning talent (and more). From Tehelka, a special issue on original fiction. The Caste Buster: Ravindra Misal rejected tradition to become a self-made man — with his “personality contests” and idiomatic-English lessons, he’s trying to help others do the same. Casual sex is taboo no more — a young nation gets all frisky and experimental between the sheets. How “Hindu” is yoga after all? Meera Nanda investigates.
Shilpi Bhattacharya (Jindal): The Desire for Whiteness: Can Law and Economics Explain It? Thomas Nagel reviews The Memory Chalet by Tony Judt. The National Hobo Convention, the argest gathering of hobos in the country, has been meeting annually in Britt, Iowa since 1900. Michael Flaherty, author of The Textures of Time, explains how and why we sense time the way we do. Does more information mean we know less? We pay a price for all the information we consume these days — and it's knowing less. A review of Revolutions in the Atlantic World: A Comparative History by Wim Klooster. Yes, it can be rational to vote — maybe if 90% of well-educated, older white people do something, we shouldn't be so quick to dismiss it as "irrational". FCC v. AT&T reveals the limits of corporate personhood at the Supreme Court. A network of spies run by Duane R. Clarridge shows how private citizens can exploit the chaos of rivalries inside the government to carry out their agenda. Does Nikki Haley, the new governor of South Carolina, signal a fundamental change in the GOP’s relationship with women, and in the GOP itself? L. Randall Wray advances three fundamental propositions regarding money. Sit, stay, parse, good girl: A border collie knows 1,022 proper nouns, a record that displays the unexpected depths of the canine mind. A review of The Philosophy of Wine: A Case of Truth, Beauty and Intoxication by Cain Todd. Does self-help actually help anyone?
From Thought Catalog, a look at five emotions invented by the Internet and a comprehensive list of the different types of people there are on the internet. You don't actually hate Facebook; it's just something you're saying because you think it makes you more interesting. The Web is now the last place you should read anything: Reading on the Web has never been a very satisfying experience — new tools mark the beginning of its end. What do Google, Ask and Bing search results mean? It's easy to think search engine queries could provide a gold mine of data, but it's not easy to know how to exploit. Why the Internet is a great tool for totalitarians: A review of The Net Delusion: How Not to Liberate the World by Evgeny Morozov (and more and more). How the online "temple of the mind" became the go-to site for looking stuff up: A drama told in the open-source style of Wikipedia. Mike Rugnetta of the website knowyourmeme.com talks about what constitutes a meme and how the internet is the ideal place for them to grow. A look at the ten most expensive domain names ever purchased, according to the Times of India (with musical accompaniment). Cyberwar is harder than it looks: Internet vulnerability to attacks exaggerated, says new report. Let’s take the time to remember all of the things that made Myspace the ultimate “place for friends” — and enemies. Facebook has provided a way to maintain real-life relationships in a fractured, dynamic world.
From Boston Review, a symposium on full employment, including a lead article by Robert Pollin and a series of responses. The White House looks for work: Obama’s economic team knows that everything rides on vanquishing unemployment, and doing it on the cheap. Where the recovery went wrong: Six reasons for high unemployment and a slow rebound. The jobless rate is higher in the United States than in Britain, Germany, Japan or Russia, a new study found, pointing to American employers’ unusual degree of power. America's Choices: Richard Trumka on why the conventional wisdom is wrong (and more). An interview with Philip Dray, author of There is Power in a Union: The Epic Story of Labor in America. A review of The Company Town: The Industrial Edens and Satanic Mills That Shaped the American Economy by Hardy Green (and more). A review of Punching Out: One Year in a Closing Auto Plant by Paul Clemens (and two excerpts at n+1: The Rigging Crew and The Arkansas Boys). Detroitism: What does “ruin porn” tell us about the motor city? Noreen Malone on the case against economic disaster porn: Stop slobbering over abandoned cityscapes! The Rust Belt turnaround: The recession's changed where young college grads are going — out of the southwest and into old industrial cities. Can we replicate in the 21st century what we accomplished in the 20th? Not if we handcuff ourselves.