From German Law Journal, a special issue on legitimacy and the future of the European Court of Human Rights. R. Daniel Kelemen on his book Eurolegalism: The Transformation of Law and Regulation in the European Union. At a time when Europe is equated with sovereign debt and political powerlessness, one should not forget that the foundations for a European citizenship have already been laid; its potential for democracy needs to be interrogated, as do the cultural resources that it can rely on. Research finds the 19th century "Protestant work ethic" may be at the heart of Europe’s North/South debt crisis split. This economic collapse is a "crisis of bigness": Leopold Kohr warned 50 years ago that the gigantist global system would grow until it imploded — we should have listened. From Eurozine, markets and society: Daniel Daianu on how high finance cripples the economy and corrodes democracy. A fiscal union for the euro: Some lessons from history. Euro armageddon is approaching, but it's too boring and complicated to explain. From the New York Review of Books, Jeff Madrick on how to save Europe. Can financial engineering save the euro? John Cassidy investigates. Chart of the day, Euro bailout edition: This, ladies and gentlemen, is how the sausage gets made. Avinash Persaud on how EU's financial transaction tax is feasible, and if set right, desirable. The Greeks are being unfairly maligned by global financiers — the truth is very different. A social engineering idea: France is hoping that new architecture and new theories about how best to house the poor will solve the problems in a hard-luck Paris suburb. Amid all the incoherent "big society" talk, consider Christiania, a democratic Danish community celebrating 40 years of autonomy.
Adam J. Kolber (Brooklyn): Unintentional Punishment. David Jenkins (Copenhagen): Black Holes and Hollow Promises: Citizenship and the Limits of Anglo-American Due Process since 9/11. From The New Republic, a special issue on Who Really Runs Washington. Zipcar and Flexcar started an economic revolution in urbanized America — but how much are we willing to share? From The Nation, Frances Moore Lappe on the food movement, its power and possibilities (and responses by Raj Patel, Vandana Shiva, Eric Schlosser, and Michael Pollan). There is no biological reason to eat three meals a day — so why do we do it? The story of how we got our alphabets: From intricate and beautiful Egyptian hieroglyphs, to wedge-shaped cuneiform imprints from ancient Mesopotamia — our ancestors developed many ways of recording their thoughts and information. Has our violent history led to an evolved preference for physically strong political leaders? Scott McLemee reviews Mary Ann Glendon’s The Forum and the Tower: How Scholars and Politicians Have Imagined the World, from Plato to Eleanor Roosevelt. Once it had to do with awe, now it just means "great" — how did "awesome" conquer the world? People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is suing SeaWorld for keeping slaves — the slaves in this case being 5 killer whales based at its marine parks. Do editorial page endorsements have any effect on election outcomes? Micah Cohen investigates. An experiment finds Richard Dawkins' weasels beat random monkeys to Shakespeare's work. A convict finds freedom overwhelming, starts a fire and heads back to jail. Crime conundrum: Why are rates of violence and theft dropping in the recession? Unless we finally start to honor the American people as individuals, the coming presidential election will miss the point.
Rebecca L. Rausch (Seattle): Reframing Roe: Property over Privacy. Marshall H. Medoff and Christopher Dennis (Cal State-Long Beach): TRAP Abortion Laws and Partisan Political Party Control of State Government. Ezio Di Nucci (Duisburg-Essen): Fathers and Abortion. A look at how states could ban abortion with Roe still standing. The most radical anti-abortion measure in America: Due to the handiwork of a fringe religious activist, Mississippians will soon vote on a ballot initiative that would ban abortion in cases of rape and incest (and more). Why this woman chose abortion at 29 weeks: Dana Weinstein’s fetus could have died after birth or been very severely disabled, yet the GOP still wants to force women like her to carry to term. How America's obsession with abortion hurts families everywhere. Here are 10 things to say to the anti-choice fanatics trying to end access to abortion. A look at how Personhood Mississippi perverts black history to fight abortion. A massive legislative campaign against abortion rights is taking its toll on a woman's right to choose; What Every Woman Should Know is a report by Susie Cagle on the war that's being waged against women's health in the US. Sarah Kliff on how abortion became a political litmus test. Another day, another battle in the GOP's war on Planned Parenthood. Simon van Zuylen-Wood on a radical new ploy to destroy Roe v. Wade — which just might work. From Commonweal, can we talk about abortion? An exchange between Peter Steinfels, Dennis O'Brien, and Cathleen Kaveny (and a response). Sarah Kliff on how the real abortion battle isn’t on the Hill — it’s in the states. Tony Ortega on Scientology and forced abortions: Testimony of an enforcer. Abortion and mental health: Is there sufficient evidence to support a link? Kathy Shaidle on Bill Whatcott, Canada’s kooky Christian crusader. Kevin McGovern on why adoption is better than abortion. An article on how sex-selection abortions continue, and are spreading.