Stephen R. McAllister (Kansas): Individual Rights under a System of Dual Sovereignty: The Right to Keep and Bear Arms. Joseph Blocher (Duke): The Right Not to Keep or Bear Arms. Tom Donnelly (Harvard): Making Popular Constitutionalism Work. Paul Horwitz (Alabama): Our Boggling Constitution; or, Taking Text Really, Really Seriously. Jeffrey M. Shaman (DePaul): Justice Scalia and the Art of Rhetoric. Wronged without recourse: Supreme Court precedent sets back worker rights. A review of The Living Constitution by David A. Strauss. Beware judges with a vision: The Supreme Court's historic role has been to slow, not accelerate, social reform. A review of The Supreme Court and the American Elite, 1789–2008 by Lucas A Powe, Jr. Let the cameras roll: Anthony Mauro on cameras in the Court and the myth of Supreme Court exceptionalism. Two political scientists review a survey of perceptions about the U.S. Supreme Court and find the public may actually want the justices to trade their black robes for red and blue ones. A review of The Meaning of Property: Freedom, Community, and the Legal Imagination by Jedediah Purdy. The meaning of equal: Conservative originalists are rethinking their narrow reading of the 14th Amendment. A review of Why the Law Is So Perverse by Leo Katz. How the Justices get what they want: A review of Supreme Power: Franklin Roosevelt vs. the Supreme Court by Jeff Shesol and Scorpions: The Battles and Triumphs of FDR’s Great Supreme Court Justices by Noah Feldman. People who think Justice Elena Kagan should recuse herself from the looming “Obamacare” case might want to take a closer look at her first term. An interview with Sanford Levinson, author of Constitutional Faith. A review of Constitution 3.0: Freedom and Technological Change by Jeffrey Rosen and Benjamin Wittes.
From e-flux, a special issue on Global Conceptualism Revisited. From Logos, Sandro Segre (Genoa): On Weber’s and Habermas’ Democratic Theories: A Reconstruction and Comparison; and James E. Freeman on Another Side of C. Wright Mills: The Theory of Mass Society. A review of Global Culture Industry: The Mediation of Things by Scott Lash and Celia Lury. Wilfred M. McClay on the moral economy of guilt: The curious process by which notions of sin and guilt have become both illusory and omnipresent. From Lapham's Quarterly, Ben Tarnoff on book publishing, the worst business in the world. Iceland, where everyone's related to Bjork: Genealogical website helps couples avoid incest, and of course, to see if Bjork is a cousin. An interview with proud Luddite John Zerzan on Steve Jobs' legacy. Supreme Court of Assholedom: Matt Taibbi on the People vs. Steve Jobs. A new theory explains what makes an ad campaign go viral. Naval Gazing: Mike Dash on the enigma of Etienne Bottineau. Children are our most important resource — everyone says it, but we don’t really mean it. From Edge, Nicholas Humphrey on the evolved self-management system. The personal(ized) brand: Megan Garber on yet another reason The Economist is trouncing competitors. Champion of the wretched: Fifty years after the death of Frantz Fanon, Leo Zeilig looks at the lessons his groundbreaking work has for us today. Joshua Holland on the fascinating history of how corporations became "people" — thanks to corrupt courts working for the 1%. Grading Obama: Kwame Anthony Appiah says that the president has done too little for the poor. Michael Arrington's Revenge: The feud-prone blogger and founder of TechCrunch has a grand plan to nurture startups — to succeed, he’ll have to overcome his own irascible nature.
Nima Nayebi (Hastings): The Geosynchronous Orbit and the Outer Limits of Westphalian Sovereignty. Would-be space explorers, scientists, and a couple of crackpots gather at DARPA’s 100-Year Starship Symposium to try to get interstellar travel unstuck. A review of Psychology of Space Exploration: Contemporary Research in Historical Perspective. George Michael on extraterrestrial aliens: Friends, foes, or just curious? A review of The Myth and Mystery of UFOs by Thomas Bullard. Search for alien life should include exotic possibilities: For most researchers' money, an Earth-like planet is the best bet for finding alien life — but looking in such an exclusive range might give them only half the story. A review of The Doomsday Lobby: Hype and Panic from Sputniks, Martians, and Marauding Meteors by James T. Bennett. The search for alien life is on: New missions and discoveries on Earth, within our solar system and beyond are bringing us closer than ever to finding alien life on other planets. Marcus Chown wonders if there is life beneath Europa's icy surface. Scientists are hot on the trail of exoplanets suitable for life. The good folks at the Planetary Habitability Laboratory (PHL) of the University of Puerto Rico at Arecibo have put together the Habitable Exoplanets Catalog (HEC). A colony of worms that lived and reproduced happily on the International Space Station is helping scientists determine how humans might also survive and reproduce in space. From TED, Phil Plait on how to defend Earth from asteroids. Do intelligent aliens exist in the universe? Michael Shermer helps deconstruct the question of extraterrestrial intelligence. There's got to be life out there, the atheistic view goes, none of it God-caused, of course. A look at the 6 most mind-blowing things ever discovered in space.