Wilson Ray Huhn (Akron): The Future Interpretation of the Constitution as a Result of the Reelection of President Barack Obama. Sylvia Ann Law (NYU): Health Care Reform and the Constitution. Andrew Koppelman (Northwestern): “Necessary”, “Proper”, and Health Care Reform. Mark Kende (Drake): Constitutionalism and the Poor. Blake Hudson (LSU): The American Takings Revolution and Public Trust Preservation: A Tale of Two Blackstones. Aziz Z. Huq (Chicago): Enforcing (But Not Defending) “Unconstitutional” Laws. Yale Kamisar (USD): The Rise, Decline and Fall (?) of Miranda. Orin S. Kerr (GWU): The Curious History of Fourth Amendment Searches. Michael O'Donnell reviews More Essential Than Ever: The Fourth Amendment in the Twenty First Century by Stephen J. Schulhofer. Ashutosh Avinash Bhagwat reviews Liberty’s Refuge: The Forgotten Freedom of Assembly by John Inazu. Todd Curry reviews The Solicitor General and the United States Supreme Court: Executive Branch Influence and Judicial Decisions by Ryan C. Black and Ryan J. Owens. The Court Crasher: Tom Goldstein changed how lawyers get to the Supreme Court — and how news gets out of it.
A new issue of Ducts is out. Simon Springer (Victoria): Why A Radical Geography Must Be Anarchist; and Human Geography Without Hierarchy. Samantha Barbas (SUNY-Buffalo): The Laws of Image. From New Left Project, a series revisits C. Wright Mills’s seminal text, The Power Elite, and its impact, significance and relevance to our current political situation. From NYRB, a review essay on Hitler and the Holocaust by Timothy Snyder. Due process, imminent threat: From electronic surveillance to drone strikes to racial disparities in the criminal justice system, David Cole anticipates the most pressing issues of the next four years. Hua Hsu reviews Our Aesthetic Categories: Zany, Cute, Interesting by Sianne Ngai. What Norquist did for taxes, Jonathan Bydlak wants to repeat with a promise to restrict government spending. Hennie Weiss reviews Understanding Abortion: From Mixed Feelings to Rational Thought by Stephen D. Schwarz with Kiki Latimer. 11 ridiculous White House petitions: On the wish lists of Americans — a fully operational Death Star, a nationalized Twinkie industry, and motorcycle-riding "judges" who also act as jury and executioner.
A new issue of Freethought Today is out. Secularization and disenchantment: An excerpt from What Matters? Ethnographies of Value in a Not So Secular Age. Ryan Stringer on modal arguments for atheism. Humanism is an impossible dream: The concept as defined by the BHA cannot exist even in atheist societies, as it then becomes a religion in itself. Biancamaria Fontana reviews The Atheist's Bible: The Most Dangerous Book that Never Existed by Georges Minois (and more). It stands to reason, skeptics can be sexist too: Rebecca Watson spoke out about sexual harassment among atheists and scientists — then came the rape threats. An excerpt from Atheist Delusions: The Christian Revolution and Its Fashionable Enemies by David Bentley Hart. No God, not even Allah: Ex-Muslim atheists are becoming more outspoken, but tolerance is still rare. Blame it on the Reformation: Mark Lilla reviews The Unintended Reformation: How a Religious Revolution Secularized Society by Brad S. Gregory. Tom Rees on how atheists are generous — they just don't give to charity. The atheist paradox: Now that Christianity is the dominant religion on the planet, it is unbelievers who have the most in common with Christ.
A new issue of Quest: Issues in Contemporary Jewish History is out. J.C. Lee (URI): Contemporary US-American Satire and Consumerism (Crews, Coupland, Palahniuk). From TLS, beyond the limits of the possible: A review essay on Jules Verne by Peter Cogman. Can motivational office art ever actually work? Lydia DePillis investigates. The Arctic Yearbook is intended to be the preeminent repository of critical analysis on the Arctic region, with a mandate to inform observers about the state of Arctic geopolitics and security. Names hold culture and history; they defend or surrender their bearer to the prejudices of the world — so what does it mean when your name doesn’t mean anything? The fabric of a generation: Claudia McNeilly on how she feels like she could be having more fun right now — #whitegirlproblems. Kyle Hill on the death of “near death”: Even if heaven is real, you aren’t seeing it. Why get done today what you can put off until tomorrow? Anyone who knows that feeling is an honorary citizen of this virtual country: Procrasti-Nation. An excerpt from The Secret Financial Life of Food: From Commodities Markets to Supermarkets by Kara Newman.
A new issue of Human Technology is out. Mark Graham (OII): Geography/Internet: Ethereal Alternate Dimensions of Cyberspace or Grounded Augmented Realities? From New Left Review, advances in information technology have generated both delirious boosterism and gloomy prognoses of computer-assisted decline — Rob Lucas engages with the sceptical current exemplified by Nicholas Carr’s The Shallows. Why living cells are the future of data processing: Biocomputers make maps, run logic gates, perform binary calculations and more. From Wired, a special series on the patent fix. The costliest battle in the high-tech world: Caleb Hannan goes inside the front lines of the new Cold War. Who's afraid of Second Life? If you want to criticize the digital world, start by criticizing our wishes and desires — and not the technologies we develop to satisfy them. Is it time for a computer industry do-over? Rebecca Boyle on 7 amazing ways nanotechnology is changing the world. It's not just Indians and Taiwanese anymore: Latin Americans may be on the way up in the immigrant-dominated tech world. A conversation with Thomas W. Malone: It's becoming increasingly useful to think of all the people and computers on the planet as a kind of global brain.
From World Affairs, America in decline? Robert Lieber on why it’s a matter of choices, not fate (and John Coffey reviews Power and Willpower in the American Future: Why the United States Is Not Destined to Decline). Stefano Casertano on how America has lost its hegemonic status — if Barack Obama wants to navigate through four more years of foreign policy, he must correct America's view of the world. Maria Kuecken reviews The Reckoning: Debt, Democracy and the Future of American Power by Michael Moran. What can American diplomacy accomplish in the fragile nations that need it most? The last American diplomat: Rennie A. Silva on John D. Negroponte and the changing face of US diplomacy. James L. Abrahamson reviews Death by a Thousand Cuts: Islam, Fiscal Irresponsibility, and Other Threats to Destroy America by Richard Hobbs. America, a prophecy: Kirill Medvedev on fragments of a dead empire — translated by Keith Gessen. Daniel Larison reviews The Short American Century: A Post-Mortem. From Der Spiegel, notes on the decline of a great nation. American interest, American blood: Robert Merry on how the price America pays in blood for its overseas initiatives rarely gets mentioned in political debates surrounding such policies, but it deserves more attention.
Louis N. Schulze Jr. (New England Law): Of Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman, and Legal Expressivism: Why Massachusetts Should Stand Its Ground on “Stand Your Ground”. Dave Bewley Taylor (IDPC) and Martin Jelsma (Transnational Institute): The UN Drug Control Conventions: The Limits of Latitude. "The idea that you could openly sell things that help women achieve orgasm is pretty new": An interview with Phil Harvey, author of Show Time and head of the Adam and Eve catalog. Molly O’Brien reviews Inside Coca-Cola: A CEO's Life Story of Building the World's Most Popular Brand by Neville Isdell and David Beasley. Princeton philosophy professor Kwame Anthony Appiah tells us about the meaning of honour, how it's won and lost, and what role it's had in the history of moral change (and more at Bookforum). Kevin Smokler spent the past year rereading books he was assigned in high school English, a project that had two consequences. Lindsay Lowe reviews More Baths Less Talking: Notes from the Reading Life of a Celebrated Author Locked in Battle with Football, Family, and Time Itself by Nick Hornby.
A new issue of Academe is out, including Thomas P. Miller on the academy as a public works project; and Marc Bousquet on how we are all Roman porn stars now: Are we fighting the good fight through our service or just creating a spectacle of superexploitation? The university as welfare state: Paula Marantz Cohen on why you should want kooks teaching your kids. Beyond Orientalism? Rommel A. Curaming on another look at Orientalism in Indonesian and Philippine Studies. Do you need a university job to call yourself an academic? Wanda Wyporska describes research after academia. Caroline Walker Bynum on gender, generations, and faculty conflict: Will academe's mothers and daughters repeat the errors of its fathers and sons? Rodolfo Acuna on the vindication of Mexican-American Studies. Gram Slattery on the war on the humanities: If you plan to major in philosophy, the American government will stop at nothing to prevent you. Open access: Alexander Brown on why academic publishers still add value. Beyond JSTOR: Todd Cronan on nonsite.org as digital publisher. From Dummies.com, a look at how Wikipedia helps you to study college subjects; and Laura Larimer and Abshier House on ten things you should do the night before a test.
A new issue of Resurgence is out. Daniel Sebastian Wigmore-Shepherd (Durham): Ethnic Identity, Political Identity and Ethnic Conflict: Simulating the Effect of Congruence Between the Two Identities on Ethnic Violence and Conflict. A. Yusuf Yuksek (Bogazici): A Study on Coffeehouses in the Late Ottoman Empire. From New York, combine equal parts Oprah and Martha: The new domestic ideal owes more than a little to the fading moguls; and in buying the venerable, century-old New Republic, Chris Hughes is out to prove that a 29-year-old worth $600 million is just the man to make the “life of the mind” scalable. Not guilty: Grace O’Connell on why we should never feel bad about what we read. A look at how the tax burden for most Americans is lower than in the 1980s. Analogies to Nazi Germany come cheap — but not insights into a movement that's still waiting for its chance; Scott McLemee looks at Fascism, a new journal. Gabriel Santos-Neves interviews Mark Kingwell, author of Unruly Voices: Essays On Democracy, Civility and the Human Imagination. Efforts to close the notorious “Poo Pond” at Kandahar Airfield have hit a snag, and that means the soonest it will be shut down is mid-2013.
A new issue of the Journal for Critical Animal Studies is out. From New Formations, a special issue on the Animals Turn: Ethics, consciousness, systems, signs. Antonio M. Haynes (Cornell): “Dog on Man”: Are Bestiality Laws Justifiable? From Transhumanity, P. Tittle on the humanist view of animal rights. What do animals want? An interview with Marian Stamp Dawkins, author of Why Animals Matter. When does an animal count as a person? From THE, Christopher Belshaw reviews Animal Suffering: Philosophy and Culture by Elisa Aaltola; and Erika Cudworth reviews The Last Walk: Reflections on Our Pets at the End of Their Lives by Jessica Pierce. The kindness of beasts: Dogs rescue their friends and elephants care for injured kin — humans have no monopoly on moral behaviour. Chris Grezo on how animal abuse leads to human abuse. How should we treat non-human animals? Gary Francione argues that we need to abolish all use of animals. Tzachi Zamir reviews Without Offending Humans: A Critique of Animal Rights by Elisabeth De Fontenay. Germany plans to slap a fine of up to 25,000 euros on people having sexual relations with pets, but zoophiles plan to fight the move.