From Foreign Affairs, Benjamin Friedman on how cutting Pentagon spending will fix U.S. defense strategy; and a look at why Panetta's Pentagon cuts are easier than you think. From The National Interest, Nikolas K. Gvosdev and Ray Takeyh on the triumph of the New Wilsonism. America, arms-dealer to the world: Munitions is the one U.S. industry that's booming — with devastating global consequences. One nation under the drone: Jillian Rayfield on the rising number of UAVs in American skies (and more). Remote controled assassination: The idea that American intelligence services are shooting Hellfire missiles at people (including American citizens) raises various moral and legal questions. Think again — Intelligence: America's screw-ups come from bad leaders, not lousy spies (and more). From The Atlantic Monthly, Robert Kaplan on why John J. Mearsheimer is right — about some things (and a response). Stephen Walt on ten reasons why Obama's foreign policy is not a success. How does the world look in an age of U.S. decline? Dangerously unstable. Not fade away: Robert Kagan on the myth of American decline. John Horgan on how the US can help humanity achieve world peace (yes, world peace).
A new issue of Liminalities is out. L. Sandy Maisel, Justin Rouse, and Russell Wilson (Colby): Unconventional Wisdom: The Future of Presidential Nominating Conventions. From More Than Thought, Robert Wexelblatt (BU): On Scrooge and Mill; and Nancy Ann Fox (Washington): To Be Ida: Young, Gifted, and Black. Sylvie Gambaudo (Durham): We Need To Talk About Eva: The Demise of the Phallic Mother. From NYRB, a review of books on Willard Mitt Romney. Nicholas Carr on books that are never done being written: Digital text is ushering in an era of perpetual revision and updating, for better and for worse. Jonathan Lear on a lost conception of irony. From Paleo Magazine, Frank Forencich on why paleo is here to stay. It seems impossible that anyone would think well of the job our legislative branch is doing, yet some do — who are these people? A review of Disconnect: The Breakdown of Representation in American Politics by Morris P. Fiorina and Samuel J. Abrams and The Disappearing Center: Engaged Citizens, Polarization, and American Democracy by Alan Abramowitz.
Arto Tukiainen (Helsinki): On Wittgenstein's Claim That Ethical Value Judgments are Nonsense. From the inaugural issue of the Journal for the History of Analytical Philosophy, James Pearson (Pittsburgh): Distinguishing WV Quine and Donald Davidson. From Theoretical and Applied Ethics, a special issue on the moral philosophy of Bernard Williams. From TNR, Philip Kitcher reviews On What Matters by Derek Parfit. From 3:AM, indie rock virtues: An interview with Josh Knobe, co-author of Experimental Philosophy Manifesto; philosophy as the great naivete: An interview with Jason Stanley, author of Know How; and the splintered skeptic: An interview with Eric Schwitzgebel, a mad dog crazyist philosopher at the UC-Riverside. Complaints that philosophy is irrelevant have persisted over time, but there are reasons it should not be be confined to the "ivory tower". Is killing wrong? Josh Rothman wonders. Ready for a "morality pill": Would it be ethical to produce, or take, a drug that makes us more likely to help others? Citizen philosophers: Carlos Fraenkel on teaching justice in Brazil.