From the latest issue of Kettering Review, Wendy Brown (UC-Berkeley): We Are All Democrats Now. Matthew J. Lister (Penn): There is No Human Right to Democracy: But May We Promote It Anyway? Jeremy Neill (HBU): The Mutual Dependence of Institutions and Citizens’ Dispositions in Liberal Democracies. Richard Bellamy (UCL): Rights as Democracy. Narcisse Tiky (UConn): The African Origins of the Athenian Democracy. From The American Interest, Vladislav Inozemtsev on the cultural contradictions of democracy: The main threats to democracy lie within liberal societies themselves. People aren't smart enough for democracy to flourish, scientists say. Don’t despair of democracy: The authoritarian urge to cross-dress in democratic clothes is an implied compliment to the democratic nations. A review of Democracy Despite Itself: Why a System that Shouldn’t Work at All Works So Well by Danny Oppenheimer and Mike Edwards. If we want to fix our democracy, then we need to fix ourselves — bad government is mostly our fault. A look at 5 online petitions that prove democracy is broken.
Michel Cabanac and Marie-Claude Bonniot-Cabanac (Laval): Hedonicity and Memory of Odors. Laura Jones (LSU): Under the Bus: A Rhetorical Reading of Barack Obama's "More Perfect Union". From the Journal of Law and Family Studies, Mary Kate Kearney (Widener): Identifying Sperm and Egg Donors: Opening Pandora's Box. An interview with Julie Sedivy and Greg Carlson, authors of Sold on Language: How Advertisers Talk to You and What This Says about You. A review of Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think by Peter H. Diamandis and Steven Kotler. Here are 6 reasons the Police Gazette is the craziest magazine. Reclaiming a sense of the sacred: Marilynne Robinson contemplates religion, science, art, and the miraculous. Time piece: The battle to keep precise time is a frontier encounter between quantum physics and technological know-how. A look at five common misconceptions about the Middle Ages. Triumph of the willpower: John Tierney on what marshmallow-eating kids can teach us about political sex scandals, the financial crisis, replacing God with technology, and clearing out our inboxes.
A new issue of Settler Colonial Studies is out, including a review of Law and Politics in British Colonial Thought. An interview with Scott Lauria Morgensen, author of Spaces Between Us: Queer Settler Colonialism and Indigenous Decolonization. A review of So Great a Proffit: How the East Indies Trade Transformed Anglo-American Capitalism by James R. Fichter. A review of The White Man's World (Memories of Empire) by Bill Schwarz. A review of A Merciless Place: The Lost Story of Britain's Convict Disaster in Africa and How it Led to the Settlement of Australia by Emma Christopher. A review of Britain’s Empire: Resistance, Repression and Revolt by Richard Gott. A review of Blue-Water Empire: the British in the Mediterranean since 1800 by Robert Holland (and more). The myth of Britain’s “managed decline”: American declinists are wrong to see the unraveling of the British Empire as a roadmap for a “soft landing”. A review of Ghosts of Empire: Britain’s Legacy in the Modern World by Kwasi Kwarteng. A review of The Politically Incorrect Guide to the British Empire by H. W. Crocker.