From the eJournal of eDemocracy and Open Government, a special issue on open government and open information. Clay Johnson on how to fix the government (in 5 parts). Although Americans often talk about a need for smaller, more efficient government, in practice, we prefer a little inefficiency if it means we can help shape the policy. Robert Reich on how Big Government isn't the problem, big money is. Fixing Washington: Richard L. Hasen reviews recent books about lobbying, campaign finance, and the problems of Washington by Lawrence Lessig and Jack Abramoff. Lawrence Lessig on an open letter to the citizens against Citizens United: Overturning the decision wouldn't be enough to level the disproportionate influence of the wealthy on American politics — there's a deeper problem Congress needs to address. If you aren’t sure Citizens United gave rise to the super PACs, just follow the money. It’s not all money: Ezra Klein reviews Capitol Punishment: The Hard Truth About Washington Corruption from America’s Most Notorious Lobbyist by Jack Abramoff and Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress — and a Plan to Stop It by Lawrence Lessig (and more).
Brad DeLong (UC-Berkeley) and and Larry Summers (Harvard): Fiscal Policy in a Depressed Economy (and more). Derek Alderman (East Carolina), Terri Moreau (London) and Stefanie Benjamin (South Carolina): The Andy Griffith Show: Mayberry as Working Class Utopia. Hayes Brown on Trayvon Martin and bringing the global human rights agenda home. Libertarianism does not equal selfishness: Sheldon Richman on setting the record straight about the philosophical foundations of libertarian thought. Forty-nine percent of Gingrich voters choose Romney over Santorum. In defence of Goldman Sachs: Dear super-greedy, ethically barren parasites of pure evil — um, have you filled those vacancies yet? Fred Chamberlain III who, with his wife Linda, incorporated Alcor in 1972, was cryopreserved by Alcor on March 22, 2012 — bon voyage. New Scientist takes a whistle-stop tour of our modern intellectual landscape in the company of Noam Chomsky. The Backpage dilemma: Is it possible to rid the online classified site of child trafficking without shuttering its adult section?
Ken Foster (Westminster): Global Adminstrative Law: The Next Step for Global Sports Law? From The Society Pages, Kyle Green and Doug Hartmann on politics and sports: Strange, secret bedfellows. Stung by an outspoken critic, the NCAA dishes back — and it's gotten personal. Let’s start paying college athletes: The corrupt, contrived sentimentality of big-time college sports has created a glaring, and increasingly untenable, discrepancy between what players get and what everyone else in their food chain reaps. From eHistory, a review of Pay For Play: A History of Big-Time College Athletic Reform by Ronald A. Smith. A bracket through the looking glass: In 1883, Alice in Wonderland author Lewis Carroll created his own tournament format (and more). Will the sports bubble burst? Best-selling author Michael Lewis answers your questions. Sport as a spectacle that blurs — or pretends to blur — the line between participant and observer seems to have taken a peculiarly Postmodern turn; athletes no longer perform for us, increasingly, they perform with us.