Phillip G. Henderson (CUA): Marshall vs. Jefferson Then and Now: How the Intellectual and Political Struggle Over the Constitution Resonates Today. Or Bassok (Yale): To Die for the Empty Constitution. Jack M. Balkin (Yale): Nine Perspectives on Living Originalism. From Supreme Court Review, Suzanna Sherry (Vanderbilt): Hogs Get Slaughtered at the Supreme Court. Dan Goodman on a series of "Blunders of the Supreme Court of the United States". From Boston Review, an interview with Robert Post, author of Democracy, Expertise, and Academic Freedom: A First Amendment Jurisprudence for the Modern State; and the Supreme Court may be signaling potential wrongdoers that they can infringe rights with impunity. A law professor argues that the Tea Party movement is the Constitution's bodyguard; Scott McLemee gets schooled on originalism. The GOP’s great hope for this Supreme Court season is Paul Clement, an unassuming attorney who just happens to be lead counsel on the most polarizing arguments in America. A review of The Founding Fathers Guide to the Constitution by Brion McClanahan. A review of Nixon's Court: His Challenge to Judicial Liberalism and Its Political Consequences by Kevin J. McMahon.
A new issue of Hippocampus Magazine is out. Linda Martin Alcoff on how, before Arizona officials continue their attack on critical race theory, they need to understand what it is. David Warsh on Ben Bernanke, Bush’s best pick — what was that all about? From Social Evolution Forum, Ian S. Lustick on Elinor Ostrom. New faces on Sgt Pepper album cover for artist Peter Blake's 80th birthday. From Forbes, Jason Trennert on investing as a social science. The end of excuses: We have become a nation in which children have become expendable — Trayvon Martin is just the most recent example. The truth, the whole truth and Mike Daisey, Apple and Foxconn. Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious: What does it mean? Carl Bialik on a surprising conflict that may exist between two U.S. public-policy goals: increasing adoption of the metric system, and encouraging Americans to eat more healthily. An interview with John H. Summers on The Baffler. From Illume, a look at the last handwritten newspaper in the world. A look at why Hungary's far-right party is attracting young people. Has Ann Coulter left the reservation or is it all about Demonic?
From Frontline, India's obsessive responses to maps showing its disputed boundaries with Pakistan and China expose the country to ridicule. Winston's Hiccup: Was an inebriated Churchill to blame for the jagged Saudi-Jordanian border? There does not seem to be a good information flow between Google’s geographical departments and its linguistic tool, Google Translate — or perhaps too much information is also a bad thing. It is often the case in interaction design that the best solutions simply get out of the way, allowing the user to achieve their goal and get on with their life — with Google Maps, this is certainly the desired outcome. "Like Google for old maps": A central repository of maps held by institutions across the globe recently went live at oldmapsonline.org. An exquisite book of lying "maps": Legendary designer Paula Scher beautifully distorts borders and names. From Imprint, Buzz Poole on accurate maps vs. useful maps. From The Awl, Victoria Johnson on the maps we wandered into as kids; and fun with maps: A reading list for people who love learning about the world. The world on your shoulders: Frank Jacobs on map tattoos.