Robert Leider (Yale): Our Non-Originalist Right to Bear Arms: How Public Opinion Has Shaped the Second Amendment. Reid Golden (Minnesota): Loaded Questions: A Suggested Constitutional Framework for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms. Clayton E. Cramer (Western Idaho) and Joseph Olson (Hamline): Knives and the Second Amendment. David B. Kopel (Denver): The Great Gun Control War of the 20th Century — And its Lessons for Gun Laws Today. The deadly shooting in Aurora, Colorado is a tragedy — so why don’t we want anything good to come out of it? We’re sorry that 12 people had to die — but we aren’t sorry enough to lift a finger to prevent it from happening again. Where US gun culture meets segregation: Gated communities for the lower middle classes as well as the rich are little frontier towns with their own sheriffs, suspicious of every outsider. Do the suburbs make you selfish? Urban areas have begun to outpace the growth of suburbs — could that be good for America's social ecology? The loneliness scare: Claude Fischer why isolation isn’t a growing problem.
Robert Knox (LSE): Civilising Interventions? Race, War and International Law. You can download a series of chapters from Listening to the Better Angels of Our Nature: Ethnicity, Self-Determination, and the American Empire by David Steven Cohen. When to intervene: Does the responsibility to protect doctrine allow for the toppling of regimes? Amitai Etzioni wonders. Does America have a responsibility to stop mass killings? You can download Living With the UN: American Responsibilities and International Order by Kenneth Anderson. The first chapter from America's Mission: The United States and the Worldwide Struggle for Democracy by Tony Smith. Oliver Hotham and Robert Hainault go head to head over the merits/disadvantages of a United States actively involved in the world. Why is American foreign policy so religious? Democracy and empire: Liberal religion can nurture the weakened democratic spirit and push back against the forces of empire. A review of American Insurgents: A Brief History of American Anti-Imperialism by Richard Seymour (and more). Do Americans love war? Robert Kagan says the U.S. wages wars because the American people want them (and more on Dangerous Nation). Benjamin Runkle on a history of U.S. military manhunts (and more).
A new issue of New Politics is out. Jefferson Pooley (Muhlenberg): The History of Communication Research and From Psychological Warfare to Social Justice: Shifts in Foundation Support for Communication Research. What is the probability that you are dreaming right now? From Businessweek, Paul Krugman says stimulus and currency devaluation are the best way to survive a crisis; Estonia chose austerity — why their rancorous, and often hilarious, war of words matters. From Christianity Today’s “Books and Culture”, a look at 9 algorithms that changed the future. From Mobilizing Ideas, a special section on the Iraq War protests, 10 years later. An interview with Suzanne Nossel, Executive Director of Amnesty International USA. Why are artists embarrassed about getting money, but Jamie Dimon isn’t? The Aurora Shooting: Sometimes there’s nothing wrong with politicizing a tragedy.
From NDPR, a review of The Species Problem: A Philosophical Analysis by Richard Richards. Bodies with histories: A review of Epigenetics: The Ultimate Mystery of Inheritance by Richard Francis, The Nature of Race: How Scientists Think and Teach about Human Difference by Ann Morning, and Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics, and Big Business Re-create Race in the Twenty-first Century by Dorothy Roberts. Razib Khan on how human races may have biological meaning, but races mean nothing about humanity. A review of Aping Mankind: Neuromania, Darwinitis and the Misrepresentation of Humanity by Raymond Tallis. From Slate, Sam Kean blogs the human genome. An excerpt from The Epigenetics Revolution: How Modern Biology Is Rewriting Our Understanding of Genetics, Disease, and Inheritance by Nessa Carey. A review of The Spark of Life: Electricity in the Human Body by Frances Ashcroft. New evidence proves humans are continuing to evolve and that significant natural and sexual selection is still taking place in our species in the modern world.
Hans-Jurgen Wagener (EUV): How Does Good Governance Come About? On Evolution of Institutions. Zanita E. Fenton (Miami): An Essay on Slavery’s Hidden Legacy: Social Hysteria and Structural Condonation of Incest. Foreign visitors are a goldmine for the U.S. economy, so why do we make it so hard for them to get here? From The Globalist, Luis Francisco Martinez Montes on the Catholic origins of globalization; and why does the idea persist that Europe's Catholic nations have always been economic slow-growers? Unraveling a miscarriage of justice: A Texas journalist tells the story of how a man could be imprisoned for a quarter of a century for a crime he didn’t commit. We’re all going to die, but is it statistically significant? Scott Ewing finds the source of a baffling statistic. Names, Trains, and Corporate Deals: Frank Pasquale on why public transit shouldn’t sell naming rights. Want to be a political pundit? Keep this in your pocket.
A new issue of Australian Studies is out. A new issue of Marxist Left Review is out. Ghassan Hage (Melbourne): What Should “Championing Multiculturalism” Mean Today? Jennifer Hill (Sydney): Why Did Australia Fare So Well in the Global Financial Crisis? There was no golden age for newspapers — which means we shouldn’t be too pessimistic about the future. Topographies of an Australian soul? Neil Maizels on Peter Sculthorpe’s music and the myth of the myth of Australian “identity”. A review of The Australian Moment: How We Were Made for These Times by George Megalogenis. Is Gen Y blase towards elected government because democracy has prevailed over its ideological adversaries? Sydneysiders and Melbournians debate which city can call itself the cultural capital of Australia. Is sex a human right? A campaign to change the law to allow people living with disabilities better access to sex workers has provoked plenty of discomfort. The loneliest shop in the world: Down at the Mulka Store, in the furthermost reaches of South Australia, George and Mabel Aiston used to think themselves lucky if they pulled in a customer a week.
Donald P. Harris (Temple): The New Prohibition: A Look at the Copyright Wars Through the Lens of Alcohol Prohibition. From OUPblog, do we really need magnets? The Carcass and the Ghost: Sarah Wanenchak on the atemporality of “ruin porn”. Brandon Bartels on evaluating forecasts of the Supreme Court’s health care ruling. We think, therefore we are: Public forums for discussing ideas are flourishing everywhere; Jules Evans looks into whether their popularity will have any lasting impact. What does it mean to be cool? It may not be what you think. From Radical Philosophy, Nina Power and Erica Lagalisse on the right to protest; and moving borders: Peter Nyers on the politics of dirt. Confessions of a Recovering Objectivist: For a time, Victoria Bekiempis was a devotee of Ayn Rand's ideas; now she sees what a pernicious philosophy rational egoism is — and how dumb!
A new issue of Childhood and Philosophy is out. Iain Thomson (UNM): In the Future Philosophy Will Be Neither Continental nor Analytic but Synthetic: Toward a Promiscuous Miscegenation of (All) Philosophical Traditions and Styles. Gianni Paganini (UNIPMN): The Quarrel over Ancient and Modern Scepticism: Some Reflections on Descartes and His Context. Roberto Andorno (Zurich): Do Our Moral Judgements Need to Be Guided by Principles? From Conversations with History, an interview with Samuel Scheffler on philosophical inquiry. A review of The Nature and Future of Philosophy by Michael Dummett. From Brainstorm, is philosophy a science? Michael Ruse investigates (and part 2 and part 3 and part 4 and part 5). An interview with Patricia Churchland, the really nice guy materialist. A review of The Ultimate Why Question: Why Is There Anything at All Rather than Nothing Whatsoever? A review of Saul Kripke, ed. Alan Berger. The first chapter from Pursuits of Wisdom: Six Ways of Life in Ancient Philosophy from Socrates to Plotinus by John M. Cooper.
Brian Leiter (Chicago): Moralities are a Sign-Language of the Affects. From Catapult, a special issue on Fast Food Nation. From Big Questions Online, which beliefs contribute to virtuous behavior? Bill McKibben reviews The End of Country by Seamus McGraw and Under the Surface: Fracking, Fortunes, and the Fate of the Marcellus Shale by Tom Wilber. Counterfactuals we can believe in: Brad DeLong on the economic stakes of November. Happyism: Deirdre N. McCloskey on the creepy new economics of pleasure. How crowdsourcing went mainstream: It was barely a word a few years ago; now, everything from cool gadgets to indie movies are using Kickstarter to turn dreams into reality — most of the time. It seems that Kickstarter is in some ways much like QVC was when it launched: a state-of-the-art sales and marketing platform.
From H-Net, a review of Unbecoming British: How Revolutionary America Became a Postcolonial Nation by Kariann Yokota. Two centuries after its publication, Founding Father Benjamin Rush’s pioneering work on mental illness prompts alarm and admiration — as well as reminders about ongoing challenges in the mental-health field. New England industrialists hired thousands of young farm girls to work together in early textile mills — and spawned a host of unintended consequences. A look at how Alamo mythology got the upper hand on its history and misled the Raccoon People. Whatever else they did, the Irish forced "America to be America". The woman who took on the tycoon: John D. Rockefeller Sr. epitomized Gilded Age capitalism — Ida Tarbell was one of the few willing to hold him accountable. From WSWS, a four-part series on the Ludlow Massacre, the Colorado miners’ strike of 1913-1914. Michael Kazin on the fall and rise of the U.S. populist Left. June 6th, 1944 and June 15th, 1944: Why does the war in Europe during WWII overshadow the Pacific war?