John Finnis (Oxford): What is the Philosophy of Law? Brian Leiter (Chicago): Legal Realisms, Old and New. Guyora Binder (Buffalo): Critical Legal Studies. Marco Jimenez (Stetson): Towards a Borgean Theory of Constitutional Interpretation. Ian C. Bartrum (UNLV): Constitutional Value Judgments and Interpretive Theory Choice. Keith E. Whittington (Princeton): Is Originalism Too Conservative? Mary Ziegler (Saint Louis): Grassroots Originalism: Rethinking the Politics of Judicial Philosophy. Eric J. Miller (SLU): Indecisive Reasons for Action: Socrates, Not Hercules, as Judicial Ideal. Leo Katz on his book Why the Law Is So Perverse. A review of Brian Tamanaha's Beyond the Formalist-Realist Divide: The Role of Politics in Judging. From 3:AM, an interview with Andrei Marmor, a fo rizzle legal philosopher; and Meir Dan-Cohen is a hard-core Harvard-tough philosopher of law. After 49 years of service to Harvard Law School, Frank I. Michelman retires in order to devote more time to his writing; in the Harvard Law Review, several scholars contribute to a tribute in his honor (and more by Vlad Perju).
A new issue of Air and Space magazine is out. From n+1, a review of Rabid: A Cultural History of the World’s Most Diabolical Virus by Bill Wasik and Monica Murphy. Old polymaths never die: Adrian Wooldridge explores the unstoppable legacies of Isaiah Berlin and Hugh Trevor-Roper. Destroying the commons: Noam Chomsky on how the Magna Carta became a minor carta. A review of Getting It Wrong: How Faulty Monetary Statistics Undermine the Fed, the Financial System, and the Economy by William A. Barnett. The burning house: What people would take if the house was on fire. When did judges become the ultimate arbiters of art? From h+, John Niman on robot sex and companionship. Faith, hope, and Singularity — entering the Matrix with New York’s futurist set: It's the end of the world as we know it, and they feel fine.
Mark McGlashan (Lancaster): The Branding of European Nationalism: Perpetuation and Novelty in Racist Symbolism. Vidhya Ramalingam (Oxford): The Sweden Democrats: Anti-Immigration Politics under the Stigma of Racism. Robert A. Kahn (St. Thomas): Who’s the Fascist? Uses of the Nazi Past at the Geert Wilders Trial. Sean Hanley (UCL): Getting the Right Right: Redefining the Centre-Right In Post-Communist Europe. A review of Mapping Extreme Right Ideology: An Empirical Geography of the European Extreme Right by Sarah Harrison and Michael Bruter. "Is he coming? Is he? Oh God, I think he is": One year ago, Anders Behring appeared on the beach of a youth summer camp in Norway; as told by the survivors, these are the beat-by-beat horrors of those terrifying 198 minutes. At the moment of the Macedonian nation's greatest victory, independence, "the name issue became the new symbol of our defeat"; predictably enough, those in Macedonia to benefit were the nationalist Right, thus confirming Greek fears.
Athena Mutua (SUNY-Buffalo): The Multidimensional Turn: Revisiting Progressive Black Masculinities in Multidimensional Masculinities and Law: Feminist Theory Meets Critical Race Theory. Peter K. Westen (Michigan): Why the Paradox of Blackmail Is So Hard to Resolve. From On the Commons, Jay Walljasper on the rise and fall and rise of great public spaces. What grounds do you possess for supposing that other humans (including even me) aren’t zombies?: Stephen Law on the strange case of the rational dentist. Terror in the Thames: As a goose-eating monster lurks in the waters of London's Olympic Park, Neil Arnold considers a long line of beasts spotted in the capital's great river and tributaries. From Dissent, Lyle Jereny Rubin on James Livingston and the New Intellectuals. What is a sexual image? Russell Blackford investigates.
From LRC, does the past have a future? It turns out h-i-s-t-o-r-y can be spelled many different ways. Perry Anderson reviews Threads and Traces: True False Fictive by Carlo Ginzburg (and more). As the social science model of history has been overtaken by events, biography has grown as a serious discipline; this is welcome, says Jonathan Steinberg: after all, people make history (but not in the circumstances of their choosing). A review of The Future of History by Alun Munslow. From TED, what can mathematics say about history? According to Jean-Baptiste Michel, quite a lot. From The Historical Society, when is it time to stop teaching something? Jonathan Rees wonders. From PhD to BBC: Are academic historians too hungry for fame? A review of Herbert Butterfield: History, Providence, and Skeptical Politics by Kenneth McIntyre. Raiders of the lost archives: Although progress has many advantages, John Sutherland laments the end of the scholar-adventurer and the thrill of discovery amid dusty, uncatalogued manuscripts. And the worst book of history is.
Matthew D. Adler (Duke): Happiness Surveys and Public Policy: What’s the Use? From Perspectives on Federalism, a special issue on Exploring Subnational Constitutionalism. We are witnessing the triumph of economic logic over the world of insight and contemplation. Here comes Mario Draghi to save Europe, right? Matthew Yglesias on the myth of "Europe" in American politics. Are you sure that’s true? Truth Goggles tackles fishy claims at the moment of consumption. Doctor’s orders: Vibrators and other sex toys are—no pun intended—big business, and nobody in the United States makes more of them than the father-son team who runs the Valley’s own Doc Johnson. Nicholas De Villiers on the amicable return of Roland Barthes. The Oldie, a magazine they said would never last, celebrates its 20th anniversary. Timothy McGettigan on Ayn Rand, the blinkered visionary.
Bernard E. Harcourt (Chicago): On the American Paradox of Laissez Faire and Mass Incarceration. Paul Gowder (Iowa): Can the Market Save the Eighth Amendment? Andre Douglas Pond Cummings (WV): “All Eyez on Me”: America's War on Drugs and the Prison-Industrial Complex. From Nola.com, an 8-part series on “Louisiana Incarcerated: How we built the world's prison capital”. Those who favor the continued criminalization of marijuana should look towards the past: The prohibition of alcohol in the United States stemmed from similar motives, and ended up as an abysmal failure (and more). From Open Democracy, a special report on the costs of "supermax" long-term isolation. Bail is busted — how jail really works: Thousands of New Yorkers are stuck behind bars because they're too broke to get out. Get high for free: If pot were truly legal, joints would cost only a few cents (and more). Emily Badger on th stunning geography of incarceration. Out of sight, out of mind: Ralph Nader on prisons as growth industry.