Samuel Arnold (TCU): Right-wing Rawlsianism: A Critique. Jacob T. Levy (McGill): Contra Politanism: Against the Teleology of Political Forms. Arash Abizadeh (McGill): On the Demos and its Kin: Nationalism, Democracy, and the Boundary Problem. Benjamin Barber (CUNY): Liberal Values in the Age of Interdependence. Carol Atack (Cambridge): How to Be a Good King in Athens: Manipulating Monarchy in the Democratic Political Imaginary. Nathaniel Adam Tobias Coleman (Michigan): The Challenge of Aristocratic Radicalism. Simon Tormey (Sydney): Representation: An Exhausted Paradigm? Frank I. Michelman (Harvard): Poverty in Liberalism: A Comment on the Constitutional Essentials. The introduction to The Making of Modern Liberalism by Alan Ryan. What are constitutions for? Everything promised by a democratic constitutional convention is at odds with what a constitution actually does. A review of Truth and Democracy. Democracy is a bitter pill to swallow; but what, then, is the alternative? A review of Defending Politics: Why Democracy Matters in the Twenty-First Century by Matthew Flinders. Does oxytocin solve the Adam Smith problem? Larry Arnhart investigates.
Simon Springer (Victoria) et al.: Leaky Geopolitics: The Ruptures and Transgressions of WikiLeaks. How to be an Assangelite: George Osborn explains the steps necessary for a thinking person to maintain their admiration of the Wikileaks founder. From The University Bookman, here is some advice to students coming back this fall on how to make the best of their education; and Eugene Schlanger writes to college students considering a course in American poetry. Occupy Wall Street, Year Two: Approaching its anniversary, the movement isn't dead — it's growing up. Judith Butler responds to hostile Jerusalem Post article on her having been awarded the Adorno Prize. Lance Armstrong and the philosophy of making bad decisions: When body enhancement is the norm, is there any other way to be competitive? Thomas Nagel says Intelligent Design arguments should “be taken seriously”.
A new issue of Naval War College Review is out. From Infinity Journal (reg. req.), Benjamin “BJ” Armstrong (USN): Living in a Mahanian World. From Information Dissemination, is China the real Mahanian maritime power of the 21st century?; and with so few U.S.-flagged ships and carriers, is America still a maritime power? Increasingly, Information Dissemination is the go-to site for meaningful public discussion of maritime strategy. A review of Utmost Gallantry: The U.S. and Royal Navies at Sea in the War of 1812 by Kevin McCranie. Air-Sea Battle: Without ground forces, the U.S. cannot counter Chinese aggression. China's navy goes global — and develops a cruise missile to supplement its seagoing arsenal. From Beijing Review, a special section on Diaoyu Islands dispute (and more). Japan's most volatile politician is making a splash in the South China Sea — and the Chinese are beating the drums of war. James Holmes on the Sino-Japanese Naval War of 2012: OK, it's probably not going to happen — but if it did, who would win? When it comes to warships, bigger is usually better, and the most successful vessels are often those that are adaptable to changing times and technologies.
A new issue of Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Studies is out. Martha Albertson Fineman (Emory): Dependencies (“All individuals in our society, including those who consider themselves independent, receive some form of subsidization. Dependency and subsidy as social phenomena are inevitable and universal.”) Stephen T. Asma on 9 reasons why life isn't fair. From NYRB, a specter is haunting the Republican National Convention — the specter of ideology: Timothy Snyder on Grand Old Marxists. The Noun Project, cofounded by the designer and developer Scott Thomas, is a collection of universal symbols (like the one for child soldiers) that allow for quick comprehension across a wide audience. Clay Dillow on how to steal personal data from someone's brain, using a $300 off-the-shelf brain scanner. "Crypto-cultists" and "cranks": Bruce Wilson on the video Paul Ryan hoped would go away.
Peter-Ben Smit (VU): The Quest for the Historical Jesus in Postmodern Perspective: A Hypothetical Argument. Yoshke of Nazareth: Jesus has many names, not all nice. From Review of Biblical Literature, a review of Key Questions about Biblical Interpretation: Old Testament Answers by John Goldingay; and a review of The Bible Made Impossible: Why Biblicism Is Not a Truly Evangelical Reading of Scripture by Christian Smith. What really happened “in the beginning”: How two evangelicals — one a young-earth creationist, the other an evolutionary creationist — have lived out their faith and professions. What is Biblical justice? Tim Keller on one of the Bible's most misunderstood ideas. From the Distributist Review, Christopher Ferrara on the logic of Christendom: With the Greco-Catholic synthesis comes an understanding of human freedom as involving, not only the practice of virtue, but liberation of the soul from the effects of sin. From Homiletic and Pastoral Review, John Splinter on preaching about pornography and addiction. A review of Purgatory: The Logic of Total Transformation by Jerry Walls. Where the sidewalk ends: Ric Hudgens on the spirituality of apocalypse (and part 2).
Nahshon Perez (BU): The Privatization of Jewishness in Israel (or, on Economic Post-Zionism). From Commentary, Ben Cohen on attacking Israel online. Bill V. Mullen on building the Palestinian International. When the Right is right about the Left: Jay Michaelson on why critics of Israel should be open about beliefs. Peter Beinart on what Gingrich and Adelson and Santorum really mean when they say the Palestinian people are “invented”. Daniel Gordis on why the future of American Judaism as we know it depends on the survival of the Jewish state. The Checkpoint: Oded Na’aman on terror, power, and cruelty. “Jew-Washing” is bad practice and phrase: Using Jews to obscure anti-Semitism is wrong — and confusing. How the dream died: Geoffrey Wheatcroft reviews The Crisis of Zionism by Peter Beinart and Knowing Too Much: Why the American Jewish Romance with Israel Is Coming to an End by Norman Finkelstein (and more). Seth Mandel on how all of Israel is a terrorist target. Israel’s extreme tourism: Matt Carr on war and occupation for fun and profit. Shmuel Sandler and Efraim Inbar on the fading Left and Israel's flourishing democracy. Teaching Israelis and Palestinians to ride longboards, Michael Brooke saw the power of the sport to bring kids together.
From M/C Journal, a special issue on embodiment. From Defunct, Russell Scott Valentino on Lenin's Empty Place; and Sonya Huber on Legoland. Steven Heller on how hoaxes, spoofs, and parodies play a huge and sometimes dubious role in our social and political discourse. How “personhood” hurts real people: Some say unborn babies and corporations are people, too. Meet the comedians around the world who challenge government orthodoxy. Hunting for a new house? Soon, you can yank one right out of a machine. Sid Kirchheimer on the sneakiest new scams. What is a nerd? When people identify as geeks for obsessively liking cooking, the Civil War, or football, nothing is being diluted — instead, the rest of us are just getting more things to learn about. There is a pervasive notion that the crowd is always right — but what happens when it is wrong?
From Hazlitt, Michael Takasaki interviews Calvin Trillin, the man who — among many other things — casts the U.S. presidential campaign in iambic pentameter. Martin Cohen on five myths about political conventions. Molly Redden on the six strangest items in the GOP party platform. Do party platforms even matter? Much of the political science research suggests not. A look at five areas that the campaigns muddled, ignored, or failed to think big about. What’s wrong with the Republican Party? Kathleen Parker on how GOP men are ruining the party. Jonathan Chait on Team Romney white-vote push: “This is the last time anyone will try to do this” (and more; and more by Thomas Edsall). We'd like to believe race isn't playing a part in the 2012 election, but that's just not true. How to Speak Republican: Leaked document reveals the secrets of the GOP's coded language. What does Catholic Social Teaching have to do with the presidential race? Meet Page Gardner, the woman signing up Democratic voters more efficiently and effectively than ACORN ever did. While campaigns trumpet their VP picks, voters get little insight into who might staff a president-to-be's cabinet — and help set administration policy.
From Logos, Nancy Fraser (New School): Equality, Identity and Social Justice; Ian Williams on the long-lasting relationship between George Orwell and Dwight Macdonald; an article on the Quebec Strike and the politics of a new social awakening; Frank Kirkland on Susan Buck-Morss, Hegel, Haiti, and universal history; and Marston H. Morgan reviews Bloodlust: On the Roots of Violence from Cain and Abel to the Present by Russell Jacoby. City, Empire, Church, Nation: Pierre Manent on how the West created modernity (and more at National Review). Is nice nihilism enough? Russell Blackford reads The Atheist’s Guide to Reality by Alex Rosenberg. Buddhism or Buddhisms? Richard Payne on the rhetorical and lexical consequences of geo-political categories. The AP Stylebook is archaic: A manual that insists on “fund-raising” and “non-profit”, and only allowed “email” as opposed to “e-mail” months ago?
Sophie Moullin (Columbia): Why Progressives should be Pro-Family. If you happened to come across the January/February 2012 issue of Thriving Family magazine, you might have found yourself smiling along with the friendly-looking people on the cover. In Everybody Has Everything, Katrina Onstad explores an uncomfortable part of motherhood: ambivalence. Is baby talk a happy accident, or a smart parenting strategy developed over the ages? Babies have long been known to be freeloading, pants-shitting, boob-crazed whiners with an entitlement complex who refuse to get jobs or learn English, even though this is America — are babies assholes? Toddler Man: Ed Leibowitz on Harvey Karp’s quixotic crusade to teach adults how to talk to 2-year-olds. What’s so bad about a boy who wants to wear a dress? Ruth Padawer on a new approach to parenting gender-fluid children. Why are American kids so spoiled? Nikita Singh on six childhood lessons that one should forget. The adolescent brain: The idea that the brain is somehow fixed in early childhood, which was an idea that was very strongly believed up until fairly recently, is completely wrong.