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).