From Political Theology, Michelle Gonzalez on Religion in the 2012 Presidential Election; Brian J. Auten reviews The End of Evangelicalism? Discerning a New Faithfulness for Mission — Towards an Evangelical Political Theology by David E. Fitch; and Andrew D. Walsh reviews The Tea Party and the Remaking of Republican Conservatism by Theda Skocpol and Vanessa Williamson. Vanessa Williamson on the Tea Party and the remaking of Republican conservatism. An interview with Phyllis Schlafly: “Obama is working to build one nation under coercive secularism”. The philosophers have spoken: With over 1800 votes cast, the philosophers have made clear their choices for President. From The Platypus, an interview with Cornel West and Carl Dix on Election 2012. James W. Ceaser on the Businessman and the Intellectual: Despite endless debate about the issues, the presidential contest comes down to character. Democracy is rule by everybody: rule by the ignorant — this is not ideal, but the alternatives (rule by Marxist technocrats, for example, or by military thugs) are worse. From GeoCurrents, here are Martin W. Lewis’s video lectures on the “History and Geography of U.S. Presidential Elections”, a Stanford Continuing Studies course from the Fall 2008.
A new issue of International Journal of Bahamian Studies is out. Ross B. Emmett (Michigan State): Of Talk, Economics, Love and Innovation. Martin Shuster (Hamilton): Language and Loneliness: Arendt, Cavell, and Modernity. Stuart Farrimond on why popular culture is obsessed with zombies. If you studied the liberal arts in an American college anytime after 1980, you were likely exposed to what is universally called Theory; if so, you belong to what might be called the Theory Generation — and it has recently become evident that some of its members have been thinking back on their training. From Significance magazine, is a probable event inevitable? Michael Mernagh investigates. Complicated, hidden costs are always better than simple, open costs: Thanks to conservatives, it's all but impossible to pass a simple, effective policy these days. Joseph Stromberg on a brief history of the Teleprompter: How a makeshift show business memory aid became the centerpiece of modern political campaigning.
Samuel Moyn (Columbia): Judith Shklar on the Philosophy of International Criminal Law. Bjorn Ostbring (Lund): Isaiah Berlin and the Liberal Dilemma of Education. John Oberdiek (Rutgers): The Ideal of Justice. Nicholas Vrousalis (Cambridge): Why Marxists Should Be Interested in Exploitation. Robert C. Hockett (Cornell): The Libertarian Welfare State. Matt Zwolinski reviews The Cambridge Companion to Nozick's Anarchy, State, and Utopia, ed. Ralf M. Bader and John Meadowcroft. David J. Riesbeck reviews Plato, Aristotle and the Purpose of Politics by Kevin M. Cherry. The genetics of politics: Slowly, and in some quarters grudgingly, the influence of genes in shaping political outlook and behaviour is being recognised. Rudolf Schussler reviews The Order of Public Reason: A Theory of Freedom and Morality in a Diverse and Bounded World by Gerald Gaus. Virginia Held reviews When the State Speaks, What Should It Say?: How Democracies Can Protect Expression and Promote Equality by Corey Brettschneider. If I ruled the world: Michael Sandel on why it is time to restore the distinction between good and gold.
Jennifer Lin (JHU): Active Eating: Spinozist Ontology and the Practice of Self-Discipline (Dissertation). Enza Zabbini (Bologna): Cultural Routes and Intangible Heritage. From Ephemera, a special issue on Professions at the Margins. Who is Fethullah Gulen? Claire Berlinski on the controversial Muslim preacher, feared Turkish intriguer — and “inspirer” of the largest charter school network in America. Stephen L. Carter wants to take the Senate away from voters. Contemplating death doesn’t necessarily lead to morose despondency, fear, aggression or other negative behaviors, as previous research has suggested. Defining the middle: Steve Thorngate on the rhetoric and reality of class. From Capitalism magazine, Edward Cline on the deer crossing principle of social policy. Bob Pondillo on the most dangerous short film in America. Matthew P. Maher reviews Land Battles in 5th Century B.C. Greece: A History and Analysis of 173 Engagements by Fred Eugene Ray. Economics 101: Charles Michael Andres Clark on why starving the government won’t work.
From Time, E.J. Dionne Jr. on the case for Barack Obama; and Rich Lowry on the case for Mitt Romney. From Reason, Mike Godwin on the libertarian case for Barack Obama, Robert Poole on the libertarian case for Mitt Romney, and Nick Gillespie on the libertarian case for Gary Johnson. John Wilson interviews Ian Reifowitz, author of Obama's America: A Transformative Vision of Our National Identity. From NYRB, Joseph Lelyveld on the likely winner. Roger Bybee on Citizens United and the “right” to intimidate employees on voting. Mysterious documents found in a meth house reveal the inner workings of a dark money conservative group. Jean Hardisty reviews Steep: The Precipitous Rise of the Tea Party. Here's where we have arrived as a country: We are so polarized that even compromise has become a partisan issue. Alan Wolfe on the (foreign) language of American politics. Sean Craig interviews Sasha Issenberg, author of The Victory Lab: The Secret Science of Winning Campaigns (and more). From Harvard Political Review, Matt Shuham on the professor as pundit: What happens when Veritas meets the campaign trail? It’s not pretty.