From Cato Unbound, Alex Tabarrok on why online education works. Do online courses spell the end for the traditional university? John E. Chubb and Terry M. Moe on how online learning poses no threat to the cherished college experience, which it will only change for the better. From master plan to no plan: Aaron Bady and Mike Konczal on the slow death of public higher education. Higher education institutions need to recognise the changing world of publishing, says Rupert Gatti — it's time for academics to take matters into their own hands. Want to change academic publishing? Just say no — companies shouldn't make millions from the free labor of professors. Scholarly publishing's gender gap: Women cluster in certain fields, according to a study of millions of journal articles, while men get more credit. In the humanities, men dominate the fields of philosophy and history. Strategy for American humanities — blow them up and start again: A declining, out-of-touch discipline and its vocational counterpart must merge to offer a thriving third way, argues Toby Miller. In praise of literature: Literary scholar Albert Braz looks back, and ahead, to diagnose the problems facing his field.
Stacey L. Dogan (BU) and Mark A. Lemley (Stanford): Parody As Brand. Tammy Strobel on how you can buy happiness (if you stop buying stuff): Downsizing your life by choice can be a practical way to find big fulfillment in small living. How to fix the TSA: Barbara Peterson on how the U.S. has spent billions on security, and millions of people suffer delays and humiliation at TSA checkpoints, yet our skies remain less than fully safe. Uncovering the truth behind the myth of Pancho Villa, Movie Star: Did the Mexican rebel really sign a contract agreeing to fight his battles according to the ideas of a Hollywood director? Andrew Adonis reviews The End of Politics and the Birth of iDemocracy by Douglas Carswell. In need of help: America’s poor were little mentioned in Barack Obama’s re-election campaign — they deserve better. An interview with Joel Slemrod, co-author of Taxes in America: What Everyone Needs to Know. No one has to tell Samir Husni which magazines out of the thousands that are launched each year will survive the “digital age” and which ones won’t; he just knows — he is Mr. Magazine. Why Husserl? Ask Godel.
A new issue of Aboriginal Policy Studies is out. Susy Frankel (Victoria): Branding Indigenous Peoples' Traditional Knowledge. Matthew L. M. Fletcher (Michigan State): Tribal Membership and Indian Nationhood. Elina Hill (Victoria): A Critique of the Call to "Always Indigenize!" Torivio A. Fodder (Arizona): A Libertarian Framework for Indian Rights. Rutgerd Boelens (Wageningen) et al: Contested Territories: Water Rights and the Struggles over Indigenous Livelihoods. Indianismo and Marxism: Alvaro Garcia Linera on the mismatch of two revolutionary rationales. Ghost Dances on the Great Plains: Before Wounded Knee, Native tribes following an apocalyptic prophet created a new dance that would, they hoped, rid the world of white people. The lost tribe: Isolation or inclusion — can India protect an ancient Andaman tribe on the verge of extinction? A question of relevance: Ahni Sep on the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples. Nicole Latulippe reviews Spaces Between Us: Queer Settler Colonialism and Indigenous Decolonization by Scott Lauria Morgensen. Brenda Parlee reviews Climate, Culture, Change: Inuit and Western Dialogues with a Warming North by Timothy Leduc.
Adrian Vermeule (Harvard): Local and Global Knowledge in the Administrative State. From Bookslut, Elvis Bego writes in defense of short books; and Jill Talbot interviews Dinty W. Moore, editor of The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Nonfiction: Advice and Essential Exercises from Respected Writers, Editors, and Teachers. In a wide-ranging discussion, Almantas Samalavicius and Norman Lillegard consider the dangers of relativism, the crisis of education, pleonexia and the economic crisis, and whether literature should provide moral instruction. Delusions of danger: Why the food movement’s demonization of genetically modified crops isn’t just scientifically baseless — it’s politically stupid. Is hippie hygiene a serious problem? Not if we can all embrace our natural odors. A look at life under occupation: Noam Chomsky on Gaza, the world’s largest open-air prison. Obama, the post-colonial president: With Obama’s election, and again with his reelection, an internalized threshold for subjugated people was breached. Edward Larkin reviews The Cost Disease: Why Computers Get Cheaper and Health Care Doesn’t by William Baumol.
Brian Leiter and Alex Langlinais (Chicago): The Methodology of Legal Philosophy. Edmund Ursin (USD): The Missing Normative Dimension in Brian Leiter's “Reconstructed” Legal Realism. Richard K. Sherwin (NYLS): Leiter's Error: Legal Realism Goes Beyond “Naturalistic Jurisprudence”. John Lunstroth (Houston): The Unity Thesis: How Positivism Distorts Constitutional Arguments. Jeffrey P. Kaplan (SDSU): Unfaithful to Textualism. Ian C. Bartrum (UNLV): Originalist Ideology and the Rule of Law. Diane Marie Amann (Georgia): John Paul Stevens, Originalist. Stephen M. Griffin reviews Jack Balkin’s Constitutional Redemption: Political Faith in an Unjust World and Living Originalism. Founding Fathers, Founding Villains: William Hogeland on the new liberal originalism. Is there a constitution in this text? Stanley Fish on why textualism is a nonstarter in constitutional interpretation — and everywhere else, too. Nothing but freedom: Jeremy Kessler on Anthony Kennedy and the Affordable Care Act. Contempt of Court: Chief Justice John Roberts and his colleagues have shown remarkable disdain for the other branches of government.