Elisabet Puigdollers Mas (CatDem): Can Rawlsians Deliver Gender Equality? Jess Butler (USC): For White Girls Only? Postfeminism and the Politics of Inclusion. From TLS, a review essay on the future of feminism by Paul Seabright. Erick Erickson, meet my wife: Jonathan Cohn on the truth about female breadwinners. At the crossroad of evolutionary psychology and feminism: Kelly D. Cobey and Viktoria R. Mileva review Evolution’s Empress: Darwinian Perspectives on the Nature of Women. Feminism doesn’t need to be scary: Jennifer Keishin Armstrong and Heather Wood Rudulph, authors of Sexy Feminism: A Girl’s Guide to Love, Success, and Style, on how feminism is relevant, sexy, and fun to boot. Fuck the high road: Jessica Valenti on the upside of sinking to their level — “Sometimes, you've got to feed the trolls”. Sarah Elsie Baker reviews Consuming Underwear: Fashioning Female Identity by Christiana Tsaousi. Laura Vanderkam goes on a journey through the checkout racks: Comparing women’s magazines, then and now, shows how much America has changed. Can women's magazines do serious journalism? Some people don't think so. Spare Rib co-founder Rosie Boycott has joined the team planning to relaunch the 70s radical feminist magazine online and in print later this year.
Cynthia Lee (GWU): Making Race Salient: Trayvon Martin and Implicit Bias in a Not Yet Post-Racial Society. From HiLobrow, a 25-part series in which editor Joshua Glenn, who from 1990–93 published the zine Luvboat Earth and from 1992–2001 published the zine/journal Hermenaut, bids a fond farewell to his noteworthy collection of zines, which he recently donated to the University of Iowa Library’s zine and amateur press collection. Can government play Moneyball? John Bridgeland and Peter Orszag on how a new era of fiscal scarcity could make Washington work better (and a response). Manuel Garcia on how Tony Judt's 20th century history books explain the political and economic exclusion that prompted Edward Snowden. When privacy jumped the shark: Americans are too busy sharing personal information to care if the government is listening in — it might even flatter them. Hart Williams on the treasonous shame of Forbes magazine. From Prospect, Daniel Steinmetz-Jenkins on Raymond Aron, 30 years on. What explains the Republican Party’s intransigence? Jamelle Bouie investigates. Laura D’Andrea Tyson on the myriad benefits of a carbon tax. My Weekend at Adolf’s: Vegas Tenold on a weekend of mysterious rendezvous, pizza, Sieg Heils and bloody heads with America's Nazi party. Would smell as sweet: Frank Jacobs on geo-popularity of given names.
From Contexts, Charles Kurzman, Dalia F. Fahmy, Justin Gengler, Ryan Calder and Sarah Leah Whitson examine different aspects of the Arab Spring revolts. Western misconstructions of the Tunisian Revolution: Why was the 2011 Tunisian revolution perceived in France as a rerun of 1789, and why did Tunisian revolutionaries identify with an "Arab Spring" couched in terms of the European revolutions of 1848? Historian Guillaume Mazeau parses these mirrored constructs and how we view and skew revolutionary temporalities. Running from the Arab Spring: Syria isn't the only place with a refugee problem. Were the demonstrations in Egypt the largest mass protest in human history? An open letter by the Egyptian activist collective “Comrades from Cairo”: From Taksim to Tahrir, from Bulgaria to Brazil, we fight the same struggle against oppressive state structures that benefit only a tiny wealthy elite. Martina Sabra interviews Amel Grami: “The Arab revolutions have triggered a male identity crisis”. Shibley Telhami on his book The World Through Arab Eyes: Arab Public Opinion and the Reshaping of the Middle East. Molly Patterson reviews Is There a Middle East? The Evolution of a Geopolitical Concept. What is "Arabic" today, and is it really even a single thing?
A new issue of Africa Spectrum is out. Christopher Williams (Tufts): Explaining the Great War in Africa: How Conflict in the Congo Became a Continental Crisis. Is The Hague racist? The African Union claims the International Criminal Court is a racist institution hunting down Africans because of the color of their skin. Africa rising? Experts fill in the blanks on the state of politics in Africa. The foreword by Nadine Gordimer from Ruth First and Joe Slovo in the War Against Apartheid by Alan Wieder. South Africa’s University of KwaZulu-Natal to make Zulu language compulsory for all students. A House Divided: Eve Fairbanks on why the students at one prominent South African university, once a model of racial harmony, chose to resegregate. From autocracy to kleptocracy to dynastic oligarchy in 50 years: Shailja Patel on Kenya’s three tribes. Welcome to Mogadishu: Katrina Manson spent six days in May in the notoriously dangerous capital of Somalia — she found a city bursting back to life and a people full of hope. Life after warfare: Adam Rogers on how a digital map could help revive Mogadishu. Somaliland is a real country, according to Somaliland. Is Africa finally on Obama's agenda? The terror diaspora: Nick Turse on the U.S. military and the unraveling of Africa. Africa's turn: An interview with Senegal's president Macky Sall on democracy, development, regional security, and Obama.
Charles Blattberg (Montreal): Hannah Arendt as Peter Pan. What is the political equilibrium when insect-sized drone assassins are available? Tyler Cowen wonders. Born this way: Scientists may have found a biological basis for homosexuality — that could be bad news for gay rights. Maybe bowling alone isn’t so bad: Ray Fisman on how the prevalence of civic associations in Weimar Germany may have sped the rise of the Nazis. Kenyan poachers make a killing: Glen Johnson on how East African ivory and rhino horn continue to be in high demand, despite international efforts. Terry Eagleton reviews The Frontman: Bono (In The Name of Power) by Harry Browne. Terry Eagleton takes a snide turn, picks a fight with America: Geoff Nicholson reviews Across the Pond: An Englishman’s View of America. Chris Masiano on how Machiavelli doesn’t belong to the 1 percent: The Prince is oft-quoted on Wall Street, but its author was a hero of the working class who despised elites. Jonathan Chait on how Glenn Greenwald is Ralph Nader. Brad DeLong on what to do with the hypertrophied financial sector. John Judis on how not all interventions are imperialist: On Syria, the Left has forgotten its history. A look at 4 recent scandals that are (almost) too crazy to be true.
From the Heritage Foundation, Joseph Postell, Robert E. Moffit, and Todd F. Gaziano on how to limit government in the age of Obama. From Doublethink, Ken Silva on libertarians in small town Republican politics. Emma Elliott Freire reviews The End Is Near and It’s Going to Be Awesome: How Going Broke Will Leave America Richer, Happier, and More Secure by Kevin Williamson. Robert Parry on the marriage of libertarians and racists. The practice of handing over cash to turn out votes used to be an urban Democratic specialty — are rural Republicans getting in on the fun? While liberals are deploying behavioral science with stunning results, conservatives have failed to follow up on their success three decades ago with the psychology of “broken windows” — here are several policy initiatives with which to begin. Chris Kluwe on what’s wrong with Ayn Rand and libertarians. The Free State Project grows up: Garrett Quinn on how libertarians are changing the face of New Hampshire. Grow up, libertarians: Your philosophy is superficial, juvenile nonsense — here's what you should focus on instead. Seriously, what's the matter with Kansas? Mark Binelli on how gun nuts, anti-abortion zealots and free-market cultists are leading the state to the brink of disaster.
A new issue of First Monday is out. From Obit, a decade after its coronation as the lingua franca of technological communication, has email already lost its crown? Guy Gugliotta on how the Internet is fast unravelling mysteries of the Mayan script. Bill Davidow on the Internet “narcissism epidemic”: Don't let popularity set your standard. Is the Internet killing the porn industry? Like other media industries, porn has seen cuts in jobs and fees during its mass migration to online publishing. Will the Internet blur the standard of beauty? We are all Internet addicts now — just don’t call it that. Kevin Fitchard on how you and I could become nodes in the Internet of things. Giles Turnbull on the Internet of actual things. The PC may be dying, but computing lives everywhere. Is cybertopianism really such a bad thing? Ethan Zuckerman writes in defense of believing that technology can do good. Heath Brown interviews Nicco Mele, author of The End of Big: How the Internet Makes David the New Goliath. Google shares details of futuristic new office park at NASA. Jimmy Wales is not an Internet billionaire: Jimmy Wales, the founder of Wikipedia, has a brand new life in London with Kate Garvey, his third wife, whom he often describes as “the most connected woman in London”.
From Alternet, Fred Branfman on the world's most evil and lawless institution: The Executive Branch of the U.S. Government has killed, wounded and made homeless well over 20 million human beings in the last 50 years, mostly civilians. Edward Snowden makes headlines for Ecuador, and headaches for D.C. Ambassador Nathalie Cely Suarez. I’ll be watching you: Autumn Whitefield-Madrano on NSA surveillance and the male gaze. David Reidy on 4 bizarre things found in the NSA's secret internal magazine. Chase Madar on Edward Snowden and the American condition: Law and lawyers can’t save us from the creeping police state — but politics might. Kevin Poulsen on how WikiLeaks volunteer Sigurdur “Siggi” Thordarson was a paid informant for the FBI. Jessica Testa on how Glenn Greenwald became Glenn Greenwald (and more and more). Remember the Obama scandals? That used to be a thing. Issa saved by the news cycle: Another lying miss for the Oversight Committee chair, though this one couldn't have fallen apart at a better time. Let's be realistic: The Senate is almost as broken as the House. David Cole on gay marriage: A careful step forward. Gay rights has been one of the most hotly-debated issues of our age, but with the tide turning against opponents, how will they be remembered thirty years from now?
Larry Alexander (USD): What are Principles, and Do They Exist?; and Constitutional Theories: A Taxonomy and (Implicit) Critique. Mary Ziegler (Florida State): Originalism Talk: A Legal History. Peter Martin Jaworski (Georgetown): Originalism All the Way Down: Or, the Explosion of Progressivism. Richard Bellamy (UCL): Constitutional Democracy. Mila Versteeg (Virginia): Unpopular Constitutionalism. Gillian E. Metzger (Columbia): Administrative Constitutionalism. Emily S. Bremer (ACUS): The Unwritten Administrative Constitution. Akhil Reed Amar on American constitutionalism: Written, unwritten, and living. Moshe Z. Marvit on the most dangerous court in America. Justice Scalia vs. Justice Roberts: Terry Eastland on a dispute among conservatives over the administrative state. Grutter's denouement: Ellen D. Katz on three templates from the Roberts Court. Charles C. Turner reviews The Failed Promise of Originalism by Frank B. Cross. Pamela Karlan on the Constitution Without the Court: Protecting Americans' rights is not a job for the judiciary alone. Justin Fox on the business-friendly legislature known as SCOTUS. Clarence Thomas, Liberal: In the strange world of the Supreme Court, sometimes being an archconservative can turn you into a liberal. Mark Joseph Stern on the rudest justice: Why is Samuel Alito so nasty?
Someone tell the Vatican monarchy and banks don’t mix: Why Europe’s last kinglike ruler has a serious problem on his hands (and more). Sahil Kapur on how the new Pope’s passion for social justice and lifting up the poor has already earned him the adoration of American liberals just weeks into the Argentinian’s papacy. Evangelium Vitae and the rationality of Catholic thought: An interview with philosopher and Christian apologist Francis Beckwith, author of Return to Rome: Confessions of an Evangelical Catholic. Bradley J. Birzer on the Catholic intellectual life: Although largely ignored in its day, Christopher Dawson's Christendom trilogy is the masterwork of one of the 20th century’s greatest thinkers. R.J. Snell on how Catholics can still achieve great things. Paul Kengor on why we need a Humanae Vitae for marriage. A well-funded network of conservative Roman Catholics and evangelicals is using a “religious liberty” framework to attack same-sex marriage, antidiscrimination laws, access to contraception, and abortion rights — not on moral grounds, but because they supposedly violate the religious liberty of others. Obama wants to eliminate Catholic education? Benjamin Wiker investigates. How Jesuitical is Pope Francis? Why do Catholics worship Mary? What does the Church teach about tattoos? A gay Catholic priest hookup site is revealed.