John W. Morehead reviews The Islamophobia Industry: How the Right Manufactures Fear of Muslims by Nathan Lean. WorldNetDaily’s Joseph Farah on his friendship with Rand Paul and why Ron Paul isn't a Christian. When you start hearing others on the Right warning about the dangers posed by Common Core, this is what they are talking about — and you can thank Glenn Beck. Phyllis Schlafly on how globalists are trying to coopt America. John Podhoretz on how it’s time to get serious: “Barack Obama is a serious man. The professional and political right needs to be as serious as he is to make sure the Age of Obama ends with him”. John Podhoretz and Jonah Goldberg believe disingenuous conservative pundits are doing irreparable harm to their movement — so who are they? The destruction of freedom keeps happening in America, and yet, somehow, not happening — it perpetually lies just over the horizon, close enough to keep refreshing the supply of right-wing paranoia.
Samuel W. Buell (Duke): Is the White Collar Offender Privileged? “I don’t think she deserved the Nobel”: Anirudh Bhattacharyya interviews Genevieve Chenard, one of the authors of the scathing paper which has triggered a fresh appraisal of Mother Teresa. Elahe Izadi on why politicians need to beware of the meme. Video games mean losing, so why play? Leon Neyfakh interviews Jesper Juul, author of The Art of Failure. Is Fred Phelps gay? A former Westboro Baptist Church member says maybe. Gay men, straight women — what’s the attraction? New research suggests at least part of the answer lies in their ability to give one another trustworthy mating advice. Adam Liptak on how the disproportionate power enjoyed in the Senate by small states is playing a growing role in the political dynamic on issues as varied as gun control, immigration and campaign finance.
A new issue of Journal of Humanistic Mathematics is out. Is mathematics about to die? More precisely, are we rapidly approaching a time when progress in mathematics effectively comes to an end? Matt Jones on 5 things you won't believe math can predict. An eternity of infinities: Ashutosh Jogalekar on the power and beauty of mathematics. Is mathematics behind our attraction to beauty? Ian Stewart on the hardest math problem in the world. Rachel Thomas and Julia Hawkins on imagining a planet made of mathematics. What is the answer to that stupid math problem on Facebook? The first chapter from Invisible in the Storm: The Role of Mathematics in Understanding Weather by Ian Roulstone and John Norbury. Should business be allowed to patent mathematics? A long-running philosophical debate is being rehashed in the world of business, and big money is at stake, says Stephen Ornes.
Randy E. Barnett (Georgetown): The Libertarian Middle Way. Marius S. Ostrowski (Oxford): Towards Libertarian Welfarism: Protecting Agency in the Night-watchman State. From Cato Unbound, Michael Huemer on the problem of authority, obedience, and the State. Michael W. Clune reviews Masters of the Universe: Hayek, Friedman, and the Birth of Neoliberal Politics by Daniel Stedman Jones (and a response and more). Chris Byron reviews Liberalism: A Counter-History by Domenico Losurdo. Ivan Pongracic reviews The Morality of Capitalism: What Your Professors Won’t Tell You and Defending the Free Market: The Moral Case for a Free Economy by Robert Sirico. Sandy Ikeda on the rural libertarian as a historical anomaly. A libertarian nightmare: Bitcoin meets Big Government. Matthew Yglesias on Freedom Map and the fallacies of libertarianism.
Grant R. Darwin (Penn): Originalism and Same-Sex Marriage. D. Daniel Sokol (Florida): Policing the Firm. From Studies in Social Justice, a special issue on Networks of Social Justice: Transnational Activism and Social Change. Martha Nussbaum on Julius Caesar and political love: An excerpt from Shakespeare and the Law: A Conversation among Disciplines and Professions. It is easy to trace disasters like the Euro and the Arab Spring to the bursts of unfounded optimism that gave rise to them — so why is pessimism so often ignored? Peter Stone reviews G. A. Cohen’s Finding Oneself in the Other. Henny Sender interviews David Rubenstein, co-founder of the Carlyle Group, on private equity, patriotic philanthropy, and panda pornography. Spencer Ackerman on the biggest threat to U.S. national security: Wars.
Carlo Argenton (LSE) and Enzo Rossi (Wales): Pluralism, Preferences and Deliberation: A Critique of Sen's Constructive Argument for Democracy. Alexander Kirshner (Duke): Antidemocrats and the Right to Participate. Annika E. Poppe and Jonas Wolf (PRIF): The Normative Challenge of Interaction: Justice Conflicts in Democracy Promotion. The complex and contested history of democracy: The introduction to The Edinburgh Companion to the History of Democracy, ed. Benjamin Isakhan and Stephen Stockwell. The prologue from Democratic Reason: Politics, Collective Intelligence, and the Rule of the Many by Helene Landemore. Christian Schemmel reviews Framing Democracy: A Behavioral Approach to Democratic Theory by Jamie Terence Kelly. Matt Wargent reviews Reforming Democracies: Six Facts About Politics That Demand A New Agenda by Douglas A. Chalmers.
Darren Lenard Hutchinson (American): “Not Without Political Power”: Gays and Lesbians, Equal Protection, and the Suspect Class Doctrine. Jane Bambauer (Arizona): Is Data Speech? From Significance, Jordi Prats on fireballs falling to Earth (and part 2 and part 3). The taste of sin: Raju Peddada on the impact of meat-eating on our health and environment (and part 2). Did he or didn’t he? Doubts raised about bin Laden’s SEAL “shooter” story. Dominic Alexander reviews The Oil Road: Journeys from the Caspian Sea to the City of London by James Marriott and Mika Minio-Paluello. From Time, David von Drehle on how gay marriage won. Under the Gaydar: Alison Gash on how gays won the right to raise children without conservatives even noticing. Mixed reactions to White House science advisers' suggestions for Obama’s climate agenda.
Ilan Shrira (Loyola), Arnaud Wisman (Kent), and Gregory Webster (Florida): Guns, Germs, and Stealing: Exploring the Link Between Infectious Disease and Crime. Samuel R. Gross (Michigan): How Many False Convictions are There? How Many Exonerations are There? Beth Schwartzapfel investigates the wrongful conviction of Rodney Stanberry, who remains in prison for the murder of Valerie Finley despite clear evidence that another person is responsible. Richard Rosenfeld and Steven F. Messner on a social welfare critique of contemporary crime control. Dylan Matthews interviews Mark Kleiman on why we need to solve our alcohol problem to solve our crime problem. Maurice Chammah on the minority report of David Powell: The story behind a defining case and the transformation of death penalty trials in the U.S. Beth Schwartzapfel on how prosecutors are freeing the prisoners they put behind bars.
Paul Pryce (LIIA): Putin’s Third Term: The Triumph of Eurasianism? Andrei Piontkovsky on the four stages of Putinism. Keith Wagstaff on why so many Russians still love Stalin. Andrei Veselov on how an attempt to create a real labor union lands you in a penal colony. Should the Russian language be cleansed of foreign words? Yvonne Howell reviews We Modern People: Science Fiction and the Making of Russian Modernity by Anindita Banerjee. Putin’s Ph.D.: Can a plagiarism probe upend Russian politics? For 40 years, this Russian family was cut off from all human contact, unaware of WWII. Can Moscow lift its profile as a cutting-edge destination? Ekow Eshun tours the hotspots of a creative renaissance. The czars and commissars alike are long gone — Moscow has almost become a normal European city. Marshall Poe interviews Eric Lohr, author of Russian Citizenship: From Empire to Soviet Union.
Lili Levi (Miami): “Smut and Nothing But”: The FCC, Indecency, and Regulatory Transformations in the Shadows. Seeking a moral calculus: Michael DeLang considers society's continual acceptance of violence; whether governmental or individual, anonymous or notorious, the ends never justify the means but the perpetrator feels justified. Sparing you the agony of enduring any more explanations of ear-candling or aromatherapy than is strictly necessary, Crispian Jago has compiled a handy Venn Diagram of Irrational Nonsense. Alex Murashko on The Bible series: Hollywood gets the message it's good business to respect Christians. The Philosopher Ploughman: Graham A. Macdonald reappraises the ideas and impact of the 20th-century political thinker, Michael Oakeshott. Slyer than Fox: Rebecca Dana on the wild inside story of how MSNBC became the voice of the left.