Jeremy Waldron (NYU): Citizenship and Dignity; and Is Dignity the Foundation of Human Rights? John Tasioulas (UCL): Justice, Equality, and Rights. Mauro Bussani (Trieste) and Ugo Mattei (UC-Hastings): Democracy and the Western Legal Tradition. Martha Albertson Fineman (Emory): Beyond Identities: The Limits of an Antidiscrimination Approach to Equality. Thom Brooks (Durham): The Capabilities Approach and Political Liberalism. Loren King (Wilfrid Laurier): Seeing Like a Theorist. Fabio Macioce (LUMSA): Self-Determination and Social Order. Evan Fox-Decent (McGill): Unseating Unilateralism. From Public Reason, a special issue on “Global Justice: Norms and Limits”. Martin Jay gives three George L. Mosse Lectures at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, titled "After the Eclipse: The Light of Reason in Late Critical Theory". Seyla Benhabib, Eugene Meyer Professor of Political Science and Philosophy at Yale University, presents her lecture, entitled “Transnational Legal Spheres and the Construction(s) of ‘Cultural’ Difference”. Duncan Money reviews Empire and Modern Political Thought, ed. Sankar Muthu. Sevgi Dogan on the problem of the individual in the modern state.
Michael Murphy (Royal Holloway): The Concept of Cosmopolitan Democracy. From The Independent Review, Robert Higgs on truth and freedom in economic analysis and economic policy making. Juliette Galonnier reviews Melancholia of Freedom: Social Life in an Indian Township in South Africa by Thomas Blom. All good print magazines go to digital heaven — or do they? Don't engage Kim Jong Un — bankrupt him: Joshua Stanton and Sung-Yoon Lee on why it's time to play hardball with North Korea's new leader. With its purchase of Current TV, Al Jazeera has wide access to the American market for the first time — but will audiences come? Dean Starkman on The Wall Street Journal memo on doubling down on scoops. The Women's Review of Books celebrates its 30th anniversary. Sapient apes ascendant: Timothy McGettigan on the costs and benefits of human agency. John Gray reviews The Devil in History: Communism, Fascism, and Some Lessons of the Twentieth Century by Vladimir Tismaneanu. Queen Beatrix has announces that she will abdicate on 30 April 2013 in favor of her oldest son, the Prince of Orange, Prince Willem-Alexander.
Yury Zaretskiy (HSE): The Russian State and its Universities: A History of the Present. From the Journal of Power Institutions in Post-Soviet Societies, a special issue on police brutality and police reform in Russia and the CIS. Putin v. Pussy Riot: The trial of a punk band highlights the social troubles of post-Soviet Russia. How much influence does Father Tikhon Shevkunov have over the Russian president? Charles Clover investigates. John M. Handley reviews The Strongman: Vladimir Putin and the Struggle for Russia by Angus Roxburgh. Masked gunmen raid the offices of a Siberian indigenous organization in Buryatia in Russia, kidnapping two men and taking them to undisclosed locations. Russia and the West: Alessandro Vitale on the myth of Russian cultural homogeneity and the “Siberian Paradox”. Michela A.G. Iazzarino on a survival dictionary for Siberia, the biggest and coldest place in the world (in 8 parts). Tower Records: Andrew Biliter on the Moscow that never was. Yelena Akhtiorskaya reviews Former People: The Final Days of the Russian Aristocracy by Douglas Smith. Joerg Baten reviews The Standard of Living and Revolutions in Russia, 1700–1917 by Boris Mironov.
Rebecca Gould (Yale-NUS): Open-Sourcing the Global Academy: Aaron Swartz’s Legacy. Brendan Sheehan (Leeds Metropolitan): The Political Economy of John Maynard Keynes: A Beginner’s Guide. From Ryerson Review of Journalism, what drives a little-known investigative journalist from Ottawa to expose a massive cheating scandal at the heart of worldwide pro soccer? Ignacio Estefanell wonders. Joe Laking reviews Gender and Cosmopolitanism in Europe: A Feminist Perspective by Ulrike M Vieten. “Muslims Need Not Apply": Elizabeth Shakman Hurd argues that a recent religious discrimination lawsuit against the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom shows why the commission should be disbanded. From Plus, is the universe simple or complex? Faye Kilburn investigates (and part 2). This Government on Wheels brings city services to the people: City Hall to Go is a mobile office that travels around Boston, letting citizens interact with their government without having to trek to City Hall. Is art inevitably tainted by politics? Norman Berdichevsky wonders. Dan Smith introduces a new edition of The State of the World Atlas.
From Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, mapping the Left: Ethan Young on progressive politics in the United States. Paul Reynolds reviews Taking It Big: C. Wright Mills and the Making of Political Intellectuals by Stanley Aronowitz. The next Left: Jake Blumgart interviews Bhaskar Sunkara. This dossier takes its cue from one of the Occupy movement’s bedrock slogans, “This Is What Democracy Looks Like”. From Mother Jones, Andy Kroll reveals the massive new liberal plan to remake American politics: A month after President Obama won reelection, America's most powerful liberal groups met to plan their next moves. Hendrik Hertzberg on Obama and liberalism’s return. The Conservative Left: Obama is trying to seize conservatism from Republicans — should they become the new reformers? Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has taken on the role of liberal gatekeeper — trying to goad Barack Obama and Andrew Cuomo away from the Democratic center. How gun culture won over liberals: The new “gun nuts” — media elites, locavores, and hipster hunters. Michael Lind on liberalism’s unfinished agenda. Why I am a liberal: Rick Perlstein on how it is liberals who have been at the forefront of struggles for freedom and liberty. Kevin Carson on why he doesn't much like liberals.
The inaugural issue of Bhutan’s The Raven is out. Imran Naseem, Kashif Rashid, and Shehla Zaman (CIIT): South Asia in the Globalized World. Nikolaos Biziouras (USNA): The Formation, Institutionalization and Consolidation of the LTTE: Religious Practices, Intra-Tamil Divisions and a Violent Nationalist Ideology. Maryam Shahid Khan (LUMS): Ethnic Federalism in Pakistan: Federal Design, Construction of Ethno-Linguistic Identity, and Group Conflict. From Guernica, recent Islamist politics have turned the holy month of Muharram into a time of battle; facing mounting violence, Karachi enters the Muslim year 1434 as a city under siege; and we call this progress: From a speech at the Earth at Risk conference, Arundhati Roy on the misuses of democracy and the revolutionary power of exclusion. A supposedly stupid thing I’d totally do again: There are easier ways to see India than pinned inside a tiny rickshaw — but to truly experience the country, that’s the way to go. Democracy takes root: As Bhutan prepares for its second-ever parliamentary elections in 2013, it can look back on five years of experimentation and internalization that have seen formal structures of democracy grow. Saleem H. Ali on ecological cooperation in South Asia: The way forward.
Smadar Lavie (Minnesota): Writing Against Identity Politics: An Essay on Gender, Race, and Bureaucratic Pain. The first chapter from Game Theory: An Introduction by Steven Tadelis. What Nate Silver gets wrong: The Signal and the Noise is a terrific book, with much to admire — but it will take a lot more than Bayes’s theorem to solve the many challenges in the world of applied statistics. New polling data about the UN may surprise you. With billions of mouths to feed, we can't go on producing food in the traditional way; scientists are coming up with novel ways to cater for future generations — in-vitro burger, anyone? Many organizations including churches could use faithful, submissive, and humble number twos — don’t be a Larry and miss an opportunity because of pride or damaged ego. Is there any way to determine the fraction of notable people on the planet? Samuel Arbesman considers various ways to calculate how many of the world's humans are famous. Are their intellectuals better than our intellectuals, asks modern Greek literature specialist Gregory Jusdanis; “our”, in this case, means American, and “their” means — well, pretty much anywhere else.
Mary Whisner (Washington): Fifty More Constitutions. I. Glenn Cohen (Harvard): Rationing Legal Services. Keith J. Bybee (Syracuse): Open Secret: Why the Supreme Court Has Nothing to Fear From the Internet. Thomas Colby (GWU): In Defense of Judicial Empathy. James J. Brudney (Fordham) and Lawrence Baum (OSU): Oasis or Mirage: The Supreme Court's Thirst for Dictionaries in the Rehnquist and Roberts Eras. Timothy C. MacDonnell (Washington and Lee): Florida v. Jardines: The Wolf at the Castle Door. Andrew Koppelman (Northwestern): Originalism, Abortion, and the Thirteenth Amendment. Jack M. Balkin (Yale): Sanford Levinson's Second Thoughts About Constitutional Faith. Kermit Roosevelt reviews Jack Balkin’s Living Originalism and Constitutional Redemption. Bryan Garner reviews America’s Unwritten Constitution: The Precedents and Principles We Live by Akhil Reed Amar (and an interview). Originalist sin: Akhil Reed Amar reviews Reading Law: The Interpretation of Legal Texts by Antonin Scalia and Bryan A. Garner. From Britannica.com, oyez, oyez, oyez! The 2011–2012 U.S. Supreme Court Term in review. From Green Bag, a micro-symposium on Orin Kerr's A Theory of Law.
Barbara Czarniawska (Gothenburg): Does Planning Belong to the Politics of the Past? Alina Mungiu-Pippidi (Hertie): Controlling Corruption Through Collective Action. Bruce Bartlett on why government spending is not out of control. Jeffrey Lord on the Conservative Anschluss Moment: No one — to be abundantly clear — is comparing President Obama to Adolf Hitler. Ryu Spaeth on why pundits should stop blaming “the media”: The media is treated like a monolithic entity — and its top critics are often card-carrying members. Santiago Summit: Can Latin America now lecture Europe about economics? Barack Obama is not pleased: Franklin Foer and Chris Hughes interview the president on his enemies, the media, and the future of football. As Stuart Laycock wrote in All the Countries We’ve Ever Invaded: And the Few We Never Got Round To, he could only identify 22 counties in the world that had never hosted British troops (or their proxies) firing in anger from their soil, and Mali was one of them — so their presence there now allows Britain to add another notch to its gunbelt. Violent, naked carnie rampages through Florida home pooping and masturbating.
Wayne Barnes (Texas Wesleyan): Render Unto Rawls: Law, Gospel, and the Evangelical Fallacy. From The Pomegranate, a review essay on revisionism and counter-revisionism in Pagan history by Ronald Hutton. What exactly do people mean when they describe themselves as "spiritual, but not religious"? Reason #1 why we can be both spiritual and religious: Church is not just a gathering of like-minded people. Son of Mary: Haroon Moghul on reflections on the Muslim Jesus. Jason Byassee reviews Sin: The Early History of an Idea by Paula Fredricksen. Is Christianity philosophical? David Lyle Jeffrey reviews Philosophy: A Student's Guide by David K. Naugle. Robert Merrihew Adams reviews Why Tolerate Religion? by Brian Leiter. Michael Muhammad Knight on how not to sound like an asshole when talking about Islam. Franz Lidz on the little-known legend of Jesus in Japan: A mountain hamlet in northern Japan claims Jesus Christ was buried there. From Saint Austin Review, Kevin O’Brien on a different kind of sex. Thom S. Rainer on the death of the mall and the future of church buildings. In the battle to combat immorality and instill certain values into professional sports, the Vatican says it wants NFL star Tim Tebow and NBA sensation Jeremy Lin on its team.