Joshua Elliott (Chicago) and Don Fullerton (Illinois): Can a Unilateral Carbon Tax Reduce Emissions Elsewhere? Richard G. Newell, William A. Pizer, and Daniel Raimi (Duke): Carbon Markets: Past, Present, and Future. From the Journal of Economic Perspectives, a symposium on trading pollution permits. What’s cheaper than solar, slashes carbon emissions, and creates jobs in Kentucky? We are on the cusp of a tipping point in the climate: If the global climate warms another few tenths of a degree, a large expanse of the Siberian permafrost will start to melt uncontrollably. Michael O’Regan reviews Living in a Low-Carbon Society in 2050 by Horace Herring. Angry young men or Very Serious People: Whose approach can better achieve progress on climate change? David Roberts on supply, demand, and activism: What should the climate movement do next?
George C. Christie (Duke): Freedom of Expression and Its Competitors. Christopher J. Coyne and Abigail R. Hall (George Mason): The Empire Strikes Back: Adam Smith, John Stuart Mill, and the Robust Political Economy of Empire. In his book Patterns of Empire: the British and American Empires, 1688 to the Present, Julian Go argues that, far from being exceptional, the US is closely emulating the behaviour of previous empires. Not-so-special relationship: Geoffrey Wheatcroft on Dean Acheson and the myth of Anglo-American unity. Paul Carrese reviews Fighting Monsters: British-American War-making and Law-making by Rory Brown. Obsessed with the "special relationship": Will Self on the British and their bizarre view of Americans. Jonathan Yardley reviews The Atlantic Ocean: Reports from Britain and America by Andrew O’Hagan. Why don’t Americans save more? Blame the English.
Barak Orbach (Arizona): What Is Government Failure? Iain Woodhouse on seeing academic disciplines as brands. The PhD is in need of revision: Too many students are dropping out of doctoral programs or taking too long to finish, prompting some universities to question what they can do to help them along. Jeff McMahan and John Broome discuss the value of life and the badness of death. Alan S. Blinder on how to worry about the deficit: (1) Don't; (2) wait a few years; (3) then worry about healthcare costs. Garry Wills began by attacking the social teachings of the Church, went on to denounce Humanae Vitae, proceeded to attack the papacy, and has ended up rejecting the priesthood and the sacraments. The luckiest place on Earth: It’s hard to think of what oil hasn’t done to life in the small communities of western North Dakota, good and bad.
Joseph Blocher (Duke): Nonsense and the Freedom of Speech: What Meaning Means for the First Amendment. Helen L. Norton (Colorado): Lies and the Constitution. Suzanna Sherry (Vanderbilt): Why We Need More Judicial Activism. John T. Valauri (Northern Kentucky): Originalism and the Necessary and Proper Clause. Richard Primus (Michigan): Unbundling Constitutionality. James Bishop (WSC): Hidden or on the Hip: The Right(s) to Carry After Heller. Joseph Postell reviews Creating the Administrative Constitution: The Lost One Hundred Years of American Administrative Law by Jerry L. Mashaw. Johnathan O'Neill on constitutional conservatives in the Progressive Era: Elihu Root, William Howard Taft, and Henry Cabot Lodge, Sr. The introduction to Long Wars and the Constitution by Stephen M. Griffin. Should the Constitution be scrapped? Amy Crawford interviews Louis Michael Seidman, author of On Constitutional Disobedience.
Nicholas A. Mirkay (Creighton): Globalism, Public Policy, and Tax-Exempt Status: Are U.S. Charities Adrift at Sea? The Pop Culture Death Trap: Graeme Abernethy on the athlete as hieroglyph and the death of beauty. Grassroots multilingualism: What does an urban middle-class male university graduate from Conakry, the capital of Guinea, have in common with a peasant woman with little education from a village in Sichuan? Conservative expert on religious freedom issues Ken Klukowski believes that President Barack Obama has headed "the most hostile" administration to religious freedom in American history. An irresistible force is once again beckoning from deep below the Sierra Nevada foothills, as California prepares for its second gold rush — at the vanguard: A new breed of prospectors who are forsaking cushy desk jobs to go in search of untold wealth.
Paul R. Brewer (Delaware): “Science: What’s It Up To?” The Daily Show and the Social Construction of Science. From C2C Journal, a special issue on Quacks and Conspiracies: The undermining of science and your health. Michael J.I. Brown on Big Bang denial and the search for truth. Thomas Nagel is praised by creationists. George Dvorsky on how 19-year-old activist Zack Kopplin is making life hell for Louisiana’s creationists. Sharon Hill on the trouble with pseudoscience — it can be a catastrophe. Bigfoot genome paper “conclusively proves” that Sasquatch is real — and it only took founding a new journal to get the results published. “Awash in false findings”: Is most scientific research factually distorted? Magnetic Myths: Donald R. Prothero on why magnets and magnetic fields attract New Age flimflam and flapdoodle. Mike Jay reviews Hallucinations by Oliver Sacks and Spiritualism, Mesmerism and the Occult, 1800-1920.
Marquis Bey (Lebanon Valley): How Would America Dress? Richard J. Evans reviews Hitler's Philosophers by Yvonne Sherratt. When did humans come to the Americas? Recent scientific findings date their arrival earlier than ever thought, sparking hot debate among archaeologists. Robert Gudmestad on the horrific accident that created the regulatory state. From Crisis, Ryan N. S. Topping on the long war against the family (and part 2 and part 3). North Korea, world soccer champions: Most soccer standings agree as to which national team is the best in the world — Paul Brown doesn't. The geopolitics of cheating: Soccer's fixing epidemic is a symptom of a much bigger problem. Marios Papaloukas on political considerations in the sports establishment. Dependents of the state: Why do we fear and loathe some people's reliance on the government but not others?
Guido Palazzo, Franciska Krings, and Ulrich Hoffrage (Lausanne): Ethical Blindness. From NDPR, Charles Guignon reviews Authenticity as an Ethical Ideal by Somogy Varga; and L. Nandi Theunissen reviews Luck, Value, and Commitment: Themes From the Ethics of Bernard Williams. C.G. Prado thinks we’re always stuck with the divide between analytic and continental, and all in all goes deep-fried and heavy. What happens with thinkers who operate outside the European philosophical pedigree? Wittgenstein’s master: AC Grayling reviews Frank Ramsey: A Sister’s Memoir by Margaret Paul. Jacques Vallee on what Ockham really said. Must we mean what we say? Charles Petersen on Stanley Cavell. Who said philosophy isn't glamorous? Italian Glamour Magazine publishes an interview Nigel Warburton. Gerald Bruns reviews Thoreau's Importance for Philosophy.
From Anglistica, a special issue on variation and varieties in contexts of English, including Maria Cristina Nisco (Naples): Language and Identity in the United States: The Case of Gullah; and Suzanne Romaine (Oxford): "It Snuck in So Smooth and Slippery We Didn’t Even Hear It”: How Snuck Snuck Up on Sneaked. Martin Lewis on world maps of language families (and part 2 and part 3 and part 4). What can rodents tell us about language learning? Jessica Love investigates. Ancient languages reconstructed by computer program. Meet America's Internet champion of Ladino: Rachel Amado Bortnick's push to rescue dying language. An Aboriginal language crushed under the weight of European colonisation in Australia has been revived. How to save a dying language: Geoffrey Khan is racing to document Aramaic, the language of Jesus, before its native speakers vanish. How human language could have evolved from birdsong.
Abdulla Galadari (MIT): World University: Bringing Higher Education Closer to Humanity. From china.org, ranking of rich alumni triggers debate: The compiler of a controversial list of rich alumni said the ranking helps promote entrepreneurial education at universities. Michele Lamont and Anna Sun on how China's elite universities will have to change. A new Russian technical university has high aspirations. On Her Majesty's scholarly service: For centuries Regius chairs were the gift of kings, tools of statecraft and the preserve of ancient universities — but that has changed, most recently with the addition of 12 new professorships, as Richard J. Evans relates. From Roar, Thomas Friedman may praise the emancipatory potential of online university courses, but are they really capable of producing more than docile workers?