A new issue of Electronic Green Journal is out. Fred Magdoff (Vermont): Global Resource Depletion: Is Population the Problem? John Copeland (Notre Dame): Good Pollution. Raghav Gaiha (Delhi), Kenneth Hill (Harvard), Ganesh Thapa, and Varsha S. Kulkarni (Indiana): Have Natural Disasters Become Deadlier? From the new online magazine Ensia, are migrations going extinct? Jeremy Leon Hance on saving nature’s greatest spectacle. Russell Baker reviews Nature Wars: The Incredible Story of How Wildlife Comebacks Turned Backyards into Battlegrounds by Jim Sterba. Some scientists think that James Lovelock's Gaia theory is nuts, but the public love it — could both sides be right? Peter Blair reviews How to Think Seriously About the Planet: The Case for an Environmental Conservatism by Roger Scruton (and more and more and more).
The inaugural issue of the Journal of Law and Courts is free online. Linda S. Mullenix (Texas): Carnival Cruise Lines, Inc. v. Shute: The Titantic of Worst Supreme Court Decisions. Sonja West (Georgia): The Monster in the Courtroom. Timothy Zick (William and Mary): The Cosmopolitan First Amendment: Protecting Transborder Expressive and Religious Liberties. Jeremy Rabkin reviews America's Unwritten Constitution: The Precedents and Principles We Live By by Akhil Reed Amar. Obama is wrapping himself in the Constitution, finally: Republicans thought they had a monopoly on Constitutional originalism — not anymore. Kevin Gutzman reviews Framed: America’s 51 Constitutions and the Crisis of Governance by Sanford Levinson. Anthony M. Kennedy on the Constitution and its promise. Andrew Munro on 5 staples of the legal system that statistics say don't work.
Elizabeth F. Emens (Columbia): Compulsory Sexuality. From The Believer, leaving the witness: A young Jehovah’s Witness travels to China and finds her own religious freedom; and reincarnation in exile: What happens when a monastic system is forced, after eight hundred years, to encounter the temptations of the twenty-first century? Exploiting Reader’s Digest’s iconic brand is the latest strategy for its private equity owners, who put the 91-year-old publisher into bankruptcy to shed $465 million in debt as consumers shift to electronic media. Recently, a printing house refused to print a novel set to be published by Tyrant Books because they found it “obscene”, which seems extremely lame — there are still such things as obscene books? Watching people with absolute self-confidence embarrass themselves is entertaining — and cruel.
Heoma Gladys Worlu (Port Harcourt): Female Genital Mutilation and Widowhood Practice: Strategy for Social Control. Faraha Nawaz (Flinders): Global Gender Justice in 21st Century: Lessons and the Way Forward. Marissa Dean and Karen Laidler (Hong Kong): A New Girl in Town: Exploring Girlhood Identities Through Facebook. Nicole Shephard reviews The Becoming of Bodies: Girls, Images, Experience by Rebecca Coleman. Miriam David's reflections on her career as a scholar and feminist inspired her to interview a range of female academics about their paths to the getting of wisdom — and the pivotal role feminism has played in their lives. Stephanie Coontz on why gender equality stalled. Feminism fizzles: Where is Betty Friedan when we need her? The “bitch” was onto something: Andi Zeisler on a re-reading of Betty Friedan’s The Feminine Mystique (and more).
Ian Ramsay (Melbourne): SSRN and Law Journals: Rivals or Allies? Pavlos Eleftheriadis (Oxford): Global Rights and the Sanctity of Life. From Modern Times, Wayne Schutsky on the myth of American political freedom. A genetic code for genius: In China, a research project aims to find the roots of intelligence in our DNA; searching for the supersmart. Continuity at the top: Popes, presidents, CEOs and prime ministers — which organization has had the least turnover in leadership? Ezra Klein on 10 great points from David Leonhardt’s Here’s the Deal. Ta-Nehisi Coates interviews Harold Pollack, a man who helped make the misuse of firearms a public health issue, on the social trends driving American gangs and gun violence. Alan Johnson reviews Jewishness and the Critique of Zionism by Judith Butler. Meet Chesty, the puppy who will become the next Marine Corps mascot.
A new issue of the Journal of Religion, Identity, and Politics is out. Michael J. Ard reviews Roger Williams and the Creation of the American Soul: Church, State, and the Birth of Liberty by John M. Barry. An excerpt from The Rise of Liberal Religion: Book Culture and American Spirituality in the Twentieth Century by Matthew S. Hedstrom. Mickey Maudlin on why evangelicals have all the bestsellers. Why do evangelicals talk to journalists? They know they may be depicted unsympathetically, but any chance to spread the Word is worth taking. Christian worker Walter Slonopas quits over 666 on tax form. Jonathan Dudley on the not-so-lofty origins of the evangelical pro-life movement: “The religious right of the late twentieth century organized to perpetuate racial discrimination”. Rev. William E. Alberts on the Bible and the Other: When ethnic cleansing is next to Godliness.
Jane C. Ginsburg (Columbia): From Hypatia to Victor Hugo to Larry and Sergey: “All the World's Knowledge” and Universal Authors’ Rights. From Popular Science, brain damage has unleashed extraordinary talents in a small group of otherwise ordinary individuals — will science find a way for everyone to tap their inner virtuoso? A long-lost play about the Haitian slave revolt is out in a scholarly edition — Scott McLemee wants tickets. Why do some journalists keep predicting a major challenge to the two-party system? Brendan Nyhan on the third party fever dream. Have you ever wondered what a more fatuous and less focused version of Occupy would look like, but lacked the requisite brain power to actually imagine it? Well, wonder no more — Simon Childs on how people who think they can change the world with “free hugs” are fatuous dickheads.
Does the richness of the few benefit us all? Zygmunt Bauman investigates. From Too Much, to end extreme poverty, end extreme wealth. Economic recovery from below: Barry Finger on insufficiency of "taxing the rich". Can we fight poverty by ending extreme wealth? Olga Khazan wonders. Oxfam says the world's 100 richest people earned enough in 2012 to end global poverty four times over. Bill Gates on his plan to fix the world's biggest problems: From the fight against polio to fixing education, what's missing is often good measurement and a commitment to follow the data — we can do better. Patrick Meier on Big Data for development: From information to knowledge societies? Management consultants can save the world: Inventory controls, workplace efficiency, and more paperwork help countries and businesses more than you can imagine.
Narve Strand (NTNU): Why Is It Good to be Rational? Wittgenstein, Putnam, and the Way Through Universalism and Relativism. From Principia, Scott Stapleford (STU): Epistemic Duties and Failure to Understand One's Evidence; and Zoltan Vecsey (HAS): On the Epistemic Status of Borderline Cases. From Philosophy Now, David Fraser reviews Donald Davidson: A Short Introduction by Kathrin Gluer; Richard Baron reviews The Laws of Belief by Wolfgang Spohn; and Nikki Dekker reviews A User’s Guide to Thought and Meaning by Ray Jackendoff. Tim Bayne on his book Thought: A Very Short Introduction. Carrie Figdor interviews Herman Cappelen, author of Philosophy Without Intuitions. Hilary Kornblith is the jiving naturalising epistemologist who takes issue with both armchair and non-armchair philosophers because he thinks all they’re doing is fighting over how to do conceptual analysis.