Donn Short (Manitoba): Queering Schools, GSAs and the Law: Taking on God. Alan Sears considers whether the graphic novel version of the Communist Manifesto from Red Quill Press can do the work of the Quebec students’ red square. What is Canadian cuisine, anyway? Losing the land again: Kyle Carsten Wyatt on the risks of privatizing property on First Nations reserves. The decent fix for aboriginal rights: Aboriginal peoples of Canada deserve justice, says Barbara Amiel, but negotiations will be complicated. Does Canada still stand for something? Resistance begins with remembering who we are. The Accidental Activist: Energy economist, Nobel laureate, and former government adviser Mark Jaccard found himself blocking a coal train. Selling out for survival: If The Walrus wants to continue to survive it needs to sell what the editorial team calls ad space and what some readers call its soul.
From Newtopia, Brian Griffith on the trouble with Gnostics. Most religions teach that after death, a soul within us leaves the body and lives on for eternity — many people assume it is also a biblical belief, but is it? Donald Prothero reviews The Rocks Don’t Lie: A Geologist Investigates Noah’s Flood by David R. Montgomery. Joel Stephen Williams reviews Reading the Bible for All the Wrong Reason by Russell Pregeant. How did people know about God before the Bible came into being? Ann Naffziger answers. Was Jesus a drama king? Peter Wallace on six ways Jesus was emotionally real — and why it matters. Does the Christian church damage women by idolizing virginity? David Sessions on what it will really take to bring down the cult of virginity. Brian D. Earp on why it's OK to criticize religious practices. Dan Delzell on why it feels natural to criticize Christians.
Mark Fenster (Florida): The Implausibility of Secrecy. Guess which other amendment Mississippi hasn’t gotten around to ratifying? This year’s Oscars, as usual, will have nothing to tell us about artistry — but they appear a particularly lucid reflection of the stake Hollywood’s owners have in the global power structure. From Chaos of Memories, Perry Anderson meets the Rolling Stones. From Google's Policy by the Numbers, Erica Johnstone on the legal landscape of involuntary porn. Total liberation: An interview with Walter Bond on anarchy, abortion rights, anti-colonialism and animal liberation. Diana Furchtgott-Roth reviews The Declining Importance of Race and Gender in the Labor Market: The Role of Employment Discrimination Policies by June E. O'Neill and Dave M. O'Neill. Is the uncredited voice behind “con los terroristas” sample in “Harlem Shake” song suing DJ Baauer?
From The Nation, a forum on American unions: Can labor be saved? Two attempts to reimagine the relationship between business and society: John Lloyd reviews The Locust and the Bee: Predators and Creators in Capitalism’s Future by Geoff Mulgan and Firm Commitment: Why the Corporation is Failing Us and How to Restore Trust In It by Colin Mayer. Who pays the corporate income tax? Bruce Bartlett investigates. From debtor’s prison to debtor nation: Steve Fraser on the politics of debt in America. An excerpt from A Nation of Deadbeats: An Uncommon History of America's Financial Disasters by Scott Reynolds Nelson. Richard D. Wolff on how capitalism becomes questionable. Noah Smith on why the end of growth wouldn't be be the end of capitalism. Barbara and John Ehrenreich on the death of the yuppie dream: The rise and fall of the professional-managerial class.
Ernesto Verdeja (Notre Dame): The Political Science of Genocide: Outlines of an Emerging Research Agenda. Beyond Barbados: The Caribbean island is turning to its rich history in a bid to attract tourists seeking more than white sand and rum punch. From The Nation, David Cole on what's wrong with Obama's drone policy: The White House evidently believes it can kill us in secret and never own up to the fact; and even if we like President Obama, do we want him to be a one-man death panel? Katha Pollitt on how America doesn’t torture — it kills. Mark Ames on American Assassination for Dummies. From The Museum of Ridiculously Interesting Things, what is this thing? A series. Black is beautiful: Lisa Hix on why black dolls matter. Sam McNerney on the Sartre Fallacy, or being irrational about reason. Meet Fairfax Man, the World’s Second Worst Superhero.
From Technology Review, Ray Kurzweil plans to create a mind at Google — and have it serve you (and more). From Transhumanity, Mark Waser on the “wicked problem” of existential risk with AI (artificial intelligence). Colin Allen reviews The Machine Question: Critical Perspectives on AI, Robots, and Ethics by David J. Gunkel. Killer instinct: Advances in neuroscience and technology could lead to the mind becoming the ultimate weapon. Stephen Pincock on the rise of the (mini) machines: Mimicking nature, nanotechnology is creating machines that can self-assemble and take charge of their environment. Our robot children: At what point will we trust robots to kill? Killer robots must be stopped, say campaigners: “Autonomous weapons”, which could be ready within a decade, pose grave risk to international law. The age of moral machines: An interview with Josh Storrs Hall on nanotech, AI and the Singularity.
Anders Walker (SLU): Strange Traffic: Sex, Slavery and the Freedom Principle. From The Atlantic Monthly, Ta-Nehisi Coates on the emancipation of Barack Obama: Why the reelection of the first black president matters even more than his election; and how the White House is like a prison: Over the years, the president's home has attracted an astonishing array of negative reviews from its residents. Roger Berkowitz on federalism and the crisis of politics. From Vice, a look at how Cracked.com is full of lies. How beautiful is too beautiful? Studies suggest that physical perfection isn’t always advantageous. As Japan’s tsunami debris washes up on the BC coast, beachcombers consider the meaning of the refuse. The Princess and the Trolls: Camille Dodero on the heartrending legend of Adalia Rose, the most reviled six-year-old girl on the Internet.
Eyal Benvenisti (Tel Aviv) and Amichai Cohen (Ono): War is Governance: Explaining the Logic of the Laws of War from a Principal-Agent Perspective. Yael Ronen (HUJ): Treaties and Armed Conflict. Thomas Chadefaux (ETH Zurich): War as an Investment and Early Warning Signals for War in the News. Laia Balcells and Stathis N. Kalyvas (Yale): Does Warfare Matter? Severity, Duration, and Outcomes of Civil Wars. Eric Talbot Jensen (BYU): Future War, Future Law. Can dark tourism ever be a good thing? Ruth Stokes considers whether holidaying in war and disaster zones is ever justified. From Social Evolution Forum, is war creative? Peter Turchin investigates. Max Wind-Cowie on how dying in war is special. Harry van der Linden reviews Kant and the End of War: A Critique of Just War Theory by Howard Williams. Onward, secular soldiers, marching as to war.
Randy Barnett (Georgetown): Who Won the Obamacare Case (and Why Did so Many Law Professors Miss the Boat)? Josh Blackman (South Texas): Popular Constitutionalism and the Affordable Care Act. Jonathan H. Adler (CWRU): The Future of Health Care Reform Remains in Federal Court. Roger D. Congleton and Rinaldo Pietrantonio (WVU): The Electoral Politics of Complex Healthcare Systems. Louise Sheiner (FRB): Why the Geographic Variation in Health Care Spending Can't Tell Us Much about the Efficiency or Quality of Our Health Care System. From Time, a cover story on why medical bills are killing us. Jonathan Cohn on how technology is about to revolutionize health care — how far will automation go, and will doctors still be necessary? Douglas Holtz-Eakin and Avik Roy on the future of free-market healthcare. How to survive the ObamaCare Apocalypse: Conservative book publishing has a new favorite product — American Care Act survival guides.