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.
Nik Winchester (Open) and Nicholas Bailey (Cardiff): Making Sense of “Global” Social Justice: Claims for Justice in a Global Labour Market. Andy Sumner (King's): The Buoyant Billions: How “Middle Class” are the New Middle Classes in Developing Countries? (And Why Does it Matter?) Andy Sumner (King's): Where Will the World's Poor Live? An Update on Global Poverty and the New Bottom Billion. A place of one’s own: Land is more than real estate — in many parts of the world, it’s the key to survival, belonging, and identity. The migration and labor question today: Raul Delgado Wise on imperialism, unequal development, and forced migration. Global justice between minimalism and egalitarianism: Chris Armstrong reviews From Global Poverty to Global Justice by Pablo Gilabert and On Global Justice by Mathias Risse. Watch Thomas Pogge set out his plan to end global poverty at the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) in London.
Floris Solleveld (Radboud): Conceptual Change in the History of the Humanities. From Reason, Matt Welch on the death of contrarianism: The New Republic returns to its Progressive roots as a cheerleader for state power. “Of all the sciences to be subject to congressional restrictions on what research can and can’t be funded by the National Science Foundation, congress may have chosen the worst possible science to pick on”: Jennifer Victor on how to lobby to get your grant back. The entire editorial board of the Journal of Library Administration, published by Taylor and Francis, has resigned in protest over restrictions that would require scholars to wait up to 18 months before making their published research more widely available on open access, or pay a fee of nearly $3000. Glenn Greenwald on how Noam Chomsky is discussed: The more one dissents from political orthodoxies, the more the attacks focus on personality, style and character.
Katharine K. Baker (IIT): Sex and Equality. Emma Poulton (Durham): “If You Had Balls, You'd Be One of Us!” Doing Gendered Research: Methodological Reflections on Being a Female Academic Researcher in the Hyper-Masculine Subculture of “Football Hooliganism”. Christian Williams on the trouble with tough guys. Erika Bachiochi on why U.N. feminists should want to partner with the Holy See. It’s well-established being funny makes men more attractive — now a new paper reports that being attractive makes men funnier. Sympathy for the stay-at-home mom: Judith Shulevitz on an argument about work, life, and the modern calendar. The final feminist frontier: Why men still don't do their share of the dirty work. The retro wife: Lisa Miller on feminists who say they’re having it all — by choosing to stay home. Donald N.S. Unger on how men can't have it all either. Yes, we’re still gendering everything.