From LSE Review of Books, Mark Fisher reviews History of Political Theory: An Introduction. Volume 1: Ancient and Medieval Political Theory by George Klosko. Robert Talisse interviews Roslyn Weiss, author of Philosophers in the Republic: Plato’s Two Paradigms. Alain Badiou translates “What is a Philosopher?” from Plato’s Republic (and here is Kenneth Reinhard's introduction, "Badiou's Sublime Translation of the Republic”). On the occasion of the 500th anniversary of the composition of Niccolo Machiavelli’s The Prince, Quentin Skinner delivers a public lecture, titled “How Machiavellian was Machiavelli?” David Runciman on how Noel Malcolm’s new edition of Leviathan reveals how Thomas Hobbes’s political philosophy was flexible — unlike his theology (and more). Andrew Gamble reviews On Politics: A History of Political Thought from Herodotus to the Present by Alan Ryan (and more).
Erik S. Knutsen (Queen's): Five Problems with Personal Injury Litigation (and What to Do About It!). From Three Monkeys Online, John Dodge on Kahlil Gibran and the Fall of the Prophet. Face Time: Marissa Mayer bucks the telecommuting trend. Is the Falkland Islands’ referendum a farce or a landmark moment? Yuri Milner says Google, Wikipedia, and Facebook will last 100 years. The new UN survey “My World” lets citizens vote on future development priorities. President Obama promised transparency and open government; he failed miserably — so why do Washington watchdog groups look the other way? Why drone paranoia works: If you want to stop something, scream, “Tyranny!” The liberation of South Africa was one of the great triumphs of the twentieth century; what happened next is one of the great disappointments of the twenty-first.
A new issue of The Social Contract is out. From Jacobin, J.A. Myerson on the case for open borders. Crossing the line: Tanya Golash-Boza examines the legal debate over immigration reform and the growing crackdown on settled undocumented immigrants. America’s borders, porous from the start: Our immigration debate ignores a key fact — the nation’s perimeter has never been secure. Joel Kotkin on why the red states will profit most from more U.S. immigration. E Pluribus Duo: Heather Mac Donald on how America is fast becoming two nations — one English-speaking and one Spanish-speaking. How do immigrants become Americans? Ian Reifowitz reviews Patriotic Pluralism: Americanization Education and European Immigrants by Jeffrey Mirel. What does a “secure” border look like? Shikha Dalmia on why America needs more immigration, not less.
From the latest issue of Logos, Douglas Kellner (UCLA): The Sandy Hook Slaughter and Copy Cat Killers in a Media Celebrity Society: Analyses and Plans for Action; Spencer J. Pack on how the Right got Adam Smith wrong on the eve of environmental (and hence economic) catastrophe. Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson on what Bill Gates got wrong about Why Nations Fail: Did the Microsoft founder even read our book before he criticized it? From Tablet, Kinky Friedman reviews Menachem Begin: A Life by Avi Shilon. On questioning the Jewish State: It is not anti-Semitic to argue that a nation that favors one "people" over another can never be fully just. Susan Burgess reviews The Law of Superheroes by James Daily and Ryan Davidson. Corey Robin on the US Senate, where democracy goes to die. Zambia is the place to be for new ideas on think tanks. Louis Michael Seidman on Antonin Scalia's long lost dissenting opinion in Brown v. Board of Education.
From IHE, can believers and unbelievers find fellowship? Scott McLemee on Jurgen Habermas, Umberto Eco, and their dialogues with the Catholic Church. From the Whitehead Journal of Diplomacy, Joe Dalession on the papal conclave and international relations. Andrew Sullivan on why the next pope will probably be dreadful. Papal Abdication: Mike Duncan and Jason Novak on a potpourri of popery. From NYRB, does the pope matter? Garry Wills wonders. Papal Conclave 101: Edward Pentin on the mechanics of electing a new pope. What goes on behind the closed doors before the smoke appears? Here are 10 lesser-known facts about the conclave. Popealarm.com offers e-notification of new pope selection. Popeology 101: Howard Chua-Eoan on how to interpret the Sistine Chapel results. What will happen once the pope is elected? Papal election triggers doomsday theories.