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.