From Portal, a special issue on Australians abroad. Michael Dalvean (ANU): Who’s Who on the Australian Political Left-Right Spectrum? Anne Twomey (Sydney): The Race Power: Its Replacement and Interpretation. If you've ever wondered why the rest of the world thinks Australians can sometimes be a bit racist, then recent events could probably give you a clue. Familiar images spring to mind when one thinks of Australia, but how many of them accurately reflect what the country is really like? Benjamin Herscovitch on the futile fight over Australian identity. Australia Day or Invasion Day? Simplifying our history doesn't help us deal with the unpalatable truths of colonisation, writes Sarah Burnside. Who is Adam Giles? Australia’s first Aboriginal head of a government has come to power, but under shady circumstances that are becoming all too common — this is not an Obama moment. The miner’s daughter: Gina Rinehart is Australia’s richest — and most controversial — billionaire.
Sheldon Novick (Vermont): Citizenship Is Not the Only Goal: Immigration Reform Should Bring an End to Mass Deportations. From Jacobin, Peter Frase on the perils of wonkery: As the policy wonk has risen in prestige, we seem to have reached the point where this entire class of commentators is highly susceptible to what I’ll call “Charlie Rose disease”. Those who make the case for austerity are right that government spending cannot be limitless, but cutting in the face of a deep recession has failed time and again: Lawrence Summers reviews Austerity: The History of a Dangerous Idea by Mark Blyth. How to build a multiverse: Small models of cosmic phenomena are shedding light on the real thing. Richard White on six ways of looking at corporate greed. National Geographic Channel makes the case for the '80s as “The Decade That Made Us”.
Jack M. Balkin (Yale): The American Constitution as “Our Law”. Brad Snyder (Wisconsin): Frankfurter and Popular Constitutionalism. Michael C. Dorf (Cornell): The Undead Constitution. Larry Alexander (San Diego): Originalism, the Why and the What. From Harvard Law Review, Cass Sunstein (Harvard): Originalism v. Burkeanism: A Dialogue Over Recess; Adrian Vermeule (Harvard): Recess Appointments and Precautionary Constitutionalism; and Peter Strauss (Columbia): The Pre-Session Recess. Brannon P. Denning on the case against appointing politicians to the Supreme Court. Moneyball for Judges: Cass Sunstein on the statistics of judicial behavior. Dear judges: Stop trying to figure out what the founders meant by every little word — you can’t, and it doesn’t matter. Ruth Bader Ginsburg must go: The GOP could take the Senate in 2014 — if the justice wants to be replaced by a liberal, now's the time to resign. Antonin Scalia is Chief Justice of trolling.
Mariana A. Preciado and Kerri L. Johnson (UCLA): Perceived Consequences of Hypothetical Identity-Inconsistent Sexual Experiences: Effects of Perceiver’s Sex and Sexual Identity. From National Affairs, Howard Husock on the dangers of quasi-capitalism. Has the Voyager 1 probe finally left the Solar System? John Quiggin on the Bitcoin bubble and a bad hypothesis: Under the efficient-markets hypothesis, a worthless digital currency should have never gotten off the ground. Whatever rage you're feeling toward the perpetrator of this Boston attack, that's the rage in sustained form that people across the world feel toward the US for killing innocent people in their countries. Driving is much deadlier than terrorism — why isn’t it scarier? Humans are flighty, irrational creatures that calculate risk in fascinating ways. Maybe we should have more tax brackets, not fewer.
Lynda G. Dodd (CUNY): The Rhetoric of Gender Upheaval during the Campaign for the Nineteenth Amendment. Michele E. Gilman (Baltimore): Feminism, Democracy, and the “War on Women”. Millions of young girls are forced into marriage: Photographer Stephanie Sinclair speaks up for child brides. Stopping the clock: Will the mainstreaming of egg freezing offer women more choice about when to have children — kind of like the Pill in reverse — or delude them with a false sense of security? Death of a revolutionary: Susan Faludi on Shulamith Firestone’s radical feminism. Girl powder: Jessanne Collins on a cultural history of Love's Baby Soft. Fifty Shades of Feminism: Kamila Shamsie interviews Rachel Holmes on on the rhetoric of freedom, bossy white women, and the prospects of beating patriarchy by 2040. Is a global consensus emerging on women’s issues? Layli Maparyan wonders.