Michael Burger (Roger Williams) and Paul Frymer (Princeton): Property Law and American Empire. From Letras Libres, liberalism is plainly not the only path to empire, but the ideology can lead there, and has. Tom Engelhardt on the imperialist anniversaries you haven't heard about: Before the Iraq War, there was Guantanamo, the AUMF, My Lai and more. Marshall Poe interviews Elizabeth Cobbs Hoffman, author of American Umpire (and more). Branson Parler reviews Between Babel and Beast: America and Empires in Biblical Perspectives by Peter Leithart. Francis P. Sempa reviews Sword of the Spirit, Shield of Faith: Religion in American War and Diplomacy by Andrew Preston. From The Atlantic Monthly, Robert D. Kaplan writes in defense of Henry Kissinger: He was the 20th century's greatest 19th-century statesman. Is foreign policy any different when it's crafted by veterans? Elizabeth Samet investigates.
Maurits Barendrecht, Martin Gramatikov, Robert Benjamin Porter, and Jin Ho Verdonschot (TISCO): Towards Basic Justice Care for Everyone: Challenges and Promising Approaches. Three years ago, in the Canadian Arctic, global leaders made a pivot toward austerity; in Washington this month, they seem to have moved the other direction. Great tax race: As the G20 pledges to crack down on multinational tax avoidance, the Financial Times looks at how and why governments help companies reduce their tax burden. Betsy Woodruff on the Gospel of Alex Jones: He’s an evangelist for conspiracy theology. Jonathan D. Fitzgerald on how Christianity Today’s hip-hop cover story is a contextless disaster. You’ve been co-opted, Sid and Nancy — deal with it. Jeva Lange on Cosmarxpolitan Magazine, a Tumblr for the sexy socialist inside.
From Transhumanity, what should transhumanity regard as it’s primary goal? Extropia DaSilva wonders; and Zeev Kirsch on transhumanism’s schism: Are we motivated by greed or humanism? Julian Savulescu and Robert Sparrow debate the ethics of genetic enhancement in “Making Better Babies, Pro and Con”. From IEET, is human enhancement disenchanting? John Danaher wonders (and part 2). John Danaher on the need for epistemic enhancement. Building a “better” brain: As early as the 1950s, psychologist David Krech foresaw the power and the peril of cognitive enhancement — prescient concerns that live on today. Greg Miller on the hidden costs of cognitive enhancement. How much longer until humanity becomes a hive mind? From h+1, Selena Erkızan on science fiction and the future of human beings: Imagination, evolution and the anthropocentric myths.
Christopher McCrudden (QUB): In Pursuit of Human Dignity: An Introduction to Current Debates. From Brown Alumni Magazine, to Thomas Perez government should act to make America a fairer place for the powerless — that’s why Republicans call him a radical ideologue and President Obama wants him to be his secretary of labor; and meet David Corn, the Mother Jones reporter who dug up Mitt Romney's infamous 47 percent video. Felix Salmon on the systemic plight of labor. Joel Kotkin on how there's nothing fundamentally unRepublican about class warfare. Rap battle: Is Lana Del Rey our new Daisy Buchanan? Why the diamond-loving hipster singer could have been Gatsby's girl. Why exert any energy trying to come up with a formal, all-encompassing definition of the word "hipster" when we can just look to the paper of record for guidance?
Thom Brooks (Durham): The Right to Be Punished: A Defense. Hamish Clift reviews Punishment by Thom Brooks. Do murderers deserve to have sex behind bars? Jeffrey Hartinger on a look at the evolution of conjugal visits. Smart on crime: Mark A.R. Kleiman on how being tough on criminals hasn’t worked, but neither has being lenient — here’s how to prevent and punish crime the right way. Eli Lehrer on the party of prison reform: Conservatives lead the way. Dylan Matthews on lead abatement, alcohol taxes and 10 other ways to reduce the crime rate without annoying the NRA. In a surveillance society, do prisons need walls? Mary Mitchell on the making of the "other" Chicago: The pandemic of violence on the city's streets is the legacy of decades of failed social policies. The criminal mind: Advances in genetics and neuroscience are revolutionizing our understanding of violent behavior — as well as ideas about how to prevent and punish crime. Is criminality genetic? Brian Palmer investigates.