A new issue of First Monday is out. From Obit, a decade after its coronation as the lingua franca of technological communication, has email already lost its crown? Guy Gugliotta on how the Internet is fast unravelling mysteries of the Mayan script. Bill Davidow on the Internet “narcissism epidemic”: Don't let popularity set your standard. Is the Internet killing the porn industry? Like other media industries, porn has seen cuts in jobs and fees during its mass migration to online publishing. Will the Internet blur the standard of beauty? We are all Internet addicts now — just don’t call it that. Kevin Fitchard on how you and I could become nodes in the Internet of things. Giles Turnbull on the Internet of actual things. The PC may be dying, but computing lives everywhere. Is cybertopianism really such a bad thing? Ethan Zuckerman writes in defense of believing that technology can do good. Heath Brown interviews Nicco Mele, author of The End of Big: How the Internet Makes David the New Goliath. Google shares details of futuristic new office park at NASA. Jimmy Wales is not an Internet billionaire: Jimmy Wales, the founder of Wikipedia, has a brand new life in London with Kate Garvey, his third wife, whom he often describes as “the most connected woman in London”.
From Alternet, Fred Branfman on the world's most evil and lawless institution: The Executive Branch of the U.S. Government has killed, wounded and made homeless well over 20 million human beings in the last 50 years, mostly civilians. Edward Snowden makes headlines for Ecuador, and headaches for D.C. Ambassador Nathalie Cely Suarez. I’ll be watching you: Autumn Whitefield-Madrano on NSA surveillance and the male gaze. David Reidy on 4 bizarre things found in the NSA's secret internal magazine. Chase Madar on Edward Snowden and the American condition: Law and lawyers can’t save us from the creeping police state — but politics might. Kevin Poulsen on how WikiLeaks volunteer Sigurdur “Siggi” Thordarson was a paid informant for the FBI. Jessica Testa on how Glenn Greenwald became Glenn Greenwald (and more and more). Remember the Obama scandals? That used to be a thing. Issa saved by the news cycle: Another lying miss for the Oversight Committee chair, though this one couldn't have fallen apart at a better time. Let's be realistic: The Senate is almost as broken as the House. David Cole on gay marriage: A careful step forward. Gay rights has been one of the most hotly-debated issues of our age, but with the tide turning against opponents, how will they be remembered thirty years from now?
Larry Alexander (USD): What are Principles, and Do They Exist?; and Constitutional Theories: A Taxonomy and (Implicit) Critique. Mary Ziegler (Florida State): Originalism Talk: A Legal History. Peter Martin Jaworski (Georgetown): Originalism All the Way Down: Or, the Explosion of Progressivism. Richard Bellamy (UCL): Constitutional Democracy. Mila Versteeg (Virginia): Unpopular Constitutionalism. Gillian E. Metzger (Columbia): Administrative Constitutionalism. Emily S. Bremer (ACUS): The Unwritten Administrative Constitution. Akhil Reed Amar on American constitutionalism: Written, unwritten, and living. Moshe Z. Marvit on the most dangerous court in America. Justice Scalia vs. Justice Roberts: Terry Eastland on a dispute among conservatives over the administrative state. Grutter's denouement: Ellen D. Katz on three templates from the Roberts Court. Charles C. Turner reviews The Failed Promise of Originalism by Frank B. Cross. Pamela Karlan on the Constitution Without the Court: Protecting Americans' rights is not a job for the judiciary alone. Justin Fox on the business-friendly legislature known as SCOTUS. Clarence Thomas, Liberal: In the strange world of the Supreme Court, sometimes being an archconservative can turn you into a liberal. Mark Joseph Stern on the rudest justice: Why is Samuel Alito so nasty?
Someone tell the Vatican monarchy and banks don’t mix: Why Europe’s last kinglike ruler has a serious problem on his hands (and more). Sahil Kapur on how the new Pope’s passion for social justice and lifting up the poor has already earned him the adoration of American liberals just weeks into the Argentinian’s papacy. Evangelium Vitae and the rationality of Catholic thought: An interview with philosopher and Christian apologist Francis Beckwith, author of Return to Rome: Confessions of an Evangelical Catholic. Bradley J. Birzer on the Catholic intellectual life: Although largely ignored in its day, Christopher Dawson's Christendom trilogy is the masterwork of one of the 20th century’s greatest thinkers. R.J. Snell on how Catholics can still achieve great things. Paul Kengor on why we need a Humanae Vitae for marriage. A well-funded network of conservative Roman Catholics and evangelicals is using a “religious liberty” framework to attack same-sex marriage, antidiscrimination laws, access to contraception, and abortion rights — not on moral grounds, but because they supposedly violate the religious liberty of others. Obama wants to eliminate Catholic education? Benjamin Wiker investigates. How Jesuitical is Pope Francis? Why do Catholics worship Mary? What does the Church teach about tattoos? A gay Catholic priest hookup site is revealed.
From The Baffler, Chris Bray on the Passions of the Meritocracy: General David Petraeus and his wandering PhD; Anne Elizabeth Moore on Marketpiece Theater: Nicholas Kristof and Milton Friedman rescue the world; and Christian Lorentzen on Predator Drone: Jimmy Savile will see you now. Ruins of hidden Maya city, Chactun, discovered in Mexico. The Other Mexicans: Indigenous people come from a world apart from Spanish-speaking Mexicans. Eli Dourado on why America needs an immigrant underclass. Compare and contrast: Kevin Drum on laws that protect white voting vs. laws that protect black voting (and more). Party like it’s 1877: Republicans across the Old Confederacy prep voter ID bills and other voting restrictions in the aftermath of the Supreme Court ruling (and more). Social media’s wildest 24 hours: From the Supreme Court to Austin and back again — the arc of online sound and fury bends toward justice. The poetry of politics: Carole Joffe interviews Katha Pollitt. Can philanthropists be ruthless? Felix Salmon investigates. Maria Bustillos interviews Ken Hoinsky on seduction, women and mistakes. Anne Kingston on the female libido and “the two-year itch”. From Standpoint, Michael Coren on why Dan Brown is overrated and Daniel Johnson on why Dante Alighieri is underrated. Up to 100 far-right activists disrupt a public lecture at Wroclaw University by the renowned sociologist Zygmunt Bauman.
From UCLA Magazine, Robin Keats on how the Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law and Policy is generating much of the research on sexual orientation and gender identity. What if homosexuality were a choice? Nick Clairmont wonders. Stop saying “sexual preference”: You may mean well, but it makes you sound ignorant. Stop calling it “gay marriage”: As we celebrate marriage equality, it's time to change how we talk about it. Don't celebrate the gay marriage victory with a wedding of your own. Reid Wilson on Will, Grace, and a decade of change on gay rights. Hayes Brown on how the military will recruit at this year’s San Francisco gay pride celebration. The gay marriage rulings are about amazing — and utterly rational — historical change. The gay-marriage victory is bigger than you think: Linda Hirshman on how the DOMA ruling creates a path for nationwide equality. Molly Ball on why this is the best year ever for gay rights in America. Rep. Tim Huelskamp and other members of Congress say they will attempt to introduce in the coming days a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. Put bluntly, the gay-rights cause has succeeded precisely because the Christian cosmology has dissipated in the mind of the West. Nancy Pelosi's response to Michele Bachmann's anti-gay marriage statement is the best ever. Man returns book because Oscar Wilde was gay. What’s next for the gay rights movement?
A new issue of Global Labour Journal is out. Amos N. Guiora (Utah): Humanitarian Intervention and Sovereignty Under the Umbrella of Geo-Politics. From Fletcher Forum, Raymond Taras (Tulane): Why We Need the Novel: Understanding World Politics Through Literature. Rifat Azam (Radzyner): The Political Feasibility of a Global E-Commerce Tax. Fredrik M. Sjoberg (Columbia): Political Parties and Election Fraud. M. Shahid Alam (Northeastern): Did Colonialism Retard Human Resource Development? Theory and Cross-Country Evidence. Ezra Klein interviews Bill Gates: “Death is something we really understand extremely well”. Who even needs the nation-state in the 21st century? From Facebook to private schools to security guards, citizens are replacing traditional government functions with a "virtual state". Zalfa Feghali reviews Citizens Without Frontiers by Engin F. Isin. From Theory Talks, an interview with Keith Hart on the informal economy, the Great Transformation, and the humanity of corporations. Louise Rubacky reviews The Race for What’s Left: The Global Scramble for the World’s Last Resources by Michael T. Klare. Why do some conflicts get more media coverage than others? Olivia Mason reviews Doing Bad by Doing Good: Why Humanitarian Action Fails by Christopher J. Coyne.
From Slate, Scalia the Mullah: Nathaniel Frank on the justice’s misunderstanding of morality, and how it leads him astray in cases about homosexuality. From Salon, Michael Lind on how the debate over affirmative action reveals a split among liberals — the charity liberals vs. the solidarity liberals. Noah Feldman on how the civil rights era ended yesterday (and more by Rep. John Lewis) — though it could be a poisoned chalice for the GOP. Nobody in Congress thinks they can fix the Voting Rights Act. Nate Silver on how geography, not the Voting Rights Act, accounts for most majority-minority districts. Al Gore calls President Obama’s remarks on the climate crisis a “terrific and historic speech, by far the best address on climate by any president ever” (and more and more). From TNR, Nate Cohn on why Democrats shouldn't fear Obama's climate change initiative; and Molly Redden on four ways the energy industry could derail Obama’s environmental regulations in court. IRSgate joins Solyndragate and Benghazigate in fake scandal heaven (and more). Bring on the upper-middle-class revolution: David Daley interviews Chris Hayes on Iraq, the economy, Katrina and elites. In defense of dessert: Chris Lehmann on the case against austerity. Eric Horowitz on the trouble with politicians who always talk about values.
From The New Atlantis, Caitrin Nicol plumbs the depths of elephant emotion and intelligence; Noemie Emery considers the pleasures and problems of horseracing; and Diana Schaub examines dogs’ unique relationship to their masters. Scott Huler on an interview with a zebrafish: Forget rats, mice, and guinea pigs — here's the ultimate research subject, and it's prepared to reveal everything about itself. The introduction to Odd Couples: Extraordinary Differences between the Sexes in the Animal Kingdom by Daphne J. Fairbairn. Modern meadow makes leather and meat without killing animals. Shock and Awww: What is most likely to make people go vegetarian? Tracing the roots of human morality in animals: Bob Holmes reviews The Bonobo and the Atheist: In Search of Humanism Among the Primates by Frans de Waal and How Animals Grieve by Barbara J. King. Forget woolly mammoths — the business of copying cats is quietly making headway. Jason G. Goldman reviews Animal Wise: The Thoughts and Emotions of Our Fellow Creatures by Virginia Morell. Must cats die so birds can live? Jessica Pressler goes inside an animal-lover civil war. Bach vs. Snoop Dogg: What music do dogs prefer? J.F. Sargent on 5 ways you didn't realize you're making your pet hate you.
From Democracy, a special section on the “middle-out moment” and the alternative to supply-side economics. Why can’t America be Sweden? Thomas B. Edsall wonders. The introduction to Political Bubbles: Financial Crises and the Failure of American Democracy by Nolan McCarty, Keith T. Poole and Howard Rosenthal. Robert Shiller on the high cost of unemployment: It hurts the morale of a nation’s citizens, and austerity is no solution. Maeve McKeown reviews Affluence and Influence: Economic Inequality and Political Power in America by Martin Gilens. Everyone always talks about the welfare state — but to understand who really wields power in Washington and what they actually want, you need to understand the tax break state. Who killed equality? Ezra Klein on the main schools of thought on income inequality. Nick Hanauer on the capitalist’s case for a $15 minimum wage. Paul Krugman on Greg Mankiw and the Gatsby Curve (and more by Jonathan Chait). RIP, American Dream? Matthew O’Brien on why it's so hard for the poor to get ahead today. Marcus O'Reilly on 5 scary myths you probably believe about the economy.