Gerald J. Postema (UNC): Law's Rule: Reflexivity, Mutual Accountability, and the Rule of Law; and Fidelity in Law's Commonwealth. Paul A. Gowder Jr. (Iowa): The Countermajoritarian Complaint. Edward Cantu (Missouri): The Separation of Powers and the Least Dangerous Branch. Kenneth Einar Himma (Washington): What Exactly is the Problem with Judicial Supremacy? The Rule of Law, Moral Legitimacy, and the Construction of Constitutional Law. Steven J. Burton (Iowa): The Conflict Between Stare Decisis and Overruling in Constitutional Adjudication. Richard Albert (BC): The Expressive Function of Constitutional Amendment Rules. Lael K. Weis (Melbourne): What Comparativism Tells Us About Originalism. Allen P. Mendenhall (Auburn): Justice Holmes and Conservatism. Charles E. Colman (NYU): Fashion, Sexism, and the United States Federal Judiciary. From TNR, Noam Scheiber on the last days of Big Law (and more) how to fix law school: Alan Dershowitz, Dahlia Lithwick, and other experts tell us what they'd change (and more); and the evolution of the TV lawyer: Molly Korab on how the prototypical TV lawyer has changed throughout the ages. Risa Goluboff reviews Representing the Race: The Creation of the Civil Rights Lawyer by Kenneth W. Mack. Alito Shrugged: Libertarianism has won over the Supreme Court's conservatives.
A new issue of Toska is out. Shane J. Ralston (PSU-Hazleton): The Pragmatic Pyramid: Dewey on Gardening and Food Security. Martin Cohen reviews Surfaces and Essences: Analogy as the Fuel and Fire of Thinking by Douglas R. Hofstadter and Emmanuel Sander. From GQ, have you heard the one about President Joe Biden? That's no joke. From NYRB, a review essay on the future for Israel by Nathan Thrall. The Taming of Samantha Power: Michael Hirsh on how a former icon of humanitarian intervention changed from a buzz saw into a bureaucrat. Meet the elite business and think-tank community that's doing its best to control the world. Simon Critchley and Jamieson Webster on the Gospel According to “Me”. There has never in modern history been a congressional party as insane as the current Congressional GOP — but to expect that its craziness could have political consequences is to imagine a political reaction that would be completely novel. Willing the impossible: Ray Filar interviews Judith Butler. Randall Munroe completes xkcd's most epic storyline, "Time". Neil Irwin on why we shouldn’t think of central bankers as hawks and doves: Central bankers are not birds — we need a better way to classify them. Leaders of more than a dozen Caribbean countries are launching a united effort to seek compensation from three European nations for what they say is the lingering legacy of the Atlantic slave trade.
From Aeon, Leo Hollis on how reclaiming the streets through civic participation does more than change the city: it creates citizens. Priced out of Paris: Our great, global cities are turning into vast gated citadels where the elite reproduces itself. Ethnic and racial diversity locked up in poor neighborhoods on Chicago’s South Side does little good for the regional economy — so why do many blindly associate ethnic diversity with economic development? All city-goers want to live in beautiful buildings — but the reality is that ugliness may be the price we pay for sticking the majority of the world’s population into cities. A person in Europe or America can only patiently wait for the art of “foreign lands” to blow their mind like the Aztec’s blew the mind of Durer, or for the ideal city to be re-imagined somewhere outside of our civilization, and perhaps, this time, even formed. Are the suburbs where the American Dream goes to die? New research shows upward mobility is higher in denser cities. The introduction to Keys to the City: How Economics, Institutions, Social Interaction, and Politics Shape Development by Michael Storper. Fleeing Los Angeles for Harrisburg: Ironic migration is an emerging trend in which talent leaves some of the most unexpected places. Brian Clark Howard on why cities are safer than rural areas: 5 surprising facts on the risk of car accidents, shootings, and other injuries.
A new issue of Scottish Left Review is out. Geoffrey Pleyers on a brief history of the alter-globalization movement. Back to No Future: What use is playing the long game when the arc of the universe feels so frighteningly short? Alyssa Battistoni wonders. Fred Inglis reviews Arts of the Political: New Openings for the Left by Ash Amin and Nigel Thrift. From the Gonzo Times, Jehu Eaves on a brief sketch of the political economy of barbarism. Dan Poulton reviews The Revenge of History: The Battle for the Twenty-First Century by Seumas Milne. David Sessions on good American liberals vs. violent European radicals. Do we need a Facebook of the Left? From Platypus Review, a symposium on program and utopia with Roger Rashi, Sam Gindin, Stephen Eric Bronner, Aaron Benanav, and Richard Rubin. The institutionalist left: Kiel Brennan-Marquez on how the left should respond to injustice. The liberal lies we live by: Robert Henderson finds that a wise and salutary debunking of liberal myths is itself partly infected. From Not Bored!, Bill Brown on "communisation" theory: A response to Sic No. 1. Two issues of the print journal, Communalism, were published in Norway in 2009-2010 by the collective that now produces the New Compass webzine: #1 and #2.
A new issue of Resurgence is out. Jessica Fink (California Western): In Defense of Snooping Employers. Richard W. Murphy (Texas Tech) and Afsheen John Radsan (William Mitchell): Notice and an Opportunity to Be Heard Before the President Kills You. From Lapham’s Quarterly, a special issue on The Sea. Norm Ornstein on the unprecedented — and contemptible — attempts to sabotage Obamacare. Could Americans kick our addiction to cool? Leon Neyfakh on how to live without air conditioning. Vincze Miklos on the coolest flags in human history. At great risk, they helped The Washington Post cover Iraq — now, they’re remaking their lives in America. Garry Davis, man of no nation who saw one world of no war, dies at 91. A wasted crisis? Paul Starr on why the Democrats did so little to change Wall Street. Coral Davenport on the coal lobby's fight for survival: Once a Washington powerhouse, it now lies in disarray at the mercy of forces beyond its control — can a group built for war sue the Obama administration for peace? Aaron Parrett explores how Lucian used a lunar vantage point to take a satirical look back at the philosophers of Earth and their ideas of “truth”. The latest figures tell us that American executives make more than foreigners, media titans make more than oilmen, and none of it makes much sense. Could killer robots bring world peace? We're breaking Isaac Asimov's First Law — and it could be good for humanity.
From IEET, John Danaher on moral enhancement and superficiality: Compassion-pills (and part 2 and part 3). Prometheus unbound: Researchers have yet to realise the old dream of regenerating organs — but they are getting closer. Superhumans: Some people have neurological quirks that give them extraordinary perceptual powers — what can we learn from them? Jose Cordeiro on the principles of extropy, a quarter century later. Clyde DeSouza on 4 ways Google Glass makes us transhuman (and more). Reeve Armstrong on why utilitarianism is immoral and inconsistent with transhumanism. Is human super-intelligence a bad idea? George Dvorsky on 7 totally unexpected outcomes that could follow the Singularity. Justifying human enhancement: Andy Miah on the case for posthumanity. Luke Muehlhauser interviews Nick Beckstead on the importance of the far future. Does enhanced human equal transhuman? Armand Vespertine wonders. Are cyborgs the future of humanity? Khannea Suntzu on the final disillusion. Franco Cortese on transhumanism, technology, and science: To say it’s impossible is to mock history itself; and on the hubris of neo-Luddism. Will our next evolutionary hat trick be to leave all biological baggage behind? Harry Bentham on why transhumanism should be the norm. Extropia Da Silva on why it is (not) great to be a digital person. Death is nothing but misplaced waste, and it’s time to take out the trash, with haste.
Sheena Chestnut Greitens (Brookings): U.S.-China Relations and America’s Alliances in Asia. Richard C. Bush (Brookings): United States Policy towards Northeast Asia. Zheng Wang (Seton Hall): The Diaoyu/Senkaku Dispute as an Identity-Based Conflict: Toward Sino-Japan Reconciliation. Luke McDonagh reviews China or Japan: Which Will Lead Asia? by Claude Meyer. Alexandra Harney on Japan's silver democracy and the costs of letting the elderly rule politics. Hikikomori: Why are so many Japanese men refusing to leave their rooms? Max Fox on an infantile disorder: If jobs mean maturity, not everyone gets to grow up. Isaac Chotiner on religion and the Japanese suicide epidemic. Aleksandra Majstorac-Kobiljski reviews The Boundaries of the Interesting: Itineraries, Guidebooks, and Travel in Imperial Japan by Kate L. McDonald. Stefano Calzati on power and representation in Anglo-American travel blogs and travel books about China. Ruth Morris on why China loves to build copycat towns. “It’s not fair if you don’t let us cheat”: Nick Holdstock on how in China some schools are going to extreme lengths to prevent cheating on the gao kao, the national college entrance examinations. A review of For a Song and a Hundred Songs: A Poet’s Journey Through a Chinese Prison by Liao Yiwu. Zeng Chengjie, China's Bernie Madoff, was executed for fraud — and nobody told his family.
Serguei Alex Oushakine (Princeton): Postcolonial Estrangements: Claiming a Space between Stalin and Hitler. From The Medieval Review, Kathleen G. Cushing reviews The Criminalization of Abortion in the West: Its Origins in Medieval Law by Wolfgang P. Muller. A guide to anti-choice concern: Opponents of abortion rights often make the same misleading arguments — here's why they're wrong. George Dyson on the NSA and the decision problem: The ultimate goal of signals intelligence and analysis is to learn not only what is being said, and what is being done, but what is being thought. Dylan Matthews on how insider trading enriches and informs us, and could prevent scandals — legalize it. David Weigel writes in defense of "Groundswell", the secret conservative messaging group. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg reacts to epidemic of voter suppression laws: Told ya so. There is a booming market for self-improvement guides among Americans eager to redeem themselves from the sins of sloth, gluttony, or general discontent — but what qualifies one person to tell another how best to live? From The Awl, Rhys Southan on how to argue with a vegan. Historian Jonathan Israel's magisterial three-volume history of the Radical Enlightenment is the intellectual version of a JCB, ripping up the terrain around him; Kenan Malik follows him down the dark alleys of the Age of Reason. Sunetra Gupta on pandemics: Are we all doomed?
A new issue of Digital Culture and Education is out. Cory Doctorow on how teaching computers shows us how little we understand about ourselves. After the personal computer: Companies built on PCs are adapting to a changed world. Antonio Regalado interviews Stephen Wolfram on why he thinks your life should be measured, analyzed, and improved. From Mobilizing Ideas, Ethan Zuckerman on the multifaceted hacker; Alexander Halavais on everyday hacking; and Stephane Leman-Langlois on hacking for all. A chat with some immoral hackers who don't care about your feelings. We need a Nuremberg Code for Big Data: The world of social-engineering surveillance is growing rapidly. Nathan Newman on why Google's spying on user data is worse than the NSA's. Cade Metz on Melody Meckfessel, the woman at the heart of everything Google builds. Michael Shellenberger and Ted Nordhaus on the myth of the lone inventor: Tesla CEO Elon Musk is wrong to oppose government subsidies — after all, he benefitted from them. Automation Anxiety: The automation crisis of the 1960s created a surge of alarm over technology’s job-killing effects — there is a lot we can learn from it. Digital Proletariat: Michael Pepi on the spectacle of the “Internet” and labor's dispossession. Barry C. Lynn on why the answer to America’s techno-malaise is to force big corporations to compete more — and to open their patent vaults. We think we’ve arrived, but today is only a glimpse of our digital future. George Dvorsky on 10 mindblowingly futuristic technologies that will appear by the 2030s.
Leon Botstein (Bard): Resisting Complacency, Fear, and the Philistine: The University and Its Challenges. From Notre Dame Magazine, a special issue: Is college worth it? Male academics rarely suffer more than a bit of rudeness, but women have it far worse, according to Luke Brunning. William G. Bowen on the potential of online learning. Why open access makes no sense: There can be no such thing as free access to academic research, says Robin Osborne — research is a process that universities teach and charge for. Nora Caplan-Bricker on why black colleges might sue the Obama Administration. Thomas Frey on how, by 2030, over 50% of colleges will collapse. You only hate grad school because you think you’re supposed to: They tell you it’s supposed to be bleak, so it is — but what if you enrolled without any expectations? Are college and university presses better off than they were four (or six) years ago? The MOOC that roared: How Georgia Tech’s new, super-cheap online master’s degree could radically change American higher education. Five minutes with Patrick Dunleavy and Chris Gilson: “Blogging is quite simply, one of the most important things that an academic should be doing right now” (and more). The pink collar workforce of academia: Low-paid adjunct faculty, who are mostly female, have started unionizing for better pay — and winning. How do we feel about higher education? Look to the movies. Luke McKinney on 6 important things nobody tells you about grad school. Tara Brabazon on 10 truths a PhD supervisor will never tell you.