Mikolaj Barczentewicz (Oxford): Who Made the United States Constitution? Steven R. Morrison (North Dakota): The Conspiracy Origin of the First Amendment. Robert Hunt Sprinkle on slavery and guns, America’s “peculiar institutions”: How are U.S. “gun rights” today an extension of a right created to preserve slavery? The introduction to The Long Decade: How 9/11 Changed the Law, ed. David Jenkins (and Chapter 10: Citizenship and the Limits of Due Process Since 9/11). Robin Bradley Kar reviews Boilerplate: The Fine Print, Vanishing Rights, and the Rule of Law by Margaret Jane Radin. On the eve of a new Supreme Court session, Antonin Scalia discusses gay rights and media echo chambers, Seinfeld and the Devil, and how much he cares about his intellectual legacy (and more). Scalia's legal reasoning is lousier than his New York interview. David Cole on the Roberts Court: What kind of conservatives? Ian Millhiser and Nicole Flatow on abortion, big money in elections, and eleven other huge cases the Supreme Court will hear next term. Nora Caplan-Bricker on how the Supreme Court could endanger victims of domestic violence. Ray V. Hartwell reviews The Supreme Court vs. The Constitution by Gerald Walpin. Andrew C. McCarthy on the plot to save America: There's a little-known loophole in the Constitution that will allow states to get America back on course. Chris Radomile on 4 constitutional debates America's founders never saw coming.
Lucia H. Seyfarth (Penn): Child Soldiers to War Criminals: Trauma and the Case for Personal Mitigation. John Martinez (Utah): Graceful Losers. If cities are our future, do we even need the U.S. government? Tim Lacy on the First Things school of history: Culture Wars to 2013. The recent hype around 3D printing has revolved mostly around the capacity for these printers to make guns, but could this new, futuristic technology also be used for such good as addressing global food scarcity and security? Yochai Benkler on how the NSA gets negligible intel from Americans' metadata — so end collection. Books don't want to be free: Evan Hughes on how publishing escaped the cruel fate of other culture industries (and more). Waterboarding is a big joke at Cheney roast: Ben Smith on a sentimental evening at the Plaza for Cheney, Rumsfeld, Mukasey, and Lieberman. David Weigel on gerrymandering denialists. Zack Beauchamp on how racism caused the shutdown. Economists and fellow policy makers give a warm welcome to Janet Yellen’s nomination as US Federal Reserve chair (and more). Dan Amira and Jonathan Chait on the 8 most plausible ways a debt-ceiling catastrophe could be averted. If nobody's too worried about a default, there's less urgency to avoid it — so if everyone could be more worried, then we could be less worried. The Daily Default Dashboard is now “Getting kind of scary”. Should we root for economic catastrophe? Maybe!
From Slate, why are you not dead yet? A special series on the science of longevity by Laura Helmuth. Are we really getting sicker as we age? Even though we’re living longer than ever, the prevalence of major diseases among the elderly has held relatively steady. In labs around the world, researchers are trying to reverse aging — does the latest research suggest breakthroughs? Anti-death behavior: Philosopher and author of Immortality Stephen Cave talks with Susie Neilson about elixirs of life, the fallacy of the singularity, and why we should all get up early to meditate on our inevitable demise. Want to live indefinitely? Try cryonic freezing (and part 2). From Cryonics, an interview with Aubrey de Grey. Aschwin de Wolf on marketing cryonics and on being born too early. Fear of immortality: Americans don’t want to extend their declining years — but what if you could stay young? Adam Leith Gollner on his book The Book of Immortality, Belief, and Magic Behind Living Forever (and more and more). Could 8-year-old Gabby Williams be the key to immortality? Max Rivlin-Nadler wonders. Franco Cortese on Immanuel Kant and why morality necessitates immortality, and on three specters of immortality. Dilbert’s Scott Adams on choosing your immortality: Someday you'll be a robot with a locket holding your last human cells. Time magazine wonders if "Google can solve death". An article on how to get the world to do something about death. Clare Davies on how death has become too sanitised — it needs raucous laughter and a little bit of living to make it real again. Death gives meaning to life? No — death is meaninglessness. No, extreme human longevity won’t destroy the planet.